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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. 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.
  4. 11 points
    We beat the German's on penalties again!
  5. 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!
  6. 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!!
  7. 10 points
    Munkworth

    Mason Mount

    If Mount doesn’t turn in to a complete bellend like Alli that’d be good enough for me.
  8. 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.
  9. 10 points
    IliyaKrostin

    Welcome N’Golo Kante

  10. 10 points
  11. 10 points
    UEFA worst nightmare. Four English teams contesting their showpiece finals.
  12. 10 points
    Burnley fans booing timewasting? Why, the irony is astounding!
  13. 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?
  14. 10 points
  15. 10 points
    ForeverCarefree

    That Sterling Incident

    Complains about political correctness and social justice warriors. Is offended by a tattoo.
  16. 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.
  17. 9 points
    dkw

    Pre-season matches 2019

    I must have watched a different game to you.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 9 points
  23. 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).
  24. 9 points
  25. 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.
  26. 9 points
    mad_mac

    Gonzalo Higuain

    that's the spirit
  27. 9 points
    Munkworth

    Gonzalo Higuain

    SpursyJoe asked me to pass on a message seeing as he’s banned now; he’s no Callum Wilson.
  28. 9 points
    ForeverCarefree

    Eden Hazard

    Lukaku being 8th on that list tells me everything I need to know.
  29. 8 points
    i feel like i have "my" club back again cant explain why just feels like its back to being Chelsea
  30. 8 points
    Mrs Yorkleyblue

    So he is out...

    Kev is busy arguing with some kids down the local but asked me to say hello
  31. 8 points
    Sexyfootball

    Marcos Alonso

    Having less perceived "cover" for a year is in my view preferable to being stuck with a bang average left back until 2023. This may well be the only chance we get to really cash in on Alonso ! We should take that chance imo.
  32. 8 points
    dkw

    Christian Pulisic - Official

    Who has said any of this? Most people are saying he has a lot of potential and is the direct attacking player we desperately need, most are just looking forward to seeing how he does at Chelsea and are hoping he succeeds rahter than quantifying his purchase by claiming players x and y would have been much better with no real reasoning other than "well I think hes better".
  33. 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 ♥ ♥ ♥
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 8 points
    I wonder if any other team has ever done what Wolves have done this season. They beat all 4 European Finalists in one season ?
  37. 8 points
    Old Shaggy

    Chelsea get Top FOUR

    If I had a f**king pound for every time somebody has posted this completely incorrect nonsense since yesterday, I'd be the new f**king Chelsea owner! WE CAN'T LOSE A CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SPOT REGARDLESS OF WHAT HAPPENS ELSEWHERE!!!
  38. 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!!
  39. 8 points
    Cannot take that article seriously. It says Drogba was 6 '2" . We all know he was 10'6". Try walking up behind unsuspecting Arsenal fans and shouting "Drogba". I bet they will still sh*t their pants!
  40. 8 points
    I thought the whole point was to get someone completely different in. Isn't that what we wanted? The man cares about football not how he dresses.
  41. 8 points
    Nibs

    Callum Hudson-Odoi

    Can't really add any more than what we've all already said. I think EVERY Chelsea fan is of the same opinion - CHO is special and regardless of his age, he SHOULD be getting more minutes. I think Sarri is right - he won't become a TOP player until he is in his 20's, but he won't become a top player by getting 10 minutes here - 15 minutes there. Last night, Sarri could easily have started him or at the very least given him 30+ minutes. Instead he starts Willian who put in a typical Willian type performance. Great free-kick, couple of good runs but the rest forgettable. As soon as CHO gets on the pitch you sense the excitement and anticipation in the crowd. He won't beat 4 players every time he gets the ball and he may have poor games but you know he will get the ball and run at defenders and scare them sh*tless. And he will get better & better. I think Sarri has got a lot of fans back on board (me included), but he runs the risk of it all going tits up if he gets this wrong. #STARTCHONOW!
  42. 8 points
    venom2011

    Jorginho is a Blue

    I opened this thread to expect some love for the guy as he had a very good night last night, but.....deary me. Most tackles, interceptions and recoveries, put in a real shift and ran his butt off, and he made some crucial recycles under big pressure. I wonder how some fans watch the games if I'm honest.
  43. 8 points
    Skinnedy

    Willian

    I don't. I also form an opinion based on assists and attitude. One of those is subjective, the other is quantitative His lack of assists throughout his Chelsea career (5 goals and 4 assists EPL averages for his career) is actually even more staggering. I've said it before... he's on pace for career averages. He's not out of form. This is his form. Some people are OK with that. Some aren't. I fall into the category that I'd like to see more offensive production out of the Wing... and set pieces.
  44. 8 points
    Kentonio

    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    To be fair though, you’re just seeing a work in progress.
  45. 8 points
    I think it's a bit early for people to be saying "Sarriball" doesn't work in the league. As others have mentioned, Sarri came in quite late in the summer and it is still his first season which tends to be the "analysis" season for most managers. Klopp and Pep didn't have City and Liverpool playing like this in one season. I think as Chelsea fans we have become too spoiled with instant success where the manager wins the title in his first season. Some of the comments here are giving me the impression that some fans already want him out which is absolutely disgraceful
  46. 8 points
    Looks like a c**t to me
  47. 7 points
    big blue

    Racist fanbase?

    i am a black chelsea supporter, and it is a difficult subject to get into really. It feels like a bit of a PR exercise in my opinion. The 5 other fans that received a 1-2 year suspension, have been punished for acting like fans do all over the country. Im not saying its right or wrong to aggresively shout at a player like that, but it is no more than what goes on in every game up and down the country. With regards to the alleged racism. While i do find it slightly strange that he would call him a manc c**t anyway, (would anyone up north refer to barkley as Cockney just because he plays for a london club?), The guy has been cleared by police, in what was a high profile investigation, how the club can then come to a different conclusion sits uneasily with me, as it did with JT. I get @Brutos point, racist language doesnt necessarily need to be used in racist behaviour, but there is no way of knowing whether the aggression shown towards sterling was racially aggrevated. That is hardest thing about stopping racism. As a society we can do our best to stop racist language, and discrimination, but we cant punish peoples thoughts, and we cant attach racism to every white guy that is aggresive towards a black guy. The club have used this opportunity to make example, its good PR for the club, and we are trying to stop racism in club. The only person who knows whether they are right or wrong though, is the man involved.
  48. 7 points
    Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi are showing Sarri up here. These two deserve to be getting more minutes than they are currently getting. Just get them into the team and let them settle in and become top players. They both have the potential, they just need to be trusted. They are the future of our club and would be a massive shame to lose either of them to another club.
  49. 7 points
    So we have had countless wrong offside decisions in recent weeks that have cost us big pointsin the title race. There is no Var to correct it. And today we play in a competition where there is VAR, the linesmen gives offside and what do you know, now VAR comes into play. And to top it off he actually was offside. How many times can they continuously screw us over. Had Morata scored against saints and got a penalty against Everton, we would be 6 points off the top. How can a VAR system be so flawed that they dont even have clear or multiple camera angles. So much so that we had to bring out a laptop after the game to show Kane was offside.
  50. 7 points
    erskblue

    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    August 1984. Chelsea were back.

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