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Everything posted by SydneyChelsea

  1. This thread seems to suggest Jorginho is already Mikel 2.0. I think that lots of people are in love with the idea of Jorginho and what he is supposed to offer, as opposed to what he actually does. Statistically, Jorginho is doing a good job, but we need to look beyond statistics (or more accurately, the basic ones published by Opta et al) to see what the issue is. Jorginho's problem is so often quality not quantity: he makes a lot of passes like a top-quality playmaker, but they are rarely penetrating: lots of passes around the press, few through it he does all the right thi
  2. It's also free if you can endure the awfulness that is Optus mobile reception
  3. From the public purse, which will be nowhere near as conducive due to the COVID-recession. Clubs who are able to access money from private sources will be fine.
  4. This might be intuitive but it's more complex because muscle is not a 'dead weight' - you need to actively push against gravity and inertia to change direction. The more strength and power your muscle generate, the lighter the load and therefore the faster you are able to do that. Muscle power is proportional to muscle mass (specifically, the proportion of 'fast-twitch' muscle fibres) and therefore the more you have, the faster you move. So this means there is a necessary middle ground that needs to be found between the effects of too-little muscle mass (imbalances or inability to shift b
  5. The positives A very patient performance. No rash urgency in the first half or needless risk taking in the form of hopeful long passes. The team patiently played through the tight Crystal Palace defense and were justly rewarded The defence looked settled for the first time...ever. Thiago Silva was good, but what was more impressive was his ability to Marshall the midfield, Zouma and Chilwell. Take a look at the plays where Thiago Silva is directing Zouma to pass to Chilwell and directing Chilwell to drop deeper. This small moment went a long way to resolving a big issue in the fi
  6. It's not that simple though. Long balls for the sake of variation are low % chances. They're predictable (because the player needs to telegraph his intention with a huge backswing...) and easy to defend. The point of the U/V shape of passing is to drag players forward so that a long ball becomes a viable option. Long-ball is actually the issue here. We don't pass diagonally enough in midfield and wewe don't have a centre-back pushing forward, or DM dropping, meaning we are constantly man-marked and rarely create the overload of numbers to achieve this.
  7. I totally agree that we need a player that is willing to sit deeper and plug the back four when needed, but I'm worried that everything I've seen suggests to me Declan Rice is not that kind of player and Ethan Ampadu definitely is
  8. I cannot believe Senegal has produced a world-class generation of players since 2010 and we got Papy
  9. I don't see too many people on this forum slagging CHO at all, but there are many here who are disappointed and concerned he isn't making the most of his limited opportunity
  10. The GK doesn't count for those situations - if you're one-on-one with the GK or past them, it's meant to be interpreted as a 'clear goalscoring opportunity'. Same reason why Christensen's was a red card even though Kepa may have cleared/covered
  11. I hate to get into politics in this side of the forum but you're telling me that despite having access to concrete evidence of financial corruption by the rich and influential, the best the media can do is point at the unethical but legal dealings of an oligarch? "Yes the rich might be milking society but THAT GUY IS RUINING SPORTSBALL"
  12. So do many others who think he does his role perfectly well. I'm trying to understand what exactly it is he's doing wrong.
  13. What is your evidence that he is not contributing?
  14. Pretty much my thoughts too. Kepa's brainfart aside, Liverpool actually didn't create a great opportunity until Mane's one-on-one for the red card. In fact, Firmino was having a bit of a mare until that point, not coping with the pressure from Kante or Mount, and his mistakes could and should have been costly. It was really good to see us press and win balls in midfield, something that was distinctly missing against Brighton.
  15. That's not true at all. Have you see Adama Traore or Usain Bolt, or a male gymnast? You actually need fast-twitch muscle to be agile. You need them to push and pull bodyweight in a fraction of a second.
  16. A few thoughts: Brighton's structure and organisation made things really difficult. It's difficult to put much stock in formations in modern football, as roles are so fluid, but 3-5-2 is a formation that conveys a numerical advantage against lone-striker systems like 4-2-3-1, especially when Brighton were great at holding possession. The bank of 5 in midfield is excellent at congesting and denying space to turn in midfield Chelsea were unable to hold possession in the midfield so that appeared to make James and Alonso much more hesitant to move forward, which in
  17. I'm not sure where this chart is from but it's misleading. Unfortunately my provider blocks screenshots but even from minutes 5-10 you can clearly see that Chelsea's formation is 4-2-3-1 Was this actually the case, or is it more a of a post-hoc justification? Havertz didn't make many passes in the final third because he saw so little of the ball, and he saw so little of the ball because he would often take up unfamiliar positions (to the rest of the team). Watching the game on replay it was extremely weird that both Jorginho/Kante and Christensen/Zouma looked for the left-s
  18. Just 22, wow. At the same age, Cristiano Ronaldo was an inconsistent stepover merchant and his own fans were still crying that Chelsea signed Robben over them.
  19. You can write anything you want into a contract. Chelsea takes the initial 'risk' of developing the player as its own asset. There's no reason why Chelsea cannot write a buy-back + first-preference + sell-on clause in all departing youth player contracts and it's mutually beneficial for most clubs; because Chelsea is a top EPL club, there will also always be a good % of players wanting to return at their peak, unlike 'traditional' youth development clubs (eg Ajax or Sporting Lisbon)
  20. Yes, but that is why we won 3-1 and Brighton didn't. Our players are so much better than Brighton's they can win a game without being match fit. Match fitness is not an excuse, but it is a better explanation than the nonsense 'tactical analysis' and overreactions that are popular on social media these days.
  21. I am not worried about the hype affects him because the idea of him as Germany's next great hope has rested on his shoulders since the age of 15. I am worried about how the hype affects his relationship with the club and its fans. Amongst the cesspit that is social media, we saw early last year how fans wrote off a far more developed player in Pulisic (and potentially Hudson-Odoi this year etc.)
  22. Very few teams have been successful solely by using the transfer market. In recent memory I can only think of Liverpool (signing VVD/Alisson) and Chelsea (2014/15 when we signed Costa + Fabregas). In both instances it was a team who were already capable of challenging for titles but had clearly identified needs to take them to the next level and became unambiguous contenders. I can't think of many teams in history that have made this many changes and been successful in the same year. In 2004/05 we made six changes, but that can be understood in the context of a two-year upgrade from a top
  23. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Also, he's one a trick pony. His methods would be suicidal at a big club.
  24. The very first instance in the first clip is exactly what our defense has been missing with Kepa, and that is unacceptable in the EPL. Mendy's handling is hilariously poor though. He is very much a 'modern' keeper in that he seeks to parry instead of catch.
  25. It's posted earlier in this thread, but let's not give it more credence than is due. It is an unsubstantiated source from an article written by an internet journalist with a borderline defamatory obsession with certain sports scientists, all because they once attended a school where there was once doping.
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