Although Manchester City are now termed as ‘the world’s richest club’, it’s Chelsea who have the most expensively-assembled squad in the Premier League. However, despite the presence of Nicolas Anelka, Frank Lampard, John Terry and Michael Ballack featuring for the Blues at home to Hull City on Saturday, they couldn’t find a way past a modest City outfit. Indeed, the visitors had chance to win the game, with a couple of players all apologies after a result which effectively rules them out of the title race.
Going to watch your football team is an expensive business, something that John Terry has acknowledged after some shabby displays from his team. Sky Sports reports that both he and Salomon Kalou have shown a great deal of remorse following the goalless draw against the relegation-threatened Tigers.
“I apologise to the fans because our performances at home and away have not been good enough and we have not been putting on the performances which give their ticket value for money,” Terry told the Evening Standard.
“They are working awfully hard to afford to come with their friends and families and we are not turning it on for them.”
“For the fans and for us it was a really difficult afternoon,” Kalou told the club’s official website.
“The most difficult thing is that we had a lot of chances to win the game and we didn’t take them.”
Mr Kalou conveniently ignores the fact that Chelsea weren’t the only ones with chances at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, with Hull continuing their strong record away to the Big Four clubs. Do the supporters expect too much from the Blues, or should the team be challenging for the title, given the elegance of riches at their disposal. Is Phil Scolari cut out for the job?