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Everything posted by Tomo

  1. Kalidou Koulibaly

    Sarri would probably prioritize developing Rudi into KK esque, Sarri hates the transfer market and even declined the chance to spend big on a Higuain replacement.
  2. It does seem like managers can't seem to win these days. If they overachieve with clubs on small budgets like Poch and Sarri have it's "show us your medals", yet if they win at City, Paris, Bayern, Real, Barca apparently it doesn't count because even Shannon from Scunthorpe and her dog could do the same. It seems all managers we get linked with right now are being put in one category or the other.
  3. The English Football Thread

    He had won the league twice and did quite well with Italy. None of the options mentioned have the same CV, so I don't see it being the same. He's pretty much going to keep kicking off unless he gets a blank cheque. He did an incredible job last season, but last seasons gone.
  4. The English Football Thread

    Given the way Conte has been behaving this season, keeping him is also a risk. Appointing him in the first place was aswell.
  5. The English Football Thread

    There's always alternatives, especially for a short term shot in the arm type remit, even bang average managers like Avram Grant, Tim Sherwood and (i say this with a heavy heart) Di Matteo are living proof of that!!!!
  6. 33. Emerson Palmieri

    Was he actually that good last night? Or is the desperation to see Alonso dropped leading to exaggerations? (like the Ivan-Baba situation). I thought he was pretty quiet all be it made a vital contribution at the end to seal the points. That said im by no means saying he isn't promosing and i do want to see more of him, but by the comments you'd think he unleashed his inner prime Ash last night.
  7. The English Football Thread

    Some of the rumoured targets are far from crap.
  8. Bit different situation now. Back in 2011 we had a squad alien to any other style but their own, this squad is a lot more flexible.
  9. Nemanja Matic

    He didn't play when we were 10th because he was dropped when we were 16th.
  10. Nemanja Matic

    Post 14/15 which big games was he MOTM in? He was often a big reason we were so easy to press and suffocate the life out off, infact we did just that to United with him in the side 3 halfs out of four this season.
  11. Nemanja Matic

    Yeah but when we had Torres half of League two would have been an improvement. Two wrongs don't make a right.
  12. Juan Mata

    He was very good in his prime, but he seemed to nosedive around about early 2013 and hasn't gone back to his best to this day. Watching him for United these days i can't believe he's actually the same player.
  13. Juan Mata

    I am fond of Mata, i just think his overall influence with us during his time here was greatly exaggerated.
  14. Nemanja Matic

    Honestly? I don't miss Matic one little bit. And given how bad his replacement has been and that we have had some horrific results against some shit teams, that's saying something.
  15. Juan Mata

    I'd say it's more revisionist claiming he was brilliant right up until the moment he was sold when in reality was he was under par for the best part of a year before we let him go to Man U, and he has got even worse since then. He was very good in 11/12 (although just how good was being exaggerated due to how bad Kaloudanelka and Torres were) and was brilliant for the first half of 12/13 but after that season hit the new year his form fell off a cliff and it was Hazard, not him, delivering the goods to get us Europa and top four. Judging by the comments on his thread in Redcafe then he hasn't got any better atall, in fact (ironically) most of them are talking about him in the same vein we did Oscar at the very end. He was a decent player for us and his arrival (and creativity) came at a time it was so desperately needed but to get £37m out of him when we did was incredible business, the big mistake that window was the other AM that slipped through the net!!!
  16. Southampton 2-3 Chelsea

    When we drew 0-0 to Arsenal that season the phrase going round was "0-0 and Drogba got both"
  17. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    There can be ways round the lack of height tactically. As far as set pieces go Courtois is so good at coming out to collect there's not an urgent need for lots of height, and if we stick to 3atb then the tallest defender can drift into midfield when we are anticipating an ariel duel in the centre. As much as you have a point with CHO and Ampadu, at 17 there isn't any rush or need to send them out on loan or give them serious minutes, i'd happily see progress on their apps this season (about 10-15 each) while they carry on enjoying themselves smashing all before them in the youth cups (which will help further develop a winning mentality). The season after next is when big decisions will need to be made with those two.
  18. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    The youth/loanee should be at the front of the que (in my opinion) is Mason Mount, he is basically another chance at KDB. CHO and Amps are still kids so i'm happy to bide my time with them, but Mount will be turning 20 next season and he is already proven in the Europa so we should play him in that and the league cup, then (if he performs) start giving him league appearances.
  19. The Conte Thread

    As average to poor as we have been this season, we are still passing the ball to a relitevely acceptable level and creating a respectable amount of chances, under Jose in 15/16 we couldn't string two passes together and our only way to create a chance was a Willian set piece or oppo cock up. You can maybe make a comparison between this season and the Hiddink half of 15/16, but even our lowest ebb this campaign is like paradise compared to the Jose half, that period was a complete and utter horror story from top to bottom.
  20. 13. Thibaut Courtois

    This thread is quiet. Excellent save from Stevens at the end, with the speed and trajectory of the header to not only save it but catch it aswell was phenomenal, if he goes we will miss him that i am sure!!!!
  21. Diego Costa

    We won all but two of our games in the last three months.
  22. General Transfer Talk

    United wouldn't sell to us. Best hope of getting Martial would be if he went to a 3rd tier club and we pounce a year on.
  23. No, he needs to ply his trade elsewhere first. As good as he has done with the youth set up, managing Chelsea youth teams is the equivalent of managing Celtic!!
  24. FA Youth Cup thread

    This is mainly the reason i want our next manager to be a youth friendly coach even before a trophy laden track record. The previous generation of Boga, Charly, RLC all had flaws that were fatal when it came to first team chances at Chelsea, the likes of CHO, Mount, Sterling, Ampadu ill go as far as saying are near dead certs to make it under the right manager.