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  1. Didier Drogba

    I am fully behind Drogba and Ballack. In fact, if I had been on the pitch I'd most possibly have kicked up more than a fuss.... At least five penalty decisions handled in Barca's favour, as blatant as being robbed and cheated gets.
  2. Chelsea Finances Thread

    Before making predictions on whom to sell for what possible amount we'll first need to wait and see how they do under Hiddink. Why do so many people assume we'd sell Kalou? He's been quite so far and may even be content being 3rd/4th striker. Yes, he's frustrating but at the same time he's scored a couple of goals. Malouda's been with us for two years now so maybe some English club may have a punt and splash ~10m
  3. Chelsea Finances Thread

    Figures don't seem to be that bad, exluding one-offs (hopefully we'll stop sacking a manager a year....) and future wage bill outlook we may get close to breaking even. The point about the 2010 target is that it is simply that, a target, even if we should fail reaching our goal that target date will have had an influence in getting us closer. It's really hard to tell which players will leave as I assume performances of individuals to change either way under Hiddink. As for income through player sales; we sold Bridge for 12m but on the other hand, which decent forward/striker/winger is available at around 20m?
  4. Chelsea Finances Thread

    Paper talk designed to unsettle us, if you look closely at where the rumours are coming (Germans and Arabs) from and who they are supposed to benefit (Bayern and ManCity) you'll realize that there's little to worry about.... unless Roman parked his money at RBS haha
  5. Chelsea Finances Thread

    More like no backpages without smoke...
  6. Salomon Kalou

    Kalou is a decent player however he is not someone that you should have to rely on. If he comes from the bench he fills me with confidence, if he starts I expect little of him. Good squad player but we desperately need someone to replace Anelka or even Drogba (considering his run of injuries...).
  7. Didier Drogba

    Very harsh sending off, yellow card would have sufficed. The rules may 'say so' but common sense should have denominated that a red card was bang out of order. Drogba's one of our best players and his temper is part of his being. Should shut his gob a bit more often but, whatever, I'm fine with it more often than not. Relax, take it on the chin and move on. Stop reading papers. Nobody that matters (playing staff) cares about them.
  8. Salomon Kalou

    I used to have high hopes for him which had a solid foundation in his second to none instinct but Kalou doesn't look like making progress, instead he seems to have fallen off. His finishing is still abysmal which has always been the most important thing in his development, if he can't finally break-through we need to consider his situation with us come June.
  9. Didier Drogba

    Whatever. We don't need some jury to tell us or anyone else to tell how good both are. Can't take the criticism too seriously, can't take the plaudits too seriously.
  10. Salomon Kalou

    Yepp. Thing is, if we had properly planned our squad Kalou would now be 4th-choice striker pushing for 3rd and thus having time to develop. As Shevchenko and Pizarro don't deliver he's now supposed make the step from 4th to 2nd in a hurry whilst having the burden of carrying our attack. The lad has all the potential in the world but he isn't yet ready to act as 2nd-choice striker.
  11. Salomon Kalou

    Absolutely spot on. Something that is easily forgotten when talking about him is his ability to appear at the right place at the right time, whenever he comes on I'm totally confident he'll get in at least one decent goal-scoring position, it's his finishing and that last bit of cutting edge that needs working on, once he gets that he'll be invaluable. People often talk about lack of progress but learning doesn't work in a linear way, you don't just progress step by step. People hit a plateu, get worse briefly only to be much better than not long ago. It's time this was reflected in the assessement of young players. Kalou will come good, incredibly good.
  12. Salomon Kalou

    In terms of potential Kalou is among the world's best prospects, without the slightest of doubts. Kalou has an unbelievable instict and usually is the player with most goalscoring opportunities, he is second to none in this department, for some reason the 'ball seems to find him' - I.e. positioning and football brain for those not believing in esoterics ;) His lack of finishing/shooting skills lets him down, though. Once he sorts that out (and perhaps bulks up a little) he'll no longer be frustrating to watch by wasting three or four golden chances every match, instead he'll be scoring regularly. It's a feat in itself that he gets into this positions to squander the chances, he has every chance of becoming a 20+ striker. The lad is quite simply incredible.
  13. Didier Drogba

    Drogba adds so much to the team apart from goals that I can't see him being benched just for not having scored in a few games. In fact, he's become so important that we'd most likely change our system to make life easier for him. But with Ballack having fully settled, Essien replacing Makelele who hardly ever crossed the halfway-line, Lampard hopefully playing to his best again, four wingers and three strikers to pick from goals should be coming from everywhere and thus lessen the burden on Didier. His popularity seems to have increased hugely recently, too.
  14. Ashley Cole

    Did the Arsenal fans really sing "Liverpool, Liverpool"? If that's been the case this would surely rank as one of the most pathetic chants ever.
  15. Salomon Kalou

    Kalou somehow manages to get himself unusually often into goal-scoring positions, had his finishing been better we'd be talking about a young talented double-digit goalscorer in his first season abroad. That alone makes me quite confident about his future.