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  1. Coronavirus COVID-19

    Strange and difficult times we are living in. I spent much of last week at the Cheltenham festival and there was a strange atmosphere throughout the week. Clearly, everyone there was delighted that the festival went ahead, but at the same time, it felt like their was a degree of burying head in the sand and deep down, I sense many felt the festival should not have gone ahead. Back at work now and restricted to meetings via conference call and phone calls. Trying to carry on as normal, but at the same time, concerned that many people have more important priorities on their mind, ahead of me trying to contact them to discuss business in any level of detail. Stay safe all and lets hope we can come through the other side of this as soon as possible.
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    I think you are probably right. I have had the feeling most of this season that he wants to move on, he has still put the effort in and not downed tools on us, but just the vibe coming off him is that he wants a new challenge from next season. I think he would still do a great job as a squad player for the next 2 seasons, but he must know himself that we will be targeting other players in his position and competition is going to get tougher from next season. Personally, I would like him to stay, but I have no problem if he wants to move on. He has given us 6-7 years of great service.
  3. Chelsea 4 Everton 0

    Impressive performance, but not one to get too over excited about when opposition offered nothing. That 2nd goal in football is so important and once we had that 2nd goal then the 3pts were never in doubt. It's all a bit shoulda,woulda,coulda........but if we could have just got that 2nd goal in just 2-3 additional games this season then we would have an additional 6-8 pts. Gilmour impressive for his age and lack of experience and backed up well by Roy of the Rovers Barkley for his best game in a Chelsea. Though it was mostly up against a flat midfield four and we dominated and outnumbered them in that area. I fully expect a good run from here on in to secure top 4 as we do often seem to hit form this time of year. I have not looked backed at any stats to support this, but I always feel over the last few years that we start well and then hit our dip from November through until January , then pick up again from Feb until end of season and I expect we will see something similar over the coming weeks. Interesting first season for Lamps and would love to know how his opinion has changed on a numbers of players since the start of the season.He must be looking back on the season and think he has made an error in criminally under utilizing Pedro and Giroud. Neither of them of first team certain starters at this stage of their career at a club like Chelsea and we maybe are benefiting from them being relatively fresh right now. However, you can't help but think that having them more involved throughout the season would have benefited the club by an additional 6-10pts at least this season .
  4. Chelsea 0 Bayern Munich 3

    It's a fair point. I know you are not advocating replacing Frank. It would just be an incredibly bad decision if that was to happen over the summer. Its his first season working with these players and I am sure he has changed his initial opinion on at least 5-6 players as the season has progressed. He needs to be given time to bring in some of his own players, or if not completely his own, then at least time to work with new players that the club has identified and that are flexible enough to fit in with how Frank wants us to play. Replacing him in the summer after one season would just be ripping everything good we have done this season and starting completely from scratch again. Whilst on this point, we have achieved a number of positives throughout the season. Its important Frank and the club focuses on these positives, but now he has had first hand experiences of the negatives through this season, its important he starts to address them ahead of next season. Frank will know next season will bring an even greater scrutiny on his performance and rightly so. As things stand now though, he should not be under any real pressure and this is very much early stages of a work in progress. Hopefully, the club will back him in the market and we need a very busy summer. Its never ideal bringing in 5-6 plus players in one summer and it may not be possible, but I fully believe we have to try and make this happen in the summer. I think the club has identified its main transfer targets already and we have already started to get busy on those with Ziyech coming in. I fully expect a lot of time and effort will go into getting a deal for Chilwell done, probably the same for Dembele and I think we will go all out for Sancho. If we can get those four over the line, address CM area and then make a long term decision on the GK (it may have already been made) then things start to look a lot better going into next season . The squad options all start to look stronger, the manager has gained another years experience at this level and with the players who are already at the club. We should start to see better seasons from Tammy, Mount, CHO with a full season under their belt and RLC returning to give another option in there. A lot of work to be done over the summer, but its not all one way with cash out, we have valuable assets we need to strongly consider moving on who will be wanted and can raise significant cash back into the club too. The future is still bright, but the club have to back us strongly over the summer and I fully expect they will.
  5. Chelsea 0 Bayern Munich 3

    I just see little point analysing the game in much detail. We are just simply not at their level and man for man, we have a couple of players who would make their bench. I think we actually played ok for large spells. To coin a boxing phrase, its simply levels and we are are at least 2-3 years away from being on that level. I think the more interesting debate is how we shape our future. I have mentioned this a few times over the last 2-3 months, but this summer needs ruthless decisions to be made as it shapes our future 2 years at the club. The biggest question marks involve two of our best players, but also two of our most valuable assets. This is in no way a criticism of either player, but this summer is the time to cash out on Kante and Jorginho. If we can raise £120 million for selling both players, then the club simply have to act and move them on. We can then focus on signing replacements who are more suited to how Lampard wants to play and in Jorginho case, who are more suited to PL football week in week out. Yes we have other areas that require clear squad upgrades ahead of these two players, but that is almost a sticky plaster and does not address the root cause. Both have been great servants, but timing is crucial and we need to cash out now whilst we can still recoup good money and rebuild in this key area of the team.
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    Exciting to see a new player come, also a new player who looks to be a creative outlet that we desperately need. Reserving judgement on how I think he will do, partly because I have not see a huge amount of him. I didn't think he was that great against us in the CL, more that he scored great goal that grabbed the headlines, but it was two isolated games so I am not getting too bogged down by that. His stats are really impressive in terms of assists and goals. Seems to be regarded as Ajax best attacking player over the last couple of years. Would be interested to know more about his character. I only say that because he looks like he has an edge to his personality and style of play, that can be very good and very challenging. Can't quite shake this Adel Taarabt feeling about him, but need to give him time to settle and judge him on his merits. Its just exciting to sign a new attacking creative talent and Ziyech on the right with Pulisic/CHO on the left both playing inverted roles and with No10 options does look exciting for the future.
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    Very good player Zhirkov. Almost too high in quality signing, alongside arguably best LB in the world at the time. As for why he didn’t work out. I just don’t think Russians travel that well. I would add Turks into the same mix . Whilst there will be examples of players from both countries having good careers outside their own country. I feel they often under perform and end up back at Fenerbache , CSKA Moscow 18 months later. Smertin and Tugay a couple of positive examples, but many more bad examples where the transfer just don’t work out. It’s not just in England either, similar patterns in Spain, Italy in recent years.
  8. Leicester City 2 Chelsea 2

    Sometimes you just need to look at a trophy cabinet to see what top players are. Both Pedro and Fabregas have had fantastic careers and won many trophies across different clubs. Their quality in the peak of their careers is not up for debate .
  9. Leicester City 2 Chelsea 2

    I’m more than happy to question his knowledge of the game , off the back of his comments on Fabregas!
  10. Transfer Talk Topic

    My guess is you have never seen Pjanic play. Juve midfield options are very, very strong. Jorginho would struggle to get a game.
  11. Leicester City 2 Chelsea 2

    Sounds like Kev struggled with dry January!
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    I expect we will see an influx of these type of signings over the summer before Brexit implements change. We had that young Norwegian lad last month too.
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    Yep that is him. I’m a bit of a super recogniser and never forget a face. The James Prescott that was on here is that spiritual/podcast geezer. Odd fella.....each to their own though
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    So somehow we are still 4th. The transfer window is about to enter its final day and not one player signed to improve our squad. Yet, the teams in 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th who are chasing us have all strengthened with at least one player............not good!
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    Just for info, Higuain was Juve.