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Everything posted by Robchels

  1. 22. Willian

    Barcelona is trying to balance their squad with a tactical defensive winger like William. He can’t attack for shit, but can certainly help make a team more robust. think Barca are tired of getting destroyed in second leg CL matches and want to be able to close down shop when needed. I’m far from a fan, but it would be extremely stupid to let him go during a ban. We don’t have many options for the wings, and certainly not with William’s characteristics.
  2. 1. Kepa Arrizabalaga

    “Louca varrida” (br-pt) which closely translates to batshit crazy! Funnest sayings in both languages too imo. honestly put Alonso there and he’s twice the player bakayoko is. Better first touch, passing, just as tall and slow, but can score too. No, he will not win you over, just pointing out how bad bakayoko is. kepa’s strong end of season is definitely promising. He’s got potential and I’m happy that he’s definitely at least a good goalie. Whether he will eventually become a great goalie, well that’s still to be decided.
  3. Tiemoue Bakayoko

    Fair enough. I did not say mikel did not play his part. Same with Meireles, but it always baffles me why mikel stayed for so long considering how little playtime he got... always bit parts (consider the time he stayed at the club). Him getting more playtime coincided with our worst moments in that period. we might have developed 3 different younger players in that time. With likely different levels of success. However, the incredible thing is how limited mikel game was. I mean he could do only two very specific things: tackle and pass in very short distances. He had a lot of difficulties with long balls and pretty much every other aspect of the game. i mean we criticize drinkwater here but that guy is a lot more rounded than mikel (no pun :)). He can shoot score, hit a long ball. Mikel never did any of these things. still bakayoko can not even control the football, so it’s silly to go on and talk about other aspects of his game.
  4. The International Football Thread

    This is by far the best Portugal team I’ve seen by far. I still think they are short of challenging for a WC win mostly because of depth and weaknesses in certain areas, but definitely good players all over who need to be scouted. carvalho does look PL made with all that power and good on the ball. guedes what a shot! On the other end, Netherlands looked poor in certain areas, esp the right side. They had spaces on the wings but the balls in had little to no real quality. Perhaps just youth and they still need to improve.
  5. Tiemoue Bakayoko

    As eden’s biggest critic - the only one - this sums up the situation perfectly: hazard leaves and bakayoko returns. let me make my opinion perfectly clear (for posterity ) drinkwater is twice the player and I still wouldn’t want him/either in the roster. bakayoko is the worst midfielder I’ve seen at chelsea. Worse than mikel and even Meireles. the days of purely physical mids are long gone. Bakayoko has no place in modern football (at least not elite) regardless of manager, style, or formation.
  6. 22. Willian

    Ridiculous call up. Brazil manager Tite is getting lots of flack for William and Fernandinho. The Latter is a good player for city and awful for Brazil... though imo he’s overrated in England. Actually nobody understands William getting called up. He’s done nothing for Brazil.
  7. Eden Hazard

    That was then. And it’s still trusting an external address, which is hardly evidence. He may say that and then to his agent/parent, “get me out of here!” and once again, is it fair to demand that we become Real Madrid? Would anything less suffice to eden? in other words, isn’t it the same as just saying that he wants out because we are not big enough nor will we ever be big enough for him? sorry I still don’t trust player words at all (all PR). The word professional is the opposite of a fan.
  8. Eden Hazard

    Sorry but you don’t really know that, do you? I mean I hear this argument over and over, but it could just be wishful thinking. Now if the argument is just that we are not as big and powerful as Real Madrid, that’s the case for every other club but Real Madrid. Would acquiring a couple of quality players magically make eden want to stay and not join his dream club? I don’t buy that. It’s not a recent thing either. His stance did not change over the years.
  9. Philippe Coutinho

    Long range shooting is a very important skill in competitive football esp in important games for obvious reasons. It’s also a skill our team lacks big time. Even eden is terrible at that. but yeah, coutinho offers little more than that, perhaps the occasional key pass. He’s a bit like Eriksen in that he vanishes often. and he definitely needs that free role too. Does not chase or work for the team hard enough, so you gonna have to play for him. it might have been worse... we could be going after james Rodriguez should we be happy for the ban?!
  10. Eden Hazard

    Can’t disagree with that. That’s why for me, eden behavior and now wanting to leave put him outside of legend category. True but he was already playing well below his normal. Still hurt a bit, but it’s not like he left us at his prime or anywhere near that. Hazard wants to leave. He wanted to leave for real for years. Regardless of competition. So, that reasoning (compete at cL) does not make sense to me. There are no guarantees real will compete there in the next few years either.
  11. Eden Hazard

    You are right of course, but there are no friends in football. This is hardly his retirement, so he’s making a rival - all top clubs are or should be our rivals - stronger. And if we build a good team that can challenge cL in the near future, hazard will very much be a rival, despite all the history behind. While this is a fair move to him, it is also not good for the club esp during a ban. That’s why footballers aren’t and can’t be fans... he’s thinking about his career and himself, not the club. As he should.
  12. 33. Emerson Palmieri

    Different formation, system, and tactics, so no not going to happen. Emerson is a very traditional LB. He was poor in the first half along with a few other players (against arsenal), but grew with the team in the second half. He defended well and even produced that great early cross for giroud. Does not look like Cl quality atm, but who does in our squad? Kante? The rest will need to improve or be improved on.
  13. The European Leagues & Competitions Thread V2

    Yup and I think the position or arms and hands will become more important then. Perhaps the only thing they will be looking for since intention is gone. perhaps keeping arms behind will be a good idea then. Luiz is well trained in that.
  14. The European Leagues & Competitions Thread V2

    Hah can’t believe there are folks here who think that was not a pk. stupid? sure, but one Very obvious handball. The position of his arm is calling for a handball all along... looks like it’s a basketball block... refs are instructed to look for that type of thing. Some defenders have even been putting theirs hands in the back and it’s debatable whether that’s necessary, but stick it out like that in the box and it Will be called every time, especially with new rules.
  15. The European Leagues & Competitions Thread V2

    This is hard fought final. Every tackle counts. Every shot or pass has legs thrown in front. If folks can’t appreciate this, sorry.... this is also football and it happens a lot in finals. Quite a few WC finals just like this over history. liverpool is just a far superior team. And all their players are hard working. Even the stars track back and make runs without the football. Look at salah he never stops running. the unlucky part for fans is having a poor side like spurs in the final. They are the lucky ones to have made it. Should have been city had Laporte not fucked up.
  16. The European Leagues & Competitions Thread V2

    Klopp will likely address the poor pool decisions in the back. They’ve been just kicking it upfield at times. game should improve in the second. Still as poor as pool was, Tottenham created next to nothing.
  17. The European Leagues & Competitions Thread V2

    Yeah. The idea is prob to get Lucas on when pool players are more tired, but don’t think they’ve caused enough trouble to liverpool thus far. firmino is hurting pools midfield. And their movement off the ball has been bad. Still salah and mane look like they will score if given half an opportunity.
  18. The European Leagues & Competitions Thread V2

    Tottenham May have possession but no shots on goal so far. Pool still more likely to score.
  19. Eden Hazard

    Don’t feel so good about Chelsea fans. We do the same to our players. Not comparing with Ramos, who’s an excellent dirty player, but Alonso comes to mind. Ivanovic before that, but that’s football. We are a fickle bunch.
  20. 18. Olivier Giroud

    Just watched that header again, absolute top finish! that took place when the game was still tight. And as goals do, it changed the game. Their players moved forward just a bit, their stance changed because then they were chasing. That allowed spaces to players that can use them well, like Eden and surprisingly enough Pedro who had a massive game. that assist to Eden for the fourth was just showing off..
  21. 27. Andreas Christensen

    A couple of us mentioned his good performances during the match and I honestly don’t think he’s got many weaknesses as a player, but then again I’m a fan. its really up to him as what tier he belongs. He could go all the way and become a top defender, but that depends on his ambition and desire.
  22. Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal

    And what a strong performance that was! My motm vote was him or giroud (eden would be covered ;)), but First goal wins as it made arsenal even more vulnerable...
  23. Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal

    There is something funny about arsenal, the club, and I don’t think it’s intentional. 😂
  24. Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal

    Eden had a strong game, but we had many strong performers today. Esp second half. Giroud and Pedro were really good with Kante right below. think it’d still be giroud as motm for me for the importance of the first goal... it changes games. The other goals were in counters.
  25. Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal

    Petr is keeping it only 4