With Chelsea’s defeat to Arsenal over the weekend still fresh in the memory they now face a Champions League match against a weaker side than the Arsenal team that turned up to beat the Londoner’s 5-3. Chelsea face a lesser known team and are ready to set things right and state their quality once more.
They will play KRK Genk, a team that they dealt with in a 5-0 victory a few weeks ago, and with all the players not requiring any motivation for this game, and it would seem the home team will be looking at a very tough game indeed.
At Stamford Bridge the away side where not allowed into the game and looked every bit the side who managed to scrape their way into the group stages of the prestigious tournament. They did so by beating Maccabi Haifa on penalties, but Chelsea will be a few steps up the pecking order and ready to rid their frustrations on the respectively weaker side.
Chelsea are one of the higher ranked teams in the tournament as would be expected when everything is considered, but their opponents tonight are placed at 95. This may appear generous when their past performance against Chelsea is brought into the equation, with the London side putting two past the goalkeeper with the first 12 minutes of their last meeting and this went up to four goals by half-time.
Looking at the last time they were in the Europe’s top football competition they ended up last in their group and it seems history is repeating itself after three games and no goals scored by them.
However, the one fact working in Genk’s favour is that no match is ever won on paper. By considering the forms of both teams there is the potential for a very good game with Chelsea seemingly of colour against Arsenal and Genk making a comeback in their match to win it. Therefore, the form must be with the Belgian champions who may be feeling an upset is on the cards.
“We will have our chances”
Looking at the team Chelsea are coming with it would appear that most of the team will be available apart from Didier Drogba who is suffering from an elbow injury.
“We take with us the excellent feeling of our victory over Bruges. This is very important. At home, in front of a capacity crowd we will have our chances, I’m sure. The only thing we have to do is to cash in on at least one of them. And we do have the quality to do that,” said Marion Been, Genk coach.