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Chelsea profitable for PFC in many ways?

This may sound an 'odd' statement to make but the prospect of welcoming Chelski to Fratton in a pre-season friendly, when this fixture was announced, did little to appeal to me to be honest.

Of course attracting a club of that stature to Fratton was impressive but it seemed 'old hat' to me in many ways and as such did not appeal...

Fortunately this did appeal to the masses and we had well over 19,000 turn out for the game at the weekend, and this was a good workout for PFC - yep it was only a pre-season friendly but we put in a good shift and got plenty of pluses from this I think, despite the 1-0 defeat.

Results are not the important thing in pre-season at all though are they?

'Perhaps' by being Chelski's first pre-season opponents, at least as far as the opponent that would be their new manager Andre Villas-Boas' first game in charge - I think an 'XI' had taken on Wycombe but he was not in the dugout, has worked in our benefit?

The News today reports that Villas-Boas is open to the idea of them potentially lending us a helping hand: 'when we get back from our tour to Asia, decisions will have to be taken over some of our younger players for the new season.

'I had a chance to speak to Steve Cotterill and we exchanged a couple of ideas.

'Portsmouth is an emblematic club with this support that everyone knows. Pompey is famous for it.

'So it depends. There is always plenty of interest for Chelsea players but it's up to Portsmouth and ourselves to make that decision and to make sure the players are happy.'

Whilst I would still like us to bring in a few more permanent players first it goes without saying that bringing in some loanees for the season is something that we - like just about every other nopower side - will look to do.

So, bringing in some of their younger players may well be something we could now do?

Full backs Ryan Bertrand and Patrick van Aanholt have both been mentioned by The News, so with it being my thoughts that fullbacks are certainly something that we need these 'might' be options.

I know that I would be happy to take either for the season, if not both!

They must also have an up and coming striker that we could look to borrow, but after we have signed one of our own permanently if we can.

The opening match that Villas-Boas was in attendance at may have very much worked in our favour as it appears that Steve Cotterill was able to 'woo' him.

This could see a 'fruitful' relationship grow as a result, although to be fair we have had a decent footballing relationship with the Londoners anyway, have we not...

So, all in all this friendly looks like it has worked in PFC's advantage in more ways than one! Perhaps we were fortunate with this; then again it 'could' have been a strategic move from the hierarchy at PFC that may well reap dividends in many different ways?

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 18 2011

Time: 12:05PM

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Borrowing from Chelski would be a far better bet than taking any Stoke did not fancy!!
eastneydave
Patrick Van Aanholt and Josh McEachran would be good loans.
bluedr
Calling Chelski just shows ur class and then u want players frm us?? lol ...... njoy ur championship......
the_blue_world
Some of their followers don't like being called Chelski then. That is how I deciphered the message anyway.
wellyit
what is so wrong with calling Chelsea, Chelski? i don't get it, feel free to call us Pompski, i think it sounds better anyway ;D lol but yea would be fantastic to have a few of their young players, Kakuta and McEachran spring to mind for me would be awesome to have either of those!
pompeym@
contrary to popular belief blue i do not speak for the whole of pompey so to say 'we' refer to you as chelski is hardly right is it, i simply did? it is really any different than calling man city, citeh? man utd, manyoo? etc. tho, which i suspect you do anyway?
pompeyrug
This is the first time i'll comment or read an article from another club's vital page, and that is because a link from Newsnow chelsea brought me here. I don't mess around with other clubs- it just doesn't make any sense to do so. When you guys were in the premier league, i respected you guys and i liked watching your matches on t.v (i would still like to watch it now but for the fact that they don't broadcast matches from the nopower championships here in Africa) Now what i'm saying here is that there is no season for a chelsea fan to hate pompey. On vital chelsea after the game, no chelsea fan talked about pompey in a bad terms (well, a few taunts here and there about Ben Haim getting to score his first goal for us but then that wasn't even about the club). You guys can call us whatever you like but isn't it funny that you even want some of our youngsters? I'd love to see you guys in the power league once again! Nice game that was.
Africanblue
*reason* I call spurs 'spuds' but then i started that when Modric handed in a transfer request and Mr Levy began to act like... Err... Well you know the story! That justifies it cos only a spuds would be happy to keep a sad player at their club. If i may ask what justification do you have for calling us chelski? Because we sold Ben Haim? P.
Africanblue
What is the big deal, no one has said anything offensive?????
moley2
chelsea, russian owners = chelski, simple!
i cannot see why that is, or could be viewed as offensive? with a russian owner of our own now if anyone called us pompski would i take offence?
no, infact i might start refering to us as pompski...
pompeyrug
I LIKE Pomski, I think its great. I think with a little choral practice, the Fratton End could hum Dr Zhivago at the start of the game and maybe the shop could start selling fur cossack hats with little blue badges on the front! (and you were all wondering who Lucius Peart had moved over for?......)
Gandor1
Of course, us schmoozing Chelsea is the reason the Management have said nothing about that thug Terry.
Gandor1
wots the issue with AfricanBlue; where is the offensive language? as for Chelski, its what the whole of the Prem League calls your team because you are Russian controlled and it was a headline in a paper- grow upski is suggestski
russellm
I thought it was a universal nickname? Other clubs use it, the media use it, I have a mate who supports Chelsea who refers to them as Chelski, just an endearing term to show of support to the Russian owner in my opinion. Nothing derogatory, nothing malicious, just a bit of wordplay. Some people are far too sensitive.

Onto the question of bringing in these youngsters, I think it was very clever of SC to get AVB to one side and have a little natter about who he can borrow. Bertrand and/or Van Aarhold would be decent loans, Kakuta would be great but I can't see him getting sent to us, or McEachran, I think he's Premiership quality in the making.
PompeyFrippy
theres a few chelsea youngsters i'd be happy to see at fratton park and if we can establish a link with them to get their best youngsters then good on you SC
pompey4ever
 

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