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  1. Hahaha When the inherently bigot British media and boo boys push an agenda that ultimately backs everyone into a corner, a fan favorite gets appointed. I tell you, he doesn't half sh*t the bed does he? When things are done on emotions with an agenda, rather than on merit that's the outcome. Hope those in charge are taking note. Hahaha.
  2. Having a contrary opinion to you Einstein is okay.
  3. Just a mediocre manager which all you needed to make the conclusion was a look at his record as Derby manager. Nothing special and the team to concede the most goals from dominant positions in a game. A lot of hot air blown to match his supposed intelligence and just the right amount of complementary arrogance as demonstrated with his Bielsa farce.
  4. Rightly so too. I mean who the hell even does that. The supposed 12th man in a football team booing the team in action is akin to Hazard booing Morata for every touch misplaced and every goal opportunity spurned. Everyone will totally understand his frustration at the situation but will absolutely slaughter him for that lack of professionalism and team spirit. If those fans don't understand their role in the team, they should do everyone a favour and watch the games at home. Using Hazard as my example as well is no coincidence. The way people hail and credit him for his importance in carrying the team, is the easiest way to relate the role and importance of fans to its team when in action. Never a Sarri fan from the start but once pen to paper happened, as long as he was in that dugout I backed the team and wanted him to win. I admit to also feeling frustrated and unhappy but preferred to not watch games than stink up the place with a very poor attitude as a fan.
  5. This is probably my first post or one of very few this season as this place can get painfully sad. Nevertheless as a fan, it's always a place I come to observe and read what fellow fans think and I have gone the whole nine yards of the emotional roller coaster of this place, this season. It's funny to see the pro and anti Sarri posts but I think it's almost ridiculous if not bordering on lunacy the way some people seek to exclude Sarri's current stance (if true) from the behaviour of some petulant and unreasonable approach of some of the fan base. Read a post where someone said anyone linking both is delusional and another or a few saying Sarri didnt ingratiate himself with the fans. I call bull on both. A manager in such late years with his biggest footballing jobs in his last 2 and in the last 4 years ago has not had a career in professional football from the get go will be affected by the boo boys. Simply because at that level all he has to go on is his results and validation from those around him who matter ie fans and club management. He has delivered his results and if we reverse the league performance back to front (flying start, difficult middle, steady finish) it would be all gravy in the world of the fans, albeit a few as in life one of the constants is haters. Can't please 'em all. He left his beloved Naples only for two reasons. The problems with De laurentis and the pull of Chelsea. He will leave Chelsea also because of conflict, maybe with the fans but not because of the pull of Juventus or a transfer ban. Whilst he would like to have players that fit into his system he is not as focussed on the market as some other managers and this is why the transfer ban won't be a factor in his decision. He's not a typical professional football manager hence the lack of press sound bites and also maybe less of a need to pander to the whims of a spoilt fan base. Sarri being stubborn is a reflection of his conviction in his methods and this is similar to Pep in his first season. The only reason the press couldn't get the heat turned up to the degree they did to Sarri with Pep was his trophy count from other leagues. This was simply a combination of the bias, possibly unconscious but bias nevertheless the media in this country have about Chelsea and secondly the assumed affront of a man that had won nothing previously going against what they considered the best positions for our personnel in the team in their capacity as the holders of knowledge and divine understanding on how football should be played. This post will be longer than this if I go on like I had planned to express my view but I think I'll just wrap it up here by saying we as fans (most) have long wanted a different identity to our football and Sarri was delivering that after a decade of playing something on the other end of the scale. It is not a season's job. The loss of Sarri, whether you like to convince yourself different is up to you, will set us back. I didn't particularly like him as our choice when Conte left but was willing to give him a chance so supported fully. That's what as fans we should all have done. Frank Lampard is not ready to take on a job the scale of Chelsea. Stop the delusion. A manager's job description, I'm very doubtful includes a requirement to ingratiate himself with the fans and the fans have no right to demand this. If a manager does so excellent, if he doesn't it is not an excuse to boo him and berate him. He works to bring the fans pleasure and satisfaction ultimately through results and booing your own team in any case is the absurdity and polar opposite of what the role of fans to their team should be.
  6. Not pointing fingers at all. Just giving my opinion on Kepa's performances as that's what I thought was in discussion here, with an example of that goal of where maybe he could have saved it. Like i said goal was a peach but not unstoppable. If for e.g. Tibo was in goal and same position he would have saved it due to height advantage and that's where Kepa's positioning may have helped.
  7. I think he does ok as this season our defence usually under less siege. Under previous managers, the defensive block meant most angles always covered by wall of players so it would mean the goalkeeper (tibo) saving had to focus on less angles or save shots from distance which tbf mostly gives the impression of an outstanding save. With us so open, attackers have a clear run at him with loads of angles to pick from and his reflex saves from near distance have been very good in my view. I also think he sees so little action so quite easy to "fall asleep" during games for when needed. I think there have been only 2 goals he conceded this season where I feel he was culpable and one was Sturridge's equalizer, which was a peach anyway but with better positioning he could have had it.
  8. As I saw things at the time it was the tactical switch Mourinho made and higher press and marking on Jorginho that forced us to play differently. Not the players willingly resorting to that.
  9. It's not even just about accommodating a failed CF as you put it. It's a good plan B. Not hoofing the ball upfield. Just sometimes when we are at the wings rather than the short intricate passes or driving a cross inside the box to break through the opposition, we could put it in the air. Look at the games we've drawn were we kept trying to unlock the defence by passing through them but met stiff resistance........Just saying mixing it up every now and then against a defence that refuses to be breached that way seems a sensible approach. No way we rescued one point from that game if we had kept to Sarri's plan. And it's not about undermining the manager. Some times when all isn't going to plan it's the big characters in the team that come up with the unusual by taking initiative and modifying the plan to get the edge.
  10. I think there's been tremendous progress in the relatively short period but I'd actually prefer if we also retained some of our strengths and blend them with his chosen style. For instance due to our new ball on the ground play, we rarely play aerial balls into the box and for a striker low in confidence but deadly in the air, this makes Morata even worse than he should look. We've lost the Azpirata connection through which Morata scored a significant number of his goals last season and if Azpi didn't resort to that cross no way we would have got that equalizer. We have to play to the strengths of the strikers as well. I believe aerially there's always a more than 60% chance we put the ball in the net if the ball is delivered in correctly as our strikers are good in the air.
  11. Not directed at you mate but we Brits do have the most god damn awful chants/songs in football across the globe. Boring, mundane, in some cases proper full scale juvenile. One chant used by 96 teams in the football league and adapted as player and club name dictates. Like I said not targeted at you but reminded me of this which has always been on my mind.
  12. Didn't think he was too bad and feel as the rest of the team clicks he will also find another gear and start to score the goals we all want him to. He's obviously not mentally strong enough to carry the burden of goals but once it's lifted by other players around him scoring I think he will also start to score. More importantly, I think he will win us points in tight games with goals. May score just one but will be the one that counts.
  13. Just reading through all these posts it's so easy to see how bitter people are about Courtois leaving. Really sad. Damn right we have a right to be bitter...the faith, support and backing fans gave him over a gent and legend like Cech to be number 1 and he pulls this. The lanky weasel. It's sad because we all knew it that all he was doing was winding down his contract. Even those that try to play devil's advocate and say he was unsure, difficult situation to be in as his kids in Spain....blah blah blah know deep down that the gobsh*te was doing what he has done best since we loaned him to Atletico.....Being unfaithul and ungrateful to Chelsea. We let this guy play against us in a champions league semi final for crying out loud just to keep him happy when we knew at the time he was a formidable element of Atletico's backline. I believe at the time he held club to ransom about signing an extension and returning to Chelsea if he was allowed to play or something similar (Not too sure now). We knew it could be to our detriment and it was as he pulled off blinders against us to eventually carry them over the line. Now I'm not saying it's wrong for him to have ambitions beyond Chelsea or even not share the same passionate emotions about the club we do as fans but he knew what he was doing all along and for a club that did what it has for you over the years that's pretty low class. I'm glad the club has dealt with situation as best as it has but truth is they didn't really have a choice to deal with it earlier as the weasel led us all on.
  14. For all those blaming Emenalo now or suggesting underhand deals went on to facilitate employment with Monaco if we bought Baka I say shame on you. I didn't see too many people suggesting such or saying we shouldn't get him at the time especially as his signing dragged on for so long. It was more complaints about why taking so long to complete. Fair enough a few voices of opposition to the deal were present but the general mood was "great signing, let's have him already". I remember being cautious about deal at the time and even was unhappy as I said we restricted our youths too much. At the time he got into Monaco's team he had played less professional football than Nat Chalobah but got given one season of opportunity in which he blossomed and all of a sudden the next big shiny thing obscured a path to first team football for one of our academy's brightest products. I even said at the time I would be happier if we made no signings and gave all the slots to the young players to see what they can do and write off the season. We didn't, but spent over £200m on bad buys and season went awry anyway. However, I don't agree with binning a player after just one season at a club especially in a new league. Not saying he should get into the match day squad but should have the opportunity to fight for a spot. That's the least Chalobah deserves, let the guy that led to his Chelsea exit get an opportunity (again) at showing if he's got it in him. We miss a trick every season with our youngsters and it is what we are now having to pay for with hugely inflated prices and mediocre returns. As I said last year around this time, if Monaco didn't give Baka a chance to play there would have been no fawning over Europe's next big thing so I say let's give our own youth a chance. These players won everything at youth level. Sake!!!
  15. A cynic might say Courtois and Hazard's criticism of the French style of play in their semi final loss was a veiled dig at their club team or Conte himself. Afterall it's a style they would have been participants in executing in games every now and then for the club.

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