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Everything posted by OhForAGreavsie

  1. Nemanja Matic

    Sorry my fault. For precisely the reason you gave, I haven’t bothered with this thread for a while but I read a post about United fans recalibrating their opinions of Rom and that made me wonder how their faith in Nemanja was holding up. I therefore came here to post a question about that, saw OMS’s comment from two months ago and replied to it.
  2. Nemanja Matic

    Proven to be severely limited. I suppose I'd better add, in my opinion, for complete correctness but it's there to be seen. That's not my reading of the runes at all. It may be that Antonio did not want to sell Nemanja to a perceived rival but it does not look to me like he was desperate to keep him. The boss commented that he had a conversation with Matic and our ex player decided to leave. Sounds like Nemanja didn't hear what he wanted to hear during that exchange. Also, if Antonio wanted to hang on to the Serbian, he's not likely to have banished him to train with the stiffs as he did from preseason until the move was completed. The sale did not, and does not, bother me in the slightest. If anything baffles me it is why anyone would be upset that we sold Nemanja to a top six club. Win/win if you ask me.
  3. Nemanja Matic

    And what are they saying about Nemanja? Are they still raving about him or is that delusion crumbling too?
  4. Romelu Lukaku

    They also trotted out the usual silly cliches when I said he wasn't very good and that he shouldn't be at Chelsea after watching his debut back in 2011. "He's young", they said, "you're being too harsh", "he'll improve". There are many things a footballer can improve but his talent level is not one of them. Rom has indeed improved those areas which can be affected by coaching, experience and practice but, If you lack talent, you lack it and no matter how old you get, how much you practice, or how long you play, you're stuck that way. I stand by the prediction I made in 2012. No manager of a top team will ever be satisfied to have Rom as his first choice striker. Any such manager who takes a chance on Rom, will soon be looking for an upgrade.
  5. Richarlison

    Calum is seventeen years and two weeks old, Charlie is showing few signs and there is plenty of room in the squad for Duje plus a young signing or two. If you feel the jury is still out on Richarlison then that’s a fair enough opinion, but I wouldn’t say we shouldn’t sign young players per se. It’s just a matter of exercising good judgement and picking the right ones. I say ‘just’, but of course you’re right that it’s tough to identify the genuine prospects. We do have to try though, not least because we are struggling to attract the established stars.
  6. Richarlison

    Not all of us. I've seen exactly what I expected to see from Kenney.
  7. 9. Álvaro Morata

    That's wonderful!
  8. 9. Álvaro Morata

    Phew. We don't need any more injuries that's for sure.
  9. 9. Álvaro Morata

    Then you can't have been watching very closely, or more likely your memory has gone into highly selective mode. Sorry to be so definite about this but it's the only way to express how strongly I disagree on this point. Think we'll have to leave this in the agree to differ pile. But... Check the action at around 4:15 in the video below. Anyone who has been watching Chelsea since 2004 has seen hundreds of such examples, and I do not exaggerate. It is worth watching the whole video if you're so inclined because it includes more positive contributions from The Drog. I'm not saying he didn't find ways to be effective. He did. Sometimes devastatingly so. He just wasn't the ultra smooth technician I'm reading your comments to be suggesting he was/is. That video wasn't selected to make my point. It was the first listed when I searched YouTube for "Drogba Vs".
  10. 9. Álvaro Morata

    Remembering that we’re talking about quality of close control specifically, and not necessarily about overall impact, then, in no particular order; Henry, Bergkamp, Suarez, Ibrahimovic, Van Nistelroy, Van Persie, Zola, Gudjohndon, Aguero. I did think about it for a few minutes, but I’m sure I’ve missed more than one who I would include in my list if I was reminded about them.
  11. 9. Álvaro Morata

    No it isn't. He is a professional footballer. All pro players are capable of great things and The Drog certainly was and is. There are many, many examples of outstanding control throughout his Chelsea career but there are more of poor touch. Look at Rom. His supporters could make a long highlight vid featuring moments of great technical excellence, yet all people who have watched him play know that such a video would give the wrong impression of Lukaku's overall standard. The Drog over Rom all day, everyday, but was his close control among the Premier League's best ever? Absolutely not.
  12. Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    Glad you are aware of my balanced fair minded approach. I’ve been supporting this club for more than half a century and I recommend it.
  13. Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    No idea what was said today but I’m a big fan of Gary Neville. He’s insightful and fair minded. The same can’t always be said about us when it comes to Chelsea.
  14. Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    I know you weren't really suggesting we should hold out hope for Kennedy but here goes even so. It has taken Kennedy twenty years to get where he is now. He isn't going to complete the journey ever, never mind in a matter of weeks. He is 100% not a wingback. No chance. None. If there are genuinely people who want to believe that the blame lies with Antonio then they are as deluded as those who were blaming Jose.
  15. General Transfer Talk

    I've only watched highlight reels so far so haven't yet moved on to the all touches videos. Fekir is an obvious talent. It's clear to see why you like him but I have to say I prefer the other player mentioned a lot in the last few pages, Malcolm. He just seems a bit slicker, a bit more two footed and a bit sharper with his passing. A lot to claim to gauge from just highlights I grant you.
  16. Bournemouth 0-1 Chelsea

    Ah, I see. That kind of acknowledged. Thank you.
  17. Bournemouth 0-1 Chelsea

    What did he say?
  18. 7. N'Golo Kante

    Yes, it’s a strange comment from Antonio. If N’Golo is ‘nearly’ ready then you might look for the right moment to put him in the team. If he’s actually ready however, he starts surly.
  19. General Transfer Talk

    OK, I’ll check out YouTube for a ticket.
  20. The Conte Thread

    He didn't say he expected it. He said he hoped for it, and I bet you do too. I know I do.
  21. The Conte Thread

    Without the fans, not a single one of them would be getting a penny. Not a player, not a referee, not a physio, not a commentator, not a commercial director, not a manager, and not a journo. None of them.
  22. Luke Shaw

  23. Christian Benteke

    And likely Champions League last sixteen qualifiers.
  24. Chelsea 2-1 Everton

    Jed won't be playing that's for sure. He was on the bench for Birmingham yesterday.
  25. Chelsea 4-2 Watford

    I don't know if heplayed for Flumanense thius season. I presume that he did but, if he didn't, I wouldn't be against a move for him in January.