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Essien's Overconfidence Is Ridiculous

Essien's Overconfidence Is Ridiculous

Mind games, they say. Probably they are right - but it should not detract from the fact that Sir Alex's comments about Chelsea were actually valid.

Though papers boasted bold headlines like 'Fergie: Chelsea not a major title threat', he said nothing of the sort. If you read his comments carefully, he just said that he did not expect Chelsea to significally improve under Scolari, no matter how good a manager he is and is therefore not afraid of them.

"It would have to go beyond Mourinho's performance to really worry us. It will be a challenge with the players they've got and the players they've added - they've got a lot of experience and that was the one thing I was a bit concerned about - but I don't know how far that team has got to go."

it's hard to see where there's going to be a big improvement with a team that's really very experienced. Maybe plateaued in a way. How can they accelerate beyond what they've done up to now when you see the ages they've got?"

"I'm not saying necessarily they're old because with the modern-day training methods, you should be playing in your thirties, but I don't see outstanding progress in a team that's in their thirties."

These are mostly valid points. Chelsea won't transform into an unbeatable super team and they'll have to flex their considerable financial muscle to really improve the team. They have very few young players who could be considered first-team regulars so they must rely on experience to keep up the standards, rather than improving.

Still, Essien fell for Fergie's words spectacularly - unlike his manager who wisely shrugged off Fergie's comments - and the Ghanaian issued an angry and defiant response in which he claimed that Chelsea are the best thing since Jesus walked on water.

'We've got the best players in the world at Chelsea and by next May will be the only team in contention. Chelsea will win the title this year,' he stated in The Sun.

'Players like Ballack, Lampard and Deco are world class. It is to our advantage that we have so many players who have achieved so much.

'As you can see in training or during the games, they can always change the games. They have a winning mentality so it's going to be good for us.

'Hopefully this year we will win more trophies. Last year was unlucky for us, these things happen in football but you just have to forget about it.'

"I don`t think United will be our principal rivals. Liverpool, Arsenal and a lot of other clubs are signing good players."

Woohoo, Michael is getting carried away. Anyway, it's worth a good laugh, nothing else. Or maybe a reminder: a certain John Obi Mikel claimed Chelsea were the best team in the land and would certainly win the 2007/08 league title. Remind me, what did Chelsea win last season?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Wednesday July 23 2008
Time: 8:06PM


that's it upset us Pensioners! Cheek of the young of today!
23/07/2008 20:12:00
and you could have picked a more up to date picture of The Bison!
23/07/2008 20:13:00
why merlin e hasn't done anything recently?
23/07/2008 20:32:00
won nothing but were the moral victors, lucky man ure, wont be next time !!
23/07/2008 20:40:00
The opperative bit in all this is..." As reported in the Sun"......pleeeease read grown up newspapers!
23/07/2008 20:44:00
fergie is trying to move attention away from the ronaldo story, which is an utter embarassment for him, for fergie, and for the club in general. fergie is getting a little desperate and i find it pretty amusing.
23/07/2008 20:48:00
Perhaps RadioactiveD, but thats no hiding away from the fact he is right. I mean, unless that Di Santo guy gets in your team next season (which is very unlikely) - what real youth do you have? Kalou? Miklel? Hardly world beaters, are they - and not a shot on the likes of Anderson, Nani, Rooney, Ronaldo, Fabregas, Clichy, Torres etc.
23/07/2008 20:54:00
We have no youth, that's true. Actually that is annoying. In our starting line-up only Essien is under 25! 5 players are over 30. I hoped we would buy some new young players this summer but nothing happened. That doesn't make me too optimistic for the next season to be honest.
23/07/2008 21:08:00
bosingwa and essein are 25. ivanovic is 24. j.cole, swp, alex, and cech are 26. mikel is 21. kalou is 22. bridge, terry, and a.cole are 27. di santo is 19 (and yes, he is 1st team now). though they may not be incredibly youthful, they are not old. lampard, deco, shevchenko, drogba, ballack, and carvalho are all 30-32. man u has neville (33), van der sar (37), giggs (34), scholes (33), and ferdinand (29). both teams have their old, experienced leadership. man u just have a larger age gap between their players. they have had an established old leadership so they invested heavily in youth. chelsea were missing the experience that comes with tradition, so they invested heavily in experience and leadership. Now they will turn towards the youth, just as arsenal and man u have been doing for a few years now. Chelsea's plan isnt a one year all or bust strategy. its developing a team that will be on top for a long time to come. buying youth is pointless if you dont have the experienced leadership to lead them in the right direction (cough arsenal cough). fergie is just scared that we finally have a competant manager and hes gonna have more competition on the youth market. oh and how close was chelsea with a *****ty ass manager that cant even get a job at a league one club let alone a premier league club. it was r.a.'s snub to mourinho to show him hed rather have some incompetant idiot rather than him. mikel's comments last year were assuming mourinho wouldnt get in repeated fights with r.a. and get fired, too. essien's comments are a challenge to man u to produce a worthy opponent. you cant be the best if you dont beat the best. so please talk ronaldo into staying so you dont have any excuses at the end of the year.
23/07/2008 21:57:00
wow where did my line breaks go?
23/07/2008 21:58:00
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