In the last couple of days, you could be forgiven for thinking that Diego Costa had murdered the entire Arsenal team during the clash between the two sides.
Alas, the rumours are not true. Instead he had just made a nuisance of himself and winding up the darling Arsenal players. Reports suggest the Arsenal back line needed counselling after the game. Someone to hold their hand a tell them that Costa is a bad man that cannot hurt them anymore.
After all, he was a terrorist in the game and Arsenal were the gents. Wait, what Arsenal finished the game with nine men? They must have been so busy adhering to fair play that they accidentally got two players sent off.
Which brings the total number of sending offs they have earned in just one week to three from two matches. Maybe it is time that Arsene Wenger got his own house in order before running his mouth.
This is an inconvenient truth for Arsene Wenger, who miraculously was able to see every contentious incident in the game for once. Shamed by another defeat to the Special One, this specialist in failure has successfully changed the narrative.
Instead of focussing on yet another defeat and the fact indiscipline cost his side, it is now one where Costa is a disgrace to football and should get the wrath of the FA and the football media.
This hypocrisy is laughable, few Chelsea fans would suggest that Diego Costa is a saint, however the amount of attention he is getting at the moment is ridiculous.
The FA have bowed to pressure and charged Costa, do they still hang people in London? Needless to say he will get a ban and everyone outside of Chelsea will rejoice.
Time for some perspective, Costa is a battling brawler that gets under the skins of opponents, he is a player every manager wants to have in their team. Fortunately for Chelsea he is at Stamford Bridge and had a real impact at the weekend.
If you know an Arsenal fan, make sure you remind them of the score and bring tissues as they are sure to start whinging and crying about it.Well played to Wenger and Arsenal on the spin, we’ll keep the three points though.
I don’t know if you heard but Chelsea are going down the crapper, it must be true as the club did not win all their games in August and the media is choosing it as easy fluff piece of the day.
Losing is always bad but the timing for the defeat to Crystal Palace means, that we have had to endure more nonsense than usual.
The worst thing about the international break is that it has given bored journalists (myself included) too long to come up with a million stories about Chelsea and a bad start to the season.
Things were not too bad when the transfer window was open, however once it slammed shut (why cannot it have closed with an elegant swoosh) there was little to write about.
So what is a bad start has become a disaster that must be written about hundreds of hundreds of times, with analysis, stats and a tonne of judgements. Fortunately with Wayne Rooney breaking the English goal scoring record should keep them satiated for a little while.
However I do not hold out much faith, I am sure in the previews for the weekend ahead we will again be debating
Last night John Terry was being defended from a source Chelsea fans may think unlikely former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp gave a robust defense of the Chelsea captain.
Speaking at a Telegraph football event in Victoria about the transfer window, Redknapp was in fine form talking about a range of issues from Behraino, scouting players and the challenges the window presents.
When speaking about Chelsea and John Terry, Redknapp said
John Terry’s legs have not gone, he was player of the season last year and carried Chelsea, he is a fighter and will not go down without a fight
This viewpoint is of no surprise as the Chelsea captain has had a couple of bad games and this does not constitute the end of a career. Terry has been the talisman of the team for so long it is time that the current squad steps up and supports him.
John Terry has the experience and the talent to adapt his game to his ageing body, he really is Mr Chelsea and will keep fighting for the team whatever the media is saying. John Terry is a Chelsea legend and I have full faith in his ability and place in the team.
The form of the team is a collective thing, so far the team have been poor across the board at the start of the season. Key players have simply not put the performances in that you would expect based on their pedigree, it is time for them to step up and do a job for the team.
It is easy to forget that this is the same team that won the league by 8 points, it is about time the players remembered this and started acting like it.
Whatever happens, we have a few weeks to regroup, Terry is not on international duty, once his suspension is over he will be biting at the bit to prove a point. It is not often I agree with Harry Redknapp, but on Terry he is on point.
Chelsea have once again gone out and deliberately spited every poorly spoken pundit, particularly those who have played for Liverpool by signing Papy Djilobodji.
Not only will he be a commentators nightmare but fans will also take a bit of time getting used to pronouncing the name of our new defender from Nantes. This is why signing John Stones would have been better, as Al Murray would say “a beautiful British name”.
British pundits and fans struggle with even the simplest foreign name, stumbling over accents silent vowels and a plethora of other factors that mean that we rarely pronounce a players surname the way they do in his homeland.
With Azpilicueta Chelsea fans came up with a simple yet culturally offensive solution, we just call him Dave. The player does not seem to mind and it was a simple solution.
So if Azpilicueta is now “Dave” what should we call Djilobdji?
Although he will likely just be known as Papy, my personal preference when using his surname would be to call him Jeff. It’s short simple and effective, not even the most heavily accented Glaswegian element of our support could trip up on this one.
It would allow us to bask in the glory of Paul Merson making regular gaffes, safe in the knowledge that we will never suffer his fate. Always thinking of the pennies this could take off, “Papy Jeff” would make a great name to print on the back of shirts and lend him to immediate cult status across the league.
Ok so this post is a little fanciful but it’s been a tough few weeks to be a Blues fan, time to bring the fun back.
I look forward to seeing whether Papy Jeff will be hit of miss for Chelsea for the rest of the season.
Something strange is happening at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have gone from targeting £30m defenders to unproven centre backs for peanuts from second rate French clubs (no offence Nantes).
The whole season so far has had a sour taste to it and the club’s transfer dealings have the same disjointed feel to them. With hours left in the transfer window we appear to be scrabbling around for scraps.
Mourinho has not been himself, picking fights with just about everyone, including the medical staff and some of his own players. This is uncharacteristic for Mourinho, who is talking and acting like there is a subplot going on in the background.
If that is the case then Chelsea fans have plenty to worry about as a happy Mourinho is a winning Chelsea and I don’t think I could deal with another 2007 style catastrophic exit.
The Transfer Saga
Inspired by a poor start to the season, the transfer floodgates seem to have opened despite the club having the spine from last season intact with a couple of useful additions. We go into the final hours of the window with two big names on fans lips in the form of Stones and Pogba, but unpronouncable French defenders instead.
If Azpilicueta is Dave, if Papy Djilobodji signs I guess we will have to call him Jeff. Then there is the Michael Hector debacle, a player aged 23 who has struggled to perform anywhere, who would be bought to be loaned out again.
All these goings on suggest that things are not well in the Blues camp, the whole mood of the club seems off, a little like it did in 2007. Lets hope that I am just being paranoid and things will slowly return to normal after the international break.
I guess we needed some drama from somewhere, romping to the title gave the media little to write about.
Despite the dodgy results, West Brom has always been one of my favourite places to visit as a Chelsea fan, the people are friendly and there is usually a decent atmosphere (normally because they are beating us).
This picture was a great gesture too thanking Chelsea fans for making the trip, which is better than most away grounds you visit where they treat you with disdain and cannot wait to get rid of you. I have been to the Hawthorns 3 out of the last 4 seasons and rate the experience quite highly on all fronts.
Here are some other reasons I like travelling to the Hawthorns.
The ground is easy to get to via the train or tram.
There are places to drink within walking distance of the ground, including the Vine which does some amazing pub food
Away fans are behind the goal and have a decent view of the pitch
At half time they open the gates so people can go have a cigarette (and not hide in the toilets)
They serve beer and its cheaper than in London
The police, stewards and even opposition fans are friendly
All in all win, lose or draw it is a place where you can travel too, meet your mates, have a drink and watch football. I don’t know about you but that’s all i want from a football away day.
Also the other ground in Birmingham in the Premier League is Villa Park, it is nice to visit a ground that has friendly fans and is not a dump.
Hats off to West Brom and once again nice touch
Thank you for travelling 260 miles (distance between the Hawthorns and Stamford Bridge and back), congratulation on winning the 2014/2015 league title.
We hope you enjoy the pre-match entertainment, the Balti Pies and have a safe journey home
The last week the media has taken the bait and reported endlessly on the Eva Carneiro story, whilst there are few that agree with Jose Mourinho, it is time to calm down and move on.
Firstly let’s all agree that Mourinho is wrong, I am sure that he would probably admit this but he has managed to take the focus off the team, which is obviously a little off the pace straight out of the gate.
There is obvious sympathy for Carneiro who is the scapegoat, but I am still holding out hope that this is a well crafted mind game. We also have a little bit of reverse sexism going on here from the media. I do not think the media would be quite be as voracious if this was a portly middle aged male doctor that had received the same treatment from Mourinho.
I am sure the story would still have been covered but not quite in the same way.
Instead the media has collectively lost its shit about the rights and wrongs of the situation. Each day has added a new dimension, a new quote and call from action. It feels like we will be talking about the rights and wrongs of her demotion from game day duties.
I respect Carneiro, she is an extremely qualified doctor that has served the club and I hope that sense is finally seen and she is reinstated. However until that happens Jose Mourinho is the boss and he needs to have the staff he wants on the bench.
It is not ideal but if that means Carneiro is banished from the bench then so be it. I am sorry that is how it goes, time for the media to pack up its bags and find the next Jose inspired saga to focus on.
Last season Arsenal thumped Manchester City 3-0 in the Community Shield. Arsene Wenger’s men after a decade of waiting used this momentum to win the Premier League for the first time in a decade.
Therefore having beaten Jose Mourinho for the first time in his career, Wenger is absolutely nailed on to win the Premier League for a second year in a row.
In fact there are rumours going round that Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are thinking of awarding Arsenal the trophy in August and forgoing the draining experience of playing a season of Premier League football.#
Jose Mourinho has bowed down before the tactical genius and trophy machine Arsene Wenger to congratulate him on a job well done.
So congratulations to Arsenal on winning the Community Shield and retaining the Premier League for the second season in a row.
Wait what Arsenal didn’t win the league last season? What!!!!!
But they play the beautiful football and there manager is convinced they are the best team in the league, surely they won the league.
They lost by more than 10 points, don’t be silly there is no way an Arsene Wenger team that had succumbed to “this year is going to be our yearitis” first discovered in Anfield circa 1993 could ever be defeated.
So yeah basically for all the fans Chelsea, Arsenal or other could you please stop losing your shit over a friendly. Yes it was a good performance by Arsenal and on the balance of play for the first hour they probably deserved it. However one swallow does not make a season.
It is delightful that Wenger and Arsenal now have the false hope of beating Jose Mourinho, once in a friendly match but it is another thing entirely for that to translate to success in the Premier League.
Having been starved of football for nearly two months, football is starting to creep back into the lives of Premier League supporters. The new season is getting close and we seeing English clubs return to action.
Chelsea have been in the United States on a PR blitz playing in three games. The Blues lost their first game against a stronger, fitter and better drilled New York Red Bulls who are halfway through the MLS season. However as fitness and competitiveness grew the Blues secured creditable draws against Paris St Germain and Barcelona.
On a less important note, the Blues also got some penalty taking confidence as they won two shootouts in their last two games to technically triumph over PSG and Barcelona.
Chelsea have made tentative steps towards the start of the campaign, Mourinho picked a different XI to start each half of the fist game. This gave all the clubs players on tour some game time with the exception of youngsters Nathaniel Chalobah and Jake Clarke Salter.
After craving more football for so long It can be tempting for fans to try and interpret results and performances and translate them into analysis for the season ahead.
Failing to win in pre-season is never ideal, but Chelsea still have Arsenal in the Community Shield and a friendly at Stamford Bridge against Fiorentina.
Before Chelsea fans get too worried, it is worth considering that during last season’s pre-season games the Blues lost twice in a season where they went on to romp to the title. A clear indication that what happens in pre-season stays in pre-season.
With such a relaxed approach to the game and a changeable team, few inside the Chelsea squad or management will share this view.
Chelsea do not lose or go winless very often, so rival fans should enjoy the