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Everything posted by g3.7

  1. I think this is a pretty reprehensible idea, but I don't have sympathy for the Premier league or their 'product'. This to me seems a logical conclusion of globalisation married to the non regulation of rising ticket prices. - there is a fast growing cohort of domestic / local football supporters who have only been able to follow their clubs digitally (i.e. on TV / online) who have been priced out, added to the rapid increase in international fans who for reasons of geography cannot attend. Covid had shown that even without fans the 'minimum viable product' on offer stil
  2. seems that way at the moment, doesn't it? I still pop my head in but life has been getting in the way. but hope you and everyone else round here are doing well.
  3. Lamps has done some really good things for us as a manager, notably blooding the kids, finishing fourth, and seemingly buying well. Even if he left tomorrow, his legacy as a manager for us would be pretty good. Having said that, i have to say- he's clearly not a good coach yet. Watching us over this year and a bit I think that much is pretty clear. He's a smart bloke and emotionally intelligent, so he has the makings of a potentially good manager. But to be honest he shouldn't be at a club of this stature at this point in his career. I doubt he'll improve fast enough to avoid
  4. I don't think the stats indicate that a good player is more likely to make a good manager (and good players start out with the advantages I've outlined). Dont misunderstand me, I'm not criticising lamps, im criticising the club- if you are responsible for hiring a manager with blooding young players in mind, how high up the list of appointable candidates do you honestly place lamps at this stage in his career? Personally, i don't think he gets into the top ten, even factoring in his history at the club. It's lazy by the club - we could have given him more time away from the c
  5. I am comparing like for like. A manager is a manager, and they should be judged against the job they do, not their age or experience. Our board wasnt forced into appointing lamps. They opted to let sarri leave to pay £4m for him.
  6. we didn't let pep leave so we could appoint sarri, so I don't get the point you are making. in my view, the club created the conditions for sarri to leave so they could appoint someone more popular with the fans. (we could get into arguing about the club briefing against him, and whether he would have left or not if this wasn't the case given the lure of juventus etc etc, but that is my reading of it) this decision should be considered soberly, in the context of a transfer ban, hazard leaving, and our rivals strengthening. the truth is there is little evidence to say confi
  7. it's just a bit of a moan. I think chelsea, not unlike most premier league clubs, are happy to try to extract every last pound out of their customers, all whilst paying lip service to the idea that is is actually a club, that' we're supporters, etc etc to me appointing the likes of lamps and cech embodies a kind of nasty, corporatised tokenism from the club. as if its supporters are idiots who will lap up this veneer of community while spending £60 on a "chelsea dna" t shirt. I don't like what I perceive to be an attempt to have it both ways. either this is a proper
  8. in amongst the positives (which start and finish with the not insignificant blooding of young players), concerns already arise: 1) our defensive problems are essentially structural not individual, and lets not pretend otherwise. yes taking zouma out and putting rudiger in will help (and the same with kante for one of the midfielders), but this is not the reason why we're conceding lots of goals. we're conceding goals because, in every game, we concede huge huge areas of space routinely. 2) without being unkind, what is the point of playing two midfielders who pass the ball well and
  9. I've just read this post, and it has reminded me that I really need to finish reading that Daniil Kharms anthology.
  10. conte wants him? yes please with zero reservations in that case.
  11. he's been rubbish and was lucky to be bailed out by cahill and azpilucueta
  12. For me there's no doubt he's slow and isn't an amazing one on one defender. But that's where my reversations end. He's got a great engine, a good left foot and adds a lot when we defend in the air. He's also a total natural at wingback. He's been an excellent buy. I do think we could improve on both him and moses in the summer, but it would be far from a disaster if we didn't.
  13. I feel like we haven't talked about how good this guy has been enough. Yes, his final ball is erratic, but he is absolutely relentless- he gets up and down the pitch so quickly and so comfortably. Plus I can scarcely remember him being beaten all season. This season he has put in performances Ashley Cole would have been proud of on a consistent basis.
  14. Probably good timing in terms of giving the fans something extra to concentrate the mind in the run in.
  15. his form has massively fallen off a cliff but I think we need to persist with him (rather than putting batshuayi or willian in) until the end of the season. then we need a definitive answer to whether he wants to be a chelsea player. he's a better player than anyone we could likely replace him with, but only when his head is right- and that is not guaranteed.
  16. he wasn't bad but it is true that it isn't the most natural role for him and more importantly, it is the only position in the back three I think he could play and he's up against probably the best defender in the league. if he goes out on loan then I reckon playing for a manager who uses a back three would be more important than staying in england.
  17. aguero is a good level above him and nearly always shows it, but not today. that was his best game of the season, and what a time for it- under huge pressure and alongside luiz unfortunately having his poorest game for a while and a rusty zouma. proper captain's stuff.
  18. well if conte wants him, that'll do me. for what its worth he's very much the more attacking of the two monaco midfield players and stylistically is similar to vieira (but he has some way to go to be as good). it is pretty clear conte prefers midfielders who are all rounders rather than specialists (defensively or going forwards)- bakayoko fits the bill in that respect.
  19. matic was instrumental in our last title win and has been an important figure in our season so far. if our next midfield signing matches his influence that would hardly be a failure.
  20. That's because we're not prepared to pay for any of it anymore.
  21. they're not really digs though are they? it is just standard jose really, he is using the same media tactics he always has (and from which we have profited in the past). is he doing badly? then he'll butter up his teams' support in order to ingratiate himself. is he doing well? oh well then he'll criticise his supporters to provoke a reaction in the stands. he'll play down the achievements of others and play up his own. he'll make it appear like his job is harder than it is so that he is judged by a measure of his own determining. he'll be abrupt and pretend not to care about things
  22. well bobby it isn't that simple because it is a matter of opinion not a matter of fact. for example, I don't agree that he had a run of poor games; liverpool away he didn't get into the game often and second half against hull he struggled but otherwise I haven't seen too much to criticise. more fundamentally, I don't think that a player deserves to be criticised for every poor game or mistake they make- IMO that is immature and unrealistic. and that is a general view- when you're talking about a player who has done it for the club on countless occasions over the years, lead the club to a
  23. Of course, but it isn't "one performance". He's having an excellent season.
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