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  1. Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    I love this man. We could go on to lose all of our remaining games this season and I'd still love him, what a great guy.
  2. Andreas Christensen

    I think what Azpilicueta offers going foward is good for a CB in this system, but not enough for a WB. He can put a great cross in, but doesn't have the ability to drive into the box and provide a goal threat as Alonso does. He's undoubtedly better defensively but considering our setup, I think Alonso's attributes give us a better balance between attack and defence as a whole. Because we have a pretty defensive midfield and two forwards, the wingbacks need to get close to them and support them and that just isn't Cesar's game.
  3. Alvaro Morata

    Such a shame to lose him yesterday; I genuinely think we would have won had he not been injured. He was holding the ball up superbly before coming off, once we lost him nothing would stick up top and we couldn't get out of our half. At one point he expertly controlled a long ball with his chest and sprung us on the attack. On another occasion he turned Stones inside and out. What a player, I'm so glad we got him rather than Lukaku.
  4. We officially have an incompetent board

    awfully defensive here pal
  5. Andreas Christensen

    Despite us conceding the initiative to City, I felt our defence was very assured and dealt very well with almost everything thrown at them. Christensen was absolutely fantastic and so was Rudiger. Not sure I'd get rid of Luiz for him yet, but I think he should start alongside Luiz. Which of Rudiger/Azpi gets left out though? Tough decisions!
  6. We officially have an incompetent board

    Is this really necessary?
  7. We officially have an incompetent board

    Question: how do you know that it's Marina's job to negotiate, not someone else? I'm always bamboozled by people talking about what happens inside the club when everything seems very opaque to me
  8. Gary Cahill - PL CL FAC LC EL champion

    Obviously there's no need to call Cahill names and be childish, but the video is a clear illustration of his limitations. If we're able to bring the ball out via all 3 CBs it makes us less predictable and more difficult to set up against. Needless to say, these things should be secondary to defensive ability but we're fortunate that Rudiger and Christensen have that too.
  9. Gary Cahill - PL CL FAC LC EL champion

    It's not about mis-controlling a ball. He starts relatively pressure-free, in a situation where a more accomplished passer like Rudiger would be able to move the ball forward quickly and get us on the attack. Cahill faffs around, gets into a mess and we concede a throw-in near our area rather than being on the attack. It's poor decision making and shows his limitations on the ball. I mean, no need to call him a dick or anything as he's a thoroughly decent bloke and a good defender, but I think we need a CB that is more comfortable on the ball to help take the team to the next level and Cahill should no longer be an automatic starter.
  10. Diego "the guv'nor" Costa

    We could just not pay him. No doubt the scope of his employment includes attending training, if he doesn't fulfil his duties we don't have to pay him.
  11. Eden Hazard

    The world revolves around us, therefore the PL is the best and toughest league and if a player hasn't played and succeeded here they are unproven.
  12. Eden Hazard

    I don't know what you do for work, but if you got an offer to do the same job with a 50% pay increase, the opportunity to work on more prestigious/interesting project and your relationship with your manager turned sour, would you flatly decline out of loyalty to your company? I'm one of the few people I know who loves the company I work for, but even I wouldn't turn it down. But can they do it on a cold Tuesday night at Stoke?
  13. Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    10 days ago we heard that Conte was frustrated but the club were confident of signing 3-4 more players this window. I'm starting to get nervous now. One more Morata-type signing (Sandro/Sanchez type) and two solid/decent ones and I think we will have had a great window. Difficult to say anything without really knowing what is going on behind closed doors.