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  1. benjsross

    That Sterling Incident

    The banana incident is a lot worse - primarily because how many people bring a banana into a football ground to have as a snack. That was premeditated. But this incident hits a lot more marks to play into a media narrative; 1) It's Chelsea. We are the racist club. John Terry + Paris saw to that. 2) It happened on TV and there was a degree of "did he or didn't he" 3) It happened to Sterling. The poster boy of football racism (couldnt think of a better phrase, but he's the person we think of with racism and todays footballers because of the media witchhunt). 4) The visuals were striking. 3 old men screaming at a young black footballer. It would make every person up and down the country embarrassed - regardless of what they were saying. 5) Oh and it happened a week after Tottenham did the banana throwing - it feeds into the building narrative.
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    That Sterling Incident

    I had this thought originally, but soundings are I was wrong. What is irritating is this perception that Chelsea fans are all like this. I have only ever heard one comment like that in 20 years of going to matches (although have heard more than enough anti semitic stuff for my liking). When I heard someone be offensive against (in this case, some black PSG fans) it stuck out like a sore thumb. There was a real awkward air. Also, people need to be careful not to paint Chelsea fans in a 'racist' light. That only fuels it and creates a tribalism. Its a society problem, not a Chelsea fan one. Hopefully the next time Citeh come, we give Sterling a good ovation at the Bridge. That would be a great response from the fans and it would also - selfishly -probably put him off his game a bit!
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    That Sterling Incident

    Sterling has implied it was racist abuse. Happy to see the book thrown at them and those fans not return to the club.if I was there and I'd heard it, I'd have reported it as I have done before. Bringing up sterling runs like a girl is odd though, that's part and parcel of football chanting. There's far worse than that going on at every club.
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    Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    Poch didn't get Alli a chance because he's a nice person. He gave Alli a chance because he was the second best midfielder in the club. When have we ever been able to say that about RLC? He's getting there, but he was half the player he is now when under jose and Conte.
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    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    My main one is we are more balanced. We don't drive our play through one single wide player as much who does - as you say - slow the ball down. Also, we've won every game he hasn't started this season. Main point is we are the exact opposite of palace and zaha. When he doesn't play at the moment, we win and shouldn't be overly worried if he leaves. Sarri will get someone in who fits the mould and we will be fine.
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    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    Lampard and Terry are better players than him and more important. Hazard top 10, maybe top 5. Easily the most talented. But not a mark on our best players for a few reasons. Terry was the best defender in the game for 5 consecutive years. Lampard the most consistent midfielder of his generation in the premier league. If he goes it will be a shame, but it's not the end of the world. We aren't palace, when hazard doesn't play we often play better - and there are a few arguments for why.
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    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    Yes. And he hasn't signed a new contract. I'm not interested in bending over to him to make him happy anymore in the hope he signs. If he's best played in CF then play him there. The fact it makes him unhappy and therefore might leave shouldn't be a factor. I'm more than happy for him to leave in the summer, he will be one of the top 10 Chelsea players in our history. I'll always love him. But we shouldn't think about his happiness when choosing a style of play anymore.
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    César 'Dave' Azpilicueta

    His best performance in a Chelsea shirt that I can remember.
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    That Sterling Incident

    It's pretty clear Sterling, did you hear someone call you a black c**t? Sterling: yes, I remember that. Ban him Sterling: I don't remember that Don't ban him, club make it clear that you will be writing to those fans reminding them not to be so embarrassing in future. (And don't report what sterling said. Because it's not fair on him - a good kid who has suffered racist abuse by the media that often pays Wright and Ferdinand to write columns).
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    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    What's the point of being optimistic? He's not signed a new contract when everyone else has. He's going in the summer. And if he doesn't, it's because real Madrid don't want him. Not because he doesn't want to go.
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    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    I don't really care what hazard prefers at this stage. He's leaving in the summer. He can play where we put him and where he fits best.
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    Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    Hopefully RLC now feels like he's part of a squad. Which he has now become. Rather than a backup. He's an integral part of our team. I would much rather be that at 22 than a star in a team like palace or Newcastle which some pundits probably still think he should go to.
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    That Sterling Incident

    Could be Manc. Could be black. I imagine it's more likely it's Manc. I've only ever heard someone shout racial abuse at the bridge once in the last 5 years. I've heard the word Manc a lot. I use it. Don't tend to use the word c**t, prefer prick. Find the video a bit embarrassing though. It's sterling, not someone that deserves that much hatred.
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    That Sterling Incident

    Are you trying to pick an argument? We all agree a fan doing racist abuse should get a lifetime ban. No need to create an account just to tell us
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    Eden Hazard

    Not a chance we will get that much for him with a year left. Will hopefully be in the region of 60m+kovacic. Which will be a lot of money for a player of his age and his contract situation.

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