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  1. 2 points
    He never wore a Gilet though , I remember you being adamant that he hadn't , of course when Ham showed you the photo of him marching up and down patting the United crest you still argued he hadn't so you really cannot use it in evidence now .
  2. 2 points
    I noticed the club omitted the word 'thank you' in it's announcement. Obviously that relationship descended into something incredibly poisonous . As for me, I'm not sure I want to thank someone who for half of his extremely well paid reign, didn't have the best interests interest of this club or it's supporters in the forefront of his mind. In fact I would say quite near the back of it. Mourinho never stopped trying for this club while on the wage bill , yet he was jeered and insulted on his return. That is certainly not classy.
  3. 2 points
    I meant a 540. My arse was definitely pointing in a different direction.
  4. 2 points
    Unfortunately you never wanted Conte , didn't like him from the start , we won thirteen games in a row whilst you were posting 'standing in the wrong places' memes , and have had him leaving for PSG , Munich , Madrid since March and none of that was remotely correct . You think a man who tells the press 'we must avoid a Mourinho season ' and targets three players to avoid that , gets none of them and has his squad strengthened by two injured players and two just back from operations has only himself to blame. He clearly had a falling out with the chief executive which was reported in the media as a screaming match after which he stopped wearing a suit and playing the role of manager to revert to the role she scornfully insisted was his true position and then made clear in every single interview he ever gave that he did not buy the players but you think because two Englishmen two Spaniards a Frenchman a Brazilian and an Italian joined the squad it was the sole work of the Italian coach despite his obvious annoyance. Your opinions on Conte can be disregarded off hand .
  5. 2 points
    From today's Guardian As any coach, Sarri has his flaws. He has been accused in Italy of being too rigid: his almost ideological refusal to diverge from set methods – and preferred starting XIs – leading journalists to brand him as a “Taliban trainer”. Critics have suggested that his Napoli team failed to win the title last season because he had failed to rotate against weaker teams, leaving players exhausted by the end of the season. Others will be more troubled by accusations of homophobia levelled against him by Roberto Mancini – who claimed Sarri called him a “faggot” during a Coppa Italia semi-final in 2016. Or indeed the response the Napoli manager gave to a female journalist, Titti Improta, who asked him about Napoli’s title prospects after a draw against Inter this March. “You’re a woman and you’re sweet,” Sarri said. “For this reason, I won’t tell you to go **** yourself.” Sarri was quick to apologise after the latter incident, yet we can say Chelsea’s newest hire is not a man who puts public image over instinct. Before Napoli’s win at Juventus in April, he was caught on camera showing his middle finger to opposition fans from the team bus. I've highlighted the section which should concern all those wanting Conte replaced because he kept playing the same players over and over again in the same formation... be careful what you wish for! Conte was lauded for sticking to a system that saw us win 13 games in a row, and equally derided when, sticking to the same methods, we struggled. How long before those welcoming Sarri as the new Messiah turn on him?
  6. 2 points
    I'm not sure they could improve - he has been brilliant for us, brilliant.
  7. 2 points
    Even though I think it's the right thing for the club I'll always remember with massive fondness the Conte in his first season with us. I wish him well.
  8. 2 points
    https://gianlucadimarzio.com/en/sarri-chelsea-positive-signals-wednesday-could-be-decisive Yay! We're getting Jorginho! http://www.insidefutbol.com/2018/07/10/jorginho-prefers-manchester-city-move-over-chelsea/382207/ Boo! We're not getting Jorginho.
  9. 2 points
    I think Jacqui Oatley said something about " Sticking it in the mixer" but she was probably talking about cake making , being a lady and all.
  10. 1 point
    Not a lot of quality time to learn Sarriball between those trips.
  11. 1 point
  12. 1 point
    If the window closes having lost Costa, Willian, Hazard, Courtois and Morata all the space of a year and also only bringing in Jorginho, a GK, and a replacement CF then the person in charge of transfers has to be fired. And it’s not even up for discussion IMO. I would classify that as clear evidence of the club being unable to negotiate/close deals - especially comparing it to the transfer record prior to last summer’s window. We are quite clearly behind Liverpool who are definitely supposed to improve, and we were already behind United and City. Tottenham are the only ones that we might be better than in terms of squad, and that won’t be true anymore if we lose Courtois, Hazard, Willian and Morata IMO.
  13. 1 point
    Nope, he's going to be announced alongside Alisson.
  14. 1 point
  15. 1 point
    "Welcome to Austral.........." "Yeah yeah whatever. Where's the f@#&ing smoking area?"
  16. 1 point
    So did I. But then I really was a crap goalkeeper.
  17. 1 point
    Only you could see a link to Antonio Conte's statement, issued via the LMA, and comment entirely on, I presume, Sarri's first interview. No wonder you get so much wrong when you can't even be bothered to ****ing read the thing in the first place but just assume it's something else and comment on that instead!
  18. 1 point
    “Only” two years lol. Some of you...
  19. 1 point
    I wonder if we might have gone for Mahrez if the club had know that he is off. (Presumably they are already well aware of his intention to leave this summer) Shaqiri has gone now as well... dammit
  20. 1 point
    Eden did Jones again lol
  21. 1 point
    Sarri’s appointment, along with the signing of Jorginho, has me more excited for the coming season than I would have ever expected. I’ll admit that I’ve never been more bored, disconnected even, from the club than I had towards the end of last season. For the first time I can remember I felt that there were people at the club who genuinely didn’t care about what was happening. A couple more signings and we can go into the new season with hope, which is all football fans can ask for.
  22. 1 point
    Can I assume that Marina is the new Emenalo? I need to replace him in my Chelsea Power Tableau (a mixture of Playmobil and Sylvanian Family figures). I have a nice new otter to represent Sarri. Important to get the new ‘Source of All Evil’ character right too.
  23. 1 point
    Yeah Mark it is and I applaud you but loyalty is a two way street and the gutters are littered with great loyal people who were shafted by those we expected more from. Forget Conte the way is forward with whatever situation finishes as being the status at Chelsea. Do I like the sound of Sarri?..not really..did I like Conte's attitude last season? Not at all..Do I think he did a great job the season before?..yep brilliant but lets not forget it started badly and I believe Luiz playing so well that season was the bedrock. Will I stop following Chelsea because of a management appointment?...Of course not...had Chelsea sunk into the third division as almost happened I would still be following them,
  24. 1 point
    Given that we bought 5 players out of Italy, I think we all know who made the decisions in the last two years. Question really is why some want to pretend otherwise, and why so many what to believe otherwise. Or indeed why did he get paid more a year ago if he does nothing. There has been a bullshit set of ideas on here for a couple of years which have been plainly and clearly wrong. ?? So you really don't think he has been trying to exit the club for the past 18 months - ha He's rubbed everyone up the wrong way. Ghost got in before me about how Emenalo has been labelled. It is just a cheap way to argue that the expert got shafted by amateurs, when a) they aren't amateurs and b) the expert was fully in charge anyway.
  25. 1 point
    Fair enough - I can identify with that. So what is the solution? Send out kids off on loans to comparative backwaters (which is what we do and rivals do). Or get ourselves relegated to the Championship? Out of interest, of the current England first XI, (largely from memory, forgive the odd error), 6 of them, Trippier, Maguire, Stones, Walker, Young and Dele Alli, all started at Championship (or lower) clubs. Henderson and Pickford started at Sunderland. Kane and Lingard were at Spurs and Man U but both spent 3 years on loan before making an impression on the first team. Only Sterling could be said to have come through at a big club but he really was a physical exception, with enormous energy at a young age.
  26. 1 point
    As far as I can figure things out, it was a good tournament for England. I don't buy into the "It was an easy route." You play what's in front of you. Nobody is going to question the winners in a few years time by saying "Ah, yes, but who did they play?". The name is put on the trophy and that's all that counts. The 'Bigger' teams lost simply because they were not good enough. Plus and it's a big plus, I hope that with our success in the other age groups, we have something to build on in the coming years. Anyway, cricket is on and so is the Tour de France.
  27. 1 point
    For all the talk of "coming home", it seems football prefers to stay in the EU
  28. 1 point
    I want a manager to manage. What I saw in February and March wasn't management, it was a wilful dereliction of duty. Olivier Giroud's spirit and attitude in the Southampton game turned our season around, because that attitude certainly wasn't coming from the man on the touchline.
  29. 1 point
    Winning football for me. Give me a José Mourinho type manager any day of the week - winning football. Attacking football when it is necessary. Counter attacking football when that is necessary. As long as we win. Possession based football is great but I reckon that a lot of people will go back on what they said when we don’t win any trophies.
  30. 1 point
    I've not been this concerned about a semi since I watched "Brokeback Mountain".
  31. 1 point
    Does anyone feel the way I do? I just feel the heart has been ripped out of the club over the last few years. Managers aside, all the long term players we had previously taken for granted that gave the club its identity have moved on and there is no-one left who looks a "permanent fixture". Even the back room staff that gave a degree of continuity seem to be turning over. I suppose we were very lucky over the last 10 years or so but I am left with a feeling that the club has just become a brand with interchangeable parts rather than the "family" that I have supported over the last 50 years.
  32. 1 point
    I'd much rather see them return to Chelsea in a few years after making all of their rookie mistake elsewhere.
  33. 1 point
    I saw him at Palace as my family have season tickets there and I go when Chelsea aren't at home that day and I do not have an away game to go to. Anyway, a lot of the complaints about RLC before he went on loan were still present, which are: 1) Awful work off the ball - by this I mean he very rarely wins the ball back and he also does not use space effectively without the ball, I.e. run into it. This means everything as to be to feet with him, which is easier for opposition defenders to defend against, while he also does not open up space for others. This is absolutely vital for us from our attacking players as teams sit much deeper when playing us. 2) He still lacks a final product, he is able to glide past one or two players but his final product is weak still, which can be seen with his goals and assists stats. 3) He still goes missing in games. For large parts of games he is a passenger and does not touch the ball/get involved as he is so handicapped by No.1. That said, he is very talented on the ball and if he just add the work rate he would be great. However, saying he is the best player ever through the academy is a massive strech as there is much more to being a pro football player than a silky smooth touch. Additionally, by making such claims are you saying you would rather a 22 year old RLC to a 22 year old Terry or a 22 year old Greaves?
  34. 1 point
    If we end up facing Russia in the semis, the England back room team had better thoroughly wipe down all the locker room door handles before touching them... Novichok in the 51st minute is not a score line we want to hear.
  35. 1 point
    Blimey this is awful , it's like watching Chelsea.
  36. 1 point
    Really enjoyed watching Lukaku, Hazard and De Bruyne tearing Brazil apart. Credit to the Board and our youth policy for scouting, developing and fostering such talent. Good to know we’re doing something right.
  37. 1 point
    Having been born slightly before '66, this is the first time I've been excited about our chances of winning. In the past, even after a win, there is a "Yeh, but........", knowing full well, that disaster looms ahead. We have a squad of players that are willing to play as a team. No sitting on separate tables at meal times ( Man Utd players on one, Arsenal on another etc ). And Southgate, having been a player for England, is using his knowledge to take us forward. And please don't give me the "But we haven't played anyone decent yet". You play what's in front of you, winner takes all and ends up with the trophy. As a side note, Fellaini is by far my least favourite EPL player, but I hope and pray that he sticks Neymar into row Z.
  38. 1 point
    Realistic not pessimistic
  39. 1 point
    Didn't take long for Hazard to make this sound very, very silly.
  40. 1 point
    Not again from Courtois. Always allegations and hinting how he's not satisfied with some things. Please just leave. Have enough of your incessant dissatisfaction with life at Chelsea.
  41. 1 point
    Have a new theory about the delay in sacking / appointing managers. FFP and football financial year begins in July. If we sack Conte and pay him off before July, it goes on last year's figures. If we sack him on July 1 or later, it goes on the upcoming year's figures. It might well be as simple as the club want to keep FFP compliant, and don't want Conte's payoff on last year's accounts. I've heard this might well be a significant factor and it makes sense given how obsessed Marina is with saving every last penny. Typical of our club, putting money over football. So I'm expecting announcements this week. Pre-season training starts 9th for non-WC players.
  42. 1 point
    He may have sent them a text?
  43. 1 point
    Hi Bob. I have tried to have civilised conversations with you without adding personal attacks. It seems you are unable to do so - which is a shame. I'm not here to be rude to fellow Chelsea fans and I feel I won't be able to stand by that if I continue to engage with you. Because every other post you write, is a personal attack on another poster. The sad part is that you are always in the wrong in these cases but seemingly never punished (or even made aware what you are doing is unacceptable). As it seems you can't/won't change, I will not engage with you from here on. Case in point. You come across as a very sad, old grumpy man. Hope you get some pleasure from the summer at least.
  44. 1 point
    Listen, don't mention the VAR! I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it.
  45. 1 point
    Shame. I quite like the thought of him living out of his car in the car park. A certain dedication to duty.
  46. 1 point
    We need 3 senior strikers and 5 senior AMs to be relevant next season. As far as I'm concerned, Moses/Kenedy can be the fifth AM but we need 4 top options - Hazard, Willian, Pedro + a new signing. CHO is at best AM6. If Willian and/or Hazard leaves, next season is already a complete write-off unless properly replaced (when did that happen last time?) AM1-4 would probably play 90%+ of our important minutes (League and latter stages of cups). They need to be of a quality to reflect that and absolutely not players that would represent a huge gamble. Precisely. CHO haven't showed anything to warrant the AM4 (or even AM5) position. His position in the squad should be treated as a bonus (if he performs) or as expected (if he doesn't). The cover for AM can not hinge on him. That's insane and extremely harsch on him as a player. Yeah this is what I reckon a sound squad strategy would be. Make sure we have enough senior players to have a competitive edge to the squad (last season we had no competitive edge at all - we laid down flat in our most pressing phase of the season). EL and EFL should be a fantastic opportunity to field the lesser used players. Come on - David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne aren't exactly midfielders are they? Certainly not CMs like Drinkwater or Bakayoko. They (Man C) basically start every game with 5 AMs and a striker. I can't for the life of me see how anyone can disagree with that?
  47. 1 point
  48. 1 point
    Chaulk and cheese. Messi, as much as I detest him, has been a consistent performer of the highest order. Yes, he's been terrible at the WC so far but we all have seen what he can do and does. Willian on the other hand is an inconsistent player in general. His performance the other night wasn't anything out of character. If he's not playing on the counter with space to break, he's completely ineffective. He just doesn't offer enough when it matters. At 29, if £60m is being dangled in front of us for him then it has to be taken, even if that's from Man Utd. If we keep him, that's also entirely fine. But he has to face up to the reality of not being a first team regular and spending periods on the pine. This also means his checking his attitude at the door.
  49. 1 point
    I can’t remember a summer that many here didn’t call chaotic - sometimes we went on to have a good season, other times not. Also worth remembering that the definition of chaotic we tend to use “Chelsea aren’t signing the best players fast enough” isn’t actually in any dictionary. Other people knowing what they’re doing, but not telling you what they’re doing can appear chaotic.
  50. 1 point
    Who gives a flying ...... what the press think? And in truth they’re the people making most of these stories up anyway. Its an unvirtuous circle