Michael Tucker

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  1. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    Please use this thread for all posts relating to our Europa League Final against Arsenal at Baku Olympic Stadium, before, during and after the game. The Moderators will be keeping an eye on things, so let's try to keep it intelligent. Please note that this un-moderated forum is a privilege and its abuse will result in the suspension of your account. The match is scheduled to kick off at 20:00, Wednesday, 29th May, 2019 (Local UK time/date).
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    Spot on. look, there were times this season when he made you wonder (and not in a good way), but at the end of the day, he did pretty well imo. Have to agree. Too early by half.
  3. Transfer Talk Topic

    This would seem about right.
  4. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    Still avoiding the question, I see.
  5. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    And he made tackles - plenty of them. And he led his side when JT wasn't available. I'll ask Pete again (although there's clearly little point) if he/anyone has seen a better (more complete, if you like) midfielder wear Chelsea blue?
  6. Official: Chelsea Sign Christian Pulisic

    Christian Pulisic: New Chelsea signing wants to make same impact as Eden Hazard By Simon Stone BBC Sport Chelsea's new £58m forward Christian Pulisic wants to reach the same level as Stamford Bridge favourite Eden Hazard - and hopes he gets a chance to play in the same side as the Belgian next season. Pulisic signed a five-and-a-half year contract with the Blues in January but was immediately loaned backed to Germany to finish the campaign at Borussia Dortmund. The 20-year-old United States international has just spent a couple of days in England getting to know his new surroundings and, in an interview with BBC Sport, made it clear the size of the expectations he places on himself. "It is incredible to see what Eden can do," he said. "He is a guy to look up to and what I would love to become. "It is definitely a goal. Any player would be dumb not to want to be in the same team as him." Pulisic may not get his wish given Hazard's likely move to Real Madrid after Chelsea's Europa League final with Arsenal on 29 May. USA's most expensive player Pulisic flew back to the United States on Tuesday for a short break following the end of the Bundesliga season. He scored four times in 20 league appearances, including nine starts, as Dortmund finished runners-up to Bayern Munich. Pulisic will link up with the US national team before their Concacaf Gold Cup campaign, which starts on 18 June against Guyana in Minnesota. He could have the same kind of impact on football in the USA as Landon Donovan, the former LA Galaxy forward who played in Europe with Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and Everton. Pulisic is now the most expensive US player of all time, in addition to the youngest player to captain his country, the youngest player to score for them in a World Cup qualifier, the youngest non-German to score in the Bundesliga and the youngest player to appear for Dortmund in the Champions League. Pulisic added: "I don't want to be looked at as someone who is the youngest to do this or that. "I just want to be an established player and someone people respect, who is successful in this league. "It is completely new to me and something not a lot of American players have experienced. It is a blessing to be in this position, so I can inspire American kids, to show them we can do it too. "It also shows how much the sport is growing in the USA. "Major League Soccer is getting much bigger and whilst other sports are not going away, soccer is growing a lot and we have a lot of great prospects in the US." The Brackley connection Pulisic owes his love of football to his father Mark, who played indoor football professionally before moving into coaching. When his wife, Kelley, got a teaching scholarship in the UK, Mark came over with then seven-year-old Pulisic, and got his Uefa A licence coaching qualification. For his part, Pulisic played junior football at Brackley Town and soon started to realise how different football was treated in England compared to the United States. "Initially I was a little bit confused and wondered why my family was going to England. I didn't really want to leave home," he said. "But I soon realised how much people over here loved the game. To be in that culture and get thrown right in just grew my passion even more. Every day after school I was on the court playing. "I would go to games with my dad, including one at Chelsea. I don't remember how old I was but it would have been around the time Jose Mourinho was there. "The fans were screaming and yelling. The atmosphere was fantastic. I had never seen anything like it." Closing the gap When Pulisic announced he was leaving Dortmund, he made an emotional post on social media, thanking the club for having faith in him and giving him an opportunity. He joined the German club from Pennsylvania Classics as a 16-year-old in February 2015, his path smoothed considerably by a Croatian grandparent which meant he qualified for a European Union passport. He made his Bundesliga debut within 12 months and went on to make more than 100 competitive appearances for Dortmund. As Chelsea are facing a two-window transfer ban, Pulisic could be the only new face at Stamford Bridge for 12 months. Nevertheless, he is confident Chelsea will be competitive next season, and does not view the 26 and 25-point gap to Manchester City and Liverpool respectively as being insurmountable. "We are a confident group of guys," he said. "Liverpool and City are two great teams who had great seasons but I have seen Chelsea compete against big teams and do well against them this season. "We want to go in with a winning mentality and compete with them right away."
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    'Pretty Clear"? Based on what?
  8. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    This. All his few critics here really have to do, is name a better all-around midfielder at Chelsea during his time. A player who contributed more, more consistently? Anyone?
  9. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    Has to be, doesn't it? Or maybe just a wind up to get attention? And more. The finest all-around midfield player I've ever seen wear a Chelsea shirt.
  10. Official: Chelsea Sign Christian Pulisic

    the "several thousand" was all your own work.
  11. Official: Chelsea Sign Christian Pulisic

    Was that meant to be 'yes'? Well there you go.
  12. Official: Chelsea Sign Christian Pulisic

    Isn't that what we've been doing for the past decade, or so?
  13. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    Not that I ever saw, and that's a fact. This is true. And sadly, injury continues to plague him. Let's hope that this is the end of it. Yes.
  14. Leicester City 0 Chelsea 0

    Please use this thread for all posts relating to our Premier League match against Leicester City at King Power Stadium, before, during and after the game. The Moderators will be keeping an eye on things, so let's try to keep it intelligent. Please note that this un-moderated forum is a privilege and its abuse will result in the suspension of your account. The match is scheduled to kick off at 15:00, Sunday 12th May, 2019 (Local UK time/date).
  15. Leicester City 0 Chelsea 0

    OK - can we please get back to football/the game, now?
  16. Official: Chelsea Sign Christian Pulisic

    Yep, and particularly on these forums. True. The problem is that h's not a superstar (yet). I'd also bet that few here have actually watched him play for any length of time..
  17. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    Mark, the injury may be that serious, and take that long to heal. However, worth taking into account that these reports started in The Mail, which is hardly a trustworthy source. And now, the injury is to be properly assessed at Cobham on Friday. Then we'll know.
  18. Transfer Talk Topic

    Once again, this is totally irrelevant if we don't get the transfer ban overturned. From what I've been reading, Higuain is headed back where he came from.
  19. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    Everything looks ok Jane, and I haven't heard anything.
  20. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    Mate, you need to calm down a tad. And no, you don't need to spell anything out. My comment was meant to be humorous = sorry you missed that.
  21. Chelsea vs Arsenal

  22. Please God, no. Not under any circumstances.
  23. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    Europa League final: Arsenal & Chelsea fans face difficult trip to Baku The most direct route to drive from London to the Baku Olympic Stadium passes through a closed border crossing and an area of eastern Ukraine in which Russian-backed rebels are confronting Ukrainian troops along a mainly static frontline. To avoid those issues, one option is to travel via Istanbul, as with this route, a journey estimated to take 59 hours of driving time Their stadiums may only be separated by an eight-mile hop across London, but Chelsea and Arsenal fans now face a long journey to the eastern edge of Europe for the Europa League final. Success for both sides on Thursday ensured the Londoners will meet in an all-English final in Baku, Azerbaijan on Wednesday, 29 May. That means supporters will have to travel 2,467 miles to watch the game in a city further east than Riyadh in Saudi Arabia or Baghdad in Iraq, and closer to Mumbai in India than it is to the English capital. You might think modern transport would mean journeys would be straightforward. You would be wrong. There are currently no direct scheduled flights between London and Baku in the week of the final. If you want to fly to the game on the day then a lengthy wait in somewhere like Istanbul or Kiev would be needed. The quickest journey by air on the day of the final takes six hours 55 minutes, with the majority lasting more than 10 hours. The only way to fly direct to Baku for the game would be to leave London on the Saturday beforehand and return a week later, three days after the trophy has been lifted. That's an eight-day trip for 90 minutes of football - and for a game which kicks of at 11pm local time (20:00 BST), so will not finish until about 1am! So what about the train? It takes more than four days to travel from London to Baku on public transport, passing through seven countries. Anyone who watched BBC Two's Race Across the World will know it might also involve some less-than-first-class rail conditions. The whole journey would likely include 11 changes and a two-day train journey from Kharkiv in Ukraine to Baku. Of course you could drive, but you would be looking at around 59 hours behind the wheel. It is made longer than it might otherwise have been because of the need to avoid a closed border crossing and an area of eastern Ukraine in which Russian-backed rebels are confronting Ukrainian troops along a mainly static frontline. Making the actual journey safely, therefore, involves an alternative route, with going via Istanbul one option. When you take in the time needed to eat and sleep, it would probably be best to set off on the Saturday to make the Wednesday night kick-off. For the victors, another game thousands of miles away against English opponents will only be a matter of months away - the Champions League winners will face the Europa League winners (either Arsenal or Chelsea) in the Uefa Super Cup in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday, 14 August.
  24. Eden Hazard

    Yeah, me too. Let's hope so, anyway........:)