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  1. 9 points
    Nickcook26

    Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    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!
  2. 7 points
    Zeta

    Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    I find it hard to believe the board asked Conte who he wants and he said Carroll. I suspect they offered him a list of sh*t choices and Carroll was one of the least sh*t to choose from.
  3. 7 points
    Conte has made it clear a million times to those d**khead journalists that keep asking him conference after conference about the transfer market and he ALWAYS gave them the same answer which is ... "I give the Chelsea Board my personal wish-list of players for the January Transfer Window, then they make the final decision. It's not entirely up to me. I'm not in control" This isn't the first time he's given this same answer. It's probably the 10th time already. How on earth is Conte's statement suddenly pissing off the Chelsea Hierarchy ?? If ACTUAL NEWS doesn't appear in REAL TIME this is what happens. They create gossip. Make up their own stories. It's their job, it's their agenda. It's a 24 hour job.
  4. 5 points
    I'm not sure the managerial merry go round is as laughable as you suggest. Real Madrid are on their 10th manager since Roman took over, but does anyone ever say they are a laughable club because of this? They also may be looking for another manager soon if Zidane carries on this poor run. The longevity of Wenger and Fergie make us look bad in comparison, but short managerial reigns really are mostly the new norm. I disagree Roman is "laughable" because he sacks managers. Also, laughable transfer windows? Most transfer windows, Roman has funded squad improvements and for that we should be grateful. This has resulted in the success we never thought we would have. You can count on one hand the amount of transfer windows Roman has perhaps failed to improve the squad. You could question how we spend it, but money has always been available. He must have been through around 30 transfer windows as owner now.
  5. 4 points
    I'd be f**king miserable too if I were the manager and asked in the summer for a second striker and left back to give us any chance of doing anything after Christmas. Then only to get told at the end of August to wait and see what happens in January. With 5 days to go before the window closes again all he's got is "Here you go, not what you asked for but another injury prone midfielder. And while we're at it, what do you reckon of Andy Carroll?". This Palmieri/Dzeko transfer better follow through. If I was Roman, and Conte manages to get us to finish second in the Prem and get over Barca in the CL, I'd walk into that boardroom in May, take a dump on the middle of the table, and tell all the board members that "It's simple. You have two choices. Eat up, or piss off". Then I'd pull out the cheque book, print my autograph on the first 6 pages, hand them to Antonio and say "Don't spend it all at once .... you got till the end of August". He makes a few mistakes with tactics, etc. So what? He's doing the best he's got with a bare bones team on four fronts. He won us the prem last year. It is not his competency that should questioned.
  6. 4 points
    Roman enquired about Tottenham via Zahavi, Daniel Levy confirmed this. Sven Goran Ericsson advised him that we were better value in terms of cost and Jesper Gronkjaer getting us into the CL swayed it in our favour. We were not Roman's first choice. Roman has done great things for Chelsea but has also made many mistakes. As Ewell26 said in the club investment thread the decisions and actions of the board are the decisions and actions of Roman and that has been laughable at times with our never ending managerial merry go round and, in recent times, our transfer dealings. I have no doubt Roman has built up a strong attachment to OUR club over the years with us, but IMO I do doubt that his passion is as strong as it was in his early years. And nothing lasts forever. The goalposts have moved. Wealthier owners have taken over top clubs and relegated us to the second tier of the transfer market. I feel this a reality many Chelsea fans still have to accept and as that reality affects our ability to bring in the top stars it will be harder to compete with those clubs on a level playing field.
  7. 4 points
  8. 3 points
    enigma

    Tiémoué Bakayoko

    it's funny how when he has a good game, there's a sentence or two on his performance, but when he has a bad game there's page after page of pointing out his flaws and poor performance. i swear some people feed on negativity.
  9. 3 points
    Ewell CFC

    Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    A point worth making is that the bloke is 3 billion worse off since the onset of the global financial crisis. Compared with the nation state wealth of Man City, he's a comparative financial small fry. How Man Utd can continue spending at this rate is another question
  10. 3 points
    Nibs

    Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    Exactly. Please people give Conte SOME credit. Does anyone honestly think that Conte went to the powers that be and told them he wanted Andy Carroll?!!
  11. 3 points
    Apparently Carrol was Conte’s suggestion, the only reason his not a Chelsea player is because of the injury, somebody was looking after Chelsea that day.
  12. 3 points
    Scott Harris

    Tiémoué Bakayoko

    I actually thought he was pretty decent yesterday, and i have been one of his biggest critics. I thought he did what he was mostly signed to do. Break up play, get us out of tight situations and occasionally burst forward with power. Also, that pass into Hazard in the second half was spot on. If Hazard didn't lose his balance and scores from it, everybody would be praising that pass.
  13. 2 points
    This is just becoming a joke seriously. I love Conte and I love Roman. Roman has earned the right to be given some slack for things being how they are. As a business man first and foremost before a football fan, he had and still has his motivations for buying a football club. His club has won almost every if not all competitive trophies before them in a 14 year ownership period that he has overseen with expenses well beyond north of a billion quid. Critics say his reign has been disastrous and i laugh, they criticise the rate of manager in and outs and i laugh even harder. On a global scale are Real Madrid derided as a joke club or useless or badly run or whatever label of the day is favoured when describing Chelsea? With their 14 managers since Roman took over here. Is Barcelona derided with their 7 managers in the same time? Or Juventus with their 9, Inter with their 12, Napoli with their 8. Or closer to home are Tottenham or Liverpool with their 10 or 6 respectively. Man city with their 7 or Newcastle with their 13. Even Man Utd after departure of Fergie now on their 3rd. We are on our tenth manager and whilst not the best or worst on the scale of comparisons, i'm just trying to describe the nature of the beast we are dealing with. Managerial changes happen, more often than people want to make you believe, and its not unique to a particular club, league or country (internationals) so don't let them deceive you. Managerial stability is great but way over-rated. It only happens in 2 situations. A club cannot afford it or the club is winning things. Of course we will leave Arsenal out of this discussion as trying to resolve their grouping still comes up with "error, cannot compute". Don't let the media narrative about our club fool you. 21 years I've been following Chelsea now, it has never changed. There have been times of calm and a bit of goodwill but never sustained. Roman coming just made it worse. I love Conte who, I would agree with some people saying, has earned the right to criticise our transfer activity and get the players bought for him he wants, but only to a certain extent. My counter argument to that is Conte knew what he signed up to. He was appointed as a first team coach not a manager and this was made very publicly clear when he signed the dotted lines. If the board accedes to his transfer requests it is because they want to work with him and him going about things the way he has will not do him any favours. Like someone said in an earlier post I saw on here, (can't remember who that reasonable person is now) they were keen to open up contract talks and offer an extension to his contract which is a sign of belief and willingness to keep him as long as the contract extension would stipulate but the man came back and said no to an extension and only took an increased package. Fair enough, after all he over achieved already. But that does not mean he should make transfer demands that totally go against the clubs recruitment policies (no matter how crap those policies may be). First of all being at odds with their policies would make them unhappy and feel he isn't sharing whatever vision they have. Secondly, as a man that has made it clear that he didn't want to commit to the club in the long term, with his transfer requests being out of their long term scope, do we really expect anything less than what is currently playing out? I know if a member of my team tells me he wasn't thinking long term with the organisation (and more specifically i know it could be in 2 years or less), I wouldn't be giving him the big ticket - long term projects to handle. He may be involved due to his level of skill and impact on the team but i'll make sure my own wider team goals will be put first. Player performances are always affected by managerial uncertainty. Positively or negatively. He laid his bed, he should lie in it. Plus his moaning doesn't help the players mental state when they go into games. Now for the fans, who am I to criticise his or her opinion. Football is an emotional sport. Everyone has their thoughts and feelings. The passion that drives fans is same everywhere and people react differently to same situations due to personality types. We are all commentators in the sport we love. Just keep your chin up, and know players and managers come and go, but Chelsea stays.
  14. 2 points
    TomCFC85

    Olivier Giroud to Chelsea

    Remember when we signed world class talent? Those were the days.
  15. 2 points
    brownindian

    Welcome Ross Barkley

    Maybe Jenas was talking about himself ?
  16. 2 points
    there's a possibility he did, he wanted to sign llorente last season so he's obviously after that kind of player. Plus Carroll is the complete opposite to the players we were told the board wanted to sign, young and with a possible sell on value. he did sign bendnter for juventus remember.
  17. 2 points
    Don't be so downhearted just. The goalposts moved ages ago. Manyoo have always been ahead with transfer £cash£, but unable to push forward and attract the top draw players. Citeh were struggling until this season, when Pep finally started to get the players in he wanted (keeper, fullbacks,forwards). Liverpool, Le arse and Spuds don't outspend us and also don't attract the top draw players. Take Pep away from Citeh and their unlimited fortunes, and things would be very different.
  18. 2 points
    old git

    Welcome Ross Barkley

    Well, coming from one of the laziest midfielders I've ever set my eyes on, that's rich.
  19. 2 points
    PloKoon13

    Random Rumours

    There is clearly only one man for the job. Fits the bill perfectly, he is both hilarious and too old:
  20. 2 points
    Oh mama this forum will soon be getting it's own tv station to compete with Arsenal' s. I hope Antonio is here for another 5 years.
  21. 2 points
    Unfortunately Antonio sounds like a man resigned to his fate, hate to say it, but he’ll be gone the day after the season ends.
  22. 2 points
    Argo

    Welcome Ross Barkley

    Christensen is regularly starting ahead of two £30m defenders.
  23. 2 points
    No, you're not. There is every indication it is that simple. He keeps saying the same things, they're just looking for a slip-up and I wouldn't be surprised if repeating the story is a way for them to make it seem like it's an issue he keeps bringing up because he's so frustrated. In reality, they're asking him the questions but we never see the questions written in the articles do we? I don't buy the narrative that we aren't backing him with signings or that the board have sacked him already and are just waiting for the right time to announce it. If he wasn't getting the players he wanted, granted they may not have all been first choice, then why do we keep signing players from Italy who have very specific qualities about them that Conte seems to be after? Is it the club who want a big target man to play up front? By the same token, if the club are ready to sack him why would they be spending anything on players this January when a new manager is going to come in and change things around anyway? While I'm sure there are frustrations on both sides and neither is happy with being 3rd or losing to Arsenal, this whole thing is overblown. The media need something to talk about, it's not good for them when the 6 biggest clubs in the country are at a stable point with no managerial controversy, so they make it appear.
  24. 2 points
    Needs to stop f**king moaning about transfers and his lack of involvement in them to the press. His press conferences have a constant negativity around them and it's got like Jose was in his second spell again. It's boring and the fans don't want to keep hearing it. Get your head down and get on with trying to win games rather than taking pot shots at your employer.
  25. 1 point
    romfordblue

    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    I want that banner or at least a copy of it
  26. 1 point
    Larky Blue

    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    Not vintage,last year.Ibrox Bar Benidorm.
  27. 1 point
    dansubrosa

    Olivier Giroud to Chelsea

    Dzeko please.
  28. 1 point
    brownindian

    Olivier Giroud to Chelsea

    Arsenal are not loaning him to us.
  29. 1 point
    @Ernie_blue Conte wanted Llorente because they've won Serie A together in Juventus the same way Conte wanted Arturo Vidal. He's worked with both players and knows their strengths and weaknesses very well. The Andy Caroll story was pure gossip mate. David Moyes (West Ham Manager) confirmed he's never been contacted by Chelsea.
  30. 1 point
    Seeing as how we seem to be OK with buying injured players so far (Barkley, Drinkwater), My assumption is that the board really trusts our medical staff a lot. Maybe they thought Andy Caroll if physically fit will be an improvement over Llorente who Conte wanted. Both are big physical hold up players- only Caroll is obtainable, younger and also within budget. Caroll has the potential to be a decent signing if he can stay fit and if all we are looking for is a striker who is capable of holding up the ball front. When i look at the transfer prices for players and the fact that we are building a new stadium - i dont blame the board that much for penny pinching. My problem is them spending average money on players who are only a shade or two better than our own youth players.
  31. 1 point
    The usual look at me I’m outraged at what you said post. Honestly can’t be arsed with this sh*t. Don’t like what I said? Tough! Deal with it.
  32. 1 point
    Backbiter

    Welcome Ross Barkley

    Apart from his blatant Spuds bias when he's commenting on them against us, I don't mind Jenas as a pundit, but I never rated him at all as a player. I'll give Barkley a chance to show what he can do, and at 15m he was worth a gamble, but I've never been convinced by him. I quite like the Joe Cole comparisons, as both have a lot of skill but both seem to lack a quality football brain. I'd be delighted if he contributes as much as much as Joe Cole did for us.
  33. 1 point
    Chelsbear

    Random Rumours

    Scraping the Barrel now. Arsenal's bench striker woeful
  34. 1 point
    just

    Welcome Ross Barkley

    Bit surprised at your opinion there Nibs as, like me, I know how much you liked Joe Cole. Barkley reminds me of a bigger version of Cole. Technically very talented, and sometimes with the imagination to try creative things other players wouldn't even see. But like Cole he is a poor athlete. No pace. No real stamina to charge box to box for 90 minutes. And not particularly strong for a guy of his build. For the price we got him for more than happy to see him get a chance, but clearly wasn't ready for last night.
  35. 1 point
    Strider6003

    Kenedy officially signs for Chelsea

    He might have been useful last night to replace Willian yet guess we will never know. The fact that Newcastle bought Atsu suggests they saw enough quality.
  36. 1 point
    I didn't really see any of his comments about the transfer market and the way Chelsea operate as whinging. The media keep asking him about it and he keeps answering the same way. If the club want input they ask him and he gives it. Seems like a good process to me and he doesn't answer unrelated questions by talking about the transfer market. Am I missing something?
  37. 1 point
    abramovich

    Tiémoué Bakayoko

    That depends on your expectations. If a player doesn't take any risks, passes the ball to the nearest teammate, doesn't attempt any passes that can lead to a goalscoring opportunities and generally avoids taking any initiative, that may count for a good performance in a sense that he hasn't done much wrong. I just expect more from our starting midfield. I want a much more dynamic player, someone who can drive with the ball forward, spray the passes around and pick the players' runs, anticipate the opposition movement and deal with it accordingly, break up their attack before it's too late and fouling should be your last resort. Constantly move into postions where he can offer himself to his teammates and at least on occasion shoot the ball on goal, preferably away from the keeper. Also, Bakayoko has a tactical awareness close to zero. He strikes me as someone who hasn't had much coaching, or has started getting it only recently. Hopefully he's a fast learner but he's very much a work in progress at the moment and the team suffers for it, because he plays a key position.
  38. 1 point
    Nibs

    Welcome Ross Barkley

    Not going to be too hard on him after just 60 minutes when he is clearly trying to come back from a long lay off. However, when I've seen Barkley for Everton and out on loan and even for England, you get the impression he is another SWP, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain etc................In other words, he will sometimes produce a worldie or do something where you thnk, "WOW", but week in, week out, he isn't all that. At school he was probably the best kid in the playground and got used to going past the other kids for fun. And that's what he still tries now and 1 in every 20 attempts it will come off. I do hope that he will improve our squad once fully fit, but I seriously think he will be added to the list of "luxury players". Hope I'm proved wrong.
  39. 1 point
    abramovich

    Tiémoué Bakayoko

    I think our expectations are so low by now, if Bakayoko doesn't make any serious mistakes during his performance, it's considered good.
  40. 1 point
    We have seen how good he can be. A defender can look good/poor based on a lot of things. GC did not look great in bolton and i remember the hue and cry then. If Luiz is a goner (as it seems to be), I would definitely have Zouma as my 5th choice CB, specially with GC coming towards the end too. No point in buying a 30/40mil defender specially when we need that money to buy world class players for wingers/forwards. PS - If conte is not going to be here next year, and we are going to shift to a back 4, I would say zouma should definitely stay. CBs - Zouma, AC, GC, AR RBs - Azpi, Zappa LBs - ?/Alonso
  41. 1 point
    real madrid crashed out of copa del ray to leganes. we aren't the only ones to go out of a cup tonight hehe
  42. 1 point
    10,000 people consulted ? obviously no Leeds fans were consulted then
  43. 1 point
    chi blue

    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    Yes 50/50 allocation, remember tickets were sold on your voucher book number, a final 2k tickets were released and were on sale from 8am to personal calls, no virtual waiting room in those days, I left Chichester at 1:30am and drove up to the bridge, going along the A3 Kingston bypass I must set off about 3 speed cameras the flashing was like a disco as I speedies up there. I got to the bridge about 3am to be greeted by at least 50 blokes already queing some with crates of beer, around 4am some bird walked past on her own from a night out carrying a baseball bat!!!!!!! She was met with a chant of "Chelsea agro", they opened ticket office about 6am and tickets were purchased. Another semi final was v Fulham when we had go to villa park and not Highbury as the Fulham chairman said Highbury was to small for the Fulham army!!!!!! So we had to trapes up to villa park to be greeted by the Fulham hordes their first semi final since 1975 and they only bought 11k they had about 8k unsold seats On a footnote all those speed cameras I set off up the A3 I never ever got a letter.
  44. 1 point
    First screw ins were the dreaded Winfield ( Woolworths), then Adidas Beckenbeur Supers. Top football boots were real objects of desire. Sometimes during school holidays we'd get the bus to places like Lillywhites and drool over Puma Kings and Adidas World Cups- there's no way our parents would shell out for them.
  45. 1 point
    STATS

    Callum Hudson-Odoi

    Was watching the complete highlights show in Chelsea TV. Man this kid is brilliant. Our U23 had a game against Sunderland which we won 5-0 and he scored a hattrick. His second goal was out of this world. It then showed our U18 Youth Cup game against WBA. His first goal was a solo effort from starting just in front of the half-way line and must of gone past 5-7 players and finessed shot into the net. I hope someone can get a clip of it. Just magnificent. Almost Messi-like
  46. 1 point
    atomis

    Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    You mother-less good for nothing Chelsea haters.........you Guys seen our man's match day conference? He says he will never give up and if he is gone in the summer its cuz the Club has sacked him.......and that he's very happy here......that we have started a great project together etc. What do the likes of scum dailymail etc get out of that? " Conte refuses to commit his future to Chelsea "..........you tiny thing.....you mother f**kers. They cant wait for him to get lost.......they are sh*t scared of a strong Chelsea. You pathetic clowns.......may your hate and envy crush all your dreams.

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