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  1. 7 points
    I'm not sure but I do know that if anyone can stop him scoring it's us.
  2. 6 points
    My issue with RA is that I'm still not convinced that the sanctions were applied for genuine established reasons. Steel can be used to make tanks still seems a bit disingenuous. His early connections to Putin were well known to all concerned back in 2003. Nothing changed apart from a lunatic invading a neighbour. Everything he did from 2003 onwards looked like a man trying to distance himself from Putin. Maybe I'm naïve or too indebted to the man but this all feels very uncomfortable. The appropriation of his wealth looks a lot like theft to me. HMG don't seem to understand the difference between frozen and seized.
  3. 5 points
    “Fabregas is magic, he wore a magic hat He spent a while in Monaco and then said “no, f*** that”. He might go off to Newcastle or somewhere else as s****? But if he comes back to the Bridge we’ll sing his song all night”. Well, someone had to say it….
  4. 4 points
    My fear with Lukaku is when (if) he is finally shown the exit door he’ll point to it and then miss it altogether.
  5. 4 points
  6. 3 points
  7. 3 points
    You could look at it like that, or you could say that within the last 12 months or so, we’ve won the Champions league, Super Cup, Club World Cup and got to two domestic cup finals, losing only by penalties in each. I agree that we need to put a better league challenge together, but I don’t think we are as far off as most other people do.
  8. 3 points
    Whatever ones views on his ability, there is never an excuse for not trying Me and the guys I go to games with always say that anything is forgiveable (the players are human) so long as the players put in 100% Torres and Werner are two examples of players who didn't /aren't working out but get love through trying hard Some of Lukaku's efforts in the second half of the season were shameful
  9. 3 points
  10. 3 points
    Well done @chara @janeb and @mark Kelly Well deserved.
  11. 2 points
    You talk about these things as you actually know what each of these players were thinking. Let’s stop pretending that you do, it’s all guesswork on your behalf. But either case it’s pretty worrying that we have managed to lose four players who are CB1 at the Italian champions, an attacker who has now showed he knows how to score in both England and Italy and two regular defenders at mid table PL teams. Instead we spunk fortunes on bang average dross to cover for the top talents we sell. It’s moronic and a strategy that has to end.
  12. 2 points
    The way I'm rationalising my Sterling price is Mane was £35m. Sterling is English which probably adds £5m to the price. He's also younger which adds a few quid. City are selling to a team in the same league which probably bumps up the price again. The caveat being maybe he isn'y as important to City as Mane was to Liverpool. So £45-50m probably isn't far off.
  13. 2 points
    One last thing, got trains to drive today , some will be aware that I have an old mate that works withing the club, I always say he gets as much wrong as right but has been right on a number of occasions, including us signing Morata when everyone thought he would go to United and we would sign Lukaku. Anyway, he says that Dembele will be finalised shortly after Lukaku, everything is in place, the idea was we will offset his wages by not having Lukaku on the books anymore. Although he is on a free his singing on fee and wages would have cost a fair amount but the Lukaku loan fee and getting rid of his wages basically means one in, one out with negligible difference in cost as opposed to a 'free' signing that actually cost a fortune.
  14. 2 points
    How many had Lukaku scored in the seasons immediately before signing for us? It really isn't difficult. Some people think that goalscoring record has more to do with the teams he has been than his individual goalscoring prowess. It's an opinion rather than a provable fact, but let's not pretend it isn't an entirely reasonable opinion. I think he'd get about as many goals in our team as the existing players we have in those positions would, maybe slightly more but not enough so for me to be that excited.
  15. 2 points
    Wardrobe is a bit unfair . On wardrobes.
  16. 2 points
    We're a cup side, have been for years to be quite frank. We're still a good enough side to be able to beat most teams in a one off game where luck also plays its role, but we're not a good side when it comes to having to actually string together consistency. Taking what we've achieved in the last 18 months paints nothing more than a false perspective of where we really are, when in reality we are some ways away from being an actual side that's genuinely good more often than not. This team has that many holes and limitations, some of which have been present for years now. We've managed to paper over some of them through success, but we've reached the crossroads now where they actually need to be addressed or we'll continue to be a side that'll be fighting just to secure a top four position and much less a league title. In fact I'd even argue it's going to get worse before it gets better. If we were to go out and build a whole new first eleven tomorrow to take us forward only Mendy, Kovavic, Mount and Reece James would be locked in options. For me that speaks volumes about where we are right now and the job Tuchel, along with Boehly and co, have on their hands over the next few transfer windows.
  17. 2 points
    I don't think it would make much difference to many PL clubs if I'm honest. Those of us that want to watch live football would still go - the big difference would be having a legitimate source to watch the games we can't get tickets to / afford to go to / don't have time to spend a whole day out for. It'd also get a lot more eyes on some of the smaller sides in the league on a more regular basis. Those teams that aren't on Sky as much as the top 6 could end up with a lot more people watching them.
  18. 2 points
    Everyone is entitled to an opinion. But it's worth pointing out that Lukaku didn't beg to come back, nor did he set the fee. And he didn't force the club to buy him, and he hasn't 'f#cked us all end up'. As far as I can see, he hasn't limited his destination to one club - in fact he seems to want to stay. Should we have bought him? Not in my opinion, no, and certainly not at the money, but that was the club's decision.
  19. 2 points
    Absolutely spot on with respect to the most important thing we can do in the market being to address the creativity in midfield (and surrounding areas). We could pump another £200m into the attack but it'll largely be for nothing if the midfield behind them isn't capable in possession. That's a big part of why our ball movement and usage is so laboured and unimaginative, we can't rely on players like Kovavic, Jorginho, Kante to be feeding the attack, irrespective of how good they may be in other areas.
  20. 2 points
    He can have the timing of Lampard, but in our current team the pass will never be made at the right time and that for me is why Sterling isn’t the answer, he’ll just end up another frustrating attacking player we have that doesn’t give us enough goals. We need a proper finisher, who only needs half chances to get a goal and very few of these currently exist, it seems to have gone out of fashion somehow. So the next best thing we need to find is players capable of actually creating proper chances for our attacking players to finish, someone who can put the ball on a plate for them… which is why we should be all over Eriksen. Im not going to claim us signing Eriksen will suddenly make Havertz, Pulisic and Werner be 25+ goal a season players for us, but I would imagine they’d all have a much better season in front of goal with Eriksen in the team.
  21. 2 points
    One of the biggest lies perpetrated by Margaret Thatcher was to get people to believe that government finances could be "balanced" in the same way as domestic finances or her father's corner shop. Now we have millions of people who think of government debt in the same way as they think of their own credit card debts (only bigger numbers, of course). Many of those people believe businesses also operate like this. No, they don't. It is not necessarily so that when the new owners took over, they paid off all debts owed to clubs for transfers, nor asked for others to pay in full any outstanding debts owed to Chelsea. If Chelsea bought a player with an agreement, say, that the monies would be paid in three tranches, that agreement will remain in spite of the change of ownership.
  22. 2 points
    Now, I hate Barcelona with a passion, by far and away my most hated non English club but if they need a little help in their time of need then I wouldn't be against us taking de jong off their hands.
  23. 2 points
    can't imagine we gave inter best part of £100m last summer so any deal would probably involve us not paying any outstanding amount. Get him off the books, give them money for Martinez and everyone's a winner.
  24. 2 points
    Definitely not, we’ll end up with Wayne Rooney hanging around Cobham.
  25. 2 points
    The post match HYS posts on the BBC Football site were at least 95% anti Liverpool. From humorous comments to really nasty ones....very few Liverpool fan comments and some "well done" comments from other club followers. In fairness...a concept strangely lacking... The Guardian HYS was more balanced...but then again it is The Guardian...and balanced in comparison only. To quote one of my favourite movies..."It sticks in my craw" to be told by the media that Kiverpool are my "second team"...team of the "People"...best in UK/Europe/World..yadda yadda....salt of the earth loveable scallywags .."moral" (the irony) EPL/Euro Champions and the endless victim of responses to their identity behaviour. If the Media et al can be so blinkered/biased regarding the majority feelings towards Kiverpool then one wonders how many other views shoved down our collective throats are equally flawed ? Usual afterthought..Kiverpool ?..was originally a typo but seems to fit..for me at least and I think Khobar would understand.
  26. 2 points
    His teeth are the law as well, you could chisel the 10 commandments on those piano keys.
  27. 2 points
    This is the elephant in the room, but this is the one thing our media doesn't want to talk about.
  28. 2 points
    The media professionals are condemning "heavy handed policing", "bad security" and "aggression towards Liverpool fans". They are complaining Liverpool fans with genuine tickets - including hospitality tickets from LFC - were turned away There are calls from LFC and Nadine Dorries for an independent investigation rather than the "UEFA/French police cover-up". In other words they are once again victims and it's everyone elses fault. Remember Nadine Dorries was born in Anfield. When people stormed in they had to stop others with genuine tickets from entering to make sure the stadium didn't overload capacity. If too many fans were in the stadium they wouldn't have been able to evacuate everyone in case of fire. If they had let everyone with genuine tickets in they would have overloaded the end. If there had been a fire hundreds of Liverpool fans could have died. The French police would have come under scrutiny for allowing too many people into the stadium. We have had 33 years of criticism of the South Yorkshire police for allowing too many people into the stadium which contributed to the deaths. Now a police force and stadium officials have for once taken their responsibility seriously. Given the result at Hillsborough you would have thought Liverpool and their fans would be applauding the French police. You can't have it both ways. Either it's okay to overload a Liverpool section of a stadium or it isn't. When there was a crush outside Hillsborough the police allivated the pressure by opening a gate. Last night when there was a crush the French police used peppar spray to immediately disperse the crowd potentially saving many lives. Poor and indecisive policing was blamed for Heysel and Hillsborough. You really don't get to criticise a proactive quick thinking police force who were doing their jobs and saving lives. And especially not Liverpool after their involvement in Heysel and Hillsborough. If the Belgian police had peppar sprayed the advancing Liverpool fans in 85 nobody would have died. If the South Yorkshire police had peppar sprayed the fans outside Hillsborough instead of opening the gate nobody would have died. There really is a simple solution. Don't turn up at a game without a ticket. In the early 70s. Liverpool fans used to take the tube to Parsons Green. Then they would arrive at Fulham Broadway on the other platform which backs onto the away end. Then they would run up the railway embankment and climb into the ground without paying. They were the only fans who did this. This behaviour seems to be something deep rooted in their culture. As for the LFC and Nadine Dorries enquiry.... start here... They were caught on video...
  29. 2 points
    So....our season ends with a new owner and the overcoming of the nastiest anti Chelsea campaign I have ever seen... Disappointment at Wembley but some consolation that the 4 points denied THAT lot effectively denied them top spot. The Football Gods smiling on all of the non Red part of Liverpool and the Uk...probably far wider... with the wonderful final day scenario and now the absolute cherry on the top in Paris...I love this game.. And TC becomes my all time greatest keeper ever despite negative opinions posted by myself.in the past..well ,,,until tomorrow that is.
  30. 2 points
    So winning the league cup and FA cup is now referred to as "The peoples quad".
  31. 2 points
    The most interesting result for me was that Jorginho got a higher rating than Kante… which I think says more about Kante’s season than anything else, sadly. @chara a very well deserved win for you, love your posts and your insights. Same goes for @JaneB, who does so much for this forum and genuinely ensures it remains as it is and does so much to keep it going. As for @Mark Kelly, humour, knowledgeable and doesn’t take things too seriously… more of the same please sir. Thanks to all those who voted, we had more responses than we’ve had in any other season, which shows the forum is doing alright.
  32. 2 points
    Lovely to get a mention in the company of the incomparable Chara and the lovely Jane , thanks for the votes to anyone voted for me , this place is the best Chelsea related site on the internet and for me it's like being back on the terraces both hilarious and cathartic in equal measure , special thanks to Sam , Jane and Mike who keep the whole thing rolling !
  33. 2 points
    You forgot to thank your agent. Here is an example by John Cleese as a template: John Cleese thanks everyone on the planet for his award - YouTube
  34. 2 points
    Seconded Jane. Don’t knock yourself as I’m sure most, like me, really appreciate what you do for the forum!
  35. 2 points
    Kloppy dedicating the game to the Ukraine like a gurning virtue signalling hyena. He should be dedicating it to ventolin inhalers.
  36. 2 points
    Or just name the new stadium The Roman Coliseum seeing as it is effectively being built with the £1.6bn that is being written off.
  37. 2 points
    I'll be closing down the poll on Friday, so if you haven't voted and you want to, don't forget to do it over the next couple of days.
  38. 1 point
    The only thing that helps me pass the time away Is knowing I'll be watching Eddie Beach some day🎶 Or Eddie Beach, he watched the ball go by 🎶
  39. 1 point
    And having a player who doesn't want to be at the club, doesn't seem to suit the manager's playing style and is on reportedly £325,000 a week sat on the bench, brooding, is better? Seems to me Boehly has managed to partially rectify a huge, HUGE, mistake made by the previous owner and the "Best Club Director in European Football"™
  40. 1 point
    I think this a red herring to be honest. Only a handful of strikers has thrived at Chelsea in my 30 years supporting the club and that has been under a lot of different managers and a lot of different playing styles. The common denominator for the strikers who succeeded here? They were either ridiculously skilful or had a strong mental edge and attitude. They succeeded, not due to a style or manager but because they were class players. Too often we have overpaid for players who aren’t nearly good enough for this league, have been finished, or have had some serious mental weaknesses.
  41. 1 point
    I bet this time last year, nobody put their hand up and thought Chalobah would be part of the squad, and moreover play over 20 games. Tuchel has shown he will take a look at these players, and if required, and good enough, they'll have a shot. Big pre season for Ampadu and Colwill as we are short in defence and the opportunity may well be there for one or both of them
  42. 1 point
    It really wouldn't surprise me if the media are getting Dujon Sterling mixed up with Raheem seeing as our Sterling is tipped to get a chance in pre season.
  43. 1 point
    My feelings exactly.... as an OG I recall watching on a Saturday morning Hollins and Chopper as juniors but the administration/business side of the game has changed so much it is as Sciatika says hard to have a considered opinion of non EPL players and even then unless one makes a point of following a player at another club, something I doubt any of us do except against Chelsea or by chance. the danger becomes,of course, seeing a Kalou scoring a hattrick and thinking that is the player's standard game. (It did happen..remember?)
  44. 1 point
    Apparently, Tuchel has informed him that he won't be a bit-part player here next season. The flip side to it is that maybe he thinks 'If I can become a regular in this Chelsea side, I may be a starter for England in time for the World Cup'.
  45. 1 point
    Of course, not. The media and all the Liverpool-C-lebrities would be in praise of how wonderful Paris is at this time of the year. They would tell how brilliant the stewardesses, French police and UEFA handled the minor ticket-challenge with all the positive and festive people going to the match. And it would all have been forgotten by Monday.
  46. 1 point
    You'd have thought he would have a journalistic pass or someone would have recognised him from all the commentaries he does. Poor Martin 😃😃
  47. 1 point
    Thanks Jane for all your work this season x
  48. 1 point
    Agree. I'll be very surprised if Gallagher isn't part of the squad. As for the rest, maybe Ampadu as a 'utility' player depending on what players we can bring in, or not. I can't see Broja being anywhere near good enough for us. He offers less than any of our current attackers, so his low wages and the fact he's ours already so won't cost anything are pointless arguments, for those minded to do so. I can see him being sold (another loan would be pointless for both him and the club). He'll do well for a mid-table team playing on the counter, and rarely having to break down packed defences, like we have to. As you say, what happens to Sterling may depend on whether Azpilicueta leaves or not, but even so, I have a gut feeling that if he shows enough in pre-season, he may be added to the squad regardless of what Azpi does. LWB will be a bit of a problem. If Alonso leaves, which is looking likely, then who do we bring in as back-up to Chilwell? Will Emerson return? Do we give Maatsen a shot? Colwill is a tough one. He's better than Sarr, who should be sold, but would a full season on loan to a Premiership side be more valuable?
  49. 1 point
    Always knew you were Roman in disguise. Exiled Blue is probably the most apt name too 🤣
  50. 1 point
    Another excellent summing up.