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  1. 22 points
    TomCFC85

    Random Rumours

    In the Shed End Forums, his account was raised. The rumour mill was where he spent most of his days Chilling out, bullsh*tting out, lying it's a wrap And making up accusations, full of crap When a couple of users, saw right through his disguise Started calling out his obvious lies Got in one little fight, And his mum, you bet Said "Timmy, you should stay off the internet"
  2. 20 points
    abramovich

    Big Pete Retires

    Don't care that he's been with Arsenal last few years, he's always been and will remain CFC legend. The man won everything at the club, put his body on the line, and was pure class on and off the pitch.
  3. 17 points
  4. 16 points
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  5. 16 points
    I think people in the match thread after tonight's win slagging off Sarri and the way we play aren't very clued up on football. All I see is everyone moaning saying we aren't making any progress and are boring to watch.. here's how I see it the first few months went smoothly and we transitioned to phase 1, it's stagnated now but it's still getting better and here's why: 1) Jorginho - he is the scapegoat unfortunately because he's sarris favourite, but I've noticed over the last 2 months he has improved so much defensively tonight he constantly hassled spurs and won it back, yes he can't shoot but he is finally shielding the defence and I believe it's not so much when Sarri gets a couple of players he wants Jorginho will go up another level, but when he keeps getting more physical and used to the league like he is really showing now. 2) Kante - coincidentally at the same time Jorginho is better shielding the defense Kante has been brilliant going forward recently and looks so much better passing, making runs and even shooting ! So that criticism of Sarri ruining Kante for Jorginho can now Be put to bed, hence the system is working and he's improving the players. 3)Azpilicueta - anther criticised at the start of the season has totally turned his form around and it's another reason why we look so much better at the back and he's now outperforming alonso each week going forward! Look how much solid we are recently has nobody noticed this? Because I never see it spoken about. Everyone moaned that Sarri had us open at the back AVB style, well we are the second best defence in the league and look great now in defence and playing out from the back too. now Sarri has said he just needs to solve the problem of a blunt attack now that we are more solid at the back and people doubt he will because if you think about it he's stuck to his system and improved us in every way - we play out from the back nearly as good as city spurs and Liverpool - we dominate the ball against all teams even spurs away - Kante is evolving into an even better player somehow - Jorginho is toughening up and getting effective defensively, this is night and day for me I constantly notice him tracking back chasing wingers and covering and breaking up play now. - Hudson -odoi will feature a lot now and Sarri will see he is the difference to sharpening up the attack imo we are just a striker and LB away from really flowing and looking brilliant. Hazard and CHO on the wings with a top number 9 and we are set. Don't see why everybody has to be so negative, we played really f**king well tonight! Maurizio is some coach and we're going to be some team when it clicks
  6. 16 points
  7. 16 points
    Upsetter

    RIP Ray Wilkins

    Devastatingly sad news, for his family and friends especially, but also for the extended Chelsea family. We truly have lost one of our own, another link with what many older fans will always think of as "our" Chelsea. Ray was the same age as me, lived next door to my uncle way back when. Not that I knew him well, more of a friend of a friend, same goes for his brothers. You'd often see Ray on the Underground on a Saturday morning on his way to the match. At the time he was already a first team regular, our youngest ever Captain, and a full England international - somehow I can't imagine meeting any of the current crop of players under similar circumstances. Not a dig at the modern game, just an indication of how much things have changed. Described as a footballing nomad, no matter where he went, no matter who he played for, at heart Ray Wilkins was Chelsea through and through. RIP Ray Wilkins 1956-2018
  8. 16 points
    R.I.P. A great club stalwart over the years.
  9. 16 points
    Davey Baby

    Diego "the guv'nor" Costa

    We've lost a 20 goal per season forward but let's remember he played almost every minute of both our title-winning campaigns, so you'd expect him to score a few goals. Some will say the fact he played almost every minute proves how invaluable he was, and that's true to an extent, but there were other players who were more valuable. Diego Costa is replaceable, there are more prolific and better strikers out there and let's just hope we've signed one in Morata. I'm not saying Diego isn't top drawer I'm just saying there are better out there which is an undeniable fact. Let's not forget also he went through spells in every season with us when he went seriously off the boil, yet because he's such a high-maintenance player, he couldn't be dropped because his ego couldn't take it and it may have resulted in him losing interest, or worse than that, being a disruptive influence, something a manager wouldn't want to risk. Look at Jose, he finally dropped him against Spurs at WHL and it was long overdue. Costa had a face like a slapped arse on the bench. Anyone remember his warm-up on the touchline during the second-half? He couldn't have looked less interested if he tried. Then of course there was the bib-throwing incident. It's telling that the only time Conte dropped him was at Leicester and he could cite a back injury as his reason, and against Spurs at Wembley when he conveniently also dropped Hazard, which I guess massaged Costa's ego as it made him believe he was as important to the team as Hazard and therefore was being rested for the league game. That was expert management by Conte. Costa needed to be dropped as he was playing so poorly but he had to find a way to do it that would keep the player onside and instil some belief. The only time Conte subbed Costa when we needed a goal was the Cup Final, which tells us everything we need to know. He didn't care about Costa's fragile ego at that point as he knew it was his last game and if he lost the player it mattered not a jot. I imagine Costa is a very high-maintenance player to manage, particularly if he's not settled or truly happy, which he never really was at Chelsea. He's attention-seeking and self-centred in my opinion, and contrary to many people's view of him he actually tends to go missing in big games, because he's not quite as big and tough as he thinks he is. I said way before the season ended that Conte would get rid with relish as soon as he could. Conte being the arch pragmatist kept him onside by the skin of his teeth in order to win the title but as soon as he got his chance he cut ties. We needed Costa to win those titles, yes we did, mainly because we didn't have adequate replacements, but now we do, and I really won't miss him one bit. I won't miss all the nonsense, on the pitch and off it, and I won't miss all his pining for Atletico. I won't miss him punching teammates in training nor arguing with teammates on the pitch in crucial games. I imagine his act can grate a bit after a while behind the scenes. It might be fun at first but after a while I bet the management feel like they're having to mollycoddle a toddler, because that's what he appears to be, a child inside a man's body, a man who's yet to grow up. Conte texted him, I've no doubt of that, but what's telling is that Costa squealed to the press immediately, whereas when Costa threw his dummy out the pram in January the manager kept it all in-house and only spoke highly of the player. In January it would have been apparent to Conte Costa wanted out. Everybody knew Costa wanted out, he even waved goodbye to the SB crowd in his last home game. He was the one that was angling for a move, and yet, as soon as Conte texted him he went squealing, trying to portray himself as the victim. This is the guy that was seduced by China midway through our title challenge and this is the guy who's been pining for Atletico since he arrived. He likes to play big and tough but really when it boils down to it he's just a big girl's blouse, running to the press as fast as he can possibly can. Diego, it's been entertaining, I'll give you that. There's been goals and there's been good performances aplenty. Don't let the door slap your arse on the way out.
  10. 15 points
    f**king unbelievable by professional players.
  11. 14 points
    There isn’t anything knee jerk about it. The mans lost the dressing room, he doesn’t look interested and if it carries on then we’re gonna be in danger of losing players like Hazard & Tibo. End of the day this is a culmination of the way he’s been acting, sh*t arse tactics and results.
  12. 14 points
    Spiller86

    Alex Sandro

    Breaking news: Juventus submit 70m bid for Marcos Alonso as they seek an upgrade at left back.
  13. 14 points
    Upsetter

    Jose Mourinho thread

    Not me mate. In this case Mpurinho being the manager is irrelevant, this is Man U we're talking about, and other than against Tottenham, there are very, very few occasions when I would want Man to win anything, and the same goes for Liverpool, Arsenal and West Ham. Above and beyond that, we are currently the only English club to have won all three major European trophies. If Man U win this year's year's Europa League, they will join that select band, having won the Cup Winners Cup back in 90-91, and the European Cup (as was) on three separate occasions. Ok if Man U were to win the Europa League, we would still be the first English club to have done the European treble, but surely "only" is better than "first"?
  14. 14 points
    Beerqueen

    Jose Mourinho thread

    QP f**king R beat us at home under Benitez. His idea of changing the game if it wan't going well was to change full backs in the 80th minute. He lost us the Club World Cup. We drew with bloody Brentford. When he took over we were third in the league, only four points behind the leaders. We finished 14 points behind. When Suarez bit Ivanovic he was too busy not offending the f**king Liverpool fans to actually make any comment condemning it. He was a f**king nightmare from the start. How you can think he was in any way fit to wipe Mourinho's boots escapes me. And that's just off the top of my head. I have erased most of it from my brain.
  15. 13 points
    Jezz

    Jose Mourinho thread

  16. 13 points
    mclovin83

    That Sterling Incident

    My take on this; - As every other Chelsea fan on here, and everywhere else, has already said, if he is proved to be guilty then he deserves a life ban and criminal prosecution. - "IF" is the key word though. I have watched the clip many times and still couldn't say for sure whether he said "black" or "manc". Both are completely possible. On this basis I find it very disturbing (but entirely predictable) that so many former players & pundits (and Piers Morgan) have jumped in and acted as judge, jury & executioner. Trial by twitter is in full effect and the pitch forks and sharper than ever. - I personally think the reaction of Sterling (both at the moment the incident occurred and later on social media) are more in keeping with someone who didn't hear exactly what was said. if he did you, you would think he would make that clear on social media (if he chose to post about it, which he did) rather than leave it open to interpretation. - I also think it's unlikely (but not completely inconceivable) that anyone is stupid enough to shout racial abuse to a player in 2018 whilst siting in row one and quite obviously in the capture of live TV cameras. - Ultimately, the club and authorities should be allowed to do their job and with genuine lip readings experts (not Rio Ferdinand or Piers Morgan) in order to confirm what he said. In the meantime, 'innocent until proven guilty' should really apply (but I know there is no such thing on social media). - The "Raheem Sterling, he runs like a girl" song is completely harmless in my opinion, and if anyone finds that genuinely offensive (including Raheem himself) then I give up.
  17. 13 points
  18. 13 points
    I have been saying all along that it's a combination of things. It started with the board - They were a shambles during the summer transfer window. Bidding on Lukaku just as he had agree to join United, it made us look like a joke. Going all in for Morata after missing out on Lukaku. Taking so long to bring in Bakayoko (i wish they hadn't bothered but you get my point), waiting until the last day of the transfer window to sign Drinkwater (another we shouldn't have bothered with) selling Matic to a rival before we had a replacement in place and settled. Buying Zappacosta (i can't believe our options were that thin) Oxlade-Chamberlain being one of our big targets, which they still missed out on. The pathetic attempts at signing Alex Sandro. The only good thing they did was get Rudiger quickly, and i don't think its a coincidence that he turned out to be our best signing. Then it was Conte's turn - Bitched and moaned throughout the whole season because the board didn't give him what he wanted. But he should have just got on with it. Most managers in the business are dealt a worse hand than him and they have got on with it because it's their job. He still had a Premier League winning side, it wasn't as bad as he was making it out to be every week. Yes, it may not have been good enough to win the league, but it was more than capable of securing a top 4 finish. His tactics, his formation, his substitutions, his overall attitude, it's been awful. He's supposed to be head coach, not some sulky kid. And finally, the players - They may have had to put up with a sulky manager all season, but they have once again downed tools when things have gotten tough. When things go bad with this lot, they rarely recover, they just deteriorate more as the season goes on. Their performances have been lazy for months now, they jog their way through games. The opposition put more effort in than our lot, you can see it. When we concede a goal, heads go down and there isn't much communication between the players, there isn't much of a reaction at all. People always say the coach can't motivate the players so should be sacked, but i don't think anybody can motivate this lot. They are grown men, they shouldn't need to told they are amazing just so we can get some damn commitment out of them! They are paid enough, so put in the work, no excuses! I'm sick of our players giving their all one season and then switching off the next, it's been happening for too long now.
  19. 13 points
    It's seems like some people have short memories when it comes to Costa. Conte didn't push Costa out at all, Costa wanted out before Conte arrived. He even said before last season started that he wanted to return to Atletico Madrid. Things only started to go wrong with Conte and Costa when Costa himself tried to force a move to China half way through last season. When Costa didn't get his move, his performances went massively downhill and he was almost useless for us for the rest of the season. Costa was the reason why Costa left, not Conte. He couldn't settle in England and wanted out, he would have left no matter who was in charge.
  20. 13 points
    Davey Baby

    Eden Hazard

    I think it's ridiculous that you should consider him anything other than a legend. Think about the goal against Spurs for starters, that one that denied them the title. He came on in the second-half and completely changed the game. He's by far the most talented player we've ever had, he's a genuine game-changer and match-winner, he's driven us over the line in two title-winning campaigns, campaigns where he was easily our best player, campaigns in which other big names faltered as the pressure increased. In fact, for many of the years he's been with us, with Mata sold and Torres leading the line, he was the only player that gave us an attacking edge and we were toothless without him. Furthermore, just in case you're still unsure, this is his sixth season with us, which is a hell of a long time these days, particularly when you're as good as he is and you can sign for whoever you want. He could easily force through a move but he hasn't. Lastly, he gets kicked all over the park every single match, whereas if he played for another club or in a different league, life would be far easier for him. I expect he'll leave in the next year or two and good luck to him if he does, but I'm still praying he chooses to stay. Whatever, you seldom get the opportunity to see a player like him play for your club, especially for so long and during their peak years, and we should all be grateful that we have.
  21. 13 points
    ForeverCarefree

    Eden Hazard

    LOL
  22. 13 points
    Davey Baby

    Eden Hazard

    To me it's perfectly simple, and I never bought into the criticism of Hazard. Jose ran him into the ground when the guy needed a rest, when he wasn't tip-top physically Jose played him and played him and played him and demanded the same as he does with all his wide players, that they run backwards almost as much as forwards, or even more. The more he played the more his body suffered the more he put in poor performances the more he lost confidence the more Jose didn't have a clue how to manage him and just kept on running him into the ground, demanding even more effort. A player knows his body better than anyone, and a player like Hazard, who runs at players and takes them on, needs to feel comfortable physically more than anyone, he needs to have that confidence to skip past players. There was the game at Leicester, Jose's final game, where Jose wanted Hazard to carry on, he looked disgusted on the touchline, as if the fault lay with Hazard, as if Hazard had betrayed him, this was a player that had played and played and played. Jose wouldn't take him off so Hazard forced the issue, and quite rightly in my opinion. He was carrying god knows how many knocks and he couldn't carry on, and he had tried, he had tried throughout the whole season. Guus, a calmer and more experienced head, gave Hazard six weeks off. Look what happened, he came back a different player, scored a brilliant goal at Anfield and came on for the second-half against Tottenham with us trailing 2-0. The rest as they say is history. People said he should have done it earlier in the season and saved Jose. I had every sympathy for Hazard and none for Jose. A player needs understanding, and I'm afraid Jose showed none whatsoever.
  23. 12 points
    Okay, here are the final results for the MOTM awards and player stats for the season. GS (Games started) S (Sub appearances) G (Goals) A (Assists) MP (motm points) MW (motm wins) Kepa Arrizabalaga - GS = 54 | S = 0 | G = 0 | A = 0 | MP = 123 | MW = 6 ( plus 1 shared) Willy Caballero - GS = 8 | S = 0 | G = 0 | A = 0 | MP = 8 | MW = 0 Robert Green - GS = 0 | S = 0 | G = 0 | A = 0 | MP = 0 | MW = 0 Cesar Azpilicueta - GS = 52 | S = 4 | G = 1 | A = 7 | MP = 39 | MW = 0 Davide Zappacosta - GS = 11 | S = 6 | G = 0 | A = 2 | MP = 9 | MW = 0 Marcos Alonso - GS = 38 | S = 0 | G = 4 | A = 5 | MP = 67 | MW = 3 ( plus 1 shared ) Emerson Palmieri - GS = 24 | S = 3 | G = 1 | A = 3 | MP = 38 | MW = 1 Antonio Rudiger - GS = 43 | S = 0 | G = 1 | A = 0 | MP = 49 | MW = 4 David Luiz - GS = 46 | S = 3 | G = 3 | A = 2 | MP = 95 | MW = 4 Andreas Christensen - GS = 27 | S = 2 | G = 0 | A = 1 | MP = 11 | MW = 0 Gary Cahill - GS = 6 | S = 2 | G = 0 | A = 0 | MP = 3 | MW = 0 Ethan Ampadu - GS = 3 | S = 1 | G = 0 | A = 0 | MP = 4 | MW = 0 Joginho - GS = 49 | S = 4 | G = 2 | A = 0 | MP = 83 | MW = 1 ( plus 1 shared ) Cesc Fabregas - GS = 9 | S = 6 | G = 1 | A = 3 | MP = 25 | MW = 1 Danny Drinkwater - GS = 0 | S = 0 | G = 0 | A = 0 | MP = 0 | MW = 0 N'Golo Kante - GS = 47 | S = 6 | G = 6 | A = 4 | MP = 175 | MW = 6 ( plus1 shared ) Mateo Kovacic - GS = 36 | S = 15 | G = 0 | A = 2 | MP = 38 | MW = 0 Ross Barkley - GS = 29 | S = 18 | G = 5 | A = 7 | MP = 80 | MW = 3 ( plus 1 shared ) Ruben Loftus-Cheek - GS = 17 | S = 23 | G = 10 | A = 7 | MP = 159 | MW = 8 Willian - GS = 43 | S = 12 | G = 8 | A = 13 | MP = 61 | MW = 2 ( plus 1 shared ) Pedro - GS = 35 | S = 16 | G = 13 | A = 5 | MP = 106 | MW = 3 ( plus 1 shared ) Victor Moses - GS = 1 | S = 4 | G = 0 | A = 0 | MP = 0 | MW = 0 Eden Hazard - GS = 40 | S = 12 | G = 21 | A = 17 | MP = 331 | MW = 12 ( plus 1 shared ) Callum Hudson-Odoi - GS = 11 | S = 12 | G = 5 | A = 5 | MP = 53 | MW = 2 Alvaro Morata - GS = 16 | S = 6 | G = 7 | A = 0 | MP = 31 | MW = 1 Olivier Giroud - GS = 21 | S = 24 | G = 14 | A = 10 | MP = 50 | MW = 1 Gonzalo Higuain - GS = 15 | S = 3 | G = 5 | A = 0 | MP = 34 | MW = 0 Eden Hazard is the runaway winner with a massive 331 points and 12 MOTM wins ( plus 1 shared ) Hazard finished 156 points ahead of Kante who finished 2nd with 175 points and 6 MOTM wins ( plus 1 shared ) Ruben Loftus-Cheek snatched 3rd place in the final stretch finishing with 159 points and 8 MOTM wins in only 17 starts all season. If Loftus-Cheek had started the season ahead of other players and didn't pick up injuries, I think he would have challenged Hazard for top spot. Eden Hazard picked up the most points since my last update ( 106 points and 4 MOTM wins ) Cesar Azpilicueta ended the season with the most appearances ( 56 ) Kepa Arrizabalaga started the most games ( 54 ) Olivier Giroud made the most substitute appearances ( 24 ) Eden Hazard had the most assists ( 17 ) Eden Hazard scored the most goals ( 21 ) I think it's fair to say that Eden Hazard is without a doubt the shed end player of the season.
  24. 12 points
    I think the general consensus over this game is somewhat over-critical. Granted, I wasn't exactly blown away, but a few mitigating thoughts: - We currently have two fit attackers to play in the front three roles. One of them is Morata. I might be inclined to give us a pass for a somewhat blunt attacking display... - It might be worth bearing in mind that we did actually score a perfectly legitimate winner which was incorrectly ruled out. Had the linesman made the right call we might be talking about an injury-hit Chelsea earning a plucky win, sign of champions, etc. - For all the complaints of sideways passing, lack of Plan B, (etc.) we spent most of the second half playing gung-ho, end-to-end football. Sarri also absolutely made the right call in bringing on Fabregas (although personally I would have been inclined to hook Jorginho rather than Barkley). - Hopefully we might see a little more appreciation for Willian given that we were almost incapable of keeping the ball in the final third and had to resort to long balls from the back four more often than not after he went off injured. Perhaps a little more understanding of what his role in the team actually is? How many times did we see somebody get isolated in the corner somewhere and precisely nobody showed up to receive a pass? - Kanté's attacking instincts are coming along very nicely. His natural intelligence saw him show for the ball in some dangerous positions, he also made a couple of Lampard-esque late runs into the box. Some of his dribbling looks lethal as well. If he can improve on his ball control we might have a true absurdity on our hands, especially given his natural ability to win the ball high up the pitch.
  25. 12 points
    I think people are looking for problems that aren't there. We are going to go up to second in the table, unbeaten and we are seeing a whole load of posts saying this player and that player aren't good enough for the football we play. If we had so many players that weren't good enough for the role, then we would be dropping a lot more points and losing a lot more games.
  26. 12 points
  27. 12 points
    So so glad the days of watching the ball moved slowly and aimlessly across the midfield to the wing back, only for it to be passed back the same way to the other wing back for 90 minutes are long gone. We have great players, and playing any other way than fast, attacking football with this team is a sin. We'll have setbacks this season no doubt, but thank you Mauricio for bringing fun back into the club after a miserable year
  28. 12 points
    Argo

    Your unpopular opinion about Chelsea

    This place is brilliant, few months ago Willian should have been dropped for Musonda now he's better than Hazard
  29. 12 points
    yorkleyblue

    Worst in 35 years

    Yeah, but where were you when we were good?
  30. 12 points
    dkw

    Your unpopular opinion about Chelsea

    Nothing says "I'm bored" like spending half a billion quid on a new stadium.....
  31. 12 points
    Beerqueen

    Olivier Giroud to Chelsea

    Can I have your season ticket please?
  32. 12 points
    A shocking comment. Roman has done absolute wonders for our club from the moment he stepped through the door. As JT rightly pointed out in his leaving speech on the pitch last year, Roman cares for and loves this club. If you don't appreciate what he's done I would suggest going and supporting City for the time being, then if someone richer comes along after that, you should swap and support them!
  33. 12 points
    Backbiter

    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    Yes. I can understand a bit of (pretentious German word alert) schadenfreude about 1975 when your boyhood club had broken up 'your' team and packed you off to Stoke. But you would have thought this might not lasted quite so long. Like you, I've only ever heard negative stuff from him about us. I've read his book and that was full of both criticism of us and deep-lying bitterness, as well as big-headed I'm-the-most talented-and-underappreciated-English-midfielder-ever bollocks. I know he's had a tough time since his terrible accident, but he really should stop giving us a public slagging at every opportunity. What's he been saying now? If you want to read about real love and passion for Chelsea, you won't be disappointed by Ossie's book. This is what he wrote about winning the ECWC v Real in '71, and it's one of the best paragraphs about Chelsea I've ever read: This applies to so many of our former players- Lamps, JT, Kerry Dixon, Pat Nevin, Eidur, Drogba, Cundy, Walker, even players who had huge careers elsewhere like Desailly, Gullit, and Ballack. The list goes on and on. It certainly doesn't apply to Alan Hudson.
  34. 12 points
    TomCFC85

    Emanalo The Problem

    lol if Hiddink takes the role and spends all summer trying to get impossible transfer targets, I guess it could be called a Wild Guus chase. HA!
  35. 12 points
    Stim

    Gary Cahill - PL CL FAC LC EL champion

    That's because people on social media are twats.
  36. 12 points
    Ooh you're brave.
  37. 12 points
  38. 12 points
    Reasons To Love Antonio: A Pictorial Essay. #1: In stark contrast to certain other managers, relishes doing 'the tackles'. #2. Worked his way up, was not handed best team in Europe on a silver platter at start of managerial career.
  39. 11 points
    The decline in performances is a lot down to one thing, The lack of training pitch time. He is coming in, trying to teach the squad a totally different brand of football to what the players are accustomed too, he has a broken pre season where most of the key players are on holiday from the world cup then when they come back they are getting upto speed for the first few weeks and by the time they are we end up starting the midweek marathon where we have played in every single midweek since the PAOK away game in September which renders training time as manly warm downs, that is a killer when learning a completely new system and style of play. Imagine you are doing weekly theory test's for driving (to pluck a random example), the first few weeks you have all the time in the world to revise and perfect things, but after that practice time is cut down significantly, eventually it's going to start to show in your results, won't it? The chances created and attacking play in the final 3rd isn't anywhere near what it could be, but one thing he has got right is how we are defending and how comfortable we are on the ball. Now i know some may reply with "possession is pointless if you do nothing with it" and all the usual stigma cliche's and as a rule i would agree, but with us/Sarri it's not the end game it's a hopeful building block onto bigger things. I remember a few years ago that video came out on YouTube of Napoli expertly playing the ball out of the back under extreme pressure and people on here were posting about it with the green eyed monster wishing our defenders could do that, well after six months we are doing that, we have been seamlessly playing out of trouble even against Liverpool and City with defenders that were supposedly not capable of it. The 65%-70 possession per match and how comfortable we are in possession is a starting block to where we are trying to go and in fact i think Sarri's done very well to implement that so early, i actually thought that was the part of his tactics that were going to take the longest to implement but it's been done seamlessly. Also i am very impressed with how good we look defensively, again that's another part i thought was going to take a while and i expected us to be vulnerable at the back for pretty much the duration of season one, the last two against Palace and Southampton both barely got a sniff at a chance, apart from the last ten minutes against Palace i didn't even remotely fear we would concede, that is quite remarkable all things considered, now i may get the usual counter of "it's only Palace and Southampton" well they have smashed a combined four past City recently and we gave neither a sniff. While we are on the subject of City remember how awful Pep and Klopp's defense was in the early stage? For Sarri to have us looking quite solid so early is a massive plus for me. Now when a manager is not getting it all his own way there's always one thing you need to ask, can you see what he's trying to do? It doesn't matter how well he's currently doing it but just to focus on the question. Moyes would be the greatest example of the answer to that question being no, there was no real blueprint or idea on what he was trying to achieve and it looked like he was making it up as he went along. An example of yes would be Klopp at Liverpool, didn't get it all his own way for the first two years but the blueprint was there, what he was trying to achieve was there. With Sarri i can see what he's trying to do he wants us to play with speed and decisiveness but unfortunately that's beyond some of the current players, it's not even about getting the best players it's about getting players more suited to the style. Willian doesn't fit his desired tactics, neither does Barkley, neither do the forwards, neither does Alonso from an attacking POV, Kante's getting there but still learning the ropes, we can't consistently play the style he wants but we are trying to work towards it, for example Alonso's post hit at the end of the Leicester game would have been a typical Sarri goal. All things considered Sarri right now i wouldn't say should get a free hit, but there is definitely mitigating circumstances which means he deserves the benefit of the doubt and we should give him a couple of windows to see where he could take us. Now don't get me wrong if we are still performing with such sketchy end product this time next year i will be as skeptical as anyone but what would the options be at the minute? Bottle it and go pragmatic for the end of the season and be back to square one in the summer? The big pro argument for that in the past is it would put us with a chance of the major trophies (2009, 2012) that isn't the case anymore so we have nothing to really lose by seeing the process though unless we bomb badly. With the emergence of what City, Liverpool and to an extent Spurs are doing we need to build something sustainable to keep up, the sticky plaster route was only ever going to work for so long!!
  40. 11 points
    mclovin83

    Jose

    Agree with some of the things you have said in this thread, but I think you are way off with this one. There are many examples of clubs having spent the most/having the best squad, and not winning the league. The competition was there in the form of Arsenals invincibles and an Alex Ferguson United side. Winning the league was never a formality. Regardless, there was something about that Chelsea side between 04-06 which was special, something you don't naturally achieve by buying lots of good players. It was an animal of a team, ruthlessly effective and blessed with metal steel that you rarely see. It was a proper cohesive unit, and Jose was a massive, massive part of that. The Chelsea side from 04-05 is arguably the best side in Premier league history. Yes a lot of the records were broken by City last year, but I would never bet against that 04-5 side against anyone. Just 15 goals conceded in a premier league season (a record that still stands). Outrageous. As others have said, Jose is no longer the man or manager he was when we had him in his prime, but that version of Jose Mourinho was the best manager in the world at the time.
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    I seriously thought Burley away would give Don Maurizio some problems, especially starting Morata & not playing Hazard - he showed me I don't know what I am talking about & all I have to reply back is this
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    Jose Mourinho in his programme notes for the United V Juventus Champions League game last night: "Naturally it was disappointing and frustrating not to take three points from Saturday's visit to Stamford Bridge," Mourinho wrote. "We played so, so well that it was hard to take that we only got a draw. The boys were brilliant, we had control of the game and I have never heard Stamford Bridge so quiet in all my time in England. Obviously the bit about controlling the game is amusing in itself when you look at the stats, but no more needs to be said on that. The comment about the atmosphere is the bit which only further reinforces the opinion I have displayed on this forum over the last few days. It's a dig at Chelsea fans, plain and simple. Firstly it's obviously a complete lie. The atmosphere was not great (12:30 kick off's rarely are), but to suggest it was worse than any atmosphere he experienced at Chelsea Manager in his combined 5 seasons at Chelsea is ridiculous. Then there is the obvious irony. He says the Stamford Bridge crowd were "so quiet", yet we were clearly loud enough for him to hear us and make him react by giving it large to the family enclosure at the end. It clearly got to him and he bit at the time, and is still talking about it four days later. You have to ask yourself why he would still be talking about Chelsea fans in his programme notes four days later. Does he really think his teams performance was that great that it silenced the home crowd? Do me a favour. Look at the stats again if needs be. So why bring up Chelsea fans at all? What relevance do we have to the build up of a Champions League game against Juventus? By still talking about Chelsea fans four days later he makes himself look obsessed, reminiscent of a biter, jealous ex, lets be honest. I think he is still furious about how the game ended, the result, the way the stadium erupted in the 96th minute, and the fact he ended up getting jeered off. I think he was seconds away from doing his own celebration; fist pumping, running to the away end, thumping the crest... I am sure he had it all planned in his head and was seconds away from being able to be 'the man'...... but it got ruined and he is still angry. So, in true Mourinho fashion, he wanted to have the last word. Another dig at Chelsea fans. He is desperate to keep United fans on side, and he knows this will endear himself to them. He is not stupid. A lot will lap it up. It's sad that he is attempting to mock a fan base who once genuinely loved him, to desperately try and score brownie points with a fan base who are indifferent towards him. But he is a desperate man. Perhaps if he had thought more about Juventus in the build up to the game, rather than talking about Chelsea fans, his team may not have been so outclassed on the pitch...
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    WhiteWall

    Our New Stadium

    Good point, but I think we already do have a sexy stadium. As my User ID suggests I come from an era when SB looked very different than it does today, but 1978 or 2018, I still get the same buzz in my gut as I round the corner, where the club shop used to be and see the stadium in front of me. And to be honest an extra 18k seats isn't going to make me feel any different. I think she looks pretty sexy just the way she is.
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    My view is that top 4 and a trophy should remain the target this season. The difference (from previous seasons) for me, is that should we achieve neither, but clear progress has been made in the implementation of a new style & philosophy of football, ideally with the much awaited integration of some youth prospects, then I would be happy. Basically as long as we are moving in the right direction in terms of the big picture, then I think Sarri should get a 'free pass' for his first season. Pep won nothing in his first season whilst inheriting the best squad in the league and having unlimited resources. Mourinho inherited the most expensive squad in world football (at the time), spent a further £150M, and finished 6th. Poch is yet to win anything. Klopp is yet to win anything. I think we have to be realistic. The current crop have won trophies in the last 3 years. We have also finished outside the top 4 in 2 of the last 3 seasons. Sarri has barely got a pre-season with the full squad, and has to travel around the world in the short space of time he does have. It's a massive task at hand and it would be crazy to expect him to implement a new style of play with no bumps along the way. I think this will be a real test of how patient both the club and the fans are in the desire to see a new brand of football being played at Stamford Bridge. It's easier to say you will be patient (this applies to me as well), but when it comes down to it, if we are mid-table at Christmas it will be an awful lot harder. Obviously I hope we hit the ground running, but I think we have to be realistic for the first season at least.
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    Fansince65

    RIP Ray Wilkins

    As someone who saw Ray make his debut for us at the age of 17, and who is in the same age group him, I am totally floored by his death. He was one of the true greats that I had the pleasure of seeing come through the ranks down at the Bridge, and who I also had the genuine pleasure to meet at several informal "Disco Nights" the club used to run in the West stand on Saturday nights back in the 70s when the players would happily attend and mix with the supporters (different days back then!) Ray aways had time to talk to people and was always willing to smile and pose for a photo with the fans, something he continued to do for the whole of his life. One of the truly nicest people you could ever wish to meet, not only in football terms but as a human being and a person. God bless Ray, it was a pleasure to have you associated with our club. If the people upstairs had any sense, (which they clearly don't) they would have kept you and Carlo on and by now we would probably have several Champions League titles under our belt. R.I.P SIR, WE LOVE YOU AND ALWAYS WILL.
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    axman2526

    Chelsea's UCL credentials

    Hey look at that it was not psg lol. Good a glorious tie against a true heavyweight opponent. Over the years Chelsea vs Barcelona has become one of the true great cl ties that has seen some amazing wins and losses on both sides. Now we get to see the next chapter in the story. If you don't want such ties then why do you want to be in the cl anyways? For exciting victories over qarabag? To use your influence to magically get easy draws against the Swiss or Portuguese no hopers? No we should want barca and be thrilled we got them. Either a truly glorious win or defeat to a truly special team with a once in a lifetime talent in their ranks await us and that is what the cl should all be about.
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    Captain. leader. LEGEND. Forever.
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    Well yeah it's the same tactics if you consider we now deploy wing-backs rather than fullbacks and wingers. It's the same if you ignore that we no longer deploy a #10 and give the two players behind the striker more freedom to roam. It's the same if you don't consider us now using a back three which makes it easier for a central defender to carry the ball forward into space. It's the same if you don't look at that defensively we now have an extra man at the back when defending. But y'know, maybe I'm splitting hairs.
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    just

    Jose Mourinho thread

    Will always love and respect the bloke for what he did for us and nothing he does now will ever change that I believe Yep, it wasn't good last season and he made mistakes, (who doesn't), but I know with certainty it wasn't all down to him. Similar parallels with Lampard. Said he could never see himself playing against Chelsea and yet went to one of our major rivals. I couldn't care less. Still a legend for what he did with us. Same as Jose.

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