I'll keep on saying it until someone listens to me! I love Diego Costa and his passion and desire for the game WHEN IT'S THERE! For now, his movement is shit and we MUST consider Loic Remy for Tottenham.
Even tonight at half time, Jose Mourinho and Costa were involved in a heated argument as they left the pitch and headed towards the changing room.
Diego Costa features for the second time on here this morning and this time it's because he admitted to being overweight when he returned to Chelsea after the summer break. As you can imagine the press are all over this right now!
Did anyone not see the Chelsea games at the end of the season?
Newspaper reports in recent days stating that Diego Costa and John Terry had a training ground bust up are complete lies and all Chelsea fans need to ignore any further reports that come out. This is another example of how the press are after Chelsea after our poor start to the season.
However, I can understand if the players came together yesterday and had a team meeting and gave their opinions of where things are going wrong and things became heated.
Jose Mourinho is preparing to ring the changes for Maccabi Tel Aviv tomorrow night with Oscar and Baba Rahman confirmed as being selected but it looks like Falcao will miss the game with a minor injury.
We all think that the first team needs some fresh faces at the moment and Jose Mourinho seems to have delivered with confirmation that Oscar is selected in the number ten role and Baba Rahman handed his first team debut tomorrow.
It has been an absolute pleasure to watch wing wizards cast their magic spells and bewitch defenders; turning them inside and out. Eddie Mcreadie and Frank Bluntstone were the first ones who caught my eye and Chelsea's love of the Scottish wing wizard continued with the likes of Pat Nevin.
One thing that really grates on me at the moment is hearing from ex-players who no longer have realistic ties with the club wade in with their opinions when we are struggling as we are.
Frank Leboeuf, the ex-Chelsea defender who I believe now lives in the USA has taken time out to give his opinion on our struggles at the moment and has chosen to follow a line that most of the media believe is the case - the third season.
Back in October 2012, I noted a pretty common observation for the Guardian: US fans largely disliked Jurgen Klinsmann. In a sense, his early public statements about playing proactive soccer set unrealistic expectations given both the playing pool and his own tactical abilities. However, you never get a coaching job by saying "I will play drab, counterattacking football with no striker" unless you are Jose Mourinho.
Five percent. Look like a big number? It's not. When you go out to eat, you probably tip double or even quadruple that figure. However, US Soccer and MLS balk at that number. What is that number? It's the nominally low part of any transfer fee that should be paid to any of the player's prior youth clubs (actually a smaller percentage based on years the player was at the club).
The Guardian has reported that the Premier League has refused to adopt even a voluntary version of the NFL's so-called "Rooney Rule", whereby at least one minority candidate must be interviewed for every open coaching position. This is sad because talented and smart guys like Clarence Seedorf often get overlooked or pushed out the door too early to make way for the Pippo Inzaghis of the world.
Resultology, the term and school of thought, is the immediate overreaction to results of EPL clubs on any particular matchday in a European competition. Of course, resultology exists in all walks of life and all parts of futbol and sports. It is a branch of Utilitarian analysis whereby we focus on results, and then work our way backwards to an explanation.
I am Mexican-American. This means I root for American and Mexican players, especially the studs that go to Europe. Last year, I was happy to see Andres Guardado embrace a holding midfield role at PSV Eindhoven and win a league title. Then, when Hector Moreno signed for them, I became elated. If PSV was good for Andres (and DeMarcus Beasley years ago), maybe Moreno could do well there.
Last week, the internet was abuzz with a story. The story of Jermain Defoe and his need for help. On a "seeking a secretary" website, Monseur Defoe ran an ad looking for a personal assistant. This person would take care of his numerous houses, probably do some grocery shopping, and maybe even so do some social media work.
In the world of music, critics often lament a thing called "the sophomore slump." Basically, a new band with a unique sounds enters the fray, generally kicks ass, and launches a debut album that blows our hair back Sir Alex-at-halftime style. Then comes the problem. The second album. Almost inevitably, with expectations lifted, novelty not a factor, and initial creative juices maxed out, the follow-up album passes muster but does not light our hearts aflame.
Eden Hazard was named on the Chelsea bench at the weekend against Aston Villa and once again the press have moved into overdrive with reports of player unrest and a falling out with Jose Mourinho. Is there too much being made of literally nothing??
Looking retrospectively at Jose's decision, it appears to me to be an inspired one.
Think back to five or so months ago. Eden Hazard had won the Premier League, the League Cup and numerous individual awards and was at the highest point he had ever reached in his career. Now, he admits he is struggling at Chelsea.
It's an alarming decline and one which we have all felt.
Heading into the two-week break from the Premier League, Jose Mourinho's future was up in the air and he has received public criticism from an ex-England Manager. In a couple of short days all that was about to change.
As the man himself stated in his now famous post match interview after the defeat to Southampton, when you are down people will kick you and keep knocking you down and Fabio Capello decided to wade in his with his opinion.
Remember how it felt when Jose Mourinho left Chelsea the first time around? Remember what it took to get him back here and all the managers we went through? Trust in Jose Mourinho and get behind and back OUR Manager!
Yes there are problems with the way we are playing and our performances in general.
After the impressive performance from Chelsea against the albeit weaker opposition in Maccabi Tel Aviv, I want to know if you believe that the first team places of Branislav Ivanovic and John Terry are under threat tomorrow against Arsenal?
I will state on record right now that John Terry's is not.
According to one report in the press yesterday, Branislav Ivanovic is the first casualty of Chelsea's poor start to the season and will be dropped for the game at West Brom. Do you agree?
Branna has been immense for Chelsea for season after season but we have to put sentiment to one side, we have to look at the situation realistically, we have to be honest, We have to think of the team first and admit that he has been really poor overall!
In this weeks Backpage Blues, Rory and Charlie Skillen discuss what is going wrong at the Bridge. Where do you think we are going wrong? Should we have secured a few more signings? Comment below and get involved!
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Haley's comet passing. Blood moons. Summer solstice. For some incredibly momentous happenings, the usual currency of days, weeks, and months is an ineffective measure of time. Time is and always has been relative. Our own values and prejudices taint it. For example, the ancient Aztec calendar, known colloquially as the "Eagle Stone", measured years in 18 months of 20 days.
Cesc Fabregas has given his honest and open opinion on Chelsea's season so far and has described just how it is affecting him at the moment.
We often hear from players when they are away during an international break but this time it's important to hear from the midfielder after he had been linked with being the cause of disharmony in the dressing room.
Actions speak louder than words; 90% of communication is through body language; or putting your money where your mouth is. All of these statements convey the message that what we say doesn't carry the ultimate truth, but that what we actually do speaks volumes. We've all heard the observation 'paying lip service' to something and the eventual lack of trust this evokes in those who are in receipt of this 'service' - 'white man speak with fork tongue' or 'these people honour me with their lips but their hearts are far from me' amplify the point further.