Headlines blare today about Chelsea's decision to cut into massive expenses and whack 15 from its scouting department: "Chelsea sack scouts; pressure mounts"; "Chelsea tighten belts as economic crisis worsens" "Abramovich sacks 15" . Whether this is penny-wise and pound-foolish remains to be seen, but the spin from the Chelsea end is really remarkable. From chelseafc.com: "Chelsea Refocuses Scouting."
Nuff said? I think so.
Now for this week's jaunt around the football blogosphere:
- This Arsenal blog looks at the Chelsea scouting situation in contrast to Arsenal's super scouting and development. It's an interesting look at contrasting philosophies.
- Goal.com points out that Luis Filipe Scolari's January spending budget has been whacked down to zero.
- 101 Great Goals has links to all the English papers' takes on Chelsea.
- More spin: Liverpoolbanter blames the Reds' injury-time loss to Tottenham Saturday on Lady Luck. What number was she wearing?
- All hail Harry Redknapp, says Sportscorner, which has a nice rundown of the weekend's action.
- RedFloyd uses the L-word again in regard to Tottenham's win, and we're not talking Jennifer Beals' L-Word.
- New Voice of Football says Harry will cash in with a $4 million bonus if Spurs stay in the Premier League. Cha-Ching.
- Spurs The Offside asks if Tottenham games can be shimmed down to injury time exclusively?
- As for LaLiga, Inside Soccer World laments Real Madrid's missed opportunity to join Barcelona up top. Barca? Unstoppable?
- Dave's Football Blog throws Jozy Altidore a bone. Altidore scored his first La Liga goal scoring within 15 seconds of coming on as a substitute for Villareal.
- Talk about an upside-down world. Look at Portugoal.com and no further than Portugal where Porto is dumped again (three straight losses) and Leixoes and Nacional are on top. Calling Benfica, Sporting, Porto.
- More misery at Porto the Offside.
- Soccerlens previews Celtic-United tomorrow in the Champions League. Man. U. are one of several teams in line to move on to the Round of 16 this week.
- The Original Winger has Maradona's appointments of former teammates to his coaching staff.
- Newcastle FC Blog also has a bit on Maradona and his praise of two Tooners.
- The New York Times' Goal blog asks "What does Maradona mean for Argentina?"