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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The transfer window is now open

June 8, 2009 at 9:18 pm (Views) (, , , , )

Ahh..June. It’s cloudy. There is a slight chill in the air, the ground smells fresh from rain and we have the tabloids making merry out of linking every player with every club known to mankind. ๐Ÿ˜

It’s true. If I had a rupee for every time I hear about Man City buying a player, or Kaka’s future at San Siro, I’d be a really rich man by now. Absolute madness in terms of money offered, demands made and and contracts negotiated, which each year becoming more insane than the former. Again, people say thatย  “money talks” or “victory is bought” or any other crap they can think of. Such people are insane and jealous in my opinion.

If the owners of the club have the money, they need a certain player and if they do think that such a person is worth all the effort (ie. it brings them
victory in the season), logic dictates, that obviously, they will do whatever they can to get that player to sign their jersey. Be it Ronaldo, Tevez, Kaka, Ribery or even Eto’o. If Madrid think that Kaka will help their cause next year and they have the money (same goes for Ronaldo), they will chase him till he cannot refuse (like what happened with Zizou and Juventus). Face it, money makes the world go round, I’m sure Adebayor will agree ๐Ÿ˜€

However, this raises the question of loyalty.

Kaka’ was chased by Man City’s new owners this summer, willing to offer him
“much much more” than what Real Madrid are offering now. Yet he categorically stated “I belong to Jesus, my dream is to captain AC Milan and play for them forever” and showed the ManC agents the door. Now, he looks all set to play at Santiago Bernabue Stadium, and yet, he doesn’t retract his previous statement. How can he? The club he had pledged loyalty to, the club he “wanted to captain” is about to be betrayed (since no confirmation has been recieved of him accepting Real Madrid’s offer YET). Kaka has now joined Madrid for โ‚ฌ65 million :{

Gareth Barry, the captain of Aston Villa Football Club, was leading a team of great potential. Martin O’Neill produced a gem of side through hard work in the past few years, and his efforts paid off with Villa playing in the Europa League next year, under the good form of Barry, Young, Agbanlahor and other rising stars. Yet Barry, despite showing much promise, declared that he wanted Champions League football, since he would be peaking in about a few years and that he wanted to play in the best European competition there
is, which is acceptable. AVFC might be the club that would finish 5th-8th in the League, since the top 4 are, well, the top 4 ๐Ÿ˜€ . So Barry did have a point to make. However, just as the ‘Pools were about to cash in on his wish, ManC grabbed him, by offering as much as 1,00,000 pounds per week (if tabloids are to be believed) and thus, he went from from a club placed 5th, to that placed 10th. Why?

Because he’s getting paid for it. Obviously. Loyalty was not a problem for him here I should add.

Same was the case when Figo left Barcelona for Madrid, or Cannavaro left Juventus for Madrid, or Seedorf left Inter Milan for AC Milan. The list is endless. I guess it all comes down to money, and not “favoured” clubs or “dreams”.

If you’ve got the money, people will play for you, and that looks to repeat itself this year too.

So just sit back, pick a team and rest assured, you’ll definitely enjoy the camaraderie. 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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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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