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About grantdesmidt11

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  • Birthday 06/26/1986

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  1. An article on why I actually see Hiddink having a fairly straightforward task as manager manager, not the huge challenge many of the press think he faces. Any feedback would be much appreciated on this as I'm sure many will disagree.
  2. Ryan Bertrand

    It's been an incredible 12 months for him. I've done a piece on his future prospects, massive career up-turn after Di Matteo took over, and his relationship with Ashley Cole.
  3. Victor Moses (On Loan: 2013-2014)

    Very impressed with him so far. In fact, I did a fairly in-depth piece on his Chelsea career so far, plus his background: To The Victor, The Spoils: A Look At Chelsea Winger Victor Moses
  4. Official: Juan Mata Leaves For Man United

    No idea what happened with my post above. The formatting was all wrong. Guess that's what happens when you try to post from your Blackberry! Juan Mata, recently did a very good one-on-one interview with Philippe Auclair for France Football. He talks about his views on Spanish and English football, and a few other interesting bits. I've translated it from French. Here's a link to the English translation: Juan Mata France Football Interview: An English Translation.
  5. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Bit late, but here's my Premier League Review of week 4 if anyone fancies a read. Thanks.
  6. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Here's my latest post on the weekend's Premier League. Mostly just an analysis of Liverpool-Arsenal. I hope it's okay if I post these every Monday, but I'm sure a mod will inform me if it's not okay. Haven't mentioned it in the post, but Carlos Tevez, what a footballer. No matter what issues he has off the field, you would never know by his on-field displays and work-rate. Premier League Week 3: Liverpool-Arsenal Analysis + Selected Links & Observations
  7. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    That was great. A second week in a row where Spurs throw away a lead after AVB changes the formation. They are seriously lacking in leaders. Their 5 leaders were King, Modric, Van der Vaart, Dawson, Parker. Looked lost with none of them. Though Carroll was excellent against Fulham. Berba decent in parts as well. Did an article on why Rodgers was willing to offload Carroll. Can be found here:
  8. César Azpilicueta

    Some thoughts on Ivanovic and an analysis of his games at right back vs. centre back. I still see him as a right back (and first choice) myself. And I get the feeling Di Matteo feels the same way. Branislav Ivanovic: Dispelling Misconceptions
  9. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Premier League Week 2: Selected Observations (including Chelsea!), up now on my website:
  10. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Some very sad news this morning. Our former player, Jeffrey Ntuka (also knows as Jeffrey Ntuka Pule) passed away last night. He was allegedly stabbed to death after a brawl at a township nightclub. If you remember, he spent several seasons on loan at Westerlo before being released and returning to play here in South Africa's PSL. Condolences to his family. RIP.
  11. CFC Offer To Buy Back CPO Shares. Stadium Move On The Cards?

    Very difficult for a foreign supporter like myself to comments on this issue, and I doubt many are interested in any opinion I may have. It seems most people trust the current regime in Abramovich and Bruce Buck. However, the worry appears to be if Roman ever sells up, that the new owners might take the club in to difficult times and try to sell the new stadium and the land on which it is built. Am I understanding that correctly? It seems a similar scheme to the CPO scheme should be attempted at any new site. Thus putting the control of the new stadium back in the hands of the supporters. Is this not possible? It also seems to me that with the ticket price issues for this season's Champions League, that this is the ideal chance to get more of a say on these issues. The supporters have some leverage here, and hopefully that can be used to improve on these sorts of problems. Supporters also seem to be worried about us becoming another Arsenal - new stadium charging ludicrous prices, no atmosphere, and very little transfer spending due to new stadium expenses. The last issue is surely offset by Roman investing his personal fortune in to the stadium, as well as the current Stamford Bridge plot likely to fetch a huge amount of money because of it's location. It's obvious that the club needs more match day revenue, compared to Utd, Arsenal and The European giants. But what worries me is ticket prices. Prices went up for the Leverkusen game, and despite loads of empty seats, the club still made more money than last season. Can we fill the stadium every week? Attracting the next generation of Chelsea supporters is all important. The points raised in this blog should be looked at.
  12. CFC Offer To Buy Back CPO Shares. Stadium Move On The Cards?

    We really need an in-depth article explaining what this all means. In layman's terms.
  13. Official: Juan Mata Leaves For Man United

    Pity, was hoping he'd get my favourite number 13. Wonder what number Yossi is changing to?
  14. Official: Juan Mata Leaves For Man United

    The fee is €30m after add-ons. €26m up front. Just to clarify.
  15. Official: Juan Mata Leaves For Man United

    13 is my lucky number, and the number I wear for my local club, so couldn't be happier with that news!