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‘You don’t really know which Chelsea you’re going to get’: Ex-Chelsea and Leeds skipper predicts FA Cup game

Retired former Chelsea and Leeds United player revealed what to expect during the FA Cup match between Chelsea and Leeds United, and added that ‘you don’t really know which Chelsea you’re going to get.’


Tony Dorigo who played as a defender for Aston Villa, Chelsea, Leeds United, and Stoke City spoke to recently as two of his former teams prepare to meet on the pitch.

Dorigo answered several questions, and one of them was what he learnt from watching The Blues this season.

‘I have, I’ve watched bits and pieces and you don’t really know which Chelsea you’re going to get,’ he replied. ‘There’s a very good Chelsea side there, with Caicedo and Fernandez in the midfield. They can dictate the play and they look extremely dangerous.

‘Then there’s another Chelsea, which just makes mistakes and looks like they put eleven players out who haven’t really played together before. It’s really strange.

‘I think it was Wolves, that they lost at home 4-2, and they were they were awful. Yet they go to to Villa in the Cup and they were absolutely superb.

‘So yeah, you know they’re really struggling to find that balance and find that momentum and consistency. That’s the key, consistency.

‘They had a had a great chance to win some silverware with the Carabao Cup, but I have to say, I thought they could really go and grab the game by the scruff of the neck, but that’s exactly what they didn’t do, which I think is hugely disappointing.’

There are openings in the Pensioners’ ranks which The Peacocks can exploit. Dorigo pointed out Chelsea’s defense as a fluctuating department.

‘Well, I think defensively at times, they are certainly not as well drilled. Silva’s legs are certainly getting older, he’s been an incredible player, but he’s been not playing so much recently.

‘I think there are opportunities that we certainly could take advantage of and put them under pressure.

‘For us, it’s certainly a game where we understand that we’re not going to be the favourites, but it’s a great game that we can use to look at what what might be on the horizon, fingers crossed, playing in the Premier League next season

‘I think every player, manager and club aspires to be sparring with teams like Chelsea, and this is a good barometer, to see where we’re at.’

However, there are players Leeds United should watch out for during the match. Some fans would agree with Dorigo’s view on this.

‘If we can try and certainly get on top of the likes of Enzo Fernandez. He’s a player that really can make things tick.

‘When you go further up the field, they’ve got a lot of exciting players, like Cole Palmer. I think he’s doing absolutely fantastic since he joined from Man City.

‘He wasn’t really one that we expected to be relying upon, yet he’s the one that is producing at a higher level every single game.

‘Gallagher is another one. He really is Chelsea through and through, works extremely hard and always there for a goal. He had a bit of a dry spell but he kept going and he’s started to score again.

‘Hopefully they’re a little bit below par and then we’ll have a real chance of giving them a good game.’

Both sides will be looking to outrun each other during the contest, with Chelsea who holds the eleventh spot on the Premier League table trying to improve their image.

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