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  1. An article on why I actually see Hiddink having a fairly straightforward task as manager manager, not the huge challenge many of the press think he faces. Any feedback would be much appreciated on this as I'm sure many will disagree.
  2. Ryan Bertrand

    It's been an incredible 12 months for him. I've done a piece on his future prospects, massive career up-turn after Di Matteo took over, and his relationship with Ashley Cole.
  3. Victor Moses (On Loan: 2013-2014)

    Very impressed with him so far. In fact, I did a fairly in-depth piece on his Chelsea career so far, plus his background: To The Victor, The Spoils: A Look At Chelsea Winger Victor Moses
  4. Official: Juan Mata Leaves For Man United

    No idea what happened with my post above. The formatting was all wrong. Guess that's what happens when you try to post from your Blackberry! Juan Mata, recently did a very good one-on-one interview with Philippe Auclair for France Football. He talks about his views on Spanish and English football, and a few other interesting bits. I've translated it from French. Here's a link to the English translation: Juan Mata France Football Interview: An English Translation.
  5. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Bit late, but here's my Premier League Review of week 4 if anyone fancies a read. Thanks.
  6. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Here's my latest post on the weekend's Premier League. Mostly just an analysis of Liverpool-Arsenal. I hope it's okay if I post these every Monday, but I'm sure a mod will inform me if it's not okay. Haven't mentioned it in the post, but Carlos Tevez, what a footballer. No matter what issues he has off the field, you would never know by his on-field displays and work-rate. Premier League Week 3: Liverpool-Arsenal Analysis + Selected Links & Observations
  7. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    That was great. A second week in a row where Spurs throw away a lead after AVB changes the formation. They are seriously lacking in leaders. Their 5 leaders were King, Modric, Van der Vaart, Dawson, Parker. Looked lost with none of them. Though Carroll was excellent against Fulham. Berba decent in parts as well. Did an article on why Rodgers was willing to offload Carroll. Can be found here:
  8. César Azpilicueta

    Some thoughts on Ivanovic and an analysis of his games at right back vs. centre back. I still see him as a right back (and first choice) myself. And I get the feeling Di Matteo feels the same way. Branislav Ivanovic: Dispelling Misconceptions
  9. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Premier League Week 2: Selected Observations (including Chelsea!), up now on my website:
  10. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Some very sad news this morning. Our former player, Jeffrey Ntuka (also knows as Jeffrey Ntuka Pule) passed away last night. He was allegedly stabbed to death after a brawl at a township nightclub. If you remember, he spent several seasons on loan at Westerlo before being released and returning to play here in South Africa's PSL. Condolences to his family. RIP.
  11. CFC Offer To Buy Back CPO Shares. Stadium Move On The Cards?

    Very difficult for a foreign supporter like myself to comments on this issue, and I doubt many are interested in any opinion I may have. It seems most people trust the current regime in Abramovich and Bruce Buck. However, the worry appears to be if Roman ever sells up, that the new owners might take the club in to difficult times and try to sell the new stadium and the land on which it is built. Am I understanding that correctly? It seems a similar scheme to the CPO scheme should be attempted at any new site. Thus putting the control of the new stadium back in the hands of the supporters. Is this not possible? It also seems to me that with the ticket price issues for this season's Champions League, that this is the ideal chance to get more of a say on these issues. The supporters have some leverage here, and hopefully that can be used to improve on these sorts of problems. Supporters also seem to be worried about us becoming another Arsenal - new stadium charging ludicrous prices, no atmosphere, and very little transfer spending due to new stadium expenses. The last issue is surely offset by Roman investing his personal fortune in to the stadium, as well as the current Stamford Bridge plot likely to fetch a huge amount of money because of it's location. It's obvious that the club needs more match day revenue, compared to Utd, Arsenal and The European giants. But what worries me is ticket prices. Prices went up for the Leverkusen game, and despite loads of empty seats, the club still made more money than last season. Can we fill the stadium every week? Attracting the next generation of Chelsea supporters is all important. The points raised in this blog should be looked at.
  12. CFC Offer To Buy Back CPO Shares. Stadium Move On The Cards?

    We really need an in-depth article explaining what this all means. In layman's terms.
  13. Official: Juan Mata Leaves For Man United

    Pity, was hoping he'd get my favourite number 13. Wonder what number Yossi is changing to?
  14. Official: Juan Mata Leaves For Man United

    The fee is €30m after add-ons. €26m up front. Just to clarify.
  15. Official: Juan Mata Leaves For Man United

    13 is my lucky number, and the number I wear for my local club, so couldn't be happier with that news!
  16. Official: Juan Mata Leaves For Man United

    Very exciting signing, and like many here have mentioned, I hope he can have the same impact as the brilliant David Silva. He's also another left footer. Meaning my current top three in the wide area pecking order would be Mata, Sturridge, Malouda - all left footed.
  17. Official: Romelu Lukaku Joins Everton

    It is a bit frustating really. Fee agreed, medical completed, contract agreed. All that's left is international clearance. And as the official site told us last season, that is now a quick process. Link:,,10268~2134306,00.html We really do need to get this done in time for Stoke. Ideally we wouldn't need to use him, but we are currently down to just one forward on the bench. Another wouldn't go amiss.
  18. Official: Romelu Lukaku Joins Everton

    Great prospect. Incredible that he's never done any real weight training. With his addition, most of our best young players are left footed: Lukaku, Kakuta, Sturridge, McEachran, Bertrand, Van Aanholt.
  19. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    David Silva - what an incredible player. Just what Torres needs behind him.
  20. OFFICIAL - David Luiz Joins PSG.

    Class. Such a pity that he won't be able to play our next two games.
  21. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Terrific result. Well played lads.
  22. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Most embarassing post in a while. Rio is thick, and seriously forgetful, but he never tested positive for drugs. Unlike Mutu and Bosnich, as well as one of our ex-players being a drug dealer (Joel Kitamirike) and our captain's father being caught dealing. Pot kettle black.
  23. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    City and Spurs are both in excellent form, as are Arsenal and United. Finishing in the top four won't be easy, never mind a title challenge. Villa were a joke today, with no fight or spirit. They come to Stamford Bridge next, so expect a sudden shot in the arm for them, and a real wholehearted display.
  24. Gael Kakuta

    Well it's not as simple as that. Sometimes players just need a chance. Never underestimate learning on the job, or the way we react as humans when we are thrown in the deep end. I thought Forssell could have made it here, though injuries played a big part. Huth would be useful to have around now as a central defensive option (as we are very short in that position). Carlton Cole, as you've mentioned, could have made it with us too. And I think Mancienne and Cork could be doing a decent job for us now if we had kept them around. Any way, my point is that we are short of numbers, and Kakuta will never have a better chance to get major game time, because he's just a couple of injuries away from being in the side. With the tiny squad we have, at least one youngster is bound to get a chance between now and May, and Kakuta will only have a chance of being that youngster if he is still around. I've seen mentions of a loan to Marseille. He wouldn't get near the Marseille side. A class act like Valbuena is not even a guaranteed starter, and he plays in Kakuta's position. A one month loan to the rough and tumble of the Championship might be a good test and experience for him. Longer than that? For me, not a chance.
  25. Gael Kakuta

    Have we ever loaned a young player out, and they then returned and forced their way in to the team? Carlton Cole went backwards on loan, and would have been better off staying. Stoch and Forssell did extremely well but enjoyed the guaranteed first team football too much to give it up. Mancienne is gaining expierience but will probably be moved on in the summer, even though he too signed a long-term contract. Cork and Bertrand both did well, but wanted to play every week instead of trying their hand at Chelsea. Ferguson, meanwhile, sent O'Shea on loan to Belgium, Evans to Belgium and then Sunderland, and they both returned to become important players. Simpson and Bardsley were given a chance (and it's on them that they did not take those chances), and you can bet that Welbeck and Mame Diouf will at least have a season at United to see what they can do. It's not the same here. The players out on loan simply get usurped by other youngsters who have stayed at the club.