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All The Better To Michu With (EPL Talk Review Podcast)

Chelsea fans march on as Rafa feels his way into the role. No one knows what they expected from Rafa joining the club, but somehow here we are…Chelsea losing 3-1 to West Ham. History repeats itself in some ways. Sam looks happy as Benitez can’t quite see what he’s done to deserve this. The pod dissect the long and short of the Chelsea situation: but how does that change the play? What would you do if you were at Chelsea?

Meanwhile at the top of the league Manchester continues to dominate, United with yet another comeback, this time of a different sort. Mancini was less able to engineer a comeback as Everton held City at the Etihad, frustration isn’t quite showing through yet though.

One frustrated set of fans? Oh, just Arsenal. They are watching a team flatter and deceive all at the same time. Beaten by Arsenal 2.0 this week: Swansea are progressing nicely. How high can they climb up the table? Let the pod know:

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  1. Rob

    December 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Kartik I agree with you on Diame. I was stumped during the first half that he wasn’t onfield.

  2. Kyle

    December 4, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Fire Rafa!

  3. David

    December 3, 2012 at 11:50 am

    The problem at Chelsea is that Rafa has zero control of the dressing room and since he is an interim appointment makes it even harder for Rafa to get things done his way. Rafa’s management style is where he needs total control and he’ll never get it at Chelsea. It was a stupid appointment to begin with.

    • Laurence McKenna

      December 3, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      Hey David,

      I agree that Rafa’s public style might not look like it works and we might assume that he doesn’t have control of the dressing room. I’m not sure that we know that though, we don’t have any evidence that he hasn’t got the ear of the dressing room and we can see that his tactics are being carried out on the pitch.

      It was a difficult appointment in the beginning, but we can’t see much to suggest that the players don’t have respect for Rafa. If anyone says that they don’t then most of that will be speculation that we can’t make or a very good line into the dressing room.

      The team has had loses under all 3 managers now, have all three lost the dressing room?



  4. Ashley

    December 2, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Does the problem the Chelsea fans are having with thte change of mananger come down to how the club has handled replacing a popular manager? Ie to blame him for an “unexceptable run of results”, rather than how Liverpool handled the departure of Kenny, ie graciously and gratefully.

    • IanCransonsKnees

      December 3, 2012 at 1:21 am

      How about how Liverpool replaced Roy Hodgson?

    • Morgan Green

      December 3, 2012 at 8:57 am

      Hi Ashley,

      The problem was the handling/the actual man they brought in. Chelsea fans have never liked Rafa, though I suspect he wouldn’t be getting treatment this harsh had he followed AVB or Carlo. It’s similar to Brian Clough going to Leeds. You’re replacing a Club Legend with the enemy. that usually doesn’t go down well. The only difference between Kenny and RDM was Kenny lasted the season and look where Liverpool ended up. Roman would never let that happen (bar a chance to win CL) because he loves him some Champions League and will do anything to get into it.

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