I first saw new Chelsea signing Romelu Lukaku play last summer on the team’s US tour stop in Seattle. My initial take was mixed. On the plus side, he’s obviously gifted physically and is going to make a nice living for himself playing somewhere.
I wondered, however, if that place was Chelsea. The Blues were moving in the direction of a tika-taka, Barcelona-inspired style of play (because in sports, everybody copies whatever is winning at the time), populating the squad at every opportunity with twinkle-toes Brazilians and Spaniards and Eden Hazard, a Belgian who plays like he thinks he’s a Brazilian or Spaniard. Continue reading “I may have been wrong about Lukaku”→
Since Roman Abramovich bought my shares in Chelsea and became the sole owner of the club we have won a hell of a lot of silverware but we have also lacked one of the things great teams need: Stability. Being honest, I would rather have had two managers and half the silverware in the same space of time. Everything feels disjointed and clunky like an engine with a carburetor that keeps getting clogged. When it runs you have a classic car in electric blue gliding down the motorway, but it stalls out you’re left standing on the hard shoulder, scratching your head and wondering why it’s not great all the time. Continue reading “Back to our roots?”→
Not so long ago, the RMBs were a few folks in blue shirts engulfed by a sea of red. And the red wasn’t just Mancs, Scousers and Gooners, it was the color of the pub. Well, the walls of the ‘Dog remain predominately red, but as of this morning the Shed End has been painted blue.
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