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Call YourSelves True Blues?

Ever since Roberto Di Matteo's shock sacking as Chelsea manager, there was bound to be hostility towards the next manager in charge.

But when that manager was announced to be Rafael Benitez most Chelsea fans went into rage. For me he wasn't the most ideal manager to come and take over our club in our situation at the time, but I learnt to accept it.

But many Chelsea fans are still seeing red whenever his name is mentioned. If you remember when we faced United (and were cheated by Mark Clattenburg) even though we lost, the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge was incredible and the Chelsea fans kept singing until the last whistle.

But now it seems that all it takes to change the atmosphere completely is a couple of losses and a few draws but the Stamford Bridge that used to erupt; has now turned into a hostile environment that lacks passion and want for our team to succeed.

If you were real fans that really loved our team, you wouldn't be on here calling our current manager 'Tubby', or sit here abusing Fernando Torres, whether you wanted here or not, and for those attending our home matches, booing the team off and abusing the manager. Do you see any other fans doing this?

You can abuse me with your comments below, but it's true. Next time you want to go and abuse our manager or a player think about what you`re doing and the negative energy you`re surrounding our team with. And if you want to continue booing and abusing, don't EVER call yourselves True Blues again.




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The Journalist

Writer: EmeliaX9 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 22 2013

Time: 1:03PM

Your Comments

hmmmm i agree for the most part with your article @Emelia, especially wrt to negativity on here and booing at home games (which is directed at the manager but the ill feeling gets lost when the team havent won). However i disagree that we cannot call Rafa Benitez Tubby, we still dont like the guy but i dont think that should translate into booing our team at home....RB is a stop gap and we should support him and the team whilst his interim status lasts, but thats as far as it goes for me...He is still the "Tubby Spanish waiter" to us and i hope he does well for the team but he has to go at the end of the season
JohnnyOz
I'm with u on this, Emelia
ZeeNut
LOL JohnnyOz@Tubby Spanish waiter.HAHAAHAAA!!!We have had similar articles.I don't understand whats the point of another one.SameX and KAKU were quarreling.We have had this debate before.Your article,with all due respect,won't make any difference to the supporters or haters of Benitez.Consider me as a mixed breed of a supporter and a hater.
cfc250
I think we should all take a look at how Southampton behaved last night vs Everton. They lost a manager who was considered to be "the one". Adkins had performed miracles for the club and the axe was swung on his time at the club. How did the fans react? Booing the new manager? Booing the owner? NOPE. They cheered on their boys and it showed in the way the team performed. I see people saying that our dreadful home form under Rafa is not due to the booing, but for me I think it plays a massive part. There is no other explanation for why we play so well away and so poorly a home. When the fans are behind the team we play well. If things falter for a second the fans turn and the team plays worse and worse. Like it or not, we're stuck with Rafa until the summer. Until then I say get behind the team and cheer on the boys!
Bizarre_Blue
Spot on B_B
ForeverChels
Does Soton have a bad history with their new manager ? ... We have a bad history with with RB. Hence the boos...
Strapping Blue
I agree, Emelia! Fans at the Bridge should GET OVER IT...and support the team! The booing and negative crap can't help but affect the boys on the field. If I could be there, I wouldn't be booing Torres, Benitez or anyone on our team.
Squig
..But yeah.... I don't like RB and i guess I never will, but I still don't boo to him...
Strapping Blue
.. I just wish we could find a solution to the Torres problem. It's getting so frustrating...sigh..
Strapping Blue
@ strapping blue - i honestly feel your pain re Torres (playing him always feels like we're playing without a striker and not evern a false nine) but i think we just need to be patient with him and RB till the end of the season... I would be very very surprised if either FT9 or RB starts next season here...in fact i'm willing to bet my car that Torres will be gone in the summer
JohnnyOz
I love chelsea and i would continually support the club no matter what. What i don't love is these scouser rejects who have infiltrated our camp (thanks to roman) and i earnestly wish they leave asap......#No appologies
LeyemovicH
Yep, RB and Torres will leave in the summer. I believe it too. I just couldn't stop laughing when benitez said, that torres was a KEY PLAYER for us in the Arsenal game :D " He created space for others.. " Come on ! Seriously ?! Ok, he sometimes makes good runs, but it doesn't really matter, because he can't control the ball, pass, or shoot !
Strapping Blue
Emelia,no one needs to abuse you. You have stated your opinion and you have every right to do so. What we will do is respond with our opinions and thats about it. Rafa will always be Tubby,The spanish waiter or whatever we decide to tag him! He is a proud egoistic person and the fact that we have 2 scouser rejects pulling our beloved club into the mud fills me with rage. If i pay my hard earned cash for a ticket,make the journey to Fulham station,buy a pie and a beer at an expensive rate as it is being sold at the grounds,only to realise that we have lost the match due to the incompetency of Tubby,i will not be happy. You only have to experience it to know how bad it feels. I dont like him,i will never like him but i dont hate him either. Plus cmon,you cant deny the fact that he does look like Tubby.lol
3nity
Atimes when I see the way tubby pockets on the touch line when we are losing and doing nothing to change the terrible displays of the boys, and torres when he just does nothing for 90 minutes, I feel they are agents sent by pool, cos its so frustrating!!!! But I guess u are right, we shouldn't boo, but rafa should never bring ba on in the 82nd minute for torres anymore
Desmondadonis
You are right about that, Desmondadonis. Torres has had enough time to prove himself. We still have a chance to save our season, but that means no more torres in the starting 11... I just don't think that's gonna happen. Hope i'm wrong...
Strapping Blue
I feel this lad is another daniel sturridge in the making, he'll leave us and perform wonderfully well wherever he is loaned to theshedender.com/2013/01/tabloid-talk/marin-set-for-a-loan-spell
Desmondadonis
Well let's be clear on a few things; As humans we tend to react to certain scenarios/events differently. Passion actually means an emotions such as love, joy, hatred, or anger. Its not that fans that Boo rafa are less passionate of the club they just react to their anger and hatred for him differently. Does that make them less of a fan? No. Some people get slapped on the face,they turn the other cheek,some get slapped on the face they leave a fist on ur face,some get slapped on the face,and they react by shooting u with a Revolver. Some fans react differently to emotions,and as a fan of the club for decades i don't Boo and never have (don't have the energy to...lol). In the past,I use to be disgusted by tourist fans who spend their time taking pictures,don't care if we are losing or wining,don't bother to cheer the team...they are there laughing and enjoying their time regardless of what's happening on the pitch. Over time I've learnt to understand its their excitement and passion that brought them here in the first place,and we are a big club now and are attracting fans all over the world. Would I call them less of a fan? No. We are Chelsea FC and we are one...bounded by the passion and the blue blood that runs in our veins. Let's not further cause divisions that already exist by saying some are true fans and some are not. Bottom line we all Love this Club.
nelyvanile
well said Nely.... i.e. apart from the Spurs, Arsenanal & manure fans on this site in disguise hahaha - i reckon there are quite a few
JohnnyOz
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha 'real fans' !!! OMG that is just priceless... I cant recall ever meeting a real Chelsea fan... Added to the fact that most of them support City now... But seriuosly thanks for the laugh hunny! lol real fans...
Mix26
http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/1308662?cc=5739 Here goes Tubby again - not sure we need this the night before a big game against Swansea :(
JohnnyOz
The last game I attended was the QPR match..and at one point in the MHL I thought two groups of fans would come to blows over the abuse being directed at Tubbs. The best place to release that prssure valve of frustration is on forums like this one. Once you enter the hallowed turf you need to show your loyalty folks!
mutters
Emelia, you re right with all those words. That has been the hot issues for a while now...i believe gradually everybody will come around. Btw,u neva seem to comment on here,just pops up ones in a while with these tirades...like an umpire.
Ohans
@johnny there goes one of em trolls...Mix26.
nelyvanile
@mutters...I heard that already happened after the win against Southampton. A young Chelsea fan and an older one got in a fight.
nelyvanile
I'm with you Emilia. No matter how much you hate certain players or managers, (I know I do) support the team.
traykidd
Pls guys read this too, it will show what we already know, but u'll also see that torres's form is killingly us slowly and if tubby doesn't make the club come first before his personal agenda then I am more than worried thinkfootball.co.uk/archives/7787
Desmondadonis
@johnny that was some funny comments from Rafa defending himself. "He's lying," Benitez said. "Marco Materazzi's lying. He's lying. Just lying. Everything he said is a lie. Everything that he talked about me, the things that he said about me, when he was talking with Jose Mourinho, is a lie because nobody knew that I was going to Inter - even me. He's a liar. About the pictures, he's lying, so he's a liar." Can't count how many times he used the word 'LIE' 'LYING' or 'LIAR'
nelyvanile
we see 'em Nely...at least that one isnt masquerading as a chelsea fan - so we just ignore them! its the ones that we waste our time debating with thinking they are blues supporters, those are the one that i despise - because there really aren't a lot of things lower than deceit imo...
JohnnyOz
i dont hate him because of his time at liverpool, i merely somewhat dislike him for that, i hate him for his inability to affect a match once the first 11 have been made. i dont understand how torres can get into the team ahead of ba but booing torres while he's coming on or warming up is disgraceful.
blueirishman
Nice one EmelexiaX9.... the level of negativity is getting too much... the annoying thing is that these supposed fans come here to tell us things we already know.... Torres is useless, Rafa is not a good coach, Chelsea is heading towards disaster..... Okay, agreed, we've heard.... don't keep telling us those rubbish all the time, we know, we cant make any changes from here, the best we can do is to support our team!!!! especially on match days... The level of complaints and negativity here on Sunday before, during and after the match was just shameful and unwarranted...
Latunvic
We gifted the Manchester clubs the title the day we appointed RDM as permanent Manager
@Mq
@mq, how dare u say that?
jayb
Instead of anybody policing the site, I think the editors can do that wonderfully without the advertisements, nobody can shut any other fan up for what they believe
Desmondadonis
@mq, how dare u say that?
jayb
Hey guys, please I wanna write an article where do I go? Have forgotten
jayb
I completely understand why many of our fans boo Rafa. I've said before and I'll say again: I hate the man. If we were making up a list of managers to lead this club he wouldn't even be on mine anywhere, but that doesn't change the fact that we are stuck with him until the summer. It really annoys me that we are in this situation and if I ever get the chance to meet the man face to face I'd be very proud to tell him how much of a joke he really is; but the one thing I do understand is consequences. There is a consequence to the booing of Rafa and Torres. The rest of the team is not deaf dumb or blind. They see the fans are not 100% behind the team when we boo and this leads to a lack of confidence that effects the team morale and dynamic (to steal a phrase from AVB!). It's noticable on the field that some players lose confidence during and after the booing. I might well hate Rafa (and be increasingly frustrated with Torres), but I would never let those feelings leak out into my support for the team and club as a whole. I believe they use the term "cutting off your nose to spite your face" for this type of thing. People are happy to spite Rafa (and Torres) but are not paying attention to how this spite affects the rest of the players
Bizarre_Blue
Balance is everything. While the author has some valid points let us not kid ourselves, fan support is an emotional exercise..it is not neccesarily rational. For a full grown man or woman to wear some of the ridiculous costumes i have seen in stadia i have been to while attending matches..to shout, sing , dance etc etc for the full duration of games needs a level of spontaniety. As some have mentioned the cost some of these people pay in terms of ticket prices, transport costs, weather etc is not minor. Just as these fans spontaneously cheer and celebrate there will be times when the same spontaniety causes them to boo or otherwise voice their disapproval of what they see on the pitch. If we want automatons in our stands that is the only scenario where you can expect all fans to be cheering machines when what they see on the pitch does not warrant it. People are different in the way they express their emotions and allowance within reason for that has to be permitted. I have never used insulting or derogratory language against Rafa even when i have criticized things he has done. I dont hate the man but i dont have the emotional investment in him that i had with RDM..to expect that of me simply because he is our coach now is laughable because it will never happen. Similarly i never felt El Nino was a good fit for our team..i never wanted him to join us but since he came i have hoped for him to flourish..the realist in me tells me it will never happen ...i will never abuse him but my expectations of him are so very low and i can never have the emotional investment in him that i have for someone like the Drogs or even for David Luiz, Ramires or Ashley Cole....not to mention someone like Zola..it is what it is..we should understand, accept and celebrate diversity of opinions while we should strive to remain civil and committed to the greater good of our club. What i will not subscribe to is blind idol worship of players, managers or even club administrators simply because they are after all "our club boys" Criticism is healthy and important if done with the right motives and done with fair respectful language.
GabeU
Excellently articulated @ Bizarre_blue...I agree fully :)
JohnnyOz
@gabeu, I'll say thank u to u and @nely who talk without any sentiments or bias, neither with any form of condescending attitude which is boring and stifling as if we are kids that can be told to git! Every fan is a human not a robot, rafa is paid to do his job and if he doesn't do it as expected he gets the stick, that is the reason he is paid!! No fan here has a uefa B license but they doesn't mean we don't know our football, if his (rafa's) mistake are once in 10 games, then we'll say its a bad day for the team in the office, but his is a re-occurring problem and with my expectations, I don't and won't condone mediocrity, I am a firm believer of the getting value for money school of thought
Desmondadonis
That* this article is saying one thing though thinkfootball.co.uk/archives/7787
Desmondadonis
You have a valid point @GabeU and your point that there is an emotional part to being a fan is true.... I understand that the fans have a right to boo but we also can't deny the negative impact it could have on the boys and team morale... Wilkins, Zola, Desaily and a host of others have all recently expressed the same concern... That's is even understandable, the appalling thing is the level of negativity here these days... criticism is okay when it's constructive but a lot of the criticisms here lack objectivity and logic....I don't like Rafa as a coach, I never saw the signing of Torres as a good deal, but I can't continue to hold on to that everyday in the name of emotions....The level of negativity on Sunday was too much and there was an urgent need for some other fans to write articles like this to at least suppress the growing wave of negativity..... but it seems you've made the point, which is that "fan support is not necessarily rational"..... but even at that, we should make effort to bend towards more of a rational than excessive irrational comments......
Latunvic
Thumbs up @Bizarre_Blue.... well said.. that's the point and the spirit.... some of us dislike Rafa and Torres more than these people always coming here to complain but the point is that our team, not Rafa, not Torres, but Chelsea, need our support more than the complains and negativity....
Latunvic
Benitez doesn't react quickly to changes in the game. Mourinho is better on this point.
foreign_viewer
"In the end I think it is a number of factors but one problem I have to admit is that the atmosphere around the stadium when things get a bit iffy is certainly beginning to have an effect on some of the players at times. Now the important thing to remember is that this is not the fans fault, players and especially top players should be able to play something approaching their best football no matter what the circumstances are in the stands." pat nevin, u should also check out his article "Sound Affects" from a couple of weeks back
blus4eva
 

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