My first “State of the Bridge” address

Florent Malouda celebrates his goal in the 6-0 WBA win

         Just two days ago, Chelsea started on the Premier League marathon with style in a 6-0 bashing that sent a message to the league that they intend to retain their premier league title. Although Chelsea played like champions, what struck me was West Brom’s horrible set-piece defending. Also the fact that three of the four players that made up the WBA backline were making premier league debuts. But enough about sorry WBA, this is a Chelsea blog.  

       Didier Drogba was again world-class, scoring a hat trick. Florent Malouda added a brace, and Lampard put himself on the scoresheet as well. What really impressed me was the stabilility Chelsea played with, as if they knew each other. In my opinion, this will work in Chelsea’s favor as the season wears on. 

Ramires Santos do Nascimento

               This also marks the beginning of what I think is a new era of Chelsea football. We have lost the likes of Ballack, Deco, Joe Cole, and Belletti, among others. Bringing in Ramires was a great signing, a young midfielder with potential whose immense ability as a box-to-box midfielder will free up Michael Essien to make the trademark attacking runs we have sorely missed in his past two injury plagued seasons. Yossi Benayoun might turn out to be a better midfielder than Joe Cole; he is a more tactically aware midfielder who can be used in various positions around midfield.


          Another Brazilian that has been in Chelsea’s sights is Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, or simply Neymar. Touted as the best 18 year-old in world football, he definitely seems like a great add for a Chelsea side with two forwards over the age of 30. A major stumbling block would be his price, with current club Santos demanding the buy-out price of £29million. Also, his small, lanky build leaves doubts in some Chelsea supporters’ hearts as to if he can stand the physicality of the Premier League. I say we don’t rush; we pay the money, and have him injected as a sub in games against major to mid table opponents. Also, he should get starts against relegation-threatened sides and in cup matches. If we do that for at least a year, he can get used to England’s physicality; hell, he can build some muscle of his own. By 21, this guy might just be the real deal. In essence, what I am saying is that he doesn’t need to be world-class now.

       In this address, I should also take some time and talk about the next match, against Wigan. Last time these two sides met, Chelsea won 8-0. But by no means am I expecting the same result (although I wouldn’t be surprised.) Against a disorganized and unspirited squad, Chelsea should win by a score of 4-0, and we should see a cameo appearance for Ramires.

       In conclusion, the season looks bright for our Blues. We started the season in the best way possible, showing the determination and resolve of champions. I believe that currently we have a squad that can compete on all fronts, despite calls for 1-2 more signings. In the words of Terrell Owens, you “better get your popcorn ready,” because I believe our Blues putting on a show at the DW stadium-or any other stadium for that matter.

-As always, feel free to comment/correct me on any/all of my points.



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2 Responses to My first “State of the Bridge” address

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  2. BJC says:

    If Neymar’s in that that pretty well clears up the need for another forward (we can give greater roles for Fabio Borini and Milan Lalkovic too.)

    I’d still like to see some longer term plans for the right wing. There’s the young Shaktar Donetsk pair of Alex Teixeira and Douglas Costa, one of the Barca youngsters, Gai Assulin (OK a former Barca youngster), Jonathan dos Santos or Thaigo Alcantara, Gervinho…oh and Mesut Ozil. Wouldn’t mind a run at signing Diego Perotti either. We could actually get a few of these guys over the next few seasons for a whole of midfield regeneration.

    For future strikers, there are several options, Moussa Dembele a highly talented and strong physical forward, who fits in well with our style of play. Though he is potentially outclassed by rising stars Romelu Lukaku and Lacina Traore any of those three would be good signings. Seydou Doumbia’s move to CSKA moves him into Abramovich’s orbit, Tomas Necid is already there. A big name (Pato, Aguero or Suarez) to be added at a later date.

    I’d still like to stiffen up our defensive midfield, with Anthony Annan or Jean Makoun now the best options, if Mascherano’s deal with Inter falls through we should go after him. We need to do something between the sticks as well, I’m a Akinfeev fan but regardless of who it is we need a decent second keeper.

    I know I’ve been pushing for an Asian star for a while, namely either Park Chu Young or Keisuke Honda, but Hamburg’s Son Heung-Min looked rather good, he’s probably not for this transfer period, but might be a good buy next time. As for youngsters, Christian Eriksen, Bertrand Traore, Sylvain Marveaux, Nicolas Lodeiro, Urreta and Yevhen Konoplyanka.

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