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  1. 6 points
    8-0 to the Blue behemoth with Sarri marching onto the pitch at full time and slamming a Chelsea flag into the centre circle. Higuain , fresh from his endeavours against United where nobody managed to pass to him , with the elusive double hat trick . Capped by the 8th goal of the evening from Alonso who clearing the ball from his own goal line , beats six or seven Malmo players with raw speed alone before playing nine one-two's in the area with Hazard and Willian prior to back heeling the ball between the keepers legs. Kepa Azpi , Rudi, Luiz,Alonso Jorgi Kante Kovacic Willian Higuain Hazard Barkley 65 for Kovacic , Giroud 85 for Higuain , CHO 90+5 for Willian
  2. 5 points
    Given the quality of the players we have been spending money on recently , maybe we should appeal for a longer ban ?
  3. 5 points
    After tonight, I finally understand what Sarriball is and have solved all the confusion. About 20 mins in, we got a goal kick. Rudiger goes to one edge of our penalty area and stands about 2m from the goal line. He then starts shouting and waving his arms furiously at Christensen, who is right across the other side of the penalty area standing about 5m from the goal line. Apparently, AC standing 3m further forwards makes it very much easier for Malmo’s press (they are all lined up on the edge of our area for our goal kick, ready to pounce!). All through the first half, we are (for want of a better term) dicking about with the ball in the first 25m from our goal, almost exclusively right over at the sides of the pitch. This is great fun. The Swedish postmen and locksmiths press like mad and force us into numerous errors. Azpilicueta receives the ball in countless impossible situations. We cede possession many many times. In the second half, the pattern continues until postmen get very tired. Then bang! Counter attack at pace. Giroud. Goal! So there it is. Joseball and Conteball were “you have the ball and we will nick it 25m from our goal, counter attack at pace and score”. Sarriball is much cleverer. It is “we dick about with the ball in our own defensive corners, until somehow you fail to dispossess us and then we counter attack at pace and score”. Its genius. The only problem I can see with this, is if we try doing it against professional footballers rather than assorted grocers and IT consultants.
  4. 5 points
    We can play Malcolm in the middle.
  5. 5 points
  6. 4 points
    For every 14 pounds you put on with the bookies you get 1 back - the same odds as Droy getting things wrong
  7. 4 points
    And trying to point out previous coaches similar failings as a way of mitigating the last one is about the worst kind of argument there is. It is a pity. I'm having to working through 'em post by post. I'm on post 16,231...its saying something about "RLC is not a future Chelsea regular because if he was, he'd of shown us some talent by now".... its not a bad read actually. I'm particularly looking forward to the "standing in the right places" section, the brilliantly observed "Conte never had a fall out with the board and all the players love him" , the amusing "Sarri ball ...what can go wrong?" of course the modern classics "Hudson O'doi...is he all that?" and the standard "anyone who thinks Lampard is going to replace Sarri as the next coach is a deluded fool" . Mate , you have been on fire!!
  8. 4 points
    Honestly, the most surprising part of this to me is the news that we actually practice set-pieces.
  9. 4 points
    There’s one well coached team out there and it isn’t us. I honestly can’t wait until Sarri leaves.
  10. 4 points
    Can we just carry on not playing? We seem to be doing much better in the race for the top 4 when we are not actually on the pitch!
  11. 4 points
    Apparently 100 Liverpool supporters were arrested with Flares at the Everton game . The Police let them off when they realised they'd been wearing them since the last time they won the league.
  12. 4 points
    I'd be happy to have continuity, and be prepared for the odd hiccup on the way, if I could see progress was being made, but I don't see progress but regression. Actually, worse than regression, I see confusion. We can all find faults in any individual player if we wish, but our current back four, who one would generally describe as a fairly solid defensive unit, look as if they've never played together before and are learning their positions. A group of 13/14 year olds I could accept that from, but these are guys who have been together for a while and are seasoned professionals. Their individual and collective performances have dropped off a cliff edge. Is that down to the players or down to the instructions they're receiving from the coach? As xCeleryx has said, if these 14/15 players he is trying to improve in training are continually failing on the pitch, why does he continue with those same 14/15 players week in week out... especially when a fair few are not the long-term future of the club? It's a form of dissonance on the part of Sarri; the players won't do as I tell them so I will continue with the same players until they do. Are we really to believe that players that have won countless trophies, Premierships in many cases, and many of whom represent their countries are totally incapable of implementing the wishes of a coach? Maybe the messages coming from the coach are confused and confusing? If Sarri is hell-bent on continuing with his 'there is no Plan B' philosophy, using the same core group of players, then I really can't see results getting any better this season. And what happens if, with different players next season, they still don't improve in training? We do have too many average players... but we also have an average coach who I believe is totally out of his depth here.
  13. 4 points
    That wasn't the purpose of the post. I was pointing out that using the number of goals scored by the other two was a bit unfair to the one who wasn't playing. I'll give you three examples of why I'm a big fan of CHO. None are evidence that he's better than the other two but they're suggestions of what is yet to come. 1) His man of the match performance v Arsenal in the pre season friendly where he single handedly destroyed them on the left wing. Doesn't matter that it was a friendly as Arsenal were actually just ahead of us in terms of fitness IIRC. 2) Those 2 touches for his cup goal at the Bridge. Again, the level of opposition was irrelevant as those two touches were so good that no defender in the world would have stopped him. 3) Those crosses for Morata from the right wing. A few on here have suggested that he hasn't done anything of note in a Chelsea shirt. I beg to differ. He gives us something completely different to the other two. He's quicker, plays wider and is more direct. Defences generally know what to expect from Willian and Pedro. Both prefer to cut inside from wide. CHO is a surprise package for most. For that reason I'd be mortified if we lose him soon in favour of two players who are not going to be around for long. A week or so ago Sarri said that the reason he'd dropped CHO back to the bench was because he had played 3 days earlier and he then proceeded to play 30+ Willian twice in a few days.
  14. 4 points
    All of the above and much MUCH more. I know Kev and some others don't agree but I'm truly gutted. Cesc didn't want to leave, his family are settled in London, but Sarri, having said how important Cesc was to him, then proceeded to prove the exact opposite. He wants to play a different way which doesn't suit Cesc and as it's proving really successful (not) he has to go. Obviously he was passed his peak blah blah blah but I'm proud he played for us. I never felt he wanted to be back at Arsenal and actually felt he cared about playing for Chelsea. And I don't get that feeling with most of our players sadly. He looked genuinely upset yesterday. Top pro, intelligent and articulate with vast experience and a truly gifted player. A real gem let go too early. Never mind, we'll get some mediocre nobody in who promises much and delivers nothing, but it doesn't matter, as long as he's under 30. :-((((((
  15. 4 points
    We are as far as I can recall the only club who's manager "had" to appear on TV to highlight the fact that we never got penalties . I've been banging on about bias and manipulation of league results on here for donkeys years and get laughed out of the place constantly . We even had a Premier League referee come out and admit they were encouraged to "manage games" and that he had "managed" our game against Spurs by failing to book any of their players which enabled them to kick us all over the park and led to the club being fined for "failing to control" their players when the crimes were all of Spurs concoction. There is no doubt in my mind that SKY , the Premier League and the PGMOL are in this together , manipulating games where they can to ensure ratings are high and kept high , the written media desperate for anything resembling a story , gobble any scrap they are thrown and again I am certain they are also being "influenced" to write up their reports in a certain light to maintain the narrative . Now it appears as well as not getting penalties that City , Liverpool , Spurs and United get we are now also being denied marginal offside decisions that would lead to goals for the other sides mentioned but not for us. It's difficult to disallow a marginal goal for Liverpool or Spurs or United when the media will highlight it , not so difficult to do the same for Chelsea when literally nobody is interested other than us . We as a club should start highlighting what is happening but we won't in the misguided thought that if we are nice and play by the rules then everyone else will . I'd put my mortgage on the fact that if we came up with half the strokes City were pulling in regards to FFP we'd be serving a lengthy ban now . The club really needs to start standing up for themselves instead of trying to be the good guys all the time. Mike Riley , the man who almost murdered Petr Cech , booking him as he crawled off the pitch with a fractured skull at Reading , was promoted to the head of the PGMOL and it is his philosophy of game management that is allowing the results of the game to be manipulated , he should be sacked immediately and prosecuted for fraud in my opinion . The laws of the game should be applied evenly not applied in whichever way the ratings won't suffer . I cannot see how any right minded supporter cannot see that we are simply not being dealt a fair hand in this from all sides of the media , the public have been constantly manipulated by false accusations and made up stories to see us as the anti Christ of football clubs whether it's our club being owned by a Russian henchman of Putin , Our Captain being racist , his family dealing drugs and stealing , our players cheating , diving and being dirty . These things are played out on a daily basis , every media story is slanted to make us look bad , stupid or both . It's a campaign , and it's working , and the club are taking it laying down .
  16. 4 points
    I am not trying to sound patronising here but have you had the oppotunity to watch him live? I ask as I have witnessed most of his performances owing to my season ticket and ability to go to most of our games away as well. From my perspective Bats all round game is really really poor. I say this as he is an incrediably static forward, as he makes hardly any discernable runs off the ball, his close controll is average at best and he is not able to hold the ball up either. For me, the only way he makes it here is if we go two up front and tell him to literally play the width of the posts and try to only play between the penalty spot and six yard area as he only real quality of note is his finishing. Honestly, when I see him play I struggle to think of a forward that has been as poor as him and have to go back to Furlong. As Kezman at least had an ability to get around and make a bit of a nuisance of himself. Furthermore, this playing style of his also explains why he has been noticeable booed by Chelsea fans before and his substitution celebrated because whilst he has decent stats these mask his all round game. This constrast with Morata who whilst having poor stats generally gets the backing of the crowd (bar the back end if last season when he kept falling down) as he does a lot of good work off the ball that is not necessarily noticed. Now do not get me wrong, Morata needs to go through a remarkable up turn or be replaced. However, Bats is in no way or shape the answer.
  17. 3 points
    All of these posts saying X Y Z Manager is more qualified or more experienced are missing the point. The point is that the club see Frank as the best fit... His affiliation with the club should bring stability (ie not getting homesick like Sarri or throwing a strop like Conte), him and Jody know the academy players which is now more important than ever and will give them a huge boost, he will unite us fans again, he’s a really bright guy is likely to learn quickly, and let’s be completely honest, he’s a winner. Young, English, charismatic, hungry to success and a club legend - what’s not to love?? Absolute no brainer for me...
  18. 3 points
    Rumours are that Daniel Levy has approached CAS to say if Chelsea don't want the transfer ban , can Spurs have it instead.
  19. 3 points
    I think he got great support the majority of the time he was here. He was warmly welcomed with much love and expectation...pretty good for a guy who had spent 20 years as a coach without winning anything. His name was chanted and even through a rough period (turn of the year period) he was given much support on the terraces and on these pages ( not by me I should add but by most). But at some point things did start to turn cumulating in the Cardiff game where the rumour is he decided he no longer wanted to be at this club. But in retrospect I would say this about those away Cardiff fans....good on ya. You had got up at 4am to cross the country to watch and cheer on your team. You were greeted with the same dross , the same stubborness, the same insipidness, the same inflexibility, the same formation, the same subs and what looked like another defeat from a terrible team ( but take a bow the lino). These are probably many of the same fans who partook in a 5000 mile round trip to EL final. God bless you boys and girls. Now if you want to boo this dross , I won't support you but I will understand you. And If this snowflake of a manager can't understand that frustration he could benefit from someone coaching HIM on human psychology. I would also say this. This reaction may have been the moment he decided to change his stance a bit on tactics, players and formations because that's about the time it happened. Maybe top 4 was enabled by this light bulb moment. And If this echo of booing has made Sarri quit at the end of the season then it has saved this club an awful lot of money in compensation. I must say it makes a change for us to receive compo rather than paying off huge sums to ex coaches. So yes, in retrospect, thank you away fans for top four and thank you for a net plus 10 mill in the bank.
  20. 3 points
    Imagine reading every news story out there and become offended. You must live a very stressful life.
  21. 3 points
  22. 3 points
    Re point number 1 - We've been a mid-table side since the turn of the new year and our form reflects that. There just hasn't been enough progression shown to be convinced that we're heading in the right direction with Sarri as manager. While a top four finish, Europa League final and League Cup final may look like a solid return on paper, the reality on the pitch has been anything but convincing to warrant those results. We owe a lot to the horrendous form of Arsenal, Tottenham and Man Utd for the way they've closed out the season, opposed to our own good performances. While we had one of the easiest and most favourable Europa League runs imaginable. The one competitive team we did face in Frankfurt, still saw us struggle and rely on penalties to squeeze past. Is a pre-season and possibly a few extra players going to change much in the way Sarri approaches management? Unlikely. Re point number 2 - While RLC has grown this season, a lot of that has come from playing proper senior football last season at Palace for the first time. Sarri will have refined some areas, but lets not act like this is the same RLC of 3-4 years ago that Sarri inherited either. CHO improved - yet his change largely came about because of Bayern's interest and fan pressure. Up until then Sarri wasn't giving him a sniff whatsoever. Barkley is neither here nor there. Personally, I think he's regressed from the player that used to play at Everton - particularly in an attacking sense. Rudiger looks no better or worse than he was under Conte. Emerson similarly no better than he was when he was playing at Roma pre-injury. Still also took Sarri 6 months of the season to finally give him a proper look in also. Jorginho has looked better, but that's largely down to becoming more comfortable with the Premier League than anything else and little to do with Sarri himself. Higuain isn't going to improve because he's a 32 year old striker who has been on a visible decline for the past 18 months. Sarri or no Sarri, Higuain is no longer a top striker any more. That's the reality of where he's at in his career now, it happens to everyone eventually. With us likely to lose Hazard in the coming weeks, a transfer ban that's yet to be postponed, a squad that is still miles away from being where it needs to be, and the last 6 months of football being some of the most uninspiring and dullest seen in in the RA era, you can't really blame anyone if they're yet to be convinced that moving forward with Sarri to be the best thing.
  23. 3 points
    Sarri confirms RLC came off with cramp. Sarri got booed because RLC wasn't fit enough to complete the match so he replaced him with Barkley; maybe to avoid confusion in the future he should hold a board up with the reason why he's making his substitutions.
  24. 3 points
    Back in the day when Mo Salah was a Chelsea player... Shrewsbury Town vs Chelsea, League Cup, October 28, 2014.
  25. 3 points
  26. 3 points
    not for our top 4 quest though. I would like a win please. preferably in injury time from an offisde, handball goal, after the allotted number of added have been used, by a player who should have been previously sent off
  27. 3 points
    You must have been watching a different game, or you dont have a clue what Sarriball is. I didn't see any Sarriball in that match. We ditched Sarriball a long time ago.
  28. 3 points
    There are some on here who's ability to break down games tactically leaves me in awe. I think all here have watched played and followed the game long enough to understand what's going on instinctively even if we can't express ourselves as well technically as the aforementioned tacticians. Differences of opinions regarding various players and coaches specifically at Chelsea but in general in the EPL and other leagues is normal and makes for interesting discussions and is part of forums such as ours. I do not get involved in some of the more "aggressive" discussions as I prefer to keep any confrontational situations confined to real life important issues but I do not resent the "infighting" that some here relish just not my way here. What I'm leading up to is that for all the discussions ref. "sarriball"..it's the players inability its Sarri's inflexibility..give him time /different players and on and on..the point is all the players involved are long term pro's and have been around long enough to grasp any tactics put to them....face it.."sarriball" IS being played but does not work on a regular basis in the EPL due to high level of application by coaches and players who by now have worked out the way to neutralize the system and nothing changes to present much of a problem to the better sides in the EPL. Remember when AVB was working under Jose and presented players with reams of paper laying out details of opposing players..I remember reading that most players just threw the reports in the trash. Take any say full back in the EPL. Bertrand at Soton for example...after playing in the EPL do you really think he needs to be told how Sterling Hazard and any player he faces regularily play? Change the players for Sarri and the same conclusion will occur..it's not a system to change the EPL anymore than Conte's back three system will last over a period of time..it's a flexible game graced by individuals who can lift us to our feet with outrageous moments of skill and make any system look silly. We do not have a good coach let down by players..we have good players not given leadership that works from the coach.... the job of a coach is to present successful results on the pitch..once excuses are sought to explain failure then the man is finished however good a track record he may have. By this time next week we may be out of all cup competitions with nothing to show for the season..relegation will not be an issue but unless a new path is chosen soon Chelsea will be lost back in the pack.
  29. 3 points
    Written off already. Welcome to CFC, Christian.
  30. 3 points
    It was obviously a joke and I thought it was funny. Pompous and unnecessary response from you. We get it. You're a photographer.
  31. 3 points
    Here he comes the Edward scissorhands of posters - like sarri taking notes during a games he comes flying out of the traps dissecting everyone's posts.
  32. 3 points
    Not that I am against the Klopp love-in (even though I am) but, seriously, the players he chose were no-brainers. He just had a lot more money to spend and far less of a bumbling transfer chief than us. I mean, Allisson was chased by us as well, VVD everyone wanted, Shaqiri was always a good squad filler, Fabinho and Keita have flopped (these were the only 2 risky transfers)... The guy acquired 3 players that were no-brainers. The problem is that Chelsea do a lot of unnecessary haggling. I mean, we buy Kepa who may one day grow into the role but play hard ball with Allissons valuation, we buy Emerson instead of Sandro, Giroud instead of Dzeko, Morata instead of Lukaku, Bakayoko and Drinkwater instead of Oxlade-Chamberlain, stick with Giroud instead of taking Higuain on loan... That is a whole lot of failed transfers. A whole lot of decisions that were utter mistakes. Now, we're arguably going to lose CHO and RLC as well because we hired a manager who has a history of being stubborn and rigid. All for Kovacic - a player who is clearly not that great and on loan! If the club wanted someone to play poor football, ignore the future players, outcast half the squad, and complain a whole lot to the media then we were much better off sticking with Conte. At least Conte was successful! The club needs to start holding people accountable. Heads need to roll because we are well and truly stagnating as a club. We have gone from competing every year with City and United for league titles to basicallly competing with Arsenal and a hugely regressed United while still spending comparable amounts to Liverpool and City. The problem is the manager is blamed every year.
  33. 3 points
    Haha predictive text - ridiculous, Droy wouldn never cheat on Mourhino!.
  34. 3 points
    No reason to bring race or religion into a football match ever. No reason to make threats or be seriously abusive either. There's a pretty clear line between passion and bigotry, and if you think football is an excuse to do the latter, kindly **** off with all the other Neanderthals to the next EDL march. I don't care what has or has to happened tonight or at the weekend - I've seen racism first hand at Chelsea on multiple occasions, we all know it happens so I 100% believe the reports and I'm 100% sick of it - we're not alone, I know, but if we actually care we should start by taking a stand against the minority of scumbags in our own supporter base.
  35. 3 points
    One of those players I would loved to have seen here in his prime. My little boy is called Luca, and the Mrs doesn't know why (shush)
  36. 3 points
    Very good. Incidentally, Droy still dreams of being the second Mrs Jose.
  37. 3 points
    Yes......all those better players they signed! Also, with Tottenham, that advert they put up in the underground stations, "the only stadium in london where you can watch CL football this season".......and they will be out before the ground is even open!!! Muppets.
  38. 3 points
    Will you have your half-and-half scarf around your neck on saturday? - Chelsea in blue and mourhino in red?.
  39. 3 points
    Ok Ham, so I’ve pondering on our Copacabana song for Thibault and I’ve come up with a few ideas. But if we want to make this a mega hit we also need to think about the video because that’s what will send the song viral. So picture the scene. We are in a small bar nightclub anywhere in the world…could be Madrid, could be Battersea, but that’s not important. It’s all shot in black and white (think Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal vid to get the vibe). A dozen small candlelit tables are just visible through the smoke and the gloom. On the small stage are a mariachi band playing the unmistakeable intro to Barry Manillo’s ‘Copacabana’. Suddenly a spotlight falls on one of the tables. Who does it light up? It’s only Thibault Courtois out for a drink with one of his kids!..... no hang on….that’s not his kid, it’s his 18 year old dog sitter (easy mistake, it’s gloomy in there). Now permit me to divert for a moment, but how lucky a chap is Thibault? Not only is he a multi-millionaire sportsman but just when his marriage got a bit shaky, a dog sitter arrived at the house looking like she just walked off the pages of Loaded Magazine! I mean fancy getting a bit of totty like that to look after your poodle for the minimum wage when you’ve just fallen out of love with your pregnant wife!! Or….alternatively…did me meet her down China Whites and get her to apply for the job of dog sitter and then fix her up in the spare room so she was available 24/7 for “dog sitting”? Anyway, that’s my imagination running away with me again, and I’m not questioning in any way Thibault’s loyalty, honesty or qualities as a man. Now back to the video. One of the band members moves towards the mic and starts to sing the first verse to Copacabana. “His name was Courtois, we thought he’d go far Had his shorts cut down to there, with too much Brylcream in his hair He signed for Chelsea, the super Chelsea But he acted like a kid, said ‘I’m off to Real Madrid’ And then the punches flew Contracts were torn in two Wrote a love note to the fans but they said… “Fck You” (CHORUS) Coz we’re the Chelsea, the super Chelsea Why don’t you piss off somewhere elsey (poetic licence)? We are Chelsea, the super Chelelelsea He could have got fitter but chose the dog sitter At the Chelseaee…. He lost his mind.... Is that unkind?..... Well I don’t mind.... I can’t get fined"..... (music fades out to clips of the ball flying past him before he could move and also examples of him giving away his record number of penalties for other teams to score against him….coz he’s never saved one). I think we have a potential hit Ham. Like I say, straight 70/30 copyright split between me and you ….luvelyjubly!!
  40. 3 points
    To the tune of Barry Manilow's Cococabana... "His name is Kepa, but he's our sweeper - he comes from Athletico Bilbao and he's our Kepa- Sweeper now!"
  41. 3 points
    The last two managers have both clearly stated they don't buy the players . Both of them . One repeatedly . Sarri has even fleshed the process out for the hard of thinking in saying he tells the club the type of player he needs and the attributes they should have and leaves it to them to identify and sign them. Believing that Conte was to blame for the desperate signings of multiple injured players was just another stick to beat him with when he shouldered the entire blame for a poor season where everyone failed at their jobs , from the board through the playing staff.
  42. 3 points
    Similar to us. Two teams in Fulham and yet the world refers to us as Chelsea FC and Fulham as "who?"
  43. 2 points
    I don’t want to hear anything negative - not a peep. NOTHING. I don’t care about this being a lesser European competition. I’m not interested in any of the Sarri or Jorginho chat. Forget the UEFA handling debacle. THIS is a cup final, a legitimate European trophy and a massive opportunity for us to create further history tonight. Wherever you’re watching this, ruin your throats roaring our boys on to victory. We can DO this!! believe COME ON YOU CHELS!!!
  44. 2 points
    If tonight is it and is the end of Hazards time here, then I wish him all the best and a massive Thank You! Thank you not just for the goals and the assists, but for the entertainment he has given us as fans, he is for me the most talented player we've ever had and it will take a seriously talented player to come above him in that regard. Thank you also for doing it with a smile on your face and for having a bit of fun and not taking yourself fo seriously - it has been a pleasure.
  45. 2 points
    Funny to see comments suggesting RLC could have easily been injured in training. Yes he could have but he wasn't. He was injured in a meaningless game on a cabbage-patch pitch.
  46. 2 points
    I met someone in California who thought that Ireland was a Caribbean island near Florida that had been invaded and colonised by the "English" in the late 19th century. I thought about it for a moment and then decided it would take way too long to explain and just agreed.
  47. 2 points
    Top 4 is likely gone and there is a transfer ban looming. You should grab a bit of perspective. I’d love to know what miracle exactly you’re expecting this summer because what I’m expecting is 3-4 years out of the top 4 by the looks of things. You have clamoured for change after Mourinho, Conte and now Sarri as well. The club has now spent 3 of the last 4 seasons out of the top 4. And if there is a transfer ban - that’s probably going to be 4 or 5 out the last 6 seasons out of the top 4. Change is needed at the club, but its not necessarily or, at the very least, ONLY the manager. The likes of Bruce Buck and Marina whats-her-name have got to go IMO. The club has been an utter laughing stock under them. The fans need to pitch together and have a protest of some sort I feel. There are genuinely bizarre things going on at the club.
  48. 2 points
    He's there for the kids so I doubt this will bother him one bit.
  49. 2 points
  50. 2 points
    I noticed the club omitted the word 'thank you' in it's announcement. Obviously that relationship descended into something incredibly poisonous . As for me, I'm not sure I want to thank someone who for half of his extremely well paid reign, didn't have the best interests interest of this club or it's supporters in the forefront of his mind. In fact I would say quite near the back of it. Mourinho never stopped trying for this club while on the wage bill , yet he was jeered and insulted on his return. That is certainly not classy.