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  1. I think yesterday was a very harmful defeat for Conte. We played like a small team, City were a big team, with big ambitions, ambitions to play, to impose themselves on title rivals away from home, ambitions to express themselves. We were meek by comparison. We showed no ambition at all. Tactically, the substitution was horrible, it was clearly not working but he didn't change it. If you want to play without a striker, bring Pedro and Hazard on and take off Morata and Fabregas, and go 343, or just swap Morata with Michy. Swapping Morata for Willian was defensive beyond belief and m
    5 points
  2. Amazing isn't it, literally his first post since we went on a decent run of results is immediately after our first defeat, and it's just him repeating the same tripe.
    5 points
  3. is it? he got shafted from barcelona after they had invested massive resources in getting him "back" from arsenal. his defensive discipline didn't cut it. he doesn't get call ups for the national team anymore, a team that often fields three, four or even five midfield players. no formation can hide such a gaping hole in the middle of the pitch. i've always thought that fabregas has been over rated. he was, and still is, a free roaming maverick with little to no defensive responsibility who you hope can deliver that final pass. if he doesn't, it's basically like playing 10 men. other playm
    3 points
  4. 3 points
  5. If you wore a shirt in the early 80s you increased the probability of getting a good kicking Also made it a bit harder getting in the away end Remember a game against the pikeys at their ground in early 80s. Queuing up outside and everyone dressed the same, kept kicking off as no-one knew who was Chels and who was a pikey. At least at Leeds in was obvious who was who, They dressed really weird
    2 points
  6. The media have been saying this since he joined the club. One day they will be right and then they will say "we told you so". Anybody who makes 1000 guesses is eventually going to be right at least once.
    2 points
  7. Going to disagree with that Mickey. Think he looks better than Luiz and Cahill. By some margin on his performances to date. What especially impressed me yesterday was his innate awareness of what was happening around him and his ability to position himself to cover. A better passer than Cahill, a better defensive brain than Luiz. Get him in the team.
    2 points
  8. Spot on. Conte got the tactics wrong today and Guardiola outclassed hin for sure. Not many days ago Conte took Simeone to school so Im not really worried. Its the nature of the beast.
    2 points
  9. I think Michy should have come on straight away, Hazard has never worked in that role, if not michy then pedro who seems to have a better strikers instinct. I agree with Fabregas assessment but worth remembering he played in a central 2 against city last season and we picked up 6 points. The issue is the gap between Cesc's skill set and lets say, pedro, willian, Kante, Bakayako is massive, none of them are even close to him when it comes to being able to control the tempo of a game and pick the right option. Unfortunately when it comes to doing much else he's a bit of a passenger. I don'
    2 points
  10. startedwithglenn

    Willian

    Awful again today, made zero effort, spotted him lounging around the pitch several times. He's beginning to enter Malouda territory. Right now, don't want him anywhere near the pitch.
    2 points
  11. Barrettinator

    Willian

    As I've said before, I'd rather have Musonda playing ahead of him right now.
    2 points
  12. Good points. I think that the retro football shirt and t-shirt market has taken off, particularly in the last few years. I have a couple of retro home tops and a 1978 retro tracksuit top. As you say,not many wore football tops to games in the 1980s. It was Fila, adidas, nike, Sergio Tachini tops. Lyle and Scott and Pringle jerseys. Ah memories!
    2 points
  13. Thank you I appreciate that. I would say against Arsenal and City at home we were too cautious. Nothing wrong with being cautious but we took it too far, yesterday especially, but I take your point.
    1 point
  14. Slojo

    Willian

    Honestly Malouda was world class in 2010, I don't think we've ever had a better wide player than that Malouda.
    1 point
  15. I really don't think Conte made any bad decisions this game whatsoever, his gameplan was the correct method, just because we lose a game doesn't automatically mean the manager got the tactics wrong, even if we were outplayed. The blame has to go elsewhere, twice we've seen whenever we have played in Europe the players have looked like 80 year old men on the weekends, they were very sluggish against Arsenal, not themselves. Worrying signs, but not the manager's tactics (except for the Arsenal game he was naive in that)
    1 point
  16. Davey, that City squad cost £700m to assemble, ours around £460m. Conte deserves criticism and he was outclassed against City, but I'm sure if he was given an extra £240m to spend to even the odds, we would have every right to demand more from him.
    1 point
  17. Barrettinator

    Willian

    I don't understand how you hit a one man wall from a free kick. That was truly astonishing.
    1 point
  18. Barrettinator

    Willian

    He needs to f**k off if he doesn't want to be here.
    1 point
  19. Worrying to see rumours that Conte wants out at the end of the season. Hopefully it’s just nonsense and negativity after a poor performance. When you take this week as a whole, I think most of us would have take a 4-0 win away at Stoke, a superb 2-1 win at AM and may have accepted a loss to City. We shouldn’t be getting too worked up by the loss, this team has shown that it work beat big teams and perform in big moments. The timing of the AM game had a major impact and we have been on the other side when other teams have played mid week (see Everton). Keep your chin up.
    1 point
  20. Hmmmmm, current premier league champions, not attractive anymore ?, its a blip, he made errors, so we Re-galvanise and move on.
    1 point
  21. RIP Mourinho

    Willian

    Gives the ball away and doesn't even try to win it back like he used to. Now he'll just throw his hands up and moan at other players. Shocking attitude, don't want him anywhere near the pitch.
    1 point
  22. Was about to post exactly the same thing. I love Cesc but there are certain games when he shouldnt be starting, against dynamic teams who play at a high tempo Cesc is more less stood in the middle of the park watching the game pass him by in a blur. He doesn't work back and I think with Hazard in the side Cesc's lack of work rate is exposed even further. He's a luxury item and some times its a luxury we cannot afford. And yes once again Conte's lack of belief in Bats is shown. City at home is the last team we should playing the false 9 against (although I bloody hate it and wouldn't
    1 point
  23. Scott Harris

    Willian

    I disagree, if anything, last season was his best season for us. He was better last season than he was when he won player for the year.
    1 point
  24. I did think watching the game how Christensen is such a Pep player. I don't think many of us would swap him now for stones. That said I think he'll find himself on the bench with Luiz back in the side. Luiz still has the edge in terms of distribution. Long term I am sure he will take over. Wouldn't mind seeing him alongside Luiz to see how that looks sometime but so far Conte seems to want him in the middle, and he looks bloody good there. First season as long as he's getting regular games I think he'll be happy, no need to necessarily be nailed down first choice for every game at his age.
    1 point
  25. axman2526

    Willian

    Another one for you. He seemed the most upset about Diego going and most complimentive about him. Should have sold him to United.
    1 point
  26. I dont go to many matches nowadays but I went today and felt, probably for the first time in his spell as our boss, that Conte really got it wrong today. IMO Fabregas should not have started. Citeh played round him in midfield and he didnt have either the power or athleticism to do a thing about it. And when Morata went off playing a false 9 meant we lost all capability of holding the ball up. We were second best from that point on.
    1 point
  27. Rumour must have damned good hearing to have heard what those few words were about.
    1 point
  28. Osgood is Good

    Willian

    I am not sure he has been the same since his mother passed.
    1 point
  29. Deino

    Willian

    A sport psychologist? I think we need several the way he's been performing this season. His freekicks used to be ok if not good. Today, it hit a 1 man wall. It's not even at head height nor did the 1 man wall jumped, it was that bad.
    1 point
  30. Slits at the bottom of " your" jumbo cords or bleached Lois jeans with maybe in my case a nice pair of Dia Dora trainers.
    1 point
  31. You can keep your guff about having to attend matches to be a real fan, We all know that the true test is - did you cry when Jose left?
    1 point
  32. startedwithglenn

    Willian

    He is the sole surviving "Mourinho soldier". To me, it's clear his head was turned by United's interest in the summer and it hasn't yet returned. I don't feel like he can be relied upon this season like he has been in the past.
    1 point
  33. brownindian

    Random Rumours

    Why are you posting this in the Rumors thread ? IT is a bloody fact that he was utter sh*t. Now had you said that he played well, that can be considered a rumor :P
    1 point
  34. The old man, my uncles and me walking up Wandsworth Rd., over Vauxhall Bridge then along the Embankment to Stamford Bridge. When my little legs couldn't take it, I was lifted up on to the shoulders of one of 'em. Everybody walked in those days because nobody could afford a car. It was like one of those L.S.Lowry paintings. There were hundreds of us strolling along. It took bloody hours but the excitement of hearing the crowd roar (we always seem to get there late!), and thoughts of tiredness disappeared. Then my old man would shout out "Pass my nipper down the front will yer?" and I would get
    1 point
  35. Barrettinator

    Willian

    It's time to start making plans to move Willian on. Wasted potential. Such a brain dead player 70% of the time with 20% good performances and the occasional 10% excellent games. I see no reason why we should keep playing Willian when Musonda who has bags of talent and a lot to offer is sitting in the reserves. I hope Charly grabs his chance in the EFL on Wednesday with both hands. Our rotation needs to be Hazard > Pedro > Musonda >>>>>> Willian. At this point, if Musonda does as well as I think he can, he'd even push Pedro out of the starting lineup. I've officially had
    1 point
  36. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4778030/Hernan-Crespo-Chelsea-Neymar.html A quite beautiful interview, which puts it all into perspective. I mean, ultimately, football is quite a small part of life. While we may have had [insert number here] more titles with him in the squad (and what would I give to have a current Hernan Crespo in the team?...), he now has three daughters. God bless that man!
    1 point
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