Northern Ireland – v – Switzerland shame!

Switzerland scored a penalty to win the match 1-0.

But the penalty was very obviously a ghastly error by officials. The ball hit a defender on the back of the shoulder from about 6 feet. Too close to call. No hand ball. No penalty.  Yet another instance of officials getting straightforward decisions very wrong.

This was a World Cup Qualifier in which Northern Ireland were robbed of a draw. Immediate steps must be taken to prevent future mistakes.

Eddie Nketiah of Arsenal

Yet another example of a poor (naive?) assessment of a player by Chelsea. So many times the Chelsea judgement has been found wanting – both for juniors and seniors.

This 18 year old striker starred for Arsenal during this week having been released by Chelsea at 14 years old. Reason – too short. But he scored an excellent header and a tap in.

Why do Chelsea youngsters not progress into first team?  Why are so many poor signing made by Chelsea? Why are so many promising and established senior players let go? Why are players placed on loan when their inclusion on the Bench is often required?  Are Chelsea over spending due to bad judgements?

One question after another. So many!!!

 

Chelsea -v- Manchester City

After losing center forward Morata at the 35 minute mark, Chelsea had no convenient out-ball and were soon swamped for the remainder of the match. Chelsea lost 1-0 at home today.

They brought on Batshuayi but he is not a holding center forward and made no difference. But should they be without a second top center forward right now? I think not.

Divulging his intention to fade out the services of Costa, Manager Conte caused the loss of a top center forward for at least the six months until the January 2018 Transfer Window. Costa could have been on the pitch today, alongside or without Morata.

That would have allowed Chelsea to compete effectively with a real chance of winning.

 

Referees and Linesmen

New soccer season one week old and we have had the first inconsistencies and referee mistakes.

Yet again I point out, the financial losses and gains from bad decisions are enormous. The irritation to fans can be profound.

To have the results of our beloved international sport dependent on inferior administration is a crime.

Surely, introduction of the latest technology for all top matches is long overdue

Trent Alexander-Arnold

This 18 year old Liverpool right back has hit season 2017 running. So impressive both in the Premier League and UEFA Champions League.

He is a product of the Liverpool Youth Academy, winning the club’s Young Player of the Season award for 2016. A future England pick for sure.

Just watched him take and score a delightful free kick in the European Cup against Hoffenheim. Up and over – out to in, on right side of the goal.

I say this as a very long time supporter of Chelsea. And think to myself… if only the Chelsea management would make better use of the Chelsea Youth Academy and bring youngsters through to the first team on a regular basis.

 

 

Chelsea’s Suspect Transfers Deals.

In June 2003, Ken Bates sold Chelsea to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich for £140 million. Over £100 million was spent on new players.

Chelsea transfers in and out] under Abramovich

Andriy Shevchenko an indulgence by Abramovich was a failure and waste of money.
Sutton and Torrers were no better. There were others.
But that said they managed to recruit enough football masters to produce one win after another. So many good times!!!

Its 2017 and looking forward to more great football at Stamford Bridge. Going for more trophies this year.

But what have we got?

The loss of Nemanja Matic [who for me was not at his best for many months] to Manchester United could turn out a disaster… and in his first match for United plays a masterly match!

We have the boorish Costa who is currently cleaning up his act on the beaches of Brazil. What happened there?

Two weeks to go till the Transfer Window closes and we still need at least two masters to maintain the high standards set in the past.

Furthermore, Chelsea seem to do most things the most expensive way!

Perhaps the answer lies in the proper management and use of the Chelsea Youth Academy?