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June 9, 2009

Ricardo Kaka has just moved from AC Milan to Real Madrid for a fee of 56 million pounds, shattering the previous record and making him the most expensive footballer in the history of the game.

In the past, when the record has been broken there has been uproar - when Zidane moved across to Real for £47m the press were out in force saying that it was bad for the game, the world had gone crazy, there was no way one player was worth that much, etc, etc. The clubs were practically being told off for turning the beautiful game obscene.

June 1, 2009

Carlo Ancelotti has been CONFIRMED as the new manager of Chelsea! And I think that's fantastic news! We are getting a talented and motivated coach who has experience of working at the highest level - having won two Champions League titles as a player and a further two as manager - which should set us up to finally, win the Champions League next season!

Ancelotti was the only real candidate for the role. Frank Rijkaard and Marco van Basten have both done reasonably well with the Dutch national side, but neither has convinced enough to be regarded as one of the best in Europe. Jose has just signed a brand new contract at Inter, and Hiddink refused to drop back from his Russian responsibilities. Ancelotti, alongside fellow Italian Marcello Lippi, is perhaps one of the most astute and gifted coaches around, and the only one who was readily available and open to a fresh challenge.

Yes! The FA Cup is in the bag. Lets be honest, you lot have been telling me off for the last month, saying that I had been taking it for granted that we'd beat Everton. It's going to sound childish, but I was SO right!

Everton are a hard-working side, but lack any of the cutting edge that teams at the top need - Saha was alright, but can't be relied upon to run his legs off for a full season, whilst their other strikers have had seemingly similar seasons.

Phil Lythell Phil Lythell is a Chelsea season ticket holder and lifelong Blues supporter stretching back to the sepia-tinted days of Kerry Dixon and Pat Nevin. Author of Chelsea-centric blog, Phil has spent his entire life living within a 20 minute walk of Stamford Bridge which has cost him a fortune but has also kept him from those interminable queues outside Fulham Broadway Station giving him more time in the pub to discuss the latest glorious/calamitous/insipid match.

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