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    I must say that a lot of the slow and square is down to the likes of Alonso, Cesar, Hazard, Kovacic and Willian. To a certain extent Kante. These players don't play the ball forward and into space quickly enough.
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    Brilliant for 3 years at WHU. Bought for a massive fee. Started in 34+3 games (suspended once) in his first year under tinkerman Ranieri (in a season where only 5 or 6 players played had 20+ starts and just the three acronyms, SFL, JT & JFH started over 30, and then brilliant for the next 12 and a half years. You just were expecting something else.
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    Nobody got it wrong. He wasn't very good in that initial period. The fact he went on to be our greatest ever player doesn't make the first sentance not true, he simply improved immeasurably year on year.
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    so what - that is the whole point - he never was a No10 who put a little light duty in midfield. He was always a midfield warrior first and foremost. It's ok, we all get players wrong in their first six months. In 5 years time people will still be arguing Jorginho was crap in his first year.
  7. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    But his record in that tournament since not having Messi at his disposal, is poor. Failed at Bayern, and has been beaten twice in a row by English teams who have finished 25 points behind City in the league. That is what I mean by having doubts
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    I get 3 days at sliverstone with the family watching F1 for half the of a ticket to Baku.
  9. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    He ain’t going anywhere. CL with chity is the goal. I am sure the owners will give Sheikh Pep his own oil field if he delivers the cup with the big ears
  10. Nope Assuming the club does not appeal the transfer ban. Let see how good Sarri is at improving the same squad as last season “less Hazzard” and the pick of the academy and the 40 odd loan players available to him. Plus a full pre-season.
  11. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    Not really. Those first six months, he was bang ordinary. Didn't score a league goal until 23 December.
  12. Hughton's got a lot more experience than SFL and is available. Just saying.
  13. Irrespective of the EL rules and the registered squad, you can't play for two teams in the same transfer window, which is why in the summer, of all Chelsea's outbound loans are either 6 or 12 months.
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    The EL Final host selection controversy talk is so boring and it comes across as very Anglocentric. * Azerbaijan are in UEFA and have every right to host as any other country. Other countries didn’t express interest in hosting so it defaulted to Baku. * Mkhitaryan is choosing not to go. He isn’t banned from going. * Azerbaijan people are football centric people. Turkish league and Turkish national team have followers from there, in addition to their own football which stretches back to Soviet times. The linesman/referee from England’s 1966 World Cup win was Azerbaijani. * Criticisms of governments can be levied to our own governments, just as much as theirs. And why should Azerbaijani football fans be punished due to politics? The only valid criticism I accept is re: price of airline tickets and scarcity of airline routes to Azerbaijan.
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    People say that about a lot of players who they get wrong. Drogba most famously who went from Mega star at Marseilles to a nobody but then learnt his trade at Chelsea - apparently. Most of us got SFL wrong, me too. That in 2001 Ranieri splashed out £11m on him from a club that had to get rid given that they had just sacked his uncle and father, is a prima facie case that he was never ordinary. That it was Bates money makes it even less likely (Bates, not RA's, 3 years later we paid that kind of money for Duff, Maka and just £6.6m on the WHU wunderkind and captain Joe Cole). That for 10 1/2 of the next 11 years he was a monster makes the case even stronger that he was always a monster player, just some of us were unable to see it. RLC was hyped a lot earlier than SFL ever was at Westham, yet has not produced anything like SFL's performances there. But true - Right now RLC's career has barely started. :) They say nuclear fusion will be a real commercial opportunity in 50 years. They have been saying the same for 70 years now. RLC will be a megastar in 6 months time.
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    Well, six months time.
  17. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    I'm sure winning the league multiple times on the spin in Italy is no badge of success, I expect some expert at Juve will make sure he knows he's only the coach.
  18. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    Taking another challenging job, I see. No doubt, after inherriting a team that has won 8 titles in a row, he would win Serie A 4 years running on 3 times the budget of anyone else, and be lauded a genius. I still can't make my mind up on Pep. His record on paper looks incredible, but scratch the surface and there are still some fairly hefty question marks.
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    SFL wasn't a midfield monster when we bought him. His first 6 months or so, very ordinary, and a good second half to his first season. Thereafter, he grew and grew. RLC is the same age now as SFL was when we bought him, so really any comparison starts now.
  20. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    Deal you've touched is being said as a 4 year deal at 24 million a year. That's some hefty money involved.
  21. RT @MLS: Congratulations to @ATLUTD, just named Sports Team of the Year in the #SBJawards!

  22. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    How dare anyone else have a conspiracy theory about dwmh. That is his privilege!
  23. Proof of your conspiracy theory maybe???
  24. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    Really. I did see him showing his gifts for the first time over quite few seasons now. And given the options he would have been my choice to start. But I still haven't seen the competent basics.
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