Michael Tucker

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  1. Official: Chelsea Sign Kepa Arrizabalaga

    I'll wait and see what, if anything, actually happens - it IS the Mail after all. There has been a fair amount of debate on this subject on here (and I suspect, other fan forums) so it's not staggering to see a rag like the Mail, pick it up and run with it.
  2. Manchester City vs Chelsea

    Please use this thread for all posts relating to our Premier League match against Manchester City at Etihad 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 17:30, Saturday 23rd November, 2019 (Local UK time/date).
  3. Media / Press

    He is now. It's called FIFA........:) Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is returning to football after he agreed to become Fifa's new chief of global football development. The move ends speculation linking the Frenchman, 70, with a return to management as Bayern Munich boss. Wenger left the Gunners in May 2018, after 22 years in charge, three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups. "I very much look forward to taking on this extremely important challenge," he said. Wenger's new role at the world governing body will help to develop men's and women's football, as well as technical aspects of the sport. He will now be a member of the technical panel of the International Football Association Board, and chairman of Fifa's technical study group.
  4. Who will be the next Chelsea boss?
  5. Chelsea 2 Crystal Palace 0

    Please use this thread for all posts relating to our Premier League match against Crystal Palace 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 12:30, Saturday, 9th November, 2019 (Local UK time/date).
  6. Chelsea 4 Ajax 4

    Please use this thread for all posts relating to our Champions League match against Ajax 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 20:00, Tuesday 5th November 2019 (Local UK time/date).
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    I don't know in what order players will be sold, and I'm not sure that it matters. They're all dead wood, aren't they? Not in my book. Both are terrific servants and I doubt that the club will look to offload therm, unless they want to go.
  8. Transfer Talk Topic

    I'd be selling Pedro, Barkley, Alonso, and Giroud for sure. Not sure what, if anything, will be done in January though.
  9. Chelsea 4 Ajax 4

    This.
  10. Chelsea 4 Ajax 4

    Well in my opinion, yes they were. One assumes from this reply, that you don't share this opinion? As they say in the classics: Each to his own.
  11. Chelsea 4 Ajax 4

    I thought that the first half was a bloody shambles. Yes, Ajax were very good, but we were a major disappointment, and it looked like we were in for a long night. Whatever Frank said, or did, at half time eventually got the desired response from the players. In the end, we were probably unlucky not to win the game, although that would have been harsh on the Ajax players, who gave everything they had, and for long stretches were clearly the better side. Turned out to be a fair result given everything that went on. Some cracking goals from both sides; fast end-to-end play; penalties; red cards, etc., etc.. Pretty sure that the fans at SB got their money's worth......:).
  12. Watford 1 Chelsea 2

    Please use this thread for all posts relating to our Premier League match against Watford at Vicarage Road 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 17:30, Saturday 2nd November, 2019 (Local UK time/date).
  13. Watford 1 Chelsea 2

    OK, I'll bite: who is making up 'stuff', and what 'stuff' are you referring to?
  14. VAR and Chelsea

    So, he wasn't all bad, then?..........:)
  15. Watford 1 Chelsea 2

    Not in the slightest.
  16. Burnley 2 Chelsea 4

    Please use this thread for all posts relating to our Premier League match against Burnley at Turf Moor, 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 17:30, Saturday 26th October, 2019 (Local UK time/date).
  17. Official: Chelsea Sign Kepa Arrizabalaga

    Of what, though? Courtois wanted out, and we bought Kepa. You can argue that we paid too much for Kepa (an opinion only), but we had little (if any) choice with Courtois, surely? I would argue that the 'Board/Roman' have been making the transfer decisions since Roman bought the club. Little has changed. And seriously, since it's Roman's money, why should it change? Managers come and go (on a pretty regular basis), but Roman stays. I think that he's run the club pretty damn well, and that includes transfers. I don't think that he's been perfect, or infallible, but then that really isn't the point, is it? If you've forgotten, go take a look at the numerous video compilations on YouTube of Kepa's saves, this season, and last. And then tell me again about those 'obvious' weaknesses. Just because he isn't Cech, or doesn't dominate his area when crosses come in, doesn't stop him being world class.
  18. Chelsea 4 Ajax 4

    It does, because they're the top 11 we have, barring Kante (who is probably still recovering from injury). Certainly in other games, Frank will move players in and out, but this game is very important to our CL campaign, so I think that he'll start with his best available 11.
  19. Chelsea 4 Ajax 4

    Important for us to win this one. My lineup would be: Kepa Azpi Zouma Tomori Emerson Jorginho Kovacic Mount Willian Pulisic Abraham
  20. Official: Chelsea Sign Kepa Arrizabalaga

    What is clear to me is that we have a terrific keeper. Maybe we paid a tad too much for him, but hey, it's not my money, and if the club were happy, then I'm happy. Arguing about who did what a couple of years ago, seems totally pointless to my way of thinking.
  21. Chelsea 4 Ajax 4

    It is. Fixed.
  22. Watford 1 Chelsea 2

    i think that what is abundantly clear from a lot of the comments/opinions being expressed on here, is that whichever way the refs go, they can't really win. I wonder if all the posts on VAR, on all the fan sites out there, across all the clubs, say pretty much the same thing/take the same view? My guess is, that they do.
  23. Watford 1 Chelsea 2

    The 2019/20 Premier League season will be the first to feature the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) after the clubs voted unanimously in November 2018 to introduce the system. All 380 Premier League fixtures will have a VAR, who is constantly monitoring the match but will be used only for "clear and obvious errors" or "serious missed incidents" in four match-changing situations: Goals Penalty decisions Direct red card incidents Mistaken identity The final decision will always be taken by the on-field referee. VAR will not achieve 100 per cent accuracy, but will positively influence decision-making and lead to more correct, and fairer, judgments. In the Premier League, there will be a high bar for VAR intervention on subjective decisions to maintain the pace and intensity of the matches. Factual decisions, such as offside or if a foul was committed inside or outside the penalty area, will not be subject to the "clear and obvious error" test.
  24. Watford 1 Chelsea 2

    Frank Lampard: Chelsea manager claims 'we're in really dangerous place' with VAR By Alistair Magowan Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has warned that the current use of VAR could be "dangerous" for the Premier League. Guidance from the Premier League at the start of the season said that it would only be used for "clear and obvious" errors by on-field referees. But when Watford were awarded a penalty via VAR after Gerard Deulofeu was tripped by Jorginho, Lampard said he was "so, so surprised". "We're not in a great place with it," he said after Chelsea's 2-1 win. "Any [decision] that takes that long means they aren't sure, so why aren't we using screens on side of pitch? "I know [using screens] is a bit contentious, I know it could mean every fan might call for it and there might pressure on the referees. "But if we are saying they are grey areas and we are overturning decisions because one referee somewhere else thinks it was more of a penalty than the referee on the pitch, then I think we are in a really dangerous place. "You're going to be tossing a coin every week." Watford may feel they deserved a decision in their favour after being denied a penalty, which was reviewed by VAR, in a 1-1 draw with Tottenham last month. Last weekend, VAR awarded a penalty in the Premier League for the first time, when Everton's Michael Keane was adjudged to have fouled Brighton's Aaron Connolly in a 3-2 win for the Seagulls. It was a decision that was widely criticised. After VAR overruled referee Anthony Taylor at Vicarage Road on Saturday, Lampard felt there had been a change in policy despite receiving guidance at a meeting earlier this week. "I have to be careful but last week we saw a clear change in VAR with penalties getting overturned," Lampard said. "I was at a managers' meeting in the week and we spoke a lot about it and the absolute consensus from managers, from referees and from the Premier League was that decisions were not going to get overturned unless they were absolutely clear and obvious or VAR saw something that the referee on the pitch didn't see. "[In Jorginho's case] it didn't, it nowhere near shows that. The longer it took the more worried I got and I'm so, so surprised after the meeting on Thursday to then have that decision today."
  25. VAR and Chelsea

    Frank Lampard: Chelsea manager claims 'we're in really dangerous place' with VAR By Alistair Magowan Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has warned that the current use of VAR could be "dangerous" for the Premier League. Guidance from the Premier League at the start of the season said that it would only be used for "clear and obvious" errors by on-field referees. But when Watford were awarded a penalty via VAR after Gerard Deulofeu was tripped by Jorginho, Lampard said he was "so, so surprised". "We're not in a great place with it," he said after Chelsea's 2-1 win. "Any [decision] that takes that long means they aren't sure, so why aren't we using screens on side of pitch? "I know [using screens] is a bit contentious, I know it could mean every fan might call for it and there might pressure on the referees. "But if we are saying they are grey areas and we are overturning decisions because one referee somewhere else thinks it was more of a penalty than the referee on the pitch, then I think we are in a really dangerous place. "You're going to be tossing a coin every week." Watford may feel they deserved a decision in their favour after being denied a penalty, which was reviewed by VAR, in a 1-1 draw with Tottenham last month. Last weekend, VAR awarded a penalty in the Premier League for the first time, when Everton's Michael Keane was adjudged to have fouled Brighton's Aaron Connolly in a 3-2 win for the Seagulls. It was a decision that was widely criticised. After VAR overruled referee Anthony Taylor at Vicarage Road on Saturday, Lampard felt there had been a change in policy despite receiving guidance at a meeting earlier this week. "I have to be careful but last week we saw a clear change in VAR with penalties getting overturned," Lampard said. "I was at a managers' meeting in the week and we spoke a lot about it and the absolute consensus from managers, from referees and from the Premier League was that decisions were not going to get overturned unless they were absolutely clear and obvious or VAR saw something that the referee on the pitch didn't see. "[In Jorginho's case] it didn't, it nowhere near shows that. The longer it took the more worried I got and I'm so, so surprised after the meeting on Thursday to then have that decision today." **NOTE: I also put this interview in the match day thread.