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Everything posted by barak81

  1. Na, I'm pro conte but he has to take the blame, its clear to anyone with eyes that we have played the whole season with basically one center mid. (Makes Kante look even more impressive) Fabregas is so shot its unbelievable, why have the club not got a specialist working with him on acceleration and a bit of explosiveness because the guy can not run.. like at all and bakayoko is not what we hoped he would be.. so do something, recall a player on loan, put Ampadu in there (pre injury) maybe christenson on can step out? be inventive because we literally have had no cover. The guys is clearly a great manager, i'm just not sure he cares anymore
  2. Something I wrote elsewhere to a liverpool fan who posted this: Because of the volatility in the market, the net spend is a completely irrelevant, indicator.. for instance, a Chinese club spending in excess of 40 million on Ramires is insane for example and then 60 mill on Oscar. The only true marker is your gross outlay for players,there is no way a stoke can spend as much as a Liverpool or Chelsea, coutinho is a statistical outlier as are the Chelsea players mentioned above and you should probably take it over 3-5 years as teams are always going on about this transition thing. Based on that you are actually 4th over 5 years . You are also 4th since the inception on the premier league in 92, so were you are positioned currently is probably a fair reflection of were you should be. by the way Spurs are joint 5th with Everton who probably should have a head look at themselves. (the later not the former)
  3. Just to double down on the point above you can see giroud played a very big part in bothe goals, he's a focal point that keeps the play going, you could call it high percentage plays but it seems to be what conte wants
  4. Hears the thing... contes number one priority for a striker is not goal scoring... I'm not saying it's not a factor but if you look at his Juve team you had a lot of goals from midfield because he had strikers that would bring others in to the game, both skill sets that morat and giroud posses ( I don't really rate the latter) michy is a pure goal scorer , his first instinct is to turn and go... I just think this is a conflict in what conte what's
  5. Feel like michy could end up being a salah or KDB??
  6. This is like saying I prefer Crabs to Genital Warts!! (sorry I had to go there...)
  7. In the same game, he scored a great lob as well and the reff gave 2 offside goals against us that cost us the game 3-2 if I remember correctly . Thats probably as well as he ever played in the top top games most of the time he was anonymous.
  8. I think there are some key differences 1) Torres was establish in the PL, he didn't have the first season excuse It's morata's first year 2) It was clear Torres has lost a yard of pace Morata looks fine with the pace.. passes the eye test here. 3) He wasn't getting involved in games, he went hiding. I don't think you can accuse Morata of hiding. Ultimately it's up to him, he has had success in the league but is going though a sticky patch, if he's the player we want him to be he will mentally get through it, if not then i guess he will be of back to spain.
  9. Have to say Coco, quite shocked at this thought processes. Mostly because although we have never met Iv'e been reading you're posts along with a few that remain for close to two decades.. you have seen it all. Including drogba who was reffered to as championship level player by many. Maybe it's me that has the blinders on, who knows. I see a player that is an excellent footballer, has all the tools and comes up with big goals who is in a bad run of form. Does he need to stay on his feet a bit more? yes, same could have been said of a number of strikers we have had over the years.
  10. Never been the biggest fan of pedro, has come up with some big goals spurs and everton spring to mind and has more of a instinct for goals then willian but never seems in complete control, often over runs the ball and never looks up. Lets say that the ball from Willian in to hazard yesterday for the 3rd goal, Pedro doesn't play (hope i'm thinking of the correct instance) Pedro probably provides more expirence defensively and that's where Charly will struggle at such a young age, but I would have Hazard and willian as are starting two behind Morata with a center mid combo of knate plus another, meaning we now have Drinkwater/Baka/Fabregas/Barkley competing for one spot... Charly would be my first choice of the bench for either Hazard or Willian unless we change the shape.
  11. New fan here, don't read English so good, wanted to ask, are we in relegation or bottom half of the table? Is it 2015/16?? I looked at the table and it read to be that we are well positioned, not in great form but not cut loose from the pack .. it's read to me that there is all to play for
  12. I didn't excuse it. What I said is the line between being a scum bag and a stupid kid is very fine and it's getting lucky by not having an accident. At least a few of your friends have probably driven after a few, certainly over the limit and some times on occasion maybe even smashed at one time in their life.
  13. I think he's probably referring to the fact that Alonso killed someone drink divining in 2011, he was 20 at the time. Got away with no prison time. All i'll say is many of us have been young and stupid. If we get away with it all good, if we don't we are scum bags, it's a very thin line. Only Alonso really know's how much he has to carry with him and how much remorse he has. It's not for me to Judge him or forgive him, I equally wouldn't blame the family of the victim if they wanted to see him burnt alive...
  14. He wouldn't have got the games, it's simple as that. One thing every single manager seems to value is experience, Zappacosta is a full international with 100's of games under his belt, his defending is reasonable, just lacks any composure going forward. Aina in the few times I have seen him play for us in competitive games has made some pretty rookie mistakes , he might be a better player then Zapa but conte won't put his faith in him till he learnt from his mistakes at some one elses expence
  15. I personally have always though Ola could have easily played back of to Moses this season but he is probably better of getting games under his belt. Played 22 games this season already, wouldn't get that at Chelsea
  16. Problem is when you play in that 2 instead of Fabregas we need more then Steady, he has showen signs of being a player that can dominate a game but only signs... r
  17. He's a warm body, that is literally it. I think the inital plan would have been to buy some one that would serve as competion for Moses but that didn't work out, Plan B was clearly to buy some one who could at least fill in and that's what he does... he fills the role of squad filler.
  18. How fickle we are in football with regards to Ruben, the stats are a bit misleading because if you have watched him you will have seen him put a number of chances on a plate for players to miss sitters ... let's put it like this, Hazard was absaloutly magical yesterday, a pleasure to watch, but he finished the game with zero goals and zero assists ... and if not for willian emulating another famous brazililan he would likely have been on the loosing team.. RLC has stood out in the games he's played, he has dictated play and i expect if we don't get him back in we will eventually be talking about him as we do KDB and friends . how ever I take issue with the Barkley comment, Barkley was scintillating when he bused on to the sceane some 4 seasons back, second coming of Rooney and Gaza and this forum to a man wanted him badly ... for one reason or another he's gone of the boil... he's at the wrong club, and had the wrong managers... not saying we are the right club but he has the talent to play for a top 6 team
  19. Everything I have seen of Conte at chelsea and at Juve indicate he doesn't have a preferred formation or rather his preferred formation is the one that wins him games, suits his players and the environment. I think he believes in order to play the 3-5-2 he needed to box to box center mids, Matic as much as i rate him prehaps didn't offer enough going forwards for conte to sacrifice the additional winger.
  20. Kross is the only world class one out of the 3, Itzik is capable of brillianace but not world class, and if names on paper won games burnly and palace would be at least 3 points lighter so far this season
  21. Why make some one their not, he's an excellent attacking talent, can probably put his foot in and defend a bit but I don't see the point in trying to turn him in to a DM or even a box to box. next season, if conte is still here and we are still looking at this formation he could do very well in either the role Cesc played on sunday or as Hazard played, in support of a central striker
  22. Iv'e posted it before but worth saying again: Jose was a revolution to the game in 2003, he was the new kid on the block knocking down the doors of the established hire-achy. He brought with him new Ideas and philosophy. (in actual fact he's not all that different from Clough if you have read clough and Jose's biography they have the same view on a lot of things) and he was definitely special. BUT you could have made the same claim with Wenger once upon a time, and then he got swallowed up because the game moved, some could say Jose swallowed him up :) and the same is happening now to Jose, he's not light years ahead any more, he should still be considered a top manager, if just for his achievements, even last season he proved he know's how to get teams over the line, but it's harder then it was, the competition is tougher and more teams have money
  23. He played a massive part in the goal with out touching the ball. Watch his run take away the defender, morata might have been fine awy way but Baka made sure there was no one near him. Not all about what you do with the ball
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