Tomorrow night Chelsea must face a very strong and in form Napoli side in the second leg of the last 16 of the Champions League. Napoli come in to the game on a run of 6 victories, their last a 6-3 thumping of Cagliari. This scoreline reflects Napoli as a team very well. They have an extremely strong attacking threat, probably one of the best in Europe this season in the likes of Cavani and Lavezzi, but as was seen in the first leg, they also have a very slow and statuesque defence, unfortunately our defence against them in the first leg was much much poorer.
If Chelsea were to turn up tomorrow night like they did in Naples, then I
would most certainly score our chances of making it through to the next round
as zero, in fact I couldn't see much else happening than a pitiful loss at
home. However, the last two games under Di Matteo have breathed some new life
into the team and more senior players, and has given fans some sense that the
storm clouds might be clearing. The two clean sheets against Birmingham and
Stoke has given some hope that a combination of Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill
and Cole can provide enough grit and quality in the team to see the return of
the 'Fortress' status, for at least one night, to Stamford Bridge; a status
which it used to so proudly hold.