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Andy North

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  1. With the late Thursday kick off this could be coming a bit too soon for them. I'm not sure if Hazard was deliberately taking it slow on Tuesday because the game was already won and he didn't want to get injured. If he's 90% fit I would start him and put Pedro on the bench. I would also consider putting Luiz in midfield. They do have an attacking approach and we should seek to control the middle. We need to remember how quickly they came out in FA Cup final. We really need to be up for this and move the ball quickly early on. It will be a big statement if we can beat them. Whatever people say Arsenal are one of the tougher sides and having already beaten Spurs, the Blues will be sending out a clear message with a victory. COYB PS - Please can we finish with 11men.
  2. Vintage Blues pictures and film

    It does look like a Leeds scarf but he must have just run out of the Stretford End which was packed with Chelsea. He looks like a bit of a skinhead so maybe he nicked it of a Leeds fan and kept it as a trophy. Or maybe his big brother did. Fabulous photograph.
  3. Your unpopular opinion about Chelsea

    Unpopular opinion. 1. Chelsea fans chant the managers name too much when it is the players doing all the hard work. 2. RedCafe is a better forum than this. (I use it more than this site. It's like being in the home end at away matches. If you know what I mean) 3. Kerry Dixon is a bit of a thug. I can't believe I just said that.
  4. Zappacosta

    Oh Ye of little faith! The Don knows OK!
  5. Conte has to get the balance between rotation and picking experience for this one. The omission of Willian and Hazard from last Saturdays starting line up leads me to think he will start with these two. Our defence should be able to play 2 games in 4 days but maybe play Cahill instead of Luiz. Moses and Alonso give their all playing their wing back roles and should be rested. Maybe Dave could replace Moses if Cahill comes in to replace. Alonso may well have to start and be subbed in the second half. Mr Conte will have to earn his money today but he hasn't got it wrong yet.
  6. Alvaro Morata

  7. 70s photos of Shed Boys

    He may have just been busy and forgotten but it may be that the excitement the photos generated made him realise their value and he is now reluctant to just give them away. If a good book about that era was published I imagine it could sell quite a few copies.
  8. Alvaro Morata

    I'm a bit concerned that we haven't been our usual decisive selves in the transfer window. We normally do a bit of early business as soon as the window opens. Although we have just signed Rudiger , there seems little else going on and the Costa problem shows no sign of being resolved. It seems to be the case that Costa only wants to go to Athletico but he can't play for them because of their transfer embargo until January. If it resolves the issue we should buy someone else like Moratta, agree a fixed price for Costa in January and let him sit on the bench until then. I know this will effect the cash flow but we have to take the long view with regard a settled squad. Of course it may be the case that Costa agrees to stay. I have to say that I don't trust the guy and feel he would kick off again just before January and we would be left high and dry. We need to resolve this problem now. Sorry Deigo, I like the goals but you can stick your tantrums where your sombrero doesn't reach. I can only hope there is plenty going on behind the scenes.
  9. Vintage Blues pictures and film

    Had a season ticket in the west stand in 1972 and remember my Dad running up the back of the seats and fully expecting me to catch him. I also remember the "executive" boxes at the back. I used to see one of the dancers from Pans People in there. I also remember seeing Richard Attenborough and Bill Oddie. It was right posh.
  10. Baggies on holiday Bash 'em good and proper
  11. He always managed Thierry Henry better than anybody else.
  12. Utd will be a little unpredictable without Ibrahimovic so Jose will not only have to plan around that but also stop another 4-0. This is a real challenge for him personally. He could suffer some irreparable damage if they get beaten badly. His Utd are set up as a slightly more attacking formation than his Chelsea because the club demand it, but he hasn't hit on a regular eleven or pattern of play. He will have to stop the early goal. That is for sure. (If we get an early goal he will have a seizure.) He will demand no repeat after Pedros early goal. An early goal dictates the tactics and he knows this. He will have to set up more defensively because of this. He will try to kill the game early on. Pack out the midfield and could even put a marker on Kante. He has an eye on the Europa League so lets see how they go tonight but I think his best attacking option will be out and out pace. Rashford on the break probably. The problem for him is that his team, man for man and as a group, is inferior to Chelsea. We have too much for them all over the pitch. Chelsea's attacking options come from all over the pitch and we can soak it up if we have to. Utd will crack. 4-0 and a seizure for Jose.
  13. I've never seen this type of pass before and have been trying to think of a name for it. 1. Back pass. Nah. 2. A Hazard. Why not?
  14. The only hope Utd have is if they sit back and catch us on the break. They could play with Martial or Rashford for the pace but I just can't see it. Their defence isn't good enough to play this way and if they have a go they will leak goals. The only positive for them missing Ibrahimovic is that they will have the opportunity to play on the break. If he's in the team they cannot break quickly. I also think Jose doesn't know how to beat this Chelsea team. The look of surprise on his face during the 4-0 was an absolute picture. Pogba is a big lump so I would put Matic on him but player for player we are the better team. On top of that we have a formula to our play and Utd have yet to discover how best to play.
  15. Vintage Blues pictures and film

    What you heard it coming out of his arse?