Why do people still insist Chelsea is not a big club?

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They are now the 5th most succesful English club. Perhaps soon the 4th, as the prospects of Chelsea's next trophy are higher than Villa's (****, Villa could go down next season if things don't improve).

But more to the point (or more accurately the point I truly want to make), how can people say Chelsea is not a bigger club than Tottenham?

Twenty years ago, granted, Spurs were bigger. But Chelsea has:

- More trophies in total
- A larger international name, brand and fanbase (how many foreigners in their home countries wear Spurs shirts? lol.. few, if any)
- More money
- A Champions League, something Spurs have only ever been in twice in their history (including the old European Cup)

Somebody will say "oh, it's cos of money they got there innit". Well, yes, money has helped. But in reality which successful team doesn't use money to advance itself? And Chelsea fans are gloryhunters? Do all Tottenham fans who've ever lived, or may live, come from Edmonton or Wood Green? lol... Like most successful clubs, Spurs' Billy Nick era brought a lot of nationally-based fans, same with Liverpool in the 70s/80s, and United under Fergie.

I would concede that in the London/southern England hierarchy, Arsenal MAY be higher than Chelsea, but Chelsea is surely higher than Spurs now on most significant counts.

This is tl;dr, I would grant. To suffice, as Chelsea has more tradition, it surely is a bigger club than Spurs is now.

And to add, Chelsea may be a new big club, but so what? Was United a big club from foundation, or is it largely to the Busby era? Or Arsenal to the Chapman era? Or Liverpool to the Shankly era? Or Celtic to the nine in a row/Lisbon Lions era? the point being ALL big clubs did/achieved something to be as such.
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Seems like you're looking for arguments. Why even make a thread about this, obviously Chelsea are a big club but people have banter and they didn't do great this season(Regarding League position)
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You can't pin all of Arsenal's success on something that happened 80 years ago, that's simply ludicrous.

If that were the case, teams like Huddersfield would still be tearing it up in the top-flight.

I don't think anyone can say Chelsea aren't a big club, and they certainly have the financial capabilities to remain as such.
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People say stuff all the time, doesn't mean they're right.
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Because of Abramovich/Mansour 'oil money' men. Yes City and Chelsea are big, successful clubs but would they be without their billionaire owners? Probably not.

I acknowledge them but don't have the same respect for City & Chelsea as I do for say Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool.
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(Original post by sleep99)
but would they be without their billionaire ownersl.
Yes they would because they would probably still have a rich owner. Not all big clubs have owners like them
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You can't pin all of Arsenal's success on something that happened 80 years ago, that's simply ludicrous.
How so? When most Arsenal fans acknowledge it was the Chapman era that made them a big club?
If that were the case, teams like Huddersfield would still be tearing it up in the top-flight.
They didn't have the same impact as Chapman's Arsenal.
I don't think anyone can say Chelsea aren't a big club, and they certainly have the financial capabilities to remain as such.
Apologetics, eh?
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(Original post by murpo)
Seems like you're looking for arguments. Why even make a thread about this, obviously Chelsea are a big club but people have banter and they didn't do great this season(Regarding League position)
Who's that in your sig (the gif)?
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Who's that in your sig (the gif)?
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Meh, I've never heard anyone claim that Spurs are a bigger club than Chelsea. :dontknow:

What grates me though is when people suddenly reckon that Man City are one of the top 4 biggest clubs in the country because of their success in the last couple of seasons. :facepalm2: City's owners could have put any of around 30 clubs into the same position; City just got lucky.
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Hanging out at Priory Park in Reigate in Surrey today, I discovered that Manchester City are, in fact, a South London club. I never knew that.
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(Original post by sao desi)
How so? When most Arsenal fans acknowledge it was the Chapman era that made them a big club?

They didn't have the same impact as Chapman's Arsenal.
Of course the Chapman era first exposed us to greatness, but there have been a number of bad patches in the club's history - we didn't win a trophy between 1953 and 1969, in a pit of mediocrity even under Billy Wright. It wasn't until the title-winning seasons of 70-71 and then again in 97-98 that we really established ourselves.

The Huddersfield team of the late Twenties still managed three successive league titles, which only three other teams can match, as well as an FA Cup.
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(Original post by scriggy)
Meh, I've never heard anyone claim that Chelsea are a bigger club than Spurs. :dontknow:

What grates me though is when people suddenly reckon that Man City are one of the top 4 biggest clubs in the country because of their success in the last couple of seasons. :facepalm2: City's owners could have put any of around 30 clubs into the same position; City just got lucky.
Why aren't they bigger than Spurs?
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(Original post by sao desi)
Why aren't they bigger than Spurs?
Chelsea like 1000x bigger than spurs so that can't be a debate :rofl:
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I recognised her, just couldn't put a name to the face.
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Because your local fanbase is not that big?

Yes you have lots of fans in Hong Kong but could you fill a 60k stadium in West London?
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Because your local fanbase is not that big?

Yes you have lots of fans in Hong Kong but could you fill a 60k stadium in West London?
Chelsea fans are ****
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Chelsea winning the champions league means sweet fa, i really think luck played a big part in your success this season. I personally don't see you winning the champions league again any time soon, unless you get some good investment, nomsayin?
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Because they give out free tickets, can't sell out a Wembley semi final and took 30,000 fans to the Champions League final
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(Original post by WheresWally)
Chelsea winning the champions league means sweet fa, i really think luck played a big part in your success this season. I personally don't see you winning the champions league again any time soon, unless you get some good investment, nomsayin?
Luck did play a big part but you can't say they are not a big club. They do have good investment
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