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OhForAGreavsie

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  1. Chelsea - Arsenal

    Agreed. it was never going to be possible to solve all our issues in one window though naturally we fans hoped to see more progress. The club now has to stay calm and look for incremental gains over the next few windows. There was a headline recently which claimed Roman was 'demanding answers' over the perceived failings in the summer window. That seems to me to be a typically sensationalist and silly way to look at things. I do though think the leaders of any club would routinely want to review their operations at the end of every transfer window and that must include ours. We have much to consider seriously, starting with understanding why we are unattractive to the most highly sought after players. We here can speculate about this as much as we like but the club has to get the right answers and develop the right responses. Repairing our image will be the work of years, not a single season.
  2. Lewis Baker

    Patrick is not below Premier League level because of the timing of his loans at that level, nor because he failed in those loans. Rather it is the case that he failed at those loans because he is below Premier league level. Nothing, at all, ever, would have changed the fact that he is not good enough. That much was absolutely clear from the first time he appeared for our youth team.
  3. The English Football Thread

    Big shame, but true. Was very excited last season when it looked like Pep might be planning to bench Aguero for the young Brazilian. Sadly he watches training and games so, even if that is what he once had in mind, such a terrible idea could never last.
  4. Spurs more attractive.....

    All lies and jest Stil, a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest
  5. Champions League thread

    A perfectly rational point of view. Problem is, being a football supporter challenges rationality. As Chelsea fans, we are capable of understanding that the six teams you list, plus a few others probably, are better than we are. Are we equally capable however of being indifferent about whether Chelsea win or lose? Can we really get to a place where we don't care? I don't think so, but even if we could, how could we avoid at least hoping that our team will win every time it plays?
  6. 23. Michy Batshuayi

    Sadly this is true. In fact Qarabag's CF, Love, was quite a bit more effective.
  7. 19. Diego Costa

    Maybe it's his club car, rather than his personal one. We no longer have the deal with Audi under which all members of the men's and women's senior squads were given club Audis but perhaps there is a new 'motoring partner'. If it is a club car, you might think the club would reassign it, or return it to the leasing company, but we need to be seen to be playing this absolutely straight with Diego. We can't give him any opportunity to claim that the club was constructively dismissing him. By holding a car for him, we are showing that we are willing to fulfil all of our obligations, if only he would fulfil his.
  8. Paulo Dybala

    Dybala is already at a club which everyone who does not support Chelsea, and many who do, recognise is of a higher status than ours. Having established himself at one of the great clubs, Dybala is very unlikely now to consider a move to Chelsea until the waning years of his career. Andrea Belotti is not yet in that position. He is certainly more attainable than the Argentine. Belotti remains at Torino because, as talented as he is, he is not as technically proficient as Dybala. That's the reason no non-Italian club triggered his clause, and no Italian one would say the numbers Torino wanted to hear. That factor gave us an opportunity during the window just closed. If we had wanted to employ the strategy you recommend that is. That strategy is logical and is one I would argue the club has used in the past. We seem unwilling, or unable, to take that approach any longer however. There is a bit more I want to say here about why I think the club is right to move away from the 'overpay' strategy but I'm out of time now. I'll either edit this comment, or add another one later.
  9. Charly Musonda Jr.

    Yes, it does seem that Antonio is prepared to rotate tonight. This surprises, and concerns, me a little. When we rotate heavily, the resulting team is almost always very disjointed, and often needs to be rescued by first-teamers joining from the bench. Antonio will have studied Carabag of course so we'll have to trust that he will only make changes if he's confident the risk is manageable. As for Charly, the best perfomance I ever saw him give was as a 'regista'. That was in a development squad game a few years ago but, although the experiment seemed a roaring success to me, it was never repeated. It appears that neither the club, nor Charly, see the young Belgian as a deep lying playmaker. I was not as impressed with Charly as you were. He showed technical quality but we know that about him already. Quality is an important indicator of a player's effectiveness, but we know it's not enough on its own. I'm with you in hoping that, if Charly does start this evening, he makes the most of his chance. If I were ever able to offer Charly some advice I'm sure he'd listen politely but he'd be well within his rights to be thinking, "What the hell do you know?" Even so, I'd like to remind him that most of the times a player touches the ball, a simple pass is the most effective thing he can do with it. The opportunity to make a big impact occurs less frequently. Greatness comes from recognising those opportunities and being able to exploit them. Charly has work do in both of these regards. I'm looking forward to seeing him play tonight.
  10. Paulo Dybala

    You've misunderstood what @Pizy was saying. It's not (just) a matter of who we can afford, it's also about who we can attract.
  11. Riyad Mahrez

    It's great that so many people who are not native English speakers want to post here about Chelsea. They clearly post because they have something to say, and they clearly appreciate that posting in English is the way to 'speak' to the audience here. All of this means that, as harsh as it might sound, your own aim of transmitting your message to forum readers will fail unless you do try to 'help it'. I hear your opinion of the relative worth of Neymar and O. Dembele. I disagree with it very strongly however.
  12. Paulo Dybala

    Agreed but, if we can't get Dybala, let's hope he goes to Madrid. The further Eden gets relegated down their shopping list, the better. Them not taking Mbappe, as expected, was a blow.
  13. 9. Álvaro Morata

    Too exasperated to argue with you.
  14. Chelsea 6-0 Qarabag

    Soviet era legacy no doubt.
  15. 9. Álvaro Morata

    OK, I understand that this is your point of view but I think you are 100% wrong. police of course have to make choices in the way they deploy their resources but where a police officer is present and becomes aware of racist chanting he can and should take action. By the laws we make, and our willingness to live by and with them, our society can be judged.
  16. Benjamin Mendy

    Mendy spoke a truth about our club. We are not attractive to top players. I believe there are a cocktail of reasons for that. The ingredients include the accepted ones like our reputation for playing dull football as well as some which I know many do not agree with me about like the stupid, ugly and racist behaviour of some of our fans. These bleeping morons have blighted our club for as long as I've been a fan and that's longer than most of you have been alive. If these people can't muster up the brain power to change their point of view I wish they'd at least learn to shut their gobs.
  17. 9. Álvaro Morata

    Thank you.
  18. 14. Tiemoue Bakayoko

    Not as good technically I hope, and believe, that isn't true. Ess was not good technically. The ball regularly bounced off his shins.
  19. 9. Álvaro Morata

    1. There are many issues in our society which need policing. 2. Our police and other security services do stop terrorist plots. Just not all of them. That is trajic but it's a reality of the world currently. 3. What is an SJW? 4. You appear to be defending stupidity. I regret that.
  20. 9. Álvaro Morata

    There are some wrong headed people who support our club. Of course there are wrong headed supporters of other clubs too, but they don't bother me even half as much.
  21. 9. Álvaro Morata

    Did someone actually say that?
  22. 9. Álvaro Morata

    Hello Rekin, What is that stat all about? I've never heard of it.
  23. Charly Musonda Jr.

    He has to earn them first. Unfortunately the Qarabag game is badly timed for Charly. Later in the group we might have expected him to start but, with it being first up, Antonio will probably want to go maximum strength and try to put those 3 points in the bank. If Charly does not start against Forest however, it will be a bad sign. A sign that he is not training well and failing to impress Antonio. Let's hope to see him out there on the 20th.
  24. 6. Danny Drinkwater

    Your rationale is sound if your premise is sound. I don't think that your premise is however. I don't think it will be long before you are posting to recognise that Danny D is in fact a better player than Nemanja. I believe that he is better in every aspect of the game. More sound and more agile in possession, not locked out of half a pitch worth of options by chronic one footedness, sharper into the challenge, better stamina. Not a world beater but a Matic beater for sure. One of us has this wrong. Let's face it, we should both be hoping that it's you. Me being right is good for Chelsea, you being right teaches me a lesson but Chelsea fans everywhere pay the price.
  25. 21. Davide Zappacosta

    Two or three really nice contributions from him are shown in that video. If that was a man of the match display however the other players must have been pretty ordinary.