RDC Williams

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  1. Leicester City 2 Chelsea 0

    What has Roman ever done for us?
  2. Leicester City 2 Chelsea 0

    As the only surviving member of the People's Popular Front of Judea I have one thing to say to the lot of you......... Splitters!
  3. Leicester City 2 Chelsea 0

    I'm loving the term "shitweazels" and fully intend to incorporate it into my vocabulary going forward.
  4. Leicester City 2 Chelsea 0

    So it looks like I'm alone ! I don't think anything has changed from when I posted this afternoon, quoting Casy Stoney's piece from the BBC web site. I'm not buying that he's lost the dressing room and I'm not buying that he's clueless. When Mourinho was fired he was not suddenly an idiot, yet his team was in a worse position than we find ourselves now. Frank is raw but this is the season for a raw manager and I still think he can go on to be a Chelsea great. Having said that, I accept that this is a minority, even a unique opinion. More importantly I think Roman will probably fire him in the next couple of weeks.
  5. Official: Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    🤣 Stop it ! You really should be on stage.
  6. Official: Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    This is from Karen Carney's interview on the BBC web site: "Chelsea need to give Frank Lampard more time. They knew he was only in his second year as a manager when he joined the club so at some point, there was going to be a period when there were challenges. This is one of those periods, with Saturday's gritty 1-0 win over Fulham only their second Premier League victory in seven games. And on Tuesday they travel to in-form Leicester City, who are third in the table, four places and six points above the Blues. When Lampard came in there wasn't any expectation. He had a smaller squad, he had lost Eden Hazard and there was a transfer ban. He could only work with the group of players he had. That only got them so far. In order to compete, they needed to invest more money in better players. Lampard has done that - so now there is definitely a different expectation. When you are given a war chest, there's a demand to get results. Expectation shifts but sometimes it doesn't happen as quickly as you would like. You have to be patient, believe in that someone and trust they will come through in the end. When Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola came in, he spent a load of money but didn't win anything in his first season. It takes time to add culture. The players Lampard has brought in are young and from abroad, and they need time to adapt to the Premier League and a Covid-19 world. It's been such a tough year for everybody but in a football context, you can see how it might have affected performances - some of them have suffered from illness, they can't see their friends and they can't see their families so it's completely unfamiliar territory. So are we being a little bit harsh? Yes, I think so. 2 1.82 11% 8 18 2020-21 18 7 1.17 1.83 13.7% 7 Every team has had peaks and troughs this season, but everybody is having them at different periods. Manchester City picked up just two wins from their opening five league games, while Manchester United suffered defeats by Crystal Palace and Tottenham at the start. Liverpool are going through a little bit of a tough period now. Chelsea just need to come through theirs. Lampard hasn't had time yet to embed these new players and allow them to fit in because he had a much shorter pre-season. Everybody else has had the same issues but the managers at the other big clubs have been there longer so already have a culture built. Guardiola (February 2016) and Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp (October 2015) have had several seasons with their teams, while Manchester United's Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and Leicester's Brendan Rodgers were both brought in for the second half of the 2018-19 seasons. People might say Lampard has stuck with those news signings for too long. But is he the first manager to do that in an attempt to give those players confidence? No. Did Sadio Mane and Kevin de Bruyne get into teams and rock the world at the start? Probably not. Last season, I saw snippets of Lampard's style that I liked. He introduced the young players and installed that belief in them. His side were playing football through the thirds, on the floor and getting into good areas out wide. I like his attack-minded intent. My concern was that sometimes they were too open. Chelsea felt more likely to win a game 4-3 than see one out at 2-0. Set-pieces were an issue too, but that is something they have improved on this season. Chelsea dominate games now, and they create chances, but they still don't take them as well as other teams. They are missing a cutting edge, a ruthlessness and a winning mentality which other sides around them have shown. Those teams that win titles know what their best XI is and have consistency with that. Lampard hasn't really had that. When he gets that consistency, it's then about bringing those young players and that new talent together to get a winning mentality. That's the hardest bit but it's part of the process. It needs time and Lampard should be given it." Karen Carney was speaking to BBC Sport's Emma Sanders. This is pretty much where I stand on Frank and is an insight into why some performances are not quite where we want them to be.
  7. Fulham 0 Chelsea 1

    You really are a clown. People are targeting them because in the case of Rudiger he has been off his man on several occasions, has passed the ball straight into touch for no reason and has passed the ball directly to a Fulham player on 4 occasions. He has no judgement when it comes to playing out from the back and is always apt to commit a silly foul. In the case of Jorginho he is a patent liability as a central midfielder, weak and cowardly in the tackle, lacking in progressive vision going forward and unable to get back into position to thwart counters because of his pedestrian pace. All of which is obvious to everyone, including you.
  8. Fulham 0 Chelsea 1

    Rudiger is an utter liability. Pulisic and Ziyech have been out of the game. The obsession with playing out from the back is pathologically stupid and incompetent.
  9. Official: Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    I disagree, since it is the inverse of what you were suggesting, but I suspect we are not going to get anywhere with this and since "no man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money", I'll bow out and have a heroic brandy.
  10. Official: Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    I think you should do a bit of research on the context and meaning of this quote. You have fallen into the trap of misconstruing both. It makes your conclusive paraphrase both meaningless and irrelevant, as well as nonsensical.
  11. Official: Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    Like I said, this is a very particular set of circumstances.
  12. Official: Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    Of course there are multiple reasons for becoming a supporter of a club, but why then stick to the same club? Why care about them? Why FEEL anything about them? Why hate other clubs? Having decided on a team, for whatever reason, fans generally stay with them for life, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health in a kind of spiritual marriage (but one in which death is more generally the only parting). We are choosing to belong to this Chelsea family which has nothing to do with our practical reality. When Chelsea lose it has no material effect on me, but I am pissed off for a week. If the club's reputation is traduced I will react outside of any intellectual rationale. If we suffer a perceived injustice I am apoplectic with rage. This is not rational, but it contributes to a sense of self which is vested in emotional loyalty. I guess that's why, after 50 years supporting the club, I feel no diminution in my joy at our success and no reduction in frustration or anger when we lose. I feel loyal, hope for the loyalty of at least some of the club's players and managers and am prepared to give one of our greatest ever heroes a break for a season or two in the hope that he will ultimately embellish the dream in an even more satisfying way.