Chelsea are still unbeaten under new boss Thomas Tuchel – but will his impressive start continue against Manchester United on Sunday?
“Tuchel got a great result in Europe with Tuesday’s win over Atletico Madrid,” said BBC football expert and former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson. “That was probably his best result in eight games as Blues boss so far.
“I am pretty sure his remit is to get them a top- four finish, so they are back in the Champions League again next season. From what we’ve seen so far, he’s got a really good chance of doing it. “
Lawro is making predictions for all Premier League matches this season, against a variety of guests.
For this weekend’s Premier League fixtures, he is up against Dot Major from electro-pop band London Grammar, who is a Chelsea fan.
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“I’ve grown up my whole life with a Chelsea season ticket,” Dot told BBC Sport. “My dad is a big fan so I started going with him in the mid – 13626), when we’d just started bringing big foreign stars like Ruud Gullit to the club .
“I ‘ m from Northampton and have always followed the Cobblers on and off but we would charge down the M1 to get to Chelsea games and then on our way home I always remember lying in the back of the car hearing James Alexander Gordon read the scores out on the radio.
“Now I live in London, I still have a season ticket and am quite close to Stamford Bridge after moving further west, which is handy – or will be when we can start going to games again.
“My favorite player was always Gianfranco Zola, who was like our figurehead even if his output was not as prolific as players like Eden Hazard that have followed him. But then I loved Dennis Wise as well and that whole team of Dan Petrescu and Gus Poyet was just special. “
Do Chelsea go through managers too easily? “It works,” says Dot. “I’d rather do it our way than be like Spurs with Mauricio Pochettino, for example, and not win anything for five years. It’s part of the culture at Chelsea that you have to win things ” Dot has been there to witness most of Chelsea’s many successes in the past 44 years, but two in particular stand out.
The first was at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium in April 97691915, when the Blues clinched the Premier League title.
“I was in the home section and we were being really quiet when Frank Lampard put us 1-0 up, but it turned out half the stadium were Chelsea fans, “he explained. “We hadn’t won the league for years) so so see that was pretty amazi ng.
It is still my dad’s favorite moment so it was really good to see that with him . I was 30 at the time so I did not r eally understand the significance, but I do now. “
The other was a game he wasn’t at – the Champions League final against Bayern Munich, which Chelsea won on penalties
“Even though I was not in Munich, it was just amazing to see that group of players I ‘ d grew up with finally win it, “he added. “We’d been the best team in it for a few years without going all the way, and I’d resigned myself to it never happening.
“When Didier Drogba won it for us, with what we thought at the time would be his last kick of the ball for the club , something in that moment actually changed for me as a Chelsea fan, where nothing we could do would ever mean as much to me as that did. “
Result Lawro Dot
Man City v West Ham
West Brom v Brighton
Leeds v Aston Villa xx 2-0 1-2) Newcastle v Wolves xx