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About Essien19

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  1. Chelsea 3-0 Middlesbrough

    Odds for a Chelsea win are currently trending about 1,13, that's Barcelona or Real Madrid level. Easy kill!
  2. Chelsea 3-0 Middlesbrough

    Boro have to get a win here, Chelsea plays probably the smartest counter attacks in the league. I don't think that they can overpower David Luiz in the air, not even Negredo. The Brazilian has been absolute rock solid, apart from that, i don't see how Boro will score.
  3. Chelsea 3-0 Middlesbrough

    Traoré is one headless chicken, nothing to see there, mate. Overall i trust Alonso, think he's been more than solid over the course of the season.
  4. Chelsea 3-0 Middlesbrough

    Not chance whatsover for Boro, haven't since august away, if i'm correct. 3:0 and Chelsea cruising towards the well deserved title!
  5. The Conte Thread

    Sure, but it works both ways, and as a said above, a bit of luck has to come with it.
  6. Kevin de Bruyne

    They played the semis in the Champions-League before Guardiola came and worked his magic with the ~150 mil. he spent. Most of Guardiola's buys have been huge failures, just take a look at that poor excuse of a goalie. Guardiola is too arrogant to be a bit more pragmatic, he can't defend, even if his life would depend on it. Don't forget, this season they will be trophieless, last season Pellegrino won them a cup. Monaco took them out with ease and when taking City as a whole into account, it really shouldn't have happened. Of course he's not a bad coach, he's just the opposite extreme of Mourinho. No doubt that Guardiola will go big again in the transfer market and they will end up being more competitive. But i doubt that he'll win them the Premiership or even the Champions-League. Agree to disagree!
  7. The Conte Thread

    No important player has been injured this season. Of course Conte did very well, but you still need a lil' bit of luck. You can always invest more, but the buys of last season have been nothing but a success story so far. Going toe to toe with the likes of Bayern or Barcelona is going to be very difficult, especially when taking all of the games into consideration. A lot is based on the fitness level, not sure Chelsea's plan is just there yet. But confidence isn't a bad thing, club can look forward to be back in Europe's premier club competition. That's for sure!
  8. Kevin de Bruyne

    De Bruyne is the best crosser in the league atm, his deliveries into the box annoy the fuck out of me, Aguero is so good with his timed runs and Jesus just looks like he continues where Aguero's regressed. Guardiola is the reason why City have fallen off a cliff...
  9. The Mourinho Thread

    You can lose against Arsenal, a loss here and there happens to the very best. Fielding a backline of 6 isn't pretty, but not again the thing that fucks people up. What's getting massively on their nerves is the fact that after going down against Arsenal, United showed zero interest in going foward. It just looked like they had been instructed to deliberately throw the game away. That's something new and unexpected for most Mancs. Most of them won't tolerate this for very long, he really put all eggs in the Europa League basket and like last season, it could go wrong. Furthermore they really need a striker with at least a 50% conversation rate, better 100%. The big games have been as negative as they've never been before. Football is a big showbiz, we all know that Mourinho talks a big game and his one liners keep on getting the attention. I for one find them amusing, but i can fully understand why some won't like them. The real problem is that Mourinho -at least this season, can't really back it up no more, so it's getting a bit more ridiculous. He's still a mean bastard, but he has to win and definitely lost his magic touch. I still like him,though.
  10. The Mourinho Thread

    More than a few months gone by and now with the mouth full of humble pie, i'll have to say this to you all: You were right and i was wrong, in order to move forwards for Chelsea Football Club, parting ways with Jose Mourinho was the right decision from a non emotional point of view. The Mancs have been completely uninspiring on the pitch, life's been completely coached out of free spirits such as Mkhitaryan, Mata, Martial (good fullback vs. Chelsea though) and Shaw. Nonsens players like Darmian, Fellaini and Lingard are getting the nod ahead of some of the just mentioned names. Players who haven't any idea how to move the ball forward, no attacking play from their fullbacks whatsover and when coming back from behind, absolutely clueless and results in very heavy on the eye... A lot of Mancs are still under the narative to this very day that they're being Moyesd', but the simple truth is that Mourinho hasn't done enough with the talent he's already having around. Mourinho's being outtacticed in a lot of games by now, so the tag 'special' has to be taken off him. I didn't think the outcome we all have seen would be become a reality, but it really did. In terms of the style of play, there's night and day between United and Chelsea. Chelsea are a machine -you just know what's going to happen...United on the other hand are a turgid, slow overused machine, not gonna expect too much of them. Will it continue? On the transfer market Mourinho did better than Guardiola, IMO, but that's not saying much. After today's display i don't think that someone like Griezmann would be much of a change. In the end he's human after all, Klopp should give up on the 'normal one' tag. So, because football does matter, congratulations on the league and making a good decision to the benefit of the future. I'm sorry!
  11. The Mourinho Thread

    Their problem is that the thing that used to work doesn't anymore: sitting deep, soaking up pressure is costing them a lot this season. Maybe it's because the game has developed, or maybe it's because there's no Walter Samuel. Anyway their backs are already up against the wall and Spurs are coming on next, expect more pain to be inflicted. Afterwards i can see things getting better... You can talk about performances all you want, but the emotional connection is sad to be lost, IMO. That's on the players and the management. As things stand, this season you seem to have predicted the right outcome, but it's silly to already generalise about the next years. Anything can happen...
  12. Man City v Chelsea

    Things like this happen, the question is how they'll come back afterwards. Have to say it, David Luiz has been incredible, i'm impressed!
  13. Man City v Chelsea

    City didn't look too convincing in their recent matches.. i thought Pochettino could snatch up a point against Chelsea after their game against Arsenal, wrong. Stones is going to make the bench yet again, isn't he?
  14. The Mourinho Thread

    Manager and players are all in the same boat. Finishing is part of the problem... still, they would be at least three points off top. After they acquired four targets in summer, people expected them to dominate the league. It's all fair and square that their style of play has improved compared to the two former predecessors (according to lots of Mancs), but it's just not been good enough. If Mourinho doesn't make top 4, he's surely a goner. Tbf, there're a lots of games yet to come, but they have to start somewhere. It's indeed impressive how Conte gets the job done with 2, 3 average players in the lineup. So far (only 13 games in) he's doing a much better job than Mourinho this season. Carrick, Mkhitaryan, Martial and Shaw. It's nothing but astonishing how these talented lads can't make the team week in and week out. But that's United's problem. Scouse and Arse are loving life so far, not sure if it continues.
  15. The European Leagues & Competitions Thread V2

    I liked what Gomes offered against City. He can't compete with Iniesta (tbf, no one can), but he does a job for you, very intelligent player. Sure, with hindsight, Gundogan would tick all the boxes for Barca, but you can do a lot worse than buying Gomes. Yeah, they're different, but i get that someone like Gundogan would have been better. But i think Enrique's idea with players such as Rakitic and Gomes does make Barca stronger. In the end that's all what counts, a flop is a flop, so better avoid one and pay up, penny pinching does you no good. I can't say much to the comparision between Joao and Gomes, all i can say is that personally, i like Gomes, he's means business (on the pitch). Barca need workers to enable 'el tridente' to do their thing. Gomes fits right in, doesn't he? Barcelona have a problem and its name is Sergio Busquets these days. He's miles off form, fecked everything up against City. Barca could've made it 2:0, mistakes were costly. Without Iniesta they're in deep shit, no control. At least Gomes' shot should've went in, in the end that's football. Atletico peaked early, not sure whether they're able to contain it, happens all the time and Bayern don't have a great winger, which will be a big problem when taking on the big boys. Their game against Atletico showed that they didn't learn a thing so far. Another problem is their fullbacks; Lahm isn't as good as before and Alaba has really regressed, especially when taking a look at his way of defending. Of course, both teams can win it. This stuff depends on a lot of things, but an energetic Dortmund can go far and i'm sure Juve will be right up there. Hopefully this time around, there will be some huge clashes already in the round of sixteen. I still think City are overrated. The first game when Barca took them seriously, they got a real good spanking! Good hearing from you, mate.