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  1. Hear this argument so many times for some years now. So sad that the once great trophy is now deemed almost an irrelevance in the modern game. The FA Cup Final used to be THE biggest event in the football calendar. It was the highlight - we all wanted our team to win the FA Cup and we all dreamed of scoring the winning goal in the FA Cup final at Wembley. Now folk see finishing top 4 as more important. I've spoken to a number of people over the last couple of days, talking about the final and some didn't even realise it was the final this week nor who was playing in it! It's become just anot
    8 points
  2. MATCHDAY!!! 💙💙💙💙💙 Also, love this from Tony Mount via CFC Daily's twitter page - Tony Mount: "I told Mason to send a picture of last year's losers medal to every single player on the team and tell them there's no way we're coming home with another one of these tomorrow." https://twitter.com/CFCDaily/status/1393251325534777349?s=20
    6 points
  3. Post of the day Nibs. Couldn't have put it better myself. The cup has always had a special meaning in my heart, the first time I'd seen my team win something in 1970. I remember going daft when Webby scored and it felt so good going into school the following day as the only Chelsea fan. My mum wrote to the club and they sent me a letter from Dave Sexton plus a pack or programmes, brochures and some signed pics of the players. They made a young fan very happy. The thing though that is also special about the Cup is that many years later most fans could actually tell you about the cup upsets
    5 points
  4. goose

    Official Thomas Tuchel

    What alternative world have I stepped into. God I feel old. Not knocking all the stats and g’s xg’s and whatever and they are increasingly becoming more important in the game. I also understand that people just love following stats and analysing every detail. For me it just comes down to ‘they did good’, ‘they was sh*t’. As far as TT goes, he’s done good up to now and if we get just 1 of the 3 goals that we are aiming forward it’s been a positive season. Achieve none, I think he’s still done good work and look forward to next season.
    4 points
  5. Personally I've always felt Zouma is better than most people give him credit for. Has pace, strength, is brave, absolutely superb in the air and I've always felt his long range passing is a useful weapon. He also looks a bit of a character in the dressing room and the other players seem to love him. Must be hard coming in and out of the team and being moved all along the back three. But I'll readily admit he isn't a good fit for that left sided position.
    3 points
  6. No chance, fa cup win all day long
    3 points
  7. Sorry about the confusion with the date earlier lol! Absolutely buzzing for the game today! If we turn up we should be alright, 1-0 to the future Champions of Europe. EDIT---- Oh! and a win today means we overtake Spurs in FA Cup wins! Mad to think that back in 91 they had 8 and we only had 1.
    2 points
  8. Totally agree. I like Zouma for his passion, great last ditch tackles and his areial presence and the danger he provides from set pieces in opposition box. But he gives me kittens every time he plays against a team that presses. I don't want to see him starting too many big games, but he is handy to come in for injuries and suspensions and if he's happy with that role he remains a good squad option.
    2 points
  9. I find with Zouma, people will generally be on board with him until he has one poor/average game or even just make one mistake that looks bad and they say sell him. For me he's definitely good enough to be part of the squad and doesn't seem to kick up a fuss about not playing.
    2 points
  10. I forgot to turn off my alarm and now I have maximum hours to be anxious about the final yay. I did dream of winning a CL semi final in a pub I never been to before.. so, good omen??
    2 points
  11. I think the only solution would be to let the cup winners enter the UCL through the qualifying phase and not automatically like the top 4. I am sure that will make Arsenal , Tottenham,Everton and the rest respect the FA cup more... For me though top 4 all day.. The reason we were able to sign Kai,Werner,ziyech,Tiago silva and have the chance to win the UCL this year is because we finished 4th unlike Arsenal who beat us in the Fa cup last year.
    2 points
  12. 6000ish to each club. Just under 10,000 going to local (aka London based) key workers/NHS which while not idle for the actual fans I don’t see as a bad thing this year of all years.
    2 points
  13. I think our senior players should have it in them to play three big games in a row with minimal rest/rotation. It’s the business end of the season after all.
    2 points
  14. Couldn’t agree more Nibs, I was like a kid at Xmas last as I’m off to Wembley, added to the fact I haven’t been to Football since last March, I’m up early, it’s fry up at 9am with mates then off to Wembley, might not be as emotional and fantastic as 97 but it’s the cup final, win today and top 4 great, but there is no choice to make if I had to choose, miss out on top 4? Hey I will be over it following morning UTC
    2 points
  15. 2 points
  16. Scott

    Best football images

    1949 League Cup Team.
    2 points
  17. I thought you said punch a bunch of kids...
    2 points
  18. 1 point
  19. Clean your mouth out with soap! Even if we wore red I wouldn't say a thing like that! Kids today...
    1 point
  20. Must admit I’m getting nervous. Will be such a blow to lose a third final in five years, plus the huge dent in confidence a second loss in four days will do to the camp for the last few weeks of the season. Hope they bounce back like they did after West Brom debacle.
    1 point
  21. Barring Kepa it's going to be our strongest XI. Why wouldn't it be?
    1 point
  22. Beers bought. Hopefully these two will be joining in with the celebrations later.
    1 point
  23. This is why I have a cup final bbq, keeps me occupied during the day! Imagine what it’ll be like in two weeks when kick off is at 8pm!
    1 point
  24. I think Zouma is better than he looks. Just because he looks awkward and uncomfortable with the ball doesn’t mean that he is. Don’t think he should be an automatic starter but definitely a good squad player and I’d hate to see him leave.
    1 point
  25. OK got the beers in but oh no now I have no more money for that shirt I was *just* going to buy
    1 point
  26. Goes without saying I hope we win but if we don't it won't bother me as much as it used to simply because there's a good chance we'll be in the final next year. The FA cup has lost some of it's lustre especially for the big clubs Pompey winning it in 2008 was a once in a lifetime for them not for us. is it 10 finals since 97 that we've been in ?. Also having the semis at Wembley has lessened the impact of making it to the final bring back neutral grounds but they never will.
    1 point
  27. I thought the only quadruplets in our squad were the Kantés, but we seem to have more. Only Ziyech is a single
    1 point
  28. And we'll do it for Matthew Harding.
    1 point
  29. erskblue

    Best football images

    Derek Parlanes dad in the middle row. The only father and son duo (I think !)to both play for Rangers and to both score against Celtic. The football trivia I can remember....😀
    1 point
  30. erskblue

    Best football images

    The captain being lifted with the Scottish Cup Eric Caldow was, according to my old man, way ahead of his time. He was an attacking skilful left back with lots of pace. Not the typical full back in Scottish or British football back in the early 1960s.
    1 point
  31. Match Day ! FA Cup Final Match Day !! Come On Chelsea !!!
    1 point
  32. axman2526

    Official Thomas Tuchel

    Of the same mind to you on this Gol
    1 point
  33. Gol15

    Official Thomas Tuchel

    Tuchel did turn the season around and we have been getting good results but I must say that at this point it will be disappointing if we miss out on CL football next season. We have 2 ways to do it, with 2 games or win the CL final so if we fail at both it would be falling short and basically underperforming, specially considering that we have already beaten Man City twice already and on top of that we will first play Leicester in the FA Cup final and then in the PL so it's pretty hard for me to think that it would still be a good season if we lose the CL final and also one of the two rem
    1 point
  34. Top 4 is more important than FA Cup nowadays ad it helps us attract great players. Haaland will never come if we don't get CL next season. Knowing that a draw on Tuesday will be very bad for us I'd rather see the key players getting rested than going all out today.
    1 point
  35. Absolutely, the European Cup, Cup Winers Cup and UEFA Cup were ideal. I loved the CWC, it gave the Cup a reason to be and was bloody interesting. Now the Cup gives yo entry to the UEFA Cup equivalent, second tier European tournament. It’s unfair that a cup winner goes to the second tier when the 4th classified goes to the top tier. For us oldies, the cup has a meaning, but rationally ending top 4 gives you entrance to the top league of Europe. Arsenal has won the FA Cup several times in the last few years and they are still a mid table team with a loser mentality. Give the Cup winner access to
    1 point
  36. axman2526

    Billy Gilmour

    Oh I hope not. Verratti is just a poor mans Dennis Wise.
    1 point
  37. Ah RDM 43 second against Boro when me, my dad and Grandad had barely sat down is still one of my fondest memories in football.
    1 point
  38. chiefBlueCFC

    Next new Striker

    I'll be honest I'm pretty disappointed by the way Tammy's been treated. I know we have a lot of depth in the wider areas and in attacking positions in general. But, I've thought that Tammy has proved that he has something to offer to this squad. That being said, whomever we bring in to be the striker, we can't miss on the signing
    1 point
  39. I don’t know at what level of familiarity with tech industry to pitch, so apologies if this sounds obvious/patronising - not my intent. A company makes an app - e.g. a forum for Chelsea fans 🙂 - and an analytics person looks at the usage data to advise how to make it better. Can involve things like experimentation, forecasting, problem diagnostics… Fascinating! I never considered this. Feel kinda stupid now. 🙂 Makes sense, things like xG are calculated based on some sort of average conversion rate of a given opportunity, but, of course, individual players can digress from avera
    1 point
  40. "Product analytics" at a tech company. 🙂 Interesting. I suppose the point I was making is fatalistic in way, inasmuch as fatalism can coincide with optimism. 🙂 I was trying to say that , imho, we are creating a lot of chances, possibly not converting quite as many as we should and possibly won't fix the under-conversion with just one striker. But I genuinely don't believe it's a bad place to be in. We'll score more goals next year even if we don't buy anybody - this attack will improve.
    1 point
  41. Gol15

    Official Thomas Tuchel

    Just shows we have an unbalanced squad. Can't use Ziyech properly while having 2 players in the midfield + Mount. I said it a few times this season that for me Ziyech is our best passer but I'm pretty sure he can't really adapt to this system, it was clear that he was bought to play in a 4-3-3 just like he did for Ajax. I still think that our finishing has been terrible, specially after watching Werner the whole season. This can cost us everything, specially in the tight games where we must take our chances.
    1 point
  42. Mateo Messi Kovacic is available. Billy Gilmour:
    1 point
  43. I think so. He was given an extended break and if you count Everton on the 8th of March as his first game under Tuchel I think he's been excellent (with a few exceptions). Top performances v Everton, Atletico, Real Madrid, Palace, Fulham to name a few.
    1 point
  44. RMH

    Billy Gilmour

    I hope he gets next complete season but knowing our board, if we fail to make it to the CL and fail to get the FA Cup and CL, all very possible, then who is to know if the trigger is pulled. Personally, I hope he stays for at least a couple of seasons but history shows our board is not very patient.
    1 point
  45. Backpasses kill momentum and induces mistake.
    1 point
  46. I look forward to the day I tell my grandkids about how we finished top 4.
    1 point
  47. You can't get the staff nowadays.
    1 point
  48. erskblue

    Best football images

    Graeme Souness and Trevor Francis at Sampdoria 1984 ish. Culture of Football Classics on Twitter. The Sampdoria top is not unlike the Allies one in Escape to Victory. Image: Escape to Victory
    1 point
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