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Everything posted by DYC.

  1. Riyad Mahrez

    I was hoping for better than Mahrez but that's probably out of Chelsea's reach. If it were to happen, the team would all of sudden look a lot different. Imagine a line-up like this. Courtois Azpilicueta - Christensen - Luiz - Emerson Kanté - Bakayoko/Drinkwater Mahrez - Hazard - Willian Morata + the likes of Dzeko, Pedro, Fabregas, Barkley offering competition
  2. Edin Dzeko

    For years I've wondered why people bother watching them. Same goes for 99,6% of player interviews. Pointless TV.
  3. Emerson Palmieri

    In terms of pure defensive ability he's fantastic. But you don't think the team would suffer aerially? And Christensen-Azpilicueta is a combo that can be bullied by power and aggression. Alongside a Terry or Kompany, I'd always go for it. But alongside Christensen? I don't know. Then you have to make sure you win the ball much higher up the pitch than Chelsea currently do.
  4. Emerson Palmieri

    Rudiger doesn't impress me. Solid player but a back-up for me. I'd like to see Christensen-Luiz. I want to see how Christensen's calm presence affects him. You really think that could work? I've liked the idea of that CB duo for a while but I don't know if this Chelsea team can pull that off. (City could easily make that work because of their style.)
  5. Emerson Palmieri

    Good talent. Did not know him at all prior to 16/17 but he impressed me the few times I caught Roma last season. The only problem I have with this move is the fact that Chelsea is the last place you wanna go after a serious injury. Alonso is an established member of the team (I know, I know) so he'll most likely get a few chances here and there 'to prove himself'. Him not being big and strong, and not a natural work-horse, he'll be tossed out (meaning sent to Loanland) if he doesn't perform. But I'm happy Chels still seem capable of valuing technique and creativity. Even more so in this case, offensive qualities in a non-forward. I don't know if he's good enough but I like his skillset. More of the same, please. And please revert back to a back four. Though that's probably too much to ask for.
  6. Andy Carroll

    This is inspiring me though. If I were to purchase a donkey and give it a kit and boots, I could probably sell it to Chelsea and make silly money. Buy a house somewhere near the beach. Chilling and plotting with a fine female companion, playing Did You See in the background. Ahh...
  7. Alexis Sanchez

    Off to City! No, no, he's Utd bound!! Oh my days, Chelsea with a heist!!! Papers making a pretty buck. Women aren't the only ones who enjoy drama.
  8. Chelsea 0-0 Leicester

    Horrible football. Two forwards left to fend for themselves up top. They've already wasted so much energy trying to produce miracles. The less said about most of the players behind them, the better. Playing football without an idea and mostly footballers who can't do shit with the ball at their feet. I think I've had enough.
  9. Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal

    I hate 3-5-2. Field Chelsea's 11 best players Courtois Azpilicueta - Christensen - Luiz - Alonso Fabregas - Kante - Willian Pedro - Morata - Hazard With Luiz out of the team, Rudiger at CB.
  10. 8. Ross Barkley

    Shooting from distance doesn't make you Lampard. Completely different players. One of those hope signings. Decent player, don't believe in the 'great potential' talk, but I would love to be proven wrong. Fair play if Chels make money off this transfer in the future.
  11. Ross Barkley

    Ross Barkley... So this is what it feels like to be a Pool or Arse fan. Not pleasant but it's the new reality. No point in conplaining.
  12. Chelsea 2-0 Brighton

    3-5-2 at home. Against Brighton. With Kante and Bakayoko in midfield. I really don't care for this development.
  13. The English Football Thread

    This is gonna sound controversial but that's not the aim of this claim. De Bruyne is a more refined and better version of Gerrard. I find him more efficient and clever in his use of the ball than Gerrard. This is comparing both players at their peak. De Bruyne of course has his entire career in front of him. Silva-Fernandinho-De Bruyne is the best midfield I've seen in the PL in a looong time. They're elevating the entire team. The ball circulation is mesmerising and their positioning is simply immaculate. Their touch never fails them, always turning into space to then play the ball to the right player at the right speed. The service their forwards receive is top notch. The entire organisation of the team is amazing. Man, I love good football.
  14. Riyad Mahrez

    Don't know what people see in this guy. Star man at Leicester, yeah, but for a club like Chels... squad player at best. In that role I'd personally prefer Zaha. Man goes hard for the full 90 min. And he can play.
  15. 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
  16. 3. Marcos Alonso

    When Chels manage to get a left wingback, I'd love to see him at on the left of the back three. Actually think he could find a new home in that position. On the flank he's hindered by his physical limitations but I do think he possesses the defensive nous to play at the back. Azpilicueta - Christensen - Alonso That back-line would improve the overall quality of the build-up play from the back, which in turn would help elongate the effectiveness of the three CB system. He could also provide that bit of unpredictability like Azpilicueta does so well on the right. The few games (in a full season) which absolutely require more physicality would be the ideal time to call on either Cahill or Rudiger.
  17. 10. Eden Hazard

    God amongst peasants.
  18. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    These comments are hilarious.
  19. Alexis Sanchez

    That would be a relief, haha. A bad goalie kills your chances of succes if you ask me. He will destabilise even the very best defence.
  20. Alexis Sanchez

    Utd are the favourites for me. They're more balanced overall, and solid at the back. I have my questions about the Silva-Fernandinho-De Bruyne midfield (off the ball and especially dealing with transitions). And how good is that backline really? Especially without Kompany, who will most likely struggle with his fitness. Walker is good but Mendy still has a bit to learn on the defensive end. Otamendi is good but he has his moments of insanity. Stones... never been a fan, have to see how he develops. GK is a question mark for me because I don't know him. Sanchez could be a game changer though, yeah. It will be interesting.
  21. Alexis Sanchez

    That's what I think too. Very sensible move if they pull it off. You need a lot more than Sané and Sterling to make waves in the CL. Even for the PL that's a light strike force. Sanchez could make the difference.
  22. Alexis Sanchez

    Sanchez to City makes perfect sense. City have two wingers and they're both prospects. Sanchez, Sane and Sterling (unless the rumours of him leaving are true) for the flanks and Jesus and Aguero up top. (Bernardo isn't the type of player Guardiola has been known to use as a forward. Not on a regular basis anyways.)
  23. Ross Barkley

    I was arguing Pizy on his talent level, not his possible effectiveness at RWB. Of course he's better footballer than Moses. But everyone went crazy about Moses at first and now I constantly see comments about Moses being average, which he's always been. I personally don't believe in the so-called magic of Conte. He can't make a player better than he is. But yeah, you would imagine him to function better in a superior unit. That's if he adapts to the role though. I have my doubts about his stamina levels. It's a high energy role and he's never been a high energy player. I also wonder about his tactical awareness and his personal willingness to play the role, but we'll see if he joins.
  24. Ross Barkley

    No point in being a good dribbler if you don't follow it up with quality, creative play. Football has seen a lot of good dribblers. If Hazard would get past players yet do nothing of true value afterwards, he would not have survived at Chelsea, let alone thrive. Same goes for speed and strength. Remember Obafemi Martins? Ineffective without good positional sense/movement.
  25. Ross Barkley

    I don't see this insane potential. Neither possess any exceptional qualities which set them apart from their peers.