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Superblue_1986

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About Superblue_1986

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  • Birthday 09/23/1986

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Gloucester
  • Favourite Chelsea Player N'Golo Kante
  • Fan Since 1992
  • First Match Chelsea 0 - 3 Arsenal
  • Memory I went to the 1997 and 2000 FA Cup finals.

    Obviously the title winning campaigns and celebrations have also been fantastic.
  • Interests Chelsea obviously.
    American Football (New Orleans Saints)
    Spending time with the wife and kids

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  1. Super Frank Thread

    There were massive question marks over the quality in this squad over the summer, especially when Hazard left, but just 3 or 4 months on we look an exciting, young side with lots of pace and energy in the team. And suddenly the squad looks very strong also. I'd argue we're second in the league only to City with regards to our squad depth. For me all of this is on Lampard having the bottle to bring the young players into the side and give them belief. Last season whilst CHO ripped up the Europa League against some pretty rubbish teams he didn't look half the player in the Premier League chances he was given. This season he looks like someone who has his manager's trust and very capable of tearing any defender apart. If anybody had predicted at the start of the season that pretty much a quarter of the way through the season, we'd be in the top 4 only 2 points behind City having lost Hazard and Rudiger, Kante and RLC having been injured for most or all of the season, most would have laughed. The whole club feels re-energised at the moment and without getting ahead of ourselves, it does feel like the beginning of something very special. If we can get top 4 this season and hit a home run in the summer in the transfer market with 2 or 3 players, I believe we'll be back challenging for the title again.
  2. 11. Pedro Rodríguez

    I'd imagine Lampard could think of far worse problems than having that level of squad depth.
  3. 8. Ross Barkley

    I don't think he was very impressive last night, he just doesn't get his head up enough and release the ball quickly. In that deeper role, against good teams he'll be caught in possession too many times. That Bulgaria team last night are about the equivalent standard of a top league 1 team. They'd struggle in the Championship. If Kova and Kante are both unfit, as is Reece James, I am dreading him playing alongside Jorginho at the weekend. Newcastle are not a great team and we might just get away with it but they'll be confident after they beat United and they do have some hard working players in the midfield who may be willing to press Barkley if he has to play in there.
  4. 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi

    Yeah "yet". I think he'll be different to the rest of the lads from the academy and won't be as inclined to remain loyal. The lure of Bayern last season also suggests that he would probably like to try his hand at a move abroad in the future to one of the heavyweights. If that's the case so be it. Chelsea hold all the cards now and his future for a few years is tied up. If we can continue to be a successful club that wins and challenges for trophies it will hopefully encourage him to spend his best years here.
  5. Super Frank Thread

    Irrespective of the rest of the league, if anybody had said after losing 4-0 to United first game that going into the second international break after 8 games we'd be 5 points ahead of them with a better goal difference, and only 2 points behind City that everybody would have taken that. I think quite a few people expected us to be somewhere around where United are currently with a squad struggling to find goals. The defence has to continue to be worked on (although I feel yesterday the problems were basic errors as opposed to tactical flaws, and the second half showed that we are continuing to improve with controlling games and seeing them out from winning positions), but the football is exciting, the young players have revitalised the club more than could have been imagined and it's all under one of the biggest legends in the club's history who (touch wood) despite his inexperience seems to be taking it in his stride, learning from mistakes and improving each passing game.
  6. 22. Christian Pulisic

    Great assist today, I do feel initially he'll be a good impact player from the bench, especially in situations like today when we're winning against a tired defence because his pace, trickery and direct running can stretch teams and cause problems. He'll adapt and come good, I'm sure of it but it just takes some time.
  7. Conor Gallagher

    Even beyond that group, when United had the likes of O'Shea, Evans, Wes Brown, Fletcher, etc. They were never first choice quality but they kept that core United philosophy in the club, could be trusted and being from Uniteds academy they were more willing and happy to accept a squad role for a much longer proportion of their careers. It also allowed Fergie to rebuild the starting XI to challenge us at the time rather than having to rebuild the squad as a whole. Anyone can buy a player and they flop but I've mentioned a few times here that our biggest failing has been overpaying on players who were only brought in as squad depth and then as a result there's an inability to move them on easily. Theres really high hope for a number of players, particularly the current crop breaking through now. But it will be just as important to get the squad depth from the academy in the future so our transfer budget each season can be focused on a couple of top signings specifically designed to strengthen the first XI as opposed to stretching that budget across 3, 4, 5 players and hindering the overall quality we buy.
  8. Eden Hazard

    Don't agree that it was a bad deal for Chelsea. We got another year out of Hazard, possibly his best one and in doing so it played a big part in us winning the Europa League and coming third. The way Sarri set up to play last season I dread to think where we would have been without Hazard's creativity and goal output. What we got for him at his age, wear and tear and one year left on his contract was phenomenal business as I don't think he is one of these players who will still be performing at the highest level well into his 30's.
  9. 9. Tammy Abraham

    The biggest problem that he's had is an inability to re-fresh his squad sufficiently. I think they've brought 2 new players in the last couple of seasons? It's just not enough, especially when as you mentioned they aren't winning any trophies so they don't even have that winning habit and experience running through the squad. He's also now dealing with a core group of players that don't actually want to be at the club anymore which is never good for squad harmony and morale. That's the biggest thing that pleases me this season is how much we've managed to refresh our squad when it could very easily have looked old and stale. Now the squad looks young and vibrant, and unlike Spurs I expect us next summer to be competitive in the transfer market.
  10. 29. Fikayo Tomori

    Tammy won't displace Kane from the England team anytime soon, but I think he has an excellent chance of being next in line behind Kane which will present him with more than enough chances and opportunities to take.
  11. 29. Fikayo Tomori

    It's crazy when you consider it has only been about half a dozen games but his rise has been so meteoric. From what I've seen, he has literally everything needed for a top centre back and his only real weakness at present is his lack of experience, particularly from a positional perspective at times but that will develop and he's so quick in the recovery it hasn't posed any problems anyway. If he continues the way he has been, I could seriously see him being first choice for England by the time Euro 2020 comes round.
  12. Eden Hazard

    Not just with the start he's made, but the overall feeling at Madrid at the moment and Zidane not likely to last long term at this rate, it's very possible that Hazard may be available again next summer if things carry on. Very much like what happened with Coutinho. If he was made available again next summer how many people would have him back? For me, I would pass on him. He was a great player here but will be 29 by that point and for someone who has played a lot of football since an early age and is hardly the model professional with regards to his work ethic and training/fitness methods I think it would be a big risk because I wonder how long he will be able to continue at the very highest level. I've also been pleasantly surprised at how good we've looked when attacking this season. Still a work in progress but the signs are there of a more aggressive and direct style of football and I don't believe Hazard would suit what we're trying to do with regards to pressing aggressively and looking to release the ball much quicker. Also are some of these players performing better because we no longer have a talisman we are reliant on. I definitely wouldn't like to see him back in the league though with someone else. Surely if this doesn't work out, the most logical move would be to PSG in some form of Mbappe or Neymar deal.
  13. 9. Tammy Abraham

    Couldn't agree more. We all tell him that but he doesn't listen, he must like his dance moves or something. To prove a point he's just brought a United shirt for his young boy with Lingard on the back. The poor kid's going to get so bullied...from my kids for starters! Bit off topic, but I was also thinking last night I see Dele Alli very much in the same light. He has regressed so much he's looked a shadow for a long time now and offers practically nothing. With the likes of these two and even closer to home, Barkley, there's a big opportunity for the likes of Mount, CHO and RLC to become big mainstay's in the England set up over the next few years.
  14. 9. Tammy Abraham

    Tammy's work rate and attitude will stop that from happening. Even when he's struggling to make an impact on a game his work rate and pressing can't be faulted and as he gets older and more experienced he'll definitely become a better all round player with his hold up play, etc. I personally feel from a technical level that he can exceed Lukaku. Being an academy player too will just offer that extra bit of support from fans when it's needed. Hell, I have a mate who's a United fan and still loves Lingard!
  15. Lille 1-2 Chelsea

    That was a massive win tonight. So many players making their first away trip in the Champions League with a pretty intimidating atmosphere, I thought we did a good job. Take away the last 5 minutes of nerves at the end, and Tomori was once again outstanding. I really hope Rudiger gets back to full fitness soon because I'd love to see what these two are like with a run of games because the potential could be there to make an excellent pairing. Tammy again too continues to develop. Took his goal superbly, but his all round play continues to improve and he always puts a real shift in for the team. And for all the moaning about some of the players I thought the experienced players stepped up in the second half when they needed to. Willian's goal was a fantastic strike, Azpilicueta and Alonso I felt defended more solid when we reverted to a back 4 and Zouma too won everything in the air when Lille tried pressing in the last 15 minutes. Very pleasing all round, and let the positive momentum continue...