It's astonishing that such a deeply flawed side are just one win off the top of the Premier League. We also have more mails on Levy, AVB, Suarez and born full-backs...
And that is supposed to be a compliment. Most of the mailbox is about AVB and Daniel Levy but there's room for mails on Arsenal, being a born full-back and more...
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I see Chelsea's defence of the Europa League started well last night.
John Whelan, Dublin
Knee-Jerkers Should Not Be Tolerated
So, I was at the game last night and my hope for a comfortable 3-0 in which our attractive midfield would suddenly gel, feeding thread-through-needle passes to Eto'o who would slide them home with ease, swiftly descended to an unimaginable nightmare. The football on display from Chelsea was nothing short of turgid. Slightly reminiscent of Arsenal's 'pretty' football a couple of seasons ago when they find themselves on the edge of the opposition's box bereft of ideas on what to do next.
Towards the end of the game the team looked tired and despite being highly motivated to salvage a point, looked rudderless. Strange as it is with our abundance of talent, we have no one who can take the game by the scruff of the neck. Drogba was one such man and sweet Jebus how we miss him.
I'm not one to put blind faith in a manager but Jose deserves our support and some time to figure this out. Knee jerkers should not be tolerated and to those fans of other clubs who are deriving enjoyment from last night's result, I can't begrudge you - you know inside you'll be bitten on the ass by Jose's Chelsea soon enough so make the most of this result while you can chaps. The schadenfreude says more about them than the result does of us.
A dark night became darker though when on hearing the final whistle, a portion of the ground erupted in booing. This was probably the most painful part of mine and all sensible Chelsea fans' evening. To all those fans who booed last night - shame on you all you stupid stupid bastards.
Ed (Congratulations to Basel who played some very attractive football) CFC London
You Had Him! You Had Him You Bloody Fools!
Well, well, well... it didn't take long for the Mourinho Out / 'I never fancied her anyway' brigade to come out of the woodwork, did it?!?
Michael Chelseaington (Not my actual name) summed it up best when he longed for a manager who favoured "long term thinking, successful integration of young players and attractive, possession football".
Michael - you had that manager... you bought him for £28m (incl. Ancelotti compo) in 2011! Pity you sacked him (costing another £12m) after only 5 competitive months in charge!!
Still, the story does have a happy ending (thanks BTW!)
Vincent, (form is temporary, a lack of class is permanent) THFC, Hackney
...I'd like to thank Michael Chelseaington for his mail this morning, which eloquently and succinctly summed up what a fair few Chelsea fans had been afraid of when it became clear we were going back to Jose Mourinho. My worry was always that he wouldn't use the players properly, that he'd take these young creative attackers and get them playing some terribly dull football, unbefitting of their talents.
It reminds of a line The West Wing: "If you lose, you lose. But if you waste this, I'll kill you. I'll just kill you, Sam". Roman Abramovich should have pointed at the squad list with Jose and said something similar.
One hopes that Mourinho will allow the football to flow and the players to grow. Because - Jose, if you're reading - if your brand of cowardly football overtakes some of the great stuff we've been playing since the changes in playing personnel, if you think you can't let them really play football because it's gonna be too hard or you think you're gonna lose...well, God, Jose, I don't even wanna know you.
Should Chelsea Have Kept Rafa?
How I am glad I am not a Chelsea fan. There are bozos at every club, but Chelsea, bloody hell!
They hounded out the manager who would have almost guaranteed them success this season, a manager who actually wants to be part of a team, a manager who can succeed without the requirement to have one of the most expensive squads in football or, as we seen at Chelsea last season, even the support of the clubs own fans.
Chelsea will still do well though this session, but success would have been easier if they had stuck by Rafa, instead of bringing back Mourinho, a tired old cabaret act, who spent two or three years kissing Ferguson's arse trying to get the United job, only to end up being humiliated and limping back to Chelsea and the club's desperate fans with his tail between his legs and Abramovich's thumb above him.
Chelsea were my tip for the league before the season started, but I noticed whilst watching the Everton game that Mourinho does not quite have the fire in his belly the second time around, with ten minutes to go I felt there was more chance it would be 2-0 than 1-1. He is in a domestic three horse race for the title and has a squad that won the Europa League, surely giving them the hunger for the Champions League this season, to compete in Europe.
He wanted the manager's job at one of the game's most historic clubs, a proper football club, he has ended up back at Chelsea and although I think he will still have some success, I believe there would have been even more, together with a far better youth system giving Chelsea both short term and long term stability if they had stuck by Rafa.
Mourinho used to be unpredictable, often for the sake of it. I think it may now be a predictable 'shock' if he quit Chelsea a lot sooner than people expected because his body language, interviews and match decisions look staged and half hearted at best. Sometimes you have to admit, your heart is just not in something, but Mourinho knew the Chelsea set up before he got there, his dislike of it was the reason he was forced out the first time.
Chelsea will get through the group, they will still be there or thereabouts at the end of the season in the league, but, for me, they have the best squad and Mourinho should be looking to win the league with matches to spare., I think Rafa would have achieved it and I predicted before the season started that he would prove his worth further by winning Serie A with a club who have only ever won it twice and both times with the great Diego Armando Maradona as more than the team's central player. Napoli no longer have Cavani, but they do have Rafa Benitez, with a net Summer spend of under £15 million.
Steven Charles, Liverpool
It's Not That Bad
In response to Steve James wondering in the morning mailbox if Jose Mourinho has ever ever won anything when taking over a team that wasn't top two in their prospective league the season before: The answer is yes. Porto finished third in the Portuguese league in 2002. Mourinho took over and won the league (and UEFA Cup) in 2003, then followed that up with another league (and Champions League) in 2004.
Just because his team lost one Champions league game on matchday one, let's not go too overboard, eh?
Carlos, Toronto (The "eh" is because I'm Canadian)
...When 'fans of top 4 clubs' are collectively ridiculed for their knee-jerk reactions to games, I've always previously thought "actually, Chelsea are not as bad as the others if you look carefully". After today's mailbox entry from Michael Chelseaington (sic) and Paradiz yesterday I'm starting to question this view. Gentlemen - you are an embarrassment to the club. It's September (FFS!), we're in a reasonable position in the league and still should have no difficulty qualifying from our group in the Champions League, and yet following 1 or 2 defeats you're calling for the head of our greatest ever manager (and probably the best manager in the world)?
Get a grip - that kind of hysterical reaction is worthy of Liverpool supporters.
Tim Colyer, Chelsea fan, London
More Kloppo Love
In response to Kevin, Ireland in this morning's mailbox, he pretty much got it spot on with his conclusions of Napoli/Dortmund. I was a little torn while watching this as I am a big fan of both managers, both having previously managed my teams, namely Liverpool and Mainz 05. Napoli bossed Dortmund for the most part while Dortmund also showed late on that they're still capable of threatening, even with 10 men.
But it's not really the football I wanted to mention, it's Klopp. I'm not sure if he ever really was always Mr.Happy-Go-Lucky. He's bonkers.
And in the best possible, entertaining way. He is so passionate about football that of course his emotions will run high. He goes mad on the sidelines quite often. (Fun fact - he's a very superstitious man about penalties. He has his little routine and quirks when penalties are being
taken.) His interviews are hilarious. We all saw the one last year on Sky after winning the quarter final
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V12sVJNDe2I) and he often has digs at journos. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1lfYKcPNU4). It's classic stuff. And just for laughs, I found this skit, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dSH0SXiLTE.
He's like a big kid who who loves football who has been put in charge of a real life team. He loves to win and he gets angry when he loses. I think that's why he's a winner and will be so for a long time.
Or maybe he was always so easy going but he has now changed with the pressure of leading lowly Mainz05 differing to that of managing one of the best teams in Europe. Either way, Kloppo is a legend.
Ciarán, Mainz (LFC/Mainz05)
...Following this morning's mailbox treatises on the "football hipster's wet dream" of Napoli-Dortmund, I would counter that both those sides are about as underground as Biffy Clyro now, both by their virtue of a) being established Champions League clubs, and b) harbouring many internationally capped players among them.
To fully qualify for hipster status a potential club must still be a Europa League fixture, feature players that most people haven't heard of and preferably wear a non-standard colour or design of shirt (eg quarters, diagonal stripe, mauve). I would suggest Fiorentina, Real Betis, Anzhi Machachkala, Tromso and AZ Alkmaar are the sides I'd imagine fans of minimal techno, chillwave and BBC4 would follow more now.
Ok, I have many loves, Marvel comics and football are right up there, so to procrastinate this morning, I thought I would combine the two and come up with a list of people from the world of football that have the characteristics of Marvel super hero/villains. Here goes.
Hulk = Rooney
When angry, becomes incoherent and charges about a lot.
Captain America = Parker
Reliable, defensive shield and a 1940's side parting.
Loki = Bullard
The god of mischief. Supposed to be a baddie but universally loved.
Thor = Avram Grant
Likes putting the "Hammers" down.
Magneto = Sir Alex
Metal objects gravitate towards him.
Beast = Cantona
Eloquent, cultured, but can go ape-sh*t at the merest hint of a mum-joke.
Cyclops = Gattuso
A leader amongst men. Has one good eye.
Professor X = Collina
No one questions his decisions, telepathic understanding of the rules of the game. Bald.
HbY, Sawbo THFC (Siggurdson for the golden boot)
With the news that Gibraltar have been awarded UEFA Status and will be able to compete at the 2016 European Champs, how many Brits will now follow suit of Danny Higginbotham - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/24158900 - and try and ply their trade for the Island's team?
I will hazard a conservative guess of 425
Dan (will be trying out for LB) Geneen