A day rarely goes by at the moment where the press or media don’t publish something that could be described as derogatory towards Chelsea and the new season.
The summer transfer window began with very little positive movement from the blues and we were instead fed a daily dose of speculation. Being linked with nearly every top supposedly available player on the planet certainly opens up your eyes to an exciting season ahead. However, frustration was felt as players, particularly promising youngsters were shipped out on loan or the case of Nathan Ake and Nathaniel Chalobah… Sold!
Willy Caballero was signed on a free but simply as a replacement for the departing Asmir Begovic who was sold to Bournemouth.
We also of course had the realisation that the legend that is John Terry departing to pastures new.
Eventually the window started to bear fruit as Antonio Rudiger and the well drawn out move for Tiemoue Bakayoko were completed.
The summer then took on a few twists and turns as the supposed top target Romelu Lukaku snubbed us for Manchester United. But was he really a top target?
Of course shortly after we signed Alvaro Morata who had been hugely linked with a move to Old Trafford. Social media was awash with banter from both sides claiming to have signed the other clubs top target.
Since then things have slowed down somewhat and fans have become increasingly frustrated and many feel our rivals have stolen a march on us. Links to Mendy and Walker saw the pair form part of Manchester City’s huge fullback overhaul.
Comparisons have been drawn with the summer of 2015. A worrying thought, but are things really that bad? In a nutshell… No! That summer saw frustration as what were seen as 2nd rate signings were being made. Papy Djilobodj was hardly a signing to whet the appetite of any Chelsea fan.
The clubs pre-season campaign has hardly been a success. However it is what it says on the tin…. PRE-SEASON! You win nothing meaningful this time of year and it’s all about fitness and preparation.
Transfer speculation has continued as big names such as Alex Sandro are continually linked but to no avail. Frustration from fans continues, but we still have a few weeks of the transfer window to go you know.
So why panic? Well I can understand as the window draws to a close it is worrying to see how thin the squad looks in terms of quality of numbers. It must be remembered that we currently have a few injuries which makes it look worse, but does further expose the fact the squad needs reinforcements.
What some fans need to realise is when improving the squad you can’t always sign the world’s best and actually don’t require a squad consisting of 25 top players who all expect to start every week. It could in fact have an adverse effect due to that very reason.
Danny Drinkwater is one name being linked heavily right now as is Serge Aurier. Many fans are not happy particularly with the prospect of the former becoming a blue. Short memories springs to mind as the midfielder formed a great partnership with N’Golo Kante as Leicester City clinched the most unlikely of titles in 2016. He’s also a perfect fit for the home grown quota. Aurier is also a talent and comes at a hugely lower fee than Alex Sandro.
For now the press and media will continue to press the panic button as experts and former players working in the media speculate about Antonio Conte’s future.
He signed a new contract only few weeks ago and we still have plenty of time to improve the squad.
I personally will not pass any judgement until the window closes. Simply let Antonio work his magic as he did last season, sit back and enjoy the fabulous dramatic life of being a Chelsea fan.
Tonight sees the conclusion of group A as both countries hope to qualify for the semi finals.
Fate is very much in England’s hands at the Kielce Stadium as they currently top the group with 4 points after an opening game draw with Sweden was followed by a 2nd half come back to win 2-1 against Slovakia. The hosts on the other hand may have to rely on other results, but nonetheless they are still in with a chance of advancing after a late equalizer salvaged a point against Sweden.
Aidy Boothroyd has a big decision to make on whether to play Jacob Murphy or Mason Holgate at right back after the Norwich youngster impressed against Slovakia. They are expected to otherwise remain unchanged.
The White Eagles may well keep the same line up after making changes following defeat to Slovakia.
Sweden and Slovakia kick off at the same time (7.45pm GMT) and with all 4 countries vying for a Semi Final spot…. It is set to be a night of high drama.
31 years ago the unthinkable happened. The quarter finals of the World Cup in Mexico saw England take on Argentina. Argentine talisman Diego Maradona was one of, if not THE best player in the world at the time. His sublime skills and ability were a joy to watch. However, one moment of cheating will never be forgotten and for those of us in England it is what sums him up.
He scored another goal that day. A goal that was one of the best solo goals you’ll ever likely to see. But it’s the ‘HAND OF GOD’ that will always define him for me and many other Englishmen. He coined the phrase himself by claiming ‘it was a little with the head and a little with the hand of God’ He also desperately wanted his team mates to celebrate with him for fear of the goal being disallowed.
The referee and linesman have gone on record as saying they were waiting for each other to respond.
Argentina went on to lift the trophy after beating Belgium in the semi finals, before the crowning glory with victory in the final against West Germany.
The infamous moment is now well and truly in the past, but a huge moment that will never be forgotten.
Yes, it was 21 years today that England and Scotland clashed at Wembley in a group game during Euro 96. I honestly can’t believe it was that long ago. I’m sure like me you all now feel a tiny bit older knowing that.
England had drawn their opening game 1-1 with Switzerland, and Scotland had the same fate with a 0-0 draw against Holland. The Dutch had then beaten the Swiss 2-0 and so it was time for these two rivals to face off.
On This Day 48 years ago Newcastle United beat Ujpesti Dozsa 3-2 in Hungary to clinch European glory. The toon lifted the Inter Cities Fairs Cup 6-2 on aggregate after a 3-0 victory a week earlier in the first leg at St James Park.
It’s incredible to think it’s 27 years ago today that the 1990 World Cup kicked off in Italy. I for the one remember it so well.
The first match saw the footballing greats of Argentina face African minnows Cameroon. The Indomitable Lions were competing at their 2nd World Cup Finals and up against the holders you would be forgiven to expected one outcome….. A win for the white and sky blues.
In front of 73,780 at the San Siro in Milan… Cameroon had other ideas. After a goalless first half, The Cameroon were riding their luck further after Andre Kana-Biyik saw red just after the hour mark. But a surprise that shocked world football was still to come. With 67 minutes gone…Francois Oman-Biyik write himself into World Cup folklore by scoring the only goal of the game and sending people in places such as Yaounde and Douala dilerious. There was still a late twist as Benjamin Massing received a 2nd yellow, but the 9 men held on for a famous win and also won the group before eventually succumbing to England at the quarter final stage.
Sky Sports News HQ understands United will pay the Portuguese club £30.7m to sign the Sweden international. Lindelof is yet to agree personal terms, with his proposed move to Old Trafford also subject to a medical and international clearance.
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