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    Costa was brilliant last night, not only did he provide an assist and two quality goals he was constantly running in behind their centre backs. His no look touch through to Hazard in the first half was sublime and really should have resulted in a goal. His second goal was a thing of beauty and showed the ability to play in small spaces in which I anticipate Lukaku may struggle if he does replace him. I've spoken up quite a few times in support of Costa in particular because I think he is a unorthodox player who attempts high risk dribbles. All players suffer dips in form and that brilliant pass I described earlier would have bounced straight through to the keeper 2 weeks ago. I believe its nothing to do with desire or effort but in actual fact he is a confidence player who is targeted every single week by at least two defenders and with no support from referees. Drogba, Rooney, Aguero, they are all streaky players who go 6 games looking like they have their boots on the wrong feet and then go 6 games where they are unplayable. I personally believe he gets a lot of stick due to the constant rumours about wanting out but if we are judging him on his performance his goal record is excellent. Many are very quick to turn on him but he has won us more points than any other player has in the league. Without him there would be no title that's a certainty! Thought it was clear that Southampton have spent much of the last 10 days working on set piece routines. With a delivery as good as Ward-Prowse I think any team would have struggled to deal with those corners. He was whipping the ball in with so much pace and accuracy it was too risky for Courtois to come out and they had predesigned movements where Gabbiadini would go to the far post. When a team has that much time to prepare I think you have to hold your hands up and say well done. Fabregas and Hazard were both delightful and if we can get them both on the pitch in this form with Costa back scoring then teams are going to struggle to contain us. Fingers crossed for a Palace win tonight.
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    I thought they both had decent games yesterday. Nathan was more involved as we were on the back foot for much of the time, but Michy was doing his best to occupy Spurs' 3 central defenders on his own, and made more attempts to get in the box in his 60 minutes than Costa has since January.
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    Ake was class. Answered all the people that said Terry should start. Terry has not played a game with this kind of intensity for a long time. What surprised me about Ake was he was not nervous or worried. He was very calm. He believes in his ability. Something a few players need to do in this team.
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    Maybe the virus has got to the manager
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    Happy Demba Ba Day everybody. Lest we forget.
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    I agree. If we have a problem it is that outside the defenders, only Drogba or Michy contribute to defending set pieces. Mostly Matic does not man mark and when he does (as recently) it can be calamitous as he is neither good in the air nor at sticking with his man. Azpi on the other hand sticks to his man like glue. I'd add that Alli's headed goals against us were all about getting away from the defenders, not about out jumping them, and that players can even get away from Azpi if they spot the man on the ball has time to pick out their run easily - so that they are just running into space, not waiting to see where the ball goes. The latest goal was identical in all but using his feet not head. (Liverpool and Arsenal have scored similar goals - the issue is 90% about players close to our box with time to look up and pass/cross to a running target.) On the whole I am not unhappy. 3 of our defenders are very good in the air, including Cahill who is a mobile giant - and I can remember many years when Ashley Cole was the fourth defender of 4. The time to start worrying about our right sided defence is when fantastic crosses from our right are being put on our LHS.
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    Serious lack of pace in the LCM and LWB position, when we are at least winning we need to get quicker players on who are able to close the opposition down, so they can't put the ball into dangerous areas so easily.
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    Genial Irishman Niall Quinn. I looked up "genial" in the dictionary , imagine my surprise when it didn't say "retarded".
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    Given Spuds goal difference advantage (8 goals), I'd welcome a comprehensive stuffing tonight, please.
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    Bournemouth game - Costa's shot goes off a defender and in so its an own goal (heckuva turn by him as well to get in a goal scoring position), Costa wins the foul that Alonso scores a free kick off of. There thats two examples in one game, same amount I gave for Bats. Costa may be off form, but he is more likely to get into goal scoring positions than Bats is. He may be off form, but Bats did nothing that Costa hasn't been doing. And since we know that Costa can be better than he currently is playing right now, I'd choose Costa. Again, thats not to say that I don't rate Bats as a player I think he can be very good, just that right now until we clinch the title I'm playing the guns that got me there
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    Yep. I just think he's an unreliable character all round really, which is a pity because for a long time this season he was the perfect front man. Whether his head was turned by the big offer I don't know obviously, but that non-header on Saturday was really odd. I also thought that Batman didn't do that bad. He didn't set the world alight of course, but given his complete lack of involvement for such a long period his contribution was OK I thought and I do wish that that header chance had fallen to him. If he had scored there it would have been interesting to see what it might have done to his confidence.
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    Not surprised that that the usual people think that Costa deserves to start against Southampton. What surprises me is that they base their argument on what Costa did yesterday when he came on. Giving the ball away and throwing his hands in the air was his first action. The next remarkable thing was missing another sitter, that even a lampost would have scored? A month ago, I suggested that Costa was actually sabotaging our efforts. A few raised their eyebrows. I stick by that theory. Because it is statistically extreme that a player could miss so many easy chances for 3 months going without doing it deliberately. And if we are talking about "a drop in form", that only ever happens gradually. Form doesn't drop like a ripe mango off the tree. We won yesterday because, as poor as Batshuayi was, he did not initiate counterattacks for Spurs. And I maintain my theory, that if Costa had started, we would have lost. I sense sentiments from some fans towards Costa similar to those towards Jose Mourinho. And could it be coming from the same people? Hmmmmm..
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    Feast on the tears, especially when the fans behind them get up and leave after Matic's goal...
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    Thought it was a shame that the fire brigade decided to have a fire alarm test at the Spurs end after 80 minutes.
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    Costa is a bit of a strange one. And I'm not sure to concur with people saying that weak header was a sign of his commitment or not. There and then he has the ball in the air and is he going to think "I want out of this club" and therefore "I make a weak header"? There are other signsfor his non commitment like for example going down the tunnel without celebrating with the rest. But play wise he just ain't an Aguero or even Kane so that kind of lax touch or finishing is quite common from him. On the other side why didn't anyone point out how he was first to go to Hazard to celebrate his goal and then cheering and pumping up the fans as well? Is this a player who is not committed at least to the cause of winning the match and trophies at end of season?
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    I'd keep Batshuayi in the starting eleven also. Keeping things in perspective (something a few posters fail to grasp judging by the Spurs match day thread) Michy did enough to warrant another start considering just how little football he's had. He has no real match fitness, match sharpness and nothing but training ground familiarity with the side. While he didn't set the world alight, he wasn't terrible either and his flick was a key factor in our opening goal. He had more of a positive impact in 60 minutes than Costa has had in the past month - without the antics. Would give him another 60 min or so and bring Costa off the bench once again. Thought Ake was excellent and he'd be hard done by if Cahill comes back in, Willian likewise with Hazard. Otherwise much will remain the same as usual I dare say.
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    Wow such high praise . Reading this I want Tammy to stay with us.
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    I thought Frank handled it perfectly, just enough to hint of sheer enjoyment whilst appearing to be neutral..
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    A master of master classes by Conte.
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    Tactically maybe, because he hasn't played for us long enough to know our way of playing, but 1v1 he is fine apart from being a little rusty (which is understandable).
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    How about that. The tackle by Ake leading to that and the flick by Bats. Who would have thought they would have that much of an impact straight away. Top free kick though.
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    Strangely enough I don't often ask myself what percentage of men get a wedding ring and have then discarded it 5 years later but I'll bow to your superior knowledge on this (as with so many other things) because I can't be bothered to argue the toss.
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    I have lost all sense of what you are talking about.
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    Not me , its a noddy league.
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    We win this 3-1 Costa, Hazard and Pedro with the goals. Then we will win our next 5 and wrap up the title. Up the Chels.