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  1. Everton 2 Chelsea 0

    I am considering whether that is meant to be ironic or not. A short streak of disappointing results and he would be in the Sackwatch bin, as usual.
  2. Cardiff City vs Chelsea

    Better than renaming Chelsea Football Club to Team Chelsea.
  3. New Stadium Plans

    Forbes reckons Chelsea is worth about $2bn or about £1.5bn. That makes sense to me given the team value is about £800m and Cobham must be worth £2-300m. It's hard to value things like goodwill, the current potential value of the earnings and so on. CPO make the stadium less valuable on the open market than most but its location is prime property. Most of those who want to buy the stadium without the encumbrances of CPO, we want nowhere our club. If RA is saying (and the evidence is very limited) that he wants £2.5bn, then I think he is saying that a sale has to generate enough profit to offset his disappointment in not owning the club any more. Everything is for sale, but that sounds like as near as you can get to a realistic sum which is also designed to resist the sale.
  4. Everton 2 Chelsea 0

    The problem with that is that once made up, any evidence that reinforces your point of view would tend to confirm your opinion. Any evidence that doesn't will be described as atypical, an outlier, the "exception that proves the rule". Most people do that. But after so few games? I am not sure I could begin to judge him even now, We need to give Sarri a whole cycle (or more) before we can say he is a success or failure. The cycle would be the whole season, the training regime and change in style, and the ability to bring in players to play that style. We also need to consider what we mean by success. We embarked on a major change in style. To change now would render the whole season a waste of time. I am not saying that it will ever work but it has to be given more of a chance than "a few games".
  5. Taking The Pee Out Of Liverpool (For Khobar)

    I think refs are desperate for them to win this year before VAR comes in. Mind you, VAR will probably be manned by Phil Thomson
  6. Everton 2 Chelsea 0

    For those predicting a win, the reverse fixture was 0-0. They might play in a more open way at home bit given their recent run, that's not certain.
  7. Eden Hazard

    which is simply proof that they have not grown up yet. Maybe when they are 23 or 24. we can start to expect adult behaviour.
  8. Eden Hazard

    "We need to rebuild with young talent for the long term" - To me, the way to do this is to introduce young players gradually into a team based on experience. Otherwise, I think we are throwing them to the wolves. Let's say Hazard does leave and we decide to bring in CHO in his place but also swap out Willian and Pedro. We end up with a very inconsistent front line because young players give energy and inconsistency in equal measure. Equally, I see sense in playing RLC in midfield but not at the same time as replacing Luiz with Christensen, Jorghinho with Ampadu and so on. We would end up with a really youthful team all striving to avoid relegation.
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    Is there a definitive statement about the consequences of this ban in terms of: Can we or do we need to re-register players returning from loans? What happens in we renew the contracts of existing registered players? What happens with players we have on loan and currently registered (Kovačić and Higuain)? Sorry if someone has already covered this?
  10. Transfer Talk Topic

    I agree those things are a possibility but we currently hold his registration. So, the question is whether the club sees more benefit in selling for a sum of money that cannot be used to replace him and feel the loss of his skills next season or do you take the hit later and lose him for nothing but have had his skills over the next season. There are other factors such as the possibility that his potential loss would unsettle the squad and that kind of thing. Would the club get more flak from selling him when we have a transfer ban and so can't buy anyone to replace him or sell him later when we can?
  11. Transfer Talk Topic

    It seems to me that a transfer ban means that players like Hazard are less likely to go, not more likely. The response of the club will surely be to minimise all transfer activity in the relevant window(s) as they try to hold on to players to maintain squad strength. The questions for me are how this affects players who are already registered even if on loan and what happens to players we have loaned to other clubs.
  12. Chelsea 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

    Sarri has said in the past that he sees no point in having an LB on the bench. I think he thinks he should be able to cover that position in case of injury.
  13. Chelsea 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

    Wait until we are 1-0 up with ten to play and they are pressing for an equaliser. That's when I start to have a bad feeling.
  14. I think the point Paul is making is that he has not signed a new contract. He is playing under his current contract that he did sign.
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    I think they are making a claim in Swiss Law because CAS, which is just a court of arbitration, operates under its jurisdiction. To me, it looks like a case of an irremediable sentence being passed on a defendant whose case is still the subject of an appeal. It would be like being hung for murder while your case is before the appeals process. I can't imagine a court from any country being happy with that because they are not allowing the appeals process to complete before passing sentence. That's a bit like treating the jurisdictional rights with contempt. If I were a Swiss judge, I would be looking for a reason to throw out the case.