If you don’t remember Tal Ben-Haim, don’t beat yourself up.
The defender joined the Blues in 2007 during Mourinho’s first stint and made 23 appearances before leaving the Bridge eventually. Now, playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv, it’s a homecoming for the 33-year-old defender, as he takes the field in our Champions League clash tonight. Ben-Haim reckons he couldn’t be more excited at the prospect of playing at the Bridge again:
“I’m very excited to play at this club, it meant a lot to me before and now to come back with Maccabi is even more special for me.
“I remember playing under the best manager in the world, I learnt a lot in four months under him. I regret it was a very short period because I feel I would have improved if I continued to play under him but that’s part of football.
“I’m sure he will prepare Chelsea very well. Even when we played against weaker teams he prepared us as if we were playing a Champions League final, so I’m sure they will take us very seriously.”
Oh, the form we are in, we have to take everyone seriously! Our defense has been vulnerable, midfield non-existent while the attack has been toothless; the last thing we wanna do is get complacent!
Ben-Haim also had a few kind words for the Chelsea side, despite the form we are in. The defender acknowledges the fact that we have some world class players who are capable of changing the game in a heartbeat:
“It’s difficult to prepare to play against these type of players because you cannot predict what they are going to do,’ he said.
“We will have a very tough game. You can watch videos for 20 hours but in a game they can change it quickly. We have to prepare to play against a very good team.”
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho also shared his experience of working with Ben-Haim and described him as a good player and a human being:
“Tal Ben-Haim is a good guy, a good player and is competitive.
“I keep following him. I watched the Israel national team match against Wales, and he is not a kid anymore. He is experienced and he knows English football and he knows how to compete. Not just with myself but with everybody here he left good memories.”
Source – Chelseafc
We are in a desperate need of a big win, but, right now, I would say any win will do to lift the confidence and the mood in the dressing room.
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