Crespo, Cole, Drogba and Captain Marvel

Things have gone very quiet in the build-up to tonight’s match against AC Milan, the first of three played by The Blues during the “World Series of Football” in the US.

News of the Michael Essien transfer has, at least publically, become somewhat muted. Very little from the player himself or the over dramatic Jean-Michel Aulas, Lyon’s president. Chelsea representitives are sure to be working hard behind the scenes to bring Essien to Stamford Bridge, but I doubt they’ll agree to pay “the Steven Gerrard price and not at any less” demanded by Aulas.

Jose Mourinho’s been bigging up Hernan Crespo and will give the Argentinian his first start for The Blues in over a year against AC Milan, the team he played so well for last season.

“He’s fantastic. He never misses one second of training, trains everyday, every minute, happy, he loves the way we work, it’s adapted to his way of football, he’s used to this competition for places and I think he will score goals for us,” Mourinho said Friday.

Let’s hope so.

Didier Drogba has made it clear he’s determined to silence the doubters who criticised his first showing in English football.

“To be injured for two months and play and win the championship and the Carling Cup, for me it was fantastic in my first season at Chelsea. You saw how difficult it was for me,” he said.

I did, but many didn’t. Doubters should take a look at the Season Review 2004/2005 DVD for evidence of Drogba’s worth last season.

Carlton Cole has reiterated his desire to stay at The Bridge, saying he never had any intention of leaving Chelsea.

“I’ve always wanted to play for Chelsea, where I grew up and was born and bred here … that was the only thing in my mind this summer, ” he told Sky Sports News this week.

I’m glad Cole’s got the chance to prove himself. His power and physical presence should serve us well during mid-winter away trips to provincial Northern towns, when Crespo’s desire could wane somewhat.

John Terry has revealed the extent of his foot injury, and the pain it was causing him last season.

“I’ve had the problem for five or six years ”” it got to the stage when a quarter of the way though the season I was having injections every day to train. Everyone said I could train once or twice a week but I wanted to train every day and get through it that way, that’s my way of dealing with it,”? he said in the week.

You wouldn’t expect anything less from a man whose blood runs Chelsea Blue.

I was going to run through the latest transfer rumours — but there aren’t any. The tabloid rumourmongers are having a day off.

The match against AC Milan kicks off in a little less than twelve hours, which should alleviate the boredom for a while.

Back to hoping England scrape a draw with the help of the great British weather in the opening match of The Ashes.

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