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Everything posted by OhForAGreavsie

  1. The English Football Thread

    City going out has to be good. Here's hoping we don't get turfed out by Leicester!
  2. Philipp Max

    You are blaming the club because the sports media are linking them with a player? Makes no sense basing a criticism on mere transfer gossip.
  3. Charly Musonda Jr.

    Hello DV, Is this your long standing opinion, or are you reacting to some action you saw over the weekend? I haven't watched Charly at all since he's been with The Bhoys.
  4. Kenedy

    Just don't agree. From the first time I watched him on youtube I felt, and said, that he wasn't good enough to play for this club. Sadly, he has not done anything to change my mind and I long ago gave up expecting him to.
  5. 10. Eden Hazard

    Doesn't affect me one little bit. He's shown great loyalty to this team especially since we appear, temporarily I hope, not to be trying to fulfil his expectations. Remember he came here because, he said, he wanted to win The Champions League. We're a long way from having a squad with a realistic chance in that competition. I think Eden has respected our club and deserves huge, and unreserved, acclaim from Chelsea fans.
  6. 10. Eden Hazard

    I don't agree with the, "You live in Brazil so you don't really know what you're talking about (as regards in Stadium chants)" bit. I don't agree because the volume of appreciation for a player registers on TV and that's what @Barbara is talking about. You are right that stadium chanting is more influenced by quality of song, than it is by depth of love for the object of that song. You are wrong however to claim that Eden does not have a song; he does. It's just not very good, but perhaps that's what you meant to say.
  7. 10. Eden Hazard

    Well, I understand your point and agree to an extent. That said, when Eden is subbed on or off, for example, he gets a bigger ovation than anyone else. I don't think he can be in any doubt of the affection the stadium has for him. It's a fact however that the sustainability of a chant has a lot to do with how often, and how persistently it is sung. The song sung most often, and most loudly, at The Bridge is the one which sustains the best: - #Antonio, Antonio, Antonio Antonio Antonio# sings on a perfect loop. Its end scans seamlessly back into its start. Eden's song, by contrast does not repeat quite so well. There was a great example of this 'sustainability' phenomenon on Monday night. The day we signed Gianfranco Zola, I envisioned a chant for him to the tune of Lola by The Kinks. I'm not the sort of personality that gets chants started however so I was delighted when the same chant I had in mind (more or less) broke out at The Bridge. That version of it is not, if I say so myself, as good as the way I had worked it out and did not sustain. It was often chanted but usually petered out. In was not until the following chant was taken up that the great man's name reverberated the way it deserved to. : - When Franco, Luca and Tore-Andre Flo paraded around the pitch at half time on Monday, it was this song which rung out most loudly. There is no doubt that Franco is one of the best loved Chelsea players ever, but there is also no doubt in my mind that his chant was sung most on Monday because it's the best song. I'd have preferred the following for Eden. I think it would have rocked stadiums around the country. (Phonetically) : - Aden Azar (Clap, Clap, Clap) Aden Azar (Clap,clap,clap) Aden Azar Zar Zar Zar Zar Aden Azar (Clap, clap, clap) Ooo-Ooo Ooo-Ooo Aden Azar.... Sung to the chorus of: - It sustains beautifully and then there would be no doubt possible about our love for the magical Belgian.
  8. Jay Dasilva

    Not quite as ridiculous as having signed him in the first place, but yes, I agree.
  9. Jay Dasilva

    We can be sure that the club arranged the best loan they could. Why would they send him to a lower status club if a higher level team wanted him, and were offering realistic prospects that he’d actually play? If the place he’s being offered minutes is in League 1, it’s League 1. Playing at Charlton is more useful than sitting on the bench for a better team . What counts is that Jay performs well enough at whatever level he’s in to earn progression.
  10. The European Leagues & Competitions Thread V2

    There are sometimes dissenting voices among Spurs fans about Moussaa Dembele but I’m a huge fan of his. I don’t think it’s any coincidence that his full rehabilitation into their side has seen them producing their best form of the season.
  11. 18. Olivier Giroud

    I'm going to dissent a little. Olivier displayed the great technique we knew about from Arsenal, showed the lack of pace we knew about from Arsenal and gave a clue or two about why he's here not there. He indulged in our 'flicks & tricks' offence that looks great when it comes off, but is low percentage and just an excuse for the lack of genuinely effective attacking options. He also gave the ball away a lot. That is certainly something that can be cured by increasing familiarity with his new teammates but it is far, far too early to declare his debut a roaring success. Edit: (After the 'like' by DYC) In short, I'm worried that we're at risk of falling into a honeymoon assessment of Olivier's first start. It would be wrong to deny the positives, but just as wrong to ignore the negatives.
  12. Arturo Vidal

    I'd much rather see us go for Milinkovic Savic. Someone that could do a job long term rather than a year or two with a much larger wage. Agreed but is the Serb a realistic target for Chelsea?
  13. Charly Musonda Jr.

    This loan is vital for Charly. If Charly is going to take that next step, then his game has to make progress at Celtic Park. He has to focus on being efficient, over being brilliant. His displays must demonstrate that this penny has dropped. If not, even those still clinging to the myth that he was brilliant during his first spell at Betis will start to loose belief in a Chelsea future for Charly.
  14. Chelsea Ladies

    Was planning to go to The Hive on Sunday but helped my daughter with some gardening in the freezing rain on Saturday and made myself sick. There are goal highlights of the game here.
  15. Riyad Mahrez

    This isn’t true. City have been closely investigated by uefa’s FFP accountants and have passed the test. We may wonder how they’ve done that but the fact is that, up to the time of the last audit, City were not breaking the FFP rules as they stand. I fully expect them to pass future inspections too. They are far too professional an operation to mess up their sums. The only way City might fall foul of the FFP regs is if the definition of related entities is changed. Even then City might be able win the argument. On the other hand we don’t have access to the same value of sponsorship they book and of course we don’t have the global City group. The upshot of all this is that our FFP cap would be lower than theirs.
  16. Riyad Mahrez

    Why, and to whom, would Roman have to Justify an unwillingness to spend tens, or perhaps hundreds, of millions of pounds of his own money on our hobby? I think the correct attitude is for us to be glad he spent what he did in the first place, and to be totally understanding if he is no longer ready, be it temporarily or permanently, to do that. I know people like to infer, from our turnover figure, that Chelsea could afford to spend very large amounts but the equation is never that simple.
  17. Riyad Mahrez

    To non-Chelsea fans the thought of Chelsea supporters being unhappy at another club’s spending would seem funny or maybe even hypocritical. They’d just laugh at us.
  18. Chelsea Ladies

    The ladies currently lie second in the WSL 1 table, two points behind a Manchester City Women side who have won every game they have played this season. That includes domestic and European matches. City visit Chelsea this Thursday evening in what, even this early, could be a title decider. This is a must win fixture for the Blues. Defeat would see us fall five points behind a team which just doesn't look like it's going to drop 5 points all season. Even a draw would, realistically, leave us needing to win at City later in the season to retain any title hopes. If you're free on Thursday night and able to get down to Kingsmeadow to back the girls they could use your support. Tickets cost £6 adults, £3 children and concessions and can be bought from the box office from 5:30pm on the night. Kick off is at 7:00pm. There is free car parking at the stadium. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42853197 Kingsmeadow Stadium Details
  19. Edin Dzeko

    OK then.
  20. General Transfer Talk

    I would only change one word of the post I’m replying to. I’d take out thought, and insert hoped.
  21. Edin Dzeko

    No, talking about the original comment to which I replied. The one wondering why Roman was just sitting back and not sacking the board who are making these decisions. In the end, the board is doing Roman’s bidding. If they didn’t, then they would certainly be out.
  22. Edin Dzeko

    Whatever Roman!s plan is, he has reasons for it and it makes sense to him. He will certainly be aware of the potentially negative consequences of some decisions but if he believes the plan is necessary, then he has to follow it. We’re not able to speculate too much because we don’t know the whys and wherefores of the blueprint, but it’s only common sense that a boss shouldn’t start sacking people when all they are doing is carrying out the instructions they’ve been given.
  23. Edin Dzeko

    Looks like Emenalo leaving has made no difference at all You’re right, it hasn’t. Instead of stopping and thinking, people have just taken to stupidly demonising someone else. People who once cast Michael Emenalo as the most useless person on the planet, now assign that role to some other lad, or more likely, lass. I’d say some people need fewer devices on which to interact with the internet, and more mirrors in which to take a long hard look at themselves.
  24. Edin Dzeko

    When was the last time someone sacked themself? It has happened but not often. We don’t know the plan but there is one. We might not agree with that plan if we did know it, but Roman does. Indeed, even if he did not originate the plan he certainly signed off on it. He’s the person setting the policies and making the final decisions. Whatever is being done is what he wants done.
  25. Edin Dzeko

    We have a way of making players, and teams, look good. When we’re in “can’t keep the ball mode”, as we were that night, the ball keeps coming at us. It comes at unexpected times, and from unexpected angles. This turns our game into a shambles which allows even ordinary opponents to perform at their best. I’m not saying Dzeko is an ordinary player. I’m just saying that it can be a mistake to give too much weight to performances against Chelsea.