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  1. Chelsea Finances Thread

    Zidane 46m, Figo 37m, Woodgate 13m, Ramos 18m, Garcia 5m (Undisclosed), Gravesen 2.5, Beckham ?, Diogo UND, Baptista 14m, Ronaldo ?, Robinho ?, Cassano ? Thats Real Madrid's 1st team squad, a conservative estimate is that it cost over 200 million to assemble, without the cost of the kids they buy from all over. When you consider we have spent 280m since Roman arrived thats not so bad is it? Buffon 32m, Cannavaro ? (>10m), Balzaretti ?, Pessotto ?, Thuram 22m, Veira 13.5m, Emerson ?, Nedved 25m, Camoranesi 2m, Mutu 20g of coke, Ibrahimovic 11m, Trezeguet 14m Juve cost over 150m for the current squad, I can see your point in some ways but the days of having local lads playing for the clubs is gone. Money has always been apart of the game in some form or another, from the 1880's when English clubs signed scottish players to Chapmans Arsenal sides to the Liverpool sides of the 1960's-1980's. What you have to look at is what they are trying to achieve, to create a globally recognised and succesful club from a club that has won one championship before the last two years, a sprinkling of cups and spent years not even in the top flight. To push a cart from standing takes alot of energy, to keep it going takes less; to build a successful club takes alot of money, and then once successful the next Ronaldinho, Shevchenko or Ballack is easier to attract at a younger age. It's no coincidence that Robinho joined Real Madrid and Ronaldinho joined Barca, they have history and prestige. We are currently building ours to begin to sit in this pantheon.
  2. Didier Drogba

    nearly 30m for Drogba? If true then why not? For 30m we can easily replace him and maybe improve on that position too. Tevez anyone?
  3. Gianfranco Zola

    quote:Originally posted by mikaforsell23I'd like to see him back at Stamford Bridge! Youth coach would be good or assistant of Jose! id="quote"> id="quote">I doubt Jose would sack his assistant, hasn't he been with him for years? Youth coach, now that sounds like Zola's true calling; can you imagine being a star struck kid hanging on every word he said? No offence to the current guys but he has so much more to offer a kid than coaching, and would certainly send out the right message about working hard. Sounds like heaven to me, where do I sign up...
  4. Michael Essien

    quote:Originally posted by KristinaHe's a young player - apparently a little bit overmotivated. I don't see any problems here. id="quote"> id="quote">Thats two knee high 'tackles' now, if that had been Lampard you'd be baying for blood. The way he came in last night was shocking; and if you'd seen the stud marks on Didi Hammann's legs you'd think so too. It's one thing to be young and abit reckless; quite another to potentially end someone else's career.
  5. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    quote:Originally posted by Paul McgoochanHow much is this kid from Southampton now worth?£6 mill was the last figure I heard. id="quote"> id="quote">Theo Walcott is supposed to be the focus of a 8m bid from us, he's scoring fairly regularly for Soton but its alot of money for a 16yr old. Put is this context, maybe Sinclair's fee is cheap.
  6. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Putting the figures in perspective, if only one ends up completing 40 first team games then the total cost will be £1.025m (assuming all the initial fees, they all play at least one 1st team game and one completes 40 games) which is about the cost of Drogba's hand or 1/5 of Petr Cech. Better than paying 6m for a temparamental teenager who goes off puching walls when he doesn't get his way....
  7. Michael Essien

    quote:Originally posted by KristinaPolite answers. Pleasant attitude. He seems to be a likeable player. Nice! id="quote"> id="quote">Off the pitch, on it he's like Mike Tyson! He has something I really like, pure enthusiasm for what he is doing. Him and Wright-Phillips look like they are in heaven playing footy. Can't wait to see his first goal celebration, should be very interesting
  8. Didier Drogba

    Cech makes one mistake and gets a barrel load of grief from rather forgetful fans Gudjohnson misses a one on one (not really because the defender was right behind him) and he is now a useless muppet Drogba come on and battles like a man possesed and is also deemed useless Here is my advice for those of you who seem to either have amnesia or are recent additions to the fanbase: 1) Watch a second division team (now the championship) for a year 2) Support a team wholeheartedly through every triumph and more usually a defeat 3) Return to supporting CFC We are top of the league, we have one the premiership and reached the semi's of the CL two years in a row. We did the double last year and conceeded next to no goals. Get with the program and stop this constant abuse for players every mistake they make. Watch a video of the 'good old days' not the 1970 cup final but the years after that. See how far we have come and then put this current period in historical perspective with that in mind. We are going upwards, be happy... Carefree
  9. Didier Drogba

    BTW: Why was Drogba wearing a black arm band? I saw when he scored he looked to the heavens and kissed it but who was it for?
  10. Didier Drogba

    He has been excellent and average in the same game and over the season so far, he has started to show the reason Jose paid 24m for him but for me I think he has contributed so much for the team. He might score 15 goals but he puts in more work than any other striker I have ever seen. Last season he was finding his feet, thankfully he seems to have located them and is delivering
  11. Michael Essien

    quote:Originally posted by hernancrespoHere they go... Essien is this and Essien is that. I personally is not convinced of his abilities. He may run all over the place, tackle most balls but in my eyes, he is nothing special. If Vieira was still around in the premiership, he would have been dwarfed. id="quote"> id="quote">Sounds like a description of Steven Gerrard who we were ready to spend 30m+ on. I seem to remeber that last season Veira had a pretty poor year compared to the season before, his body just couldn't cover the ground he did two or three years ago. Lee Dixon said as much on five live, where the Arsenal backroom staff said he was very stiff after every game towards the second half of the season. Maybe a return to the days when we brought 29 yr olds all the time would suit you more? I personally am looking forward to watching him develop
  12. Chelsea Finances Thread

    quote:Originally posted by iamchelseamadIts a symptom of the deep set envy that eats like a maggot at the core of British society imo. id="quote"> id="quote">Sorry, I have to disagree. There is a maggot for the core of British Society; it's green and oozes in every direction associated with success
  13. Michael Essien

    Amazing the lack of comment from his detractors; seems to me he has shown enough to justify his place and his fee when compared to the money spent on a number of lesser players. What I am begining to enjoy is his absolute determination to score, he banged on the pitch last night when the keeper saved his second shot and against WBA he busted every sinew to gets shots in. The half chance he created when pretty good too, seems to me that he has the tools to be very important for us for a long, long time.
  14. Gianfranco Zola

    quote:Originally posted by KhobarIt was nice to see he was watching last nights game with Roman Abramovic - the 2 obviously have a good relationship, so you never know what's around the corner. id="quote"> id="quote">Zola retires and then spends an evening watching the game next Roman? I have a feeling that he might be returning in some capacity soon or at least they would like him to. The guy could teach the kids how to look after themselves, he was in better shape at 34 than most of the reserves
  15. Didier Drogba

    A few of our players were treated in Milan last year, maybe the knee'd goal against the arse hurt it... Can't see Milan wanting him really, maybe some shopping?