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  1. Watford 1 Chelsea 2

    Frank said in his Carabao Cup pre-match press conference, that Rudi was back training outside, which he saw as a positive. i got the impression that what he was looking for now, was fitness. .
  2. Official: Chelsea Sign Christian Pulisic

    CHRISTIAN PULISIC IDENTIFIES PREMIER LEAGUE CHALLENGES AND HIGHLIGHTS FRANK LAMPARD’S BACKING 29 OCT 2019, 01:45 AM Christian Pulisic has spoken of the faith Frank Lampard has shown in him and also explained how the Premier League has differed from his previous footballing experience in Germany. The American scored a sensational hat-trick against Burnley on Saturday, demonstrating his technique, speed and finishing ability with devastating effects. As his boss Frank Lampard noted after the win at Turf Moor, Pulisic played regularly in the first month of the season, starting four of our five games in August before a spell out of the team. He has featured more often of late, and the 21-year-old has underlined the support he has received from Lampard during his time in SW6 so far. ‘He believes in me, he has told me that,’ Pulisic said. ‘I wanted to be on the field as much as I could right from the start, that’s everyone’s goal. I didn’t come here expecting everything to be easy and to start every game. I had to work for my spot, just like anyone does, and I am proud of the journey I have had so far. ‘I have to keep working hard in training and earn my spot. That’s how it is at the highest level. I am going to continue doing so, and hopefully Saturday was just the start. ‘The competition, the physicality, and the schedule is different to what I’ve known,’ he added as he compared his time with Borussia Dortmund to life in England now. ‘It’s about getting used to this whole environment here, and I am enjoying every moment of it. As I get older I want to improve every single day. Being here and working with these guys and playing at the highest level, I have learned so much alr
  3. Chelsea 1 Manchester United 2

    From what Frank had to say in the build up to the Burnley game, I seriously doubt that any of Rudiger, Kante, Christensen or Barkley will be fit for thus one. Not sure about Emerson either tbh.
  4. VAR and Chelsea

    Correctly, as it happens. It wasn't. Not much to complain about there.........:) But probably more with VAR, than without, I'd have thought. It's always been the same though, hasn't it? VAR isn't perfect, but surely it's an improvement on the reffing lottery we had before?
  5. Burnley 2 Chelsea 4

    I think that I'll leave the team selections to Frank. He seems to be doing ok so far.
  6. Southampton 1 Chelsea 4

    Please use this thread for all posts relating to our Premier League match against Southampton at St. Mary's 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 14:00, Sunday 6th October, 2019 (Local UK time/date).
  7. Ajax 0 Chelsea 1

    Please use this thread for all posts relating to our Champions League match against Ajax at Johan Cruyff Arena, 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 17:55, Wednesday 23rd October, 2019 (Local UK time/date).
  8. Southampton 1 Chelsea 4

    No, and that's not what I said. I was simply pointing out that there was a (major) contributing factor to that scoreline: having a key player sent off very early on. it doesn't matter what other teams did, or didn't do. It doesn't reflect badly on Chelsea's performance against them, either, imo.
  9. Southampton 1 Chelsea 4

    Why? Because of the scoreline? Tonight Southampton played with 10 men for the majority of the game, which probably had something to do with the scoreline.
  10. Official: Callum Hudson-Odoi Signs New 5-Year Contract

    I've already told you why. If the club (any club) is forcing the manager (any manager) to select any player, for any reason, then it's nonsense, and we all may as well go home.
  11. Official: Callum Hudson-Odoi Signs New 5-Year Contract

    Sorry, but I disagree. IF (and it's a very big 'IF') such a thing took place, and Sarri was actually forced to play CHO, then it would be a very worrying thing, indeed. You can't have the head coach being told by a club, who to play. That's simply a nonsense.
  12. Chelsea 1 Newcastle 0

    Please use this thread for all posts relating to our Premier League match against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge, 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, Saturday, 19th October, 2019 (Local UK time/date).
  13. Media / Press

    Where did you read this, Jane?
  14. Media / Press

  15. Chelsea 1 Newcastle 0

    People - when you're quoting something from an earlier post, it's not necessary to quote the entire post (and all the graphics!). That happening over, and over again just uses up the forum's bandwidth. Would appreciate some cooperation on this - thank you.
  16. Chelsea 1 Newcastle 0

    No really, it isn't. I wish that it was. People have been saying that for years. Seriously, how long do we have to wait? Then what use to us, or any club, is he? Banking on Lamps to 'mould' him is a fantasy imo - he's a coach, not a miracle worker. Or, he's a talentless oaf. If I had to bet money on it, I know which I'd be going with. And I'll say it again - I'd love for you to be right, and me to be way wrong, but he gives me no reason to think that he'll make me eat my words..
  17. Chelsea 1 Newcastle 0

    I think that his problem is that he isn't very good. Been that way since he was at Everton. Occasionally flattered to deceive (mostly, for some reason, in an England shirt), but even then, only very occasionally. Mostly he's been (and continues to be) a waste of space. The sooner he's punted, the better, imo. In the meantime, he should be used only when you've run out of other options. One that Marina got wrong.
  18. Olivier Giroud

    Giroud signs for Chelsea NEWSWED 31 JAN 2018 Chelsea Football Club has today completed the signing of striker Olivier Giroud from Arsenal. Giroud arrives with a wealth of experience and a proven pedigree at the highest level having scored goals regularly in the Premier League, in Europe and on the international stage, where he has represented France at three major tournaments. A strong, physical forward, Giroud is lethal in the air and clinical with his feet in and around the penalty area. The 31-year-old will wear the number 18 shirt and has signed an 18-month-contract. Giroud said: ‘Chelsea is one of the biggest teams in the Premier League. They have won maybe the most trophies in the last six or seven years. It’s a massive club and I am proud to sign for Chelsea, and I’m looking forward to playing.’ Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: ‘Olivier is a proven talent at the top level and we are very pleased to call him a Chelsea player. ‘He has scored goals regularly throughout his career and is well accustomed to English football and the Premier League. We are sure he will be a fantastic signing.’ Giroud joins compatriots N’Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko in the Chelsea squad, and he is eligible to play in all three competitions for the Blues.
  19. Petr Cech saves penalty, named man of the match in pro ice hockey debut Petr Cech was named man of the match in his pro ice hockey debutSource: Getty Images Chelsea legend Petr Cech took up a familiar position in between the posts on Sunday afternoon - even saving a PENALTY and getting named man of the match on the way to a win. But rather than facing shots on the green grass of a football pitch, the 37-year-old was having pucks fired at him on an ice rink. The Blues’ sporting director made his debut for the Guilford Phoenix on Sunday - the reserves of British National League side Guilford Flames - and was the hero in a shootout win against the Swindon Wildcats. Cech plays hero in debut 0:24 The Phoenix had drawn 2-2 in normal time with neither finding a winner in overtime. And the 6ft 5in Premier League and Champions League winner stood tall to be the hero for the Phoenix. During the shootout, Cech made a save from the first attempt and saw two other shots miss his net as the Phoenix picked up an important win. Ahead of his switch to the ice, Cech had said last week: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to play with the Phoenix to get the match experience. “I hope I can help this young team achieve their goals for the season and try to win as many games as possible when I have the chance to play. “After 20 years of professional football, this is going to be a wonderful experience for me to play the game I loved to watch and play as a kid.” Cech makes a save for the PhoenixSource: Getty Images And although Cech started well, keeping the Swindon Wildcats at bay in the first period, the Champions League and Premier League winner conceded two goals in less than ten minutes as the Wildcats fought back. Cech also had a special mask created for the game back in April - showing he’s clearly been planning this move for a while. The helmet is an ode to Cech’s adopted home, London, featuring a Union Jack, Tower Bridge, Big Ben and the London Eye. It also has the Chelsea badge on one side of the helmet and the Arsenal badge on the other. On the chin strap is an homage to Cech’s ice hockey hero - the great Dominik Hasek, one of the NHL’s greatest players and a hero in the Czech Republic. Hasek is also the reason Cech wears the No39 on the ice, it was his number.
  20. GONZALO HIGUAIN COMPLETES LOAN TRANSFER TO CHELSEA Gonzalo Higuain has today joined Chelsea on loan for the remainder of the season. The 31-year-old striker moves to Stamford Bridge from Italian side Juventus. He spent the first half of the campaign on loan at AC Milan where he scored eight goals. A proven goalscorer throughout his career, and an Argentina international, Higuain arrives with a wealth of experience at the highest level having consistently shown his attacking quality during spells in Argentina, Spain and Italy. Clinical in and around the penalty area, as well as providing a strong aerial threat, Higuain previously played under Maurizio Sarri at Napoli in 2015/16, when he finished as top scorer in Serie A with 36 goals, breaking a long-standing Italian record. Upon completing his loan move to Chelsea, Higuain, who will wear the number nine shirt, said: ‘When the opportunity to join Chelsea presented itself I had to take it. It’s a team I’ve always liked that has a lot of history, a wonderful stadium and they play in the Premier League, a league I’ve always wanted to play in. ‘I now hope I can give back that trust Chelsea have shown me out on the pitch. I can’t wait to start and I hope to adapt as soon as possible.’ Director Marina Granovskaia added: ‘Gonzalo was our number one target in this transfer window and arrives with a proven record at the highest level. He has previously worked with Maurizio to great effect and is familiar with how the coach likes to play. ‘This was not an easy deal for us to do because of the numerous parties involved, but we are delighted we were able to make it happen and we look forward to seeing the impact Gonzalo will make for us in the second half of the season.’
  21. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    Loftus-Cheek on the road to recovery Ruben Loftus-Cheek has spoken about the challenges he has faced in recovering from a serious Achilles injury and his determination to get back into action for the Blues. In an interview with a personal sponsor, which has been published by a number of media organisations including TalkSport and Goal.com, the 23-year-old revealed the extent of the injury he suffered last May. ‘I’ve had to learn to walk again,” said the England midfielder. ‘As soon as I came out of my cast, I could barely lift my heel off the ground in a sitting position. ‘To lift my leg up took maximum effort. With a big injury it’s really hard, you don’t see a difference every day, you don’t wake up and think it’s a lot better every morning, it’s over a period of time. It’s more exciting the closer I get to making my comeback, the more I keep pushing. I will be there soon.’ Loftus-Cheek admitted the mental aspect of recovering from a long-term injury is especially tough. ‘The big side of injuries is the mental side of it, so I had to stay positive and keep the right mindset. Even a tweet or a message from a fan makes a big difference to me,’ he said. ‘I’ve actually had a few setbacks that have put me behind which has been quite frustrating to be honest. Before I got injured I was playing my best football. I’ve missed feeling tired from running, from hard work, that feeling of being in a game again. ‘I’ve only just got pain free but for sure I’m going to come back stronger, sharper and do whatever I can to be in better shape.’
  22. Southampton 1 Chelsea 4

    Wise words.
  23. Southampton 1 Chelsea 4

    LAMPARD REACTS TO BIG SAINTS WIN, HAILS ‘INCREDIBLE’ ABRAHAM GOAL AND PICKS OUR BEST PLAYER RECENTLY Frank Lampard praised his team and a couple of individuals in particular following another impressive Chelsea performance in the win over Southampton, although the boss also recognised areas where his players can improve. Today’s 4-1 victory at St Mary’s follows excellent wins on the road at Norwich, Wolves and Lille, with another dynamic attacking display doing the damage. In his analysis of the match, Lampard noted quality and character as being key to the final outcome, which provides a welcome boost ahead of the pause for international football. ‘I don’t think we started that great,’ admitted Lampard. ‘But what pleases you is when players stand up and have moments that give you control of the game. Tammy’s goal was incredible, to get the purchase and contact on the ball. ‘Then Mason stepped up. In the second half we got over a couple of sloppy moments that seeped into the game which we need to look at it. We can’t do that; we can’t offer up opportunities. But other than we were comfortable, managed the game well and saw it through. ‘I’m pleased. The last international break we went in to after dropping two points against Sheffield United. Today was the opposite. ‘We’re in good form. Our short-term form is good, and I wanted to finish strong. That was the team talk to the players. It was a relatively comfortable afternoon in the end at a tough place to come if you’re not at it.’Lampard spoke further about Abraham, who scored again in the week he got an England recall and celebrated his birthday ‘When people are in good form, things happen for them. It comes from how Tammy has handled himself all season, from pre-season, from early season when people were questioning him in different ways, and the work ethic behind the scenes that gets him in such good nick. ‘He’s not just an incredible handful for defenders, with his running, holding the ball up and good feet; he’s getting the goals which is brilliant for him. ‘I trusted in Tammy at the start of the season. I felt it was his time to come back to Chelsea. He also has Oli Giroud, a World Cup winner, and Michy Batshuayi, a top-class Premier League striker, and he has made the position his own in the short term. ‘He has to keep that going because competition is key. Over the course of the season we will need everybody, but he deserves the great week he has had and the great season he is having. I’ll keep on him because I want more.’ Lampard reported there was nothing to be worried about when Abraham hobbled off late on ‘He’s fine. He took a bang on the back of the knee, but I think he wanted a round of applause!’ Lampard pinpointed where we can improve ‘The fact we allowed someone to stroll into our box to make it 2-1. We switched off from the throw-in, which we had talked about, and then we offered them up a chance at the end of the first half which would’ve made half-time much nervier than what it was. ‘To be fair there will be a lot of weeks I will sit here and say the boys at the back have been brilliant - and they have recently – but you can’t afford to give little moments. Those are pointers for all of us that we are not there, we are nowhere near the finished article at the minute. ‘When you see the little negative things, it means you have standards where you are trying to get to. The players should feel that. It can be a positive, as long as you win! Coming away 4-1, it’s easy to not analyse those little negatives because they can get glossed over. It’s important they don’t because they are the percentage part we can improve.’ start of the season ‘He did well. It was a great assist for Tammy’s goal, a great ball. His work-rate was good, he stayed tight to the midfield and released himself to the full-back. It was all the things I want from the wingers. He could have got a goal, he got in behind a few times where he can be lethal. That’s where I want him. ‘He can get better. He has had a serious injury so fitness has been a bit of an issue, and looking after him. Now he’s showing he’s getting towards proper match fitness.’ Lampard assessed the mix of youth and experience in his team and picked out one player for special praise ‘The balance at the moment is good. It’s nice for me, it’s great to coach because the young players want to improve all the time, but you have to mention the experienced players around them. ‘Willian was the standout today, without a doubt. If you wanted to show our wingers what we want from them, we would show them a video of his work ethic today, and his quality and burst of pace on the ball. ‘In the last four or five games he has been our best player. It’s a great thing to say when you have got players who are examples on the pitch around these young boys.’ Ahead of the international break, Lampard gave his opinion on our current standing ‘We’re a few points short of where we should be on performance. There are games we should have gained more points from, and that’s on us. But I’m pretty happy that we’re in and around the group behind Liverpool. At this early stage we’re in a nice position. ‘It should give us determination to go away and come back in the same vein. The minute you relax in this league it can all change very quickly. The reason we are playing well is because of how hard we’re working, and how together we are. If we can keep going with that we will be challenging right up there I hope.’
  24. Musical Tastes

    Ginger Baker, the drummer for rock supergroups Cream and Blind Faith, dies at 80 Ginger Baker, the volatile and propulsive British musician who was best known for his time with the rock supergroup Cream, has died at 80, his family says. Baker's family said on Twitter that he died Sunday: "We are very sad to say that Ginger has passed away peacefully in hospital this morning." Gary Hibbert, a media representative for Baker's family, confirmed his death. Baker wielded his blues power and jazz technique to help break open popular music and become one of the world's most admired and feared musicians. With blazing eyes and orange-red hair, and a temperament to match, the London native ranked with The Who's Keith Moon and Led Zeppelin's John Bonham as the embodiment of musical and personal fury. Using twin bass drums, Baker fashioned a pounding, poly-rhythmic style uncommonly swift and heavy that inspired and intimidated countless musicians. But every beat seemed to mirror an offstage eruption — whether his violent dislike of Cream bandmate Jack Bruce or his on-camera assault of a documentary maker, Jay Bulger, whom he smashed in the nose with his walking stick. Bulger would call the documentary, released in 2012, "Beware of Mr. Baker. While the Rolling Stone magazine once ranked him the third-greatest rock drummer of all time, behind Moon and Bonham, Baker had contempt for Moon and others he dismissed as "bashers" without style or background. Baker and his many admirers saw him as a rounded, sophisticated musician — an arranger, composer and student of the craft absorbing sounds from around the world. He had been playing jazz since he was a teenager and spent years in Africa in the 1970s, forming a close friendship with the Nigerian musician-activist Fela Kuti. "He was so unique and had such a distinctive personality," Stewart Copeland of the Police told www.musicradar.com in 2013. Rock stardom with Clapton, Bruce and Cream But many fans thought of him as a rock star, who teamed with Eric Clapton and Bruce in the mid-1960s to become Cream — one of the first supergroups and first power trios. All three were known individually in the London blues scene and together they helped make rock history by elevating instrumental prowess above the songs themselves, even as they had hits with Sunshine of Your Love, I Feel Free and White Room. Clapton, Baker and Bruce would call their band Cream because they considered themselves the best musicians around. Cream was among the most successful acts of its time, selling more than 10 million records. But by 1968 Baker and Bruce had worn each other out and even Clapton had tired of their deafening, marathon jams, including the Baker showcase Toad, one of rock's first extended drum solos. Cream split up at the end of that year, departing with two sold-out shows at London's Albert Hall. When told by Bulger that he was a founding father of heavy metal, Baker snarled that the genre "should have been aborted." To the surprise of many, especially Clapton, he and Baker were soon part of another super group, Blind Faith, which also featured singer-keyboardist Stevie Winwood and bassist Ric Grech. As Clapton would recall, he and Winwood had been playing informally when Baker turned up (Baker would allege that Clapton invited him). Named Blind Faith by a rueful Clapton, the band was overwhelmed by expectations from the moment it debuted in June 1969 before some 100,000 at a concert in London's Hyde Park. It split up after completing just one, self-titled album, as notable for its cover photo of a topless young girl as for its music. A highlight from the record was Baker's cymbal splashes on Winwood's lyrical ballad Can't Find My Way Home. From the 1970s on, Baker was ever more unpredictable. He moved to Nigeria, took up polo, drove a Land Rover across the Sahara, lived on a ranch in South Africa, divorced his first wife and married three more times. He recorded with Kuti and other Nigerians, jammed with Art Blakey, Elvin Jones and other jazz drummers and played with John Lydon's Public Image Ltd. He founded Ginger Baker's Air Force, which cost a fortune and imploded after two albums. He endured his old enemy, Bruce, when Cream was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and for Cream reunion concerts a decade later. Bruce died in 2014. Baker continued to perform regularly in his 70s despite arthritis, heart trouble, hearing loss dating from his years with Cream and lung disease from smoking. No strangers to vices and not a fan of modesty, he called his memoir "Hellraiser: The Autobiography of the World's Greatest Drummer." 'Use your fists; they're your best pals so often' Born in 1939, Peter Edward Baker was the son of a bricklayer killed during World War II when Ginger was just 4. His father left behind a letter that Ginger Baker would quote from: "Use your fists; they're your best pals so often." Baker was a drummer from early on, even rapping out rhythms on his school desk as he mimicked the big band music he loved and didn't let the occasional caning from a teacher deter him. As a teenager, he was playing in local groups and was mentored by percussionist Phil Seamen. "At this party, there was a little band and all the kids chanted at me, 'Play the drums!''', Baker told The Independent in 2009. "I'd never sat behind a kit before, but I sat down — and I could play! One of the musicians turned round and said, 'Bloody hell, we've got a drummer', and I thought, 'Bloody hell, I'm a drummer.'" "Oh for god's sake, I've never played rock," Baker told the blog JazzWax in 2013. "Cream was two jazz players and a blues guitarist playing improvised music. We never played the same thing two nights running. Jack and I had been in jazz bands for years. All that stuff I did on the drums in Cream didn't come from drugs, either. It was from me. It was jazz."
  25. Lille 1 Chelsea 2

    Please use this thread for all posts relating to our Champions League match against Lille at Stade Pierre-Mauroy, 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 2nd October, 2019 (Local UK time/date).