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  1. Didier Drogba

    quote:Originally posted by Red4lifequote:Originally posted by akallasAnd another twist in the Mirror: Drogba tapped up by AC Milan – apparently. id="quote"> id="quote"> I'm not being funny and not going to say Liverpool never tap anyone up but is it not the same as you have been doing with Shevchenko? Surely all the comments to the media about wanting him and having a 50/50 chance amounts to the same thing, letting your interest be known and unsettling him? Or have you actually had contact with Milan in which case it may be different id="quote"> id="quote">We have had contact multiple times in consecutive years with Milan according to Kenyon. Shevchenko is considering whether to come to us or stay with Milan. I don't think we would be able to breathe for the amount of media toss if Milan thought we had tapped him up.
  2. Salomon Kalou

    quote:Originally posted by Harry Sideras> I think he is one of those players that could be brilliant (bit like Henry) or could fall by the wayside... id="quote"> id="quote">No 'between' about it....either/or imo. MT, I was merely speculating on speculation. No need to enforce reality.
  3. Salomon Kalou

    NorthernFan. Sorry mate, but I don't think you can take the prices of players we buy too seriously. Value for money is something we will struggle to get.
  4. Salomon Kalou

    Well...this is all based on assumptions anyway, so here goes. Changing to a new formation of 442 (or 4411) would mean that Ballack and Lampard would not play in the central midfield together...as such Ballack would play as a striker. If that were the case there are only 3 spots left. So if Kalou and Tevez comes that means only 2. Crespo and C.Cole both go leaving a squad like this; Lampard/Eidur/Essien Maka/Essien/Diarra Robben/Duff J.Cole/Wright Ballack/Drogba/Eidur Tevez/Kalou Drool worthy...practical though?
  5. Salomon Kalou

    My lasting memory is of him beating 4 or 5 players and striking for goal only to have Kuijt nick it at the last and take the glory. The Matt Hughes article is interesting....I think we might see Ballack playing ahead of Lampard and Maka....in attack it will be 442 and in defence 451....either way the midfield triangle stays in tact and we can alternate depending on the oppo. Imo we have struggled to break down teams when they have sat back...the sort of struggle rarely seen from Utd when they are at their best because of the amount of men they get forward.
  6. Salomon Kalou

    Kalou is inconsistent...but he is still brilliant at his best. There is good reason for Van Basten streamlining him into the Dutch National Team and supposedly Jose wanting him out of left field.
  7. Salomon Kalou

    I think he is one of those players that could be brilliant (bit like Henry) or could fall by the wayside....for 3 million its worth a look.
  8. Didier Drogba

    Other than convert like a robbot I don't think he could of done any more on the day. ANOTHER good Drogba performance...maybe his 6th or 7th in a row.
  9. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Ricardo Fernandes has looked a superb technician at times for the youth side, but being small and Portuguese he has inevitably had massive difficulties to overcome and I feel he has progressed well considering. Jimmy Smith has been a regular hero for the reserve side,m very rarely playing for the youth team anymore. He is vastly more experienced than Fernandes and is probably at a level where he is wasted in the reserves. Fabio Ferreira Not the fastest, but I think you underestimate his pace. He has skinned several players at reserve level in his first few games and pace is something which can be worked on. More important is decision making and knowing when to cross or pass, something that made Beckham so succesful as a right winger for Utd.
  10. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    quote:Originally posted by BridgejunkyThe main reason for my trip was to get a look at Scott Sinclair but, I'm sorry to say, he was very disapointing. He played all but a few minutes of the game out wide on the left where he struggled to make an impact. I got chatting to some people from Bristol, including a school mate of Scott's, and they were addament that he was being played out of position and that he has to be played through the middle to get the best out of him. id="quote"> id="quote">He has been played out wide ever since he started for the reserves a month or so ago. He has done well, but it is clearly not his best position and certainly at reserve level opposition teams started to get clued up about the danger he posed and have marked him heavily. quote:there are a number of better prospects in the squad than Scott.id="quote"> id="quote">Showing exactly why this viewing is largely a poor indicator. Shaun Cummings Has had an average season at best and is very inconsistent at all levels. Jack Watkins Watkins hasn't played England level for a while I don't think and it was his hold up play that has generally been why he hasn't been so succesful with Chelsea this season. A decent finisher, not much more, but hopefully this game demonstrated progress. Dean Furman Furman has been a standout for the youth team, a solid player for the reserves and had a brilliant pre season youth tournament against some of the finest youth teams in Europe. The fact that the Old Firm are showing interest at this early age is a major credit to the lad and a great indicator of his talents. Harry Worley Ryan Bertrand Both new imports this season. Worley being the more impressive at youth level, but both doing very well. Worley is an incredible physical specimen for his age. I have spoken to someone who works with England who says Bertrand is close to the same ability Ashley Cole had at the same age. quote:Sam Hutchinson at right back looked the more solid defensively. He was quick, strong in the tackle, good in the air and composed in possession. Particularly impressive was the authoritative way he talked to and organised the players in front of him. I liked the look of this lad and, based on this showing, I'd say he has a chance.id="quote"> id="quote">Every game (I and others have seen) he is exactly as you describe him. Very impressive 'intangibles' for one so young. Liam Bridcutt. Very interesting. Has been a quiet performer in general. If he played as well as you have said then I am impressed.
  11. Didier Drogba

    Mainly because we generally all came to the conclusion that Drogba is a very good player that we like to have at Chelsea. Shame he couldn't have scored 3 out of 3 chances at the weekend, will just have to settle for that fantastically brave header that kept us in with a shout.
  12. Ashley Cole

    No...Babayaro was given games at the start of the season because he was the one that was fittest and had impressed most in training....he had a couple of poor games and was kicked out of the side never to return except for in the process of rotation. After a long stretch of doing nothing Babayaro asks for a move and Souness takes him off our hands. You might be right about Jose playing Asier for those very reasons...but there is absolutely no pattern here.
  13. Ashley Cole

    quote:Originally posted by Michael TuckerGallas and Terry have been re-united due to a few indifferent performances from Carvalho, and I doubt that it has anything to do with Del Horno. Ferreira, for some reason, has been out of favour for most of the season, so again I doubt that it has anything to do with Del Horno. id="quote"> id="quote">My point is that if Jose thought the same way about Asier as you then he wouldn't be playing right now because we have options. quote:>He is still good in the air, strong, quick with a good left foot. Sorry, but you've got to be watching a different player. Otherwse, I can't see where this description comes from. He's hardly hit one decent pass in the past two months, unless it has been backwards at Terry. His crossing has only troubled the fans in Row 10. He's missed a number of clear heading opportunities during the same period. id="quote"> id="quote">Sorry can't agree with that atall. He had at least one utterly world class cross against Everton and whilst his passing hasn't been great he looks nervous more than poor. quote:I have however, seen him fall over a lot - sometimes just landing on his a*se, sometimes clutching his belly. I have seen him miss countless tackles, or foul. I have seen him continually raising his hand to apologise for mistakes. And, I have seen team mates like Terry, Lampard and Cech, give him an on-field bollocking over his inept attempts at defending.id="quote"> id="quote">Yes, that is true. But, again, if he has been THAT bad (which I don't think he has been) why is Jose still picking him? I think this might be one of the ultra rare occasions that you might not be objective.
  14. Ashley Cole

    Well, I still think he has a lot of talent and he can't have been playing so badly that he would keep Carvalho out of the team just for the sake of playing JT and Gallas together...or keeping Ferreira out for no reason. He is still good in the air, strong, quick with a good left foot.
  15. Didier Drogba

    quote:Originally posted by SimonblueboyYeah Drogba on his day can be superb and maybe he's been better for us this season than last. My criticism of him is he seems to miss the easy chances, but score absolute crackers which can be frustrating for us Chelsea fans. I'm glad he seems to of got out of the habit of going down easily and rolling around now. id="quote"> id="quote">Exactly like Thierry Henry then. Did you see the sitter he missed against WBA...worse than any Drogba miss I have seen all season. Perhaps worse than Drogba's miss at the Nou Camp last season.
  16. Ashley Cole

    quote:Originally posted by Michael Tuckerquote:Originally posted by Crowey
  17. Didier Drogba

    Another fantastic and vital DD performance today. Another goal and another assist.
  18. Didier Drogba

    >An attempt to upset the player When he has his own fans trying to force him out because he got poked in the eye, I hardly think some half arsed piece of toilet paper journalism will have any affect :D
  19. Michael Essien

    He has been excellent since his return from injury in general. He has had a very solid debut season playing in a slightly new role in an entirely superior league and in a less fluid team. Has had a few games where he looks like he could be as good as anyone, but has also had quiet periods. Overall I am still extremely confident that he will end up being one of our greatest ever players.
  20. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Jack Cork did excellently against Crystal Palace. He looked very composed, very strong in the upper body, kept possession excellently and read the game well; especially for a 16 year old.
  21. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Exactly...it was one rumour on Skysports which entailed some of the worst presumptuous journalism of the season.
  22. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    quote:Originally posted by GOMIf possible, I would love to have some observations on Michael Mancienne, both the Younghusband boys, the two portugese boys Ricardo Fernandes and Fabio Ferreira, and the England U-17s Jack Cork and Ryan Bertrand. id="quote"> id="quote">Mancienne (central defender) has been utterly dominant at reserve level. He seems to have an excellent blend of pace, skill and the ability to read the game which could ensure he plays at a very high level. I think he needs to develop a little bit more physically, but of the current set of players at that level he is the most likely to be playing for Chelsea's first team any time soon. Younghusbands (varous positions) don't look to have anywhere near the ability or consistency required to be even particularly good at reserve level. Fernandes and Ferreira have had excellent debut seasons for the youth team (and for their youth national sides winning great acclaim in their home country) and Ferreira recently gave an impressive debut for the reserves. Fernandes is an attacking midfielder who plays in the hole and he has been the creative driving force behind the youth team this season (along with more defensive midfielder Dean Furman). Ferreira is a very good prospect on the right wing who is very right footed currently but has bags of tricks, good pace and good delivery. Jack Cork and Ryan Bertrand have been solid members of the youth team, Cork occasionally coming up to reserve level to fill in. They have done reasonably well for England too. Nothing to shout about, however they play less glamorous roles and therefore little is written or seen of them. quote:Lastly, I would also appreciate some insight into the Football Icon boy Sam Hurrell. id="quote"> id="quote">I have been surprised that he has been used quite so much. He has forced Bertrand to the bench on several occasions now and has been used all up the left hand side. The reports about him have been very positive. One more player who has been particularly good has been Jimmy Smith. He has improved tremendously in the last 12-18 months at reserve level. He takes an excellent freekick and is a natural finisher...he is an attacking midfielder with an eye for goal and his general playmaking is quite impressive. He has impressed Mourinho when training with the first team and his technique is such that he has a solid chance of getting at least more oppertunities with the first team, either training or playing. Mancienne and Smith are probably at the stage now where they have little left to prove at reserve team level, I would expect to see the club loan them out next season. Fernandes, Ferreira, Furman (if he is still here) and Sinclair will probably be more full time reserve team players next season.
  23. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Wheres the link. Secondly...I never said how good I thought those Portuguese kids are, just giveing the opinion of portuguese fans who know of general Portuguese opinion on their youth team (a youth team stacked with talent). Judging by the performance of Ferreira in his debut reserve game he is easily ready for that level.
  24. Didier Drogba

    I don't think he said anything particularly bad, even if his words might have been taken out of context. I think it's a fair assumption to say the team doesn't have the same desire. It's harder to retain, because the same 'hunger' isn't there.
  25. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Ricardo Fernandes and Fabio Ferreira (the two ex Sporting kids) are very highly rated within Portugal, both providing match winning performances for their country.