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  1. Past hour
  2. General Transfer Talk

    CIES Football Observatory n°233 - 17/09/2018 Economy Transfer cost to assemble the squad: Manchester City at the top http://www.football-observatory.com/IMG/sites/b5wp/2018/233/en/ Manchester City has spent almost €1 billion in transfer indemnities to sign its present squad members (add-ons included). This is the highest figure ever measured for a football team. Issue number 233 of the CIES Football Observatory Weekly Post presents the data for all of the big-5 league teams. Seven English Premier League teams are in the 11 top positions of the table. The biggest increase compared to last year was measured for Liverpool (from €437M to €704M). The Spanish giants (Barcelona and Real Madrid), Juventus and Paris St-Germain (2nd overall) are the only non-English teams in the top 11. The best-ranked German Bundesliga club, Bayern Munich, is 12th. Total transfer expenditure to make up the squad for clubs from the five major European leagues went constantly up during the last decade. In 2010, a big-5 league had spent on average €67M to sign its squad members. In 2018, this figure reached a new record high of €161M. During the same period, the amounts invested to assemble the squad by English Premier League clubs went up from €126M to €326M. Transfer expenditure to assemble the squad (million €)
  3. Anderson Talisca

    Benfica has little to fear in terms of being in a 4 way race. In the 84 years of the national league, Benfica, Porto, and Sporting Lisbon have won all but two Primeira Liga titles; the other winners are Belenenses(1945–46) and Boavista (2000–01). Sporting is a hot mess atm, so maybe Braga or another team may pip them for 3rd, but I see almost no chance Benfica or Porto will not win and also grab the CL places.
  4. Anderson Talisca

    They had to loan him due to FFP reasons.
  5. Today
  6. Roman Abramovich

    This is Part II of Roman Abramovich’s Russian Revolution: Part 2 – Chopping and Changing https://lastwordonfootball.com/2018/09/18/roman-abramovichs-russian-revolution-part-2/
  7. 18. Olivier Giroud

    Whem he split his testimonials ya meam? @ 1:46 https://amonpointtv.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/(www.AMonpointTV.com)_Chelsea_vs_Cardiff_City_4-1_.mp4 V Cardiff.mp4
  8. 18. Olivier Giroud

    His touch to lay into Hazard was absolute gold.
  9. 18. Olivier Giroud

    No one said we don't need to buy an actual world class striker. Zero chance what we have is close to good enough. I say Giroud over Morata, but that is because the only worse regular on the squad than Morata is Luiz. Neither deserve to be in Chelsea blue. Neither should be here. Both should have been sold. Our board is shit. If they give Luiz a contract extension until he is 34 I am going to lose my mind.
  10. Federico Chiesa

    3 different positions. Chiesa is a LW, Bailey a RW, Dybala a secondary/primary striker. We need all 3 players. I think Hazard leaves in the summer. He shows zero signs of renewing. As for striker, Morata/Giroud are not remotely close to CL winning quality.
  11. Federico Chiesa

    Bailey for RW, Chiesa for LW. They both play inverted. And no to Zaha. Massively overpriced and not in either's league.
  12. 18. Olivier Giroud

    To me, the jury is still out. I need to see how he does against the big sides before I can say "he should be our perma starter and we don't need to buy anybody else". But in terms on what we currently have? Come on, I don't need to tell you who I instantly prefer.
  13. The English Football Thread

    English teams back in Chimps Lge tonight- so Forza Milan and Allez PSG !
  14. The English Football Thread

    Brilliant UJ- and I will checkout Feni -Goa sounds superb, not been there but my daughters have. Hilarious about the monkeys !
  15. 29. Álvaro Morata

    If Madrid wants him back, we should offload him without any second thoughts. People trying to make Morata work for us is like trying to make a pig fly. It's not going to happen. Like I said a billion times already. I followed Morata even before he moved to Chelsea because I was watching Zidane's Madrid. He was awful then, and he is awful now. Ever wondered why he hardly ever played for Spain? While Giroud, we always made fun of the guy when he played for Arsenal, however ALWAYS played for France? If Zidane can't get the best of him, if Sarri can't get the best of him, who would? The fact that Giroud is a thousand times better than Morata says it all. I seriously like how Giroud is performing, but we still need that cutting edge in attack. Sell Morata, keep Giroud and get a CF that brings goals. Morata should return to Serie A. It was the only league he was good in.
  16. Federico Chiesa

    i would take Dybala, I know he could seem not the better, but he plays with a manager that doesn't have any kind of offensive play like here with mourinho and conte, Dybala is in the same situation of Hazard in the last years, with sarri dybala would be other player that can score 30-40 goals and he is very skillful in the pass that is a great thing for kind of sarri's play with a lot of pass and movements.
  17. Anderson Talisca

    Way I look at it is look at Kovacic. Would you say that he was a bad player? One that wouldn't be able to play back in Spain IF we were unlucky enough as to NOT buy him? Not all players loaned out are crap. I'm not up on Benficas team but as they are on top of their league they must have thought they had a surplus of players and the best thing for him and them was a loan/ And hes on fire. The thing is I cant see us getting him in Jan sales as his team are top of their league and theres 3 others on same points. I cant see them wanting their top scorer to go.
  18. Anderson Talisca

    worth a gamble, but the fact Benfica have loaned him to China makes you wonder whether he could replicate this form in Portugal let alone England
  19. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    Interesting read Chelsea: Marcos Alonso, Mateo Kovacic add the twist to a 4-1-4-1 https://theprideoflondon.com/2018/09/18/chelsea-marcos-alonso-mateo-kovacic/ Predictability is a fatal characteristic in modern coaching. No matter how effective or innovative one’s methods are, they will not be for long (cough cough, Mourinho). Maurizio Sarri is on the right track by building on what he did at Napoli without trying to replicate it.
  20. 10. Eden Hazard

    Thought this was an interesting fact In the 37 games in which Hazard has found the back of the net in the Premier League since joining the club in 2012, Chelsea have won 34 of them and drawn three, never losing a match when he has scored.
  21. Chelsea - Cardiff

  22. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    That didn't last long did it? The poison dwarf twat has opened his gob again! Would love Napoli to get hammered tonight ADL: Sarri always gets sacked! https://www.football-italia.net/128107/adl-sarri-always-gets-sacked Aurelio De Laurentiis has again hit out at Maurizio Sarri, warning Chelsea that the ex-Napoli Coach was ‘always getting sacked’ and is a ‘stiff’ person. Sarri has guided Chelsea to five straight wins in the Premier League since replacing Antonio Conte over the summer, but De Laurentiis could not resist another pop at Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli predecessor. “I’m always close to the team, also because I chose Ancelotti and I’m responsible, like I was with Sarri,” the President told reporters. “This time, however, I feel calmer. Sarri’s doing very well, but he’s suffered many defeats in his life and he was always getting sacked. “A person stiffened in his human relationships came out of those experiences.”
  23. 10. Eden Hazard

    Yes they are Cardiff fans
  24. PAOK v Chelsea

    You're looking forward to this aren't ya! Wish I was going mate. Hope you have a goodun.
  25. 10. Eden Hazard

    No he knew all right and it makes me love him for it!
  26. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    Can't get over these headlines are about US playing!! Sarriball Most Attacking, Free Flowing Style Since Ancelotti? http://www.famouscfc.com/sarriball-cardiff-ancelotti/ Chelsea’s change of style under Maurizio Sarri examined New boss has brought passing and pressing right from the kick-off https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11668/11500979/chelsea8217s-change-of-style-under-maurizio-sarri-examined
  27. The English Football Thread

    Sláinte!! I dont often hit the top shelf if I'm just out for a beer its only once I get that beer head on that I do. And normally stick to Brandy,Jim Beam and my current tipple Tequila at home/ But we go to India every year for between 3 and 9 months normally renting the same house in Goa. And 1st time we went I was 17 in 75. I never tried Feni I suppose till the mid to late 90s. We had been drinking Bhang all day along with a few E's and a bottle of mushroom juice so you can imagine the scene when our mate that owned the bar brought over a bottle of Feni. It didn't have a label so might have been homebrew which I found out later is sometimes cut with battery acid and industrial alcohol. But he was a good mate so I'm sure it was cool. But anyway I had a shot and thought it tasted like cough stuff. but lied to the Mrs saying it was OK. She was wasted anyway but I talked her into necking a shot which she did and what followed was a fountain of projectile vomit. Mostly white with all the Bhang lassi she had. It took awhile till she forgave mo lol A side note the house we rent has a big back yard full of cashew trees. The fruit falls and it ferments on the ground. Every year the local monkeys come over and scoff all this fruit up. They get very pissed. They then run riot thru the village over the rooftops throwing the roof slates and anything else thats not tied down and fight the neighboring monkeys. The 1st time I saw this absolutely freaked me out but you get used to it. This happens every year. I didn't think I would go again after last year but I thought sod it and am off in a couple of weeks for a month. See how it goes. If you havent had Bhang you really should drink it on its own - make your own. https://www.alchimiaweb.com/blogen/bhang-lassi-cannabis-milk-shake/
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