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Everything posted by Holymoly

  1. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    'Arry looks so small between the posts compared with his predecessor, but a good runout for his first game. He will be tested far more vigourously in weeks to come. Barclay was a bit anonymous in the first half but came more in to it as the second half wore on. Morata, once again had the air of a Torres about him, undoubtably skillful but unfortunately an unlucky player who seems to be the type that waits for things to happen rather than go out looking to change his lot in life. Those players apart I thought the others produced good positive displays. Willian or Pedro can consider themselves very unlucky to have Hazard breathing down their necks for the next game. It remains to be seen how the new formation holds up when they are tested by a more motivated opposition.
  2. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    Imagine how good we could be if we had a striker at the club.
  3. Thibaut Courtois Departs

    Personally I never really warmed to the guy. No real reason for it, he did look a bit gormless though, but I always felt while he was capable of pulling off some superb saves he could also appear a bit uncoordinated due to his size in a tight situation. I for one don't shed any tears. We move on, good luck to him. Oh but if the dog walker thing is true then you have to ask why get a dog if you don't walk it yourself? EDIT Just seen a picture of the dog. I'm sorry THAT is not a dog! (Nor is the dog sitter to be fair)
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    I fear that the things that will kill us this season will be lack of goals and a desperately unstable defense with DL playing in a 4.
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    Rumours that Kovacic deal may be off with City offering to buy him.
  6. Chelsea 0 Lyon 0 (Chelsea win 5-4 on penalties)

    Totally pointless game. Was this really a classed as a first team warmup? I'd ask for my money back.
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    Kepa Arrizabalaga?? We already have a Dave, is he going to become Barry? Or Colin? Or maybe just Kepa the Keeper?
  8. Thibaut Courtois Departs

    Don't disagree. What perplexes me however is that we can shift our arses to get a replacement GK but when it is apparent we have need of a quality striker the movement is glacial.
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    If we're intent on playing 4-3-3 then we need to look at the bare neccessities. A striker that scores goals and a quality experienced central defender to partner either Rudiger or Christensen. Alternatively if we return to three at the back then we're probably ok with what we've got although we still need a striker. If Courtois goes then we need to try and get someone like Schmeichel although that horse is probably too far down the road at this stage.
  10. 2018/19 Expectations.

    Pretty much spot on.
  11. Chelsea 0 Manchester City 2

    Personally I don't have a problem with the young players. However when Kante isn't playing we miss him. Similarly we could do with a clinical striker and I'm afraid any back four with David Luiz in it is asking for trouble defensively. I've said this before but it is entirely practical to introduce younger players into the side but we do need the solid spine to anchor everything.
  12. SFL's Derby County

    Frank and Jody's first foray into senior professional management. Looks like their first acquisition may be a cut price John Terry. All things considered following the Frank and Jody show will probably be far less toxic than next season at the Bridge.
  13. Chelsea 0 Manchester City 2

    So much for exciting football. None of the squad players putting down much of a marker to be promoted to the starting XI. The back four seemed to be expecting the additional central defender from a back three to bail them out on both of Aguerro's goals. I'm sure we will play better against the "lesser" teams but I was kind of hoping for a better show against one of our direct competitors.
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    Rumours we're looking at Aaron Ramsey which is all fine and well (proneness to injury aside) but what then should our young midfielders think when they would probably bring at least as much to the table and are already embedded at the club?
  15. World Cup 2018

    This is an actual photograph of one of the stadiums being prepared in Russia.
  16. Official: Jorginho Signs

    Sarri has been playing 4-3-3 so Jorghino AND Kante seems unlikely. Being the pessimist I see this as an insurance policy if Barcelona or PSG come in for the latter with an offer of a player plus cash. Whatever happens it appears to be bye bye Cesc.
  17. As I understand it Sarri played 4-3-3 at Napoli, expecting the fullbacks still to bomb on. If he is intending to continue this I can see quite a number of last year's squad to be superfluous
  18. Positivity corner

    That's my point. However if we don't provide the opportunity for players to develop what's the point in spending moneyt on the academy. You could use the extra to buy another Winston Bogarde every year.
  19. Positivity corner

    Again, I couldn't care less how we treat kids compared to others. This is just I would like to see. I'd also argue that over the last 12 years we MAY have seen some final product if we had treated them differently from what we do. The established foreign players we spend vast sums on were kids once in their own country, but because their league wasn't the global brand the Premier League is they were allowed to develop in a comparative backwater. Ibrahimovic for example was not born "The Zlatan". He was allowed to develop in Sweden and Holland. Maybe if he had come through our academy, been sent out on loans for 3 or 4 years then eventually let go he wouldn't have been the player he became. Constant rejection can destroy an individual's self confidence. Again, just becasue no-one else does it this way in England doesn't mean the accepted wisdom is correct. To date all it has achieved is to reduce the numbers of home grown players in the top league to fewer than 30%.
  20. Transfer Talk Topic

    More stories/rumours on leavers than joiners. I've now gone beyond frustration and am now at resignation.
  21. Squad Status: 2018/2019 Season

    Knowledge is one thing but sometimes the attitude with which that knowledge is imparted is quite another. ;-)
  22. Positivity corner

    I don't really want to aspire to be Liverpool in blue. I don't care what does and what doesn't happen at other clubs or in other countries. Look at Croatia with the population of Scotland, no academy and half a dozen football pitches (ok I admit I'm exaggerating). They got to the final without trying to emulate St Georges. Maybe if Chelsea FC tried to forge a club "ethos", we might be able to get where we want to go for far less money than we currently waste. I've said this for ages, a squad with a bedrock of academy schooled players with 2 or 3 superstar names would probably do quite well over the long run.
  23. Positivity corner

    And yet as a "team" they appear streets ahead of the rest. Maybe you should stop looking for the next Messi out of our academy and admit that football is a team game.
  24. World Cup 2018

    Obviously the ITV curse will be blamed for the demise of the national team however in reality it was the lack of a striker and a creative midfielder. Kane seemed to be operating out of midfiled most of the time, probably due to the lack of the aforementioned midfielder, however this meant that Sterling effectively became the striker, and unfortunately the word "effective" does not sit easily on that young man's shoulders.
  25. Positivity corner

    It could so easily be changed however by the inclusion of a few of the vast number of academy players we produce so successfully into the first team squad as opposed to, at best, the outer reaches of the squad. I know some people will argue they don't currently make it because they're not good enough but my take on it is that the youngsters are discriminated against because, by and large, they are British and not as sexy as a foreigner with a cool sounding name. Look at the players at the World Cup representing England. I wonder how many of them would would be there if they had been forced to fight through the ranks at Cobham. You can't tell me that Sterling would have been given a chance at Chelsea. Cahill was parachuted in as a starter and RLC earned his place on loan. Maybe the good thing to come out of Moscow is that clubs start to take young English players seriously. A few of "our own" in the team would give us back that sense of identity.