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  1. Chelsea 2 Arsenal 2

    20 years ago - 1999/2000 - it was a good time! Losing at home to Oxford in the cup when its pissing with rain and you’ve got flu - mid eighties.. now that was tough. Being frustrated is fine. chelsea have frustrated and delighted and infuriated me since the sixties!
  2. Chelsea 2 Arsenal 2

    On my way home from game. A bit dumbstruck tbh. The moment Luiz walked we looked utterly lost - no clue how to make extra man work. Even worse second half in my view. And felt right from the start of the second we needed fresh legs and ideas to push on for a second. I leave thinking Lampard may be the weakest link, not the young players.
  3. Chelsea 1 Leicester 1

    Far away in sunny France, I watched the first 25 mins or so on a small phone with poor reception. Great start but the moment Kante didn’t score I thought: this will slow down and slip away from us. I walked to a sunny harbour for a beer, hoping to be proved wrong - one of my kids sending me annoying texts about the game - e.g ‘Leicester are looking lively’ - which made me hope we’d scored again. Halfway through the beer I decided I’d take a draw and it being my holiday this wish came true. Now I need to find a sports bar showing PL football on the Ile De Re for Norwich. Come on you blues!
  4. Liverpool 2 Chelsea FC 2 (Liverpool wins 5-4 Pens)

    Really pleased with that performance, given Sunday. We showed courage, organisation and flair. Not disappointed with anyone. We just need Tammy, Mason and Pusilic to ‘harden’ up : not bulk up, but learn the way physicality works at this level. I think they’ll get it quickly. Almost take more satisfaction from tonight that from the EL win that got us here. Felt connected and that had faded for me. Come on you blues!
  5. Liverpool 2 Chelsea FC 2 (Liverpool wins 5-4 Pens)

    Good half. Based on the turf lines, Pulisic was about a foot off.
  6. Liverpool 2 Chelsea FC 2 (Liverpool wins 5-4 Pens)

    Agree. Does anyone give a fig about this? Extra training game as far as I am concerned. Despite Frank talking it up.
  7. Manchester United 4 Chelsea 0

    What I think, too.
  8. Manchester United 4 Chelsea 0

    Possibly because we actually did break rules and know it, in which case any deferred ban might result in us getting 3-windows shut, not 2. The converse may now happen: our compliance may result in CAS reducing it to 1 window and we can buy at Christmas. just a thought. Agree with the stuff you said about the result/performance in the rest of your post.
  9. Manchester United 4 Chelsea 0

    I didn’t watch the game - was at a BBQ. Those I know and trust who did watch (one Chelsea, one United) said the score flattered Utd. Rather annoyingly, Yesterday morning I told my Utd supporting mate that I could see us losing 4-0! Last time I predict a scoreline. No idea why I said it really. TBH, hope we fly the veterans to Istanbul and focus on Leicester. I see no reason to give up support for Frank, I also think we should be judged when Rudi, Willian and Kante are back. CHO and RLC should add something too. As last year, our problem will be goals! Need to hothouse Tammy or play a way that gets Bats on the ball in the box.
  10. Transfer Talk Topic

    There is a good clip of Jose going around - I googled Mourinho on Lampard - in it, after saying how much he loved Frank, he talks about how Chelsea are in a unique position with the ban: specifically mentions that we couldn't buy a better CB than Zouma if there was no ban. Also very complimentary about Abraham.
  11. Transfer Talk Topic

    I agree, it would be a joke. However, on Rudiger - he is on the official club app in a video clip headed @Chelsea on Wed: Rudiger back in training! - shown putting on a vest, doing the warmup in a group then striking the ball and doing drills involving contact. Clearly not match fit, but clearly doing ball or contact work - although it might be staged for the clip.
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    Kurt is fine. Just needs to get his eye in. He was trained in that Desailly way of addressing the ball with great certainty, the foot at a 90 degree angle outwards from the body. Take a look at some Desailly clips if you doubt me.
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    Ross Barkley is the new David Luiz. That ball to Pusilic pre-season!
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    Good points. I just go back to the clip of Rudiger, yesterday, merrily involved in ball-based training with the group... and possibly a whisper coming out of Switzerland that the ban may be reduced to this window... and someone offers you money for David Luiz... stranger things happen.
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    My thoughts if this is really happening: 1. I love Luiz - his attitude, appearance and slightly idiotic 'Geezer' persona! 2. I think Lampard will want pace at the back and probably a higher line than in the recent past - Luiz is not the fastest: Zouma, Rudiger, Chris and Tomori ahead of him there 3. On some levels it makes sense - if you value deep experience then less so, but Luiz doesn't appear a conventional 'leader' on the pitch anyway Players come and go, Chelsea is forever!
  16. Transfer Talk Topic

    I think I'd want more than £8 million for Luiz, even at 32. One factor that may be influencing this deal, if this deal even exists, is Rudiger's possible return ahead of schedule. Clips of him in 'contact' training with the squad on the 5th Stand app. He may be coming back sooner than expected, which would give us four CBs, a fifth if you count Azpi in an emergency. Perhaps the word on the street is that we may get the ban reduced to one window, in which case we could strengthen at Christmas too.
  17. Transfer Talk Topic

    Long-term, I think I favourZouma, Andreas and Rudiger over Luiz. But without the ability to strengthen at Christmas, we would go into the season with 25% of our four CBs injured and one of the three remaining (Tomori) completely unproven at Premier League Level. I would tell Luiz to shut up and see where we are at Christmas.
  18. Transfer Talk Topic

    Even with a transfer ban, journalists still work out that we could sell players.
  19. Transfer Talk Topic

    The plot thickens. Like David's hair.
  20. Transfer Talk Topic

    If Luis leaves Chelsea before or on deadline day, I will eat my Geezer wig on a live Instagram story feed for you all to enjoy. Promise.
  21. Manchester United 4 Chelsea 0

    I think we'll start as below. Emphasis on 'start' as I think we'll see Giroud for Abrahams at some point and also don't expect Kante to play through the full 90+ minutes. Kepa Azpi Luis Christensen (or Zouma) Emerson Jorginho Kante Pedro Barkley Pusilic Abrahams
  22. Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    I return to the forum after a long weekend spent rehearsing a community opera, only to find that all the real melodrama happened here. The last few pages seem too complicated to really understand in retrospect, so I will just add my thanks to anyone who does anything to keep this amazing forum functioning - and remind us to exercise restraint. Criticise constructively and criticise the opinion, not the person. Simple rules that I always set in my professional life as a writer and sometime teacher of other writers.
  23. Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    Blackheath! I’ve gone up in the world, after 15 years in Lee Green, so I know Eltham quite well.
  24. Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    I don't know if it feels 'right' - but it feels 'good'. A flashback for me to Jose 1 Day 1, the Ruud appointment and years back Butch becoming captain.
  25. Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    Welcome home, Frank! I've just taken a screengrab of this newly retitled thread - and at 58, I have a tear in my eye and have sat quietly fist-punching the air in my home office. Excellent and well-considered first interview on the club website, too. On other matters - if anyone is interested in reading about truly epic sporting endeavour, I can't recommend 'A Boy in the Water' by Tom Gregory too highly. An amazing tale of the youngest cross-channel swimmer ever. And it all happened at Eltham Swimming Baths, a few miles down the road from me. Really worth a read over the summer.