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  1. Chelsea 2 Manchester United 2

    What do you see happening here?
  2. Chelsea 1 Liverpool 1

    On the generous side overall, notably for Willian, Moses and Azpi. Moses was not bad, but a 6 rather than a 7. One of Azpi's poorest games for us. Willian was a definite 5. Good team performance for most of the 1st half. Looked very tired second half and really dropped off.
  3. Chelsea Finances Thread

    Bates was pretty dismissive of the idea on that documentary the other week. We had big debts but we were servicing them. That doesn't mean I'm disputing that players might have been sold to reduce the debt, but I don't believe we were on the brink of bankruptcy or administration. As Lamps said in that piece: There is always talk, speculation, gossip and rumour. It doesn't make it fact. It's not as if RA bought the club for a quid, as Bates did, when the club really was in deep doo-doo.
  4. Chelsea 1 Liverpool 0

    How much have we spent on fullbacks since Ashley Cole left? Off the top of my head: Luis 16m Alonso 23m Baba 18m Emerson 23m Zappacosta 20m (Figures are only my rough recollection). I bet I've overlooked someone...
  5. Taking The Pee Out Of Liverpool (For Khobar)

    Scandalous how the FA panel can overlook its own rule book about 'attempting to strike an opponent' just so they can ensure Salah escapes a ban. That decision could conceivably cost us as a club millions, because his goals or assists could earn Liverpool the points that keep them above us and deny us CL football. This comes just a couple of weeks after one their refs lied to claim he did not see an incident that he was looking straight at, purely so the FA could give Alonso a 3-match ban. And remember how they ignored their own rules about the UK courts having primacy in order to charge JT after the court had acquitted him. You could say there's a pattern here.....
  6. Swansea City 0 Chelsea 1

    We never gave up on KdB. He gave up on us (or maybe José). I'm not saying we handled him well, but he was not willing to battle for his place and asked to leave.
  7. Burnley 1 Chelsea 2

    Against Burnley we get actual red cards (Matic, Cahill, Fabregas...) so retrospective ones tend to be unnecessary. Burnley players (Barnes, Arfield) can maim our players with impunity.
  8. Taking The Pee Out Of Liverpool (For Khobar)

    All those flares suggested to me that that 'welcome' was organised in advance, and I trust that UEFA will throw the book at Liverpool.
  9. Chelsea Finances Thread

    Number of ECWCups.
  10. Manchester City 1 Chelsea 0

    Everton and Juve, and Naingolan, were all public in stating they would not be accepting our offers, so I don't think our attempts to buy those players count as fake news.
  11. Manchester City 1 Chelsea 0

    I think there is some nonsense talked about the club not landing our last two managers' targets. José wanted Stones and Pogba and got neither, but neither Juve nor Everton would sell. Conte wanted Sandro and Naingolan, but neither Juve nor Roma would sell. Lukaku? I certainly think we tried for him, but I'm not sorry we missed out, and I think Conte was happy to land Morata and Rudiger at least. You can say the club should have thrown silly money at them to get them, but there was no guarantee it would have worked. They certainly put in substantial bids. The problem is that the second/ third choices we ended up with (DD, Baka, Palmeiri, Zappa) were not necessarily Conte's choices. They collectively cost a lot, they haven't strengthened the team, their resale value is questionable, and it gives the impression we are no longer signing top class players
  12. Manchester City 1 Chelsea 0

    I wish we'd tried something. The fact that we didn't, even after going a goal down, was the most depressing thing. Conte's refusal to show any kind of adventure to try and salvage something was appalling. As Gurj says above, he was let down by our players' pitiful inability to pass the ball, so he probably feels justified in his negativity, but what did he gain from a performance and defeat like that?
  13. Name That Player

    23 hermann hreidarsson
  14. Name That Player

    3 Schweinsteiger 25 Angel Rangel
  15. Tiemoue Bakayako

    He's a Scouser. He has Foy-like form against us. (Foy's a Scouser, too). It was Dean who reffed us when we lost our 70+ unbeaten home run against Sunderland. Neither of Baka's fouls were yellows, but a booking seems reasonable when a player's touch is that bad. To rehash the old joke, he can control it further than most people can kick it.