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WAGNH Roundtable: Last week in the life of Chelsea fans

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A look back at the week that was

Chelsea FC v Valencia CF: Group H - UEFA Champions League Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images

WAGNH Roundtable is a new series which will be done pretty irregularly. Unnecessary Yet Necessary Disclaimer: the following statements are all opinions, and should be taken as such.


What a week! As we like to say, it’s never a boring week at Chelsea. After a 2-2 draw against Sheffield United, we spent the two weeks of the international break wondering what could have been had Mount converted that chance, had Zouma not scored that own goal, and had we not blown a 2-0 lead.

After the break, for the first 30 minutes of the Wolves match, we would continue to worry until a rocket streaked across the afternoon sky and shook us out of our slumber. That rocket came from Fikayo Tomori.

Like the rockets’ red glare once upon a time, Tomori’s rocket inspired your friendly neighborhood yatcli to channel his inner Francis Scott Key.

O, Fikayo Tomori,
Banger from thirty plus yards.
Precious Canadian discovery,
Surprising Chelsea diehards.

O, Fikayo Tomori,
Impressive Champions League debut
Earned a crucial penalty
For the good guys in Blue

Canada’s national treasures are
Curling, bacon, Carly Rae Jepsen.
O, Fikayo Tomori,
You are no longer an exception.

Touching stuff.

The goal was followed by a Tammy Abraham hat-trick and a Mason Mount cherry on top, as the Lampard era as Blues destroyed Wolves 5-2 for a second competitive win away from Stamford Bridge. Unfortunately, the first home win would have to wait.

The euphoria of the emphatic win quickly dissipated on the Chelsea rollercoaster as Chelsea lost 0-1 at home to Valencia in our first Champions League game of the season. Not exactly an ideal start to the group stage upon our return to the competition after a year’s absence.

It was the same formation as against Wolves, and it was practically the same starting XI as against Wolves, and yet it was a completely different result.

Our own noted Kanté-enthusiast André Carlisle is still not over the Francis Coquelin ankle-breaker, and more importantly, is still questioning the use of the 3-4-3 and the associated lack of rotation.

"Loved Lampard’s switch to 3-4-3 against wolves, disliked that he stuck with it against Valencia — and persisted with it until the 73rd minute. Surely having to name Alonso was the catalyst for the move [usage of 3-4-3 again], but Marcos could have coped against an in-turmoil Valencia whose only other win this season came against RCD Mallorca.

"Anyway, let’s hope N’Golo and Emerson are fit enough to start [against Liverpool] and we can take care of some unfinished business this weekend, including Pulisic getting the goal that was stolen from him last time.

"Also Francis Coquelin is trash."

-André Carlisle

So, next up are the league leaders and Champions League-winners Liverpool. It's definitely going to be a tough test, to say the least, but you never know in football! (Ed.note: now that Callum Hudson-Odoi signed, it’s going to be all good, right?)