Droy was my hero

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  1. Chelsea 4 Malmo FF 0

    Sure. Which is why I can't see the problem with him being at Norwich. Hopefully Mount Havertz and CHO will pull their 3 CBs all over the place and next match they'll go back to a sitting CM.
  2. Chelsea 4 Malmo FF 0

    Precisely. I'd only add how strange it is that the same people who think that Jorginho isn't physical enough for us, seem to think Gilmour should be playing there for us.
  3. Non Chelsea: Champions League

    Might get sacked before he leaves for Newcastle. His odds have halved tonight! Still only a 20/1 shot.
  4. Chelsea 4 Malmo FF 0

    Good question. 2 months after the piece I quoted above UEFA released this: https://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/0268-12157d69ce2d-9f011c70f6fa-1000--new-format-for-champions-league-post2024-everything-you-need-to-know/ I haven't looked at it in detail. But Which sounds to me like France 4th place, plus PL 5th place + 2 big teams that failed to qualify. Which sounds like helping Arsenal or Spurs or Leicester or West Ham - members of the big 10. But some will auto-qualify as being in top 8. Instead of the winners having guaranteed places, 8 teams will. How that affects the other domestic places I don't know.
  5. Chelsea 4 Malmo FF 0

    That certainly sounds like reports of a DM/playmaker recently. (well until he "tired")
  6. Khobar's Legacy

    Actually I think McManaman and Crouch are pretty good. But yes, it is a dreadful average level.
  7. Chelsea 4 Malmo FF 0

    There are 3 big money competitions - PL, CL, and once every 4 years, the WC finals. Then there are 5 other big money teams: RM and Barca, mostly funded by extremely favourable TV rights to them, BM, Juve (which dominate middling leagues), and self funded PSG. Of course the non-English teams are jealous of the English teams and want somehow to combine. There has been some blue sky thinking on this. UEFA has proposed a 2024 Swiss system with 36 clubs (instead of 32) and a total of 225 games (125) The Swiss system is good. Many many years ago I used to be assistant organiser for an annual chess competition which took just over 100 competitors, and usually found a unique winner over just 6 games over a weekend. Using the Swiss system. Should lead to many more high seed vs high seed games, and no more "malmo return" games at all. Description of Swiss system: For those interested. Round 1 is based on grades (chess equivalent of the Euro club ratings), top plays bottom, next to top plays next to bottom etc. For the next and following rounds all those with the top score so far are pooled and drawn together on the same top half play bottom half basis. That means the eventual winner will have had to play and beat a lot of strong players to get there. And unless there are many draws there is usually one (occasionally 2) out right winner. It is perhaps less good at differentiating between 50th and 51st place - but as a weekend compromise competition on a large scale it works great. And the algorithm for who plays whom is clear and impossible to "fix". Home advantage is equivalent to White vs Black advantage. You can't play the same opponent twice. For me the tricky bit is the play-offs for those placed 9-24 in the Swiss system. I guess it keeps all games relevant to the end of the Swiss league. But it also cuts the motivation to win for most teams, knowing that 24 out of 36 teams get to the play off and maybe 6 of the rest are no hopers. I do like the next year guarantee of CL entry for the top 8. It'll make matching womens and Academy games pretty much impossible - not an issue for me.
  8. Chelsea vs Norwich City

    I thought the contrast between our control of the Malmo game and the Brentford game (where the possession really wasn't going anywhere) was incredible. Silva, Rudiger but mostly Jorginho played a big part in that. Yes - that is where all three have to play long term. Especially RLC. For all 3, what is the point of having the unusual ability to leave a man standing if you aren't doing it in or on the edge of their box?
  9. Chelsea 4 Malmo FF 0

    Well I want an ESL, but I still think Malmo weren't that useless, just that we monstered them all over the park. (Well I say all over, I mean all over their half which is where the game was played). For me the downside is that teams will just write it off as Malmo being useless and ignore the impact of Jorginho last night. BTW I thought we should have had 4 clear pens last night.
  10. Chelsea 4 Malmo FF 0

    Defenders keep scoring because they keep getting into the box - as Christensen's goal showed. I should think if you add the touches in the box of 3 CBs and 2 WBs together, they add up to more than Lukaku Werner and Mount. Meanwhile, Atalanta's first goal Assist by ....
  11. Chelsea 4 Malmo FF 0

    So plenty of fans at the Bridge sound like they are enjoying their football. Perhaps it is all those tickets that were available on General sale for some time to non-members Hoddle thinks he has spotted some new tactic in this game by TT - we have been doing that all season. We'll have to stop in a week or two because everyone is ready for it. Players on fire and the ball is pinging around. Both the back 3 and the CM seem to be getting opportunities for on the ball, but they seem happy just to ping it on its way 1st or 2nd touch. We are doing well for 2 reasons: moving the ball, and winning it back very very high very very often. Jorginho. They do talk some rubbish. Thought the 3rd shout was more than valid too. kept back for Norwich I guess.
  12. Chelsea 4 Malmo FF 0

    Very strong team. And the team order suggests we are back to 343 with Mount as a 10. Good. Dave may not be technically the most attacking player, but positionally he is. He gets up there and across into the box like Alonso does, while Chilwell and James are still learning to do that. I guess Chilwell is getting a taste for it now. I like what we do with WBs cutting into 10 positions and 10s going wide, and the defenders not sure who should mark whom. And with Rudiger and Silva back, I suspect both WBs will get encouraged to get forward than with the younger and perhaps more nervous Sarr and Chalobah.
  13. Brentford 0 Chelsea 1

    As a penalty it looks pretty clear to me but I can see views might differ. For the offside they didn't need the lines, it was clearly onside on the replay. As the picture VA96 put up shows.
  14. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Paulo Fonseca went yesterday from about 6/1 to odds on favourite for the Newcastle job. With Bruce sacked already I guess he'll be announced soon. Was last at Roma before being replaced by JM. Which makes it ironic that he was soon after reported to be a candidate for the Spurs job. Shaktar and Portugese clubs before that. Hardly a big name - I had to look him up on Wikipedia. Sorry Paulo - I wish you ill luck with the Barcodes.
  15. Brentford 0 Chelsea 1

    Thanks for that - but IMO VAR just got it wrong - it was a clear penalty to me. Clear and obvious error by both ref and VAR. Classic case btw of a manager choosing between blaming the ref to cover up the fact that his team played badly and ignoring the ref's error to concentrate on just how well his team had played. Frank made the right call. From the distances they were shooting there was a massive gap between keeper and post. Point is, if we had played well those chances just wouldn't have been there. And if you put them down to poor strikers rather than luck, I guess it is still lucky we were playing Brentford on a bad day, not someone better.