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  1. Branislav Ivanovic

    Are you okay?
  2. Branislav Ivanovic

    He was irrefutably poor yet again today. Arguably responsible for the first two goals we conceded and provided toothless product in attack. Some evaluations noted from the game: 1) Ineffectual crosses supplied time and time again, most being blocked or others being too close to Howard. Ivanovic applied anything but passive pressure to Galloway the whole game. 2) You must of all thought if it wasn't for Naismith, Martinez's team might have not won. Incorrect. Before Besic got injured, acres of space were being donated for Everton to play with in the opening stages, and this theme carried itself throughout the full 90 minutes. 3) Ivanovic's lack of awareness and positioning. These deficiencies are constantly being addressed with players running lengths around him, crosses that have been given too much time and consideration leading to eventual goals, and a gaping hole at our goalkeeper's far post. His defensive arrangements are always too central, not tightly tuned enough or completely invisible. 4) The physical condition of the Serb. The pace and stamina required for an offensive fullback are imperatively high; counter attacks need to be appropriately dealt with if you are going to dedicate time in the opposition's area, the presence of a 'wall' needs to remain. This player has relapsed entirely. He cannot afford to sacrifice time up the field, our right flank was ghostly on more than half of Everton's responses. Physically, he seems inept, tired and burnt out. 5) The strain this provides for team as a whole. Ivanovic's weaknesses mean that the rest of the players have to compensate in some way. For players such as Pedro and Zouma, the work load is increased to unnecessary levels and the focus on the fluency in attack is diverted. It is harder to respond to a goal in an away game when you are away that the right flank is so soft and vulnerable, no matter where you are on the pitch. There is no such 'balance of the books', as his offensive avenues are so limited and dissatisfactory. Also, did anyone notice around the 70 minute mark - the best opportunity we had to equalise? Where Branislav had the ball on the break, a clear pass for Hazard to finish on his preferred right side was available, but he chose to supply Diego who was awkwardly positioned instead? That decision was entirely amateur.
  3. Eden Hazard

    At least he recognizes his current deficiencies. "You don't need to know too much about football to compare what I did last season and what I did this season. I'm not as good." "Individually and collectively, we're not up to scratch. Starting with me." "We had a difficult month in August. I hope that the international break will allow me to rediscover my form." "Now we know that every game will be a war. Every opponent will be good against us from now on." So mature and emphatic. It's been like that since day one as well, nothing new. His resurgence is imminent. http://www.espnfc.com/chelsea/story/2594125/eden-hazard-accepts-his-chelsea-form-has-been-below-par
  4. The Mourinho Thread

    After Ivanovic's goal. The way he shrugs to Phil Dowd is golden.
  5. Eden Hazard

    1) As @manpe has stated, he is bound until 2017. There is no reason to worry right now. 2) You do realise the amount of talks and negotiations that will have to take place? Especially for a young flourishing talent such as Hazard. These things take time to finalise.
  6. The Pub - Discuss Anything

    For those of you who don't like in England, this is what we have to put up with: 'Too fat to work': 26 stone mum and her 17 stone daughter claim £30,000 benefits
  7. Thibaut Courtois

    Doubt that would happen at all. Cech seems really down to earth and transparent. Aside from that, he also has a great sense of humour:
  8. Non-Chelsea Transfer Pub

    Then you'll wake up?
  9. Petr Cech

    Not forgetting this mess as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vUGqdLRAZg
  10. Quality stuff that, mate. One of the best house tracks of 2014, easily:
  11. Oscar

    Completely agree. The flair of Cesc and Eden that simple minded people see through rose tinted glasses often blurs out Oscar; in some cases, they envisage him as some sort of scapegoat. As a whole, it's outrageous how the people who call themselves 'supporters' are doing quite the opposite.
  12. Oscar

    This. Oscar has a significant amount of time on his side. At 23 at this level, he has mammoths of potential. The industrious nature of his play has been taken for granted by many, a lot do not seem to understand he's not a traditional #10. He excels in creating space, spreading play, receiving and passing the ball in tight spaces. There are moments where he makes some intelligent runs, and his vision in general is showing some auspicious progression. There's crystal clear evidence of creativity there, and anyone with half a brain would figure that there's a promising playmaker in development. This is all omitting the fact that he has a defensive capacity for the Premier League. His tenacious attitude that shows he is willing to work hard for Mourinho is admirable; he implements a creditable amount of unselfish shifts into his play. He has a firm understanding of how this team works and is capable of switching places with Fabregas to support or to create opportunity for the team. In fact, his movement off the ball and synergy with most of the outfield players that the team have, is praiseworthy as a whole. How some are suggesting, that buying a new attacking midfielder who would then miraculously slot into this role and significantly improve the team, is short sighted to say the least. Could Oscar have performed better yesterday? Obviously. The entire team could have, though. There were aspects of his play which seem to have been ignored. In the first half, he spent a lot of time around the left flanks in order to shut down players such as Sissoko and Cabella, who were indisputably Newcastle's biggest threats. Give this guy time; it's almost guaranteed that he will eventually start to ooze world class quality.
  13. John Terry

    Exactly. If John Terry was an actual racist, it must of been unbearable for him to play with half of the first team over this decade, which quite frankly isn't the case.
  14. Frank Lampard

    Would you like anymore salt on your chips?
  15. Frank Lampard

    That's quite a deliberate 'error'.