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Everything posted by Faramir

  1. *sigh* 1. Luiz long ball. Pedro nips in to score. 2. Cahill from a corner. 3. Passing around United box. Hazard scores. 4. Kante dribbles through United defence. Not one counter-attack.
  2. I did not say I feel stupid. You like to think that I am stupid. If it makes you feel better about yourself because you think that after conversing with you I feel stupid then I'm glad to of been of help. I will stick with the 4-0 win over United. There is plenty of evidence in that game to support the fact that Chelsea are a well rounded team who can give good teams like United a challenging time. And that counter-attacking is just one weapon in their skill set to bring about a convincing victory.
  3. You have this gift of making the poster who disagrees with you seem stupid. But I just cannot bring myself to accept the narrow way you describe the qualities of our team.
  4. Remember, I'm the slow kid. Spell it out for me.
  5. Mourinho: "The game [before the red card] was completely under control. They couldn't find what is their game; I keep saying their game is counter-attack. When a team closes the space in-between lines and the fullbacks, they have no qualities to be dangerous." I deny it. There is much more to our game than just the counter-attack. I will be the first to say that we have an excellent counter-attack, but for Dave and Mourinho to simplify the "qualities" of our team in to that narrow definition, I just have to strongly disagree. And for Mourinho to claim that we "have no qualities to be dangerous" is just to deny the truth. A few of those qualities were on display in the 4-0 win against them earlier in the season.
  6. We don't get to use this "counter-attacking style" for long stretches of games against teams like Stoke. And their are a lot of teams who set themselves up to not get caught out by our counter-attack. Also, you now claim that a "counter-attacking style is no problem for me" but previously you were describing it as a negative, as Mourinho did when giving our team a back handed compliment. My view is that Conte has given our team a defensive style which is very hard to break down, and when teams press us and then make a mistake we are very quick to exploit the space provided. But many teams are learning to be cautious when they attack us because they know they will be punished if they are not careful.
  7. Blue Essien, thanks for this post. For me it highlights the contributions of those players that excelled in the game. Costa is different than the Costa of two years back. He rightly gets upset when he is continuously fouled and targeted by the Stoke hatchet men, but he manages to control himself and stay on the field to help our cause. I think Conte should be credited for excellent man management with Costa. Diego is an extremely hard worker and makes defenses work and tire themselves out in trying to keep him shackled. My only criticism of the team in a few of our games lately is failing to take our chances. A three goal margin would of more accurately represented our display against Stoke. Having said that, I'm kind of glad the game was close because the team were able to show their resilience and determination under pressure.
  8. Hi Dave. Yes it is me, the slow kid in the class. Help me, because I'm confused. When you claim that we are "predominantly a counter-attacking side" and that it is "our main attacking outlet", can you please explain how that fits when we play teams like Stoke? They defend deep and set themselves up to avoid being counter-attacked, forcing us in to other footballing strategies. And please do not cite the last few minutes of the game after Cahill's goal when they had to chase the game. Against many of the teams in the Premier League we have long stretches of the game when the counter-attack is unavailable to us. Because of this we are unable to be a "predominantly counter-attacking" team, and have to rely on other methods for "our main attacking outlet". And please don't use big words because I'm the slow kid in the class.
  9. I don't pretend to read all your posts on the forum, but you certainly were not clear enough in your support of Conte in this thread. Thanks for clarifying.
  10. Thanks for the clarification Dave. Because it was unclear in some of your posts which I was "actually able to read".
  11. That's hilarious. Thanks for the chuckle.
  12. Dave it doesn't matter how many times you say it, we are much more than a counter-attacking team. The fact that we do it better than everybody else should be a cause to celebrate, not an opportunity to deride.
  13. The thing I find annoying with Droy and Dave at the present time is that they seem to be annoyed at Conte for bringing us winning football. I don't get why people can't be happy with what Mourinho did for us in the past and also appreciate what Conte is giving us now. I understand with Mourinho's ego why Conte's success annoys him. But any Chelsea supporter has to be happy with our current situation. But apparently not.
  14. Excellent post Seafoot. Thanks!
  15. With Dave and Droy coming together in support of Mourinho and all the dialogue on here regarding him, I thought I would express my opinion on two clear distinctions that I make concerning our most successful manager. 1. I totally respect Mourinho the football man. His philosophy brought us instant success and changed the dynamics of the Premier League. I also hold him in high esteem for the relationships he forged with the likes of Terry and Lampard. Likewise as the current manager of United I am always wary of facing a Mourinho coached team and respect his coaching and management credentials. As a football man he has earned my respect. And his legacy at Chelsea I will always view with deep gratitude. 2. I have less regard for Mourinho the fiery competitor. His constant battles with the officials and his self centered perceptions of his football reality are becoming tedious. He constantly believes that he and his team are being unfairly treated and is not shy in venting his frustrations with annoying consistency. His agenda to take out Hazard in this game is another example of his dark side. So Droy and Dave, you have my attention and support when speaking of Mourinho the football man, but not when it comes to trying to defend him for all the other stuff.
  16. I was referring to his media comments as well as all the other context in Bison's post. Do you think our game is totally built on counter-attacks? There is much more to our game as you well know.
  17. Another perspective from Roy Keane regarding Mourinho that made me chuckle: But Keane told ITV Sport: "I've never heard so much rubbish in my life. Why do we have to listen to that garbage? "It's just utter nonsense what he's talking about. He's manager of Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs on the planet. The squad he's got... and he keeps moaning about fixtures and fatigue. "We were just looking at some of the cup draws they've had. They've had an easy ride in the cups; some good draws and a lot of home draws. The guy's talking absolute nonsense. I've never heard so much rubbish in my life. "Maybe the club's too big for him. He can't deal with all these demands at the match. What matches? Man United reserves could have won that game tonight. I'm sick to death of him." Mourinho always used to go on about the schedule when he was with us. I think he really does believe that everyone is out to get him.
  18. Yes. He is wrong.
  19. I agree with all of this. I will always be appreciative of what Mourinho achieved with Chelsea. Those first two years at the club especially were an awesome time, and turning point in our history. But he has an ego which causes controversy most of the time. And his perspective on our current team is flawed.
  20. Such a silly statement. As if to say stamps and two footed tackles are not dangerous, only elbows. All three are in the dangerous category. It is ridiculous that Rojo does not get at least 3 games for his Hazard stamp. The FA panel should not be able to hide behind the ref report. The ref missed it, the panel needs to deal with it.
  21. I'll take a win, and a win at Stoke. Matt you need to predict 1-1.
  22. No thank you. Courtois has to start this game. In the previous rounds Conte carefully chose a team that could win the game. For this game he will do the same. So he will put out his usual first team line up. The big questions are Matic or Fabregas in a 3-4-3, or play both and sacrifice Pedro with a 3-5-2.
  23. Why do we need to rest anyone? We are playing one game a week.
  24. Droy, if you believe what you wrote here it just adds to your delusion. You chase Matic around with a pitchfork and attempt to tar and feather him at every given opportunity. Most Chelsea fans are aware of Matic's weaknesses, but you take it way beyond that. Also, your approach is all or nothing. In your view Fabregas is perfect and Matic is useless. In the case of both players it simply is not the reality.
  25. Who posted the picture of Matic running back to defend in the context of the West Ham goal? What was your insinuation? You went out of your way to deride Matic, and hint at his responsibility for the goal. Your view of Matic is extremely bias, so everything you write is distorted and is written in the context of supporting your flawed perspective. It really has become tiresome and in my opinion needs to be moderated on this forum. Yours is not just an opinion, its an obsession. And it is unhealthy for the forum environment. I'm speaking in the context of two + years of this ongoing charade.