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  1. Fulham 1 - 3 Chelsea

    so difficult to know what's next for this season: a Liverpool-ManCity race for the title? or a race that includes Chelsea SCORING goals and playing with some fluidity regardless of what the opposition does. CL is just a burden CFC don't need at this moment.
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    Has Josh been eating real food and gaining mass lately? Talented player. Rodgers probably keeping an eye on him.
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    There's no telling how good Fredy will be in the Premier League but the price is good for an all-around center midfielder who is a starter for Colombia, has proven skill and athleticism, etc. Zero complaints from me and I've watched Fredy for more than a few matches for Colombia, Inter, and Porto. Seems to me Fredy needs a new manager; no attitude problems with Fredy IMO. Chelsea still need a Matic even if they finalise this transfer.
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    something to be happy about. I already liked Fredy Guarin, so if this is finalized before January begins, it's a nice start to January. Need one more CM after this one.
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    When they get some good center midfielders in the 1st team and a RB, begin playing quick and accurate with passing and movement there will be something positive to say.
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    good post. I agree on the overall message you have here in that summertime alone will not be time enough for Chelsea to plug all the holes. As soon as last summer's window closed, I was looking forward to ManUtd and Chelsea falling out of the top 4. Chelsea are already behind in the goal building a balanced squad--have been since Makelele and even more since Ballack departed. Sell Luiz and bring two solid center midfielders, give Bertrand playtime, Azpi to RB. Torres still needs to leave, but IDK when that will happen. deBruyne can be loaned... but the question is: will Chelsea get their S**T SORTED OUT by the time Kevin and/or Lukaku come back? The Blues continue their reputation as laughing stock of the rich clubs under Mourinho? tick-tock.
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    Any of the players you (both) have mentioned are worthy squad players IMO, although I can't say about Mulumbu yet (haven't watched him much). I think you're on the right track for January because none of the players in top European squads nor World Cup squads will come to Chelsea in January. Three years (since Ballack) waiting for a couple of quality centre midfielders to join Chelsea and it could all fall off the tracks if Ramires gets injured. Question is, how many quality center midfielders can Chelsea get in two windows (January and summer)? Also, it's a World Cup year--when many players become over-valued. CFC are behind schedule unless some CM reserve players also come into the 1st team. I see Mikel and Lampard leaving soon. Ramires is the only experienced center midfielder, Oscar an alternate, Essien??, and van Ginkel.
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    I don't see Chelsea getting one of those star center midfielders in January. What does any promise of playing time in a World Cup year from Chelsea Football Club mean to a player who is already a starter in another European squad? Seems Frank Lampard gets a start forever even though he is incapable of playing is an all-around center midfielder. Maybe Roy could do Chelsea a favour and tell Frank he's not going to Brazil(?). I don't know what the politics are behind the scenes, but it stinks. Even Witsel should not hastily transfer to Chelsea from Zenit. If Roy takes Frank to Brazil and plays him against a quick, aggressive side the guy will get eaten alive. It's much less-intense in the Premier League every week. Don't understand why he's out there, starting--as I'm sure some here have been repeating. If you told me today that January would bring a player like Pogba along with Rakitic, Mata leaves and Lampard is not longer a starter (except in cup matches maybe), I would take that deal in a second. Afterward, the only question is about Ivanovic starting at RB.
  9. Non Chelsea: International Football

    If I ever had any children (which, I probably won't due to injury and deformity), I would prefer having a laboratory in my house or backyard AND live within 12 city blocks of athletic facilities, esp. a proper football pitch. For all of my family and friends, but especially to encourage my children to take an active interest in exploring & doing things. Most children that live without abusive family members, with encouraging parents who take control are only missing some opportunities to use a variety of tools, learn more about the natural world, technology, or sport/athletics due to lack of money or local infrastructure & education. It helps greatly for children and teens to have a place to do something, some tools, a means to acquire skills. A lot of people don't have this in their community and many parents have very few skills to impart.
  10. Non Chelsea: International Football

    Belgium and France is worth mentioning in the context of your topic, but... The French have something historic and cultural that the English do not. The German national team is still comprised of only about 20% call-ups who are offspring of immigrants The Spanish have maybe a few immigrants, and the Italians... maybe 3 out the recent call-ups. If you want to compare Germany and England, do it as Arsene Wenger has done: compare the total number of participants in youth football and club football. This stems from culture in Germany (the family unit) and government/local investment in football. Culture, diet, infrastructure, coaching... I think Continental Europe may always have an advantage unless someone can unify LEAD the English both from the management level and from the bureaucratic level (government and English FA). NOT IMPOSSIBLE, but requires something that has not yet emerged. I hear a lot of talk about bureaucratic vision of England's footballing future and sport/athletics in general, but what do you do about the CULTURE and the quality of coaching and guided training? And the culture at home? These seemingly intractable problems sound familiar to me and, for the record, I will readily acknowledge at any moment that the USA too often looks hopeless across large swathes of its population. From a historic perspective, I think I know where this comes from and a lot of it stems from collectivism vs. individualism, religion, education quality, geography, and perhaps monoculture/monolingualism. The solution for the USA and England is, IMO, that a dramatic shift in values, ideology and overall culture must occur during the 21st century. At present, a large percentage both countries are still too nostaligic, chauvinistic and influenced by history and success--or the spoils of the past. There is hope though; hope in change.
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    where is the "club-bashing?" something about ineptitude, slow attacks, and zero pentration? if that qualifies as "club-bashing," I might be someone you want to ignore.
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    Hi again. I've been on another forum but not as active nor interested in talking up possible center midfielder targets. Funny enough, someone else mentioned Morgan Schneiderlin the other day, in the other forum. Everyone is fixated on Axel Witsel. I've no problem with that idea. Probably would be nice to get a solid, top European centre midfielder (who will be costly) and maybe one underrated player similar to Diame (there you go, I mentioned him again). I can't say I'm hung-up on one particular player to acquire; would just be nice to see Chelsea get two healthy, athletic, skilled center midfielders who can battle against any club's lineup--Diame just happens to still be that kind of player. Giannelli Imbula looks pretty good, but he's apparently more expensive and clearly less-experienced at the top level compared to someone like Diame. whatever the case, I think Chelsea NEED 2 players who are experienced already at the top level, not guys who need to grow into the the Premier League over 3 seasons; already got one of those last summer: vanGinkel. As for the fullback... IDK, Luke Shaw is fine. Wallace will be good enough to contend for time when he comes back. I suppose the choices may be something like this: 1. to give Luiz a backup/alternate starter role at RB (and not give Ivanovic time there), buy Shaw for now. then decide what to do with Cole/Bertrand. 2. sell luiz and buy the best RB chelsea can get, buy Shaw later (I don't know who the best RB target is) 3. Start Azpi, Kalas as backup, let Bertrand, Cole alternate more regularly on the left, wait and see what can be done by summer 2014 or until Wallace can come. perhaps sell Luiz in order to fund transfer of a better CB or those two centre midfielders. __ I suppose I've made a reasonable argument to avoid spending money on a fullback here, so maybe two centre midfielders and splash the cash for that next Chelsea striker (eyes glaze-over). good luck on the striker; just get some good centre midfielders FFS. In any scenario, my assumption is that Chelsea do NOT want to spend more time with Lampard in CM, nor Ivanovic at RB. I know that people have been criticizing Ashley Cole lately, but I'm not sure if Cole has had undisclosed injury problems and both he and Ramires have been babysitting Lampard, so I will reserve judgment on Cole for a later date. Unlike some other Chelsea fans, I don't regard Luiz nor Mata as untouchable for transfers out. if they can get more money in for our needs, let them go. Willian is more the kind of small playermaker that I like personally; Mata is dispossessed too easily and that will never change.
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    sign TWO centre midfielders and one RB or LB. Luiz can play fullback (backup), or be sold; forget him as CM. Omeruo and Kalas can be backup defenders for now. centre mid and fullback are the ones needed badly right now. Chelsea can run through 5 more overpriced centre forwards and still get low production from them because if the team doesn't have people who can pass and move quickly from centre mid and the fullback positions, Chelsea will perpetually be a lethargic, inept team with zero penetration.
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    Chelsea "not set up to play with a prolific goalscorer?" only there to pull defenders out of position? don't whip balls into the box? guess that makes things a little simpler for the opposition. so, I'm guessing we should continue to see Chelsea play slow football in 2nd gear and none of the strikers will get 20 goals. No plan B, no change of tempo on attacks? zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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    more interesting to compare what Chelsea currently have to what top clubs in Europe have (not just other Prem clubs). for example, a club that is built for all competitions and continued development for the future: Chelsea will surprise me this year if they manage to finish top 2. Spurs have more quality than you realize.
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    passing in England as CM? To -do it all- as the two in front of the center backs. but I will say Ramires has done a good job to best of his ability. Chelsea just don't have one top player for those two spots in the formation. Either Mikel will adapt to what Mourinho expects or we'll be seeing changes in coming months. picking two right now and assuming that van Ginkel can adapt quickly to the EPL, I will take Ramires and vanGinkel as the starters, Mikel/Essien for a sub in 2nd to hold onto a lead, Essien and Lampard for an extra punch while down in the 2nd. But, in reality, I can't expect vanGinkel to adapt so quickly and take that responsiblity; that's why a more experienced true CM in this window would be good enough to balance the squad for me.
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    pedantic? and you know, I've never said that Lampard is not a top player either; he's NOT a top CM to be playing out the back, directly in front of the center halves. it's not a strange observation here, nor anywhere. Lampard is a scoring accessory midfielder, not a central do-it-all CM. I see value in midfielders even if they're not what Chelsea needs now and even if they're not the type of center midfielder I like (which is one who can do it all). some of you are clearly dense when it comes to recognizing the discussion in context; are Chelsea not playing a 4231 most times and Lampard isn't suddenly about to play LAM or CAM? that's where I get the phrase, "Lampard can't pass." entende? if we're going into this season with what is in the squad now, my first hope is with vanGinkel, secondary is that Essien and Ramires can do well enough, and, ironically, that Mourinho can get something out of Mikel that clearly no other manager has been able to produce from him. slight hope there. I think Mikel is too obstinate to change his play. not impossible though. joke all you want about Schneiderlin (Diame or maybe Wanyama) but I haven't seen a player capable of doing what he does in this Chelsea side for quite some time. I don't see how any individual player I name is relevant when the point is the Chelsea lack a top player in this position.
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    If Lampard could pass like a top CM and play like a true CM, I wouldn't be saying any such things. he's a valuable player, but not a player for Chelsea center midfield wherein not one player alongside him is a top CM either. not going to accomplish anything in the CL and not likely to win the Prem. Zoowra: yes, I said that about Lukaku last season, referring to Kenwyne Jones and I will stand by that statement now, but it also doesn't apply to RIGHT NOW nor the future. Lukaku is coming along but he doesn't have the control and accurate passing that Benteke has already exhibited almost effortlessly the whole of the last Premier League season. I really couldn't care if half of you think I'm "trying to wind you up" as you like to say in the U.K. Fact is, some of you don't know the difference between 'winding people up' and someone expressing his observations in a forum or other social avenue. I post what I post because it's what I see with this club and if you don't like it, I imagine it's still not going to tear your world apart. No one on here has hurt my feelings or spirit one bit by giving a negative opinion on any of my favorite players. It's laughable when someone replies to a post about Gundogwan with his sarcastic drivel, "who's Gundogogowan?" why is that so funny? you can take a guess.
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    not easy to knock off the ball, good touch, will need to adapt to pressure and make good layoff passes when the season's underway, should form a good partnership with Michu and I think all of you naysayers on here will be proved wrong, but that's just like, my opinion, man. "not as good an all-round player" as Demba Ba? lmao.
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    good player, but I'm not enthused and it's more of a convenient & known option IMO. there are other midfielders out there. still an upgrade on Mikel IMO. Can't wait to see everyone's response to Bony the Prem. good deal for Swans -_-
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    Reality as you see it doesn't necessarily mean any of what you suggest. Who is scouting players, X, Y, and Z, how much time has Chelsea or any given club spent looking at a given player, and what is aim and scouting ability of the scout(s)? Your logic suggests that everyone at Chelsea or bigger clubs has made an accurate assessment or spent adequate time and is looking for the same set of parameters. The bigger point on Chelsea, as indicated by my post has nothing to do with --Wanyama-- or Diame (not anyone else I've mentioned by name) and everything to do with the fact that the Blues have lacked even ONE player who is an all-around top center midfielder or has the potential to become one while playing with Chelsea's first team. Not to mention, again, that Chelsea went into last season LIGHT in the CM area while also clearly not understanding what a poor/inconsistent player Mikel is the pivot or cdm role after all this time. So far, this summer, there's MvG. That's ONE developing CM who hasn't yet played in the U.K. where Chelsea needed something in CM many, many months ago. Yeah, obviously, the experts at the big clubs have their reasons and it all makes perfect sense--as you say.
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    he's not expensive, can do everything required of a CM, has enough skill for me, and is more than a handful physically. if he didn't work out, he could have been sold for a good sum, so little or no loss, I think. you'll be hard-pressed to come up with more than a couple of comparably priced players who fit the same profile right now but are also so strong and young. try me.
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    would have taken Wanyama and de Rossi while dumping Mikel somewhere and still getting van Ginkel.... or, would have taken Diame last summer and would have needed less this summer.
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    My impression so far is that FFP has exceptions or provisions for clubs trying to upgrade or scale-up their facilities in order to generate more revenue (eg. building more stands, larger stands, or making a new stadium altogether. I don't believe that FFP was written to create a static, tiered football world wherein the top clubs are further buffered from the lower clubs by legal constraints. I could be wrong, but that's what I've read and heard.