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  1. 5 points
    Rennes were a mid table team when we bought Cech from them. Maybe if you watched a bit of football, read a bit about football instead of puffing your chest out and talking bollocks, you might not make such an arse of yourself so often!
  2. 5 points
    This week has had a feeling of 2003 about it. Steam rolling the transfer market whilst all other clubs are holding their willy, looking on in shock, whilst their fans just keep crying. Love it.
  3. 4 points
    The negativity in this place is becoming tedious, to say the least.
  4. 4 points
    So you started a poll with the intention of not trusting the result if it went against you? Shocker.
  5. 3 points
    Agreed. We came joint third last season and got to the FA Cup final having lost our best player, didn’t sign anyone for two windows, thus bringing through a load of academy lads, in what was our coaching team’s first year in top flight football. Since then, we’ve gone out and bought a host of incredibly exciting young talent with real purpose in the window, as well as an aging but still very good, leader in defence. And we have won 2 out of our opening 3 games, with the one we lost being to the current Champions. What is there to be actually negative about right now? It doesn’t get much better does it?
  6. 3 points
    Aren't they normally pretty sound with the ball?
  7. 3 points
    Thought Christensen really impressed for a change, seemed aggressive in the tackle and looked every bit the cultured defender he was originally seen as. Kepa - poor needs replacing. Kante looked back to himself and am excited for the prospect of Zyiech in this team. Can’t believe people are questioning Frank already when we have Pulisic missing and a number of new signings to bed in - honestly get a grip!
  8. 3 points
    Fun fact... Chelsea's game against Brighton will be only the third time that we have started the Premier League campaign on a Monday. In the other two seasons, Chelsea won the league (14/15 & 16/17).
  9. 2 points
    Apparently they're doing the other half of him today
  10. 2 points
    6 shots on target and 6 saves. Novel approach
  11. 2 points
    'Le Palais de Cristal' ?
  12. 2 points
    It was. The stream of fluffed 1v1s that involved him always trying to hit a non-existent gap, less so. Heading aside, he's the most unnatural finisher I've seen. He never picks the easy spot to put the ball into. It's like he'd rather see it go two feet wide trying to hit a one foot gap rather than score by hitting it into the middle of ten feet of space in the opposite corner. The weird off-the-outside-of-the-boot flicks wide, rather than the easy, but firm stroke into the corner with his instep. It's really odd.
  13. 2 points
    Playing in ten men for an entire half against the league champions and people are asking if Lampard is up to the task. Pick your timing better with your agenda.
  14. 2 points
    If Arrizabalaga, Alonso, Jorginho and Christensen never plays for us again I’ll be a happy man.
  15. 2 points
    Sorry if you're being sarcastic..... But you are willing to write him off after a game and a half ?
  16. 2 points
    I know this thread is traditionally full of reactionary hysteria during a match but you'd think that four or five (likely) first team players out injured, being down to 10 for half the game and the fact that we're playing Liverpool would go some way towards dampening that...
  17. 2 points
    I'm well aware that Droy described Rennes as a mid-table team now whilst you referenced them when Cech was signed (when they were ninth) . I was adding to your point, not contradicting it, so no need to snap. Also, this isn't a private forum for the two of you so I and others will continue to "butt in" where we feel necessary!
  18. 2 points
    If stats and the ability to see don't get us all to the same opinion on Kepa then this debate will never be concluded.
  19. 2 points
    Yes you did No I'm not. It's a football forum not a dating site, but I'm sorry if my 'profile' doesn't float ya boat. Perhaps we can just be 'good friends?' So lets just have a little recap and freshen up your memory. Granted it was a while ago and the sands of time can get in the way of details, but if your gonna accuse someone of fabricating a conversation you need to be pretty damn sure of yourself. We need to go back to the Bayern thread on Feb 26th. You were doing your usual knocking Lampard after a bad result. Tbf it was a busy old thread but feel free to check my quotes: 26th Feb 0:03pm You made a post about Lampard being out of his depth as a coach and someone like Conte knows how to maximise the qualities of players would do a better job. As we were in 4th at that point I replied asking what position did you think we would be in with Conte in charge at this point, and also what position do you think we will finish, given your low opinion of Lampard and the squad. You replied that with the improved coach we would still be in 4th but playing a kind of football that makes sense... (you ignored my question about where you think we will finish). 26th Feb 8:21pm: I replied saying "so even with a better coach (in your eyes) we would be no higher up the table?". I also said if Lampard gets us top four with these players he deserves a bloody medal. I then asked the question again....and I quote..."You like a prediction Blue Rod...is he going to do it (top 4) or not?"... You replied with the following....."I have watched enough football to be able to form my opinion about the way things are going. We have absolutely no consistency , and we are as clueless against a conference team as we are against a European elite club" (end quote) . So again you avoided committing yourself to an answer but just said that you knew the way things were heading and we are clueless even against a conference team. 27th Feb: I then replied : (Quote) "So I'll take that as a definite no from you that we will not get 4th. But I'll tell you what I think. Depends a bit on the teams around us of course but I think we will nick it" (end quote) And I will remind you just now what you said about Lampards performance this season and what you said back then: Feb 26 8:37pm: "Of course it would be a tremendous achievement for the club and Lampard personally if we finish 4th or higher" (end quote) ....well at least we agree on that then Blue Rod. Quite amusing all that and not a desperate gag in sight!
  20. 2 points
    Probably a work in progress. He hasn't yet finished the chapter on RLC.
  21. 2 points
    So why do so many of us disagree with you? A cretinous post following a 3-1 opening day win.
  22. 2 points
    Haha, I guess I am the brother-in - law then :-)
  23. 2 points
    Edit - the whole thread is awesome
  24. 2 points
    In some cases, yes, but black is dark, and is generally depressing. There is a reason your living room walls are not painted all black and it's not because of social construct; it would make you depressed. It's gloomy. The point about higher suicide rates in Scandanavia is not a social construct. The dark (black) is not upbeat. And in the case of the second bolded bit, I would asky why? As you say in your post, these things have nothing to do with race or racism, so what's the issue? Put it another way - is not saying blacklisted, blackballed, black mark etc, etc going to prevent anyone becoming a racist or reform a racist into a non racist? No. So it's an utterly pointless, futile, virtue signalling heap of dung, and will only serve to get people's back up about how ridiclous the world has become, and will end up causing more racial divide (much like the whole BLM movement) than if we just left things alone.
  25. 2 points
    Quite sad how much I enjoyed doing it! I'm in the wrong game.
  26. 2 points
    Because black is a dark colour, and looks "bad" (not in the context of skin colour). A dark room is scarier than a well lit one, a plate of black food doesn't look appetising, a room decorated with black paint or black wallpaper would be depressing. If you wanted to be cheered up, you don't surround yourself with the colour black. We wear black in mourning, because it is a somber colour, not because of anything racist. Countries in scandanavia have high suicide rates, which is attributed to less sunlight - eg there is more darkness (black). The colour black is generally associated with darkness, and dark = bad, light = good. White is a clear, clean colour..........which is why we write on white paper because it is easy to see, easy on the eye. It is why you are more likely to see white in people's homes. White is lighter = happier. None of this is "racist"..........it just pure asthetics. Like red is danger.
  27. 2 points
    Not that it's representative, but speaking as a left-footed ex-wing player, my right foot was just for running on and tripping over.
  28. 2 points
  29. 2 points
    Replying to all of these at once. If we get a silly offer for Kante , like 75m+ then we should take it all day long. 29 years old, had his best years and just had by far and away his worst year with injuries. This doesn't make us a "selling club"... It's just common sense. Did anyone call United a selling club when Ince was sold to make way for Keane, or Hughes for Cole, Beckham for Ronaldo, RvN for Rooney / Tevez? Were Milan a selling club when the sold us a knackered 29 year old Shevchenko? Moreover , since we have moved from a counter attacking team under Conte, to a possession based team under Sarri and SFL then we don't get the best of Kante anyway. Selling a 29 year old to fund a player (whoever it is) 7 or so years younger is a no brainer. Edit - Liverpool sold Coutinho, and used the money to buy Allison and VvD. Brilliant business. Selling Hazard (also 29) has funded Havertz, Werner and Ziyech.
  30. 2 points
    Havertz confirmed! https://link.chelseafc.com/mjdA5sASv9
  31. 2 points
    Having spent quite an amount of time there working and living there in the remote regions and cities, your comments as usual are way off the mark. BTW - if you want to talk about mass oppression, more than happy to discuss your specialist subject the working of the USSR
  32. 2 points
    Its not about "mistakes" its about his inability to do any of the basics to a decent degree , he has poor reactions , he is always surprised by the shot , his footwork is below par and coupled with his lack of reach and height means he cannot get down quickly enough to stop anything . He's not making mistakes he's just not doing anything properly.
  33. 2 points
    Now, this is nicer than PSG shirts isn't it? Welcome Thiago and family.
  34. 2 points
  35. 2 points
    There are so many Social Injustice issues in the World that to take the knee at a football or any sport occasion in "support" of a Political group and mimicking a completely different meaning gesture here (USA) really becomes a pointless action....I wonder how anyone would feel if suddenly a counter balance shirt "gesture" of say "National Front Matters" was emblazoned on Chelsea or any other team shirt?...... rightful condemnation would be poured on the gesture but a totally misunderstood or rather misinterpreted political gesture has been conned into the psyche of sports supporters....sorry, hate to seem unsupportive of some real issues, which I am not but where will this all lead? Certainly very well paid sportsmen with crocodile tears over an issue is not a way forward for any issue......I applaud real action by Chelsea and other groups..including individual unheralded work, against racism at any level and support that in everyway.
  36. 2 points
    2 pens given to Brighton, don't know what the first was for, 2nd was never a pen in a million years, Ref obviously told to make it a draw. players took the knee and for some reason the crowd clapped, they should have given them dogs abuse
  37. 2 points
    More Tammy bashing. I just don't get it. Scored 18 goals. Jesus.
  38. 2 points
    Thiago Silva signed. One year deal. 👍
  39. 2 points
    I have absolutely no idea what you're on about.
  40. 1 point
    To be totally honest , despite my usual Kepa bashing , he has looked a bit more assured this season , you could hear him shouting to the defence which was good , I feel heartily sorry for him but it appears SFL and the lads are 100% behind him , which is nice. He's definitely gotten a bit braver and more proactive but sadly I think that's him done now Mendy is on the way . He may not be the finished article either but he's a big one and will certainly fill the goal frame a bit more. A top class keeper can win you 12 points a season by most reckoning , can't see Kepa contributing that to be honest .
  41. 1 point
    Oh dear....it's not so much the line up...it's who's not there......be a lot of goals I fear but early days and it can only get better....an aside...so many penalties and goals...are the refs actually watching the games without listening to the crowds for "guidance"?
  42. 1 point
    I'm not sure any post on a forum like this can be classed as butting in.
  43. 1 point
    You’re doing a great job Jane. We’re all here in our spare time and that you are spending yours to make this forum feasible is absolutely ace. Keep it up!
  44. 1 point
    My sympathies. The ongoing heath issues with Covid were largely a secret for a while. I agree that the testing program is a shambles, which has failed both modest standards, let alone those the PM claimed credit for promising. Until the last few days I would have said that infections are not on the increase as it was clear more focused testing was getting more positives. And in fact there is more localised testing. The last week's data might mean something, but it is early to say. However we have about 3000 positive tests a day at the latest high levels,with 370,000 tests a day. In early April we had 5000 new positive tests a day with just less than 20,000 tests a day. We have gone from one test in 4 being positive to 1 test in 120. It would be misleading to suggest that we are anywhere near where we were in April. Deaths peaked on April 08 suggesting that infections March were even higher. https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/ Meanwhile death rates were at one stage being talked about as 5% of infections. This was talked down to 1% but realistic estimates have slipped silently down to a range of 0.05-0.2% now (this reduction hasn't been talked about at all). So a) we were much closer to herd immunity in march than anyone has ever said openly, b) infections have collapsed in numbers, c) the death rate appears to have collapsed too and d) the victims are overwhelmingly people with short life expectations. So as far as Covid being a killer, it does seem to be over. BUT Covid is a major non-killing illness too. The comparison with flu turns out to be actually close on deaths, but on subsequent health it is very different. Your experience I understand is not at all uncommon. Strangely though there is no data I can find on this. A conspiracy theorist might think that having wildly overestimated the death rate of Covid and not owned up to this, the authorities are now trying to scare us all with the Health Effects instead without giving an indication as to how many it affects. We seen death rate estimates s drop from 5% to 1% to 0.1%. But the serious Health effect estimate is unknown. is it 0.5% or more? (which would make Covid still a serious threat) or no more than the death rate ? No one is saying. And I have seen no discussion of whether it affects a similar victim set as with most Covid deaths, or a much younger healthier set instead.
  45. 1 point
    High risk move by the club. No idea why we’ve loaned him to Sheffield U. Another season for him with little game time will be a disaster. Hopefully we’ve learned and have the possibility to recall him in case that happens.
  46. 1 point
    Indeed. I understand rival fans wanting us to sell our best players but Chelsea fans advocating for his sale is amazing.
  47. 1 point
    Some serious props to Marina and her team here for getting so many important siginings through this window. I'm also slightly smug that circumstances have colluded to produce a very positive effect for us, probably much to the chagrin to the powers that be that were hoping for the reverse effect. First off the transfer ban meant Frank was the logical choice for manager and we were able to promote and give experience to so many academy players who grasped their chances with both hands. Then Eden leaving meant we started the window with an enormous positive transfer budget. Finally the pandemic lockdown and subsequent games behind closed doors meant that we as a club with no real outside creditors together with a hugely benevolent owner meant it was pretty much business as normal financially for us compared with many of our competitors. The only slightly galling thing is that the media are conveniently overlooking the unspent Eden windfall and solely concentrating on the huge spend we've made this summer. I'm pretty sure when the dust has settled and we wave bye bye to a couple more of the deadwood you will find that our overall spend will be comparatively low. But hey, what's a summer without the media accusing us of trying to buy the title.
  48. 1 point
    Really hope he's given a chance before we decide on rice.
  49. 1 point
    Must be on somewhere........... I'll keep my eyes peeled.
  50. 1 point