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Manuf

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I can feel the rage building inside me.... haha

BUT IS HE HAVING A LAUGH. I hope Ancelotti prints out this story, shows players before the Arsenal games, and tells someone to give him a little kick. Alex, Essien, Drogba, Ivanovic, Terry... I'm not fussy tbh. But if he honestly believes that arsenal are better than us, while they parade around with their bunch of four year olds, and cant even beat Sunderland, he's having a laugh.

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Nah that's genuine delusion,if you want bitterness Liverpools is the way to go.

Who can blame the few deluded Arse fans when one of their players is that far from the reality,surely Wenger can be blamed for that kind of attitude.

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It just gets better and better. Seems everyone is on a concerted mission to label us a 'small club' with 'no history'.

Roman Abramovich has spent £457m finding 1,639 new Chelsea fans... no wonder the Russian is trimming his investment

In the seven years before Roman Abramovich took over at Chelsea, the club spent £106million on players and drew an average gate of 39,784.

Since Abramovich arrived, £457m has been poured into the transfer market and attendances have risen - to 41,423.

That is a difference of just 1,639 people, or £278,828 per fan. No wonder the talk is that Abramovich is trimming his investment, introducing cost-cutting measures and reduced transfer budgets at Stamford Bridge.

There are obviously contributory factors, not least the capacity at Stamford Bridge. It is likely that for certain big matches the club could have sold considerably more than the 42,449 permitted.

Yet Chelsea's average gate since Abramovich came in would still not constitute a sell-out. The fact is that while the significance of Chelsea has grown in Abramovich's seven years, the size of the club has remained largely unmoved.

It is not familiarity that has bred this contempt, either. Over the preceding decades the supporters hardly had the opportunity to grow weary of the heights of European football, yet it is noticeable that the ground is rarely full for Champions League group games.

Chelsea should have exploded in Abramovich's time, making a move to bigger premises essential. He has done everything right. He has invested substantially in players of good quality, who have in turn delivered success. He has encouraged entertaining football, and 44 goals in 11 games this season suggest an ambition fulfilled there, too.

Chelsea continue to look at plans to expand, but without the enthusiasm that exists elsewhere. Their big leap came between 1989 and 2003 when the average gate rose from 15,957 to 39,770. They hit the 41,000-mark the following year and have remained there since.

Bruce Buck, the chairman, is a realist. Abramovich is too, in his way. Beyond swapping lunacy for financial responsibility, his enthusiasm does not wane. Even with unprecedented success and £457m lavished on players, Chelsea find growth hard, yet Abramovich has not lost interest, as many expected.

But how many will follow him, once UEFA's poorly-conceived financial regulations take hold? If Chelsea's progress in joining the traditional upper echelons of European football is so dauntingly slow, imagine how difficult it will be when clubs are denied the potential of fast-tracking through owner investment? The transition from small to middling, middling to elite, will be glacial, and considerably more problematic than it is already.

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I don't really keep track of such things but it should be in one of the Carling Cup games like the draw with Blackburn last year.

Some stats from SkySports today..

The Premier League games Chelsea have played without Lampard and Terry in the last 10 years are as follows:

23/09/2000: Man Utd 3-3 Chelsea

01/10/2000: Chelsea 3-0 Liverpool

14/10/2000: Sunderland 1-0 Chelsea

21/10/2000: Chelsea 6-1 Coventry

28/10/2000: Chelsea 3-0 Tottenham

12/11/2000: Chelsea 1-1 Leeds

18/11/2000: Charlton 2-0 Chelsea

25/11/2000: Everton 2-1 Chelsea

31/01/2001: Chelsea 3-1 Newcastle

03/02/2001: Leicester 2-1 Chelsea

07/05/2006: Newcastle 1-0 Chelsea

29/12/2007: Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle

01/01/2008: Chelsea 2-1 Fulham

12/01/2008: Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

19/01/2008: Birmingham 0-1 Chelsea

30/01/2008: Chelsea 1-0 Reading

02/02/2008: Portsmouth 1-1 Chelsea

19/09/2010: Chelsea 4-0 Blackpool

Chelsea's record without either Terry or Lampard reads P18 W10 D3 L5 F34 A17. When both are in the team Chelsea's record for the last 10 years is: P269 W182 D54 L33 F531 A182.

Chelsea score an average of 1.97 goals per game with them both in the team compared to 1.89 when they are both absent

Chelsea concede an average of 0.68 goals per game when they are both in the team. This rises to 0.94 when they are absent.

Chelsea's win percentage is 68% with them and 56% without them.

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Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has insisted claims he made about being more suited to managing top European clubs were "tongue in cheek". Allardyce, 55, said that winning titles for clubs such as Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Manchester United or Chelsea "wouldn't be a problem for me".

But he has now stated that, although ambitious, he was happy at Ewood Park and his remarks were not serious.

"I didn't think it would create quite as big a stir as it has," he commented.

"Somebody asked me if I had found my level and was comfortable as manager at Blackburn Rovers.

"I'm never comfortable as a manager because I am always looking to improve, and my terms of wanting to improve is about having a burning ambition to always get better than I am.

"Obviously, in the end, that would always be to try and get to the very, very top of the industry that I am working in."

Realising what a twat he sounded in the first place, he's taken then back a lil bit haha. What a complete and utter knobhead :clown:

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Wonderful video - some real classics here. A real plus is that it's got the original commentary instead of the crappy music that usually accompanies such videos.

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It just gets better and better. Seems everyone is on a concerted mission to label us a 'small club' with 'no history'.

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Well, the reason why our average crowd has gone up by 'only' 1600 is because we have a 42000-seater stadium... if the figure had gone up by 10,000 then I'd be worried, I know the East Stand is cramped but that takes the piss.

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Well, the reason why our average crowd has gone up by 'only' 1600 is because we have a 42000-seater stadium... if the figure had gone up by 10,000 then I'd be worried, I know the East Stand is cramped but that takes the piss.

I don't know what the fuss is about, tbh. For a 42000 seater like us, a crowd of 41000 is a sell out. Our occupation percentage (don't know if it's the correct term) last season was higher than 'pool. So that means they're a small club as well? Also, if the away club don't sell out their allocated seats, it contributes to a lower avg attendance as well since total attendance is comprised of home and away fans.

The headline takes the cake though. To say we've spent whatever millions to bring only 1600 more fans to the club is so juvenile that it's unbelievable. That's what happens when you hand figures to idiots like that journo though. They somehow twist the numbers to come up with a catchy line that creates controversy and sells papers.

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Here's something very off-topic, but it annoys me..

WHY dont chelsea have nice dugout seats haha! Most clubs have the big, nice looking leather seats in the dug outs for the managers etc, but Chelsea have got to be the only club without them! It bothers me haha, we should have good seats godammit!!!

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Here's something very off-topic, but it annoys me..

WHY dont chelsea have nice dugout seats haha! Most clubs have the big, nice looking leather seats in the dug outs for the managers etc, but Chelsea have got to be the only club without them! It bothers me haha, we should have good seats godammit!!!

Word.

We need black leather, designed by d&g (our new suit sponsors) with the chelsea emblem stitched on the head rest.

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Word.

We need black leather, designed by d&g (our new suit sponsors) with the chelsea emblem stitched on the head rest.

Haha like it. Nothing wrong with a bit of advertising on the chairs, Arsenal do it with Citroen.

Glad someone agrees haha :)

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Haha like it. Nothing wrong with a bit of advertising on the chairs, Arsenal do it with Citroen.

Glad someone agrees haha :)

Hahaha for a minute there I though you were talking about supporters seats!

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Hahaha for a minute there I though you were talking about supporters seats!

Haha would be a lovely bit of luxury for the fans :)

But we want big leather dugout seats for Carlo, Ray and the gang :)

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Glenn Hoddle on Chelsea's Premier league and Champions League chances :

"Chelsea are playing with such freedom these days. You look at them and you look at the depth of their squad and you think that they right now are the strongest team there," he told the Daily Express. "Ancelotti has got them playing. Technically he has a squad of great players - I believe the strongest squad in the league right now. And he has good players to come off the bench.

"They are scoring goals for fun - but the goals are coming from all areas of the team - not just Drogba or Anelka or Lampard, but also from players like Malouda. They have quality wherever you look. In my view whoever wins the league will have to finish above Chelsea."

He added: "This is going to be a tough patch for them, with games against Man City, Arsenal, Villa and Liverpool, but I think they have the strength in depth to cope with it. And they have the experience. It wasn't an easy run winning the title last year, they had some moments, but they came through it.

"I don't have a worry for Chelsea in the league. I think they will win it. Where I have a worry about them is in the Champions League. Chelsea have gone so close now, and have been going for it for so many years, that I worry if they want it too much. Maybe that desire in them to win the Champions League is burning just a bit too much.

"It comes from the top from Roman Abramovich I think, because that is the trophy he really wants, but it is not just him. It is in the players themselves. They want that trophy above any other - and maybe that is a danger. Maybe that just makes you a little bit too desperate, maybe it clouds your vision a bit.

"Also, a lot of these players are getting to the stage now where maybe this is their last shot at it, and they know that.

"You are better off going into a competition knowing you are better than anyone else and knowing you can win it, like they do with the league, having confidence. But they have had a few setbacks in Europe, a few bits of bad luck, never quite made it - so there is not quite the same level of confidence, and maybe a bit of desperation - and I'm not sure that is as healthy.

"It is odd that, in Carlo Ancelotti, who has won it twice and knows all about the competition, they have a manager who should be able to calm that down, steady them, and instil the confidence in him. He is a calming influence, a steadying hand. But it still worries me that it is in the players, inside them."

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My local team Pogoń Szczecin and team from capital Legia Warsaw have the best friendship in polish football and we played against each other in Polish Cup. We conceded in 87th minute but we don't care because Legia is one league higher and we still will support them. At the end of this video when we lose we shout "Puchar jest nasz" which means that Cup is ours. I'm somewhere in the right side of the video. I wave green flag.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOyF-ih_dmo

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