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Boring, Boring Chelsea

Tomas Rosicky has claimed Chelsea are 'boring' ahead of his match against Germany for the Cezch Republic.

Tommy Gunn was asked about Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack's form ahead of the Euro 2008 qualifiers.

Rosicky turned down Chelsea in the summer of 2004 to stay in Germany, only to sign for the Gunners 2 years later.

'I don't know [about Ballack's form], I have not been watching Chelsea. They are boring,' Rosicky told Idnes.

'Do you enjoy their football?'

Rosicky is also looking foward to the challenge of facing Germany: 'They are very confident.

'Self-confidence is their main weapon.

'As far as I know, they have got a very experienced midfield. Ballack, Frings, Schneider.

'It could be a very good game. It will be a very big experience for us and the fans.

'I am looking forward to it very much as I enjoy these sort of games.'

Good luck Tommy...just don't get injured!

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Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 21 2007

Time: 12:14PM

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Not as boring as the Arsenal players, management and fans calling Chelsea broing in the first place. Now that is boring - we hear it every year.
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21/03/2007 12:33:00

andleics, could it be that you hear it every year because it's true?????
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21/03/2007 12:41:00

andleics, I dont think its just us, btw !! A lot of teams think u are boring, coz u are !! I would have liked to hear Rosicky say it, though. Matter of fact - chelsea are boring :). And Im with simmy - pls no more injuries.
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21/03/2007 12:45:00

keep playing your "beautiful" football. I hope you are all extremely happy with it (just like Gallas is).
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21/03/2007 12:50:00

We keep hearing you say it about Chelsea, not because we're actually boring, but because you can't beat us since we got Mourinho on board. How boring it must be, to be so bored by all the teams that have beaten you this season. Let's hope you can find something to get excited about next year, eh?
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21/03/2007 12:51:00

You are boring, thats why you hear aty all the time knobend. now go back to you combat18 meeting.
Ozi Gooner
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21/03/2007 12:55:00

Ozi Gooner
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21/03/2007 12:56:00

And wether Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man U or even Tottenham win the league next year if Mourinho's still there you will still be boring!
Ozi Gooner
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21/03/2007 12:58:00

Problem is boring at the moment wins titles. All results and no style ruins the game, all style and no results causes premature baldness amongst the fan base
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21/03/2007 13:02:00

SH - I can testify to that!!! In a few short years I will be know as "Cueball"
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21/03/2007 13:05:00

I'm confused: should you head Willie Gallas' advice, and play more like Chelsea, or listen to Tomas Rosicky, who says that Chelsea are 'boring'? The funny thing is, you don't have any choice: right now you can shoot your load at all the pretty football that is being played at the Emirates, but the best you can aim for is a tussle with Liverpool and Spurs for the qualifying places to the CL. It sounds like your declaration of how pretty your football is is a justification for the fact that your season is over. 'Oh well, at lease we see some interesting football'. Yeah right.
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21/03/2007 13:13:00

S_H was i the Aussie k_chelski accused you of racially abusing? that really hurt my feelings ya know.
Ozi Gooner
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21/03/2007 13:14:00

EuroBlue you guys are the Juventus of England. No wonder Italian football died, Mourinho stole their style and made it more painful to watch.
Ozi Gooner
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21/03/2007 13:16:00

too true sir harry! don't get me wrong i love watching the exciting quick passing football, but nothing ticks me off more than finding myself yelling SHOOT at the tele. i'm sure every arsenal fan is debating in their mind whether they would rather have their slick football that not many people appreciate or trophies. i would personally settle for some of lampards deflected goals if it meant we won games we should win. all i know is that the arsenal better show up next season and deliver a major trophy. the rebuilding process has to end! the arsenal must move on!
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21/03/2007 13:20:00

Ozi Gooner, can I just point out that us Chelsea fans couldn't really care less. I suspect that, if you really had the choice, you'd pick silverware any day. What a pity, then, that you don't have that choice....
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21/03/2007 13:22:00

Strange how all the Arsenal fans forget that in the 80's / 90's their success was built on the BORING 1-0's and long ball game that they now attempt to criticise Chelsea for! I for one have a S/Ticket at Stamford Bridge and have seen my fair share of attractive football over the past few seasons. There is a trade off between attractive football and sucessfull football though.
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21/03/2007 13:31:00

Arsenal fans used to have to put up with the same abuse when George Graham had them playing less than beautiful footie. What your team needs to do now is step things up a bit a la Barca, and score more goals. If you can't deliver that, then it's going to be another long year next season!
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21/03/2007 13:32:00

"...some of lampards deflected goals"? Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't Arsenal's winning goal against Villa a deflection?!
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21/03/2007 13:33:00

'I don't know [about Ballack's form], I have not been watching Chelsea. They are boring,' Rosicky told Idnes. Hmmmmm No one else spot the contradiction here? Maybe Tommy Gun (good nick name for a player with a startling tally of four goals all season) is just like most lazy fans in this country? Spoon feed their anti Chelsea bile by the anti Chelsea media and hes too lazy (or possibly stupid) to put in the effort to formulating his own opinion when hes researched his material. Im not saying we play attractive stuff like you guys do but its not as half bad as you lot make out.
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21/03/2007 13:40:00

yeah and we won! too bad we couldn't do that sunday! i always think arsenal can win but against the toffies i just knew we were gonna blow the game in the final minutes. but i guess you can be too harsh considering arsenal we starting an attacking mid and 3rd choice striker up top. i am not bashing chelsea here. yes they don't play the most attractive football but they do have 4 trophies in the last 3 seasons and they aren't done yet. ATTENTION arsenal fans! this is not a good time to be talking about the slick football we play and the bad football everyone else plays! we have nothing to show for it! this is a time to be humble and not open your mouth. unless it is towards tottenham :)!
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21/03/2007 13:48:00

Anybody see cashley the other night against the spuds?..Everytime he received the ball the first thing he did was lump a diagonal long ball up to drogbra..if one player encaptulates the difference between us and them its him...before you chavs start getting excited it's pretty clear that you won't win the league, will never beat Valencia and that only leaves the could have solved third world debt but atleast you won the carling cup
Anon 1
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21/03/2007 14:10:00

Internal fights anyone? Rosicky says we're boring, gallas said he wants to win, boring or not.Wenger said he didn't see Gilberto said the young lads played well.Gallas said they didn't play well.
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21/03/2007 14:20:00

No matter what any one person says. We all know, that the lads want to win. I just hope we can turn the good performances into victories.
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21/03/2007 14:23:00

I thnk it churlish to critisise their style of football when the are above us in the league and still in the cups. Wait 12 months and say those things if you like, but at this time it just seems like sour grapes. The are very boring to watch though:).
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21/03/2007 14:29:00

On Monday I thought BF Robbo and Cech were having a game by themselves at one stage. What is the point in having midfield players in a game like that?
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21/03/2007 14:31:00

a few games, maybe.Most of them are nice performances,.Now are performances will get better, we have JT back, : ).
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21/03/2007 14:32:00

k_chelski, what a pathetic attempt at a wind up? surely, u can do better !! that post didnt make any sense to me.
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21/03/2007 14:34:00

k_chelski, what a pathetic attempt at a wind up !! surely, u can do better !! that post didnt make any sense to me.
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21/03/2007 14:34:00

The are very boring to watch though:). hatespur . a few games, maybe.Most of them are nice performances,.Now are(OUR **) performances will get better, we have JT back, : ).
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21/03/2007 14:39:00

I got ya' Kevin.
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21/03/2007 14:48:00

Chelski ARE winning more than us right now, but are all grit and no grace... No sour grapes there - I just look forward to kicking your butts at the earliest opportunity... k_chelski, if it wasn't for JT, your team would not be as strong, so just pray nothing goes titts-up for you in the summer (like people leaving because of fallouts with the Stamford Bridge Tzar).
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21/03/2007 15:12:00

we sent Wise and Bates to do a job on leeds, and we sent gallas to do a job on you lot. Both appear to be working great.
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21/03/2007 16:31:00

And they sent you as the intelligence ambassador of the mighty Chavs TiT. Gallas has been our best defender you foolish boy.
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21/03/2007 16:49:00

That's right buddy - giving you the weasel for Gallas has really screwed us up!!! Just give Ca$hley a chance to work his magic - if he aint swerving off the motorway or kicking a (dikhead) fan when he's on the ground, god only knows what he'll be doing. Personally I reckon he will start eating more pies and take over the oversized player mantle from FF :-) !! Even when he played for us, he wouldn't just lump the ball up, like he now does whenever he spots Drogba 100 yards away.
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21/03/2007 16:57:00

Bottom line, Chelsea are very boring. But they are successful at the moment. There is no debate in my head between great football and trophies, I had the unbridled pleasure of being at every single one of the 49 unbeaten and I saw 1 boring game (0-0 v Brum the game after we wrapped it up at WHL). The fact is, if Arsenal tried to become as dull as Chelsea we would slip down the league alrmingly, because it isn't us and it doesn't suit us. The boring thing is very interesting though, Bolton and Blackburn are undergoing one of the most successful periods of their collective histories, but they can barely half fill their ground, Chelsea struggle. That suggests fans really do want some entertainment.
Little Dutch
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21/03/2007 19:12:00

Rather play boring and win 5 trophies in 3 years. In the words of the great Billy Gallas : "To play pretty football is good for fans to watch. However, I'm sorry, I prefer to hear 'Well done, you won' than when someone says 'You were unlucky, you played well'. And to finish it off, he said: "Winning is everything. You have to win."
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21/03/2007 19:42:00

I'd rather play the best football our league has ever seen and win two doubles, have an unbeaten season and a side with a long term future. Chelsea don't have one of those things.
Little Dutch
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21/03/2007 20:19:00

we will play our own game. this is exactly what everyone said the season before we went unbeaten and that season everyone was demanding for new players and we only bought one outfield player "Mad jens" and a young un "clichy". the team is great as it is. by the way anyone know anything about this..........
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21/03/2007 20:46:00

In all honesty. It's not as if Tommy's calling Chelsea crap or anything he just called them boring. Which is right! They are a great side, they've won more trophies than us in recent years, but they are boring! Debating whether winning ugly, and losing pretty is fine, but it doesn't change the fact that Chelsea are just awful to watch (except if you're a Chelsea fan of course). We were the same under GG so your not the first yawn a minute team in history and I'm sure you won't be the last.
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21/03/2007 20:49:00

You are writing at Arsenal website not chelsea...coz they are so boring that no one can write anything good about them.
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22/03/2007 18:13:00

boring, boring Chelsea :-)
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22/03/2007 19:15:00

winnng all these trophies is startin to get a bit borin :)
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24/03/2007 00:06:00

I have to say the only Chelsea games that I have seen this year have been Arsenal playin at their place and in the Carling CUp Final as I was there! I really do not enjoy watching them play. They are very much a team working with percentages playing totally the opposite to the Arsenal ethos of attractive flowing football! Rosicky has hit the nail on the head and is only saying what others are too scared to!
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25/03/2007 21:37:00


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