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  1. Chelsea 1 Everton 1

    I hate this part of the season
  2. Chelsea 1 Burnley 1

    I agree it was a good performance, but it showed up what we‘re lacking. A reliable threat on goal.
  3. Chelsea 1 Burnley 1

    If we had anyone who could hit the back of the net on a regular basis, that’s at worst a 5-1 game. If there’s bonuses for goals, I’d dock them for blatant misses too.
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    I would have though someone like Erik ten Hag would be right up there street and financially attainable. But they're obviously hoping that Xavi is Pep 2.0 for them.
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    The English version of the Lokomotiv Moscow website has him down as on loan with a priority purchase option (whatever that means...) https://www.fclm.ru/en/publications/news/24682
  6. Official: Willian Departs And Signs For Arsenal

    €4m a year for a truck driver?? I picked the wrong profession.
  7. Official: Willian Departs And Signs For Arsenal

    He passed his citizenship test before he left Chelsea.
  8. Media / Press

    Nitpicking here, but I don't understand number 3. If there was no arm, there's no handball, just a deflection - which may or may not have resulted in a goal... No handball = no pen and no red, surely?
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    Maybe Rüdiger has rejected his offered contract and will be sold instead? I can't see him and Christensen making it to January without an extension.
  10. Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1

    3-4-2-1 with Mount and Werner playing off Lukaku. I think that would work nicely. If we want to go ultra-attacking + hard press we could drop Kovacic/Jorginho for Mount, leave Alonso at LWB and put Havertz or Ziyech in the inside RF spot. Prbbably not the opponent for that though...
  11. Think so - played for us, West Brom and Everton before turning 21.
  12. The Way We Were..a chara sslt..series 2

    As a Kiwi kid growing up in the 70s and 80s I never kicked a round ball in anger! On the rugby field I started on the wing then moved to loose forward when I got too slow. I played mostly openside or No. 8 until the opposition started getting too big and too fast. 3 concussions in a row (each with a longer stand down) put paid to my rugby career at 17.
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    For his size and strength, he doesn't really use it though and is more of a last shoulder player than a battering ram. I think that's why people tend to underrate him and why he's less influential against packed defences than on the counter - which is also why I'd be wary of signing him although I think he's an excellent player. I'll admit though, I've not seen much of him since he left the Premier League. I often think Carlo's Christmas tree formation would work well for us or a 3-4-2-1 with Werner and Havertz playing off someone if we don't want to change to a back 4. We tend to "fence" rather than "cut" and IMO we need more runners from deep or quicker ball speed to improve our goalscoring ability. A back-to-goal CF helps immensely with that. Especially one that then spins and goes straight for the box. Theoretically, a 4-3-2-1 gets most of our players on field in their 'natural' positions; it gets Mount (who has a decent long shot and good timing) running in from deep and late and still leaves us with enough in midfield to cover whichever CBs play. We could even make do with the fullbacks we have. If it was my money, I'd be pushing pretty hard for Lewandowski even at 32/33 years of age. I think he's got everything we're missing in a forward. He's never been the quickest and he looks after himself so should be able play on effectively for a while yet.
  14. Media / Press

    That's my point - the perception doesn't have to be politically or racially motivated and is absolutely driven by the media's agenda. Especially when its solidified through the red tops in the UK which are traditionally read by the less affluent and the opinions and stories are intentionally sensationalist. In this case it's old/clean vs. new/dirty money with a hint of Cold War animosity. That for me, is the principal reason we get tarred with a thicker brush than Manchester City. The ADAG ownership is more credible than a "rubber duck salesman from Saratov". The narrative was formed off the back of popular opinion (United and Liverpool supporters feeling threatened), reinforced through the media and then amplified by David Dein et al spouting on about Russian tanks firing rubles over English fences. Even the Shinawatra regime was more liked than us and that really was a case of a dodgy dealer siphoning money from a legitimate source but, because the regime was so inept, so non-threatening, they usually got a free pass.
  15. Media / Press

    Or maybe it's just due to public perception - on the one hand a billionaire spending money accrued at a time when things in Russia were decidedly dodgy; on the other a Middle Eastern country investing the returns on a naturally occurring resource.