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Why Barca could be a blessing for CFC

Why Barca could be a blessing for CFC

Clearly Marina Granovskaia isn't sufficiently embarrassed by losses to minnows Burnley, Palace and now West Ham.

Could it be that domestic honors no longer occupy top of mind in the oak-paneled directors` corridors at Stamford Bridge?

If so, the embarrassingly thin squad Mr Abramovich`s first lady has inflicted on The Don will soon encounter Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The first leg, at Stamford Bridge on February 20th (not only have we ended up with the worst draw, we`ve also have the unfavourability of the first leg at home to deal with - you sure it`s just the FA out to get us, Antonio?) at least gives MG the opportunity to allay international embarrassment by seriously attacking the transfer window this January.

Defeat against the Catalans will simply underline what The Don has said from day one: we don`t have the players to compete on all fronts.

Which, of course, means that we don't have the players to compete on any front: whichever game/tie we play right now guarantees some fatigue the next game.

To understand the seriousness of this issue, while lack of cash may prevent many teams from having the best players, nothing stops all players from being super-fit.

This means that, however lowly, they`re able to harry and chase our leggy stars for the full 90 with often disappointing results for us.

That`s not all.

As a Chelsea fan of more years standing than most have been alive or out of short pants, I`ve always recognized a certain something that has bled through from the glamour-boy Chelsea sides of the 1960s all the way to today: Chelsea has never been the destination of, shall we say, the ceaseless worker, the dull Man United star that never smiles.

Chelsea have always had a bit of the glamor team about it - well, we are in the heart of London, moments from the Kings Road. There`s more to do there than visit the single local mall or restaurant or nightclub or go for a walk on the moors. Even Paris is a brief train ride away.

With the exception of a couple Mourinho years and last year where The Don was allowed to keep the lads on a short leash, Chelsea players` sometime lack of interest at busting a gut leaves us susceptible to the Sam Allardyce school of football: harrying/set pieces/time-wasting-and-fouling.

In other words, it`s fine to have a Pirlo/Fabregas if you`ve got a Chielini, a Bonucci, a Pogba and a Vidal around him: not just good players, but tough physical runners and fighters.

Other than Kante (and with the departure of Costa and current failure of Bakayoko), The Don simply does not have that kind of player.

This is just one of the realities imminently facing Ms. Granovskaia.

If West Ham can highlight this, then God only knows what Barcelona will do.

Let`s hope that, if there`s no pride left in the Chelsea boardroom, there`s at least some shame.

Because, unless we`re blessed with a full-on raid on the transfer market next month, that aims to be the prevailing feeling of all Blues leaving the Nou Camp the night of March 14th.

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

Writer:Stan Wenners
Date:Monday December 11 2017
Time: 7:03PM


Just to add Stan, to what is perhaps the toughest schedule i can recall, in Feb we have United and City away back to back, and than a visit from the English Barcelona (when they play us )Palace . Do not now if anyone read Matt Law's article on Marina last week, famed as "the woman who says no "as Law recalls how she walked away from the Sandro deal with a stern "no" and never came back . What i cannot figure out is that Conte was bought in to return us to our former glory, yet he has never really had the players to achieve that,well he has had a few, but too many of the caliber of Zappacosta and Willian. In fairness our fixture list this season has been brutal, so many away games back to back, compared to City and United who have been gifted, injuries have also played a big part . To still be third with this team is an achievement, but Feb could be a bridge to far, i just cannot see Morata and Hazard being able to play United away, Barca home and City away. Pedro and Willian have declined this season . Those games in Feb/March plus an international break could see *****sky holding the reigns by the end of March . I am assuming we will not be buying in Jan, hence my somewhat bleak outlook . No idea why ?just have a feeling Marina is not one for January sales .
Michael Reid
11/12/2017 19:50:00
A striker with a nasty streak like some prem defenders.. diego would have stood in the middle of the west ham defence with no fear...drogba would have done the same...jimi floyd would have bombed them from outside the box ..morrata looks like a rabbit in the headlights at times ! i dont think we will buy in january the board are probably planning for next year a new manager and the merry go round that is a constant of our beloved if we dont add some steel to this sqaud ill know im right and the plan is a afoot....hope im wrong because im worried about crystal palace as well...more than barcalona or city or manure ....i could go on i really could but this club is a machine it eats them up n spits them out next manager please.....KTBFFH
11/12/2017 21:50:00
soz for double post
11/12/2017 21:50:00
We just need to strengthen our midfield as pointed out. Only kante and Drinkwater are the only solid midfielders we have now. Fabregas is weak in every sense of the word. Bakayoko is just getting worse with each match. Beating Barca is a really tough task.
11/12/2017 22:33:00
If only we could get a Coutinho-like attacking midfielder from anywhere in the world in January plus Another hard working holding midfielder along with Icardi, then maybe we could beat Barcelona. Since the Queen of Russia(Marina) has refused to see what Conte and many fans see wrong in our team, I guess all I can say is we are ****ed!!
Damian Wilson
12/12/2017 16:01:00
If only we could get a Coutinho-like attacking midfielder from anywhere in the world in January plus Another hard working holding midfielder along with Icardi, then maybe we could beat Barcelona. Since the Queen of Russia(Marina) has refused to see what Conte and many fans see wrong in our team, I guess all I can say is we are ****ed!!
Damian Wilson
12/12/2017 16:02:00
Totally agree Michael
12/12/2017 20:30:00
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