Michael Tucker

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  1. 48 minutes ago, RobertoftheGiz said:


    I'd suggest that it's because if we put in that level of 'performance' (if you can call it that!) against anyone decent, we'll get our arses handed to us quick-smart.

    It's fair to say that Tuchel mostly put out our second stringers, but they surely didn't have to put in so much effort to show everyone that that is what they are!


  2. 59 minutes ago, Original 21 said:

    Well we made hard work of that. Some looked like they didn’t fancy it. Ziyech, Pulisic played like they wanted to be somewhere else. Disappointing from the two players picked for their creativity. Don’t really have much to say about the performance. Pitch looked lumpy. At least Abraham and Hudson-Odoi took some pride in their display. Kante was pretty steady. Tuchel will have wanted to see a lot more from some who started that game. He won’t have been too impressed. 

    Pretty much, this. Those players looking to break into the starting first team, blew their chances tonight. i know that you have to give credit to Barnsley and their tactics, but even so I thought our guys were dreadful. 

  3. Obviously (and like most my age, I guess) over the decades I've had the pleasure of collecting and reading the great western, espionage and crime novelists like Deighton, Chandler, Wouk, McMurtry, Rankin, and so on (the list of names and titles is endless, so I won't bore you with one!). However, if there was only a single book that I could take with me to that mythical desert island, it's be Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. I first read it when I was 20/21, and it's always made me laugh out loud, with tears rolling down my cheeks. I've returned to it many times since. I've lost count of how many copies of it that I've bought (if you have it, then my advice is to never lend it to anyone, because you'll never see it again!). A magnificent novel, and a one-off: although Heller wrote a number of other books, he was never again able to to repeat the brilliance of this his first novel. Stunning!

  4. 9 hours ago, Blue_In_Every_Way said:

    Look, things were bad towards the end under Frank, but they're not looking so great right now under Arteta, OGS, Spurs or Klopp and nobody fired anybody at those clubs yet.

    'Yet' is the key word here. You should know that it you give them a little time,  they'll get around to it. 

  5. 28 minutes ago, Droy was my hero said:

    or because the club has decided to treat him badly

    And why would they want to 'treat him badly'?

    28 minutes ago, Droy was my hero said:

    His contract goes through to 2023, so more likely the latter. 

    Is it? Please explain.


  6. 3 minutes ago, Chrisb said:

    Dominating possession doesn’t win you games,

    Except when it does. Like recently.

    3 minutes ago, Chrisb said:

    Sp*rs should’ve equalised at the death and almost conceded late on tonight.

    Should have, could have, might have - football is like that, isn't it? I doubt that anyone is saying that we're perfect, or can't get better, just that they're happy with the coach and his players, so far. More to come surely, but that's for another day.

    3 minutes ago, Chrisb said:

    Unless we start putting games to bed we run the very real risk of dropping points too.

    We always run the risk of dropping points. Nothing new.

    3 minutes ago, Chrisb said:

    I hope Tuchel has some other tactics/formations up his sleeve that help us in games where we maybe don’t dominate possession.

    Dominating possession is good start though, isn't it? And who's to say that it won't/can't continue? Tuchel is learning about his playing roster. It will take time for everything to fall into place.

  7. 20 minutes ago, Droy was my hero said:

    Did Frank do that?  His use of current Academy players was very minimal.
    And Cech was hired specifically to maintain those contacts.

    Do you think that we (actually, you) could move on now? It's not required that you take out your distain for Frank EVERY time somebody posts something remotely positive about him, or his time as Chelsea Head Coach. We get it, OK?

  8. 2 hours ago, GURJ SS said:

    He's looking like the type of player Tuchel might want in his squad next season

    Let's hope not. I'd have figured Tuchel to be smarter than that!

    He has always flattered to deceive on occasions, but always reverted to being basically useless. My guess is that the same will happen again. Should never have bought him (as I may have said when we did buy him, and a few time over the years ;).


  9. 56 minutes ago, JaneB said:


    I agree.  He used to be on here a lot more than he is now and I didn't find him that annoying.  I'm sure MT would have punted him otherwise. 

    True Jane :).

    He's always been welcome here, and remains so.