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Everything posted by thevelourfog

  1. Chelsea Women

    Not sure there was any real possibility of starting the first half like this; Barca haven't hit the flanks anything like as hard this half because they haven't had to. I hadn't realised both our FBs were makeshift. Feel really quite sad for Carter and Leupolz, they have both been made to look like they play different sports. Loads of opportunities, in both halves, to get a goal or two if only for a little dignity.
  2. Premier League Run In - 2020/21

    I think there's been a lot about following football, especially a big PL side, over the last 18 months that feels pretty alienating. If you can't be at games and can't prop the idea that you're part of something, I think it's pretty natural to start to wonder what you get out of it at all. I renewed my season ticket yesterday. I still did it, but I genuinely did think about it; two seasons ago I'd have been in the online virtual waiting room minutes after finding out renewals were open. It sounds awful and a bit entitled, but a big part of my decision was genuinely not being sure what I'd do with myself and a fear of losing a sense of self if I didn't go to football more than a passion for being there.
  3. Chelsea Women

    Perhaps we could concede all the club's CL final goals tonight? It's kinda bizarre. You put, say, City or Utd up against the champions of Lithuania or Latvia (or similar) and this wouldn't happen. The gap in class between these two sides is huge, bigger even than that. I'm sure the occasion and those early blows have made it look bigger than perhaps it might be, but Barca are just so much faster, stronger and better on the ball.
  4. Chelsea Women

    ... I might not watch the men's final. Carter has had an absolute nightmare. I'd get her off immediately, you'd need to be a robot to not be completely emotionally shot.
  5. Chelsea Women

    Sensing a bit of a PSG vibe, here ... We're so overpowered against 9 of the 11 league clubs we play that playing out from the back is very simple.
  6. Chelsea Women

    Mendy would have saved that imo.
  7. Premier League Run In - 2020/21

    I think any (reasonable) starting XI is fine. It's the direction that we need to change now. For a long time being hard to beat was the sensible decision; it's why we're even able to be feeling anxious now. Now the name of the game is win; a draw is from now on as poor a result as a defeat. It is worth risking conceding to have a chance to score. I hope, and expect, the players will be getting that message, and hopefully they can put it into action. A different kind of love, I think; more like that you'd have for a partner of 20 years than the passion of a new relationship.
  8. Chelsea Women

    Free on BT Sport's YouTube channel for anyone who doesn't already know.
  9. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    Sorry, lads. My fault. I checked the score for the first time on 90+3 minutes. I suppose it's kinda funny? We'll laugh about it one day?
  10. Chelsea vs Leicester City

    What I want to see different on Tuesday is less anything to do with personnel and more to do with risk-taking. I think we need to win these league games; being hard to beat has been the right choice for much of Tuchel's time here and its laid a foundation for being able to make the top 4, but we need to be more than that now. It is worth taking the risks needed to win and losing as a result. I kinda hope yesterday's defeat doesn't get under anyone's skin in terms of the CL final, mind. That is a different matter. Measured, controlled, probing without taking big risks ... That is exactly how to play in that game. It just isn't the right approach for these final league games.
  11. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    Thanks for the explainer. It's absolutely mental, isn't it? And on multiple levels; I honestly (and not even with judgement) have my doubts most players and officials are cognitively able to retain that information, and even if they could the law, to my mind, actively involves and activates the implicit bias that everyone has and that a simpler rule wouldn't touch. I don't see why we can't have a much simpler version. It feels to me like IFAB, the PGMOL, FIFA etc. want to cultivate officiating as a profession. I don't want that. I just want technicians who intervene when something is against the rules, bringing as little of their judgement as possible into it. I suppose for me their goal doesn't "feel" unjust; it's a ricochet, unplanned and random. It's not the sort of thing I think should be handball, so I'm not up in arms about it. It does seem, though, it shouldn't have been allowed. C'est la vie.
  12. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    It was Silva, and I think was spotted by the linesman immediately, so given. So yes, it seems that at least in practice that is how it is working. The rule should probably just be any connection with a hand, tbh. Would be very harsh, and not actually what I person would want, but at least enforceable with some consistency.
  13. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    I wouldn't rule their goal out. Admittedly at this point I've got no idea what the handball rules actually are any more, but it doesn't look to me like what I consider a handball to be. The VAR call on the non-equaliser is someone looking at the still that suits the decision they already wanted, consciously or otherwise, to make. As is the case for every single one of these close VAR offsides. They need to be got rid of.
  14. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    Strange way of letting me have the last word! If you disagree with the position "with a different starting XI, different things would have happened during the match and Mendy probably wouldn't have been trying to make that same save", you are welcome to say as much. Odd that you can't bring yourself to be that clear, but it's me who is "waffly".
  15. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    I'd bet very good money no one involved in VAR's creation has any knowledge what so ever of how human decision-making works. VAR doesn't eradicate bias, it facilitates it.
  16. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    Do you understand what the word "hypothetical" means? Saying a different keeper would have saved Tielemen's shot, I.e. what you are saying = hypothetical. You might say "hypothetical nonsense". Saying that that nothing in any game happens the exact same way if you pick different players, I.e. what I am saying = up until now I'd have thought just common sense. Mendy should have been picked. He's the better keeper. We don't have to make up "hypothetical nonsense" to establish that.
  17. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    As a forum we expend a lot of energy talking about which attackers should have played after any poor result, even when those different attackers have started. If you're going to criticise Tuchel for today's result, I don't think picking holes in the personnel is the way to go. The dilemma isn't who to pick as much as it is how many risks whoever is picked is directed to take.
  18. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    Fact? Silliness. Look, the argument for who is the better keeper, Kepa or Mendy, had been made and won. It isn't in question. But it is very, very odd to pretend that a hypothetical, a supposition, that a different keeper would have saved a shot that would never have happened the way that it did anyway had they played, is somehow a fact. Literally nothing specific in that game happens the specific way it did if any of the starting XI was different. And yet, the pattern of the game (I.e. why we actually lost) would have been pretty much the same. Because the goalkeeper, whoever they are, is not why we consistently win or fail to win on the basis of a single goal. Christensen or Zouma probably wouldn't have made the exact two errors Silva made. This isn't about defending Kepa, to be clear. It's about identifying what our actual problem is. It should be obvious, because it's been a problem even with Kepa on the bench.
  19. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    Exactly. This is so obviously what went wrong today, and on Wednesday. Tuchel's time here will likely be defined by how much the powers that be think any manager should be getting out of these attacking players. If they expect a coach to turn them round, he's in trouble sooner rather than later. If they think spending a lot of money on a goalscorer is warranted, he'll be fine for a while.
  20. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    The Super Cup ought to come out of there, too. You want to win it, of course, but it's not a genuine competition. Always weird when people overstate an argument that makes itself anyway. Our FA Cup final record in the last 5 years is crap, there isn't any need to add nonsense to the argument to make it convincing.
  21. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    I didn't celebrate when we scored, didn't want to risk it. Then this still came on screen and I relaxed; he's in line, I thought. Close, but not one to overrule. Total idiot, me.
  22. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    I know you believe it. Maybe he would have. Maybe, if he was playing, that shot is never even attempted. Just weird, and telling, that some people immediately go to talking about what hypothetically might have happened if a different keeper was playing rather than commenting on what the other players involved who actually did play were doing. No goalkeeper has to face that shot if Silva makes different, I'd say better, decisions.
  23. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    believe is the key word; it's what you wanted to see, so it's what you saw. No mention at all of Silva unnecessarily keeping the ball in play, or backing off Tielemens so he has all the time in the world to shoot. Not that he should be particularly criticised imo.
  24. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    I take your point, but the FA Cup is a "big cup" and always will be to any player on the final. You go out in an earlier round and sure, I imagine the top players shrug that off easily. I find the idea you do the same in a final completely and utterly implausible. The reffing was lowkey, bang-average poor rather than anything interesting. Tielemens and Ndidi should have been booked in the first 25 minutes, but most refs will let that stuff go. The VAR decision at the end is absolutely atrocious and everyone involved deserves a beating imo, but that atrocious decision is made every weekend. We didn't "bottle" this. That's too easy a criticism. We just leave too much to fortune.
  25. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    Less decent in the second half, but the same deal. Control without real threat means you are very vulnerable to just one or two moments. Silva doesn't leave a ball to Kepa, a d**knead in a studio draw his line a millisecond one way or the other. Until we start scoring goals, we're a decent team but not really a threat to anyone.