Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Chelsea in Crisis

Fourth in the table, seven points off top, and in the last-16 of the Champions League. That's some crisis at Chelsea.
Nonetheless, the warning signs were there long before Scolari. In 2003 Bobby Robson's team came third, making the Champions League for the second season running. With two or three good signings we might have challenged for the title the following year. Instead we got Lee Bowyer - and finished fifth. The team passed its prime, egos got bigger as results got worse, and spineless players blamed the manager instead of themselves. For Bowyer, read Deco. Bellamy, Drogba. Shearer, Lampard. Dyer, Malouda. Mourinho was showered with cash, saw the change coming and complained until he lost his job. Grant never had a chance.

As Robson could have told them, when it goes, it goes fast.

3 comments:

Bryan said...

I fantasise about having that sort of ‘crisis’. But enough of my peccadilloes.

damo said...

I shouldn't laugh - but anything that takes United off the front/back pages for a few days is welcome.

TeeTotallyNot said...

Was thinking the same today. Won't be long tho, just until Hacks R Us have read through MyCashley's concept for Newcastle's future.