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  1. Eden Hazard

    Completely idiotic decision. These refs really need to be held accountable.
  2. Willian

    You're forgetting Cahill. This is a special year with 3 scapegoatable options. @the detractors I just don't understand this attitude. We all know Willian is limited in his end product, Cahill is limited in his passing ability and Cesc in his defensive ability. Nobody disagrees with this. What do you hope to achieve by pointing out the obvious again and again and again? At least think of something new to say. Practically every player in the world is limited in some way but brings something else to the table. If anything, ask Conte for a cost benefit analysis and then blame him for playing them if you want. You can then conveniently forget your shenanigans if we win the league and not stop for a second to think that maybe, just maybe, Conte isn't a complete idiot and he used certain players for a reason. How can it ever make sense to scapegoat a player for having well documented flaws if they put in effort? We have the squad we have, and it is a very good squad. None of your moaning can change the squad, and no squad can anyway have 16 world class options. If you accuse them of a lack of effort, then that's something. This is so stupid.
  3. Credit to Arsenal for really turning up. Good match up, disappointing result. Bakayoko changed the dynamic entirely in the 2nd half. The plus side of all these reds is that the likes of Christensen and Rudiger get great opportunities to establish themselves. The was very poor though. Not for the red but for extremely poor decisions otherwise.
  4. Antonio Rudiger

    I agree. I still dont know his defensive ability but his passing is top class. He srems to be two footed too (initially thought he was left footed). All our CBs except Cahill seem comfortable with either foot
  5. Your unpopular opinion about Chelsea

    Not sure that is true though. The admiration is begrudging given the circumstances but I think most on this forum see him as a world class striker. I certainly do.
  6. Welcome N’Golo Kante

    http://www.espn.co.uk/football/chelsea/story/3203739/chelseas-ngolo-kante-i-dont-feel-like-the-player-of-the-year?ex_cid=fw_affid234 What a guy!
  7. And Ashley Young when Pogba was replaced?
  8. But that crossfield pass, wow! He's got some passing range.
  9. Very comfortable half, the players didn't get out of training mode. I can see how Christensen can be the natural successor to Luiz. Only negatives - Some wayward passing by our midfield and I felt Cahill's tackle was a bit unnecessary, esp. against Qarabag. For whatever reason, all commentators seem convinced that Zappacosta meant it. And Ashley Young is still at United?!
  10. What are your expectations this season?

    I honestly believe our defence (squad) is comfortably the best in England and perhaps one of the best in Europe. Azpi, Luiz and Rudiger form a fantastic back three. We must see if Conte prefers Cahill over Rudiger immediately after he comes back but I think it is just a matter of time before Cahill is displaced in the starting 11.
  11. What are your expectations this season?

    Have our rivals had such great windows though? City still have an ordinary central defense and central midfield, United have poor or ageing wing backs, Matic as a midfield mainstay and the likes of Lingaard and Fellaini as squad players. Spurs haven't strengthened at all and Arsenal and Liverpool, well...
  12. What are your expectations this season?

    I'm not sure what the underlying reasons for the delay in the Drinkwater deal were. Maybe Leicester gave he go ahead only at the end? We may never know. The end result was positive (hopefully), like it was for Luiz and Alonso. True, many of us feel that Bats may not be able to do the job. He does have potential though, and seems to score whenever required. I don't know whether it is worth risking losing him by bringing a has been 32 yo as back up. I guess the plan is to have one of our midfielders playing up front in the unlikely scenario that both are injured. Why do you think we need another attacking midfielder? We have three excellent ones and one with great potential. Even Moses can do a decent job if called upon. If 3 5 2 is our second formation this season, only 1 plays at a time in any case. I agree that another forward and LWB will have been nice. We can't have everything though and these are small blips in an otherwise very strong squad. I can see us challenging on all fronts next year with no more than 1 addition if the squad and manager stick together.
  13. What are your expectations this season?

    I must hand it to some of you for sticking to your narrative that we've had a bad transfer window, even after a few games. A few games where the first team has looked good (great potential) and the bench looks stronger than in the last many years.
  14. Jose Mourinho thread

    Which is always why his teams ultimately revert to being completely unimaginative eventually... the few players who run the show offensively (rather than technical coaching running the show) go through a tired/unimaginative/fearful phase.
  15. Jose Mourinho thread

    It was exciting no doubt. Not because of brilliant attacking team play but due to a few individuals turning it on and playing on the same wavelength. Making a team offensively greater than the sum of its parts is something Jose has never done and can never do. He still cannot do it with United. Hey go forward at pace (at times) but ultimately still depend on individual brilliance. I know I'd rather watch a Conte team where the team plays as one.