Essien dreams of song for Europe

The Blues, who have reached the semi-final or final in five out of

the last seven seasons, are determined to land the trophy. Ghana

midfielder Essien has featured in most of those near-misses and his

absence through injury for the second half of last term is thought

to have been a factor behind Chelsea’s last-16 defeat to Inter

Milan. The campaign still proved to be the most successful in the

club’s history, Ancelotti masterminding their first ever league

title and FA Cup double in his maiden season in charge. The

subsequent open-top bus parade saw the Italian take to the

microphone with a rendition of the White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation

Army’ and the Blues’ anthem ‘Nel blu dipinto di blu’ (In the blue,

painted blue), and Essien believes a Champions League triumph would

spark similar scenes in May. “I still have memories of the double

parade at the end of last season and would love to do it all over

again at the end of this season,” 27-year-old Essien wrote in his

blog on his club’s official website. “I can’t wait to hear the

manager sing ‘Paa-pa-pa-pa-pa-paa’ again. It’s the best Italian

song I have heard since Pavarotti and it still makes me laugh even

watching the DVD now.” Chelsea’s Champions League hopes received a

boost on Friday when they were drawn to face Marseille, Spartak

Moscow and MSK Zilina in the group stage, which begins in two

weeks. Essien added: “As a player, you get the inner feeling that

something big is around the corner and I feel the same way I felt

last season when we won the double. “However, I am sure we can go

one further and add the big one – the UEFA Champions League trophy

– to our collection of trophies. “Everyone knows how much winning

that will mean to us. “As a team, we have won every domestic trophy

and so it’s only natural that we have the hunger for the European

trophy. “That is not to say we don’t care about the Premier League,

FA Cup or Carling Cup. We want to win every competition we enter

this season and we will do all we can to win them all.” Chelsea,

meanwhile, have confirmed they have loaned new goalkeeper Matej

Delac to Vitesse Arnhem for the season. The Croatian, who joined

the Blues upon turning 18 last month after signing a pre-contract

agreement, links up with Stamford Bridge team-mates Nemanja Matic

and Slobodan Rajkovic, who are also spending 2010-11 at the Dutch

club.