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  1. Michael Essien

    We can't excuse the tackle, but let's also realise what's going on here: everyone with a grudge against Chelsea are going to harp on about this until Essien gets a ban. There are red-card offences committed in virtually every game that go unpunished, but when it's not Chelsea or when it's an England player (Shearer on Lennon a decade ago, anyone???), not much else is said. I think Patrick Vieira was victimised in the same way when he made crude challenges - but that was when Arsenal threatened United's dominance. Now Chelsea are the superpower in England, we're going to see this hysteric reaction everytime we slip up - we saw it with Jose last year - and we'll see more of it as the season heats up. Essien should have got a red card - but he's not alone in that. What Sky and lots of other commentators are doing is dictate who gets punished and who doesn't. That's simply not fair.
  2. Didier Drogba

    Drogba and Crespo are doing just fine for us so far. Far better than Drogba and Kezman last season. If we want to get better than them, we'd have to splash out on Ronaldinho, Henry or Adriano - and then we'd find out about a huge price tag...
  3. Michael Essien

    I agree, Basole - Ghana, Ivory Coast and Nigeria for the World Cup! Of course, we have Chelsea reasons for wanting the first two to qualify. Plus Cameroon, but they are the team in Ivory Coast's way - and it would be a romantic's outcome for Drogba's team to win that group. Looks very likely at the moment. To see Drogba and Essien in Germany 2006 would be great for Chelsea. To see Duff there would be nice, too, from a personal point of view!!
  4. Michael Essien

    it doesn't get much tougher than an early home game against Arsenal - if Essien can come in and do it there, he can do it anywhere. Hard to believe he only cost the same as Drogba - my hope is that the latter will improve his game with Essien in the side, as they will be good friends off the pitch by all accounts. The West Brom game will be interesting. Remember last season? How many did Drogba miss in that game????
  5. Michael Essien

    you'd have to believe that Essien is going to be as good as Lampard if we've paid so much for him. after the wigan debacle, the extra midfield competition should help the side. it's got to be a good thing for us that bar John Terry, no player is guaranteed a starting place anymore.
  6. Michael Essien

    if we are going to compete for the quadruple this year (plus Charity Shield), we'll need a lot of cover. I don't understand why people think good players expect to play every minute of every game. Last season might have seen us take Liverpool in the CL if some of our players had been rested more in the first half of the season...
  7. New Kits

    I love the ebay shirt - cheers form the link, Dan
  8. Frank Arnesen

    Totally agree Kind of Blue. It must be one of the only businesses where people can't have a drink with people from a different compnay/club without it appearing on the front pages of national newspapers. Can't wait for the season to start and all this petty nonsense to end.
  9. Michael Essien

    If Del Horno is worth 8 million - Essien is probably between 12 - 15m. we're clearly getting smarter - and when it comes to playing mind-games, you don't f*** with Jose!
  10. Michael Essien

    after Ghana make the World Cup (and they should after their win in South Africa this weekend, complete with an Essien goal), Essien could cost even more, so I'm not sure it's a bad price...
  11. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Wouldn't be surprised that teams from Britain and Ireland don't feature in tournaments like this. It's proof that you really can't really too heavily on English talent to compete at the top anymore - Chelsea have the cream of the crop (Terry, Lampard, Cole, Duff and possibly Bridge) and 4 or 5 players in the team from England / Ireland is a very good ratio to have.
  12. Frank Arnesen

    all I can say is what the hell are we doing being involved in more back page headlines like this? Is anyone else just plain sick and tired of it? For God's sake, let's just make the football do the talking next season... and while I'm at it - we have seen how poisonous the press have been towards us - let's face it - no matter how well we play or how many noble Englishemen are in our team, we're going to be hounded on every corner as long as we are successful. Part of me hopes we splash the cash on some truly world class players and turn the Premier League into a one horse race that holds no interest after Christmas. We're going to get the 'buying the Premiership crap anyway' - and it be justice for the FA and everyone else who's been gleefully twisting the knife in our back this last while.
  13. Michael Essien

    over-rated French league players??? some actually work out quite well - Viera, Pires, Cantona, Anelka and Okocha are some of many players who have set the Premiership alight - not to mention Malbranque and Quedrue (Boro) - and even Diouf who was Bolton's best player this season and what about Wiliam Gallas??!! I think Essien will be a real success at Chelsea - just a shame we're not picking up Abidal from Lyon as well!
  14. Michael Essien

    Essien seems like the best available player for that crucial 3rd midfielder slot. It could make all the difference in key games for us next year. That and a lethal striker of course...
  15. Didier Drogba

    I think Crespo's attitude might have been better if he was started in every game like he should have been, I really never made sense to me to play him in every second game having spent so much on him. Despite all that, his goals:games ratio was sublime and if handed a regular first team place fuelled by Duff, Robben and possibly Joaquin, he's knock in 30+ goals no problem. It's simply impossible to say the same about Drogba. Though he's definitely not as bad as some people think...