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Everything posted by thevelourfog

  1. Official: Juan Mata Leaves For Man United

    Never understood why people think this- what difference would it make?
  2. Rip Amy Winehouse

    I'm a big fan of the internet most of the time. Not so keen when a celebrity dies- it makes forums do funny things.
  3. Michael Essien

    As much as I understand the logic of AVB assessing the squad firsthand and appreciate that I don't know precisely what is happening transfer-wise, I am starting to get a little concerned- probably just nerves.
  4. OFFICIAL - David Luiz Joins PSG.

    Zero chance of this happening- Barca have no money left.
  5. Salomon Kalou

    Why would you assume that? Our form was very good after Torres arrived. The most baffling thing about Kalou's alleged comments is that there was no need for anyone to sulk about not getting into the first team- they all knew that no matter how rubbish they were, they'd be picked for the next game. The one exception to that rule? Why, it's ... (drum roll) Salomon Kalou!
  6. New Kits

    I like it, but last year was the first time since I was about 13 or so that I got a kit and look what happened ... Gonna give the megastore the swerve this season, for all our sakes!
  7. Didier Drogba

    :) Incidentally, are we unable to post player's names in block capitals? It seems that auto-corrected.
  8. Didier Drogba

  9. Didier Drogba reporting he's handed in a transfer request. Hmmmm.
  10. Non Chelsea: International Football

    Disagree completely. Don't get me wrong, England were generally very poor and Frank wasn't outstanding, but Frank was (alongside Wilshere) the least useless player on the field for England - scored the penalty, managed to find a man more often than not, produced a few very good crosses that really should have been finished off. Great- no. Useless- definitely not. I was actually wondering why he couldn't have played a bit more like that for us this year. And the sub wasn't an especially wise decision- Young scored moments after while the Swiss readjusted, but the England team were tired and without ideas from the 55th minute on, absolutely no better off without Frank. For what it's worth, Capello has also just said Lampard was taken off due to exhaustion, not for tactical reasons for a poor performance- it was a forced change and not a matter of balls.
  11. Official: Torres Makes Milan Move Permanent

    I'm sure that Emenalo shouldn't be speaking to the press. Someone do the club a favour and get rid of him, please.
  12. Josh Mc Eachran

    Mikel didn't slot immediately in.
  13. Official: Torres Makes Milan Move Permanent

    I disagree entirely with this. His performances for us haven't been great or yielded the results that we would have wanted, but the one thing he has consistently got right is work ethic. I think too many see an underperforming player and presume he's not trying.
  14. Josh Mc Eachran

    It'd be a huge surprise, at least in the next year or so.
  15. Didier Drogba

    Look at the story- this alleged new contract is apparently going to be what keeps him here next season. His current contract will manage that just fine. I think it's unlikely he'll be getting an extension, but perhaps I'll be wrong. It's not the point of the article anyway.
  16. Didier Drogba

    A rubbish story. I sincerely doubt there will be a new contract for Drogba this summer, but it doesn't matter- he doesn't need one. He's got another year left on his deal.
  17. Official: Torres Makes Milan Move Permanent

    In my opinion, the last two games aren't hugely important. The fans want to finish above Arsenal but just for misplaced pride- there's little pride to be taken from this season. And with City 5 points behind and just 6 points available, I don't think we need to worry about falling out of an automatic place. With that in mind, I think Torres has to start as the CF in a 4-3-3 that doesn't feature Drogba for at very least the Newcastle game.
  18. OFFICIAL - David Luiz Joins PSG.

    His 2nd debut? I've said the mistakes he has made have largely been glossed over. You've merely given me examples of that glossing over, not really argued against my point. Let's take that MOTM award, for example- he needlessly conceded a last minute penalty. Imagine the outcry on this board if Ramires had done that. And the Man Utd game ... Wonderful goal and at the time hugely important. He should have been sent off, though. Against City he was relatively poor in the first half, failing to win anything in the air. Oh, but he scored. All's well then.
  19. Gianfranco Zola

    Literally anyone who has already coached at a high level? But to go back to the body of your post ... Maybe there is something in this, particularly when it comes to setting an example as a man and a professional. But what do we actually know about his coaching ability? West Ham played terrible football under him in the months leading to his dismissal- their ball retention was woeful, their shape and defensive lines non-existent. What would we be expecting him to drum into our players? I couldn't see him working in either Emenalo or Clement's roles- he's done nothing to suggest he has the tactical nous for that (neither have the incumbents, arguably!). A real backroom role maybe, but he'd not offer us another dimension tactically.
  20. OFFICIAL - David Luiz Joins PSG.

    Wish I could say I was surprised by the more critical posts in this thread ... I half agree in that Luiz's flair and personality has seen many of us take to him very quickly and gloss over some of his inadequacies. But as others say he's young and relatively inexperienced. He was awful yesterday and has made mistakes since arriving, but I'm sure he'll learn his lessons and soon be the excellent player he's on the cusp of already being. What I do think is interesting is contrasting how Luiz was initially received with how Ramires was. Ramires had a difficult start and made a few mistakes, but none of them were particularly important in the context of matches, yet he was largely slated. Even those who now rate him still largely hold on to the mistaken impression that he was especially poor to start with. Luiz, on the other hand, has given away soft penalties, made poor individual errors that have led directly to the concession of goals and, in all honesty, could have been sent off one or two times. Despite that, he was almost universally adored from day one. Again, that's not a sleight on Luiz, who I rate very highly. But it does make me wonder about the mentality of some of our support.
  21. Gianfranco Zola

    Probably in the minority who doesn't think this would be a good move. Not necessarily a terrible move, but there are better candidates out there (presuming the position is available). It'd obviously be lovely to see him at SB on a regular basis though.
  22. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Exactly my thinking. We've left it too late. If only we'd slept for 6 or 7 weeks rather than 2 months.
  23. Non Chelsea: Champions League

    The source is Marca. File under 'Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ... '
  24. Non Chelsea: Champions League

    Above your lot and (hilariously enough, given Robin van Persie's recent remarks) Arsenal, though :P. What the table demonstrates more than anything else is that, as far as those who compile the stats are concerned, it's rare for one team to be markedly worse than another when it comes to gamesmanship. It still remains that the mean score is 8.152, meaning that Chelsea are better behaved all round than the 'average' Premier League team. Would you entertain that thought, let alone hold that opinion yourself, if you didn't look at the figures and just listened to pundits, journalists and Barcelona apologists? My personal feelings are that, while out-and-out cheating is not desirable, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. I don't think Arsenal played better this season than they did last, but I think Fabregas finally matured as captain, pissing and moaning about every decision, and that Arsenal continued to look to draw fouls. The result was a few more points. We, on the other hand, didn't argue enough and attempted to play on rather than go down for freekicks and penalties that we deserved. But anyway, this is all a bit of a tangent. When I see defensive midfielders in England roll around the way Busquets does, I'll accept the gamesmanship over here is just as bad.
  25. Non Chelsea: League Football.

    I doubt they'll have points deducted. If they did, every team Faurlin has played and won against in the last 2 years could potentially have a legal case against QPR, particularly those who missed out on promotion or were relegated. The FA will want to avoid that like the plague.