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  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    This is football finance blog stuff gone mad. I don't know what the figures were (and neither do you), but we most likely paid some sort of fee to get him and some or all of his wages. Maybe just one of those, for all we know the fee is precisely for covering wages. And we paid it for the time he was here, not the season after as well. That's what we laid out, not some crazed algebraic projection. I wonder if, perhaps, a loan deal for Higuain was made because buying a better player outright wasn't doable? Rather than loaning Higuain got in the way of buying a better player? I know which of the two seems the more likely to me. (Higuain was pretty crap overall)
  2. Liverpool vs Chelsea

    Four straight home defeats, is it? Interesting...
  3. Chelsea 0 Manchester United 0

    Watched the game on mute as I was in Zoom with some mates, and didn't listen to or read any press last night. Hadn't myself given it a second thought; Greenwood clearly hits that ball with his arm just as he and Hudson-Odoi started tussling for it. A nothing incident, turned into something in retrospect just for something to write/talk about imo.
  4. Chelsea 0 Manchester United 0

    Yes, I don't think it was a dreadful performance at all. A dreadful watch, sure. But they aren't the same thing. I do think we purposefully play very low risk football. It isn't simply the standard of the attacking players. It is that we are not really dedicating our energies to attacking.
  5. Chelsea 0 Manchester United 0

    For avoidance of doubt, I'm very happy for it to be against Man U!
  6. Chelsea 0 Manchester United 0

    Well, yes and no. We're playing catch-up in trying to manage a bare-minimum expectation after a poor first half to the season, so there's not really any games we can afford poor results in. This isn't any different in that respect. And the table already is congested, and will be staying that way right through until game 38. I think we need to stop thinking about the table right now and where the next set of results could leave us. It doesn't matter. Plenty of sides are in a position where one win leaves them feeling they are in contention and one defeat plummets them into midtable. What matters is what kind of form can be expected across a series of games. A win today doesn't really bring us significantly closer to finishing top 4 and a defeat doesn't close it off. I think a win is more important for morale and sending a message than it is for the result tbh.
  7. Chelsea 0 Manchester United 0

    I think that's very unlikely! Just unfortunate enough to have Spurs supporters in the family and to have befriended scousers before they revealed their colours!
  8. Chelsea 0 Manchester United 0

    The older I've got the less schadenfreudey (or whatever the better word is) I've got about football and rival clubs losing, mostly because I know really good people who happen to support those clubs and who I've been able to be happy for when their teams do well. Still haven't lost it with Arsenal though, and don't think I ever will. Them losing will always elicit at least a smirk. Leicester were really poor in the Europe game. They came apart around this stage (if not time) last season, and in fairness to them they've been having to manage for a while now with key players either out or struggling for fitness. Don't watch enough of them to have a strong view on them but perhaps their efforts so far are catching up with them. Who wants to lead the bets on what Harry Maguire will be allowed to get away with today, and how soon after he'll score a vital goal?
  9. Chelsea 0 Manchester United 0

    I don't think (and know you don't either, just saying) Suarez and Costa belong in the same bracket no matter who you support. One used bog-standard centre forward wind up tricks you see up and down the league but just did them extremely effective, the other is a cheating racist b*stard. Fernandes is irritating as an opposition player, but I don't think a villain type. He dives, sure. But loads do. What I like about him though is that he demands a high level from his team mates and delivers the high level himself. And he's a crap loser. In that sense he's more, to me, like peak Fabregas on steroids. We could do with a few who had an attitude like his, imo.
  10. Atletico Madrid 0 Chelsea 1

    I'd say unsporting conduct (if that's the correct wording) but yes, beyond the needling I think every CB has to accept and keep their cool with and into straight up cheating.
  11. Atletico Madrid 0 Chelsea 1

    Couldn't help but wonder why Atletico, who seem to me to be very talented, chose to sit back and cheat. They seem capable of much more than that. We played well so I accept part of it is that we forced the issue, but their whole approach seemed a huge own goal to me. A second goal would have been nice. Rudiger breaking every bone in Suarez's face would have been better. He literally cannot go 15 seconds without cheating. Mount, Jorginho, Christensen and Rudiger, all absolutely fantastic. The first two will be a huge miss for the second leg.
  12. Atletico Madrid 0 Chelsea 1

    Good: Mount and Alonso standing up and taking no sh*t, Werner working his socks off, Christensen and Rudiger looking comfortable. Not good: Hudson-Odoi's not managed a decent cross, Kovacic is taking too many touches and wasting those momentary transitional opportunities before the back 6 regroups, watching Luis Suarez makes me angry. It's okay so far in that we're matching a good side. They are in control, though. We may have the ball but they are dictating what happens and where.
  13. Atletico Madrid 0 Chelsea 1

    Simeone pointing to our 3 keepers as evidence of how good the squad is ... Also just read that Suarez hasn't scored in the CL this season. Wish I hadn't.
  14. Atletico Madrid 0 Chelsea 1

    I am starting to feel for Chilwell. Unlike the others to have had lost places since Tuchel came in, I don't think he really deserves it on a personal level even if it has been a pragmatic necessity.
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    I recall us being linked in the summer, and vaguely recall Torres has said bids were made and rejected at that time despite him asking they be listened to. Again, means little in terms of what actually happened.