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Everything posted by Blue_In_Every_Way

  1. Official: Chelsea Sign Timo Werner

    A generational talent - like Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, CR7, Messi.... We will see how that pans out. And that's pretty much the point. You act like its a sure investment when it is very much anyone's guess at the moment. If this kid is as consistent as you say he is, why make excuses for his performances in the 2 Europa League games? All I saw was a very talented kid, flashes of brilliance and moments where he could have done better. I do watch a reasonable amount of the Bundesliga - specifically Dortmund and Bayern, and I will say that Havertz takes a long time on the ball. That may be an issue in the PL. Regarding Pulisic, any idiot could see his talent and his pace and directness. Only a few couldn't. Is Havertz the best player in Germany like Hamman says? Obviously not. Is he the best Bayer ever had? No. Not yet anyway. I will agree to disagree on this really. I have seen far too many players hailed as generational talents to be really convinced by any of them until it actually happens.
  2. Official: Chelsea Sign Timo Werner

    Tbh most of the pundits as well had the same to say about him in terms of his inconsistency. Its easy to get carried away about him as he clearly has a lot to work with but this guy is no Haaland or even a Sancho IMO in terms of standing out every week. And lets not kid ourselves on that. He doesn't consistently set the field on fire. In fact, I think it is telling that we are the ones seriously in the frame for him. Now, maybe that's financial (like the case with RM, Barca, Bayern, Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs, etc), but you look at his stats (underwhelming), you listen to the Bundesliga pundits (they basically all talk about his potential and not so much about his actual work), you look at where Bayer finished, and then the picture starts to get a little clearer. Yes, we can sign him, but this can still go either way. Oscar looked a sure bet before he got here as well. Now, if we have the money and we can do all of our business and ALSO get him, then great. I am all for that scenario. But can anyone seriously make the claim that this kid is what we desperately need heading into next year? In front of a left back like Chillwel? Or a great goalkeeper? Or a DM like Rice - or even a CB like Rice? Come on, you cannot be serious. Teams basically run right through us. Kante looks like his legs are gone, Jorginho sorry to say has never panned out, Kova is a regular 7 out of 10 guy, Barkley has not progressed, Mount may be better further ahead, Alonso is convincing noone, Rudiger looks like the pitch is made of ice, Christensen has failed, Kepa has failed... and Havertz is where the money should go...? I am curious to know how much of Bayer you look at though. Because you talk about this kid like he is the second coming of Messi and I would say that it has been very difficult to find anyone else who praised him that much.
  3. Official: Chelsea Sign Timo Werner

    I don't think Roman's going to just throw away years of being cautious to go on a splurge during a pandemic year tbh. We would all like to hope that he would but realistically he held back on transfers in January when he could have made them because he is still searching for value in the transfer market. If we look at the guys he has purchased thus far, its more along the lines of players who are ready to make a real impact - Werner and Ziyech. Would an inconsistent 21 year old (admittedly a talented one) convince Roman to spend 80 odd million on him? Besides Kepa, when has Roman ever done that?
  4. Official: Chelsea Sign Timo Werner

    I'm a little iffy on if its the right time to buy Havertz. Leverkusen are clearly gonna dig their heels in and at the moment he's simply not worth 80mp. The risk of the investment is very very high IMO. I caught the last 2 Europa Lge games and I can't say he looks quite as refined as Hazard, for instance, did at Lille before he came to Chelsea. If its crunch time, who do we need more? Rice or Havertz? A LB or Havertz? A goalkeeper or Havertz? A CB or Havertz? There are just too many areas where we can do better work IMO. Having watched Havertz these last couple games, I would leave him at Bayer another year. Yes, the price might increase but thats still less risk IMO than blowing 80 million pounds on the guy and he never meets his potential. Look at Mario Gotze or Mesut Ozil. At Havertz's age, I personally felt that Gotze looked the better player. I would just feel better if instead of Havertz I saw the club purchase a GK, LB, Declan Rice and a CB.
  5. Official: Callum Hudson-Odoi Signs New 5-Year Contract

    Well, he did show what he can do. But it wasn't a great deal. Even if he scored that goal I have to say that I am worried about him. Willian and Pedro gone, Pulisic usually injured a lot - CHO will need to really step up his game because, frankly, he looks well below any of their levels at the moment. He looked a lot more vibrant and eager under Sarri IMO. He just seems so disinterested nowadays. I hope that he really puts his head down and works over this short break.
  6. Time to give Willian some credit

    Sad to see him go, but not because he was irreplaceable. I just felt that he was a good player and seemed like a good guy as well. Its a bit like Eden Hazard where I reckon his replacement will be easy to find. I rated Hazard as well but never really bought into the theory that he could be amazing Cristiano-esque. Willian is more or less the same as he definitely could have improved in terms of his goals over the years and I feel we will improve in that regard. In terms of his workrate, well, he was simply a joy to watch at times. I wont begrudge him going to Arsenal. Or even Spurs. He really did give his all here and he leaves with his head held high and we will always know that his best years were spent at Chelsea.
  7. Bayern Munich 4 Chelsea 1 (7 - 1 on aggregate)

    There isn't a single player that can match Lewy right now though. Tammy at one point this season looked a pretty good player. Then he got that injury and basically became unable to score. If Tammy can get back to his early season performances, I would be very comfortable moving ahead with him next season as well.
  8. Bayern Munich 4 Chelsea 1 (7 - 1 on aggregate)

    Oh no doubt. But Tammy had a long spell where he couldn't get a goal prior to lockdown. Give me a poor but scoring Tammy instead any day of the week..
  9. Bayern Munich 4 Chelsea 1 (7 - 1 on aggregate)

    Totally outclassed. At least Tammy is in the goals. Not much more to be positive about (at this level). We are clearly not amongst the big boys in Europe anymore. Even with Eden Hazard we weren't. In fact, I can't recall the last time any Chelsea side could have been counted amongst the best in Europe. Under Ancelotti during the first season I suppose.
  10. Transfer Talk Topic

    And even more bizarre considering that Arsenal are supposedly struggling financially atm.
  11. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1

    In my defence it is difficult grasping what your opinion of Frank is behind all the nonsense you posted after we lost the FA cup final "identifying" all of his tactical "failures" (even though Frank was pretty clear post match that it was definitely NOT his intended tactical setup for most of the game).
  12. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1

    That would depend on how effective the previous management teams were at getting them to perform. If you think that Frank should be fired before he has the opportunity to make any real changes to a playing squad that has been consistently substandard for 3 seasons now then that's your opinion. Thankfully the club doesn't seem to share that view.
  13. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1

    I have heard JM, Antonio Conte, Sarri and now Lampard all level the same accusations against these guys. Basically its an inability to carry out instructions. If your boss gives you instructions to complete tasks in the workplace and you basically do it well 50% of the time, I think its fair to say this would go down on your performance evaluation and likely would lead to you being replaced. Lampard will have to get new recruits in - simple. And, by the sound of things, seems like he is already in the process of doing so.
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    If it was a battle between Rudiger and Zouma - give me Zouma any day of the week. Rudiger is far too clumsy. And, quite frankly, poor at reading the game.
  15. Bayern Munich 4 Chelsea 1 (7 - 1 on aggregate)

    I think we have got to try our luck. The guys have had a week off. Its the UCL. Imagine if Liverpool had given up on the Barca tie a couple seasons ago.
  16. Bayern Munich 4 Chelsea 1 (7 - 1 on aggregate)

    I dont know. Bayern will be lacking sharpness. Early goal and who knows...
  17. Bayern Munich 4 Chelsea 1 (7 - 1 on aggregate)

    Well even the best coaches have periods where players fall to injuries quickly. In fact, before the lockdown Mourinho was dealing with that as well. I get that these guys aren't the most experienced. But which doctor alive is experienced in dealing with pandemics such as these and seasons punctuated by 4 month stoppages and hectic follow up schedules? Plus, would the club really allow our medical staff to fall as far behind as you are suggesting? Not IMO. If they were that sub-standard I reckon changes will be made this summer.
  18. VAR and Chelsea

    25-75 call on that pen IMO. Not even 50-50 as far as I am concerned. Fact is, if that was against SAF, JM or Wenger you would never hear the end of it. Even Arteta had a good moan at the refs earlier this month IIRC. Klopp definitely speaks up as well.
  19. Bayern Munich 4 Chelsea 1 (7 - 1 on aggregate)

    Hamstring injuries are predominantly fatigue injuries. I think SFL did what any manager would do - go with the advice of the medical staff in terms of the players' readiness to feature. We are talking about players playing 2 to 3 times a week after almost 4 months off. There are bound to be issues. Couple that to the fact that we really were in a terrible fight for top 4 and you can understand why some of them featured so much and why we lost Willian, Gilmour, Kante, Azpili, Pulisic and Loftus-Cheek in the end. In terms of set piece prep, well we already look better with Caballero in goal. Frank has more or less said its a personnel issue because in his day with DD, JT, Cech, Ivanovic, Ballack et al it was pretty much covered though I do recall us having problems under Scolari. I am not absolving Frank - just saying its important to give the man some time to implement his own methods. We are talking about scrutinizing a manager who walked in after a transfer ban, had no reinforcements brought in during January AND had to resume the season after 4 months due to a pandemic.
  20. VAR and Chelsea

    The thing is, they claimed they checked the keepers handball and the Mail published a picture online with the ball still inside the box but I actually rewinded the match on my TV at the time and its so obvious that the ball left the box completely and the GK was holding it. It is not even close. I love SFL, but if I were in charge I would have completely slaughtered the ref post-match. Obviously it isn't great to criticize the ref all the time but yesterday the guy fully deserved to have his integrity called into question. And then Lamps goes and says it was a pen as well.... seriously??? I like a manager who owns up to his own responsibility and SFL definitely does that but there are times when you quite rightly need to speak up and we can blame VAR all we want but there were calls yesterday that should have been made using the referee's own eyes. I have never supported conspiracy theories against Chelsea but something was terribly wrong yesterday. It was Ovrebo-esque!
  21. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1

    I'm still pretty pissed off at the refereeing in this game and what is worse is the Daily Mail are basically saying the VAR made the correct call. Any idiot can see that the entire ball left the penalty area... that's as clear a foul as you would see. And Frank Lampard didn't even mention it. He didn't even complain about the Pedro foul and he made a joke about the Kovacic sending off too! I mean I love the guy but to be a winner you have to be nasty sometimes. This team could really use a lot more nastiness about them. Cynical fouls, criticism of the refs post match.. cynical fouls alone can win you points. Nobody can deny that Jorginho should have fouled Robertson and that Rudiger should have fouled Bellerin. Could have both been totally different outcomes. Xhaka basically rolls around and gets Kova booked twice and it secures the trophy for them! Arteta has clearly learnt from Pep and the generally Barca way. Most Chelsea fans can remember Del Horno "tackling" Messi and Sanchez getting JT sent off at the Camp Nou all those years ago or even Busquets playacting to get Motta (?) sent off. SFL has to be a nastier guy IMO. The team can definitely benefit from that mentality. City in particular are not averse to fouling to break up the opponents attack.
  22. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1

    Why buy players if you could just hire a "good" coach then? In terms of the tactics - we were sucker punched. Any idiot can con a ref to win a penalty (Anthony taylor at least) and any idiot can run through our side at the moment. Certainly we could have sat deeper, but why? Referee and usual suspects aside, Arsenal were never in this one. Definitely didn't "out-think" anyone.
  23. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1

    United got 10 penalties, Mane and Salah certainly know how to "work the system"... 1 call that went in our favour doesn't even out anything when there are so many bad ones.
  24. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1

    Its easier to slate players who are repeat offenders you mean. Christensen was rightly dropped for a long spell. Rudiger was dropped as well until we switched back to a 3. Kepa was correctly dropped (Willy was good today). Jorginho was out of the team until Kante and Gilmour BOTH got injured. I mean, its not like I am picking on these guys. They are repeat offenders. A manager doesnt have to walk in and make poor players good players to be a good manager. In fact, which manager does that? Certainly Klopp and Guardiola simply buy better players - as do all managers.
  25. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1

    He doesnt seem to be very keen on Christensen anymore, and Rudiger was dropped recently until we went 3 at the back. Honestly, we might see a lot of players leave: Kepa, Emerson, Christensen, Pedro, Willian, Giroud, Barkley, maybe Rudiger, Jorginho and Hudson-Odoi as well I guess. That's a huge turnover in one summer. 7 to 10 players out... he has to make sure we bring enough players in if so many leave.