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Russell Saunders
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All good things come to and end...or at least a temporary break. Regular visitors to the blog will know that posting has been sporadic for a while. Cruel fate has conspired against me, and finding the time needed to do... Continue reading
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This weekend, Carlo Ancelotti compared his role at Chelsea to that of Ferguson at Man Utd, claiming his role was technical only: he is not the ‘manager’. This has helped kick-start the debate we love so much: should all power... Continue reading
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Another weekend, another loss. Three weekends in a row, now: is losing becoming a habit for the champions? Well, no. But things aren’t pretty on the pitch at the moment. Off the pitch however, things are probably worse. Just as... Continue reading
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Part of the price ‘big clubs’ pay for their status is greater scrutiny of every win, loss, piece of individual genius and mistake. Up until recently, Chelsea experienced a very specific type of scrutiny. A huge 2010 saw Chelsea not... Continue reading
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England’s fortunate 2-1 loss to a rejuvenated French side last night saw another file added to the international side’s library of underwhelming performances. The collection has started to overflow of late. But it’s all a bit confusing. Normally when England... Continue reading
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Like last Monday, today’s journey into work took an unfamiliar feel. Same bus, same journey, same dreary monotony…save one detail. Normally my morning routine involves catching up with the latest football headlines on Sky Sports News, before casting my eyes... Continue reading
Well, I can only apologise. If there are any readers out there who, starved of sensible, long-winded and tediously-wordy posts on Chelsea Football Club, have suffered withdrawal symptoms without a regular bridgeviews.co.uk fix, I would be surprised. But on the... Continue reading
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Ok, so perhaps calling the departure of Joe Cole, Michael Ballack and Juliano Belletti on free transfers, and the sale of Mirolsav Stoch, an ‘exodous’ is pushing it a bit far. But now – four weeks after those exits were... Continue reading
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If the reign of Fabio Capello has taught us anything, it surely must be that hiring an expensive foreign ‘master tactician’ is no silver bullet for success. Not that Capello has proved himself the ‘Professor of Football’ that many proclaimed... Continue reading
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Even the most devout supporter of Chelsea’s free-scoring number eight would find it difficult to argue that Frank Lampard has been at his best for England over the past couple of years. Whilst never deserving of some of the criticism... Continue reading
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Just about two weeks ago now Chelsea announced that three players – Juliano Belletti, Michael Ballack and Joe Cole – would not have their contracts renewed and would be leaving the club. Speculation suggests that, regardless of the amounts Chelsea... Continue reading
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All the recent media talk involving Joe Cole has been around how Capello should use him to inject some life into his almost paralytic England team. They are right. As he has done at Chelsea, Joe Cole has the potential... Continue reading
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The media have shamelessly engineered a venomous deconstruction of John Terry over the last 24 hours, twisting his words in yesterday’s press conference to concoct stories of revenge and rebellion. In all likelihood, neither of those two words – more... Continue reading
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Having gone on holiday for a few weeks after the 09/10 season finally drew to a triumphant close, I came back to enjoy the start of the World Cup. Whilst most of the country was drawn to a complete standstill... Continue reading
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A few newspapers and websites have tried to identify the most influential matches in securing the title for Chelsea – here’s my attempt. There are some obvious suggestions, but a couple that the others haven’t thought of. And so, in... Continue reading
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After a four-year wait – a wait that spanned the hiring and firing of three post-Mourinho managers and more disappointments than outright successes – Chelsea finally regained the Premier League last Sunday. The celebrations were momentous, with thousands of fans... Continue reading
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Those Chelsea fans who enjoy hurling abuse at Salomon Kalou must have been kicking themselves on Sunday as the Ivorian forward scored three goals and completed 96% of his passes. While he's enjoyed a love/hate reception from some Chelsea fans,... Continue reading
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Chelsea’s third seven-goal haul of the season against Stoke yesterday took the club within shooting distance of Man Utd’s Premier League record for number of goals scored in a season. Man Utd scored 97 Premier League goals in the 99/00... Continue reading
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Over anxious Chelsea fans and over optimistic Man Utd fans read yesterday’s clash with Stoke all wrong. There were none of the nerves that saw Chelsea narrowly edge past Bolton two weeks ago, and none of the timidity that saw... Continue reading
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Just when things feel like they can’t get any worse, they inevitably do. One nil down to Spurs last weekend and Mikel hobbled off injured, two nil down and three substitutions made, Drogba starts limping. It’s been much the same... Continue reading
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Despite the media’s rampant love-in for Barcelona, which intensified in the UK after the Catalans’ destruction of Arsenal, last night’s Champions League semi final was predictable. Unlike Wenger, Mourinho had the nouse to come up with a sensible gameplan. His... Continue reading
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The Daily Telegraph today reported that Franck Ribery has been summoned before a judge to act as witness in a case examining allegations a Paris nightclub has employed underage girls. Allegedly at least one football star, many of whom are... Continue reading
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Anyone wanting to understand why Chelsea have lost games this season need only watch the team’s limp display against Spurs on Saturday. This was the wrong kind of carefree. This was not the performance of champions. Giving a display that,... Continue reading
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As if the media hype surrounding Ryan Giggs last season – and him subsequently being given the PFA Player of the Year award – wasn’t bemusing enough, the media are attempting to contrive a one horse race for this year’s... Continue reading
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Following Chelsea’s narrow 1-0 win over Bolton on Tuesday, the Chelsea online chatrooms were awash with criticism of Ancelotti for fielding the wrong side. Some of the arguments focused on the omission of Cole and Malouda on the flanks, but... Continue reading