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  1. 11 points
    Wasn't sure where to put this, but on my way home on Saturday, I ran into Colin Pates boarding the same train at Clapham Junction. I thought he may have remembered me because he taught football at my school in my last two years, in 98/99, but alas, the fairly useless, chubby footballer didn't stick in his memory, and it was 20+ years ago. Anyway, me and my mate (who is roughly Pates' age) had a really interesting chat with him. The club have really looked after people like him (his words) by giving them jobs doing hospitality etc on match days. Interestingly, he was saying his generation were probably the last that will ever do it, because they need the money. He was chatting to Dennis Wise about it recently, but when he told him what he was earning from it, Wise suddenly became disinterested. Forget the modern day players and what they will retire with. We reminisced about the 80s (largely the two of them, that was a bit before my era). He spoke with sadness about Kerry's battle with booze, which was a follow up to talking about Ray Wilkins. Couple of funny stories about Bates being difficult with money and broken promises, particularly regarding bonus payments and the full members cup win. The biggest take away for me, was that he was genuinely pleased that we took the time to talk with him. I think the modern players get so much exposure, and recognition, they don't like being bothered, but we did ask him, and he said he loved reminiscing with fans, and most of the players of his generation would say the same. So, I would say, if you see an ex Chelsea pro of that generation and you are wondering whether or not to say hello, I would say, do it. Was a nice end to a good day.
  2. 7 points
    As some of you may know, over the past 2 years we have had a problem with people trying to register on here to become members. We have been trying to remedy this but with no co-operation from those who now own the site we didn't get very far. Knowing he worked in the digital industry we asked Sam (My Blood Is Blue) to take a look at the issues and see if he could help us. He kindly agreed and I'm pleased to say that with his expert knowledge and know-how we may have solved the problem. 2 new members (welcome VA96 and Nathan ng) have recently registered and we are hopeful that more will follow. To any guests who have been trying to register over this period of time, we apologise for the inconvenience caused and hope you will come back and try again. We should also just add that we are no longer showing how many guests are online in the bottom blue bar. Without going into the full technical reasons, this is for the good of the forum. There are always quite a lot of guests browsing at any one time but you just won't be able to see the actual number. I will keep you updated with any relevant information and many thanks to Sam for his invaluable help.
  3. 6 points
    My view of Chilly's goal:
  4. 6 points
    Actually it's very simple. Morata will cost Chelsea £70m because he will trigger all his add-ons Lukaku will cost United £75m because he'll never come close to triggering his add-ons 😂 😂 😂
  5. 6 points
    One of the worlds best midfielders of his generation, the best English midfielder any living person can remember, the best player to have ever graced the Premier League and without a doubt Chelsea's best ever player. A true gentleman and a credit to his family and the club. When he scored against us the Chelsea fans sang his name and gave him an ovation. His reaction? Tears. The crowd reaction when he broke our goal scoring record at Villa Park( as a midfielder!) - carnage. When he captained us in our greatest ever night in Munich. When he won us the league. Twice. When he won us the cup. The time when he finished second in the Ballon D'Or after an outrageously good Ronaldinho. The penalty against Liverpool in the Champions League only days after his mum passed. The countless of goals he's scored and the equally impressive number of assists he racked up. Three league titles, one champions league, one Europa league, four FA cups, two league cups and 106 England caps. Between 2004 and 2006 he was the best player in the world together with Ronaldinho. He was truly unique and overshadowed anything the red tops could line up. People debated who was best between Lampard and Gerrard. In truth it was not even a contest. Frank won hands down - both as a player and as a man. We'll talk about him 100 years from now. There will never be a midfielder like him ever again. That much is certain. 211 Chelsea goals... As a midfielder. It's so crazy you can hardly believe it unless you witnessed it yourself. If he doesn't get a statue outside the new ground it'll be a disgrace of epic proportions. Take a bow Frank. What a career you've had. Edit: oh and perhaps the most impressive stat of them all, scoring double figures for ten straight seasons in the Premier League between 2003/04 to 2012/13. 130 PL goals... Read that again and think about what it actually means. It's not human. It's out of this world. It's fantasy. Only it actually happened. ****ing hell. Even I'm getting impressed all over again just reading of his accomplishments never mind living through them. What a ****ing legend. Steven Gerrard? Who?!?
  6. 5 points
  7. 5 points
    Good to hear you have kept in touch with James Prescott. Send him our best wishes.
  8. 5 points
    Wish I could have been watching it anywhere else than where I was. My plan was to watch it alone at home so I could concentrate , swear and scratch my nuts if I wanted. Mrs N would be in the background, wandering in and out, feeding me beer and making the appropriate noises when something happened. But oh no. 15 minutes before the game its announced that "Sally and Andy are coming round to watch because they are too tight to pay for BT sport". Sally is a 'rugby girl'. She spent the whole game telling me what wooses football players are compared to rugby players, and asking why a player who had just got a yellow card hasn't gone to the sin bin. Andy knows fec all about anything but claimed to be a neutral hoping for a good game. I suspect Andy was secretly hoping for a City win because as he sat on my sofa eating my snacks and drinking my beer, he was making all the noises of someone rooting for the opposition. I was fairly restrained during the game but when the final whistle went I exploded. The beer and snacks went all over the place, the language was appalling, I was shaking my fist at the TV. I let them know what football means to a true supporter. Sally and Andy wondered off down the garden path looking a bit shell shocked. Good. Fec off and don't come back.
  9. 5 points
    Mike Dean, Andre Marriner.... Your boys took one hell of a beating!
  10. 5 points
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  12. 5 points
    Rennes were a mid table team when we bought Cech from them. Maybe if you watched a bit of football, read a bit about football instead of puffing your chest out and talking bollocks, you might not make such an arse of yourself so often!
  13. 5 points
    This week has had a feeling of 2003 about it. Steam rolling the transfer market whilst all other clubs are holding their willy, looking on in shock, whilst their fans just keep crying. Love it.
  14. 5 points
    Doesn't need to be a 'mistake' for another goalie to have done better though does it? Actually, according to the stats, Kepa makes very few obvious blunders unlike Lloris, De Gea and Pickford etc, his all round game is just not very good. I would say that the way he is often rooted to his line and not even attempting a dive, actually makes the shot appear better. Other goalies, with different positioning, closing of angles, better footwork, stronger wrists and better anticipation would save a lot of shots without them even looking spectacular.
  15. 5 points
  16. 5 points
    Given the quality of the players we have been spending money on recently , maybe we should appeal for a longer ban ?
  17. 5 points
    We can play Malcolm in the middle.
  18. 5 points
    Much prefer this one....
  19. 5 points
    Perspective, please. We are champions. We reached the semi-finals of the Carabao, we are still in the FA Cup and CL - most importantly, by far, in a league this competitive, we are pretty well placed at 3rd in the PL. The squad (trust me) is the envy of many of the fans of other clubs I know. Yes, my Spurs, United and Arsenal fans also shake their heads in disbelief at their respective Boards' ineptness and rant about their crap players. Playing the 'long serving fan' card is a bit boring, but I do it here for a good reason, to reassure you all that, looking back over 52 years at the Bridge (I debuted in old North Stand, aged 2, in 1962) - we never had it so good! Enjoy the debate here, but don't lose that all important perspective. Crisis, what crisis?
  20. 5 points
    He has no excuse.... ...even Joey Cole bought the Linguaphone box set so could learn American :)
  21. 5 points
    I should have guessed you be an expert tosser.
  22. 5 points
    Isn't being "the best defender in the MLS" a bit like being the World's tallest dwarf?
  23. 4 points
  24. 4 points
  25. 4 points
    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.
  26. 4 points
    Despite you being better qualified. Amazing.
  27. 4 points
    What an appalling 2nd half performance………..from the CFCnet site.
  28. 4 points
    I'm a bit surprised to see both of them, but I actually welcome it. I think both have something to offer. I'm sorry, I thought there was a vague suggestion that 4th place was none of Lampards doing. Glad you appreciate at least that. Actually it was more than enough. We all suspected it might not last that long. He was not so much a Mr Right as a Mr Right Now. The circumstances for his hiring were perfect. The arguments against his appointment were largely based on forum members not wanting to see a Chelsea legend lose that legend status and have his name dragged through the mud. Well they were wrong and you were wrong. His name will still be chanted every time he returns to this ground. He still has tremendous respect because he tried his very best in very very difficult circumstances (as he always did as a player) ...first season transfer ban, loss of key player, second season Covid situation. And he didn't quit like Sarri. That first season saw some of the best football I have seen here in a long time. Opposition fans for the first time in my life were coming up and saying they really respected what Lampard was trying to do on the pitch. And a 4th place which eventually enabled to a CL triumph. That fact really sticks in your throat doesn't it? But the backlog of Hazard money sitting in our bank account had to be spent the next season. And so it was...on Chilwell , Werner, Havertz and Ziyech. A £200m ball and chain of expectation. There were no excuses now. Havertz caught covid and then looked dreadful for months, Ziyech mooched around now and again putting in a good inswinging cross from the right hand side, and Werner couldn't score from 3 yards. And he had chance after chance after chance. He alone, if he had looked like a pro footballer could have saved Lampards bacon. Now you once famously said when things were going well for Lampard at the start of that season, that it was nothing to do with Lampards coaching as these type of players didn't need coaching. Then when 50 mill players can't score from 3 yards its all about the terrible coaching. Well which is it? I like Tuchel. he's a better more experienced coach than Lampard for sure....a bit defensive, a bit attack shy and conservative but a good coach. But Tuchel has now got the addition of a 100m forward...the missing piece of the jigsaw. We were the hot tips to win this title. Now the pressure is on him. That CL afterglow won't last long at Chelsea.
  29. 4 points
    A certain someone will be along soon enough to rubbish these figures based upon his experience of doing accounts locally in the 1970s.
  30. 4 points
    Personally I think he is one of the most over rated players I have ever seen. If he wasnt English and playing in the Premier league I doubt anyone would even know who he was.
  31. 4 points
    So I popped over to Stamford Bridge on Friday afternoon - had my photo taken with TWO Champions League trophies 😀 🔵⚪️🏆🏆 Went into the Megastore as well. After mentioning Nike sort of missing out on us as a market, I actually found some 'Megastore Exclusive' Nike gear (largely training type stuff I suppose you'd call it), but found two t-shirts, one black, one white - exactly the sort of thing I wanted. Both cotton, both just have a small Nike swoosh over the right upper chest and a Chelsea badge over the left upper. Exactly the sort of thing I'd go for, so snapped them up. A lot of the stadium is closed off due to building works, so you can't walk around the Britannia Gate side or around the West Stand, so couldn't get any photos of the Osgood Statue with the new banners by it, but I did walk through the East Lower and had a spy through a door, Lots of seating being replaced in the Shed and the pitch has been completely removed, ready for the new one to go in. All very busy!
  32. 4 points
    All...........I have been offline since Saturday morning. Been basking in the glory, taking it in, and trying to work my way out of the dog house after being a bit unwell on Saturday night around 1am. Apologies for the long post, but just read 82 pages worth, now it's my go! Where to start? From a sentimental standpoint, Munich will always hold a special place in my heart. My father passed away in March 2012, and lifting the CL in May for the first time felt like the closing chapter at the end of a very difficult few months. It also felt like the last chance that Cech, JT, Lampard, Cole, Drogba would get the opportunity. I remember driving back along some anonymous stretch of German motorway feeling as though if someone made a deal whereby we could win the Trophy but I'd never go to another game, I could live with it. I had seen everything, and if we never won another game of football, none of that could be taken away. Fast forward 9 years, and here we are again. Feels very different now.......the beginning of an exciting new chapter, with largely a young team, and much more to come. I was a lot more relaxed this time around.......the anxiousness of the first trophy was gone, plus being underdogs helped immensely. I largely avoided all media for a week or so in the build up, largely because I'd heard how sickening it was from a pro City point of view. Ever since Munich, a good friend (and ST holder) has always maintained we needed to win it again. Any (almost) team can spam it once. We rode our luck in 2012........bit like Liverpool spammed it in 2005. To win it twice means you can lift your head high, and say you are a European powerhouse. Goodness what Arsenal fans must be feeling? On to the game itself, and sorry if going over old ground, but every player stepped up on the night, and even those who didn't play, most had their moments during the campaign. Mendy - funnily enough had one of his quieter nights, but his distribution for the goal was key, and he earned his stripes in the semi-final really. Seems to get better and better as the games go by. Some players shrink when they move to a big club on the biggest stage; he has done the opposite. James - incredible performance. Got caught out early on, but recovered brilliantly. Thereafter, he was flawless. Put Sterling in his pocket Chilwell - ditto really. Made a couple of crucial interceptions at the back post. Brilliant defending. Arguably his best game so far. Rudiger - that block at 0-0 turned the game. If they score first, I think we lose. And wiping out KDB - genius move! What a second half of the season he's had Thiago - felt sorry for him, but what a signing he has been. Feel he has added so much needed knowhow to the dressing room AC - brilliant. Calmness personified and not easy coming on mid way through a game like that. His block at the end was priceless. Jorginho - there are still plenty who don't get it. He's crucial to this team. Calmness on the ball, positionally magnificent, the perfect partner for Kante Mount - what can you say? Not one of his busiest games in attack, but made the goal and must have made 100 tackles / recoveries. The pictures of him with the trophy will be etched on the memory. What a player, what a guy. Werner - I know he frustrates, but again, he is crucial to the way we play. The run he made for the goal, left the gap for Havertz, and the defender marking him played Havertz onside. if you play with a slow centre forward the chance never comes. And lastly, he doesn't stop trying, and he doesn't hide. I really hope he comes good next season, but he gives everything. Havertz - what a special player he will be. Struggled at times this season, but delivered on the biggest stage. Really glad it was him who got the goal I have left 2 players until the end. The two players that IMO now belong in the Cech, Terry, Lampard, Drogba conversations......... N'Golo Kante - my word. These games are built for him. Big, big games and he delivers. He has had his injuries this season, and will need to be managed going forward, but in the biggest games, there is nobody you'd want instead. Jorginho is the perfect foil for him, but his running, tackling, interceptions and ball carrying..... He is like having two players in there. 4 consecutive MOM displays in the CL.........he must be in contention for the Ballon D'or. And such a lovely, humble man. Cesaer Azpilicueta - what a sight that was seeing him lift the cup. Another seemingly lovely bloke, who again delivered a masterclass in one on one defending. Has been criticised as a captain for not being enough of a leader, but Saturday puts that to bed. His interview with Havertz was telling. Really backed the young man publicly after the difficult season he has had. Really made him sound like the club father figure. A word on TT.......... aside from the tactical stuff, and how he has transformed the defence, he seems to have built a fantastic spirit. Looking back at the celebrations, it is amazing to see the reactions from those who either didn't get off the bench, or those who weren't even on it. To a man everyone was delirious, and was great to see. Give this man a couple of big players, and we are a real danger. On City.........their arrogance astounded me. Everyone connected to the club seemed convinced they would win 3-0 at least. No Final, particularly in the CL is ever easy. I'm so glad it was them we beat.......and no team deserves to win their first final. You have to go through a Moscow before you can get your hands on the big one. On Pep.....in an interview during the week he was asked if losing to us twice had made any difference to the final.. He said no, it means nothing. Well.........that's horse manure. He overthought the whole thing. Playing without either Fernandinho or Rodri was arrogant and stupid. I still don't buy the holy status he enjoys. Spends a billion quid and wins the league.....well done. His CL record over 5 years at City (and further back at Bayern) is abysmal. Looking back at the whole campaign, in the knockout stages, we dominated every tie, and had the better of the final. If 2012 included a fair amount of luck, then 2021 was just about as merited as any previous CL winner in living memory. Penny for the thoughts of Hazard and Willian? Can't help feel for Frank too, and hope he enjoyed watching it as much as we did........oh, nearly forgot, how good was Joe Cole on BT? I bet the Hammers loved seeing him bounce up and down like a kid when scored, and won! I don't know about all of you, but I am looking forward to a football break. This season, of all seasons, feels like we have had a crucial game every 3 or 4 days, and it is mentally exhausting! Have enjoyed debating with all of you, despite the differences of opinions, which is what is so great about following sport. I also can't wait though to get back to the Bridge and belt out, "Champions of Europe, we know what we are"..........I think only then will it sink in properly. It still feels surreal. Love to all. p.s. I had gentleman's agreement with a mate and my nephew we would get Chelsea tatoos if we won........I'll let you know how it goes.
  33. 4 points
    An almost miraculous event has occurred , not only have we managed to get into the Champions League final but we are probably the only club in the World that City have any fear of playing. That said , we are likely to get all the big boys play this one , The DeBruynes , Mahrez and Silvas who have yet to play together against us iirc . It will be difficult , it'll be on BT so expect a four hour love in about Pep beforehand and commentary from Noel Gallagher throughout so we're up against it from the start . WE can , however do this , they don't like our speed so I expect the usual collective fouling on Pulisic and Werner so lets hope for a competent ref who hasn't just got a new seaside house . C'mon . let's make this a night to remember !
  34. 4 points
    Sky only wanting to talk about the Sterling non penalty but not the red he should have had and the nonsense penalty they got.
  35. 4 points
    You read “automatic starter” based on starts. That’s because, well, the manager started him. When I write “automatic starter” I mean that from a universal POV, his reputation and performances combined. An awful lot seem to have forgotten Mounts performances from say his first 10 games and what many pundits were saying. A lot of people were very surprised he started so much. Performances in the beginning certainly didn’t warrant it, leading to a lot of Chelsea fans screaming about nepotism and that he only played because of Frank. My point is that Frank gave James, Mount and Abraham a lot more chances than a foreign manager ever would. But I’m done with this. There will be fans who can see what Frank did to the academy players. Then there will be fans who take the route saying ridiculous things like “he was good enough so he’d always shine through under any manager”. Which obviously is pure garbage.
  36. 4 points
    I'm with you in as much as I don't think winning or losing this tie matters as much as winning our next 3 or 4 league games. It's daft really, because you want to make the CL to compete in the CL and it's a dangerous way of thinking to fall into to prioritise qualification above all else. But then I think, as opposed to other clubs who have fallen foul with that approach, we genuinely are very close to being a top team that wins things, and being able to offer one or two key signings CL football next year is huge that. I want to see us compete in this game. Also, I want Luis Suarez to get injured. And sent off. And for his shorts to fall down on camera and for everyone to point and laugh at him. And maybe also Branislav Ivanovic to take to the field and deck him in the face. If I get those things, we can go out and I'll survive.
  37. 4 points
    We owe this lot , every time we play them we make them look better than they are , every time we play them we look good up to a point and fail . We need to win this . SKY won't want it , BT won't want it , EPL won't want it , PGMOL won't want it . We need to win .
  38. 4 points
    My view is that Lampard has earned, through his service to the club as a player and his top 4 finish last season, the right to manage for the rest of this season and into the next. These are unprecedentedly weird times and the season represents a rare opportunity to persist with the Lampard experiment. I don't believe he is as indecisive, ignorant, naive, untutored and stupid as some of the CFCnet commentators would allege. He has enough experience of a wide variety of dressing room environments to understand what is needed to motivate. We are definitely underperforming, but so are all the other top sides in the Premier League and perhaps we are suffering more than most from the unfamiliarity of players and coach with each other. The players need to take more responsibility for what is happening on the pitch. We have a very weak midfield setup in which all our personnel seem to have a single strength and multiple weaknesses (issues which we were hoping RLC and Barkley were going to resolve). This is the main area in which we need to improve: imagine a Fabregas or a Mata in that midfield with our array of attacking flair. I would pick Gilmore now, try to get Rice in January and buy a prolific, unfashionable front line bruiser. It also sounds like we need to ship out a lot of the old fringe players in order to tighten up the unit. Lampard stays for the foreseeable for me. 3 years from now these 2 seasons will only be remembered as the covid years and we might be remembered as a club who backed their greatest ever player through tough times (in defiance of the squeals of the entitled) and created a legend.
  39. 4 points
    That's the trouble with Liverpool, the 99% always spoil it for the 1%
  40. 4 points
    Personally , if this Corona crisis has hammered home anything to me it show pitiful the mainstream press and media are in this country , let alone America . Everybody , in what is an almost unprecedented time seems intent on pointing the finger instead of sticking together to get the nation through this and it helps nobody .
  41. 4 points
    I get all the points that people are making here and that Mourinho was and is divisive opinion wise. But am I alone here in being not that phased that he has gone there? I think perhaps because we have such an exciting thing going on at the Bridge I am not thinking about the neighbours comings and goings. He didn't do badly at United in my opinion and was eventually let down by players who will let everyone down, we had the same here with the same players who let him down letting Conte down. He will probably do quite well at Tottenham at least initially but much as I despise that lot I am far more interested in what Chelsea are doing. What we are doing will take time and we may have to endure some clubs (and fanbases) we dont like winning things before we do...but we have a squad and a manager who have our clubs best interests at heart...let the neighbours ponce about with their new sportcars...we are saving up for a ferrari
  42. 4 points
    Yeah, I never rated Eden much, glad he left and can't wait for him to fail at RM. They bought a turkey there........
  43. 4 points
    For every 14 pounds you put on with the bookies you get 1 back - the same odds as Droy getting things wrong
  44. 4 points
    And trying to point out previous coaches similar failings as a way of mitigating the last one is about the worst kind of argument there is. It is a pity. I'm having to working through 'em post by post. I'm on post 16,231...its saying something about "RLC is not a future Chelsea regular because if he was, he'd of shown us some talent by now".... its not a bad read actually. I'm particularly looking forward to the "standing in the right places" section, the brilliantly observed "Conte never had a fall out with the board and all the players love him" , the amusing "Sarri ball ...what can go wrong?" of course the modern classics "Hudson O'doi...is he all that?" and the standard "anyone who thinks Lampard is going to replace Sarri as the next coach is a deluded fool" . Mate , you have been on fire!!
  45. 4 points
    I am not trying to sound patronising here but have you had the oppotunity to watch him live? I ask as I have witnessed most of his performances owing to my season ticket and ability to go to most of our games away as well. From my perspective Bats all round game is really really poor. I say this as he is an incrediably static forward, as he makes hardly any discernable runs off the ball, his close controll is average at best and he is not able to hold the ball up either. For me, the only way he makes it here is if we go two up front and tell him to literally play the width of the posts and try to only play between the penalty spot and six yard area as he only real quality of note is his finishing. Honestly, when I see him play I struggle to think of a forward that has been as poor as him and have to go back to Furlong. As Kezman at least had an ability to get around and make a bit of a nuisance of himself. Furthermore, this playing style of his also explains why he has been noticeable booed by Chelsea fans before and his substitution celebrated because whilst he has decent stats these mask his all round game. This constrast with Morata who whilst having poor stats generally gets the backing of the crowd (bar the back end if last season when he kept falling down) as he does a lot of good work off the ball that is not necessarily noticed. Now do not get me wrong, Morata needs to go through a remarkable up turn or be replaced. However, Bats is in no way or shape the answer.
  46. 4 points
  47. 4 points
    I see Greg Clark from the FA has come out today and expressed concern that the general public has lost trust in the organisation! Well I can only speak for myself but I have always had about as much trust in the FA as I have for the bloke who keeps phoning me up asking about the accident I never had. But just to recap. The FA dragged John Terry over the coals, ruined his England career, humiliated him as much as they possible could over the claims that he muttered a racist slur on a football pitch after being elbowed in the head. No one heard this slur and no one saw it but a QPR fan said it looked a bit like it on telly. Terry was cleared in a court of law but the FA wanted their pound of flesh and they got....Terry's head on a plate. Now it appears that one of the FA's employees made unacceptable racist comments to England female footballer Aluko. The FA then quietly paid off Aluko on the condition that she kept her mouth shut. The only time she was to open it was to confirm that the FA was not a racist organisation . She said it felt like blackmail. JT is probably having a rye smile over this. He was one of the best English skippers in modern history and they hung him out to dry. Now this bunch of lying, self serving, hypocritical weasels know exactly how it feels to be tarred with a racist brush. And no we don't trust you. Never have never will. FIFA light is what you are.
  48. 4 points
    You have been harping on about patience for the entire window and now, at the end of a pretty disappointing window, you're still at the point where you think it matters if we sign 3 or 4 new players at the end of the window having seemingly missed out on (arguably) all of our top targets. Great. Good luck convincing me otherwise. The Premier League champions shouldn't lose 2 of its starters and head into the season with a paper thin squad then scramble 3-4 transfers over the line and suddenly rectify everything. Nope.. Not in the slightest. So you can kindly keep that thought about waiting all to yourself if its all well and good to be perfectly honest.
  49. 4 points
  50. 4 points
    I find the fact that this debate is still rolling onwards depressing. Personally as I don't honestly care who shags who at the club provided that the players give their all on the field of play , Personally I wouldn't swap JT for another centre-half in the world at this moment. I'm sure the day will come when his body really starts to let him down , but at the moment it's not. Much of the impression we get of the personality of the players is shaped by the way the media portray them, particularly the written media. They can puff themselves up and hide behind their "journalism" all they like but they are shaped by their own petty club bias like many of us are. Danny Fullbrook is a Fulham fan so Chelsea are OK there, they haven't got some "used to be the big club in Fulham" chip on their Shoulder, ROb Shepherd is West Ham, the Custis brothers despite being Geordies seemingly worship at the alter of Fergie the list goes on. Talk sport are horrendously anti Chelsea and particularly anti JT , they bang on about teh morals of JT yet they employ Stan Collymore a shining expample of the polar opposite of how an upstanding citizen should lead their life. Throughout this World Cup the target message is Capelo is an idiot and that England need a clear out of the dead wood, the players who really didn't shine at the tournament , the palyers who really let the suporters down.John Terry and Frank Lampard. Take a moment for that to sink in, John Terry and Frank Lampard. NO mention of Rooney and his on screen anti England fan tirade , no mention of Stephen Gerrard and hsi fable 6 touches in the right position of the pitch against USA no metnion of Upson the Stevie WOnder of central defenders no mention of holding player par excellence Gareth Barry playing in the hole left for him by Gerrard s a holding winger. Despite him never having had a decent game in an England shirt , despite him having just as an "eventful" time off field and despite both his club side manager and his international manager not trusting him to play in his preferred centre midfield slot, Stephen Gerrard is imune from all criticism and the sole reason I can think is that he plays for Liverpool and media people of a certain age remember when Liverpool were good and love them for it. Gareth Barry as a footballer is not fit to lace the boots of the person who laces Frank Lampards boots yet despite him being the "holding" midfielder who lost the ball whilst "holding" near the corner flag , he gets to play but Frank who hit the bar and scored a wrongly disallowed goal has to go. I believe that Gareth BArry has been identified in the press as one of Stephen Gerrards best friends. For years and years and years Lampard has played the role of water carrier in the England squad to Gerrards maestro, Frank is an intelligent player who will do what you tell him to and take one for the team , Gerrard is an imbecile who wanders around the pitch like an Nomad with alzheimers. Gerrard can stay , Frank must go. I'm waiting for Capello to wake up to the cancer that is in Englands heart that is Stephen Gerrard , wherever he plays he ends up not there , lets drop him and see what Frank can do when he playus Frank in his preferred position and gives him players who understand their roles around him. The Sun are "after" Ashely Cole seemingly for the "crime" of cheating on celebrity oxygen thief and avowed non singer and nightclub boxer nations sweetheart Cheryl Tweedy , a girl so commited to a marriage she moved her mum into the marital house. This has nothing to do with Cole winning a libel case against The NOTW the Suns "slaggy sister" paper. I've tried redressing the balance , I've written to Talk SPort , they don't care, I've written to Football 365 where Sarah Winterburn a Liverpool supporter edits the mailbox whilst pretending she isn't a Liverpool supporter. The meida in this country have always hated Chelsea for whatever reason , no money, too much money, rowdy fans, quiet fans,Cavalier football, boring football, idiot manager , brilliant manager (same bloke - twice) I suppose my rant here really is that do not believe waht they say and print , believe what you see and hear with your own eyes I for one believe Wayne rooney has nothing but hatred for the Engalnd fans because I saw and heard him doing it, no amout of " A sourc eclose to Ashley showed us a text message" will convince me otherwise.