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  1. I think the trouble here is that it's impossible to dig into the police officers' brains and ascertain their reasons for stopping him. Our biases are often subconscious and are difficult to acknowledge. This is an interesting paper on the topic of implicit and subconscious biases I recently read. When you look at the broader statistics - eg. black people are something like 40 times more likely to be stopped and searched than white people - the inference that Brutos's ethnicity had a part to play seems a sensible one. None of my white friends have ever been stopped and searched by police. Many of them frequently carry things they shouldn't - as do many "respectable" professionals in the City. If they were stopped, searched and charged for possession, there would be serious ramifications for their personal and professional lives. On the other hand, black friends and colleagues have told me that being stopped and searched by police is routine to them. If that's not a systemic issue then I don't know what is. Back to CHO: Glad that his legal troubles are behind him, and I'm glad that he kept a dignified silence until charges were dropped. Hope he gets his head down and performs now. Was looking off the pace before the break, but he was coming back from a pretty nasty injury so it's understandable. He's going to have some tough competition for his place in the team.
  2. I love the way he never gives the ball away, and his leadership on the pitch. With us losing more and more of our older players, I think it's really important to keep Jorginho to provide the experience and level-headedness needed to help the youngsters.
  3. I love this man. We could go on to lose all of our remaining games this season and I'd still love him, what a great guy.
  4. I think what Azpilicueta offers going foward is good for a CB in this system, but not enough for a WB. He can put a great cross in, but doesn't have the ability to drive into the box and provide a goal threat as Alonso does. He's undoubtedly better defensively but considering our setup, I think Alonso's attributes give us a better balance between attack and defence as a whole. Because we have a pretty defensive midfield and two forwards, the wingbacks need to get close to them and support them and that just isn't Cesar's game.
  5. Despite us conceding the initiative to City, I felt our defence was very assured and dealt very well with almost everything thrown at them. Christensen was absolutely fantastic and so was Rudiger. Not sure I'd get rid of Luiz for him yet, but I think he should start alongside Luiz. Which of Rudiger/Azpi gets left out though? Tough decisions!
  6. We could just not pay him. No doubt the scope of his employment includes attending training, if he doesn't fulfil his duties we don't have to pay him.
  7. The world revolves around us, therefore the PL is the best and toughest league and if a player hasn't played and succeeded here they are unproven.
  8. I don't know what you do for work, but if you got an offer to do the same job with a 50% pay increase, the opportunity to work on more prestigious/interesting project and your relationship with your manager turned sour, would you flatly decline out of loyalty to your company? I'm one of the few people I know who loves the company I work for, but even I wouldn't turn it down. But can they do it on a cold Tuesday night at Stoke?
  9. 10 days ago we heard that Conte was frustrated but the club were confident of signing 3-4 more players this window. I'm starting to get nervous now. One more Morata-type signing (Sandro/Sanchez type) and two solid/decent ones and I think we will have had a great window. Difficult to say anything without really knowing what is going on behind closed doors.
  10. I dunno, saying that he could do well without being too sensationalist would be fair. Odds on Costa - a player who, even if he doesn't leave, won't play for Chelsea again - still lower than odds on any Liverpoo player
  11. This is one of the reasons I was dismayed at our sale of Mata; I felt that he facilitated Hazard's attacking play and freedom. He was the one controlling the game and the one opposition would watch most closesly, and he seemed to encourage Hazard with little passes as if to say "here you go, enjoy". Sort of like Xavi would do in Messi's early years. I know Hazard had his best seasons after we sold Mata, but he was different - he was having to do a lot more and had nobody to combine with until we got Fabregas. Edit: my favourite example of this:
  12. I think you're being overly lenient here. City were definitely the better team in the FA cup semi, no arguments there. The league cup semi - we set up very defensive and tentative (which is Benitez's style) against much weaker opposition. When things clearly weren't going our way he waited til the 80th minute to substitute a right back for a right back, and Torres for Ba - and we immediately looked dangerous. I don't think Ba needed to be rested as much as you state, as him and Torres were rotated in the league and the semi was an important game as it was one of our main chances of silverware. In terms of the league - we were 3 points off first with a game in hand when FSW took over and he reverted to ultra defensive against City, Fulham and West Ham and we were no longer in the title picture. I don't think we should have won the league that season, but I'd have liked more of a title challenge. We were actually very good that season, as shown by our record of besting Manure 3/5 times we played them, drawing one and losing to two red cards and an offside goal in the last. Benitez did quite well to get us playing as the season went on but he was far often too defensive and I feel like more could have been made of that season.
  13. When Mourinho took over they were joint favourites for the league, though. Could also be argued that his ineptitude screwed up their title challenge and put them out of the FA cup (tactical rotation fouling). Not to mention the amount of money spent. Also the EL only has so much riding on it because he failed in the main objective - which Benitez achieved.
  14. Benitez at Chelsea: 4th in the league, won EL, League cup semi, FA cup semi - regarded as a failure, or a mediocre season at best. Mourinho at Utd: 6th in the league, won EL and League cup, FA cup QF - unqualified success
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