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  1. The English Football Thread

    Love the commentator trying to explain how Henessey did not make a mistake and the ball changed direction, even when the replay clearly showed that it did not. Despite the obvious GK mistake - just too far out - Spurs were just dominating this game with easy in the second half. CP simply did not play.
  2. 30. David Luiz

    agreed. I'd not say he's that "normal" though. He's a very unique CB with very unique strengths and weaknesses. He loses concentration on occasion, which has the potential to punish your side if the team cannot handle it. Hence why he works better with two other CBs or even in midfield (Jose). If your side and your coach can accommodate him in a system, he will offer a lot on the technical side, probably more than any other CB: first touch, passing (even long), and shooting. He's also pretty good in the air and pacey for a Cb which allows him to produce many interceptions. So, If you have David on your side, you do have to make adjustments, but doing so makes him a strong asset. His weakness in concentration and especially his style of always seeking the anticipation (interception) will always make him look worse than the others around him when things go bad, even when he's "only" just as bad (e.g. Brazil vs germany). The french thought he was responsible for the weak defensive showing of PSG in the CL against barcelona before. It seems not much changed without him, only that now they cannot as easily blame the very composed Silva and Marquinhos.
  3. Romelu Lukaku

    Different teams; different conditions and esp ambitions. most complaints people have here against Diego are regarding his technique or the lack thereof. Lukaku would certainly NOT be an improvement in that regard. If we want to become a more technical side to compete in Europe, then perhaps Lukaku is not the way to go. On the other hand, with the current level of spending, it does not seem we are serious about Europe, so we might settle for another low-technique striker for the PL.
  4. 6. Nathan Aké

    "I believe Michy and Ake are two players who he has mishandled" perhaps you are right and a bit insensitive from the club with Ake. "it's started to bite us in the finishing sprint." Now this is a conclusion leap: there is zero evidence that the two facts are tied. Whether they were or not mishandled, using them more would've probably made no difference. Are they so much *better* than the players who played? Are the players who have been playing tired by chance? For me at least, it is far more likely this is just showing the limitations of our squad in terms of quality.
  5. 6. Nathan Aké

    difficult to say, but perhaps the fact that he's homegrown played a big part when the club needed to find cover for certain positions Ake is familiar with. Or as far as we know this IS his chance at chelsea! perhaps the club really did think to give him a shot after the many good performances he's had. So, this could be his big break and he might not be impressing the manager enough to get minutes. Or they might be preparing him, letting him bake for next season as suggested above. It's tough on the player, sure, but it's not easy for a big club to give minutes to aspiring players when every point counts. Doesn't even the FA discourage clubs from heavily rotating in cup matches?
  6. The Conte Thread

    that's the fans logic: players C and D would've done so much better than player A, because player A did not play well. Of course, the entire other part of the equation is missing in that "logic." The very unlikely possibility: that player C and D, who never tie the boots of player A in practice, would have indeed done better. Personally I wished Conte had the same starting XI as usual with Alonso and Tibo (not possible today). Perhaps, as a personal pref Fab or WIllian instead of Pedro, but that's about it. Bad time to be missing important players and thought Hazard, Pedro, and Costa had pretty poor showings tbh.
  7. Alexis Sanchez

    technically he's very good, but I just don't like his attitude. There is no excuse for a player to be playing the way he's been lately: not talking about whether he scores or not, but rather his dedication on the pitch. Ozil has always been a (too) cold player on the pitch; always lacked work rate which is needed to become a great, but Alexis is different and it is easy to see he's lacking dedication and drive. reckon signing him could be detrimental to the locker room.
  8. 3. Marcos Alonso

    Agree 100% with you on Cahill. suggest that we spell out the name of the player in discussion esp when off-topic (to avoid confusion). anyone can carry the football without being contested esp professional players, but real technique is needed when in tight spaces. alonso has excellent technique and ball control. Most diff attribute to improve. The rest he can improve on, esp composure. However, as a tall player and due to his build, he will never be pacey.
  9. 11. Pedro Rodríguez

    heh football is funny sometimes. Thought Pedro was painful to watch against City. A lot of running, poor control, and no end product. To be fair, he did play the second half a a RWB and I don't think he's very good in that position: moses is better.
  10. 10. Eden Hazard

    They are probably similar at dribbling alone: like you said hazard is more explosive, but Messi has tighter ball control which helps in tight spaces, which in turn helps more in the CL. Messi is way ahead concerning vision and also ahead concerning goals and tight control of the football, hence his advantage in the CL stage. IMO Ronaldo does not come close to messi in terms of tight control and working in tight spaces as he needs some space to work (hazard does too to a lesser degree). Ronaldo has power though, which makes him an aerial thread in certain conditions; in tight games he's more of an aerial threat than anything else. Personally, I'd not exchange Hazard for Ronaldo.
  11. Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

    Alonso is young and will improve. This is his first season with us. We do need more options though.the crucial attribute he posses which is technique. He just needs more composure and that will come with time. as one who actually likes matic, with mikel gone we should def try to improve on him. He's less effective in this system than he was with jose's. the team is good, but has no business in the champions league - huge improvement is needed to compete there.
  12. 7. N'Golo Kante

    Gattuso relied on power while kante relies on restlessnes, an incredibly high work rate. Kante is on the short side while gattuso was pretty decent in the air. great players to have and awful to play against.
  13. 19. Diego Costa

    not sure today (WH) was about costa. The team overall performance was average only saved by a moment of brilliance by hazard. This was a good win, and good enough to win the PL esp with the great point lead, but I can't think of going far in Europe next year unless we improve our overall play.
  14. Romelu Lukaku

    I don't disagree with your assessment of Diego's limitations although I think his first touch and control have been pretty good lately, but I do disagree with the comparison, and especially the idea that Diego has an advantage for being surrounded by better players. Similar logic comes often on hazard thread when he has a quiet game and it does not work for me there either. Being a big player in a smaller club *can* make you look a lot better than you actually are: there are so many examples that it would take a whole thread (Carrol, Bony, most liverpool players ) While being in a small club can indeed hamper his progress, that's for him to figure out. For us, it is very difficult to know whether Lukaku would've been as effective in the current system, but the evidence is that probably not. What we do know is that Diego works really well in this system, and what we don't know is how lukaku would have. I know imagination is fun and all, but playing at the level Diego has been and as consistently is not easy. I for one cannot make that assumption. It's also very *different* to have the entire team playing to your strengths versus just being a team member. Would Lukaku do as well with far less counter attacking for example? Would he contribute when we have to play against 11 players behind the ball? Not saying he can't, just that we don't yet know.
  15. 4. Cesc Fàbregas

    That's in his favor yes, but fabregas and pogba play deeper than the others in the list. The others have to deal with more contested areas and tighter marking from the opposition. Don't think he was good enough to be a regular for Barca. We need better all rounders in the middle if we want to compete outside the pl.