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View from the enemy – Chelsea chat on Mata magic and Van Persie prowess

by Sam Peoples

First of all, can you introduce yourself to the readers.

I’m Kristian Downer. I’m a Chelsea fan in exile (Nottingham), I get to around 20 games a season home and away (combined) and have been hooked since my first game in 1993 and writing about the Blues since 2010.

FamousCFC.com is a site with around five different writers that I set up in frustration at the anti-Chelsea media that seems to popular in the post Abramovich Era.

Chelsea have started this season off in blistering form – who has been your main player behind that?

The start has been as good as we could have expected. Despite a relatively simple opening few games our current string of games have included Tottenham and Arsenal and we have passed these early tests. Travelling to White Hart Lane and The Emirates gave us our first opportunity to remind London football fans who the Champions of Europe are and really rub in the lack of Champions League football that our former manager has inherited.

Chelsea are traditionally very fast out of the blocks but a lot of the time, they fall short when it matters. Do you think this season is different?

We have started well and I hope it will continue but November/December have always been challenging for Chelsea and it will be the acid test for Roberto Di Matteo and the change he is affecting. If we can maintain until Christmas we could be unstoppable come February, we are not a complete team yet but definite progress is being made and it is great to be top of the table.

Dider Drogba departed Chelsea this summer and he had been your lynch pin for years. Did you want him to leave in the summer and do you think Chelsea are now a stronger team without him?

Didier Drogba leaving represented the start of a significant rebuilding of the squad and we now have the players behind Fernando Torres that should give him enough service to see him score 20+ goals this season.

The key player though is still Chelsea Player of the Year Juan Mata, who has come back from an extended post Olympic rest to show why he really should be in the Spanish squad. Now supported by Hazard and Oscar, opposition sides should fear our attacking prowess.

We have yet to destroy a side but it is coming – I can feel it.

United have a pretty dire record against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and haven’t won there since 2004. Last years match was a thrilling 3-3 draw – do you expect a similar sort of game on Sunday?

I saw a statistic today that in the Premier League only Chelsea have won more than they have lost against United and its a remarkable record given your success.

Even when we were a mid-table Premier League side when I started going to games Chelsea have done well against United. I remember beating you home and away in the league in 1993/1994. I was lucky enough to be at the home game and remember Gavin Peacock scoring from a spill from Peter Schmeichel and Eric Cantona hitting the bar from 40 yards.

Last years game felt like a defeat and I left the stadium deflated. This year, with the form of both sides where attack is greater than defence, I think there will be plenty of goals and hopefully we will come out on top of that battle.

Robin van Persie scored a hat-trick for Arsenal at Stamford Bridge last year – do you consider him the main threat?

Van Persie is a phenomenal talent and we will need to deal with his threat. However, United have other players capable of making a difference so it would be naive to focus just on him. I am confident about the weekend I think the main threat is Chelsea not performing to our potential as if both sides are at the top of their game, I think we shade it.

How do you expect Chelsea to set up on Sunday and do you think United will come with an attacking purpose?

I think we will set up as we did against Tottenham with Ramires and Mikel our core, with Oscar, Hazard and Mata interchanging in the other attacking positions in support of Fernando Torres.

This allows us to win the midfield battle and create a hatful of chances.

Finally, how do you predict the game will go on Sunday and what do you think the score is?

The result for this game really is in the balance and no result would suprise me, I do not make scoreline predictions but I do think we will be treated to an entertaining goal fest with the draw or Chelsea win the most likely results (in that order).

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