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  1. Is it gang mentality though or reaction, in one form or another, to one poster trying to impose their views and generally left-field counter arguments on others, the sheer volume of posts is insightful; backed up by a cynical belittling poster who cries bullying from others whilst hardly immune from holier than thou high ground and put downs himself. Certainly guilty of retorting to such radical viewpoints though tend to do so with humorous ridicule rather than any intended spite. Putting someone on ignore when their views pervade the whole site isn't practical as all discussion involves them. I am going to try the theshedend.com for a while as irrationality prevails here.
  2. Mourinho has only come up against his Chelsea successor once. It was December 2009 and Mourinho's Inter travelled to Conte's Atalanta for a Serie A encounter that ended 1-1. Conte's brief stay at Atalanta ended just a few weeks later, and he has not faced Mourinho since.
  3. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte: "It was a good game. From the start I asked them to play well with intensity and to try to do what we are doing in training. "I am very happy because I had a good reply. This is the best game for us. I saw good commitment. When you work hard it is important to have a good performance.
  4. July 1, 2015: Bookmakers suspended betting on Paul Pogba joining Chelsea
  5. They were part of the plan though: Pochettino became used to dipping into the academy during his time in charge of Southampton. The St Mary’s club have one of the most successful youth systems in Europe, but the Argentine believes Tottenham’s is better. “For us, it’s very important to develop our young talent because we have an unbelievable academy and training ground, and we need to profit from it,” said Pochettino. “It is important because the academy is always the heart of any club. It was one of the main reasons I decided to come here. The opportunity to work with this club’s academy was fantastic. I think it is the best in England, maybe even Europe. “When a player arrives from the first team into the academy, it is special for everyone. It is important to put this philosophy in practice and give the opportunity to our young talent. At Southampton, we always wanted to give young players a chance to play. A good example was in my last pre-season there, when we considered signing a right-back. “We already had Nathaniel Clyne and we were considering another. But we decided to take Calum Chambers from the academy on pre-season because we wanted to give him an opportunity. Now, a couple of years later, they are both in the England squad. It is our job to bring through young players and it is fantastic when it happens. “We want to try to give young players a chance at Tottenham, but only when they deserve it and we detect they may have the talent and potential to play in the first team. We would not do it just for the sake of it.” As well as believing that Tottenham’s academy can save Levy some money, Pochettino also thinks that the club stand a better chance of keeping players who have come through the system. He insists there are more youngsters who will make an impact after Kane, Mason and Bentaleb, with Spurs particularly excited over talents such as teenagers Joshua Onomah, Harry Winks, Nathan Oduwa and Cameron Carter-Vickers. “These players identify with the culture of the club and feel the club,” said Pochettino. “If you stay 10 or eight years in the club, with your dream to arrive to the first team, then when you arrive in the first team it’s difficult for you to leave. For that, it’s important to keep your culture and identify the player with it. “We have a lot of talent here and it is very exciting. We watch a lot of games in the Under-21s, 18, 16s and even 14s sometimes. We have a very strong staff on the academy and a very close relationship with John McDermott. We analyse and talk about players every day. “When you come here to our training ground it is amazing to see the eight-year-olds training and looking up to the 18 and 19-year-olds, and senior players.” ------- Tottenham signed just a solitary player in the winter transfer window - a 17-year-old midfielder called Shilow Tracey from Ebbsfleet United, who went straight into their U18s group. Despite being in the hunt for the Premier League title, the club also allowed three first-team players to leave - Andros Townsend, Federico Fazio (loan) and Alex Pritchard (loan) - but did not bring in any cover. There are a number of reasons for this, one of which is the financial difficulty the club faces due to building a new stadium, but principal among them is that the club do not wish to block the paths of a number of exciting youngsters they expect to break into the first-team in the coming years.
  6. Though we may class Rashford and Abraham the same, Rashford is already a first team squad member. Abraham maybe loaned out again, possibly to a Premiership club, he may stay put in Bristol, the board will decide whether he returns to Chelsea or not. Our record is not great, 38 loans this season, still no-one is coming through. Patrick Bamford’s loan season at Middlesbrough in 2014-15 heralded 19 goals in the Championship. This season he is at Burnley, his sixth loan club, where he has figured just twice as a substitute.
  7. Apparently Roman has assembled a crack team (the football equivalent of the 'A Team') they are already on it; according to the Daily Mail. Unfortunately we will have to wait until January and next season to see what rabbits they can pull out the hat. Y
  8. And Boothroyd has compared the two strikers, revealing Rashford is more versatile than Abraham. "They [Abraham and Marcus Rashford] are different. Marcus can play down the middle or on the left or the right, while Tammy is more of an out and out centre forward. "He's somebody else that has been given a chance and he's shown what he's all about. Sometimes that is what it's all about."
  9. What price Terry or Maldini in their prime? For me where we are at now, you get that deal done for Bonucci, whatever it takes, only time will tell you if the money was well spent, it's one of those priceless transfers. However good Christensen is, he is not in the same bracket as the other three; born winners with a winning mentality.
  10. If it means a return to a more robust team that wins from the back, rather than plays watered down tippy tippy I can't disagree with that. Good point well made. Maybe Chelsea want to keep Fabregas?
  11. That's when reality bites.....
  12. So Jose, Guus and Conte aren't up to it, who do you want, Big Ron Manager & Steve Bleasedale? ...
  13. But was it spent wisely? It needs repeating as some aren't listening. By overhaul I don't mean everybody out, I mean change, only one choice was Conte's, not saying he can't work with them, just that some players he knows some he doesn't and right now he is finding out just what he has at his disposal.
  14. Some of the players you list as leavers simply weren't up to it at any level. I would have kept Kennedy & Traore, and would you believe Ramires, but the club went for the cash. Of the current lot they are good players, some better than others, but all have attributes, I have said so often, they just don't appear to gel as a team, which is why I asked you the question 'Who do you think could mould them as a team? Jose struggled, so did Guus. He has not been stuck with the old players, but only one of the new players was his choice. I think we have a better squad but not a much better team at this stage
  15. Yes, I agree with both points you are making, it didn't work and whether it is the players fault or the managers it needed to change, as we all know what happens if doesn't from last season. The calls for the managers head are an overreaction though. Your second paragraph answers the first, he has some of the players, others he will integrate along the way. Right now he is finding out who is suitable. Like Zaffo pointed out not all players are able to adapt to diffferent systems however good they are. At the moment Conte doesn't appear to favour Fabregas, and yet he does Matic as the team is more balanced with him. I have my doubts long term about Matic and I still believe Fabregas would be a good fit in the right team, at this time Conte is unable to use him, rightly or wrongly it's his call. Though some are unproven is definitely the case, like you and many others I would like to see players like Chalobah given a chance. I don't know why he isn't being used but other managers haven't taken a chance with our youngsters either, credit to Guus for doing so, and credit to Pochettino, maybe he will now. As for the pressing, Zaffo makes some good points about why they might be unable to adapt, maybe it is this, maybe it was Conte's instruction. How many times have we seen a very good team look ordinary because the other was better, and pundits say this team haven't turned up today and we are not sure why, maybe it's that and we are at the beginning of a new cycle and we are simply being outplayed because it all feels a bit new. Some will adapt quicker than others some simply won't be able to. Completely agree, though one or two of his own from elsewhere is perfectly acceptable as well.