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  1. Not sure if this has been mentioned, but the fireworks that scatter over the page if you type 'Chelsea FC' into Google are a nice touch.
  2. Looks like we'll be talking about 'one night in Porto' alongside 'one night in Munich'. One cannot reasonably describe the kaleidoscope of emotions that I feel right now, but I'll try and synthesise them into two neat little phrases: LONG LIVE CHELSEA! CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE!
  3. I watched it a lot 20 years ago or thereabouts (when it was popular in Australia), and I still revisit it every once in a while. You must be from a country where Dragon Ball was more popular. I only saw a little bit of Dragon Ball because it was on cable TV here rather than free-to-air (unlike DBZ). @Scott Harris would confirm that DBZ was far more popular in the Anglosphere than DB was.
  4. Maybe he meant that Frank didn't seem to be able to demoralise the opposition with his moaning, because that's what that poster would probably have been doing if he was in Frank's position,
  5. Wow, when I last turned in, it was half-time. From what I could tell, we struggled to break down a well-drilled defensive line? So what happened? Did some of Kai's positional magic open up space for someone? Did Werner win another of his penalties using that electrifying acceleration he has? Is Ben Chilwell suddenly a quicker, more agile Marcos Alonso? So many questions, not all of them good, and so possibly not all of them can be answered properly! Jokes aside, can't argue with 4-0! KEEP SMASHING THAT CRYSTAL!
  6. If the PL really wanted to gift Liverpool their PL title then they would have just done what the Belgian Pro League did - cancel the season early and award the runaway leaders (Club Brugge) the title. It's pretty obvious that the real reason why the season was completed was because of non-football related factors (i.e. broadcasting/sponsorship).
  7. For mine Zappacosta embodies the Chelsea squad player: he puts in an honest shift and doesn't disgrace himself when he plays, but his overall output falls short of the expectations that we place on our first-teamers. But in the midst of all that mediocrity are bound to exist one or two glorious moments that sear into your conscious. I'll never forget that goal against Qarabag - it might have been a happy accident, much as Zappacosta probably regards his time at Chelsea as being a happy accident, but wow, what a strike! I hope he does well at Genoa. They would want him to, given how they've been circling the relegation zone over the past couple of seasons. Anyway, no hard feelings Davide. We'll always have Qarabag.
  8. I thought his debut was average, but not really awful. He showed some good movement at times, but the 4-2-2-2 requires more defensive ability from the 2 AM's than he actually has. His work rate and defensive acumen are the weakest parts of his game, and it showed. He almost conceded a goal because he was watching the ball rather than Lewis Dunk.
  9. Unfortunately I couldn't watch this game live, but the highlights gave me the following impressions: - Our performance wasn't great. Frank's decision to use a 4-2-2-2 was clearly influenced by Leipzig and thus designed to help Werner acclimatise. Werner himself did looks good, as others have said. He's obviously rapid, but he also showed good movement to stretch Brighton's defence throughout the game and good anticipation to latch on to that pass from Jorginho and win the penalty. However, there were other issues with the formation. Mount did well because the attacking midfielders in a 4-2-2-2 not only need to display good movement off the ball but also need to track back. Those are Mount's strengths. Unfortunately, the one thing that was consistently criticised about Havertz was his relative lack of work rate and defensive acumen, and it showed. Lewis Dunk almost scored because Havertz was ball-watching and so failed to mark him properly. Kante and Jorginho were fine - the latter dictated the tempo as he always does, while Kante was his willing self. He's been playing as a kind of volante for a couple of seasons now, so his role in this game wouldn't have required a major adjustment. Our full-backs are probably not suited to the formation long term - Alonso is Alonso, while Reece James is less a two-way full back and more somebody who gets up the pitch a bit and then crosses the ball (he had a great game, mind). To consistently get the best out of him, I think you probably need an attacker ahead of him to cover the space near the byline, because James seems to lack the pace and energy to do that. So I'm sceptical that 4-2-2-2 is the long-term answer. - Ruben should have suited a 4-2-2-2 reasonably well because his role was to interact with teammates by linking up play. So he had some freedom to roam and look for the ball. Unfortunately he just looked as if he hadn't played for a decade. - More of the same from Kepa. No obvious howlers but beaten by a long shot yet again. This one was very well-placed, but Kepa's positioning was again not ideal and he seemed slow to react to it. He got a touch on it, which suggests that he could possibly have kept it out had his positioning and anticipation been better. - Zouma was excellent. Neither of Brighton's forwards are the strongest, quickest or tallest and Zouma took full advantage of that fact by bullying them both aerially and on-the-ground. His game on-the-ball was ugly as usual, but it worked. - From Brighton's POV, Graham Potter's 3-5-2 did a decent job cancelling out Frank's 4-2-2-2, because it not only gave them an extra-man in defence, but their wingbacks more freedom because Havertz and James aren't really two-way players. As usual, they created a lot but couldn't finish and (regrettably from a patriotic perspective) Ryan had a poor game. They should come about 15th again, but to rise up the table they need someone besides Maupay who can actually score goals. - On this showing, we're going to struggle against Liverpool. 3 at the back will not work against a 4-3-3 with two inside forwards with lethal pace, acceleration and off-the-ball movement, especially since our wingbacks are not the quickest. There are no great options, but given the personnel matching their 4-3-3 may be the best solution because our fullbacks will be protected more and Kante will be given more freedom to win the ball than he would be in a 4-2-3-1 or 4-2-2-2.
  10. Arsenal has improved defensively, but I don't think they create nearly enough, and over the long run Willian will not be the creator that they need.
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