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  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    The English version of the Lokomotiv Moscow website has him down as on loan with a priority purchase option (whatever that means...) https://www.fclm.ru/en/publications/news/24682
  2. Official: Willian Departs And Signs For Arsenal

    €4m a year for a truck driver?? I picked the wrong profession.
  3. Official: Willian Departs And Signs For Arsenal

    He passed his citizenship test before he left Chelsea.
  4. Media / Press

    Nitpicking here, but I don't understand number 3. If there was no arm, there's no handball, just a deflection - which may or may not have resulted in a goal... No handball = no pen and no red, surely?
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    Maybe Rüdiger has rejected his offered contract and will be sold instead? I can't see him and Christensen making it to January without an extension.
  6. Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1

    3-4-2-1 with Mount and Werner playing off Lukaku. I think that would work nicely. If we want to go ultra-attacking + hard press we could drop Kovacic/Jorginho for Mount, leave Alonso at LWB and put Havertz or Ziyech in the inside RF spot. Prbbably not the opponent for that though...
  7. Think so - played for us, West Brom and Everton before turning 21.
  8. The Way We Were..a chara sslt..series 2

    As a Kiwi kid growing up in the 70s and 80s I never kicked a round ball in anger! On the rugby field I started on the wing then moved to loose forward when I got too slow. I played mostly openside or No. 8 until the opposition started getting too big and too fast. 3 concussions in a row (each with a longer stand down) put paid to my rugby career at 17.
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    For his size and strength, he doesn't really use it though and is more of a last shoulder player than a battering ram. I think that's why people tend to underrate him and why he's less influential against packed defences than on the counter - which is also why I'd be wary of signing him although I think he's an excellent player. I'll admit though, I've not seen much of him since he left the Premier League. I often think Carlo's Christmas tree formation would work well for us or a 3-4-2-1 with Werner and Havertz playing off someone if we don't want to change to a back 4. We tend to "fence" rather than "cut" and IMO we need more runners from deep or quicker ball speed to improve our goalscoring ability. A back-to-goal CF helps immensely with that. Especially one that then spins and goes straight for the box. Theoretically, a 4-3-2-1 gets most of our players on field in their 'natural' positions; it gets Mount (who has a decent long shot and good timing) running in from deep and late and still leaves us with enough in midfield to cover whichever CBs play. We could even make do with the fullbacks we have. If it was my money, I'd be pushing pretty hard for Lewandowski even at 32/33 years of age. I think he's got everything we're missing in a forward. He's never been the quickest and he looks after himself so should be able play on effectively for a while yet.
  10. Media / Press

    That's my point - the perception doesn't have to be politically or racially motivated and is absolutely driven by the media's agenda. Especially when its solidified through the red tops in the UK which are traditionally read by the less affluent and the opinions and stories are intentionally sensationalist. In this case it's old/clean vs. new/dirty money with a hint of Cold War animosity. That for me, is the principal reason we get tarred with a thicker brush than Manchester City. The ADAG ownership is more credible than a "rubber duck salesman from Saratov". The narrative was formed off the back of popular opinion (United and Liverpool supporters feeling threatened), reinforced through the media and then amplified by David Dein et al spouting on about Russian tanks firing rubles over English fences. Even the Shinawatra regime was more liked than us and that really was a case of a dodgy dealer siphoning money from a legitimate source but, because the regime was so inept, so non-threatening, they usually got a free pass.
  11. Media / Press

    Or maybe it's just due to public perception - on the one hand a billionaire spending money accrued at a time when things in Russia were decidedly dodgy; on the other a Middle Eastern country investing the returns on a naturally occurring resource.
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    That’s what they keep saying about house prices!
  13. Stamford Bridge Upgrades

    I‘m not completely up to date with planning law in the UK, but I would think that would be a supporting document or report for the application. It would be here.
  14. Stamford Bridge Upgrades

    That’s just the sum of lost seats applied to one stand. The rail seating is being in the MHL too, so the losses are spread over ca. 10000 seats and not 7000. Still just a ratio of about 1:1 though. The seats being wider, or the mounts for the flip seats taking up more space could be two reasons why we‘ve got a net loss in capacity. The planning permission for the installation must be on the LBHF website somewhere.
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    Welcome Northern Lights!
  16. Stamford Bridge Upgrades

    We're already operating at under capacity, aren't we? Especially for European nights. If we rip out the seats and replace them with rails and snap seats (which is what most clubs seem to be doing) then you're right. There'd be little to no increase, which is probably why the club has stated they've lost another 500 seats because of the installation. If remedial works could be done to add an intermediate step between the rows, then that ratio should be theoretically achievable. But then again our rows may not be deep enough to do that...
  17. Stamford Bridge Upgrades

    1:1.6 is usually a good ratio for safe standing areas but current Green Guide regulations permit up to 1:1.8 So, for example: Shed End = ca. 6800 x 1.6 = ca. 10880 spectators.
  18. A (Chelsea) Rose by any other name

    Mine's an old school nickname - there were too many guys with my first name in my year and my surname is Germanic (which was too much for my Antipodean classmates). Flinkers is what they came up with and it stuck.
  19. Media / Press

    Stay classy Ryan!
  20. Transfer Talk Topic

    Havertz confirmed! https://link.chelseafc.com/mjdA5sASv9
  21. Transfer Talk Topic

    That will probably end up being our starting forward line but I wouldnt be surprised to see depending on injuries: Werner Pulisic - Mount - Ziyech in the first few weeks folllowed by a first change of Havertz. I think we'll move more towards the Doppel-6 that's favoured here, purely because our personnel (considering the players we're targetting) suits that set-up better than most formations and theoretically gives us better protection through the middle of the park. That's why, long term, I'd like to see a CF like Haller here.
  22. Transfer Talk Topic

    A lot is overstating things - don't have much time with two young kids! Having said that, I think we'd be pretty silly not to sign Havertz. He's comfortably one of the best players in the league already and has really stepped up his goals and assists since Bosz arrived in Leverkusen. Bosz tends to play a pretty aggressive, attacking style, so maybe that's why..? He's got great technique like most young Germans do, he gets himself into great positions on the field, seems to get open a lot (similar to Thomas Müller) and he's fast to boot. We'll miss Willian's pressing on the right but I think Havertz's/Ziyech's speed, directness and threat on the ball either through a cross or shot should compensate for that. He seems to really like playing as right Inside Forward so IMO he'd be in direct competition with Ziyech if he came. I don't see him slotting in further back. Regardless of COVID-19 etc, if we pass on him this season, we won't get a chance again.
  23. Transfer Talk Topic

    I'd also take Sebastien Haller off their hands.
  24. Transfer Talk Topic

    Everything I read here was that we had no recall option and the coach thought he had far better alternatives in the squad. I’m not sure if the loan was organised before Nagelsmann took over, but it’s certainly clear he didn’t rate him. We clearly underestimated how competitive Leipzig was going to be and the standard of the Bundesliga in general. A German team might be a decent bet for him again but he needs to drop down at least another tier to a team like Wolfsburg, Frankfurt or Hoffenheim. Mönchengladbach was an upper mid-table team when Christensen went there. A top 4 team won’t touch him. A team challenging for the top 4 won’t touch him. Personally speaking, I don’t think a team challenging for promotion from the Championship would take him either. But wherever he goes, he can’t be stuck for the whole season again.
  25. New Stadium Plans

    Looks like they’re letting the planning permission lapse. https://chelseafc.app.link/VeHeRv54d5