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  1. We've played him in a 4-2-3-1 formation this season too (United game, amongst others) which I believe is how he played at Liverpool. He also played in a 4-4-2 on a couple of occassions under Ancelotti. He looked totally ineffective in both. Whilst I agree he struggles in a 4-3-3, I don't think the formation is really the problem.
  2. Josh Mc Eachran

    Not sure any of the defeats can be pinned on him though. Swansea's bubble was always going to burst eventually. As good as the football they've played this season has been they haven't got the quality to compete with many of the teams around them in the middle of the table. Everything Rodgers has done there has been about maximising the ability of a fairly average squad. Now the initial buzz of reaching the big league has died down and they start playing teams for the second time they'll start to lose a few more, it's inevitable, and just unfortunate that the slump will coincide with Josh's arrival. They'll stay up though, they're good enough to warrant that. I guess we just have to look at what Josh is doing individually rather than how their results look with him in the side.
  3. He looks lost out on the pitch- it's depressing. His movement, which was a rare positive when he first joined the club, is now pretty much non-existent. I've given up on him to be honest, it's almost a waste of a position when he's out there. He isn't suited to our system or style of play, and I'm not sure we should change the entire character of our club just to accomodate him- as there's no guarantee that'll work. The idea that 'he just needs a goal' is laughable. Whilst confidence certainly plays a part in his game it is clear that the problems he is having are deeper than that. Craig Burley is an odious t*** most of the time, but he was right today when he called Fernando a spent force. Obviously I'll continue to support him at the Bridge and will him to do well, it'd be bloody fantastic if he came good, but I'm willing to stick my neck out and say he'll never be a success at Chelsea.
  4. Great signing. Shows a real step in the right direction for the club. If players develop well, our team in a few years time could be unbeatable. I was also very interested to read Mata's thoughts on Villas-Boas- it seems he was a real influence in his decision to come here and this is encouraging. The confidence and admiration he clearly had for him shows that his age and apparent 'inexperience' that the press keep banging on about clearly isn't a problem for anyone else.
  5. Josh Mc Eachran

    His size doesn't matter when he has the touch, technique and awareness to avoid challenges. Xavi and Iniesta are two of the best, if not the best, midifelders in the world, and they are both a similar size to Josh. The 'rainy night in Stoke argument' is seriously comical, I can't actually believe someone bought it up. He's has a fantastic pre-season that's for sure, and I've read a lot of articles over the last few days mentioning him, many of them a little premature. (Patrick Barclay was even deciphering how he and Wilshere would play together in an England team in 2014 ffs!) I don't think he needs to go on loan, as I think he's good enough to play a significant number of games this year. H e's such an exciting talent to watch. Incredible on the ball, quick at passing and moving on the play- but I think it's his footballing brain (sorry to borrow Alan Hansen's cliche) that holds him in good stead to be successful. As soon as he receives the ball he either turns to play it forward, or knows exactly who to pass it too first time, and when he dribbles he always has his head up and is looking around him. It's hard to believe he's still only 18 with the composure he shows in possesion.
  6. Didier Drogba

    Such a narrow-minded thing to say. 7 years? We've been playing the same way for nearly 2 years now and I agree it has at times become predictable, but 7 years? Did you watch any Chelsea games under Mourinho? Under Scolari? And the whole 'Hit the ball to Drogba', 'anti-football' schtick just makes it look like you work for UEFA. We do it a bit, which is because logic dictates that you play to your best players strengths. This season though we have mostly kept the ball on the ground, distributing it from defence and waiting patiently for an opening. The problems in our play have very little to do with Drogba, but rather that we lack creativity + width and are too laboured in possesion. You're obviously another person who has watched too much of Barca this season and wants us to become a carbon copy.
  7. James- whilst you make some good points here, I can't help but feel that in simply analysing his stats from two seasons you lose a lot of perspective on how well Drogba is playing. Here's my 2 cents: -Both this season and last season were remarkable for rather conflicting reasons. In 2009/2010, the standard between the top 3 and the rest was significantly greater than it has been this year. It will be remembered for large scorelines, poor defending, and being the only season where 5 players scored over 20 goals (Drogba, Lampard, Bent, Rooney, Tevez- Torres + Defoe would also have made it if not for injury). There's no doubt that the nature of the league, and in particular our 4 huge victories, are the reason for Drogba's incredible stats last year. - This year however is being widely regarded, for whatever reason, as the most competitive in a long time. Blackpool weren't the whipping boys that everybody expected them to be, City, Tottenham, Bolton and (since Xmas) Liverpool and Everton are much improved sides from last year. Only Berbatov (so far) has reached 20 goals, and it's unlikely many more will. There hasn't been anywhere near the same number of 'whitewash' games, and this is a season where our 8-0 Wigan win could never exist. It is due to the nature of the league, not malaria, that Drogba hasn't come close to the stats he achieved last year. Because of these huge differences simple 'goals and assists' stats fail to tell the full story of how well someone has played. You also have to take into account the different systems teams have implimented. Rooney, for example, has scored far fewer goals than last year but has arguably been more effective for United in a deeper role. You could say the same for Didier. The new systems we have played have meant we have relied less on Drogba for goals (he has often been forced out to the wing)- but this doesn't mean he hasnt been as effective. He is still 8th in the (low-scoring) league top scorer table, and 3rd (behind only Nani and Fabregas) in the assist table- which essentially makes him the best all-round striker in the league. I'm sure you've also seen the countless good performances he's made where he hasnt necessarily 'boosted' his stats, such as against West Ham on Saturday. Right, I've definitely ranted enough now, sorry- back to Torres!
  8. Non Chelsea: Champions League

    The Guardiola comments were certainly out of character. I bet even Jose didn't expect to get to him like that. I doubt him 'snapping' will effect the performance of the Barca team though, as many have suggested- the only thing that may effect that is the Copa defeat and the fact Iniestia is ruled out. Schalke (Neur aside) were very poor tonight, they lacked belief from the start and didn't seem to know how to play when not in possession. It's a shame, as I like their coach, but not that suprising to anyone that watched their defensive performances against Inter / Valencia. As soon as they faced a defensively sound team (which, as we discovered, United certainly are) it was clear they were going to lose with a whimper. United were very good though, annnoyingly. Rooney is playing fantastically at the moment, and no doubt he'll continue to do so until the next England game. Hopefully he'll launch a foul-mouthed tirade at a ref on twitter and be banned for the rest of the season- it may be the only chance we have of winning the title!
  9. OFFICIAL - David Luiz Joins PSG.

    So we've basically signed Ricardo Carvalho, but with Jimmy Bullard's personality and Carlos Valderama's hair. Carlsberg don't do centre backs, but if they did....
  10. Musical Tastes

    This is possibly the most excited I've been for any album. It's going to take a lot for it to top the last two but I love pretty much everything they put out. The new song sounds brilliant on that video, and that's with poor mixing, so hopefully it will be sharpened up on the album (the vocals particularly). The lyrics have me stumped on this one though. 'Walking with spiders'( Erm.. wha?) At the minute I'd reccomend: The Strange Boys- 'Be Brave' - This one's pretty much destined to feature in a car advert sometime soon, not that that's a bad thing. Ridiculously catchy song. Foals- 'Spanish Sahara'- Have never been a huge fan but this song is great. Start's slow but builds up to an epic ending. Hope all of their new stuff sounds like this. Bombay Bicycle Club- 'Motel Blues'- This is a cover of Loudon Wainwright on their new 'Magnet' EP. It's actually just the lead singer Jack on this one acoustic, but it suits him perfectly. Great voice and lyrics. Cults- 'Go Outside'- Basically just makes me happy. And it has an xylophone in it. Good times. Owen Pallett- 'The Great Elsewhere' - This guy does all the orchestral arrangements for Arcade Fire, and his new Solo stuff is great. It's hard to choose a specific track from the album but this one stands out the most for me. Four Tet- 'She Just Likes To Fight'- The best song on an excellent album. Like all his stuff it's best to listen to whole albums rather than single tracks, but this one stands out. It's chilled out and seems pretty simple, but it's near perfection. Gorillaz- 'Stylo (Alex Metric remix)'- Great intro. Good one for getting you in the mood to go out. Other than that I've been getting into a lot more dubstep recentley, particularly stuff from Joy Orbison, Pangea, Zomby, Untold, Mount Kimbie, Starkey, Datsik, Downlink and Cookie Monsta. All pretty different stuff, but great nonetheless. :)
  11. Musical Tastes

    Albums of the year for me: 1) 'Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix' by Phoenix 2) 'Hospice' by The Antlers 3) 'Veckatimest' by Grizzly Bear 4) 'Logos' by Atlas Sound 5) 'Technicolour Health' by Harlem Shakes 6) 'Merriweather Post Pavillion' by Animal Collective 7) 'S/T' by The Pains Of Being Pure Of Heart 8) 'Fits' by White Denim 9) 'Reservoir' by Fanfarlo 10) 'X' by the xx Nothing particularly original in there I guess. I'd give honourable mentions to 'Post-Nothing' by Japandroids, 'It's Blitz' by Yeah Yeah Yeahs and 'Kings & Queens' by Jamie T. As for the old 'Album of the Decade' thing that people keep trying to do, I would personally go for these, as I can still listen to them again and again and again even now: 1) 'Turn On The Bright Lights' by Interpol 2) 'Aha Shake Heartbreak' by Kings Of Leon 3) 'Boxer' by The National 4) 'For Emma, Forever Ago' by Bon Iver 5) 'Silent Alarm' by Bloc Party 6) 'Sound Of Silver' by LCD Soundsytem 7) 'Is This It' by The Strokes 8) 'Funeral' by Arcade Fire 9) 'Fever To Tell' by Yeah Yeah Yeahs 10) 'Oh, Inverted World' by The Shins With honourable mentions to 'Return To Cookie Mountain' by TV on the Radio, 'Takk' by Sigur Ros, 'Rounds' by Four Tet and 'Alligator' by The National. 'Wolfgang Amadeus Phoneix will probably sneak in there sooner or later, it just feels weird putting it in a 'best of the decade list' when this year hasn't even finished yet! Again it's nothing spectacualr- it's a pretty stereotypical mainstream Indie music fan list. Anyone else care to post there's?
  12. Non Chelsea: Champions League

    I reckon it's pretty much a guarantee we'll have one of the Milan teams next round. Ancellotti has history with AC, Jose has history with us- its just written in the stars- wherever UEFA write these things down.
  13. Movies

    Looking forward to seeing 'Fantastic Mr. Fox', mainly for the childhood memories, but also because I love (almost) everything Wes Anderson has done as a director. Also, 'Where The Wild Things Are', again mainly for the memories. Both of them look like the typical kid's film for a 'hip' adult audience. Do you reckon there are any kids films actually made for kids anymore?
  14. Movies

    Has anyone seen '500 Days Of Summer' yet? I thought it was excellent, although it has made me completely hate Zooey Deschenel, through no fault of her own!
  15. Musical Tastes

    Seeing as everyone's started posted them, what are everyone's frequently used/ favourite music blogs? I like Music For Kid's Who Can't Read Good, which is always good for some American Indie music. I've previously found out about The National, Harlem Shakes and Spoon on there amongst others. He doesn't post as often as he used too these days though. Also We All Want Someone To Shout For, always has some excelent new music on it.