Comments from Chelsea fans before and after facing Newcastle United.
In the pre-match, 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.
Anyway, despite beating Newcastle 2-1, their mood doesn’t appear to have really improved much, if at all, judging by their post-match comments.
Indeed, they appear to want to credit the victory to Newcastle being so poor, rather than anything positive their team did, despite two excellent goals.
Especially interesting to see that they haven’t missed the ridiculous Ro Ferdinand comments on Mike Ashley and Newcastle United, overwhelmingly sympathetic to NUFC and scathing about Ferdinand, although you always get one!
‘I hate the barcodes & I hope Chelsea runs their dicks into the ground.’
‘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.’
‘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.’
‘Rio Ferdinand was saying if Ashley is looking to sell Newcastle why would he invest tens of millions into the squad when it won’t affect the value of the club.
Thought he made a reasonable argument personally.’
‘If they’re looking at the Championship next season, i’m pretty sure it will affect the value of the sale.’
‘Rio Ferdinand is a c…, an absolute moron. Defending Mike Ashley on bt, must be just a coincidence that his sh.. clothing range is sold exclusively in Ashley sports shops.. Oh an he said this…
“What if Ashley spent £30m on a midfielder and £30m on a striker and they both get injured? That’s a waste of £60m.”
‘That’s hilarious. Anybody could use that argument to never buy anything ever again.
Broken toaster? What if you buy a new one at that breaks as well? That’s a waste of £20.’
‘My wife wants to move house, I said “why pay £300,000 for a house, a plane could break down and crash into it tomorrow.”
‘Apart from the ongoing zonal marking issues at the back that led to barcodes equalizer I thought it was overall a good performance.
Fatty surprised me by having them be more adventurous and press up high a lot. FFs they had nearly 40 % possession!’
‘I’m not convinced by Sarri. I’m happy to give him time to see if we improve but my thoughts are that the intensity of the EPL is just too high for Sarri’s precise passing game.
We need to be more direct when faced by opposition that play like Newcastle did today (particularly the first half).’
‘Well we got 3 points and solidified our 4th spot yet it seemed hard work.
At half time despite our overwhelming possession we had the same shots as Newcastle.
Something is clearly not working when teams come here to park the bus.’
‘That was poor today. Maybe some of them hoped newcastle would just give up when we got the 1st.’
‘We still aren’t looking convincing enough, we were dire for a lot of that game and this Newcastle team is DREADFUL, no reason why we should be struggling to beat these.’
‘Something definitely needs to change against teams who play 5-4-1 with high intensity. Fortunately Newcastle couldn’t keep it up for the 90 minutes.’
‘Please Sarri, no more false 9, Hazard doesn’t enjoy it, we don’t enjoy it. It’s no better than playing Giroud or Morata so let’s just stick with the stiker and let Hazard play in his best position.’
‘I just heard the fans at the bridge jeer him and he noticed it too…’
‘Another win. Newcastle limited to one very awkward to make shot from outside the box which barely reached Kepa, and a couple of headers, either of which might have gone anywhere, but one of which just happened to finish inches inside the post.
Could easily ended up a 3-0 walkover but for a few inches here, and a few tenths of seconds there.
Good performance and we will get better this season.’
‘Another one of those annoying games where for 35 minutes the opposition didn’t make a game of it and for the other 10 looked like they were all over us .
At this stage I suppose three points is all that matters especially when we have to win every game perfectly when everyone around us gets cheap penalties and marginal offside decisions to ease their way.’
‘More of a case of Newcastle not deserving anything than us deserving 3 points. A win nonetheless.’
‘I get a feeling the fans are turning against Sarri a succession of games like this and they will be calling for his head.We have no style or cohesion in this game just as well Newcastle are pi.. poor and we scored a couple of individual goals.’