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Everything posted by Adnane

  1. 22. Willian

    He can fuck off.
  2. The Conte Thread

    That's amazing, we have only kept 5 players in the first team ( active one obviously not the likes of Christensen ) in the last 3 years, considering that in 2015 we had normally assembled a core of players post 2012 transition ready to go for years to come... There might be a resemblance of lack of consistency then, we formed a strong core for almost 10 years before but we are struggling to have consistent results now because of that same reason. Let's look at teams like Juve, Bayern or Real Madrid who are for me the most successful ones in the last 5-6 years ( excluding Barcelona because they have an outlier ), the catch is that despite a comparable coach rotation to us ( except maybe Juve ), these teams are keeping their world class players put for a lot of years, hence why any new manager only needs to focus about the winning part. This is a reliable model because it means that your success becomes independent from your manager, and that the players make the team. On the other hand, both our board hasn't been consistent enough with their recruitments/sales and these players themselves haven't been performing consistently. The interesting part is that the massive wave of recruitment in 2012 - 2014 was for this sole purpose, forming a core with the following players : Courtois, Hazard, Willian, Salah Shuerrle, Matic, Fabregas, Costa, Oscar, De Bruyne, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Filipe Luis, etc. We have just tremendously failed at assembling this talent in a consistent time span for the good benefit of the club. And a reason of that might be our board actually bending too much for managers, the reasons we shipped out talents like Filipe, Salah, and KDB is Mourinho, some players were just not suiting the philosophy of Conte ( Zouma, Oscar... ) and we now find ourselves with a very weak core of players... All that being said, we are building one now with the additions of Christensen, Kanté, Morata, Bakayoko etc. But if we are to get anything from these guys then consistency should be there, not only from a coaching standpoint ( I have no issues with changing coaches as it provides a different dynamic and room for improvement to the team ) but also in how we handle our transfers. Simply put, if players like Morata and Bakayoko are in demand tomorrow we should be saying no and keeping them, if we believed enough in them in the 1st place to invest such a hefty amount of money then we should be equally believing in them and keeping them on the long run ( and I genuinely believe they are indeed good players ).
  3. The Conte Thread

    Do you guys even realize how bad we were in 2016 ? Our highest position was 10th, the one where we finished the season. We had a goal difference of +6. We didn't show the slightest of fights against PSG. We went out against Stoke early in the COC. We went out against Everton in the FA Cup. The best we had done in the league was 3 wins in a row. Our top 4 chance was basically gone by October. This year we were 2nd at some point in January, win tomorrow and we are 5 points short of Tottenham and 7 Liverpool, with a game at home against the latter coming up ( which we might or might not win obviously ). Even if we miss out on Champions League football which is highly likely it will be by a considerably smaller margin than 2016. In 2016 we finished 16 points off top 4, and 13 off the first relegated team, we basically were closer to relegation zone than top 4. We are on course to finish the season with 75 points if we somehow manage to win all remaining Premier League games, in the last 15 PL seasons, this would have enabled us to play CL football the following year in 80% of the cases. It's not a guess, it's an actual statistic. I'm all for giving the players, manager and board stick for this deceiving season guys, but stop rewriting history, nothing we've experienced this year will ever get as low as 2016, that was a total nightmare, terrible.
  4. Barcelona 3-0 Chelsea

    Our first real test.
  5. 9. Álvaro Morata

    One goal less than the mighty Harry Kane and the GOAT Aguero, same as wonderkid G. Jesus and "Better Finisher" Lukaku. Chelsea 1 point off United and Tottenham. Still, apparently, Chelsea in crisis, Morata not good enough, missing Costa. Beautiful journalism.
  6. Charly Musonda Jr.

    For all the criticism you're giving him Willian is still miles ahead of Musonda at the moment, there is no question about that.
  7. Charly Musonda Jr.

    Someone like Morata at Real and Juve could have done the same, he didn't and waited for his chance, look at him now. Don't care if you are 20 or 35, if you want to succeed at the very top level there are certain guidelines you need to follow, you need to be a role model to actually impress your manager. If you're not ready to be fully professional and go on about your job, then go to Betis ( he didn't even hold on to his starting place there ). I'm not mad at him and would have him for a long time obviously, but what was he expecting with the most talented player in the history of the club, plus a spanish and brazilian international all in front of him ? He is choosing this battle and needs to work hard and be patient, it does seem that Conte rates him a lot, but if he keeps whining, it will just raise concerns about how ready he is for the challenge.
  8. 4. Cesc Fàbregas

    Fabregas is magic, he is a magic chef, he could've played for arsenal, but he said no fuck that He threw a fucking pizza, straight at fergy's face, and when we'll win the league again well sing this song all night
  9. The Ancelotti Thread

    You're all underestimating him here. At Bayern ha did not come as the savior, he had to face huge pressure from the board, the media and big profile players. I still think he did okay and that the decision was taken a bit too early, but then again, that's the issue in big clubs with player power. His first 18 months at Real Madrid were the stuff of dreams, only injury issues made their second season a failure, mostly because they didn't win any titles, having half of their team out for crucial games, but at some point that season they had gone on a 25-30 games winning streak until injuries started hitting them, which is still an issue at Real to this day. We all know what happened here in his first season.. At Arsenal, he will indeed be perceived as the savior, he will have a lot of work to do but he will arguably be the biggest figure in the club, all players will feel relieved if he comes, just imagine being Alexis - Ozil ( if they stay and he comes ), and discovering that you no longer have to train under Wenger but that you will work with one of the best managers ever, a coach who has always been hailed on of the best man managers in the world by his ex players ( starting with JT himself ), they would instantly turn into title contenders in my opinion, and given his experience in CL, with a one or two good transfer windows, you could argue that they would go back to being competitive.
  10. The Ancelotti Thread

    Football really has gone mad...
  11. Atletico Madrid 1-2 Chelsea

    I'm here, didn't have the chance to log in these days Our first real test...
  12. Stoke 0-4 Chelsea

    Our first real test.
  13. Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal

    Arsenal have put on a strong team, with their best defensive line-up, I really don't expect us to blow them out of the water.
  14. Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal

    It almost looks like they've been resting their stars for more than 10 years now anyway.
  15. Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal

    Our first real test. ( And I'm not joking this time )
  16. 24. Gary Cahill

    Clearly a step below everyone else. The difference in urgency and agility between him, Rüdiger and Christensen is alarming.
  17. Diego Costa

    So we would be basically replacing a toxic inconsistent ( albeit world class when in form ) striker with one of the brightest young talents and most complete strikers in world football for a couple of quids ?
  18. Chelsea 6-0 Qarabag

    Our first real test.
  19. 10. Eden Hazard

    Not starting against Greece today, it's a crucial game in which Belgium could seal their qualification for the WC and he said himself that the opponents would probably kick him. Perfect for Chelsea, if he comes in by the end of the game should things go south for Greece, might have a solid 90 minutes overall in the legs for Belgium this week, get back, make an appearance off the bench against Leicester and make his full return in our Champions League opener against Qarabag. Still, I think he is 3 weeks or so ahead of his initial recovery Schedule announced in June, has to be delightfully surprised by his healing speed.
  20. Leicester 1-2 Chelsea

    Indeed, reference to the long running joke from our 13 wins streak of last year.
  21. Leicester 1-2 Chelsea

    Our first real test.
  22. Diego Costa

    Looks like a lot of stuff is going on in the background in the last 2 days, we still have no update though.
  23. Diego Costa

    The Champions League squads are also to be announced tonight, that would be a real indicator if he is included. Sent from my SM-A510F using Tapatalk