Will Chelsea Pay For Scolari’s Taunting of United?

Whilst everyone’s had something to say on the Cristiano Ronaldo saga, it’s something I’ve paid very little attention to largely because I couldn’t really see him going this season. Whether or not that’s still the case, I’m not sure anyone but the player himself knows but as much as I’ve tried to shy away from the subject Scolari is making it very much Chelsea’s business.

In the days before his appointment (or before the announcement of it anyway), Scolari had already had words with Ronaldo about a possible move to Real Madrid. According to Scolari, turning down a move to Real wasn’t an option because chances like this don’t come along everyday. Now, whether Scolari already knew he’d be managing the opposition next season when he was having that chat is debatable, but the fact is, even now his position at Chelsea is public knowledge, he’s refusing to drop the subject.

With the rags suggesting Ronaldo himself has confirmed Scolari seemed to be doing the hard sell on Real’s behalf throughout Portugal’s Euro 2008 campaign, our latest manager doesn’t seem to be helping himself as far as relations with Fergie are concerned. Add to that Chelsea’s decision to announce the appointment of Scolari mid-way through the competition and Scolari seems to be making Chelsea as popular in the football world as Naomi Campbell on a BA flight. Whatever Grant may or may not have tried to do to quieten down the PR mess Mourinho had left behind, Scolari seems to be doing his best to undo before he even walks through the Stamford Bridge gates.

Even with the papers ‘exclusively’ alleging Ronaldo has admitted he will be leaving United having made the decision to quit even before the Champions League final, Scolari’s still reported to be stoking the fires that surely must be raging inside Old Trafford. His latest statement seems to be taunting United with the idea of Ronaldo leaving, by saying “I know Cristiano well and I know the type of person he is so I have no doubts about how he will handle himself in the next few weeks. People must understand that Cristiano becomes stronger with all the difficulties and the stories about him. I have never known anyone so mentally strong. What happened to him at the World Cup in 2006 in the quarter-final against England would have crushed many other players – but not Cristiano.” He goes on to say “What has been happening around him here with the uncertainty about his future has not affected him – I know that because I have been with him. He is so strong mentally and he is in control of his own destiny – and because of that Manchester United can do nothing to hurt him. It is his dream to play for Real Madrid and I am sure Cristiano will fulfil his dream whatever the difficulties.”

Now whilst I don’t doubt for a minute Scolari thinks he’ll be doing everyone at Chelsea a favour by encouraging Ronaldo’s move away from the Premier League, this public riling of United is getting to be about as irritating as Rafa’s daily attacks on Drogba last season – and ultimately could end up costing him just as much. Because whether Ronaldo stays or not – and you’d have to think Big Phil’s praying he doesn’t now – Fergie’s going to be out to kick arse and one particular Brazilian arse is going to be directly in his sights.

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13 Responses

  1. Haha, what can that old bugger do? With his ronnie gone, who will score for them?? Rooney? Pur-lease.. Tevez? YEah, but not 42 a season.. With the rest of the team, he can only look to kick Scolari’s ass by connecting his foot to Scolari’s buttocks and by NOTHING else… Stupid MAN-URe..

  2. Always worrying, always woeful, always pessimistic. Thats u Denise

  3. Always Chelsea though Taimur, always Chelsea.

  4. Think that it is inevitable that Scolari doesn’t want Ronaldo at Chelsea – maybe he has just a bit too blatant in expressing as much.

    I think Ronaldo will go for what it’s worth and would have done regardless of Scolari’s input.

  5. This season Chelsea will have problems much more serious than whether or not Ronaldo will still be at Manchester United. Namely, Scolari. Once it becomes clear just how bad he is at his job, the thing to consider will be how badly do we want to even qualify for European Football.

  6. As Chelsea are about to lose the spine of its team(Fat Boy, Drogba,Carvalho and possibly Cole and Essien), indeed anyone who The Special One decides he wants, and Manu lose the best player of the last 5 years(Ronaldo), not to mention the best of the last 10(Giggs), maybe its Arsenal who will gain most this season. Yes, we’ve lost Flamini and may lose Hleb and Adebayor, but Wenger knows how to replace them, whereas Scolari hasn t played the club game for nearly a decade. He proved out of his depth with the English media when he went for the English job and he’ll be found wanting when Fergie starts playing his media games. My tip is Chelsea will go thru a few PRs very quickly this season,possibly more than the managers it went thru last season.Wait and see.

  7. alan – Lampard will go and maybe Drogba if we’re lucky but I fail to see where you’ve come up with all the other departures. Ronaldo hasnt gone anywhere yet either so I’d suggest youre clutching at straws in the hope you’ll do slightly better than 3rd place next season.

  8. If any of the others are persuaded by money to stay , that will be more damaging than them leaving. Carvalho wants to go, so does Cole .Essien would, given the choice. Personally,I dont think a team full of ageing portuguese, brazilians and russians is going to achieve much next year, and Abo will not need much to push for what was always his first choice manager,Guus Hiddink. Maybe a goalless draw at home ,or one of your players slipping up by a corner flag, will be the trigger. Let them all stay and watch Mourinho play mind games with Scolari, Kenyon and your hapless PR. Mourinho is barely in second gear and Fergie will pick his moment to get Scolari back for the Ron thing.

  9. Essien’s said he’s staying, Cole was never officially linked, and Carvalho – as Chelsea’s best CD should most definitely be offered a better deal than he’s got anyway. So Mourinho can spout his mouth off as much as he likes, he aint no pied piper. I do agree we need younger players though, because to be truly sucessful a club needs a mix of big experienced players and youth. Of the top 4, United are the only one’s getting that mix right.

  10. As I said I think Scolari will try compensate for his poor English by taking on more Portuguese and Brazilians,and quite simply I don t think they ll cut it.
    I pray you get Ronaldinho. As for Deco, Wenger took a close look at him a couple of years ago and discovered he no longer covers the ground needed for the English Premier, compared to likes of Flamini and Essien.

  11. I pray we DON’T get Ronaldinho. And on Deco, on a personal level I think he’s the last thing we need. From a footballing point of view, he looked a lot better during the Euro’s than he has for a while but again, his age wouldn’t do us any favours. Chelsea have been down that road of bringing in older, big name players before. It served a purpose at the time but it wouldn’t work in the PL these days. But as far as Scolari compensating for his poor English is concerned, he’s slipped up enough already for it to be clear his English is a lot better than he wants the press to believe.

  12. If ,hypothetically, Scolari were to sign a bunch of 15 to 17 year olds, even 19 to 20 year olds, and play them ,plus some of your existing kids a little before they are up to the task, would Abramovich give him more than 3 months, let alone 3 years?
    i know a few wealthy Russians and they know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
    When Abo started out on this journey I actually thought he d be a decent chap, but i m not convinced now.
    I think you will go for Deco, there will be pressure to get Ronaldinho, and you’ll probably go for Eto. Shev may well stay, and so may Anelka. Within next two years you ll probably get Kaka, but probably after he has deteriorated to Ronaldinho s level. I think Abo will push for a couple of Russians. There ll be some great goals, a few great games, but its not what I d want.
    I never thought I d want some French bureaucrat interfering in our game, buit I cant help thinking how much more interesting it would be if likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and ManU had to compete on even terms with Wigan and hull as happens in US football. Problem is how wed compete with Italian clubs who do their own tv deals etc

  13. I totally agree with you about the Russian ethic. Roman wants instant success and we won’t get that with youngsters, so of course it won’t happen.

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