Suitable for BBQs

Russians criticise Chelsea’s training ground

Spartak have a unique way of showing gratitude

Chelsea’s Cobham training facility

Chelsea’s multi-million pound state-of-the-art training facility in Cobham is the envy of the Premier League. Once players obtain access to the opulent facility via finger print recognition technology, they may enjoy lush training pitches, artwork by prominent graffiti artist Temper and at the end of the day, they can grab a towel (not the pink one, that’s Lampsie’s) and relax in the sauna.

Ahead of Spartak Moscow’s clash with Tottenham tonight, Roman Abramovich has kindly offered use of the facility to the Russians. Striker Artur Maloyan, however, isn’t impressed with the two-bit operation the club are running in Surrey:

“At our grounds, they cook so much better,” he said. ” We saw Terry, Carvalho and Cole using the same canteen as us. Those guys must be pretty undemanding.

“The food they have is pretty frugal. And they sit on plastic chairs which are more suitable for outdoor BBQ parties, and even eat from disposable plates here.”

There are several reasons to doubt Maloyan’s account of Cobham: firstly, the Chinese Olympic football team praised the food when they stayed last year, and anyone who calls Ashley Cole “pretty undemanding” clearly doesn’t have a firm grasp on reality.

[The Telegraph]


1 response so far
  • Farty Foulke // December 18, 2008 at 10:28 am

    I’m lucky enough to have been inside the Cobham complex. This Russian is either a fool or misquoted.
    There are no plastic chairs in the canteen at all, and the food I had, while not quite The Ivy, was restaurant standard. Perhaps there wasn’t enough offal or stewed cabbage on offer.
    Roman should be more careful which ingrates he invites from his homeland.

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