Chelsea must show strength and resilience if they are to come back from 3-1 down against Napoli at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, as Betfred have priced Napoli striker Edinson Cavani up at 6/1, which is sure to attract plenty of interest.
Now under the guidance of one of their former players, the Blues carry the last remaining beacon of hope for English football in this year’s Champions’ League, and will know they have their work cut out.
Roared on by the backing of their home crowd, it is likely to be a passionate night at the Bridge, and from Chelsea’s perspective, hopefully a memorable one.
“We can do it because we have the players, the attitude and the character,” admitted Chelsea striker Didier Drogba. “We did more difficult things in the past. This is the kind of match where you need the crowd to be strong, to be good, even if we make mistakes. We need the fans to be behind us.”
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However, it is an Napoli side in scintillating form that they come up against, with the visitors having recorded a stunning 6-3 victory over Cagliari at the weekend. The Neapolitans have now won six games on the bounce.
It is essential that Chelsea get the balance between attack and defence right, knowing that whilst they need to win by at least two goals, Napoli carry a deadly threat on the counter.
Roberto Di Matteo will have to make do without midfielder Raul Meireles who will serve a suspension for the game, with David Luiz also walking a disciplinary tight rope.
They will, however, have been boosted by the return of captain John Terry and Ashley Cole against Stoke at the weekend. Jose Bosingwa looks likely to miss out.
Miguel Britos will be a doubt for Napoli, having missed the Cagliari game at the weekend, while Gianluca Grava is also likely to miss the game.
Eduardo Vargas was on the bench for the game against Parma two weeks ago, so could well be included for the trip to West London.
Overall, this could be a very special night at Stamford Bridge and it gets underway at 7.45pm on Wednesday evening.