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  1. Werder Bremen 3 Chelsea 0

    Because apart from a few changes in personnel, I see little difference in the way we set up or play compared to last season. We dropped points against Palace, West Brom, Newcastle, Sunderland, West Ham, Norwich, Spurs and Villa, but had a great record against the top teams. I fear the same this year.
  2. Werder Bremen 3 Chelsea 0

    And just for the record, I think we will do just fine against the better teams - those who will attack us, commit players forward and leave space for us to exploit on the counter. Like last season, I think we may struggle against the lesser sides who will set up to keep a clean sheet and aim to score on the counter or from set pieces.
  3. Werder Bremen 3 Chelsea 0

    But therein lies the issue - most people are not criticising the RESULT, they are criticising the way we play, the formation, the game plan, the tactics, the personnel. We could have won all of our pre-season games but the problems remain: Slow build up play, no plan B against sides that park the bus, an unwillingness for wingers to beat their man and Fernando Torres!
  4. Werder Bremen 3 Chelsea 0

    Writing this from Bremen, but struggling to concentrate due to the number of sirens (police and ambulances) that have passed the hotel in the last few hours. Hope Chelsea fans are safe and well and keeping out of trouble! We were in Arnhem earlier in the week. I felt we looked very comfortable against a poor side. On paper, we should have found today a walk in the park, but we were awful. Truly awful. The referee also had a shocker but that shouldn't hide the fact we weren't at the races. Our main problem was a lack of creativity and pace. We moved the ball so slowly - the biggest culprits were Van Ginkel and Fabregas. When attacking against a team that sit back with their banks of four, the wide men need to retain width and the ball needs to move quickly. When the ball reaches the wide men, they need to either deliver with quality early or look to beat a man. All too often the crosses were poor or the wide man played the safe pass backwards. Torres - I've defended him and supported him throughout his time at the club but I think he has to go. His movement off the ball, especially when crosses are being delivered, is dire. The simple parts of the game - controlling the ball and laying off a short pass - Torres just can't do it. And I needn't mention his finishing or confidence in front of goal. Not a fan of the two holding players today. I felt the tactic was a negative one and they only ended up getting in each other's way. Impressed with Courtois and I think Costa will be great for us if he improves his discipline. He seems intent on picking fights. Impressed with the noise from the Chelsea fans today, it was a good atmosphere for pre-season. We do have some fools within our fanbase though and they do their utmost to give us a bad reputation abroad. The hospitality and kindness that we have had from locals in Holland and Germany has been top notch. Lastly - the Chelsea players and staff. Our friends waited outside the team hotel as they arrived in Bremen just before midday. Some players stopped for the odd photo but in the main, the squad and staff barely acknowledged the fans. Mourinho was the worst of the lot. For people who spend vast sums of money and time following the club they love - just a simple gesture or word from the players and staff means alot. To be ignored is an insult. JT, Ivanovic and one or two others applauded the travelling fans at full time (albeit from the centre spot - why they couldn't summon the energy to walk over I don't know.)
  5. Ashley Cole

    I really don't wish to be nasty here, but it's an awful suggestion. Ashley Cole would get absolutely terrorised if we played him at centre back. It's likely he has never played there in his life, so to suggest bringing him in at this stage of the season, in what is such an important match for us, is quite simply ridiculous! Although Essien clearly operates best as a central midfielder, he has had some experience at centre back this year. Carvalho being injured is a huge loss, but playing Essien there seems to be our only option. Boulahrouz would be an option but is only on call as emergency cover, due to his pending surgery on the shoulder injury he sustained some weeks ago now. Is this an emergency? Although the club haven't mentioned anything on the site, I have been reliably informed that Mikel hobbled towards his car after the match, so I hope he shakes it off before Tuesday, otherwise we may have a real crisis in centre midfield with Ballack already missing and Essien due to start in defence.
  6. Gianfranco Zola

    I still believe he was the Premiership's greatest player to date, but that might be me being biased. I know Henry is quite worthy of this position. I watched basically every match at Stamford Bridge during his time at the club. The guy was a genius, highlights on Match of the Day would not do him justice. This is why it is so difficult to argue with rival fans about just how good Zola was, they weren't fortunate to see him for 90 minutes, week in week out. His best moments for me were the goal against Norwich, the goal in the ECWC final, the amazing trickery in the corner against Liverpool (final league game of 02/03), his 'twisted blood' goal against Wimbledon, making Julian Dicks look like a fool, turning United's defence inside out in his first season and the numerous superb free kicks he hit. The guy was a great footballer and is a true gentleman.
  7. Salomon Kalou

    http://www.chelseafc.com/article.asp?hlid=...r+deal&nav=news Everything has been finalised it seems. He has a 3 year deal. I wonder what the transfer fee is...
  8. Michael Essien

    Just to add to Juni's comments, the away support was superb yesterday. We sang to the end, even after we had lost and some idiotic Fulham fans had run on to the pitch. The odd groan can be excused I'm sure. It might have sounded bad on TV because everybody groaned in unison at the errors Essien was constantly making.
  9. Michael Essien

    Yes, I agree that it is better to get behind the players, particularly those that are having a poor game to try to raise their performance. But it is easier said than done. I don't think many of the Chelsea fans that went yesterday went out of their way to start anti-Essien chants or deliberately jeer him, but many of us couldn't hold back the odd groan when he repeatedly gave the ball away and didn't seem to care less. I think it was frustration from the fans more than anything. I mean, even when he had time and space, he insisted on playing the one touch long ball, (which always went to an opponent).
  10. Didier Drogba

    According to Lawro and Hansen on Match of the Day, the referee had a good game! Jokers.
  11. Michael Essien

    How gutted were we as Chelsea fans when the career of Paul Elliott was ended by a horrific Dean Saunders challenge at Anfield back in the early 90s? Essien's 'tackle' tonight can be ranked alongside it. The only difference is that the opponent hasn't come out of the challenge with his career in tatters. I am a loyal Chelsea fan and always get behind those wearing a blue shirt, but Essien has now made three terrible tackles this season. Tonight's was the worst. He is a superb footballer but this is a very unattractive part of his game and surely none of us want to see it again. When Mourinho does look at it, I hope he takes necessary action against Essien, perhaps a fine or at least a lecture. Essien is endangering the progression of the team by making such reckless challenges- he could now have been sent off three times this season. I believe UEFA will take action against tonight's offence and ban him. This for me is the only possible course of action- the foul was totally inexcusable.
  12. New Kits

    quote:Originally posted by EstacheI know a shop which sales chelsea home kits with Lampard's name and number at the back for £25 id="quote"> id="quote">A certain Sports Soccer perhaps?
  13. Didier Drogba

    For your first effort, I think that was superb. It shows how good Didier can be, some of the goals featured were amazing. His strength is his greatest asset, and even his touch doesn't look too bad in comparison to what we have often seen when he has played for Chelsea. I'm not too sure on the music, but the video is of a decent length and shows plenty of action. Good work mate.
  14. Didier Drogba

    I just hope you haven't used any of CarefreeChris' material! He won't be particularly happy if you have!
  15. Michael Essien

    Forget about playing him midfield. Eidur should play as the 'striker' in the same set-up employed against United at the end of the season. He was our top goalscorer last season with 16 and people still say we need another striker. I know he's no Henry or Van Nistelrooy but his role is just as important. He drops off, holds the ball up and links up play. He in one of the most intelligent, and technically gifted players in the Premiership. He can dribble with the ball, he gets others involved and his weight & time of pass are always spot on. Assists for Duff at Charlton and Robben at home to Everton stand out for me. His best performance was against United at Old Trafford though. He held the ball up superbly and waited for others to join him and always played it simple. He also scores very well taken goals, Southampton and United stand out. When Jimmy was released, loads of Chelsea fans complained that we got rid of the wrong striker, and still people say this. What they don't realise is that Jimmy was a whinger. He had obvious talent, but he demanded respect from his team mates that he often didn't deserve. Eidur is called lazy, what about Hasselbaink?! I can't recall him winning a single header when he was with us, he couldn't be bothered to jump for the ball. Eidur isn't gifted with pace but he loves the club and always runs his heart out. Along with JT, Frank, Maka and Cech, Eidur was one of our biggest players last year. We have just won the league by a huge margin without a 20 a goal striker and have played apparent 'flops' in Drogba and Kezman upfront quite a lot. No need to change anything in my opinion, there is nothing broken. Keep Eidur as the main front man and let Duff, Robben, Lampard and Cole play off him. Eidur is a god.
  16. Frank Arnesen

    quote:Originally posted by Simon PooleEveryone needs to cool off I think its a good sign that we have come out straight away and rejected this. id="quote"> id="quote">Sorry Simon, but we are all understandably shocked and disappointed, it's not possible to cool off. Spurs wouldn't post such a strong message on their official site if there was no truth in the allegations. We claim they gave us permission, yet they say they didn't. This will turn into a slanging match. You have said 'it's good we have come out straight away and rejected this', but remember the Ashley Cole case please! We came out and rejected that straight away, then went back on our word claiming we would make no comment, before later changing our story. The fans have no trust in many of the people in high positions at the club, notably Kenyon and to an extent Greenberg. The problem is, I and many others don't believe them! The aftermath of the Ashley Cole saga has left the club in a bad state. We would expect them to have some sense and cool off a little themselves, after all, we are bound to be the club in the spotlight for a long time to come. This latest allegation looks so bad because it has happened so soon after another 'tapping up' incident.
  17. New Kits

    Gary, I agree with you, I'm certain that the centenery kit isn't as featured, especially as the badge is supposed to include gold writing saying 1905-2005. However, yesterday's matchday programme claimed that it was the centenery shirt. I think this must simply be a misunderstanding on behalf of the editing team. The media have also claimed that this is our new strip, but I am certain it isn't.
  18. Michael Essien

    Is Jarosik likely to leave Tony? I haven't been overly impressed, I must admit, but seeing as we only bought him in January, is Mourinho really going to offload him so soon? Surely a loan deal would have been arranged if he was purchased to simply cover for Scotty Parker until the end of the season?
  19. Gianfranco Zola

    This has been previously posted on the site!
  20. John Terry

    I am going to the final game of the season, sitting in the Shed upper. Hopefully the league will already be wrapped up by then, but to witness the lap of honour and post match celebrations will still be great.
  21. John Terry

    If Maldini's comments are correct then he is an absoulte fool. I don't doubt his obvious footballing talents and the fact that he is one of the best, if not the best, defender of all time. However, according to this source, Maldini accepts Terry has been 'fantastic for Chelsea' but goes on to say that Terry hasn't earnt a place in the national team yet. Many have said JT is on course to win English Player of the year, and why not? He has been exceptional. So how can Maldini say Terry is undeserving of a place in the England side? What more can JT do? He claims that Terry will never be able to play ahead of Campbell and Rio until he has 'competed at international level and won major things'. How does that work? How on Earth is he expected to win honours at International level for his Country when he doesn't even get the chance to play? The whole article is contradiction after contradiction and a huge pile of absolute rubbish. Maldini is quoted as saying 'How strange would it be for the manager to say to one of them (Rio or Sol)"You are not playing because I want to play a defender who has not proved himself yet"'. Terry chances to impress will be restricted to club level until we get rid of Sven. Terry is currently playing the best of the three centre backs, and if that doesn't warrant a chance at international level then I don't know what does. Maldini says 'It would not be right and it would not be fair' (if Terry was to be given a chance). I always believe that players should be selected to play when they are at their peak. Nobody is playing better than John Terry at the moment. Rooney was given a chance in Euro 2004 and showed what he can do. I just hope Sven opens his eyes and selects Terry for the next batch of international fixtures.
  22. John Terry

    I am a strong believer that the manager should not change a winning formula. Thus, when Carvalho returns, I do not want to see him moving into the centre and Gallas going out left. JT and Billy have been superb together, for yet another season. Carvalho wouldn't appear to be much of a left back- I would far prefer to see Bridge out there. If we lose a few games, then maybe we should change it about and bring Carvalho in, but as it is, there's no need to change things, despite the huge transfer fee we paid for Carvalho. The team has to be selected on merit and at present, I wouldn't change anything. By all means, the upcoming FA Cup games should give Carvalho a chance if he is fit.
  23. Gianfranco Zola

    Zola is an absolute legend. Still performing at his age, which must be 38 now surely? That goal against Juve was a towering header from a tiny guy. I grovel at his feet!
  24. New Kits

    Two of my brothers were bought the black and silver away jersey for Christmas, with 'Lampard' and '8' printed on the shirts in Premier League White letters. It looks really good, doesn't look bad against the dark background or the silver trim. I have the away shirt too, but I do have a complaint with it. The shirt has something they call X-Static technology- the same fabric used to produce the England away shirt. The shirt is formed of millions of 'pixel-like' gold 'fabricated beads'. The problem is that these 'beads' can pluck very easily and my shirt looks like it's dirty all the time, but this is simply due to material being plucked from the shirt. Anyone else realise this?
  25. John Terry

    Hey, we all make mistakes! Scrolling around on the latest additions section of the homepage to this site, I realised that one column was entitled 'Match of the Match'! I'm sure it was a deliberate error Peter, and that you were simply testing us...