By Josh Powell | Hidden Mic
Chelsea head to Czech Republic tonight to face Sparta Prague in the last 32 of the Europa League. It’s the trophy that everybody pretends they want to win but secretly nobody actually enjoys playing Thursday nights on Channel 5.
Keeper Petr Cech drew the short straw out of the Chelsea boys so came out to face the media with this quote littered with feigned enthusiasm. ‘People say it’s not a great competition, but if we win it we will add a trophy to the cabinet the club have never won before’. Super.
The most interesting element of the game might be Rafa Benitez’s team selection. The interim gaffer has a crunch tie against lowly Brentford at the weekend in an FA Cup replay and won’t want another embarrassing result. The players who are rested are going to have to watch what they are nattering about on the bench because the Paddy Power Blog has managed to sneak in a hidden mic.
The findings are more surprising than Fernando Torres finding the onion bag seven times in the league this season.
‘Captain, leader, legend’ John Terry is one of the first names on the team sheet each week but a knee injury this season has limited him to just seven starts. JT has had to spend the majority of the year on the sidelines while David Luiz refuses to play any pass less than 25 yards, and endangers a few lives in row Z with his free-kicks.
Not even the Chelsea skipper could escape being picked up by our recorder while he chilled out on the Chelsea bench.
Our findings were even more dramatic in the fallout from Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. The result meant the Blues missed out on a trip to Wembley for the Capital One Cup Final and piled the pressure on Rafa. The biggest talking point of the game was Eden Hazard giving a ballboy a healthy kicking and our recordings show not even the Belgian’s team-mates are safe.