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  1. Chelsea FC - Saving English Football since 2021
    28 points
  2. Loved that scene of Jorginho on his knees thinking about all the support he got from @Gol15 that powered him through the match
    24 points
  3. About three weeks ago we reached a point in the season when every man and his blog was giving their rankings, best XIs and players of the season. Naturally a lot of those featured players from other teams, so could be dismissed as irrelevant. We at The Shed End like to take a little time to ruminate on such things, so finally, after a liquor-fuelled hiatus of a few years, I can bring you the Shed End's Player of the Season Awards. Any newbies may be unaware that in addition to being the forum's most hilarious, second-most handsome and eighteenth-drunkest poster, I also maintain an Excel spreadsheet which tallies all votes cast in our per-match MOTM threads. All the punch cards have now been processed, and I now finally have the numbers from this most topsy-turvy of seasons. Even with a dataset as small as ours, a season with a change in management (and a range of contrasts from 'quite good but flawed', to 'totally inept', to 'still kind of inept but solid', to 'apparently the best team in Europe') offers us an opportunity for introspection. One useful factor is the comparability in fixture quantity - Lampard managed 29 games, and Tuchel 30. Pleasingly enough, each of the 28 players who featured for us this season picked up at least 1 vote, with the exception of poor Loftus-Cheek's unfortunate cameo vs Brighton in the season opener. Some introductory stats: Total number of games: 59 Total number of votes cast: 1772 Average number of votes per game: 30.03 (23.59 under Lampard, 32.27 under Tuchel... bunch of glory hunters.) Game with highest number of votes cast: Man City (N CL): 61 Game with lowest number of votes cast: Tottenham (A LC); Rennes (A CL): 12 As a result of the average vote numbers being higher than during previous seasons, I've opted for only two measuring sticks: total number of MOTM awards, followed by the overall number of individual votes as a tie-breaker. The largely vestigial 'points' system has been discarded as a result of players no longer being able to win awards when only picking up two or three votes. The lowest individual winning total was Zouma with 4 (vs Tottenham in the League Cup), however this was really an anomaly. It also meant that joke/tactical votes had less of an effect, although I did notice that Jorginho's eight votes under Lampard came in seven separate matches. No comment... I don't think anyone will be too surprised by individual players performing drastically better or worse following the switch between managers. Even the perenially underappreciated (in MOTM threads at least) Azpilicueta picked up a bit: So here's what the table looked like under Lampard: And here's what it looked like under Tuchel: You will probably note, as a result of his finishing first in both halves of the season that: Mason Mount is The Shed End's 2020/21 Player of the Season. While I agree with the result (which is quite possibly a first for this), I did feel a little bad for Kanté, who only missed out by 16 votes and also strolled the awards for both CL semi-finals as well as the final. So via most MOTM awards: 1) Mount (8 awards) 1) Kanté (8 awards) 3) James (5 awards) 4) Mendy (4 awards) Via total votes: 1) Mount (257 votes) 2) Kanté (241 votes) 3) Havertz (120 votes) 4) James (111 votes) Other stats (feel free to stop reading at any point): Premier League: Mount leads the way with 6 awards, followed by Kanté with 4, then James, Mendy, Pulisic and Chilwell all with 3. Interestingly we only won 2 of the games Mount won the award for - including the capitulation at the King Power and the ludicrous 3-3 against West Brom. Champions League: Unsurprisingly Kanté was ahead in this one with 4 (all of them knockout games including both semis and the final). Mount won 2 (also both knockouts), then 1 each for James, Mendy, Ziyech, Silva, Jorginho, Gilmour and Giroud. I'm sure you can guess which game Giroud won his award for... FA/Cup League Cup: I'm throwing these two together as our League Cup campaign was only two games long. Zouma and Abraham got 2 each; Havertz, James, Hudson-Odoi and Azpilicueta (the semi against Man City) all got one each. So Mount and Kanté are both streets ahead of the rest of the squad. Even Kanté in second has more than double the number of votes of Havertz in third. The awards were more spread out than they normally would be: 20 different players won at least one MOTM award this season. Whether this is a result of us playing such a high number of games or as a result of the necessary rotation in such a compressed season I don't know. This is the full table if anybody is interested: Thanks for reading!
    23 points
  4. Reece James just got home and emptied his pockets Winners Medal Car Keys Raheem Sterling 🤪
    23 points
  5. Best midfield trios of the modern era.
    23 points
  6. Not sure if Tuchel is really on "friendly terms" with Klopp or not. But I can tell you that I don't like Klopp at all. In Germany we have the nickname "camel" for him because his teeth are very similar when Klopp is in his usual outburst of rage.
    23 points
  7. dansubrosa

    Super Frank Lampard

    Super Frankie!
    23 points
  8. I'm American and have been a Chelsea supporter for 18 years since I was 12. I've been to the Bridge a few times before and was even featured in the club magazine in 2010 for being a fan from the USA but was finally was able to attend my first in person match tonight. We weren't great but god did I love every second of it. I will remember this night forever. What an atmosphere. I can only hope that my next match isn't another 18 years!
    22 points
  9. I didn't want to post this,but I'm chipper after the win. I have diabetes and kidney cancer please don't feel sorry for me.I am in good shape. Look after yourselves - and I mean folk who are thinking it will never happen to me.I was a super athlete so take care friends.
    22 points
  10. Dave has completed it all. Champions League = (2020/2021) Premier League = (2014/2015); (2016/2017) Europa League = (2012/2013); (2018/2019) FA Cup = (2017/2018) League Cup = (2014/2015)
    22 points
  11. Christensen was absolutely colossal coming on!! It’s hard enough getting up to game speed in a normal game but a CL final, to come in and fit in that well and play that well is incredible.
    22 points
  12. Only downside is now we've played Spurs and Arsenal away, the games get a lot harder from here.
    21 points
  13. We are definitely winning the f**king league after that. Everyone in a blue shirt was a hero. f**k the lot of them, we are the Champions of Europe, and sh*tbag Liverpool can't even get a win after being gifted a goal and playing more than half the match against ten men. They can all go f**k themselves the bunch of c**ts - up the Chels, best team in the f**king world.
    21 points
  14. coco

    Romelu Lukaku back to Chelsea

    Did you see that pass Barkley made for Kai in the CL final, brilliant wasn't it.
    21 points
  15. Congrats to all on here, If we don't add Kane/Haaland and Grealish etc types of players in the summer I think next years title could be going your way also, Incredible to see the turnaround and also sums up how the other lot down the road are so acceptant of mediocrity. Their version of progress is baby steps, Your version of progress is only going and beating a Pep juggernaut three times, Winning a CL, Getting to a FA Cup final etc. I also think Tuchel might finally be the 'one' for you lot, What I mean by that is he might stick around for longer than 2/3 years as he has the authority of Jose, Less baggage than him but more clout/respect from Abramovich than Lampard/Di Matteo/AVB etc.
    21 points
  16. News coming in that Reece James has been arrested at the Porto airport. Apparently he had too much sterling in his pocket.
    20 points
  17. What a refree though.. amazing performance . that is what elite level refereeing is.. not the crap we get served every other weekend..
    20 points
  18. When I was a kid growing up, me and my mates used to play in the playground and dream of creating a strategic vision and sustainable commercial approach for the European football economic model....
    20 points
  19. Silva, Jorignho and Mount celebrating is my favourite moment of the night 😁
    20 points
  20. "Again looking shakey with Christensen at the centre of the back 3 with no physical presence." You must have watched another game, then. He won nearly all his duels incl. headers, was comfy on and off the ball and made one or two elegant long passes upfield. The confirmation bias on here is unbelievable tbf.
    20 points
  21. But the best team in Europe at this moment in time is Chelsea and we have a big f**k off trophy to prove it 😁
    19 points
  22. To be fair the lad fractured his face. He couldn't play on even if he wanted to. Silva was crying after going off injured too and his was a muscular injury. I really don't think KdB can be criticised for going off last night.
    19 points
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  24. Probably posted already but love Joe's reaction.
    19 points
  25. He deserves an absolutely incredible amount of praise for his performance tonight. I feared the worst when Thiago went down as he is such an experienced and calming player in the back line. Coming off the bench and getting up to speed quickly is hard any game and any position, but the central defender in our three is so key and for him to come in and stroll the game as he did, after being out for 3 weeks - putting his body on the line blocking shots was incredible. Elite performance from Andreas & deserves all the plaudits in the world tonight.
    19 points
  26. Thank you @coco for allowing me to be a part of all this on the forum as well, God bless. The Shed End Champions of Europe you're the best. I joined shortly before the FA Cup final with Conte and now after a few years I've been so blessed to be a part of this forum. Thank you. CHELSEA CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE ONCE AGAIN
    19 points
  27. Massive respect to the Chelsea fans from a United fan.
    19 points
  28. A bit lost for words to be honest. The work he's done here so far is almost unbelievable. Six clean sheets in a row now, with Christensen & Silva out. 3-0 on aggregate over Atletico Madrid. No one saw that coming.
    19 points
  29. There will be much discussion,rumination,analysis and statistics and other waffle by the great and the good commentators on this match. The FACT of the matter is I have watched my team of 50 years outclass both Madrid teams and make Man City look ordinary. For me this is massive.There was no luck needed in this campaign,we were simply the best team in it. Now whether we can consistently produce this form in the epl is the next hurdle,but I am hugely optimistic.
    18 points
  30. How many have you lost at home in a row Mr Klopp??
    18 points
  31. Any of you lot that have been crying for Frank to be sacked on social media and are gonna celebrate this sacking aren't proper Chels and never will be. Don't know what it means to be a Chelsea fan.
    18 points
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