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  2. Videoton - Chelsea

    It's very simple: regardless of what country you're from, the benefits of supply-side economics, heavy privatization, and general neo-liberal economics (where too much of policy is formed by industry interests instead of public interest), are short-sighted, short-term. I am not advocating communism; I am advocating for a mixed economy similar to Western Europe or Scandinavia --and none of that is backwards for a country like the U.S. either. Rather, it is a balanced mixed economy: balancing public interests and corporate interests. It is not backwards because no country on this planet is going to find a sustainable path for its people and ecosystems by pursuing 5 to 9% growth rate with a string bias toward supply side economics and hyper-consumerism (defined by the 20th century U.S. and Baby Boomers' consumption in particular). The 20th century is still winding down, here, in America too; those big-spending Baby Boomers aren't spending on their households like in the past because they are retired/retiring or don't have any money after the 2008 financial crisis. Replaced by Millenials and Zeds, etc. who don't have an interest in spending big on the dumb shit of yesteryears (many probably do not have the means to spend like Boomer either). The 21st century is still coming online, but supply-side economics isn't going to make anything great again, nor anything great in Eastern Europe either; this is exactly the culprit for current right wing movements now and left wing movements in the West since the 80s/90s. Sure, you can improve the private industrial output in Croatia with better policy, oriented for pro-business growth, but the benefits will not spread far and wide among your population like the benefits of socialism and subsequent corporatist economics of America after WW2. The big neo-liberal invasion of the post-Soviet Union also spawned the post-KGB Putin now ruling in Moscow. We can be humanistic without going too far toward communism and still be pro-business --without having strictly corporatist, supply-side economics and being victims of capital flight, privatization of our lands and healthcare and/or victims technological change. Don't be a victim.
  3. Nicolo Barella

    Barkley really needs to start scoring. He is our true X factor. Alonso too, as we are always going to trot him out. Pedro also needs to hit in some more, and finally Hazard needs ro pull out of his mini-slump.
  4. General Transfer Talk

    Chelsea aim to buy British in bid to comply with Premier League rules as six homegrown players could leave https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-6497807/Chelsea-aim-buy-British-bid-comply-Premier-League-rules.html Chelsea are desperately seeking homegrown talent amid fears they will struggle to comply with quota rules next season. The futures of Gary Cahill, Cesc Fabregas, Danny Drinkwater, Andreas Christensen, Victor Moses and Rob Green are all uncertain under Maurizio Sarri. All six are seen as homegrown by the Premier League, with Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek making up the eight UK-schooled players who top-flight regulations require clubs to have in their squad. And the potential exodus of a host of those six homegrown stars is causing concern at Stamford Bridge, leading the club to focus their attentions on the British market during the next two windows. Chelsea will also look to promote a number of their leading academy products at the start of next season to help ease the strain that any outgoing homegrown talent puts on their ability to meet regulations. Fikayo Tomori, who is 21 next week — meaning he will be classed as a homegrown player next season — has impressed on loan at Derby. Drinkwater, Moses and Christensen are out of favour under Sarri and are keen to leave the Bridge. snip I assume this means these might be targets (NOT saying these are all good buys, just listing all the top HG's who would be remotely available) Please feel free to add in any I missed GK Angus Gunn GK Nick Pope CB Nathan Aké (via buyback clause) CB Declan Rice CB Reece Oxford CB Fikayo Tomori (maybe promoted to our main squad) LB Ryan Sessegnon (he would certainly be an upgrade, but will cost a bloody fortune) LB Ben Chilwell (insane valuation, £50m! and Shitty might pay that! In his defence, he is better IMHO than Luke Shaw and looked great for England) LB Luke Shaw (meh) RB Reece James (promoted to our main squad, has star potential from what I see) RB Aaron Wan-Bissaka (super pacey, an interesting player, shame he is not a LB) CMF Aaron Ramsey (zero clue where he ends up, I think outside the UK) CMF Lewis Cook (if we HAD to buy an English MF, we should have purchased him over Drinkwater, but a no for me) CMF Morgan Gibbs-White (looked the dogs bollocks versus us, I am game for a grab!) AMF Mason Mount (promoted to main squad, so hope he comes good in a huge way) AMF James Maddison (I actually rate him a bit, looks dangerous every time I see him, NOT saying he is Chels level yet) AMF Jack Grealish (no no no, just based on his hair!) LW Jadon Sancho (Shitty has right of first refusal, so zero chance, he would be a terror in Sarriball) LW Ollie Watkins RW Wilfried Zaha RW Reiss Nelson (would love to grab him from Arse, but zero chance) CF Marcus Rashford (overrated and they would never sell to us) CF Romelu Lukaku (he is actually homegrown, but hell NO) CF Callum Wilson (bad knees and a meh) CF Dominic Calvert-Lewin (meh) CF Tammy Abraham (meh)
  5. Today
  6. Brighton v Chelsea

    I feel their time is coming. Be patient, even though that is easier said tham done.
  7. Florian Thauvin

    Yea, I saw all the Arsenal fans bragging on youtube. I hope they don't get him... Alonso will be fucked. Lol.
  8. Nicolo Barella

    Still lot of football left this season, but at this point the safest bet would be RLC staying next season. He is the one who has seen more minutes as the season gone on, and improving at a higher level. Ross Barkley is the most ordinary, and Kovacic is not owned by Chelsea.
  9. 10. Eden Hazard

    He is anything but their first, second or third choice, so it wouldn't be unthinkable if they didn't lodge a bid.
  10. 10. Eden Hazard

    would we get a 25% off if that happens?
  11. The English Football Thread

    Shame that Collymore is a woman beater from way back. Ulrika Jonsson (a fellow Swede), Paris, 1998, and others. I agree with his tweet, but he is a bad messenger. Zero respect for him. https://www.theguardian.com/football/2001/apr/16/newsstory.sport It was at Aston Villa in 1999, after a £7m transfer, that Collymore first announced he was depressed. His career at Liverpool had fizzled out. At Villa, it never really took off. In June 1998 he was involved in a shocking public assault on his then celebrity girlfriend, Ulrika Jonsson. He punched her in the face in a public bar. What made it worse was that it came a couple of months after Ulrika had cheered after Collymore had been cleared in court of assaulting the mother of his child. There were other stories. The papers dragged up the time he was cleared of assaulting two men in Cannock. The tabloids claimed he was a serial abuser. Collymore apologised straight after the incident, said it was unforgivable. In every interview he has given since then he has apologised. He also claims that, despite the allegations, he has never hit another woman. One of the most disturbing stories reported an alleged attack on his girlfriend, Estelle, in which he allegedly knocked her unconscious after finding her chatting to another man in their flat.
  12. Yesterday
  13. Nicolo Barella

    Havertz is 98% going to Bayern, as I posted in General Transfer Talk. He turned down Barca. He will walk in a starter there I predict, so a great move for him.
  14. Nicolo Barella

    Amd by then each of those will cost a small countries national debt. And if we bought them now like you say I can't see them as starters which is what we are needing. Its a tough decision.
  15. Florian Thauvin

    TOTALLY! I so so so want him for our RW. He has true beast potential, and is strong and can stand up to EPL pounding. Arsenal want him BAD! So fucked if they grab him.
  16. General Transfer Talk

    at least they look like they have failed with Kai Havertz, and it is easy to see why, as Bayern will have NO true AMF's when James goes back to Real Madrid this coming summer (end of loan) Barcelona Suffer Setback in Pursuit of Kai Havertz as Midfielder Eyes Bayern Munich Move https://www.90min.com/posts/6247404-barcelona-suffer-setback-in-pursuit-of-kai-havertz-as-midfielder-eyes-bayern-munich-move Barcelona have reportedly given up in their pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder Kai Havertz due to the player having his heart set on a move to Bayern Munich. Havertz has attracted much attention so far this season after scoring seven goals in 20 appearances for Leverkusen, earning himself a pair of Germany caps earlier in the process. Barca and Bayern were thought to be the frontrunners for the 19-year-old's signature, with the club holding 'maximum' interest in his signature, but German outlet Bild have reported (via Mundo Deportivo) that the Catalan giants have learned that the player has no desire to play for them. Instead, it's thought that the player wants to stay in the Bundesliga, and sees Bayern as his future destination. His seven goals in all competitions have already eclipsed the four he managed in the entire of last season, as he's been an increasingly crucial part of the Leverkusen starting XI. Having topped their Europa League group after a 5-1 win over AEK Larnaca on the final day, they sit 11th in the Bundesliga, some way short of where they would expect to be at this point. snip
  17. Last Film You Watched

    I understand yeah, it's always better to have someone to discuss with. I luckily got my friend into it, is nice watching and pondering it high together. Make sure to watch the remaining seasons, shit gets batshit crazy on there... It's a shame they're doing only 1 more season, but I guess it's better leaving on a high than milking a dead cow. I think there it gets also pretty clear that Elliot is real, but fucking nuts.
  18. Nicolo Barella

    He is a CMF, a box to box type, he is not an AMF, he doesn't score many goals. Very similar to Kovacic, but with more upside. Tonali is a DH DMF, classic regista, same as Jorginho, but is far more physical. Tonali is called the new the new Pirlo, but he prefers to be compared with Gennaro Gattuso, as Tonali is more aggressive defensively, very physical (NOW you know why I want him so bad! He wouldn't get bullied as much as Jorginho does, and I think they could even play together if need be, although that is not ideal atm) Not that this would happen (for so many reasons) but a Sarri Chelsea MF 3, 4, 5 years from now of DH DMF Tonali (18yo now) Box to Box CMF Barella (21yo now) AMF Kai Havertz (19yo now) would be crazy good
  19. Last Film You Watched

    Ive only seen the 1st season mate so far but have the 2/3 on disc to watch - along with several others. But I like watching seasons all in one sitting. I like the prog because theres not many that can get you thinking and asking questions. Its a sod watching on my own cause I'm one of those that use someone to bounce questions off - know what I mean? Used to wind the hell up out of my Mrs lol
  20. 10. Eden Hazard

    Am gonna laugh if after all this 'come and sign me' pleas and Real are still not bothered to sign Hazard.
  21. General Transfer Talk

    The rich get richer (maybe) looks like Barca will get BOTH de Ligt and de Jong Ajax midfielder De Jong really close to joining Barcelona next summer https://www.sport-english.com/en/news/barca/ajax-midfielder-de-jong-really-close-to-joining-barcelona-next-summer-7201229 A moment arrived in which Barcelona saw their hopes of signing Frenkie de Jong in serious danger. His agent met with several teams, and PSG, Manchetser City and Bayern Munich made huge offers. For the club, the midfielder was a strategic signing and there were movements made to influence the player, who has always expressed a desire to move to Camp Nou. At the current moment, optimisim has returned. Barça see the signing as on track for the summer. De Jong is convinced that his next step must be to Camp Nou to keep progressing. It's no secret that Barça have been speaking with De Jong for a year. His style convinced the previous regime (headed by Robert Fernandez) and the current one (Eric Abidal). In summer they tried to sign him. Ajax rejected an offer of 50 million euros. Barça wanted to tie him down in case Ivan Rakitic accepted an offer from PSG, which he ended up rejecting. But Ajax rejected all attempts to sign De Jong, preferring to keep him for another year, as well as defender De Ligt, with the objective of going far in the Champions League and winning the Dutch league. They were clear the two youngsters would be key in Europe. And they have been. De Jong had caught the attention because there's no young midfielder like him on the market. In addition, Ajax tend to be a selling club. Many clubs have called at their door, but the real danger came from the omnipresent PSG and City. De Jong listened to them but had doubts, especially with the English side. He likes Pep Guardiola's project but he could not see himself in the Premier League. PSG's is huge, but the Dutch international prioritises sporting aspects. And his big dream is Barça. snip Transfer news: €140m Ajax duo waiting for Barcelona despite Bayern, City interest https://www.calciomercato.com/en/news/transfer-news-e140m-ajax-duo-waiting-for-barcelona-despite-bayer-12714 Mathijs de Ligt and Frenkie De Jong are one of the hottest names on the transfer market. The two players are the primary objectives of Barcelona but are also on the radar of the majority of top clubs around Europe like Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain or Bayern Munich. However, the desire of both players seems to be to play together at the Camp Nou. Neither De Jong nor De Ligt have yet made a decision about their future. They do not want to rush are not in a hurry to choose their destination, but both are waiting for Barcelona, a club they prioritize ahead of the other suitors. Both know that their way of playing would fit perfectly in the team and especially De Jong believes that Barca is the ideal team to develop their game. Both players are waiting for Barcelona to make an offer for them to Ajax and have already stated that they would like to continue playing together. The obstacle, however, is the economic one. Teams such as Manchester City, PSG or Bayern are financially very strong, though PSG and City have the 'spectre' of Financial Fair Play over them. snip
  22. Nicolo Barella

    Barella!
  23. Last Film You Watched

    How far have you got in Robot? Watched it all? I've never actually thought about Mr. Robot being real and Elliot not, an interesting theory you got there. I would need to rewatch it with that in mind, but I can't be arsed lol... Maybe when dad pushed Elliot out the window, he actually died? And now it's cancer-sick Mr. Robot dealing with guilt and trying to set things straight by attempting to change the world? Sounds far-fetched to me tbh, I'm pretty certain Elliot is real, but you never know with this show do you.. And now I'm thinking it can't be because if Elliot died as a kid, him appearing as a grown man makes zero sense. I've seen Stranger Than Fiction. Don't remember much, but I've rated it 7/10 in imdb, so I must have liked something in it I think it got a bit sad (or deep) at one point, no? It sure was a unique and interesting film, that much I remember. Have you seen Click with Adam Sandler? It's also a pretty deepish comedy, makes you laugh and think and maybe even tear up a bit. If you haven't seen it, give it a watch if you are into those types of films. Added Predestination to my watchlist, looks promising. Thanks.
  24. Videoton - Chelsea

    Ta mate for the precise. It does look like any offence we have/had has dried up. And tho I've had moments where Luiz has had me spitting blood from biting my tongue so hard it LOOKS at the look around I've had that the guys been pretty stable and steady. Which is good to see. And Rudi also being very good. Tho it does kinda befuddle me that DEaves not been his usual steady reliable self apart from a game now n then. Any reason why this is or do I read too much into it?
  25. Nicolo Barella

    who?
  26. Nicolo Barella

    I thought he is an ACM mate Sarri might be right bout Hysaj too.
  27. Last Film You Watched

    Bud please read post 3 above you and tell me what you think yeah. I will start this by saying that when I watched these 2 films I was very stoned. Not that heavy sink you in your chair stoned but the heady, sharp thinking, productive stoned that doesn't happen often. Well we was sitting on the beach with a fire going and my friend had her laptop and said lets watch a film. OK says me. The first one was Stranger Than Fiction https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0420223/ about a guy that begins hearing the narrator of the film who is actually a writer writing about him as some non fictional person!! VERY GOOD!! The next one did my head in! Got me thinking very deep. Predestination https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2397535/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Thought the ending was going to be summet else but I wont give it away cause I really do recommend it stoned or not!! Please give it a looksee.
  28. General Transfer Talk

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-6497807/Chelsea-aim-buy-British-bid-comply-Premier-League-rules.html According to daily mail if we sell fabregas moses drinkwater cahill in January we are going to replace them with HG players ffs I couldnt face another January month linking us with the likes off Crouch Carroll and Barnes 🙁🙁
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