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  1. 6 points
    8-0 to the Blue behemoth with Sarri marching onto the pitch at full time and slamming a Chelsea flag into the centre circle. Higuain , fresh from his endeavours against United where nobody managed to pass to him , with the elusive double hat trick . Capped by the 8th goal of the evening from Alonso who clearing the ball from his own goal line , beats six or seven Malmo players with raw speed alone before playing nine one-two's in the area with Hazard and Willian prior to back heeling the ball between the keepers legs. Kepa Azpi , Rudi, Luiz,Alonso Jorgi Kante Kovacic Willian Higuain Hazard Barkley 65 for Kovacic , Giroud 85 for Higuain , CHO 90+5 for Willian
  2. 5 points
    Given the quality of the players we have been spending money on recently , maybe we should appeal for a longer ban ?
  3. 5 points
    After tonight, I finally understand what Sarriball is and have solved all the confusion. About 20 mins in, we got a goal kick. Rudiger goes to one edge of our penalty area and stands about 2m from the goal line. He then starts shouting and waving his arms furiously at Christensen, who is right across the other side of the penalty area standing about 5m from the goal line. Apparently, AC standing 3m further forwards makes it very much easier for Malmo’s press (they are all lined up on the edge of our area for our goal kick, ready to pounce!). All through the first half, we are (for want of a better term) dicking about with the ball in the first 25m from our goal, almost exclusively right over at the sides of the pitch. This is great fun. The Swedish postmen and locksmiths press like mad and force us into numerous errors. Azpilicueta receives the ball in countless impossible situations. We cede possession many many times. In the second half, the pattern continues until postmen get very tired. Then bang! Counter attack at pace. Giroud. Goal! So there it is. Joseball and Conteball were “you have the ball and we will nick it 25m from our goal, counter attack at pace and score”. Sarriball is much cleverer. It is “we dick about with the ball in our own defensive corners, until somehow you fail to dispossess us and then we counter attack at pace and score”. Its genius. The only problem I can see with this, is if we try doing it against professional footballers rather than assorted grocers and IT consultants.
  4. 4 points
    Apparently 100 Liverpool supporters were arrested with Flares at the Everton game . The Police let them off when they realised they'd been wearing them since the last time they won the league.
  5. 2 points
    This is where my frustration resides. What do we have to show for that? We could have bought Isco, Koulibaly, Icardi and tied up Hazard for the rest of his career. Instead of which we got Bakayoko, Drinkwater, Morata, Zappacosta and a half-defrosted goalkeeper. Brilliant!
  6. 2 points
    I posted this as a subject on another forum I have belonged to for many years, I called it "A sense of entitlement or mismanagement" Anyway I wrote this after the Wolves home game and I thought I would share it with you all today. I have been thinking about this subject for a few days and with the most humble respect to all of you that pay a fortune to watch Chelsea home and away, I feel that as a supporter who started watching Chelsea seriously from the late fifties right through to the early eighties I probably have a right to an opinion. Obviously since leaving the UK in the 80's to live abroad my financial contribution to CFC has been literally nothing apart from the odd trip to Moscow (thanks to Paul aka KDIG) and one or two games at the Bridge. With all that said I still love my club the same as ever and although its from an armchair I feel I need to express some thoughts as to our current situation. This subject is nothing to do with whether Sarri is frigging useless, or whether Jorghino is his pet and also no good, it has to do with the way football has changed. We still have the old time supporters who remember the old days and how precarious our financial position was years ago, but there is a new breed of supporter who have only witnessed the good times since Roman arrived, in addition to that this new generation is now taking part is this new social media world that we are all now part of. The result is what I call instant reactions to things that do not warrant such awful diatribe, Twitter on match day is a good example. I feel there is now a sense of entitlement with this new generation of fans which is now infecting the atmosphere that Les and Kyp have commented on, its like we are Chelsea and we expect to win all the time and be up there challenging for every trophy going. Listen I want to win all the time and be competing for trophies, but I am a realist to know that when you have been successful as we have been these past 15 years, unless the structure of the club matches that success on the pitch, eventually the foundation will crumble. For example these past 5 years even though we have won titles and cups we have failed to strengthen this team, I have said time and time again you always get stronger from a a position of strength and we have never done that. The club knew we were losing the spine of the this side with JT and Lampard, Drogba and Cole all leaving, but no planning or thought went into solving this dilemma and as a result this side is fundamentally weaker than we have seen for a long time. We are not a top four side at the moment and if we lose Hazard that will get worse, our club is not about football as it was in years past, its not about the fans anymore its all about the business model, what the board seem to have forgotten is that the business model only works if the team is winning things. If they do not, the sponsors will drop us like a hot potato. So we can all argue about whether Sarri is any good or not, whether Jorginho is any good, but the stark reality is that the board have seriously screwed things up and we are where we are because of their incompetence. We have never replaced Emenalo with a quality DOF, and the purchases made have on the whole been wasteful with no thought of where this club needs to be. Look at the money spent on Bakayoko, Batshuayi and Morata, players that are all out on loan at the moment and cost about 140 million? Look I really don't know where this all goes but I have a hunch that the best move would be for Roman to sell the club to a new buyer and we look forward hopefully to a new direction of forward planning and expertise. I am eternally grateful for all Roman has done for our club but politically he is an anchor on the club right now and the scatter gun approach to hiring and firing managers is now something that clearly doesn't work anymore. This would mean a year or two without maybe winning anything, but in the long run it will be far more rewarding than the way things are right now, it might even clear out the boo boys who we don't need. The constant sarcastic clapping or booing of Jorghino is totally unacceptable, we can vent our feelings in the pub with friends or on forums such as this one but to do this when a player is wearing our shirt is not on. Anyway you have my thoughts.
  7. 2 points
    Top 4 is likely gone and there is a transfer ban looming. You should grab a bit of perspective. I’d love to know what miracle exactly you’re expecting this summer because what I’m expecting is 3-4 years out of the top 4 by the looks of things. You have clamoured for change after Mourinho, Conte and now Sarri as well. The club has now spent 3 of the last 4 seasons out of the top 4. And if there is a transfer ban - that’s probably going to be 4 or 5 out the last 6 seasons out of the top 4. Change is needed at the club, but its not necessarily or, at the very least, ONLY the manager. The likes of Bruce Buck and Marina whats-her-name have got to go IMO. The club has been an utter laughing stock under them. The fans need to pitch together and have a protest of some sort I feel. There are genuinely bizarre things going on at the club.
  8. 2 points
    If you've landed yourself a dud , you don't stick with , hoping for a result , like AVB and Scolari before him , Sarris time is up.
  9. 2 points
    Absolutely outstanding Danny. Even the conspiracy theorists on here can't argue with the hand we've been dealt this morning. Slavia had a good win over Seville and sit top of their league. They surely can't be as easy as Kiev proved to be, but all the same this has to be seen as a wonderful opportunity for us to reach the final.We're certainly better off than Arsenal.
  10. 2 points
    I'd put it down to a combination of both a lack of leadership and reliability within the team, but also a lack of adjustment by Sarri tactically to push for a result. We play the same way whether we're drawing 0-0, 3-0 up, or 0-2 down, etc. We rarely look to deviate from the idea of how Sarri wants to play and there's never really any reaction to make something happen when our plan of approach isn't working. Substitutions only impact so much if they're just slotting into the same systematic approach and are effectively like for like changes. There has to be more willingness to be proactive, be it playing route one football, throwing an extra body or two upfront, taking off a defender, etc. Anything that can envoke the opposition into changing what they're doing. Instead we go through the motions and hope something ultimately comes from it. This statistic clearly highlights a major flaw.
  11. 2 points
    The higher echelons of world football has always been a mess. It’s absolutely laughable. The Spanish clubs were given a pass, first English club and the rules are suddenly changed. I’m normally against a European super league but the one real good outcome of that would be the complete and utter demolition of UEFA and FIFA. Its almost hilarious to have the book thrown at you by the most corrupt sports organisation in the world. Like a murdurer passing sentences on a shop lifter.
  12. 2 points
  13. 2 points
    An important point. One has to add that attempting to win stuff usually means stretching your performances to the point where it may go wrong, while not trying to win stuff means you can always stay within that level, rotate players more often, play a lower risk game. Trying to win stuff necessarily involves more apparent failures. Not trying to win covers up those failures.
  14. 2 points
    Oh thank God she's not a Chelsea fan 😮
  15. 2 points
    Just a second hand emotion. Sorry , that's love , not Ham.
  16. 2 points
    The "Kepa Incident" Kepa criticism - For prolonging the incident and not going off. Sarri criticism - For visibly blowing his top. For not ensuring his orders were done. For painting everyone into a corner by saying it was a misunderstanding. Azpilicueta criticism - For not taking control onfield and sorting it out. The officials criticism - For not taking control once the board went up. Also I suppose you could ask the team how it is they are able to produce this sort of display one day then cave in like failed soufflé in other games this season.
  17. 2 points
    He's done a similar thing twice before for us and scored both times. My issue with him taking the penalty was going first. I think his and Hazard's 'dinked' style work better in the sequence when (hopefully) the keeper has to make a decision and go with it. Putting him first the keeper could just afford to stay still and the trouble with all 'dinked' or 'sent the wrong way' penalties is that there's no plan B. I wanted Luis and maybe Azpi to put two hard shots in the net before anyone took a clever penalty. But Jorginho (who did a very great deal right in the match) can do no wrong with many Chelsea fans - he's become a symbol of all that's wrong with Sarri, Sarri-ball and our club in general. I'm a bit more sanguine. I think he's a quality player who is struggling with his first season in the PL. Some players fit in straight away, others take time. Pedro, for instance, struggled but once he adapted, became very effective. I think Jorginho will do likewise - whether playing for Sarri or another coach.
  18. 2 points
    Absolutely. The difference is that the tactics is suiting the players in the field and the said players are actually giving their 100%.
  19. 2 points
    This is like the FA cup final when Wigan pulled off the shock
  20. 2 points
    Despite the fact I want Sarri gone this has no bearing on today - HUGE HUGE game!! Obviously after the 0-6 it’s ectremely tough to see this one in a positive light but this is a one-off game and anything is possible. Let’s DO this! COME ON YOU CHELS!!!
  21. 2 points
    Ha ha, I know! 💙 I was just mucking about. I love HM on here. He can be very funny 😂
  22. 1 point
    Has been some classics doing the rounds. Had a laugh at this one personally.
  23. 1 point
    Hopefully the club isn’t silly enough to sack a guy who can still qualify for the UCL and win a trophy (likely).
  24. 1 point
    I'd rather Roman stayed even if it means us getting relegated all the way down to non league football. The man is God like to me.
  25. 1 point
    Difference between the two managers at half time is that Everton realised that if they carried on like they did first half, they would just lose. So they simply changed their approach. Sarri just probably said, carry on lads, we’ve been brilliant. Be patient and we’ll score in the end. We looked shell-shocked that Everton actually came out, pressed us a bit, and made a game of it. That they scored from a set piece was no surprise. And that Alonso fell apart, just as the team did, was entirely predictable. It was amateur stuff from Sarri really. Out-thought, outmanoevred, and overwhelmed. And it didn’t take much either. Easy manager to come up against. Because he doesn’t surprise you. He won’t outthink you. And he’s entirely predictable. While seemingly unaware of his own team’s weaknesses. He’s been completely exposed at this level.
  26. 1 point
    Ludicrous stuff here. Either you are suggesting CHO is as good as Mbappe or you are suggesting Mbappe would not be starting if he were at Chelsea now - both are laughable suggestions.
  27. 1 point
    I agree with getting Kovacic out of the starting 11 because I have been suggesting that for months but the truth is the position is there for the taking and neither Barkley nor Loftus-Cheek have really put in the performances to nail it down. And that has to be entirely their fault. I can't blame that on Sarri. I’d love to make an excuse for either one of them (especially Barkley because I like him a lot) but the truth is Barkley isn’t putting in the statistics to nail things down and Loftus-Cheek has suffered significant injuries every single time he could have made a real impact. With regards to CHO - definitely Pedro to start today ahead of him for me. I mean, CHO would be #4 in the pecking order if I were in charge - Hazard, Pedro, Willian and then CHO. That’s not a shot at CHO. Its just my opinion that other than the odd bright moment or two he hasn’t really been showing the amount of potential that will justify his hype. As for Sarri being averse to risk... well... wasn’t he the guy who pressed City high at the Etihad after Conte labelled that suicidal a year earlier and got hit for 6?
  28. 1 point
    Hazard didn't bring me my breakfast in bed this morning either, utterly useless.
  29. 1 point
    As you predicted, I disagree with pretty much everything you've said here. Which is not to say I've no compassion for the woman, or think she should be crucified or lose her job. There is, I think, a very delicate balance to be struck between acknowledging that many people's formative years came at points in history where racism was more permissible and explicitly pervasive (and as a tangent, I think my generation and that before and below it shouldn't be too pleased with itself on racism; there's a bloody long way to go) while not also being too accepting and complacent; the 'Golliwog' has always been wrong, even when that wasn't the dominant view. Assuming makes an ass of you and me of course, but I feel quite confident assuming that many of us here are white. That means, like it or lump it, you simply cannot know what it is like to see relics of more socially-accepted racism on public show, and to be celebrated. It is not, I think, a matter of 'offence'; a dreadful concept too often used to locate responsibility for the hurt or pain people experience in them, and not the parts of the world that perpetrate that hurt. It is a matter of having your personhood attacked. Imagine (and we don't know anything about the whistle-blower, so admittedly this is hypothetical) you've spent your life being called a 'wog', being otherwise abused or discriminated against based on your race. What reason do you have to pause and offer compassion to someone making positive posts about 'Golliwogs' on social media? 'Virtue-signalling scumbags' is such a massive, massive leap. On the balance of things, I'll pick having people in the world who see something, think that it's wrong and publicly say so over people who don't. We'd all be pretty f**ked if there were no 'virtue-signallers' (which from my perspective emerged as a common term on social media once Twitter's and Instagram's demographics shifted to being more popular among 50+ people) in the world. Hope this woman realises the issues with her post, but also hope she isn't 'othered' as some monster. And f**k the Mail; lies and exaggerations like theirs have created a climate that would have made this woman's job untenable. If this really was the sole indiscretion, and there wasn't more to it (and we don't know that there wasn't), many work places could have come to a resolution. As it stands, Chelsea FC the PR machine would have struggled with any other outcome.
  30. 1 point
    Ok Mark,,,go back a little further to the fifties and early sixties before The Doc changed the Chelsea image forever. At that time Chelsea were known as a "Musical Hall Club" and were regarded somewhat condescendingly by the English Football World and Media...beat the top teams and lose to no hopers etc..a nice little cliché spot for the media at a time when there was basically no real coverage on tv except the Cup Final around an old B/W tv with all the neighbors as not everyone had tv. The only way to "know" anything was to read the back pages of the newspapers and then only on a regional basis..a good number for the "journalists" as unless you were at a game there was no way of judging anything..The Doc changed all that and Chelsea went from an easy "target" to..by the seventies..a "player" in the game...as it is today the media resented the shift and were still milking the Munich tragedy with United as the darlings and Spurs and the double Arsenal of course the flagship of "all that was decent in the game' and here is that "joke" club trampling on the established norms. The down times later were somewhat a gift to the media but from Uncle Ken to Roman and on to today there is still a lot of sour grapes even among media "pundits" who don't really know why but they were brainwashed by the previous generations of "reporters" as they were called. I take it as a badge of honour to get the bad press because it shows WE matter......
  31. 1 point
    Good line up. If you’re a Dynamo fan.
  32. 1 point
    Yes. They are both better. It is quite clear if you remove the biazarre narrative.
  33. 1 point
    I think it's odd that you'd bring up an alleged child abuse scandal in the music industry in a thread discussing a Chelsea game, and I'd say pretty dubious that you'd be so dismissive of people describing having been abused as children, but those are I can see matters of what I think. It is more objectively thoroughly unpleasant that you'd do it as a knowing wind-up 'hand grenade'. Can you cut this out, please?
  34. 1 point
    Give it a rest mate. Firstly, I'm one of the worst offenders on here for going off topic. Sometimes a few of us just have a little bit of fun and touch on other things. You don't have to join in. Secondly, you can put any member on Ignore if you are so offended by them. And thirdly, I seem to recall you made a very offensive statement when you first came on here, for which you were wise enough to apologise. So, nobody's perfect eh? The bottom line is we are all Chelsea supporters whether we think we might dislike each other or not.
  35. 1 point
    Oh I think the pressure cooker is already being heated up for Jurgen. Looking forward to Durham at 4 and Sports Bar at 10 for a scum windup fest.
  36. 1 point
    May well be, but if the manager tried starting with a couple of players who haven't played nearly every game they wouldn't be tired
  37. 1 point
    Higuain down and up, disappointing early on, but the goal and the late shot were excellent. In both cases running towards the near post as if he had seen a football tactics book once in his life. Jorginho Mot half, the goal, and (watch again Ham) a 4th minute cross and a 32nd minute pass that gifted Higuain 2 great chances that he blew. Funny ref, almost as though he will only give fouls against Fulham when the score is level. But he is happy to book players for almost nothing - he'd have give 6 or more against Man U, City or Spurs in recent games. As would the Leicester-Watford ref. So far so easy. Their goal - Emerson 100% to blame. This is zonal marking so Emerson has to be free to cover the far post. He lets himself get pushed into the centre by the opponent and taken completely out of the game leaving the far post empty. A very well planned and worked goal by Scott Parker. (if we were man4man, I'd point to kante who let Chambers run into the space, but Zonal I think Kante gets it right.
  38. 1 point
    Absolute rubbish. Tackling and ball winning is as technical as it gets. Kante is hardly a juggernaut of a person. To suggest that what he does is because of his physical ability is as ignorant and stereotyped as it gets. Have you ever tried running with the ball at speed and navigating obstacles? What about his shooting, where he makes Jorginho look like an amateur? Keeping the ball is another technical skill, which is why he gets robbed less often than Jorginho Kante's dribbling and ball control also puts Jorginho to shame. I can't see any area where Jorginho has more technical than Kante, except maybe at pinging aimless passes.
  39. 1 point
  40. 1 point
    Be very interesting if you acknowledge whether Sarri or his tactics work once in a while.
  41. 1 point
    On Jorginho, I think the criticism of recent weeks has been over the top. Yes it is frustrating when he loses the ball. Yes he is not built like the proverbial brick-outside-toilet. However, as others have pointed out, he has a very difficult role to play in this system and he is better suited to this role than any of our other options. He is mostly receiving the ball in very tight spaces, he is very often pressed hard or marked close and is needing to instantly and accurately find a quick pass. There are going to be mistakes, at least until the whole team is able to properly implement the system. By that, I mean work hard enough to find the spaces to give him the right options. The "hospital pass" comment from earlier is a lot less of an issue, if some of the other players are able to play a lot more one-touch than they currently are prepared to. Is it going great for him? Not particularly. Is he doing better than any of our other midfielders would in that position? Probably yes.
  42. 1 point
    Well that was a fun second half. Pedro seemed to be enjoying himself. Not a particularly inspired or coherent performance. But we kept a clean sheet and worked hard. Got the breaks and a welcome three points. Sarri lives to fight another day.
  43. 1 point
  44. 1 point
    despite or maybe in spite of our regular problems we seem to somehow keep winning things, they do not and long may it continue
  45. 1 point
    This conversation? Completed it many times.
  46. 1 point
    I think most of that was good will. He has had only two starts this season against a PL level team - Wolves and Bournemouth in LC. He is up against 2 of the weakest players in the squad, neither of whom played as much as he did last year, and they are only 1 & 2 years older than him. He ought to be head and shoulders above them in training, but clearly he hasn't impressed Sarri. He was good in one of the EL games but I haven't seem much from him, and in particular he doesn't look nearly busy enough to be playing CM in the Prem. Well not yet, anyway. Not sure that "he gets injured at the wrong times" counts in his favour.
  47. 1 point
    Do you think they learnt how to be a fan from listening to their Dads watching them play as 10 year olds?
  48. 1 point
    Putting aside for the moment that I'm certain the club will appeal this decision , if you were the owner of a football club and you'd employed someone to sign up the best kids in Europe which resulted in a two window transfer ban when half your team is almost out of contract and you never actually play these kids you've been nefariously signing then surely , heads must roll ?
  49. 1 point
    What will be our first sub today since it can’t be Kovacic-Barkley. Sarri must be getting headeache . /s
  50. 1 point
    That doesn't mean Sarri would pick him, was my point. Not saying he should / should not have, just saying that there was little to suggest that Cesc would have played any significant minutes other than in the EL