Football

Prism: The Great Blue Law

15 Th7 2022 | 07:31

The “great blue law” can be stated like this: “The title is the only thing that judges the level of a Chelsea manager”. Do a lot in building, but without the title, you will definitely go.

first. “Then he will end up like me,” Claudio Ranieri said of Andre Villas-Boas’ future. He calls it a Chelsea rule under Roman Abramovich: any manager without a trophy will have to leave. Villas-Boas is no exception.

Many people probably remember how Ranieri ended. Eight years ago, the story of that gloomy Monaco night was told many times in British newspapers. Chelsea lost to Monaco in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final, owner Abramovich invited Ranieri to board the giant yacht “Le Grand Bleu” parked in Monaco harbor to talk, but the Welder refused, citing that he wanted to have a meeting. art with the team.

That night, Abramovich left the yacht for the team hotel, sat at the bar chatting with Hasselbaink, Lampard and Desailly. Ranieri’s fate is almost officially decided. Previously, the British press had reported that the pillars of this team no longer obeyed the coach’s orders.

No title is leaving. Ranieri was the first victim of that “law”, and then Grant, Ancelotti and possibly Villas-Boas followed. It could be called the “Ranieri Law,” or, more literally, the “Great Blue Law,” after the yacht that was docked in Monaco in 2004, and the way Abramovich imagined Chelsea.

2. The “great blue law” can be stated like this: “The title is the only thing that judges the level of a Chelsea manager”. Do a lot in building, but without the title, you will definitely go. Ranieri is a classic example. Then there are Grant (who first brought Chelsea to the Champions League final, but lost), Ancelotti (winner in the first season but empty-handed in the second season).

If titles are the only thing that determines class, then it can be quite the opposite: just with titles, a coach can buy more time for himself, despite his reputation being faltering. lay.

An example that may not be very close, but still thinking, is Jose Mourinho. During the 2006/07 season, it became known that there were elements in the dressing room against him, and Abramovich never liked Mourinho’s pragmatic football. But a League Cup and an FA Cup kept him there. Even then, before the alleged “treason” of John Terry, he still had to leave Stamford Bridge in the middle of the 2007/08 season.

When Andre Villas-Boas says he doesn’t need the trust of his players, just the trust of his boss, he is partly right. Just have a title, a little faith will be saved. And that’s what he still has a chance to have, up until now. The Champions League is a bit far away, but the FA Cup is still promising.

3. The huge yacht “Le Grand Bleu”, which was once the mobile headquarters of Chelsea and also the starting point of the “death sentence” for Raneiri has now been given to someone else by Abramovich, but “Color Law” great green” remains.

It is believed that time is enough to prove Andre Villas-Boas a failure. Many others are calling for Chelsea to spend more time with the Portuguese coach to build the team. But according to the rules that Ranieri mentioned, the title will decide everything.

Yesterday Drogba defended Villas-Boas, but he also had to admit: “When you come to Chelsea you already know what you have to accept. They hire you to win trophies and make the fans happy.”

Every Chelsea FA Cup game is now a Villas-Boas final. Of course, in case he still wants to stay at Chelsea.

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Duc Hoang | 00:00 11/30/-0001