Songs for Morata. I don’t hear songs for Morata.

These days at Chelsea we don’t support the players and nurture their talent. We expect champions in the first XI because we’ve been winners for the last 14 years. We don’t have the time or place to put a kid in and let them make their mistakes (unless you’re Christensen) because we expect titles. We loan our talent out and expect them to flourish far away from Stamford Bridge.

In general we heap pressure on the players who have massive amounts of potential and the fans at the ground make no bones about telling them they’re not good enough. So they leave because their confidence is shot and spend a couple of years at a team where they are encouraged to grow. Then they come back to the Premiership a couple of years later and light the place up.

If we supported all of the players we had and encouraged them to improve? Who knows where they would be in Chelsea history.

Mohamed-Salah-Fiorentina
We know you’re not just here for Alonso.

Continue reading “Songs for Morata. I don’t hear songs for Morata.”

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Nike’s Assimilation of Chelsea FC is complete

Want to buy some Spurs merchandise? Just head over to ChelseaMegastore.com. No seriously.

[Ed. Note: Not everyone cares about brand and design issues the way I do, and some people really like Nike stuff. But keep reading, because it gets worse toward the end.]

A few days ago I posted some thoughts on what to expect from Chelsea FC’s new kits from Nike. Those unis dropped this morning (two of the three, anyway), so let’s have a look.

Relatively inoffensive at first glance. Very minimalist (which with Nike is a nice way of saying they have no ideas.) And as always, they’re Nike first and the club second. Stay tuned – more on this in a minute.

Here are closer looks. Continue reading “Nike’s Assimilation of Chelsea FC is complete”

Land of Hope… and Expectation.

So we’ve had a few weeks to find our feet, get used to Antonio Conte’s passion and now it looks like the squad has settled into his approach to the game and at least one formation, something we haven’t really seen in Blue at the Bridge since the days of Glenn Hoddle and Ruud Gullit. That’s right, the 3-5-2 is back at Chelsea. Let’s see how Conte’s 3-5-2 compares to Chelsea of the Hoddle era in the wake of our demolition of Jose Mourinho’s  Manchester United.

Days of hope
Days of hope

Defence:

Dimitri Kharine

Courtois seems to have come out of a bit of a slump with a commanding display, showing the promise of his previously shown ability.

Dimitri Kharine is a good comparison, even though Kevin Hitchcock is my favourite Chelsea goal keeper. Kharine was one of the first continental goalies in the Premiership. He was tall, lean and brought a new style of goal keeping that we commonly see in the Premiership today. Continue reading “Land of Hope… and Expectation.”

Racist thugs on Paris subway platform do not represent Chelsea FC supporters: #ktbffh

Pick a football site, any football site. Right now the raging topic of discussion is the abominably racist behavior of some Chelsea fans on a Paris subway platform in advance of the club’s Champions League Round of 16 match vs. Paris St. Germaine yesterday. What the heck, try The Guardian.

If you know football, you know that the Blues have a history. Their legendary hooligans, the Headhunters, rated their own chapter in How Soccer Explains the World, and if you go back a few decades you’ll learn that once upon a time the racism infesting the club’s fan culture was so vile that they abused their own black player. Continue reading “Racist thugs on Paris subway platform do not represent Chelsea FC supporters: #ktbffh”

RMB On Tour: Indianapolis – The Flight

Michael Leaves and I are embarking on a pseudo pilgrimage to see our beloved Blues. Unfortunately we’re not headed to Stamford Bridge, but we will see them play Inter Milan at the Lucas Oil Stadium, home of The NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.

We have plenty in common with our Chelsea history up until the mid ’90s when Michael moved over the Colorado and I joined the British Army. Lots of games down the Bridge either in the Shed or on the benches from a young age in the sun and rain. So let’s compare some of our firsts, favorites and most memorables… Continue reading “RMB On Tour: Indianapolis – The Flight”

The Rooney Post

Julian, aka: The Application, thought it would be a great idea to get together and combine our oft disagreeing brains to look at Chelsea target Wayne Rooney. Let’s see how our thoughts compare on the interesting topic of Manchester United selling one of its biggest names to major rival Chelsea… Continue reading “The Rooney Post”

Out with New, in with the Old (season review part 2)

So, let’s pick up where we left off in part 1.

We’ll start with taking a look at my…

Predictions:

Said we’d beat Spurs 2-1 and that was the score at half time, but we couldn’t hang on to it and drew 2-2. You idiot, Higgins, but we did score from a corner and it was an assist from Cahill, so I was almost right in a tenuous manner. Continue reading “Out with New, in with the Old (season review part 2)”

My Blue Heaven!

With a possible new trophy in the making here it is, a brief guide to my pre-Abramovich Chelsea cup finals. I’m focusing on the pre-Abramovic era as many of the RMB crowd  like a story from the good old days when we were shit. Well, it wasn’t all bad, even if there were some low points for us at the Bridge. Continue reading “My Blue Heaven!”

203 Not out

Super Frankie Lampard!
Frank’s 203rd record breaking goal vs Aston Villa. 5/11/2013

As nearly everyone reading this knows, Kerry Dixon was my hero when I was a kid. I thought he would be the man to break Bobby Tambling’s record of 202 goals in Royal Blue. But he was sold to Southampton before he got the chance and finished a mere nine goals short of cementing his place as Chelsea’s top goal scorer, which was set in 1970. Continue reading “203 Not out”