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  1. Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    Bringing up the past is not irrelevant. The present has always and will always be measured against the past as sure as the future will be measured against the present. It will always fit into today's climate and what you can say is holding on to the past will not fit today's climate, then that will be saying something to think about. A man that dismisses his history or history in general is like a man that revels in history. Both reading from the same foolish page. Embarrassing or not, the money was spent, that is key. When we broke records for signing Torres he would have been a good signing i suppose. Only before the fact. When measured against HIS history and money spent he was a dud signing. A sense of entitlement to anything that is not totally within your control is laughable, forget about the other members of the top six, how about the rest of the league? Are they not also footballers wanting to win things? Because we have more money or so called better players? Appreciating, understanding and accepting of a situation is not accepting mediocrity. It is being rational.
  2. Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    Thanks Val, couldn't have "explained" my post any better.
  3. Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    Your sense of entitlement is bewildering. I'm not saying don't be ambitious but please remind me what European tournament we regularly participated in before our luck with Roman's millions.
  4. Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    Davey has made all the points that should be made. What changed from last season is Conte wasn't moaning last season about his team. He believed in them (and even if he didn't he did not give that impression) and worked with what he had. This season as the board didn't back him to the extent he wanted he lost control and unfortunately in expressing his disappointment also indicated his team are not good enough. Some great votr of confidence from your manager. That's what took away their confidence and fight in facing whoever they came up against. A lot of dominating teams comes from you being confident in yourselves. I want him to stay as manager because it is clear he's a good manager and even this season you can still see players improving but he needs to correctly identify his error and amend it for the team to succeed like last season.
  5. Season all on Conte. He's a very good manager but his attitude (call it ego, arrogance, petulance, stubbornness....or whatever) stunk the place out and derailed us. Its not games like this that have us so far behind but we dropped about 12 sure points from other places. You could argue when a team isn't strong enough mentally to beat the lesser teams it comes from the motivation and squad atmosphere.
  6. Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea

    Even if a player plays every match but he does not retain the support or confidence of the manager and maybe fans, he will never perform to same capabilities as if he retained said support. Does anyone here think Bats was ignorant to the fact he wasnt fancied? I don't blame a manager for having his preferences but what I can't stand is when they complain of the same situation that has a possible solution they refuse to explore. You hear of or see players having a barren run for several games, nearly a season or more. Cases in point our own Torres and Saido who was heavily linked to spurs and has now not experienced the feeling of scoring a goal in nearly 2 years. What was Bats longest goal drought? He didn't score every game but it was always a fair chance that he would score goals in games as he had the natural goal scorer ability. Like someone rightly said the other day I think it was @slojo, given the same number of games in a season as Morata he would probably outsore the spaniard. The quality of goals or importance to the team's cause is up for debate but the odds he would score more would favor Bats.
  7. How poor is Hazard though?
  8. Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    Saw a post or is it a tweet they are called? Possibly. It said something about how Mou came to the club and put his arms around players like JT, Lampard, Drogba and told them they were the best in the world and they played that way but Conte has players like Hazard, Morata, Courtois, at and continually talks like we are a Sunday league team. Thought that was funny and revealing too.
  9. Alvaro Morata

    I'm not one to wish for bad things to people but I hope he doesn't go to the world cup. The world cup is a footballer's crowning glory. For all the work they have put into football for their teams, they get rewarded with an appearance at this 4 yearly spectacle. Some put this work into their club and others into their national teams, with competition most times the basis of link from club to national team. Man's not done enough for football for his club. Man's not strong. Mentally first and then physically. Man don't deserve a world cup appearance.
  10. Can't fault the players too much. They put in a very good effort. Efforts ultimately sabotaged by the goalkeeper. We move on. It was always a likely outcome when we let Roma top the group. Hell even for teams that top the group it is a likely outcome if the foe faced is Barca.
  11. Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    That's like I remember it and if looked at in isolation impressive to some. However from that list only Roma, Liverpool and Spurs would I say were good, Atletico too. And don't get me wrong I'm not denigrating his achievements. I think he's tactically astute and can even achieve more with us or any other club for that matter. Truth is most times in football these days the team that gets the lead will win the game as most managers will employ game management to see out the game. Those that fall outside that category of not losing if they go behind are the big clubs and most of the time come backs apart from tactical direction from the bench are brought about by the attitude and spirit of the players. My point i was trying to make is when combined with his de-motivation of the squad (compare and contrast with last season) it is hard to turn around things on the pitch for players. Conte has been his own greatest undoing this season. He moans too much and it's not just me moaning. It's now an observed trait of his right now around world football. I still want him as manger as I feel he is good enough but he needs to give the players he's got credit and try and use those the club got him instead of who he wanted in a way the sum of the whole becomes greater than the individual parts. He's done it several times before in other jobs. He needs to just get over his bitterness with the board, get his mind right and do what everyone knows he's capable of which is get his team to win games.
  12. Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    You sure of that?
  13. Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    I think the reson he preferred damage control is he knows his limitations. But for a few times against lower class opposition and maybe a couple of times against similar level opposition as us, he finds it really difficult to rescue points with tactical intervention. He can set up a team going into a game but unlike other managers that can rescue points from losing positions more likely than not we don't. And to be fair to him it was the same "sh*t" style deployed in some big games he has been hailed as a tactical genius for. Spurs semi final for fa cup at Wembley comes to mind. Hold out for almost 65 mins then throw on everyone at same time. Only problem is here we were already behind and he doesn't believe in himself to turn it around.
  14. Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    I blame Emenalo ☹
  15. Have no clue if we are allowed 4 substitutions in the next game if we only use 2 here. Can someone explain to me why Morata didn't come on as well when we need to chase the game? Is it damage control?