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Our fixtures continue at a fair old pace as we welcome Southampton to Stamford Bridge tonight for a Premier League fixture.

It`s a game we need to win to keep hanging on to the shirt-tails of the two Manchester clubs as we cling to the faintest of hopes of winning the Premier League.

Our home form, just recently, has been the cause for concern with Queens Park Rangers and Swansea both winning at what was, once, a fortress.

Can Chelsea get back to winning ways, at home, against a Southampton side that do the decent thing and don`t normally park the bus?

Join us from 19:00 onwards when we`ll be on hand to steer the conversation down the lines of starting eleven selection; tactics and the action as it happens.

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Date:Wednesday January 16 2013
Time: 4:40PM


Rafael Benitez is not the only one who has grown exasperated by continued discussion of Frank Lampard’s future, but one point merits repetition. Chelsea’s decision to release him cannot be purely economic, as the club’s contradictory treatment of his team-mate Florent Malouda demonstrates. Like many politicians football clubs often seek to have it both ways, claiming to be acting out of principle when it suits them, yet equally content that their hands have been forced by economic circumstances when it does not. Chelsea’s contrasting approach to Lampard and Malouda represent a case in point. It is not widely known, but after winning the Champions League and before heading to the European Championship last summer Malouda asked to be released from the final year of his contract at Chelsea to pursue the final years of his career elsewhere. The France international stated that he did not want a penny of the money owed to him, thus potentially saving £5million to a club eager to cut their wage-bill, but Chelsea refused. Malouda was told that he would not be permitted to leave for free, and that the club wanted a fee of £10m, which as he pointed out seemed somewhat unrealistic for a 32-year-old in the final year of his contract, particularly given Chelsea had only paid £13.5m for him six years earlier. Intriguingly these negotiations were conducted by Marina Granovskaia, Roman Abramovich’s PA, who is increasingly influential at Stamford Bridge. Malouda responded that in the light of the club’s excessive demands he would happily see out the final year of his contract, since which Chelsea have made little effort to shift him. He is highly unlikely to move on during this month either, not due to greed or a lack of ambition, but because his children are settled in London schools and he is concentrating on getting as fit as possible in the hope of finding a new club in the summer. “A 12-month pre-season, the best of my life,” is how he has described his current activities. Malouda has not been seen since Euro 2012, with Chelsea banishing him to the reserves, hardly a pragmatic response to a delicate contractual stand-off with a player who helped them to win the Champions League, particularly as their squad has been short of midfield players all season. Despite this shortage, which was noted by Rafael Benitez as soon as he took the job in November, there is no way back for Malouda, with the club sticking with the line that he will not be called upon and that no players will be permitted to leave for free. His exile is such, that when asked recently whether the arrival of Benitez could make a difference, Malouda replied that he had not even met the Spaniard. Chelsea have continued to pay him handsomely however, despite coming nowhere near kicking a ball competitively, an approach which jars with club’s supposed economy drive. If Chelsea are willing to pay Malouda £100,000-a-week to do nothing then Lampard’s £150,000-a-week wage demands are something of a bargain.
16/01/2013 16:46:00
The above article is by Matt Hughes in The Times.
16/01/2013 16:47:00
Pep signs 3 year deal to manage Bayern Munich. Will he ever manage a club that can beat Chelsea?
16/01/2013 16:57:00
guardiola is officially bayern munich coach ......... hope ur happy RA now we re stuck with tubby :@
16/01/2013 16:57:00
Thanks so much for this update and info Cobham..i have been saying for some time that something is definetly rotten in the management hierachy at chelsea but some persist with this blind hero worship of Roman and his amigos. Anyway i have now adopted a wait and see approach. In other news it now appears that Peps destination this summer has been decided and it is to bayern munich. I now owe my two Catalan friends an expensive dinner within the next month because they both assured me that Pep is not motivated by money and swore that the only possible big money destination he could end up at would be city. they were rock certain he would never take a job at Chelsea or PSG or Anzhi and they were right. Hopefully this stern rebuke of roman and his amigos will give them something to think about regarding how to and how not to manage a football can only hope they begin to get a clue.
16/01/2013 16:59:00
Well, if I think of a club with a similar history and philosophy to Barca, it's Bayern. Great youth academy, patience from the hierarchy, great regional support, and in a wonderful city. It's a natural fit for Pep, though I wonder about his fluency in German. Not an easy nut to crack. I for one am glad he isn't coming. There's no loyalty, patience, or long-term vision for CFC from the perspective of management. Will Roman learn his lesson? Probably not, but I sure hope so. Now we must contend with Tubby. He can't possibly last beyond the summer, so what then? It would be one hell of a story if Jose returns.
16/01/2013 17:06:00
If we can't lure Jose, you all better start warming to Rafa. He may be the only guy left in this world that would actually want to work for Roman.
16/01/2013 17:07:00
Next contract - Rafa Benitez signs Real contract (wish it happens soon). Then our board once again start running about confused.
16/01/2013 17:09:00
If that info from Matt Hughes in the Times right, THEN we are seriously in trouble in this club!!!!!!!
16/01/2013 17:15:00
Kaku. Weve been in trouble in this club since Roman sacked Jose and he started appointing rubbish people to manage the club. City sticking with Mancini is in some ways a statement to the world. Im really happy Pep didnt choose shows that money doesnt buy everything and Kudos to Pep,he is a better human being that i thought. Now the Mercenaries will be clamouring for the Chelsea job,good riddance!!!
16/01/2013 17:24:00
I just read the Pep to Bayern....I laughed so hard I fell off my seat...pretty embarrassing in an office environment, but I am still laffing....Pep just earned my utmost respect....his decision clearly shows an ability to think carefully without being confused...for me irrespective of whether he does well or not...Bayern is by far the best club for him....chelsea which way froward now?...and from this point onwards..things get really interesting....m having fun!
16/01/2013 17:29:00
Thanks so much for that article Cobham. All I can say is WOW. If that article turns out to be true,then my fears have been realized,there's definitely deep ***** going down at Chelsea.
16/01/2013 17:30:00
16/01/2013 17:34:00
we are gonna get jose mourinho
16/01/2013 17:35:00
Im very glad pep went to bayern, I never wanted him at chelsea. Yhis is good news.
16/01/2013 17:38:00
agree with tafchels , cant think he can pull off what he did at barca ... not without xavi , iniesta and messi ... get mourinhio , an
haji ahmed
16/01/2013 17:44:00
Great news, I never wanted Pep at Chelsea.>>>>If we loose Rafa/Jose we will get someone else, you don't have to be a CL winner to be considered a top coach, don't worry we will get some other decent coach. Maybe he chickened out of EPL cause he knows he can't cut the mustard here.
16/01/2013 17:51:00
KAKU: what did Matt Hughes write? What article are you referring to?
16/01/2013 17:56:00
@rADIOACTIVE, READ cOBHAMbLUE'S first post in this thread on MALOUDA!!!!!
16/01/2013 18:05:00
Evening all. Was a bit meh about this match. Home games we dont win anymore etc but thought right clingy be a goodfan and support the team throught it all.
16/01/2013 18:15:00
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