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Everything posted by Jason

  1. Qarabag v Chelsea

    Qarabag vs Chelsea PRE/POST-MATCH DISCUSSION, LIVE CHAT AND ANALYSIS 2017/18 Champions League Group Stage Matchday 5 22nd November, Wednesday, 2017 Baku National Stadium 17:00 Kick Off (UK time)
  2. 22. Willian

    Willian was confirmed as a Chelsea player on 28 August, for a fee in the region of £32m, after Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich had reportedly contacted fellow Russian billionaire Kerimov personally. Clearly happy with the late change of destination, the Brazilian international commented "I'm very happy to be here, it's been a dream of mine to come and play here. Chelsea are one of the best clubs in the world, and now I'm going to play for one of the best managers in the world, so I'm very happy and looking forward to it." Willian made his Chelsea debut as a substitute in a shock home loss against FC Basel, and made his full debut for the club in a League Cup win against Swindon Town the following week. He scored his first goal for Chelsea on his Premier League debut, a sublime long-range effort against Norwich City that clinched a 3-1 win for the Blues in early October. Having been eased into the Chelsea side by José Mourinho, by December Willian had established himself as a regular starter along side Oscar and Eden Hazard in the triumverate of attacking midfielders behind the striker. By the turn of the year he was consistently demonstrating his skill in attacking areas and his notable workrate was no doubt a factor in Mourinho's evident faith in the Brazilian. He scored his second goal for the club against Southampton on New Year's Day. Reflecting on his move to Chelsea in January 2014 he told the FIFA website I kept an eye on Chelseas fortunes after they first tried to sign me. I developed a bit of a soft spot for the club. The problem was that Shakhtar didnt want to let me go. And then Anzhi came in and met my release clause fee, he explained. But that made my desire to play for Chelsea all the stronger. It took a while, but now Im here, and I couldnt be happier. Click here to view the record
  3. Qarabag v Chelsea

    At the risk of contradicting myself here, Schalke were so average back then and United had good backups for the rotation. We don't have them. Take Morata, Hazard and even Fabregas out, we will be devoid of any attacking threat.
  4. Qarabag v Chelsea

    Considering they already had a 2-0 away lead from the first leg, not sure Fergie rotating players for the second leg can be considered a calculated risk.
  5. West Brom - Chelsea

    West Brom 0-4 Chelsea PRE/POST-MATCH DISCUSSION, LIVE CHAT AND ANALYSIS 2017/18 Premier League Match 12 18th November, Saturday, 2017 The Hawthorns 15:00 Kick Off (UK time)
  6. Qarabag v Chelsea

    Not sure if we should be take that much risk TBH. If we can get the job done on Wednesday, then we can perhaps rest some players for the Atletico game in the midst of a busy period in December. Plus, things could get really nervy if we need a result to qualify in the last game. Remember Cluj in 2008?
  7. The English Football Thread

    Eriksen? Meh. Kane? Yes.
  8. 14. Tiemoue Bakayoko

  9. 14. Tiemoue Bakayoko

    Me reading this thread...
  10. 10. Eden Hazard

    Hazard has now scored 60 Premier League goals, surpassing Zola's record of 59. Fourth highest in club's history. Should overtake JFH. The other two though...
  11. Qarabag v Chelsea

    Yes. Win and we're through. Draw/Lose and we need Atletico to do the same against Roma to qualify. Otherwise, it'll go down to the final day.
  12. West Brom - Chelsea

    We were second for a couple of hours.
  13. West Brom - Chelsea

    Your Pulis nightmare might be over soon.
  14. The English Football Thread

    Comparing your own poor record with others just to make yourself look good is just daft. At least Mourinho has won a number of away games against the big sides over the years. How many has Pochettino won as Spurs manager? 1 in 17 and if we want to be choosy, that came against an ailing Man City side under Pellegrini. Said this before, when the spotlight is on Spurs, when they are expected to do something good, they choke. Last season's FA Cup semi-final, that West Ham game in May, the match at Wembley in August, their match at United last month and the Arsenal game today. Those were the times they were supposedly going to win and turn up the heat on others but every single time, they bottled it. All this novelty of building a team for the future, playing good football etc will only last for so long because if they don't do the business in the league, if they don't win trophies, it's all going to fall apart and players will leave at some point.
  15. Qarabag v Chelsea

    With Liverpool to come next weekend, suspect we need to rotate here a little. But on the other hand, not sure how much can we rotate here with qualification on the line. Wouldn't want it to be on the line on the last day against Atletico and can't underestimate Qarabag either since they have drawn with Atletico twice and only lost narrowly to Roma at home.
  16. The Conte Thread

    Today was Conte's 50th Premier League game and he's won 38 of them (76%). Not a bad record, is it? On a different subject, he needs to keep that beard.
  17. 9. Álvaro Morata

    Looks to be stronger in recent games. Not getting brushed off the ball as easily as before. Needs to keep it up and great that he's continued his goalscoring form. On a different note, slightly concerned about him suffering potential fatigue in the coming games. With Batshuayi out for a few games (he doesn't play a lot granted but still), he'll definitely be playing every game in coming weeks. Surprised Conte didn't take him off earlier.
  18. West Brom - Chelsea

    I know West Brom have been in poor form but this has been incredibly easy. Take nothing away from our performance though. Have been superb, especially Morata and Hazard.
  19. West Brom - Chelsea

    Been very comfortable, surprisingly. Pray we don't do anything stupid in the second half. Maybe get another early goal and can start resting players for the midweek trip to Qarabag.
  20. The English Football Thread

    So much hype on Spurs and Pochettino and they are still useless away from home against the league's big teams. Flat track bullies.
  21. West Brom - Chelsea

    SEVEN defensive players in West Brom's starting XI. IF they score first, it could turn into a very, very, very frustrating match to watch.