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  1. 24 points
    Jezz

    2010s

    With the decade near its conclusion, it's worth looking back on what we've produced over the last decade before we enter the 2020s. Record (all competitions) Played: 571 Won: 332 Draw: 118 Loss: 121 Winning % = 58.14% Trophies Premier League (2009/2010) FA Cup (2009/2010) FA Cup (2011/2012) Champions League (2011/2012) Europa League (2012/2013) League Cup (2014/2015) Premier League (2014/2015) Premier League (2016/2017) FA Cup (2017/2018) Europa League (2018/2019) Trophy Breakdown Champions League = 1 Premier League = 3 FA Cup = 3 League Cup = 1 Europa League = 2 Competitions (Year-by-Year) Premier League 2009/2010 = CHAMPIONS (86 points) 2010/2011 = 2nd (71 points) 2011/2012 = 6th (64 points) 2012/2013 = 3rd (75 points) 2013/2014 = 3rd (82 points) 2014/2015 = CHAMPIONS (87 points) 2015/2016 = 10th (50 points) 2016/2017 = CHAMPIONS (93 points) 2017/2018 = 5th (70 points) 2018/2019 = 3rd (72 points) FA Cup 2009/2010 = WINNERS 2010/2011 = 4th Round 2011/2012 = WINNERS 2012/2013 = Semi Final 2013/2014 = 5th Round 2014/2015 = 4th Round 2015/2016 = Quarter Final 2016/2017 = Final 2017/2018 = WINNERS 2018/2019 = 5th Round League Cup 2009/2010 = Quarter Final 2010/2011 = 3rd Round 2011/2012 = Quarter Final 2012/2013 = Semi Final 2013/2014 = Quarter Final 2014/2015 = WINNERS 2015/2016 = 4th Round 2016/2017 = 4th Round 2017/2018 = Semi Final 2018/2019 = Final Community Shield 2010 = Runners Up 2012 = Runners Up 2015 = Runners Up 2017 = Runners Up 2018 = Runners Up Champions League 2009/2010 = Last 16 2010/2011 = Quarter Final 2011/2012 = WINNERS 2012/2013 = Group Stage 2013/2014 = Semi Final 2014/2015 = Last 16 2015/2016 = Last 16 2017/2018 = Last 16 Europa League 2012/2013 = WINNERS 2018/2019 = WINNERS UEFA Super Cup 2012 = Runners Up 2013 = Runners Up 2019 = Runners Up Club World Cup 2012 = Runners Up Coaches Carlo Ancelotti (2010-2011) = 79 (47-13-19) Andre Villas Boas (2011-2012) = 40 (19-11-10) Roberto Di Matteo (2012) = 42 (24-9-9) Rafael Benitez (2012-2013) = 48 (28-10-10) Jose Mourinho (2013-2015) = 136 (80-29-27) Guus Hiddink (2015-2016) = 27 (10-11-6) Antonio Conte (2016-2018) = 106 (69-17-20) Maurizio Sarri (2018-2019) = 63 (39-13-11) Frank Lampard (2019) = 29 (15-5-9) Captains John Terry = 2010-2017 Gary Cahill = 2017-2019 Cesar Azpilicueta = 2019 Chelsea Player of the Year 2010 = Didier Drogba 2011 = Petr Cech 2012 = Juan Mata 2013 = Juan Mata 2014 = Eden Hazard 2015 = Eden Hazard 2016 = Willian 2017 = Eden Hazard 2018 = N'Golo Kante 2019 = Eden Hazard Leading Goalscorer (all competitions) 2010 = Frank Lampard (19) 2010/2011 = Nicolas Anelka (16) 2011/2012 = Frank Lampard (16) 2012/2013 = Fernando Torres (22) 2013/2014 = Eden Hazard (17) 2014/2015 = Diego Costa (21) 2015/2016 = Diego Costa (16) 2016/2017 = Diego Costa (22) 2017/2018 = Eden Hazard (17) 2018/2019 = Eden Hazard (21) 2019/2020 = Tammy Abraham (14) Owner(s) Roman Abramovich = 2010-2019 Players (Games) Cesar Azpilicueta = 362 Eden Hazard = 352 Branislav Ivanovic = 330 Willian = 317 Gary Cahill = 290 John Terry = 284 Ramires = 251 Petr Cech = 249 David Luiz = 248 John Obi Mikel = 223 Oscar = 203 Cesc Fabregas = 198 Frank Lampard = 196 Pedro = 193 Ashley Cole = 184 Fernando Torres = 172 N'Golo Kante = 159 Thibaut Courtois = 154 Nemanja Matic = 153 Didier Drogba = 141 Juan Mata = 135 Marcos Alonso = 134 Victor Moses = 128 Diego Costa = 120 Florent Malouda = 118 Kurt Zouma = 99 Antonio Rudiger = 95 Daniel Sturridge = 89 Salomon Kalou = 85 Nicolas Anelka = 84 Andreas Christiensen = 83 Kepa Arrizabalaga = 81 Jorginho = 80 Mateo Kovacic = 78 Michael Essien = 72 Alvaro Morata = 72 Ruben Loftus-Cheek = 72 Michy Batshuayi = 71 Olivier Giroud = 70 Jose Bosingwa = 69 Andre Schurrle = 65 Ross Barkley = 61 Paulo Ferreira = 57 Ryan Bertrand = 57 Davide Zappacosta = 52 Demba Ba = 51 Emerson = 49 Alex = 48 Raul Meireles = 48 Loic Remy = 47 Callum Hudson-Odoi = 46 Tiemoue Bakayoko = 43 Yuri Zhirkov = 42 Samuel Eto'o = 35 Oriol Romeu = 33 Asmir Begovic = 33 Tammy Abraham = 30 Mason Mount = 28 Kenedy = 27 Filipe Luis = 26 Yossi Benayoun = 24 Willy Caballero = 24 Baba Rahman = 23 Danny Drinkwater = 23 Michael Ballack = 22 Joe Cole = 22 Josh McEachran = 22 Christian Pulisic = 22 Fikayo Tomori = 20 Mohamed Salah = 19 Gonzalo Higuain = 18 Ross Turnbull = 17 Nathan Ake = 17 Marko Marin = 16 Bertrand Traore = 16 Romelu Lukaku = 15 Juan Cuadrado = 15 Nathaniel Chalobah = 15 Reece James = 15 Gael Kakuta = 13 Mark Schwarzer = 12 Radamel Falcao = 12 Ethan Ampadu = 12 Deco = 10 Ricardo Carvalho = 9 Henrique Hilario = 9 Kevin De Bruyne = 9 Jeffrey Bruma = 8 Patrick Van Aanholt = 8 Charly Musonda = 7 Juliano Belletti = 6 Ola Aina = 6 Marco Van Ginkel = 4 Tomas Kalas = 4 Billy Gilmour = 4 Sam Hutchinson = 3 Lucas Piazon = 3 Fabio Borini = 2 Alexandre Pato = 2 Matt Miazga = 2 Dujon Sterling = 2 Jake Clarke-Salter = 2 Marc Guehi = 2 Jacob Mellis = 1 Lewis Baker = 1 John Swift = 1 Dominic Solanke = 1 Papy Djilobodji = 1 Kyle Scott = 1 Jeremie Boga = 1 Tino Anjorin = 1 Ian Maasten = 1 Tariq Lamptey = 1 Players (Goals) Eden Hazard = 110 Frank Lampard = 73 Diego Costa = 59 Willian = 57 Didier Drogba = 51 Fernando Torres = 45 Pedro = 42 Oscar = 38 Ramires = 34 Juan Mata = 33 Branislav Ivanovic = 31 John Terry = 30 Florent Malouda = 28 Salomon Kalou = 25 Gary Cahill = 25 Nicolas Anelka = 24 Daniel Sturridge = 24 Alvaro Morata = 24 Michy Batshuayi = 24 Cesc Fabregas = 22 Marcos Alonso = 19 Olivier Giroud = 19 Victor Moses = 18 David Luiz = 18 Demba Ba = 14 Andre Schurrle = 14 Tammy Abraham = 14 Samuel Eto'o = 12 Loic Remy = 12 Ruben Loftus-Cheek = 12 N'Golo Kante = 11 Cesar Azpilicueta = 11 Nemanja Matic = 7 Jorginho = 7 Raul Meireles = 6 Christian Pulisic = 6 Ross Barkley = 6 Callum Hudson-Odoi = 6 Gonzalo Higuain = 5 Mason Mount = 5 Kurt Zouma = 5 Michael Essien = 4 Bertrand Traore = 4 John Obi Mikel = 4 Antonio Rudiger = 4 Ashley Cole = 3 Tiemoue Bakayoko = 3 Kenedy = 3 Alex = 3 Michael Ballack = 2 Ryan Bertrand = 2 Mohamed Salah = 2 Davide Zappacosta = 2 Mateo Kovacic = 2 Reece James = 2 Joe Cole = 1 Yossi Benayoun = 1 Yuri Zhirkov = 1 Patrick Van Aanholt = 1 Jose Bosingwa = 1 Oriol Romeu = 1 Marko Marin = 1 Filipe Luis = 1 Radamel Falcao = 1 Alexandre Pato = 1 Danny Drinkwater = 1 Charly Musonda = 1 Emerson = 1 Fikayo Tomori = 1 Signings Kepa Arrizabalaga (72m) = 8/08/2018 Alvaro Morata (58m) = 21/07/2017 Christian Pulisic (57.6m) = 2/01/2019 Jorginho (51.3m) = 14/07/2018 Fernando Torres (50m) = 31/01/2011 Mateo Kovacic (40.5m) = 1/07/2019 Tiemoue Bakayoko (40m) = 15/07/2017 Danny Drinkwater (35m) = 31/08/2017 Michy Batshuayi (33.2m) = 3/07/2016 Eden Hazard (32m) = 1/07/2012 Diego Costa (32m) = 15/07/2014 N'Golo Kante (32m) = 16/07/2016 Willian (30m) = 28/08/2013 David Luiz (30m) = 31/08/2016 Antonio Rudiger (29m) = 9/07/2017 Cesc Fabregas (27m) = 13/06/2014 Juan Mata (23.5m) = 22/08/2011 Juan Cuadrado (23.3m) = 2/02/2015 Marcos Alonso (23m) = 31/08/2016 Davide Zappacosta (23m) = 31/08/2017 Pedro (21.4m) = 20/08/2015 David Luiz (21.3m) = 31/01/2011 Nemanja Matic (21m) = 15/01/2014 Oscar (19.5m) = 25/07/2012 Andre Schurrle (18.7m) = 1/07/2013 Ramires (18m) = 13/08/2010 Olivier Giroud (18m) = 31/01/2018 Emerson (17m) = 30/01/2018 Filipe Luis (15.8m) = 16/07/2014 Ross Barkley (15m) = 5/01/2018 Baba Rahman (14m) = 17/08/2015 Kurt Zouma (12.5m) = 31/01/2014 Romelu Lukaku (12m) = 18/08/2011 Raul Meireles (12m) = 31/08/2011 Mohamed Salah (11m) = 26/01/2014 Loic Remy (10.5m) = 31/08/2014 Thibaut Courtois (9m) = 26/07/2011 Marco Van Ginkel (8m) = 5/07/2013 Asmir Begovic (8m) = 13/07/2015 Lucas Piazon (7.5m) = 20/01/2012 Gary Cahill (7m) = 16/01/2012 Cesar Azpilicueta (7m) = 24/08/2012 Victor Moses (7m) = 24/08/2012 Demba Ba (7m) = 4/01/2013 Kevin De Bruyne (6.7m) = 31/01/2012 Kenedy (6.3m) = 23/08/2015 Marko Marin (6m) = 1/07/2012 Yossi Benayoun (5.5m) = 2/07/2010 Tomas Kalas (5.2m) = 7/07/2010 Oriol Romeu (5m) = 4/08/2011 Matt Miazga (3.5m) = 30/01/2016 Papy Djilobodji (2.7m) = 1/09/2015 Samuel Eto'o (2m) = 29/08/2013 Charly Musonda (1.75m) = 1/07/2012 Andreas Christiensen (Undisclosed) = 1/07/2012 Bertrand Traore (Undisclosed) = 1/07/2014 Mark Schwarzer (Free) = 9/07/2013 Didier Drogba (Free) = 25/07/2014 Willy Caballero (Free) = 1/07/2017 Robert Green (Free) = 26/07/2018
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  3. 19 points
    If the league gets cancelled now and Liverpool aren't crowned as trfue champions I'm not sure I will ever stop laughing.... Ever.
  4. 18 points
  5. 16 points
    Dean

    Mateo Kovačić

    Someone is still digging, I see. Gol15, do you have any idea what it takes for footballers from small countries like Croatia or Uruguay to make it the top of European football? So many more hurdles to overcome, decisions to make (which country, which offer, which path...?) vs players in more developed countries with strong leagues, a strong academy on their doorstep... It’s a fight. It requires strength of character and is character-building, which may explain in part why the teams of these smaller countries punch above their weight so much at world cups etc. To take that all for granted and describe Kovacic as a ‘reject’ or ‘average’ for not breaking into the Real midfield aged 22-23 is one of the more ridiculous comments I’ve read from you Gol15 in a v competitive field. Who was he supposed to replace exactly : Modric - one of the best midfielders of all time!? Kovacic was always a great prospect, or else he never would have made it to Inter and a starter there at 19, as Slojo says. And Real wouldn’t have bought him in the first place. That proved to be a poor career choice by Kovacic, and one incidentally made by several players from former Yugoslavia over the years - aiming too high too early on in their career. Jovic has likely just made the same mistake. I listened recently to an interview with the legendary Serbian (Yugoslav back in his playing days) midfielder Vladimir Jugovic (some similarities to Kova by the way) reflecting on his career. He left Red Star Belgrade (a phenomenal side that won the European cup (CL equivalent) in 91) and opted for Sampdoria in 92-93 rather than one of the giants. He said his time at Samp was the most enjoyable of his career and the most important for his development. why: because of the playing time. Said it would have been a mistake to move to a Juve (where he went on to become one of the greats of the 90s) or Milan too early, as he would have sat on the bench (3 foreigner limit back then made it even harder) and would never have got as good. My hope/vision for Kova is that his move to Chelsea proves to be transformative, the one that corrected that earlier mistake, rescued his career and propelled him to the greatness he may be destined for... and that Real Madrid will regret it forever. Yeah and ask Real Madrid fans if they’re glad they ‘rejected’ Kovacic. Ask Modric if he thinks he’s ‘average’. Ask Marcelo, Klopp, Guardiola.... Yo don’t have to share my hopes/vision, which may be far-fetched. You don’t have to rate him. That’s your prerogative. But as a fan of the club, why not show him a bit of respect and gratitude, if nothing else? After all, he’s giving Chelsea everything he’s got. Finally, to the powers that be: if I ever write a longer post than this, please kick me out.
  6. 15 points
    MOTM has to go to the person who okayed the 70s kit revival.
  7. 15 points
    Mauricio Pochettino leaves Tottenham as their most successful manager ever. Here are his incredible honours: 0 Premier Leagues 0 Champions Leagues 0 FA Cups 0 League Cups
  8. 15 points
    BKLYNProdigy

    Christian Pulisic - Official

    Credit: https://twitter.com/JesseK_Edits
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  10. 15 points
    Has it been a good start to the season? No. Should we be overly surprised? Not really. Let’s not play down how big a transition this season is. A lot was said about needing patients with Sarri because he was overhauling our playing style so drastically, well Lampard is overseeing a change in playing style, a squad overhaul and cultural shift in mentally to player selection. It’s a huge task he’s undertaking. This is a playing squad that lost leadership and experience in Hazard, Luiz, Cahill and replaced it with youthful promise. When Jorginho, a player who has only been here 12 months, is spoken about as a leading voice on and off the pitch that tells us a lot about the make up of this squad. We’ve got a brand new centre back pairing who need to develop an understanding. A new shape to our midfield. Youthful talents of Pulisic (let’s not forget he’s only 20 years old), Mount, Abraham being entrusted with large minutes of playing time. I’d love to see us going out and smashing Leicester 5-0 today but we’ve got to be realistic about the state of the squad and the expectations we have for it right now. It’s early days, now is not the time to judge Lampard or these players, especially those playing their first full seasons for Chelsea. Keep the faith. In Frankie we trust. KTBFFH.
  11. 15 points
    These are genuinely terrible arguments. Stéphanie Frappart has been FIFA-listed for a decade. she has been officiating in men's league football for five years. She has officiated at a World Cup, including the Final. What part of that suggests that she also has not been working her entire career for a golden opportunity? Why should a woman working throughout her career mean anything less than a man working throughout his career? The Super Cup last year was apparently refereed by Szymon Marciniak. Can either of you tell me with a straight face that you've heard of him? Did you have a problem when he was announced as the referee for this match last season? Do either of you genuinely know whether or not she is any good as a ref? Do either of you have a problem with this announcement for any reason other than Stéphanie is a woman? Why should any female referee be impeded from any match "because of what they have between their legs"? How on earth are female referees ever going to get opportunities in the men's game if it is definitively declared that "they don't have the same experience at top level"?
  12. 14 points
    My plans were to be there on Sunday, my 60th birthday to cheer on the boys but alas it did not work out. Instead we're taking a cheeky 3 day trip to mexico for a little sun and fun. It pains my heart to miss a chance to see the Chels but, well, life happens. Come on you Blues!
  13. 14 points
    yorkleyblue

    We've got a new Kepa

    Isn't he a bit of a tit, though?
  14. 14 points
  15. 14 points
    So good of Daniel Levy to build us a new three point lane, the old one had gone stale.
  16. 14 points
    Absolute masterclass by Frank, completely dominated practically the full 90 minites and all they had was to boot our boys. Frank f**king loves it.... Get in you beautiful blue boys.... And everyone got to see what we know, that there fans are a vile bunch of c**ts.
  17. 14 points
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    Amputechture

    Jorginho is a Blue

    He's had a full season to adapt and will hopefully only get better. His attitude is infectious.
  19. 14 points
    Munkworth

    We've got a new Kepa

    He doesn’t have time to set up his crystal ball and consult it you know or is he just suppose to be able to see through time and space itself? Jesus f**king Christ can people not just hold their hands up anymore, say ‘great free kick that’ and get on with life?
  20. 14 points
    5 goals away to wolves is outstanding by any team, 5 goals by academy graduates is almost unthinkable. This is a massive day for Chelsea fc, hopefully it gets the recognition it deserves by the club. Also the reaction in the media will be very Interesting, imagine of this had been done by one of there darlings. Oh and still 3 more young uns to come.... Fantastic.
  21. 14 points
    We need an extension of our transfer ban.
  22. 14 points
    We played well, especially first half, but we were always vulnerable in transition. They got the ball and bang, they were swarming all over us. We had absolutely nothing shielding the defence. It was a problem the entire pre-season and hopefully this is a wake up call for Frank. Away from home, we were way too open. It was easy for them to attack us. Right from the off. Performances, well our CBs are a concern. Rudiger walks into this team but one of the other three has to step up. Kante obviously walks back in too, for one of Jorginho or Kova. I feel Frank made a mistake with Barkley. He excelled at number 10 in the pre-season, our best player by far, he should have started there today, with Mount on the bench. I'm very surprised Mount got a start, though he looked confident. We're going to have to be patient. I really feel Callum will be the key player this season as he will give us an attacking edge. He obviously needs to sign that contract. The likes of Tammy, our CBs, Mason, Reece James when he comes in, Callum, Pulisic, we're all going to have to be very patient. We're on the start of a journey and it will take time but I'm fully signed up to the journey and I hope you all are too. We lack a commanding CB without Rudiger, we lack a top class striker but Tammy may grow into one, and we lack a midfield enforcer though I think Ethan will provide that next season. On another day the game could have gone differently but the scoreline may have done us a favour. I think it might focus everybody's minds. This is going to be a hard season and we mustn't be under any illusions. Our manager is a rookie, with only one year under his belt in the Championship. The same applies to his staff. The same applies to a few players, including Tammy and Mason today. Let's be realistic. Let's temper all our expectations. Let's embrace the journey we're on. Most importantly, have faith. Mourinho? I can't stand him. Think he took pleasure in watching us lose. He certainly has no loyalty towards Chelsea and he's going to delight in trying to apply as much pressure on us as possible. Frank is right to play the youth. Jose resents that because he's not a nurturing manager, Frank must learn to cut off all the noise. I've got a feeling most of it will be coming from Jose's mouth. Appointing Frank Lampard and playing all these kids is never going to be about the short-term. That's something Jose Mourinho will never understand. Onwards and upwards. Come on Chelsea.
  23. 14 points
    RMCM

    Mason Mount

    Are you 8 years old? These 'wordplay' slurs towards our own players are neither funny nor clever. I keep seeing them and they irritate me to no end
  24. 13 points
    chi blue

    Callum Hudson-Odoi

    What's he thinking of?, inviting a glamour model, dressed in Lingerie round his flat! Silly boy. If I invited a glamour model dressed in Lingerie round my house, I'd be the one needing an Ambulance, and if my Mrs came home I'd need two Ambulances!!!
  25. 13 points
    Oh come on, a scousers loss is always a cause for celebration.
  26. 13 points
    Jezz

    2010s

    Trophies 1. Premier League (2009/2010) 2. FA Cup (2009/2010) 3. FA Cup (2011/2012) 4. Champions League (2011/2012) 5. Europa League (2012/2013) 6. League Cup (2014/2015) 7. Premier League (2014/2015) 8. Premier League (2016/2017) 9. FA Cup (2017/2018) 10. Europa League (2018/2019)
  27. 13 points
    Munkworth

    Danny Drinkwater

    I’m sick to death of people lumping every single person in the world in together like we’re all exactly the same and anyone who happens struggle should be cut adrift.
  28. 13 points
    A few pictures from before today's game.
  29. 13 points
    watch Tammy goes bananas 😀
  30. 12 points
    If you don't like your tv channel, stop giving them money. I can't believe Chelsea fans are more upset about media coverage than celebrating a great win. Looks like the media are not the only ones obsessed with that lot. Don't make us look like bitter obsessives, rise above it , Our club matters more than the the media, show a bit of class. Come on Chelsea !
  31. 12 points
    Munkworth

    Callum Hudson-Odoi

    Piers Morgan should be banned from oxygen.
  32. 12 points
    Jezz

    RIP Peter Bonetti

    729 games from 1960-1975 and 1976-1979. The second highest in club history behind only Chopper. Club Honours: FA Youth Cup (1959/1960) Second Division Promotion (1962/1963) League Cup (1964/1965) FA Cup (1969/1970) UEFA Cup Winners Cup (1971) Second Division Promotion (1976/1977)
  33. 12 points
    Bitching about how the oppo plays is the usual war cry of the losers. Yeah we lost but we play P R O P E R football. P R O P E R football is letting us do what we want against you
  34. 12 points
    f**k me but you are a miserable sod. The scousers played 5 or 6 of their regular first team players and brought on Salah, Milner and Firmino. It was nowhere near "a 2nd choice Liverpool side". I really wish people would stop trying to belittle the team all the time, and just accept that we actually played well and beat the run-away league leaders and current European champions. And I'm REALLY looking forward to seeing this side against anyone, Bayern or Brentford, because, for the first time in a long while, we have a whole load of exciting prospects doing the job on the pitch. Pity some of our internet fans aren't doing the same and getting behind these lads.
  35. 12 points
    Most job contracts come with a 6-month probation period where the potential of candidates is assessed and their achievements and mistakes are measured. Following that review the contract is made permanent, the probation period is extended or ties are cut. I will attempt to assess Frank's first 6 months. I should at this point declare my hand. The three things that have given me the most pleasure in my life are: 1. Frank Lampard 2. Barbara Windsor ringing the church bells in Carry on Dick 3. The birth of my daughter. It is pretty close between Barbara and my daughter but Frank is way ahead. So do I think he should be above criticism? Yes I do. He has shipped some criticism on here, most of it with the caveat that he should not be above criticism. Wrong. His achievements: We are fourth in the league and still in the Champions League and FA Cup, for f**k's sake. He has integrated a number of academy players into the squad. He has shown flexibility and courage in his selections. He has shown a willingness to experiment with formations, tactics and personnel. He has made us entertaining to watch in what is after all an entertainment business. He has represented the club with intelligence, good grace and class. His mistakes: With the benefit of hindsight he has made some poor selections and substitutions. He can't decide on the best combination of his bang average collection of centre halves. He can't get the best out of Kante with Jorginho in the team. Overall I'm happy to offer Frank the Chelsea job for life.
  36. 12 points
    Not often I disagree with you Davey, but I definitely do here. You accept there are mitigating circumstances but feel they are overstated. Fair enough it's your view, but I have similar view on what you perceive as being down to poor coaching. Your statement on poor movement, which you feel is the most glaring weakness, is a case in point. I actually feel our forward movement and passing speed, for much of this season anyway, has been the most impressive and enjoyable to watch since we had Duff and Robben in the team. What has let us down is the quality of the finishing. And I'm not aiming that solely at the strikers. We don't have enough goals chipped in from our midfielders, certainly not for the amount of balls and players we commit into the opposition box. Set pieces I would tend to agree on. Like you I am not a fan of zonal marking Davey but player for player we are a relatively small team and arguably Zouma and Giroud aside we don't have anyone else who is aerially dominant. Likewise we currently have no central midfielders that offer a real physical presence along with being decent on the ball. No doubt we are a work in progress but I do see progress. I actually thought we would finish 6th or 7th this season but of course I would hate to see top 4 slip away now when we have been up there for so long. However, bottom line for me is Frank has taken over at a difficult time, in difficult circumstances and he may well be learning on the job. But the respect and admiration I feel in the way he has conducted himself, communicated with the press and represented our club throughout it all means he will get my total backing wherever we finish this season.
  37. 12 points
    22nd Dec Zayn: Super Frank totally schooled him and Mourinho couldn‘t do fxxk against it, he just watched on and the break didn‘t change it. Son is a clear red and the Spurs fans again showed why they are the low-life scum everybody knows. Loving the Jose meltdown and so happy about Frank‘s calm reaction. Mou just can‘t take it that he got fxxked by Lampard. So happy to have Lampard at the helm and no toxic and sore loser. Long may it last. Lampard has shown what he is capable of. How can anybody dislike this lad? 29th Dec Zayn: Sack Lampard and get Simeone in Absolute whopper
  38. 12 points
    So my dad gets to come back to the Bridge after that sh*t show on Saturday. We had a blast. We sat in the... wait for it.... The Shed End tonight... Was good talking football all week with everyone, and everyone we met was incredibly friendly. Brilliant time... going home tomorrow.
  39. 12 points
    Surprised at people being upset and singling out players. I thought we'd all agreed this team was a work in progress. This was our typical performance against a top side this season, with all the good and bad things. City, for all their recent problems, is nevertheless a top side probably still with the best attack in the league. Still, for the first time in a long time since Conte's depressing parked bus and Sarri's 6-0 humilation we actually went to Etihad and looked good. The team may have been nervous at the back, but we were breaking forward time and again, and with a better final pass and more clinical finishing could have got something out of the game. This type of losses are part of the learning curve and in a long run are better than some wins that paint over our shortcomings. Our back four and Kepa were probably our Achilles heel tonight. Emerson had a mare on the left, Tomori and Zoma had trouble starting attack from the back and Kepa looked short of confidence. Our defense is the area I'd spent the bulk of our transfer budget on, when we actually get around to it. Doesn't mean we need to replace everybody, of course, but we need to improve by a large margin.
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    Don't want to get too carried away but equally am very excited and positive about how things are going and the gradual improvement. What I am really amazed about is how there is very little to question. The starting line-ups he is selecting are pretty much what I would be going for and the subs are often bang on the nail. It's as if Lamps & Jody ARE Chelsea supporters just like us and see what we see. How many times have we had coaches in the past where we are all left scratching our heads when certain players are continuously selected and then the subs are so predictable and uninspiring. No doubt there will still be blips along the way but I love how they are learning from mistakes and so quickly. Supporters are looking forward to the next match every time and it has been a while since that was the case.
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    I thought the much lambasted Azpilicueta and Alonso were absolutely outstanding tonight.
  44. 12 points
    coco

    Callum Hudson-Odoi

    It reveals he was overjoyed to score after a long time of being out of the game with a nasty injury, get a grip.
  45. 12 points
    Still, I'm quite proud of our team. Despite everything, especially the increasing number of walking wounded, the players pulled themselves together, and did not give in to doom and gloom, contrary to a few posters here. We always knew we are a work in progress, and it shows. Valuable experience to build on. Next week our first home league win!
  46. 12 points
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    Davey Baby

    David Luiz back at Chelsea

    I'm okay with it. He had to go in all probability, for the sake of morale, in order for Frank to maintain authority. Luiz is very close to Willian and Kenedy so that's another one to keep an eye on. They both appear to be moody players, so if they're not playing, they'll be sharing stories with Luiz. Frank will have to be on his toes. He needs total commitment. We've got two powerful rugged defenders in Zouma and Rudiger, and two more refined defenders in Christensen and Tomori, so my guess is that we'll have one of each as our CB pair, and we'll see a bit of rotation, particularly in the cup games. This is a very big chance for our young CBs to cement a spot. They'll be pleased to see the back of Luiz. With Luiz there I always felt it would be hard for Frank to drop him as it would cause problems, and therefore it was hard to see how any of the younger defenders could cement that first team spot. I think this is a smart move by Frank. Interestingly, we resisted selling Zouma to Everton, for big money, and we've also kept Tomori, so Frank may have had a hunch all along about Luiz. I'm very excited about this season, particularly with so many academy graduates. I don't hold out high hopes for silverware or a great PL campaign, but it's the start of a very exciting journey hopefully. So many youngsters in the squad who can build a bond with the club and the fans. Reece James, Tomori, Christensen, Mount, RLC, CHO and Abraham. That's 7 academy graduates who could all get significant game-time. It also sends a great message to our current academy crop, as they can finally see a pathway to the first team. I don't think there's any reason to be upset about this. Luiz was a character but he was high maintenance. I think it's the best thing we could have done. Do I think less of Luiz? Yes I do. He could have stayed, he could have supported the manager, he could have tried to impress, he could have fought for his place, he could have mentored the younger players, he could have been a good example, but it was all about him. Going to one of our rivals in these circumstances tells us a lot. I liked Luiz, I thought the positives outweighed the negatives, he's a big personality he's talented and he's a winner. Furthermore, I'm unconvinced by Christensen and the jury is very much out on Zouma and Tomori, but we'll never know if they don't get games, and at least now they're going to play, and that has me very excited. Frank will build a special atmosphere. With Luiz around that was impossible, so all in all this was the right decsion. He's well past his peak, he's never been a great defender and he's joining a group with a weaker mentality. We really needn't be too worried. It's not like we've sold them peak John Terry.
  48. 12 points
  49. 11 points
  50. 11 points
    Without doubt our finest performance of the season. Totally outclassed them. Bossed them, from the first minute to the last. Son, Kane, Alli, Eriksen, did we even see them? Poor old Anthony Taylor, always been a c**t to us. Thank f**k for VAR today. How he called a foul by Alonso God only knows. We were aggressive, we were cool emotionally, we held our nerve, we played so well, we were rock solid and we were a real team. Every player deserves massive praise, our defence were excellent, Kova and Kante were sublime and took complete control of the game, and Tammy, Mason and Willy were all superb. Star of the show though is Frank. It's so good having him on the touchline, rather than that mercenary, narcissistic, washed-up old sourpuss in the other dug-out. We were in cruise control today. Brilliant.

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