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  1. 13 points
    PloKoon13

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek

  2. 12 points
    So if you think 90% of our players wouldn't start for a top 6 side, then us currently being in 4th means Sarri's management can't be that appaling then? Can't have it both ways surely.
  3. 12 points
    You gotta laugh...they moan when he leaves them on the bench.....now moaning we didnt put them back on the bench
  4. 10 points
  5. 10 points
    PloKoon13

    Our New Stadium

    I see Tottenham are considering the installation of a retractable hinge roof:
  6. 10 points
    Barry Bridges

    Callum Hudson-Odoi

    No offense, but this is actually getting ludicrous. Are we really comparing benching Sane/Sterling/Silva (both) for Foden with benching Pedro/Willian for CHO? I mean are we really trying so hard to justify Sarri's decisions that we are really having to compare benching Sane (23 years old) & Sterling (24 years old) who have a combined 41 goals & assists to Willian (30) and Pedro (31) who have a combined 17 goals& assists? To take it to taking the piss levels, Sane alone has the same output in 1529 minutes that Willian and Pedro have combined in 3,258 minutes. That alone explains it, but we haven't even mentioned either of the Silva's (yup, both in double digit goals and assists) or Mahrez (more output than Willian, equal to Pedro, far less minutes than either)...and I'm just going to stop there before I get depressed. Pep has given Foden only 20 minutes less in the league than CHO has gotten despite that Chelsea only has 1 attacking player currently putting up numbers like half a dozen City players are.....add in that many of those City players are quite young themselves, while our squad desperately needs some younger players added to it. That is why the bias exists, and it is clearly deserved. Who really wants to kid themselves otherwise?
  7. 9 points
    RIP Mourinho

    Callum Hudson-Odoi

    @Vagabond following breakdown taken from Whoscored and Transfermarkt if you want to go check. I'll pick out a few points you made. ( I simply refuse to lead a discussion about wether CHO is en par or even ahead (LOL?!?) of those two. ) Goal scoring Hudson-Odoi 6 goal in 21 games (1063 minutes) Goal every 177 minutes. Willian 8 goals in 49 games (3183 minutes) Goal every 398 minutes. Pedro 9 goals in 43 games (2479 minutes) Goal every 275 minutes. ( both have better vision ) Assists Hudson-Odoi 5 assists in 21 games (1063 minutes) assist every 212 minutes. Willian 14 assists in 49 games (3183 minutes) assist every 227 minutes. Also takes every corner and freekick he's on the pitch. Pedro 3 assists in 43 games (2479 minutes) assist every 823 minutes. ( both retain possession better ) Pass percentage Hudson-Odoi pass percentage of 87.7% Willian pass percentage of 85.3% Pedro pass percentage of 87.1% ( Pedro especially is defensively lightyears ahead of CHO ) Tackles, Interceptions and Fouls Hudson-Odoi - 0.8 tackles, 0.2 interceptions and 0.4 fouls per 90 Willian - 0.9 tackles, 0.5 interceptions and 0.5 fouls per 90 Pedro - 0.8 tackles, 0.6 interceptions and 0.6 fouls per 90 ( Pedro and Willian are both better technically ) Dribbles Hudson-Odoi completes 2.4 dribbles per 90. Willian completes 1.6 dribbles per 90. Pedro completes 1.5 dribbles per 90 To completely refute that CHO is so much worse than Willian and Pedro is just bizarre.
  8. 9 points
    coco

    Sarri - In or Out?

    Yeah but some of the venom thrown at him on here is way over the top, we even had someone saying we should p**s all over him. I can understand constructive criticism, but no need for the hatred and venom, the bloke is just trying to do his job.
  9. 9 points
    robdog

    Ken Bates: The Chelsea Years

    I guess we should call April 2nd Mr. Ken Bates Day. On this day back in 1982, Ken Bates bought Chelsea Football Club for only a pound. If this didn't happen, I believe the club would no longer exist. So I suggest any Chelsea Fan around the Globe raise their pint Glass for Mr. Bates today.
  10. 8 points
  11. 8 points
    Boston Blue

    Sarri - In or Out?

    We are caught between two ways of doing things. On one hand, we keep hiring established managers with certain styles who are used to having an influence over which players they get to bring in. We want them because they have a pedigree, a track record, and a style of play that we are looking for. A prestige name that could be an attraction to young players. Jose 2.0 & Conte come to mind. On the other hand, we have (more recently) been looking for someone to head a long term project, build something, develop and integrate some youth, and offer some stability over changing managers every 2-3 years. A bit like the idea behind bringing in AVB, who clearly was the wrong man at the wrong time. Jose's first spell was supposed to be that. Maybe our board thought Scolari would be that...….. I think many of us would love a Pochetino, but who knew he'd turn out to be what he has been when he showed up at Southampton? I want us to hire a DoF, create a plan of how we want to play, find the next Pochetino who will play that style, work with the DoF to promote and/or acquire the players to play that style, and to have the trust to give him the time to build a team to that plan. I know it's opposite to the way we've existed under Roman, and you cannot argue the success we have had doing what we've done. I'm not advocating Sarri in or Sarri out with this post. I fall on the Sarri out side of the argument, but if we hired a DoF and the plan we created felt that Sarri was the right guy to follow it through, I'm perfectly OK with him staying. The bigger key for me is to change the way we do things so that we have an owner, a DoF, Marina, and a coaching staff that are all on the same page, working a plan to be competitive for years.
  12. 8 points
    Munkworth

    Racist fanbase???

    How about we just sing songs that get behind Chelsea and our players until the big media storm that Chelsea fans are biased towards their own team?
  13. 8 points
    Ivanovic is such a forgotten great in my opinion! Dropped off right at the end but absolutely storming and consistent prior.
  14. 8 points
    Look at the faces of the West Ham fans after Hazard’s wonder goal, rollercoaster of emotions among that lot!
  15. 8 points
    Stim

    Next season

    Its a lot easier when you are carried on the shoulders of jon obi mikel
  16. 8 points
    I thought the whole point was to get someone completely different in. Isn't that what we wanted? The man cares about football not how he dresses.
  17. 7 points
    It's amazing the difference in protection levels thats given to Salah and Hazard, i have literally seen Eden giving piggy backs to players and not get a free kick.
  18. 7 points
    Had the pleasure of seeing Kerry, Paul Canoville, Johny B and Colin Pates last night. I’ve met them many times but as the four were together I couldn’t resist a selfie! Whilst having my picture taken some young kids asked if they were famous!! I explained each player with an example of a modern player for them to understand. One asked how many goals Kerry scored , I said 193 and Kerry stated how many more than Drogba he scored. I showed them Kerry’s goal against the ars and they all shrieked!! I said remember his name and watch him on YouTube!!
  19. 7 points
  20. 7 points
    this thread is so depressing...... for F's sake it's Chelsea, place in a European semi-final at stake, possible trophy and CL place to be won COME ON CHELSEA!!
  21. 7 points
    He had two strikers right from the start, they were just in poor form. Whether it's due to them being average or Sarri's coaching I don't know, but he did have strikers available. That group of players won two legue titles in the last four years, they're not as bad as Sarri's fans make them out to be. They're not good enough to fight for the title, but there's more than enough quality to finish in the top four, if you have the right man in charge. Spurs, Arse and MU aren't better than us, they all have flaws, they just have managers, who for the most part know what they're doing. The manager's job, the way I see it, is to get the best out of the group he's got. Solskjaer, Emery and Pochettino are doing quite well in that department, Sarri clearly isn't, that's why we won't finish in the top four. He insists on playing his favourites in a system that's been figured out by the opponents for months now and he doesn't know any other way of playing, that has nothing to do with the quality of the players he's got and everything to do with his stubbornness, stupidity and arrogance. I want him sacked not because we're a couple of points off top four, I want him sacked because I've known long before today that he's the wrong man for the job. We had many chances to claim a top four spot and we failed time and again, because he's a loser, who commands neither fear, nor respect amongst his players, and whose rigid tactical approach has been sussed out since our loss to Spuds back in November and he's never learned from it. In fact, that's probably his worst flaw, he simply never learns, he refuses to learn from his own mistakes. His apologists keep bleating about him being a great student of the game, well, if a student keeps failing the same exam over and over again, I'd say he's either a lazy bum or an idiot. Arrogance can be useful to those who are successful, but when you accomplish nothing, you have no right to be arrogant. Just like Mourinho said, what's the point of having a vision if you don't win anything. That's what Sarri should be scribbling in his notepad time and again. He phased out right from the start several players (Moses, Cahill, Drinkwater) because they aren't suited to his style. He waited two thirds of the season to start integrating CHO and RLC into the side, and that was when he had nothing to lose because it was obvious his preferred eleven were embarassingly bad for weeks and weeks. His signings Jorginho and Higuain are busts, he apparently knew nothing of the challenges of playing in England and didn't realize how wrong they both are for this league. Our mental fragility and lack of Plan B have been discussed for ages now, no progress there. We're terrible at set pieces on both ends, disorganized at the back, slow and toothless going forward and mentally weak to the point that we stop competing once we concede. Did I forget anything?
  22. 7 points
    Cue everything completely flipping their view on Sarri again because we lost. If we bounce back on Monday we'll be fine. Just beaten by a better team and we're a work in progress.
  23. 7 points
    Cannot take that article seriously. It says Drogba was 6 '2" . We all know he was 10'6". Try walking up behind unsuspecting Arsenal fans and shouting "Drogba". I bet they will still sh*t their pants!
  24. 7 points
    Bit cheeky charging £75 for this view though!!
  25. 7 points
    We'll have to be careful, he's looked sharp in training.
  26. 7 points
    Boyne

    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    I think that this picture has been posted before but what a fine view of a great place.
  27. 7 points
    bisright1

    Our New Stadium

    It's not impressive Tottenham can fill a stadium mid week. It's a new stadium, everyone wanted to be there. Brighton was the first time in years we've not sold out. I'd wager it's our lowest attendance in 5 years, lower than when we had 10 days to sell tickets for Chelsea Vs Bristol rovers. For the past few years we are the only London club that sell out all their European nights and league cup games. Arsenal and Tottenham don't come close. Tottenham won't sell out that stadium for midweek games in 2-3 year's time when the novelty goes. The issue for us is fatigue, our team isn't that enjoyable to watch and almost every home game this side of Feb is a night game. (9 of our last 11 games will be midweek). If we moved into a new stadium, our Saturday and Sunday games would sell out 60k. No doubt. Wednesdays we might struggle to get above 40k. But that's still worth the move.
  28. 7 points
    abramovich

    Sarri - In or Out?

    No, that's not what I'm saying so I'll repeat it one more time. In any business, not just professional football, if you've already achieved success somewhere else, you'll be given more time and more leeway on a new top position than someone who hasn't, it's a simple logic and common sense. If things are tough in the beginning, you can always say, don't worry, I know what I'm doing. And they'll tend to believe you, because once again, you proved yourself a winner in the past. Sarri doesn't have that luxury. Chelsea managerial position is a high pressure job where you don't get points for trying hard and failing. He needed to show that he's capable of handling that pressure and demonstrate his ability to improve the team as the season went on. He did anything but. So according to you, the managers did't play any part in winning our silverware. OK, that's one of the most ridiculous statements I've read here. And if managers don't matter, why do you care about our short termism and whether we stick with Sarri or not? If it's all down to players, what difference does it make who's in charge and how often do they come and go?
  29. 7 points
    Sindre

    Sarri - In or Out?

    No but he's one of four Chelsea-managers in our entire history that has won us the league. I prefer to give him credit instead of using him as some kind of prop to defend our current trophy-less manager.
  30. 7 points
    Excellent execution of our game plan: give them hope for 80 minutes, then pounce. That's my take on today's match and I'm sticking to it.
  31. 7 points
    fitz

    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    'Chelsea fans at Euston Station where the team will start their parade of the 1970 FA Cup tomorrow after beating Leeds United at Old Trafford'. https://flashbak.com/april-1970-chelsea-fans-waiting-for-the-fa-cup-winners-to-arrive-at-euston-station-410405/
  32. 7 points
    ForeverCarefree

    Our New Stadium

    As your so proud of this being "our" forum it would be awfully nice of you to make a donation to the financial upkeep of it. The link can be found on the top toolbar of the desktop version of the site. Thank you.
  33. 7 points
    Barry Bridges

    Callum Hudson-Odoi

    For the people comparing Foden's and Callum's club minutes..... have you guys seen the BPL table since fall of 2018? Have we already picked up one domestic trophy and within arms reach of winning the other? Because that'll likely explain the stark differences of our situations and thus the futility of comparing them as equal. As one of the loudest people banging on about CHO needing more minutes let me just assure you I wouldn't be banging on at all if CHO was getting his current minutes and the club was chasing a quadruple trophy count for the season. I doubt many others would be either. In fact we'd likely be delirious with joy....but behold, my heart is not filled with quadruple mirth the way City fans are (and likely Foden too). Also, Foden is signed until 2024... so if City want to screw him for minutes this season they have a few more to make it up to him before he can leave on a free or even force a move......not the situation with CHO. Lastly are these people really sure they want to look at the minutes City gives there youth and copy that for our own? Because Sancho was their player a year ago.... That's also a mistake City are much more able to afford than we currently are. Beyond the fact they are much more competitive than us at the moment, they already have a squad full of young top class attacking players while most of ours are over 30..... don't even get me started about the transfer market differences..... While some people on here will be looking at Foden's minutes as the comparison this season, CHO and his advisers will be looking at Sancho's...... at the minutes he got with City, and then with the minutes he got after he made a move...... and ya, maybe CHO looks at Foden's minutes too, but what do you think he concludes from that? The logical assumption would be "Yup, gotta move if I want to be a first team regular next season" and that does not bode well for our position in getting CHO to sign an extension unless things change.
  34. 7 points
    I like Raheem Sterling. I admire how outspoken he's been against racism. So easy for players (and can't blame them for doing it) to go with the "get your head down and get on with it" mindset. But Sterling has used his platform to speak out against racism consistently in a way I don't think I've seen a player do before.
  35. 6 points
    That game was a perfect microcosm of Chelsea under Sarri. Hints of good football but so many negatives to take away from it. I don’t understand why we’re so poor defending set pieces. Uninspiring substitutions that do nothing to change what’s happening on the pitch. I don’t understand why we insist on playing a high line, even when winning. I don’t understand allowing opponents so much time and space on the ball in our half. Kepa can go from looking awesome to awful in a blink of an eye. Kovacic just isn’t particularly good at anything. Barkley sums up why Everton finish mid table all the time. Luiz just loves hoofing the ball 60 yards regardless of if it passes to a player or not. Giroud fades after 60 minutes. Pedro works hard but his best days are clearly behind him now. Emerson is just as much a defensive liability as Alonso. Glad we went through but f**k me, if we’re struggling against Prague what’s a decent team going to do when they get hold of us? Frankfurt will be fancying their chances against us.
  36. 6 points
    Skinnedy

    Callum Hudson-Odoi

    I'm quite confident that if Callum Hudson-Odoi had featured in 30 EPL matches this season, he would have more than 3 goals on the year... against teams in the bottom 1/3 of table. That's Willian's return on 30 games... 3. Freakin. Goals. Only one of which either put Chelsea ahead or tied the match (Newcastle 2-1). Willian is the one of the worst producing front three, not just in the Top 6, but really, all of the EPL. It's obvious that the 18 year old is going to be better than the 30 year old in 3 years, when he's already better. Willian 2018/2019 Season Goals Against / Month / Day / Year, place in the table at the time Newcastle 1/12/19 (18th) Burnley 10/28/18 (15th) Cardiff 9/15/18 (16th) This doesn't even get into the argument at how stupid it is to struggle for Top 4 with the oldest lineup in the Top 6, with players who are either past 30 or out of contract. The lack of vision to build for the future is astounding. But forget that argument. Willian isn't good enough right now for the EPL. He has the (lack of ) goal record to prove it.
  37. 6 points
    mclovin83

    Flares in the away end

    It's mad that in the world we currently live in, a few drunken morons singing a song in a pub is considered a bigger crime that throwing a flare and injuring a 9 year old child. Actually let that sink in. It's crazy times....
  38. 6 points
    Boyne

    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    To quote someone (sorry I can't recall who) who posted a while back: If Carlsberg made football teams.
  39. 6 points
    Sad truth is away from home this season, in the PL against the top 12, we have scored two goals and conceded 21 goals. Only obtaining one point (West Ham). Still have MU and Leicester to play. Reality is, manager’s ideology is just that, an ideology only.
  40. 6 points
    This we got beaten by one of the best teams in Eurpoe with a manager who has been drilling his team for 4 years, we had our chances but didnt take it, we were unlucky hazard should have had a brace simple but we are getting better in the last 5 or so games, some fans just overreact so much is laughable
  41. 6 points
    RIP Mourinho

    Racist fanbase???

    Funny how Liverpool have come out with a statement on the incident within minutes. If a rival does a distasteful chant we'll call them every name under the sun and go straight to the police but if one of their own players racially abuses another player to their face they'll wear t-shirts in support of him and boo the victim. Liverpool FC - offended by everything, ashamed of nothing.
  42. 6 points
    Big Sam was on shaky ground just before that saying that Johnson has served his time so deserves a second chance. (Personally I question if being a nonce deserves a second chance but there you go). But Strachan showed just why racism in football prevails when he’s saying a person convicted of sexual offences with a minor needs the same level of protection as someone who comes in for racist abuse. The man is an absolute tool. f**k him and anyone of his ilk who thinks as he does.
  43. 6 points
    bisright1

    Andreas Christensen

    I find it crazy that in the last week people seem to think Rudiger is the one that should make way for AC. Rudiger and AC should be our starters for the next 3 years. Luiz should be making way!!
  44. 6 points
    The problem is, he's not even trying to adapt, he's setting us up the same way every single week, his plan A is terrible and he refuses to move away from it. There is a reason why we struggle against even the most average of teams, and that is because every coach knows exactly how to set up against us. He's not changing anything, he's playing the same players every week, he refuses to give Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek a run in the team no matter how poor Willian, Kovacic and Pedro play. Alonso keeps finding his way back into the team even though he is producing stinker after stinker. Then there is the problem with Jorginho. Jorginho may be playing poor, but the manager is doing absolutely nothing to help him out. If he's not going to drop him, then change things up a bit, help Jorginho because Jorginho is seriously suffering right now. He doesn't seem to have any knowledge of the game outside of Italy and comes out with bizarre comments in his interviews. People have lost faith in him and they are right to feel that way. I have seen no reason why Sarri should be trusted to take us forward, he's made no progress with us at all. This is the worst I have seen us look since Abramovich took over the club, actually, even before Abramovich we were better than this.
  45. 6 points
    Nibs

    Eden Hazard

    WHAT a Legend. No Hazard today and we don't get back in the game. Anything any good today and Hazard was at the centre of it. Absolute different class and MOTM.
  46. 6 points
    A win inspite of Sarri and his awful football. Bored of watching the same old dross game in, game out.
  47. 6 points
    Dean

    Sarri - In or Out?

    It's just not reasonable to call him an "utter fraud". He's far from being beyond reproach, and we don't have to like him. But this is a guy who gave up a stable career to follow his passion, he took a risk, then dedicated everything to it, putting in a huge amount of work to get from managing lowly teams in lower leagues to managing a Napoli that punched massively above its weight. Do you know what it means to achieve that? What part of that was fraudulent in your view? It's not easy going to a foreign country, foreign league, having no pre-season, managing a team of players like ours. Things may yet not work out for him at Chelsea. He may not be the right man for the job. But cut him some slack. He's forgotten more about football and tactics than all of us on here combined will ever know.
  48. 6 points
    shedpensioner

    Sarri - In or Out?

    IF my auntie had balls she’d be my uncle
  49. 6 points
    Boyne

    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    Found this on Facebook the other day. I'd forgotten all about the London five aside tournament. I think some of the tournaments may have been televised in the London area. Anyone remember if that was the case?
  50. 6 points
    bluehaze

    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    I was in the East Stand Gareth Hall chopped Bould in half with the latest tackle I've ever seen. The ball had long gone and you could hear his yelp really clearly. Gareth Hall never got booked when it was clearly ABH Bould got taken off at half time definitely swung the game in our favour. Nigel Winterburn went to take a throw and this geezer shouted '' Oi Nigel why are you such an ugly bas tard'' he just shrugged his shoulders while everyone were pissing themselves it was as clear as Bould's yelp 😀

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