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Everything posted by Wiillowhobo

  1. The Mourinho Thread

    Wooow, what is this?! I mainly read this forum. I've read a lot because a forum let people express their opinions, even if it's critism. When written in a respectful manner there's absolutely no problem with critism. And there's always the mods to intervene when it gets out of hand (namecalling, ad hominem,...). A beautiful thing to be able to express yourself and be heard. Absolutely no need to ask people to shut up. Awful post, really awful.
  2. Eden Hazard

    Okay, my bad . Big hug .
  3. Eden Hazard

    Kellzfresh, what are you on about? Did I say I don't want him to play like that for Chelsea? No, I did not. Did I say anything about Mourinho's tactics stopping Hazard from shining? No, I did not. I was just informing you lot about how he performed for Belgium against Colombia, cause I figured some people here would like to know that since he plays for Chelsea, right? If you don't care about knowing that, then just skip it. I also expressed my opinion on the tendency of people wanting to change his play style.
  4. Eden Hazard

    True that. Why does the majority here want to change his game? It would be unnatural for him. He'll get there and add more goals to his game, in time. But his main game will always be that of a feeder. I highly doubt we'll ever see him take take 5-6 shots a game on average. Anyway, Eden was really bossing it last night vs .Colombia, he was a delight to watch. I haven't seen him play like that for Chelsea this season besides the match against Real Madrid (preseason) and Bayern. I was really surprised actually, given his current form for Chelsea. Yesterday, if I recall correct, there was only one opportunity where he could've taken the shot. Definitely not 3 or 4.
  5. Kevin de Bruyne

    Bullocks. I can be clear on that one.
  6. Eden Hazard

    Okay, I kinda see what you're getting at now but I think you misformulated it a bit cause Townsend would still be able to make his runs higher up the pitch (because Tottenham had players in midfield that can hold a ball and buy time and possession or carry or pass the ball out and towards players who are positioned higher up the pitch). But I don't think Townsend is the type of player that should be double marked. Maybe it was instructed by Mourinho, we can't know that for sure. It's more logical that Messi, Ronaldo, Hazard, Ribery, Robben are double marked (and I don't mean to say Eden is at their level). But like I said earlier (and I agree with you completely on that subject), Eden has to learn and adapt and if he doesn't then it will be bad news for him. I was just pointing out that I might not be his kind of game and he doesn't have the volume (yet?) required to do very well in both areas. Furthermore, I'm all for pinning the other team in their own half but that's a coordinated action of the whole team and not just Eden or the winger himself. I haven't seen Chelsea do that in a good way consistently. Mostly the pitch is too stretched and the gap between defense/midfield and attack (or midfield and attack) is too big. By the way, didn't Mata play CAM and Eden more at the right?
  7. Eden Hazard

    I would like to have a discussion with you but not like this. Don't put words in my mouth. I'm talking about how Hazard functions in this team. I never compared him to Ribery (or Robben or COle) because he's not at that level. Furthermore, I never said Ribery doesn't help out in defence. I wasn't even saying the game plan should change because of Eden (don't even know where you got that from...). I even said "maybe he'll adapt, maybe he won't". And if he doesn't and the game plan or philosophy doesn't help him develop further or does him more bad than good (offensive), he'll probably has to leave. If that's the case, then so be it. I was just trying to give a possible explanation about his lack of offensive contribution so that, those who agree with it, could adjust theire expectations of him. And I don't think we can complain about Eden's defensive work so far this season. So I'm up for a discussion about that explanation but your post isn't contributing to that. Also, I watch quite some soccer (not football) on a regular base. So there's no need for you to suggest, with that tone, that I don't watch soccer. Not everything in soccer is common knowledge by the way. There's different views and opinions about how the game of soccer is played. Yours is probably more defensive minded than mine and that's okay. But that probably explains why you want your 'winger' to help out your full back when he's in a 1 vs. 1 against their 'winger'. In my opinion it's the job of the centre back to provide for cover when the winger gets by the full back. It's the job of the central midfielders to narrow down the channels so the winger can't cut inside easily. For me, the only thing Eden should do in those situations is cut of the passing options towards the full back (Walker) or midfield (depends on the ball and body position of Townsend) while positioning himself a bit more towards the centre (negative pressure on the ball). I want my attacking minded players to stay higher up the pitch than my defenders, not a few metres apart, so that, when we recuperate the ball, there are options to play the ball forward. And I actually think that's more common than your view. But if Walker overlaps Townsend than of course Eden has to help Cole out (if not he would be 2 vs. 1 and forced to make a choice) but that's a whole different situation than what you're describing here. Question:Do you really think that Townsend would stay lower on the pitch and make less runs (with or without the ball) when his team has possession if Hazard had been more threatening in attack? Townsend is a winger, he's supposed to attack when his team has the ball. He won't stay back when his team has possession just because Eden made some dangerous runs. I really can't see that happening. I can't imagine any coach that would ask that of his winger, especially not Villas-Boas. It was Walkers job to mark Eden out of the game, not Townsend. I would love for you to show me some (video)moments where the winger should help out the full back against the winger cause I can't visualize any situations right now (but, who knows, I might agree in some situations) and, for me, there's no logic in your thinking. And the only rapists out there, for me, where Dembele and Mata.
  8. Eden Hazard

    Euhm, I'm confused and I don't get it. How should Hazard stop Townsend from raping Cole? You expect him to provide cover for Cole? Hazard is the attacking player of the 2, so that's odd to me but we might just see soccer differently. Anyway, Eden has probably done more defensive contributions this seasons than offensive. I bet he's done more tackles and recuperations than dribbles, he did today at least. I looked it up: 1,8 tackles and 1 clearance per game so far compared to 2,2 dribbles and 2 shots per game. Balanced I'd say but I think last season the difference was way bigger (got no numbers, it's just a feeling). His game changed under Mourinho and because of the way Mourinho plays and sees soccer (which I really don't like and I think it's sad for a player with the qualities like Eden). Therefore, we can't expect him to deliver the same as last season. We can't expect him to stop Townsend (the attacking right midfielder) from raping Cole and shine in the offensive part too (while on the other hand Cole doesn't provide a lot of offensive help either). I'll think he'll just be moderate in those 2 aspects. At least for now, maybe he'll adapt to it, maybe not. But I think it hurts his game and he's not feeling 100% in his head with this. He's an offensive player in the first place, that should be his main focus in a game. He loves the game and he loves the ball but he's doing more chasing after it than getting it which takes away his joy and that's one of his strengths, that's where he gets his motivation from (for the love of the ball). I'm not saying he shouldn't defend but the balance just isn't right.
  9. Mikel John Obi

    I hope you're joking? Them 2 in the pivot is a really horrible at some moments. 1st Half was awful. Don't expect fancy soccer and tidy passes going forward when Ramires and Mikel are playing. Midfield is just weak, compared to the other top clubs.
  10. Ramires

    I fully agree. Midfield is just too weak to be a genuine contender for the league title. Sure they can win a ball back but then what happens...
  11. Eden Hazard

    I get what you're saying. I sometimes have that impression too, especially in the beginning of last season. But don't forget that Ronaldo tracks back less often and Eden has to do his defensive work as well which gives him less energy to constantly go full throttle.
  12. The Pub - Discuss Anything

    Is Alex the one giving the lapdances?
  13. Kevin de Bruyne

    I've torned both my right and my left ACL (on separate occasions). I don't even know which leg I turned, I can't remember and I didn't really see Kevin's injury cause I always look away when they show replays of knees bending . But first time (right knee) nothing was swollen. Doctor just said it was probably just a bit stretched. Second time it was swollen, although not that much. I felt a crack though on both occacions (don't know if Kevin did) and I had a short yell but was not screaming it out afterwards. So, I'm just saying that it's possible, everybody's body reacts differently. But I hope not, for Chelsea and the national team.
  14. Kevin de Bruyne

    I'm not going to get into the De Bruyne vs. Oscar discussion (time will tell) but I do want to say that quite a lot of people here underestimate the strength of the bundesliga and overestimate the EPL quite a bit. I'm definitely with Stingray on this one. "2/3 of all teams in the bundesliga are championship level"....I mean....championship right? Seriously? That sounds really unworldly.
  15. Oscar

    Rmpr, really, better by a landslide? Can you give some arguments too? Cause that's a really daring statement and hard to assess, imo.
  16. Kevin de Bruyne

    There, that should be the end of this whole discussion !
  17. Kevin de Bruyne

    Belgo-Turkish terror? Who, Hazard? Where does that come from?
  18. Eden Hazard

    Fair enough.
  19. Eden Hazard

    Why should a footballer or a public figure have higher morals than any other person? And why shouldn't the full grown adult show any higher morals? Shouldn't we all strive to acting the best we could every day? And don't we all fail from time to time in doing so. The fact that you're a public figure is irrelevant to me. Public figures are also humans, they make mistakes. Hazard made a mistake, he kicked the ball from under the full grown adult. He'll pay for it and learn from it. But don't start with the higher moral or role model story. I think that's just nonsense. Eden, as should any other footballer, should just be himself. People (or the club) can then decide if they want him as their role-model or don't want him anymore. And if after this incident, some don't look up to him anymore, then so be it.
  20. Eden Hazard

    Agreed. Though I still think he hit the ball too (and a bit of the rib) because after the kick, the ball pops out. Anyway, Hazard got trolled by a 17 year old. Don't understand really because he always keeps his cool. Look at the positive side of it. Marin will get more playing time so we can check out what he can offer. And...Zidane did some of that stuff too in his career. Hazard is, Zidane being his idol, just making his way to the top . It's a fact now.
  21. Eden Hazard

    Messi is faster than Iniesta and Hazard and has even more close control while dribbling at full speed, that's why he's deadlier and can dribble past more players. If you want to tackle Messi, you'd have to be real fast and your timing has to be impeccable. Iniesta and Hazard fall over because if they wouldn't they would loose the ball anyway because of the loss of pace. That doesn't take away it's a foul and they surely aren't divers.
  22. Eden Hazard

    I've watched a lot of Lille games (because of Hazard) so I've seen Gervinho a lot and, believe me, his finishing there wasn't impressive. In fact, rather bad. So I think your comparison is a bit off. About Hazard, I wouldn't say his finishing was shit, but it could've been much better for sure.
  23. Eden Hazard

    I'd like to be independent too please. Can I join you Rmpr on your little island? This war is starting to get boring. I came home, I saw +8 pages in the Hazard topic and I thought "Ooh, cool, maybe some videos, gifs, interviews and opinions on it" and what do I get...just plain out war! No no, I don't want to be a part of this. Give peace a chance.
  24. Eden Hazard

    Yeah, but I only noticed that the last game. He didn't get the ball a lot. I had the impression from the 20th minute till about the 40th he didn't even got one ball. So I looked it up and guess what, he only had 38 touches. Second lowest on the team, besides Ivanovic (30): http://www.whoscored.com/Matches/615106/LiveStatistics/England-Premier-League-2012-2013-Everton-Chelsea . Ramires, the right side, had 63 touches, which is significantly higher (although he played the whole game). We can't expect Hazard to have an impact when he doesn't get the ball. He got it mostly on his own half too. Oscar (15) had almost half of Hazard's touches whilst playing only 5 minutes (he came on in the 85th minute). I wouldn't mind if it was Moses or Mata on the right side who got that many touches in favour of Hazard but I do when it's Ramires. He's not a winger..
  25. Romelu Lukaku

    I must disagree with you on this one. Lukaku was born with a specific talent, he's a freak of nature (his body, e.g. Rooney). That's something you can't teach or develop either and that's what makes him different than Aguero, Cavani, Falcao, Van Persie,...That's what makes him unique. So if he can develop that talent, then he has the potential to become a world-beater using that unique talent. Rooney was the same, wasn't he? Physically very developed, but it's not like his technique was or is jaw-dropping. Btw, a bit extreme this, isn't it: "There are some things that are impossible to teach (shot, drible, passing vision, first touch, ball control, etc), the footballer must be born with it." I better quit being a youth trainer , no point.