Chelsea: All the latest Chelsea flavoured news, views, rumours and other assorted bits and bobs
The 1999 to 2000 season: it was a simpler time. Chris Sutton was considered a big money signing by Chelsea fans, Fergie’s ‘kids’ still formed the backbone of his team and Dennis Wise was a pesky Premiership midfield imp instead of a newly-relegated League One manager.
Yesterday’s crunch game at the Emirates was absorbing, if only to watch Chelsea’s grip on the Premiership title finally relax – they’ve been bravely hanging on with one hand to the edge of a cliff for several months now. A team with a lesser manager than Jose Mourinho would have capitulated long ago, so I give the Blues my respect for pushing Man Utd almost all the way.
Can Arsenal stop Chelsea today? Not if Jose has anything to do with itâ€¦
To all Liverpool fans who have argued that they’d rather win the Champions League than the Premiership (and I’ve read more than a few such arguments in the last couple of days), that’s fair enough if you genuinely believe that, but don’t for a minute think that you’re suddenly a better side than Man Utd or Chelsea: you’re not. No way.
It’s a week since we unearthed a clip of the Chelsea squad looking very sheepish when asked to name their best-looking team-mate. In that week every man and his blog has covered the video, culminating in an appearance on Radio One the other day (they overlooked the fact that they are perhaps not best-placed to share videos with their audience!).
One billion dollars, or whatever Jose has had to spend, and he still can’t win the bloody Champions League. And Chelsea surely won’t retain their Premiership title this season. Do you think Roman Abramovich will want to turn up in his bloody great yacht for this month’s F1 Monaco Grand Prix now that he’s the owner of club that can only win silly little domestic cups? No, he’ll be laughed out of the Cote d’Azur and rightly so. Who gives a shit about the Carling Cup in Monte Carlo?
Daniel Agger is mobbed by team-mates (l to r: Steven Gerrard, Bodo Zenden, Jon Arne Riise, Dirk Kuyt and Peter Crouch) after scoring the opening goal for Liverpool against Chelsea in last night’s Champions League semi final second leg at Anfield. Liverpool went on to win the game on penalties. [Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images]
I can hardly bring myself to type up the news of yet another round of Jose Mourinho vs Alex Ferguson, but this one is too good not to post. Fergie has rounded on Jose after the Chelsea boss took another pop at Cristiano Ronaldo. Mourinho/Arrogantio accused Ronaldo of being uneducated because he came from working-class family in Madeira, Portugal.
‘Referee is act like a titâ€¦’ Just about the only funny thing on Ruddy Hell! and worth watching for Jose’s cheeky pout at the end. More Jose Arrogantio here.
Phew, all this Liverpool v Chelsea build-up is getting a bit serious for our liking, so here’s a light-hearted moment from a Liverpool v Chelsea match, from the days before anyone had heard of Roman Abramovich. Ouch, that’s gonna sting. It makes my eyes water just watching itâ€¦
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and a member of his staff take time out during training prior to tonight’s Champions League semi final second leg match against Liverpool at Anfield. [Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images]
The Special One has been called many things since he took over as Chelsea manager, but here is Bill O’Herlihy cutting a little too close to the bone as he brands Mourinho… [drum roll please]… ungenerous!
Arsenal Ladies’ Irish contingent, Ciara Grant, Emma Byrne and Yvonne Tracy (l to r), celebrate after the Gunners defeated Swedish champions Umea IK over two legs to win the Women’s UEFA Cup Final. The second leg was held at Meadow Park, home to Borehamwood FC. The match finished 0-0; Arsenal had won the first leg 1-0. [Photo: Ian Walton/Getty Images]
Thierry Henry says he’ll stay at Arsenal if Arsene Wenger stays too. Good to see a bit of loyalty in football these days. [BBC]
This video of the Chelsea squad being asked to name their best looking team-mate will make you cringe more than a Ricky Gervais sitcom. There is awkward silences, bewildered looks and shoe-gazing aplenty, except from Frank Lampard who seems pretty certain that he wouldn’t mind a piece of Carlo Cudicini! In fact the reserve keeper does seem to be the popular choice. John Terry though – if he “was that way” – would see something in Lampard, apparently.
Yes, you did read that right and it’s not something I thought I’d ever write. Arsene Wenger thinks his arch rival Alex Ferguson should be manager of the year: ‘I feel this year Sir Alex Ferguson, because he’s in a position to fight on every front,’ Wenger told www.leaguemanagers.com. ‘â€¦And Steve Coppell, who is in a position where nobody expected him to be and he has a team who do not play negatively – they have a positive attitude everywhere they go.’
A few transfer bits and bobs doing the rounds todayâ€¦