Rafael Benitez might not normally relish a trip to face Stoke City but recent form suggests his Chelsea side’s best hope of reigniting their season lies away from Stamford Bridge.
The Londoners have looked formidable on the road, in stark contrast to the European champions’ form at home where successive defeats have severely dented their bid for honours this season.
And Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat by Swansea in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final provided a focus for the discontent that has been building up around the club over the past few months.
Chelsea supporters greeted the loss with fresh condemnation of both interim manager Benitez, his fellow Spaniard and misfiring striker Fernando Torres, as well as slamming the clubs failure to offer a new contract to fans’ favourite Frank Lampard.
It didn’t help that Chelsea’s previous appearance on home turf had seen them fall to a shock 1-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers who sit at the foot of the Premier League table, a result that all but ended the Blues’ title hopes. read full story.