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After a poor couple of weeks in the league our season is literally on the line in the tie against Athletico Madrid.

If we win we have a showpiece final against either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich with a chance for Mourinho to finally clinch a Champions League trophy for Chelsea.

Lose and the season is pretty much other and we will reflect on a season of so near, yet so far.

First Leg In Madrid

Having the first leg in Madrid is an advantage as it gives us an opportunity to know what we need to achieve in the home leg at Stamford Bridge where we will be stronger.

We are however without Samuel Eto’o so it seems likely that Fernando Torres will start at his former club.

Athletico Madrid Flying High

Athletico Madrid are destroying the rule book in La Liga at the moment knowing that three wins will guarantee them the league before their final game against Barcelona.

This will not be an easy game and hopefully we have the players and attitude to compete in both legs

Confident about Tonight?

I am nervous about tonight due to the power of Athletico, if we can get a score draw I would be delighted.

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David Moyes Thank You Letter

At FamousCFC we just want to say Thank You David Moyes for an amazing job at Manchester United, so much so we wanted to write you a thank you note.

So here are a few words written with a teary eye!

Thank You David Moyes Letter

Dear David Moyes

It is with regret that I this morning heard the sad news. That you had been sacked as manager of Manchester United following just ten months in charge.

I think I speak for every Chelsea fan when I say we will miss you and were hoping you would be given another season. Thank You David Moyes!

You have taken Manchester United a team that have haunted my nightmares for more than 20 years from Champions of England to mid table paperweights and done it in record time. Thank You David Moyes

Sure the squad was falling apart and you didn’t sign anyone until it was too late, but to us you will always be our hero.

From the rumours about why you really fell out with Wilfred Zaha, to your constant look of a man who has just found out he’s travelling back in time to be a butler on the maiden voyage of the Titanic. You have put a smile on our faces. You have made Manchester Blue, Liverpool buoyant and finally achieved your 2002 promise to make Everton better than Manchester United. Thank You David Moyes

In the last few months seeing your face on the Manchester United bench has put a warm glow in my heart. Even though you nabbed Juan, it doesn’t Mata as you could not play him in his best position. Thank You David Moyes!

But alas like your time at United the end has come, we thought we would end by acknowledging your fine achievements.Thank You David Moyes for the memories we salute you!

Taken from the Daily Mail

  • First time Everton, Manchester City and Liverpool have beaten United home & away since Premier League’s inception
  • First time Everton have beaten United home and away since 1969-70
  • First time Everton & Liverpool have ever done a league double over United in the same season
  • First time Man City & Liverpool have beaten United home & away since Premier League’s inception
  • First time United conceded a first-minute goal in the Premier League (Edin Dzeko for Manchester City)
  • United are guaranteed to finish the season with their lowest ever Premier League points tally
  • United fail to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 1995
  • United’s worst home league form for over a decade
  • Suffered three defeats in a row for the first time since 2001 this season
  • Eliminated in the FA Cup third round – something which happened just once under Ferguson
  • First ever home defeat to Swansea this term
  • First home defeat to Newcastle since 1972
  • First home defeat to West Brom since 1978

Thank You David Moyes

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Thank You David Moyes

Today it was confirmed that Manchester United fail to qualify for Champions League for the first time in more than two decades. This is absolutely huge and represents a potential shift in the balance of power the size of which has not occured in the history of the Premier League.

So as Chelsea fans, should we care about the fate of a fallen rival? Could it in some way affect Chelsea and the “Premier League Brand” that Richard Scudamore fears for so much?

The Argument Manchester United Fail To Qualify For Champions League Hurts Chelsea

The argument is that like the banking system Manchester United are “too big to fail”. That when Manchester United fail to qualify for Champions League football this hurts the entire league.

This is based on the fact that Manchester United have been so successful growing their foreign fanbase that alot of the revenues from merchandising and television rights are in some way linked to Manchester United being strong. Therefore the system of a strong Premier League to the FA is Manchester United winning everything, this is not a healthy concept for Richard Scudamore to be echoing.

Instead we should be focusing on the brilliant year of competition that has lit up the Premier League. Mourinho is back, Liverpool are surprising everyone and the race to avoid relegation is set to go to the wire.

This should what we focus on.

Delighted By The Season – This Is Not Franchise Football

I am not concerned as I think the “brand” is stronger with unpredictable competition where every game is a potential upset. To think of it any other way suggests we should just turn the Premier League into an MLS style franchise and play games across the world.

While we are at it, lets make all tickets £100 per game and only serve champagne and caviar at football grounds. We need to stop thinking about the Premier League as a brand and focus on the entertainment and competition.

I have enjoyed the team that has caused so much heartache to Chelsea fans over the years struggling and am in no mood to hear the sob stories from the Football Association henchmen.

Manchester United fail to qualify for Champions League

Over the last few years Chelsea have flirted with not qualifying for the Champions League but the miracles of the Nou Camp and Munich kept us in the main competition. Liverpool slipped out and had two years of mediocrity before romping back this year.

Manchester United Fail To Qualify For Champions League

Only victory in the Champions League in 2012 prevented a nightmare

My heart bleeds but unlike Richard Scudamore I am not worried about the future of Manchester United to the Premier League. The overseas fans that the League now panders to, will find new heroes and teams to root for.

This year the Premier League has been one of the most exciting for years, why would fans not want to watch?  Just like in Spain we have a situation where an unfancied side looks set to lift the trophy and an established rival being usurped.

A change in the balance of power but not something that fans of the league should be worrying about.

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Yesterday was one of the most frustrating days of the season. We lost to Sunderland at Stamford Bridge ending our title hopes and Mourinho’s home record. Then there was the Rui Faria Mike Dean fight.

The headline incident will be the penalty awarded to Sunderland and the reaction of one of Mourinho’s assistant. The Rui Faria Mike Dean fight was embarrassing but it encompasses the hopes and frustrations of a season. One that has kept us all gripped and riding highs and lows.

Key Incident – Rui Faria Mike Dean Fight

The penalty awarded to Sunderland was a joke and understandably passions were running high. It is not everyday you see your Premier League dreams slip away.

One incident that will run and run is the Rui Faria Mike Dean fight. After the assistant  saw the incident on a monitor. His anger was justified however he took it too far. He flew pitchward and looked like he wanted to deck Mike Dean.

This is something I totally understand, at the moment I wanted to do the same. However I am a fan not a professional coach who should have more control.

I appreciate his passion and desire to win. In the end his reaction and Rui Faria Mike Dean fight was detrimental .  Watching him being dragged away in a rage was embarrassing. It wasted at least 90 seconds when we had few left.

I do love to see his passion and will to win. It is part of why he and Jose Mourinho have been together for so long. However this time the Rui Faria Mike Dean fight became the story and slowed down the game. He took focus away from the ten minutes we had left to turn things around.

Calling Rui Faria an embarrassment has not been a popular move. If twitter is any measure this will cue lots of angry comments from fellow Chelsea fans calling me disloyal. I believe I am being objective. Watch the vine it was unprofessional and not an example to set. Undoubtedly the FA will intervene and it is likely they will look to set an example.

Rui Faria love the passion but this time you took it too far.

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The media may only be whispering it as they focus on the Liverpool love in. With four games to go the title is now in Chelsea’s hands. The equation is simple, win all our games and we are Champions of England.

That being said we are not favourites and it will take a minor miracle to do what we need.

In Mourinho’s Hands But Anfield Machine Roars On

Winning our last four games will be tough. Not least because we have to travel to Anfield, but we have done it before and we can do it again. Around this time in 2010 we travelled to Anfield and got the win we needed to set up a title charge. Now we must do it again.

Yes Liverpool are a different beast than 2010, but the harder the challenge the more we have excelled in recent years.

Once again we are the underdogs in the eyes of the media and this is perfect, lets allow the media to heap the pressure and expectation on Liverpool. Build them up and tell them it is in the bag. Then let’s see how they hold up to the pressure.

In the closest thing to praise for Liverpool ever written on this blog, they are doing a bloody brilliant job so far, outside of their Premier League history.

Brendan Rodgers Miracle Worker

Brendan Rodgers has got them firing, ten wins out of ten they are certainly going to be a tough ask, but certainly achievable with Mourinho in charge.

With the two best strikers in the league at the moment they are an attacking force to be reckoned with. If we can hold them back we can target them in midfield and defensively.

The Mourinho Factor

Jose Mourinho has unfinished business with Liverpool, the only team apart from Barcelona that have provided such a consistent thorn in his side. This game could be the perfect way for him to get retribution and set the tone for his second spell in charge.

The title is in Mourinho’s hands.

The Weekend Ahead

Provided both teams win against Sunderland and Norwich respectively this will be the battle of the master and the apprentice. An absolutely fascinating battle of attack v defence with Liverpool one of the few teams in the Premier League that will attack Chelsea and allow us to play the game we want.

Winning the title would be an amazing achievement without a creditable strike force this campaign and it will be tough. Yet we are masters of our own destiny once again and that is all we can ask for.

As Fergie might say its squeaky bum time.

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The end of the season is approaching and we’re being linked with anyone that has two legs. It’s nothing out of the ordinary. Us Chelsea fans are used to it, and other supporters are probably sick of it (can’t say I blame them). But what if there was a cheaper and more effective solution?

The players in question are strikers (shock) Diego Costa and Edison Cavani. There’s also been some talk about Mario Mandzukic, who may struggle to make it into Bayern Munich’s first team when Robert Lewandowski arrives next season.

Not a single one of us has forgotten about Romelu Lukaku though. How can we? He’s fucking massive. He scores for fun too. The only problem with the young Belgian is that he doesn’t have the ‘world class’ status we seem to demand at Stamford Bridge. This was exactly how some Chelsea fans felt about Daniel Sturridge and, well, look how that turned out. So why don’t we learn from out mistakes and put our trust in the Everton loanee?

To make this more of an appealing proposal, let’s explore some of the reasons why we shouldn’t sign the previously mentioned strikers.

First up: Diego Costa. I think we’d all like to see this guy in Chelsea blue, but despite persistent speculation from various sources, is it really a realistic deal? If Athletico Madrid manages to win La Liga and dare I say, beat us in the Champions League semi-final, will he have much reason to leave? We should also take into consideration that there might be a teething period if he comes to England – something we’re all too familiar with.

So what about Edison Cavani? He’s probably a little more agile than Diego Costa and despite being played in a wide position for PSG he has still managed to accumulate an impressive number of goals. Chelsea may be able to tempt the Uruguayan with the promise of a leading role up-front, but he would surely cost a hefty fee. A deal may even have to include one of our players. I very much doubt that would be Hazard, but given Oscar’s lackluster performances in the second half of this season, I can see the Brazilian being a far more likely swap. I don’t particularly want this to happen, especially if we have to fork out an additional thirty-plus million.

Finally, Mario Mandzukic. Admittedly, there have only been murmurings about this one, but it’s perfectly logical to assume he’ll be looking for a move out of Germany. However, I don’t see how that links him to Chelsea. We may as well be linked with Ian Beale, or anyone else that becomes available every six months.

Taking all of that into consideration, I think Lukaku now looks like the best option. He’s already proven in the Premier League and he wouldn’t cost us a penny. I think that’s a far more pleasing outcome for the club and fans.

There’s no reason to think he won’t score, assist and hold up the ball, because we’ve watched him do it all season for Everton. Speed isn’t an issue either.

Granted, if Torres and Ba are on their way out then we’re going to need back up. Personally, I think Eto’o deserves an extension on his contract (if he wants one), but that would still leave us with only two strikers.

If we can muster the money for a third striker from the sale of Torres and Ba then maybe we should go for someone who can compliment Lukaku rather than keep him out of the first team. Loic Remy perhaps?

We spent 18 million on Romelu Lukaku and I see no reason why we should be benching or even selling him when he continues to be prolific in the Premier League. For the same reason, I also think he’d have a more successful first season than Diego Costa or Edison Cavani.

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Demba Ba Perfect Week

Well, what a perfect week for Demba Ba

Just when it appeared that Demba Ba was destined to become a footnote in the history of Chelsea strikers. He surprises us all with a perfect week for Demba Ba. Two matchwinning performances. One of which will live long in the Champions League folklore of the club.

Demba Ba has always been popular amongst Chelsea fans, he has a great attitude and has not complained despite severely limited opportunities.

He has scored reasonably regularly despite appearing more from the bench than as a starter and shown the right kind of spirit that we all want to see.

Perfect Week For Demba Ba

Last week was the perfect week for Demba Ba as he turned it up a notch.

Starting with an appearance of the bench to sink Paris St Germain in a stunning night at the Bridge he was given a start away to Swansea that he grabbed with both hands.

After daring to Demba on Tuesday again he had one moment of impressive forward play to engineer a chance against 10 men Swansea and it snuck in.

From drifting nomad to a striker on fire, a week in football can be a long time. Whether he gets more opportunities in the future or not Chelsea fans will never forget that night at the Bridge. A cult hero has been created.

The Future

One good week does not make a career but it seems likely that with Eto’o not quite fit and Torres totally forlorn that in the last month of the season Mourinho will give Ba some playing time. How much remains to be seen but could depend on how we are doing in the Champions League and our chances of winning the league.

After that it does seem likely that he will leave, but if he does not mind being 4th choice striker I would not mind keeping him. He offers something different that most strikers we are going to chase. He offers a presence going forward that defences struggle to keep track of.

Overall a perfect week for Demba Ba

Demba Ba Perfect Week

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Hillsborough 96

The Chelsea game today will kick off 7 minutes late. This is the time into the 1989 FA Cup Semi Final the game was stopped to treat the injured and dying.

Just think about that for a second, at an English football ground fans of any club dying on the pitch, horrific just to comprehend.

This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.  I do not normally talk about Hillsborough as this is the place of others but I feel some remembrance is due today.

Rather than the debate I choose to focus on the fact that on the 15th of April 1989, 96 football fans went to a match but did not come home. This is a day to put aside our thoughts about Liverpool Football Club as a rival and think on that fact.

I was too young to remember Hillsborough but as a football fan whose whole family attend matches up and down the country I would never want to contemplate the game I love causing them harm.

So whilst the inquests and debate continue to this day, the fact remains 96 football fans went to a match and did not return.

I think the club said it best.

Hillsborough 96

 

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Yet another massive European night at The Bridge that saw the impossible dream become a thrilling reality.

The game started with a very nervy half hour and it was edge of your seat stuff but not for the reasons you may have thought. PSG never looked like scoring and it was all about breaking them down not once but twice.

So many brilliant unbelievable individual performances, Willian, Schurrle, Oscar, Dave, but none more out of this world then Gary Cahill. He was amazing on the grandest of stages tonight and is in danger of making himself a Chelsea great.

PSG set up much like a team that were there for 90 minutes of box ticking but ticked no boxes at all. They didn’t seem to want to score and felt they had enough at the back to deal with us. Their fans cheering every pass after 25 minutes spoke volumes about what they were out to accomplish tonight.

PSG may well have got over confident they could deal with us after our talismanic playmaker Eden Hazard was taken off injured after 17 minutes and this was probably what changed the game or us. The throw in that Luiz flicked on for the first goal is defended better if Hazard is on the pitch but the 7 PSG players in the box just seemed to stop and in popped Schurrle on 32 minutes  to score his most important goal in the Chelsea blue and sent the Chelsea 12th man into raptures.

When that goal went in there were massive questions asked of PSG that they couldn’t answer. PSG arrogantly thought they were still ok. Cavani to Chelsea this summer? No thanks!! His attitude seems poisonous and he couldn’t perform when the pressure was on.

People will always claim that Jose is ‘anti football’ and a boring manager but tonight he backed up what he said at the start of the season. He will go for it if needed. That is exactly what he done tonight and was willing to go all out to win this game putting all three o our much maligned strikers on and it pain dividends.

On 80 minutes PSG bought Lucas off and bought on a defender. Again a statement that job was done and just hold on and it would have worked but for one thing. The Chelsea fans! The home faithful have been the one consistent factor in massive European nights like this. Munich, Barca, Napoli, Juventus and the like have all been humbled at the home of Chelsea on nights where the fans have been buzzing,

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‘CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE…… WEVE SEEN THIS BEFORE’ was the chant in reference to the Napoli game and on 87 minutes the impossible dream became a thrilling reality when the ‘forgotten man’  Demba Ba was quickest to react to a Dave shot and the entire stadium seemed to rock. Jose runs down the touchline to hurl instructions at the team as we had 3 strikers on. Ba went centre back between Terry and Cahill and Fernando went wide.

4 minutes added on and a few corners later and it was nervy times as we had seen us dominate Barca years earlier to be undone in the dying minutes and a save by Cech at his near post in the last minute (which ironically if he had done a week ago 1 goal would have done us tonight) meant game over.

The referee that oversaw our greatest European night ever in Munich blew his whistle and that was that! ANOTHER great come back, ANOTHER insane European night at The Bridge, ANOTHER Jose masterclass, ANOTHER European semi-final and ANOTHER night the Chelsea fans made a difference.

Everyone in Blue tonight played with the passion and fight that any fan would be proud of and we may not have history as is claimed…………..the rest of our ‘history’ remains unwritten!!!

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