Droy was my hero

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  1. Chelsea vs Aston Villa

    Yeah I wonder just who is on the edge of the team - anyone but Kante, Mendy or Pulisic who didn't start yesterday will certainly be hoping to start for this. Otherwise they look really out of TT's eye. So Chilwell, James, Ziyech and Werner will expect to start. CHO Chalobah and Saul will have their fingers crossed. And RLC, Sarr and Barkley are hoping to get very very lucky. Can Anyone think of a young kid who might get a sub appearance? Or have all the likely lads gone on loan. Soonsup-Bell or Harvey Vale (to be honest I just like the names)? As for Villa, whichever stars they rest for this one, they'd be very lucky to get on our bench. 5-1 unless: which would be as weak a team as we could put out. I think that team might struggle to get many and would need a few subs H2 to get a win. On the other hand that is probably the right team to pick - it is not as though we really want to play the next round.
  2. Tottenham Hotspur 0 Chelsea 3

    Well that is one way of putting it. Another is that Frank made a pig's ear out of 18 or 19 diamond players. And quite a few were saying this 11 months ago One has to ask why he isn't being marked. Perhaps the 10s are doing more than it appears. Thanks for the name check. Funny how no one gave me a heart for saying it. You've added the bit about scoring, and yes I also prefer a scoring 9 and 2 disappointing 10s to 3 good looking non-scoring 10s. The other thing seems to be that the WBs are getting even further forward than last year, partly because of space the 10s are creating but not getting credited for. That also means the 10s are forced a bit deeper. When Kante came on we went to no 10s and 2 9s, both attacking beyond the offside line. It worked (possibly because the scoreline invited counter-attack).
  3. Tottenham Hotspur 0 Chelsea 3

    Oh and our corner. Rudiger and Silva both move perfectly into the right position for where the corner drops. And Azpi has cleared the space in front. A well rehearsed move.
  4. Tottenham Hotspur 0 Chelsea 3

    At half time: exactly And by about 60 mins: My own h/t thoughts. I think H2 was more predictable than some dared to say. As a way to make a 30 min game of it, Nuno had a great idea. As a way to make a good 90 mins of it, it was a bad idea. We are too solid, Spurs don't have the cutting edge. Once it got to 30 mins with no goals, Spurs were always going to lose. There were a lot of very good if not "in your face" performaces. Kovacic new mode of looking up at his colleagues means he could turn that winning the ball back into a great assist for Kante. He has equalled his best Chelsea PL season with 1 goal and 3 assists. Last time he did that he got POTS. Kepa was quietly reliable. Azpi as an attacking WB was excellent and his position superbly judged. Once we were 2 up he stopped getting so far up but Alonso (who, like Silva, was "in your face" excellent) remained. Rudiger and Christensen looked class. It wasn't. Amusing, very amusing for us. But most Spurs supported didn't stay to watch. 352 ?? Seems to work. Havertz or Werner + Lukaku makes sense. A 3 man midfield could include any 3 from Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, and Saul, Mount of Ziyech. Harder to see roles for CHO or Pulisic except as WBs
  5. Tottenham Hotspur 0 Chelsea 3

    I'm happy. We are keeping them in their place, and they will tire much more than us H2. Not only have they started players back from injury, their bench is weak and they played Thursday. Ziyech or Werner perhaps - not because I think the 10s have done badly, just because we have so many of them and rotation is good. Azpi once again - a master class in how to play WB. He will be a great coach.
  6. Tottenham Hotspur 0 Chelsea 3

    Well up until the first goal of course. If we keep scoring early goals, it is a bit hard to expect the 10s to star.
  7. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    A man up after 35 mins we still lose 6-0 to Arsenal at U23 PL2 level. Ugly. And my feeling is that there team was no more experienced than ours. Report: https://www.chelseafc.com/en/news/2021/09/19/pl2-report--chelsea-v-arsenal?cardIndex=0-1 Hihglights: https://www.chelseafc.com/en/videos/v/2021/09/19/chelsea-1-6-arsenal--h----pl2-highlights-DoP6Rwrn
  8. Tottenham Hotspur 0 Chelsea 3

    More than good enough Tottenham Lloris (c); Royal, Dier, Romero, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Lo Celso, Ndombele, Alli, Son, Kane. Substitutes Gollini, Doherty, Rodon, Sanchez, Davies, Winks, Skipp, Bryan, Scarlett
  9. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Arms are considered not scoring parts of the body - the WHU seems to be quite stupid in playing the rest of him onside at the last moment.
  10. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    That was ridiculous. Never mind the "ref must be shown to have clearly made a mistake" the replays showed it was a blatant foul and a blatant Red card. On the flip side though a City goal was given offside by inches - I thought that kind of distance was allowed now. That was a decision by the linesman, but only after the ball had gone in. And late on Livramento lost control in a tackle that might have seen Red instead of yellow.
  11. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Not at all. If he keeps playing he's doing fine. He got benched last week (not sure why) and this week he is back at LCM I gather instead of DM/playmaker. I'm curious but not curious enough to watch the match. But with his size I'm not at all surprised he is asked to play in other positons - that is good too. Though yes, playing for a team challenging (or not challenging) for the championship would be good too. Chelsea is the biggest team in the whole league they tell me. If Billy wants (or his fans want him) to play for us, then playing for Norwich is the perfect way for him to prove himself.
  12. Media / Press

    I don't think anyone is suggesting SAF directly bribed or influenced refs. Just that refs and the PGMOL are unaware of how unprofessional they are. Of course the real problems for Man U results were the inbuilt expiry date of the squad, the hiring of Moyes as the replacement, and the massive spend on ordinary players soon afterwards.
  13. Media / Press

    Was that Clattenburg? I thougt it was Graham Poll after the 3 card trick. But it wouldn't surprise if it were both. Not sure what is worse, that SAF has the direct number of a ref, or that a ref picks up and talks to a PL manager (or director). And yes - it is the media most of all that is lacking in failing to call it out.
  14. Media / Press

    Wouldn't take much for some Tabloid to put a sleazy story on that. The Housekeeper's son..... Fortunately TT is one of the Good Guys (at the moment) The real scandal is how the media then and ever after called the Spurs game "The battle of the Bridge" as if there was ever anything 2-way about it. It was a vicious attack by one set of 11 on another supervised by Clattenberg. It was a disgrace and we should have appealed to the Police to intervene.
  15. Tottenham Hotspur 0 Chelsea 3

    It'd be a brave move to play Kovacic as far up the pitch as one of the 10s. But sure Werner or Ziyech could come in for Mount alongside Havertz and Lukaku. But all the 10s will struggle now that we have a big 9 instead of 3 mobile 10s. It makes the system harder for 10s (and easier for everyone else).