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  1. John Terry

    During the second half, I had a strong feeling he'd score when things looked odd. But you made the post and I didn't, so I bow to your Meggy-abilities :p I felt detached about the whole thing, thinking it was merely an England thing. But to boo him every time he touched the ball? Seriously? The way they were acting it was as if he cheated on them.
  2. John Terry

    I have a complete lack of care on the matter. But if there's a football reason to strip him of the captaincy, you wouldn't find me criticising Capello. I don't think this is a Chelsea issue, and while I have a large soft spot for the England national team, I am firmly pro-African teams in the World Cup, so I don't have the same attachment to the issue beyond how it affects Chelsea and so far I don't think it does. Terry's Chelsea captaincy isn't in question given what I've read. If the stories that have come out before, however, are true, I wouldn't have sympathy for Terry for either the negative publicity nor should he lose the captaincy. On the former part, these footballers court the publicity for sponsorship and fame, so live by the sword... With regards to the captaincy, I am no expert in inner-dressing room politics, but if something did arise with an unhappy dressing room (and I doubt it'd be clear this early, unlike what some reports pretend to know as it's only broke so recently) then Capello would have no choice. Dropping Terry from the team, on the other hand, would be preposterous. Though one could question how effective Terry would be psychologically as a non-captain a few months after being humiliatingly demoted in the World Cup. I think he'd be able to handle it, but it's a question. While it is news, especially given Wayne Bridge is on the other side is an aspect, I do find this obsession with people's personal sex lives on both sides of the Atlantic extremely distasteful and somewhat disturbing. Surely people have their own lives to deal with to bother with having this much emotional attachment to famous people's.
  3. Movies

    Loved it and saw it years back. Saw the sequel too just this past week. Still cracks me up that one of the two main guys in that movie looks like the lead in this sitcom. In his search for true love, he kicks ass while running across rooftops in the Banlieue of Paris.
  4. Movies

    My end of year list: Movie to avoid even on pain of death: X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Absolute garbage. G.I. Joe. Sienna Miller's endless beauty can't save this to make it just bad. 'nuff said. Bad movies: Transformers 2. However, it isn't as bad as they say. Just regular, ordinary, Hollywood bad. The crap written above was far worse. Madea goes to Jail: Why do people say they like it? Knowing: It was decent for a good deal, but the rest (including the end) pushed it down. Not bad movies, and I wanted to like them, but I just ended up not liking them: Inglourious Basterds Watchmen: Really like Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan's flashback was good, the Comedian was interestingly angering me the whole time. Everyone and everything else completely boring. I had the comics for a while thanks to someone, but my life was so hectic I hadn't been able to read them and moved and didn't have them. Will give them a chance in the future, but I'll have to give the movie version time to fade in memory. However, I thought V for Vendetta had an infinitely better story in my view. Decent movies, perhaps DVD for most: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: watch if you like the series, otherwise why would you be interested. More Voldemort and less kissing for the next one, ffs. Duplicity Adventureland Taken. The International Angels and Demons: Better book than Da Vinci Code, thus better movie than Da Vinci Code. Fast and Furious: Leave your brain at the door and watch cars go vroom-vroom fast. Enjoyable I Love You Man The Hangover Funny People Favourites: State of Play: I've seen the first episode of the British version and will work my way through them one day, but I really like the American one. Star Trek: Never watched a ST movie/episode before, but enjoyed this. Go figure. 500 Days of Summer District 9 Movies I've yet to see that I hope to soon: Sherlock Holmes Up Up in the Air Most fall movies. I've fallen behind on them and will go through them as usual in the stale January-March period.
  5. Movies

    I really wanted to like Inglourious Basterds [sic] but in the end I thought it was only decent at best. It started out brilliantly in the scene in France. The actor Christoph Waltz was magnificent in the scene, and his almost academic-sounding discussion on hatred with a nonchalance I found very well written and chilling. I thought the movie was going to continue in that vein, but nope. I got along with the girl, Shoshanna?, story, but I seriously couldn't go with Brad Pitt's men. They were neither funny nor insightful, didn't gain the viewer's admiration nor anger... what was the point of them? If the movie was about a failed/successful attempt on mid-level Nazis by Shoshanna, and Christoph Waltz being given far more scenes, with no Basterds at all... it may've been a much better movie.
  6. Following Chelsea's Loans

    To be fair, Mancienne looked not like a failure when he played right-back for us against Wigan and... who was the other club?... Watford I think, last season. In fact, I remember thinking he could have some use as a backup RB until he gets more time to show what he can do. I'm neither defending him nor criticising him. I just seem to recall him not doing too bad for either game. Though my memory has a funny vision of a cross coming from our right from Wigan which we were poor in dealing with resulting in a goal for them.
  7. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Thanks, as always, Juni. For some reason this Delac fellow escapes my memory. I remember being linked with a young goalie... oh wait, wikipedia's helping me. So he's training with us? Smart, give him a bit of a feel until he comes a year or so from now (wiki says 2011). But if we delayed his contract going into effect due to the transfer ban, can we at least sign him up now (in January) since we have that ban delay, I wonder. Maybe we've already done that, I don't know. I saw a good part of the Wolves-Man City game (almost all the first half, thought I was flipping the channel to see the Chelsea-Fulham re-run just to catch the good moments) and Mancienne seemed interesting in midfield. One thing that stood out is that Mancienne does have a good long ball capability. However, I missed the second half and I don't know how he coped with attacks there.
  8. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Song is one of the oddest players in the league this season. Sometimes I watch him and am left very impressed, other times I watch him and he is utterly useless. Fabregas, who I have said in other topics as someone I despise, is nonetheless of excellent quality. If there was any chance to get him in the top of our diamond... I'll say it right now, there's no way in hell Man United aren't going to win today. I think they'll drop points sure, but not to Hull. Let's see if my rubbish predicting can keep it going on.
  9. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    I'm trying to understand what that commentator means, but I'm stumped : )
  10. Non Chelsea: Champions League

    I'll say it now, AC Milan will give United more trouble than we will get from Inter. I actually feel an upset is coming from that fixture. But it's a couple of months away and who knows what happens their their form then.
  11. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Enjoying the game. To be honest, Portsmouth was good defensively throughout, but they were quite poor attacking-wise for the first half of the first half, and the commentator was right; if they kept losing the ball, Liverpool was going to score. Suddenly midway through the half, Portsmouth got confident and pushed forward and Liverpool really seemed rather unready for pressure. Lovely goal from Belhadl. I don't think it was offside because that defender made a rubbish header right after, though I need to read a bit more on the rules because the commentators indicate it's not as clear as I think it is. The red card, though, was a straight red. I am not a Mascherano fan. He seems good only when things are going good for his team. When it isn't, he becomes a hacker and fouls to stop any attack. I came to that view at the Copa America, and my opinion hasn't changed. Going on about one of our ex-players, one impressed me alot today. No, no, not Johnson. Ben Haim. He has had a really good game today, excellent positioning and ball control when he has the ball and moved forward. My best player on the pitch.
  12. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Thing is, I'd rather he play there like that in the Championship. His challenge now is to help Twente win the Eredivisie and what a challenge it'll be as Twente won it only once in history and that was in 1926 according to wikipedia. It'll be brilliant if he can win it with them. My hope is that next season a Premiership club in need of a winger will be mighty tempted to try their hand in loaning Stoch if he keeps up the good work. But it's good he's not being rushed.
  13. Following Chelsea's Loans

    What confidence he has. A kid, on loan from another country, in a club in what appears to be a fierce fight for top spot (PSV is 2 points behind I read), grabs the ball without hesitation to take the penalty in a game where they are behind 1-0 and the pressure is on as they are unbeaten so far this season. And what does he do with the penalty? He chips/dinks the ball right into the middle. And then add the lovely second half goal... Incredible. And he says he was nervous because it was his first penalty in a "big football" match. What on earth will he do when he's confident? (Lovely one touch through ball right before the penalty he scored from)
  14. Following Chelsea's Loans

    I think someone filmed it from the stands:
  15. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Trust me, I'm so distracted right now I don't even have the mental capability to get worked up in a football discussion. I agree with you on SWP. Seeing how things went last season, I actually would've kept him. Problem is, we're constantly linked to the Aguero's, the Kaka's, but so far we haven't got them. The club in a way perplexes me regarding that. Perhaps we should buy an "Aguero" and then sell whoever should Aguero impress. However, you replied to a comment I was replying to someone else who was making a comment on selling him. You didn't say bring him back to decide. You quoted a one sentence of mine disagreeing with that statement. Since you disagreed with what I said in defence of keeping him, how else can one read your comment? We've seen the same Stoch, just came to different conclusions.
  16. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Fail to see how it's confusing, until you ended that you've already made up your mind on him. Problem is you're assuming I made up my mind on him, and does Stoch being a world beater is "actually likely" is now the criteria in keeping a promising kid? I never said "world beater", only as good as I hope he'll be. I assure you my hopes aren't that high. I haven't made up my mind and I hope the club hasn't either. He's impressing with Twente, That's step 2 I suppose (one being impressing with the reserves). We should take things step by step. Isn't the whole point giving them a shot? He's similar to SWP, I.e. short and fast? As far as I could tell, Stoch's ball control seems kinda good while I'm not sure about his crossing. You seem to be making the argument of concluding first, see what happens later. I have seen enough of Stoch to say he should be given a shot, which is my objective view. Surely that's enough for now to keep him at least for a bit longer. Because if Stoch is dismissed this early, especialy after his performances in Holland, you'd make an interesting youth scout. If you want to know my subjective view, it is that I'm actually rather very hopeful. From the reserve/youth players I've seen, I'd put him as second most promising player to make it after Kakuta. Just how impressive does a kid have to be at 20 years before you don't write him off? You seem pretty black-and-white with kids; sell them or keep them, and frankly you're far more on the sell side. Is there any kid you have a liking to (apart from the probably obvious Kakuta) or would you prefer we raze the reserve pitch to the ground? I'm aware this is a subjective view in general, but for you to find what I thought was a rather uncontroversial comment confused has left me in turn confused. It's almost like the concept of 'wait and see' doesn't exist in your world of youth development.
  17. Following Chelsea's Loans

    He's just turned 20 a month and half ago. Doesn't fit our formation? If he's good enough, he will. The formation used now is not necessarily the one for the future. We've been chasing Ribery apparently, and as far as I'm aware he likes to play as a winger (not sure what he's been doing at Bayern though). The idea of selling Stoch after his impressing at Twente is, my apologies if it comes off as rude, ludicrous. Stoch wouldn't be a first team regular for at least two seasons, could be more if he were to suceed. Why would we decide whether to sell/keep him based on how we play today. Were he to turn out as good as I hope he can be, we'd look like fools of the highest order in selling him. Now, you may have meant that you also don't find him that good on viewing him as a reason for selling him, but I couldn't find that in your post.
  18. Following Chelsea's Loans

    I'm sure I've had more consecutive disagreements... ...never stopped me though ; )
  19. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Massively disagree. We've seen the difficulty of having a player in the bench 99% of the time and seeing them come in once or twice an entire season while they play in the reserve mostly. I count Di Santo and Stoch's constant playing in main teams as a success. Stoch is going for the Eredevisie title and that's infinitely better than seeing him playing reserve game # 423 and then on the bench. He may not improve in football abilities, but that's different from mental improvement. He needs to gain expereince in games that mean alot to the club in question, the pressure of game after game consistency, learning what to do and what not to do depending on situations, the pressure of important games that can make or break an entire season and feeling that his direct actions have a big role in it (rather than being the small fish in a big pond he is at the moment with Chelsea). In short, he needs the consistent run of serious club games with serious opposition who have something to play for. Kakuta, Borini and Matic seems to have the midfield/attack chances this season, and Stoch added to that will just keep more benched. Is the Dutch league the best in the world? No, but the talent that has come straight from there has been from all ends of the spectrum and include the world-class. Competition in a competitive league is very helpful. I'd rather Stoch play there than in the Championship too. If we could find a Prem club ready to loan him and play him, great, but perhaps next season once Premiership clubs have seen his quality in the Netherlands. After Kakuta, Stoch has been the young player I have had the most hope of seeing succeed into the main team. Hearing he's doing well with Twente is exciting for me, and the fact Twente isn't one of the famous big Dutch teams is just the cherry on top.
  20. Following Chelsea's Loans

    I'm very pleased that Di Santo has gotten starts, and I actually caught his goal (missed his pass for the first, though). Personally I wouldn't get him back in January unless we get desperate. How long have we tried to get players to get Prem. experience? Di Santo is appreciated by Allardyce. To get him back and to see him on the bench would be extremely weird for me. He's getting a bunch of experience, especially as a lone-striker having to fight defenders on his own frequently.
  21. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Saw a bit of the game on TV, and he reminded me of Drogba a few seasons back when he was left all alone up front. It isn't easy and the portion of the game I saw Di Santo touched the ball once or twice. Looking at the highlights, that was a good shot from him to get the penalty. When I first read he won Blackburn a penalty, I thought it might not have been that impressive as anyone can get kicked in the penalty box. But an acrobatic shot, with the ball hit well and moving fast, it might've even gone in if not blocked by the hand. He was very close to the goal and if it was one target it would've required an amazing feat of reflex by their goalie to block it. Now what a goal that would've been.
  22. Salomon Kalou

    ^ +1 on the position argument. Kalou is a second striker, and more of a first striker than he'll ever be a winger. Even last season, I wanted to see more of Stoch. Not because of some fascination with anything youthful but because from what I saw, Stoch could do a job in the wings Kalou can't. However, with Joe Cole and Zhirkov back, we're going to have alot more options now along with Malouda. Thing is, we're playing a winger-free formation. It's not going to be a question of whether we need to have a winger, but whether we should be playing one.
  23. Salomon Kalou

    After the attacks (and then subtle apologies afterward) on Kalou's "party", a much kinder interview with Kalou is here: Didn't play with shoes until he was 15 and didn't even know he wanted to be a professional until he was 16 I find interesting. Also:
  24. Gael Kakuta

    Just heard about it and am absolutely stunned. Read a few but not all the pages yet. Wasn't aware anything half as big a punishment as this was being investigated. But if we were caught doing something wrong, I'm not going to whine about us not deserving to be punished. Rather I hope other clubs caught will also be slammed as hard as we did. My only issue is this odd idea of Kakuta having a contract to sign a contract. Either he could sign a contract or he can't and we could get him for free, I don't understand anything other than that. I won't worry about us losing players, though, should we continue to be competitive. Why leave a team when there's guaranteed starts for quite awhile. Maybe we'll get it shortened under appeal, but somehow I find myself doubting that. This seems like a punishment to warn all of Europe, and shortening it would weaken the warning. I trust we'll be fine for this season. Next season... I don't know. As far as I ever read, money was never an issue with Kalou's contract, but his agent mentioned that Kalou was concerned about playing time, but Ancelotti has already told him that Ancelotti has him in his plans. If anything, this could actually speed Kalou into signing a new contract if he sees that there won't be any new strikers to compete for places in the near future. Now whether that'd be good or bad depends on what you think of Kalou, of course.
  25. Following Chelsea's Loans

    According to BBC Mancienne took the freekick that led to their goal from a flick.