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About Leif

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  • Favourite Chelsea Player Cesar Azpilicueta
  • Fan Since 2005
  1. Ethan Ampadu

    Well he made as many tackles in 10 mins as Azpilicueta+Rudiger did combined in 80. His quality is that at only 17, he commands the players around him & is positionally sound. Those are 2 incredibly rare and hard to refine traits. Technique can always be refined; what if he retains his positional sense, leadership attitude, but adds improved ball distribution to his game? Wouldn't he be the model ball-playing central defender? No matter current technical limitation, it can't be ignored, and he can't be called average, simply due to the fact there's no other 17 year olds we can think of (surely?) who act as confident without errors. He is now where Rabiot at PSG was around roughly the same age. He'd be a dependable squad player, good enough for the XI of his national side. Simply useful & actually worth the space in the squad (eventually); especially considering he'll happily play both defence + midfield. It's like he's the cleanest, highest quality blank canvas. Sure, not a great painting yet - there's even paintings his age floating around - but they're sloppy. Whatever he becomes, even if a small finger painting, he will be consistent.
  2. Huddersfield - Chelsea

    Not Ampadu ? No point watching the rest of this when there's a David Attenborough DVD beside me.
  3. Huddersfield - Chelsea

    The only team to be beating complete fodder 3-0 and still have barely any hope of introducing a youngster Most teams near enough our level (Arsenal, Dortmund, Atletico) (lol at our new level) would've started with 1, then brought the other on around 55mins in. Give us something to look forward to this season. Like the foundation for a better future.
  4. Huddersfield - Chelsea

    Personally shocked this is being called a good performance. Scored, yes, clean sheet so far, yes - but we've allowed a team 5 points from relegation play some football, make a player or 2 of ours slip on their arses, and at least made our defence run. Take any other top team (City, Barcelona, Juve) and the possession would be 95%-5%, which should be the case with us regardless of formation or tactics. We should always dominate teams like this and we are not dominating. We're doing just what's expected of us currently - getting through a nobody team with quite some effort.
  5. 14. Tiemoue Bakayoko

    When you're wrong, you're wrong. I was wrong. I've been fed my just deserts.
  6. Huddersfield - Chelsea

    wITh0uT fAbReGAs baKA wIll THriVE
  7. The Conte Thread

    Conte never would've brought the likes of Rudiger, Baka, Drinkwater to Juventus. I hope that much is clear. CFC wanted Rudiger from 2013/2014. CFC wanted another English player. Baka move was the Baka move. Personally, i don't at all consider any of these to be the manager's signings. I only consider Zappa to be one. and Morara when eventually we had no other options.
  8. Huddersfield - Chelsea

    A club with less to lose (CL spot) would start giving game-time to Ampadu/Musonda for the rest of the season considering the title's lost, and the following year or 2 have some of the best two youngsters in the league.
  9. Champions League thread

    Taking into account how bad we are this season (IMO), it's worth having the perspective that Barcelona have been pretty much neck-and-neck with Valencia this season, while playing with a less consistent quality for the most part, getting ahead through individual quality more often than not. I know we can beat Valencia. Then again, Barcelona's defence is doing better than it's ever done really, and they're not nearly as inexperienced as Valencia. We're obviously, clearly, so damn clear to see 2-3 levels below current Barcelona, but we were 2 levels below Bayern. Though then again we had more magical players. Too many perspectives! I regret this post. But i'd regret the wasted time even more if i didn't now post it. I need to jazz it up. Easy..
  10. 9. Álvaro Morata

    Well his Nen type is definitely not Specialist.
  11. 10. Eden Hazard

    To even call this a bad Hazard performance is to completely miss all the obvious flaws in the line up from before kick off even happened. 5-3-2 against a team who plays with as many defensive players as West Ham do? Same players week in, week out, no chance for rest? 1 attacking player to support Hazard? (against something like 9 defensive players) Playing Hazard centrally (where i usually want him) when West Ham stack the centre, and are weakest on the sides? The game was at least a draw before the whistle blew.
  12. 13. Thibaut Courtois

    Consistently stalled on contract renewals due to angling for higher pay Demanded to be #1 while Cech was still here, despite proving nothing with us Hardly giving his all, which is undebatable having seen a lot of his Atletico games; he was a monster for them, which was nothing to do with their defence, but the willingness to put his body on the line Said 3 yrs ago that due to being on loan so much, he doesn't have a strong connection to the club; which you'd think could change in that time, but when has he ever complimented our club or said he's glad to be here since, with sincerity? Finally, he's clearly stopped pushing himself in training considering his ability has regressed. He lazily kicks the ball upfield instead of learning to distribute to an available midfielder for example. A truly committed goalkeeper recognises and eliminates bad habits - like his pushing the ball straight towards an opposing player, instead of employing an easy 'smother the ball' technique. If you want the best for your team, you become the best you can be. He shows no desire for that. He shows signs of taking his position for granted. Some of us want players who show pashunnn to be the best even if they're undisputed number 1. The most passion he's shown is going 'come on!' *hits hands together* when we've scored in an important match. But so did Eto'o who didn't give a shit about us. It's clear as day when a player really cares about and enjoys being at your club. Does Courtois tick those boxes? Is it irrelevant whether or not players enjoy being here? - are they just our paid slaves? (I think in the first 30 seconds of this video he shows more grit than he has with us in total. For me he was the best goalkeeper in the world while there. Were it not for those 'smash the ball straight to the opposing player in front of me!' moments, I'd say his stint at Atletico was the best form any goalkeeper has ever shown. Alas, I give that honour to plain ol' Cech) -
  13. 7. N'Golo Kante

    Without him we would have conceded more, simply.
  14. West Ham 1-0 Chelsea

    The only players i saw not giving their all (which is different from not being good enough) were Alonso & Morata. Hazard did what he could with what he was given, Kante was our own MOTM, Zappa tried hard, as did Cahill (woefully; when he tries hard, he's at his worst.) Christensen isn't supposed to be our game-winner and was fine (as was Azpilicueta). Come, come oan, fellas.
  15. West Ham 1-0 Chelsea

    It was already a given that West Ham would keep many players back, then counter-attack. How can you blame the players for that? You expect Hazard to get through 8 players? And for Morata to score goals when most of the crosses are coming in from behind him, up the centre of the pitch? It's a shit formation, straight up. Lining up exactly the same every single game is wrong, and I can't think of any line-up of players on earth who wouldn't struggle against WHU while themselves using a 5-3-2.