Posts Tagged ‘chelsea fc’

How long do you give him?

July 6, 2019

How long do you give Frank Lampard as Chelsea manager?

a) Less than a season
b) A season
c) More than a season but less than the 3 yr contract
d) Or he will see out his contract.

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What a season.

April 15, 2019

This season Chelsea fans have been involved in

1) Racist abuse…/chelsea-fans-banned-raheem-st…

2) Anti Semitic chanting…/chelsea-uefa-no-punishment-an…

3) Sexual assault…/police-chelsea-sexual-assault…

4) Islamophobic chanting…/chelsea-fans-barred-bomber-ch…

And there’s still over a month left of the season.


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No offence to Take Me Out

June 2, 2017

I have a bone to pick with the FA.

If the FA Cup final had kicked off at 3pm I would have been able to watch it in peace as the other half and child had gone out for the day.

However with the kick off being 5:30pm, I ended up having to watch whilst making the baby’s dinner, feeding him, getting him out of his clothes for a bath and putting him to bed. This is not an ideal way to watch football.

For what it’s worth, I don’t think the FA Cup final should ever have to compete for viewers with Take Me Out (no offence to Take Me Out).


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Dreams can come true

January 4, 2017

A few people out there that have questioned why Oscar, in the prime of his powers aged 25 moved from Chelsea of the Premier League to Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) of the Chinese Super League. The more cynical of these people have pointed to the reported £400 000 a week wages as a reason for the move. As a romantic, I like to think that as a boy growing up in Brazil, Oscar would spend most of his days dreaming of playing in China and now that dream has been fulfilled.

Ps. If China have an equally lucrative 5-a-side league, I want it known that I could still do a job.


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Do Chelsea have enough goals in them?

August 15, 2014

Hola. Hope you are well.

Chelsea are many people’s tip to win the Premier League. They are also the bookies favourite.

The one question I would throw out there is whether there’s enough goals in Costa, Torres and the returning Drogba. I know they have loads of attacking midfielders, Salah, Willian, Fabregas, Oscar, Hazard but are Torres and Drogba good enough as the back up strikers?

Jose Mourinho is obviously a fan of Drogba who at his best was big, strong, good in the air and scored goals, which is why it is odd that he never fancied Lukaku, who at his best is big, strong, good in the air and scores goals.

Til next time, stay safe!



Has Frank Lampard tarnished his Chelsea legacy?

August 6, 2014

Hola. Hope you are well.

I feel a bit sorry for Frank Lampard. The reason being that some Chelsea fans have turned on him and all because he’s signed for Man City for 5 months. Some believe that this has tarnished his Chelsea legacy?

This seems a bit harsh to me, firstly Frank Lampard will always be associated with Chelsea, he’s their current top scorer and all his successes have come with Chelsea.

Secondly, he’s only on loan at Man City and only because he doesn’t start with New York City FC til March.

What did people want him to do in these 5 months? He’s a footballer he needs to play football the part owners of New York are the owners of Man City so this would seem to be the obvious solution. Or would these people have preferred to see Frank employed by Man City to sell the hot dogs?

Til next time, stay safe!



Is the Happy One still happy?

May 4, 2014

Hola. Hope you are well.

When Jose Mourinho came back to Chelsea he described himself as the ‘Happy One’ yet he seems anything but happy. Last Sunday, for example, he turned up at Anfield looking like a vagrant and after the match he had a go at Jamie Redknapp and this was after a victory. Plus Jamie Redknapp strikes me as a relatively harmless guy, not someone you’d need or want to have a go at.

After the defeat to Sunderland, Mourinho sarcastically praised Mike Dean and Mike Riley, almost as if he was shifting the blame for the home defeat to a team fighting relegation onto someone else.

In February, he described Arsene Wenger as a ‘specialist in failure’. After a 0-0 draw against West Ham in January he described Sam Allardyce’s team as playing ’19th Century football’. I can see why he would be upset only drawing with West Ham but it’s disrespectful to both West Ham and all the players from the 1800s.

Mourinho’s also had a go at Barcelona calling them “the worst Barcelona of many many years”. This may be true but it’s probably not for him to say. In addition to the above, he’s also had ongoing verbals with Man City’s Manuel Pellegrini.

Even as recent as this week, he’s fallen out with his most talented player, Eden Hazard.

In Mourinho’s defence, he may not be the angriest man at Stamford Bridge, if his assistant Rui Faria’s recent touchline antics are anything to go by. Note to Rui, If Mourinho is holding you back,  you’ve probably over stepped the mark.

Til next time, stay safe!




Ball boys and banners

April 8, 2014

Hola. Hope you are well.

I’m not here to say if the Man Utd fans who organised the plane protest against David Moyes were right or wrong, although if my work wasn’t up to scratch I wouldn’t would my boss to fly a banner above me saying as much.

Apparently the plane cost the fans £850 to hire, which was less than I expected. It’s still a sizeable amount, in fact it’s how much my rent is a month. This got me thinking, maybe I could hire a plane, fly it over the area my landlady lives, with a banner saying ‘I can’t pay this months rent as I’m a little skint’. I’ll let you know how it goes. Feel free to let me know if you’ve ever put a message on one of these planes. You can contact me via the comments button or on Twitter @viewfromthetrev.

Talking of price, it was announced that England’s replica World Cup shirt will cost £90, which does seem a little steep for a shirt we will only see 3, possibly 4 times this summer.

In January 2013, I went to New York for a few days, whilst I was out there Eden Hazard kicked a Swansea ball boy. The next time I left the country was a couple of weeks ago and whilst away Mourinho had a run in with a Crystal Palace ball boy. So for all the ball boys reading this, I’m next out of the country in July so it may be best to avoid anyone associated with Chelsea.

And finally… West Brom sacked Nicolas Anelka for a gesture, so it will be interesting to see how they handle the supposed punch on Berahino by a fellow player.

Til next time, stay safe!




Boo is the colour

December 1, 2012

Hola. Hope you are well.

With all that’s gone on, it seems weird to think Rafa Benitez took charge of his first Chelsea game less than a week ago. Such is the madness of football and the madness of Chelsea, bookies already have odds for him being sacked before the end of the season. Talking of his first game has there ever been such a negative welcome for a new manager in the history of football, if there has been I don’t know about it.

I can’t believe Chelsea fans genuinely have a problem with Rafa. Ok, he said some things against Chelsea in the past, but who hasn’t, get over it, that’s football. The problem Chelsea fans have is that the man they are really annoyed at, is also the man who bankrolled their success, so how can they turn on him. It’s easier to boo Rafa or clap for Di Matteo than have a go at Abramovich. Can you blame them??

I do think it’s interesting how the press have reacted to the appointment of Rafa. He’s obviously a top manager but for some reason the press don’t take to him. Compare the reaction of Rafa’s appointment at Chelsea with that of ‘Arry’s at QPR. It’s chalk and cheese, if you didn’t know better you’d think ‘Arry’ had won a couple of La Liga titles or a Champions League.

It was the same whilst Rafa was at Liverpool, large sections of the media tried to undermine him despite his achievements. The same could be said of Fabio Capello, during his time with England and is currently happening to Arsene Wenger and Roberto Mancini. (I’m not going to even mention AVB) It begs the question, what have these foreign managers got in common? My advice to these guys is do what their British counterparts do and become drinking buddies with the press guys, or take up golf and become part of their golfing scene, after all it’s harder to have a go at someone if you might have to play 18 holes with them some day soon.

And Finally… In honour of the Chelsea fans I’ve decided the next time we get a new member of staff at work, I’m going to boo them and hold up banners telling them they must go. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Til next time, stay safe!


Hodgson for England

January 14, 2011


Hola. Hope you are well. As this is my first post of the year I feel I should wish you all a Happy New Year! Despite it being the 14th of Jan, that’s how on the ball I am.

The last blog post featured a lot of talk about managers and I’m going to continue this theme in this post, as a lot of things have happened to managers since my last post.

Firstly Darren Ferguson got sacked by bottom club in the championship, Preston. His dad Mr Ferguson took exception to this decision by taking back 3 players on loan to Preston from Man Utd. In no way would I suggest Mr Ferguson is petty, as he may stop doing interviews with me, but his actions do look a little like,“It’s my ball, so I’m going to take it home”. Stoke also recalled 2 players, so I don’t know if Mr Ferguson also runs Stoke.

Roy Hodgson finally left Liverpool, if you can say that about a man who was only in the job for 6 months. By the end I did feel a bit sorry for him as he looked like a beaten man. Having said that, the job was quite clearly too big for him and he’d also lost the supporters. A poll a couple of weeks before his departure claimed 90% of Liverpool fans wanted him out, which did make me wonder why the other 10% of Liverpool fans questioned were allowed out in public.

My girlfriend said, people shouldn’t be too hard on Hodgson as he was offered the job and therefore had the right to be in it. She compared it to the situation with Wagner in X-Factor (see pic above) in that he was picked to sing in the Live Finals and got through each week, yet came in for a whole heap of stick.(mainly because he couldn’t sing.

The only thing I would say to counter this argument, is that if Wagner had been manager of Liverpool, I’d like to think he wouldn’t have slagged off some of the players, blamed the fans after disappointing results and I would like to think he wouldn’t have paid nearly £10m for the combined talents of Paul Konchesky and Christian Poulsen.

Another manager under pressure is Carlo Ancelotti after Chelsea’s slump in form. This slump seems to have coincided with Ray Wilkins departure, which has done his reputation no harm, in fact it’s increasing by the second. When Ray was dismissed, I heard one pundit describe Ray’s coaching style as merely Balls, Bibs and Cones (BBC). But now people are talking about Ray as being the missing link Chelsea need between Ancelotti and the players and the one in the dug-out Ancelotti could previously discuss tactics with. Becoming more sought after when doing nothing is a good skill to have, I’ve been looking to obtain it for years. I know Roy is a Chelsea boy through and through and wouldn’t want to see them struggling but I wonder if he’s feeling a little bit of pleasure that this has happened. It’s like when you split up with your partner, although you don’t want them to become a wreck, neither do you want them to go on to bigger and better things. Or maybe that is just me.

And Finally…. I’d like to turn my attention to an incident in the FA cup last weekend, when El Hadji Diouf stood over QPR player Jamie Mackie and told and gestured him to get up, despite Mackie having sustained a double break of the leg. After the game QPR manager Neil Warnock, compared Diouf unfavourably to a sewer rat, which is never a good sign if someone describes you in such a way. Of course it’s not the first time Diouf has been involved in controversy. I think it’s also fair to say he’s quite a unlikeable character. This lead me to think, does anyone actually like El Hadji Diouf. So if you like him, feel free to let me know. You can contact me via the comments button, I expect to be bombarded with comments.

Til next time, stay safe!