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Everything posted by DYC.

  1. 21. Nemanja Matic

    With Baka coming in, selling Matic for £40m and replacing him with a player like Badelj (a player Chelsea was linked with in the winter window) for close to half that price would be a smart move. Even better would be bringing in a player like Naby Keita, Rabiot or Nainggolan as Matic departs for the north. But I agree with those saying selling him without bringing in a replacement would be a case self-inflicted damage. Man Utd signing Matic instead of Fabinho would cause me to breathe a huge sigh of relief and laugh my bum off afterwards. Lindelof and possibly Matic and Morata aren't signings that will change the landscape. Especially if Chels manage to land Bakayoko, Lukaku, Sandro and Van Dijk (and a Matic replacement). Only City could go on to top a summer like that but Chelsea possess the superior foundation.
  2. General Transfer Talk

    Courtois Azpilicueta - Cahill - Luiz - Sandro Willian - Kanté - Bakayoko - Hazard Lukaku - Lacazette Caballero/Eduardo Moses - Christensen - Aké - Alonso Mahrez - Fabregas/Chalobah - Matic - Baker Batshuayi - Pedro Now that's a well-balanced team. Manageable as well outside of the tough Sandro deal. Even with Alonso in that LB spot (Bertrand in for competition?), that's still a good team. (Hazard up top and Lemar on the flank would be brilliant as well.)
  3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    I like Aubameyang. He's evolved into a ruthless goal-scorer for club and country in the past few years. And that's against any kind of opponent. Rarely goes three games without scoring. He's one of the elite goal-scorers in European football. From 41 goals in 94 games in his first two seasons for Dortmund (and those are figures that would be praised by Chelsea fans) to 79 goals in 95 games in his last two seasons Great age, great fitness record. The man is in his prime. Likeable and popular as well. Get him, Chelsea.
  4. Didier Drogba

    Didier Drogba proves why he has to be Chelsea's top dog - and that means Fernando Torres must start on the bench against Manchester United Struggling Spaniard can make bigger impact as a substitute against Manchester United, but the Ivorian powerhouse must be the one to lead the Blues' line on Tuesday By Wayne Veysey at Stamford Bridge Apr 10, 2011 9:30:00 AM There are some big beasts in the Chelsea jungle. But there is only one top dog – and that is Didier Drogba. Following Fernando Torres' deadline-day switch, a pack of feared predators have been queuing up to bare their teeth at the point of the attack. But on the evidence of the audition for Tuesday's season-hinging match at Manchester United, only Drogba has the bite to compliment the bark. Chelsea's centre-forward required careful guarding against Wigan Athletic. He ran the channels, bashed defenders out of the way in a manner in which only he can, created space for others with smart movement and banged in shots from all angles whenever he had a sniff of goal. In manager-speak, he put in a shift. He was also wasteful, too, in his desire to breach the dam erected by Roberto Martinez and prove he is lord of the manor at the Bridge. Excellent free-kick positions were wasted and team-mates were sometimes ignored as he strove in search of something that would guarantee his master's approval. Carlo Ancelotti claims he already knows his team and the system he will play at Old Trafford in the quarter-final second leg. He provided a big hint by binning 4-4-2 and starting with the 4-3-3 formation that has been Chelsea's bread and butter since the Jose Mourinho days. Drogba alone up front, Nicolas Anelka and Florent Malouda either side of him and a three-man midfield patrolled by Frank Lampard, Ramires and John Obi-Mikel. Like John Terry, who was not in the matchday squad, Torres and Michael Essien were 'rested'. Feeling blue | Torres has failed to score in 648 minutes at Chelsea since deadline-day move As a dress rehearsal, it can be said to only have been a partial success. By the end of the first half, as Chelsea searched for greater cutting edge, Anelka was playing alongside Drogba. At half-time, the ineffective Mikel was withdrawn and Yossi Benayoun was summoned from the bench for his first Chelsea appearance since September 22. By that point, it was back to the 4-4-2 formation originally introduced to shoehorn Torres into the starting XI. Anelka made way for the Spaniard a third of the way into the second period after linking well with Drogba but failing to offer the kind of threat of which he is capable. Torres' 31-minute performance was a considerable improvement on his previous 617 minutes in the blue shirt. He was industrious, lively and found himself in some excellent goalscoring positions. There was everything but the goal. How the Bridge willed him to break his Chelsea duck. Malouda's goal coaxed Wigan out of their half and provided the kind of space behind the centre halves that would have been an amusement park for the Torres of two years ago. One Drogba cross narrowly avoided his lunging body. A long ball from the back sent him clear on goal but Torres' first touch, not for the first time in a desperate 10 weeks in west London, let him down. With the clock counting down, Benayoun side-footed a short pass into his path in the penalty area with no Wigan defenders in sight. The crowd held its breath as Torres shaped to pull the trigger. Surely, this would be it. Torres' connection with the outside of his right boot was true. The ball was heading for the back of the net. But Ali Al Habsi, whose reflexes had been in good working order all afternoon, stretched out his arm at the last millisecond and diverted the ball to safety. It was a mighty fine save but something is still missing for the Chelsea No. 9. You feel Torres in his 2007-09 pomp would not have given Al Habsi the opportunity to show off his athleticism. With his job and legacy possibly depending on the outcome of the Champions League quarter-final, Ancelotti cannot afford to indulge Roman Abramovich's marquee signing from the start on Tuesday. For the Italian, it has to be Drogba leading the line, with two creators either side of him. Just the way the Ivorian likes it. The support act is not one that suits him or Torres. They both have to be the main man. Malouda is likely to get the nod over Yuri Zhirkov as Saturday's Spring sunshine reawakened the player that had laid dormant for six months. Yossi Benayoun is fit to start after making his first appearance for Chelsea since September 22 on Saturday but it would represent a gamble by Ancelotti to prefer him to Anelka, whose versatility and awareness should guarantee him a starting point. He is also the club's leading scorer this season with 16 goals. Poor Salamon Kalou, scorer of nine goals this season – the same as Torres – will once again be shunted out to the sidelines. Whatever the future of the Big Four strikers holds beyond this season, Ancelotti must concentrate on the here and now. It will suit Chelsea, and perhaps Torres too, for the club's record signing to be an impact substitute against United's tiring defenders. That means letting the club's top Drog off the leash from the first minute. Link
  5. General Transfer Talk

    City aren't nearly as crazy as some make them out to be. It would actually make sense. Sané, Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Jesus are talented young players (don't think Iheanacho has a future there) but they won't win you the war. There's no guarantee they will perform at the required level and they could even harm City if they were to suffer a dip in form, which is natural at their stage of development. And waiting for them to become star players could take years. Sanchez is established so you can expect him to deal with the pressure and produce the goods. He would add a high level of firepower the current options on the flanks can't provide. If City sign Sanchez, it's simply because they want to join the elite. I can't fault them for such ambitions at all. Aguero/Jesus Sanchez - Silva/Bernardo - De Bruyne/Gundogan - Sané/Sterling They need to strengthen their defence of course. Most likely a new holding midfielder as well. They've been linked with Van Dijk, Walker, Mendy and Fabinho. It looks like they mean business.
  6. Romelu Lukaku

    Mehh... But maybe Chels can't do better.
  7. 19. Diego Costa

    Surely, Chelsea and Atletico could make a deal which would involve Griezmann joining Chelsea and Diego going the other way. That way Atleti don't lose their main source of goals without a proper replacement. A former fan favourite who dreams of returning as well. Simply ideal. 60-80 mil for Griezmann, 30-50 for Costa. Question is if Griezmann would want to join. I don't mind Costa staying though. But there's no way Chels can go another season playing Costa every game. Either Michy plays a larger part next season, a new striker joins or a wide forward capable of playing in the middle is purchased.
  8. Ivan Perisic

    I love the idea of Perisic as a wingback. Think he could be revelation in that position like Moses, but better. Are those figures a joke though? I can't believe €35 mil is a mere opening offer. 35 mil is big money for a 28-year-old wide man who's never made a big impact at top level. PL clubs are in trouble. It looks like the new TV money has almost doubled the prices for English clubs.
  9. 10. Eden Hazard

    Hazard is lowkey one of the best 'beautiful goals scorers' around. Just needs to learn to score more ugly goals regulalrly to score 20+ goals on the regular. Anyone notice he's better at putting his foot through the ball with his left than with his right? His leftie power shots are a problem.
  10. General Transfer Talk

    City signing Walker and Fabinho would burn like hell, not gonna lie. Please, please, please, hijack those transfers, Chels. Winning the league should hold weight, damnit.
  11. General Transfer Talk

    Imagine Utd and City turning into Barcelona and Real. Can't happen.
  12. Bernardo Silva

    Great talent. Potential superstar. One of the possible attacking options to strengthen Chels for me so slightly annoyed he's not joining but that's football. I'm surprised they're making these kinds of signings under Pep though. He doesn't stick around for long and I highly doubt he'll be in charge when their young guns reach their prime. And that's the thing. These players aren't in their prime. Signings like this doesn't make them a super team or a team to be prematurely feared. That would take years to build. And even then, there are no guarantees.
  13. Champions League thread

    I'd love Barcelona in the group. Would give us the opportunity to see how good this Chelsea side truly is. I've never liked easy runs. If you reach the quarters or semis by dodging the top teams you haven't proven anything. The games vs big teams are the most enjoyable as well.
  14. Chelsea 5-1 Sunderland

    Best offence in the league Best defence in the league Top scorer in Harry Kane Highest total points ever And you finish 2nd. Chelsea Football Club, home of the proud party poopers.
  15. Chelsea 5-1 Sunderland

    JT 26 LEGEND
  16. Rank PL Title Win

    Robben wasn't anywhere near the player he is now back then. Great talent but inconsistent, which is normal for a young player making the move from PSV to Chelsea. Pedro was a far more consistent and decisive performer in 16/17. Diego trumps Didier in 04/05. We didn't see performances like Diego's in the first half of the season from Drogs until his third season at Chelsea.
  17. Rank PL Title Win

    As for the ranking, every title win conjured up a similar level of glee. 09/10 was the most fun though. That final run felt like cheating.
  18. 4. Cesc Fàbregas

    12th man of the season. Very grateful for his contributions this season.
  19. Chelsea 4-3 Watford

    You can tell the centrebacks are rusty and you can tell they've never played together. And Chelsea's possession play simply hasn't been good enough. In fact, the usual level of possession play isn't good enough to become a top side in Europe.
  20. Chelsea 4-3 Watford

    Conte's constant use of the 'big thirteen' (starting XI + Cesc and Willi) made me think the fringe players were crap. Guess they're a bit better than that. He really did it play it safe by refusing to rotate.
  21. Chelsea 4-3 Watford

    Agree. It's where I imagine him next season myself.
  22. Riyad Mahrez

    Agree with the bolded part. Average is very harsh.
  23. Riyad Mahrez

    The player he was in 15/16 is never returning. It's like Rooney and Drogba in 09/10 and Messi and Pirlo in 11/12 to name a few examples. They hit peak form for a year or so and everything they touch turns into gold. Messi scored 91 goals and provided 27 assists in 2012 I think. Never repeated it again and never will. Mahrez is a better player than he's been this season as he's been poor, but he's not better than Pedro and Willian.
  24. The German Bundesliga Thread

    Every football fan should watch Robben's match-winning goal vs Leipzig today. And while you're watching, keep in mind he's doing it in the 96th min of the match. I've been a Robben fan since EURO 2004. He simply refuses to get old. He won't even allow never-ending injuries to stop him. The man is relentless. Turned into a proper football legend after his move to Bayern.
  25. The English Football Thread

    Utd and City out of the top 4 would've been truly glorious. Arsenal and Utd is the second best thing. So, yeah, I concur, sir. I concur.