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Chelsea Terrace Talk – Irish Examiner Article By Trizia

The start of the season is usually a period of calm and happiness. All is possible, hopes are high, optimism is based on nothing other than one’s gut instinct that this could be our year. This is because on the whole, football fans are an optimistic bunch no matter what kind of evidence that should steer them to the contrary is laid before them.

However, even with a good win under our belts, a clean sheet, three goals, including a rare strike from Kante and for one of the new boys, I have this horrible knot in my stomach. I have been obsessively checking the news, social media and the internet etc, on average every four minutes to make sure that Real Madrid have not come in and swiped the jewel in our crown. I am of course referring to Eden Hazard.

They can have Courtois with my blessing. I know we won two league titles with him but we never really took to him – and he never really wanted to be here. If he was so against coming to England then he never should have accepted the deal. Players have all the power these days – there is so much money involved that clubs have to give in no matter how unreasonable a player is being. Anyways – good riddance – and I have to say that I take a perverse pleasure in the fact that this move has upset the Athletico fans even more than us and they are planning all manners of “welcomes” for when he appears in white at the Metripolitano Stadium.

Every season we go through this Hazard torture, but with no Champions League football, the fact that the club have not strengthened in the area that we are most in need, and a new manager at the helm who has never won anything and I do wonder whether our Belgian superstar has decided that the time is right to move on to a club he feels can match his ambitions.

The sum being bandied about is a huge £200,000,000, but he is worth every single one of those pounds and the point is could we replace him – the answer is no.

Look at our opening game. We looked OK – against mediocre opposition. But as soon as he came on we moved up another gear – we looked more inventive, more attacking, more exciting. We need him to take us to that next level, because on the whole we have one too many average players in our squad and no real strength in depth.

But let me move on before I get too depressed.

What of our signings – well, Chelsea do seem to have some sort of obsessive, compulsive disorder when it comes to buying midfielders – and so it proved again in this window. Both are very good players – but the money would have been better spent up front. I like Giroud but there was a lot of talk about him moving on which tells me that Sarri doesn’t perhaps see him in the set up going forward. As for Morata, I hope I am wrong, but sometimes a player just doesn’t work out – through no fault of anyone’s. I am not going to say anything else as we are only at the start of the season and things may change, especially now he has a full year of the Premiership under his belt. But given that we allowed Batshuayi to go back out on loan, I would have hoped that the club would have addressed this area which definitely was our Achilles heel last season.

Onto more pressing matters – Sarri’s sartorial elegance – or lack of it. This just won’t do. He has already been described at the Italian Tony Pulis (shudder). He looks like he’s woken up late, sniffed a collection of worn T-shirts on the bedroom floor, selected the least offending, paired it with a Wembley Market pair of trackie bottoms and thought himself good to go. We expect more in SW6 – especially from an Italian. If clothes really do maketh the man – they maketh Sarri a car park attendant at the moment -the Chelsea hierarchy need to have a word and quick.

Anyway, writing this has distracted me for a short time but I need to get back and check what Real Madrid are up to. Sarri claims that we will not sell our talisman but since when have the managers at Chelsea ever had a say in anything? Sarri must be concerned that Chelsea will have to rely on the midfield for goals should our “strike-force” (I use that word in the very loosest terms), fail to deliver as it did last season. And Hazard made or scored a great many of those goals and should he go, Sarri will effectively be going into battle this season with his hands tied behind his back. Even the club, must see that this is not the time for such a sale so we just need to hold our nerve and not get swayed by the wads of cash.

Its going to be a long two weeks!!

Posted by Trizia

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  1. Don’t worry pal if Eden was going the deal would have already have been done and he would only now be a name on the back of Chelsea shirts on the floor and out back of the Superstore stock room. I shall say it one last time HAZ is going nowhere. Well, until tomorrow anyway when the next fakenews media story arises.
    The simple fact is that Real Madrid, without Edens’ number one fan being there (Zidan) are desperately trying to find a world name prolific goalscorer to replace Ronaldo. For all of our little genius’s many god-given talents he is nowhere near prolific enough on the score sheet to fall into the 200m catagorie that Real Madrid could possibly pay for a Galacticos type player. Neymar yes, Mbappe yes and just possibly Kane at a push. Hazard due to his lack of regular game by game goals does not fall into this small group for all of his undoubted genius. Add to that fact that he has a new contract on the table from CFC of reportedly 4 years at £300k a week and his bank manager is a very happy chappy. Not only his bank manager but his wife and her credit card, the groundsmen at his Surrey pile, the kids’ private school accounts department, his vintage wine dealer, his indoor swimming pool maintenance peeps, his prestige group car dealer and many other desperately needy Surrey types who would be suicidal at any thoughts of his imminent departure.
    Eden is a great family man and very level headed unlike his Rat countryman Courtois. Eden has already made his mind up now that Conte has pissed off and truth be known, Roman would have had more than a passing thought the Belgium genius’s desires and type of football he enjoys playing before settling on our very own Housing Association chav with a 40 a day habit. The thing us Brits do not understand about Belgium people (as Haz is proud to be) is that they are all as mad as hatters and very quirky by nature. Enter stage right Uncle Sarri with the 70’s black framed bins and only missing the sticky tape holding them together.
    The final point to mention in this annual ritual of making up reasons why our little genius will remain is the truly smart piece of business Chelsea pulled off in the Ratgate deal with Real Madrid. Mateo Kovacic is a wonderful wonderful player and we have him for at least a season (hopefully for the rest of his career). I predict that once the masses see him play he will be rated as the best signing of the summer. He is a sheer beast of an attacking midfield play-maker and together with Kante and Jorginho will make up the finest midfield in the EPL this season. Mark my words Kovacic is a genius at what he does anyway (ask Luka Moderic) and will explode onto the scene hopefully this Saturday against an unsuspecting Gooners. Kovacic really is that good and together with Jorginho and Kate will have Eden and Willian licking their lips at the thought of the type of football they will be playing this term against EPL defences. Get used to the trio name Kante Jorginho Kovacic because they are going to propel CFC back into the top 4 this season and make a lot of business’s in Surrey around the Hazard residence very happy indeed. Well until next Summer anyway when the annual ritual starts all over again concerning our mad Belgium genius.

    Posted by Chelsea Alan | August 13, 2018, 9:39 am
  2. I feel that in most areas your writer of this article reflected the general mood of most Supporters,and as well covered,
    However,i object to the section relating to Sarri appearance.He is in a working mode not a fashion parade,we note his casual attire,but take no offence!!.Better a thinking man dressed for action,than some toffee nosed suit thinking he has the answer to everything!!

    Posted by Norman Morton-Stewart | August 13, 2018, 9:43 am
  3. Don’t worry pal if Eden was going the deal would have already have been done and he would only now be a name on the back of Chelsea shirts on the floor and out back of the Superstore stock room. I shall say it one last time HAZ is going nowhere. Well, until tomorrow anyway when the next fakenews media story arises.
    The simple fact is that Real Madrid, without Edens’ number one fan being there (Zidan) are desperately trying to find a world name prolific goalscorer to replace Ronaldo. For all of our little genius’s many god-given talents he is nowhere near prolific enough on the score sheet to fall into the 200m catagorie that Real Madrid could possibly pay for a Galacticos type player. Neymar yes, Mbappe yes and just possibly Kane at a push. Hazard due to his lack of regular game by game goals does not fall into this small group for all of his undoubted genius. Add to that fact that he has a new contract on the table from CFC of reportedly 4 years at £300k a week and his bank manager is a very happy chappy. Not only his bank manager but his wife and her credit card, the groundsmen at his Surrey pile, the kids’ private school accounts department, his vintage wine dealer, his indoor swimming pool maintenance peeps, his prestige group car dealer and many other desperately needy Surrey types who would be suicidal at any thoughts of his imminent departure.
    Eden is a great family man and very level headed unlike his Rat countryman Courtois. Eden has already made his mind up now that Conte has pissed off and truth be known, Roman would have had more than a passing thought toward the Belgium genius’s desires and type of football he enjoys playing before settling on our very own Housing Association chav with a 40 a day habit. The thing us Brits do not understand about Belgium people (as Haz is proud to be) is that they are all as mad as hatters and very quirky by nature. Enter stage right Uncle Sarri with the 70’s black framed bins and only missing the sticky tape holding the said fashion statement together.
    The final point to mention in this annual ritual of making up reasons why our little genius will remain is the truly smart piece of business Chelsea pulled off in the ‘Ratgate’ deal with Real Madrid. Mateo Kovacic is a wonderful wonderful player and we have him for at least a season (hopefully for the rest of his career). I predict that once the masses see him play he will be rated as the best EPL signing of the summer. He is a sheer beast of an attacking midfield play-maker and together with Kante and Jorginho will make up the finest midfield in the EPL this season. Mark my words Kovacic is a genius at what he does anyway (ask Luka Moderic) and will explode onto the scene hopefully this Saturday against an unsuspecting Gooners. Kovacic really is that good and together with Jorginho and Kante will have Eden and Willian licking their lips at the thought of the type of football they will be playing this term against EPL defences. Get used to the trio name Kante Jorginho Kovacic because they are going to propel CFC back into the top 4 this season and make a lot of business’s in Surrey around the Hazard residence very happy indeed. Well until next Summer anyway when the annual ritual starts all over again concerning our mad Belgium genius.

    Posted by Chelsea Alan | August 13, 2018, 9:49 am
  4. totally agree re sarri and his scruffy
    sideline appearance! I read somewhere that Chelsea were insisting on him wearing a club suit on match days but sadly he seems to be ignoring this edict so far.

    Posted by shane | August 14, 2018, 2:22 pm

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