Corinthians director Edu analyses Chelsea ahead of Fifa Club World Cup
After 4 years at Arsenal as a player, Corinthians director of football Edu Gaspar to hoping renew his rivalry with Chelsea in December at the Fifa Club World Cup in Japan. Edu played for Arsenal between 2001 and 2005 and had many battles against the club from West London, but is aware that it is a different Chelsea now to the one he used to face.
He told Terra: "It's been a while since then. Times are different.
"It was a Chelsea team that faced with an indefinite philosophy, with an investor coming in, with much suspicion. We played against strong teams until them, but the scenario was different."
Since Roman Abramovich become the club owner in 2003, Chelsea have won the Premier League 3 times, 4 FA Cups and 2 League Cups, and in May they finally secured the trophy the Russian craved the most, the Uefa Champions League.
"The philosophy of Chelsea today is already well defined, with large players. A strong team with a tactical system, enjoying a great moment. They won the Champions League, the biggest dream, and are very well situated in the English League.
"Chelsea deserves our respect for the players they have, for the club and for their great fan. But we are also in a good moment. Hopefully we will meet them in the final."