Posted by: dildeepsingh | August 18, 2008

Chelsea – Samba Football

So there’s been a lot of talk before the season started. Sir Alex Ferguson went out and said Chelsea’s players are too old and they’ve peaked. Scolari came back and said nothing. That’s not because his English is poor. If you watch his interviews he is quite competent in English. He just wanted his players to go out there and let their football do the talking.

So how did their football go?

We started preseason by flaming up Guangzhou 4-0. We had Chengdu Blades next and did worse with the lower quality squad, 7-0. Chelsea traveled to Malaysia to face Malaysian Select XI and we dealt with them less formidably, 2-0. We went to Moscow for the Railways Cup. We had Lokomotiv Moscow and AC Milan on the schedule. Our penalty misery in Moscow continued as we dominated Lokomotiv Moscow but lost to them in a Penalty shootout. We dusted up AC Milan like they were some rusty Chinese sweatshop team. Anelka scored 4 as we downed Milan 5-0.

That’s all pre-season and doesn’t matter that much. Opening Saturday passed and Sunday was the big day for Chelsea fans worldwide. Liverpool and Arsenal won their opening fixtures and it was obvious that we didn’t want to start slow as we did last season or drop any points. Liverpool defeated Sunderland even though the Blackcats deserved much more from the match. Arsenal got fully deserved points as they dominated but only scored once which came in the 4th minute by the foot of Samir Nasri. I’m very fond of Nasri and I think he’ll be a great talent, too bad he’s with the wrong Londoner’s. Our other London rivals, Tottenham Hotspurs suffered a humiliating defeat considering how much they spent this summer and how much they were hyped. This came at the hands of Middlesbrough. We hadn’t spent as much as we are known to spend during transfer periods. We spent 16M pounds (sorry I live in Canada, I don’t have the symbol) on Jose Bosingwa and another 8M on Deco.

I really think we came out Sunday afternoon (morning for me) and shocked the Premier League. We played beautiful passing and attacking football. We played with flair, quick movement, and quick distribution that no one had seen in the Premier League. I’ve heard many people say that the win doesn’t show much about Chelsea because Pompey played very lethargic defense. I would really disagree with that statement. I think Pompey came out and couldn’t defend against us because they weren’t quite sure how to. Their attacking was troubled because Defoe and Crouch were unable to make a connection. We just simply dominated them in the midfield and in the wings in a way that they didn’t know how to cope. Joe Cole, Jose Bosingwa, Ashley Cole, and to a certain degree Florent Malouda were overwhelming for the fullbacks of Portsmouth. Ashley Cole and Jose Bosingwa were constantly threatening Pompey with their overlapping. In fact, we even saw some overlap from John Terry on the left flank. In the middle is where we were extremely frightening though. Ballack made his contribution in a couple of goals and then picked up a knock. Lampard had great delivery and some good chances on goal. He finished a penalty with great poise as he always does. Deco was something else going forward. He creatively distributed the ball and held the middle of the pitch in a way that no one has ever seen in the Premier League. His vision, patience, and understanding of the game is very understated by his transfer fee and he showed it in Stamford Bridge. He topped it off with a beauty from outside the box that frankly, David James should have handled better. Deco’s defense was a little erratic. He needs to work on his patience defending and keeping his studs down as he caught Diarra. Most other referees would book someone for a challenge like that. Everyone was constantly ready with a run. Even though they wouldn’t get the ball all the time, they were prepared to make another and this led to a lot of creative breaks for Chelsea. Our finishing was sort of an issue yesterday. The score could have easily been 6 or 7. Midfield talk would go unfinished if I didn’t mention John Obi Mikel’s contribution. He was always picking apart any sort of delivery Pompey’s midfield or defense tried to send the way of Peter Crouch and Jermaine Defoe. He was first to assist John Terry, Riccy Carvalho, Ashley Cole, and Jose Bosingwa. He constantly supplied the midfield and flanks with chances to go forward. He even created chances for himself by breaking down Pompey with his dribble but his shooting was poor. He showed great improvement from last season in his challenging. Overall, a lot of maturity from the young holding midfield. Hopefully he can keep up such performances against tougher midfields. Anelka picked up a goal which should really boost up his confidence. I just can’t help but think what this squad could do if we get consistency down the wings and strikers firing on all cylinders.

Overall we were really moving the ball as if there was a samba beat in the background and they were moving to it. What Brazil are famous for is individual flair. We showed flair of a club. As a group, we were relentless. So imagine mixing Scolari’s flowing style with Mourinho’s defensive responsibility. We have a team that loves to attack and pass but understands its defensive responsibility. I must also say that we have Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini. Both are fine goaltenders and Petr Cech did keep us above Pompey with a couple of clutch saves. His performances are clutch for us this season.

I was on Chelsea’s Facebook Fan Group earlier today and someone posted a link to the Manchester United group and here’s some posts of the fear in United’s fans:

chelsea are really scary. where are the holes in their team? new manager, new players- seemingly no problem. injuries? they have like a million top players, absolutely unparalleled depth in the world of football. they are not going away and it seems that any thought of them needing time to gel with scolari, bosingwa, deco etc are gone. this is gonna be a tough season

Yes our depth is great and we have lots of back up in most positions.

I cant agree with u more…I watched the first half against Pompey and they were really very good…hate to say it!
They will lose there bottle though…if you shut down there midfield they will struggle

Shut down any teams midfield and they will struggle, that’s essentially the goal in every match. Pathetic comments.

The depth in their squad is the best thing that they have going for them. The compititions for spots will bring out the best in players

Competition in the midfield is fierce. Ballack, Essien, Deco, Lampard, Cole, SWP, Kalou, and Malouda fighting for their lives for each position.

My point is that somebody (maybe Fergie, maybe Gill, maybe anybody in the top seats of United) seems to be afraid to open the safe and show the money when THIS shouldn’t be an issue at all with all the yearly revenues worldwide.

The bottom line is: now that the transfer window is open only for very few days, this is no time to hesitate with money for United. All they have to do is find the checkbook, sign the damn player and restore the balance of power in our favor.

Isn’t this essentially what Manchester United fans have criticized Chelsea for doing? They realize what our squad is and now understand that they must buy to remain competitive. At least Danny from Montreal understands.

there are a lot of financial considerations to be made, and we don’t have Abramovich as our owner… we actually have debt to pay off.

So they realize that their team is in trouble.

Its true we have depth, but as you can see we are vulnerable to something like this when we are totally dry in the midfield and attack, I think chelsea have sooo many attacking options thats not something that will happen to them at any point unless their team bus blows up

Not so much fun in the midfield without Carrick and Scholes. We don’t have the same problem.

did you see them against AC milan? jesus christ nicholas anelka…

Signs of someone who’s ready to jump ship. Calvin, you might as well just join us now.

chelsea had MUCH more injury issues/african cup of nations issues than arsenal last year, the fact that they still finished 2nd only proves my point further, it doesnt matter when in the season the bad luck strikes, its always 3 points for every game. chelsea were def hit worse last year, but they are just a deeper team (and are therefor more equipped to deal with injuries), and that gap only grew this summer

No excuses, this year we are finish the job off. A regular in the Chelsea group, Andrew wrote something that made me laugh and reminded me why I want United to buy Berbatov.

If they buy berbatov, they’ll have one less midfielder, and we know Ronaldo doesn’t track back whatsoever, only Rooney does really and then he’s not effective in the attack.

I hope they buy Berbatov, we’ll absolutely wreck them if they try and play an all out attacking side.

I know this was long but I hope you enjoyed it because this is going to be a really great season for us and we’ve only gotten started.

Here are the highlights in great quality:



  1. Haha great post man….You write amazingly…!

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