Lets start on a happy moment. Cast your minds back to 10th April 2007 and watch the vid below:
Oh Yes!!! Essien's last gasp winner against Valencia in the Mestalla, and Chelsea's progress to the Champions League semi-final secured!!!
Oh my how times change and how quick fortunes in football can change.
Chelsea return to the Mestalla on Wednesday, without you know who and struggling for form and plagued by an injury list as long as your arm.
Lampard and Essien out, JT (might have to do a fine impression as the 'Mask of Zorro), Bridge out (sent off in tonight's reserve game incidentally), Carvalho, Ballack to name a few.
Players not in form. Sheva, Malouda, Alex perhaps. Players who have been out through injury and suspension - Mikel and Drogba.
I know one thing, Scott Sinclair isn't in Spain - he has just scored for the reserves against Fulham and at this point Chelsea are losing, with Wayne Bridge having already been sent off!!
But although this is a Champions League group game, this game is not as important as the game back in April. A defeat in the Mestalla isn't the end of the World, but after the Rosenborg debacle, a defeat will make qualification to the knockout stage that more difficult. However, this is Chelsea and this a 'backs to the wall' Chelsea that I know so well.
It wouldn't surprise me in the slightest that Chelsea come away from the Mestalla, with a win and a performance that Chelsea produced last week at Hull in the Carling Cup and then go to Bolton on Sunday and get stuffed 3-0, 4-0 or 5-0!!
Seriously it wouldn't. Why you might ask? Well I have seen it all before. Flatter to deceive in the competitions that are 'DEEMED' important (as in Rich Boy and like me want the Champions League this season) and well 'hell' to rest.
Not me. I am a hardcore fan and have been 'Since 66,' and I have always wanted Chelsea to win anything and everything Chelsea can.
This year I said I wanted the Champions League more than anything else, if I am honest, after the last few weeks since Jose's departure, Chelsea will be 'lucky' to win the Carling Cup!!!
But this is Chelsea and now we are David against Goliath and with no disrespect to Avram Grant - he has one serious job on his hands - despite being rich boy's puppet for his Chelsea plaything - to win any silverware at all!!
On that note till tomorrow, Chelsea Reserves lost 3-2 to Fulham Reserves and that was playing with 10 men for the best part of an hour.
I WAS THERE WHEN WE WERE SHIT
I'LL BE THERE WHEN WE ARE SHIT (AGAIN)!!!!