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Olivier Giroud Offers Options After Impressive Full Debut

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It was a relief to finally taste victory after a disappointing run of games that have seen Chelsea pitched into a battle to secure a place in the Champions League spots. One of the bright spots was Oliver Giroud who had an impressive full debut.

Giroud had a solid performance one that would make odds of 2.00 @ William Hill for him to keep his place against Hull overly generous should they be offered.

Background on Giroud

Every Chelsea fan was aware of Giroud before he became a Blue, his years at Arsenal mean that opinions on the Frenchman were well formed before he signed on the dotted line.

He was not really on Blues fans transfer radars before mid-January but quickly became part of a transfer triangle with Patrick Aubameyang.

The response to his signing was cautious optimism, he had a decent goals to game ratio at Arsenal but could not get into the team on a regular basis.

Signed as back up, it looks like he could have a decent shot at competing with Alvaro Morata for the sole striker role within the starting XI.

At £18m his signature seems like great value and he should play a big role in our fortunes between now and the end of the season.

Giroud Full Debut Review

After a debut from the bench, Giroud got his chance to start in a Chelsea shirt against West Bromwich Albion on Monday. The Metro reported Giroud’s approach to his arrival at Chelsea , departure from Arsenal and getting to make his debut.

Yeah it’s true, I needed a new challenge. Chelsea gave me this opportunity and I really want to make my debut tonight. I’m looking forward to it.

 

Giroud looked sharp from the moment of kick off, holding up the ball well, pressurising defenders and using fancy touches to play others into the game at will.

West Brom were in no mood to let him play though, with Giroud the target of a series of crunching tackles and challenges that saw him bandaged up before half time. His most important contribution was his interplay with Eden Hazard.

This came to fruition with a fancy one to that saw Hazard plant the ball in the bottom corner to give Chelsea the all important opening goal against a defensive and combative opponent.

Looking Forward

Signing for Chelsea sees Giroud back in the FA Cup and Champions League competitions. He is eligible as Arsenal only qualified for the UEFA Cup this year and in the FA Cup he missed Arsenal’s defeat to Nottingham Forest.

The FA Cup game against Hull is an opportunity for Morata or Giroud to keep their journey towards fitness and confidence going ahead of tough selection decisions.

Giroud comes into the team during a crucial few weeks that see Chelsea play Barcelona, Manchester City and Manchester United in quick succession.

The Champions League task against Barcelona seems an extremely difficult one but if any team can beat Barcelona then it is Chelsea. Nobody will want to lose to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United or to give Manchester City an earlier opportunity to take our title.

 

The Conte Sack Race – Chelsea Fans Feel We Have Been Here Before

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The life of a Chelsea manager is always a charmed one, balancing a demanding management structure that limits manager control and demands superhuman results.

If you were to look at the odds and get a Betfair review of the year’s annual sack race, even the most successful Chelsea manager is not far from the top of the betting.

Something that has challenged some of the world’s top managers. Jose Mourinho, Roberto Di Matteo and Carlo Ancelotti all got the sack despite winning a major trophy the year before.

Although this time around Chelsea fans will not be able to blame Michael Emenalo for the demise of a manager and will instead have to look at the overall decision-making structure at the club.

The Antonio Conte Sack Race

Over the last six months, there has been a familiar pattern playing out at Stamford Bridge. A popular manager who has delivered trophies complaining about a lack of support and rumours starting that the exit looms.

It is difficult to fathom how despite sitting third in the table and having punched above our weight last season that Antonio Conte is under pressure. I am not talking about the wannabe fans that call for a managers head on Twitter after one bad result, but rather the stream of reports and his demeanour.

There seems to be a feeling of unease from the board, who are pushing back at claims that Conte has not been give the tools to do his job.

It has never been wise to question upper management at Chelsea and whether it is during the current season or the summer it feels that Conte’s time at Chelsea is reaching its expiration point.

It feels we are at the same phase we were with Ancelotti in 2011, we are going through the motions and change is coming.

Conte Has Made A Huge Positive Impact

This is a crying shame, Conte delivered a title to the Bridge after Chelsea had finished 10th in the Premier League the season before. Conte has the passion and tactical nouse that we crave.

There is a reason his name is sung at every Chelsea game and it is more than where we are in the table.

Realistically, it is unclear where the club will go from here. A title-winning manager that delivers despite not having the financial clout of Manchester United and Manchester City it would take a madman to follow Conte.

Here is an interesting perspective on if Chelsea will sack Conte.

 

 

Three Chelsea Midfielders Who Made Horrible Career Gambles

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Playing for Chelsea Football Club is a draw that many young footballers have found difficult to resist in recent years.

The alluring combination of fame, money and trophies has been hard to resist.

Succeed like Gary Cahill and you can go from fighting against relegation one minute to Champion of Europe and FA Cup winner the next. However, the dream can sour fairly quickly at a club as big as Chelsea with starlets being sucked into a world of pressure, loans and ultimately rejection.

The Club has had a few mishaps along the way as players fail to make the grade. While some can be faulted for acting like rookies on their first time at a casino, others simply made unforgettable misplays and upsets along with bad career choices haunting them to this day. Here are some of them.

Scott Parker

Before coming to Chelsea Scott Parker was a big fish in a little pond at Charlton.  Signed for 10 million pounds in 2003 he never really got a chance to prove himself at Stamford Bridge.

He made just 15 Premier League appearances for the Blues over three years as he struggled to get ahead of club legends Claude Makelele and Frank Lampard in the starting XI. He was sold to Newcastle in 2005 and recovered quickly to become one of the most respected midfielders outside of the Premier League elite.

Chelsea fans had a lot of time for Parker, but he never quite made it.

Steve Sidwell

Like Parker, Sidwell signed for Chelsea after impressing at a club outside of the top six. Sidwell joined from Reading in 2007 after leading the Royals to the Premier League with some impressive performances.

Sidwell like Parker before him could not stake a claim in a talent-filled midfield. After one season where he made a respectable 25 appearances Sidwell was sold to Aston Villa where like Parker he re-established his reputation.

Marko Marin

Marko Marin, who was dubbed as the ‘German Messi’ of his time, had a lot of expectations on his shoulders. He was signed to Chelsea in 2012 after two impressive seasons playing with Werder Bremen. Joining Chelsea Football Club was a dream come true for the German superstar, it eventually turned from a pleasant dream to a train wreck of a nightmare as bad turned to worse as injuries throughout the season plagued him and eventually granted him only six appearances and scoring one goal for the Club.

Overcome with self-guilt and disappointment, the German midfielder left for Olympiakos in 2016 to save face from losing a place in his dream team.

Viva Ross Barkley Chelsea Chant Mocks Scousers

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New Chelsea signing Ross Barkley has a song without playing a game for the Blues.

The Ross Barkley chant follows in the tradition of Chelsea songs aimed at Scousers.

Viva Ross Barkley is not likely to be popular with the player himself who is a Liverpool local, but I’m sure he’ll take it with a sense of humour.

This song got going Chelsea v Norwich the first game after he signed from Everton.

Viva Ross Barkley, Viva Ross Barkley
He left the Scouse cos they robbed his house, Viva Ross Barkley

Michael Essien Statue Is A Thing Of Beauty

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Getting a statue is a symbol that you have made an impact in the footballing world. The recently unveiled Michael Essien statue in his homeland was designed to honour one of the best Ghanain footballers of all time and a Chelsea legend.

Essien was a monster for Chelsea who made more than 50 appearances for Ghana.

The statue in Kumasi near a busy road has split opinions. Whilst it has him in his pomp in a Chelsea shirt, the sculpture has raised eyebrows for its likeness (or lack of likeness) to the midfielder.

Whilst it is not as tasteful as the statue of Peter Osgood outside Stamford Bridge it is not a bad effort for an unofficial sculpture. We know who it is and I am sure that Essien is proud that he is being honoured.

Michael Essien Statue Due?

The Bison was one of my favourite players when he was in his pomp at Stamford Bridge, he put his mark on games and seemed to have the energy of ten men. After injury his game suffered but he was still an iconic part of our decade of success after the arrival of Roman Abramovich.

A statue at Stamford Bridge for the Bison may be a step too far, maybe we should just play this goal on repeat before every home game.

Surprisingly Essien is still playing professionally, having decided to see out the last embers of his career in Indonesia.

What do you think of the Essien statue? Would you be flattered if you had a statue in your honour on the M25?

 

 

Marcus Alonso Chelsea Song Video – Marcus Alonso Runs Down The Wing For Me

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It has taken a while but there is now a Marcus Alonso Chelsea song that captures the cult status that his goals and assists are generating.

We are not sure exactly when it was first heard during a game, but it has been around for at least the Christmas period.

The Arsenal game was the loudest I have heard it, because we were away from home where the atmosphere is always better and because he scored a crucial goal. It is now also common any time we have a free-kick in a dangerous position.

This video was taken just after Alonso scored against Arsenal at the Emirates to give us the lead. Unfortunately, a Hector Bellerin stunner denied us what would have been a hard-fought win.

Marcus Alonso Runs Down The Wing For Me (and scores)

Alonso has now scored more goals than any other defender in the Premier League since and has made the left wing-back position his own. He has scored 12 goals from all over the place and established himself as a free kick specialist.

Marcus Alonso Chant Lyrics

The Marcus Alonso chant is set to the Heartbeat theme tune (a defunct UK soap opera) and is a real favourite of mine.

The lyrics are simple and go like this

Marcus, Marcus Alonso runs down the wing for me

DA dA dA dA, dA dA dA dA dA

Marcus, Marcus Alonso runs down the wing for me

DA DA DA DA, DA DA DA DA DA

Marcus, Marcus Alonso runs down the wing for me

DA DA DA DA, DA DA DA DA DA

Repeat to fade

This is no the first attempt at a song for Marcus, but it is certainly the best. The ooooooooooooh Marcus Alonso one is not too bad, but its not got the energy or fun of the one in the video.

Can Tiemoue Bakayoko Fulfil His Potential at Chelsea?

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It’s been a mixed start to life at Stamford Bridge for summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko, but there are signs that the former Monaco man is starting to find his feet in the Premier League. Can the 23-year-old become the dependable box-to-box midfielder that the Blues are crying out for?

Makelele Monaco mentorship

Monaco remain one the powerhouses of French football and have a stellar reputation for developing talent and offering their academy graduates plenty of game time. Bertrand Reuzeau is the academy director and has brought through players such as Valere Germain and Kylian Mbappe in recent seasons. They also have a knack of picking up players at a young age from their fellow Ligue 1 sides and Bakayoko was spotted at Rennes before being snapped up by Leonardo Jardim’s side. After an inauspicious start to life at Monaco, it was the appointment of former Chelsea midfield general Claude Makelele that brought the best out of the floundering Bakayoko. After encouraging the midfielder to knuckle down, switch off his naturally fiery temperament and focus on numerous areas of improvement, a noticeable upturn in performance could clearly be witnessed by the Monaco supporters. He was a regular starter during their 2016-17 title-winning campaign, with 2220 minutes on the pitch where he managed to find the net on two occasions. Importantly, he finished the season with an 87% pass accuracy and created 15 chances for his teammates. Makelele worked extensively with the midfielder and his increased maturity was evident throughout his three seasons in the principality.

Move to Chelsea

His consistent performances domestically and in the UEFA Champions League persuaded Chelsea to take a chance on the midfielder, with the West London club shelling out £40 million for his services. It can often take time for players to adapt to life in the English top flight and it has proved to be a stuttering start for Tiemoue Bakayoko, although his recent performance against Huddersfield suggested that there could be plenty more to come. Against the Terriers, he won every single tackle, successfully placed 55 of his 59 passes and scored the opening goal of the game. He also made a number of key interceptions to help his side bounce back from a disappointing defeat against West Ham. Despite his performances dividing Chelsea fans, a song has been created for Bakayoko that has been heard on the terraces in recent weeks, proving that he is beginning to win over a number of initially sceptical Blues supporters. Antonio Conte’s side sit third going into the busy festive period and Bakayoko is likely to play an integral part in their tussle at the top. Manchester City have looked unstoppable during the first half of the campaign but as of December 15, Chelsea are 9/4 with Betway to finish best of the rest. Nemanja Matic was a key part of the 2016-17 squad that secured the Premier League title and Bakayoko is hoping he can adequately replace the Serbian, who opted to join former boss Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. Chelsea also recruited Danny Drinkwater from Leicester as they bolstered their central midfield positions in the summer, but he has barely featured for his new employers due to injury.

Slow burner in the Premier League?

Being thrown straight into the Premier League is a hugely daunting prospect for any player and there is no shying away from inadequate performances. Pundits such as Ian Wright have suggested that Bakayoko doesn’t offer Chelsea anything new, but a number of Ligue 1 recruits have required at least six months to adapt to the fast pace of the top flight. Antonio Conte appears pleased with the progress shown by the 23-year-old, suggesting that: “He is starting to understand that he is at a club like Chelsea… and I am very happy because he has shown me the right desire.”

The midfielder’s languid style probably doesn’t help his cause but he is slowly becoming more effective and influencing games particularly against sides in the bottom half of the table. He has claimed two assists and netted two goals in 1079 minutes of Premier League football, but with an average of just 0.4 key passes per game, that is an area of much-needed improvement for the former Monaco man. Conte has used him in an attacking capacity but questions remain over whether Kante, Fabregas and Bakayoko can all feature in the same starting 11. Claude Makelele admitted he had to talk to the midfielder every day at Monaco and the pair are still in touch but on a far more infrequent basis. He appears to require an arm around the shoulder and is the archetypal confidence player. Bakayoko must kick on from his performance at Huddersfield and justify his hefty price tag but the signs are positive and his partnership with fellow Frenchman N’Golo Kante certainly has the potential to flourish this season.

Chelsea Bakayoko Song – Never Gives The Ball Away

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Tiémoué Bakayoko has had a mixed start to his Chelsea career however, it has not stopped a Chelsea Bakayoko song being created and sung by the Blues

Given his recent mistakes this may be a bit of a bold statement, but let’s hope once he finds his feet in the Premier League the chant comes true!

Oi y Oi Tiemoue Bakayoko, Oi y Oi

Oi y Oi together with N’Golo

Oi y Oi he never gives the ball away

 

 

Time To Let Chelsea Fans Benitez Hatred Go?

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In theory, Chelsea fans should give Rafael Benitez a heroes welcome when Chelsea play Newcastle today. After all, he is a manager who in less than a year got the club into the Champions League positions and won a European trophy.

Not bad going right?

Why Was Benitez Destined For Disdain?

Unfortunately, the history of Chelsea and Liverpool during his time at Anfield, the comments he made, meant his appointment even as an interim option was met with anger, shock and disbelief by Chelsea fans.

Things never really got above lukewarm, he joined the club on a hiding to nothing, we really do not understand why he took the job.

Despite his time being a managerial success in terms of achievement, Chelsea fans could not warm to Benitez and celebrated his departure. FamousCFC.com were not sad to see him go.

Even in Amsterdam a day after Chelsea had won the Europa League it was hard to find a Chelsea fan with more than a lukewarm response to the interim manager.

Why Chelsea Fans Hate Benitez?

In reality, he should never have been Chelsea manager. he had no respect for the club, our fans or our culture. Refusing to apologise for his comments as manager of Liverpool or consign them to the past he enraged fans.

I have never seen such vitriol for a serving manager as during that time. The FA Cup game at Brentford saw open hostility become all out rebellion to the manager as Chelsea drew 2-2 against the Bees.

Time To Move On?

Four years have passed since he left. Maybe it is time to let bygones be bygones. Whilst no-one is suggesting a standing ovation but maybe he has done enough and enough time has passed to allow him to be given at least a neutral reaction.

 

Chelsea v Swansea – A Weird and Fairly Boring Win

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The game against Swansea was one of the weirdest I have seen for a while, neither team seemed that interested in the game. This meant that the match was played at a low tempo.

The Chelsea match stats for the game will tell a story of possession dominance in the first half. Whenever Swansea did have the ball they would just pass it along their back line as Chelsea were not pressing the ball when it was in the Swansea half.

At one point Swansea put together 20-30 passes in a move that did not get closer than 40 yards away from the Chelsea goal.

The second half started the same until Rudiger scored, Chelsea then turned from the controlling force in the game to trying to contain a Swansea side that started to press the ball. Suddenly there was less space and the defenders started giving the ball away.

Swansea did not create much and it was more than 70 minutes until they had their first shot which ballooned high over the bar. This buoyed the Swansea fans that sang “we’ve had a shot” which entertained everyone and was greeted with ironic cheers.

Swansea though chased the game as time ticked on and Chelsea let him.

In the last ten minutes Swansea bombed forward and gave Chelsea fans a nervous end to the game. Finally, though the end did come and only have the ground was left to clap off a team that had failed to inspire, despite getting the points.

After the game: Our thoughts are with the Chelsea fan who collapsed at Fulham Broadway station on his way home. When we were boarding our train he was being given CPR by medics and a doctor who had also been to the game.

Things did not look good, if anyone knows what happened to him please let us know.