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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. 2 points
    Argentina looking fantastic , remember when Sampaoli was touted as a future Chelsea manager ? His stock couldn't be lower if he dropped an Oxo cube down a mine shaft.
  11. 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.
  12. 1 point
    Nope, he's going to be announced alongside Alisson.
  13. 1 point
  14. 1 point
    Awesome. Now we only need to sign Terry, Ashley Cole, Lampard and Drogba and we're set.
  15. 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!
  16. 1 point
    “Only” two years lol. Some of you...
  17. 1 point
    When a manager says he'd have preferred a player to have left after the new replacement had bedded in, it is pretty clear he is just trying to be nice, and actually he is quite content the guy has gone. This is just more of the rubbish you were repeating non stop at the start of the season - so often repeated you even believe it, yet transparently untrue. The full quote is I don't buy the player and don't know who is arriving in 2 days time. He is actually telling everyone the first quote was joke.
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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,
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 1 point
    For all the talk of "coming home", it seems football prefers to stay in the EU
  24. 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.
  25. 1 point
    I've not been this concerned about a semi since I watched "Brokeback Mountain".
  26. 1 point
    I don't trust ADL one single bit so I won't accept any of this as news until he's holding up the shirt. ADL is an attention-seeking moron.
  27. 1 point
    Yeah but where are your quotes!!!!!!!! *sarcasm*
  28. 1 point
    I'd much rather see them return to Chelsea in a few years after making all of their rookie mistake elsewhere.
  29. 1 point
    Strange. We keep sacking managers and "everyone" (by which I mean newspapers, pundits and a fair proportion of people here) moan about lack of continuity. People often claim that players have too much power and, occasionally, report that the club is now being run from the dressing room. But if a club decides to stick with a manager and ignore, probably inflated, reports of player unrest, suddenly it's the club that is a mess.
  30. 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.
  31. 1 point
    Blimey this is awful , it's like watching Chelsea.
  32. 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.
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  34. 1 point
    Good news at last , Sarri confirmed to report to the Bridge once he returns from his pot holing holiday in Thailand.
  35. 1 point
    Realistic not pessimistic
  36. 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.
  37. 1 point
    Well said. Football fans are different to those of any other sport. There's a place for those too far away from the ground to move from TV to VR and that's a natural progression. Matchgoing fans will always be matchgoing fans in my opinion. You can't replicate the pre and post match beers, the buzz you get approaching the ground for the 100th/1000th time, the smell of the burgers, the camaraderie, the songs and the first hand interaction with the players and manager.
  38. 1 point
    He may have sent them a text?
  39. 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.
  40. 1 point
    Listen, don't mention the VAR! I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it.
  41. 1 point
    Yep. Lewandowski played more like a Leaden Donkey.
  42. 1 point
    Shame. I quite like the thought of him living out of his car in the car park. A certain dedication to duty.
  43. 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?
  44. 1 point
  45. 1 point
    I'll be honest. There's nothing I've seen in this World Cup to persuade me away from my opinion that international football is rubbish. The politicking of FIFA's selection of the hosts extends to the competition and the media where certain countries/players are afforded far greater consideration than their play actually warrants. It makes me sick. International football and the Eurovision Song Contest are pretty much identical, apart from their treatment of homophobia.
  46. 1 point
    Really don't get this view. I don't think Chelsea FC give a sh*t about me, so I think it's likely they've done stuff without yet telling me. Other supporters think they're much higher up the club food chain, though. Weird.
  47. 1 point
    As we all know the best team wins the Prem, and the CL is a lottery. You have to be good to have a chance, that is all. Our 2012 team was probably the weakest we have had post RA (barring the half squads of 2016 and 18).
  48. 1 point
    Zappacosta is a massive upgrade on Moses, just not massive enough. I find it hard to believe he was not banging on the manager's door back in October demanding to start or move on. He breaks into the Italy team only to find he is benched behind our worst senior squad player.
  49. 1 point
    Lots of Pjanic talk according to some various reports. Will be great purely for the song. Pjanic on the streets of London...............
  50. 1 point
    I don't see the issue with Wilshere as long as he is bought in with at least one more cm. He's an upgrade on Bakayoko, Barkley and Drinkwater.