The Blues are on top (for now)

August 31, 2009 at 10:55 am (Chelsea) (, , , )

He he..2 matches have taken place since my last post..

Anyway, Chelsea beat both Fulham and Burnley comfortably and with the campaign’s firts clean sheets. Here is the match in pics…

LOL at Drogba! ๐Ÿ˜€

Now to SB for Cfc vs. Burnley

(that’s Ballack at the bottom right corner ๐Ÿ˜› )

(that’s Cole at the bottom left corner ๐Ÿ˜€ )

So in all, we done well so far and are on top of the league table on goal difference above the Spuds.

Next week in an international no league action for another 2 weeks. ๐Ÿ˜

[images courtesy]


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Chelsea match today….and more!

August 23, 2009 at 7:57 pm (Chelsea, Metal) (, , , )

A post after a long time…lol ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyway, today, Chelsea play Fulham at Craven Cottage. Not much of a derby (a local derby it’s been called) but Ancelotti’s got his first semi-major fixture. Hope he doesn’t disappoint ๐Ÿ˜€

He has finally realised that Lampard plays best in centre midfield, so I think the one change we’ll see in the line up is Lampard taking Essien’s place and Deco playing behind the 2 strikers, a position he originally played in at Porto (and is very well known for). We wont be able to see Belletti or Zhirkhov anytime soon, while Joe Cole and Ferrera will again sit out.

The defence is finding it hard to get used to the narrow diamond formation, thus remaining asleep for most of the first half in the matches so far. We’ve conceded twice already, though we came back from behind to win. Something I’ve seen during Mourinho’s days and in Guus’s stint is that never-say-die spirit, something which was totally lost during Scholari’s management and seems to have been reborn in Ancelotti’s first matches. So hope today’s match will be a cracker ๐Ÿ˜€

Meanwhile at Fulham, we might see our old winger Damien Duff find a place in the starting line-up. Last I heard, Davies and Andrew Johnson may not feature in the line up.

In other news, I’ve been twittering a lot lately, thus finding out about Megadeth’s new album (which will release in about a month) and that most on twitter are stupid spam bots. ๐Ÿ˜

Nice artwork, though I lost it at the monks ๐Ÿ˜

So, see you after the game, and follow me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Of money, goals and double standards….

June 16, 2009 at 6:07 pm (Chelsea) (, , , , )

I had written earlier about the transfer window being driven by those with the fat wallets. Fiorentino Perez, after being re-elected as Real Madrid President, spent over ยฃ150 Million in just 10 days, first bagging Kaka from AC Milan, and now Christiano Ronoldo (Oh joy!) from ManU. It’s funny about the double standards that people talk about, which is raised in every transfer window.

After Chelsea was taken over by Russian billionaire Roman Abromovich, it gave the club the previously unlikely opportunity to buy some big players. Michael Ballack, Didier Drogba, Essien (who was not much of a star when he was bought) Shevchenko (who is still a very talented player, mind you), Malouda were just some of the names the sudden cash infusion allowed the Blues to introduce to the Premier League. It brought (surprisingly) immediate result, with the Blues winning the Premeir League back-to-back. At this juncture, many pundits began claiming that “Money bought success” and “Chelsea have now blatantly inflated and spoilt the transfer matket”. ๐Ÿ˜•
Now, however, as Real Madrid are looking to do the same thing they did in 2002 (where the hell do they get this money?) by buying star players, I haven’t seen many raise this statement. I dont know why.

It’s funny since Real Madrid are (in reality) looking to buy talent they really can do without, considering that it’s their defence that’s been a let down, not the goals.

Anyway, coming back to money,clubs and players. ManU and AC Milan have the oppurtunity to make a huge mark on the window, as they have lots of “cold-hard-cash” given by Real Madrid to “buy” potential replacements. Again, you dont see the words “tainting the transfer market” here. Once again I ask, why not?

Why cant they bring up players from the youth squad? why not groom him and make him a Ronoldo/Beckham/Cantona? It’s simple. There isn’t enough time.

As the heat of the recent activity increases (not to mention it’s still freakin summer), it’s evident that 17-18 year olds cannot step up immediately into the fray (unless you are Messi or an Arsenal player ๐Ÿ˜€ ) Meanwhile, if the other team buys a quality player who is about to peak, it means kudos to the title. Ask Wenger or Perez, I’m sure they’ll agree.

So, club football is all about money, goals and lame double standards. If you’ve got the money, success (in almost all likelihood) maybe yours. ๐Ÿ˜€

And regarding to all those who just give shit that Chelsea get for spending cash, bugger off will you. I guess you still (it’s been what, 6-7 years?) cant get over the fact that we can spend on a window now. I think at least for that I can thank Roman ๐Ÿ™‚

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Carlo Ancelotti appointed as new Chelsea manager

June 8, 2009 at 9:16 pm (Chelsea, Views) (, , , , )

I haven’t posted since The Yellows won their game in the FA Cup final. A lot has happened since then, which, I’m looking to unravel, now that I’ve got the time to do so ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m not a big fan of Ancelotti. Yeah, he won the Champions League for AC Milan twice (could have beenย  3 times, read on to see why) and the Italian League just onceย  ( :O ). I guess since he has his name on the UEFA trophy, Roman gave him the job. Period. There is no other reason as to why, of all the people, Rijkaard, Van Basten, Zola, Grant or even Mourinho, he chose Ancelotti.
He is very orthodox in his play, sticks to his formation no matter what the circumstances (its the Christmas tree 4-3-2-1) which, is conducive to only one striker, while Chelsea have 4 vying for that position every match.ย  In the historic Istanbul CL finals, under Ancelotti, Milan had score three goals through Maldini and a brace from Crespo to lead 3-0 at half time. AC Milan had won the game before it even started.

Then, in the second half, the Merseyside team bounced back and scored a goal.
Ancelotti didnt bother.

Liverpool again scored.
Ancelotti was still dancing with the crowd.

Liverpool scored. Again. (thus scoring 3 goals in a span of 6 minutes)
Ancelotti went “WTF!” as a fly went into his open mouth. :O

The ‘Pools went on to win (through penalties) their only trophy in recentย  memory and performed The Miracle Of Istanbul. Ancelotti was left kicking himself.

Also add the fact that he doesn’t speak much English, and that AC Milan were playing in the UEFA Cup this year (AFAIK) and lost to Werder Bremen too in the Round Of 16, we might have another Scolari in our hands. Still, I have faith in Roman, and The Blues, so lets hope that this is just one of those wierd feelings that will be proved wrong. ๐Ÿ˜

(and you thought I wouldnt post about football now ๐Ÿ˜› )

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FA Cup Champions 2009!!

May 31, 2009 at 7:13 pm (Chelsea, Views) (, , , )

( for the first time, a reasonable post title ๐Ÿ˜€ )

The last game of the season, the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Everton, was underway on Saturday afternoon (evening in India obviously ๐Ÿ˜› ) at the new Wembley Stadium in London. Chelsea was looking to finish a some what topsy-turvyย  season on a high, while Everton, were looking to play spoilsport.This also happened to be Guus Hiddink’s last match as Chelsea manager, so as Lampard said before the game, the Blues were looking to give him a parting gift.

So,ย  on the hot Wembley pitch (at 41 Cยบ mind you) the oldest football cup final was underway. I barely settled on my seat with some snacks that Everton scored straight after kick-off. In what was a sloppy piece of defending, Pienaar ran through Bosingwa, curled the ball in towards Chelsea’s box, eventually headed away by Alex, but straight to Fellaini who passed the ball to ex-ManU player Saha, who smashed the ball past Petr Cech.

Boom. Not even a minute on the pitch. 1-0 to Everton. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

This, as I’ve noticed is what Chelsea should be wary of. It always takes a good 10-15 mins for the Blues (or should I saw, the Yellows) to switch on and start attacking. It happenned against Arsenal (both in the semis and in the league) and Barca ( check out the first 10 mins in both halfs of the game at SB, not Camp Nou). But anyway, we were behind. No excuses this time. Credit to Everton for making the most of the ball (quite literally). For the next 20 mins, though there was some defensive errors, Chelsea looked to remain calm and composed as Everton piled the pressure.

Ashley Cole and Malouda kept causing problems for the Everton defence all this while as Everton’s right-back Tony Hibbert looked undecided. The Lampard-Malouda combination proved very fruitful for Chelsea under Hiddink, and it was this combo that set up Drogba, who was dormant all this while, to tear through Everton’s defence and head Malouda’s cross (passed on from midfield by Lampard) into the Everton goal. 1-1 in 20 mins. Joy! ๐Ÿ˜€

The rest of the first half remained un-eventful (atleast IMO) 1-1 at halftime. 2 goals in 45 mins between teams who couldn’tย  score in the 180 mins they played each other in the league ๐Ÿ˜€ . David Moyes made the only change as he removed Hibbert and brought on Jacobson.

The second half was a bit more eventful, though both teams kept losing the ball in midfield or at the death. Goalkeepers were kept busy, shots went off target, ferocious tackles came in, but no real threat posed by either team. The match looked set to go into extra time if it continued at this rate.

Cue Lampard. With 19 goals this season (and looking for the 20th) took responsibilty on himself, changing his mind in the last second as he was about to take the shot, slipped, yet gathered himself quickly to shoot the ball the other way and past Howard’s fingertips. 2-1 to Chelsea at 72 mins as Lampard scores 20 goals in the season for the 4th time.

Needless to say, that was enough. Everton became nervous as they kept shooting wide and fouling in an effort to win possession. An error was made by the ref as Malouda tore through the defence, etching to score a goal and shot the ball straight past Howard and into the post, with the ball bouncing inside the goal-line, yet adjudged by the linesmen as “no goal”. My heart throbbed as I didnt want a repeat of what happened at SB against Barca. Again, at 84 mins, Lampard was fouled by Pienaar in the box, yet the ref (who I must admit, was in no position to see the ball) adjudged Lampard guilty for diving and booked him. Though I was now used to penalty decisions not going our way, I was a nervous wreck. ๐Ÿ˜

But there was nothing to worry about. Despite the massive 4 mins of stoppage time, Everton didnt pose much of a threat and joy erupted as the ref blew the final whistle. Chelsea have won the FA cup, have gained some silverware this season (in your face Liverfool and Le Arse ๐Ÿ˜› ) and have said good-bye to arguably the best managers of the clubs history.

A wierd season. We got one of the world’s best manager Scolari to make brilliant start at the beginning of the season, then made a fool of himself, got fired, were in 4th position halfway, lost all hope of gaining any trophy as ManU and Pool ran away with the game, enter Hiddink, and now we finish 3rd in the league (so direct qualification to next year’s CL), have got the best of confidence in Drogba, Malouda and the team as a whole, were in touching distance of winning the CL this year (if it wasn’t for that ref ๐Ÿ˜ ) and now, have won the FA cup. Hiddink will be missed sorely, and with his aura and impact he has (now “had” ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  ) on the field, he is the special one now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

If he ever does decide to come back (and I hope he does ) no doubt he will be recieved with open arms. ๐Ÿ™‚

(PS, I know, I’ve posted a lot about football, but you’ll not here about this much now atleast till August ๐Ÿ˜ )

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May 30, 2009 at 3:03 pm (Chelsea, Views) (, , )

It’s official now. Barca have won the Champions League. ๐Ÿ˜

I wasn’t all that keen on watching the final, considering that I hated ManU, and that Barca cheated us at Stamford Bridge (read this post). But still, being a football buff got the better of me, so I decided to watch the game as a neutral ๐Ÿ˜€ .

The game (highly overhyped in ManU’s favour) began in typical fassion, with ManU starting off with a bang, having as much as 5-7 shots on goal in the first 10 mins, with “baayla” hello-madrid Ronaldo selfishly wasting most of the chances.

As I said earlier, ManU were overhyped, and in that one moment when ManU lost the ball for the first time (in the 11th minute of course) , Eto’o took full advantage and shot the ball past Buddha -der-Sar after a brilliant run to open the scoreline. 1-0 to Barca.

ManU totally lost the plot there after. Iniesta kept piling the pressure on the defence.ย  Messi clever came to the centre of the field, leaving Eto-o to eat Nani for dinner time and again. Henry kept making chances (and made a mess of them at the death). But Henry, Iniesta, Messi and with overlap by Xavi kept charging at the ManU defence, which, (in what is a grossly unthinkable sentence) had the better defence line-up (read on to see why I said that ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). Something had to give as the players entered half time with that 1 goal between them.

The second half started with SAF removing Anderson from the pitcg for a lacklustre performance, by bringing on Tevez. The latter did try to force the issue, tying up with Rooney to make runs into the Barca defence, and the Catalans were in danger of conceding their lead.

In comes Messi. The shortest player on the pitch, the player who has a bad record against English clubs and yet, the player who has the most no. of goals this season, suddenly broke loose, and directed Xavi’s cross (with his head mind you) into the back of the net, leaving Nani, Ferdinand and Buddha-der-Sar ball watching. ๐Ÿ˜€ 2-0 to the Catalans.

ManU, now visibly shaken, did whatever they could to get back into the game. Most no. of offences were created by them in the last 20 mins, with Ronaldo (who turned out to be the “popat” of the match) kept making a mess of things, while the Catalans kept attacking at the other end, leaving Vidic ashen-faced (I must add that it was Vidic who was doing the working of baby-sitting all four defenders too)

So, the ref (who had a reasonable game, surprisingly ๐Ÿ˜ย  ) blew the final whistle and catapulted Barca into the first Spanish team to win the treble. This now throws up an interesting observation.

Chelsea had completely shut down Barca’s goal factory and ensured that the Catalans would not get the better of them. This did work, until the 95th minute at SB, when for the first time in as much as 190 mins of football, Barca managed to score, that too, with Iniesta’s last ditch effort being the only shot that Barca could ever take in that match. Hiddink had divised the best strategy to break Barca’s defence (and offence I must add ๐Ÿ˜€ ),ย  by playing like “anti-barca”.ย  Chelsea only took that odd chance to take a shot at goal and did not take the attack to them, but still made their life hell. And it didย  work, till the 95th min. ๐Ÿ˜

ManU, however, with all their over-confidenceย  (or should I say misplaced confidence) in their style of play, decided to play like themselves and Barca took full advantage of ManU throwing everyone forward and scored 2 goals in 90 mins. (as opposed to 1 goal in 190 mins against Chelsea)

So, in conclusion, Chelsea have now been established as the team with the better defence than any other club in Europe (at least in my opinion). Sure, we conceded 4 goals against the ‘Pools in the quarters,ย  but I guess that was due to the fact that we already won at Anfield, that too by a healthy margin, thus leading too a bit of complacency.

So congrats to Barca (who were better than ManU), but also, a hearty congrats to Chelsea, for proving that thy can be the best defence there is. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Cheated…in the blink of an eye

May 7, 2009 at 10:21 am (Chelsea) (, )

In what looks like my first post in about 3 weeks, I feel cheated after what happenedย  last night. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

In case any of you were wondering, the Chelsea vs Barca at the Bridge ended in a 1-1 draw, with Barca going into the finals with the “away” goal rule.

In what turned out to one of the talking points of the match, Referee <insert random obscene innuendo here> Tom Henning refused to give 3 crucial penalties inย  our favour, somethingย  which even the blind would have seen and awarded Chelsea with a penalty. Whether it was Malouda being dragged down by b!tch Alves, Pique’s hand-ball or the late-late-late hand ball from Eto’o, that nut for a referee got all three decisions wrong, and ultimately did cost us the game. We were robbed, robbed in front of a 44000 crowd by the ref. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

What turned out to be a great goal for Essien (in the 9th minute that too) ended up in heart-break as Iniesta equalised in the last minute of stoppage time. I was singing along with the crowd as we headed into the 90th minute and cried like a two year old with a broken TV remote after the 94th. To be outplayed is one thing, to be cheated is another. Luck completely deserted us last night. In the words of Calvin, from “Calvin and Hobbes” :

Life’s Unfair. But it’s never unfair in your favour.

Truth be told,ย  however, Chelsea were reduced to a piece of underperforming and an “out-of sorts” lot by Scholari and looked nothing like the side they were last year. Again, the owner Abromovich steps in, fires Scholari and gives Guus Hiddink the most challenging task of rebuilding the demoralised side. His only objective was to ensure Chelsea’s place in the top 4 in the league, with Villa/Everton/Arsenal hot on our tail. Anything else that came with it was considered as a “bonus”.

Hiddink, with a wave of god alone knows what, led Chelsea and gave them the confidence and belief to win. ( Just 1 2 losses and 2 draws in the 19 odd matched he has managed speaks volumes for itselfย  ๐Ÿ™‚ ) Also, an FA Cup final in our hands, from a side that looked too demoralised to win to a side that is brimming with confidence (with the chance of getting some silverware this season ๐Ÿ˜€ ) Hiddink has done what nobody thought was possible.

Thus, although I feel cheated, and I hope that ManU beats the scum and shit and everything that Barcelona has got, we were lucky to get this far. ๐Ÿ˜

When Hiddink leaves Chelsea at the end of the season, Chelsea will be missing and remembering one of the humblest and best managers to have graced the manager’s chair (perhaps better than The Special One, I dont know… ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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