East Lower

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  1. There's a moment in the game on Tuesday night where JT is at the right place at exactly the right moment to intercept a cross and I thought to myself, this is the type of instinctive defending we miss and one of the reasons why we've been conceding a few recently (the other reason being opposition coach's devising methods to exploit our system), namely that there's no one with his defensive brain. JT has been doing this sort of thing for so many years now, that people watching just accept it. The old adage of "you never truly miss what you've got, till its gone" must surely apply?
  2. Back on the Everton game, it'll all boil down to whether the unlucky aspect of me never (to the best of my memory) seeing us win at Woodison when I've been allocated a ticket in the upper section of the stand is greater or less than the wearing of the 'lucky' socks, pants and shoes!!!!!!!!! Swapping tiers doesn't work either. 😉😉
  3. Excepting for our striker being in a poor run of form/lack of confidence/couldn't give a toss (dependent on whichever is actually correct) perhaps there's a combination of Sunday being a 'perfect storm' of loss of players, one at little or no real notice and an astute opposition manager who'd been beaten twice already by us and was clearly smarting, plus other managers and their highly paid/skilled management teams and numerous tactical analyst's actually devising systems that are making it harder for us to win games. Conte and his team really do need to up their game, as do the players - We'll see who the new leaders on the pitch are now., or maybe we might not!!
  4. At least they've won an away game, other than at a non-league ground! All that can be hoped is that they've still got the chance of 4th spot when they go to Sp**s, that and you'd hope the Nth London derby thing/stopping the other lots title bid, would motivate them to perform. It's the hope that gets you in the end.
  5. Luiz wore a specialised sort of strapping for months following the assault by Aguero. It's only in the last two to three weeks that he's not played with the knee strapped. In my view it's not Luiz we should be focussing on, it's Cahill's defending and distribution. Azpilicueta's form has also dropped off.
  6. Rob Wooton is definitely a Chelsea fan and a match going one at that, I've personally had him and I assume his son sat a few rows back from me at numerous away games this season. Not so many of late though. Good for him, but I suspect he can't push it too far as his employers will know of his allegiances, if I recall correctly he did a light hearted clip on SLY Sports of his singing a Chelsea song?
  7. Kante the only player who can hold his head up and enough's been said about the performance. No real excuses, however the defence seems not to trust Begovic and becomes hesitant. We'll probably have worked all week in a system with Alonso in it. Zouma unfortunately, isn't going to be an adequate replacement at either wing-back position. Add to that his passing and distribution is worse than Cahill's (he's not the best, not helped by the fact he's predominantly right footed but plays in the left-sided role in the three) and we ended up with a bit of a 'perfect storm'. When Zouma did get forward, after he'd been switched sides, he struggled to hold a wide position and didn't offer the width we usually get. Thus suited them and they were able to gang-up on Hazard and Costa, stifling the effectiveness of them. Zouma also kept taking the space and attacking balls that were clearly David Luiz's. Clearly the left wing-back position is a crucial one and one that we do not appear to be able to cover Alonso's absence adequately- get well soon son! I don't really know how much the semi-final result will effect the league form of either Rottenham or us, but we play our next league game before they do, we play Southampton at home on the Tuesday night, they play Palace, at Selhurst Pk on the Wednesday. This'll be the first time in quite a few games where we have the chance to post the win and put a bit of pressure on them to achieve the same result to keep pace. Traditionally they've wilted, however we have to get the win to put the pressure on and unfortunately they've the momentum and perhaps, and I'm loathe to say it, the belief and mental strength to keep winning.
  8. As we've moved onto CL & EL discussion, I was told today that BT Sport execs have got their knickers in a twist about a supposed plan being used by SKY of getting our teams who are/were involved in the two European Competitions, PL televised games as close as they can to the European game dates. Allegations are that SKY are doing this to do all they can to get the teams out of European Competitions to scupper BT who have invested heavily in these rights and cut their UK viewing figures and advertising revenue streams! Sneaky gits, IF true.
  9. Which it is, of course. BUT now carries a 'golden ticket' into the Champions League for its winner. What's he guilty of, being a bit of a hypocrite? Which top level manager isn't at times that suit themselves, not a defence or an excuse, just reality - in my view. Being the pragmatist that I think JM is, he will use the most likely method (in his own calculative mind) to qualify for the CL. This season that probably is via the EL, although they've still a real chance of qualification via league position. Personally and with our imminent fixture with them in mind I'd have hoped their potential for CL qualification via the league was far more remote than it is right now as he'd have possibly fielded a weakened team on Sunday as that fixture lies between their games with Anderlecht.
  10. Thought that one thing that last night did perhaps show us was that Zouma is going to struggle in a back three. Might be a case of him out and Christensen back in next season, good footballer that fella is looking and with ability on the ball and passing that would knit into and be well-suited in a three.
  11. Quite!! Alternatively, there are people out there who's view is so jaundiced that they have to hate someone within the managerial or playing staff. As one figure for that hate disappears it has to be replaced by another and at the first perceived sign, off they go again. Costa is working hard and needs a goal to spark him off. He ploughed a lone furrow last night with little service and against two decent centre-halves and a covering midfielder, that's why Delph was selected in my view, to shield the two defenders and pick up the pieces. He didn't shy away from any challenges. He may not be entirely happy, if that is true it's been that way for a while and certainly before the January window.
  12. Be it right or wrong, and only the people who truly know the player know that, Jose has far bigger matters to deal with, namely: 1. He and his team are not winning a high enough percentage of the games they play in the PL - He as a manager has the lowest %age of wins of Man Utd managers going back to just before Ron Atkinson, even Moyes had a higher rate 2. His team looks massively unbalanced, lacks natural width and unusually for a Man Utd team look straightforward to defend against 3. The £90m signing looks like a £20m one and is not dominating games for them 4. He can't get a consistent 'tune' out of his attacking options (except Ibra, who can't fulfill the defensive side of a 1 up front side) 5. Looks like it's win the Europa League or no CL football for them, attracting players may be a problem for next season Jose for us was in a class of his own for a number of years, he's always been 'spikey' but perhaps the events ar Real Madrid and of last season (whatever was behind the demise?) and what's going on at Man Utd have caused a change in stance towards players. He's got a massively hard job of restoring Man Utd, as they're a direct rival I wish him limited success.
  13. Indeed it did and a cracking atmosphere at times. We were evacuated from one of the stands one night as they were afraid of it collapsing or something, a mid-week league cup game that if I recall correctly Kerry Dixon got a hat-trick and we won 3-2?? And the concrete steps in the stand at the away end of the ground, before it got its roof were so old and worn, all the aggregate in the concrete had become exposed and on cold or wet nights were lethal. Not a fan of some the modern stadium designs , gently sloping stands etc. Munich and the Millenium are two modern designs who've got it right.
  14. Not sure if you've attended a game at the former Olympic Stadium, in my opinion it's the worst ground to watch a top level game in that I've been to in 20 years. I'm no fan of Wembley, but in direct comparison it's a far better option than the soulless place that is the 'London Stadium'
  15. Look at where the latest Hazard rumours, poxy Marca - a Madrid based sports paper, eagerly regurgitated by The Guardian, well renown for their reporting with gusto of most things they perceive as being negative for Chelsea FC and then the journo who wrote their article was interviewed on the radio and backtracked saying he didn't think it would happen this summer, but the following summer! And as for the timing, what a surprise - they (R-Madrid) have a Presidential election at the end of the season! Perez needing to 'excite' the voters with a 'Galactico' promise. Without a sale of Bale or Ronaldo, signing Hazard, probably not. Anyhow I'm not sure CR's ego could live with a better player than him there, the 2017 version of CR anyways. Hazard is on record as saying he's happy, probably wants a pay-rise as does Costa. It could happen, however I'd doubt RA would permit it following on from this season, risking the ire of Conte, who's own stock and say-so, will probably be pretty high.