Michael Tucker

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  1. MOL Vidi 2 Chelsea 2

    Please use this thread for all posts relating to our Europa League match against MOL Vidi at Groupama 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, Thursday, 13th December, 2018 (Local UK time/date).
  2. Chelsea vs AFC Bournemouth

    Please use this thread for all posts relating to our EFL Cup Quarter Final against AFC Bournemouth 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 19:45, Wednesday, 19th December, 2018 (Local UK time/date).
  3. Brighton vs Chelsea

    Please use this thread for all posts relating to our Premier League match against Brighton 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 13:30, Sunday, 16th December, 2018 (Local UK time/date).
  4. Media / Press

    Well said. Yes, we all know that it happens, and that's it's been happening for a long, long time. Late 60's/early 70's it was rampant. 50-odd year's later, it's much better of course, but it remains a small, but sick part of our so-called 'support'. Seriously inexcusable.
  5. Media / Press

    As you wish.
  6. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    Please use this thread for all posts relating to our Premier League match against Manchester City 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 17:30, Saturday, 8th December, 2018 (Local UK time/date).
  7. Media / Press

    Should we, Ham? Only that? Chicken and egg stuff, surely? The question won't go away - and it's very relevant. Sure, the media reporting is biassed, but that doesn't change the fact ugly (and racist) chanting is disgusting, and moronic - no matter who is doing the chanting. .
  8. Media / Press

    Maybe it should be?
  9. Alvaro Morata.

    Morata is a Blue NEWSFRI 21 JUL 2017 Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce Alvaro Morata has completed his move from Real Madrid on a five-year-deal. Morata will now join up with the squad on its pre-season tour of Asia. A strong, quick and skilful forward adept at leading the line and bringing his team-mates into play, Morata’s movement on and off the ball make him a constant threat to opposition defenders, whether he is running at speed from deep or looking to strike in the 18-yard box. His goals come in all forms - outstanding long-range efforts, poachers’ finishes, headers and one-on-ones. He is also comfortable on either foot. Upon completing his transfer, Morata said: ‘I am so happy to be here. It’s an incredible emotion to be part of this big club. I am looking to work hard, score as many goals as I can and to win as many trophies as possible.’ Technical director Michael Emenalo added: ‘We are delighted to complete Alvaro’s signing and welcome him to the club. We believe he can make a great impact for Chelsea and look forward to seeing him in action. ‘Alvaro has proven class at the highest level and his quality will be a huge asset to Antonio and the squad.’ A regular for Spain, the 24-year-old has scored nine goals in 20 appearances - including three at last year’s European Championships. Morata made his debut for Real Madrid shortly after his 18th birthday having impressed for their youth teams and began to feature regularly during the 2012/13 campaign. He provided a fine assist for Karim Benzema in an El Clasico victory that season, as well as scoring his first goal for the club - a winner at Levante. In the next campaign, Morata scored eight league goals, averaging one every 70 minutes under the stewardship of former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti. He also opened his Champions League account that year as Real won the trophy for the 10th time. In the final, Morata was introduced with his side a goal down; they ended up beating their great city rivals Atletico 4-1. Juventus moved to sign the striker in the summer of 2014 and he was a regular as they continued their dominance of Italian football, comfortably winning Serie A in 2015 and 2016, with Morata prominent. He also helped them reach the Champions League final in his first season in Turin, but this time the Spaniard ended up on the losing side despite equalising from close range against Barcelona in Berlin. Real exercised a buyback option last summer and he enjoyed the most profitable season of his career to date on his return to the Bernabeu, scoring 20 goals in all competitions and winning La Liga and the Champions League, when he came on as a late substitute against his former club. Welcome to Chelsea, Alvaro!
  10. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    Maurizio Sarri felt our opening goal altered the complexion of this evening’s game against Manchester City, and the Italian praised his side for their performance, particularly in the early part of the second half. Goals either side of the break, from N’Golo Kante and David Luiz, ensured it was the Blues who came out on top, ending City’s unbeaten Premier League run in the process. Sarri provided his assessment of the game and his team’s display. ‘We had Eden for the first time in that position [striker] and in the first 20 or 25 minutes we didn’t work well in the defensive movements in the opposition half, but fortunately we defended well in our half. We started to press better and after the first goal the game changed. ‘We played very well in the last few minutes of the first half, and the first 20 minutes of the second, and in the end we deserved to win. ‘We’re very happy with the win, we know it’s not easy to beat City in this moment. For me it’s not easy to win against Pep, as you know, so I’m very happy but now we need to find this kind of motivation and play with this level of determination and aggressivity in other matches, otherwise its useless winning matches like this.’ Sarri was asked if it was our plan to stand off City in the first half ‘No, we know the ball possession is usual for us, today it was a problem. We knew there would maybe be more space for counter attacks, but it wasn’t a total choice to defend in our half.’ He didn’t rule out playing with Hazard up front in the future ‘He had some problems at the beginning of the match but he was great in the second half. Maybe he deserved to score and I think he’s a very good option [in that position]. We will play like today in the future, for certain matches of course.’ The Italian was pleased with the performance of Kante ‘I think Kante scored by chance because they played very close to Jorginho, more than in the other matches. He defended very well and had some good counter attacks. Then he was in the box for the first goal, but today he played in the right position, very close to Jorginho. He played very well.’ Sarri also spoke about David Luiz, who was excellent throughout ‘I have to say I was very happy with him from the beginning. Of course there are matches like this one in which it’s easier to stay on the defensive line because the offensive movements are working very well, and there are matches when that’s difficult, like Tottenham, because the defensive phase of the team is a disaster. Today he played a really good match.’ Alvaro Morata wasn’t part of the matchday squad for today’s game, and Sarri explained why ‘The reason was clear; we played with Hazard as a striker and so if we had to change something there was Giroud. I think it was useless to have two strikers on the bench, I prefer more midfielders because today I was in trouble with wingers, so the only option was Loftus-Cheek.’ The Blues boss responded to a question about the gap between ourselves and City ‘I think it’s impossible to close the gap in one season. You can play one match but in a competition of 10 months it’s very difficult. I think they are the best team in Europe. We won today but we have to say we were a bit lucky in the first 25 because they could have scored. ‘I’m very happy with the win because it’s very diff to win against Guardiola’s team. I know they are a step ahead, we have to work to cover the gap. We will try and I’m very happy.’
  11. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    N'Golo Kante, Cesar Azpilicueta star for Chelsea in statement victory against Manchester City Positives Chelsea showed great resilience to weather the early storm of City's suffocating pressing, took their chances when they arrived and, once ahead, played with the courage and identity that Sarri has been preaching from day one. This was a great performance against arguably the best team in the world. Negatives There was a healthy slice of fortune as Chelsea survived an opening 45 minutes in which they were thoroughly outclassed, and the fact that they led at the break was comical. In a broader context, you have to wonder where missing out on the match day squad entirely leaves Alvaro Morata's future at Stamford Bridge. Manager rating out of 10 9 -- Sarri's decision to deploy Hazard as a false nine looked like folly in the opening stages, but it made Chelsea more defensively solid and the Belgian still managed to exert a decisive influence. This felt like a huge moment for the Italian, who would have been questioned like never before if City had run out of Stamford Bridge as big winners. Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating) GK Kepa Arrizabalaga, 7 -- Solid rather than spectacular, as has been the theme of his Chelsea career so far, but he earned his clean sheet. An outstretched hand prevented Sane from squaring the ball in the first half, and he flew to his right to parry a Gabriel Jesus shot wide late on. DF Cesar Azpilicueta, 9 -- Had arguably the toughest individual assignment on the pitch up against Leroy Sane, but held his own superbly until the lightning quick Germany international was substituted. Sterling got little more change out of him. A captain's performance. DF Antonio Rudiger, 8 -- Defended with his usual relentless intensity and aggression, while managing not to give away needless fouls. Also showcased his underrated ability on the ball as Chelsea avoided gifting too many chances to City's relentless high press. DF David Luiz, 9 -- Against a team that punishes every mistake he was brave on the ball and defended brilliantly, making several last-ditch interventions with his team in survival mode in the first half. Also rose highest to glance a towering header off the crossbar and seal Chelsea's win. DF Marcos Alonso, 5 -- Had such difficulty dealing with Sterling that it was a surprise when Guardiola switched the England international away from the right flank. The height that Sarri values so much came in useful at times as Chelsea defended, but this was another difficult night for him. MF Mateo Kovacic, 7 -- Did as well as could reasonably be expected against City's suffocating midfield pressure, though he could not provide anything in the way of service to Chelsea's front three. Replaced by Ross Barkley when a muscle injury left him unable to continue in the 65th minute. MF Jorginho, 7 -- Settled down after two bad mistakes early on created two big chances for City, picking his passes with no more than one or two touches and doing a progressively better job of winning the ball back as the game wore on. Also made a great foul with Kovacic down injured and City on the attack. N'Golo Kante showed his best form for Chelsea as they beat Manchester City. Shaun Botterill/Getty Images MF N'Golo Kante, 9 -- His best game yet in the more advanced midfield role that has proved so divisive. His destructive qualities made him a disruptive influence on City's attacking influence, while his drives forward were purposeful and incisive. Oh, and he scored a goal Frank Lampard would have been proud of. FW Pedro Rodriguez, 7 -- Played a key part in the goal with an excellent crossfield ball to Willian and his directness panicked City in transition all night. His defensive work-rate also ensured that Willian, rather than he, was the winger substituted when Ruben Loftus-Cheek entered the fray. FW Eden Hazard, 8 -- Starting as a false nine for the first time under Sarri, City's pressing ensured he wasn't much of a factor in open play -- though he still managed to assist both Chelsea goals. While he never tested Ederson, his hold-up play and ability to relieve pressure by winning free-kicks were vital to his team. FW Willian, 7 -- Pressed well and tried to punish City whenever he could on the counterattack, linking well with Pedro to put them on the back foot. Wasn't happy to come off for Loftus-Cheek, but he can be satisfied with his night's work. Substitutes MF Ross Barkley, 7 -- An enforced introduction when Kovacic got injured, he brought calmness to Chelsea's midfield work, picked his passes and might have even got in on the scoring when he headed Pedro's dangerous cross wide. FW Ruben Loftus-Cheek, N/A -- Brought on in the front three, first on the right and then on the left, his physicality gave City's full-backs something else to worry about just as they were trying to push further up to chase the game. FW Olivier Giroud, N/A - Brought on to stabilise Chelsea in the final minutes and give a tiring Hazard a rest, and did his job.
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    in terms of identifying players to buy, and then doing the business? I think that you're wrong, and I don't believe that you give Marina the credit she deserves. Managers come and go (particularly at SB), but Marina is a constant, and always makes sure that she gets photographed with the new player(s). Emenalo is a long time gone, now.
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    Or Marina, who is still there. Just a thought.
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    Based on what exactly, James? He played for a top club, and in 2 seasons managed just 27 goals from 93 games. Then they let him go without without a fight (I wonder why?......:)). If they rate him at all, then I'm afraid that they're not very bright. He's an appalling excuse for a striker, and whoever at Chelsea was responsible for signing him should lose their job.
  15. Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Chelsea 1

    Please use this thread for all posts relating to our Premier League match against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux 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 19:45, Wednesday, 5th December, 2018 (Local UK time/date).
  16. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    Spot on. And of course, now that plan 'a' isn't working, we have no plan 'b', just a bunch of players doing their own thing - at least that's the way it seems to me.
  17. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    This.
  18. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    Sorry to disappoint you, but I don't 'want' to do anything of the sort. Kante's 'best attributes' don't count for much when he's being played as he has been recently. Playing in his best position, then he's a nailed-on starter.
  19. Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Chelsea 1

    Where do you suggest we find one of those, mate?
  20. Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Chelsea 1

    Another Martina purchase......:). He looks clueless, tbh. His selections; his subs; his reactions after the match (whichever match) - all thoroughly predictable. Clearly, he doesn't have a plan 'b', or if he does, it's exactly the same as his plan 'a', just with the odd different player slotting into the same positions, with (it seems) the same instructions. Surely if things don't change, it can't be too long before Roman gives him his papers?
  21. Alvaro Morata.

    This. i don't care if we have to give him away, just get him out of the joint before he stinks it up any more. Oh, and a big thanks to Marina.....:)
  22. Alvaro Morata.

    They'll be lucky! Now, I think, he understands how well that's working out.
  23. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    Arrizabalaga Zappacosta Rudiger Luiz Emerson Jorginho Kovecic Fabregas Pedro Giroud Hazard Bench: Caballero, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Kante, Willian, Alonso, Moses
  24. Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Chelsea 1

    Maurizio Sarri makes five changes to the Chelsea side that started the 2-0 win over Fulham on Sunday, with Cesc Fabregas, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Andreas Christensen all starting in the Premier League for the first time this season. Elsewhere, Alvaro Morata starts in place of Olivier Giroud up front, while Pedro, who scored in that win at the weekend, drops to the bench with Willian starting. Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso, Kante, Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Morata, Hazard. Substitutes: Jorginho, Pedro, Caballero, Kovacic, Giroud, Zappacosta, Luiz.
  25. Chelsea 2 Fulham 0

    Please use this thread for all posts relating to our Premier League match against Fulham 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 12:00, Sunday, 2nd December, 2018 (Local UK time/date).