Guys, can I just say it again, I’ll be more than happy if Chelsea get a top-four finish this season.
Despite what some pundits are saying, I still believe Frank Lampard's Blues won’t be considered genuine title challengers until next season.
Yes, they’re connecting quicker than expected as a team and it appears that their defensive weakness has been plugged. and yes, there’s still Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic to come back from injury.
But it’s a young side with lots of new faces that haven’t been through a huge-pressure European and Premier League campaign, they ain’t just gonna turn into a complete unit.
And that includes the gaffer, let’s not forget he’s less than 16 months into his first top-flight managerial role. There’s a long way to go and as we can all see it’s a long-term project.
The club’s U21 players have enjoyed more first team minutes on the pitch than any other club.
The new breed Chelsea muppets (and modern fans generally) have no idea what they’re on about, when making statements like “Frank Lampard should be sacked if he doesn’t win a major trophy after spending £200m”.
The sheep-like social media-based narrative, backed by 15-year-olds in countries where football ain’t even a frikkin' sport.
Zzz... yawn, not sure why it's even annoying me. I am of course very happy with progress.
There’s so much more to come from players like Hakim Ziyech and Havertz.
When this team clicks, they’re gonna be serious contenders. The optimism and positivity is massive at the club.
If you were an investor looking at the future of all Premier League clubs for an investment, surely Chelsea would be top of the pile?
Spurs fans, meanwhile, are on a high, most of ’em believing they are candidates for the title after an excellent result against Manchester City.
It was a classic Jose Mourinho masterclass. Parking a double decker bus and playing on the break.
However, it wasn’t always parked in-between two defensive lines in front of the area, it was coupled with a slightly more expansive approach which wasn’t so draining on the eye.
Pep Guardiola will be wondering why he’s just put pen to paper for another two years as his side looked nothing like the dominant City of a few seasons back, but glaringly lacked the intricate penetration that once had the ability to unlock any defensive formation.
I guess he’ll be spending again in January to fix it – I won’t be surprised if we see a couple of massive names recruited.
According to this weekend’s reports, definitely won’t be Lionel Messi! As for Spurs, well, we all know how ever good they look, towards the end of the season they usually get "Spursy". It’s a virus unique to White Hart Lane.
When ‘Spuds’ catch it, it takes away their confidence and fatigue sets in. Perhaps Mourinho is the long-awaited vaccine to escape it?
After watching Newcastle v Chelsea and Tottenham v City, the reality of how big a problem Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has became really apparent again as West Brom travelled to Old Trafford.
In comparison to the earlier games it really was bottom-of-the table quality – nervy, scrappy, lacking decisiveness.
The Baggies could easily have bagged two or three and only the controversial penalty decisions in the space of a couple of minutes allowed United to nick the points.
It still completely baffles me how the same side can play so well in Europe and look so [email protected] in England?
I'll be interested to know what your thoughts are on that? Maybe some serious comments for a change, not just angry banter!
It's funny, I walked into my favourite hardware store on Saturday (Kismet, Wynberg) wearing a Chelsea branded T-shirt, and one of the newer fellas looked at me and said “I hate Chelsea, they’re rubbish”.
I was like, Ok, man’s after a debate, so I asked: “Who do you support?” He said, proudly: “Manchester United”.
Needless to say the ‘debate’ ended immediately! Champions League football tonight and tomorrow, followed by a massive clash on Sunday…Chelsea v Spurs! Chat soon.
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