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    Moaning. Whinging. Insomnia. Trying to find the common language between man and dog. Vintage Adidas. Writing songs. And that.

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  1. Arsenal 3 Chelsea 0

    Grim._. Not often been this embarrassed by a Chelsea performance but that was almost totally devoid of anything like passion, cohesion , belief or a gameplan. Just a woeful showing that actually shocked me. Its avery long time since I've watched us be so poor and I've NEVER seen a side under Conte this inept defensively . He will have to get at least half of todays 11 back to some kind of form as he's not got great options for tightening up and even in January we will find signing defensive reinforcements hard so he's gonna have his work cut out . Conte was on about Zouma yesterday and it felt like he was as eager as anyone to get him back, he and JT really carrying a lot of hopes at this point . Not much to say......gutted.
  2. Official: Chelsea Re-signs David Luiz

    Sure, on that occasion it's a collectiuve screw up. However, you know as well as I do that collectiuve errors are also caused by and made worse by a lack of clarity brought about via a misunderstanding of tactics and coinfidence being undermined by a slew of poor personal showings over a long time. You know, too, that Ivanovic was beaten for pace and turned inside out to the point of often borderline fouls many, many times both last night and over the past year, Cahill has made backing off and being totally puzzled by simple movements something of a trademark and even Dave has started toi see his standards, defensively, slip rtadically lately. I accept that there's an element of the tactics bringing the midfield on top of the defenders making things even muddier especially last night but I don't accept thgat the same shortcomings, even if they didn't result in the goals against us that they shgould have, aren't still there in some individuals performances week in and week out. I'm not saying it's just the same players making the same errors but I'm puzzled if you're saying that Cahill and Brana have cleaned up their acvts personally. Big point with that is that when a team doesn't trust it's back four the natural instinct is for midfielders to help out "too much" and you can see it from kids games upowards and it leads to a lack of positioning and disasters like you've shown there-maybe I'm not so much disagreeing here as getting into a chicken and egg? Just because we weren't p[unished for the individual(and Cahills clearance counts for me)errors last night doesn'r mean they aren't still happening and those players don't need changing AND it also doesn't mean, in fairness, that some isn't tactically caused. Howevcer, as said, I'd much reather judge Conte once he starts(at least) putting these square pegs in their square holes because I fear whatever tatical changes he makes without doing so will result in short term fgains at best and games like last nights first half at worst. My big issue is why hasn't it really seemed to start yet? If you or I knew for sure the reason behind the low block maybe we could judge but as I suspect it's because he doesn't trust the back four I don't see it improving until he changes it and, again, signs of that actually happening are thin on the ground. Hoping KP will see changes.
  3. Official: Chelsea Re-signs David Luiz

    Do you suspect that last night's performances by Luiz/Cahill will alter Conte's thinking for Tuesday or Saturday? At LCFC Chels will likely boss possession and have pressure on the CB pairing only intermittently which suits Cahill more than Luiz(historically and imho) because David tends to wander more often with the spaces to wander into and in the past Cahill had better concentration than his partner. However, The King Power holds a few cards that could affect our whole back four for the Arsenal match-will Conte noiw want to finally change things more pernanently and start endging Brana out and Dave back across? Wiull he want to risk Alonso against Mahrez in his debut? Might he let Ola be a potential sacrificial lamb? I don't think it's a straightforward choice for Conte unless he's approachiung it, as I would, with the idea in his mind of just getting as settled a back four as possible and, at last, trying to get some blance to it in terms of left footers on the left etc AND in terms of goiung forward as well as back-if Hazard had an overlapping 25 year old Cole he wouldn't be double marked out of games nearly so often and Alonso is clearly okay going forwards so it must be time to try to alter something, surely? I think something has to be done so that Conte's worries about our back four stop dictating what he does with midfield because right now we are being way too reactive and a little timid, imho, because of our weaknesses at the back. Once Conte has done what he promised and placed people in their preferred or natural positions it will be much fairer to judge him-my concern is that this process doesn't seem to have started and I wonder why not? If Conte feels Olka, Alonso, Luiz have no chance of improving the defence in it's current malaise then did we miss out on several defensive signings in several positions and not just the obvious Koulibaly? I guess I'm just frustrated at seeing great servants liuke Cahill and Bane embarrassed on a seemingly weekly basis evcen when Conte picks a midfield to prop them up. Thees are guys who have walked through walls for Chelsea yet are being belittled because manager after manager has kept picking them anfd failing to sign replacements for them in wndow after window-Luiz was good last night and among the back four, for me, was alone in being so. It's a natural move, then, in my eyes to play Azpiliqueta at RB, Alonso at LB and Luiz at LCB at Leiceister-whether Conte goes with Cahill or Bane to partner Luiz is a good quandry but on last night's showing unless Luiz is awful at the KP then he's in pole to partner the returning JT at the Emirates. It was a terrible performance by Brana last night and having watched it back it only gets worse. I love the guy but surely it's time to get him away from the RB berth. Sure, try him at CB if he's got pace alongside him but it's way too manyt bad games in two years at RB to go on. Also, Cahill without JT is becoming equally shoddy and it says something that Luiz, after all the fans and media wailing actually looked outr most composed and effective defender last night. Whether that's that it was largely nonsense to begin with, of course, id open for debate!
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    Been amused at all the Man U fans calling us fickle and dim over so much joy at bringing Dave back today. Obviously , we all know what his issue is but he brings more good than bad, is a star and my Italian mate reckons that Conte cured similar problems in an older Barzagli and Luiz has a better natural ability than he ever had. If anyone can stop the tactical lapses and defensive brain farts its Conte. If he does wholl be laughing?
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    Is Jose just fudging the issue? I'm sure Salah can't be happy at his playing time this season and reading between the lines Shurrle hasn't ever bulked up (or toughened up enough) enough to do the job Jose demands of him and maybe he just can't? Whatever, the point is neither are really being asked to do a great deal in terms of allowing rotation so I didn't see why it was so important for Jose to say the need for them to want to leave was worth banging a drum over. I'm unsold on Douglas Costa and don't know if Cuadrado would be any sturdier than Andre is. Certainly unsure at quoted prices and must assume Jose is just trying to hike up any Shurrle price to try mitigate us buying this month. If either Salah or Shurrle were offering us much as cover or as options to change games itd be easy to bob along as we are but as Jose seems to have no trust in them in important games I have to ask just who is being helped by keeping them. I'd love to have a different option to William or Oscar behind Diego as atm only Rambo or moving Cesc seem to please Jose at all. It does make me wonder what a few injuries would do to us right now and I fear Jose was being full of bluster on Friday and would love a trusted option to make changes to yhose behind the striker
  6. The Run In

    Thought citeh deserved a point and raised a few eyebrows at how nobody seems to get booked for diving these days but our players. However, after Pell's idiotic "defensive" Chelsea winning would be a crime rant I guess I'm not as gutted as I wouldve been to see the dippers where they now are. To completely ignore the vast number of chances our strikers missed this season was bending the truth just to get at jose and from a man "above" mindgames it was a bit weak. How often have city or pool felt the need to play a false nine this season ffs? However, just hope we can finally put a good showing in in Wales as we are yet to give a decent account of ourselves since Swansea came up and our last two away matches in the epl were resolutely poor. Would be typical Chelsea to lose today but then pee on pools chips just to hand city the title. Villa and Palace really hurt now as our striking frailty was shown so clearly in those tight games where a great cf grabs you a chance when you play way below your level. Its sad that a problem we all knew we had in aug has kept costing us all season and you have to wonder exactly why all our summer eggs were Rooney shaped. So obvious yet we just struggled on when there must have been something we couldve done-hell even a recall clause for lukaku wouldve been something. We squirm through to silverware this term itll be with severe handicaps.
  7. Swansea City 0 - 1 Chelsea

    No brainer. We will have suspensions in cl no doubt but ignoring that we couldnt ever forgive ourselves if we just let the mickeys win anything. The way theyre pandered to by the uk press makes me loathe them more than sp*rs and the way ticketless fans turning up and playing a major part in the hillsborough mess is basically taboo to bring up in any way(whatever crass police actions went on the blame isn't just with one group at all)just puzzles me. Had it been us I dont see the mefia backing the fans in any way. Anyway, imagine if we play a poor team yhen lose in cl snyway? Besides the fa would kill us for messing with prem and allowing scouse wins is anathema to any sane person. Its never that dimple s choice and citeh will beat them heavily anyway.
  8. Eden Hazard

    Dunno myself but a mate said Wilmots was pretty out of line in exactly what he said. He may have a grudge over the treatment of kdb and lukaku but to make out playing with an aging ibra outranks everything a better chels and epl can offer is insulting and not his damn business. PSG and France is a backwards move but Real could be in for him seriously too. Given his huge steps under jose hed be foolish to move imho and you hope he has the sense to see that. We need to secure both haz and thibauly asap.
  9. Eden Hazard

  10. Swansea City 0 - 1 Chelsea

    Interesting game against truly inconsistent oppo. Got to think jose will want half a game for Cole so expect usual back five to change with dave going rb and Ash lb with Ivo on bench. Matic and rambo likely in pivot and same three am as last week despite, for me, signs in cl that Oscar's coming back to form. Up top its still hard to see us go with Ba with that team as he isn't a great mover and we wouldnt play to his strengths like we did desperate in cl. Torres may get yet another start with Jose still feeling Sammy is a homer and Hazards calf negates Shirly plsying false nine too. Early goal could make it a better trip to the principality than weve had lately but a very diff one to stoke. Press high and press hard.
  11. PSG 3 Chelsea 1

    We can sit and gripe about personnel issues all we want but its totally pointless right now. We have what we have and must make the best of it til summer and who is left standing after another damn world cup. Last night, and a lot lately, the issues seemed to be governed by a mix of tired choices and low confidence. Are we the finished article? No. Are we hopeless? Even less so. Tired minds and a lack of conviction leads to slow, bad or plain wrong decisions at both ends. Throw in a lack of decent bench options and a keeper who no longer appears to inspire confidence and this result was likely. Thankfully we know we have to go for it now and as a result the players wont be thinking so much tuesday. They dhould be freer and more decisive and with the talents we have that has to be liberating whoever plays. We often seem to be playing without taking the brakes off and now we can't. Having lost mata and de bruyne we can't just burn through the three though.
  12. New Kits

    I think it's entirely up to us. The Wiki page about stars misses a LOT of club sides using stars for all kinds of spurious reasons-my favourite being Citeh and their three Fairs/UEFA cup stars in reply to UTD's two CL stars in 2000-feeble. As it's just the one win I'd like to see Chelsea just use it next season and, then, only on the CL kits as that's what L'pool and Utd do, usually, since Utd won their second anyway. By listing one star we align ourselves with Villa who have one all the time and Forest who have two all the time and I'd rather play along with using it when it's relevant either just this season or just CL and, preferably JUST this season IN the CL, wouldn't that be classiest while still having a real commemorative shirt? A mate was saying our third shirt is going to BE gold and royal(reverse of the home kit)and his wife works for Adidas but as I don't like the gold trim at all he knows I'd hate a gold kit(why gold anyway? WTF have we got to do with Olympics or gold?)so could be just winding me up.
  13. I don't think any of us should be sorry for AVB. He's got a very easy life ahead of him because Roman took an almighty risk appointing him and his lack of experience everyone thought would cripple him did, indeed, kill him off. when he came he had no credentials for the task and represented a leap of faith from RA that I never understood but when AVB failed to even stick by his own principles I felt sure he wasn't up to it. He came here without ever having built a side(Porto was a tweak job at best and Acad just a case of getting them playing a little in a crap league-facing the truth the guy got a job he had no right to expect at all and better qualified men before him were, really, given way less leeway-Jose, Carlo and Phil say "hiya!".AVB did about as well as anyone had any right to expect in tyrying a massively hard task without ever having built a side in his life much less the toughest, player power resisted rebuild in footy history. Roman's idiocy was more in employing a man nobody could say with any real knowledge was up to the task-had he pulled it off it wouldfn't haver been because of anything we knew before he signed, would it? No, in thisd case we had to judge on what he'd done this season and he's failed to do what he said he would on every front. /he didn't give kids a shot when the first teamers failed. He didn't treat everyone the same way. Sadly, her didn't even stick to the tent=ets which made his Porto side successful-no rotation in midfield and nopressing high up the pitch after the Arsenal game. If the guy couldn't be true to us or himself is it any wonder the pplayers lost faith? Bottom line?He took the job not even knowing himself if he could do it and then didn't even do what he claimed he was all about. The sum result of eight months, if we look at yesterday's side was Mata and Sturridge in the side and anyone would have brought DS in after Bolton and everyone else knew Mata was class!! Those apart nothing had changed excvept we tried to play WBA like they were Barca!! We sat back and gave that team possession!! We were more negative than we ever have been yesterday and with a side no different to waht Carlo would have played last term. We'd not moved on but went backwardfs. /hell, he even gave fewer games to the kids than Carlo managed!! Now he's minted and will easily get another job but we are all out of pocket after following the messy teams he put together round Europe. AVB doesn't deserve sympathy-he got plenty out of this. RDM , though, deserves we get behind him for now. He's a club man and didn't really do much wrong at WBA anyway and stands to gain a loty from a good few months at Chelsea-and so do we. His appointment til May also rules out, for my mind, Fat Spanish waiter(a man who hates us Chelsea fans-I know this as a fact)and anyone else currentl;y free to employ andf gives real credence to Jose or Pep or another man in a job right now-Hiddink can go at season's end too I understand so one of those three is my prediction but if, by some idiocy, we do go for Rafa I will have to stand away from my club for a while because I refuse to be managed by a man who has often told people how much he dislikes both us and our club in the past. He was always on about the money and crying too. We cannot have enemies of ours in charge of team affairs-AVB was bad enough in that I feel he took the job HOPING rather than feeling he KNEW he could succeed and did so because the payout was guaranteed. Next time I hope we gewt a clause in place saying some level is required to trigger the severance at a set level. AVB nhad lost it, mind, and had to go before we were totally sunk. Who knows? Rob might get the players on side as a club legend and get a last hurrah out of a few who SHOULD have already been trying harder?
  14. Eden Hazard

    See? I'm willing to support the idea a few of us might well be a better short term answer than Flo! Who knows, we may even find a Hazard or Mata hiding here. I was a predominantly right footed LW/LM myself and was a LOT faster than anyone at the club in my day(seriously fast but glass knees and not enough skill)so I doubt it's too far beyond us to find someone else with more ifts than I have/had! Stand up for your club! As much chance as we have of signing Hazard profile players this summer anyways. And if CFF is already talking flair? Bodes well, we need a creative entertaining type.
  15. Eden Hazard

    I thought Malouda was pretty poor as well and if he's ge3tti8ng you to get your boots out I say we all do it and arrange trials before sending our CFCnet Football Idol to Cobham. Surely, out of us lot someone can do a bit better than a half hearted Frenchman who only wants to play with his bessie?