Chelsea News And Links: Thursday 22nd March

As well as being a really annoying footballer, this man is also really, really ugly. Yeah.

The biggest news of the day is the apparent shock horror that Chelsea are not actually as good as Manchester City anymore! Shock horror! The defeat this morning places a big emphasis on this weekend's game against Spurs, especially after their general terribleness against Stoke. At least one team in London managed to beat Stoke this year.

I've finished exams now, so hopefully these link posts can get back into my routine again. To the links!

Chelsea vs. Manchester City reaction

Manchester City 2 Chelsea 1: match report - Telegraph

There was also an amusing verbal joust between the fans. When Chelsea supporters broke into "there’s only one team in Europe", City fans hit back instantly with "you’re just the third team in London".

Five talking points from Manchester City 2-1 Chelsea | Jamie Jackson | The Guardian

Standing throughout like a diminutive doorman in the technical area, the Villas-Boas raincoat replaced by a coat of fine Italian wool, the man in black offered a hand to a verse of "There's only one Di Matteo" from the delirious travelling support.

Silly rumour of the day

Football transfer rumours: Demba Ba to Chelsea? | Football | guardian.co.uk
Demba Ba? I'd take him, because his play is fairly awesome, but I do worry for any striker that ever comes to Stamford Bridge again. Torres has scarred me.

News from around the football world after the jump...

Coppa Italia Semifinals: Juventus Beat Milan, Napoli Victorious Over Siena - SBNation.com
Napoli recovered from their Chelsea mishap to take themselves into the Coppa Italia final, which promises to be a superb match up on May 21st.

Benfica's Estadio Da Luz To Host 2014 UEFA Champions League Final - SBNation.com
Our Champions League opponents have something to look forward to in 2014, as their home ground will play host to the Final of the European competition. So, Luiz and Ramires to make it a hat trick of Champions Leagues in their home ground?

Indian Soccer Player Suffers Cardiac Arrest On Pitch, Dies - From Our Editors - SBNation.com
It's important to remember in light of Fabrice Muamba's miraculous recovery, there are some all too similar to him that aren't quite as lucky.

If you read one thing today (and you better have a lot of time)...

José Mourinho: Unsavoury but undoubted (Part 1) " Back Page Football

José Mourinho: Unsavoury but undoubted (Part 2) " Back Page Football

NB: I have some weird thing going on when I link Back Page Football - when I post a story, whatever the article's about suddenly has a huge development. For example, I linked a piece from BPF about AVB's eight months in charge, and two days later he was sacked. So, I guess I'm posting this in a bit of blind hope as well. But do read it, it actually is excellent.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join We Ain't Got No History

You must be a member of We Ain't Got No History to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at We Ain't Got No History. You should read them.

Join We Ain't Got No History

You must be a member of We Ain't Got No History to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at We Ain't Got No History. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker