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SydneyChelsea last won the day on December 30 2016

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  1. Alvaro Morata

    What a sight it is to see a striker in Chelsea colours troubling defenses with genuine pace and speed of movement. We haven't seen that since Anelka hit top form.
  2. I am expecting a 2015/16 season repeat again

    Which unfortunately gets in the way of actual discussion. For example, supporting the club in their dealings so far makes me an obvious Emenalo shill. It's worthwhile considering that PSG have just spent £200m to arguably bring their first-team on par with ours. Sure, they'll storm the French league and get one over a bunch of teenagers from Monaco, but they are realistically little better off vs the other top teams in Europe. I agree with the point on depth, which appears to be lost amidst the hyperbole around improving the first team. Again drawing on my Madrid example, the rise of Morata, Asensio and Casemiro etc as crucial squad players shows the importance of depth. Barcelona learned that painfully last season with the injuries to Messi and their midfielders which left a unproven Andre Gomes flailing. Juve is a team who don't have amazing depth, but then again, they hardly need it given they are leagues ahead of Serie A. Same as Dortmund etc. but again they are teams who can afford to forget their league positions in lieu of the Champions League for different reasons. So depth is clearly important. However where I disagree with most people is that depth appears to be something built up over time. I don't think it is something that you can buy in a single window like some appear to be suggesting. I'm trying to think of a top team who did that and I can't, in fact it seems Barcelona's attempt last year (signing 'depth' with Gomes and Alcacer etc) failed when they needed it most. As I pointed out before Real Madrid's success appears to be due to depth cultivated over a number of seasons, same for other clubs like Bayern as well. If depth were buyable, then Man City would have far more EPL titles than they do, and they wouldn't be out-competed by the likes of Tottenham or Leicester. To me the idea of just buying depth in a single window is a bit more of a fantasy or a myth than a legitimate goal.
  3. I am expecting a 2015/16 season repeat again

    To be clear, there is a world of difference between your frustration and the others who appear to be tipping us for imminent relegation.
  4. I am expecting a 2015/16 season repeat again

    "Most" of the fans are unhappy because they're soft and entitled. You're entitled to be pissed off. Others are also entitled to laugh at your opinion because it's not very well substantiated. I mean in the same post you say we won the league because of Conte, and then argue we can only win by chequebook football. I think it is also hard for some Chelsea fans to admit that 15/16 wasn't just about the players/Emenalo/Kenyon and that Mourinho failed. It's worthwhile pointing out that in this era of mega-spending, we've won two of the last three EPL titles and the other one was won by Leicester. Man Utd have spent a quarter of a billion pounds and not come close. Surely last season, if anything, would remind people that we should wait until at least the window shutting before we pass judgement. Yet people are keen to pass sentence even though a competitive ball has not yet been kicked. Somewhat ironically, what has characterised Madrid's success in the last few years has been their relative stability. They've spent outrageously on a few marquee signings but the last signing over €30m was James Rodriguez in 2014. They opted for maintenance and it is the flourishing of the unproven - Zidane, Casemiro, Morata etc - that has been just as crucial to their success as Ronaldo, Bale and James. In a hyper-inflated market where we still remain extremely competitive domestically, perhaps it makes sense to opt for relative stability instead of constant revolution.
  5. Following Our Nearest & Dearest Rivals, 2017/2018

    Not sure that has ever actually been the case.
  6. I am expecting a 2015/16 season repeat again

    30 years ago, football supporters took to fighting each other to show off how dominant their club was. In 2017, football fans take to fighting with each on football forums to see who can make their club sound the worst.
  7. Tiémoué Bakayoko

    Pretty sure it derives from the Latin mea culpa
  8. Following Our Nearest & Dearest Rivals, 2017/2018

    From the Griezmann thread: So, the way it works is that PSG may have given Neymar the money who then used it to buy out his contract from Barcelona. Which, unless Barcelona decided for some hare-brained reason to waive the tax fee, means the actual value of the transfer is closer to £300m, explaining how the third-party endorsements come into play. It also explains why given Spanish football's recent tax problems and having been burned in the past with transfer auditing, La Liga wouldn't want to touch it with a ten-foot pole.
  9. Following Our Nearest & Dearest Rivals, 2017/2018

    The League has an obligation to enforce FFP, Barcelona does not. A release clause can be triggered by a payment from a club to La Liga who acts as a trustee, or the player can individually buy themselves out of their club's contract. La Liga only have to accept bids from other Spanish clubs. .
  10. Following Our Nearest & Dearest Rivals, 2017/2018

    Amused that PSG are supposedly getting this through FFP regulations. Even that bastion of transfer integrity, La Liga, refused to automatically accept the release clause bid from PSG on the grounds they don't believe it's legit. FFP regulations are supposed to restrict club spending relative to their football-related revenue. Based on last year's revenue (€481m) and assuming Neymar's value is amortised over a five-year contract, PSG would have us believe they are willing to spend over 20% of their total revenue on a single player for the next five years. I'm sure it will all be worth it when they win Ligue Un by 25 points instead of 20, though.
  11. Diego "the guv'nor" Costa

    I hope it's true, because it's rather promising coming from a club that has historically backed its players over its managers.
  12. Confirmed Transfers - Ins and Outs

    I think it's understandable to be anxious, particularly when the Manchester clubs and Liverpool appear to be making early moves, but settling business early in a window isn't an iron clad guarantee of success. Shevchenko and Ballack were both signed prior to the 2006 World Cup and that season didn't turn out great. Last year, Barcelona snapped up Umtiti and Digne very early in the window and looked to be ready to go by July, but they didn't exactly have an ideal season.
  13. Following our ex`s...

    Salah, like Cuadrado, excelled in Italy because the pace of the game is a lot slower than in England. Juve and Napoli aside, few of the teams engage their forwards in high-pressure tactics like in England. He gets a lot more room to use his pace and a lot more well-crafted situations for him to take advantage of. It's made him a much better player but I'd have doubts whether that would transfer back to England.
  14. Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    Three at the back formations have one weakness and that's out wide. Look at the way players are arranged and you have open spaces in the corners. It isn't rocket science and of course teams started playing pinging balls in as soon as they got wide and we conceded a lot of goals from crosses isolating Azpilicueta in particular. The problem for opposition teams is that it's wholly predictable and wholly inefficient. They might score one goal after 10 crosses but it's unlikely they'll score two. And when most teams in the division still play with an isolated lone striker they still get crowded out in defense. Spurs happen to have a side uniquely suited to causing us problems when Eriksen and Alli are playing just off Kane. In the FA Cup they stupidly tried to match our formation and it played right into our hands when we were closing the game out.
  15. Dan Levene on the club transfer policy

    Dan Levene has increasingly become a propaganda mouthpiece for the club over the last few years. The club feed him information for him to 'leak'. Although he's right in asking for patience, the fact that he has rushed to a strident defense just days after the season ended makes me very worried indeed.

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