Droy was my hero

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  1. Chelsea 1 Leicester 1

    I'd love it if only to hear you moaning on for 2 or 3 more years again. But like Lester Piggott he is a finisher, a man to give teams ready to win stuff. No point having him whip the current bunch of carthorses around.
  2. Chelsea 1 Leicester 1

    Yes you have been right on 99% of your predictions for 2% of the time. JM remains the longest term manager Man U have had since SAF, the longest term manager Chelsea have had since Ranieri (and second longest) and the longest term manager that RM have had since del Bosque. None of Inter's 13 managers since JM have lasted longer than his 2 years He was short term at Porto - he got all those titles in just 18 months. But only 3 of the next 15 managers lasted longer. But I'm sure he'll be a short term manager someday, and Jorginho will be crap too one day.
  3. Chelsea 1 Leicester 1

    Not you - but there have been other comments by various others today and especially last season. Little of it fits with Willian still playing in competitions for Brazil, albeit as sub. Certainly today's was an odd performance though. It wasn't my argument for Barkley - I just think it must have been an option Frank considered. But I said at H/T the choice for No 8 leftover from last season between RLC Kovacic and Barkley has been made in my mind - Mount. Kovacic as back up for Kante or Jorginho. RLC at AM.
  4. Chelsea 1 Leicester 1

    :) I think this is about as prescient about Jorginho's coming downfall as you have been about JM for the past 15 years.
  5. Chelsea 1 Leicester 1

    I think there is a load of bollocks talked about Willian (much as there was about Malouda near the end of his time here). Last month he was still being used by Brazil. AMs have up and down performances. A lot depends on how the oppo are set up, and just luck - just as CFs have up and down games. In a team that has got weaker substantially in the last two seasons (while his peer, Hazard got better) it is no surprise that he (and Pedro) have appeared to sub-perform. He is no more lazy than Malouda was a coward. Too many people wanting to make CHO a permanent starter I guess. There is a lot more balance with Jorginho Kane and Kovacic I agree. But much less of the adventurousness that SFL apparently likes. Kovacic for Jorginho makes no sense at all to me. And I too would have taken Mount off, but at least I can see some logic in keeping Mount on. Barkley for Mount was an option to rest Mount and keep the same shape - but I'm pleased that didn't happen.
  6. Chelsea 1 Leicester 1

    And ditto why on earth did Mount take that Free kick while Willian was still on the pitch. Willian's corner, Mount's free kick and Zouma's crazy shot were dreadful pieces of football. Didn't understand why Jorginho came off - anyone think he was injured? A tired Mount I would have understood, Pulisic and Giroud coming off made sense, Pedo would have made sense, but why Jorginho? (he has been very good so far).
  7. Chelsea 1 Leicester 1

    :) yes, if not today then within a game or two. What I remember about JM 2004 is that the first game he took a big risk, and we just sat back against Man U and let them do their worst. They couldn't score, we could. It was just a huge massive boost to the confidence of the squad (and the fans).
  8. Chelsea 1 Leicester 1

    Very very like Man U game. We threw players forward for 20 mins, "looked" great, both FBs playing in advanced WB roles and pressed like crazy. Unlike Man U all that effort and associated vulnerability put us one up not one down. Like Man U once we could no longer keep up the effort we looked the poorer team. I think we have to face up to the truth - SFL is using the "attacking route" because we can't play conventionally. Leicester are a good team but not a great team. The really shouldn't have had so many chances H2. Zouma great facing forwards but some dreadful passes again. Azpi slow (and not great in the attacking first 20 - it looks as though SFL is lining up James to start regularly). Pedro all over the place in every sense, good and bad. Willian wtf, probably should never have played. Pulisic still looks promising but hasn't yet delivered, so open mind about him. Tammy looks not quite there (this week). Giroud plays as if he is a wall not a player. Someone for everyone else to play off, but then he just stays there. Kepa, Christensen, Emerson, Kante and especially Mount were good. I think it just shows how strong the PL is when 5 players have good games and yet we were probably lucky to keep a point. I think pretty much every team is more physical that this Leicester side. VAR gives the ref an excuse to ignore stuff. It's like cricket where all the appeal Joker cards are given to one side. Who are our really good players? In title challenging seasons we had 10-13. I thought we still had 5, but Azpi hasn't shown any form yet. We are essentially a mix of back up players, former greats now 31+ and maybes 21 or under. You are right to question the coach (and why does he take so much advice from the recent U18 coach? can he just write down notes?). We look very naive, not just in defending corners. Out of interest - anyone got a feel for how many clubs have changed to Zonal this season? If that is what you were expecting you are right to be disappointed. I'd be very happy with 6th a couple of points ahead of Leicester and Wolves.
  9. Chelsea 1 Leicester 1

    CM3? Kovacic, RLC or Barkley? I think we all know the answer now. First 20 mins both our FBs took pretty advanced positions which made attacking a lot easier but left us vulnerable. That stopped after we scored and we now have a flat back 4 which looks much more able to soak up the pressure.
  10. Chelsea 1 Leicester 1

    433 or 4231?? That is does Mount play 10 or LCM? He has had a few positions already.
  11. Chelsea 1 Leicester 1

    I think Cricket is the only time challenges are used with VAR. It works well because there is a clear 20 secs (I think) for fielding captain or batsman to appeal. But it also works well because cricket has always had a culture where "the Umpire may often be wrong but does his best". Whereas football has a "ref is always right culture". The issue with challenges is exactly when and who could make a challenge. I think the idea is entirely impractical in football. But still the only times challenges would be made were when goals had been scored (or explicitly disallowed). Quite. What we want is refs who are 100% fair (unbiased). Mistakes aren't the issue, bias is the issue.
  12. Chelsea 1 Leicester 1

    Got on a plane at 8.00pm on Tuesday and was driving home afterwards so thought I'd be safe to watch the match in the morning. Getting off I'd just got near the cockpit and one steward looked up from his phone and said to the other "Oh and Tammy Abraham missed the last penalty". Going to be awful. Countless sky arguments about how it is going to be great once they finally get it sorted. I think a challenge system would be a disaster. You'll get challenges like the Steve Smith challenge yesterday - he walked and challenged at the same time knowing that a 2% change of saving his own wicket was worth much more than a 98% chance of saving batsmen 10 or 11. Every late goal will get challenged whatever happened. Fortunately I don't think any of the ..FAs have suggested it. For Rugby watchers the game is impossible nowadays. Interminable delays. But the 1 hour specials around 7pm on BBC or Sky are a wonderful way to watch - 100 minute game with 50 minutes of action reduced to 50 mins action and 5 mins talk.
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    Robertson had just had 3 seasons with Hull (Prem, promotion from Championship, Prem). And now he has had 2 full seasons at Liverpool. He is 25. There is absolutely no way you can compare either of our 18 & 20 yo with him. I don't think calling that silly is being rude at all. TAA got chances 2 seasons ago - and CHO and Pulisic will get chances this season the same. TAA is 2 seasons ahead AND he still is not sure of a place in the team. Klopp is watching him develop and rotating him with others at RB, such as Gomez. I'm missing the bit of course where you say you'd be happy with CHO and Pulisic and 2 guys over 32 as the AMs next year. If you want to accuse me of being rude at least start with an alternative opinion instead of sticking up an imaginary one for me and attacking me for that.
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    Silly comparison - Robertson is 25 with over 250 appearances. TAA is young, 20 with 88 appearances, and is alternated with others to play half the time. Much more experienced than Pulisic, but not counted as first choice by Klopp yet. But yes - lets see how they get on over the next two seasons, and let no one start inking CHO or Pulisic in yet.
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    I think to be fair to both of them they have to be looked at for at least 2 years before we know for sure they are as good as Pedro/Willian or Hazard of 3 years ago. We are essentially going into the next 2 years with 4 back up AMs and not a single one to be relied on yet. We need to buy 2 top AMs this next summer with CHO and Pulisic backing them up.