Chelsea Fans Must Carry More Blame Than Benitez

--00ang

It’s hard to imagine how anything could be more depressing with our football club than its current form at the moment. Only one win in six. Two goal leads blown in five minutes. Only managing to earn a replay at Brentford!  November was one of the worst months in our history and statistically, January was only fractionally better. February obviously hasn’t started great either.

There is something however, for me at least, largely more depressing. And that’s the increasingly frivolous, ignorant and childish responses to these recent results that our fan base keeps producing. Searching the web for some perspective or some cool judicious analysis of the situation, as an exercise, is becoming dangerously close to pointless. All that’s available it seems on the blogs, on forums, on twitter and on radio phone-in shows is a procession of proclamations that “the fat Spanish waiter should be sacked”, or words to this extent. I cringe at the thought of these people imagining themselves to be originally scathing or holding a viewpoint that they think prioritises the well-being of Chelsea FC.

Labeling Rafa as the FSW has become the joke that stupid people laugh at and will insist on repeating. If it ever was even remotely funny, it isn’t anymore. And this constant degradation of our own manager I’m convinced is by a distance the biggest reason why our winning aura has all but disintegrated. An extremely large contingent of the fan base it appears have reached a state where they are almost masochistically anticipating poor performances and results so they can pile more abuse and aim more ridicule at a man who (I’d hate to break it to them) has an immeasurably greater understanding of football and this Chelsea side than they do.

Normally I would never tolerate or condescend anybody’s opinion if they’re willing to stand by it so strongly, but with people who think they’re being good supporters by making these jokes, it’s becoming practically impossible to muster up anything but pity. We’re all just looking to next season now. It doesn’t matter what happens between now and August, at the start of next season we’ll have a new coach, new big signings, Oscar and Hazard will have a full year’s experience, and all ready to start again, re-building our reputation. The only danger to these conditions materialising is if we don’t finish top 4 and the only way that can happen is if we allow this pitiful portion of our fan base to overshadow those of us still willing to support the team, with their jokes and clueless insults and needless melodramatic rants.

Next week after the Wigan game when Hazard, Mikel and David Luiz should have all returned, our squad will be comfortably one of the top 3 in the division and we’ll have 3 (hopefully) straightforward games against Sparta Praha and Brentford to get back into a rhythm before we need to start worrying about points again. As far as I’m concerned we still haven’t reached the point where the FA Cup and Europa League are worth giving up on. 3rd place remains a lot more than a feasible possibility; if we can win at the Etihad at the end of February then I think 2nd could be well within our sights.

Either way, the main obstacle to us achieving these goals aren’t Benitez’ substitutions (as though he could possibly make a good one when his bench is just defenders, teenagers and Marko Marin) it’s our supposed comrades who’ve managed to lose all pride and enjoyment through supporting Chelsea because they’ve decided to hate the guy picking the team. Don’t let them bring you down. It’s not passion – it’s bitterness, it’s ignorance and it’s a poison which we will not put up with. Up with which, we will not put.

 

KTBFFH

@MatthewClark46

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--00ang

It’s hard to imagine how anything could be more depressing
with our football club than its current form at the moment. Only
one win in six. Two goal leads blown in five minutes. Only managing
to earn a replay at Brentford!  November was one of the worst
months in our history and statistically, January was only
fractionally better. February obviously hasn’t started
great either. There is something however, for me at least, largely
more depressing. And that’s the increasingly frivolous, ignorant
and childish responses to these recent results that our fan base
keeps producing. Searching the web for some perspective or some
cool judicious analysis of the situation, as an exercise, is
becoming dangerously close to pointless. All that’s available it
seems on the blogs, on forums, on twitter and on radio phone-in
shows is a procession of proclamations that “the fat Spanish waiter
should be sacked”, or words to this extent. I cringe at the thought
of these people imagining themselves to be originally scathing or
holding a viewpoint that they think prioritises the well-being of
Chelsea FC. Labeling Rafa as the FSW has become the joke that
stupid people laugh at and will insist on repeating. If it ever was
even remotely funny, it isn’t anymore. And this constant
degradation of our own manager I’m convinced is by a distance the
biggest reason why our winning aura has all but disintegrated. An
extremely large contingent of the fan base it appears have reached
a state where they are almost masochistically anticipating poor
performances and results so they can pile more abuse and aim more
ridicule at a man who (I’d hate to break it to them) has an
immeasurably greater understanding of football and this Chelsea
side than they do. Normally I would never tolerate or condescend
anybody’s opinion if they’re willing to stand by it so strongly,
but with people who think they’re being good supporters by making
these jokes, it’s becoming practically impossible to muster up
anything but pity. We’re all just looking to next season now.
It doesn’t matter what happens between now and August, at
the start of next season we’ll have a new coach, new big signings,
Oscar and Hazard will have a full year’s experience, and all ready
to start again, re-building our reputation. The only danger to
these conditions materialising is if we don’t finish top 4 and the
only way that can happen is if we allow this pitiful portion of our
fan base to overshadow those of us still willing to support the
team, with their jokes and clueless insults and needless
melodramatic rants. Next week after the Wigan game when Hazard,
Mikel and David Luiz should have all returned, our squad will be
comfortably one of the top 3 in the division and we’ll have 3
(hopefully) straightforward games against Sparta Praha and
Brentford to get back into a rhythm before we need to start
worrying about points again. As far as I’m concerned we still
haven’t reached the point where the FA Cup and Europa League are
worth giving up on. 3rd place remains a lot
more than a feasible possibility; if we can win at the Etihad at
the end of February then I think 2nd could
be well within our sights. Either way, the main obstacle to us
achieving these goals aren’t Benitez’ substitutions (as
though he could possibly make a good one when his bench is just
defenders, teenagers and Marko Marin) it’s our supposed
comrades who’ve managed to lose all pride and enjoyment
through supporting Chelsea because they’ve decided to
hate the guy picking the team. Don’t let them bring you down. It’s
not passion – it’s bitterness, it’s ignorance and it’s a poison
which we will not put up with. Up with which, we will not put.
  KTBFFH @MatthewClark46

What I am? Uber football addict, optimistic Chelsea fan, casual gamer and long time blogger with views and opinions rather than stats and data. What I'm not? Expert, analyst, pundit or self-proclaimed guru of anything. I choose when to be biased and when not to be. Views and opinions are all mine and not what you always might want to see. Follow me on twitter @bluechampion for the headlines.