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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
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  4. 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.
  5. 18 points
  6. 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.
  7. 15 points
    Sindre

    Mateo Kovačić

    But passes and transitions into the final third does and Kovacic is one of the best in the league at it. That's end product enough for a player in Kovacics role. Not everyone needs to score or directly assist. Someone needs to be responsible for bringing the ball up to our attackers and Kova is that man. Similar to what Luka Modric has done for Real Madrid for the last several years really. He scored one goal and had six assists the season he won the Ballon D'or. And no one complained about his end product to put it that way.
  8. 15 points
    MOTM has to go to the person who okayed the 70s kit revival.
  9. 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
  10. 15 points
    BKLYNProdigy

    Christian Pulisic - Official

    Credit: https://twitter.com/JesseK_Edits
  11. 15 points
  12. 14 points
    Chelsbear

    Willian

    Well you clearly haven't been following us since 94 if you think Abraham is our worst striker. That's a ridiculously stupid thing to say
  13. 14 points
    We shouldn't undersell our run to the final. We beat Liverpool, Leicester and Man United (all top 5 sides in the PL) to reach the final. Impressive scalps by Frank and the team.
  14. 14 points
    PloKoon13

    Eden Hazard

    Picture of Eden Hazard by himself, with nobody else, with the La Liga trophy:
  15. 14 points
    So, I have way too much free time on my hands right now and decided to create this account for the sole purpose of addressing a few things about the Havertz rumour from a different perspective that migh be of interest. Mainly because I think a lot of stuff going around at social media is complete nonsense. I am a Bayer Leverkusen supporter since 17 years and have watched every game Kai played in. I can say for sure that he is certainly the best talent I have ever seen at our club. He´s a unique player with a very unique skillset. Although he scores a lot, his scoring record overshadows his real strenghts a bit in the media and people who never watched him play might judge him purely on that. Kai is an extremely intelligent player with a lot of calmness on the ball. When he gets the ball in a holding position you can be quite sure that he won´t lose it, his first touch is great and he has great vision for through balls and switching the play. When he´s playing as a number 8 or 10 he has a very good timing for runs into the box, thats how he scored most of his goals here (apart from some penalties as well). The second half of the 18/19 season he played as numer 8 next to Julian Brandt who left us for Dortmund last summer. The two of them were brilliant together, creating a lot of chances by receiving the ball in the spaces between midfield and defense of the opponent. This season, our main striker got injured for a few months and Kai played as a sole striker, probably not his best position but he scored from there too, his skillset really qualifies him for any position in the final third apart from wide positions because he lacks pace for that. So far about the player himself, now on to a few other things: Christian Falk is NOT a reliable source, the accuracy of his reports is quite poor and pretty much laughed at in Germany. Lately he confirmed that Thiago will definetly sign a new contract at Bayern, which obviously wont happen now. His latest reports are also wrong: Havertz doesn´t need to ask for a permission to leave. It was clearly communicated last year already that he can leave this summer if a club meets our expectations in terms of the transfer fee. Right now, the whole team is on vacation and Havertz will talk with our bosses in two weeks when he returns to prepare for the Europa League. There simply are no talks right now. Today I have seen a lot of english media picking up on this report and it´s just completely false. Havertz hasn´t said anything so far, not to the media and not even to our bosses. So you can basically ignore all the reports that are citing Falk or Sport Bild in general. They reported several times that Havertz is definetely going to Bayern for sure and that only changed after Bayerns boss said last week that they won´t be able to fund the transfer this summer financially. Rudi Völler and our board said numerous times that we won´t let Havertz go for under 100 million € (or 90m pounds). I believe that the reports are true that Chelsea is preparing a bid, let´s see how far they will go with it. But thats the price you need to expect and I doubt our board will engage in negotiations that would lower that price. Sorry for the rusty english.
  16. 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!
  17. 14 points
    yorkleyblue

    We've got a new Kepa

    Isn't he a bit of a tit, though?
  18. 14 points
  19. 14 points
    So good of Daniel Levy to build us a new three point lane, the old one had gone stale.
  20. 14 points
    Absolute masterclass by Frank, completely dominated practically the full 90 minites and all they had was to boot our boys. Frank f**king loves it.... Get in you beautiful blue boys.... And everyone got to see what we know, that there fans are a vile bunch of c**ts.
  21. 14 points
    Munkworth

    Danny Drinkwater

    I’m sick to death of people lumping every single person in the world in together like we’re all exactly the same and anyone who happens struggle should be cut adrift.
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    Amputechture

    Jorginho is a Blue

    He's had a full season to adapt and will hopefully only get better. His attitude is infectious.
  24. 14 points
    Munkworth

    We've got a new Kepa

    He doesn’t have time to set up his crystal ball and consult it you know or is he just suppose to be able to see through time and space itself? Jesus f**king Christ can people not just hold their hands up anymore, say ‘great free kick that’ and get on with life?
  25. 13 points
    Sparkz

    Welcome to Chelsea Ben Chilwell

    So let me get this straight... We're signing a highly rated LB, who is only 23 and will improve, who improves our first 11, who fits into our style of play, who was also the managers first choice and we've managed to knock 20-30 million of the asking price The amount of negativity in this thread is embarrassing
  26. 13 points
    chi blue

    Callum Hudson-Odoi

    What's he thinking of?, inviting a glamour model, dressed in Lingerie round his flat! Silly boy. If I invited a glamour model dressed in Lingerie round my house, I'd be the one needing an Ambulance, and if my Mrs came home I'd need two Ambulances!!!
  27. 13 points
    Oh come on, a scousers loss is always a cause for celebration.
  28. 13 points
    Jezz

    2010s

    Trophies 1. Premier League (2009/2010) 2. FA Cup (2009/2010) 3. FA Cup (2011/2012) 4. Champions League (2011/2012) 5. Europa League (2012/2013) 6. League Cup (2014/2015) 7. Premier League (2014/2015) 8. Premier League (2016/2017) 9. FA Cup (2017/2018) 10. Europa League (2018/2019)
  29. 13 points
    A few pictures from before today's game.
  30. 13 points
    watch Tammy goes bananas 😀
  31. 12 points
    Stim

    Welcome To Chelsea Thiago Silva *Official*

    Check in here at half time of the first match of the season
  32. 12 points
    I am often baffled how some of the refs in this country get their jobs. How can a ref ever be trusted to take charge of a high profile game when so many question marks hang over him? This is the same ref that missed a clear handball by Sanchez in the final the last time we went up against Arsenal, a handball that was basically an assist for Arsenal's first goal in that game. The same ref that gave Alonso a yellow card after being hit by a flying kung fu kick by Hugo Lloris. You don't have to be a qualified ref to get these decisions right, but he is qualified (somehow) and he got both of them wrong. What makes it worse is that the players and coaches aren't even allowed to comment on these things without getting into trouble. Why is there so much protection for them? They even have VAR and they can't even get that sh*t right. The standard of officiating in English football stinks, and it has done for years without any sign that things will improve. No other sport seems to have as much of a problem with it as football has. Anthony Taylor should never be officiating another high profile game again, but he will be back on the first day of the season in charge of a Premier League game.....how is that right? The guy can give out a second yellow card for foul that wasn't a foul and completely ruin the biggest game of football in England, and he can carry on like normal in the next round of fixures. It's complete bullsh*t.
  33. 12 points
    TBH I was annoyed when Sarri left, even if it was inevitable eventually. I dislike the managerial merry-go-round we have going on at the club, and when Frank signed, I feared it was too early for him, and he would fall victim the merry-go-round (that is always a danger at Chelsea, though). I did not want to see a club legend fail. Now I feel happier about our 4th spot than last season about third, even proud (too Arsenal?). The circumstances for the team are so much different, and despite some hopeless matches that made me tear my hair out, there were other matches which made me jump around with joy. Remember how Frank celebrated at Spurs, that was I think how we all felt. Sarri delivered the Europa Cup, which felt even better for having soundly beaten Arsenal. Pleasepleaseplease, do it again for the FA Cup, Chelsea!
  34. 12 points
    So much to be proud of, well done to Frank and his backroom staff. It’s all about context and considering the circumstances we found ourselves in securing a top 4 is one heck of an achievement. No one gave Frank and boys much of a chance. What’s more he did it in some style and has helped once again for Chelsea to become a fashionable club graced with style and panache. He brought the youth in, always went for a win, took risks and learnt a lot. There were doubters along the way but the league table does not lie. Fourth place achieving the almost impossible. Absolutely buzzing and delighted for Frank. He is Chelsea through and through and we can see how much this means to him. KTBFFH.
  35. 12 points
    Giroud is pretty decent isn't he? Early thirties too, surprised he's never played for a big club before us.
  36. 12 points
    Posts like this disgust me. How can you, as a Chelsea fan, ever say Frank Lampard is the clubs biggest problem after all of the great memories he has given us and continues to give us? I would honestly be shocked if you have supported the club for more than a few months at this point.
  37. 12 points
    Masterclass from Lampard today. One of the most convincing performances I have seen from us for some time, totally dominated the game.
  38. 12 points
    If you don't like your tv channel, stop giving them money. I can't believe Chelsea fans are more upset about media coverage than celebrating a great win. Looks like the media are not the only ones obsessed with that lot. Don't make us look like bitter obsessives, rise above it , Our club matters more than the the media, show a bit of class. Come on Chelsea !
  39. 12 points
    Jezz

    RIP Peter Bonetti

    729 games from 1960-1975 and 1976-1979. The second highest in club history behind only Chopper. Club Honours: FA Youth Cup (1959/1960) Second Division Promotion (1962/1963) League Cup (1964/1965) FA Cup (1969/1970) UEFA Cup Winners Cup (1971) Second Division Promotion (1976/1977)
  40. 12 points
    Bitching about how the oppo plays is the usual war cry of the losers. Yeah we lost but we play P R O P E R football. P R O P E R football is letting us do what we want against you
  41. 12 points
    f**k me but you are a miserable sod. The scousers played 5 or 6 of their regular first team players and brought on Salah, Milner and Firmino. It was nowhere near "a 2nd choice Liverpool side". I really wish people would stop trying to belittle the team all the time, and just accept that we actually played well and beat the run-away league leaders and current European champions. And I'm REALLY looking forward to seeing this side against anyone, Bayern or Brentford, because, for the first time in a long while, we have a whole load of exciting prospects doing the job on the pitch. Pity some of our internet fans aren't doing the same and getting behind these lads.
  42. 12 points
    Most job contracts come with a 6-month probation period where the potential of candidates is assessed and their achievements and mistakes are measured. Following that review the contract is made permanent, the probation period is extended or ties are cut. I will attempt to assess Frank's first 6 months. I should at this point declare my hand. The three things that have given me the most pleasure in my life are: 1. Frank Lampard 2. Barbara Windsor ringing the church bells in Carry on Dick 3. The birth of my daughter. It is pretty close between Barbara and my daughter but Frank is way ahead. So do I think he should be above criticism? Yes I do. He has shipped some criticism on here, most of it with the caveat that he should not be above criticism. Wrong. His achievements: We are fourth in the league and still in the Champions League and FA Cup, for f**k's sake. He has integrated a number of academy players into the squad. He has shown flexibility and courage in his selections. He has shown a willingness to experiment with formations, tactics and personnel. He has made us entertaining to watch in what is after all an entertainment business. He has represented the club with intelligence, good grace and class. His mistakes: With the benefit of hindsight he has made some poor selections and substitutions. He can't decide on the best combination of his bang average collection of centre halves. He can't get the best out of Kante with Jorginho in the team. Overall I'm happy to offer Frank the Chelsea job for life.
  43. 12 points
    Not often I disagree with you Davey, but I definitely do here. You accept there are mitigating circumstances but feel they are overstated. Fair enough it's your view, but I have similar view on what you perceive as being down to poor coaching. Your statement on poor movement, which you feel is the most glaring weakness, is a case in point. I actually feel our forward movement and passing speed, for much of this season anyway, has been the most impressive and enjoyable to watch since we had Duff and Robben in the team. What has let us down is the quality of the finishing. And I'm not aiming that solely at the strikers. We don't have enough goals chipped in from our midfielders, certainly not for the amount of balls and players we commit into the opposition box. Set pieces I would tend to agree on. Like you I am not a fan of zonal marking Davey but player for player we are a relatively small team and arguably Zouma and Giroud aside we don't have anyone else who is aerially dominant. Likewise we currently have no central midfielders that offer a real physical presence along with being decent on the ball. No doubt we are a work in progress but I do see progress. I actually thought we would finish 6th or 7th this season but of course I would hate to see top 4 slip away now when we have been up there for so long. However, bottom line for me is Frank has taken over at a difficult time, in difficult circumstances and he may well be learning on the job. But the respect and admiration I feel in the way he has conducted himself, communicated with the press and represented our club throughout it all means he will get my total backing wherever we finish this season.
  44. 12 points
    22nd Dec Zayn: Super Frank totally schooled him and Mourinho couldn‘t do fxxk against it, he just watched on and the break didn‘t change it. Son is a clear red and the Spurs fans again showed why they are the low-life scum everybody knows. Loving the Jose meltdown and so happy about Frank‘s calm reaction. Mou just can‘t take it that he got fxxked by Lampard. So happy to have Lampard at the helm and no toxic and sore loser. Long may it last. Lampard has shown what he is capable of. How can anybody dislike this lad? 29th Dec Zayn: Sack Lampard and get Simeone in Absolute whopper
  45. 12 points
    So my dad gets to come back to the Bridge after that sh*t show on Saturday. We had a blast. We sat in the... wait for it.... The Shed End tonight... Was good talking football all week with everyone, and everyone we met was incredibly friendly. Brilliant time... going home tomorrow.
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    Don't want to get too carried away but equally am very excited and positive about how things are going and the gradual improvement. What I am really amazed about is how there is very little to question. The starting line-ups he is selecting are pretty much what I would be going for and the subs are often bang on the nail. It's as if Lamps & Jody ARE Chelsea supporters just like us and see what we see. How many times have we had coaches in the past where we are all left scratching our heads when certain players are continuously selected and then the subs are so predictable and uninspiring. No doubt there will still be blips along the way but I love how they are learning from mistakes and so quickly. Supporters are looking forward to the next match every time and it has been a while since that was the case.
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    I thought the much lambasted Azpilicueta and Alonso were absolutely outstanding tonight.
  50. 12 points
    Still, I'm quite proud of our team. Despite everything, especially the increasing number of walking wounded, the players pulled themselves together, and did not give in to doom and gloom, contrary to a few posters here. We always knew we are a work in progress, and it shows. Valuable experience to build on. Next week our first home league win!

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