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Everything posted by Nibs

  1. Ranieri's first eight fixtures: Liverpool, Everton, Southampton, Arsenal, Man Utd, Leicester, Chelsea, Man City I predict he will be gone before I put my Christmas Tree up...................................!
  2. Havertz seems to be another one of those players where he has it all but for some reason is only producing now & again. Towards the end of last season we started seeing what he is capable of. The CL final, the way he bossed Ramos when we played Real Madrid. Everyone thought that yes, he's got over COVID and now we can expect to see him dominating. But so far this season he's gone back into his shell and on the whole has been disappointing. He is one of our marquee players and has to start dominating matches like Salah & Mane for the dippers and KDB for City. Hopefully Tuchel is on the case and we'll start seeing a game-changer sometime soon.
  3. I accept that. But CHO has flattered to deceive for some time now. Foden has looked quality and broken into full England squad. CHO is a million miles away from that because to be honest he has shown nothing - wherever he has played.
  4. When he broke into our academy side and played for England U17, he looked a stand-out, along with Foden. Most teams would now love Foden in their squad but couldn't see too many takers for CHO now. He looks a shadow of the talented youngster we once had and we must be kicking ourselves for not taking Munich's offer.
  5. Kovacic has always had this sloppiness in his game. At times he is great but when he's bad, he's a real liability.
  6. To be fair he has played a lot of minutes so far this season and at 20, he was never going to play every game, wherever he went. But I must admit, it's hard to see where Norwich are going to pick up ANY points this season and a loan to a mid-table side or even a Championship side battling for promotion rather than relegation, would in hindsight have been a better move.
  7. Pep had to beat TT at some point and I just had a feeling it would be today - especially once I heard Mount was out. If not for Mendy it could have been worse, so we'll just have to take it on the chin and hope TT learns from today and bounce back stronger. Need a good performance and win against Southampton next week and City play the dippers so points will be dropped by someone.
  8. Need to step-up big time, otherwise this will be first defeat of the season. Time for some game management TT. COME ON CHELSEA FFS!!
  9. Kovacic cannot afford to dawdle on the ball - today of all days!
  10. Hope Mendy is fit for this one. Although Kepa has done okay in the two games, it's only a matter of time before a long range shot in the top corner will see him getting nowhere near it. Pep will be desperate to address the record v TT and I do worry that the record has to end sometime. Just hope TT can keep the Indian sign over Pep like Jose did over Wenger. Would love 3 points but would take a draw at this stage of the season.
  11. You gotta love PSG. They let us have Silva AND Tuchel. We have a lot to thank them for! Always admired him as a player - even seasons ago when he was playing against us. Always looked calm and classy and a cut above. Love watching him play in Chelsea blue. Proper footballer who sees things way ahead of anyone else. He is a great fit and it's an honour to have him.
  12. We are so lucky to have Tuchel. The bloke has the midas touch and What a class act. Many of us would have been gutted when Lamps was sacked and I didn't want Tuchel (although knew very little about him). I didn't want to like him but right from the start - the way he came across in interviews - how genuine and knowledgeable he was and acknowledging Lamp's good work, it was hard not to like the guy. Hope he stays for many seasons to come - he has made us a formidable outfit again. Bet PSG supporters are wondering what the f**k has happened!!!
  13. Great second half performance. Still early days but with TT at the helm, with his exceptional game management, ANYTHING is possible. Even when we are not close to being 100%, we are VERY hard to beat. This should silence the doubters..................!
  14. And yet many of the main pundits - ex pro's who have played the game at the top level, have us down as favourites. Let's wait and see who knows what they are talking about.
  15. See Josh is 28 now and is plying his trade at MK Dons. Looked up a few of the other names of young prospects from a while back: Conor Clifford - Bray Wanderers Billy Clifford - Havant & Waterlooville Izzy Brown - Preston Jeffrey Bruma - Kasimpasa (Turkey) Gokhan Tore - Besiktas Todd Kane & Jay Clarke-Salter - Both Coventry Nat Chalobah - recently joined Fulham Jon Swift - Doing well at Reading - scored a hat-trick against QPR the other week Charlie Colkett - Ostersunds (Sweden) Lucas Piazon - Braga Alex Kiwomya - Kings Lynn Lewis Baker - still on CFC books and on his 100th loan! Islam Feruz - Retired!! So many players, all of whom I enjoyed watching play for the youth team in our many FA Youth Cup triumphs. Most still playing - some at a decent level, others having slipped down the leagues after one loan move after another. You do have to question could some of them have been handled better? Just shows what a very thin line there is between making in and not and success and failure. You need to have the desire and will to make it but I think there is also a fair bit of luck involved.
  16. Don't win big matches? We won the CL Final FFS!! Pep is yet to beat us under TT in f**k knows how many attempts. I do get what you are saying - TT is more of a not lose coach than a must win. He is a bit negative (but nowhere near as much as Mourinho). I would like to see us be a bit more attacking and hopefully that will come. I was so against TT being appointed and if it was down to me Lamps would still be in charge but have to admit I was wrong and there is little to find fault with since TT took over, bar one or two hic-cups.
  17. As soon as I wrote that I just knew the dippers would come back and win in the second half. Have to convince myself it would have happened anyway..............!!
  18. It is still a work in progress and so far TT has not lost a game to Pep or Klopp and already has a CL trophy in the bag. Not quite sure what your issues are (with the dippers currently trailing at fortress Anfield in the CL!)
  19. Tomori scores for the dippers?!!! No wonder we sold him.
  20. How is this bloke still a ref? He's inept and not even good enough to be a ref in a Sunday pub league.
  21. Surely someone has to sign Barkley before the window closes? Still only 27 - should be at his peak - must be worth a punt for a PL club? Or is everyone wise now that you only get a couple of decent displays a season and he's not so much Ross The Boss now as Ross The Dead Loss...........................!!
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