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    I know this is the Villa thread, but I managed to get tickets for the Liverpool game yesterday :D So excited. I have been checking the Ticket Exchange for literally a month non-stop, nothing has ever come up, returns came on sale but I am nowhere near the loyalty points. Last night I just took a stab in the dark after getting home from the cinema and there was one in the MHL and then refreshed and another seat right next to it came up. I imagine the person selling their tickets literally was doing it at the same time as I clicked on the site. Christmas miracle.
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    Here’s something you won’t hear the media talk much about if at all… Chelsea are letting 230 Chesterfield academy players from Under 8s & above come to Cobham and get academy coaching, along with taking them to Stamford Bridge to watch the game. Class.
  6. 3 points
    Stolen from Facebook: With the opening of the January transfer window, Liverpool FC are pleased to announce the signing of Anthony Taylor. Manager Jurgen Klopp said, this is an important signing for us and we expect Anthony to make his debut for us against Chelsea, a team he has done consistently well against. When pressed about continued interest in Mike Dean, Kopp refused to comment further.
  7. 3 points
    Not sure where the best place to post this is, but ... 2021, we won our second European Cup. We are multiple European Cup winners. Wow. Can you f**King imagine? Happy New Year, Khobar and CFCnet.
  8. 3 points
    Ovrebo and Clattenberg are linesmen, I presume?
  9. 3 points
    Gary was indeed a lovely bloke. He helped me and a mate gain access to the pre-season training camp in LA - on the USA tour when we played the newly-arrived Beckham’s LA Galaxy We had gate-crashed the team hotel and found Gary in the lobby with the newly-signed Malouda. We asked Gary if he could help and he willingly went and asked Kenyon who granted permission. The next day we watched the training and got to say hello to players and Mourinho during drinks breaks. Gary made two old Chelsea geezers very happy that day.
  10. 2 points
    I think once the dust settles on this season were going to find that we've had countless players playing carrying injury , coming back before fully recovered from injury and illness etc. I think Tuchel is doing the best he possibly can considering he's still not signed anyone , word is we're now trying to sign Perisic from Inter Milan who's 32 , I expect that ones down to Conte again.
  11. 2 points
    Well said mate. Some people stun me with their attitude. They don't deserve this club, this coach, this owner or this team. Yes (before somebody tells me) everybody has a right to voice their opinion - but some opinions make me wonder why anybody bothers.
  12. 2 points
    You admit they had far more chances. How is that reflected in your stats? It's not, so let's just ignore it shall we?. The game is played on the field Droy not on an Excel spreadsheet. Much as I'd like to ignore your meaningless drivel, it's hard when you're omnipresent and keep shouting everyone else down. Football must be like watching the matrix for you, a neverending waterfall or ones and zeros. It's a shame you can't assess a game with words without recourse to highly subjective quack stats and pass them off as the proof of your opinion.
  13. 2 points
    I’m disappointed with the result today, but it is a ridiculously strong Man City side, so I’m not going to go over the top in my criticism of the team or some of the players. Thay said, Ziyech and a Pulisic were really poor today, Pulisic never got into the game and Ziyech was just really very poor. I said before the game it was the wrong selection and that they both had a big game ahead to prove the faith shown in them and unfortunately as they often do, they disappointed. Also, Ziyech seemed to lose all over today. Lukaku, I’ve no idea what we do with him to be honest. He is playing like I feared he would. His touch has not improved since when he was last in the PL, he is often static and when he does get the ball that he needs, it takes far too long for him to force the attack forward. He strikes me as a player who needs the perfect pass or it just won’t come off. Kepa I thought did well when needed, the goal I’m not sure he can be blamed for. Would Mendy have saved it? Maybe, we’ll never know, but KDB hits it so hard and true that Kepa had to try and anticipate to some extent… I’d KDB goes to the other corner, we’re celebrating a great Kepa save. Rudiger, good. Kova, good. Sarr, decent effort. Alonso, shaky start, recovered well, but we need someone competing with him for that role. Kante did ok, but was one of his more erratic games. Biggest disappointment for me was probably the manager. He got the team selection wrong and he took far too long to adjust it. Mount should have been on at HT and I’d have got Havertz on shortly after that too. Regardless of whether it was Lukaku being poor or the service not right, Havertz would have been a better option today. Anyway, we move on, plenty of games coming up and chances to win trophies.
  14. 2 points
    Actually think Sarr has done well today
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    So, here's an interesting statistic. In the almost 12 months that TT has been in charge, he was won more away games at Spurs, than Spurs have at Stamford Bridge since 1986. Drink it in.
  16. 2 points
    still waiting for the apology.
  17. 2 points
    The game is on BBC Red Button, same as our 3rd and 4th round games last year. iPlayer will be better quality, but Red Button channel will be live whereas iPlayer will be 30-60 seconds behind. Unless you have Freesat which has Red Button in HD.
  18. 2 points
    Agree all round. Thought Werner looked sharp on Wednesday. I'd stick him up top with Lukaku and try get a partnership going.
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    I'm not saying Bettenlli can't handle the fixture, I'm just suggesting Kepa could do with as many minutes under his belt as possible ahead of our bigger games, so he is as sharp and ready as possible. I'm not going to be distraught if Kepa doesn't play and I can understand why he wouldn't, but if I was making the call I would personally get Kepa his minutes in this one.
  20. 2 points
    Maybe Azpi got it from Mane's forearm.
  21. 2 points
    I'm happy with that. Let's move on. I don't want to see/hear any booing.
  22. 2 points
    Yes. I think the idea that has taken hold among many that Lukaku is self-serving or egotistical cannot be entirely divorced from his race. Which is not to say anyone who thinks he has an ego is a racist, but to say it is interesting how strongly that belief takes hold when a black man presents or is presented as being outspoken as opposed to when a white man (Kane being a reasonable example) does.
  23. 2 points
    Silva is one of the very best defenders we’ve had at this club, so pleased he’s signed for another year.
  24. 2 points
    "Attacked"? Get over yourself. Such a victim despite being the centre of every argument on here, every year. I'm sure MT has you on your 73rd final warning. As for me not having a view, giving reasons, making counter claims, you wheel this crap out every time and it's BS. Total BS.
  25. 2 points
    We did play a few balls over the Liverpool defence, but that didn't define our midfield. What defined our midfield was Kovacic and Kante winning their duels, running with the ball more often than they've done lately and connecting with the forwards. Kante played some beautiful stuff that I hadn't seen of him for a while and then the Kovacic goal. Liverpool high tempo typically subsides after 60 min, regardless. They were like that against West Ham, and against Spurs. They're like that in CL matches. Putting any extra CM of any shape or form was always going to make us tighter in the middle, but if the player is Jorginho, also slower. Basically Tuchel decided that the tempo was now okay for Jorginho to come on, as Liverpool were quickly running out of their high energy. He was probably now happy for us to slow down. That was the logic of the sub, imo. And Jorginho did slow us down, for our own good, some would say. But he couldn't possibly have slowed Liverpool down. He would have been the last Chelsea player to get near a Liverpool player once they start their attack. His first kick of the ball was an unexpected back pass which nearly, or did, catch Rudiger by surprise. His next was a 5yd ping pong, again with a central defender with Jorginho facing our goal. And so on...
  26. 2 points
    That was more like Chelsea.
  27. 2 points
    We didn't deserve to be two down when we were and were excellent throughout give or take the odd brain fart . They're targeting Alonso constantly so we need to think how to counter that , poor sod can't help being slow , we need to help him out .
  28. 2 points
    Even if you take this position, you're divorcing the Abramovich takeover from the very important context it took place in. Who had won a PL before 2004? The dominance of Arsenal and Man Utd, two clubs instrumental to the PL breakaway instigated precisely because the then-elite clubs wanted to pull up the financial and sporting drawbridge, had been broken only by a club bankrolled from outside. Because that is the only way anyone outside of those in the elite in 1991 could do it. The idea that Abramovich's money was a death knell for competitiveness is so obviously a complete inversion of reality. Abramovich and Mansour are the direct result of that PL breakaway started by Arsenal, Utd and Liverpool. Who spends billions on winning a title if it doesn't take billions to do it? The idea that football is a "different financial ball game" to what it otherwise would have been because of Chelsea, City, Newcastle etc. is absolute nonsense. It's the exact same game, just with different players. It was always going to be the richest winning everything and doing their best to make sure no one else goy rich enough to challenger them. We've almost certainly had a greater breadth of title winners and challengers because of those owners than we would have seen without them. It's rare, in my experience, that you hear particularly strong emotions on Chelsea's or City's money from supporters of clubs lower down the table. The supporters most upset by it are those who felt most entitled to see their team win. There's good reason for that.
  29. 2 points
    Absolutely , it's two camps the good Chelsea supporters of which you obviously are up there with Droy and the bad ones like anyone who doesn't agree with you .
  30. 2 points
    Anders Frisk joins Kenny Dagleish's daughter and Graeme Souness in the studio .
  31. 2 points
    He must have been carrying that injury for 3 years...
  32. 2 points
    Got me juices flowing now…. Away to the Spuds (80s I think). Their keeper was Walker who was dating/married to a Page 3 model at the time. During a lull I shouted out “ Oi Walker I’ve had your missus” (I know it wouldn’t be PC now). After a short pause of childish giggles, a voice some 20 yards away piped up “So have I”, followed by another straight after. Within a few seconds there were a thousand or so all shouting out the same.!! To his credit Walker turned to us with grin and a wink as if to say “Yeah but look who’s taking her home tonight!”
  33. 2 points
    Not true. The vaccination produces a much more consistent and predictable immune response than having simply had the virus. Vaccinated individuals are less than half as likely to contract the virus a second time compared to those who have not been vaccinated.
  34. 2 points
    Didn't realise Brentford had basically everyone back. Easy to scoff at it when it's Chelsea against Brentford, but there is a massive issue of fairness and integrity here when one team has two games called off, allowing injured players to return back and reducing further infections, and another is made to play on. If this was a bigger competition, I'd be fuming.
  35. 2 points
    You actually do not have any idea of how arrogant you constantly sound. There are a growing number of posters who have been on the other end of it but still you persist. Why do you do it? Nobody else posts/debates the way you do. (I'm of course expecting a [email protected] response so not sure why I'm even asking).
  36. 2 points
    I think you need to understand how xG is calculated and how easy it is to "game" it. Our style of play, whether we're on it or not, will always tend to generate a higher xG than perhaps one would expect. You are well aware of my distain for the sabermetric insofar as it attempts to reduce the entirety of a game of football into a single statistic. These artificial summaries may work in sports that are stop/start or a series of individual, distinct plays however in a game that is constantly ebbing and flowing it ends up producing a nonsensical figure that repesents a generalised synopsis of 90 minutes. xG is a sabermetric in its intention and as such, if it has any worth it is over the course of a season as a whole and not individual games. I prefer to use my eyes and they told me that we were ineffective in breaking down a well martialled defense, whereas Everton took their chance calmly and effectively. Yes we had players missing but Everton were decimated. Indeed, one might argue the eleven players we started with may well have done so even if all players were available, given the state of the opposition and the games coming up. No, I feel by having watched the game without having to resort to an Excel spreadsheet I can sumarise that our forwards were ineffective, partly because of the quality of their finishing but also the lack of meaningful support from midfield. We depend entirely on our wing backs to overload the defense and we are 50% deficient in that just now, and for the forseeable future. There is no attacking threat from Jorginho whatsoever and RLC floats in and out of games infuriating us with his ephemeral skills. I know you love Jorginho but surely you see that in this setup where we have no killer forwards his worth is limited. I'll accept that there is little option but to continue with him for now but he should not be seen as the bedrock of the side moving forward. We desperately need a killer striker and a player like a young Fabregas to run midfield. At the moment we are a glass cannon of a side, all to easy to have our guns spiked.
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  38. 1 point
    It's easy to say somebody is the better coach when they manage a super squad, full of technically gifted and athletic players in every single position x2. They chop and change at will and the level never ever drops. If Tuchel had that Man City squad he'd be running away with the league too. Would Guardiola have won the CL last season with Chelsea's squad? Never in a million years. Guardiola wouldn't touch the current Chelsea squad with a barge-pole, even if Roman offered him all the money in the world.
  39. 1 point
    I don't even think the challenge outside the box was a foul by Rudi. He got the ball.
  40. 1 point
    Sadly someone very close to Roman has been sharing his innermost thoughts with a Catalan news outlet. Shame.
  41. 1 point
    The half that aren't German ? :) :)
  42. 1 point
    So basically the whole thing was hikjacked by the media and blown up in order to disrupt Chelseas preparation for the match against Liverpool
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    7, 12 and 31 points behind us, with little of our player availability issues. You are right the league is getting better, and so are we. Time to celebrate how good we are.
  45. 1 point
    No idea why Maupay is complaining. If you want to play American football you better not forget your helmet.
  46. 1 point
    CHO simply isn't improving sadly. Edit: Just as I say it 😅
  47. 1 point
    I don't think so. I simply used NG as an example of someone you might want to be careful about mandating medical procedures.
  48. 1 point
    Yes the disrespect shown towards the Cups and lesser European trophies really irks me. Because it's largely people falling into line with the marketing narratives of the PL and CL, but especially the PL. If the PL had control of the marketing of the Cups, people would be just as engaged as they are with the PL.
  49. 1 point
    Debating? Surely to do so you have to instill some value into the arguments of those who disagree with ones entrenched viewpoint first ?
  50. 1 point
    I'm so excited to watch Havertz this season, I think he's had his settling in season, which came with a lot of problems because of Covid, but from what I've seen he seems settled and comfortable at Chelsea now and as he showed in the Euros, he is a serious talent. In the right system, he could be a monster for us!