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    I should have guessed you be an expert tosser.
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    Actually it's very simple. Morata will cost Chelsea £70m because he will trigger all his add-ons Lukaku will cost United £75m because he'll never come close to triggering his add-ons 😂 😂 😂
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    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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    He has no excuse.... ...even Joey Cole bought the Linguaphone box set so could learn American :)
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    Isn't being "the best defender in the MLS" a bit like being the World's tallest dwarf?
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    This is how it started in 2015/16. No squad and then a start where basically every decision went against us for a long run. It's not time to worry, it's time to absolutely panic. If the club doesn't act now, Conte won't be here in January. This is basically what I've been fearing all summer. People have ridiculed me but here we are. We have done it again. Absolutely unthinkable we could be this ****ing stupid but yeah, we ****ing are this stupid. Time to ship the whole structure at the top of the club. Absolute amateurs.
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    I think I know who you're referring to. Must admit it's a delicious irony. All last season he was boring everybody shitless with his repetitive claims that Conte was useless and Mourinho was The Second Coming, yet Conte won the title against all odds and Mourinho finished 6th despite having the most expensive squad ever assembled in the history of football. Now, to top things off, his idol has signed Matic for 40 big ones plus another 10 in add-ons, the same Matic who we've been reliably told (again and again and again) is absolute garbage. And guess what? When Utd do far better next season he'll claim Matic has nothing to do with it. Lest we forget of course this is the same guy who thought Mikel was the reincarnation of Franz Beckenbauer. I wonder if he's ever got anything right on this site? Anyway, everyone's entitled to their opinion so let's not dwell on that. Many Chelsea fans are deeply unhappy that Matic was sold to Utd but I think if they were told at the start of the summer that we would get Conte's number 1 choice (after the unavailable Nainggolan) in Bakayoko and sell Matic to Utd for 50 big ones they would have accepted that. Matic may not be a genius (as Jose puts it) but as a holding midfielder he has few peers. When he first came he played in a 2 beside Fabregas with Oscar in the 10 role and Matic was incredible, a vast improvement over the lamentable Mikel. Remember he was playing beside Fabregas who offers practically nothing defensively yet we swept all before us, in a 4231 formation. Matic screened the defence expertly, allowing Fabregas to do his thing. That free-flowing football got sacrificed as teams worked out they could outnumber us in midfield (Matic was having to do the work of 2 people) and we battened down the hatches to win the title, often with Ramires taking Fabregas' place in away games. The season after that went horribly wrong and evidently Matic wasn't happy with something, and in fact he hardly played under Guus*. I think it's telling that Conte had to persuade him to stay last summer and this summer Matic wanted to re-join Mourinho. We don't know what went on behind the scenes in Jose's last season but we do know that Matic suits Jose's formation far more than he does Conte's. At Utd, Matic will hold but instead of Fabregas alongside him he'll have Herrera, and he'll have Pogba ahead of him making up the midfield. In other words, Jose will play Matic to his strengths and the player will be happy, and he'll have a bloody good season and be a vital member of the team. Under Conte Matic had to be more than just a holding player, and while he was good there are players out there that can perform that role better, such as Bakayoko we hope, who is a bit more all-action. Swapping Matic for Bakayoko undoubtedly suits Conte but unfortunately signing Matic undoubtedly suits Mourinho, both managers playing different formations. Jose wants a specialist holding player while Conte doesn't, that's the bottom line. We'll have to see who comes out on top. It will be intriguing. Utd will be our biggest challengers this season, because of their squad and the signing of Matic. Mourinho always wins the title in his 2nd season and it always goes tits-up in his third. If he doesn't win it this season he never will. However Conte is a far superior manager so I'm not worried, despite our inferior squad. City's squad is also superior but again our manager is better. Lots of angst and soul-searching in this thread but we'll be okay, I told you before that we would sign a top striker and so it's proved and I'm telling you now we will sign 2 or 3 more players and everybody will be happy, the priority being CM and LWB as I've said before. A RWB and a CF would also be nice. I'm very optimistic about our season. Our squad is already stronger than last season's, if only marginally. The bottom line is last season Conte only had 13 players he could trust. This season he already has 14, and you never know he might also trust Batshuayi and Christensen, and we haven't finished yet. We're getting rid of so many players so we can bring in players the manager wants. Sometimes you can't always conclude all of your business early. Last year we left things late with 1 or 2 and that worked out pretty good. There's no reason why the same can't happen this time. * I seem to recall Matic scoring at Sunderland and not celebrating. Something was definitely amiss.
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    Who does? I only saw his post via what you quoted given he's on my ignore list. But that's the standard tripe Droy tends to deliver. If three at the back was such an easy system to play successfully more teams word. The way Conte has developed his approach has been nothing short of successful and difficult for many opposition teams and managers to combat successfully. His success at Juventus and how it was obtained drew plaudits for a reason, of course Droy wouldn't actually know an ounce about this given his confirmation of not watching Italian football, however Droy being Droy and being the expert in all things, he was clearly right about writing off Conte, his system, and his success prior to even signing or Chelsea. Then Conte showcased the same structure and coaching ability to take one of the weakest Italian national team sides into the EURO Quarter finals, only to lose on penalties to a strong Germany side. Of course, that continued to mean little. Now Conte's come here and taken a side that was all at sea last season and has them sitting top of the league, a position no one had expected. All while doing it in an extremely impressive fashion. Not only that, but he's handled the players, the media and some incidents with absolute class. Bitter pill to swallow on Droy's behalf, being so blindingly wrong, but he'll never take any responsibility and admit such a thing. Instead he'll continue to manipulate situations and the words of others to suit his own agenda's (yes, that's plural). I'm surprised he even has people to argue with anymore.
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    I liked the sarcastic caller into Radio 5 Live, who credited Pep with the creation of a new position in a football team: the false number 1.
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    I usually limit my reading to the match day threads, but having a bit of time on my hands I have just read the last 10 pages of this Conte thread. Well Mr. Droy you certainly are consistent as you make your way around the forum. Giving Conte almost no credit for the amazing job he is doing with our beloved Chelsea. Nothing here has changed my opinion of you, which is this: 'It is far more important to you to be heard and be proved right than for your team to be successful'. I am convinced that you would get more satisfaction out of this season if Chelsea fall into a nose dive and Conte is fired. I just don't get you. No one can accuse you of not marching to the beat of your own drum. And the discord of that drumming reverberates around the forum. I fully agree with Jones on his comments regarding Conte's ability to dramatically improve the mental approach of our players. The players believe in what Conte is asking them to do, and are successfully implementing his philosophical and tactical approach to the game. From my very limited vantage point it appears that Conte is bringing a unity and "feel good' atmosphere among his squad of players. I just want to make one more comment on Fabregas. All credit to him in being patient when he couldn't get into the side, and being a big help to the team when called upon.
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    did Blue Rod write this script?
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    Is there any point in all this. The only thing that these circular arguments achieve is to bore the pants off the rest of us and boost your post count. Any new transfer talk around?
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    I find the fact that this debate is still rolling onwards depressing. Personally as I don't honestly care who shags who at the club provided that the players give their all on the field of play , Personally I wouldn't swap JT for another centre-half in the world at this moment. I'm sure the day will come when his body really starts to let him down , but at the moment it's not. Much of the impression we get of the personality of the players is shaped by the way the media portray them, particularly the written media. They can puff themselves up and hide behind their "journalism" all they like but they are shaped by their own petty club bias like many of us are. Danny Fullbrook is a Fulham fan so Chelsea are OK there, they haven't got some "used to be the big club in Fulham" chip on their Shoulder, ROb Shepherd is West Ham, the Custis brothers despite being Geordies seemingly worship at the alter of Fergie the list goes on. Talk sport are horrendously anti Chelsea and particularly anti JT , they bang on about teh morals of JT yet they employ Stan Collymore a shining expample of the polar opposite of how an upstanding citizen should lead their life. Throughout this World Cup the target message is Capelo is an idiot and that England need a clear out of the dead wood, the players who really didn't shine at the tournament , the palyers who really let the suporters down.John Terry and Frank Lampard. Take a moment for that to sink in, John Terry and Frank Lampard. NO mention of Rooney and his on screen anti England fan tirade , no mention of Stephen Gerrard and hsi fable 6 touches in the right position of the pitch against USA no metnion of Upson the Stevie WOnder of central defenders no mention of holding player par excellence Gareth Barry playing in the hole left for him by Gerrard s a holding winger. Despite him never having had a decent game in an England shirt , despite him having just as an "eventful" time off field and despite both his club side manager and his international manager not trusting him to play in his preferred centre midfield slot, Stephen Gerrard is imune from all criticism and the sole reason I can think is that he plays for Liverpool and media people of a certain age remember when Liverpool were good and love them for it. Gareth Barry as a footballer is not fit to lace the boots of the person who laces Frank Lampards boots yet despite him being the "holding" midfielder who lost the ball whilst "holding" near the corner flag , he gets to play but Frank who hit the bar and scored a wrongly disallowed goal has to go. I believe that Gareth BArry has been identified in the press as one of Stephen Gerrards best friends. For years and years and years Lampard has played the role of water carrier in the England squad to Gerrards maestro, Frank is an intelligent player who will do what you tell him to and take one for the team , Gerrard is an imbecile who wanders around the pitch like an Nomad with alzheimers. Gerrard can stay , Frank must go. I'm waiting for Capello to wake up to the cancer that is in Englands heart that is Stephen Gerrard , wherever he plays he ends up not there , lets drop him and see what Frank can do when he playus Frank in his preferred position and gives him players who understand their roles around him. The Sun are "after" Ashely Cole seemingly for the "crime" of cheating on celebrity oxygen thief and avowed non singer and nightclub boxer nations sweetheart Cheryl Tweedy , a girl so commited to a marriage she moved her mum into the marital house. This has nothing to do with Cole winning a libel case against The NOTW the Suns "slaggy sister" paper. I've tried redressing the balance , I've written to Talk SPort , they don't care, I've written to Football 365 where Sarah Winterburn a Liverpool supporter edits the mailbox whilst pretending she isn't a Liverpool supporter. The meida in this country have always hated Chelsea for whatever reason , no money, too much money, rowdy fans, quiet fans,Cavalier football, boring football, idiot manager , brilliant manager (same bloke - twice) I suppose my rant here really is that do not believe waht they say and print , believe what you see and hear with your own eyes I for one believe Wayne rooney has nothing but hatred for the Engalnd fans because I saw and heard him doing it, no amout of " A sourc eclose to Ashley showed us a text message" will convince me otherwise.
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    Would just about be willing to see the club make Costa rot in the reserves and honour the remaining time on his contract. See how he likes those apples.
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    Because James had one good world cup and has been mediocre (relative to price tag) ever since. Not got much pace or physicality which makes him a risk in the PL IMO Suarez - no baggage? . Bonkers. Reached 50 PL goals in fewer games than Aguero, without being a regular penalty taker. That shows how phenomenal his goal record has been. Not good, phenomenal. That is ignoring everything else he brings to the table with his hold up play, linking with Hazard / Fabregas / Pedro etc..... It's also not only about numbers - important goals too. Criminally underrated striker. How can we not "miss" him unless we bring in a striker who is on the unobtainable list like Messi or Suarez?
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    Not posted in a while as every time I go a day or two without checking the forum this thread seems to have jumped forward 20 pages. Finally managed to catch up so thought I would post a lengthy one with a few thoughts about the last couple of weeks so bear with me. First of all on Lukaku, I am actually very relieved we have avoided this one as whilst I do think he is a decent Premier League striker I do not think he has the capability to lead the line for a team with European and title winning objectives. He did impress me at times last season but it was almost always against bottom of the table fodder. He scored 4 vs Sunderland, 4 vs Bournemouth and also got a brace against Hull when they were already down to 10 men. Contrast this against his performances vs the big sides where he would often be invisible for 90 minutes. Going back a few years the moment I thought his Chelsea career was in serious danger was when he came on as a sub vs Bayern in the Super Cup as a young striker with much to prove against tiring legs. He was dreadful in this game, everything that was played into him bounced back, he barely broke a sweat and then missed a penalty in the shootout. Now despite his obvious improvements since then I saw the exact same performance and attitude in multiple games last season. I was especially disappointed with his performances home and away against us and away at Liverpool sticks in my memory as well. He is likely to score 15+ goals over the course of a season but is he really the player you want leading the line in big European games? Last season Ibra carried that United team for most of the year but when he got injured it became clear that his limitations were actually hindering the team as a whole. Their dominant performance against us at Old Trafford was only possible due to the high intensity pressing and movement they had with Rashford and Lingard. Forwards such as Ibra (current version), Giroud and Lukaku have very clear strengths and weaknesses and are all good players to have in your squad but can all be contained with the right system. I think you will struggle to win much with these players as teams will find ways to nullify their qualities and force them to play in areas in which they are uncomfortable. Azpi and Luiz completely suffocated him last season and he barely touched the ball in either game. Lukaku may be built like a Drogba type striker but I have always thought he is a much closer resemblance to Torres. He requires space to run into and is much more comfortable with the ball played ahead of him rather than with his back to goal. It will be the case that at times Jose’s style of play will suit him and also the way Conte played much of last season would utilise this as well. The problem is it limits us to this style of play meaning we will struggle to evolve. When we come up against a Burnley wall with 10 players behind the ball we will need to be cute and precise which is not really within his capabilities. Also if Conte ever does leave and we bring in another manager we may find ourselves with a big square peg. There has also been much talk about whether or not he was our first choice. A couple of weeks ago I was reading that Conte was furious because he wanted Morata and Emenalo was pushing for Lukaku but as soon as we are not signing Lukaku, Conte is apparently on the verge of leaving because of his anger. It’s impossible to know for sure but I personally feel strongly that Lukaku is not a Conte player. He famously will not shut up about how he needs his players to work, work, work and this is not Lukaku’s game at all. Lukaku tends to save his energy for around the box but compare this to Costa who even on a bad day will still give any centre back nightmares by harassing and pressing all game. Costa still scores the goals but what he brings to the team is so much more important, this is why I have been firmly in the Costa / Morata / Belotti camp from the beginning. There seems to be a big split on Morata and I can understand why as the fees being talked about are very high. Despite this I think that bar Aubameyang he is the single best option. I love his all round game, he's an excellent dribbler, great hold up play, good passer and he’s developing into a very good finisher whilst being superior to Costa in the air already. His numbers are not elite just yet and I will admit his second season at Juve wasn’t great but it’s well documented the issues he had that year. He totally lost form and admitted being affected by personal issues of which can happen to any young player playing abroad. There were also politics regarding the buy back clause and whether or not Real would pay it. I would recommend reading this interview from a couple months back, some very interesting comments on Conte as well. https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/12/alvaro-morata-real-madrid-bayern-munich This is a player that scored both home and away against Dortmund in CL knockout round, home and away vs Real in CL semi and against Barca in the final as well. Even in his disappointing 15/16 he scored the winner in the Copa final vs Milan, he is a player with clear quality and talent who has shown that he can perform on the biggest occasions. It is no embarrassment to fail to break into that Madrid side and I honestly feel he is on the verge of a huge season in the right environment. His scoring record last year was insane and if you include internationals he scored 27 with a goal every 66 minutes. Some might argue this was mostly against inferior sides but he has already shown he can perform on the big stage in the past and last year he wasn’t exactly given the opportunity due to clashes with Ronaldo. The added bonus with Morata is even when he isn’t scoring he has an all round game that will bring more out of our other players especially Hazard and Cesc who will relish his ability to play in tight spaces. I tend to try and forget about the fee because it’s impossible for us to buy a proven striker sub £50mill anyway whilst long term I think he has the highest ceiling of all the potential signings due to this all round game.
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    Quote: Tianjin Quanjian billionaire owner Shu Yuhui told Sina Sports: “I can only say that we are still working on the deal to sign Costa. Maybe it got lost in translation and he was referring to buying a Costa Coffee franchise
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    Point of information James, Belotti is 23. Younger than Lukaku. He also scored 30 odd goals in a mid table Serie A team last season (a league where reaching those sort of numbers in a season is rare to say the least.) I'd say that makes him an option very much worth investigating. Lukaku is far from the only option out there. Especially at the prices being talked about.
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    Once again , he's not narcissistic because he's wearing club clothing you wilful idiot , he's narcissistic because it was the sole occasion in the season he chose to do so , in order to mock the people who supported him in the past. He made it about him , he made the European victory about him , he's a narcissist. Great manager (you can edit this bit ) a fantastic servant to our club ( and this) but a narcissist. Jilted John was an hilarious comedy creation , but he had nothing on the continued comedy of your own fabrication.
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    I think you're straining credibility there Dave. When Jose Mourinho holds up 1 finger in that way it only ever means one thing. That's fair enough when appropriate some might say, although I would much prefer understatement and an unassuming behavioural style myself. In fact, one of the most humorous things I've noticed to come out from last night's victory for Manure is the post-match press conference given by JM, in which he claimed the victory to be a "victory for the humble"! I've got to give it to him there. The idea of JM assuming the role of standard bearer for the humble is akin to Donald Trump claiming his victory was a triumph for the intelligentsia! Even then, JM couldn't stop himself from going too far. He went on to say that it was a victory for the humble because it was a victory for a team that had accepted its limitations and simply tried to nullify the strengths of the opposition and squeeze the best from the far inferior resources and talents at their own disposal. It was an amazing statement from a Manure manager and I wonder what his players might have felt about being portrayed as inferior, plucky johnnies, valiantly overcoming the far superior capabilities of their opponents. Might have sent the wrong message there by talking too much again I reckon. Finally, in that same press conference, (here's the link - http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/40043371 ), JM also makes it clear that qualifying for the CL next year by winning a trophy, rather than by finishing 2nd, 3rd, or 4th, is a superior achievement. I don't think so and I don't think you do either. He only said it in a doomed attempt to defray the fact that, after spending a vast amount of money, he had managed to take his team to a finishing position of 6th in the PL.
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    To be fair, it's more than one game. What happened today has been coming. Conte has been bottling the big decision in my opinion. We play with an absolute No 9. That is the role that Costa has. It is not a false No 9, but a pure No 9. That role is as irreplaceable as that of a goalkeeper. Whether it's the goalkeeper, or defender, or Hazard, or any player with the ball, when they look up, they want the green light from the No 9. To keep playing with number 9 of the form of Costa of he past 3 months, is just the signs of a manager who is bottling big decisions. Conte is sleepwalking into failure in the past 3 months. His indecision is infecting the rest of the team. I have heard all this crap - he is unlucky, he is having a bad spell, he is trying his best. It's all crap. If you employed an experienced plasterer, and he has the plaster hanging off the wall after two jobs, your response is, hang on, what are you playing at? No one would accept a pilot, even a rookie pilot, to keep overshooting runway for 3 months of flight, or a doctor to keep prescribing the wrong medication for 3 months continuously. So all these excuses for Costa is all nonsense, absolute crap. It's all football talk, the kind of talk that would not be accepted in any walk of life. Costa is sabotaging our effort, FULL STOP. I decided that for myself weeks ago. If Conte can't work that out, then we kiss the title goodbye, now. All the talk of no replacement is also crap. Any decent striker who is willing to genuinely try (rather than pretend) would be 100 times better than Costa for the team right now.
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    All of our wins have been against teams below us in the table too :-)
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    N'Golo Kanté v Paul Pogba... ⅓ of the cost, half his size, but twice the player!!!
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    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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    Apropos of absolutely nothing, Groundhog Day is a good film isn't it?
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    What a terrible, terrible game of football.
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    Rubbish. If Conte wins 3 PL titles , he will get plenty of attention and already we're witnessing the players loving Contes approach. It must be killing you not to have got behind him from the start. You didn't want him before he joined , when he joined or after he joined and you are yet to give him any direct praise on this forum despite your protestations to contrary. Conte is well respected in the world of football having been both an exceptional footballer and did a fantastic job at both club and country before turning our fortunes around and managing the side to equalling the longest winning streak in football history. I'm sure he can make do without the support of an internet ninja.
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    Massive news for the club. But also highlights what can happen when we as fans tell the powers that we don't agree with what they're doing. I was there at the CPO vote in 2011. A massive thank you to everyone else who was and told Buck where he could shove his relocation plans. One club, one ground. Not many teams can say that.
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    It's stretching the facts somewhat to say we got rid of 3 big name strikers, though. I had a friend who bought an absolute wreck of a Ferrari. He kept saying he would lovingly strip it down and rebuild the engine and gearbox etc., but all that ever happened was that it rotted further, untouched and (mostly) unloved in his garage. Then one day he sold it (how I don't know). After that, he kept boasting about how once, he had owned a Ferrari. Of course these boasts were not lies. He had owned a Ferrari; but his ownership was a million miles from what most people would imagine when told "I used to have a Ferrari" Our 3 big name strikers we got rid of were essentially 3 versions of my mate's Ferrari. Can we really count them (especially as two were only ever on loan, anyway)? You do enjoy stretching the facts to the maximum of its elasticity (and often beyond!) in order to try and win your arguments. How about, for 2017, you resolve not to do so any more?
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    The ultra low/zero press has been evident in a few games this season, Liverpool and Arsenal especially, and I criticised Conte for it but thankfully there was a dramatic change after those two defeats, and at times against Tottenham and City, both games which we won against two very good teams so the tactics were expected and justified. But to imply we played this way yesterday is just absurd. West Brom played with 6 defenders and were camped on their own 18 yard line for 90% of the game. We had by far the majority of possession and I'd imagine territory also. We pressed the ball very high when we lost most times won it back fairly quickly. On the few occasions they did attack, we got men back quickly and defended, something I don't see a problem with at all. We don't press much in defensive third, we get men behind the ball, defend well and look ti counter attack. In the other two thirds of the pitch I think we are very aggresive with our press, we often win the ball back quickly and look to go forward instantly. Its a tactic that has worked wonders, has us top of the league, on a 9 game winning streak and right now we are by far the best team in the league. I have loved watching every minute of it, not only have we played some incredible football, when we've been up against it we have showed real determination and mental strength and proved against some very good sides we are once again going to be very hard to beat. There is no way in a million years a certain poster even watches tge matches, I'd imagine he's sat infront of his laptop reading rhe bbc commentry on the game and basis his views on this, it's the only explanation. I was very critical of Conte after the liverpool and Arsenal games, and rightly so, we were shocking. I am however man enough to admit I was perhaps too quick to judge and happily admit that the turnaround, which is unquestionably down to Conte, is nothing short of miraculous. We have been brilliant and have a genuine chance of winning the league this season, something I didn't expect but will enjoy watching us attempt for the rest of the season.
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    It;s a bit quiet post Brexit, maybe a referendum is needed... 1) Should Matic, who things he is a football player, stop playing for CFC immediately, or 2) Should DWMH, who thinks he is a football analyst, stop posting on CFCnet immediately. A binding referendum please
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    Could have Talking bollocks with poor grammar. Sounds like RAWK alright.
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    How about this for a line up: DWMH DWMH DWMH DWMH DWMH DWMH Fabregas DWMH DWMH DWMH DWMH That way we can just bore Hull to death and Fab can score the half dozen goals DWMH assures us we would have scored in other games had he played from the start.
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    A note to the Moderators...Jose is manager at "another club"..a lot of the players discussed here are at another club. I, for one, see JM as an opponent now. Surely it's time this subject was transferred to the "Non Chelsea" section.
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    the clearest display of anti Chelsea media was Saturday's MOTD. When reviewing the Chelsea game, they were pretty unamimous that Costa should have got a second yellow, and they also reviewed the foul on Adrian from the Monday saying that was also a second yellow. Then, literally minutes later they review LEI v ARS and when Coquelin commits a clear second yellow, the reaction is, "well we don't want to see players sent off" It literally couldn't have been more blatant. One rule for us. Oh, and how much time was given to the handball by the Watford defender?
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    Please do us all a favour and abuse your administrator powers and change Droy's name to "Matic is my hero." At least it will finally give him something relevant to moan about.
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    So from last season's transfer windows we signed Papy, Hector, Falcao, Pato, Begovic, Rahman, Miazga & Kenedy. Papy, Falcao, Pato & Rahman are gone. Miazga & Kenedy are expected to go out on loan. Begovic is strongly rumoured to be leaving as well. That leaves Hector as the only player who we've signed in the past year that will be a part of the squad this season. And yet, even after this summer's astonishingly poor window, there's very little chance someone will get the sack for this. Yet the same patience isn't offered to the manager at the first sign of trouble.
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    Except ... The point is ludicrously stupid and the evidence points directly to the contrary and it doesn't stand at all? I blame myself more than anything because I should know better than to engage and to repeat the same point over and over again, but sometimes I'm less busy or more belligerent than others. We have literally no idea what we or any other club are doing in terms of transfers. None. Until the point they are confirmed. And the point they are confirmed is not necessarily the point they are done. I have no doubt you feel frustrated or worried, and that others feel the same. And you are perfectly allowed to feel frustrated. But it is a feeling. Nothing more. Because you (and I) don't know what is happening or not happening. If we buy into the idea that the press know what they are talking about when they report transfer deals (and for clarity, we shouldn't) then in City's case they've spend literally months chasing and haggling over Sane, have compromised massively in allowing Gabriel Jesus to remain with his club for another five months, and they have found themselves in a battle of wills with Everton over Stones that is nowhere near resolution. But ... They have two shiny new toys today and we've had the same old toys for ... How long has it been since we signed someone, a week or two? Never mind. Until the next time I don't know better ...
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    for **** sake, you come on here to look at transfer news and get pages of two people having a totally pathetic argument. Can you two not take it private, do you have to spam page after page of a transfer thread?
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    you have assumed we wont win another in the next 9 years. Whatever happens in the next 9 years, he has taken us to a level we were never ever at in the previous 98 years of existing. If he packs up and leaves now, I for one will be eternally grateful.
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    If the board had the chance to cripple the first team in the pursuit of money they'd have done it.
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    Funny thing is, I keep hearing people ask why we can't unearth a player like Marhez or Mane who were unknown here and cost relatively little, yet when we sign an unknown centre half for 3.5m people start questioning our transfer policy.
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    If we admit to signing a dodgy teenager do you think we can get a transfer ban in time to stop this madness?
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    Very much liking the new mobile version. Much more user friendly. Now has a "like" function and the ability to add attachments. On the subject of the "like" function, apparently you can only like one post per day each so use the power wisely. I was frivolous and casual with my first ever "like" and so I must apologise to the poster who would have gotten my second "like". I'm adding an attachment to this post for no other reason than I can.
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    This must be the most dire discussion in the whole of this thread. And I'll leave it here because it's probably the best thread on this site. Think whatever you want, I couldn't care less.
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    Call it our operating model - This model worked in 2004 through to 2010/11 ish. In my view it worked because we were the biggest player (payer) in town. We had the best (widely regarded) manager/coach and we were winning things. Then things changed both the micro environment within the club itself (who really knows how & why?) and the macro environment changed - new bigger wallets became involved and we didn't have first or second call on the major talents. What RA did in 2004 wasn't going to work as well as it did then. It was as JM alluded to, we couldn't buy the top quality eggs any longer and had to buy Grade 2 at times. Did the owners expectations change at that time? My own view is that it didn't, well not sufficiently so and since then he/we've been chasing the dragon, without a clear and defined strategy with some major players who, simply put, aren't up to the task. Over promoted and helped into place by people with influence, who perhaps themselves were limited in ability but well connected. Don't get me wrong, we would have been in a lot worse position with owners who's agenda/s is/are diametrically opposed to our owner. RA is clearly a hugely talented businessman, however I think he's chosen the wrong advisers since 2007, possibly allowing himself (maybe because he loves football & now Chelsea) to become emotionally involved and leading to him being too hands-on and upsetting experienced people such as Peter Kenyon? I don't think that most people who are looking/suggesting a change of personnel at board level want them out on a whim, from what I've read on here and other forums, most think that we've been mismanaged for a number of years now. We're seeing the results of this now. JM somehow (and absolute credit to him for that) got a title winning tune out of this bunch of players, they got their success and he & they struggled to motivate themselves beyond a mid-table finish the next season. It's absolutely clear that the squad lacks the quality required in some key areas. JM, GH and maybe now AC have seen it and so do we. Your own feelings on the manager and his tactics are made clear, I'm not sure that he's as bad as you make him out to be, or as good as some others do. What I do believe is that any manager should be asked what he needs to be successful (how that's defined is up to the club and the manager when they do the 'deal' to get him in), they come to an agreement and the club then provides the man with the 'tools' to do the job. He should be given time to establish the players in/out and the tactics ingrained into the squad. Two seasons for me, unless he's inept or causes havoc. Then he can be fairly judged. From what I have witnessed on the touchline AC appears to attempt to micro-manage the players on the pitch, The full backs roles havn't changed that much BI go's forward alot, CA not so much. We pressed higher up the pitch against West Ham, not so much against Watford and high again against Burnley. We looked scared and subsequently retreated against L'pool and Arsenal. Did the players do as instructed, according to the players who have been quoted - no. If people at work don't do as instructed, what do you do, I know what I'd do and they'd be asked why not. The team must come first and as professionals they should (and in fact are trained to) follow instructions/systems. If they've a valid point the manager has to have the ability and confidence to accept them and adjust, if he feels the opposite then, it's his c**k on the block, he go's his own way as might the player/s not following instructions, whether that's because of the lack on ability/physically not able or because they don't give a f***.
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    This signing of Eduardo is a total master-stroke by the club. I'm so relieved that they have stuck to their priorities and we now have a proper 3rd choice keeper, I really think it can make all of the difference to our season. I would say surely this is the missing link to ensure 4th place and a return to the CL. This is a major upgrade on past 3rd choices like Turmbull, Hilario and Makalambay. It puts massive pressure on Begovic and, although Begovic or Eduardo will not actualy play another real game this season, it really shows the rest of Europe our intent in the transfer market. Brilliant! Keep up the good work Marina and Emenalo.
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    Signed! Also posted- John Terry is CFC, his blood is blue and the loyalty he has shown to this club, the sweat tears and literally blood he has shed on the pitch for our shirt, our club and us fans is legend. He should be a Chelsea player until HE decides he no longer wants to play. It's is ridiculous the club are happy to discard him after everything he has done for us, just like Lampard (who we had to have broken hearts seeing in a Man City kit score against us no less!) we should allow players such to play out their final days here, like Man Utd did with Giggs, Scholes, Neville etc, Milan with Maldini. John Terry isn't just a player passing by here picking up a pay cheque. John Terry is everything Chelsea stand for on the pitch and off it dispite how the media have tried to tarnish him. Please don't let him sign for another team, wear another shirt with another badge on his chest. For once Chelsea do the right thing please!!!