Sleeping Dave

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  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    I agree - decision-making in terms of squad building is truly bizarre at times. Personally I think the club took the decision to have a small squad of top-level players giving youth a chance of filling the fringe positions. It may be a tactic that has worked (we've won 3 PL titles and one CL in the 11 seasons the small squad tactic has been implemented). We have also not spent that much (in terms of net spend) in that period - certainly not compared to City and basically in the same ball park as United. But lately the squad has been ridiculously small and let's be honest here - the only reason why we managed to win the PL last season was due to the fact we had so few games. Of course - much like Mourinho did between May 2015 to August 2015, Conte has been crying out for more top level players. We all know what happened to Mourinho. I really hope we won't see a repeat of what happened to him... Maybe Jose should have done the right thing and walked out (like Conte is rumoured to do if we don't strengthen) instead of staying put and being embarrassed.
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    I think the proper way to look at it is that Conte claimed that he had 13 trusted (outfield) players last season... I can only assume that was; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Kante, Fabregas, Matic, Moses, Alonso, Hazard, Pedro, William, Costa, Bats That was his core squad. At this point in time, our core squad is; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Hazard, Pedro, Willian, Morata, Bats Thats 15 players. Note that the two player difference is two more CBs. We desperately need a CM a couple of WBs and an AM and a striker more. I know people will claim that we have another four weeks to add players, but this is some serious time to panic. The noises coming from Conte clearly indicates that he's worried. If all was dandy between him and the club, he wouldn't have to mention at any given opportunity that we desperately need players. He's certainly putting pressure on the club and so far we haven't really improved the squad. All in all I think we are weaker given that we have the same amount of attacking players and have only improved numbers in terms of CBs Conte sees fit for our system. Zouma and JT clearly not being trusted last term. We NEED 20 trusted outfield players to compete this season with added CL pressure. I have zero confidence of that happening. At most, I see another two players coming in. This will be yet another great example of how we blow our legs off due to board level incompetence. I may be hasty with that conclusion, but seriously, how can you see it any other way? We let players go early putting ourselves in an impossible situation to catch up in terms of bodies. Season starts in two weeks. It's incredible how we have managed to put ourselves in this situation again.
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    True. And also the French and Spanish. If I had to list the worst countries when it comes to speaking a foreign language my top five (in order) would be: the US, England, Spain, Italy, France. Granted this is based on my experience so may not be very scientific. No doubt. English is a fantastic language and a language I think everyone in the world should master. But just because it is so widely used doesn't mean that someone from a Latin country (Costa) is lazy because he can't master it after three years. Look at Kun Aguero. He's been here for ages and still barely speaks a word of English. It's just hard for some cultures... Great stuff Pete. Norwegian would not have been my pick so thanks for that lesson! In Scandinavia we always make fun of the Norwegians because of the jolly sound. I always say it's impossible to ever take a mad Norwegian seriously because he always sounds happy! Not the worst trait to have though! I don't want to be a bully, but those were probably the only languages you took at school? Still impressive that you had two foreign languages though! When I grew up we started with English in grade four (age 10) and another foreign language (mandatory) in grade 7 (age 13). Then I had another two in grade 10. I believe the kids in Sweden today start with English in grade one (age 7). Again, fantastic stuff Pete. Sorry Ham, I did have a pretty bad day today. Was travelling with my two year old son today (back to Stockholm from Nice) and it wasn't the best journey I've had in my life to put it mildly. So please excuse my very bad expression (hillbilly). In reality I love everything English and I consider it my third country after Sweden and Denmark. If I had to pick any other nationality than being Swedish it would absolutely be English:)
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    No idea what point you are trying to make. If you read some of the posts we exchanged on this topic, my previous post may make more sense. You argued that someone at the club valued Moses because he was given a contract extension and that someone somehow defied Mourinho. I claimed that was bs because we do that with all loanees. No one was ever wrong on Moses. He's still not good enough to be starting for us and I bet that if Conte gets his way he won't be starting for Chelsea in 2017-18.
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    Leicester would have zero chance of winning La Liga, Serie A or the Bundesliga. Zero. There's always a bad excuse for the ones who claim England is the best league. In reality, it really isn't. Unless we're talking about the ability to waste money on overrated players. Then their in a league of their own. I'll reiterate my previous point. ****ing Leicester won the PL. Leicester!!! Now try to make a serious claim the Premier League is the best league in the world with a straight face.
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    If anyone seriously thinks that; Schmeichel, De Laet, Drinkwater, Morgan, Huth, Vardy, King, Albrighton, Kante, Schlupp, Simpson, Okazaki, Gray, Ulloa, Dyer, Mahrez and Fuchs; are good enough to win the premier league but not any of the competitions you've listed they're certifiable.
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    Certainly a better strategy than Jose managed. Jose said we needed re-inforcments and got naught. Considering Conte has a history of walking out of a job may be a good thing here. Hmmm... Interesting considering the discussion we had on Victor Moses a few months back. Nice to see you've changed your mind though😜 The 15/16 season us no relevance whatsoever. Not even when European qualification was a pipe dream did Hiddink give youth a chance. By the way, I'm all in your corner when it comes to youth development. I speak 3 languages fluently and another 2 at a conversational level. Trust me, learning a different language is not a mean feat. Hearing an Englishman crying about it actually makes it hilarious. You lot are the second worst in the civilised world to speak a foreign language only beaten by your hillbilly cousins across the pond. Sorry, quoting function effed up. James: If Jody said that I'm worried. The club should act and look to replace him. He doesn't know what he's doing... Ham: when you have moved abroad and gained the ability to speak a foreign language you are able to have an opinion. Until then you're merely misinformed. Either you've got no clue what you're on about or Makelele is lying. Claude has never managed Bakayoko over a longer period of time. Quite. Thanks for staying the obvious. My base case scenario is that you're always pissed;) Hmm... Quite. They work for social media or the click-bait culture we have these days. Or Bale... Minimum salary in England is €100,000? I'm sorry but that is CLEARLY bs. Gurj: I hope you can forget me.
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    It is well documented that Drogba wanted to move back to Marseille throughout his first three seasons with us. He talked about it a lot and has been on record many times about it. Not very disimilar to what Costa has been doing to be perfectly honest.
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    Here we go again. I suggest you look at some of the stuff you write to me before throwing stones in glasshouses. This is the last time I'll state this, I treat you no differently to any other member on here. Maybe you should have a think about why you seem to think everything is about you? Now can we move on from this rubbish please and stop talking about you? Quite.
  10. Transfer Talk Topic

    Not sure what point you are trying to make. Man U has money and they spend it. Just because they are spending doesn't mean that Jose likes high prices. It is possible to spend big (and have they really spent much more than us this summer? Talk about James being a hypocrite) and still have issues with how the transfer fees are rising. James was making a bs comment with absolutely no relevance whatsoever just to take another dig at our former manager. This is what setting me, Roman could easily call up a few mates back home in Russia and get fake sponsorship deals to burn. But he probably knows that if we did it UEFA would be out in force to stop the enemy of football. Corrupt clowns. Not a big fan of Bacca. But we could do worse. What Pete said. James is a grown man, no one is bulky in him. If he is so sensitive that he can't take people commenting on his posts, then he should stay away. This whole 'we need to protect James' thing is getting absolutely absurd.
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    Well maybe he just wants a move, a signing on and a higher salary? Also, it's not like he's moving to Crystal Palace. So I suppose there's a perfectly fine explanation to wanting a move. I just didn't take him for being that kind of player. Or as Paul states below: But then again he apparently wanted a move last summer (before Conte allegedly managed to make him stay). He also started 34/47 games last season. Strange way for Conte showing he's not in his plans... There's always that Ham! My lord. What is he supposed to do? He's at Man U, he needs to rebuild. He is a slave of the market. It's not like he's setting the prices is it? Your incessant and childish quest of criticising our greatest ever manager is tiresome to put it mildly. Because this is a football forum and the way a forum works, or any debate for that matter, is that someone states something and others comments on it. I just don't get why some people think that James should just be able to post and everyone must agree with him or not comment? If that's the case he can sit and write emails to himself. Didn't you spend the best part of two years claiming that Roman would pay this out of his own pocket? That you have ridiculed anyone stating that wasn't obvious just makes it a little bit more funny.
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    I'm sorry but no, just no. Matic was rumoured to leave even after last season. There's no real reason to why he'd leave as he's a first choice, on good money and winning titles. Its a strange one.
  13. Squad Status: 2020/21 Season

    I hope you're right - I read it to be roughly 20 senior outfielders and three youngsters. For me that's the perfect squad size. But right now I'd be over the moon with 18 senior outfielders and a few youngsters. But it seems you've stated 24 - two XI's (22 players) plus GK3 and S3.
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    Disclaimer: Let me begin by stating that this post should not be seen as me bullying you or trying to make you silly. It's simply a reply to a post you made on a public Chelsea forum and it's not intended to cause you any harm or distress or make you feel any less welcome here. Now as we've gotten that out of the way, Michy Batshuayi (23) and Alvarao Morata (24) says hello. Now maybe we have a plan for Abraham, or maybe we just do what we always do. Loan them out until we feel they are good enough to be at least a serious second choice in their position. But even then, having them to stick around may be hard (Chalobah). I don't think we have any plan for Abraham than to 'wait and see if he steps up' when on loan.
  15. Well interestingly enough, apparently Conte has been out talking up Fabregas in a #10 role. I believe we will see 352 more this season and it would be very interesting to see Morata and Michy play together.
  16. Michy is definitely staking a claim. If he's not the second choice striker when the season starts we've made a mistake. And this time I mean a second choice striker that's trusted with serious minutes...
  17. Transfer Talk Topic

    Sneijder is finished and has been for a good few years. Navas never was but Zlatan could definitely still do a lot for us. About zero chance of that happening though. I still curse we didn't sign him when Juve was degraded after Calciopoli. He'd have been a legend for us.
  18. Transfer Talk Topic

    Last season they had a net spend of £21m - £8m less than their title winning season... So they actually had a bigger spend when they won the title compared to when they defended the title. I'm not talking gross spend - I'm talking net. Fair point on salaries - but surely transfer fees should reflect what those new recruits will be paid as well? Not an exact science, but ball-park?
  19. Transfer Talk Topic

    The Daily Fail and Telegraph articles were interesting. Given that both Conte and the club seem to understand we need more bodies (lots Mr Tucker, lots😉) I feel slightly more at ease. If we fail to get the 4-5 players more we need, I can only draw the conclusion that the persons running the show are certifiable considering how many we've let go of.
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    How they get away with spending so much money is beyond me. Last decade they've had a net spend of £80m/season on average. Net spend. Last five seasons they've had an average net spend of £100m/season... We on the other hand have had £30m/season on average... Who's getting bad press about buying the title? As for defensive recruits, look at this; Mendy £51n Walker £50m Ederson £35m Stones £48m Bravo £17m Otamendi £32m Mangala £40m Thats £273m spent on defensive recruits since 2014-15. Incredible. Completely off-topic but interesting nonetheless... Looking at net spend Leicester is actually the 6th highest net spend club in the PL since 2003... And try get even been in the PL for all those seasons. Yet everyone views them as some sort of fairytale story when they won the league. Surprising yes, but Tottenham has spent £10m/season less on average in that time frame.
  21. Transfer Talk Topic

    Preventive work is just as important as actual treatment of already suffered injuries. Look at Robben and look at him after he left us. Of course our medical department is light-years better now. Jose even made a point in a few occasions to claim e wasn't entirely happy with the meds. Another great example of what he gave us. The only rubbish here James is to say anyone has claimed he's not a Chelsea fan. One poster alluded to it not meaning very much when picking clubs for your own professional career.
  22. Transfer Talk Topic

    Well let's wait and see before we start the party. You've just casually added four players to the squad. We are not there yet.
  23. Transfer Talk Topic

    Good one.
  24. Transfer Talk Topic

    Yep - if we would fulfill that, not even I would complain;) Going a bit Prescott on you; Courtois, Caballero, Eduardo Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill, Rudiger, Christensen Moses, Sandro, Alonso Kanté, Bakayoko, Fabregas, CM, Baker Hazard, Pedro, Willian, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Musonda Morata, Batshuayi, Llorente 19 seniors with two youngsters. Another £150m spent. But we would be done.