The Nigeria international expects a difficult game when the Cottagers slug it out with the Blues at Stamford Bridge

Fulham defender Ola Aina has explained how he is looking forward to playing against his former club Chelsea in a Premier League game on May 1.

The 24-year-old spent more than a decade at Stamford Bridge, having been with the club since he was a child and featured for the senior team before permanently leaving the side in 2019.

On leaving the Blues, the versatile defender joined Italian club Torino on an initial loan move before signing a permanent deal.

Aina is currently on a season-long loan with the Cottagers and as they prepare to take on the Blues, the wing-back has revealed his eagerness for the “tough” game.

“It’s going to be a tough game, a very tough game.I came through the ranks there so I know a lot of people, a lot of coaches,” Aina told the club website.

“It’s going to be a special game for me, but nevertheless the team’s going there to do a job, and hopefully we can.

“I had great memories at Chelsea because I was there from when I was a kid to a young man, some good memories with the first team as well, being with that Premier League winning squad in 2016/17.

“I get excited for every fixture, but to play against your boyhood club is always one that you relish, and I’m looking forward to it.

“It will be difficult, even though they’ve got a lot of games. They’ve got good rotation in their squad. I think whoever plays for Chelsea against us, it will still be a difficult game as they’ve got quality players.

“That’s just how it is, but with how the Premier League is, anything can happen. Anyone can beat anyone. At the end of the day it’s 11 against 11, so I’m looking forward to it and we’ll see what happens.”

Fulham are in the relegation zone with 27 points from 33 games and Aina has urged his side to take each game as it comes while hoping they can avoid the drop at the end of the campaign.

“To the outside world, it’s looking like a massive mountain, but to us, the staff here, the boys, we just take every game as it comes,” he continued.

“We have to focus on the games one by one, and the next game’s Chelsea so we just have to focus on that, do our best, try and get a result, and that’s how we’ll be pushing on for the rest of the season.

“We have five more games to go, these are five massive finals for us, so we have to hit them head on.”

Aina has made 31 appearances for Fulham across all competitions this season, scoring two goals and providing one assist.



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