Chelsea make the journey up to Manchester as they take on their title rivals City this weekend – we’ve put together a list of everything you can expect from the Blues fans on their visit to the North.
100 FRINGE PLAYERS SITTING IN THE STANDS
The only thing longer than the Chelsea squad list is the amount of times Jose Mourinho has had a pop at the referee. An annoying habit of big clubs to buy up a shedload of talent and just wait for it to waste away, there’s so many unused players in the squad you might just end up sat next to one.
DIEGO COSTA’S BROTHER IN THE STANDS
Diego Costa’s brother must still be rubbing his eyes. Growing up on the mean streets in Brazil, fighting his way through life, his brother becomes a megastar and now he’s living the life of Riley. The most privileged brother since Paul Ross.
ROMAN ABRAMOVICH AND 26 ‘HANGER-ONSKI’S’
Talking of people who seem to be leeching off the fortunes of others…you’re guaranteed to see Roman and his comrades, doing whatever it is they do, around the ground. Our advice? Just walk on by, and mind your own business.
FOUR CHELSEA PENSIONERS – TWO OF THEM UPFRONT
Part One of the ying and yang of Chelsea football club – managing to hang onto the old guard despite their new found riches.
Part Two of the ying and yang of Chelsea Football Club – managing to drag the new wave of tourists off the shopping streets of West London to watch the Blues playing. You can easily spot them with their trademark selfie sticks, club megastore bought shirts and their shocking memorabilia. Talking of which…
HALF AND HALF SCARVES
Is there anything more tinpot than half and half scarves? Alongside the selfie stick, the half and half scarf is a sure-fire way to alert people that you know very little about what you’re doing at the game.
A PARISIAN MAN, INVITED AS RECONCILIATION
He’d probably get to the turnstile and then get booted out, though.
Part three of the ying and yang (and back to ying…) of Chelsea football club – still attracting a certain type of fan that loves nothing more than a pint, another pint, another one, then a fight.
He’s got a bit of spare time on his hands currently, and if the figures from his new deal are to be believed, he might be the only person sat in the stands thinking that the players are poorly paid.
It’ll be a familiar journey from Hertfordshire, up the M6 to Manchester, but eagle-eyed City fans should be able to spot the old United fans from their Barbour jackets and sense of entitement.