As social media platforms become an integral part of football’s relentless PR machine, clubs like Chelsea are leading the way in providing exclusive behind-the-scenes content for supporters. Players such as @DavidLuiz_4 and @TheRealAC3 provide an entertaining insight into life as a professional footballer at Chelsea. The official @chelseafc account has proved vital for domestic fans who want to keep up-to-date with the preseason tour shenanigans this summer, in 140 characters or fewer.
Away from the PR machine and players showing off, parody accounts and fan pages add to the overall banter that Twitter inspires. Here are the 10 best Chelsea related tweets from the week beginning July 29.
The Penalty Vine
The hyperbolic excitement over Romelu Lukaku
Give Lukaku a ten year deal... Release clause £500 million #CFC That's not an over-reaction right?— Footie Writer (@FootieWriter) August 2, 2013
@FootieWriter has a plan to keep Lukaku at Chelsea for the long term. Details of the deal are yet to be finalised, but if it happens, expect Juan Mata’s current contract to be extended to 15 years with a £1 billion buyout clause.
The continuing scepticism regarding Fernando Torres
@ESPNUK‘s tweet regarding Jose Mourinho’s assertion that he will be able to revive Fernando Torres’ form is positively oozing with justifiable sarcasm. However, when you consider the immediate reaction to The Special One’s decision to pay £24 million for Didier Drogba in 2004, this tweet should be favourited for future reference.
The parody account wind-up
I still can't believe they've released him. With a name like that I was convinced he'd end up a Chelsea legend... pic.twitter.com/mXVtUMq7pg— Stupid Football (@StupidFootball) August 2, 2013
@StupidFootball has done the Twitter world a service by drawing attention to a player who has been recently released by Chelsea. With several Chelsea players frequently described as “naughty boys,” amongst other things, whoever runs this parody account deserves a pat on the head.
The Tottenham windup
@CFC_Clive decided to get a head start on the traditional rivalry between Chelsea fans and Tottenham Hotspur by digging out this quote from Spurs’ demigod Jimmy Greaves. Did you know that Greaves began his career at Chelsea? Read more about that here.
The irrefutable fan logic
Oscar scored against Juventus twice, against Italy, and yesterday against Inter. He can't stop scoring against Italians. #CFC— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStats) August 2, 2013
@BrazilStats offered up this blinding stat regarding Chelsea’s Brazilian starlet Oscar. Apparently the best position to play him in is anywhere against Italian opposition, which will be useful for next season’s Champions League campaign.
The one where Goliath helps David
The obligatory selfie
The bit of history
@juanmata10fans dug this photo of Stamford Bridge from the 1950s out of the archives. The original wall of The Shed in the foreground is still standing today, and even has its very own blue plaque.
If there are any tweets that deserved to be included but weren’t, feel free to link to them in the comments or let me know on Twitter itself @agirlintheshed