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  1. 4 points
    There’s one well coached team out there and it isn’t us. I honestly can’t wait until Sarri leaves.
  2. 4 points
    Can we just carry on not playing? We seem to be doing much better in the race for the top 4 when we are not actually on the pitch!
  3. 3 points
    Re point number 1 - We've been a mid-table side since the turn of the new year and our form reflects that. There just hasn't been enough progression shown to be convinced that we're heading in the right direction with Sarri as manager. While a top four finish, Europa League final and League Cup final may look like a solid return on paper, the reality on the pitch has been anything but convincing to warrant those results. We owe a lot to the horrendous form of Arsenal, Tottenham and Man Utd for the way they've closed out the season, opposed to our own good performances. While we had one of the easiest and most favourable Europa League runs imaginable. The one competitive team we did face in Frankfurt, still saw us struggle and rely on penalties to squeeze past. Is a pre-season and possibly a few extra players going to change much in the way Sarri approaches management? Unlikely. Re point number 2 - While RLC has grown this season, a lot of that has come from playing proper senior football last season at Palace for the first time. Sarri will have refined some areas, but lets not act like this is the same RLC of 3-4 years ago that Sarri inherited either. CHO improved - yet his change largely came about because of Bayern's interest and fan pressure. Up until then Sarri wasn't giving him a sniff whatsoever. Barkley is neither here nor there. Personally, I think he's regressed from the player that used to play at Everton - particularly in an attacking sense. Rudiger looks no better or worse than he was under Conte. Emerson similarly no better than he was when he was playing at Roma pre-injury. Still also took Sarri 6 months of the season to finally give him a proper look in also. Jorginho has looked better, but that's largely down to becoming more comfortable with the Premier League than anything else and little to do with Sarri himself. Higuain isn't going to improve because he's a 32 year old striker who has been on a visible decline for the past 18 months. Sarri or no Sarri, Higuain is no longer a top striker any more. That's the reality of where he's at in his career now, it happens to everyone eventually. With us likely to lose Hazard in the coming weeks, a transfer ban that's yet to be postponed, a squad that is still miles away from being where it needs to be, and the last 6 months of football being some of the most uninspiring and dullest seen in in the RA era, you can't really blame anyone if they're yet to be convinced that moving forward with Sarri to be the best thing.
  4. 3 points
    Sarri confirms RLC came off with cramp. Sarri got booed because RLC wasn't fit enough to complete the match so he replaced him with Barkley; maybe to avoid confusion in the future he should hold a board up with the reason why he's making his substitutions.
  5. 2 points
    Nabil Fekir is leaving Lyon this summer, not sure if he would fit here, could possibly play the number 8 position or maybe play as a striker, much like Mertens did under Sarri at Napoli but if we can buy players this summer I'd take him without hesitation. Quality footballer.
  6. 2 points
    can't believe anyone is still banging the 'we only came 3rd because everyone else was rubbish' argument. It's one of the silliest things I have ever heard on here and there has been some really silly things said. Over a 38 game season the league table will never lie. Its not about the second half or the run in or whatever period suits your argument, it's about the entire season. That's why the league is so hard to win and the only true reflection of how good each team is. It's why we have a league table. We were the 3rd best team in the league, over 38 games this season. It's quite simple. Maybe we didn't play the 3rd best football but over the course of the season we accumulated the 3rd highest amount of points, hence us finishing where we did. This really shouldn't be so difficult to understand. Now you can argue all you like about the style of football, that will come down to opinions. My opinion is it was pretty dire at times, very good at others but a million times better than last season. What you can not possibly argue is that we were the 3rd best team in the country this season. It's a simple fact. Say as much as you like about the others not being good enough, it's fairly obvious as they finished behind us, but you could quite easily flip the argument around and say we finished above them as we were better than them, which we quite clearly were. This arguement will soon be forgotten much like those claiming Kante had been played out of position or that Jorginho is useless. Dislike the style of football as much as you like, that can be debated all day long but at least it will be debatable. Spouting nonsense is just that, no matter how many times you say it, it will not become true if it isn't. Facts are facts, unfortunately for some it seems.
  7. 2 points
    RLC was definitely starting the final and even arguably our best player other than Eden for the last month plus. If you can’t acknowledge his performance levels for that last period of time you are probably never going to. And playing regularly, getting confident and experienced was the only thing lacking for him. Building on this great run of form could see him take his game to another level next season. He is obviously not there yet, «there» being a game-changing midfielder like Lampard or Essien, but I definitely think he has the ability and mentality to get there. And this season showed how far he could get in just a few appearances.
  8. 2 points
    I'm not sure if this is pointed at these boards but people really started to turn during a run of embarrassing results where Sarri refused to change our approach, and our players appeared completely uninspired by him. Judging form the match day threads that was based on posters watching the games and forming an opinion, nothing to do with the media and I'm not even sure what that part of your post means tbh. Once Sarri showed he was willing to be a bit more flexible and changed things up attitudes towards him also changed, there is certainly more of a split of pro and anti than there was in January. I agree that fans in the stadium have a duty to cheer on the team and booing is unacceptable and counter productive. The only player/manager to get such abuse was Benitez which was almost a perfect storm of circumstances and I can understand that. It would be interesting to hear from those fans that have been chanting F Sari Ball etc to see why they feel so different towards him, whether it his him, a general frustration, or fans becoming too entitled and their behaviour changing. Personally I think it is a general frustration that we have gone form challenging in Europe to challenging to qualify for Europe, the complacency shown where we have not progressed after triumphs, and also quite importantly the fact that two hated rivals in Liverpool and Spurs appear to be better run than us, play better football than us, and have been getting better results than us (some of those points are arguable) I think some of this is being directed at the manager as people don't want to vent at Roman or the board of his trusted advisors. As a club the people running us appear to always be at odds with the last few managers rather than genuinely working with them in the manner that City, Liverpool and Spurs to some degree do. You could say there is a 'palpable discord' all over the shop which has got us to where we are today.
  9. 2 points
    Funny to see comments suggesting RLC could have easily been injured in training. Yes he could have but he wasn't. He was injured in a meaningless game on a cabbage-patch pitch.
  10. 2 points
    Well the fact that Loftus Cheek was recently subbed twice due to cramping-up might be a sign that the guy probably needed a rest. Also to what extent are the injuries of Rudiger and Kante down to being overplayed and Sarri’s well known aversion to rotating his squad? Injuries happen at anytime. But suddenly we’ve got a spate of them at the business end of the season. And Kante apart, all pretty serious and similar types.
  11. 2 points
    and the injury couldn't have happened then? Is it frustrating yes, but as the poster above said, it could have happened during training, during warm up for the final. Yes he could have played a crucial part in the final, but if we can't beat Arsenal just because a bit part player, admittedly a good one, is out of the final, we might as well not bother turning up.
  12. 2 points
    Me and my Dad are going. My Dad was at Stockholm and we were both at Moscow. Another chapter in our fanaticism for this club. I’m a rare example of someone that is actually interested in seeing Azerbaijan. We’re Turkish, and Azerbaijani people are basically the same ethnicity as us, their language is 90% mutually intelligible with ours (grammatical structure is the same, it’s just differences in vocab and accent) and historically they called themselves Turks but the Turkish part of their identity was played down and “Azerbaijani” identity played up by their Russian rulers to avoid possible unity with Turkey (classic divide and conquer). So it will be weird to be in a foreign country where we know the language and can easily communicate with the locals. Though of course I understand and appreciate the criticisms of the logistical nightmare that the host selection has caused. Adds a whole new meaning to “wherever they go, we’ll follow our team” in Blue Flag, “We all follow the Chelsea over land and sea” and “Carefree, wherever you may be”. CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE! WE’VE DONE IT BEFORE!
  13. 2 points
    Somehow failed our way into third its unprecedented luck
  14. 2 points
    I was there last night. In my usual seat as a season ticket holder. MHL Row Y near the West Stand wraparound - so my comments apply to that part of the ground. There was a constant low-level rumble of moaning from people around me - not all of them, but a significant number of long-timers (generally male, generally older) - ironically, this moaning sometimes broke into chants of 'We're supposed to be at home' - so they will sing about us not singing, but won't sing for us! When RLC was subbed (probably for all the good reasons explained by thevelourfrog there was booing - followed immediately by a quick chant of 'F*** Sarri-ball' - this was soon drowned out by a louder, positive chant from the bunch behind the goal. At one point, a guy a few rows down from me turned round and had a real go at the moaners - words to this effect: even if you don't like Sarri, what good does it do Chelsea to boo? Well done that guy. I've posted on here before about the constant moaning in my part of the ground. There have been games this season when I've thought about not going - nothing to do with Sarri, nothing to do with our team - entirely because I could hardly face the thought of the whinging Bs around me! When you think about the atmosphere created at Liverpool on Tuesday - you have to put your hands up and say: we are not a top four Crowd! I honestly believe our home support is sometimes a contributory factor to our less than passionate performances. The players need lifting. Support for your football team (in my mind) is unequivocal not dependent on waiting for the team to play well before you cheer. I never boo. There, glad I got that off my chest.
  15. 2 points
    Listening to the radio last night after the game and the consensus from Chelsea supporters seemed to accord with my view, we really have no business contesting a European final after the season we've experienced. Lack of consistency. Lack of motivation. Lack of application. Lack of pretty much everything at some point over the season. It's more a reflection on the rest of Europe than it is on our club. Arrizabalaga at least deserves much credit for keeping us in it during the game and saving the two penalties. Hazard however may as well not been playing for his contribution during the course of the 120 minutes. Jorginho reverted to type. Kovacic has no place whatsoever in any role on the pitch. Higuain too adds nothing and last night Giroud was not needed as a striker. Sarri's apparent design is for us to walk the ball into the net which may be admirable however when you have no midfield capable of any invention, especially when RLC is subbed for Barkley, this becomes patently impossible. Our defense is not bad however, equally, it isn't great and when you put midfielders in front of it who are incapble of, defending you are asking for trouble. We are a collection of individuals some of whom are reasonably gifted however, as has been demonstrated over the season, when we come up against an organised team we get found out and I fear that will happen in Baku at the end of the month. Bittersweet emotions here at the house of mole.
  16. 2 points
    If Dave hadn't played the whole season and we were in this position, Sarri would be getting blamed for not playing Dave. We've become negative as fans and massively in the stadium. The away team wants it more because their fans are playing with them, our team is playing against 13 players, the 12th is their fans and the 13th is ours.
  17. 2 points
    I would like to pay tribute to Gary Cahill on a personal level.I met him twice in portugal first time I got a picture taken with him,second time he was sitting beside myself and my wife in a restaurant and he remembered us.Gary I salute you sir for the wonderful professional footballer you are but more importantly I salute you as a human being.
  18. 2 points
    Strange isn't it that here we are all worried if we can beat Watford on our own patch to try and finish in the top four, how we have fallen in status and quality these past few years. Sarri gets the blame right now but this has been going on for several years because of a failure of the board to strengthen our team when we were at our strongest. Now to even think about catching City or Liverpool it will take several years I think if we are lucky. Too bad isn't it :( Edit: All the best to Cahill who has been nothing short of class over the years he has been with us, won everything and I am really angry by the way he has been treated.
  19. 2 points
    Consistently inconsistent?
  20. 2 points
  21. 2 points
    You know how people try and try for years to have children , mortgaging their houses , downgrading their cars to pay for IVF and finally after years and years they have a miracle baby . That goal was like that only more unlikely.
  22. 2 points
    Through on penalties ! Excellent stuff .
  23. 1 point
    I’ve learned more context since my original comment. He has visited the disputed region that Armenian militants are occupying and has explicitly voiced support for campaigns in support of the region’s breakaway from Azerbaijan. So he isn’t just an Armenian in this case. He is a politicised actor and that greatly complicates matters.
  24. 1 point
    I get 3 days at sliverstone with the family watching F1 for half the of a ticket to Baku.
  25. 1 point
    Indeed my liege. However, thou shalt never utter anything remotely critical of saint Frank, (or some others), or thou shalt reap the whirlwind!
  26. 1 point
    Why not go the whole way and appoint Phil Neville :-)
  27. 1 point
  28. 1 point
    I'm thinking sans Hazard who , in my opinion is the main reason we are where we are . I suppose we could win every game 0-0.
  29. 1 point
    Just want to be the first to say - the club is a shambles, the Board a shower, Marina an amateur and Sarri an ass if we don’t sign Griezmann - even if the transfer ban is upheld.
  30. 1 point
  31. 1 point
    Just for some comparison. Guardiolas first season: P 38 W 23 D 9 L 6 GF 80 GA 39 PTS 79 Klopps first full season: P 38 W 22 D 10 L 6 GF 78 GA 42 PTS 76 Sarris first season: P 38 W 21 D 9 L 8 GF 63 GA 39 PTS 72 I think it's quite remarkable considering he's a total buffoon that has no idea what he is doing.
  32. 1 point
    Good luck to the guy whatever he decides. I have to say he could have handled the speculation a bit better IMO and, if he does leave, it’s a bit like Robben where you know that we are losing one of our best players but, at the same time, there are reasons why maybe it’s the right decision for all parties. I think the club will do well to get as much money, maybe pick up Bale or Asensio if we can and then we move on. People are comparing losing this guy to RM losing Ronaldo or Barcelona losing Messi, but this isn’t a player who has been producing tremendous stats like those guys consistently that would be nearly impossible to replicate. In reality, if we get a guy in who bags 15 goals a season we would never even notice that Hazard is missing IMO. Hazard is a guy, like Sarri identified, who is more of an individual talent. I’m not 100% sure whether his potential departure is really going to affect us as much as people think.
  33. 1 point
    Their fans have been through a lot more than ours in recent history. If anything they should have lost faith and sat there waiting for the team to do something, instead they turn up and put an atmosphere into place pre-game that gives all the club staff inspiration and motivation; and even intimidates the opposition. Our lot have recently been waiting for an opportunity to intimidate their own manger. I said this yesterday and I'll say it again, but it pains me to say it... Our fans have become just like Arsenal TV fans, they put their football manager hats on and think it's as easy as changing a few things around like a computer screen We have a manager who has had his first season in having to figure out which players he can use in the future and which he can't, he has kept the likes of RLC instead of loaning them out, he has given Odoi a chance (and he kept warning us he needed to get stronger and in the end he was right). Every year the pundits get on our back, every year we have to fight against the grain, but this time we've lost that battle, we've let them break us and make us believe we don't deserve anything out of the season. Thing is the players see their fans boo their manager, they're only human and will be all the happy to shift blame when they fail, effectively the fans have given the players every reason to not fly into tackles, zoom around the pitch and play as a team; because they're ready to blame the guy on the sidelines who can't do it for them. Also even the studio picked up and highlighted Sarri urging his players to push out and press just before their goal, he saw it coming and our players chose to ignore the instruction (much to the frustration of Sarri), it lead to a goal and Sarri got the blame, we as fans have become our own poison.
  34. 1 point
    What wisdom would that be? None of your recent posts show any hint of it I’m afraid.
  35. 1 point
    Sort of. Now the whole FIFA process is complete we can go to the Arbitration body for Sport, CAS, and appeal the FIFA decision. They (probably) can suspend the ban until they have looked at the case. No - this is all as expected, and just as in previous cases. It is actually good news - in that the worry was the FIFA Appeal would be late, and we could not go to CAS before the ban started.
  36. 1 point
    I actually saw the kit in a JD Sports yesterday and I'd agree with this. It really wasn't as bad as I was expecting, but who is it at the club that keeps approving red on our kits? Does my head in. Blue, white, with a bit of yellow trim if you must. Red is the colour our rivals wear, not us.
  37. 1 point
    Can we please drop the top four by default, doing ‘less badly’ than Utd and Arsenal narrative. It is just so negative! We did better than them. We did nowhere near as well as Liverpool or City - so clearly, Chelsea 2019/20 needs to build on Chelsea 2018/19. We can argue forever whether or not Sarri can lead this ‘getting better’ project - I think he can. I also think the key to improvement will not be centred on the coach - but on the squad. We need better and younger/faster players in key positions - CF, AM, box to box MF and arguably RB and CB. Whether or not these come from within our massive player resource (following a transfer ban) - eg recalls for Abraham, Pusilic, Mount, Reece, Zouma - or also include new signings (ban rescinded) - this, in my view is the key. Not the coach profile. In fact, I think continuity with Sarri now - more important than the thrill of SFL coming back or yet another (biggish) name rolling in.
  38. 1 point
    Seems lots of problem blame other teams failure for us making the top 4 but I'm pretty sure 70+ points is nearly always enough to finish in the top 4. Regardles of how other have done our points total for this season would almost always be enough to finish inside the top 4. That in itself, whatever anyone wants to say about the manager is a very good achievement, exactly what we set out to achieve this season and more than most on here expected. Give the manager a break, he has earned it. Put aside the petty squabbling, the point scoring, the fact he smokes, picks his nose, plays Jorginho every week (who, whisper it as you'll get shot down on here, has been quite superb recently). Get behind him, the players, the club as a whole and enjoy what has been a successful season. We should really be celebrating right now and looking forward to next seaon where we are back where we belong.
  39. 1 point
    Well, you clearly believe Conte left us in a mess in fifth but Mourinho didn't in tenth so whose fooling who.
  40. 1 point
    So... Sarri has achieved his first goal. Champions Legaue qualification. On to the next now - a trophy. But considering the absolutely lacklustre season we had last season. The way the squad was slaughtered, the ridiculously unbalanced squad he has had at his disposal, Sarri has done a very good job. 👏
  41. 1 point
    Awful first half. The only player from the first half with any credit was Kepa for an important save. Second half was mostly very good. Much more intensity. RLC was my man of the match. He's a stylish player on the ball. If only he can overcome that back problem. His goal came at a very important time of the game, bearing in mind our recent record after the break. Pleased for Higuain as he has been surviving on scraps. His 2 goals recently showed what he's capable of given some decent service. Great to see Cahill getting a cameo at the end. I genuinely welled up when Dave gave him the armband. I wish him the absolute best. The final day of the season is going to be really nerve-racking, especially because, as things stand, we can still finish between 3rd and 5th. Leicester won't lie down. KTBFFH 💙
  42. 1 point
    Not disagreeing necessarily that the press have behaved as their usual selves here, but there have been a few mentions of people being 'cleared' or 'proven innocent' here and it's worth making the point that isn't true, because it's literally impossible. To my mind being quick to believe things are 'proven' one way or another is exactly what we should be resisting. As a tangential point (not specific to to Sterling abuse guy at all), I think we as a club and fan base should aspire to a higher ethical standard than simply 'not illegal' or 'not worth the effort of pursuing a prosecution for'. The most damaging racism isn't illegal at all, hence The Daily Mail existing in the first place.
  43. 1 point
    I tend to buy the shirts at the end of the seasons I have enjoyed. So I have them for 1996-7, 2004-5 and 05-06, 09-10 and so on. It's a memento of the season. If we have a great season, I will get a shirt. However, I reserve the right to get a second strip one :-)
  44. 1 point
    The headline? Why single out Chelsea in it and then proceed to post photos from a case where the Chelsea fan was cleared of any rascist abuse? What if a publication posted an article with a headline stating that knife violence (including violence committed by the black community) will now be punished harsher. Then included pictures of black males who had been cleared of that crime and in fact were innocent? Can you imagine the uproar? MSM does this all the time - these small little cues that tells the general population who is good and who is bad. It’s sickening and the main reason I abandoned them years ago. They are charlatans with no moral compass and are well marinated in this absolute dog **** of an ideology - postmodernism.
  45. 1 point
    The reason people have an issue with Dan Levene is that he doesn't like being racially abused? Can't say I follow his every move, but it doesn't seem to me he has done much of anything wrong unless you want to claim that Chelsea FC have literally no problem with bigotry. Can't really see any 'impact', either... We've gone from being broadly disliked as a fan base to what, being broadly disliked as a fan base? I really doubt many people who follow PL clubs know who Dan Levene is. I get that he maybe has (or has had projected on to him) something of a self-righteous persona, but who cares tbh.
  46. 1 point
    1) I thought we did quite well to drag Utd down to our level in the second half. 2) One of the worst refereeing performances of recent years. Embarrassed for him.
  47. 1 point
    Well they've managed 3rd in a 2 horse race before. One of their FB fan sites shared this before today's game 😂
  48. 1 point
    Also proves that you don't always have to look to established European superstars.
  49. 1 point
    If there's one thing about our club that makes me proud its our marvellous under 19s. Just came back twice against Barca and then won the penalty shoot out. Into the CL final again. Take a bow.
  50. 1 point
    If everyone who screamed obscenities at an opposing player during a volatile game after a nasty challenge was worthy of a sacking I think there would be plenty of jobs available and a lot of empty stadia. I'm not saying that he behaved well but his employers would not have even known what he got up to that day had it not been for a wrongful trial by media.