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Last Updated: Monday, 27 March 2006, 15:53 GMT 16:53 UK
Moody Blues?
By James Standley

A pensive-looking Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Chelsea boss Mourinho has seen his side come in for heavy criticism
Chelsea may be reigning champions, well clear at the top of the Premiership and into the last four of the FA Cup, but to say they are not universally loved is an understatement.

Criticism from opposing supporters is to be expected, but it seems some Chelsea fans are also losing patience with their side.

A section of the home crowd became so frustrated that Chelsea were sitting on their 2-0 lead over Manchester City on Saturday that they started booing.

Many also turned on striker Didier Drogba when he writhed on the floor following a challenge from City defender Richard Dunne.

BBC Sport asks a Chelsea legend and the club's fans whether the champions need tp change.

PETER BONETTI - 729 CHELSEA APPEARANCES

Obviously I love the club to bits - I was there for 29 years as a player and coach and I still do a bit of hospitality on match days.

They've had a lot of criticism regarding all the diving and all the rest of it and I don't enjoy seeing that sort of thing happen, but I wouldn't say it's just Chelsea, I'd say it's several teams.

Because Chelsea are so successful everyone is making a beeline for them and writing about them.

Jose Mourinho has got a fantastic team. It's not just about having the money to buy players, you've got to know what to do with it and who to buy, and I think he's bought very, very well.

Chelsea legend Peter Bonetti made 729 appearances for the club
Bonetti wants to see diving dealt with by the game's authorities

He's got them to gel and play as a team. They've had one or two blips along the way but a team can't win every game and play exciting football every game.

When you're at the top and winning week in, week out, some fans get a bit greedy and want flair football all the time as well.

There are some things I'd like to see eliminated from the game - I won't mention names but there are players who exaggerate things.

They do go down when they've barely been touched and I think that's very unfair and I don't agree with it.

I don't care who they are, I think it should be stamped out - something has got to be done.

JEZ WALTERS - CFCNET.CO.UK

A small minority of fans in the Matthew Harding Upper Stand did boo Drogba at the end of the game.

Didier Drogba celebrates Frank Lampard's first goal against Bolton in October 2005
Striker Didier Drogba divides opinions among Chelsea fans

Although I have some sympathy for them, the booing of our own players is never justified.

I don't know if Drogba is a diver, but he does go down too easily, which makes him look like one.

The fans prefer Crespo to play up front because he's basically a better player, but Drogba brings a lot to the team and is regarded as a better bet in the Premiership by Mourinho.

And I think the poor guy is being made a scapegoat by the media. Indeed, the club in general is being targeted maliciously.

When Gianluca Vialli and Claudio Ranieri were in charge at the Bridge we had fantastic PR and everyone seemed to like us.

However, we didn't win the league under either of them. It would be nice to see us act with grace at all times and to be more popular. Being hated does get you down a bit.

But give the fans a choice between success and popularity and we'll take success every time.

606 MESSAGEBOARD USERS

Do you realize that Chelsea has become synonymous with unsporting behaviour in the game? I really used to like Chelsea, but it is getting to the point where they are the most hated team in England, and it is not because they are top of the league.
LiverCool

I don't want to see Drogba at our club next season. So what if he scored twice on Saturday? He isn't worthy of our shirt and is bringing the club a bad name. Drogba Out!
Ballack the Blue (aka blueisthecolour)

I can't believe a single real Chelsea fan can deny the talent that Drogba has. He does, admittedly make foolish errors, such as diving and handballs etc, but that should be discouraged. Drogba to stay.
maverick_enterprises

As a Blackburn fan this will probably get me abuse from all other boards but I find this abuse of Chelsea to be way out of proportion and just stupid. The British public HATE success, look at how Man Utd were hated and Arsenal for a few years, not just in football either.
AllRoverNow

I am a Man Utd fan and I feel obliged to come on here and defend Drogba. I find it incredible that the media hacks have whipped up a hate frenzy regarding Drogba.
Kaka 08




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