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Why Scolari will blow Chelsea’s undefeated home run

Stamford bridge to host a home defeat before November

Luiz Felipe Scolari

Remember February 15th 2004? [Actually, it was February 21st. Obviously we don't remember it too well - Ed.] On that day, Dennis Wise’s Millwall were months away from an FA Cup Final and England had qualified safely for the summer’s European Championship. In the Premiership, Arsenal beat Claudio Ranieri’s Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge, and brought themselves a step closer to becoming unbeaten champions. This was Chelsea’s last domestic home loss in 90 minutes.

Months later, Jose Mourinho swept into West London and seduced fans with his irresistible charm and boring football, and in three years his only home losses came to Barcelona in the Champions League and, more embarrassingly, Charlton in a League Cup penalty shootout.

Avram Grant arrived with a lot less gusto last season but even he, considered by most Chelsea fans as a Boris Johnson-esque bumbling clown, kept the unbeaten run alive.

But the amazing run started to become a strain, as highlighted in struggles against Aston Villa and Arsenal, and while it was unthinkable Chelsea would lose a home league game under Mourinho, it became an imminent threat under The Toad.

Considering Chelsea’s first five home opponents next season, Luiz Felipe Scolari will have to perform remarkably well to see Chelsea out of October with the home record intact.

First up is Portsmouth, who will no doubt be buoyed by Community Shield success, then Tottenham, who humiliated Chelsea once last season and nearly beat them at White Hart Lane in the league. Next up is Manchester United, then Aston Villa, who Chelsea took just one point from last season. On October 25th, Liverpool will be coming to West London: though winless at Stamford Bridge under Rafa Benitez, they started last season strongly and may do again.

Consider also these stats:

* Chelsea started last season poorly – they managed three wins, two draws and two losses in their first seven.

* Chelsea haven’t won any of their last five games against Aston Villa and in the Roman Abramovich era their league record in 10 meetings reads: Won 3 Drawn 5 Lost 2.

* Liverpool haven’t been beaten in their opening contest with Chelsea in any of the last three seasons – winning one and drawing two.

In our opinion, Scolari is an overrated manager: he may have won the World Cup by guiding the world’s most gifted players, but he will require time to adjust to the climate of the Premiership. After all, he has never managed domestically in Europe before, and hasn’t managed a club side since 2001.

With this in mind, we fancy one of Chelsea’s first five visitors to pop their home defeat cherry. Do you agree? Let us know with some lively debate below.

Spoiler bonus: SkyBet have a market on the first team to beat Chelsea at home here. Aston Villa at 14/1 is mighty tempting


30 responses so far
  • S // June 24, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    OBSESSED.

  • Champ Kind // June 24, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    I agree, the run has to come to an end at some point, and those first five games seem to be the most obvious point. Shame.

  • MattC // June 24, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    S has obviously been watching a compilation of recent chelsea matches!!!!

  • arty // June 24, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    If Scolary is overrated then who isn’t you little muppet?

    This is one of the most biased insights ever. You should’ve started your stupid article by a statement like this: “I hate Chelsea FC”.

    Clown

  • Big Johnny C // June 24, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Article goes wrong in the first sentence. The 2-1 Arsenal defeat was on Feb 21st. Little hope for talking anything but utter bollocks from that point on if you can’t do basic research into getting simple facts right.

  • zaki maik // June 24, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    how is scholari over rated he is the only manager to win the world cup in the prem i actually think fergie’s overated as hes always had good players at his disosal at mufc, jus watch next season cfc will be the most expansive team in the prem playin some samba fotie

  • Upminster Iron // June 24, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Would you want Otto Rehhagel as Chelsea manager? Winning Euro 2004 with Greece was 1000 times the achievement of Scolari winning the World Cup with the best players in the world. He flopped with the best team in Europe in 2004 and 2008 – look at who he beat to win the World Cup: Turkey, China, Costa Rica, Belgium, England (who sucked), Turkey again, Germany (who also had an easy route). Not to mention all the good countries like France, Italy, Argentina flopped big time at that tournament. Hey Domenech got France to a World Cup Final – fancy him?

  • nmicky // June 24, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    How sad.!!

    Clutching at straws desperate journalism….

    What a load of rubbish!!

  • jimbo // June 24, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Couldn’t agree more.

    In fact…I believe Chelsea will never win the Premiership under Scolari.

  • JAY // June 24, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    totaly utter crap, we still have the same players as last season who fought tooth and nail to keep the record intact. Chelsea will come out flying at the start of the season as they have a point to prove to the new man in charge and i think they will win at least 6 of the first 7 games. Scolari may be new to the league but the players are already fully adapted . Arsenal Man U and Chelsea ll fight all the way for the title with Liverpool stuck in a battle with Tottenham,Everton,Man City n Newcastle for fourth like usual.

  • Tom // June 24, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    god this is a piss poor website
    why do i load this rubbish… my own fault really… sigh… real football still weeks away…

  • Stamford // June 24, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    what a load of fukkin shite…..
    bring them all on….

    Big Phil will do exactly what he is being paid to do….

  • Connor Knight // June 24, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    i bet like someone like hull will beat them

  • Amir // June 24, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    I disagree totally!

    Big phil will take them all and eat them up for dinner!

    BIG PHIL ALL THE WAY M8

  • Azwa // June 24, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    The new team will be in Kuala Lumpur on 29 July 08.I will give my comment by then..however I believe they will be able to win all the first 7 matches..pls remember this word..

  • oskar // June 24, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    this is the worst article ever produced , clearly knows nothing about football, brazil in 2001 were up to scratch but he pulled them up, he is a world class manager and will be a great success unbeaten record or not.

  • Luke // June 24, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    What bullshit, “Liverpool haven’t been beaten in their opening contest with Chelsea in any of the last three seasons – winning one and drawing two.” What about the 2006/07 season we beat them 1-0 at the bridge, Drogba scored! Your fucking tard, if your trying to slate chelsea get your facts straight. For the record Man utd came to the bridge and lost! Against the “Toad” and Villa threw away a 2-0 lead so yeah good one mate. Liverpool? You are having a laugh. We will win the league you daft Northen cunt!

  • Ronald Cristian // June 25, 2008 at 7:43 am

    Chelski will win nothing again this year…too many people off to Italy.

  • Avram Magic // June 25, 2008 at 8:10 am

    What about the 2006/07 season we beat them 1-0 at the bridge, Drogba scored! Your fucking tard, if your trying to slate chelsea get your facts straight.

    I hate to pull a fellow fan up but I’m afraid we lost 2-1 to Liverpool in the Community Shield in the opening game of that season, so I don’t think you can dispute that fact. Even Shevchenko scored that day though so it was definitely a fluke!

  • True Blue // June 25, 2008 at 9:49 am

    What a muppet!

    Let me guess, your tasked with writing an article about Chelsea and quickly compile information off Man U, Arsenal and Liverpool blogs, then write this crap.

    Do you even watch football?

  • Ed // June 25, 2008 at 11:27 am

    How can an unbeaten run be a strain you complete twat?? in it’s very nature, you keep winning or drawing… which is kind of what you’re aiming to do is it not? piss off.

  • JAY // June 25, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    The bridge is a fortress teams come there not expecting to take all 3 points. Avram Grant kept the record goin and Scolari is 10x the manager the Toad is

  • joseph // June 25, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    i hate chelsea may they be relegated im fed up of them they are making the premier league boring

  • Tony Waters // June 25, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    It seems that Abramovich has finally learned to be patient. How else can you explain that he hasn’t even fired Scolari yet?

    If you were a top-flight manager, with more than a few offers to choose from, why would you choose a club run by a billionaire who has fired three managers in five years, a club with no history or tradition, whose tedious style and generally lawless behavior makes them the least popular club in the Premier League? The answer, of course, is: Money — so much money, that even a Scolari is willing to put up with the other crap for a year or two. He knows full well that unless he improves SUBSTANTIALLY on photo-finish second places in the League and the Champions League he, too, will be on the wrong end of Abramovich’s boot, but with an enormous pay-off.

    Most of us neutrals really hope Chelski finish about fifth.

  • pulse // June 25, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    LOL DIRE ARTICLE, FECK OFF

  • Tony Waters // June 26, 2008 at 2:08 am

    CORRECTION: It was wrong of me to say that Abramovich has fired three managers in five years. He fired them in four years.

    As for hoping that Chelski finish fifth, scrub that. Let’s just hope they finish behind Stoke City.

  • bluto // June 26, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Keep on hoping, Chelsea haters. Hope is all you have.

  • JAY // June 26, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Raneiri wasnt Abramovics man he was there b4 he came so it was kinda inevitable he would get sacked.

    Mourinho,albiet a great manager, was a law onto himself. He made us the most hated team in the world (frisk incident) and took the piss out of Abramovic criticising him for not providing enough transfer funds (the egg incident) when he has already pumped like £200 mill into the team.

    Avram Grant was a loser simple as, he used Mourinhos tactics,team selection ect, won nothing didnt have the support of the dressing room and bought Anelka and didnt play him. Im sorry but 2nd place is 1st loser and for Chelsea to win nothing is just not acceptable anymore given the investment and the fact that they have had sustained success for the last few years.

    All top clubs sack their manager if they fail to win things look at Barcelona they were the dons of world football for a few years now a season without any trophies and Rikkards gone and Madrid won La Liga a few years ago and Del Bosque still got fired.

    Ambitious teams will change management if they feel the club isnt progressing and last season Chelsea didnt progress they went backwards.

    If Scolari only wins the League or the Champs league then he wont be sacked because the club will have improved and their really isnt anyone else who could replace him

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