69! Matches Chelsea FC Season 2012-2013
After becoming the first team from London to win the UEFA Champions League in May 2012 the test of being a European superpower had started. First up Atletico Madrid in The UEFA Super Cup (winners of Champions league against winners of the Europa Cup) this ended in a disastrous 4-1 defeat followed up with a 1-0 defeat by Brazilian team SC Corinthians in the FIFA Club World Cup final. Now hoping all the losing was out of the system next up The F.A. Community Shield against the guys who just started getting pocket money Manchester City FC. Funny enough we lose that aswell 3-2! and the decision to appoint former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez seems like some kind of sick joke even more now. At this time I am wondering why the guy who suggested Benitez was not beaten with the Champions league trophy into rational thinking speaking of The Champions League we looked as if we did not deserve to be the holders. With no aura of respect this team or you’re going to get battered! Chelsea sheepishly strung together a string of mediocre and poor results that ultimately sent Chelsea crashing out in the group stages making Champions League history (first holders to crash out during group stage). Chelsea 2 – 2 Juventus, Nordsjaeland 0 – 4 Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk 2 – 1 Chelsea, Chelsea 3 – 2 Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus 3 – 0 Chelsea, Chelsea 6 – 1 Nordsjaeland.
So the January transfer window opens and although we acquired the services of Demba Ba we sold Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool for a poultry £12 million pounds scoring 11 goals and 5 assists in 16 appearances. We also decided to let £17 million pound Romelu Lukaku go on loan to West Brom scoring 17 goals and 4 assists in 38 appearances. And apparently Michael Essien is not good enough for Chelsea but good enough for Real Madrid?? so sending 28 goals away from Chelsea at a time we needed them was very puzzling indeed.
LOANED PLAYERS (21)
Now in any other country 21 players going out on loan would mean not being able to field enough players and in some cases that’s actually a whole squad. But at Stamford Bridge it probably means as a player it’s your time to showcase yourself because you’re about to be sold! As a coach and a supporter myself the question comes to mind ” Are we a youth feeder club ? ” because the last youth player to break through and make it was John Terry who made his pro debut 15 years ago! Lets just take 3 of the 21 being Thibaut Courtois, Nathaniel Chalobah and Romelu Lukaku all 21 and under, now these 3 players alone have basically walked in the 1st team at their loan clubs but what does the future hold for these players?
21 year old Thibaut Courtois has been on loan since 2011 during his time at Atletico Madrid he has won The Copa Del Rey, The UEFA Europa League and The UEFA Super Cup yet Petr Cech played practically all of the 69 matches this season with Ross Turnbull getting dressed every match for no reason! So if the number 2 is not good enough to give the number 1 a break get rid of the number 2 and get back the guy thats winning medals on loan! 18 year old Nathaniel Chalobah spent the season on loan at Watford making 42 appearances scoring 5 goals and helping them to The Championship Play Off Final as a teenager. But with at least 5 to 6 central midfielders ahead of him in the pecking order is he really supposed to stay and fight for a place amongst Champions League , Europa League winning international midfielders? or simply jog on? 20 year old Romelu Lukaku a very expensive loanee with obvious potential again helping West Brom to 8th in The Barclays Premier League their highest league finish since the league’s inception will he get to play 38 matches in a season at Chelsea? This all makes me wonder what’s the actual point of having an academy if it’s not producing players? yes the players should make it into the 1st team on merit but where’s the even playing field if all the slots are filled with seasoned internationals?
This is Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s 10th year of ownership at the club and is set for its 10th manager, It has to be said though the performance level has not dropped within this 10 year period which is quite amazing. However being a very successful businessman you wonder if his advisors are football savvy because long term stability is ultimately the foundation to a successful business. Having 1 manager over a 10 year period is surely more cost effective than having 10 in 10 years all on different wage bands. It also has to be said that credit is due to the owner who was tipped to be bored with his expensive toy and on to the next business venture within 5 years of buying the club. Although nothing has been announced apart from the rumoured £40 million 4 year deal the footballing world are unanimous that ” The Special 1 cue the music!” is going to be making a return to his spiritual home. This time I feel it will be slightly different hopefully the reigns will be off with no forced buys and most importantly Long Term Stability!
January to May Key Moments
So January kicks off and we lose to rockers (Rock bottom of the league) QPR to a Shaun Wright-Phillips goal 0 – 1 come the end of the month business as usual 2 – 1 win over Arsenal. Into February and another loss this time at the hands of Newcastle 3 – 2 followed up by losing 2 – 0 to Manchester City. End of March struggling Southampton away 2 – 1 loss?? the 3 dropped points would have seen Chelsea move within 4 points of Manchester City, next up 2 – 2 draws with Tottenham and Liverpool yet more points thrown away in careless fashion. May the 5th 1 – 0 away win at Manchester Utd happy days although all those dropped points left plenty of food for thought never mind though as Rafa Benitez finished on a high with The Europa League trophy in Amsterdam and that my friends is a FACT!
Special Recognition For Super Frank Lampard
203 goals in 606 games from the centre midfielder signed from West Ham in August 2001 moving past Kerry Dixon’s record and surpassing Bobby Tambling’s all time club record of 164 goals. A model professional may the goals continue Super Frank we salute you!
Special Recognition Award
Chelsea Player Of The Year & Players Player Of The Year
Young Player Of The Year
Goal Of The Season
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