Man of the moment Mateo Kovacic is the cover star of the matchday programme for today’s game against West Ham and inside the pages, the other player who scored against Valencia midweek, Christian Pulisic is the major interview.
As well as hearing from the exciting in-form winger, the American story is expanded further with Chelsea links with the United States over the years explored in the programme’s Journey Home feature, which even includes a picture of baseball legend Babe Ruth. Find out why by buying a copy.
They say ‘write about what you know’ and the opportunity was certainly there for Frank Lampard this time when he compiled his regular page. He briefly discusses his West Ham past and also has words for Manuel Pellegrini, whom he played under at Manchester City.He adds: ‘It’s a London derby – these are the occasions we’re here for, so let’s work together and hopefully there’ll be a great atmosphere inside the Bridge today.’
On the captain’s page, you can read Cesar Azpilicueta’s thanks to the fans for their amazing support in Manchester and Valencia, and he says we have to now work together to make a great atmosphere and big performance against West Ham.On the subject of the Hammers, Previously is a look at the career of former West Ham and Chelsea favourite Joe Cole, and going further back to the 1969/70 season retrospective, there is a cracking profile of Charlie Cooke, who announced himself to Blues fans with a stunning goal against West Ham when he left Bobby Moore on his backside.
In fact Moore is the focus of the Star Gazing feature, albeit written by another Chelsea attacker Barry Bridges, not Cooke.
- This season’s matchday programme remains at £3.50 and is available in and around Stamford Bridge, the Megastore and online. Cashless payment is now available from certain sellers.