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Where Did It All Go Right - Chelsea?

1) Where did it all go right?

I don't think it was a case of where did it all go right. It was more of a case of Chelsea playing to their potential allied with some very poor Villa defending that opened the game up for us. Losing two of your influential players, through injury helped us as it weakened your defence. We had to put on a show after losing to Sp*rs on Sunday, if we're going to make an impact in all four competitions we're going to have to put in some impressive performances and last night was one of them. I don't think you'll find a stronger midfield four in the Premiership, possibly Europe, than Makelele, Lampard, Ballack and Essien.

2) Can Villa take any positives from last night?

Yes! If anything Martin O'Neill was right to suggest that it shows just how far Villa have to go to be on a par with the top teams. The unbeaten start to the season perhaps camouflaged some of the old inadequacies that he inherited form David O'Leary. With the January transfer window approaching you can use Lerner's money to purchase two or three players that will give you some additional class whilst also improving your squad depth.

3) What did you make of the atmosphere and why wasn't Stamford Bridge a sell out, we brought our full allocation, where were the Chelsea fans?

It was advertised as a sell out although the attendance was only 41,516. We're plagued by corporate types who buy tickets and don't show and also touts who try to make a quick gain. Knowing that if you're caught with a touted ticket you'll get a life ban from Stamford Bridge is helping to drive them out. As for the atmosphere, nowhere near as good as a European night (Barcelona) but a lot better than normal.

4) Best Villa player on the night?

How much do you want for him? Agbonlahor! A unique talent who has the pace to trouble the best. Shame he didn't get much support.

5) Will you now go on and win the competition, always better to be knocked out by the team who win the cup, or should that be bought the cup!?

My money is on a semi-final with Liverpool, we haven't played them for a few weeks. Personally, I'd prefer Sp*rs - time to resume normal service after
Sundays hiccup. As for winning it, I'll wait and see. Cup football is strange, one bad decision and it can be all over.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 9 2006

Time: 11:36AM

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I think if your poll said, who is 'Currently the best striker in the premiership?', then Drogba would easily win. Best striker in Europe at the moment.
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09/11/2006 11:48:00

So it all comes down to one bad decision as to whether they win it or not... I assume that refers to a referee making a bad decision and the fact Manureo is constantly moaning that they aren't given everything by referees. I'm sure they can buy referees though as Chelsea have managed to buy everything else to date.
Hoss The Villain
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09/11/2006 12:27:00

I do agree that to a certain extent Chelsea have bought success. However, I think I am one of the few who feels that they have deserved all the success they have had so far. Money was thrown at the team under Ranieri and it got them nowhere. It has taken Mourinho, who in my opinion is the best manager in Europe, to gel these players together and get them working as a team. Yes Chelsea have great individuals, but they also have a superb team spirit and never-say-die attitude. And if you look at the squad, minus Shevchenko and Ballack, none of them were world class players before they went to Chelsea. Many of the players were pretty much un-heard of in this country before Mourinho got hold of them. e.g Cech, Ferreira, Carvalho, Robben etc etc. My point is that instead of constantly having a pop at Chelsea because of the amount of money they have, we should recognise and respect the fact that it takes more than money to make a world class team
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09/11/2006 13:10:00

Did you know that an anagram of Jose Morinho is Josieh Moron?...just thought I would mention that :-)
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09/11/2006 13:45:00

I don't think you can say they have deserved all the success they have had. Manureo may be a good manager but when you have 210 million behind you, you would be hard pressed not to have some success... unless of course you're name is Graham Souness. Villa have a similarly great motivational manager who is now getting the best out of the players O'Dreary left him but without serious money to buy better players will Villa be able to regularly challenge for the title... I think not.
Hoss The Villain
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09/11/2006 13:46:00

Hoss - It'll be interesting to hear you opinions when Lerner has given MON a wedge to spend! As for one bad decision I was naturally referring to an honest mistake made by a ref :-) Good luck for the rest of the season.
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09/11/2006 14:26:00

A wedge to us is like a crumb to you but at least we are now moving in the right direction and can hopefully challenge the rubel revolution soon :-)
Hoss The Villain
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09/11/2006 16:15:00

a very good article and some interesting comments....
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09/11/2006 16:28:00

Give them their full due. They are a top notch team, arguably the best in Europe, and I fully expect that opinion to be proven next May. They have quality talent in every area of the field, and a bench full of class players that every other club in the country would be playing in their first team week in/week out. They outclassed us pure and simple, we weren't in their league. Oh, and I thought the experts told us that Ballack and Lampard couldn't play together?
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09/11/2006 17:42:00

They have bought everything. They have unsettled top players at other clubs. They constantly moan at refs decisions that do not go their way. The way they obtained Ashley Cole was a disgrace. Because of one mans wealth they can do anything illegal that they wish and not be brought to book for it. Such as illegally signing the two young lads from Leeds. No problem to Abromobiatch, just give Leeds a few million hush money. Their fans can not even fill their ground for the Champions League games and the traditional Chelsea supporters understand the damage that is being done to the game. Yes they are a great team and it is not easy gelling so many good players and egos. But lets get real. It is destroying the Premier League. Redscouse are tens of millions in debt in their effort to compete. The Arse are multi millions in debt because of their stadium, which was essential for them to compete. Manure with all their worldwide support are finding it increasingly difficult to compete against one mans wealth. Fans are being driven away by the spoilt brat antics of these players who are a disgrace and an affront to the hard working families who pay their wages. Randy will not throw money at the Villa. He will run it as a business and will only spend what the club can afford. Unlike Abromobiatch who has no care for the damage he is doing the game, he just wants to throw money at his toy, no matter what the consequences. Moanarinihio may well be a good manager but if it wasn't for the Russian, do you honestly think he would be here? They buy players to warm their bench because they can afford to. Some of these players should on show to all supporters every week, not just when Chelski feel like giving them a run out. How can a club have three keepers, none of who are English. It this destruction of the English game that is going to make it implode. We are brainwashed in to believing the hype. For example they drew at Barcelona a couple of weeks ago. The Chelski team cost 7 times a much as the Barcelona team and their wage bill is 4 x as much. And a draw is a good result??? For Barcelona perhaps! Merlin, you sound like a genuine fan but unfortunately your great team is tainted. That is not your fault and I am sure you will enjoy the success. I think fans at most clubs wish it would happen to them. And I know you will protest, but however you word it, the Russian is destroying the game. It appears that Villa are going to try and develop in a sensible way. This will maintain the pride we have in our club and we will be able to hold our head up in a way that it is impossible for Chelsea fans to do. UTV PS. It will be interesting to see the reaction from Chelsea and the media if the true story of what John Terry called Ledley King gets on the front pages of the press. The only reason it hasn't is because of Abromobiatches influence.
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10/11/2006 11:18:00

They are a good team, made up of good individual players that when they start to play as a team will be the best in Europe but until then they are one of the top teams in the English premier league ONLY! I still do not think that they have enough bragging rights considering what has been spent to what has been won!
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10/11/2006 11:20:00

By the same token Voiceoftheholte, do you really think O'Neill would be at VP if it wasn't for Randy? No chance. So it works both ways. I can't understand the animosity towards Chelsea to be honest. From knowing a couple of Chelsea fans and from the lads on this site, they all seem pretty decent blokes, who CAN hold their heads up high for what their club has achieved. You don't get them on other clubs forums like Spurs fans, gloating about their victories. And if you're talking about unsettling players, and poaching youngsters, let's not forget we've been up before the FA on many an occaison for exactly the same thing (Gareth Barry, Michael Standing and Jlloyd to name but 3) and DOL did his best to unsettle James Beattie andGregory did it with Boateng and Keane. I do think that the criticism of Chelsea is unfair and smacks of the green eyed monster IMO
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10/11/2006 11:54:00

It's no point us griping aboun Morinho or anything else connected wuith Chelsea. Without doubt they are a superb team. They've set their stall out to be a top club and that they are - we should be aiming to get as close as possible to them, but without massive spending power we can't ever expect to emulate either Chelsea, Arsenal or Man.U. -not unless player wages and transfer fees are controlled to ensure that the competition is more open.
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10/11/2006 12:07:00

Geordie. Good points well made... but unfortunately your facts are wrong. There was no problem with Jlloyd. We were made to pay a million for Gareth. But never once have we had to pay hush money. As for Beattie and Keane, transfer bids were put in, all legal and above board. There were no underhand, clandestine meetings without the clubs knowledge. Maybe M'ON would not be here if it was not for Randy. But it is because he has the opportunity to work for a progressive, forward thinking Chairman. Reawakening a slumbering giant would be a great challenge to any manager. It is not because the Chairman has a bottomless pit of money. And as I said in my original message, fans of all clubs wish it had happened to them, so you are correct in saying everybody is jealous. That still does not mean it is right. And it is still killing the game. UTV
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10/11/2006 12:27:00

My point over Barry, Standing and Samuel was that we illegally took them from their clubs at a young age. As for Beattie and Keane, I was referring to your point about unsettling players. I take your point and I agree that the amount of money Abramovich has is creating huge problems for other clubs. People are jealous of Chelsea, but I would much prefer to be doing things the way Randy has and build a solid foundation first, as you stated in you first comment. We'll have to agree to disagree! UTV!
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10/11/2006 14:16:00


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