Originally posted by Palynka
This is ridiculous.
Chelsea has been great for neutrals. There's a new great team in Europe and this bid for Liverpool (even if he doesn't inject half the cash that Roman does) can only help level things upwards at the top, instead of leveling things through a decrease in general quality.
If you want to see more competition with lower quality football watch the Championship.
I disagree because you have players like Wright-Phillips etc shining the bench.
There's no end to what Roman could do.
Shevchenko is having a bad season, they can just go buy Torres at the end of it.
It's to the detriment of the sport in my opinion.
And it's also not good for the neutral because Chelsea has walked the last two seasons and I'd be surprised if they didn't win it again.
They have far more depth than United, and as United begin to tire, they will lose the top spot.
A one horse race is hardly good for the neutrals.
Soccer isn't about the sport anymore.
It's becoming too commercial for my liking.
This new craze about eccentric billionaires playing 'Championship Manager' in real life makes me sick to the stomach.
I'd love to see Porto (or Ajax or any other 'small' team) win the Champions League 20000 times in a row than see Chelsea win it, because if they do, it proves only one thing: Money can buy you just about any frikkin thing you want.
As far as the quality is concerned though, I tempted to say Chelsea doesn't play the best football in the Premiership anyways (ironic since I just said they walked the last two season's I know). In my opinion, Arsenal plays better football and would be a great team if they didn't try to walk the ball into the net. Chelsea manage to grind out results.
Think about this as well.
Cudicini, Wright Phillips, Obi Mikel, Geremi, Diarra and Kalou would all be regulars at smaller clubs in the premiership.
Yet now you see them very infrequently.
That's 6 players
If Liverpool did the same thing, then 12 good players that would otherwise be first team regulars at smaller clubs will now play small parts of the season.
So the quality at Chelsea might be better but at other clubs who could and would've utilised those players (Wright Phillips is a classic example for Man City) the quality is worse.
For every player that a rich chairman buys and sacks to the bench, some team’s quality suffers.
I suppose you could say that money filters down to youth academies eventually though.
But I still don't like the idea.
And another thing... If I want more competition with HIGHER quality football, I watch Serie A 😉