Many Chelsea fans were surprised to see Loic Remy start last night's contest on the bench, with Didier Drogba preferred in the absence of Diego Costa. Remy still made his mark on the match though, abusing Jan Vertonghen for the game's final goal.
After the match, Remy had some words for the media, in which he talked about being on the Chelsea bench:
"I feel really proud to be on the bench but of course I want to play, that is why I work hard during training sessions. But we have three good strikers and the others show me a good example, they are very professional and for me it is a real pleasure to play with this kind of player."
"I try to increase my level and improve and it is really good to work with them, and every time the manager wants to use me, I try to do my best. There are a lot of games coming up so I am not worried about staying on the bench. We are in all competitions so we need everybody."
While I'm sure the journalist asking the question was hoping for something a bit more controversial, it's hard to find anything to nitpick with Remy's response. He clearly knew that he joined Chelsea in something of a backup capacity, as the club spent big on one of Europe's better strikers prior to his arrival. He'll get his chances, though they'll likely be less frequent if Chelsea are never chasing games late.
Regardless, it's good to have three competent strikers fit and firing in the goals, as it's something we haven't had at Chelsea in the past several years. Hopefully he gets his chance to start next week against Sporting Lisbon.