Episode 51 – Allison Kasic

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Keitel and Yoni are joined by Allison Kasic, the Chapter Head of the Washington D.C. based Beltway Blues and National Chair of Chelsea In America, a coalition of more than 45 Chelsea FC supporters’ groups across the Unites States. The group discuss where it went wrong for Blues legend Frank Lampard, where it’s going right for his replacement Thomas Tuchel, as well as what it means to be a part of the Chelsea community in America.

Icebreaker:

As Keitel, Yoni and Allison are all proud dog owners, the trio choose which footballer their respective pups embody and explain why.

On Allison’s Chelsea Fandom and her Role at Chelsea In America:

Allison became immersed in supporting Chelsea during a college semester abroad spent in West London. These days she has carried the spirit of matchdays with her to the Ireland’s Four Courts pub in Arlington Virginia, where she joins the rest of the Beltway Blues chapter in celebrating their shared passion for Chelsea Football Club. As National Chair of Chelsea In America, Allison helps to coordinate and facilitate the participation in and expansion of the community of American Chelsea supporters’ groups.

“Blue is the Colour, Blank is the Name”:

In his tenure, Roman Abramovich has appointed a lot of managers, many with big personalities and outspoken in their own right. Yoni puts forward a few quotes, to Allison and Kei, who have to decide who said it: a Chelsea manager, or another figure from popular culture.

On Chelsea’s Recent Fortunes and Upcoming Cup Finals:

Allison gives her thoughts on why Chelsea legend Frank Lampard’s time as manager of the club didn’t work out as he and the fans would have hoped. From overachieving during his first season in charge to losing the dressing room this campaign, perhaps the role just came too soon in the touchline career of Chelsea’s all-time leading goal scorer.

When it comes to Tuchel, things can hardly have gone better for Chelsea since they appointed the German head coach. Allison puts the turnaround down to the natural lift that comes with a new face at the helm, strong man management and masterful match preparation.

Chelsea face Leicester City this weekend in the FA Cup final, a match that Allison is quietly confident of a victory in; whereas she’s less certain about the Blue’s fortunes against Manchester City, in what will be the West London club’s third Champions League final since 2008.

Chelsea Flop Signing XI Team Builder:

Roman Abramovich and Chelsea have, by and large, spent well since the Russian billionaire’s arrival at Stamford Bridge, but there have been a few high profile misses when it comes to their transfer activity down the years. The group build a starting eleven of those signings that didn’t quite live up to their billing in the famous blue of Chelsea.

GK: Kepa Arrizabalaga
RB: Khalid Boulahrouz
CB: Tal Ben Haim
CB: Matt Miazga
LB: Filipe Luís
RM: Juan Cuadrado
CM: Tiémoué Bakayoko
CM: Danny Drinkwater
LM: Marko Marin
ST: Andriy Shevchenko
ST: Adrian Mutu

Special mentions: José Bosingwa, Asier del Horno, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Mohamed Salah, Ross Barkley and Gaël Kakuta.

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