Sunday, 19 February 2012

C'mon son

I would like to address some points that have been irking me with Chelsea footytubers. 

We seem to be forgetting the essence of patience. I know I might have been frustrated at times, but that's just me in the heat of the moment. When I do gain composure, I realize I need to be patient. Chanting for AvB's head, Torres' head, our midfielders' head isn't going to do anything but introduce negativity to the game. 


Instead of boo-ing, bashing; chant "you can do it" "Chin up!"

Another point I'd like to address, Jose Mourinho.

Please let's stop with this. This isn't being proactive at all..Just stop it for many reasons. Stop..

It's a period of change we're going through. A new manager that seems to be staying for a while, and so what if we don't get instant success? Isn't there more to football than instant success? 

Just keep the faith, make criticisms, but don't be excruciatingly harsh with them. 

AvB is doing what he can. Patience is a virtue.

Thanks for reading, 
peace, love and respect...

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Loans: Boon or Bane?

It doesn't take a lot of acumen to understand that over the years, the transfer market hasn't been Chelsea's forte. Taking a glance at the first team now and comparing it to that of last year (let alone years gone by) enforces this viewpoint.

In the Mourinho era, we had a more than able back-up for almost all positions on the field. Multi-position men in Geremi and Gallas. Speedy wingers in SWP, Duff and Robben. Full-backs in Ferreira and Cole and Bridge. We also had a world class keeper in Cudicini a back-up to Cech. Yes, they all might have come and gone at different times, but I don't think the situation was as dire as not having back-ups for people struggling for form.

Just take the case of transfer windows from recent years. We sold the only real back-up for a Malouda-like player in Zhirkov, and didn't get a like-for-like player in. I'm not saying we need another Malouda, but one should remember how good Malouda was the year we won the double, and the first half of last season. No Manager could've gauged the alarming drop of performance that he has shown. Joe Cole left and we got in Yossi. Like-for-like, but where is he now? When we are searching for 'creative-sparks', we have loaned him out.

The story of the loan doesn't end there. Through loan spells, we've lost two players with enormous potential in Sinclair and Borini. Anyone who doesn't rate Sinclair, needs to take a good look at the Chelsea squad and tell me he is inferior to anyone on the roster. Last season, when the team was struggling to keep its place in the top four, we had another loanee banging in goals for fun at Bolton. Sure, we're reaping those rewards, but why wasn't such a design put in place for other players with immense talent?
This season, another first-team hopeful in McEachran left for a loan-spell, hopefully, to come back. The Van Aanholts and the Brumas and the Kakutas, and the list just goes on and on.

The club's managerial policy hasn't helped anyone, has it? A talented bloke who may have been bought under Mourinho (though not by Mourinho), would have had to have been nurtured by the Mourinho staff. Then Jose moves on, and then the little kid gets disillusioned by the new guy who comes in. Isn't it a very possible scenario? There's no point in bringing in youth if the perceived solution to everything is sacking the guy who is supposed to nurture him, and gradually involve the kid in his plans.

There is so much to gain from a well chalked out loan program for developing talent, with subsequent reward for performance. We've lost talent due to hopelessness. That never bodes well for an organization. At the risk of stating the obvious, I believe there are serious lessons to be learnt here. I hope the people in charge do not make the Sinclair and Borini goof-ups again.

This guy was once a Chelsea player. True Story. Now he is one of the premier league's decent wingers. 

By Liquidator via Ayyam

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Identity Crisis

  I am so sick of this. Look, I have defended AVB as best I can since his arrival. Now though, I am finally sick of this. I hate the team we have become and are becoming. It's disgusting. As I mentioned below, we are looking like a bunch of Barcelona wannabees, and let's face it, ticki-taka football simply isn't our style. Chelsea is known for playing an attractive brand of football (at least before Mourinho, but I'll get back to that) with a bit of "swag" about it that reflects the popular Kings Road image; that variety of attractive, possession based football is not ours, and has never been ours. The Chelsea I fell in love with, as was the one most of you surely did, was the one which was the most dangerous team in the world on the counter. The one that put 3 players into the opposition penalty area when the ball was played out wide and seemed to score a header every week from open play. The one that would see players like Zola and Gudjonson break past the defense and dink the ball over the keeper, and Hasselbank and Tore Andre Flo muscle past defenders to win headers and power shots into the net from 10 yards out. That same team that had the vision of Wise and poyet and petit in midfield. Then Mourinho came in, and perfected this. The likes of Drogba, Gudjonsen and Lampard each provided those same attributes as the players already mentioned, and our defense was made into what was arguably most formidable ever. Any time a team had to visit the bridge, they knew that they would get no more than a point from that match, and only if they were lucky as can be.

   That's right, I fell in love with the counter-attacking play of old, and was further put into awe by the adaptation of this style brought by Mourinho. Yes, I miss the Boring Chelsea. Every team has a style particular to them. Can that change over time, yes. The question is, do we really want a change? Do we want to be known as the Barca copycats? Personally, I don't. I like the identity Chelsea has had for the past 50 years, and I wish more than anything that no one had ever begun to try and give up that identity for the sake of looking like the over-glorified Catalans. I am proud of my club, and for god's sake, I am proud of the style that this club has become known for, and I don't ever want to lose that.

Have a look at these videos, and tell me the football we used to play wasn't what we all love.

  In those videos, do notice that of the 15 or so goals shown, almost ten were scored in less than 15 seconds after we moved the ball past the field's center line.  Can you even imagine seeing us do that now?  Do you even remember the last time we had a player clean through on goal?  I can't.  Hell, I can barely remember the last time we scored a header from open play.  Half hour goals this season have been pure luck from efforts by players like Mata who simply tried a shot he probably shouldn't have because chances weren't coming from anywhere else.

   I don't necessarily want AVB to go; I want continuity.  But let's face it, the style he is going for, just won't work for this club, and really, can it succeed in this league? I don't believe it can.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Match Preview - Everton vs Chelsea

Salutations Chelseamen.

Sorry I'm a bit late with the Preview, I've been under the weather.

So I'm too sick to do a match preview...

All I can give you is a link to the best preview you could read.

Good luck for tomorrow and KTBFFH..

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Chelsea Compilation makers to watch out for : 12super1

On this edition of my "Compilation Makers to Watch" I have a rather unexpected YouTube User. He is actually a regular on our beloved site, and rakes in a load of views per videos, give it up for 12Super1 also known as on footytube. Sham.

Sham is a regular poster on the Chelsea Chat and is an admin on this site as well. He always delivers quality links, and today I will be delivering some of his quality videos.

12Super1 uses in his video techno music, coupled with some of the key passes the player which his compilation is based on, completes, and goals, and much more.

His videos usually consists of Chelsea prospects in some key matches they play, whether it be for the reserves, the first team, or on international duty.

So sit back and watch some of my personal favorites. 

One of the first Piazon vids out, and boy was it great, raked in loads of views as well. Must watch.

He has made loads of Romeu videos, The first one is against Fulham, and the second one is from his Barca days. Both are also one of the first of their kind.

My Final video for you wonderful readers, is one of Davilla. Talked about alot but not seen much prior to moving to Chelsea. (Hmm, Like alot of 12super1's videos)

So there you have it, 12super1 and his YouTube videos, he has tonnes more. Check them him out here.


(If there is anyone you want me to review, or even if its yourself, let me know in the comments, or on my footytube profile.)

NEWS: Chelsea sign 15-year-old central defender Andreas Christensen from Brondby

Chelsea have signed 15 year old Andreas Christensen from Brondby on a free. The boy already has a U17 Denmark app.

Christensen told Ekstra Bladet: "I have chosen Chelsea because they play the kind of football I like.
"At the same time, they have the best plan for my future in football."

 This adds Andreas to a list of already talented centerbacks we have in our academy and reserves. Probably the best problem we have right now.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

5 Reasons why the Daniel Sturridge to Arsenal Rumor are pathetic

Why He Won't:

1. He would cost more than Arsenal have ever paid for a footballer

2. Sturridge will probably ask for as much as their top-earners. Basically destroying their wage structure.

3. If he was to play his natural position , He would never get any play time as RVP is in the way.

4. If he was to be bought for winger position, It would not be in Danny's best interest, as he claims to be wanting the No.9 role. There is a shorter waiting list for Studge to the main man up front over here.

5. We are not stupid to sell to a rival

-McEachran (FootyTube User) - Edited by Ayyam.