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  1. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0

    Someone offered me an Arsenal ticket in the home supporters end yesterday. I considered the issues and decided it wasn't for me. I think we will have most of the possession and they will end up playing a 5-3-2 but with wingbacks to get forward on the counter. I worry about their strikers but those centre-backs look dodgy. Willian, Pedro and Hazard against Socratis, Mustafi and Koscielny. Also, it would be an advantage to us if they play Ozil. A midfield of Xhaka, Torreira and Guendouzi is no pushover. If we play at pace, I think we'll win.
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    Just as a matter of perspective. I was watching a rerun of some of our games today and, in some cases, he is flagged offside when he isn't. In two cases he was not flagged when he was offside. Mind you, I tend to take the view that a striker in the 6-yard box cannot be said to not be affecting play.
  3. Media / Press

    There is a point at which the seeking of justice becomes a witchhunt. Duckenfield made a decision to open the gates because, in his judgement, there was a danger to public safety. He has admitted that his decisions were a factor in the disaster. It was not irrational. It was not intentional. He was doing his best. We have to accept that sometimes public servants make mistakes. In this case, the mistakes proved to have been catastrophic for 96 people. It's very sad for them and for those they left behind. He will have to live with that for the rest of his life. In a sensible world, we would be encouraging those who lost loved ones to find it in their hearts to forgive, but it seems, in this case, it is impossible. I also find that very sad.
  4. Petr Cech retires

    Wish him well. If Big Pete's happy I'm happy.
  5. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0

    I was talking to an Arsenal STH tonight (a friend) and he was telling me how bad they are at the moment. He claims that only Aubameyang and Lacazette have any real value and they don't both play at the same time.
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    I would do the same but I don't think we need to cancel Sarriball, we need to adapt it to get more width and penetration. We need to use the likes of Willian and CHO wide positions and Pedro and Hazard to play more on the shoulder and behind the lines. We will score more with both Morata and Giroud. It's not quite working now and we are capable of beating Man City and Arsenal, being unfortunate not to beat Liverpool and would have got a draw at Spuds in the LC if it weren't for a dodgy offside call. Our problem is not those sides, it's breaking down teams playing a deep 4-5-1 or similar. The only way to beat that is to use width, pace and penetration and the occasional ball over the top.
  7. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0

    True but I can't bring myself to want the Spuds to win....ever. Hopefully, we get the win, the Spuds lose at the weekend and we have an extra club as a buffer between us and Man Utd.
  8. Chelsea 2 Newcastle United 1

    I disagree. I think they are constantly evaluating his performance, which is what we would expect from a boss. It is a results-driven business and we are still in both domestic cups, still in the Europa League and still in the Top Four, so he is doing well. I don't expect us to win everything. There are problems, of course. But it is hard to imagine we would be doing much better given the problems he began with and given the demands of the club and the fans. He has to use the players he is given irrespective of their shortcomings. Our strikers are a weakness but that's not Sarri's fault. We demand he plays young players in order to get the experience, but we also demand that he fields, within the constraints of the squad, a competitive team for each game in every competition and he does that too. The squad appear to be mostly happy and are working for him. We have a few older players who are not seeing enough time and will probably leave. I suspect he will replace from his young players and that means we will potentially have a risk of a drop in performance. Cahill is probably still a better player than Ampadu but Ampadu has more potential going forward. He has made the club aware of the problems. As a boss, I am struggling to see what more I can expect.
  9. Chelsea 2 Newcastle United 1

    Just proof that the Man Utd player's cared more about getting rid of a manager they did not get on with than the best interests of the club and the fans. I would be seriously pissed off if I were a Man Utd fan if they don't get into the top four.
  10. Chelsea 2 Newcastle United 1

    Not me. I have always argued that Willian gives us something different to the rest.
  11. Chelsea 2 Newcastle United 1

    Glad we had Willian playing.
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    Anyone that came up with a Championship side. Didn't Jamie Vardy?
  13. Kante and Jorginho - The Conundrum

    Like all things related to playing passes, it is as much the responsibility of the passer and the recipient of the pass to see an utilise the space. Maybe Jorginho is not passing forward because players aren't moving into spaces.
  14. Tottenham Hotspur 1 Chelsea 0

    The important point now is to get it firmly entrenched in referee's minds that Chelsea were the better team over the 90 minutes with more shots on and off target, more corners, fewer fouls and that Spurs won the game by being awarded a penalty based on a wrong decision by VAR that undermined the correct decision of the officials. The Chelsea players stopped because the linesman stopped but the linesman did so because he was in line and could clearly see the offside. It was a mistake to refer to VAR. The referee should have trusted his assistant, but it was understandable because VAR is new. There is always a tendency to overuse new things until you get used to what works and what does not. The players should have played to the whistle but, in a noisy atmosphere, you don't always hear the whistle. They probably assumed it had been blown. It was unfortunate but we play on and try to overcome the deficit in the replay. We need to be careful not to overplay but merely mention it at appropriate times, especially when reporters bring it up, in the build-up to the second leg. The psychology is important.
  15. True, but he has hit the woodwork 5 times this season. I know that if you hit the bar or post, it is off target, not on target, but he could easily have scored half of those and, at seven goals, would be well on the way to his best ever goal return (13 last season). The disappointment for me has been not getting better results from free kicks. None scored so far and quite a few not even close. :-(