thevelourfog

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  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    If contract talks have indeed stalled, then that that report a few months ago about them being done was a load of nonsense. And if those reports are a load of nonsense ... Well, why on Earth would you put any stock in what the same people are reporting now?!
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    Further proof, then, to not believe what you read? Toni Rudiger obviously is not going to Spurs, ffs.
  3. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Just looked at their fixtures. Next 5 league games are Spurs, City, Watford, us and Arsenal. Is that a run you'd want to give a new manager when it's completely clear you are not part of a title race and what you can aim for, which is 4th place, has no real outstanding competition (Leicester will be there, but Spurs and Arsebal are miles off)? I'm not sure, think I'd want to give a new manager a better start given the fight you need to fight for every point for is already lost. My understanding is that United are still recruiting a CEO, too. I think Solksjaer will be there until mid-December.
  4. Chelsea 7 Norwich City 0

    Well ... Yeah. Because he might be. If you want to pretend public criticism (and let's be honest, what Tuchel has said hardly qualifies as criticism) has never, ever worked as a way of motivating someone or modifying their behaviour, then go ahead. Bizarre, indefensible position to take but your choice.
  5. Chelsea 7 Norwich City 0

    I mean, I suggested no such thing but I can see why you would need to suggest I did to sustain your argument. I do remember, though, that Tuchel immediately put Hudson-Odoi in his team. I'd imagine none of your team are Premier League footballers, a career in which public criticism is commonplace, even unavoidable. Very few of us would be in roles where it would be normal to talk about people we manage in public at all. So you're missing the point, which is about what motivates people, and I expect on purpose.
  6. Chelsea 7 Norwich City 0

    Tuchel actually said 250 games, which makes a bit of a point on how much to trust or put stock in what you read ... None of us here know what any of these players are like as personalities, or what motivates them. We have no idea what they need to hear to be up for it. I manage 5 people in my job. One is pretty good but a complete egotist; any praise they get goes to their head very quickly. Another one or two are much more able than they think, and the slightest criticism destroys them. Anyone who saw only the feedback I give each individually might think I was playing favourites or have it in for some of them.
  7. Chelsea 7 Norwich City 0

    Difficult to know where to start with some of the comments so easier to not bother. Norwich, bless them, are not a PL team. Even so, gratifying to see us properly fill our boots against weak opposition, feels like it's been a while. Chilwell playing a free role from LB is consistently entertaining, probably my favourite thing about this season so far.
  8. Chelsea 7 Norwich City 0

    Mount strikes me as obscenely hard-working, on and off the pitch. I'd be more inclined to think that's the "problem", if there is one; a bit of burn out. I think he's been pretty average this season rather than out right poor. I'd disagree with the above suggestion that he's greedy, too. He's often making the choice to shoot when from outside the pass is better, but he's similarly making the pass when the shot was on. I don't think playing with an actual centre forward or playing nominally with two up front is clicking for anyone just yet and that makes Mount stand out as we have higher expectations of him than other attacking players who haven't been as good as him as consistently in our memories. We do need our attacking play to start clicking but I don't think we need to be alarmed it hasn't quite happened by mid-October.
  9. Chelsea 7 Norwich City 0

    Amazed anyone would think any different. Even if we score early on, Norwich are not going to come at us. It will be low scoring but, I hope and expect, comfortable. Did you do this on purpose?
  10. Brentford 0 Chelsea 1

    I suppose saying they didn't attack until late on was an unfair exaggeration, but my point stands; does anyone think they'd have been playing like they had nothing to lose at the end if they did have something to lose?
  11. Brentford 0 Chelsea 1

    Don't understand this. Brentford didn't attack until the 75th minute and went hell-for-leather with nothing to lose. Would they have carried on piling forward if they got a goal and did have something to lose? Seems unlikely to me. They weren't unfortunate Mendy saved everything they got on target.
  12. Brentford 0 Chelsea 1

    Sterile domination for the vast majority of the game, where if anything the complaint would be we were too busy defending well to do much of anything else, but a very emotionally difficult watch for the last 15 minutes so they are what will be remembered. Not sure I've seen us be so penned in and so scared of having possession in the last 15 minutes of a game since the Nou Camp in 2012. Mendy's save from the overhead kick was brilliant. The icing on the cake for a really solid Mr Reliable-style performance. All saves he should make prior to that, but most keepers will make the odd slight error and let one of them in. He seems to have an uncanny ability to not do that. Chilwell's finish was incredible. Werner and Lukaku were absolute sh*te. Good result, but I doubt Tuchel congratulated anyone for it in the dressing room.
  13. Official: Chelsea Sign Christian Pulisic

    I'm sorry, who are you again?
  14. Brentford 0 Chelsea 1

    Did the Ealing half marathon the other week and the Hanwell bit (specifically running up Greenford Avenue) was bloody unpleasant, but not as unpleasant as going to QPR as a Chelsea fan. I lived on Loftus Road last time they were in the Premier League and the short travelling time didn't make up for the sh*te views!
  15. Media / Press

    If I quote myself, do I have to make it clear I'm quoting myself? Seems pretty insane to me to just take the Saudi state at their word over piracy and not being directly involved in running Newcastle, which is what the PL seems to have done.
  16. Brentford 0 Chelsea 1

    Genuinely had no idea there was yet another international break. Late kick off away to a surprisingly in form PL newcomer, who just happens to be from only a few miles down the road, immediately after international football feels very much like too good a story, doesn't it. Looking forward to this one.
  17. Official: Chelsea Sign Christian Pulisic

    This establishes how many games he has missed (I'm taking you at your word, not bothered to look up the facts myself), not how many injuries he's had. Which is surely what you'd need to establish to say someone is "injury prone"? I don't think we can count COVID-19 as an injury either tbf. Don't have a particular stake in this argument or care much either way (I'm not a Pulisic fan and never really have been, even if also not his worst critic).
  18. Chelsea 3 Southampton 1

    This, and then this ... Bizarre response to having pointed out to you that we're neither "failing" or "using Barkley" often. Or, I suppose, the only response you could make while holding on to a ridiculous starting position. Mad how not being perfect is actually failing miserably when you're desperate to moan about something.
  19. Chelsea 3 Southampton 1

    Staggeringly poor decision for the ruled-out goal. Not whether or not it was a foul, just whether or not to apply VAR at all. Found the use of VAR for the red very annoying, too; if it's obvious, it doesn't take that long. Hudson-Odoi did what he does whenever he plays, so I'd be surprised if he's involved in the next few weeks. Loftus-Cheek was better but I don't think did much to break up the existing pecking order. Real shame Chilwell made such a clanger of a challenge, because he was otherwise very, very good and the best of those reintroduced. Great pass by Barkley for Werner's goal, after he'd made a dreadful pass forward about 2 seconds after coming on. We needed someone looking up and taking risks early so he worked but I think is someway off a redemption. Main thought, though ... Fair play to Timo for still instantly celebrating every time the ball crosses the line, I'd be a more tentative in his shoes by now!
  20. Chelsea 3 Southampton 1

    Saw some highlights of last season's home game, from before Werner got broken. What the hell happened? I know some will argue he's never been any good or has never had much skill/technique, but even if that is true he was a different player in his first few months and that disappeared almost immediately. We can go top today, first week in October, having already played both main competitors for the title. It's must-win because any home game against 5th downwards is with our ambitions, but I'm feeling pretty relaxed about it.
  21. Media / Press

    Just seen a Guardian headline and sub-heading about how we're "malfunctioning" and how different we look to just two weeks ago. It's absolutely mental. I know this is exactly how the press works, big teams up to generate content and slate them to generate more content, but it all amazes me that they have the gall to do it. And that people lap it up. We're exactly the same team we were two weeks ago!
  22. Juventus 1 Chelsea 0

    Could only watch parts of the game (WiFi issues!) but from what I did see, it was our first genuinely poor performance of the season. A really frustrating performance and result, missing some really simple chances and giving away a goal out of nothing. Can someone who watched the whole thing explain how we had four times as much of the ball but conceded four times as many fouls?!
  23. Juventus 1 Chelsea 0

    I think some people bought too much into the idea Tuchel had Guardiola's number and so are obliged to catastrophise Saturday's result. All four of those games were incredibly close, marginal games decided by the tiniest and most momentary opportunities. That it worked three times in a row completely vindicates trying it the fourth time, and I expect we'll see it a fifth and maybe even sixth or seventh time this season. Juventus have been, I am told, absolutely dreadful this season. Interested to see for myself.
  24. European Super League

    So UEFA have abandoned their legal action against Juventus, Real Madrid and Barca and haven't yet taken any of the penalty payments they agreed with the other 9 clubs. A "super league" of some kind is going to happen in the next few years.
  25. Chelsea 0 Manchester City 1

    Really? The City press had completely dropped off long before Loftus-Cheek came on. What he did was dribble past players, and usually in the direction those players were happy for him to dribble into rather than the one we needed to go in. Not criticising him, City had locked the game down by that point, but it does seem odd to me to suggest he did anything especially effective or well. Play this game with this set up 10 times and 6 or 7 end up 0-0. The others end up 1-0 either way. I was really disappointed by the second half. The first was unpleasantly stressful to watch, but it made sense from a strategic perspective and "worked" in that it gave very little away. The second wasn't dreadful by any stretch, but there were too many minor defensive lapses and stray passes for a game plan predicated on marginals, and in truth the battle was over once City got their goal. I felt this was the Kovacic of old; didn't do anything early enough and overly inclined towards dribbling out of (or into as it mostly turned out) trouble. Frustrating, but not the end of the world. The next 5 league games are very big; get the results you'd expect from them and we'll be in a very good position.