Saturday evening’s UEFA Champions League remaining between Chelsea and Manchester Metropolis shall be an enormous event for Blues fan Neil Robertson as he hopes to see his staff raise probably the most prestigious trophy in European soccer for less than the second time of their historical past.
We requested the Aussie to foretell the 2 line-ups and charge every participant out of ten, based mostly on their kind this season, and to present his views on the match.
Edouard Mendy 9
Cesar Azpilicueta 7
Thiago Silva 9
Antonio Rudiger 8
Ben Chilwell 7
Reece James 8
N’Golo Kante 9
Mason Mount 9
Timo Werner 7
Kai Havertz 7
Kyle Walker 8
Joao Cancelo 8
Ruben Dias 9
John Stones 9
Ilkay Gundogan 9
Kevin De Bruyne 8
Riyad Mahrez 7
Raheem Sterling 6
Phil Foden 9
Neil, how do you see the ultimate going?
Robertson met gamers together with Juan Mata throughout a coaching session at Chelsea in 2013
Our kind has not been nice going into it, however I don’t assume that basically makes a distinction. When groups play a low block in opposition to us, we battle to interrupt them down. However Metropolis received’t play like that, they are going to play excessive up the pitch, which provides us an opportunity to take advantage of the tempo of our forwards. They begin as favourites, however now we have just lately crushed them within the league and the FA Cup. Kante will in all probability be the important thing participant for us. The beginning of the match is so necessary. Since Thomas Tuchel took over as supervisor, when now we have scored first we are inclined to go on and win. It’d come all the way down to whose forwards are extra medical on the day. Sterling might be wasteful when he will get possibilities, however then now we have Werner who can get objectives however he may additionally miss 5 sitters.
You nearly managed to complete within the high 4 within the league and qualify for subsequent season’s Champions League, does that take a little bit of stress off?
Undoubtedly, we generally is a bit extra relaxed going into the ultimate. We acquired very fortunate on the final day as a result of we misplaced to Aston Villa and needed to depend on Spurs beating Leicester. It’s good to get high 4 however it was disappointing to lose the FA Cup remaining to Leicester so there’s a lot driving on this remaining for the staff and Tuchel.
The place are you going to look at the sport?
Taking part in pool with John Terry
I’m gutted it wasn’t moved to Wembley as a result of I’d have gone. As an alternative I’ll be at dwelling with some pals watching on TV. I’ll be very nervous.
Who do you assume Chelsea will intention to signal this summer time?
Hopefully Romelu Lukaku and Declan Rice. I don’t assume we’ll go for Erling Haaland, his switch charge and wages could be insanely excessive. Lukaku seems more likely to depart Inter Milan and I’d like to have him again at Chelsea. He’s solely 28 so he has just a few good years left and he would slot in nicely with the thrilling younger staff now we have.