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  1. 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.
  2. 16 points
    Updated version of a photograph.
  3. 16 points
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 12 points
  9. 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
  10. 11 points
    We beat the German's on penalties again!
  11. 11 points
    Wooooooo we’re in the final!!! Can people really give Sarri any more sh*t?? We’re in a cup final, still in FA Cup, still in europa league, still in top 4. If I told you this at beginning of the season you’d think we were having a fantastic season!
  12. 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!!
  13. 11 points
    Oh man I realy do hope we turn up for this one
  14. 11 points
    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...
  15. 11 points
    bluehaze

    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    Single bloke or very understanding wife !!
  16. 10 points
    Munkworth

    Mason Mount

    If Mount doesn’t turn in to a complete bellend like Alli that’d be good enough for me.
  17. 10 points
    just

    Chelsea's next manager - evergreen post

    Wow! Someone must have crapped in your cornflakes this morning. Now calm down, smooth out your dress and straighten your tiara you drama queen.
  18. 10 points
    IliyaKrostin

    Welcome N’Golo Kante

  19. 10 points
  20. 10 points
    UEFA worst nightmare. Four English teams contesting their showpiece finals.
  21. 10 points
    Burnley fans booing timewasting? Why, the irony is astounding!
  22. 10 points
    Absolute gentleman. A Chelsea mate and his family were eating in an Italian Restaurant in Kensington. Spotted Zola in there. He wasn’t going to interupt him whilst eating but eventually walked to his table to thank him for the pleasure he’d given him as a fan. They chatted away, Gianftanco made a gesture to the restaurant manager- insisted he paid the bill for the families meal, despite protest from my mate. How nice is that?
  23. 10 points
  24. 10 points
    ForeverCarefree

    That Sterling Incident

    Complains about political correctness and social justice warriors. Is offended by a tattoo.
  25. 10 points
    Courtois & Hazard haven't left yet, nor have we confirmed they will be sold. Roman hasn't been kicked out the country. Reference Jorginho; You have no absolutely no basis to say "the only reason why he came here was due to Sarri", but even if it this was the case, then this would be credit to the board for getting Sarri. I swear some people just get off on being miserable & having a moan. There is plenty to be excited about so bore off with your negative attitude....
  26. 10 points
    Tbf I don't even trust the official site because they still haven't filled the order for my Robinho shirt
  27. 9 points
    dkw

    David Luiz back at Chelsea

    Probably got the hump after lamps asked him to try and you know, defend. So he's thought, where can I go where defending is optional? Ah I know, arsenal.
  28. 9 points
    dkw

    Pre-season matches 2019

    I must have watched a different game to you.
  29. 9 points
    3rd place finish and a Europa League trophy in the bag. In what world is that anywhere near a complete disaster? Talk about being spoilt.
  30. 9 points
    DarkMata

    Sarri - In or Out?

    I Prefer this to Mourinho throwing his PL medal in the crowd. Seeing this kind of emotion you can't help, but smile. Like giving your Grandad a present he wasn't expecting that has a lot of meaning to it. Warms the cockles of one's heart. Love it.
  31. 9 points
    Scott Harris

    Eden Hazard

    Even Drogba didn't give his all in every game, and nobody ever questions his status as a legend. The fact is that Hazard has been our star player every season since he joined and a major contributor to the trophies we have won in his time with the club. If that doesn't elevate him to legendary status, then nothing does. I would go as far as to say that without Hazard, there is a high chance that we wouldn't have won a single trophy in that time, especially the league titles and last seasons F.A cup.
  32. 9 points
    Argo

    Sarri - In or Out?

    I know one of them will win the big one in a few days but for now it's f**king hilarious Sarri broke his trophy duck in this country before Klopp and Pochettino have.
  33. 9 points
  34. 9 points
    Let me preface this by saying that I, on the whole, can't stand Liverpool. I think that the conduct of their fans (without discussing Heysel, etc.) is generally hubristic, cringeworthy, and borderline delusional. I find the bizarre hive mind and usually unwarranted entitlement to exceptionalism which surrounds the club to be both concerning and irritating. But fair f**king play to them... last night was an extraordinary achievement. It was exceptional, it was a "famous European night at Anfield"™; the theatrics and hagiographies were, for once, not pandering, but justified. For the first time in perhaps a generation, this is a Barcelona side who aren't perfectly comfortable and fluent in building slowly from the back. Klopp recognised that, and instructed his rag-tag frontline* to press, needle and harry Barca in their own half. It worked perfectly. Barca were never comfortable, created little, and after the tie was brought level, never looked like coming back. They, to a man, were comprehensively defeated, in terms of physicality, desire, ability - even their cheating was less good than Liverpool's. Did you ever think that you'd ever see a Barca side, 3-0 down in a season-defining match, revert to 4-4-2 and put 9 men behind the ball? Can you ever imagine that a Barcelona side playing Guardiola's style (or at least mimicking it) wouldn't have simply put their foot on the ball and throttled the life out of the game? Do you think that we'd ever have been permitted to forget why Guardiola considers dominating possession to be primarily a defensive measure? Valverde's drift from tradition may have added an extra element to Barca's play, however it seems like something more fundamental is ebbing away. They were truly atrocious last night, as poor as I've ever seen any Barcelona side. I can't even bring myself to be annoyed or snipe about that match - last night I witnessed something truly extraordinary. Bravo Liverpool... ...didn't do it at the Nou Camp, with ten men, and José Bosingwa at centre back though, did you? *(which consisted of, let's not forget, a player they signed from relegated Stoke, and a centre-forward voted in Ligue 1's worst team of the season a couple of years ago, who had also played 492 minutes before last night).
  35. 9 points
  36. 9 points
    robdog

    Ken Bates: The Chelsea Years

    I guess we should call April 2nd Mr. Ken Bates Day. On this day back in 1982, Ken Bates bought Chelsea Football Club for only a pound. If this didn't happen, I believe the club would no longer exist. So I suggest any Chelsea Fan around the Globe raise their pint Glass for Mr. Bates today.
  37. 9 points
    dkw

    Jorginho is a Blue

    @ChelseaYannick: Jorginho, Most passes in the Premier League. Most forward passes in Europe's top 5 leagues. Played most through-balls in the Premier League. Won possession in the midfield third more than any other player in Europe's top 5 leagues. Generic pundit "he's got no assists". https://twitter.com/ChelseaYannick/status/1088703515747409920/photo/1 So, about these "only sideways" passes he makes...
  38. 9 points
    mad_mac

    Gonzalo Higuain

    that's the spirit
  39. 9 points
    Munkworth

    Gonzalo Higuain

    SpursyJoe asked me to pass on a message seeing as he’s banned now; he’s no Callum Wilson.
  40. 9 points
    Nibs

    Callum Hudson-Odoi

    Great. Is arguably the best academy prospect produced by any PL club and could possibly go on to become an exceptional player, but nah, just get rid whilst over the next few seasons we watch the same old faces toil away doing their stuff and disappointing more often than not. We are meant to be a Big Club, so we don't let our best young talent go anywhere, even if they have had their heads turned. Does seem wrong that it has got to this stage but that is modern football for you where the agents have so much power. Years ago, there is no way an 18 year old could get tapped up by another club, but now the agents are constantly on the case. I guess we have benefited from this situation a fair bit over the seasons and "nicked" talent from smaller clubs so we're in no position to shout foul, but if we lose CHO it will be right up there with some of the worst dealings we have been involved in.
  41. 9 points
    Arguably the best Left Winger in the world, being played in the centre THE best defensive midfielder in the world, being played high up the pitch. One of the most promising young Left Backs of the Serie A, not even making the team. A left back who can't defend and has only got this far as a free kick merchant in the team. A vibrant and promising young winger being bench by a Brazilian fraud. A midfielder who's only attribute is to pass sideways. A terrible formation that has as much attacking threat as a blind folded nun. And a manager who refuses to change any of it.
  42. 9 points
    ForeverCarefree

    Eden Hazard

    Lukaku being 8th on that list tells me everything I need to know.
  43. 9 points
  44. 9 points
    We were second best for long periods of that game but when you’ve got someone world class up front in Hazard, and mark my words he is the true definition of world class, then you can pull a goal out of nothing and that’s exactly what he did. He is in probably the best form of his career right now, simply phenomenal. Not the best of performances from us. Think we learned more about why certain players are ahead of others rather than players making a claim for the starting XI. Barkley continues to show flashes but also has a few brain farts in him. Luiz was an assured and calming presence when he came on in contrast to Christensen’s more nervy showing. Fabregas, for me, looked to be trying to force the issue to much in that deeper role. That he couldn’t find space for long periods of the second half to get on the ball and play out suggests that he might not be suited to that role. Willian. Pants. Moses, some surprising flourishes forward but needs to find that final ball. Dave, looked off the boil. Cahill, life in the old dog yet. Emerson, okay going forward. Defensively suspect though. Kovacic, a work in progress. Overall. How can you not be happy to beat the bin dippers?!
  45. 8 points
    Came here as a Boy, grew into a Lion, left as a King. The greatest player I've ever seen live. Hazard, Chelsea owe you nothing. Thank you for everything ♥ ♥ ♥
  46. 8 points
    Munkworth

    Our New Stadium

    Have you got your ticket to Baku? I’d love to go but I can’t justify the cost, the time off work I’d need to travel with it being midweek and a complete ball ache to get to and on top of that all our season ticket holders have just had to spend a minimum of £750 if they wanted to renew for next season. It’s not the fans fault UEFA has shafted them.
  47. 8 points
    Boston Blue

    USA bound for friendly !!!

    This game was arranged directly by Roman Abramovich and Revs owner Bob Kraft to raise awareness and benefit charities that are important to them. Is using a term like "Stupid Russian woman" really necessary? I came here looking for more mature intelligent discussion than this sort of thing that permeates Twitter. I'd be interested to get the opinions of any player, agent, or official from another club about whether they share your opinion about her. I assure you that Roman does not consider her to be "stupid" since he trusts her to run his football club.
  48. 8 points
    Richard P

    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    Had the pleasure of seeing Kerry, Paul Canoville, Johny B and Colin Pates last night. I’ve met them many times but as the four were together I couldn’t resist a selfie! Whilst having my picture taken some young kids asked if they were famous!! I explained each player with an example of a modern player for them to understand. One asked how many goals Kerry scored , I said 193 and Kerry stated how many more than Drogba he scored. I showed them Kerry’s goal against the ars and they all shrieked!! I said remember his name and watch him on YouTube!!
  49. 8 points
    chiefBlueCFC

    Eden Hazard

    give the man whatever he wants! He wants to play with Mbappe? Sign Mbappe! He wants to play basketball? Start a basketball team! He wants to play in spain? Chelsea should invade and conquer Spain! Chelsea have to do whatever they can to keep this magician happy! Oh my goodness what a player!! He took the match over once he came on, no matter how many times Moses tried to pass the ball to Liverpool in front of our own box.
  50. 8 points
    Best match day thread we've ever had....

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