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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
  2. 23 points
    Liam

    Season's Player Ratings with NOBS on

    Season’s player ratings out of 10 using an innovative decimal system which gives me 20 available rating points. This week’s specious comparison is the Nationality of Best Suitability (NOBS) – an assessment of the nationality a player should be based on my expert assessment of his personality and my extensive knowledge of national stereotypes based on a lifetime of working with Johnny Foreigner. I’ve left out a few players so you can have a go because I’m a giver. Kepa – 7 - Bonus point for the excellence of his distribution and his undoubted bravery in taking the ball in tight situations. Never shy in making a routine save look spectacular and does not dominate his box in any way whatsoever. Will hopefully improve and could yet be a notch or two below world class. NOBS – Saudi – Exhibits a sense of entitlement often seen in the “there are no poor people in my country – insurance, what insurance” Saudi male. The women are great. “I’m not coming off the pitch, you can’t make me”. Dave – 6.5 – Lovely man, Captain in name only. Never any issue with effort and defensively sound but severely lacking in the “offensive phase” being about as useful as a wall angled at about 70 degrees. NOBS – Belgian. Bland, safe, unremarkable in every way, inoffensive, harmless, who you could accept as a son-in-law if it looked as if nothing better is on the horizon. Zappacosta – 5.5 – Made a few brief appearances and had no appreciable effect whatsoever. Limited. NOBS – Syrian. It’s the murine appearance, I’m afraid. Luiz – 6.5 – Obviously not a centre half. Not really any type of a defender or meaningful contributor to the *defensive phase”. Not a holding midfielder and not much use in any other position. Anything he has won has been in spite of him. Sprays the odd nice pass and smiles a lot. Would be a good man to have around in an orgy you’d think. NOBS – Brazilian. Everybody’s second favourite nationality. It’s the smooth facial skin like a carefully maintained mons pubis – and the teeth. Alonso – 5 – Found out this season, unfortunately. Tall. NOBS – Danish. No real defining characteristics. Tall. Kovacic – 5 – Library book of a footballer, careworn, slightly frayed, easily misplaced, forgettable. Wouldn’t get near a Mourinho midfield, lacking, as he does, any semblance of athleticism. Reminds me of an extremely poor man’s Ray Wilkins. NOBS – Any Eastern European statelet you can spell. Let him stay in your spare room while he sorts himself out and he’s still there 3 years later. Hazard – 8 – Happily I think the few wise old heads among us do know how lucky we have been to have had this diamond with us for so long. Outrageously talented, resilient, brave, imaginative and possessed of a measured intelligence, he has been a once in generation adornment to our beloved club. NOBS – Irish – Everybody’s favourite nationality. Perhaps it is the 800 years of being oppressed by less than benign imperial neighbours that has produced a nation of modest, fun, universally loved rogues. Kante – 8 – Completes our complement of two world class players. Showed his footballing intelligence by regularly excelling in a position which does not utilise his vast cannon of skills. He just gets on with it in a way that is rare in today’s pampered multi-millionaire. We are lucky to have him. Short. NOBS – Japanese – When they are not concealing cameras in toilet bowls they are actually modest, industrious, all-round good eggs. Short. Hudson Odoi – 7 – We must keep this young man or it could rival the De Bruyne/Salah worst decision in the history of sport category of which we are the reigning world champions. Just roll him the ball and let him play. NOBS – Citizen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Are you staying or leaving? We want to leave but you won’t let us. Just go for feck’s sake – sorry if we don’t look like we’ll fall apart without you. Can we just pretend to leave but really stay? Willian – 5.5 – Sorry but you are playing in the best league in the world, for one of the best clubs, treated like royalty, with a decent amount of talent, basically living the dream, yet you slope about the place looking f**king miserable you pouting stream of piss. No one likes you. NOBS – Israeli – No one likes them. Sarri – 7 – Strange man. Off the scale stubborn and clearly incapable of even listening to advice. Yet is capable of getting his message across to the players. I like him as he is clearly in touch with his death wish and has worse teeth than me, which very few do. NOBS – Russian living in Germany. Dour, joyless and somehow incapable of appreciating the break that life has given.
  3. 23 points
    Mick Harford

    Super Frank's Derby County

    Rams fan here. Must admit I never thought I'd be joining a Chelsea forum unless it was to talk about that 6-4 game back in about 88. I've semi-adopted Chelsea as my team to follow in the Prem due to Frank coming to us. A plus is that Mick Harford played for us both, and he's my favourite ever outfield player for the Rams. Just to give an idea, last season under Rowett was very divisive for us Rams. Yes we won a few, but by God we were dire and uninspiring. Then we went on long runs without points or a win. Some fans were firmly pro-Rowett (ex-player and all that) and some were anti, with others (myself) just hoping for some continuity given the succession of managers that we have had in recent seasons. But I cannot stress how poor the football was, following Derby was a chore at times it was that uninspiring and devoid of excitement. I'm sure those of you that follow football know that we annually fall off a cliff after New Year, and we duly obliged by limping into the Play Offs last season. There is also a larger story behgind transfers at teh club and the over reliance on certain agent(s) which has led to an unbalanced and bloated squad. Then Rowett went, and the usual names were mentioned as a replacement, and we heard the name Lampard mentioned. A load of us thought "why not?" as we've literally tried experienced with promotions under belt, ex-player, previous manager, highly rated assistant and none have worked. Frank has been a breath of fresh air, he speaks well and with a purpose. None of the cliched platitudes that get trotted out usually, what he says makes sense. He has brought in youth (39 was consider youth for Rowett) and has manoeuvred a few out. We are blessed to have borrowed Mount off you guys for a season, the guy looks quality and to my mind even passes that go astray are due to players not being on his wavelength rather than inaccuracy. Tomori, to my mind, is a rock. That is not to say both are without faults, but they are young and are why they are on loan at Derby and not still at Chelsea, they will learn and grow. The buzz is fantastic around Frank as well, bit of worldwide coverage that we've not had since THAT season in 2007. As it stands for a novice Frank has done really well, Leeds outclassed us and we were beaten by the better team, Millwall could have been a draw or snuck a win but we got lucky at Reading so swings and roundabouts and all that. Also we are lucky that Jody M came with Frank, he seems top class and I reckon eventually both of them will return to Stamford Bridge, but it was great to watch that documentary on him on YouTube again. I'll post in here periodically to keep you abreast of how things are going, but until then best of luck for the season ahead.
  4. 22 points
    ForeverCarefree

    Gonzalo Higuain

    Only been in England for a day and already reached more cup finals than Harry Kane.
  5. 21 points
  6. 21 points
    That would require a very huge FA Cup rule change
  7. 21 points
    dkw

    Christian Pulisic - Official

    This is a 20 year old who has played 114 times for Dortmund, yet people have decided he is a Commercial purchase, nothing special, overrated before he's even played a single minute for us. Unbelievable.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 19 points
    dkw

    Sarri - In or Out?

    So, Sarri leads us to 3rd, loses one final, then wins a European trophy, unbeaten in the competition and has the biggest Cup final win in our history. We'll done to the gaffer.
  11. 18 points
  12. 18 points
    I love that this club never accepts defeat when things are going wrong. Everything about this final was going badly for the club, our transfer ban, Hazard and Sarri's future being up in the air, an ill timed friendly in America which ended up with one of our key players picking up a serious injury, Rudiger still on crutches and Kante almost having a malfunction just before the final, and we still won the cup. The attitude to never give up has played a massive role in our success in the last decade. It's almost become our thing now.
  13. 18 points
    Official statement from Antonio. At least he had the class and grace to thank everyone.
  14. 17 points
    Scott Harris

    Sarri - In or Out?

    I hate this type of attitude. One day the trophies will dry up, and you will be begging for another League Cup, FA Cup or Europa League victory. I don't like to use the words spoilt or say people aren't proper fans of the club, but in this case, I think it's fair to say you fit both of those. To say you're not interested in winning any trophy outside of the Champions League and Premier League is so ungrateful. You're basically saying that half of what we have won in the Roman era and almost everything we won before it in our history means nothing.
  15. 17 points
    There is something magical about this photo.. Look at the pride in his eyes. It's one for the ages, no doubt.
  16. 17 points
    You're not going to watch your team in a European Final because we might lose? Shocking mentality.
  17. 17 points
    mclovin83

    Jose Mourinho thread

    Can't say I am sad about this. In fact, I am happy he has left having never won a top level trophy with United. They are the first and only club that he has been at where he has not won the domestic title. In relative terns for Jose, it's been a failure at United. You do wonder if, when he looks back in a few years and see's the United job as the sh*t stain on his career which it is, whether he will regret sacrificing his relationship with Chelsea fan's to try and be 'one of them' I am sure over time the animosity between Chelsea & Jose will diminish, but there is a part of me that feels he had his chance to cement his legacy in Chelsea folk law and he somewhat chose to sacrifice that with his actions as United Manager, which were not needed. He could have been the bigger man, but that's just not Jose. Sad in a way that this is probably how his time in the Premier League will end. In his prime (2004-2006) he really was something special. The best Chelsea team I have witnessed was under his control, and I will never forget that. What he has become is a shadow of that man however, and a rather pathetic excuse of a top flight Manager. He has become reminiscent of a past his best heavy weight boxer who should have retired years ago.
  18. 17 points
    Forget formation, forget style, forget Sarri ball, that was won by commitment. End of.
  19. 17 points
    Raven8er

    Jorginho is a Blue

    Met the man himself today during the meet & greet here in Perth! Didn't speak a word of English but was always smiling and (from help by his translator) expressed how happy and honored he is to have signed for a club like Chelsea and thanked the fans for his welcome to the club! He even argued with the staff at the store so he could stick around to sign autographs and take photos with some of the supporters that were told they were too late (despite being at the event on time), quality bloke!!
  20. 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.
  21. 16 points
    Updated version of a photograph.
  22. 16 points
  23. 16 points
    Give the man a break. We call for RLC and CHO, they did not start but were his first two subs, neither pulled up trees and with 20 minutes to go he changed his system and pulled Jorginho for Willian. He showed flexability at last and Hazard gave us a moment of magic to get a point. Wolves came to spoil the game, nothing wrong with that but we are not best withut Costa or Drogba to break down those teams. We fought first minute to last. The ball did not break for us. By United standards we should have had a pen for the handball the player kicked on to his own outstretched hand and the hazard one could easily have been given as a pen rather than free kick. Higuain was centermeters from a tap in, and on another day dave blocks their goal not deflects it in. We were unlucky. We dominated them and deserved to win and Sarri showed ambition with his changes. I thought he and the team handled the game very well and tried to the last against a fine team with a solid game plan.
  24. 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
  25. 16 points
  26. 16 points
    And they dare to call us rent boys
  27. 16 points
    Beerqueen

    Thibaut Courtois

    Courtois' heat map so far
  28. 16 points
    Zeta

    Thibaut Courtois

    Hopefully his ex moves to London now.
  29. 15 points
    MOTM has to go to the person who okayed the 70s kit revival.
  30. 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
  31. 15 points
    BKLYNProdigy

    Christian Pulisic - Official

    Credit: https://twitter.com/JesseK_Edits
  32. 15 points
  33. 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.
  34. 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"?
  35. 15 points
    Kentonio

    Fun season ahead?

    Ok so this year we had to sit through half the fans bitching and whining all year about how much they hated Sarri, and how 3rd and a EUFA cup wasn't good enough etc etc. Now it seems like the coming season we'll have Frank back, a transfer ban and a squad full of kids. Now I'm not sure I can handle another 9 months of misery and whining, so how about we all agree to treat this season as just a good laugh, and not give a sh*t about things like league position and cups and all that? Let's pretend we're back in the 80's when we never expected anything, and a win was a surprise pleasure! Also we will probably get the added bonus os watching all the plastics f**k off to Liverpool and City! It's a win all around!
  36. 15 points
    g3.7

    Sarri - In or Out?

    in, but that isn't to say he's been perfect. reasons are: -he's essentially a coach. his reputation is built on that. so joining so late before the season started, and having to play thurs-sun all season, has denied him of a lot of time to really imprint his methods. despite this, we've acheived the target of going back into the champions league, and we've made two finals. -the squad is a mix of players suited to different styles, and a lot of the "best" players in the squad are past their very best (or on the turn). so even with a flatter track in terms of coaching time, this isn't the easiest set of players to mould. sarri signed one outfield player to add to this, and a further two on loan. he shouldn't be judged against most other chelsea managers under abramovich in this respect, as he has been afforded far less. -I think a lot of people have an artificially large expectation of what this squad should be doing because antonio conte is one of the four or five best managers in the world. even those who may no longer like conte may suffer a little from this. sarri is a fine coach, and the football his previous sides in particular attest to this. -I know there has been a lot of frustration about his reticence, or apparent reluctance to do so earlier, but this is actually the manager who put loftus cheek in. and he put huson-odoi in too, and had the welsh kid in ahead of cahill for a lot of the campaign as well. I'm not pretending there was no argument to do so earlier, or more, but credit where it's due here. -finally, I know a lot of people point to guardiola's first season (with others assuming the implication is that those who do are suggesting we will canter to the title next season), but I'd like make two slightly related points: a) recall pochettino and klopp's first seasons with spurs and liverpool. if you can. b) we've met our minimum target, and yet we're still supposed to sack the manager? how is starting from scratch again going to help us? guardiola must laugh himself to sleep every night thinking about how right he was to reject our advances. this is no way to run a club: allowing relations with a genuinely great manager (the calibre of which, be in no doubt, we can no longer attract) to sour to the extent we need to sack him; allowing our best player to run his contract down so we need to sell at cut price; sacking said manager too late to give the new one time to actually do any coaching or truly assess his new squad; then sacking the new guy despite his meeting minimum requirement with a hand tied behind his back, so the new guy can arrive to a club with no director of football and a two window transfer ban. for those keeping count, we've done all of the above and you are proposing we follow that up by doing the new bit in bold. In the long term sarri might not be right for us, but keeping him for now is the pragmatic thing to do.
  37. 15 points
    Sparkz

    Sarri - In or Out?

    No pre-season No top class striker First time managing outside of Italy Top 4 finish, runners up in the League Cup and a good chance to make the Europa League Final. We also have two players from our academy in RLC and Hudson-Odoi who have basically broken into the first 11 He's made mistakes, been stubborn and been frustrating at times but has actually done a very good job to be fair to him You also have to take into account the fact that he's playing a completely different system to what this squad is used to and that takes time
  38. 15 points
    mclovin83

    Callum Hudson-Odoi

    It looks like people are desperate for someone to blame in this scenario, but I don't really see it like that. It's just an unfortunate (and pretty rare situation) in that the player seemingly wants to leave Chelsea. Does that make CHO a snake? No. He just wants to leave. Is it the clubs fault? Not for me. He has been grown and nurtured by the club, and there is a contract offer on the table which most 18 year olds would consider a statement of intent alone at a club like Chelsea. Is it Sarri's fault? Again, not for me. We would all like to have seen him play for in the first half of the season, but he has just turned 18 and is literally breaking into the first team in front of everyone's eyes. He is now getting a respectable amount of minutes, and there is every reason to believe that if he is good enough he will take a starting place. When you consider that Hazard is likely to leave in the summer, and Pedro & Willian are in the final stages of their career, there is even more reason for him to believe their is a long term role in the starting 11 at Chelsea. On Sarri's part, he has made it clear CHO is good enough, and is in his plans. He has spelt it out in no uncertain terms. So I am not having the narrative that CHO is a snake, or that this is 'typical Chelsea' messing it up. He just wants to leave. He may regret it, he my not. But it is what it is, no need to find someone to blame. What I would say, is that Chelsea need to boss this situation. Bayern have been fairly aggressive in their persuit, and equally CHO has thrown in a transfer request days away from the close of the window. Chelsea need to make a statement that we are in charge, not CHO, and not Bayern. Personally, I would continue to play him, and refuse to sell until the summer, unless a suitable replacement can be brought in. This is the same stance we would take with Hazard if he wanted to leave in January, so I don't see why CHO should be treated any different. We will still get a substantial fee in the summer, and we can also give CHO 6 months of playing time to ensure we have given him every opportunity to consider the offer on the table from Chelsea. I am not a fan of keeping unhappy players in the camp, but this is a fairly unique situation, and one I think we need to dig our heel in on. It has been done to us many time before (Stones most recently, after he handed in a transfer request), so i would like us to show we are calling the shots on this one.
  39. 15 points
    I can't believe you started this thread...
  40. 15 points
    ForeverCarefree

    That Sterling Incident

    I’ve nothing but respect for Sterling for the way he has handled this. If those blokes have shouted anything even vaguely racist, f**k ‘em. I find it pathetic that grown men are screaming abuse at players anyway but if they’ve stooped to racism then the club is better off without their support.
  41. 15 points
    All the BS from opposition fans and the media about what a mistake we made in selling Matic to Utd has gone awfully quiet...the only mistake was who we bought to replace him.
  42. 15 points
    dkw

    Jorginho is a Blue

    ha ha, his mamma might end up being a bigger Chelsea legend than him...
  43. 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!
  44. 14 points
    Amputechture

    Jorginho is a Blue

    He's had a full season to adapt and will hopefully only get better. His attitude is infectious.
  45. 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
  46. 14 points
    Slojo

    Sarri - In or Out?

    Not sure if it has been posted, but our management team, what Dons.
  47. 14 points
    Drogba would have scored twice from that cross.
  48. 14 points
    abramovich

    Big Pete Retires

    I still think it was the right decision at the time. Emotions aside, Petr wasn't the player he used to be either because of age or the head injury and we needed to assure Courtois he's the new number one keeper or risk losing him. Many thought he was the future of Chelsea. The difference between how both treated the club couldn't tell more about what kind of men these two are. Cech already a legend and having won everything, spent his last season on the bench and said nothing, and left with the club blessing for Arsenal. Courtois waited till the last moment to f**k us over. That's why Big Pete is a club legend and Tibaut is a twat.
  49. 14 points
    Derby fan in peace. Just to say what a breath of fresh air Frank has been. Been a divisive few years at Pride Park but Frank and Jody have wiped that away in a heartbeat and brought a buzz back to the place we've not seen in a long time. Suffice to say that a footy mad city has taken him straight to heart and the brand of football he's trying to instill here has lifted all bar the most cynical of hearts. The sensible fans accept it may take a year or two for them to put their stamp on the club but the vast majority are prepared for that which is pretty unusual to say the least! It really shows the esteem in which Frank is held by all fans, not just you lot! Out of the limelight, Jody too is quietly going about his business. Not a man to be messed with, nor to beat around the bush and given the ego overload that's plagued us for a while, he too is a major filip for the club. His understanding and experience in developing young players will be as key as Frank's character and work ethic. Also, a word or two about young Mount and Tomori. Mason's is scoring for fun but has yet to really stamp himself on games the way most folk think he can. His goals more than justify his place before anyone thinks I'm moaning and it's clear he's a class apart from pretty much any attacking mid in the div. He plays almost like a second 10 and you could do worse than back him to be top scorer (he was 100/1!!!) as few teams will cope with his movement and eye for goal. He will be bossing games in no time and I reckon you have a proper jewel on your hands there. Frank can't hide his excitement and genuinely seems to think the lad can reach any heights and that tell you all you need to know. As for Fikayo, the boy's a beast. Injuries have meant that he's played at CB but I think he's more of a wingback which is where he played while on loan at Hull, interestingly behind Wilson who is also on loan at Derby right now. This kid is a prince - raw right now and prone to the odd mistake but like Mason, he's clearly way too good for our league. He reminds me of Zouma but I genuinely believe he can be better. Hudds aside, there's no one more comfortable on the ball and he's a tad quicker over the ground! On our forum I've been banging on about what a CDM he'd make as with his skill set he's too good to play as part of a back 3 or 4. Makele, Kante, Tomori - dare to dream as he might just be the next Chelsea general! Soooooo... thanks for Frank, Jody and the loans and also for the interest and support for Derby we've noted since all these lads arrived. We've had a good few Chelsea lads register on dcfcfans.uk this season and it's been a pleasure having them there. No wumming, no giving it the big one, just real enthusiasm. My lad is Chelsea mad and him and all is mates are texting me about the Rams and watching all the live games which I love for obvious reasons. Anyway, enough of my drunken ramblings. Suffice to say that us Derby fans are reciprocating and keeping an eye out to see how Sarri does and hoping that your lads can be the team to put it up to Citeh this year. Someone needs to! Best of luck fellas and apologies for the drunken and gushy post which I hope you'll accept in the spirit in which it was intended.
  50. 14 points
    Wow that came out of nowhere!

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