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Saturday, October 15, 2005

The writing on the wall

Today Chelsea stormed to another victory against Bolton Wanderers, this time with 5 second half goals. Arsenal lost to West Bromwich Albion while Manchester United managed a win and Tottenham Hotspur cruised past Everton, more hapless by the week. Regardless of the other action in the Premiership today, Chelsea are miles ahead.

Bolton went into the half actually up 1-0 from a Stelios Giannakopoulos goal from close range but were thrashed after the break with 4 goals in 9 minutes (including a red card on Ricardo Gardner for a ridiculous hand ball). The goals came 2 apiece from Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba. Eidur Gudjohnsen, who’s hardly played this season and looked great, added the fifth late on.

West Brom pulled off the afternoon’s shocker with a win over Arsenal. Goals came from former Gunner Kanu and an absolutely beauty from Darren Carter.

Philippe Senderos scored off the volley for the Gunners who should have won the game were it not for Baggies keeper Chris Kirkland, man of the match for me. Arsenal sit 8th in the table, with less than half the points Chelsea have scored and with a +5 goal difference to Chelsea’s +20.

Manchester United defeated Sunderland 3-1 to keep some semblance of chase. A goal from Wayne Rooney and a pair from Ruud van Nistelrooy ensured Stephen Elliott's long range goal posed no threat. Must admit, van Nistelrooy has looked sharp all season.

It was not as wide a gap as the scoreline, Sunderland came to play but were clearly outgunned on the attack, they have yet to win at home this season.

Tottenham, were it not for Chelsea, would be the story of the young Premiership season. Sitting second in the table they have looked stronger and stronger as the season has progressed and have a balanced side that works for each other.

Egyptian international Mido and Jermaine Jenas provided the scoring and continued to showcase Everton’s shocking fall from grace.

Everton sit bottom of the table and have only scored a single goal all season! What a boring side as well: they only look to frustrate opponents and hope for a lucky goal. It’s time to question manager David Moyes tactics, they simply aren’t working.

What can you say? It’s a one horse race. Chelsea aren’t boring but having owner Abramovich’s mega-bucks sure makes it hard to keep it interesting, the same as when Ferrari dominated Formula One in recent years, what good does that do the Premiership?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everton: Thats what happens when you dont spend any money.

10/15/2005 7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

go spurs, we've got the nubby on arsenal, rot in hell, gunner scum

10/15/2005 7:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ooh i say what can the day bring today
without the amusment of oinking donkeys

10/15/2005 7:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chelsea have not dominated for a decade like Liverpool and more recently Man U. Unfortunately they are not an exciting side, if they were the public wouldn't lose interest. Chelsea's problem is that they are nothing that you can relate to - no identity, no tradition, no history. There is nothing to dislike about them except the money they spend (not that they generate).
It's not like the ManU sides that dominated when everybody hated them, they were exciting to watch and everybody hated their wealth, but the dynasty was built over time not bought in a flash and they were already one of Europe's elite when they started to dominate. No matter how Chelsea dominate they will never really be accepted as a Madrid, Barca, Milan or ManU and Liverpool Respect, history, tradition and emotion are not bought thaey are earned.
So Chelsea in terms of a world wide appeal are a bit boring with a team of no characters or real world stars, good players and a damn good team playing decent football - but I am sorry, no real excitement or appeal. Maybe only in their manager.

10/15/2005 7:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with teh comment above, the context of the conversation would be totally different if Chelsea had a 100 year history of success

10/15/2005 7:57 PM  
Blogger Tord Grip said...

THAT is a cool commentary on the day's events, footballcommentary people

10/15/2005 9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No history? That's the hundredth straight year we've had no history then.

Not exciting? Which of the four goals against Liverpool or the five against Bolton were the least exciting or the 23 we've scored this season compared to the 13 of the next best team in the PL?

Nothing to identify with? Not the guys who were Chelsea supporters as kids like Joe or Carlton Cole? Not the Londoners like JT, Frank or Glen Johnson? Not the other England players we have like Wayne Bridge or the England Youth players like Pidgeley, Cork, Grant, Sinclair or Mancienne? Or the other home nations players like Duff, Keenan or Watt or the pre-Abramovich players not already mentioned like Carlo, Gallas, Eidur or Huth? And all with a first team squad that doesn't exceed 24, unlike Man U or Spurs etc etc.

If you don't know what you're talking about, go ask Peter Crouch - he's an ex-Chelsea ball-boy with a dad with a season-ticket at the Bridge. They'll soon sort you out.

10/15/2005 9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

STAND UP FOR THE CHAMPIONS,STAND UP FOR THE CHAMPIONS(again)boring boring Chelsea:
Liverscum 1 -4 Chelsea
Chelsea 5 -1 Bolton

Here,s to premeirship domination for the next decade and look forward to the demise of Arse,Manure and Liverscum you jealous bunch of tossers.

10/15/2005 9:45 PM  
Blogger Cathal Breathnach said...

Very suprised to see Newcastle and Arsenal losing to Wigan and West Brom respectivlly.

Oh yeah, I now it's early in the season but I have to say that I believe that Chelsea have already won the title.

10/15/2005 9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post at 10:31

What's this about money Chelsea don't generate? They increased their income by 43% in the last figures - just 20% behind Man U and about 4th highest in the world - way ahead of a stanant Liverpool. Abramovich might spend, but he doesn't make people buy - and they are in ever-increasing numbers, world-wide.

Not sure what you're on about with respect being earned and history. When Chelsea whacked Liverpool 4-1 the other week it was the exact same score as in their first match at Anfield in 1907/8 season. Liverpool also showed contempt for Chelsea in their centenary year and for the Champions League competition by printing the old Chelsea Badge in the CL tie programme, instead of the one launched for the Centenary starting last March.

I also didn't notice the loyalty of Liverpool's fans when thousands had left Anfield before the last PL game was over. They're just glory-hunters from the 80's who have only just realised that the spanking they got meant it'll be years before they become a great team again.

And Rafa's going on and on about not being scared all the time - why should he care when he'll be in Madrid next season?

Were you even born when Liverpool last won the league? Certainly not old enough to go. I've seen a couple of relegations at Chelsea and that's the kind of loyalty that rewards me now we're finally back at the top.

10/15/2005 10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You all have only supported chels*a for a year, since they have bought the title, get a life and actually get to a game! i'm ashamed to say that in a few years you could be supporting Spurs if we start winning things, so grow up you johnny-come-lately's.
your wage bill is 120% of your turnover, if abrramovic leaves, you are in the shit.
come chat when you can fill your ground! even at £20 you've got empty seats.
Think your jealous of us, rather than the other way round.

10/16/2005 12:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking from 37 years of support, the last people we'll take lessons from are North London never-was's.

It won't be next year or next decade if we have to wait for Sp*ds winning things.

Wages are 70% of turnover at last count and heading downwards as a proportion of ever-increasing income.

We've had record home attendances in the last two games - it's only the chicken away fans keeping the total gate down - massive gaps from Bolton today.

So, having got everything you've said wrong, please try harder next time.

Keep your chin up. Who knows - you may get a win against us in your lifetime. if you live long enough...

10/16/2005 2:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can Everton sign a couple of those boring chelsea strikers please!!!!

10/16/2005 2:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chelsea will probably win the league again this year, but who (other then Chelsea supporters) really cares? I remember how irate football fans use to get when Man U were the top team, when any team mounting a challenge to the northerners were immediately everyone’s favourite second team. The same happened when Arsenal had their occasional seasons of glory, but no one (other then the Chelsea supporters obviously) seems to care to much about who wins the league this year, most fans and pundits accept that it will probably be Chelsea and that’s it! There is no praise of how skill full the team plays or any real dislike or hatred aimed at them. Thus Chelsea is boring in the sense that no one cares that they are winning, other supporters or neutrals don’t find their matches particularly entertaining (not like the old Man U, or Arsenal)… Chelsea don’t play with flair they are merely a good team that does a job on all of their opponents, not really boring neither exciting. Who really cares that Chelsea will win the league? No one cares, that’s who… no one!

10/16/2005 4:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"No one cares, that’s who… no one!"

In your desperation to believe that you needs to say "no-one" four or five more times until what passes for your brain explodes out of bitterness.

The papers may have been falling over themselves to ingratiate with the Arse, Man U, Sp*ds and Poo bitters who can't stand the thought that someone will break their cartel, but even they can't fly in the face of the obvious.

Apart from the "boring-ness" of 9 goals in the last two games, please point out the boringness of messrs Robben, Duff, Cole and SWP or the utter delight of seeing Eidur's return yesterday, or the sublime judgement of the manager to turn a midfield battle into a swashbuckling procession of atacking verve.

Those in the PL with an agenda to push will always remain bitter (about their reflected failure to be honest) but those who aren't in our league are fulsome in their praise - club and fans alike. Managers as well like Allardici, McClaren, Bruce and the other British Great White Hopes of the English game can't get enough of us. And where I live I get many people coming up to congratlate me in my reflected glory.

Only those too close to home can't bear the prospect that we're playing the game you all wish you had, and all without a single superstar of the game in our side. No Ronaldinho, Figo, Adriano, Shevchenko and (dare I say it) RvN, Henry or Rooney either. Who had honestly heard of Cech or Essien or Makelele or Drogba before we bought them. What about Duff from Blackburn, Eidur from Bolton, Fat Frank from WHU, del Horno or SWP from Man City. All from nothing teams who we bailed out by buying their players (and some who made sure they ripped us in the process).

You can't have it all ways. We pay big money but for virtual nobodies that no-one else really wanted and made them into the most famous team in the world right now - ON THE PITCH where it matters.

Did I mention we're top of the fair play league too? What more could you want.

Chelsea are the team you wish you were. Bitter, bitter, bitter...

10/16/2005 11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when did spurs last win a title?? uhm in 1981 thats when... and i was already born when that happened....

MR CHICKEN CHELSEA FAN WHO PREFERRED TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS... apart from last season chelsea last won the title more than 50 years ago so were you born then you geriatic old fart?

when we talk history, we're not talking wat happened during world war II we're talking wat SPECIAL things happened during world war II you get it?? we're talking titles won you fair weather johnsons... maybe in year 2015 when you've won 8 out of 10 years we'll talk about domination and history...

and oh please stop denying it if the Russian guy get arrested for tax evasion and get expatriated you guys would crumble just two years ago you were on the verge of filing for bankruptcy for crying out loud...

mourinho a world class manager?? why not tell him to try managing Aston Villa and we'll see how cocky he is... fact is if he can't spend 300M and buy so many good players his damn system won't work...

seriously with that kind of money ANY decent manager will do well.

and oh please you guys play attacking football till you score one then get everything else with counter attacks even mourinho admits it...

Regards,
KY <-- at least i dare to put some initials here you cowards

10/16/2005 12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Erm, we didn't win the title in 1981 mate.

And I think you mean extradited not expatriated.

Good effort though son.

SC
Come on you Spurs!

10/16/2005 7:06 PM  
Anonymous jimbotheyid said...

As my name suggests I am a Spurs fan so I'm not exactly going to be pro-Chelski especially after Arne-gate but I find it ridiculous that some people think Chelsea have no history and are boring. It's obviously just jealousy. They've won a lot in Europe over the years and they've had their fair share of legends...Osgood, Harris, Peacock (!)etc. They've scored shitloads of goals (always a good indicator of a team being boring) this season and ok they play 4-5-1 but they've got the personnel to do it and the League is all about getting the right result. As I said I'm never going to love Chelsea but they deserve top spot and will probably walk away with it again this season. What pisses me off is Manure and Arse and Liverpool fans getting all jealous and stupid over it. Their time is nearly up and those clubs aren't really doing anything about it and that is proven at boardroom and managerial level. Another thing that pisses me off is Phil "Legend" Neville saying Spurs are not a consistent Top 3 side. Shut the fuck up you tosser, we ARE getting there and we're doing it on the basis of recruiting and nurturing young English talent and we can play a bit too. If you weren't languishing at the bottom of the table and played good football, instead of just congesting play and hoping for the odd goal I might listen to you son of Neville Neville.
COME ON YOU SPURS

10/17/2005 11:57 AM  
Blogger Rui Rocha said...

it's called the mourinho effect. chelsea doesn't have a much better team that arsenal or manchester or even liverpool... if he'd want mourinho would have players like ronaldinho, shevchenko or emerson on his team but he's an intelligent coach. he doesn't need real madrid great players or something like it... and the fact is that in nine games they have nine wins and only 3 goals suffered. that's huge.
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10/20/2005 3:52 PM  
Blogger Sarah_A said...

"Arsenal should have won the game if it wasn't for Chris Kirkland"

i agree that Kirkland played excellently, but come on, Arsenal looked like an unexperienced youth team - Arse even said so himself! and he even admitted they were the worse team - a mean feat for the Frenchman...

10/21/2005 8:52 PM  

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