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Episode Twenty-Four – Why is nobody talking about Chelsea this season?

In a week where an England manager finally had the guts to admit he doesn’t have a clue what he is doing, the Team are back together to underperform like the gracelessly aging midfielder that is the world of football.

A few weeks into what had been touted as potentially the best Premier League season ever, it feels as though we’ve already fallen into the numbingly inevitable: the clubs who have spent the most money are at the top of the table, Liverpool are gloriously inconsistent, Sunderland are still aiming for a point per game. Yet despite being widely heralded as potential title winners, Chelsea haven’t broken into the top three clubs in England: City, United and Hull. Our question this week touches on this asking: why aren’t more people talking about Chelsea this season?

Before that though, in line with Keith Vaz’s preliminary findings on the vice scene in modern Britain, we discuss a number of Talking Points from the previous week in football.

Trailing the faint whiff of beard oil wherever he goes, Paddy has pulled himself away from a fusion noodle bar in Soho for just long enough to talk to us about Atletico Madrid. Atletico were once hailed as the ultimate buying club – having a frenetic turnover of players but always managing to bring in new talent. But have things changed for Los Colchoneros?

The thinking person’s football pundit is back once again with the ill-behaviour. He wants to talk club ownership and the legitimacy of fan-owned football clubs in this day and age.

Do you remember the England football team from the Euros? Good. Because they are exactly the same as Big Sam’s New Look England football team. Sean Bartlett is here to discuss England. Someone had to.

All this and much more beside in this week’s episode of A Team of John O’Sheas.

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