Scoring seven goals in three games is not usually the kind of form that gets you “dropped” from the starting line up, but utilising our squad and giving one of our other strikers game time would be a smart move by Jose Mourinho.
I am not suggesting that we play the youth team, but there are a number of quality players that have had limited time this season, they could benefit from some game time.
Mourinho could easily drop Diego Costa, Cesar Azpilicueta, Cesc Fabregas, Thibaut Courtois, Nemanja Matic, Andre Schurrle and Eden Hazard and field a strong team.
These players could be replaced by Loic Remy (or Drogba), Ramires, Petr Cech, Felipe Luiz, John Obi Mikel, Willian and Salah and still look a formidable team.
It makes sense to give Petr Cech a start in all the European group games to keep him sharp and keep him as part of the team. This and the League Cup game with Bolton would give him two games in two weeks which will be key to keeping him sharp.
We have yet to see Felipe Luis yet and I would be keen to see how he can perform when given the opportunity. Loic Remy could use a start to keep him sharp and we all know about Didier Drogba who will be keen to start making an impact on his return.
I am not suggesting 8 or 10 changes, but a line up with some of these players starting would be a positive. We can always hold the starting XI players in reserve and introduce them as needed if chasing a result.
Football is now a squad game and it is not about dropping or “resting” players but using the squad as a whole to succeed.
The Champions League is back and Stamford Chidge looks at our group and the season ahead, putting the world to rights and analysing how difficult our group is. He also raises a few interesting points such as whether the Premier League or Champions League is a bigger priority this season.
The Group Stages
Chelsea start the Champions League tonight, but it does not stop our good friend Stamford Chidge getting on his soap box.
Stamford Chidge talks about the way the group stages are decided and yearns for a different set up, that would stop mediocre teams being in pots A and B ahead of league champions. He points to perennial pot B qualifiers Arsenal who have not won the domestic league in a decade.
We think Stamford Chidge is a little bit bonkers on this one but it is certainly an interesting idea.
Playing in different leagues, Chelsea and Barcelona do not have the same kind of rivalry you have in domestic ties, however when we do face them it is always a battle between enemies that hate each others guts.
Despite the dominance of Barcelona over European football up until about a year ago, Chelsea have always held their own over the Catalans, something that our rivals cannot claim. Lionel Messi is still yet to score against us and we always give them a tough game.
Some of it has been passed down from Mourinho and other elements are we just don’t like being told by others we don’t deserve to beat an opponent, either way we find our game against Barcelona.
We have had some epic contests, been robbed, caused upsets and dispelled myths. Here is one game that will live long in the memory
When Chelsea signed Diego Costa monster price tag and all I will confess that I was unconvinced, we never have luck in these situations and he had a poor World Cup.
However his arrival at Chelsea has been revolutionary, his 7 goals in four games has set the Premier League alight, and put him in a league of his own. He has scored more goals in four games than Fernando Torres scored in 40 and put critics in their place.
Forming an instant bond and partnership with Cesc Fabregas he is the story of the first month of the Premier League drawing praise from everyone but Dietmar Hamann it seems.
Diego Costa Monster
His importance is summed up by the “injury scare” that has preceded each of his last two games for Chelsea. This hyberbole has been whipped up by the media that know that the mere mention of his name and a potential injury will increase their reach and readership instantly.
He has had an amazing start and it is easy to get carried away, however we should remember that he has only been in England for four games and this level is almost impossible to maintain.
This Wednesday sees the start of the Champions League and we may see him rested, something that will be vital across the season.
His strength and poise will not disappear overnight and his talent has been showcased for everyone to see.
True judgement of his value will be on how his form and fitness hold up over the course of a whole Premier League campaign. Should these hold up it is hard to imagine the Premier League title going anywhere but Stamford Bridge.
Whatever happens his arrival has brought entertainment and excitement back to our front line and it will be exciting to see how far he can go this season and what he can achieve.
Please don’t take our Costa away, as a song we want to become a hit says
Diego Costa a f**in monster,
He makes us happy when skies are grey,
He’s continental, he’s f***ing mental,
Please don’t take our Costa away
Transfer deadline day is upon us, with Chelsea unlikely to do any real business (he says hopefully) we thought we would make some predictions on how the other clubs may fare this deadline day. Here is our less than expert summary of goings on.
With a disjointed squad and a poor start to the season, United are the one club that could see deadline day define their season the most. Van Gaal has been left with a tough rebuilding job, and he does not have much time to rebuild. One season outside of the Champions League is a disaster, two is a catastrophy that becomes harder to fix. We are already hearing of Blind and Falcoa but United are still weak defensively and in the middle of the park, will be interesting to see if they go hunting for even bigger fish before the day is through.
Prediction - a late deadline day move for behemoth Wes Morgan for £10m and a packet of Walkers crisps.
Everybody’s favourite deadline day team, the fans always get so excited as the club always needs a new striker and central defender but never seem to get them. With Arsene Wenger having anything but football on deadline days. We imagine him taking a “me day” in a North London spa listening to whale song, whilst other clubs frantically charge around for the “one”
Prediction - Expect a move for an anema to cleanse the soul around 6pm, then the signature of David Nugent at the stroke of midnight. .
They have an amazing squad but they seem to want to move Negredo on, which could see yet another big name striker at the Etihad. They are my outside bet for a bit of drama and intrigue.
Prediction - Loan deal for Barack Obama, with Micah Richards going the other way
Brendan Rodgers will be unlikely to want this transfer deadline day to SLIP away from Liverpool, a few new signings are probably required to add strength and depth in midfield and defence. With Suarez gone they could always go for William Gallas and Nicolas Anelka to add back some ego and controversy into the dressing room, for days when Balotelli is out of the office.
Prediction - Does Danny Dyer still play? Maybe time for a Balotelli/Dyer combination, would certainly make the Christmas party (that Yaya is not invited to) interesting
Today is transfer deadline day, the day in which cubs overpay for players they have had all summer to track, scout and attempt to recruit.
It is a day of hope for fans of teams in need of a hero, and tension for those whose hero might have aspirations to play at a higher level. After an almost perfect transfer window,I would expect that Chelsea would have a quiet transfer deadline.
In times gone by we would be anxiously waiting to see if we could land another key player, watching Sky Sports News and social media like hawks for the latest rumour, counter rumour and downright lie. It is a time of the year I hate, but am mesmerised by every year.
This season we have got things done early, so whilst the eventual search for somewhere to unload Torres triggered a move for Remy there is nowhere I feel that we need to strengthen.
So whilst Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City ponder a late panic buy, I hope we can avoid getting involved.
After all we all remember the Robinho saga and other cases where key pieces of business have been left until the last minute, it never really goes the way you want it.
So tonight Chelsea fans I recommend you skip Sky Sports News live coverage, get a nice cup of cocoa and go to bed early, save in the knowledge that Mourinho has the tools he needs to get things done.
Just to reflect on a perfect transfer window here are the highlights of the business that we have done
In: Diego Costa, Loic Remy, Didier Drogba, Cesc Fabregas, Felipe Luis
Out: Torres (loan), David Luiz, Demba Ba, Romelu Lukaku
So Fernando Torres is leaving on loan for the rest of his contract, his time at Chelsea will be remembered as a failure based on his huge transfer fee and failure to score goals on a regular basis.
Despite his trials and tribulations he was well supported by Chelsea fans it was not all a horror show. So whilst others focus on the mediocrity we will look at some of his highlights.
Starting of course with a Gary Neville orgasm.
Earlier in the week it was announced that Richard Attenborough a Chelsea fan of 70 years with a distinguished contribution to the club had passed on. The former Chelsea director and incumbent Life President died sparking an outpouring of sadness from Chelsea fans.
Here are some of the tributes starting with captain John Terry
Rumours are gaining pace that Fernando Torres, is due to end his struggle at Chelsea by joining AC Milan in either a loan or permanent transfer.
Although the club invested a kings ransom to sign and pay him, I would be happy to see him leave on a free transfer. Provided the club removed him from the wage bill entirely and are not subsidising his surrender to Italy.
Fernando Torres Must Go
A move to Italy will give him a chance to play in a less challenging league and see out the rest of his career in relative piece. He needs a fresh start and there are few that still cling to the notion that he is about to “come good” any match now.
Despite having had the support Chelsea supporters whenever he is on the pitch, he has in reality been a failure and now is the time to go. Before his struggles hold the club back bringing in new talent or youngsters.
His fan club will tell me that there have been good times, these have been outweighed by the bad. At £50m he was meant to be the striker we relied on to win games and take the fight to the opposition, he has been a shadow of the player we needed.
No matter what his fans say a goal at the Nou Camp and winning a corner in Munich, does not mean he won us the Champions League singlehandedly.
I may be accused of being ungrateful, but we have not been repaid by our investment in Fernando Torres. The excuses from injury, luck, opportunity and confidence continue to be wheeled out and cannot be tolerated any longer.
If he stays I will of course get behind him, but now is the time to bite the bullet and offload, thanks Fernando but now is time to go.
It is great sadness that FamousCFC have learnt of the passing of Lord Richard Attenborough the Life President of the Club.
Passing at 90 years of age he will be remembered by the general public as an actor, but by Chelsea fans as a huge fan, former director and figurehead.
RIP Richard Attenborough – Chelsea Legend
He was involved with the club for more than forty years ago as a director, a role he also held from 1993 until 2008. under the ownership of Ken Bates and Roman Abramovich. In 2008 he ceased to be a director and instead was made Life President in respect to his contribution to the club.
His service to the club and a fan means that as a fan he watched Chelsea win the league for the first time in it’s history as a fan and then again under Jose Mourinho in 2004 at which point he was a director.
He truly witnessed the good times and the bad as a Chelsea fan and proved he was more than just a celebrity fan, he never let his fame or fortune affect his love or relationship with the club.
RIP Richard Attenborough a man that bled blue it is with a heavy heart that we reflect on his passing.
Outside of Chelsea Football club, he was an actor of good reputation, with a career that started in 1942 and lasted almost until his death. For younger fans his most memorable role may be in Jurassic Park, where he played John Hammond.
Not a film that FamousCFC has watched but certainly an iconic moment in cinema history, and we are honoured that a Chelsea fan would achieve so much and serve the club for so long.
Rest in Peace to a Chelsea legend! RIP Richard Attenborough, if you would like to know more about this Chelsea legend start as always with wikipedia
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