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A bit of Reflection.....

A bit of Reflection.....

After the Newcastle loss, emotions are flying high and we the fans have become even more frustrated, it is truly a trying period for each and every one of us and hopefully it ends soon.

The positions around the top 3 and top 4 are now very crowded and it will very interesting to see how things develop over the course of the season. I was reading through the Match Day thread and the summary thread and I was honestly very surprised that a certain player's name was coming up so frequently - Enter John Mikel Obi..

Even the greatest of cynics of the VC brotherhood seem to be admitting that though this lad (Mikel) is not their favourite player, we have somehow missed him because of his positional ability and as well as that same ability to slow down the tempo of a game which many of us (me too sometimes) have complained about in times past.

So maybe there is a reason why the club renewed his contract after all, maybe he could still play and contribute something to the way this team finally evolves. I have been visiting other blogs in recent times and I observed some other folks have actually always appreciated Mikel even though they are aware of his weakness(s).

What am I driving at exactly?

As the Owner and the board are entering into the reflective mood (hopefully) and brooding over events that have occurred this season and seasons prior, with the view of making changes that will be excellent for the future of our club, we the fans also have the responsibility to think deeply and check our overall attitude to our players and the club we say we love...there's no way Mikel can be as bad some of us have made him look in the past.

I personally think he has had some really good performances with this club and some not very good ones, but then only very few world class players churn out brilliant performances every single time they touch the ball and for me, his good performances are far more than the bad ones.

The best part of this season for me is that every single stake holder at this club who deeply loves the club seem to have something new to learn about 'loving the club'. After the posts to let out our frustration as a result of recent results, maybe we could also take some time out to think deeply about how we can better love the club and appreciate the players.

Mikel has been fantastic at Afcon where the Nigerian team is actually built around him (I was surprised too!) and I wish him and the team all the best against Didi and Kalou's Ivory Coast later today even though I think we need him back at Chelsea pretty soon.

Asides the fact that the players in the pivot are not crisp in their passing and probably not as disciplined as we would have liked, it is never easy for a near 35 year old to play a match every three days and I am referring to Frank Lampard.

The lads are giving their all giving the circumstances, gross lack of team depth and a coach who many of us cannot seem to understand. We are all pointing fingers at everything and everyone when we ourselves are extremely dysfunctional in the way we support the club and its players, maybe we should take a deep looking at ourselves first before we continue pointing those fingers as there are still four months left that might give us more opportunity to point fingers.

I am guilty as well and I do acknowledge these things are sometimes difficult especially when our emotions are involved. Hopefully we have all got the level of maturity required to pause, think and reflect. It`s probably not the best way to end an article but I take a bow all the same.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Sunday February 3 2013
Time: 9:17AM


Refection ! The only reflection should be, which idiot at our club, made the decision to get rid of Essien and Meireles prior to the season commening. We have now no natural defending midfielders at the club who can protect a lead when required. It`s pathetic. Roman and Emenalo need to put down their playstation consoles and get someone into the club with some footall knowledge. Emenalo is so out of his depth its embarrassing.
03/02/2013 09:43:00
@Blueheart..^^^^...and the finger pointing continues.....loooooool
03/02/2013 09:45:00
A somewhat self-indulgent thread starter, but the sentiments are good. The one thing that always gets my goat is the posts that just regurgitate the Player Manager in people. The ones that say, go and get 6 players from all over the continent to replace half our squad. Our squad is what it is, no-one here can change that, only our catatonic Board members can do that. People who single out 1 or 2 players to consistently criticise, even when they have contributed well, makes no sense to me. If FT scored a hat trick in his next game, I will be the first to say well done, but I will also still want him to leave, because of what he hasn't done in the past. Sometimes, it's the other way around, e.g. Malouda who has performed to high levels but then doesn't. Ivanovic is rapidly becoming another example of Malouda, where previous highs seem to get into their head that they have 'earned' the right to 1st team selection always, despite a drop in their output. So I am guilty of somewhat 'single-out' players, we all do it from time to time. But too many here believe that players have to go through a game without making a single mistake, that's humanely impossible. Mikel makes mistakes, but I bet that their would be a long queue of clubs who would want him if he became available. He is not a Pirlo, nor is he a Makalele, but he does give something to the team, which as we are finding, goes missing from the team when he is not there. To the main gist of the thread and that of all our attitudes to supporting and contributing, the current crisis is somehow different to all the previous ones in recent Chelsea history, this one as as in GabeU's clouds looming series has a more sinister undertone and more far-reaching consequences. It's a little more than frustration being expelled from fans, and it's certainly beyond much more than any fans singling out certain Chelsea players for constant criticism.
03/02/2013 09:53:00
I have felt sorry for mikel. I've always believed he's been a square peg in a round hole. Makelele will never be replaced as there will never be anyone like him. Mikel comes under criticism from many and that includes me as well. He can frustrate me, but he can also amaze me too. He's effectively playing out of position.
03/02/2013 10:17:00
@BlueABS....''the current crisis is somehow different to all the previous ones in recent Chelsea history, this one as in GabeU's clouds looming series has a more sinister undertone and more far-reaching consequences''..I am afraid its lookng that way and you are just as right as @GabeU....but we need a bit more of calm heads from every single stakeholder and that starts from us as fans....yeah its not looking good i must admit, but knee Jerk reactions wont help as much as the board and owner has made some not good decisions, we as fans have also been some times been irresponsible in the way handle the club's issues....maybe the change should start from us and from here...and hopfully thw owner and board are in full reflective moods tooo and we all come out of this moment a lot better and stronger.....nice tots though!....
03/02/2013 10:28:00
Essien was chosen against barca yet hes bot good enough for us?
03/02/2013 10:40:00
Hmmn.*sipping tea*
03/02/2013 10:40:00
I admit the current form is worrying but are things really as bad as they seem for chelsea? I personally think we are goin in the right direction. Our current form is due to uncertainty in the team, injurys and International commitments. With the young players we have I think the future is very bright for our club, remember this is a lot of the players FIRST season in the premier league, they will take time to get accustomed to the league and each over, they are already showing good signs of becoming a great team. With a couple more signings in the summer we could have an incredibly talented squad. I'd like to see Modrich at chelsea as he has proven he is suited to the PRemier league. Also everyone seems to want falcao wich wod be great but I think CAVANI would be better. He is bigger and stronger, I think he would do better in our league. Also I find the fact that RAFA was only named interim manager hopefully shows that ROM has learned from past mistakes and is looking to bring someone in for the long term future I hope it will be MOURINHO or KLOPP and I hope they get years and years to develop our young promising squad. I do think MIKEL is unseated but I think LUIZ could be better in the long run in that role when he comes back from injury. We are all frustrated withRAFA but we need to get behind our team! This could still be a good season we can still turn things around. Top 4 finish and an FA cup EUROPa league double sounds pretty good to me which IS possible with the team we have.
03/02/2013 11:11:00
Because someone writes an article or post comments saying that "we shouldn't point fingers" doesn't automatically now mean that such is forbidden and we should somehow try and "restrain ourselves". By criticizing even from a distance this can and does sometimes have an effect if it more or less correct in estimation - I think you would be surprised how many ideas are taken by the sports press from such sites as this. We' (or the club rather) has gotten rid of players that were non-performers over the years like Clueless. Malouda and Meireles (why people think he was a good performer I cannot fathom). Roman "points a finger" constantly and says "he goes" like any other business or activity. I don't see why Chelsea fans shouldn't do the same? BTW I am not in the anti-Rafa camp however and I have never booed anyone at Chelsea when they are on the pitch. I also am at a loss to fathom why Essien was not recalled when Mikel jetted off to Africa. Maybe it is some little deal with Jose? We do need Jose back though - Chelsea Board please take note. I also think the deal has now been done (who else can it be?)
03/02/2013 11:24:00
@OldshedBoy....definitely finger pointing cant be bad...I am sure there is a good place for it...but then the finger pointing should include the fans as the Mikel example I gave in the article above...there are so many things we can also do in a much more better way....its time for every single stakeholder here to take responsibility!
03/02/2013 11:29:00
^^^by stakeholders, I am referring to the owner, the board and management, the team and coaching crew, and of course we the fans...we should do our part as well bcos sometimes most of us appear to behave like we are spoilt and refuse to recognize the unique opportunity and privilege we ve got as a club...a bit of more maturity and calm head is needed across board in my opinion...
03/02/2013 11:34:00
I have cursed Mikel often the years for his wayward passing and attempted dribbling in front of the penalty area and giving away of penalties but overall his contribution is still good. Far better than Ramirez who sometimes plays like a chicken with his head cut off. Now even Mata sometimes *****es me off when he can't get the ball over the first defender from free kicks (his corners yestreday were good) - as an old nearly-made it footballer I am always shocked that palyers can't get it over the first line - I can even at my age! But I am digressing (somewhat). The Board and the Management should start doing the obvious and that is things like recalling Essien, having Thibauld in the squad and giving him a game every 3rd game to satisfy his needs and getting rid of Turnbull. The management have started to do this but if they had been even more radical we would not be in this position now. Fergie does it all the time. BTW I would not describe myself as a "stakeholder" but a fan - LOL! Although I do subscribe to Sky which contributes to the player's wages so somewhat I suppose. I can't resist saying here should all Chelsea fans be competent in AGILE and SCRUM and other Project Management techniques? Sorry layorh12, don't mean to be offensive - just funny hopefully.
03/02/2013 11:43:00
Gosh , the title is so misleading because its all about mikel apprently. I have great respect for some of the writers but the constant plea for chelsea fans to treat mikel as a world- beater is simply laughable. I haven't heard of any world class player needing some sort of localized support to prove his support. We've had tons of players at chelsea some have become world class and others have improve steadily and slowly, gosh even torres has improved. Mikel been here for over 5 seasons and we've seen all that has to be seen he's just not going to 'transmogrify' into Maka or Busquets. Sissoko is an example of what our player just failed to become. Some are saying he's doing well at AFCON! Is this the tournament that 9ja limped through. In the nigeria setup his role his very different, he plays CAM but to me he is still failing at that. Mikel puts out a lot of midfield long distances passes and crosses but this is the job of a DM! His duty there is to carry the ball to the last third and give pass to the strikers or score a bit. Mikel has failed at that and is evident in the lack of creative penetration in the eagles setup. It has been victor moses who has been the creative spark at the wings. Im not bashing mikel, im just pointing my candid opinion out due the fanatical support for the Blues. This wish that torres and mikel will grow a different set of skills is a 'mirage' People implying wisdom on the board when it comes to mikel contract is amusing, is it the same board that sanctioned the torres, meireles sales and essien ,de bruyne loans? Please lets be realistic here, Roman and the board have brought the blues to this rotten stage. Is mikel going to prevent goals conceded in the last minutes of the game? Do some of you really believe that? Apart from the obvious fact that having here is needed to provide rest for the pivot duo, he is far from essential. Mikel lovers dont worry daddy Roman can send his jet to SA tonight because well the results are going to be obvious barring a chelseaque- barca game. Mikel deserves to be respected and no t insulted, he plays to the best of his ability, unfortunately its not enough for a club with lofty ambitions. I rest my case
03/02/2013 11:51:00
@OldShedboy...''.Ramirez who sometimes plays like a chicken with his head cut off.''....that cant be right.....just like Miekel Ramires has had some outstanding games for chelsea and some not too good ones...but you cant for whatever reason compare his to a chiken...please, sorry mate..expressing our emotions cant be bad as football is all about passion...and when things are not right.. its easier for fans to implode...yes the board and owner has not made intelligent decisions on a couple of occasions and vital ones at that...but then we the fans keeps calling a player like ramires ''chicken' its soo sad!..It reenforces my view that our own attitude as fans is just as bad as the board's decision....i see a need for change.
03/02/2013 11:59:00
Re Mikel - yes, ishmoto I agree with regard to Mikel. He has made too many mistakes in the past for me to "love" him now, although to be fair he has somewhat improved probably because he feels there aren't other players at the club who can do his job - apart from - Luiz. But the point is that Rafa I think expected to field Luiz in his role and actually Luiz was doing very well in that role, but then of course he gets injured. Mikel is a fairly good player - he is hard to knock off the ball but I did always include him in my "wish list" for those to get the sack from my beloved CFC. I think I would leave him now as he has somewhat improved and it seems the board have made the same decision. Or maybe it is simply hard to find another Makelele (of course it is).
03/02/2013 12:04:00
When mikel scores a game changing goal against barca then you can hold his name and ramirez in the same breath
03/02/2013 12:06:00
@Ishmoto...saying the article is about Mikel is very myopic...and folks here probably knows I am no Mikel lover in any for you to have a full grasp of was intended by the article you needed to have gone through the match day thread and summary thread which you obviously dint do....your endless criticisn of stating the things that are wrong with the lad (some of them are correct some are not) probably really deviating from the point of the article.....your post is way off....its just another frustration vending post that is clearly misdirected....this is the point of the article...things do not seem to be right with chelsea at the moment?..yes..!, who is responble?...numerous people, are the fans perfect?...hell NO, can the fans so certain things in a better way...? def yes.....Each fan should also look out for things they can do differently to ensure change is across board and the club is better for it in the near future.....Dont just pick on the Mikel bit and try to water down the quality of discussion...enough said.
03/02/2013 12:12:00
Folks have to understand the absence of luiz, romeu, essien and meireles at the pivot. We need him back but we are not missing him
03/02/2013 12:13:00
Layorh12 - we are all already behind the club. but you have to admit Chelsea has a very poorly run organization. The mistakes that have been made are comical; both owner and manager. I am sick of talking about mkkel and the pivot issues. You see the results on the pitch. Furthermore, the single greatest mistake with this organization is the owners demand to play Torres. This has screwed up this organization, from top to bottom, more than any other mistake. Regardless, we all love the team otherwise why would we all put up with the disgust and heartache?
03/02/2013 12:13:00
Nate chalobah is the future...mikel will be a squad player in a couple of years.
03/02/2013 12:18:00
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