Enzo Fernandez Hits Out at Teammate for Chelsea Grudge

Enzo Fernandez points finger at international colleague Emiliano Martinez, suspecting Martinez may harbor some animosity towards Chelsea
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Chelsea midfielder Enzo Fernandez is gearing up for the FA Cup fourth-round match against Aston Villa on January 26, but, ahead of the intriguing clash, the Argentine has singled out his international ally Emiliano Martinez of Aston Villa for harboring some animosity towards Chelsea.

He reflects on past encounters, setting the stage for a face-off that goes beyond national camaraderie. Both Fernandez and Martinez were instrumental in Argentina’s World Cup triumph in 2022.

Unraveling the Argentina Duel: Fernandez vs. Martinez

Enzo anticipates a unique contest against international teammate Martinez and hints at a fascinating subplot, suggesting Martinez might have a score to settle with Chelsea.

The 23-year-old, since arriving at Stamford Bridge for an astronomical fee of £106.7million, has squared off against Martinez twice and lost both times.  

Martinez's Mysterious Anger?

Exploring the history between Fernandez and Martinez, there seems to be the curious trend of Martinez elevating his game whenever facing Chelsea. Fernandez digs deep into the enigma, questioning if there's an underlying reason for Martinez's standout performances against the Blues.

Speaking on an interview to ESPN Argentina, as reported by The Mirror, the Blues midfielder said:

"It's a big deal. With Chelsea, he always gets bigger, I don't know what he has against us. It's going to be special to play against Dibu [Martinez]."

Beyond National Bonds

With both players key figures in their clubs' ambitions, the match extends beyond personal rivalries, offering a glimpse into the competitive landscape of English football.

Pochettino's League Challenge and Cup Ambitions

Meanwhile, Manager Mauricio Pochettino faces the challenge of steering the Blues through multiple competitions, on the back of uninspiring performances in the league. With a Carabao Cup semi-final on the horizon as well, Pochettino surely has a balancing act ahead as he aims to guide Chelsea to success in cup competitions and improve their position in the league standings.

Villa currently sits 12 points ahead of Chelsea at fourth in the Premier League table with 43 points, while the Blues struggle to keep themselves in the top ten with 31 points at ninth.