Jun 082013

It’s the time of year that Homer Simpson loves more than any other – the cut. Chelsea have announced the release of 8 players – and there aren’t too many surprises. While some of the names on the list are relatively unknown, there are several players that once showed promise and potential. Of the youth players, Amin Affane, Aziz Deen-Conteh and Archange Nkumu are the unfortunate leavers, and they leave with the club’s best wishes for the future. Joining them are Ross Turnbull, Hilario, Florent Malouda, Paulo Ferreira and Yossi Benayoun.

Turnbull has never really inspired confidence between the posts, and few fans will be sorry to see him leave. At 28, Ross is far older than most people assume, and he should be hitting his peak. Hopefully he can find first team football elsewhere and move his career forward. Joining him on the bus out of town is 37 year old Hilario – another goalkeeper departure that few fans will be concerned about. Hilario spent 7 years at the club and yet only managed 20 first team appearances. I’d love to say he’ll enjoy his retirement, but by all accounts he’s been enjoying it for a few years now.

Yossi Benayoun was a promising signing in 2010, but he never really established himself, and spent the majority of his playing time out on loan at Arsenal and West Ham. Benayoun was rarely anything but a bit part player, and it’s good for the club to get his wages off the books. However, Paulo Ferreira and Florent Malouda were far from bit part players. Malouda was a £13 million pound signing from Lyon who made almost 150 appearances for the club before falling out of favour with both fans and successive managers. Similarly, Paulo Ferreira was one of the first big signings of the Abramovich era. He joined from Porto in 2004 for €20 million euro, and quickly established himself as first choice right back with some tremendous performances. Although he has struggled in the last two years, Ferreira was a dedicated and exceptional player for us, and he was rightly applauded for his cameo against Everton on the last day of the season. Ferreira now retires from professional football, and we can do nothing but thank him for his service to the club.

And so here we are – out with the old and in with the new. The spots that have opened up in the squad will now be filled by youth players and new signings – and that is far more exciting for any fan…despite what Homer says!

Feb 162013

Fernando Torres has not exactly been the player that Chelsea were hoping for when they signed him from Liverpool for a British record of £50 million in January 2011. It took him over 900 minutes on the pitch to score his first goal for Chelsea which was his only goal from 18 games in that campaign. He did a little better the next year, scoring 11 goals including the crucial late goal against Barcelona that sent us to the Champions league final. His figures have improved again this year, with 15 so far, but he has never rediscovered the sparkling form he showed at Liverpool and Athletico Madrid.

His team mate, who also played with him at Anfield, Yossi Benayoun, has spoken out about the situation. The Israeli international feels that Chelsea handled Torres badly from the beginning, and that has caused his lack of confidence and loss of form.

“You can understand it is not easy, from being the top striker at Liverpool. He was unbelievable, you gave him the ball and you knew he would score.

“But he had a bad time at the beginning at Chelsea. When he came in he was on the bench, then on the pitch.

“He did not get the confidence when he came in, and with the £50 million above his head it is not easy for any player. The situation from the beginning was badly managed with him.”

Unlike many Chelsea fans, Benayoun agrees with Abramovich, and believes that Torres still has a lot to offer Chelsea, and he thinks that the Spanish striker is already turning the corner.

“He has had good spells, bad spells, and has 15 or 16 goals already. That is not bad, but hopefully he will finish with 25.

“He just needs to believe in himself. It would be good to get his confidence back and be his old self. Hopefully he will get a few more soon and you will see the real Fernando Torres.”

We would all love to see him banging in the goals, but he seems to be unable to really snap out of whatever is bothering him.

Sep 182010

The Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard won’t be risked by Carlo Ancelotti so soon after having an operation on his hernia, so the Chelsea coach will choose between Yossi Benayoun and new-signing Ramires to face Blackpool in Lampards absence.

Ancelotti said: “Benayoun played very well in the first half against Zilina, taking the right positions and making two assists,”

“It is a new position for him but he can play that position because he is intelligent and we need to have intelligent players in midfield because then we can rotate places there. Yossi will take up the right positions.

“But Ramires played a good game against West Ham last week and he is fresh.

“Lampard will be fit next week, for the Carling Cup against Newcastle I think. He is training but we don’t want to take a risk against Blackpool.”

Well I think he should let them play 45 minutes each so they can both show him what they can do……

Sep 022010

Chelsea have only managed to rustle up four homegrown players (over 21) in their squad, which means they have lost four senior places in the declared team.

John Terry, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Ross Turnbull are the only ‘home-grown’ English players, available, but the Blues can have an unlimited number of Under 21s coming through from the youth teams.

Full squad: Ashley Cole, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Ross Turnbull, Petr Cech, Branislav Ivanovic, Michael Essien, Ramires, Yossi Benayoun, Didier Drogba, John Mikel Obi, Florent Malouda, Jose Bosingwa, Yury Zhirkov, Paulo Ferreira, Salomon Kalou, Alex, Henrique Hilario, Nicolas Anelka.

Chelsea resisted the temptation to buy more English players during the transfer window that could have increased the numbers, but Ramires and Yossi Benayoun will make the squad stronger anyway.

Jul 112010

The new Chelsea midfielder Yoss Benayoun has given his first interview since leaving Liverpool, and he has serious issues with the way that Rafael Benitez managed the players, including himself of course.

I don’t really need to make much comment, just read it yourself and see what you think…

“Everyone asks me why I left Liverpool,” said Benayoun. “There is only one reason; Rafa Benitez! I agreed to join Chelsea before Roy Hodgson was appointed Liverpool’s new manager. It’s a dream for me such a fantastic club have given me this opportunity.”

“But I want Liverpool fans to know the truth and for them to know I made up my mind to leave a long time ago because of Benitez. He never treated me with the respect I deserved. If I played well, I never felt he gave me credit. When I scored, I still expected to be out of the team the next game. And when the fans wanted me to play, Benitez told me he couldn’t understand why they booed.”

“There are many examples of him treating me badly. On two occasions early last season, against Fulham and Lyon, the fans booed when I was subbed. They thought I was playing well but Benitez told me he was surprised the fans booed because I was not good enough. It was as if the fans’ reaction worked against me. The situation got worse afterwards. He told me I was a better player as a substitute instead of starting in the team.”

“Then, when we played Birmingham after I hadn’t started a game for a month, he didn’t tell me I was starting until two hours before the game. He tried to destroy my confidence. You can’t treat a player like this and expect him to be happy. I felt so unhappy but, out of respect to the club, I never spoke out. The players and the people at the top of the club knew how I felt.”

“I don’t want to speak on behalf of other players at Liverpool, but people know what happened to Albert Riera and Xabi Alonso. It was the same for me. Benitez tried to break me like he broke Riera. I was sure he wanted me to attack him in the Press during the season so he could turn the fans against me, so I kept quiet. I felt he was waiting for me to make a mistake so he could use it against me.”

“On the day before the final game of last season at Hull, Benitez pulled me to one side after training and said: ‘You will not be in the squad for this game. Thank you for your three years of service, now you can call your agent to do a deal with another club. That’s when Chelsea made an offer and the deal was done before Benitez left.”

“The previous season when we finished second in the Premier League, I was happy with my performance in the final months but I was not sure if the manager thought I was a good player. I told Benitez I would go if he wanted, but he told me I was important and he would give me a new contract, which I signed. But then for the first game of the new season I wasn’t in the team again. The manager ignored me when I wanted to know why.

“After he ignored me for a long time, he needed me for Europe when Ryan Babel was suspended. I said: ‘You need me now and I will always do my best.’ I scored against Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final. It was a really emotional moment for me. The fans could see what it meant to me. I couldn’t say at the time, but I knew this was my last season at Liverpool and I wanted a special end. I thought: ‘No matter how the manager is treating me, I’m showing the fans the club is in my heart.”

“I knew I had to get away from Benitez. A lot of people at Liverpool treated me well and asked me to stay, but I could not turn down such a massive club as Chelsea. I could not risk waiting to see if Benitez kept his job. The club said they understood why I was unhappy and promised they’d let me leave in the summer if an offer came while Benitez was manager.”

“It is good for Liverpool Benitez has gone, but it was too late for me. I know everyone working there will be a lot happier and I believe Roy Hodgson is a good choice. It was a privilege for me to play for such a great club in front of great fans. I thought I would be staying for a lot longer.”

“I’m not stupid. I know Chelsea have many great players and it will be hard to play in the team every week. But what’s important for me is I know I will be treated with respect. Carlo Ancelotti is a fantastic manager and he knows how to treat players.”

So what do Liverpool (and Chelsea) fans think of that?

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Jul 082010

The Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti may have won the Premier League and FA Cup double last season, but he is already preparing to defend both titles, despite being six weeks away from the start of the 2010/11 season. He has already started giving off positive vibes ahead of the new challenge.

“We started on Monday, last year we started at the same time and we need maybe five weeks to prepare the team, to do the best physical preparation,” he said. “We will have the other players on July 22 and 26, but for the first games of pre-season they will not be involved.”

A lot of the players are still resting after their World Cup exertions, but the Italian boss is happy to welcome Yossi Benayoun to the fold.

“It could be a little different this year, a little difficult because we don’t have all the players to start the season but we can still do a good job,” he said.

“Benayoun I think is a good player, we need to have a player with quality who can play in the midfield.

“He can play in every position in midfield and for this I think he will be a very good player for us for next season.”

So we’re off! All we are waiting for is to find who else is going to join the team….

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Jul 082010

Chelsea brought in the Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun last week, and now it seems that he is very good friends with Fernando Torres, who Chelsea are also trying to persuade to move to Stamford Bridge this summer.

Torres and Benayoun are former team-mates, and the young Spaniard believes that the Israeli international fits in perfectly with his style of play.

He said last season: “Yes, for me Benayoun should always play because I need a player like him with quality in the pass and always looking forward, looking for the striker. I always say to him that if I was the manager he’d always play with me.”

Could there be an ulterior motive for Chelsea buying Benayoun?

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Jul 022010

The Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun has been reportedly close to signing for Chelsea for the last month, and at last the deal has finally been confirmed.

The Telegraph has reported tonight that Benayoun has signed a three-year contract at Stamford Bridge worth £75,000 a week to the Israeli international.

The 30 year-old was extremely pleased to finally be moving to a club that could win him some trophies. He said: “I am very excited to come to a club like Chelsea, it is a big club and I think it is a dream for every player,”

Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti admitted that he was attracted to Yossi’s versatility. “Yossi has a lot of quality in midfield and can play in lots of positions. I like his behaviour on the pitch,”

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Jun 152010

The papers are full of Liverpool transfer rumours this morning, and they all concern players leaving the club! The main man is Steven Gerrard, and the new England captain is reported by AS to be ready to join Real Madrid after the World Cup.

Jose Mourinho tried extremely hard to sign Gerrard when he was Chelsea manager, and believes that he would be a perfect alternative to Frank Lampard who he expects to stay at Chelsea. With Liverpool in turmoil he feels certain that the Scouser will be sure to win another few trophies before he retires, and Mourinho is certain he can deliver them.

Caughtoffside is under the impression that Barcelona will rival Madrid for his signature, and thinks they are willing to pay £40m for the 30 year-old. That seems a little farfetched to me, especially as they can’t raise that sum for Fabregas…..

It seems to be an open secret that Yossi Benayoun is moving to Chelsea, and the Guardian reports that the Israeli will be having a medical at Cobham this week after agreeing personal terms with Chelsea. They say that the two clubs are yet to agree on the transfer fee, but other papers say that a £6m or £6.5m figure has been agreed….

The Daily Mail is convinced that Javier Mascherano is nearly certain to follow Rafael Benitez to Inter Milan as he has revealed he has started to learn Italian, and thinks that Glen Johnson will be following him after Inter sell Maicon to Real Madrid. Maicon’s agent practically confirmed that he will be moving to the Spanish giants yesterday when he said: “The most likely scenario clearly remains Madrid.”

“I believe that with two prestigious directors such as Moratti and Florentino (Perez), it is not difficult to reach an agreement.”

AS thinks that the money raised from the sale of Maicon will be more than enough to prise Johnson from Liverpool, and the managerless club will take whatever they can get at the moment!

The Times goes even further, and thinks that there will be a mass exodus, with both Gerrard and Torres waiting until after the World Cup before making up their minds on their next clubs, and they then continue with: A number of other players are up for sale, with Liverpool open to offers for Ryan Babel, Albert Riera and Philipp Degen, among others, while Diego Cavalieri, the club’s second-choice goalkeeper, is seeking a transfer to secure regular first-team football, having been understudy to Pepe Reina for two years.

It is beginning to look like Roy Hodgson or Kenny Dalglish will have to buy a completely new team by the time one of them is appointed! Perhaps Hicks and Gillett think they can clear all their debts before selling the club on….

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Jun 152010

It is being reported this morning in Israel that the Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun has agreed to join Chelsea on a four year contract.

A few weeks ago Benayoun told the Israeli media that a deal was on the cards when he was quoted as saying: “Ancelotti wants me for next season and now everything depends on Liverpool,” he was reported as saying.

“Chelsea will have to pay some £6m but I believe that in the end I’ll be moving there.”

It was thought that Chelsea had originally offered £4m, which was refused, but now it seems that a compromise has finally been reached.

The only thing that worries me about this report is that a four-year contract seems quite a long time for a 30 year-old, and how does this help the Blues reduce the average age of the team?

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