It`s a well-known fact (if you support Chelsea) that, as a club, certain sections of the media have a bias against our football team. I`m a supporter, of course I`m going to be biased. The job of the media is surely, to report the facts, not to have their own agenda A quick trawl through Google comes up with an infinite number of reasons why this is the case, from ‘being classless` to ‘having heaters` in sections of Stamford Bridge.`
One incident that personifies this bias occurred a couple of seasons ago. In the EFL Cup semi-final against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, Diego Costa received a retrospective ban from the FA for, allegedly, stamping on Emre Can`s ankle. On TV, Sky played the occurrence on a loop, both after the game and during consequent days, via their Sports News outlet.
Fast forward two months, and Liverpool player Martin Skrtel, whilst chasing a ball into the penalty area, makes exactly the same movement on Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea. The resulting analysis on Sky barely touched upon it. Both incidents, it could be argued, were simply a case of the player`s foot hitting its natural landing spot. It just happened to be an opponent`s ankle.
Both players were given 3 match bans by the FA following the games, at least there was parity there. Put into Google search Diego Costa stamp and it returns 453,000 results. By comparison Martin Skrtel stamp gives just 29,100 results.
Maybe it`s just the Diego Costa effect, or to put it Jose Mourinho`s way, it`s all about ‘Diego crimes`. They are both combative characters, who, appear on the pitch, to have a similar nature. The coverage, through my biased eye, of both incidents was stacked against Chelsea.
Whilst researching this bias, I came across an article that was written on Vital Chelsea by Stan Wenners back in the summer of 2016. I`m new here, as are quite a few, so I think it`s worth a revisit. Using the same title that I have, the article looks at the anti-Chelsea stuff from a more historical view-point, and makes for an interesting read as do the comments.
That is indeed what we are, according to a huge annual survey by the Mirror.
Man United, Liverpool, Man City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Stoke follow, in that order.
The survey has teeth because not only was the sample size vast by research standards – 10,000 fans – but it was equally divided between club supporters.
By far the most important question this survey raises is, ‘Who cares?!’ Certainly not me nor I suspect most Blue diehards.
In fact nothing pleases me more than the idea that we are using up so much of opposing fans` nervous energy – long may it continue!
That`s reality dealt with.
More Breaking News:
Antonio Conte: N’Golo Kante is proving he’s the best player in the Premier League
The diminutive Frenchman stole the show for the Blues last term as Chelsea cruised to the title.
He’s started well again this term and scored against his old team Leicester at the weekend.
Kante was crowened as the PFA Player of the Year last term and could be on to do the double if he carries it on.
And Conte is delighted with the way he is improving.
He said: “N’Golo is very important for us – a top player.
“It was an amazing performance. He played a really fantastic game.
“He scored but, overall, he made a lot of good runs. He is always improving.
“I think now he is very good with the ball.
“Before, a lot of people told me, ‘Yes, without the ball, he has good stamina and is a good worker’, but now with the ball he has improved a lot.
“I am happy for this because we are working a lot with him.
“To be the best player in the Premier League last season is a great thing.
“This season he is confirming it.
“You must have the will to work and improve.
“Until the end of your career you can always improve.”
Kante is a likely starter when Chelsea start their Champions League campaign against Qarabag tomorrow.