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Everything posted by paulw66

  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    I agree, but if we do win it, I am pre-empting the "we only beat rubbish" comments
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    We have been in desperate need of younger blood in the attacking areas for the last 2 seasons, and instead, we have signed older forwards. If there is no ban and Hazard goes, we need at least one young winger, and one young top quality cf. If Pedro or Willian leave with Hazard, we need 2 new wingers.
  3. Transfer Talk Topic

    of course, take it to extremes, but the point being made is that if Sarri is going to be beaten with the "well we won the EL, but we have only beaten rubbish" stick, then the same can apply to Conte Sarri can only beat the teams he has played
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    Thank goodness the league works like that too. The final table on paper is what dictactes who finishes where. Of course we got less points in the second half of the season - we had Liverpool, City, Arsenal, Everton, Leicester and Man utd away, so 6 out of the best 8 (excluding us) away from home, plus progress in the EL* Spurs and Arsenal both petered away - small squads, and European progress. United's decline was the real bonus. * not saying we had it tough in the EL, but even with easy games, we still had key players involved, and travelling abroad, as opposed to staying at Cobham and preparing for the next game. There was one week we played Monday, rest day Tuesday, travel Wednesday, EL away game Thursday, travel back friday, then travel to away game Saturday for a Sunday kick off. Even if that Thursday game is a walk in the park, there is zero prep time for the Sunday away game.
  5. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    Pretty much it for me. Was pleased he signed, thought we paid too much and never in a million years expected him to get 100 goals, let alone 211
  6. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    Nobody got it wrong. He wasn't very good in that initial period. The fact he went on to be our greatest ever player doesn't make the first sentance not true, he simply improved immeasurably year on year.
  7. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    But his record in that tournament since not having Messi at his disposal, is poor. Failed at Bayern, and has been beaten twice in a row by English teams who have finished 25 points behind City in the league. That is what I mean by having doubts
  8. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    Not really. Those first six months, he was bang ordinary. Didn't score a league goal until 23 December.
  9. Irrespective of the EL rules and the registered squad, you can't play for two teams in the same transfer window, which is why in the summer, of all Chelsea's outbound loans are either 6 or 12 months.
  10. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    Taking another challenging job, I see. No doubt, after inherriting a team that has won 8 titles in a row, he would win Serie A 4 years running on 3 times the budget of anyone else, and be lauded a genius. I still can't make my mind up on Pep. His record on paper looks incredible, but scratch the surface and there are still some fairly hefty question marks.
  11. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    SFL wasn't a midfield monster when we bought him. His first 6 months or so, very ordinary, and a good second half to his first season. Thereafter, he grew and grew. RLC is the same age now as SFL was when we bought him, so really any comparison starts now.
  12. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    In the plus side, apparently he wants to buy Victor Moses for Inter.
  13. Aside from the obvious, appoiting Emma Hayes as manager would be an unmitigating disaster - Appoitnemnt female manager - When results go bad, female manager gets sacked - "Chelsea hierarchy are all sexist for sacking her" - "Chelsea players are all sexist for not playing well enough" Bit like being silly enough to appoint and sack a female doctor.
  14. Petr Cech retires

    What more to say.......quite simply the greatest GK we have ever had, and IMO, in the top 3 PL Gks of all time. That night in Munich.......the save from Carrol's header in the FA Cup Final. Top man, top pro, top GK. Thank you.
  15. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    sums it up for me. I have friends who support other teams, and they refer to spurs as the y*ds (more so than I or any other Chelsea fan I know do).......they're not antisemetic, but that is how they are now known in football circles because their entire fan base sing "y*d army"......the Y word for football fans basically just refers to Spurs, not Jews. Not saying any of this is PC, but that is just a fact.
  16. That's just make believe. Young managers in Europe are sought after once they deliver in their top flight, not finishing 6th in the league below.
  17. Andreas Christensen

    I don't really get the issues some have with AC. Think is far less erratic than Luiz and Rudiger, and actually makes a good foil for one of them. Doesn't make the glaring errors that Luiz makes positionally, albeit he doesn't have the same range of passing. The goal Frankfurt scored at SB, was Luiz dashing forward, then being caught out of position, much like at home to Palace. Has been at fault a few times this of United's goals at SB when he chased the ball out to the wing and missed it. I don't see AC making those sort of errors.
  18. Andreas Christensen

    You're getting youself in a muddle. He was talking about AC having 23 PL starts for Chelsea under AC in 2017/18
  19. Because the press have any cluse what Roman thinks
  20. Taking The Pee Out Of Liverpool (For Khobar)

    I'm just waiting for Sky Sports to announce the award of the 50 year cummulative trophy. Have a big ceremony with Dalglish, Rush, Aldridge, Thompson, Lawrenson, Gerrard, Souness, Redknapp etc, plus all the families of the Hilsborough victims (skate over Heysel) and have a eight hour program showing every goal scored and every refereeing decision that went against them, open top bus parade in the streets of Liverpool - the true 50 year champions. Bring it on.
  21. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    Going to be corporates and sponsors
  22. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    I would love to have gone. Have never been to that part of the world, and if it was practical and affordable to go for 2 nights, Tuesday to Thursday, I would have been keen. As it is, with a 10 month old, and a partner on maternity leave, spending £1k just to fly there, or a bit less but having to take a week off, taking various indirect flights, and still costing a fortune, it was an absolute non starter. This comes 2 weeks after paying £940 to renew my season ticket for next year! I have a friend I know through work has been offered a corporate ticket and overnight hotel stay through a client, and he's still not going for the same reasons as me. The UEFA statement says it all - both teams have a low allocation as they know how difficult it is for fans to go there.
  23. Transfer Talk Topic

    I don't think so. In 2016/17 we signed Batshuyai, Kante, Luiz, Alonso 2017/18 Rudiger, Morata, Drinkwater, Bakayoko, Giroud, Emerson, Zappacosta, Barkley 2018 Kepa, Jorginho...... All under contract here
  24. New Kits

    It's a shocker - the have moved away from their traditional stripes as the Americans associate black and whites stripes with "umpires" and therefore they are worried about appealing to them for shirt sales. Hundrered's of years of tradition flushed down the toilet for a few extra quid.
  25. Transfer Talk Topic

    I think the bolded bit is fair. Collectively we are awful at the moment once we go behind. Only two games against Cardiff have seen us win from a losing position, I think.