Vital Football

Latest Wigan Atletic News

Latics Speyk to Chelsea

Latics Speyk to Chelsea

Today Wigan Athletic entertain Chelsea at the JJB hoping to get something out of the game

In the run up to the game I managed to speak to Vital Chelsea editor merlin and asked him a few questions about Chelsea, the Latics and todays match, lets see what he had to say

How long have you been a Chelsea supporter merlin?

Nothing like starting with a personal question is there?

I suppose you could say I discovered the light in the early eighties, I`d left school and got bored with the home town thing, I needed something better, I needed to spread my wings and one Saturday I ventured into London and a lifelong passion was born.

Sorry, if I don`t fall into the glory-hunter backet though, I`ve seen my team in the lower league and, to be honest, enjoyed the experience.

Are you pleased with your start to the season?

Let`s just say it`s been eventful. Our ambition of wrestling the title back from Manchester United fell away early on although the dreams not entirely over but at least we`ve still got the Champions League to go for.

How's life under Avram Grant?

Slowly but surely it`s starting to take shape. After the loss to United in his first game we`ve won every other.

Not sure if its Grants influence or not, could be that we`ve got a stat-studded team who are determined to do it on the pitch. However, there are subtle changes in style, more players pushing forward (and quicker) when we have the ball.

Do you miss Jose?

Yes! Who wouldn`t?

Some of the life has gone out of the club, indeed, some of the life has gone out of the Premier League. Find me someone who doesn`t miss his legendary press conferences?


Are you happy with your summer signings?

In a word NO!

I have this suspicion that Jose`s tenure was hanging by a thread and no matter what the public face was, the club were never going to spend big.

Don`t believe the baloney about Chelsea never spending big! Roman will get his men in when the time is right!

Who should the Latics fans watch out for in the Chelsea team?

Frank Lampard!

I can`t believe there are idiots out there who boo him in an England shirt. Two years on the trot best England player (as voted for by the fans), the man is a legend.


What is the main prize for Chelsea this season?

After our indifferent start in the Premier League, I`d say the Champions League. Lady Luck must smile on us soon, three semi-final defeats in four years!


How do you feel the Latics will do this season, can we pull out of our current slump?

It`s a hard question, I feel Derby County are doomed and so many others are struggling to get a decent run of results. Spurs (ha ha!) are down there although I suspect they`ll climb clear and the likes of Fulham aren`t exactly classy.

It could be a case of you lot having to win games against the likes of Derby, Fulham, Sunderland etc to stay up. Whatever happens I wish you well.


If you had to pick one of the current Latics players to be in your squad who would it be and why?

Super Mario!

With Paulo Ferreira out injured for a month we could be back to the shenanigans of last season if Juliano Belletti gets injured.

Always like Mario, never quite achieved what he could have done though in his football career.

Who do you think will finish in the top 4 and bottom 3 this season?

Top four - perm any four from these five, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Blackburn! Relegation, Derby, Fulham and Reading!.

Prediction for Latics Vs Chelsea?

I`ve got to go for an away win, hopefully settled before the last minute this time!

Thanks for that merlin, good luck for the rest of the season, after today of course



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Saturday November 3 2007
Time: 8:49AM

Comments

0
Good answers there merlin. Like you say Jose is missed by everyone in the Prem, he had a little sparkle, cant say the same thing about your current boss though!
worbo
03/11/2007 09:00:00
0
he is, and I'm being polite, a little dour!
merlin
03/11/2007 12:23:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

Top Championship Google Searches 2016/17

Newcastle United topped Google searches for 2016/17 with Aston Villa following in second place, but which other clubs featured in the top ten.

Things Garry Cook will do in his first day as a director

Jesus Was a Wiganer looks forward to Gaz Cook's first day in the hallowed Halls of DW.

Latics Close In On Former Midfielder

A former midfield partner of Graham Barrow's could be on his way back to Wigan

New EFL Radio Deal Starts 2017/18

The Football League confirmed yesterday that a new three year deal with Talksport and the BBC had been signed to increase radio broadcast coverage from next season.

Archived Vital Latics Articles

Vital Latics articles from

Site Journalists

Liam Sephton
Editor email
Profile
Dan Farrimond
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Who would be your choice for Wigan manager?
Suggested By: Dave Whelan
Uwe Rosler24%
Steve McClaren25%
Nathan Jones18%
Paul Cook23%
Other10%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Newcastle 46 29 7 10 94 45
P Brighton 46 28 9 9 93 34
3 Reading 46 26 7 13 85 4
4 Sheff Wed 46 24 9 13 81 15
5 Huddersfield 46 25 6 15 81 -2
6 Fulham 46 22 14 10 80 28
7 Leeds Utd 46 22 9 15 75 14
8 Norwich 46 20 10 16 70 16
9 Derby County 46 18 13 15 67 4
10 Brentford 46 18 10 18 64 10
11 Preston 46 16 14 16 62 1
12 Cardiff 46 17 11 18 62 -1
13 Aston Villa 46 16 14 16 62 -1
14 Barnsley 46 15 13 18 58 -3
15 Wolves 46 16 10 20 58 -4
16 Ipswich 46 13 16 17 55 -10
17 Bristol City 46 15 9 22 54 -6
18 Q.P.R. 46 15 8 23 53 -14
19 Birmingham 46 13 14 19 53 -19
20 Burton 46 13 13 20 52 -14
21 Forest 46 14 9 23 51 -10
R Blackburn 46 12 15 19 51 -12
R Wigan 46 10 12 24 42 -17
R Rotherham 46 5 8 33 23 -58
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Wigan Athletic Results (view all)

Wigan Athletic Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.king_dezeeuw06216
2.Get a Grip!150
3.truelatic4eva139
4.Whittleblue127
5.C_Latic113
6.Moonay106
7.bickymon82
8.WN570
9.Jonny_SuffolkLatic70
10.Martinez198667
The Vital Football Members League