In search of finer chocolate cake !

Roman Abromovich bought chelsea football club 8 years ago. Since then , we have had 8 different managers . 6 managers in the last four years . The lastest of them being Andre Villas-Boas . Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti  have been the most successful of them all.Meanwhile mr RA , like a rich kid adamant for the finest chocolate cake , has been behind the Champions league trophy all these years.And like the child would do if he did not
get it , he fired his chef and brought in a new one .
Why has this not worked with chelsea? The reason is simple .
Chelsea’s has been one of those squads that has had a constant solid core , comprising Frank Lampard,John Terry , Didier Drogba and Petr Cech . Everyone else formed the rest of the team around them . This has not been particularly unhelpful . Just that it always left us “that close” to the top spot but never got us there. It worked beautifully in the first few years when Jose was incharge. We won the Premier league twice and many other titles but the champions league did not come. That led to an understanding that this team is good enough to get there but it just needs two or three big names to boost it’s chances .  And RA opened up his purse from time to time for that . The shevchenkos and the Torres’ and others of the kind are examples of that .

But what RA and the managers coming in have to understand is that the core is not as strong as it was earlier . No disrespect to Lampard ( who is my all time favourite player ! ) or any of the others but powering the team for 8 years is a big task that they have done very well and it is very obvious that it’s not going to be that way forever . It’s about time we recreated that core with younger players whilst lampard and terry and the likes are still around to give them a helping hand .
But with a change in manager comes a change in thinking and when you think too much , the problem becomes bigger. It’s simple case of new managers being unprepared to change a system that has worked pretty well .
But the arrival of Andre Villas Boas gives me hope . He is not new to English Football having worked right here at chelsea as head scout under jose mourinho , but has little experience as a full time coach and if he is anything like his mentor( Jose Mourinho ) , could’nt care less about the historical value of players at the club and (the various ) playing styles of the club .
No sarcasm there . It is time someone like that came to Stamford Bridge . Someone who is not bogged down by clichés and old school thought . Carlo was great . But even he , in his second season did not make the radical changes that ought to have been made especially after we lost the likes of Ballack and Joe cole . If we had seen CA around for another season , he probably would have made those changes but there is no point crying over spilt milk !
A 33 year old enthusiastic manager can make the difference if you ask me. If he is anything like what I have heard of him , we will see a dramatic shift from the traditional chelsea teams to a more sophisticated chelsea team with a lot of young blood and a hell lot of importance to the attack .
We have to adapt to life without Drogba and Lampard some time in the future .  Now is a good time to start the process of building a team that is not dependent on the seniors ,that can be carried forward by the youngsters and yet will be more lethal than previous teams . I certainly hope AVB can bring that . It’s a ray of hope that comes with every new manager but ,at the cost of putting more pressure on the new manager , I feel that ray is brighter than ever today !

With the hope that Andre Villas-Boas heralds the coming of a long, successful , title-winning period in chelsea’s history , I shall sign off and go in search of more chocolate cakes myself ! Untill next time , ciao , stay safe !!

Welcomes and goodbyes – Part 2

As I was saying yesterday things change quickly in the transfer season . Take for example the shocker of a report that Andres-Villas Boas has agreed to leave Porto FC and join chelsea for a reported 15 million pounds ! Regarded widely as the next Jose Mourinho , the 33 year old has no football playing experience but is one of the sharpest tactical minds around . Mourinho is
Boas’s mentor too , which is why the young portuguese prodigy is often called ” The special one of the special one ” .

 And here I was thinking Guus Hiddink would make a come back ! A chelsea fan , however , has no reason to be grieved ! For both these men are managers with great reputations and should the final “chosen one ” ( no reference to Jose Mourinho , although he would do just fine  as well ) be one of these two , the club , I can confidently say , will be in safe hands !

As for Luka Modric . Tottenham chairman Daniel levy dampened our hopes by repeating that Modric , who has 5 years on his contract still left , is not for sale at any price . Correct me if I am wrong , but is’nt this the same club that said ” Dimitar Berbatov is not for sale at any price ” back in 2007 ? And just weeks later the bulgarian was in the red of manchester united ! So maybe , just MAYBE , we still have a chance ! Never say never in this game !!

Another transfer rumour that is slowly emerging is that of Cesc Fabregas . No . Not to Chelsea . ( As much as I wish that would happen ). Fabregas has been rumoured to be moving to Barca . Ok don’t say  “wow ! really captain obvious ? Next you’ll tell me the sky is blue and that if I dived off a cliff I’ll end up  dead :-p “.  It’s been on the cards for years and although nothing is still confirmed , this is one transfer that Cesc has dreamt of and Arsene Wenger has had nightmares about. It does not take Steve Mcmahon to see that the Arsenal captain’s heart is not at the Emirates anymore.
How this is relevant to chelsea is the next question . If you thought it’s relevant because the games against the gunners next season will be easier without their charismatic captain . NO . That’s probably not true and definitely not the reason . I’ll tell you why it is relevant. Barcelona , if they are going to buy Fabregas , will have to shell out say 40 -50 million pounds , maybe more .And if that’s the case , they might consider off loading David Villa who has not had the kind of season he was hoping for at the Nou Camp . The Barca bosses too are not too happy with his performances and might actually sell him to fund the purchase of Francesc “Cesc” Fàbregas i Soler . In which case Chelsea and Manchester city will be waiting with big offers . Where he goes , if he goes , we can’t say . Lets just hope he picks the deeper shade of blue !

Wishful thinking you would say but thats what everyone said when Torres’s transfer was not confirmed earlier this year ! For now thats all I have ! Wishful thinking ! When I get more concrete information , you’ll be the first to know ! Till then ciao ! Stay safe !

Roman desires

Post the manchester united loss at old trafford , Chelsea’s title quest was all but finished. From that moment on Carlo Ancelotti would have known his job was on the line. And then a draw against Newcastle United and a loss to Everton in the season finale meant C.A was going to join a line of 8 Chelsea managers in the Abramovic era , fired for not being up to the mark.

He won the domestic double in his first term as chelsea boss , and ended up empty handed in the next . Ancelotti was a fan and player favourite , still is . Was Abramovic justified in sacking this man ?

When I come to think of it from a purely business oriented perspective , he was ! Mr Abramovic owns the club . His biggest dream for the club is to win the champions league  . It’s what every fan wants too ! He has spent a lot of money on the club and he expects returns and when that fails to happen , the cheque book turns into an axe . No title , no job . simple as that !

But , from a footballing perspective , what he did was unexplainable . You need to give time to a manager to build a squad , infuse young talent and get them to adapt to the first team’s system . When managers change , so does the system . And therefore the process of infusing youngsters into a system is slowed down because noone is sure about if the new system is working even for the regular first team !

Having said that , noone can question Abramovic for making that decision . Frankly,noone should . After all Chelsea is his toy and he can do what he deems fit for it ! If Roman desires a change in manager so be it ! If Roman desires the inclusion of a certain striker ( read Fernando Torres or Andriy Schevchenko ) in the squad against the will of the manager (read Ancelotti or Mourinho) then so be it !

It’s a strategy that’s worked pretty well because it’s yielded 3 premier league titles , 3 FA cups , 2 community shields and 2 league cups in 7 years ! The one thing missing from there is the champions league and I am fairly confident that it’ll come soon  !

But thats all the story of the seasons gone by ! For now, the hottest debate  is about who will be chelsea’s next manager ! That is for Roman to decide, so why bother speculating !( By the way , apparently Abramovic has patched up with Mourinho by gifting him a Special edition , meant-for-races Ferrari . I wonder if that means something ! ) . Anyway , The arrival of  new managers is always a fun prospect ! We’ve seen quite a lot of that over the years , Trust us we know !!