Blue Rod

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  1. Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2

    A lot of good things abbot today's performance, result aside. Our confidence on the ball and our instinctive ability to create spaces for the next pass through good movement are important assets going forward. As already said, I think we've seen enough of David Luiz to draw conclusion about his abilities. He didn't have much to do, all afternoon. As a central defender, you anticipate the cross and rise to meet the ball. That gives you an advantage over any incoming attacker. But you need concentration and focus to anticipate. It's a bit too late for Luiz. We need to use long and medium distance shots more often Even if they block the first shot the rebound can cause commotion. This could turn out to be a surprise season.
  2. Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2

    Obviously the fee we paid for Morata reflected the potential we found in him. My biggest problem with Morata is not the number of goals he scores. It is him giving the ball away far too cheaply trying to turn and dribble. In some matches like against Man Utd last season he'd do that again and again. This creates a dilemma for the team - should they commit men to support the attack when the ball gets to Morata, or should they sit back to deal with the inevitable counter attack? I would give Morata and the team a simple advice: not losing the ball is number one priority. Goals will come from all sorts of positions.
  3. Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2

    Some players are better when the game is almost static. Mikel is an example. His strength on the ball and his "whatever" passes suited a dug-in game. Other players, like Pedro, come to life in a fast attacking game. it's horses for courses, as always.
  4. Chelsea 3 Arsenal 2

    I can't count the number of times some forum members gave called for Eden Hazard to be sold as being a useless overhyped player. Some of the calls were from well established forum members. So, be reassured that no player is beyond the reach of our experts. Whenever the team is not playing well our expertise in picking faults in individual players is simply tremendous.
  5. Chelsea 3 Arsenal 2

    Very impressed with the performance. I was going to say I wouldn't mind sacrificing a bit of attacking fluency for the sake of defensive solidity. But then the problem with both Arsenal goals wasnt our not getting back. We had men behind the ball but no one was marking or tracking anyone. I'm sure the manager will fix that. Kovacic looks a very good midfielder. Barkley did well even though his square pass to Willian contributed to Arsenal first goal. He is a much better player running with the ball. He should do that more often when he gets the chance
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    I was a critic of Mikel in his final 2 seasons. But my god, if you offered me Mikel exactly today, instead of Bakayoko, I would take the former. That is how much I rate Bakayoko
  7. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    Considering the doom and gloom being merchandised about Chelsea by the punters, the lads looked remarkably positive today. We are not going to get relegated, it seems.
  8. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    6.2 should be enough if he can move his muscles and get down quickly. Courtois, despite his height never looked the most commanding, to be fair.
  9. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    I guess, looking at dressing room politics, DL has to feature now or Sarri loses him completely.
  10. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    Agree about defence. DL seems to have picked up from where he left off. Still not a bad first half, considering.
  11. Transfer Talk Topic

    Whenever I've watched Higuain play he's looked like he's just left a Toby Carvery on a Sunday afternoon. In two crucial CL matches for Juventus he could barely move his backside.
  12. New Stadium Plans

    Given that the current seats barely cover Rafa Benitez a**e, we should be prepared to use the expansion money instead to fight equality and fat discrimination lawsuits, eh?
  13. New Stadium Plans

    So, how long are you suggesting we should wait before we expand SB to 60k? Whether we wait to get back into CL (can't quite understand what difference it would make, given that we have been pretty much the most popular English club in Europe for the past decade) or just wait 4 more seasons, rebuilding SB would not take any less time. We've been filling SB for the most pointless matches for over a decade. It has not mattered CL or not.
  14. New Stadium Plans

    Didn't quite see our stadium empty during our non CL season. We've been a top European and top English PL club for over a decade. If we're to plan our future then that must remain in perspective. We can't just put up a new stadium overnight when we finally return to CL.
  15. New Stadium Plans

    It's stupid political posturing by out government. By definition, investment visa means the person is here to invest. So after more than 10 years of investing over a £1bn in your economy you then say you can't come back to manage your investment. So what happens now to the thousands of livelihood that depends on that investment? Are you denying him visa because he is bringing in new "dirty money?" If you are barring him for the old "dirty miney" he has already invested, are you going to give back unclean money. All this is in where top banks are lining up to launder cocaine money, no pun intended. Perhaps RA should have paid to play tennis with Boris Johnson.