8 reasons why everyone hates... Chelsea
Please note: Other teams have had similar treatment, so no, we aren't just picking on you. Oh, and the below doesn't necessarily represent the views of FourFourTwo. Enjoy...
1. The lack of class
Chelsea are the footballing equivalent of that bloke who won the lottery and spent it on a quad bike track in his garden
I prefer my rooms elephant-free, so let’s get this one out of the way early: Chelsea bought their success. The sheer obviousness of this statement makes it far too easy a target, and means any critic is open to accusations of jealousy. The way I see it, someone’s got to win this stuff – and if it isn’t my team, I don’t particularly care who does.
No, it’s the fact they're terrible winners – and even worse losers – that really grates. This is a club with about as much grace as Ed Balls on Strictly Come Dancing – and even he had the, erm, balls, to smile and thank everyone for their support when he got voted off.
Chelsea are classless; the footballing equivalent of that bloke who won the lottery and spent it on a quad bike track in his garden, a load of prostitutes and enough drugs to kill a horse. Talking of horses…
2. Jose Mourinho
Mourinho's insufferable the-world’s-out-to-get-me-why-am-I-so-hard-done-by brand of paranoia became theirs
"The title race is between two horses and a little horse that needs milk and needs to learn how to jump. Maybe next season we can race."
An actual thing the manager of a club that spent more than £100m on transfers that year actually said.
Yes, he’s gone, but his influence was at its greatest just as Chelsea were recalibrating into their new guise of one of the richest clubs in the world. So much of Mourinho's DNA got spliced into theirs; as such, his insufferable the-world’s-out-to-get-me-why-am-I-so-hard-done-by brand of paranoia became theirs. They’ve never shaken it.
Happily, it proved the catalyst for Chelsea’s worst season since they came into money (or, for many of their newly-acquired fans, their worst season ever)
To paraphrase James Brown, football is a man’s world, and so it should be applauded when women reach the pinnacle of it. That’s why – whether you love her or loathe her – Karren Brady being vice-chairman of West Ham is a good thing.
The same goes for Eva Carneiro, Chelsea’s first-team doctor of six years, and someone who was punished for simply doing her job instead of embarking on a bit of very Chelsea gamesmanship. The entire thing was shameful, from innocuous start to litigious finish. Happily, it proved the catalyst for Chelsea’s worst season since they came into money (or, for many of their newly acquired fans, their worst season ever) and Mourinho’s departure for the second time.