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  1. Official: Chelsea Sign Tiemoue Bakayako

    Conte confirmed Baka is alright to play. The left side looked badly damaged in the photographs. Looks like it crashed on a tree trunk.
  2. Chelsea 0 Arsenal 0

    The board is also going through a learning curve. All things considered, I guess it's been a decent few years. In the last 5 years we have won a CL, a Europa League, 2 League titles. In the same period City have a couple of League titles and Utd have one league title. It is a strange balance that the club is attempting to maintain. Build asset value and win trophies. No wonder the managers are under immense pressure. However, the club did attempt to buy Llorente, admittedly on a short contract that he was unwilling to sign. It does indicate some flexibility.
  3. Chelsea 0 Arsenal 0

    Honestly, Wenger nullified our formation very well. He had his back five stick close to our wingbacks and front 3. He had 4 midfielders playing narrow to swamp our midfielders. Our best bet was the 2 wingers dropping deep and getting the ball forward slowly and steadily. Willian is strong and Pedro is intelligent; unfortunately neither have enough of the other quality. Starved of space, neither could have much of an impact. Morata is not the kind of striker who will dominate a defence on his own; at least not yet. He does seem to have the physique but not the heart for a physical battle. As good as our wingbacks are in getting forward and keeping the ball, I really wish they had a good cross in them. I certainly expect more from Alonso. Azpi seems to put the best crosses in from open play. Also, I feel we would have been a bit more adventurous had Rudiger started in place of Cahill. Having Cahill and Alonso on the left is scary, especially when a wingback like Bellerin gets behind Alonso.
  4. Chelsea 0 Arsenal 0

    I have a feeling Wenger will go with a solitary holding midfielder and play with 3 attacking midfielder a behind the striker - Alexis, Ozil and Welbeck behind Lacazatte. The safe choice for us is to go with a similar lineup as against Spurs. I'd rather we keep it tight in the first half and bring in the cavalry in the second half. My concern is Morata's fitness. If he can maintain his energy for 90 minutes, I'd want us to go with 5-3-2 else the usual 5-2-3. The fact that Arsenal play on Thursday night will have an effect on the game.
  5. Chelsea 6 FK Qarabag 0

    Michy tried; but seemed to try outlandish flicks or to turn the last defender. Both unlikely to come off. He rarely faced the last defender with the ball.
  6. Chelsea 6 FK Qarabag 0

  7. Chelsea 6 FK Qarabag 0

    Willian getting a wee bit carried away with his run.
  8. Chelsea 6 FK Qarabag 0

    Sweet sweet strike from Pedro.
  9. Leicester City 1 Chelsea 2

    I prefer the Seal version :)
  10. Leicester City 1 Chelsea 2

    Burt Bacharach was right
  11. Books You've Enjoyed Or Would Recommend 2

    Highly recommend 'A Civil Action' by Jonathan Harr and 'Black Hawk Down' by Mark Bowden. Both books have been subsequently made into movies.
  12. Chelsea 6 FK Qarabag 0

    Morata, Baka, Drinkwater and Hazard need time on the pitch. Pedro, Azpi and Moses need some rest. So. Courtois Zappa - Cahill - Christensen - Rudiger - Alonso Drinkwater - Cesc - Baka Morata - Hazard Sub - Bats for Morata Moses for Alonso Willian for Hazard
  13. Leicester City 1 Chelsea 2

    You see Essien would have struggled a little bit with technique in the modern game where most top CMs have a combination of technique, awareness and fiestiness. The game has come a long way in the last 5 years. Yaya's mobility would have held him back. Baka, is not very far from being as effective as Essien at his peak. I feel all he needs is a bit of experience and tactical awareness to be as good as Essien. Add a bit of technique and refinement, he will be amongst the best CMs in the planet. You could say the similar things and more about Pogba, but I don't think he has that humility and focus. Also, it gives me a lot of comfort that Baka is working with a hands-on coach like Conte.
  14. Leicester City 1 Chelsea 2

    We have a gem in our hands.
  15. Leicester City 1 Chelsea 2

    The bench looks formidable as well
  16. Leicester City 1 Chelsea 2

    Don't blame the victim. Blame the vice.
  17. Leicester City 1 Chelsea 2

    I understand it more than you think. Yes the media should be taking the Spurs supporters to task. They should have done that a long time back. Yes, the term targets the Spurs supporters and not the Jews. However as soon as you come up with 'but Johnny did it too and the teacher didn't say anything to him' argument, it means that you are somewhere justifying a wrong. It might feel unfair. But you cannot look at this issue in relative terms.
  18. Leicester City 1 Chelsea 2

    You see, they are the same. If someonebsang 'f***ing Indians' instead of the Y word, I'd get offended; notwithstanding the fact that an Englishman is singing a song about a Spanish footballer. Two wrongs don't make a right.
  19. Leicester City 1 Chelsea 2

    Juni mentioned in his twitter handle that Christensen will eventually become first choice centreback. He is that good. Between Rudiger and Cahill, I feel more secure with Rudiger in the back than Cahill.
  20. Leicester City 1 Chelsea 2

    I don't want to get into a argument about racism on what is a football forum, but since its been broached - here is my take - What many non-minorities do not understand is that the problem is not much with the word itself, but the fact that it is being used by a representative of a majority as an identifier. That means that the person in question is being identified by his colour, race or religion instead of what he chooses to identify himself as. It makes the person in question feel like a misfit. Now when you broaden the context, the minority group feel like they are not being seen as a part of the society. So you see, labels and connotations with respect to race a lot more profound than most people make it out to be. If people know you mean well, and you mean well - you can call your black buddies "What's up n***as!"; but identify an odd person by his colour (or gender in a male majority floor) in the work place, the said person will immediately feel discriminated - whether you meant it or not. The issue of discrimination is more important than silly football chants. Yes. Silly. I have been to London. I travelled to around Britain last year. I had the good fortune of meeting some really decent folks who were living proof that centuries of formal education provides a sense of security that allows a person to see the best in other people. Coming from a country where you have to literally fight for every inch, it was eye-opening. When it comes to football, I felt a lot of offensive chants has got to do with posturing than the 'tribal passion'. As a Chelsea fan, I'd rather my fellow Blues showed some compassion. Don't do it for the Spurs fans who happen to be Jews. Show compassion for the group of people who have suffered the worst possible discrimination in recent history. The word is truly demonised, regardless of whether Spurs' fans use it ironically or not.
  21. Leicester City 1 Chelsea 2

    In India they chose to broadcast Arsenal Bournemouth instead of Leicester Chelsea, the last two champions no less.
  22. Leicester City 1 Chelsea 2

    A little bit of decency from our end will not hurt.
  23. Leicester City 1 Chelsea 2

    We played alright considering it's the first game after an international break. I suspect Willian started on the bench because he travelled a long way. We started alright. Good composure at the back and the middle. Unfortunately the same could not be said for the final third. Alonso and Moses were wasteful; Pedro anonymous. Cesc seemed to try a bit too hard once the first 20 minutes went by and ended up giving away balls to the opposition. It did not help that the referee (as always) was a complete wuss. Courtois - Did well to save off Slimani. The penalty was completely avoidable. Azpi - But for the backpass which led to the penalty, he was superb. His positioning when Mahrez was driving on goal with Vardy making a run behind (the one that led to Slimani's shot) was an absolute masterclass in defending. Luiz - Had a decent game. Rudiger - He is impressive for someone who is new to this team and league. Strong, decent on the ball and will only get better Alonso - Should have done better in attack. Moses - Similar to Alonso. He seems to dwell too much on the ball. Should have got an assist at the very least. Kante - My MOTM. A Duracell bunny. I don't think there is a better ball winner in the game. His distribution is also much improved. Bakayoko - He is clearly still settling in. Should improve his distribution. A massive presence in the middle though and much more mobile than Matic. Fabregas - He had a brilliant first 20 minutes. His passes should have led to a couple of goals. Faded quickly after that. Gave the ball away one too many times. Pedro - Disappointing first half. Was largely anonymous. Probably the reason why Cesc became ineffectual. Morata - He looks like a player with a very high ceiling but is shackling himself. If Conte can guide him in the right direction, we have a 30 goal per season striker in our hands. He has all the right qualities - built, technique and the awareness of a seasoned pro. Finally, we are now 3rd in the league. Onwards and upwards. Up the Chels!
  24. Leicester City 1 Chelsea 2

    Vardy looks in good nick. I fully expect Rudiger to start. We need pace in the backline. With Rudiger and Bakayoko replacing Cahill and Matic we have that extra bit agility that will keep us in good stead against quicker teams. I will be very interested to see how these lot perform against Klopp's press. I would not want Hazard to start this one. Maybr come in for the last 30 minutes. Same starting line-up as the one against Everton.