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Everything posted by OhForAGreavsie

  1. Reece James

    In a 3-4-3 he's been devastating at CB. Outstanding defensively and joining to great effect, then spreading passes to make David Luiz green with envy. All of this was, of course, at development level.
  2. Reece James

    Reece is also an outstanding CB.
  3. Reece James

    Of course the answer has been blatantly obvious for at least a couple of years now but, even so, we've all enjoyed asking whether Reece is good enough for Chelsea. As I say, the answer is completely obvious but, many more displays like Sunday's and, Reece is going to start wondering if we're good enough for him.
  4. Paulo Dybala

    On the person, or persons, who do make the footballing decisions. I've written many times about who I think that is but I don't even have any evidence, never mind proof. I have also written many times about the fact that, were I in Roman's position, I would be making all of the transfer decisions myself. I'd listen to advice and recommendations of course but in the end I'd decide. I can conceive of a situation where I might defer to an experienced football person in whose judgement I trusted but there's no way I'd give up my dream of selecting all of Chelsea's players to someone with zero credentials. I don't think Roman would either. What'd be the point? Where would the fun be in that? I might give someone else the responsibility of handling the boring business side of deals but the fun part? No chance. Then why hasn't Roman sacked her? Vesper's answer to that question is that Marina has some blackmail material over her boss. I don't remember Vesper's response to my follow up point which was why, if you have such powerful influence over a billionaire, why waste it on getting a job for which you are not qualified? One from the performance of which, you wouldn't gain a single scrap of prestige or self-esteem? Why not take some other, equally well paid, position on the board. One that didn't entail actually working? It's possible but, for me to believe that I'd have to believe that Marina is an extremely stupid individual. I don't believe that and I've seen no evidence to cause me to doubt that opinion.
  5. Paulo Dybala

    I don't believe Marina selects the transfer targets. Do you?
  6. Paulo Dybala

    So if, for example, she worked for PSG her £220m offer for Neymar would have failed? My point is that there are other factors involved and I just don't buy into this scapegoating of Marina.
  7. Man City 6-0 Chelsea

    I've not read the whole thread but so far I've only seen one post saying the poster would gladly loose to damage the hopes of Spurs and Liverpool. I confess I've got a lot of sympathy with that view but I can't go that far myself. All I do say is that, if we should loose, then the fact that the points can only help City in the title race will be a very big consolation for me. I'd be shocked if a large majority of Chelsea fans don't feel exactly the way I do.
  8. Man City 6-0 Chelsea

    Yep, I understand what people are saying here. I want to win on Sunday, naturally. If, however, we are to loose a league game to any of City, Liverpool or Spurs, then surely the choice is an absolute no brainer for a big majority of Chelsea fans.
  9. Man City 6-0 Chelsea

    Is anyone here going to this? If so, are you aware that the women's team is playing City's women on the same day, across the road at the Academy stadium? Women's game kicks of at 1:00pm. If you're up there early, and fancy a double header, tickets can be bought on the gate or online direct from Man City. If you want to be sure of getting there in time then You can book on a Thomas Cook coach to the women's game for a tenner. If anyone would like more details let me know.
  10. General Transfer Talk

    Even in yesterday's presser it seemed that Maurizio had not yet given up hope. When asked about this he said something like, the club know my opinion on this and we will have to see what happens. That doesn't sound like a man who knows that there is no possibility of any further incoming transfers. It sounds like a man who thinks there is a chance that something will happen. Not sure who backs up Dave should Zappa leave so I think that's a potential move we might be wise to avoid.
  11. Roman Abramovich

    Exactly, this can only be news for non-Chelsea fans. That said I think the report is probably inaccurate to say Roman won't sanction big money signings. It's more likely true to say that he won't sanction unfunded spending and that's pretty much been the case for a while. Years in fact.
  12. Krzysztof Piatek

    I would have hated that goal celebration so maybe it's not all bad.
  13. The English Football Thread

    Looking at the league table a few weeks ago almost made me wish there was a God and that he owed me a favour. Everybody other than City, Liverpool and Spurs being out of contention was enough to make any self-respecting Chelsea fan get out the prayer mat and beg for help. O Lord, I'll throw away my Dawkins, Hitchens and Pinker books. I'll delete and wipe my Carl Sagan audiobooks with military grade security software; please, please let City win the league. Bloody Benitez. What did I ever do to him? Well alright, I wasn't very nice to him, but you can overlook that can't you? Come on you light blues! Amen.
  14. Álvaro Morata

    Funny you should say this. There are always people with different opinions and, when I argued against buying Sheva, someone countered with his Milan statistics. I answered that by saying that I preferred the evidence of my own eyes over the stats. To which the other person replied with even more stats. More interstingly though, what you say has a bearing on probably my strangest football opinion. Without the merest speck of evidence to support it, I believe that Arkaidy Abramovich plays a part in selecting transfer targets. In fact it was what I saw as the immaturity of one our signings which first gave me the idea that Arkaidy might be involved. Signing Marko Marin was so ridiculous that even Bremen fans laughed when we bought him. I can see how Marko's talent could have looked impressive to a young mind which was able to recognise ability, but was not yet mature enough to take proper account of the negatives.
  15. Mason Mount

    Sadly, I have to agree with this. When Mason is scoring, and he hasn't been since the early part of the season, the goals round out his game and give it a gloss. Underneath that gloss however he isn't yet giving enough to be considered ready. Again, I fully agree. Spot on once more. Haven't watched the player so can't offer an opinion but, assuming you are right about him, your analysis about how he can help us paints a very encouraging picture. In that regard, I wonder what you think of Ola Aina who I notice you excluded from your most recent squad list suggestion/speculation? Ola isn't ambipedal, but contributes equally well on both flanks. Might this, plus his superior physicality and greater technical prowess compared to Marcos, make him a candidate to replace Chilwell or Emerson in your list?
  16. Álvaro Morata

    After watching him at the 2006 World Cup I was certain Andriy had nothing to offer us and should not be signed. I posted, elsewhere, to say so but included another opinion. I felt then, and still feel now, that because signing a player he loved was a part of Roman's motivation for being here in the first place, that transfer should be acceptable to all Chelsea fans, even if it didn't work out. To be fair to Roman he seems more wiling to back others judgement than I would have been. I make no bones about the fact that, in his position, I would have made all of the transfer decisions myself, every one of them. That isn't to say that a manager might not have persuaded me to back his judgement if I felt he was right, but I don't think anyone would have sold me on Andriy. If that seems like I'm being a bit boastful with the benefit of hindsight, then let me balance the record by saying that I also doubt anyone would have convinced me to sign Didier Drogba. Even I'm not perfect.
  17. 9. Gonzalo Higuain

    Been reminded that bullet points don't work here. Everything I put into those points has disappeared and can't be bothered to type it out again so deleted for now.
  18. Paulo Dybala

    Most times I watch Griezmann, he disappoints.
  19. Leandro Paredes

    Who are you and why have you hacked Vesper's account?
  20. Leandro Paredes

    Sound approach as long as we're prepared to walk away when they say "нет".
  21. Leandro Paredes

    Zenit have nothing to loose, and perhaps a lot to gain, by dragging this out so, if he does move this window, it's likely to be late in the month.
  22. 9. Gonzalo Higuain

    I don't know if the blue and whites of Sheffield have ever played Abergavenny but it would be fun to say, "I'm going to see Wednesday play Thursday on Saturday."
  23. 27. Andreas Christensen

    Thanks for the vid. Love watching the old boy play, even if that collection could have done without the goal against Chelsea. The precision in Greavsie's finishing was just outrageous. Definitely one of the extra terrestrials. Greaves tells a great story about the free kick at 1:25. He says two of his teammates were arguing about who should take it, so he decided to just put it in the net and let them worry about if afterwards.
  24. 27. Andreas Christensen

    I know. That's a real compliment. Thank you.
  25. Christian Pulisic

    This all sounds encouraging. In fact, I'd like to add a fourth wide player of quality. Let's be able to cover absences, and to rotate freely as the manager wishes. That's the kind of power we all want. Some might worry that such a setup would limit opportunities for Callum but actually a more powerful squad could encourage the manager to play youth more often, secure in the knowledge that the team can handle the situation. As long as the manager worries that his team can only compete when it features all of his top players, performing at the top of their game, he will always avoid using other members of his squad. As counter intuitive as it seems, a more powerful squad is better for fringe players than a weak one. Also, we all loved it once upon a time when our squad had that kind of depth. This is encouraging too. Hope Christian is equally confident when he arrives. It'll help him and that can only help you to be saying, "I told you so.", a few months from now. I'm all for that. If Christian is doing the business this time next year then lay it on thick.