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  1. Michael Essien

    An interesting idea but I can't really comment having never seen him play there. What I would say is that Jose must have some sort of back up plan in case a couple of defenders get injured, and Essien could well be part of this, as the most versatile of our midfielders. With only three recognised centre backs, Jose must have either been impressed enough with Mancienne to trust him as 4th choice or have another player in mind. I seem to remember Essien occasionally filling in at centre back for Bastia or Lyon although I may be imagining it, so maybe Jose has him in mind in case of emergency.
  2. Didier Drogba

    Drogba's just gone down a long way in my estimation if those comments are true. The 4-3-3 system is played by Jose because he feels it's the most effective formation to play with the personel he has availible to him. Drogba happens to be the most well suited player we have to play as the lone striker, with two wingers alongside him. Who cares if Lampard scores more than him? Would you rather Drogba scored 5 more goals in a season in a 4-4-2 at the expense of the favoured playing style of the manager and other players? Drogba has a very selfish attitude and I don't think Jose will be very pleased with these comments, as essentially it is a criticism of him. Anyone who knows anything about football realises it's harder to score goals up front on your own, and those who watch Chelsea will admire the amount of defensive work Drogba gets through in a game. No one expects him to score shedloads of goals, as long as his overall game is good. I wish he could just stop whining, get his head down and keep improving, as he has done over most of the season.
  3. Salomon Kalou

    Apparently Van Basten had guaranteed Kalou a spot in the Dutch World Cup squad if he'd got a passport in time. This is a squad that left out Roy Makaay so he must be fairly useful. Exiledblue, does he play mainly as a second striker or out wide? How do him and Kujt work together?
  4. New Kits

    Someone on the forum designed that and posted it on here a while ago, can't remember who although I don't think it was Carefree Chris.
  5. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    quote:Originally posted by Daveff89Did Sam Hurrell play? id="quote"> id="quote">No he didn't. Ryan Bertrand is the current youth team left-back and according to the report he played very well. I seem to remember he was one of the players signed in the summer, so Hurrell will have a tough job getting in the team ahead of him.
  6. Gianfranco Zola

    As much as I love Franco I would have to say that Ronaldinho is a better player than Zola was in his prime. I would play both as one of the wide players in the 4-3-3 coming in off the left or right flank, because neither are good enough defensively to play as the 3rd midfielder. Zola's vision and skill would stand out even more in our current team than it did when he was at the bridge, but I think Ronaldinho is on the way to being one of the all time greats - don't forget, he's only 25.
  7. Michael Essien

    Commentator said Crespo's looked like a hamstring strain, probably just a precaution, but that Essien's was ligament damage and could miss the African Cup of Nations.
  8. Michael Essien

    It's understandable though isn't it? A young 22 year old trying to make an impression at a new club in a new country, who sees his fellow central midfielder banging in the goals left right and centre, his team consistently winning by a considerable margin of goals- who can really blame him for taking a few shots? I'd much rather he gets it out the way now than towards the end of the season when the important games come around.
  9. Didier Drogba

    quote:Originally posted by Nigerian blueWhen all things are considered and Drogba has been in the premiership long enough he will certainly be a more significant player than the Henrys & Niesteroys. On Lampard, the jury has long given a verdict. id="quote"> id="quote">I think it's a bit early to say that Drogba will be a more significant player than Thierry Henry once he's been in the Premiership long enough. As much as I dislkike the guy, Henry is pure class and would walk into any team in the world. I would be very suprised if Drogba was ever regarded as being in the same class as Henry, although he is showing encouraging signs of improvement.
  10. Michael Essien

    Hopefully that's the end of it now.
  11. Michael Essien

    quote:Originally posted by TeRiYaKiPut Torres in a world-class team and watch him explode. id="quote"> id="quote">I'm not saying this wouldnt happen but there´s a good chance he could have a poor first season as he takes time to adapt to England and the Premiership, as Drogba did. Those who are anti-Essien are saying 20m is too much- I agree- but 25m plus for Torres is just stupid.
  12. Michael Essien

    This is not fantasy football. You can't just sign Aimar or Torres - a lot of work goes into a transfer. Have you actually watched Fernando Torres? he's a good player but we would have to pay close to 30m quid for him, a ridiculous price for someome who only scored 16 goals in La Liga this season. Aimar obviously wouldnt fit into our formation-if we bought him we would concede a lot more goals and take away some of Lampards natural game. As for Anthony Grant he is much further from first team football than you seem to think. He is a promising young player but thats all at the moment I'm afraid.
  13. Michael Essien

    HernanCrespo I think you should maybe lay down the age argument as it would be pointless to argue with someone who claims to know the guy. This debate is never going to end because those who are anti-Essien are basing their argument on the idea that we need a playmaker rather than whether Essien is good enough or not. Out of interest, would you say there are many No10 type playmakers who have been a success in the Premiership before, and can a typical No10 realistically play in a team with two wingers? Would this not leave us too short at the back?
  14. Ashley Cole

    QUOTE "I am making no excuses but we did have a few players out injured or players who carried on while injured - key people like Sol Campbell, Thierry Henry and Gilberto Silva." For a start the league was virtually won when Henry got injured. Secondly, Robben, Duff, Bridge, Ferreira, Parker, Drogba and Carvalho all missed significant chunks of the season. Terry and Lampard carried on whilst injured. I think he's trying to win over the Arsenal fans again.
  15. Didier Drogba

    I understand your point, football certainly is a team game and as your examples show you don't necessarily need a top goalscorer to be succesful. I would also agree that Drogba has been harshly treated by some people on this forum. BUT- After such a good season last year and spending £24m on him don't you think we could've expected a bit more from him? When we have players like Forssell on loan and Morientes going for £6m then surely you can understand why people might be dissapointed in him? As for your list of players, I'm sure that if the likes of Henry, Adriano, Schevchenko and Ronaldo were playing for Chelsea this season then we would've done better than we did. IMO to be the main striker for Chelsea you have to do a lot more than be a good team player.