The Ramires Conundrum

The Ramires Conundrum

Top midfielders, broadly, can be classified into two categories. The first one would include the physically gifted guys who, despite possessing excellent technical skills or not, use their superior physical attributes to romp on the pitch. Examples of such players would include Essien, Yaya Toure, Khedira and Matic. These players more often than not trump and win their battles using their physical prowess. The second type would be the hobbits or wood-elves of the midfield. They may or may not …
Nemanja Matic - The Growing Influence

Nemanja Matic - The Growing Influence

Chelsea's best period came arguably in the era of Mourinho-I. What set that team apart from all the others in the world was the sheer quality of that team's midfield. That midfield, comprising of Lampard, Ballack, Essien and Makelele, with Mikel, Diarra and Geremi chipping in, was strong enough to bulldoze a dozen oxen off the field, silken enough to make a saree feel shy and efficient enough to make Carnot engines look like sloths. High, reveling in their success, …
Bye Bye Bison - A Michael Essien Tribute

Bye Bye Bison - A Michael Essien Tribute

This last week has been very difficult to digest for Chelsea fans. I, amongst many others, still pinch myself hoping it's a nightmare I'll wake up from. People say that the Mata deal has left them traumatised, but I'm very confident that I'll get over that really soon. However, the departure that will leave a bitter taste for the ages to come, will be that of our beloved Bison: Michael Essien. Any fan of Chelsea who has seen him in …
Does the Salah signing make sense?

Does the Salah signing make sense?

Now that the Juan Mata deal taking him to Manchester United in exchange for a big cart-load of cash looks imminent, Chelsea have announced that they have reached an agreement with FC Basel for their left-footed winger, Mohamed Salah. The Guardian reports that the fee is an initial GBP 12M, with bonuses potentially taking it up to GBP 16M, which isn't entirely unreasonable for a 21-yr old winger regularly shining for his club in both the domestic league as well as …
Discussing the Juan Mata deal | Chelsea Fan's Perspective

Discussing the Juan Mata deal | Chelsea Fan's Perspective

Life goes on. When Roberto Di Matteo, who was so beloved to all of the Blues' fans, was being let go as a manager, I cried a lot. Not because I felt that he was 'the' manager to lead the Blues on for the eons to come, his managerial inadequacies were well brought to light in Chelsea's struggles in the PL during the dream Champions League run, as well as the subsequent season when the Blues were knocked out of …
Mata Vs. Mourinho - Clash Of Styles?

Mata Vs. Mourinho - Clash Of Styles?

Ever since the season began, the media, led by the Spanish outlets Marca, AS etc., have been constant with the Juan Mata vs. Jose Mourinho narrative and have subsequently been publishing crap to sell papers fitting that narrative. When used to justify why Mata isn't in Mourinho's good books, the reply is often "Mata isn't Mourinho's type of player as Mourinho loves to park the bus." On what that assumption is based is a mystery altogether, but the scene at Chelsea looked …
Jose Mourinho - Then And Now - The Differences

Jose Mourinho - Then And Now - The Differences

The Special Happy One Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea F.C. was a big story in the offseason, and could just be the biggest coaching change during the summer break. While his first tenure at the club was a standout success, his second is meeting with jitters right from the off-set. Be it shocking results away from home or the players sidelined individually due to performance and adaptation issues, this time things look a wee bit too different for Jose Mourinho than the last …
Super Frank | Man or God? | A Look At Future Successors

Super Frank | Man or God? | A Look At Future Successors

Super Frank Lampard. The very player whose awesomeness made me become a Chelsea fan. Not just me, almost every other Chelsea fan of my age became a Chelsea devotee because of Lampard. Ah, what were those days when we used to have Lampard, Ballack, Makelele and The Bison Michael Essien. Easily the best midfield in the world. I'd dare say a few notches above the current UEFAlona Barcelona. Maka was the interceptor, who broke opponent attacks, Ballack the enforcer, and with …
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