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Everything posted by DYC.

  1. The English Football Thread

    Kevin De Bruyne is soooo good. He's been the perfect #8 this season. A feast for the eyes as well.
  2. The Conte Thread

    He should try Alonso alongside Kante in midfield when he gets back. Drinkwater isn't good enough, Bakayoko is garbage right now and Fabregas will leave Kante too exposed vs Pogba, Herrera and Matic. Giroud needs to start in the final. I can already see the long balls flying against Utd. And Morata is more valuable to the team off the bench right. Fabregas and Pedro could have an impact off the bench as well. And I know dropping Caballero would hurt him but I'd start Courtois in the final. Chels need to be at their absolute best to win. Courtois Azpiliceuta - Cahill - Rudiger Moses - Kante - Alonso - Emerson Willian - Giroud - Hazard Caballero; Christensen, Zappacosta; Bakayoko, Fabregas; Pedro, Morata Whatever the case though, NO 3-5-2. That set-up is a violation.
  3. Southampton - Chelsea

    Hazard finally producing a top game again. It's been a while. He should've scored though. 9/10. Kante was good too. Emerson had his moments but failed to get really involved. I am impressed by how he has dealt with the physicality of English football though. Solid perfomance overall.
  4. Southampton - Chelsea

    It's been a while since the last FA Cup win, hasn't it? 2012? It's been time but it will difficult.
  5. Southampton - Chelsea

    Hazard just shoot, man
  6. Southampton - Chelsea

    It's strange to have a #9 you dont trust to burry chances like that. I wasn't surprised at all.
  7. Southampton - Chelsea

    The final will be interesting to say the least. Good goal.
  8. Southampton - Chelsea

    Why are they passing the ball to Caballero so much? He has no skill. Don't trust Caballero as a goalie. Decent #2 at best. I find his entire GK style quite odd.
  9. Southampton - Chelsea

    Middle finger to the fans that decision. Conte should be ashamed. That was a midtable manager sub. Bakayoko, sigh.
  10. 33. Emerson Palmieri

    Did Conte explain why he never plays him? And is Barkley a cripple now?
  11. Burnley 1-2 Chelsea

    Bakayoko is a disgrace, really. He combines a serious lack of ability with the work rate of a classic #10. Sadly, his price tag means Chels are most likely stuck with him.
  12. The English Football Thread

    Kevin De Bruyne is the best player I've seen in the PL since Ronaldo 07/08. He's become the complete midfield general. EDIT: Forgot about Suarez in 13/14. He's up there with both of them then.
  13. 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
  14. Barcelona 3-0 Chelsea

    Horrible CL round. Barcelona in first gear in both games. Chels just not good enough. No opportunistic Willian shots this time hitting the posts. The worrying thing how Barca scored four goals with their level of play in these games.
  15. Barcelona 3-0 Chelsea

    This game is done. Why is he still playing 3 CBs? Because of the defensive solidity it provides? If ditching the 3 CB system means letting Conte go, I won't mind him leaving at all. He can do shit with the Italian NT.
  16. Barcelona 3-0 Chelsea

    Barca killing Chels in 1st gear. This is so sad.
  17. Barcelona 3-0 Chelsea

    That nose with legs is really having a poor year innit. If Conte really wants to win this, he needs to take out a defender right now.
  18. The Conte Thread

    What happened to pressing? What happened to always trying to score? Last year it was energy and aggression. This season it's extreme dullness.
  19. The Conte Thread

    Got what he wanted. A 'respectable' loss.
  20. Man City 1-0 Chelsea

    I find Rudiger painfully overrated by some. I don't see it. He has no impact on the pitch. He's like Mikel in defence. Morata has issues. Mental (never been first choice in his life and is quite inexperienced for his age) and physical (never played game after game, also dealing with injuries). But I do see a good striker in him if he manages to get it together.
  21. Man City 1-0 Chelsea

    Morata, Bakayoko, Rudiger, Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Giroud, Barkley and Emerson. Out of that group I can only see Morata (possibly) turning into a key player. Joke signings. Joke squad management. Chels need a new footballing staff. The current lot have been failing for years.
  22. Man City 1-0 Chelsea

    Conte turning into Mourinho slowly Yeah, the 'Chelsea brand of football' lives on.
  23. Man City 1-0 Chelsea

    Not even trying to play football. Simply trying to prevent the opposition from playing football. Sad times. To think this is being televised around the planet.
  24. Man City 1-0 Chelsea

    Chels playing without a striker and without a midfield. This will most likely end up very ugly.
  25. Romelu Lukaku

    Is it really that hard to understand? His point was quality matters a lot more. Now if you disagree with that, fine, but I would completely disagree with that. No point arguing either.