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  1. One of the worlds best midfielders of his generation, the best English midfielder any living person can remember, the best player to have ever graced the Premier League and without a doubt Chelsea's best ever player. A true gentleman and a credit to his family and the club. When he scored against us the Chelsea fans sang his name and gave him an ovation. His reaction? Tears. The crowd reaction when he broke our goal scoring record at Villa Park( as a midfielder!) - carnage. When he captained us in our greatest ever night in Munich. When he won us the league. Twice. When he won us the cup. The time when he finished second in the Ballon D'Or after an outrageously good Ronaldinho. The penalty against Liverpool in the Champions League only days after his mum passed. The countless of goals he's scored and the equally impressive number of assists he racked up. Three league titles, one champions league, one Europa league, four FA cups, two league cups and 106 England caps. Between 2004 and 2006 he was the best player in the world together with Ronaldinho. He was truly unique and overshadowed anything the red tops could line up. People debated who was best between Lampard and Gerrard. In truth it was not even a contest. Frank won hands down - both as a player and as a man. We'll talk about him 100 years from now. There will never be a midfielder like him ever again. That much is certain. 211 Chelsea goals... As a midfielder. It's so crazy you can hardly believe it unless you witnessed it yourself. If he doesn't get a statue outside the new ground it'll be a disgrace of epic proportions. Take a bow Frank. What a career you've had. Edit: oh and perhaps the most impressive stat of them all, scoring double figures for ten straight seasons in the Premier League between 2003/04 to 2012/13. 130 PL goals... Read that again and think about what it actually means. It's not human. It's out of this world. It's fantasy. Only it actually happened. ****ing hell. Even I'm getting impressed all over again just reading of his accomplishments never mind living through them. What a ****ing legend. Steven Gerrard? Who?!?
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  2. Great performance, great result. Going into the Liverpool and Arsenal games, I would have been happy coming out of it with a 5-7 point lead at the top. It's up to 9 now and I dare say we've come away having taken them both out of the race. Only Spurs and City remain in with a shout, and City were 2 mins away from being out of it themselves. Still a ways to go, but it's been a significant week. Some thoughts: 1) Hazard. Brilliant. He's been a bit quiet over the past month so it was great to see him back to his best. His goal was a thing of beauty. An amazing moment and it won't be forgotten. 2) The Kante-Matic shield was at it's best. Arsenal could find no way through them. This was best reflected by the fact that Conte didn't go to 3 in the middle until after the 80th minute. Usually he changes it a bit earlier but we were in such control that there was no need to change it. 3) Once again, I'd like to emphasize just how immense Alonso is. So underrated and often criticized. I often see people refer to him as the weak link, which is absolute rubbish. He actually had the highest average position in the team, which is insane. I know Kante is superhuman and all that, but Alonso's stamina is absurd; he covers that entire side for the full 90 minutes. For the first goal he was just past the halfway line when the cross was being worked. We know what happened next. 4) Shout out to a few others. I know Diego was a little frustrating but you can't fault his attitude. Worked his arse off and was desperate for a goal. I'd rather he be aggressive and actively looking for a goal, than passive and stuck out in wide areas. Pedro was excellent and has been a real star for us this season. Azpi was amazing, as usual. What a player. 5) We really are a well drilled, training ground team. Some of the moves are almost robotically orchestrated. One such example is ball from one of the CB's out wide to Moses, who runs towards it and hooks it forward with his left foot to Diego. Diego either holds it up or plays it first time to Pedro/Willian who makes a run in behind. That's one of our get out moves from our own half and we do it half a dozen times a game. 6) A final word on Arsenal. They really are a joke. No heart whatsoever, and that's epitomized by Ozil, who struts around aimlessly and behaves like hard work is beneath him. Wenger too, approaches a game as if scouting the opposition is beneath him. We want him to stay.
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  3. Apropos of absolutely nothing, Groundhog Day is a good film isn't it?
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  4. What a terrible, terrible game of football.
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  5. 2 best players were in the middle of the park. We are so lucky to have Kante. He had no reason to join us really after the season we had. Broke up everything Swans tried to play. Even when he was beaten he still recovered it back. Immense player. Cesc was class again. Giving us a goal threat which is something different. He got into the box many times. Could have had a hat-trick today. Despite his goal I was disappointed in Costa. Trying too many things rather than keeping it simple. He needs to cut out the fancy stuff and play simple football. Its what he does best. I prefer when he plays like a beast or battering ram rather than trying flicks and fancy stuff. Leave the fancy stuff to Hazard, Pedro and Cesc.
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  6. .....the female........ Yawn, can't be bothered to expand on that. 'Mrs' SD is one lucky woman though.
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  7. A really weird, creepy, cringy, over the top thing to do. Even when it's not about ME, it IS about ME. What next? An AW on your shirt Jose?
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  8. Why do you feel the need to pretend "you never said them things" when you did ?
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  9. ∆ Oh FFS. You're (wrongly) quoting what the defence said as fact whilst writing off Eva's version completely. You quoted it was in Spanish. It was Portuguese. I don't particularly care about this enough to carry on with this discussion with you or Dave as you're both impossible to have a sensible discussion with. believe what you want. I'll believe what I want. Let's please move on.
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  10. ^ Ugh, don't remind me of that horrible night: I was at a jazz gig and had taken a tranny (for our younger readers, that's a small radio, rather than anything to do with LGBT) and can still remember the feeling of numbness when they equalised and then went on to win. (It was, apparently, a good gig I'd missed, as well.)
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  11. Do you disagree with his comments? JM got sent to the stands for kicking an inanimate object (a water bottle) whilst Klopp screams at the 4th official inches from his face, and he gets told, "I like your passion" Does that seem right to you? Or is it different rules for different managers? imagine the sh*t storm if JM did what Klopp did.........and this after the FA "clamp down" on respecting officials. Joke organisation.
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  12. Paid £20 a week ago. C'mon guys! Some of the regulars put your money where your mouth is! It's worth every penny.
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  13. Droy disapproves of gifs (it's 2017) and so, faced with the choice of easily posting a gif which sums up the poster's thoughts or writing essays to placate him, he probably decided that there were better ways of spending his time. The problem as I see it is that Droy makes an outlandish statement, get called out on it and then insists that it is everyone else who is misunderstanding and/or misquoting him. He then asks you to give your opinion, which you do. He then tries to create confusion to lead you away from the original nonsense comment, accuses you of being more interested in the poster than the post and then moves onto another subject/game and starts the entire process again.
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  14. My block of flats hasn't caught fire in a few months. May as well get rid of the fire extinguishers.
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  16. Funniest thing you have posted. Ever Lampard getting 20 goals a season plus stacks of assists, whilst not being a complete passenger without the ball puts him infonitely ahead of Fabregas because you dont agree it is "brave" all of these silent people agree with you. Good point
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  17. Am I right in thinking you're saying Fabregas has been better than Lampard ? If so you're a bit East Ham if you ask me . One stop before Barking.
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  18. I'm quite proud of that . Just going to get my application into Leicester City.
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  19. I am surprised. I'm surprised there are people who can take something positive and twist it to something negative with no argumentation whatsoever why it is negative. When one questions that, one is told to bore off and accused of "protecting Mourinho no matter what". Its absolutely moronic and not even logical in any sense. Sometimes it feels like arguing with a scorn female with some of you. You know when you argue about one thing and the female is actually talking about ten other things and you can't for the life of you understand what she's on about? Thats me right now.
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  20. Finally someone said it. Ability wise Hazard isn't any better than Robben. Less injured perhaps, but as for talent goes Robben is still ahead in my book.
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  21. To Scousers it means "You'll never walk alone" or more accurately "you'll never win again" if you're talking about the premier league.
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  22. Destroy is the right word. Fast energetic start. Early goal and put it to bed.
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  23. Ha yes especially when we play Arsenal!
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  24. Tut Ham, I'd thought for moment the draw had happened and was about to flip (again). I think I'd better avoid it tomorrow, or at least have a sweetener on standby. A nice slice of New York cheesecake perhaps.
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  25. To be honest, if it keeps Wenger in a job I am all for it.
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  26. ..... Waiting for Arsenal Fan TV tonight..........
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  27. Yes - though he might have missed other chances he has saved recently. I think I am agreeing with you - he has been very good recently and saved a very high proportion of the saveable chances. Worried overstates it (except for the "we never win unless I worry" superstition that we all share at times). But certainly City have always been the team that might start playing a lot better, while Spurs and Liverpool were always teams that probably could not maintain their form over the whole season.
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  28. Thought that Courtois pretty much won us a point for this one. We were really poor and hardly created anything clear cut. Burnley on the other hand had clear cut chances. Everyone will play a role over the course of the season and I think that Courtois really is doing his bit over the last few games. Credit where its due as I have not been generous in praising him since booting out one of my favourites in Petr Cech. The team needs to improve to see out the title..
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  29. Getting worried about you two. Get a room ...
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  30. Good point about mileage. Though that means he might go on longer, not that he might get better. The other big advantage IMO about late developers, is that joints grow normally without the undue stress that a 19 year old first teamer would put them under. I think that has to be a positive in terms of future injuries.
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  31. About the same time as it took to make my mind up on you - but I don't like to boast about it😀
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  32. Did someone really say selling Lukaku was a 'Jose cockup' ? We sold him, bought Costa for more or less the same money and then won the league! We look like winning the league again this year with Costa being THE best centre forward in the world at what he does. We replaced Lukaku with a player FAR, FAR better than him fir the same fee. Not quite sure how that can be seen as a cock up? Quite the opposite in fact.
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  33. Yes we are well set. We just have to keep on it like a car bonnet!
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  34. Does Jamie Redknapp not like Arsenal or something? Pretty much shouted "have some of that" when Fabregas scored. Tha Hazard goal though, bloody hell, watched it countless times. Incredible.
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  35. It was a definite red and literally no mention of it on the box. Agree with exactly what you say about Arsenal and this is probably the first time since the Everton game that the opposition hasn't completely changed their formation or game plan and the result is the same free flowing football as that day. We have perhaps not been the prettiest recently but I do think that over the course of 90 we will almost always beat a side mimicking the 3 at the back as clearly there has been relentless practice on the positioning and movement. All Wenger could talk about was the foul which never was and failed to acknowledge his side being completely outplayed. Alonso went for that header in a completely natural way and Bellerin happened to be shorter than him. These things happen but you cannot be penalised for it. I remember when we won 6-0 they had a midfield two of Cazorla and Ox and when I saw the starting line up of their side I was very confident. Hazard clearly still carrying a knock from the constant kicking of him throughout the season. The key difference today was Arsenal's suicide football with the full backs playing high up the pitch. It is important to remember the horrendous treatment Eden gets not to mention he is usually marked by 3 players. Amazing what can happen if you let him go one against one even when he is not physically 100% and he was the best player on the pitch. Wonderful player and the scary thing is I actually think he could have played considerably better today. Kante, Matic & Luiz were all excellent today and up against players like Ozil, Ox, Coquelin and even Sanchez it was men against boys. Pedro was his usual busy self and was all over their defenders like a rash although both he and Diego should have done better on a number of chances. Oh and Azpilecueta was utterly incredible and suffocated about 3-4 of their players all at once. Had goosebumps seeing that Hazard goal followed by the crowd dive by Antonio and this really is a treat after the season we had last year. PS. Just remembered the incredble irony of the Arsenal goalkeeper Cech gifting a goal to Cesc in a Chelsea shirt. The fans treated Agent Cech with the upmost respect whilst Fabregas received dogs abuse. Once a blue, always a blue ;)
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  36. Perhaps Gabriel can get a retrospective ban for the elbow on Hazard ?, That'd be a refreshing change.
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  37. Surely Lampard has scored many many great goals, but nothing compares to he incredible Barca one from the corner flag. Nothing. (good to see another legend back too)
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  38. Popping back from my self-imposed exile, for a worthy reason. Literally couldn't agree with this more. Every single world. Best Chelsea player ever. Best midfielder ever. Great player, great man. Legend.
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  39. One is a proven winner , one hasn't won anything since Thierry Henry thought "sod this I'm off ".
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  40. A complete and utter plonker that is so much up his own ass he can't see through his own eyes.
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  42. More than that, I think being 9 points clear (or 8 as it was) and 10 clear of our opponents, meant we played in a more defensive manner than perhaps we would have otherwise. A draw was always going to be a good result, but with the hilarious turn of events at The Emirates and Stadium of Light, a draw became an excellent result.
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  43. I know its the Match day forum but I feel like I've watched a completely different game after reading these comments. Thought we played this game very smart by absorbing the Liverpool press and allowing them to pass the ball harmlessly in front of us for the vast majority of the game. We then picked our moments to press back and created enough to win the game. Our passing was not always at its best which is perhaps to be expected against a side who are high energy and on a wet pitch. Some absolutely outstanding individual performances tonight. Kante and Luiz were warriors especially Luiz in the first half and Kante in the second. Either one of them could have been man of the match though I would lean slightly towards Kante as he covered every single blade of grass. Certainly his best performance in a Chelsea shirt. Honestly thought Hazard looked sharp tonight and was dangerous with every touch. He was extremely isolated and receiving the ball incredibly deep so its important to give some context. Costa put in a massive shift and Pedro and Cesc were both excellent and ensured there was only one team who were going to win in the last 10 minutes. I know its difficult with the scouser love in on the telly but lets not let that cloud our judgement. They barely created anything and if we were more precise with our passing (start Cesc please) there was plenty of space for us on the break. Before the game I would have taken a draw without doubt but I can't deny I'm disappointed not to have won that after a very good away performance. Dropped points for the Spuds and the Arse and the absolute highlight of the night is seeing Stevie G have a breakdown live on tv. He was seething at the free kick award for our goal and is so biased and bitter it is cringeworthy to watch. How he can be paid to be a "neutral" pundit is a disgrace. At least Carragher and Neville can look at things objectively but Gerrard completely saw the red mist which I guess isn't the most surprising outcome considering his career.
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  44. Definitely a point gained. Happy enough with that.
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  45. Yes. Especially when we had Emirates on our shirts.
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  46. Well maybe not funny but an exaggerated way of pointing out how unreasonable the post he responded to was (which by the way was a ludicrous and completely unreasonable response to a point cam had made earlier). Yes he could be far too aggressive but his points was often spot on. We have posters in here who are completely unreasonable and hijack every single topic and never gets a warning. They also abuse but seemingly get away with it. Not to the level of cam perhaps but in many ways those posters are far more detrimental to overall forum experience than cam ever was imo. But let's not dwell on this subject. I can see why he was banned and he did get several warnings. So in the end I suppose the admins didn't have much choice. But as for general knowledge, logical ability and ability to argue points he was one of the most interesting posters on here. From that perspective he's sorely missed by me at least.
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  47. Just wanted to highlight this gem for those who have you on ignore. Everyone should see this.
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  49. For those of us who couldn't get tickets despite for once being in the area, does anyone have any thoughts on Aké and Kenedy playing LWB? Assuming that's where they both played, with Aké going to LCB when Pedro went off. Loaning Aina and selling Ivanovic leaves us even shorter on the right.
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