Poor old Avram Grant, he must dread it every time he picks up a newspaper at the moment. Since Salomon Kalou admitted last week that Chelsea had been too defensive under their former coach, and that they were too afraid to attack, others have started to make their feelings better known. I guess the positive news for Blues fans is that the players are delighted with Scolari, although that won’t make the Israeli any chirpier!
The Guardian reports that Nicolas Anelka is the latest to have a swipe at the old regime, although the Frenchman’s comments following the Champions League final loss were pretty shocking, claiming that he wasn’t ready to take a penalty amongst other things. However, he’s also chuffed with Chelsea’s new Brazilian coach, especially as a wide role will be a thing of the past for him.
“I’d never played on the right or the left since first coming to England, and it was all new to me,” said Anelka, who has scored twice under Scolari during a pre-season tour of China and Malaysia. “It was difficult because, when you come to a new club, you want to play in your best position and you’re desperate for success. For it to be such a new role when I arrived from Bolton made things harder. Perhaps the new manager will understand me better.
“I know what I want. I want to play in my position … I have enjoyed this pre-season tour so far because I have been playing up front, somewhere I didn’t play last year. There is a very good chance I will be starting in my natural position next season, and … I see no reason why I can’t show my quality at Chelsea.”
How long are you giving Anelka before he starts to make clear that he’s not happy with something at Stamford Bridge next season. It could be the shade of blue that Chelsea play in, the strength of the tea that they are served or the fact that Didier Drogba is preferred to him in the lone striker role. We’ll be surprised if the Frenchman is happy come May!