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View From T'Other Side!-Chelsea's Merlin

The two editors of Vital Burnley and Vital Chelsea have got together and exchanged questions about our first clash together in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge this Saturday.

Here are the responses from Vital Chelsea editor, Merlin who provides his views on both team's chances ahead of the match.

1. What's your view of Burnley's style of play in the Premier League?

From what I`ve seen you`re a workmanlike side that likes to get forward but who have a defence that`s capable of being breached. I`m not a purist when it comes to styles I`ve always worked along the philosophy that if it works for you stick with it. I even had grudging respect for the 'old` Wimbledon style and their 'get into them' philosophy!

2. Do you think we can survive in the top flight this season?

Why not! It`s a daunting task but you`ve already got six points on the board with wins against two good sides, however, it`s vital that you pick up three points against those sides you`d expect to be in the dog-fight, those are the three points that matter.

3. What are the fans views of the new Chelsea manager and the diamond formation he seems to prefer?

Carlo Ancelotti comes with a proven pedigree, he`s been there, done it and has the t-shirt to prove it, although if I were perfectly honest I wouldn`t have argued if we`d kept Guus Hiddink. As for the diamond formation Ancelotti has already proven that it is flexible and we have the type of players that can adapt to it. How long it`ll take to be proficient at it though is the golden question.

4. What are your weaknesses? You must have some, surely? Titter!! What can we exploit?

Weaknesses! What are you suggesting my good man? Try crosses into the box; we tend to flap a bit if they`re put into the danger area. We tend to rely on Didier Drogba and Michael Ballack to bolster our defence when faced with corners and free kicks out wide but if you can get the ball in early……

5. Will you be treating us with caution in this game or is there a danger you will underestimate us?

I`d imagine that Ancelotti will insist the team underestimate nobody, as for caution, we`re at home so I`d hope we`d go for it. Plus, there`s the little matter fo that Carling Cup defeat to be avenged isn`t there!

6. Your score prediction

I`ll go for, as you`d probably expect, a Chelsea win. 3-1 anybody!

Many thanks to Merlin for taking time out to answer our questions and if you want to see what he asked me and how I responded, please nip over to Vital Chelsea and read this thread:

Chelsea - Getting Cosy With Burnley!




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 28 2009

Time: 2:08PM

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Nice one Merlin liked all of that apart from the 3-1 of course!! ;-) [Edited by turfmanphil]
turfmanphil
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28/08/2009 14:12:00

pleasure doing business :-)
merlin
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28/08/2009 15:46:00

3-1 Merlin your being generous. Met some Chelsea fans in Spain who were supporting us when we played Man U, don't suppose they will be cheering us on tomorrow!!!
sheclaret
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28/08/2009 19:36:00

Nice one merlin we always enjoy your visits may the best team win ;-)
8clarets8
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28/08/2009 21:19:00

Thanks Merlin for the encouraging comments and you are spot on about getting 3 points from dogfights, these will be the ones that matter for us. I believe we have the team spirit and belief to do this and will stay up this year. UTC.
claretacchio
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29/08/2009 12:25:00

I nearly got the score right! Good luck for the rest of the season lads.
merlin
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30/08/2009 20:15:00

I just wish you had played the team that turned up against Man U & Everton. You would still have probably beaten us, but we were definitely underpar as well on Saturday
turfmanphil
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30/08/2009 22:58:00

 

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