Bridge Banter - The Easter break is another full-on weekend for Chelsea
No point in going into raptures about Frank Lampard’s 200-goal milestone just yet.
There is still plenty of time to celebrate numbers 201, 202 and 203 before the season is out, with at least 11, and possibly 16, fixtures to go on three fronts.
If and when Frank is crowned the all-time scoring king, it will cement his place in Stamford Bridge history. John Terry already reckons that his team-mate occupies the No1 spot.
“You talk about Zola and the best players to have played at the club, but for me Lamps is certainly the best,” said JT this week. “It’s his hunger as well.”
The Easter break is another full-on weekend for the Blues, travelling down the M3 on Saturday afternoon to take on the resurgent Saints, fresh from putting Liverpool to the sword, then gathering at the Bridge on bank holiday Monday for the FA Cup replay against Manchester United.
Once that match is over, Chelsea take on Rubin Kazan in SW6, one of three home ties at the Bridge in the space of a week.
Although people rarely spare a thought for journalists (and why should they after recent shenanigans?), I’d urge you to pause briefly and consider the poor souls who produce Chelsea’s £3 glossy programmes, not £3.50 as many Premier League clubs charge.
Having created the United programme for Easter, there are only two clear days before the Europa League programme is printed, then two more before Sunderland arrive in the league.
Researching player profiles, assembling the interim manager’s thoughts, adding John Terry’s opinion, filling pages with news, gossip and reports from the women’s team, youth team and everyone else, and updating the statistics, takes time, and all leave has been cancelled. Right, hankies away.
If you’re at a loose end on Monday evening, Brazil are playing Russia at the Bridge, and kids get in for £15.