Holymoly

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About Holymoly

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  • Birthday 08/17/1960

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    Currently Scotland. Previously London. Originally Wales.

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    Chelsea for the last 50 years

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  1. Malmo FF 1 vs Chelsea 2

    I won't lie to you, that was as uninspiring a game as has been our season as a whole. While the result was ok we should have had the match entirely under our control. As it was it was like a basketball game and it could have gone either way. Every time I watch Chelsea now I'm waiting for the wheels to fall off. Hopefully we will see the tie over the line at SB. Mediocre wobbliness.
  2. Malmo FF 1 vs Chelsea 2

    I seem to remember Gerrard was always having niggly injuries when he was young. They put it down to him still growing. Hopefully RLC will grow out of it (without developing the tendency to slip over and give the ball away obviously)
  3. Malmo FF 1 vs Chelsea 2

    Reddit's prediction...
  4. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    Another one who has problems getting his ideas over in English.
  5. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    It was easy adopting that approach 10 years ago when we were the club with all the money. Unfortunately now instead of paying £20m for a player you have to pay that in wages every year after shelling out £100m for a truly world calss individual. The playing field is now more level which arguably makes for a better product for the neutral. However when you have middle eastern countries funding your competitors it becomes impossible to maintain a consistent push year on year.
  6. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    A bit melodramatic. Chelsea FC has the one overwhelming advantage over Sunderland. It is in London and consequently if Roman ever decided to sell there would be a queue around the block seeking to pump money and more short term fixes into the club.
  7. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    Difficult to have a coherent plan when there is no continuity of football knowledge above the manager. If we are to continue the policy of sacking the manager every year or so we really need a director of football that remains in place to continue an ethos otherwise you keep attempting to reinvent the wheel.
  8. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    I fear he would be too nice and allow the players to walk all over him. Maybe if we brought Steve Clark back south of the border to be his number 2 it would stand a chance of working in the short term. On the other hand, what's the point?
  9. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/manchester-city-chelsea-fc-result-final-score-goals-maurizio-sarri-job-next-a8773131.html?utm_source=reddit.com Interesting article in the Independent. A viewpoint that accords with many here.
  10. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    Agreed. If you put the whole lot of them on the transfer list I'm pretty sure top 6 quality clubs would probably only be interested in Hazard, Kante and maybe Rudiger. The rest are squad quality at best. That said, the right manager should be able to evoke a team spirit that is capable of creating something greater than the sum of it's parts. At the moment we are a rudderless ship with a lack of consistency that is alarming.
  11. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    I don't think it's the nationality but rather the inability to speak fluent English. In these days of the squad being a mish mash of cultures I would imagine that English is the most likely common language within the squad. However, when that is at best your second preferred language if you have someone talking to you in a stilted manner it must be difficult to follow and understand and as such the squad finds it difficult to draw together. It's not the same listening to your manager and coaches via an interpreter, you miss the nuance. In other countries such as Spain, Italy or Germany the clubs there will still have a predominance of home grown players and the issue becomes less of a problem.
  12. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    It's not the first time that he's appeared to be the only one truly embarrassed. Maybe we should be looking at the next Chelsea captain.
  13. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    I think that a few people here are looking at the problem arse about tit. The actual truth of the matter is that we just aren't as good a football team as City. In fact at the moment we have become just an average side albeit with a couple of rather good players albeit one of them having been played entirely out of position all season. City are at the point in the cycle we were during Jose's first stint. They have by far the best players in the league and their manager has moulded them into a team where there are no prima donnas expecting game time. They play for each other and the squad has evolved the club ethos which was set by Toure and Kompany. Our squad of players are probably vastly overpaid collectively compared with their actual abilities and they have lost the club ethos that was engendered by Terry, Lampard, Drogba et al. Add to that we have a manager that is trying to jam the players he has into a mould he used at Napoli rather than adapting to the capabilities of those players. He has brought in his pet midfielder who has usurped the place of probably the best midfielder in Europe and our entire midfield is incapable of supporting the front line and being actually only fairly average at defending. I'm also afraid that Azpilicueta, although I love the guy, is not capable of captaining this mottly bunch. The upshot of all this is that when we come up against a team that refuses to believe the hype our players try to kid the opposition with we have absolutely no idea what to do. We seem affronted when teams play us off the park and just keep playing the same way and the same like for like substitutions are made. We all know that doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different outcome is the definition of lunacy yet that is what we do. Of course the players we have are capable of some individual flashes of brilliance which can overcome some sides but as soon as we require a team performance all too often we come up short. The manager has to take a degree of responsibility for this, especially in light of his unimaginative substitutions however the players need to take a long look at themselves and accept they have to learn to play as a team and not a collection of individuals. So, what to do? Well firstly we need a fluent English speaking manager with a plan but who is prepared to work with what he is given and slowly evolve towards that aim once the players are acquired. Secondly we need a core of players who are prepared to commit themselves to the club and are prepared to stand up in difficult games. All too often I see players being played off the park and not appearing to be that bothered by it. Finally we need a board that is prepared to develop the club rather than attempting to parachute in success all the time. I'm very upset by the result today but to be honest we didn't play that badly we just lacked commitment and heart. City were galvanised by the memory of us picking their pockets at SB whereas we clearly thought we were actually that good. We're not. The days of our Champions League triumph are long gone and now our planned new stadium appears dead in the water. Our club is in danger of slipping back into mediocrity.
  14. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    Yup. We still won though.
  15. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    Apparently Mike Dean is one red card away from his 100th in the Premier League. Guess which two teams have been penalised most often? That's right CFC and City, both on 9. I would imagine that he will be looking to make a bit of a statement at the weekend. Add to that the fact City will be desperate to to avenge the earlier 2-0 and I am expecting some very bad things to happen Sunday afternoon.