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Posted this on the Spurs forum, but such a good goal; everyone deserves a peak.

https://twitter.com/NutmegRadio/status/525372388486443008
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Remember how much s**t we Chelsea fans received over our "plastic" support for Torres? How we would be criticized and insulted because we were "glory hunters" for "not being 100%" behind our player? How it was "kind of partially the fans fault" that he wasn't performing that well, because our lack of support was taking a toll on him?

Well, now that the shoe is on the other foot and Pool is having their issues with Balo, I can honestly say that Chelsea fans stood by Torres way longer and more earnestly than Pool fans are with Balo.

I'm not insulting Pool's fans for how they are responding to Balo, I think they are well within their right to voice their frustrations (as I've always said, fans should feel free to criticize players online, but support them in the stadium no matter what). However, the hypocrisy gets to me.

I don't think any other top team would stand behind one of their players as well or as long as we did with Torres.
+9
Honestly Chelsea fans are unlike any other.For the mere fact we stood behind Torres for that long,and we don't boo our former players says a lot.
It took about 2 years for the scales to tip against Torres as far as the majority of CFC supporters go. Even at the beginning when it took 9 games for him to bag his first. We don't know the whole story as to why it took 3 1/2 years to figure out Torres was a bust but I'm sure it was down to the fact that Roman insisted he be played. In his time here Torres faced 5 different managers and they all treated him as our no. 1 striker. And throughout the first 2 years despite not scoring much he received almost unanimous support.

It's tough to say why Balotelli is playing so poorly. But its quite clear that pool fans are not happy. They have a right to voice their opinions but like us when Torres was here they are bystanders only with the power to observe. They are now going through goal withdrawl having let go of one of the best strikers ever to play in England.

The part I don't get is the moral standard they hold themselves to. Accusing Chelsea of having a sugar daddy and then going out and spending £100+ mil in one TW, blaming Jose for ruining football, not wanting to hold onto Suarez because of his actions yet not bringing in a suitable replacement, suggesting that defensive football is reprehensible. Calling for Roger's head and s**ting on Balo after less than a quarter of a season. It all reaks of hypocracy and is not befitting of a group that hold themselves to such a high moral ground.
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This -> "Fans should feel free to criticize players online, but support them in the stadium no matter what"
+1000 Likes..I wish everyone on footy would think like that.
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I just read this line from a guys on gunner forum trying to protect wenger - "The real culprit is Chelsea, Man city, PSG..all those big money clubs who have bullied everyone in the market for years"

IF Big history teams were doing well in PL and fighting for Top spot year after year...will you guys complain?? I remember for few season we were struggling to make Top4...but cant remember anyone here complaining about Arsenal , Pool or united and terming them culprit for our failures.

Well it seems like blame Chelsea and City as culprits is the weapon for big history clubs to hide and protect there failure...LOL!

The award moment when you realize that neighbors Success story can actually be used as a good weapon to cover your own failure :D
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i understand you guys but can i just add that despite all of Torres's short comings (HUGE understatement but stay with me) he STILL put in a shift every time he was on, not to mention that he's quite the professional role model off the pitch.

Balotelli does neither, the guy plays like he doesn't care, look at his reaction when Liverpool scored the third vs QPR, he didn't even celebrate. The guy is pathetic to watch at times and i can 100% see why that would be irritating to their fans, hell i'd be irritated, he doesn't make runs, hold the ball, pass, track back, chase balls, put pressure, been over-selfish with the ball and the list goes on. We would do the exact same if he was our player and he played like that.

Torres was off-form and had more bad games then good, but you could tell he was at-least trying, and everyone loves a try-er. We should still be commended in the way we stuck by him, but honestly i can't see which set of fans would not cringe after seeing the way Balotelli has played (so far).

I personally think he'll be better when Stuzza returns but we'll see.
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BluFF,

Fair assessment. Though I would argue that there were plenty of times that Nando didn't exactly seem thrilled to be a Blue, through things both on and off the field.
Yh i'll agree with you there. Oh we still deserve a lot of credit for our support for Nando, i like many really wanted him to do well, and still do with Milan.
You make fair points about the differences between Nando and Balo Bluff. The point KGB is making isn't neccessarily about the individual players as much as it is about the behavior of the fans. For the most part we kept our problems internal as a fan base. Whereas pool fans are lashing out at other teams as the reason for there failures. We didn't even blame Liverpool for selling us the ghost of Torres. We chalked it up to a mistake in not doing a full proper medical and forcing the transfer through hastily. All down to our own medical and management staff's failure.

And if we want to bring Arsenal into the mix, well they haven't exactly been keeping their problems internal either. Away fans at the Bridge booing Cesc. When it was Wenger who turned down the opportunity to bring him back. Its all so misguided the we as Chelsea fans just have to sit back and laugh. Liverpool, United and Arsenal all in turmoil and they only have themselves to blame yet they choose to focus on the teams that are doing a good job and call us cheaters and the ruiners of football. When actually they didn't have the forsight to see the evolution of the game happening right in front of them.
Costa finally out of the hospital. Doubtfull for Sunday. Weird that no-one else on either Spain nor Chelsea had the same bug.

http://m.bbc.com/sport/football/29742228
Marco Reus is back from injury and scored a beautiful goal for Dortmund last night...If rumors are to be believed. It seems like he is plotting a move away from Dortmund next summer..And every fu*in club is keeping a tab on them.

If we were to sign someone next season. Who would you guys prefer more Hummels or Reus??

I know its very greedy of me to imagine having a Hazard , Oscar, Cesc, Matic and Rues in midfield with Costa upfront....But this addition will take us to a different level if it ever happens...Also read that he wont be very expensive because of the contract validity.

Terry is almost the end of his career and we definitely need solid replacement like Hummels to partner Cahill next...I know Zouma is more than capable, but we need someone more established at the back before Zouma is ready to star...Also Ivan is not getting any younger to consider him as replacement for CB.

As much as i love Reus...I think replacement for Terry is the most important for us to maintain the strong defense we are known for.
Im a bigger fan of the Drax then Reus, but as far as signings go just khedira would be good enough imo
but who will you bench for Khedira ?? Matic , Cesc and Ramires are doing good enough to hold the spots.

Unless we decide to use Matic - Khedira for pivot and Cesc as CAM
yeah i want reus too, would be much easier than getting draxler but in reality i think draxler will be off to munich and reus will be off to madrid or barca.

strange since i dont think madrid or barca have room for reus so i am hoping he heads to england (manchester to be specific.. don't think he would go to city but right now they are probably still the strongest team in england on paper besides chelsea, who have hazard on that LW and probably will not go for reus).
Can anyone tell me why Ron Gourlay quits Chelsea ?!!
He is the kind of person where once he succeeds at something he likes a new challenge. He did it before Chelsea so good luck to him. Although he looks like that one boss u don't want to screw with
Am I the only one who doesnt see the crazy/crisis/big/breaking-news
issue on Balo swapping shirts with Pepe at HT?

I mean... even the legendary Andre Santos swapped shirts with RVP at HT
I find it strange as well... He swapped shirt at half time, so what? He had a poor game sure, but swapping shirts was the least of his problems. It is the media sharks going for a story. Same thing happens with Mou.

Edit - Just read that hes going to be fined by the club. It doesnt make any sense to me.
Just because its the least of his problems it doesn't mean we should just ignore it. Shirt swapping is generally considered disrespectful to the losing team, he should be focusing on the game not trying to get somebody's shirt.
Shorts swapping next
Swapping shirt would not be a problem if he was playing well and banging goals..Since he is not doing well right now. Both fans and media will make a meal out of it to switch attention from mediocre performance by the team.
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Just wondering..

Torres of chelsea or Balo of Liv?
They should have got remy...he would have done really well i think...

#retrorespect
Too early for the comparison imo but yeah it's worth a laugh when u consider that they "rejected" Remy and I honestly can't thank them enough bcos I can hardly see a better 2nd striker for our team.
@Aaron no offense why you have the Torres pic in ur avatar ?! for Chelsea he didnt count, you must like him ....hm
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Jose Mourinho has identified Cesc Fabregas as the player to succeed John Terry as the club's next captain.(Daily Express)
Mourinho said: "He [Fabregas] is a better guy than I thought. "He’s a fantastic guy, he’s a fantastic professional."Now I understand why at the age of 19 or 20 or 21 he was Arsenal captain."When I am the manager at Chelsea the armband will go to another arm that has been in this club for many many years."But one thing is [the leader’s] brain needs to be connected with the manager, and his brain is connected to mine during matches."
I'd have to agree. Not because Cesc would be my choice. But because I'll trust whatever decision Jose makes in this regard. If making Cesc captain works for Mou it works for me.
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/chelsea/11181423/Diego-Costas-mystery-illness-forced-him-into-hospital-on-return-to-Chelsea-from-Spain-duty.html

Apparently Costa was hospitalised for stomach bug when he came back from international duty and hasn't trained since then. Sigh... Drogs, Solanke or Schurrle playing striker at Old Trafford?
Remy hopefully
Costa will play on Sunday.
Potentially our next CEO

http://weaintgotnohistory.sbnation.com/2014/10/22/7039001/chelsea-marina-granovskaia-most-powerful-woman-in-football-ceo
Only natural. She's in deep with all the purse strings. Between Marina and Eva We have 2 of the smartest women in sports. And regardless of what people think about their looks they are both exceeding at their jobs in a sport dominated by men. She totally deserves it.


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