A View from the Bridge: What Chelsea fans are saying this week
This international break probably could not have come at a worse time for Maurizio Sarri. Four wins on the bounce and all his players have to jet off all over the globe.
So what do Chelsea think about the situation?
To find out, I spoke to Tony Sheavyn to gain an insight.
On the international break:
“Three weeks into a season, 100% record, then an ‘international break’ with all of our starting line-up and a large percentage of the squad flying off around the globe. And for what?
“Having said that, from what I saw and read, it would appear that a couple of our squad players showed that as and when the call comes from Sarri, they won’t let us down.
“Without adding any pressure Ethan Ampadu, he already looks as though he’s been playing at the top level for years. The way he just adapts and takes everything in his stride is unbelievable for a 17-year-old.
“Whether at Chelsea or Wales, he’s comfortable on the ball, and the best thing is his confidence to boss other players around him.
“Giroud for France got a goal and a shot on target! It was actually a very good effort, against the ‘best’ centre-half (Virgil van Dijk) in the world!”
On Chelsea’s former academy players on international duty:
“England U21’s had 2 late substitutes, both former Chelsea academy gems, one is still with us – Tammy Abraham – and one wanted more opportunities elsewhere – Dominic Solanke.
“Both I would guess would be disappointed at not starting the game, because 12 months ago, they were both around the full squad. However not playing regularly last season and this season doesn’t give them the credentials to push their claim.
“I saw Solanke a lot as a youngster and thought he had everything> the goal he got as a 16 year old at Arsenal in the Youth cup showed his class, and it was interesting that when both played in the academy side, it was Tammy who was asked to play wide more often than not.
‘Tammy has a chance with his loan to Aston Villa to get the game time. However I don’t think Solanke will get much time on the pitch, purely because of who he is up against.
“Players nowadays aren’t ready for top Premier League sides until they are 22/23 (Kane, Trippier, Llindegard Stones Maguire etc). Until then they need to develop by playing week in week out.
“People knock Chelsea’s loan system, but it’s all about ensuring that the youngsters have the opportunity to play professionally during their careers, with the law of averages suggesting that 98% won’t be with Chelsea, but will be somewhere else.”
On the upcoming visit of Cardiff City:
“When the fixtures were announced in June, as a Chelsea fan, you looked and thought that on paper it was a reasonably comfortable start over the first 6 games, with the first real rest coming against our friends from Merseyside at the end of the month.
“However, I’m sure Cardiff and West Ham, who have to pick up points sooner or later, will have different ideas. Cardiff will provide a test because they have Neil Warnock, who will organise, try to disrupt, wind players and supporters up, and will get the best out of his side, as he has made a career doing that.
“I’m sure Saturday at 3.00, he won’t let us down!”