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Everything posted by DYC.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Chelsea 5-1 Sunderland

    JT 26 LEGEND
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 4. Cesc Fàbregas

    12th man of the season. Very grateful for his contributions this season.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Chelsea 4-3 Watford

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

    Agree with the bolded part. Average is very harsh.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 23. Michy Batshuayi

    http://www.goal.com/en/news/1862/premier-league/2017/05/13/35471172/batshuayi-mental-conte-makes-the-right-call-again-to-clinch?ICID=HP_FT_3 Ain't that something. It's hard for me to criticise Michy as he's barely played. He's obviously failed to impress the manager in training but still.. To play so little and having endured so many embarassing subs. At least he has one highlight in 16/17.
  15. Chelsea 4-3 Watford

    Lemme put my manager suit on Courtois/Bego* Cahill - Terry - Aké Moses - Fabregas - Chalobah - Alonso Willian - Batshuayi - Hazard GK; Zouma, Azpilicueta; Matic, Loftus-Cheek; Musonda, Costa Play Bego if he's staying next season. If not, let Courtois try to get his hands on the Golden Gloves.
  16. The Conte Thread

    To lead a team from 10th to champions is a stupendous achievement. Simply stupendous. His hand is clearly visible in this team. Let's hope for even better next season. But now, the FA Cup final. I want to see Gunner tears.
  17. West Brom 0-1 Chelsea

    BATMAN TING! It wasn't in doubt for me. No way were they gonna give it away. The boys have been amazing this season. Never imagined this before the season. The gods of football have been very kind after a disastrous and painful year. I just love JT. You will be greatly missed.
  18. Leonardo Bonucci

    There's a slight chance here. Could be persuaded into a PL adventure after dominating Italian football in the form of six (!) consecutive Serie A titles. If he wins the CL title, he'll have won everything there is to win with Juve. If he doesn't win, chances are against him winning it with this old Juve team. Losing two finals is very painful as well. Juve already have Chiellini, Barzagli, Rugani, new boy Caldara and Benatia in their ranks. Both Rugani and Caldara are considered as huge talents in Italy. If serious money is offered for Bonucci, I imagine they'd be tempted to take it. If Conte were to pay Bonucci a visit after the season is done and sell him the Chelsea project (I can only hope aiming to win the CL within the next three years is Chelsea's objective), I'm sure he'd appreciate that. Have him come over to Cobham as well and try to charm the **** out of him. Big three year contract... If he doesn't like the weather, try to convince by telling him he can always go back to Italy after a few years at Chels. Rumours of Pirlo joining the staff, that would help. Sure the likes of Vialli and Ancelotti could put in a good word as well. Odds are slim but it's not entirely impossible. Depends on how aggressively Chels would pursue him. These are the type of signings that will make other top players want to join your club. And make sure Belotti is on that same private jet to London as well.
  19. Alvaro Morata

    Yo, respek Adebayor. He was a very talented striker and still had a nice career despite his stank attitude. Not the greatest goal-scorer but he was a target man, offered great physical presence with his speed, strength, mobility, duel strength (both over the ground and in the air) and also created chances for his team mates. He was like Drogba without the big game record.
  20. Alvaro Morata

    He has. He's a squad player for Real and in that role, he's been fantastic. Whenever the manager needed him, he mostly delivered. And that's hard. When a player is in and out of the team, he's often desperate to impress (doing too much) and can't build a true connection with his team mates. The player could even suffer from a loss of confidence, which of course affects your form. Most 2nd choice strikers don't manage to make much of an impact in their deputy role. Not to mention the fact he has often featured in a second string team under Zidane. So he's not playing with Kroos, Modric, Ronaldo etc. most of the time but with Asensio, Vasquez, Isco. Still a good team but not elite. You say he scores or contributes in 'garbage time'. He's been called to start on 13 occasions (in La Liga) and scored 11 goals in those starts. So, no, he's scored mostly when he starts. He's come off the bench 11 times and scored 4 times in those sub appearances. Only one start in the CL (which was on the left wing) and 3 goals in 7 sub appearances. 15 goals in 1256 min (La Liga) is an average of 1,07 goals per 90 min. 3 goals in 166 min (CL) is 1,63 goals per 90 min. Again, if you have a second choice striker who does that for your team, he's been fantastic, I don't care what you say. You can't compare his record to strikers who start on a weekly basis but that's an impressive record regardless. Want to pay? I want Belotti. Not Morata or Lukaku. But I do prefer Morata over Lukaku. Lukaku is not that guy for me. He'll score his goals but he won't lead his team to consistent success. That's how I see it anyway. What he offers overall just doesn't cut it for me. Greavsie put it perfectly in the first paragraph of his last post in this thread and that's what I've been trying to say. But you'd think a 23-year-old future star forward who's made his intentions of wanting to leave so clear would have the very best clubs in world football fighting over him in the same fashion the likes of Dybala, Mbappé, Griezmann, Neymar etc. command interest.
  21. Alvaro Morata

    He's been fantastic for Real this year, has to be said. In and out of the team but still managed to make a big impact.
  22. Must be nice to have two elite midfielders in Modric and Kroos in your team. Along with a mercurial talent like Isco. They were all amazing. Benzema's dribble to set up the goal was a piece of art. Don't want Real or any team (except for Chels) to win the CL twice in a row. That's boring. And another CL trophy for one of the super clubs would be horrible for football. I'm rooting for Buffon.
  23. Bakayoko doesn't improve Chels. I don't know about his potential because physical players are hard to gauge. He could go on to grow into a fine player but he could also have peaked early. But he's not better than Matic and only upgrades should be contracted. I have to say, Pjanic has proved me wrong. Didn't think he possessed the tactical nous and personality (along with his lack of athleticism) to become the chief playmaker of an elite team. A good player rather than a top player, but he's been fantastic after a slow start. And I'm glad I was wrong because I love a good playmaker. Mbappe is something else. The boy's already a boss. He never hides and is always trying to take responsibility. Very rare in a youngster. And, oh, yeah, Dani Alves is a rockstar. But that was already a fact.
  24. Abdul Rahman Baba

    So he doesn't want/need him in 16/17, he goes out on loan and gets injured, yet he'll be given a chance in 17/18? Hmm... You wonder when he got the chance to impress the manager. Anyway, it would save money which could be used for more important signings. Question is if he's good enough. But then again, he'll probably only be a deputy if true.
  25. 4. Cesc Fàbregas

    I hope so. He should definitely start in the CL next season. At that tempo he definitely makes the team stronger. Top bloke.