Diego Costa is set to sign for Liverpool today in a sensational cut price deal, despite making few friends on Merseyside so far this season it appears that the Chelsea striker just had to play for a team and set of fans as warm as those in Liverpool.
After failing to impress at Stamford Bridge due to his lack of goals, meek attitude to training and shying away from confrontation his time in London seems over. Chelsea are believed to be looking to cash in and get as much of their investment back as possible.
At the moment it seems likely that the fee will be £10m plus a further £5m if Costa develops a scouse accent during his time at Anfield. This standard clause represents a loss to the London club who have been distraught with Costa and desperately miss former blue Fernando Torres.
Costa will likely receive a wage of around £72.40 p/w in line with the rest of the Liverpool squad over the age of 25.
The move may have taken a few by surprise but Costa has come out and said how much he admires Liverpool Football Club and wants to play at a club that challenges for the Premier League title around once per decade.
Costa will be excited to link up with best friend Martin Skrtel and analysts believe that a move to the North will toughen him up both on and off the pitch. An unnamed reporter said
“This move makes sense for everyone and his national team coach will be delighted, now he will have to fight to survive on and off the pitch, this should see this wallflower come out of his shell for a team that can totes win the league.”
This move may be a shock to Chelsea fans, but it appears that the Brazilian is on his way to Anfield
Lewis Baker is one of Chelsea’s highest rated young talents with Jose Mourinho claiming that one day he will play for England, this Lewis Baker Lob for MK Dons for whom he is on loan suggests Mourinho may be right.
19 year old Baker has so far made one appearance for Chelsea. This came in the early rounds of the FA Cup last season impressing for the youth and reserve sides including the run to the final of the NextGen series.
This season has seen the young talent go out on loan and Baker is currently on loan at League One high flyers MK Dons and has made five appearances scoring twice including this cool lob.
Last night’s performance in the Champions League was an absolute shambles, Chelsea lacked the heart to overcome PSG despite the visitors spending the majority of the game a man short, twice coming from behind to stun Stamford Bridge.
One of the main talking points was the performance of former Blue and European champion David Luiz who put in a world class performance and scored against his former club. He also celebrated and was a general nuisance to our chances all night. This has led to lots of frustrated Chelsea fans taking out their frustration on David Luiz and have fallen out of love with this former blue.
However let’s be realistic he is no longer a Chelsea player and it is his highly paid job to do what he can to win. It is understandable that he would celebrate as it was an important moment in the match.
He has since apologised but that is in my opinion unnecessary, celebrating when you score is a part of football and all this ex player “respect” has become a faux parade of political correctness.
David Luiz was loved by Chelsea fans because although he was not perfect he left it all on the pitch and was a larger than life member of the team. This curly haired defender may not have been a Chelsea legend but he played his heart out for Chelsea and won a bunch of trophies. Not to mention the fact we sold him for £50m a figure which one game will not stop being an insanely good ROI for the club.
David Luiz was a cult figure when he was a Stamford Bridge and should be remembered for what he did here good and bad, not what he did once we sold him for big monies. During his time at the club fans would sing this song
Oh David Luiz, you are the love of my life
Oh David Luiz I’d let you shag my wife
Oh David Luiz I want curly hair too
He may no longer be Chelsea but the game needs more players with the personality and mentality of David Luiz, and deep down I will always remember the time when I wanted curly hair too!
The Paris Metro racism incident involving so called Chelsea fans whilst not surprising was a major embarrassment to the club we love.
The club we support is not perfect and neither are our fans who come from a diverse number of backgrounds of race, religion and creed, unfortunately within that are those that believe that racism is acceptable, what is even more unfortunate is they think sharing their view in a public place is also acceptable. This is not the view of the vast majority of Chelsea fans and quite frankly now is the time to reinforce this.
The club and fans not involved have reacted brilliantly to this, the club has reached out to the victim of the incident and done everything in its power to identify, shame and ban those involved. With Paris coming to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday a group of fans have gone about ensuring that any travelling Parisiens know that the actions on that Metro that made international headlines are not acceptable to Chelsea fans.
There will be a fan banner against racism displayed at the ground and coordinated to get posters made up and distributed in English and French that simply read “No racism at the Bridge, and that’s the way we like it” in direct reference to the song being sung on the Metro that day.
I want to applaud these fans for deciding not to let the view that Chelsea fans are racist become mainstream by taking public action, our reputation has been damaged byt his incident but letting everyone know this is a minority is important.
Let’s hope that this conciliatory message is taken in the manner it is sent and that the tie against Paris St Germain will build bridges and the reputation of our loyal fans.
If you would like to know more about what these fans are doing against racism at Stamford Bridge or want to help email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Today is the 10th of March 2015 meaning that it is 110 years ago today since the club was formed.
After rebuilding Stamford Bridge, the owners needed a sports team to use it and the stadium was offered to Fulham to rent but they refused.
The brothers considered selling the land to the railways but during a meeting at the Rising Sun Public House (since renamed) they agreed to found a football club. So on 10 March 1905 Chelsea Football Club was founded.
With a free weekend there is plenty of time to rest and consider the game against Paris St Germain.
Chelsea are currently in the driving seat of the tie having secured an away goal in Paris, but the tie is far from wrapped up and it will be important to ensure that we progress to the next round in the Champions League. Here are a few things to ponder during the free weekend ahead of this crucial tie.
Matic Getting Back Into The Groove
Fortunately Nemanja Matic will be available for the game having recovered from a sarcastic injury invented by Jose Mourinho after celebrating winning the Capital One Cup. We hope that he has overcome this phantom injury as well as any champagne related injuries incurred last weekend. His return is important as he adds steel and balance to the midfield and we are less likely to concede with him in the team.
Go For The Victory
With a slight advantage on away goals there could be a temptation to sit back and play for a 0-0 draw. However this would be foolish considering the talent and firepower that Paris St Germain have to offer. Therefore it is important that Chelsea play with the attacking intent to win the game and control the tie, hopefully this will mean we do not have the nervous finish like we had in last years second leg at Stamford Bridge.
Cech Or Courtois
Who should play in goal for Chelsea is a glorious problem for Jose Mourinho to have with both players in world class form. Petr Cech was in brilliant form against Tottenham in the Capital One Cup Final, whilst Thibaut Courtois put in a man of the match performance against West Ham. If I was a betting man I think Courtois would get the nod, however with the leadership in defence that Cech offers Mourinho may be tempted to go with the experience of Cech.
A couple of weeks ago a video emerged of Chelsea fans pushing a black man off a train and chanting in a manner that suggests that the incident was racially motivated.
This was shocking behaviour that has no place in society, the fact that they were Chelsea fans has embarrassed and shamed the club I love.
The reaction from the football club has been exemplary; Chelsea moved quickly to deplore the actions from top to bottom, with Jose Mourinho summing up the feelings of fans that the perpetrators did not represent them.
Action was taken to identify and ban fans involved and investigate the incident to the fullest extent possible.
In a concillatory move the club offered to invite the victim of the incident Souleymane S to Stamford Bridge, this was a nice gesture by the club who ashamed and embarrassed by the actions of a few fans wanted to show that this is not what the club was about.
Souleymane rejected this invitation, something which I respect particularly if he just wanted to draw a line under the incident and move on.
The incident did not involve any club employees and occurred miles away from the ground with none of those involved wearing Chelsea attire. The club has done its job in deploring the actions of a tiny view and owe the victim nothing more than continued goodwill.
I do hope he comes to the Bridge at some point and we can show him what being a Chelsea fan really means. Although we need to move on from this shameful incident and focus on the football and reinforcing the message that discrimination is not tolerated at Chelsea or in society as a whole.