Thursday, December 17, 2015

A dark day

                                                       A dark day 

   Here we have it. Jose Mourinho has today (Thursday 17th December 2015) been kicked out once again. Music to every non-Chelsea fan. Arsene Wenger is dancing, Branislav Ivanovic is crying and the Chelsea fans cover their eyes in horror once more. Let us raise a glass for more years of insecurity, doubt and spineless uncertainty. Waving goodbye to a man who led Chelsea to the Premier League title on seven months ago. Disgraceful Chelsea Football Club.

  It was evident Jose Mourinho had lost his spark at the beginning of this campaign. From the first game, Chelsea were a shadow of themselves from last season. In fact, in January 2015, Chelsea showed signs of fatigue, disinterest and a lack of penetration in the final third. What did the board do in the summer? Sign a man who used to be incredible in 2012. No, the board did not re-sign Torres. Radamel Falcao was the player to be brought in to replace club legend Didier Drogba. I'll let you in to a little secret, it was not worth the hassle. I look at FC Barcelona who, even with winning La Liga, Copa Del Ray and the Champions League and despite their transfer ban, still sign two players who will add quality, strength in depth and stability to an already exhilarating team.

   I question the board, who in the summer of 2014, got their business completed in super quick time. However, in 2015, left it till the last minute to pursue Jon Stones and ended up with Papy Djilobodji aged 27, plying his trade Nantes. Frankly the teams linked to the player were Championship side Fulham, Premier League survivors Sunderland and Turkish giants Besiktas. With all due respect to the three clubs mentioned, Chelsea Football Club have to be searching for young, exciting and upcoming talent. Marquinhos of PSG and Laporte of Atletico Bilbao were also mentioned.

   The sale of Andre Schurrle to Wolfsburg, played a role in the decline of the football club. The German, who would be predominantly used as a substitute,  was an exciting and ever present figure, who would capture the imagination of the Chelsea faithful. His replacement, Juan Cuadrado, looked like Bambi-on-ice, with a Chelsea shirt, dancing around, trying to dodge flying centre halves like Ryan Shawcross from breaking his small frame. Unsurprisingly, the Colombian Cuadrado was shown the exit door, albeit on loan, and back to his favoured Italy, this time with Juventus.

Onto the next one.

   It is a bright summer morning in the Mourinho household. The sun is shining, the birds are tweeting  and the Chelsea choir are loud and clear. Jose walks to the fridge and sees a note on the door. ''Reminder, Andre Schurrle still needs replacing'' it says. Of course he thinks to himself, a fast player, who is down the pecking order. Strongly linked with Manchester United, it has to be Pedro Rodriguez. In steps the little Spaniard, all smiles as he arrives in Cobham and then Stamford Bridge to seal the deal. I am yet to be convinced by a 28 year old Spaniard, who I don't believe is an upgrade from Chelsea-favourite Andre Schurrle. Dear o dear.

What next you ask?

   My opinion, bring in stability. Inevitably, the great assumption will be, Chelsea will look for yet another interim manager in the short-term, till the end of the season and then search for a world-beater. Guus Hiddink short term replacement? Where else is there to go? As for the long term, Diego Simeone is the solution to this ever-present problem. The man has long-term aspirations as opposed to Pep Guardiola, who enjoys signing one-year contracts and extending them if necessary. Rumours circulate, he will not extend his stay at Bayern Munich. Which rich-kid will throw more money to the baby sitter? The kid in North in light blue? His next door neighbour in red? Or will it be the boy who wears navy blue and lives in the capital?

Goodbye Special One.

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