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  1. Media / Press

    Not defending for one second the racist idiots who are bringing the club into disrepute, but there is clearly a media demand for stories that will damage the club. The footage in Paris was clearly engineered ("I'll just film you while you walk past some half-empty carriages and try and board a packed train full of Chelsea fans and see what happens. I've got good contacts at the Guardian who'll run the footage. There'll be nice cut for you, too"), and Dan Levene is now making a career out of pushing Chelsea-fans-are-all-neo-Nazis stories.
  2. Media / Press

    I don't think that, in the current climate, Liverpool will be getting all sentimental about Tommy Smith. Not if they have done their homework on him: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/oct/03/howard-gayle-being-liverpool-first-black-player-was-difficult
  3. Media / Press

    Yes Sarri should pay his fine and his team selections should be on the basis of which player is most likely to act irresponsibly if he's left out.
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    In this case, depreciation is far from notional. His present value of some £100m is set to fall to zero within 15 months if we don't sell him or get him to extend. How could such a measurable and concrete loss be purely notional?
  5. Cardiff City 1 Chelsea 2

    MotD didn't analyse our pen claims, but the match commentator picked up on them. I thought RLC was clearly pulled down by Gunnarsson as well. As Mark said above, this match will be used for years to come as proof that we get favours from refs, when the reality is so different. Liverpool and ManU seem to score offside goals every other week, and Aguero got one at Swansea in the last round of the FA cup. Strangely they don't get the media coverage Azpi's goal has received
  6. CHO

    https://www.90min.com/posts/6328375-why-callum-hudson-odoi-s-England-call-up-proves-he-should-stay-at-chelsea-despite-lack-of-game-time
  7. Everton 2 Chelsea 0

    At least Naysmith is no longer there.
  8. Transfer Talk Topic

    Our best hope is to get him to extend by a year or so, with a release clause after a year. So he'd be free to join RM next summer, but he wouldn't be joining as a free agent so we'd get a decent fee. Of course by then he'll be close to 30 so a) RM would be less interested in him and b) his value would have declined further. But it would still be a better outcome for us as we'd hang on to him until we can sign a replacement. We've shown in the past that we don't stand in their way if a player who has given us many years of loyal service wants to move on, like Cech or Ivan. CHO is being treated differently, but I'm glad he is.
  9. Chelsea 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

    A couple of stats that jumped out at me yesterday. 1. In our two games v Wolves this season, they have managed just 3 shots on goal, and scored 3 goals. 2. In Prem games when we have fallen behind this season (can't remember whether it was 8 or 11, sorry), we have come back to win just once - v Cardiff.
  10. Media / Press

    Good interview - many thanks for posting. At the end he compares Chelsea's USA profile in 2004 and 2013 when he came back. That summer I took my family to Washington DC and coincidentally Chelsea based themselves there for their US preseason tour. My son found out where they were staying so we went across on the off-chance of getting a few pics and autographs. There were about a dozen fans there when the team coach pulled up after training, and we got pictures with Mata, Schürrle, Cech, David Luiz, Oscar and Hilario. José claims they couldn't leave the hotel because of all the fans, but a few minutes after the autograph-signing we went to a Starbucks across the road, and were soon joined by Cech and Hilario. José's memory is playing tricks on him about the fan presence over there keeping the team cooped up in the hotel.
  11. I agree with all your points, Mark, especially the bit about subliminal bias and the media burying other stories that don't suit their narrative. Someone (maybe on here, maybe elsewhere) posted this link to an incident at Swansea in April 2017, where coincidentally Jon Moss was also the ref. Strangely it didn't cause the mass hysteria of the Kepa incident, even though the keeper digging his heels in and refusing to be subbed led to Swansea letting in 3 goals in seven minutes. https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/full-story-what-happened-lukasz-12853386 Paul Clement was sacked eight months later.
  12. Yes, VAR proved him right, but you said they were wrong to check. Surely that's what VAR is there for?
  13. How can you be sure there's been no error without checking with VAR? Linesmen make the wrong call all the time.
  14. Chelsea 0 Manchester City 0 (3-4 Pens)

    If it was a simple misunderstanding, why was Sarri raging and not delighted that his first choice keeper was actually fit to continue?
  15. Surely noone at the club will be expecting us to win on Sunday? A decent performance is about all I'm hoping for. If it's another humiliation I can't see us sticking with him.