RDC Williams

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    Chelsea Football Club; Ospreys and Wales Rugby; Dogs, especially Bullmastiffs; athletics; other sports; food and wine.

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  1. R.I.P. Peter Bonetti 1941-2020

    Reports coming in that Peter Bonetti has died, aged 78 from a long illness. A sad day for the club. One of the all time Chelsea icons. RIP Cat.
  2. Chelsea 1 Leicester 1

    I hadn't realised how poor we were. The problems are many and varied, but can be summed up as a fundamental lack of intelligence or discipline from back to front. Unfortunately our coach looks as inexperienced as he is and there is no discernible defensive plan. Tactics and execution wew both poor today and at times it looked like we had decided not to play with a midfield at all. We are also lacking in physical presence - a small, lightweight team with very little bite. Sadly, I think it's mid table for us. Leicester are not the side they once were, but should have won today. I hope plans are afoot for when we are again able to register new players.
  3. Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    Don’t forget the joy! Even more important than success (by a whisker).
  4. Tiemoue Bakayako

    I’d take a free to be honest, just to get him off the wage bill. I do feel sorry for him - I saw him coming off the pitch (can’t remember which away game) tentatively applauding the fans who had been jeering him all game. It’s not his fault, but he is just not good enough..............for Clapham Rovers.
  5. Hard to dislike Sarri, but equally hard to like him. I just can’t accept a “one way to play” tactical philosophy; it’s facile and intellectually destitute. Having had a short career he is already something of a dinosaur. There is also something a bit distasteful about his treatment of good, honest pros, not to mention legitimate club resources at the club. Maybe I am starting to dislike him.
  6. Tiemoue Bakayako

    Poor old Joka was bad (the only Chelsea player I have ever booed - much to my shame), but I stand by my assertion - Baka looked like he had two ankle injuries and had just stepped onto a football pitch for the firs time.
  7. Official: Eden Hazard Joins Real Madrid

    No grudge against him, ever! He has lit up our team for the past 7 years, and despite the media bollocks about him downing tools in Mourinho’s second stint (being consistently played with a pretty bad hip injury), always gave 100%. That’s not to say he was always in games - there are limits to how much one man can do once the opposition have rumbled a team’s inflexible tactical approach, but he always tried. I can’t remember any player being more fouled than Eden (maybe Maradona in his prime), but he always got up and got on with it, our most skilful ever player and an all round good guy. I’m proud he came here and stayed so long.
  8. Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    Let’s have Pete as DOF, Lampard, Morris, Drogba, Makelele and Cudicini as coaches and bring back the joy! They might fail, but it will take us back to our (Ambramovich era) roots. It will at least resolve the motivational and tactical flexibility issues - and I’m not just talking about the fans.
  9. Tiemoue Bakayako

    Michael, however bad you thought he was through watching him on tv, it doesn’t even come close to how bad he actually was. Watching him live I can honestly say I have never seen a worse midfielder play for us.........and we’ve had some bad uns.
  10. Taking The Pee Out Of Liverpool (For Khobar)

    God bless you Khobar. I know you will be laughing up there tonight.
  11. Hi Duffo, I'm not sure if you are still visiting CFCnet, or if you get message notifications, but I thought I should let you know the sad news that Jon Hawkins passed away yesterday. I know that you were friends, not to say mutual admirers, so I knew you would want to know. Jon told me you were suffering from cancer, so I hope you are doing ok.




  12. Taking The Pee Out Of Liverpool (For Khobar)

    I, in common with everyone around me in the MHU and the majority of the stadium, clapped Gerrard off today. In the light of his post match churlishness I still don't regret it because it has shown us in a good sporting light and him as having no class or empathy for football supporters. He obviously has no idea how much of a compliment that 30 seconds represented. It is not afforded many players by fans of the opponents and he is a damn fool for not appreciating a rather complex piece of behaviour by a set of people often characterised as simple. That applause was an olive branch, a recognition, a wink to the unreasonably harsh nature of his constant barracking by Chelsea fans, a nod to his achievements and a goodbye to an adversary. It was an attempt to say, " we have slagged you off, but that is the nature of opposition; take our respect with you." He has thrown that back in our faces, which is his choice, but I think it is sad that he can't understand the significance of the moment - for him, not for us. We behaved with surprising nobility and I am proud of our fans.
  13. Chelsea 1 Manchester United 0

    [quote name="Droy was my hero" The real problem is not your negativity, but it the suggestion that Man U were able to do anything with their possession - or indeed tried to do anything. Had Man U wanted to make a game of it they might well have found themselves 3 or 4 goals down and then even you and Red Robbo would have had nothing to say. Blimey, I'm going to agree with Prescott and Droy in one day ! Perfect analysis, this. Man Utd were a long way from being marauding attackers today; had they been, we would have won by more. I was staggered by how many back passes they did and how circumspect they were in the face of a physical challenge, especially Fellaini, who normally dominates his opponents physically even when he is otherwise ineffective; in this game he was bullied by Zouma and outplayed by Matic. Get with the beat guys, Burnley had more efforts on goal than Man U and they even scored !
  14. Chelsea 1 Manchester United 0

    A rare moment of clarity and veracity from Prescott . The few muppets on here who are saying United were the better side today obviously have a very facile view of the game of football. I said after the game from my seat in the MHU that our performance today was one of the best of the season. We were in total control of the match, ceding possession but never position. I am often nervous about conservative tactics in the face of a slender lead, but this was a perfect execution of a tightly woven strategy and we were pretty comfortable for the entire match. There was very little tension and much triumphalism in the stands. Mourinho knew that Man U would come out hard and fast, as indeed they did. He knew that we needed to draw their sting and after 20 minutes we had. Teams are always going to have chances, but the defence-shredding Man U attack made only 2 clear cut opportunities. Special mentions go to Zouma (first half on Fellaini, second half more conventional defensive shield), Azpilicueta (absolutely outstanding), Hazard (his usual self) and Cahill, who has overcome his awful, overconfident patch. I thoroughly enjoyed this match; I knew how it would be, but the degree to which the inevitable tactics (the right tactics, given our relative positions in the league) were implemented by the team was breathtaking. We took United out of the title race today and I fully expect us to do the same to Arsenal next weekend : Arsenal are not stronger in attack and may be weaker in defence that Utd. I was critical of our tired performance against the striped scum last week, but don't let anyone fool you into thinking our victory today was anything other than a masterclass from a brilliant tactician and a near flawless execution by an exceptional team.