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  1. Didier Drogba

    The Sun : Houllier Drog bid [GF: just look at the language used in this piece and tell me it isn't an attempt to upset either the player, Chelsea Football Club or both. The only thing that intrigues me is the somewhen sinister reference from Aulas. Anyway, seeing as it's Alaus I think we should immediately slap a £50Million price tag on the Drog after they held us to ransom over Michael Essien. Just remember that the last lines of this piece are re-hashed from earlier reports.] DIDIER Drogba could end his Chelsea torment this summer after being offered a lifeline by Lyon boss Gerard Houllier. The French champions have revealed they will make a fresh bid to land the Ivory Coast striker after the World Cup finals in Germany. Former Liverpool boss Houllier missed out on 28-year-old Drogba two seasons ago but is now confident of landing the unhappy Blues ace for a knockdown fee. Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas admitted: “We made a previous approach for Drogba two years ago and the deal was virtually done. “Besides, there are certain elements that give me hope that we can bring him over for next season.†Drogba has failed to live up to his hefty £24million price tag since arriving in the Premiership from French club Marseille in July of 2004. He could find himself surplus to requirements if Jose Mourinho buys Andriy Shevchenko in the summer. Even though Drogba has scored 14 goals this season, the hitman has even been taking stick from his own fans after admitting he dives. And he recently voiced concerns over some of Mourinho’s signings. His uncle Michel Goba said: “I believe Didier could leave if he keeps hearing whistling from Chelsea fans. “It wouldn’t surprise me if he looked elsewhere.â€Â
  2. Didier Drogba

    Since when has Okocha been a diver? Diouf and Stellios maybe, but Okocha? Don't think so.
  3. Didier Drogba

    I'm interested to know where the Sun claim they got this from. Quite often, newspapers print quotes out of context, usually around the time the Chelsea Magazine comes out oddly enough. Anyway, there's a big interview with DD in this month's magazine but I've only had a chance to quickly scan through it so I don't know if they've blagged something from there.
  4. Didier Drogba

    quote:Originally posted by Droy was my heroI have to disagree with you on one thing - Drogba has actually been one of our best players for a month or so now and has been generally good all season. id="quote"> id="quote">Actually, I tihnk you'll find we're in agreement. I'm not one of the people who slated Drogba, and I'm on record as saying he's been playing his best of late before the West Ham game. I've said here he played well, but in the context of what he had to deal with from a pretty poor West Ham defence I think people have gotten a little carried away. It's easy to understand, some people have bemoaned lacklustre performances from the team, but we go out and batter a crap team and everybody is happy. I'll tell you one thing, though. If we continue to do this against teams like West Ham, and I know it's what some people want to see, we'll get the same label as Arsenal: flat track bullies. There'll be no winning with the UK press, of that you can be sure. And just for the record, because there seem to be some people here who think I'm not happy with this performance, I was very happy. I'll be a lot happier if we perform well against a team that has something to fight for, and we've got at least two of those games coming up.
  5. Didier Drogba

    quote:Originally posted by kooliomix3The whole reason people criticise him is because he dived, rolled, handballed and cheated. Since he has been criticised we have seen a new Drogba, one that scores, chases, jumps for lost causes and backtracks. This is what the fans love to see, we criticise when a player cheats, we worship when a player plays as classy as he did. id="quote"> id="quote">This is history being re-written again, isn't it?People were on Drogba's back before the cheating debacle, weren't they? Donkey, couldn't hit a cow's arse with a banjo, couldn't trap something in a phone box, the list is endless. Let's be honest, some people were on Drogba's back because they thought he was crap and a complete waste of money. Some people stayed off his back because they realised he was doing a job for the manager. Same way Frank Lampard is now, oddly enough. The current Drogba love-in in this topic is actually quite embarrassing. I've no doubt some people will come out and say they only slated Drogba because he cheated, but the sad fact is he was criticised for being crap for a long time.
  6. Didier Drogba

    quote:Originally posted by CroweyHowever it's a long time since I've seen a Chelsea forward chase AND WIN so many "lost causes" in one game. id="quote"> id="quote">Drogba was excellent yesterday, I agree. To me it looked like he topped off the way he's been playing for the last three or four games. Industrious and committed to the cause. Much more mobile the last few games he's played, too. But, I don't think it was the addition of Crespo that made the difference. We still pumped the occasional long ball into Drogba, which almost every time he was able to take with ease because the West Ham defence weren't strong enough to handle him.
  7. Didier Drogba

    quote:Originally posted by dooder12Then what to you want? If this passionate display won't sway you, what will? id="quote"> id="quote">Erm, what exactly do you mean by all this nonsense?You think I need swaying? I suggest you check my posts more often. I'll be waiting for an answer in this one.
  8. Didier Drogba

    > I can think of one or two around here who will say their defence was a shambles Not their defence, the team as a whole. West Ham were truly dire.
  9. Gianfranco Zola

    From the piece I linked above: "Zola, his wife Franca and their three children Andrea, Martina and Samuele, had all grown extremely fond of life in Britain and the British had certainly grown fond of Zola."
  10. Gianfranco Zola

    Apologies. Fine. Anyone else?
  11. Gianfranco Zola

    I don't think you're trying very hard...
  12. Gianfranco Zola

    There's a WikiPedia entry for Franco, but the site's been down all day so I can't check. Suggest you try there or, as ever, Google is your friend.
  13. Ashley Cole

    > He has openly stated his liking for Cole and likewise his wanting for a left back That was before his last bout of injuries, right? It's maths, by the way. You do the maths.
  14. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    From TOCFCWS Five youth internationals in action Friday, Mar 31, 2006 Chelsea provided five players in yesterday’s Under 17s internationals. All are in their first year out of school, their first year full-time at Chelsea. At Barnsley, England drew 0-0 with Bulgaria, having drawn 2-2 with Italy two days before. England’s full-backs were our youth team captain and central defender Jack Cork on the right, our left-back Ryan Bertrand on the left, and our top scorer Scott Sinclair on the left of midfield. Sinclair was substituted with 20 minutes to go having demanded the best save from the Bulgaria keeper and then he hit the post. Against Italy the three Chelsea boys played the whole game. In Portugal, midfielder Ricardo Fernandes and winger Fabio Ferreira both started against Ukraine in a 2-2 draw. Fernandes was substituted with 20 minutes to go, Ferreira played the whole game. Both teams are in tournaments and have more games to play.
  15. Didier Drogba

    > Jose played £24 million pound for him(LOL)he's not going to admit he got it wrong just yet is he? And you're not going to answer the question, are you? What is your view on José picking Drogba all the time?
  16. Didier Drogba

    > the abuse he received from the MHL on Saturday was thorougly deserved Nice. Drogba has his two best games - workrate, positioning, committment - for Chelsea in a long time and you're ready to kill him off here and now.
  17. Didier Drogba

    quote:Originally posted by Flinkers"Kneecapping the successful when they stand at their tallest is a traditional English pastime... id="quote"> id="quote">Actually, it's something our antipodeam cousins may be more familiar with. Tall Poppy Syndrome The media do indeed have a tendency to lionise in this country, but I think this is a fairly recent phenomenon here.
  18. Didier Drogba

    quote:Originally posted by RobWHUI'm not small-minded. I just like football. id="quote"> id="quote">Small-minded because you come on here telling me that Chelsea have been cheating for two years, yet you concentrate on a single incident to justify that charge. If you like football, you must be heart-broken with all the cheating that goes on in the modern game. I'm not a fan of F365 at all, but there's a useful analogy drawn by John Nicholson in his latest piece - being discussed elsewhere here I believe - this week: "Every game you see features cheating or attempted cheating from claiming a throw in when its bounced off your own leg to diving for penalties and Chelsea are simply not any more guilty of this than anyone else, they are, however, under a constant glare of media spotlight and so people notice it more and more is made of it and whenever the hysterical media twitch starts howling, there seems sadly to be a lot of fans who respond like Pavlov's Dog and join in the foaming and wailing. You're having your minds controlled by this media exposure you know. You're letting it warp your brain." Just so you know where I stand on this one, what Nicholson says above can be levelled at many of the posters on here post-Man City game.
  19. Didier Drogba

    > The rest of the world isn't 'jealous'. We just don't like cheats Let's just assume for a minute that we weren't, by your definition, cheating. We were, however, still top of the league and cruising to another Premiership and in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. What excuse would you then be using to hate us? Do you think you could stop using the Royal 'We' while you're about it, please? For every small-minded individual like yourself, there are hundreds who respect just how good Chelsea are. You're just speaking for yourself here, don't forget that.
  20. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    No game today, Alan. Fixtures are here and judging by the table it looks like a few teams have games in hand over us right now.
  21. Michael Essien

    quote:Originally posted by gazzerI can't understand how Essien has been fantastic id="quote"> id="quote">But there's a recent history of players who we've paid loads of money for and started badly, isn't there? Frank Lampard, who'd advocate sacking him now? Joe Cole, and now SWP is starting to show his true colours. But we're not prepared to give Essien any more time?Of course, there are players who just weren't good enough, too. But by and large weren't they the players we didn't break the bank for? Veron excluded of course. :-(
  22. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    From TOCFCWS Arsenal Youth 0 Chelsea Youth 3 Monday, Feb 20, 2006 "An outstanding performance, probably our best to date, said youth team coach Brendan Rodgers after his side had completed the double over Arsenal this season. Read the full article.
  23. Frank Arnesen

    Arnesen lectures in America Wednesday, Jan 18, 2006 "Director of youth football development Frank Arnesen today flies to the United States to spread the Chelsea word in football’s new world." Read the full article.
  24. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    quote:Originally posted by dooder12No need for a character swipe Grahame. I was just pointing out that I expected more for the huge investment we made in the youth this year. id="quote"> id="quote">It wasn't a character swipe. Brighton are a team used to playing together, and up until December (at least) hadn't lost a game. People's perceptions are often skewed by comparing names, but in the youth (and other leagues) it's often irrelevant. After all, Arsenal lost to Brentford in the 3rd round. Yes, we invested considerable sums in the Academy but it's going to take time to pay off. Our reserve team is wierd, being an extension of the youth team and place to returning first squad members to get some fitness, and should a youth team player show some sparkle, they get loaned out or languish in the reserves. The only players I'll be keeping my eye on in the Academy at the moment are Scott Sinclair and Michael Mancienne. I had high hopes for Dean Smith at one time, having watched him I thought he was a great looking right back. He signed pro papers two and half years ago, and how many times has he played in the first squad? I realise I'm completely off-topic now, but things need to change somewhere. Arnesen has been at the club just a few months and we've seen some positive changes - the signings you mention, the sum total of which is nothing like the money being talked about for Walcott and he'd end up in the Academy - off the pitch, but on the pitch I'm not so sure. Arnesen has just started, Rodgers and McGiven have been around for a while. I wonder who's more worried about their job. Or, shock horror, perhaps José is just crap when it comes to youngsters...
  25. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    > I expect more from our youth team against the likes of Brighton Just out of curiosity, and ignoring your obvious snobbishness, why?