Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Day I Dined with Crespo and Chelsea Weren't on Menu

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Day I Dined with Crespo and Chelsea Weren't on Menu

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Byline: DAVID MELLOR

THE possible arrival of Hernan Crespo at Chelsea makes a bizarre encounter last May almost worthy of inclusion in one of those books about coincidences.

Ken Bates and I were dining with our respective partners in a modest restaurant on the obscure Italian island of Ponza, when the waiter said: "Here's Hernan Crespo." And it was.

The Chelsea chairman asked him what it needed to get him to Stamford Bridge.

At the time it seemed a huge joke but now we know the answer - Roman Abramovich. Of whom none of us, just 12 weeks ago, had ever heard!

Meanwhile, to read some journalists you would have thought manager Claudio Ranieri's team lost against Liverpool on Sunday.

What fun they had attacking Ranieri for starting [pounds sterling]17million new man Damien Duff and Jesper Gronkjaer on the "wrong" wings.

But, of course, with quality wingers there is no such thing as a wrong wing.

Last season, Gronkjaer patrolled both flanks, so why shouldn't the same happen with Duff? …

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