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Why Chelsea should sign Seydou Doumbia

Morning beautiful people! I woke up on the right side of the bed today and I’m buzzing with excitement for no apparent reason. I have to admit there’s been a lot of quiet around the club as regards summer signings.


We have been linked with many attackers this summer, the top names being Lille’s Eden Hazard, Porto’s Hulk and quite recently Wigan’s Moses. We got Eden as you already know, so Hulk was expected to follow suit. As I write, he is nowhere close to being a Chelsea player.


I won’t say I’m surprised Hulk has not signed for Chelsea. I mean…the relationship between Chelsea and Porto does not exactly rival Romeo and Juliet’s. The Porto management must still hold grudges given how we took Mourinho, Carvalho, Ferreira, and Villas-Boas away from them.


They are the second biggest club in Portugal and do not want to be seen as a feeder club for Europe’s top teams. They want to challenge for European honors and as a result, they tag outrageous prices to their players just to keep bidders off. Last season, Porto informed Chelsea to pay ₤26 million to sign Álvaro Pereira. Pereira is decent at best shouldn’t cost more than ₤12m. Hulk is worth ₤20m in my estimation but given he is a Porto player I expect them to demand close to ₤40m. I’d be gutted if we caved into their demands. Last season, we spent ₤18m on Lukaku and there are little signs to show that it was a good investment.


If there is anyone I think will be good value for money, it is Seydou Doumbia. I honestly believe we should be chasing Seydou Doumbia and I have my reasons.

Seydou Doumbia vs. Lokomotiv defence

 

He scores lots of goals. He was top scorer in the Ivorian league in 2005, he was top scorer in the Swiss super league in 2008–09 and 2009–10 and Russian premier league top scorer in 2010/2011. Seydou has been top scorer in three different leagues and top scorer for three consecutive seasons.


Seydou is African (d’oh). Drogba contract has expired and he chosen to move to China to promote the Chinese game. Salomon Kalou has been released by the club. This leaves us with only two Africans, Mikel and Essien in the first team. We have three Brazilians in Piazon, Ramires and Luiz; three Portuguese in Meireles, Hilário, and Ferreira; four Belgians and many English men. If we add another African to keep Mikel and Essien company, it wouldn’t be bad at all. Especially an African with great talent like Doumbia.


Samsung will be happy. Samsung sells tons of electronics in Africa and they use Chelsea players in almost all their adverts. Samsung uses Drogba the most in their adverts followed Essien and then Mikel.  Samsung loses a great marketing tool with Drogba gone to China because the Chinese league is not popular in Africa. If we signed Seydou Doumbia, Doumbia could be the new face of Samsung in Africa.


Samsung: It’s Drogba’s Choice


Seydou will give Torres and Sturridge competition. Many Blues want Torres to automatically be our main striker next season. I have to say I disagree; competition for places is good for any team. Torres scored many goals for Liverpool but won nothing with them. Van Persie fired le Arse to third place last season but his prolific scoring couldn’t earn them a trophy.


It takes more than one good striker to earn a trophy. I doubt we would have won anything if we did not have Kalou, Torres and Sturridge to rotate with Drogba (and also the many goals from our midfielders).


Man United despite not winning the league ended the league with the same points as Man City. They wouldn’t have gotten there without goals from Rooney, Welbeck, Chicarito and Berbatov. Man City won on goal difference because they had four quality strikers in Tevez, Aguero, Balotelli, and Dzeko. They even want to add Van Persie. Le Arse has signed two strikers in Giroud and Podolski because they know one striker is not enough to win titles. Adding a proven goal scorer in Seydou Doumbia increases our chances of winning the league.


It’s been a couple of years since we won the Premier League title, and I would extremely happy if we make it our priority next season. I mean…now that we have secured the Holy Grail, we can go back to being champions of England again.


Finally if we sign Doumbia, we would have a player with a different playing style to Sturridge and Torres. This will give Di Matteo the chance to change our tactics occasionally to prevent us from being predictable. In our double winning season with Ancelotti, we scored the most goals that season because Ancelotti had the players to prevent us from being predictable.


That’s all I have for you today. Thanks for taking your time to read. Have an amazing day wherever this post meets you.


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Cheers!

Preview: Bayern Munich v Chelsea

Bayern v Chelsea - Munich

Bayern v Chelsea – Munich

A preview of the UEFA Champions League final 2012 between Bayern Munich and Chelsea.

Road to the Final
The moment that we have been waiting for has finally come, now we are counting hours and minutes to the finale in Munich.

Didier Drogba says: “Nobody expected us to be there at the beginning of the season, but I think we did everything to reach the finals”

Comparing our start to this season, no one can believe that we are in UEFA Champions league and by eliminating such top class clubs like Barcelona, Benfica and Napoli in the Journey.

There is always a room for a change, and it always happen when we make the right choices. Chelsea made the right choice to give the job to Roberto Di Matteo, and now we are one hand on a historic Champions League victory. To win trophies of such top level, you have to defeat the best teams and Chelsea have managed to do it, so we deserve to win it and we are going for it.

Di Matteo talks on the final: “I do believe our players have all the
qualities you need to win this
competition those qualities have taken us to this event here and I am very positive and very confident.”

Head to Head Stats
-Chelsea is undefeated in the last five matches in UEFA Champions League.
-Chelsea have scored first in all 11 previous Champions League games.
-Chelsea have won one and drawn two of our seven away European matches against German teams.
-Chelsea have now join the list of English clubs to have made 2 or more European Cup/Champions League finals appearances. Liverpool, Manchester United and Nottingham Forest together with Chelsea are only teams to make the most appearances.
-Bayern have won seven consecutive home matches en route to the final.
-Bayern have won one and lost two
of three previous finals against
English clubs.
-Bayern win would make Jupp
Heynckes the 19th coach to have won the Cup twice, after his 1998
success with Real Madrid.
-Bayern have won 13 of their
last 14 European home games.

Match Facts
- This is the sixth European Cup
final between German and
English teams. And only once have the Germans won.

-The last four European Cup finals between English and German teams
have been won by the English club. The most recent was in 1999, Man Utd 2-1 Bayern Munich.

-Five Champions League finals have
gone to penalties – the most recent
being the painful one in Moscow in
2008.

-The last time Chelsea and Bayern met in the Champions League was back in 2005 quarter finals when Chelsea won it 6-5 on Aggregate, Petr Cech, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba all featured.

Team News
A defensive boost for us towards the final, as our defenders David Luiz and Gary Cahill took part in all training sessions this week and they are available for selection after the recovering from injuries. Meanwhile, Malouda is also expected to make a return after he was assessed in the team’s final training session in Munich on friday.

Chelsea will be without Captain John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles who all are suspended.
And options for Di Matteo on who to put in front today, both Drogba and Torres available. Also Michael Essien and Mikel could start on the defensive midfield role with Frank
Lampard, Juan Mata Kalou on the attacking role.

Bayern will be without Holger Badstuber, Luiz Gustavo, David Alaba who are all Suspended.

Bayern’s Diego Contento is likely to play at left-back with Lahm on the right. While their attack will be lead by Mario Gomez, Ribery and Arjen Robben with Bastian Schweinsteiger and Muller on midfield.

Probable Line-Ups
Chelsea team: Cech, Cole, Cahill, Luiz, Bosingwa, Mikel, Essien, Lampard, Mata, Kalou and Drogba.

Bayern team: Neuer, Contento, Tymoshchuk, Boateng, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Kroos, Ribery, Muller, Robben and Gomez.

The game will be played today on 19 May 2012 (kick off at 20:45 local time, 18:45 GMT) at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. And the referee is Pedro Proença (Portugal).

Keep believing wherever you are. Up the Chels!

Twitter: @makivic08

Munich 2012

Munich 2012

Is RDM the right man?

Is Di Matteo the Right Man?

After sacking of Portuguese Andre Villa-Boas as the Chelsea manager, interim coach Roberto Di Matteo has brought that lost belief back to the hearts of the blues.

 

Since his take over, Roberto Di Matteo has managed 6 wins, 1 defeat and 1 draw in 8 games in all competitions. Having a 75 winning percentage, taking us UEFA Champions League quarter-finals and one step close to the Semis, also in FA Cup Semi-final at Wembley. All this has just been a great achievement to what has proved to be a disappointing season so far for Chelsea.

 

Di Matteo’s tactics;

Squad Rotation Tactic
Now they call him “The Rotatovator” due to the tactic he uses of rotating players, so far the tactic has proved to be working and bringing good results. The importance of this tactic is that it helps to keep each player on form hence it improves team performances week in and week out.

 

Di Matteo says: “I just talk to the players, give them my opinions and explain the reasons behind my team selections”

 

Maybe the reason for AvB’s failure at Chelsea was that, when he tries to give out his opinions and explanations – the elder players don’t even listen to him due to the fact of Age difference, no one knows exactly.

 

Players Torres, Kalou and Mikel, are now on-form players and most important players in the team, playing week in and week out.

 

Fernando Torres – I say he is back, the El Nino is back!!! 3 goals and 4 assists in the last 5 games. He has now developed the belief and he more of a confident player, his perfomances get higher and higher each week. With such a form, we expect goals to rain from our big man.

 

Di Matteo on Torres: “I have always said it does not matter who scores, and Fernando has been providing goals for his team-mates, its great that he is scoring as well”

 

He is likely to be in Spain’s squad for Euro 2012 tournament and as Spain coach Del Bosque said: “If Fernando improves his form, I will select him for the Euros”.

 

Kalou and Mikel among the players whose futures at chelsea have been a concern, still they have been improving on daily basis. They have both find their places in the first team playing match to match, included in overall Chelsea’s top performers so far.

 

Kalou is out of contract at the moment, the rumors say “Kalou wants to play in the central role, or else he will be forced not to renew his current contract”.


The central role is occupied by on form Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba, in order for Kalou to get his place on the team and keep on his brilliant form, he has to hang on as Wing forward to secure his place in the first team. Ac Milan and Galatasaray reportedly to be linked with Kalou, who could be available on a free-transfer in the summer.

 

Mikel has completed 833 of 910 attempted passes (91.54%), his best at the club. He lost his place in the first team but now he is enjoying playing match to match, Mikel has been a solid player in our midfield and his presence makes it more stable. Rumored to join russian side Anzhi managed by Guus Hiddink (Former Chelsea Coach), but at the moment he is not going anywhere.

 

Back to the question, Is Roberto Di Matteo the right man?
1. Coach to Player Relations.
A good coach is the one who has good relationship with his players, the one who speaks and his players listen a respond positively.

 

2. Manager tactics.
His tactics are working at the moment, rotating the players and keeping them in firing form. And bringing good results.

 

3. Objectives.
His objective is to put the team in a Champions league qualification position, currently seems difficult. But as we continue to win our games, it will be secured. On the other hand, he is in a position to lead the team in Fa cup and Champions league glory. Something that may look impossible, but all he needs is to give the team maximum belief and every thing will be possible.

 

Have a productive day and always be carefree.

Twitter: makivic08

NO MEN WENT TO MOW, STILL HOPE FOR TOMORROW

First Team
One person said I was delusional to think we would get anything in Naples. I would agree, if I didn’t make my predictions based on numerous assumptions. Lineup, formation, strategy and certain players like Didier turning up in the flesh that can actually make a difference.

Football is midfield, defence and attack. I don’t think we should sack AVB but I’m afraid he makes tactical errors, albeit errors related to the players we have. Some managers are good at building a team that suits their plans (right positions, right styles), some are good at shuffling and making the best of what they have, some others are good motivating a team regardless of these factors.The first needs a bit of time if you don’t splash cash, and is much easier if you actually choose to reward the investment put into your youth system. Yesterday the Chelsea youth team came back from 3-0 down to win 4-3 in the FA youth cup. A day after the first team lost 3-1 in Naples.

I digressed, back to midfield, defence and attack. 4-2-3-1. Three attacking midfielders, lone striker, the ever critical holding midfield pivot and a regular back four. I’ll start from the back. Having to lose Bosingwa and put in a half-fit Ashley Cole is just part of the unexpected you expect in football. My problem however was the positioning. We had a slower,calmer right side of defence (Brana and Cahill) and a faster but more erratic left side (Luiz + Cole/Jose). I’m not a real manager, but surely you want to balance the speed of your back four, most especially when you go against a pacey front three. You see, Lavezzi will attack the space  between RCB and RB, Hamsik will attack that between LB and LCB and try to playing in Maggio (a right midfielder that makes byline runs), while the potent Cavani picks either of those pockets or the main one between both center backs. Lavezzi scored 2 goals and Cavani scored one by losing Brana. Right side of defence? YES. Might have been slightly better with JT around cause he will always play LCB. To digress, some of the best defence we played this season was when we had Brana-Luiz-JT-Cole. I know Brana loses his left winger/ left back a lot but its better when he has a fast defender like Luiz right next to him.

The midfield pivot of Ramires and Meireles is, simple, stupid. Ramires is a runner, Meireles is a … floater (i really cant find a word to describe him, thinking about it makes my head hurt). Better combinations would have been Essien-Meireles, Mikel-Lampard, Romeu-Ramires, anything with a DM. The more attacking the second MID is, the deeper the DM you want to play. Even though its a pivot(meaning both players share responsibilities in attacking and defensive transitions), you have to play with what you have. Secondly, Ramires and Meireles are relatively bad passers, possibly the worst amongst all our midfielders. On Tuesday, Meireles was unsurprisingly as bad as he has been in recent weeks, Ramires was shockingly abysmal maybe due to the fact that he’s just back from injury. Together, they conceded the 1st goal.

The attack. I said in my match preview that there are 2 Drogba’s which we all know. The bad one turned up, and I don’t know why he finished the game. Firstly, he’s more suited to 4-3-3. Secondly, any manager should be able to see when Drogba is having a horrible game. It never changes. He just gets worse,and worse and we hardly ever win. The fact that he had a poor game just made our attack impotent as a unit. Mata didn’t receive the ball enough cause the poor pivot weren’t making the right transitions and passes to draw Napoli’s midfielders out to free him. Sturridge was occasionally selfish but he made things happen despite hardly having runs to pick out. Malouda was Malouda, no explanation needed. Mata was decent and might have been more effective if he had a Torres in front of him. No Didier/Nando debate here, I’m only saying Drogba had an off-day you can spot from miles away and the 4-2-3-1 is El Niño’s forte.

I can complain about schoolboy errors we made on each goal even though that’s how we got our goal. But the main problems right now are confidence, and managerial decisions. AVB doesn’t seem to know his best team and keeps trying experiments. Confident and motivated players can still manage to win games in a bad tactical setup, but two things are working against us right now and it’s sad. We just have so many players out of position and they aren’t even happy. So much pressure from the media and things are looking blue for the fans, the players and the manager. But there is the future to look forward to, more on that later. Way out of this slump? A couple of lucky wins (even though you create your own luck), improved confidence and a small streak can return us to winning ways, and help AVB determine his first team.

 

The Youth Team
For the last 2-3 years, I’ve been following our youth team actively and there is one thing that shines through them. Spirit. When you talk about playing for pride of the badge and the club, they know what it’s about. Not to mention a bunch of real quality players we ignore to sign hyped players (e.g. signing Lukaku instead of keeping Borini). Practically every great win I’ve seen in the FA youth cup have been comebacks. The 2010 final, every round last year and the last 2 rounds this year have been proud moments for me as a Chelsea fan. But what they did yesterday was even more awesome than the last minute comeback from the previous round.

Feruz is a real gem, looks even better than Borini was at the same age. Piazon has acclimatized and is performing at such a high level. Amin Affane is so good for his age you wonder where we found him. I could go on and on. I don’t buy into this bullsh** that you shouldn’t put young players under pressure by playing them in high profile games. Why? Because they are young players and you have to invest into their future, with games. They have to make mistakes at the highest level to get to that level. It’s the club’s duty to have faith in some of these lads and not just dish them 4/5 year contracts for reserve games and random loans to Vitesse Arnehem and championship clubs. We don’t have a Pep Guardiola nor a La Masia, but this needs to be soaked into the roots of the club, regardless of the manager in charge. It helps, having a long-term coach but when a club has a proper plan, it flows through the whole club.

If we didn’t have quality young players, that would be another discussion but we’ve clearly invested a lot into these young lads, scouting them, signing them and training them. Just to think Brendan Rodgers worked with Josh McEachran at youth level should put into perspective the quality down there. We have some players that have been here since ages less than 10 that are quality on the pitch and have desire to play for this club, the kind of desire you can’t just fake or find elsewhere. Play them. Throw them in the deep end. What you sow is what you reap. Some might fall off, but some will definitely make it. The reward is the sweetest and it’s a cycle that will continue. There’s nothing fans love more than committed players and watching our very own wear the first-team shirt. I continue to watch the Youth Cup in hope that someday our very own, will remain our very own.

PS: 10 Men went to mow (the song behind the title)

Win or Lose, Up the Blues
Over land and sea, Chelsea chelsea carefree.

Toye

188BET offers Chelsea FC fans the chance to quiz Ramires.

Hello Blues,

The club’s official betting partner, 188BET, is offering all Chels the chance to chat live with Ramires.

Ramires will be taking over 188BET’s Twitter account to answer fans’ questions during a special live interview on Thursday 2nd February 2012.

Ramires joined Chelsea FC in 2010 from Benfica and has already clocked up almost 50 appearances for our club, forming a strong midfield partnership with the likes of Meireles and Lampard. He has scored six goals for Chelsea, including the club’s goal of the season award last year for his beautiful strike against Manchester City at Stamford bridge, and also has 27 international caps with his native Brazil to his name.

He will be online at 1:30pm on Thursday 2nd February and will answer a selection of fans’ questions live via 188BET’s Twitter feed. To take part, all Blues fans have to do is log on to Twitter, follow ‘@188BET’ and submit their questions by tweeting ‘@188BET’ along with the hashtag: #askRamires.

So whether you want to know how Ramires occupies himself outside football, who the best dancer in the squad is or perhaps even if he has any quirks, get online on Thursday and ask him your questions!

KTBFFH

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FA Cup Preview: Chelsea vs Portsmouth

The Blues army will host Portsmouth today in the FA cup third round. We will be hoping to extend our unbeaten run against Portsmouth to 30 games in all competitions in over 51 years.

The last time we played Portsmouth was the final of the 2010 FA cup at the Wembley, where Didier’s free kick was the decider.

We will be expected to beat Portsmouth any day, but our recent unimpressive run and the injuries to some players might make Portsmouth believe they can win or force a replay.

I will want to believe that our poor run has ended with 2011, especially with the spirit shown at wolves on Monday when our players rallied round to give us the full 3 points following Wolves 85th minute equalizer. It was a typical Frank Lampard goal, following his typical run into the box.

Andre Villas-Boas might want to give our youngsters some playing time on Sunday, especially since some of the first team regulars are out injured and our African contingent (Drogba and Kalou) are already gone. Ivanovic and Mikel are still weeks away from full fitness, with Terry too not sure of making the game, Hutchinson may come into the central defence.  Many would have expected Cahill to be ours by now, but the guy is still fighting for £100 000, more than thrice the £30 000 he is earning at Bolton. We can make do with Hutchinson for now but we definitely need to sign a centre back, Cahill or not

I will be glad to see Mceachran play the entire 90mins, because he is one player I believe should have been a regular by now if he can work on his fitness and physical strength. I initially thought he will benefit from a loan deal, but with our recent injuries and dip in form by players like Merielis and Lampard, I think Mceachran should be given a chance to fight for his place in our first 11.

Another player that I will be happy to see play today is Romelu Lukaku. With Drogba and Kalou heading for Nations cup, Lukaku will naturally get more playing time this January if we don’t sign a striker.

Portsmouth are in top spirit following their 2-0 win over Watford on Monday, though they are still placed 17th on the championship table.

My Chelsea Team:  Cech; Betrand, Luiz, Hutchinson, Ferreira; Romeu, Mceachran, Ramires; Lukaku, Mata, Torres

Portsmouth’s last lineup:   Henderson; Ben-Haim,Mokoena,Pearce, Mattock,Mullins,Norris, Huseklepp,Kitson,Futaks

My prediction: Anything short of a Chelsea win will be a shocker, so I think its going to be 3-1 in favour or the Blues.

KTBFFH

@Tooyib

Chelsea January Transfer Window Analysis

January! January! January! The month we have been waiting for, when transfer window opens and the rumors rise till they get ridiculous.

It is believed that Roman will give Villas-Boas a war-chest of £150m to spend in this January transfer window. If that’s true, AVB should seize the opportunity to sign quality players that will enable our squad challenge and hopefully win some trophies.

If AVB signs some quality players, I believe we can even win the premier league this season. It may seem impossible but there is still half a season of games to play. As AVB said: “In this season’s title race, there will be a lot of surprises”.

It’s up to our players to surprise everyone including themselves. I believe they are capable because these are the same players who got us from 7th to 2nd place in the league last season. We could have even won the premier league if we got a result at Old Trafford. It is mathematically possible for us to still win the league so we must keep the faith.

Let’s take a look on our current squad, this is the same squad that won at Valencia, Man City, Newcastle and other places. Also it is the same Squad that lost to QPR, Aston Villa, Leverkusen – to mention but a few. If we compare the depth of squad that Man city have, it is bigger than that of Chelsea. To improve our current squad we need to bring 3-4 new players in this transfer window which will help us for the rest of the season.

Here is an analysis of some of the transfer options or possible players to join Chelsea:

Gary Cahill: At 26, his age is not a concern; his performances are the most important. Cheap to be honest, not many defenders will be available at £7m. He’s demanding around £120k wage in wages. Signing for Chelsea will keep alive his chances to play in Euros for England.

According to the reports, Owen Coyle says his move to Chelsea will be completed by Sunday. And he rates him as good defender, who can play for any team.

He has made 19 Premier League appearances this season for Bolton scoring 2 goals, with no assists, 2 yellow cards, 1 red card, 74 percent passing success and 0.6 shots per game.  A bit average of him, but I won’t judge him much before he plays for Chelsea. He plays in the centre back role which is occupied by John Terry, David Luiz and Ivanovic.

He is weak at passing, but strong in blocking the ball and playing it into air, strong in aerial duels, clearing the ball out of defence, scores in set pieces especially indirect free-kicks.

Edinson Cavani: He is a Uruguayan forward, 24, of pace that resembles that of Diego Forlan. He has made 13 appearances (1 as a sub) for Napoli in the Serie A scoring a total of 9 goals with one assist and one yellow card in the other hand, 3.4 shots per goal and 68 percent passing success.

A player that his price could be a bit high £45m – £50m, but that wont be a problem for Chelsea. His attributes – Strong in finishing , headed attempts, holding on the ball and also he provides defensive contribution.

A player that will fit in Chelsea’s squad and tactics, and will close the gap to Drogba & Kalou who will depart for Afcon tournaments. He is very useful in counter attacks and also in normal build ups. A kind of player that Chelsea need.
Gonzalo Higuain: He is 24, 7 apps (8 as a sub) for Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga, scoring 12 goals with no assists, 2 shots per game and 88 percent passing success. He has an impressive scoring record since arriving in Spain in 2006 but he has failed to hold down a regular starting role under Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.

His price tag is around £25m – £30m, a good finisher and a key passer, Good dribbler with skills and long shooter. He can boost the attacking role at Chelsea and score some handy goals along side others. Not only Chelsea are after him but also the Argentine forward is linked with Juventus and PSG.

Marek Hamsik: 24 years old Attacking midfielder and he can play as a right forward in a 4-3-3 formation, his price could be a problem, rated at £45m – £50m. After Chelsea failed to capture Luka Modric – he grew up as a possible target for Chelsea. He has made 11 apps (5 as a sub)  for Napoli in the Italian Serie A scoring 5 goals and providing 4 assists, 1.4 shots per game and 84 percent passing success. He is good in releasing key passes, assisting and finishing too.

He can help to feed the strikers with balls, and adding creativity in our midfield  alongside Mata, Romeu, Lamapard, Meireles, Ramires and others. He is in a class of players that can add creativity at Chelsea and boost our attacking forces.

Alvaro Pereira: He is a defender (left) of 26 years old, he has made a total of 10 apps for FC Porto this season in the Liga Sagres, he will provide aid in our defence also in creating attacking build ups – bringing crosses and good runs through opponent’s defence. He has a release clause of £25m.


Cheich Tiote: A 25 year old Ivorian midfielder who has been pretty in good form recently, capable of controlling the midfield defensively and also in attack. 83 percent passing success. Strong in passing, dribbling, tackling and ball intercepting. Good option for Chelsea, but he may find a difficult way to get regular chances of playing at Chelsea since we have a lot of midfielders. He may coast £30m, as Mr. Alan Pardew is in charge of the magpies.


Milos Krasic: He is a 27 year old winger who joined Italian side Juventus from CSKA Moscow, linked with Chelsea also with other Russian clubs but he doesnt want to return to Russia. He may cost around £20m – £25m.  He has 85 percent passing success, Strong in dribbling, holding the ball and providing key passes. He can help Chelsea and cover the wing role.


Kaka: He is one of the intelligent playmakers in football and 29 years old. He has made 6 apps (6 as a sub) for Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga  scoring 3 goals and providing 2 assists having 86 percent passing success. He has quite been faced with injuries, making him out and in some poor forms but still a player that Chelsea will need to buy to add more creativity. £30m was a rumored price that Real madrid will sell him.

He is good at scoring, shooting, dribbling and providing key passes also his has a good vision on the pitch and good mentality.


Chelsea need new blood that will make us play top class football like the season we won the historic  domestic double, with some quality signings, we can only get better, compete for and win title(s).

Keep the faith wherever you read this from!

UP THE CHELS!!!
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Chelsea Ends Miserable Year

What's happening to our season?

I cannot believe what we witnessed earlier today. It was a very, very disappointing game from the Men In Blue.  Aston Villa came to the Bridge probably seeking a draw and we gifted them a win.

They played 10 men behind the ball and pretended that they would not attack us.  We were keeping possession but we did not make it count.

22 minutes into the game, Dunne brought down Drogba, resulting in a penalty. Drogba scored his 150th goal for the club, a remarkable achievement for him.

If we had killed the game there, we would have Drogba’s 150th goal, Terry’s 400th game as captain and 3 points to cheer going into the new year.

Unfortunately, our Blues disappointed us more than they did on Boxing Day. Goal aside, Drogba was crap; he did needless tricks and gave away possession.

Aston Villa picked one of his misplaced passes and nearly capitalized on it.  Drogba was so terrible that I prayed fervently that AVB would sub him with anyone, even Kalou!

Daniel Sturridge got a few chances and he could have contributed more if he was not selfish. As the game progressed, he faded away and AVB subbed him for Torres. For me Torres performed better for the team than Drogba and Sturridge put together.

The Spaniard made a great strike that hit the crossbar with his first touch; he also gave Drogba a sweet pass, one the big man squandered. I felt Torres could have done more if our midfield given him the ball more often.

The goals we conceded are unacceptable. The first, JT was in good position to prevent Ireland from scoring but he failed.  The second, Luiz decided not to mark Petrov. It must be said though; David Luiz was having a good game until that moment.

Given Aston Villa showed no interest in attacking, AVB brought on Lampard to replace Romeu. AVB made the same mistake when we played Wigan. He made Aston Villa deceive him. With Romeu gone, we lost our ability to break Wigan’s attacks and we lost possession frequently.

Lampard gave away possession in a manner that would have disgusted Oriol. Ireland seized on the opportunity, ran with the ball and set up Darren Bent for an easy finish. 1-3 and there was no way we were coming back.

AVB has his job cut out for him in the upcoming transfer window; he needs to buy players with a winning mentality. In the past, we were noted for grinding out wins even when we played poorly.

We have lost that ability; teams no longer fear us, every team now wants to have a go at Chelsea. I will appreciate AVB more if he stops trying to be a smart ass with the media.

Chelsea has a problem and he should work to fix it. If the rumors that he has been given £150m to spend on quality are true then he should spend it very wisely. Chelsea needs him to get his transfer activity right because a top four finish is not a guarantee this year.

It has been a miserable year for Blues worldwide; I hope our squad makes some positive new resolutions and stick with it throughout 2012.

Keep The Faith (and of course) The Blue Flag Flying High!

Have a prosperous New Year!

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CAN’T BALE HIM OUT

CHARGED

So our Captain has been charged with ‘a racially aggravated public order offense’. Oh wow, the horror! We are all terribly surprised and trembling. Right after the FA decided to ban Suarez and thereby render Liverpool even more toothless than they already were, we blues were defiant and believed that the England captain wouldn’t suffer anything near the same fate. Surely not, if anything I expect him to get a longer ban, just because, he is John Terry.
Ever since he started getting involved in bar fights and the likes as a kid, I feared he wouldn’t make it at Chelsea, a needless feeling, in hindsight. He’s had more than his fair share of bad press which I feel is down more to his image than his actual character or conduct. That image has continued to haunt him and the man we see today is a very strong character still trying as hard as possible to divert attention from that perspective by doing what he does best, playing football. The latest ‘scandal’ is surely not the least, and maybe even the most severe, of JT’s list of ‘crimes’ and I fear only the worst. However, i would like to state that while I believe JT is not racist, I cannot defend his action as ‘not racist’, and if found guilty, he would have to serve his punishment. Uncle Sepp would like to bring forward the ‘heat of the moment’ point, and yes while that is true, lots of other players get in the heat of the moment without using such words. I agree that players shouldn’t be easily labeled ‘racist’ based on such events as I find it extreme, but they should be judged by the law, like JT26anyone else. Unlike Dennis Wise in ‘95 who got arrested for an overblown argument with a cab driver, I expect him to remain Chelsea captain and anyone that can find a better captain,leader or legend should please step forward. By the way, Wise was reinstated when his case was dropped due to the Cabbie exposing his hidden motives a.k.a greed. (we are watching you Anton) His England captaincy on the other hand is as good as gone, and it’s that the national team has to go through so many change of states, or armbands.
The next questions raised are obviously related to replacement. We already need to sign a new center-back as Alex is leaving and we don’t have any youth player ready for promotion. There was a rumor of AVB mentioning a buy-back option on Rajkovic, (please confirm this in the comments section) but it is more likely that we sign two defenders (one permanently and the other on loan). Don’t be surprised if one of them is an experienced Premiership defender as JT still gets to play in the Champions league. Another option we could see is Romeu at center back and a midfield that looks like what we’ve had before Oriol owned his position.
While we await the final verdict, I say support the Chels’ most successful captain through it all. I know I will.

NO-POINT LANE


Stats
Its been 4 or 5 years since we last won at Spurs, hold on let me fetch the correct stats. It’s the only fixture T’sar Guus lost! Found it, we haven’t won at the lane since 2005/2006.

    • 06/07, 2-1, Maka opened with a sensational volley, looked like an easy win
    • 07/08, 4-4, Enthralling game, we led 3-1 at some point.
    • 08/09, 1-0, Modric strike from a lennon cross
    • 09/10, 2-1, JT got a red card, Bale murdered ‘fewewa’
    • 10/11, 1-1, Drogba missed a late pen

Tried to paint each game as graphically as I could remember, funny I actually watched them all. Last season we could’ve easily ended this run, now we need to. We can’t afford to lose to another top 6 team. Plus, we used to call this place 3-point lane, when we were only decent (not shit)

Team News
Ramires is back! Luiz is still out, meaning Bosingwa, meaning Bale can rape, but he is also out injured and even if he plays will be partially fit but, its Bosingwa and he might still rape. Your captain has been passed fit and will start and hopefully scores a winner unlike ‘Cannibalez’ who choked in his last game before his octo-break. That’s Suarez for those of you who fail at puns. The Sp*ds have Lennon out, Adebayor and Defoe doubtful, and that’s enough bad luck to translate to a win for us but these games don’t usually pan out that way. I only hope their lower attacking impetus doesn’t result in a tougher defensive unit that’s harder to break down. In plain English, a draw or a sweaty win (it’s a draw and then Ivanovic scores a 90th minute own goal, or Cech repeats what he did at Wigan, or Modric scores a pen and the whole of twitter goes mental with “We should’ve signed Luka”.

Tactics

With Lennon out, Spurs would be looking to attack down the left with either Modric or Bale. Modric would be a dangerous option as he would look to drag Bosingwa inside, and release Assou-Ekotto, but will the left back overlap? Our right winger is a certain in-form striker called Danny Sturridge that is getting even better at his position so I expect that to not be a problem. With Luka playing left wing their threat is limited as they don’t have another creative midfielder to take his position nor one that can make piercing runs. Pienaar should start and that is a player that can hurt us if underestimated, but I’m going to believe Ashley Cole cancels him out as usual. Pavlyuchenko should start upfront, I’ve already given him a goal on the official site’s score predictor. The midfield will be a little weird, expect a surprise from Harry, but nothing Rambo,Rombot and Meireles cant handle. I expect Mata to have a better game than his last 2, just cause they were average in my opinion. Sturridge will be up for it, might not see a lot of the ball like the City game, but he will have a hand in our goals. Yes, I am sure we will score. If the Drogba from the Valencia game turns up (you will know 15minutes in), place your money on a Chelsea win, else, just expect a nervy exciting London derby, which is a given.

TOTW

Following on from last week’s theme, the youth team beat Doncaster Rovers 2-1 in the FA Youth Cup. It was a classic Chelsea youth game, in that they went down a goal early, recovered, dominated and came back. These boys are a joy to watch, even with newcomers like Piazon, Feruz and promoted schoolboys, the spirit is still there. I’ve been watching this team for over a year now and anytime they suffer an early setback I’m calm because its the same script. Piazon scored the winner vs Doncaster and followed that with a brilliant goal in a 4-nil win at Arsenal for the reserves. Seems to be acclimatizing well now, but the real star in recent weeks has been Chalobah. He’s been exceptional, playing both center back and holding midfield, scoring 2 goals against Arsenal including a peach free-kick. He became the youngest ever Chelsea player at the Asian pre-season tour because this lad has bags of potential. He’s only 17, but with the way things are going, maybe we’ll see him in the first team earlier, but ultimately I hope his fate is more JT than Mancienne or maybe Bruma, whose fate is undecided.

Here’s to renaming the lane to its proper name.
Stay Carefree and Proper Chels.

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Post Match: Chelsea vs. Wigan

The Wigan game felt like two points lost than a point gained. Our Blues surrendered our one goal lead in the 88th minute of the game. It was disappointing. The only change AVB made to the team that defeated Manchester City at the Bridge was Lampard for Ramires. Given we had won against Manchester City and Valencia, the Wigan game was supposed to be an easy one but tactical and defensive errors cost us the win.

I hate criticizing our gaffer but I believe the draw was largely his fault; AVB made the same mistake Mancini made against us the previous week by taking off Aguero and Silva. Mata and Sturridge kept pressure on Wigan’s defense and Wigan’s midfield had to support their defense. By taking Mata and Sturridge off, he gave the Wigan players the freedom to be adventurous up front.

Once again Sturridge proved he is class, he made impressive runs down the flanks, and he crossed better this week. He also scored his 9th goal of the season; the goal came from a wonderful long pass from Ashley Cole. I will be expecting more of such passes from Cole now.

Didier was wearing his invisibility cloak throughout the game; the cloak slipped off for a few seconds when he had the chance to head a goal in; Didier missed that chance. Although Didier was invisible during our last game, I still believe he has much to offer the club. The club should give him the two year contract he wants. Didier has earned the right to retire at our club. I hope Torres proves his worth in January when Didier is in Africa. For now, let’s hope Drogba is motivated to bang in some more goals to help us challenge for the Premier League.

Mata is still our best player on the pitch, I love his movement in the final third; Mata’s passes are simply fantastic. Given Mata’s positive influence in our games, I hope he can remain physically and mentality fit throughout the season.

Is Frankie Lampard is still ‘Super’? This is the question many fans ponder. I believe the reason why AVB made Lampard start the Wigan game is Ramires’ injury.  The Lampard that was on the pitch was certainly not the one we all know. There were no defense splitting passes, no well timed runs into the box and no unstoppable shots on target. Age seems to be catching up with Lampard. I will never advocate for Lampard to be sold, I believe he still has some ‘Super’ hidden in him somewhere. He has a lot of experience that still needed at the club. Lampard should be coming off the bench more often now.

We need to add reinforcements in January; a centre-back and a midfielder. A centre-back will allow us to play Ivanovic at right back. We need a midfielder who can run at defenders like Ramires. On Saturday, we passed the ball around hoping to find space; Wigan closed their spaces to leave us ineffective.  We tried crosses; we were a bit successful with it because Sturridge scored after receiving Cole’s cross. All the crosses that Drogba didn’t waste were hoofed away by the Wigan defense. Are we going to keep crossing when our target man Didier leaves for AFCON?

Romeu: A lot has been said about the lad, he has the confidence on the ball and the ability to make important interceptions. Romeu has incredible vision and he maintains his passing accuracy even under pressure. The lad must be admired. Does Mikel still have a future at our club?

Our next game is a must win one; we will be heading to North London to face Spurs. Let’s hope AVB rectifies some of our challenges before we face them.

KTBFFH

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