Chelsea fans have been commenting ahead of facing Newcastle United.
There is something quite satisfying, in a strange way, hearing supporters of a club in the top four, moaning about being hard done by.
Chelsea fans complaining about a lack of goals, needing to spend money (have just agreed to pay £60m for Christian Pulisic!), a lack of entertainment, a lack of decisions by match officials going their way, a lack of trophies, lack of a credible goalscorer, and so on.
Remember, this is a club in the Premier League top four, favourites to win the Europa League, in the semi-finals of the League Cup, and have a home tie against Luton or Sheff Wed to go into fifth round of FA Cup.
My heart bleeds.
Try supporting a club where your only half-credible goalscorer is a 29 year old on loan from a relegated club, only Huddersfield have scored less than you, lost eight of eleven PL games at home, no trophy for 50 years, a 14 year old club transfer record, nobody sent off in the Premier League against you since 2014, and an owner like Mike Ashley…
‘I hate the barcodes & I hope Chelsea runs their dicks into the ground.’
‘This should be a routine win.’
‘I think we need a CF for this bunch of reprobates.
Usual suspects at the back, Barkley out for Kovacic. Kovacic brings a nicer balance to our midfield I find and with Bartley’s current form I don’t think we lose much attacking wise.
I’d love to see CHO start on the right with Hazard on the left but I have a feeling he’ll be on the bench after playing a lot of minutes recently. Willy & Pedro with Hazard at false 9 will probably be out front three.’
‘5:30 ko, thankfully more pre match drinking time, before I enter bridge to watch another toothless attacking display, unless we sign a 28 year old Didier in the next 48 hours.’
‘Looking forward to this one, I live in Newcastle and a few of the guys in work are hardcore fans, might try and watch the game with them in the pub and hopefully see us stuff them 5-0.’
‘They will park the bus and I worry about us scoring, as we just are not potent upfront.’
‘6-0 and seeing Morata’s last hat trick before he’s off.’
‘Barcodes under Fatty will seat very deep just the same as Soton did.
Doesn’t matter whom the personnel are on Saturday the manager has to figure out how to break these kind of deep blocking defensive / frustration tactics.
In the last 2 months he has had limited success with this kind of team / game.’
‘In the last 4 games, by my count we have had 3 onside goals disallowed wrongly. 5 times hit woodwork (none against if I recall), actually scored 3 times and conceded none except for a wrongly over ruled offside decision by VAR.
We are on a great run of form whatever people want to say.’
‘Sarri was heavily criticised for how poor we were defensively at the start of the season, he’s sorted that out at the expense of the quality of football, yet now he is getting heavily criticised for being too boring.
The fact that he saw issues and dealt with them suggests he’s more competent than some would like to believe. Maybe given time and a bit of money we can see some better football with a solid defence.’
‘Groundhog day , this is exactly what Conte did , and guess what ? He got heavily criticised for “the most boring football I’ve ever seen”
‘Expecting us to drop points due to a marginal offside call going against us incorrectly.’
‘We may have to score five goals to get a 1-0 win .’
‘I do feel that we’re fast approaching a time where results seriously have to take precedence over philosophy and he needs to show some pragmatism in our tactical approach.
Saying that, we’re more than capable of winning this one 3 or 4 nil if we start strong and dictate a strong tempo from the off.’
‘There are a lot of signs that Sarri is actually working well and doing a very good job in trying to get the right balance, some just dont want to see it.’
‘I’d like Hudson-Odoi play purely because, as a ST holder who rarely does cup games these days, I’ve not yet seen him the flesh. Purely selfish and nowt to do with form or tactics.’