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FootballManics

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  1. Give Us Feedback/Bugs Thread

    The hover card needs some CSS work, the links within the blue bar aren't visible until you hover over them (then they're grey).
  2. Arturo Vidal

    He's a good player, though he shines best when he stands out. When I first read about Vidal being linked with Chelsea, I felt he would be quite ideal but the more thought that goes into the potential move - the more I think the money could be better spent. It depends on if you want a player for more than a few seasons, he won't be at the highest standard forever and really the 40m could be used to sign a defender or a few players with potential. He would probably give 3-4 seasons where he was in his prime, and this for the price tag seems steep. Certainly I think he's the right style of player who would be massive for the club, its just the price and his. You've been linked with a few Real Madrid players, the likes of James Rodriguez (which is supposed to be off now) and of course West Ham's Dimitri Payet. These would be quite costly, though Payet may be the cheaper option (though I think he's no way near Vidal in terms of class).
  3. Well, as expected my club has really nose dived as of late and its now to the point where by we are desperately on the verge of Non League football. Disappointingly we didn't use the potential cup tie to lift the spirit of our camp, ultimately leading to a very uninspiring F.A Cup exit to a team we should have beaten and would have surely if we didn't give them a two goal advantage when we first played. In an ideal world we would be playing you guys (as previously mentioned my son supports you guys - he's Hazard mad. My question: Do you have any good youngsters that are: A. Good enough for L2 (I'm sure most are, I did enjoyed watching Connor Clifford when we had him) B. Would be up for signing for a very poor and inconsistent L2 (which makes Mike Bassett's fictional Wirral County look Premier League and well ran in comparison). If all fails, are any of you good enough to play? I'm sure there's some who are good enough to go straight into our squad (and do well). Jesus things are so desperate now, silver lining is the fact the club should be taken over officially shortly.
  4. Issue #2 FM Mag

    FM's only been in operation since March, yet myself and a friend put a great deal of effort into it. We release a digital magazine every x month (it should be every 3 months). In the very first edition we highlighted Chelsea in the fans views we do, this addition has some great pieces and I was hoping some of you guys would be up for reading this. My post isn't aimed to spam, so if I broke any rules - its done without intention. In this edition, We pay tribute to Chapecoense. Fan views Ultra Culture (written by a English born fan living in Germany) Southgate piece Non League bit And much more, please do have a butchers. https://issuu.com/footballmanics/docs/football_manics_magazine__2
  5. Blues host Brentford in FA Cup R4

    Wow, I had tweeted earlier about how I had promised to take my son to see you guys play. Yet we are presented the chance to actually play you in the cup, provided my team can actually get into the next round. First Premier League team he has seen was Liverpool in the League Cup sometime ago, where Adam Coombes scored the only notable goal during his time with us. My lad loved it and even though you'll stuff us, this is quite magical in terms of football because you have earned yourself a very loyal follower in my son (so much so he wants to join this place). I can't even get him to post on my fan site or FM. LOL
  6. 26. John Terry

    Training session in football are tedious, however if you focus on 'fun' clearly your not learning. I'm afraid it just sounds like a journalist spinning out a 'non story' and making a molehill out of it. I'd be surprised if any footballer over 32 found training to be fun at all, most will naturally get to the point whereby they are rested instead and therefore annoyed that they're not pushing themselves. With regards to John Terry as a player, honestly I can't really make a call and would always bow down to the experts that see him perform more regularly than I do. Sounds like he's at the stage Alan Smith is at Notts mind!! Oh why did John Sheridan play him as a striker against Blackpool.
  7. Jessica Jones

    I got bored of it, I felt it was very basic in terms of drama and the excitement sort of bubbled out the further I watched. David Tennant's arrive being the only thing I can honestly say is of any note, just seems very average to me as a series. Daredevil and Luke Cage are superb though.
  8. 26. John Terry

    I have only see 2-3 full games, so I'm mostly judging you guys based on highlights but I don't rate Branislav Ivanovic - he always looks prone to making mistakes and he just has this slowness about him. Last season, I honestly he let Chelsea down quite a bit and if I was Conte I would replace him. I've said similar about Cahill here, I don't rate him either and he's certainly no John Terry. However, he's stable enough if you could sign a solid partner to go alongside him. Personally with regards to John Terry, I would offer him a one year rolling contract. Get him involved in coaching, use him as backup/rotation. Clubs seem to get rid of these types of leaders that can make important people to the development of players - especially youngsters. Steven Gerrard at Liverpool for example - a true leader and someone youngsters will look upto, likewise, I felt the same when Chesea allowed Frank Lampard go. This mistake shouldn't be repeated with John Terry, you've got a great academy, if the wages don't become an issue - I don't see why he couldn't remain as a figure head/coach.
  9. Juan Mata

    Allegedly its all down to Mata's height and a rumour of them falling out whilst together at Stamford Bridge. Its insane though, Mata is a very good player and one who would be far more consistent regularly playing but I think it highlights what kind of manager Jose is. United will probably be reshaped (if he manages to keep the job) and perhaps other players will rejoin him. He should allow Juan to move on if he won't feature, as I would like to see him back at Chelsea. Would anyone else have him back if you had the chance?
  10. The Conte Thread

    I think Conte is starting to settle in his position, he knows which players he can rely on and he's got the best out of players like Hazard and Costa. A couple of weeks back, I watched you guys destroy Leicester City with my lad (increasingly becoming a huge Chelsea fan), Hazard and Costa bossed the match, I think the majority of chances came through them and Hazard seems to have been revived to his best (perhaps even beyond that). There was rumours going around the media that Conte may have been on the verge of being sacked (before your run), with the treadmill linking Hazard with a move elsewhere - if I recall correctly I think one team was Bayern. Once you can get a central partnership formed at the back, perhaps even replacing Terry (he still has a role to play) but what I mean is you need to find another player like him. I've mentioned in the past, I'm not convinced Cahill is of the same mould but with the reports linking certain players to Stamford Bridge, it would seem Conte has a good grip on what is needed and what can drive the club forward.
  11. Nicknames

    Which nickname do you use/prefer for Chelsea? The Blues The Blue Lions Blues The Pensioners Reason I ask is because a friend (also not a Chelsea fan) has said that he's never known Chelsea to be referred as by 'The Blue Lions' - however I have a couple of Nottingham based friends who support the club and they either refer to them as 'Blue Lions' or 'The Blues'. So I am wondering what the die hard fans use instead...
  12. Give Us Feedback/Bugs Thread

    Blocking ads really does impact independent sites, its not like Facebook or your local newspapers - they use ads to top themselves up further. Jim have you considered trying to work around membership fees? Offer extras? TalkChelsea is big enough and I am sure members will see that its vital continue, a reasonable yearly fee and I am sure dedicated regulars would opt into it.
  13. Give Us Feedback/Bugs Thread

    That could be the issues, or it may be related to the errors (like this). Fatal error: Out of memory (allocated 9961472) (tried to allocate 4728 bytes) in /home/jimcfc/public_html/forum/system/Db/Select.php on line 384
  14. Give Us Feedback/Bugs Thread

    Is anyone else getting errors about allocated memory? It seems on my first visit, fairly regularly that I get an error about the site running out of allocated memory and then providing the amount of data which it suppresses. Also, the site is a little sluggish until I've visited a few sites (only after getting the error). Otherwise it's lightening fast.
  15. Chelsea v West Ham

    Personally, I think Chelsea lacked a lot of structure and organization at the back last term. I don't think your CB pairing is a bad choice, IMO it's all about how they were setup and I don't think Guus Hiddink helped. Attacking wise, you played with a lot of precision from the games I watched on TV, easily breaking down sides and looking lethal. Cesc Fabregas didn't look like his usual self, majority of games I saw I felt he was the only weak link in your play (at least from an offensive point of view). Your full/wing backs looked more than capable to do their jobs. It's just for some reasons there was a lot of panic, I mean, going back to the Spurs game - they really outclassed you in the first half. Mostly due to the issues you had at the back, plus nobody was really marking but I've seen enough of that with the team I support - so I know it comes with difficult seasons and a lack of structure. When Costa and others stretched Spurs, your defence looked different and less likely to buckle. In the second half, your defence didn't seem the same as the one that started the game. It was quite weird to watch, as in recent years I would say you've been fairly solid in this department. Then again, I don't think Cahill is really a replacement for Terry.