The Independent on Sunday carries three articles worth reading for their entertainment and scaremongering value. The first two focus on the ‘threat’ to Roman Abramovich’s fortune — and subsequently Chelsea Football Club — represented by a number of legal battles. The articles are obviously intended to feed the masses who are hungry for news of the demise of Mr Abramovich and Chelsea Football Club; there’s certainly plenty of fodder for the anti-Chelsea brigade to chew on. Expect our rivals to bait us with it from now until… well, forever.
The third article reports on the ‘problems’ Jose Mourinho and Peter Kenyon are having signing the players they want this summer. It does make a good point about the club’s transfer targets being clearly defined and thus more liable to fail, but there’s little that hasn’t already been covered. Expect many similar stories right up until the start of the season.
Wenger, Arnesen, Gallas and Gilardino · Update
Airline FC’s Arsene Wenger says he won’t make a move for Shaun Wright-Phillips until Chelsea show their hand. The whingeing Frenchman admits he’s happy to let Chelsea choose their transfer targets and won’t compete until The Blues have made their decisions. How very kind of him.
Spurs’ current and Chelsea’s future sporting director Frank Arnesen has revealed that difficulties over trying to attract big-name players to Three Point Lane was one reason why he decided to join the Stamford Bridge Revolution.
“It’s true Liverpool and Barcelona have asked about William,” Gallas’ agent Pierre Frelot told the News of the World.
“But there is no concrete offer and Chelsea have not said they want to sell.”
Cannot see Jose Mourinho agreeing to sell, especially to Liverpool (someone tell Benitez Gallas is French). But I can see Gallas wanting to leave; he’s never been backward at coming forward (his agent talking to the News of the World about ‘interest’ from other clubs is evidence enough) and often airs his ‘grievances’ in public. Would be a big loss.
And Parma striker Alberto Gilardino has again stressed he has no intention of joining Chelsea this summer — or that’s how the Sunday press is reporting it. Gilardino’s actual words were: “I have indicated Milan as my preferred destination after a technical evaluation of their group and of their players’ characteristics.” Anyone see the words Chelsea, joining, intention, this, no, of and summer in there? Thought not.
Have you seen Chelsea win the League? Yes we have!
I finally got around to watching my Chelsea FC – Season Review 2004/2005 DVD today and cannot recommend it highly enough. If you haven’t already, I suggest you grab a copy from Amazon asap (buying via the Amazon links helps in a small way with the CFCB costs).
The first disc covers our record-breaking run to the Premiership title and includes all the goals scored, as well as the minimal number conceded!
The second focuses on our Champions’ League exploits as well as the FA and Carling Cups, and ends with the open-top bus parade and unseen footage of the team celebrating winning the title at Bolton. Great value at £11.99 (25% off). Order a copy from Amazon UK.