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Elliott last won the day on August 17 2011

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  1. Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    My thoughts exactly. I feel very disillusioned with the club right now and with how it is run. Last season’s title masked the same old problems, and I’m done with it. The board always promises years of stability and support to a manager, but never deliver. If your manager is successful, you stand by him. That’s the bottom line. Couldn’t really give a toss about the rest of the season. Watching us scramble to a top four finish before inevitably sacking the manager and starting all over again? Not for me. This all stems back to the row with Costa, but guess what? You back the manager. The one who’s just won you the title. If the club didn’t want Conte here this season, as is clearly the case, they should’ve had the balls to sack him last year.
  2. Riyad Mahrez

    Agree with others in respect of Guardiola (and City) getting too much credit. They are undoubtedly the most impressive to watch at present, but they've only managed to make that style of football work after spending an exorbitant amount of money. They have by far and away the strongest group of players in the league, and that's what wins you football matches. If you add those players to any premier league side, they win the league. It's a very similar situation to when Roman had been here for a couple of seasons and our then crop of players, man for man, were head and shoulders above anyone else. Nobody else could compete, and even when they threatened to, we bought (or tried to buy) their best players. All that being said, clubs know operate (or at least some of us try to) in a world of FFP, and this is my only exception to how City carry on. For example, since last season, including Laporte, they have now spent £215m on defenders alone. How can that be justified to UEFA, unless there's been some serious book fiddling going on? Pep claims, in the grand scheme of things, City haven't really spent that much, as they have bought numerous players, rather than spending hundreds of millions on just one (a la United), but as we all know, that's not really the point. Do City really generate substantially higher revenues than us? In 2016/17 it was about 100m EUR higher, which isn't much by today's standards, and now they're prepeared to increase net losses even further by spending on Mahrez. It's gotten so ridiculous, they're now attempting to sign players to cover injuries of 6-7 weeks. As others have said, you can't knock their attitude - they've spent the money to bring in the top bracket players. This is what we have done in the past, and is exactly what we should have done after winning the league, but honestly, what's the point in FFP right now. Either we all play by the same rules, or if you choose not to, there must be consequences. If City are prepared to ignore/bend the rules, why are Chelsea so afraid?
  3. Olivier Giroud to Chelsea

    It's a done deal as BBC are now reporting Michy has gone to Dortmund. No way we would let him go without knowing someone else is coming in. Not sure how I feel about this one. Half my brain tells me we are signing an average player. The other half says, a) he knows the league and b) it's a better option than we already have. Either way you look at it, it still pales in comparison to how City are going about things.
  4. It's a real shame that we didnt at least have Musonda on the bench to chose from. He would have slotted in perfectly to replace Willian to make sure we continued with a high front three and it would've been interesting to see how he played alongside Hazard and Pedro. Massive oversight on the club's part. Who's call was that? Whilst accepting we have a couple of injuries, the fact that one player going off caused so much disruption is scandalous for a club of our standing. Our only attacking options were a player who hasn't played for the best part of a year, and a striker who struggled to hold the ball up against Norwich.
  5. Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    Conte has been supported (to a degree) but nowhere near as you would expect for reigning Champions. We had a horrible summer transfer window, despite getting Morata (who, in my view, is a downgrade on Costa) and our squad is still in need of at least two to three top class signings. A token £15m Ross Barkley gesture is not enough to convince me that the board are fully behind Conte, and sadly, I think he knows he only has a matter of months left. This is Chelsea, after all. It seems we're not happy unless we immeadiately follow up a successful season by undoing the good work, only to get a new manager and the whole cycle starts again!
  6. Tiémoué Bakayoko

    Someone needs to stick a rocket up his arse. If only Wisey was still around...
  7. Dire. We could still be playing now, and we still wouldn't have scored. We're so predictable at the moment. Worst thing is, without further additions to the squad to freshen things up, I can't see how it will change.
  8. Tiémoué Bakayoko

    Secretly, I'm hoping that a midfield of Kante, Cesc and Barkley is going to provide us with enough balance (although I suspect it wont) which'll limit Baka's playing time. I understand that you have to play in order to improve, but that can only be taken so far. It seems like he needs time out to get his head straight, or to realise what is needed from him to warrant playing.
  9. Tiémoué Bakayoko

    Baka is a strange one. Seeing him play for Monaco, compared to now, it looks like we've signed his identical twin brother, who's never kicked a ball in his life. Simple passes go astray.... positionally/tactically, he is horrible.... despite his physique, he can't seem to tackle, or win headers.... despite being quick, he doesn't track back and he doesn't burst forward enough. This is nothing to do with playing in a new league - these are basic things. Is it confidence? Is he carrying an injury? Is he unsure of what his role is? He has all the physical attributes to be brilliant, but I'm not convinced he has the attitude or football intelligence to actually do it. If it all clicks into place, we'll have one hell of a player, but at the moment, that looks light years away.
  10. In short, this game kind of sums up our season so far. We're not bad, but not quite good enough either. We're not as clinical in front of goal as we were last season, and although our defence has looked slightly more assured recently, we concede too many silly goals. In the end, a draw was the fair result. It's quite frustrating how we've not been able to beat Arsenal recently given, generally, how poor they are. Morata had a terrible game, and his confidence looked knocked after missing the first sitter. It's a worry, but I think he's shown enough this season not to be written off entirely. He's still one of the best strikers in the league, probably only behind Aguero and Kane. IMO - a bad night at the office, rather than a bad player. What it does highlight, once more, is the need for quality back up in our squad. Relying on one striker to play the key games, at all times (when fit), in their first season, is a big ask. For me, what's more worrying is how Bakayoko keeps getting picked ahead of Drinkwater. He looks completely out of his depth.
  11. Chelsea's UCL credentials

    Anyone who seriously thinks Barca will be scared of us needs to put down the waccy baccy. This isn't 2007. We don't have a Terry, Lampard, Ballack, Drogba. We have a defence that leaks silly goals, a midfield that contains Bakayoko (and which is wholly reliant on Kante), and an attack which is largely dependant on Hazard, who they will surely double/triple mark. On the positive side, it's very difficult to mark Hazard completely out of game for 90 mins, and Morata will know how to score against them (assuming he gets the service).
  12. Emanalo The Problem

    I wonder if this has anything to do with Conte and/or Luiz bust-up?...
  13. David Luiz back at Chelsea

    Last season we generally saw the best of Luiz. Dependable, aggressive, composed. This season, the 'undesirable' elements have crept back in. Rash challenges, poor decision making, getting caught out of position too often. To top it all off, being viewed laughing on the pitch whilst being hammered by Roma (whatever the reason) should not happen. It's unprofessional. Clearly, this decision is about as 'tactial' as when Diego was left out last January when wanting a move to China. Conte would never let it be known publicly, but the two have obviously had a major coming together. I really hope this is the beginning of a change of culture at the club, which is sorely needed. For too long, the players seem to have ruled the roost. Conte won't stand for that, and unless the board choose to back a manager for once, things will never change.
  14. God, how we've missed Kante. We looked a different team yesterday, and to echo what others have said, he's arguably our most vital player. Lots of positives from yesterday. Christensen was commanding at the back, and the trio of Kante/Bakayoko/Cesc looked our most balanced midfield. If Kante manages to pass over some of his composure to Baka, along with some tips on winning 50/50's, we will have a fine box-to-box midfielder for years to come. Morata's confidence looks back, and the only time Utd could get close to Hazard, they fouled him. My main concern with this team is consistency. The player's seem to 'up it' when the chips are down, rather than give 100% every single game. Hopefully this is the turning point.
  15. If I was Conte, I would make a statement vs. Watford. Rest Luiz & Bakayoko and play Ampadu & Kyle Scott in Midfield alongside Cesc. Failing that, if Christensen can play in the middle, play Clarke-Salter in defence. These are currently our back-up options, so why not use them?