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About Sciatika

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  1. Manchester City vs Chelsea

    Last year we were 3-0 down after 20 minutes and ended up 6-0. Please God, not again.
  2. Manchester City vs Chelsea

    Can the other Kante track Sterling?
  3. 5 Chelsea Questions

    Had a bit of everything.
  4. 5 Chelsea Questions

    First Chelsea Hero - Ian Hutchinson Club Signing That Excited You The Most - FloMo or maybe Hoddle Opposition Player You Wish Chelsea Signed - Aguero, maybe. Favourite Chelsea Goal - Osgood's flying header in the FA Cup Final Replay. I really thought we were going to be stuffed in that game. Your Lifetime Chelsea Eleven - Hard. When you play Nevin, Hazard, Hutch, Zola, Robben, Fillery, Canners, Butch, Wise, Walker and Cooke in the same team, one of them has to go in goal.
  5. Manchester City vs Chelsea

    I think the pressure is off. A point or three would be nice, but no one expects us to get anything. Can we use that to our advantage?
  6. Chelsea 2 Crystal Palace 0

    True. I think he has young children. It may just be about where he and his wife want them to grow up.
  7. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    When I said we only need it to be reasonable, I was wrong. We need it to be reasonable and consistent. And it needs to be seen as such. Maybe the VAR system needs to be manned by referees in Edinburgh, Dortmund or Stockholm rather than Stockley Park? We could have some kind of exchange. Of course, coming from a different association won't make it perfect, but it will exist outside the domestic game which is too heavily influenced by top clubs, former players and the desire of the media for specific narratives. We don't mind mistakes as long as it is fair. PGMOL and individual officials (and former officials) are too closely involved in the media and, along with players and ex-players, thay are part of what drives the narrative drama of the domestic game.
  8. Manchester City vs Chelsea

    They have a very tight fixture schedule in December as well as the usual Xmas. That will lead to fatigue (and related injuries). They don't have a hugely deep squad. It's a long shot, but it is far from over.
  9. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    I was watching the Spurs-Sheff game and thinking about VAR decision for Sheffield's goal and it occurred to me that anytime it takes longer than a few seconds to make a decision it is too close to call and the advantage should be given to the attacker. We don't need ti to be right, we need it to be reasonable - to fix clear errors not marginal decisions.
  10. Chelsea 2 Crystal Palace 0

    Imagine a back four of James, Zouma, Tomori and Emerson, with Kovacic and both the Kantes in front of them.
  11. Transfer Talk Topic

    If we are looking at £60-80m for a backup left-back in the Summer, then I would be taking a closer look at an 18-year old Ian Maatsen.
  12. Chelsea 4 Ajax 4

    I get a sense of "he was really good but he was better". I rewatched the second half of the Watford game recently and Kovacic and Jorginho were both brilliant. Could I separate them? Probably, but only on fine margins.
  13. Chelsea 4 Ajax 4

    All I can say is "Bloody hell"
  14. VAR and Chelsea

    There is a rumour he is interested in the Arsenal job.
  15. Burnley 2 Chelsea 4

    The strange thing about that is that O'Brien tries to present himself as running a discussion based on evidence but rarely actually bases his opinions on real evidence. Evidence-based journalism requires effort in understanding the different sides of a story. In the case of Frank Lampard, O'Brien chose to believe an article in the Sun from an interview done under the influence of alcohol. He chose not to investigate or verify the story with the other side which is a basic pre-requisite of proper journalism. Instead, he ran the story arguing that he would not behave in the way and that someone acting as he thought Lampard had are "scum". He knew it was controversial and would get people to phone his show and increase audience figures. In effect, he defames people in order to sell soap powder. He does this all the time. His behaviour in the Carl Beech affair was a case in point. On numerous occasions, he interviewed people representing Carl Beech and argued for a presumption of belief in Carl Beech's story. Again he chose not to present the opposite point of view. This was, in effect, a presumption of guilt against senior politicians and public figures of serious criminal activity. He has still not apologised to those who were the subject of those lies. It's the radio equivalent of cheap clickbait.