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Everything posted by Sciatika

  1. Chelsea 2 Lille 1

    I would not mind seeing Ian Maatsen given another chance, maybe against Forest. I thought he looked good last time, once he had settled down, although it was only Grimsby.
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    No thanks. Just watched him. I'd be ashamed.
  3. Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    JCS is doing well at Birmingham.
  4. Everton 3 Chelsea 1

    Isn't it usually West Brom for us?
  5. Chelsea 2 Aston Villa 1

    Never been a goalkeeper. We are always being told that they should be brave, dominate their areas esp. the 6-yard box, take control and try to take the pressure off the defence by punching or, better, catching the ball. I get that. That they should close down angles and make themselves big is just a matter of geometry to me. But in the context of an action, it seemed odd but it is hard to say whether the move was right or wrong without knowing what was in his mind and what other players said and did around him. We also know that the best keepers are in their 30s because the key to being a good keeper is having experience. Whether he is overpriced or not is not really my problem. I think he is a decent keeper and he will be a better keeper next season.
  6. Media / Press

    Nothing will happen. When the West Ham LBGT+ supporters group, Pride of Irons, respond by claiming that "there are other clubs who have ingrained problems" you really have to question whether they have any real interest in the issue. Why would the behaviour of other clubs be an excuse for the behaviour of their own fans?
  7. New Stadium Plans

    The journalist is saying it is 4 months to the expiration of planning permission. The club agreed to have begun by 31st March. But the journalist says there is no indication of it happening or that it will happen. He says that the delay was explained as waiting for better conditions but says that it is really due to the Visa problem. But if the deadline missed then the whole process will have to start again. It is down to RA what happens next. A repeat printing of photos we have seen before. There is very little news there.
  8. Chelsea 0 West Ham United 1

    Is that the West Ham singing songs about rent boys on Saturday whilst wearing their rainbow laces?
  9. Chelsea 0 West Ham United 1

    There seems to be an opinion that Christensen looked rusty in midweek. But if we don't play him, how will he ever not look rusty? And is the same principle true of Barklay, Giroud, Pedro and Willy.
  10. Media / Press

    BBC to show all of Liverpool's Club World Cup games live. The article doesn't say why they have chosen to do this given that they did not show either Man United or Chelsea when they last competed. I wonder how much the coverage cost us?
  11. Valencia 2 Chelsea 2

    We only got a draw that, given we were in front, is disappointing. However, beating Lille at home will put us through which is beyond where I thought we would be at the start of the season.
  12. Valencia 2 Chelsea 2

    She's Greek.
  13. Valencia 2 Chelsea 2

    I have a lecture from 6-8 on the Athenian Sicilian Campaign and I just bumped into the lecturer in the corridor. I think she will notice if I am missing.
  14. Media / Press

    I took a look at the article and was presented with a "Donate" button. I am reminded that when GMG (owner of the Guardian) bought Emap using offshore structures in the Caymans they paid no stamp duty, They also avoided paying corporation tax on the profits of the Trader Sale through a similar mechanism. It always makes me laugh when they campaign against tax avoidance.
  15. Youth Team Production

    Jamie Cumming is in the squad, presumably for a reason. If Kepa gets crocked, he will be on the bench. I have seen him a few times albeit a little while ago now and he seemed competent, but I have no sense of how he would do against top-level teams. The problem with goalkeepers is that they really only start to mature at a later age and so young goalkeepers have "potential" rather than being "ready". We also have Nathan Baxter out on loan to Ross County. In the U23, we have Ziger and Tie. But if any of those is seen as an improvement on Cumming, then why is he is the squad instead of them. Juni would be in a better position to say because I haven't watched so much of the U23/U18 this season.
  16. Manchester City 2 Chelsea 1

    Whoops. Sorry
  17. Manchester City 2 Chelsea 1

    Huh? I said if he was only fit enough to be on the bench I would put him on the bench.
  18. Manchester City 2 Chelsea 1

    Assuming Pusilic at best on the bench, then I would go for: -------------------------Kepa Azpi---------Zouma---------Tomori-------Emerson -------------Kante-----Jorghino----Kovacic -----Willian-----------Abraham--------Mount Subs: Caballero, James, Christensen, Barklay, Hudson-Odoi, Batshuayi, Pusilic
  19. Media / Press

    I think the problem with that analysis is, as they say, "in the curve". I don't think the underlying dynamics have much to do with JM. Spurs have had a period of moderate success with a group of players who are looking at their last contracts. They have to be convinced that they can win anything at Spurs or they will look for a way out. Next summer, Vertongen, Eriksen, Alderweireld. The summer after Rose, Wanyama and Dier. Some are not individually important, but have to be replaced. Moreover, some of the players are said to be less than competitive wages and their agents will also be at the door. In addition, they have invested considerable capital in infrastructure and will be looking for a return. It seems to me unlikely that there will be large amounts of money available to invest in the replacements that everyone agrees are needed. I think we will see ticket price hikes in the summer. If I had to make a comparison, it is more like the Arsenal after 2006. Still competitive, but not enough so to win anything.
  20. Media / Press

    More likely Matic.
  21. Youth Team Production

    I sometimes wonder whether this happens as a consequence of the competition between players. It is like there is a critical mass of talent that creates a chain reaction that accelerates the development of all the players involved in it. I think the Barca and United ones were the same albeit a little older. Of course, it is hard to say that this has something to do with joining at an early age. After all, it happens in adulthood too. However, it seems more exceptional in teenage. Maybe there is some physiological or psychological reason it happens or maybe, because it is rare, we notice it more. I think it will continue provided the club is able to (and wants to) keep priming the pumps. Of course, the club has to consider whether it is cost-effective. However, it may not be in their hands. Increasing competition for the best young players will dilute the talent available in a single academy.
  22. Manchester City 2 Chelsea 1

    I feel we have been caught on the counter quite a lot this season. Maybe we should ask the opposition to hang on a moment until we are ready :-)
  23. Manchester City 2 Chelsea 1

    I have said it before, I know, but the key change he has made for me is to drop the regimented zonal system for something that mixes man-to-man for the most important threats, with a zonal defence to get cover for the significant areas of the pitch. It is improving but it takes time partly because it relies on people knowing exactly what they should be doing (even after substitutions and match changing events when you are vulnerable) which means concentration and partly because it relies on on-pitch communication. Young players are sometimes more reticent about making themselves heard and frequently make mistakes. For defenders as the last line, that can be damaging. It also reflects on the goalkeeper. I don't expect us to be truly proficient for weeks.
  24. Media / Press

    No doubt JM will get them performing better. The arguments will start after the first transfer window. Some of those players, like Erikson, will go anyway. Levy will find out how much JM wants to spend and will only have a fraction of the amount available. JM does not respond well to that.
  25. Manchester City 2 Chelsea 1

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