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Jul 072013
 

Reports today from Spain are linking Chelsea with a bid of £30 million plus for Luis Suarez, and the story seems to be gathering pace in England. The Uruguayan is desperate to leave Liverpool, while the media seem to have decided that we are desperate for a striker. 2 + 2 = 17. There is no doubt that Suarez is an accomplished forward, and he would score bucket-loads at Chelsea, but the idea that we are contemplating a bid for him is ridiculous. Let’s not forget, this is the same Suarez currently serving a ten match ban…for biting Ivanovic! It simply cannot be true.

Stranger things have happened in football, but despite what non-blues fans like to say, the Chelsea Football Club that I grew up following was a club that did things the right way. We acted professionally and with respect for the game and other teams. It would be a lie to say that we haven’t lost our way at times – our lack of patience with recent managers is not the Chelsea way, while we went through a phase of signing players for the wrong reason. Steve Sidwell? Scott Parker? We also let the players have too much control in the dressing room. Players should be leaders, but they should complement the manager, not undermine him. These issues, however, were fleeting in their appearance and are behind us now. We have a long term manager appointed who is signing players for the future so that we can establish ourselves as a stable, powerful force in Europe. We are doing things the right way. Luis Suarez simply doesn’t fit in to that equation.

Despite his undoubted abilities on the pitch, Suarez is a thoroughly unlikeable individual. Whatever we might think of Liverpool, they have an impeccable reputation on the pitch, and how they conduct themselves off it. In little over two years, Suarez has dragged Liverpool’s name through the mud again and again. They stood by him through everything, and then he blames the media for his reputation and says he wants out? How dare he. He was entrusted with the famous No 7 jersey and every day he wears it he disrespects the memory of the Liverpool legends that have worn it before him. Talented as he may be, Luis Suarez brings with him the mentality of a mercenary; the attitude of a cheat and the reputation of a scumbag. We have signed some questionable characters before, but none have been so downright repulsive.

I truly don’t think that we are in for Suarez, but if we are, I sincerely hope that it doesn’t go ahead. We’re Chelsea, and we’re better than this. Tell us, would you be happy to sign Luis Suarez?

Apr 232013
 

The disgusting behaviour of Luis Suarez towards the Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has had the whole world up in arms, and even the British Prime Minister David Cameron has made a statement implying that he expects a heavy punishment for the Uruguayan idiot.

He said through a government spokesman: “It is rightly a matter for the football authorities to consider,”

“As part of their consideration, I think it would be very understandable if they took into account the fact that high-profile players are often role models.”

The Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has spoken publicly about the clubs “values and ethics” being upheld, but Liverpool’s managing director, Ian Ayre, who is the owners mouthpiece, made it quite clear that the incident wouldn’t lead to Suarez being sold in disgrace.

He said: “Not at all. It affects his future in the sense that we have to work with him on his discipline but Luis is a very important player to the club. He’s a very popular player with his team-mates. As we keep saying, he signed a new four-year contract last summer and we’d all love to see him here throughout that contract. He’s a fantastic player, top scorer and everything we’d want in a striker, so there’s no change there. This is more about getting him back on the right track and it’s largely down to Brendan now to work with him on that side of his character.”

So thats alright then? A little slap on the wrist and a few anger management classes? At least the FA realise how serious it is and have promised to punish him over and above the statutory three games. They said: “The incident was not seen by the match officials and has therefore been retrospectively reviewed. It is alleged that the conduct of Suárez constitutes violent conduct and it is the FA’s contention that the standard punishment of three matches that would otherwise apply is clearly insufficient in these circumstances. Suárez has until 6pm on Tuesday 23 April to respond to the charge, thereafter an independent regulatory commission will be convened this Wednesday, 24 April.”

That’s tomorrow. And I expect him to be given at least a ten game ban and a massive fine. Or he has got away with it – again!

Apr 232013
 

Petr Cech was very disappointed to concede the equalising goal to Liverpool on Sunday, especially as we were leading until the 97th minute, but he says that now the Chelsea players need to relieve the ongoing pressure ahead of every game by taking a relaxing break in between matches.

Cech said: “‘We are in a position where we are fighting for everything,”

“There’s a lot of pressure in the Europa League because we want to win it and we are in the semi-finals.

“Every league game we have to fight for the top four and it’s very tight, so there is pressure, and you have to find time to relax and make sure you are mentally fresh for the next game.

“We had a disappointing end to this game but we have another massive game to come on Thursday so we must forget about this one and concentrate on the next match.’

“Just one point is better than nothing, but in added time when you are defending a lead it’s disappointing we couldn’t see the game out.

“We had a good reaction to their first goal, we didn’t panic and the second goal made a big difference.

“We more or less had control of the game in terms of not giving them too many chances but we ended up too deep and they scored with the last action of the game.”

It was heart-breaking to see that animal Luis Suarez score that last-gasp goal, but Cech is right. We just need to put it behind us and prepare for the big game on Thursday. It is Chelsea’s last chance of a trophy this season and we must go for it, but without putting our Top Four League challenge in danger.

Relax now, then come back and win in style!

Apr 222013
 

The Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez certainly had an incident packed return to Anfield yesterday, and although everyone is talking about the disgusting behaviour of Luis Suarez, Benitez is wondering why on earth the referee kept playing after the 90 minutes to give Liverpool every chance to get an equalizer.

He was obviously asked about the Suarez incident after the game, but he clearly had another bee in his bonnet. He said: “I didn’t see anything, I was concentrating on the game and talking about football — we had the game nearly won. Why six minutes extra time? We don’t know. The rules are really clear… so six minutes and 45 seconds more is very difficult to understand.

“Having six minutes added on was a frustration, so to play 45 seconds further was another frustration.

“But I won’t speak to the referee. It will not change anything.”

Although Benitez didn’t want to discuss Luis Suarez, it is also a fact that if the Uruguayan had been sent off, he wouldn’t have even been on the pitch to score the equaliser for Liverpool!

All in all it was a crazy game, and it now means that Chelsea have a fight on their hands to remain in the Top Four after Tottenham managed to beat Manchester City to move within one point of us. A very very bad day for Chelsea and football.

Apr 222013
 

the stage is set for a nail-biting end to the season for the fans of Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal, and Juan Mata thinks that Chelsea should have had all three points against Liverpool after leading right up until the 97th minute of the unusually extended game.

Mata said after the match: “A point is a point but we’re disappointed, that’s the truth,”

“We had the three points until the last second; we tried until the end, we defended well in the second half but at the end we couldn’t.

“In terms of the added minutes, six minutes is a lot, so we were very disappointed at the end because it was an important game for us, especially with Tottenham and Arsenal winning.

“We will try until the end to finish in third position. Third and fourth are available, second is another challenge, but we want to play in the Champions League next season.”

“In the first half we did well, we played some good football and scored the goal,”

“Sturridge changed the game in the first 10 minutes of the second half with his pace and he scored the goal, but we scored the second goal and defended very well until the end.

“We are still alive and we will fight until the last game. With three points we would have been in a better situation, but we still have to face Tottenham and Manchester United and we have many more important games to come.”

No less important is this Thursdays Europa League semi-final in Switzerland against Basel, and I fully expect Benitez to send out a much different team to the one that played yesterday. We cannot afford any more slipups in the race for the Top Four, so we shall have to hope our reserves can get us a reasonable result at Basel to take back home for the second leg…..

Apr 222013
 

The Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez proved yet again that he is an absolute animal and should not be allowed to play in any competitive football match ever again. His totally unprovoked attack on Branislav Ivanovic in yesterdays game at Anfield was a vicious act, and his disgusting play-acting afterwards only compounded his guilt and emphasised what a devious, cheating, disgusting excuse for a human being he really is.

This is not the first time either. While playing for Ajax, he was banned for 7 games in Holland after doing exactly the same thing when he bit PSV’s Otman Bakkal on the shoulder, which led the Dutch papers to name him “The Cannibal of Ajax” and directly led to him being sold to Liverpool as he was so despised by the football supporters in Holland.

Suarez tried to minimise the uproar by immediately being told to publicly apologise to the whole world after the game. His statement said: “I’m sad for what happened this afternoon.

“I apologise to Ivanovic and all the football world for my inexcusable behaviour. I’m so sorry about it.”

“I have issued an apology and have tried to contact Branislav Ivanovic to speak to him personally.

“I apologise also to my manager, playing colleagues and everyone at Liverpool Football Club for letting them down.”

Well I’m afraid this is just not good enough and not only should he be banned for life but he should also be charged with assault and sent to prision as an example to any other animals out there who may think it is acceptable to go around biting fellow footballers…..

Apr 182013
 

Because Chelsea were playing their third big game in six days and the fact that it was a local derby against Fulham, it was expected to be a tough test for Rafa Benitez and the Blues at Craven Cottage last night. It turned out to be anything but, as we eased to a 3-0 win with John Terry marking his 21st start of the season with his first brace of goals in eight years.

Fulham started okay, but had no real cutting edge and Petr Cech was alert to save well from a deflected shot. Chelsea shook off the tiredness quickly to come back into the match, but nobody was expecting David Luiz to score one of the goals of the season out of the blue. The Brazilian was more than 30 yards from goal, but his piledriver with swerve and dip gave Schwarzer no chance. See highlights below.

The captain stepped up with two headers to seal the points, giving the Premier League table a healthy look for Chelsea fans. We are back in third spot, a point above Arsenal and still with a game in hand and three points above Tottenham. We also have better goal difference than both of them, so things are looking good.

Despite the workload, Chelsea keep getting the job done and a win away at Liverpool on Sunday would almost seal us a top 4 spot and probably automatically Champions League spot for next season.

Apr 172013
 

Chelsea have the perfect opportunity to put the disappointment of the FA cup exit at the hands of Manchester City behind them. Despite a back breaking fixture pile up, the Blues have got the chance to lay down a marker for a top four finish, after Arsenal failed to beat Everton last night.

We travel the short distance to Craven Cottage to play Fulham tonight, knowing that a victory will put us back into third and a point above Arsenal with a game in hand. Tottenham will be three points behind with the same number of games left, but they have a much worse goal difference, 13 less than ours before kick-off tonight.

Surprisingly Chelsea are odds on to win the game tonight, despite not winning an away Premier League game for over three months! I would still fancy them to beat Fulham, but check out the latest betting offers before you part with your hard-earned cash. If you shop around you could get a very good price on Chelsea to win by two or more goals.

Fulham have not really got anything to play for for the rest of the season, so this local derby will be their most important one left. That means that the Chelsea players have to match their commitment from the start to allow our superior class to show through. The prize of the Champions League next season should be more than enough to get them going.

With tough fixtures still to come, including away to Liverpool on Sunday and Manchester United at Old Trafford in May, we cannot afford to drop any points against teams like Fulham, Swansea and Aston Villa.

Feb 222013
 

The Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez came to the defense of Fernando Torres after the Spanish striker had another difficult night in the Blue of Chelsea. He missed a number of chances and his whole game seemed off against Sparta Prague, and the Blues were only rescued from extra time by a last minute Eden Hazard strike.

“I thought he was playing well. I disagree he was playing badly. But of course we want him to take the chances that come his way. If he continues working like today and playing like he did today, he will score goals. I am convinced about that.”

I understand that Rafa is trying not to inflict further damage on Torres’ confidence, but the truth is he nearly cost us the game last night. Demba Ba is cup tied so could not play, but you could have left Torres on for another 90 minutes and he wouldn’t have scored last night. How long is it going to take before Chelsea say enough is enough?

Ever since being promoted to the Spanish top division with Atletico Madrid in 2002, Torres managed at least 10 league goals a season. He got nine with Liverpool before they sold him to us in January 2011. Since coming to Stamford Bridge, though, it has not worked for him. One goal in his first season from 14 games, six from 32 last season and just seven so far this time is not good enough.

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.