Ahead of the FA Cup replay, we caught up with Chelsea fan Abdul Muqeet who runs the excellent sports website Sport Pulse. Abdul gives us his thoughts on the upcoming game between the two teams, as well as insight regarding Rafa Benitez, Frank Lampard, and the train wreck owner Roman Abramovich.
In the first game, United stormed to a 2-0 lead inside of 15 minutes before Chelsea mounted a superb second-half fightback to take the tie into a replay. United will be hoping for a similar start here, with hopefully a better outcome!
Jordan@ Old Trafford Faithful: Theres only one place to start, what are your views on Rafa Benitez?
Abdul Muqeet (Sport Pulse): Stats will show that Rafa Benitez is a very qualified manager, and I personally have no grudges with him as the manager. Yes, I can hate Roman for appointing him, but given that what we have currently is because of him, it makes it even. In the end Rafa is just trying to add a trophy to his CV.
Jordan: Do you think he is/was the correct man for the job?
Abdul: Not at all, it was obvious that fans would not support him, so a wise owner would have appointed a manager that fans would get behind, even if the manager is not as proven as Rafa Benitez.
Jordan: Who would be your choice as a permanent manager?
Abdul: Anyone who would get full authority at the club. He should be able to make all the decisions, and no interference from owner should happen. Personally, I’d want to see Jose Mourinho back at the club.
Jordan: What are your views on Abramovich’s constant sacking of managers?
Abdul: Need I say more about him? I really think that Roman makes even the best of the managers look stupid. Not to forget that this also hurts the club even more.
Jordan: Did you expect a better title challenge from Chelsea this season?
Abdul: Of course, when your club has won UEFA Champions League, you expect them to be motivated and looking to bag what they did not acheive last year. The team did show good fight until Christmas, when Di Matteo was sacked. I should mention that Chelsea were only 5 points behind the leaders, and we all know the situation now. Had the manager not been sacked, things could have been different than they are now. So I do not blame the players or staff for the results we have seen.
Jordan: Do you think Chelsea will finish in a Champions League spot?
Abdul: Chelsea are a quality club with quality players. The team has shown real fight at times down the years, and we will all see Chelsea yet again making it to the top four.
Jordan: What would have to happen this season for you to consider it a success?
Abdul: Finishing in top four in itself is an achievement this season. Considering the number of teams fighting for the champions league places, it really is considered a major achievement.
Jordan: Who do you think is your most influential player, and why?
Abdul: I’d like to name two players; Mata, who has always been there to save Chelsea from troubles, and Lampard; His presence in the team under real pressure of being benched, and contract not being given, is still putting in great performances. He is a club legend.
Jordan: If you could take one United player at Chelsea, who would you choose and why?
Abdul: I would have said Rafael, but Chelsea got Azpi who is one of the most emerging right backs. So it has be Rooney.
Jordan: Who do you think will win this years FA Cup?
Abdul: Chelsea, the stats show that they are the masters of winning it, and I believe they will win it again this year.
Jordan: Finally, a score prediction for tomorrow?
Abdul: I will go for a narrow 2-1 victory. Of course, Chicharito will score one ;)
Jordan: I’ll go for a 2-1 United win, thank you very much Abdul!