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Everything posted by Celery1989

  1. What does Ferdinand's ability as a Footballer have to do with any of this?
  2. Great question. I don't think we'll have that much of an issue for most League games, but we won't fill it for early rounds of the Cups unless it's a big opponent. European group and early round League Cup games in particular would be tricky being on weeknights. Very valid counterpoint, and of course it makes perfect economic logic that the new ground would pay for itself. But look how far Arsenal, who needed at least 6 years to pay off their debts, have fallen since they moved to the Emirates? And since paying off the debts, and spending money on some big signings, have they c
  3. This is controversial and perhaps I'm overly dejected about the current state of the Club, Antonio Conte's future etc...But I'm genuinely beginning to wonder whether there is any real sense in building this new stadium. Obviously, CFC would make more matchday revenue from ticket sales, megastore purchases etc, but that's becoming less relevant season after season given the gargantuan tv deals and corporate sponsorships which the clubs receive. Also, I'm beginning to wonder if the Club's relative frugality in the transfer market these days is directly linked to the future financing of the new s
  4. At this point he just looks like someone who is athletically very gifted but has no real footballing ability of any kind.
  5. Typical Chelsea. City went for Mendy and Silva, and of course both are excellent.
  6. I've been much more patient with this bloke than most but I've had it with him tonight. That was one of the most appalling performances I've ever seen by any Chelsea player. He lost the ball virtually every time he got it, he was so lackadaisical that quite frankly it was unprofessional. It's a shame that he didn't get a straight red as he'd be suspended 3 games rather than one. At this point I'd rather Drinkwater/Luiz/Barkley or even Ampadu in midfield. The Bakayoko experiment should be shelved until next season, or pehaps he needs to be sold on/loaned out. He is far too much of a liabi
  7. This is Chelsea Football Club for you. Unless the Board stop acting purely in the short term we will continue to oscillate between triumph and crisis, changing manager every couple of seasons.
  8. This. Conte looked completely defeated out there tonight, don't think he even celebrated the equaliser. Just stood there all night, none of the passion that we've become so accustomed to. Seems like it's all over for him. Really sad to see.
  9. Despite Barkley's injuries and lack of progress over the last season or two, his potential is undoubted and I think for £15m it's worth a punt. Given that he would have cost us £35m in the Summer this is an excellent deal, financially speaking at least. The pressure is on though; he's 24 I believe and therefore not exactly 'young' in footballing terms any more, he'll need to hit the ground running. I would have thought Conte will play him in Bakayoko's or Fabregas' role in the 3-5-2 system, depending on how far forward he wants Barkley. I'm not sure he has the defensive discipline to pla
  10. Really excited to see how Bakayoko develops, his potential is huge. We've lacked drive from midfield for years which he brings along with much more. Bakayoko is a much better fit in a 2 man midfield than Matic, and he looks to be superior in all facets, technical and physical. He and Kante should complement each other very well. One other thing I've noticed about Bakayoko already is that he plays very intelligently and tactically without the ball; He seems to be in the right position a lot of the time to intercept. Also he doesn't just automatically pass it sideways like many average CM's
  11. We needed another CM and now we have it. I'll be honest I'm neither excited nor too disappointed in this signing either. I think he can do a credible job for us, but I don't think he's more than a slightly above average PL CM. Hope he proves me wrong, nice to have another English player I suppose too.
  12. Some of the reports are that he's taking another pay cut. I'm more than happy for him stay on as a coach but I think it's time for someone younger to take his place in the First Team Squad.
  13. This is the key point - Hazard and his family are settled...at least for now. None of us know how Hazard will react to the inevitable onslaught that will come from RM. We can only hope that he'll stay given how important his family seems to be and the fact that we almost certainly will be in the UCL next year again as Champions. Hopefully the club can use RM's interest as leverage to tie him down to a new deal, much like I hope they can with Costa and China.
  14. Is Bakayoko a DM or more of box-to-box CM? Also, what is his shooting from distance like?
  15. Thought Hazard was poor yesterday. Against a team like Hull, he should be making a far greater impact on the game, especially at home. That said, I don't think he's in a bad vein of form. I thought he did a great job leading the line vs Leicester last week in what is an unnatural position for him. Also provided a great assist on that day for Marcos Alonso's first goal. I fancy him to rebound against Liverpool and have a good game, he generally does against them. Many here have voiced their doubts over whether Hazard can take that next step and I have to say I agree. I just don't think he
  16. If this is true then I agree with you. If Hazard earns £200k a week then Costa, IMO, deserves to earn as he is our most important player at the moment.
  17. The Summer looks to be very interesting and something worth keeping an eye on which could directly relate to the Costa situation is what happens to Antoine Griezmann. It looks as if he will be off after this season and there's been a lot of speculation about United pursuing him. Say they were to sign him for close to £100m as has been suggested then you can bet Atletico Madrid would be back in for Costa. All speculation on my part here but something worth bearing in mind.
  18. He wanted to leave last Summer but was persuaded otherwise. I'm sure it could happen again. SSN even were saying that Jorge Mendes is using the offer from China as leverage to get Costa a better contract at Chelsea.
  19. Sorry to quote myself but to stress the point, Sky and some of the tabloids were saying that 'showdown talks' were due tomorrow, but now Matt Law in the Telegraph claims that there are no special talks planned at all.
  20. Exactly. I've seen so much conflicting information from different media outlets both in the UK and abroad that it's very difficult to get any kind of clarity on what is going on. Apparently Conte and Costa are due to sit down tomorrow to discuss the situation. Ahead of the Hull it seems clear that they will have to have a meeting. I have a hunch that a compromise will be found - Costa stays until the end of the season when he might well leave. The optimist in me hopes that we can sign him to a new deal at some stage but that seems unlikely.
  21. Of course if Costa was intelligent, rational and level-headed he'd realise that more offers will come in the Summer. And if he's a title winner and/or top goalscorer then he'll get offered even greater money, especially if multiple clubs enter the bidding. But I don't think Costa is particularly bright unfortunately.
  22. Just a point I'd like to make on the accusations of greed levelled at Costa. It's important to remember Costa's origins, and the same should be said for Oscar as well. A lot of Brazilian footballers come from incredibly poor backgrounds - I'm sure you all have read/watched programmes about the favelas where many people live. Money means opportunity for these guys, and not just for them personally, but for their families as well. It wouldn't surprise me if there are several members of Costa's immediate and more extended family at least partly living off Costa's wages back home. Just imagine the
  23. We've struggled to sell out Stamford Bridge for cup games and Champions League qualifiers, so talk of anything greater than 60k seems pretty unrealistic to me. I reckon we'll sell out every League game at the new ground but there will be empty seats for the other competitions, unless we are playing a big rival/club.
  24. That's a fair point. It's getting harder and harder to get a decent pre-match pint before home games, all the pubs/bars on or near to the Broadway have all had rubbish makeovers and even some of those by West Brompton have shut now. Unfortunately the whole area around Wembley stadium is a dump and whilst the ground offers very good facilities it's not conducive to a good atmosphere either.
  25. Fair point mate. I actually go to a handful of aways and in fairness do always appreciate being in the corner of an end, be it upper or lower. It just rankles me that the away fans get up to half the Shed when this is the stand that has been synonymous with our fans or decades. In the new ground they will definitely be in an end, just remains to be seen which one and why. I would have thought the Shed as this is easier to get in and out of.
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