The atmosphere amongst Chelsea fans on the internet is one that is never that far away from erupting into an argument, however since the start of the season it has turned into a toxic one. Nobody is going to be happy with five defeats in ten Premier League games and nothing highlights the difference in football supporting cultures than poor form.
You would hope that for our next game whatever the result we can take some respite from the poor league form and concentrate on defending a trophy that deep down nobody cares about. However it is likely to matter more than ever and is unlikely to be a chance for players to express themselves and try and lift the pressure that is building in the Premier League.
The Capital One Cup is a little like an online casino for canadian players it is reasonably inoffensive and even if you lose nobody really remembers much about the game after a week or so anyway. It is always great to win trophies but it is not mission critical to win.
Yet with the form we are in a win has become more important, Jose Mourinho may only have a few games left to save his job, rightly or wrongly one of those is going to come against Stoke.
Stoke is usually one of our favourite away grounds to visit, it has a great atmosphere and despite the asthetics of the stadium it is a good place to have a few drinks with friends and watch football. Unfortunately transport to any ground is an issue and despite staying in Walsall for the previous round, we could not justify the trip for a ground we visit every season if possible.
Therefore we will be forced to hold our breathe and hope that we can get the win. This will not relieve any pressure on the manager or the team but it will at least stop it getting any worse.