May 112013

With Manchester United appointing David Moyes as their new manager, there are now two big Premier League managerial spots to be filled. While Bill Kenwright has a job on his hands to replace the consistent Moyes at Everton, it seems to be accepted by pretty much everyone that Roman has already agreed a deal with Jose Mourinho to return to the club where he really launched himself on the world stage. With the bookies now offering odds as short as 1/12 on Mourinho succeeding Rafa Benitez, it seems inevitable that the special one will return.

Jose has been publicly eyeing up Chelsea for the last few months. Like the blonde bombshell at the bar winking at you all night waiting for you to make your move, Mourinho seems really up for it. And what better time for him to return? With Manchester United facing their first managerial change in 3 decades, Manchester City facing up to the reality of a crushing and comprehensive defeat to their defence of the title and Arsenal facing another summer of mediocrity in the transfer market, the league is ripe for a rejuvenated Mourinho.

Chelsea have a squad that is no more than one of two additions away from being one of the strongest in recent memory. In Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and Oscar, we have 3 of the most exciting and creative attacking midfielders in world football. Most big teams are built around one such player – and we have 3! There is no doubt that Chelsea need a striker, but it’s not as if we won’t be able to attract the top talent. With Roman’s chequebook and Jose’s appeal, there are few players that we can’t realistically target.

This is an exciting time to be a Chelsea fan, and the thought of Jose tearing it up in the league is truly mouth-watering. The fun times are coming…

May 092013

The back page headlines in many a tabloid newspaper today will tell you in no uncertain terms that Wayne Rooney is going to follow Sir Alex Ferguson out the door at Man Utd. Reports suggest that Rooney has been unhappy with losing his place up front in the Utd team, and a request to be transfer listed 2 weeks ago was rejected by the club. With our own strikers continuing to contribute their miserly returns in front of goals, an out and out goalscorer is priority number one for most Chelsea fans. Could Wayne Rooney really be the answer?

If the rumours are true, it will be a remarkable turn of events. When Rooney first handed in a transfer request in Oct 2010, he cited the lack of desire shown by the club as his main reason for wishing to leave. With Utd capturing the signatures of Dortmund player of the year Shinji Kagawa and Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie during last summer’s transfer window, Rooney certainly can’t use a lack of desire to excuse his desire to leave. No, Rooney’s main issue in this instance is that he is no longer the leading man at Man Utd. Rooney plays second fiddle to Van Persie, and he’s visibly unhappy about it.

Whether Man Utd would sell a player of Rooney’s status to us is one thing, but the question of should we buy him is another issue entirely. Fernando Torres has played well in recent months, but his goal return is simply unacceptable. Similarly, Demba Ba was an absolute steal from Newcastle and excellent value for money. What he is not is the main striker in a team looking to challenge domestically and in Europe. Chelsea are crying out for proven goalscorer. We could do worse.

With Mata, Oscar and Hazard playing behind Rooney as the focal point of our attacks, it is not unreasonable to suggest that the goals would be far more free-flowing. Wayne Rooney is a 25 goal a season striker, given the right team. It might not be pretty, and it might not be what we want. There’s certainly every chance that this could never happen.

None of that means it doesn’t make sense…

Apr 072013

Manchester United have had a very easy run to the Premiership title this season, but he is expecting it to be a little more different next year as he expects The Special One to return to the Bridge and mount a serious challenge for the title.

Ahead of tomorrows game against Man City, Fergie was asked if he thought that City would come back and fight for the title again next season. He replied: “You’d expect – if José goes back to Chelsea – a big challenge there.

“Manchester City won’t go away, with the money they’ve got. And I think Arsenal will improve – there’s some indication that Arsenal are building a better squad than people think – and Tottenham have been progressing for a couple of years now. So it’s a hard league to win, there’s no doubt about that.

“But at this moment in time we just need to concentrate on winning the league this year.”

Considering that Mourinho and Ferguson are very good friends you wouldn’t expect him to be just guessing, so I think it is safe to assume that Fergie is fully expecting this move to happen or why else would he announce it publicly like that?

Apr 012013

Rafa Benitez is not exactly the most popular Chelsea manager ever, but the fans have relented a little on him recently. His comments and statement that he would definitely be leaving the club at the end of the season have drawn an uneasy truce, but if Chelsea go out of the FA cup against Manchester United today after resting key players and losing to Southampton, he will get dog’s abuse.

Some good news for Chelsea is that Ferguson has dropped Wayne Rooney from the side, he is not even on the bench. After being dropped for the Real Madrid game, it seems clear that the England striker’s days are numbered at United. Hernandez and van Persie are good players, but the Dutchman is ion a scoring drought and Rooney is much harder to play against than the Mexican.

Demba Ba will lead the line for Chelsea, with Juan Mata back from illness alongside Eden Hazard and Oscar in a very attacking and creative line up. Lampard and Terry are on the bench, and will be great to bring on to steady the ship if needed. It is vital that we start well and don’t let United get too comfortable, making the most of home advantage in this crucial game that could define the season.

Feb 162013

It seems clear that nothing short of a miracle will stop Rafa Benitez from losing his job as the manager of Chelsea come the end of the season. To win the Europa league would be nice, but after last year it would still be a comedown after a Champions league trophy. The stuttering performance against Sparta Prague this week did nothing to make mo too optimistic about the Blues going all the way, however. The Premier league is certainly gone, and we are now in a battle for second but also in danger of missing a top four spot.

Benitez has failed to improve Chelsea’s fortunes and seems to have had no effect on the form of Fernando Torres, which was one of the main reasons that Abramovich gave him the job in the first team. It is obvious that the fans will never warm to him, so the only question is who will replace him in the summer.

David Moyes from Everton has made his way on to the list, according to the Independent. Abramovich is encouraged by Moyes’ decision not to renew his contract with Everton until it is due to expire at the end of the season. Maybe his decision will depend on whether Everton, who are currently in sixth position and six points behind fourth placed Tottenham, manage to qualify for the Champions league. Maybe it will depend on what other offers he receives.

Moyes has been with the Toffees almost 11 years and has worked wonders on a shoestring budget, but he has never had the chance to prove himself at a really big club. There have been suggestions that he may be lined up as the successor to Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, but there is no clear sign that the old Scot is close to retiring.

Chelsea would certainly offer Moyes the chance to operate at a higher level, with a better budget and better players, but is he the man we want?

Nov 232012

Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that Rafael Benitez is ‘very lucky’ to be hired just before Chelsea’s trip to Japan to compete in the World Club Cup.

Rafael Benitez was hired as Inter Milan boss, the season following on from Jose Mourinho’s treble winning exploits, and won the World Club Cup with Inter. He now has the opportunity to win a second with another squad he had no say in assembling.

Ferguson said: “On his CV he could have two world championships and nothing to do with the construction of the teams.

“Rafael Benitez is very lucky. Jose Mourinho won the treble at Inter; Rafa took over and they won the world title without having to do anything.”

He then went on to talk about Roberto Di Matteo´s sacking, saying:
“Everyone feels for Roberto Di Matteo, and quite rightly, It’s quite amazing that you win the FA Cup and the Champions League and lose your job.”

Rafael Benitez takes over his first game in charge at Chelsea this weekend, a home game against Manchester City, and Sir Alex said on the subject: “I hope he is lucky on Sunday too, It happens time and time again when a new manager comes in that a team win their first few games.

“It is strange how it happens and sometimes you wonder if it encourages chairmen at football clubs to make changes because they think: ‘if we get a new manager we’ll win the next two or three games’.”

Well all i can say is that I hope Chelsea DO win their next few games, but why couldn’t we win them with Di Matteo in charge????

Oct 282012

Considering the start that Chelsea have had this season compared to their great rivals Man United you would think that they would be a much shorter price to beat Alex Ferguson’s team today.

Both Stan James and William Hill have set the Chelsea odds at a brilliant 6/4. The fact that Chelsea have won every home game so far (and are unbeaten away as well) would suggest they should be shorter, and also the historical fact that United haven’t won at Stamford Bridge since 2002!

Against all those figures though any United fan could point out that Chelsea haven’t beaten their team in the last five meetings in all competitions, and will certainly be playing their hearts out to stay in touch at the top of the Premier League. They could argue that all the pressure will be on the Blues to maintain their excellent start to the season.

For those who want to oppose Chelsea, you can get as high as 11/5 for United to win, whereas the draw is a more reasonable 9/4 or better, and surely that is really the best that Ferguson could hope for?

These games are usually highscoring affairs and there will certainly be some smart money on the 2-2 draw which is available at 12/1 from most bookies, but I am going to bet with my heart and will have my hard-earned fivers on Chelsea to win 3-1 (@ 25/1 from Stan James) and 4-1 (@ 50/1).

What do you think the score will be?

Oct 282012

The Man United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is well aware that another loss at Stamford Bridge today, a ground where they haven’t won for ten years, could be very important in the race for the Premier League title.

Man United could end the day seven points behind the leaders if they suffer another setback and the bookies think they face an uphill task and have set the United Odds up at 2/1 or higher to win the game today.

No-one in the Premier League has a better record against United than Roberto Di Matteo’s men, and Ferguson has explained why he thinks Chelsea have performed so well over the decade, despite seemingly changing their manager every year!

Fergie said: “Players who have been at the club for a number of years like Terry, [Ashley] Cole, [Frank] Lampard and [Petr] Cech give them stability,”

“Continuity with their kind of experience must help the dressing room. Terry will be a loss for them because he has been such a dominating figure. He is their captain, he has experience and he can be a ruthless defender.

“His presence a lot of the time was the most important thing for them. You will always miss a player like that.”

Ferguson may be hopeful that Chelsea miss Terry, but I think he will be sorely disappointed as we just like beating United whoever is in the team!

Oct 152012

It seems ridiculous, but the Chelsea board are standing firm to their policy of offering no more than a year at a time to any player over 30-years old. England international left back Ashley Cole is not happy with this and so is set to leave the club in the summer for nothing.

Cole is one of the best left backs in the world and is in peak physical condition, so there will be a queue of top European clubs vying for his signature. He could rejoin his old manager from Chelsea, Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid. Even worse, he could go to Premier league rivals Manchester United.

Alex Ferguson has been keen to get cover, or a replacement, for his French international Patrice Evra. Evra is just a year older than Cole but his form has dropped alarmingly. Fergie was looking at Leighton Baines from Everton, but David Moyes was demanding around £20 million. If United get Cole for nothing, Ferguson will not believe his luck.

Frank Lampard is in the same situation at 34-years old and so it looks like they will join another of the Champion’s league winning team, Didier Drogba, to be cast aside. The players feel that they deserve more loyalty from Abramovich and Chelsea but it does not look like they will get it.

Jul 182011

The Man Utd manager Alex Ferguson believes that Andre Villas-Boas is capable of challenging his team for the Premiership title next season.

“It is a big step for Chelsea and an enormous challenge,” Ferguson said. “But he knows the club and has been there before, that’s an advantage.

“We expect Chelsea to be challenging for honours again.”

“He has a very experienced bunch of players there and for a young manager having to go to a club of that size, experienced players are a help to him.

“It is a strong possibility that he will have enough staff to overcome that type of move.”

I certainly hope you are right Fergie!

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