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Fulham Broadway

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  1. The General Football Thread

    Was at a few of those cost 150 000 back in the day, which Bates wasn't that happy with -but what a gem he was. We'd be top if we had him up front now.
  2. The Mourinho Thread

    On R 5 last night - ''I want to return to Chelsea one day, thats for sure'' Here are the highlights of that interview: SPOONY: I'm used to calling the top man at a football club 'the manager', but you're head coach at Real Madrid. Do you like being a manager or do you prefer to be called coach? MOURINHO: In my relationship with my players I had everything. I had the traditional Portuguese 'Mr', I had 'the guv', I had 'the boss', 'coach' and 'Jose'. SPOONY: Which is your favourite? MOURINHO: You know, 'the guv' was the one I took. I think it was Damien Duff, the first one to call me that, and I took a few weeks to understand the dimension. What matters for me is that it remains forever. Even today Frank Lampard and John Terry call me 'boss' and I'm not the boss anymore. SPOONY: When we see you on the touchline or in a press conference, it would very much appear that those things don't matter to you. But sitting here speaking to you now, you hold these things very dear and close to you. MOURINHO: These are the things that matter for me. I read a book from one of the most important coaches in the history of university sports, John Wooden, a basketball coach at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles), and one of the things he says is that the most important thing in all of this is 'the man'. The human relation. The best coach is the one who puts in everything. SPOONY: Is winning everything? MOURINHO: No, winning is not everything. But winning is more important than any one of us. Sometimes you have the feeling during the match that a player cannot improve, and you can read the situation - he didn't start well, but he has the conditions to finish well - but sometimes you feel immediately the team started bad, the players are bad, and you have to make some changes. If the result goes completely against you, you have to take some decisions and some risks and everyone's afraid of that. SPOONY: You hold Sir Alex Ferguson in very high regard? Sir Alex on Mourinho in 2009 "I got on very well with him at Chelsea and I think it was a loss to the game when he went. I actually enjoyed watching him on the television. I thought he was good. He was cocky and confident but it was good for the game. Right away he came in and said, 'I'm the Special One', and we all thought, 'Who is this?' and his team thought, 'We'd better win here'. He came to Chelsea and made that declaration himself. Don't forget he was self-anointed. People then sat up but his achievements are there to be recognised." MOURINHO: Of course. My first contact with him was not one to forget because Porto beat Manchester United in the Champions League. After the match he was knocking on our dressing room door with Gary Neville, and they wanted to congratulate our dressing room. So that was a moment when I understood that when the win is deserved, you have to respect the winners and you have to know to enjoy a little bit the happiness of the others. It happened with Bayern Munich last season when we (Real Madrid) lost the semi-final on penalties, and at the end of the match it was not a drama for me. I was also in their dressing room. I remember that day of Porto-Man United, and it was the start of my relationship with the greatest manager of British football. SPOONY: Would you go back to Chelsea? MOURINHO: I will go where people really want me. But I have to repeat always this: I'm with Real Madrid, I very much want to be, I have a new contract, I'm not thinking about leaving. The day I leave is when I want to go. But yes, I want to go back one day, that's for sure. SPOONY: People always say Barcelona are the greatest club side that we've ever seen in this generation, yet Real Madrid won La Liga. You must be proud? MOURINHO: We won, and we won with nine points difference. They didn't win, and they didn't win because they had a bad season, because sometimes big teams have a bad season where they lose points. They had 91 points, and with 91 points you are the champion of every Liga. The point is, Real Madrid had 100 points. We beat every record in the league in Spain and so we won because we were tremendous, because we've had an incredible season. SPOONY: What drives you? What keeps you so motivated? MOURINHO: The club above everything. When I go to a club, I wear the shirt, I feel the shirt like my first one or my last one, I feel the fans as part of myself, I create internal links with fans. I become immediately one of them, and I feel that I am one of them with a privileged position to fight for the club and to try to bring to all of them happiness. SPOONY: Is this what happens when there's a potential problem between yourself and an owner, in that they don't always see it from the fans' point of view? MOURINHO: You go through my career since day one until now and I've never had problems with clubs and owners. At Chelsea, I didn't want to stay and let things go into a direction where we were all feeling it was not the best direction. We felt that was the best decision, because in this moment we are friends. There are no problems between me and Roman (Abramovich, Chelsea owner). Mourinho's trophy haul Porto (2002-04): Primera Liga (2003, 2004), Champions League (2004), Uefa Cup (2003), Portuguese Cup (2003), Portuguese Super Cup (2003). Chelsea (2004-07): Premier League (2005, 2006), FA Cup (2007), League Cup (2005, 2007), Community Shield (2005). Inter (2008-10): Serie A (2009, 2010), Champions League (2010), Coppa Italia (2010), Italian Super Cup (2008). Real Madrid (2010 to date): La Liga (2012), Copa del Rey (2011). When people know me they understand that if sometimes I'm not an easy person to work with it's because I fight for my people, for the best conditions for the players and I fight for the club and I fight for the fans, and I become a fan. SPOONY: Sir Bobby Robson is a national treasure in the UK and you were his right-hand man. How much did you learn from him? MOURINHO: I was lucky. I was lucky because he took me in when I was really young. I spent something like five years with Sir Bobby, and of course he was very important for me. But again, if you ask me to say the most important things with Sir Bobby and why did I learn a lot, I keep the person. I forget everything about football and I keep the person. SPOONY: You've signed a new contract until 2016 at Real Madrid, but the accusation in the past is that you're just about winning trophies, and not bothered about young players coming through. So what is your master plan for Real Madrid? MOURINHO: You know, first of all the challenge was to come here and to win, and to stop that domination of Barcelona in the Spanish league. We did it, and I could say 'job done', but we want not to win in an isolated way - we want to keep winning. Real Madrid was the biggest club of the last century because of results, and we want Real Madrid to go in the same direction in the 21st century. SPOONY: And just before I let you go, do you see yourself one day managing an international side? Would you manage an international side that wasn't Portugal? MOURINHO: In this moment I don't see it because it's a completely different kind of job. In the club we play 60 matches a season, in an international team we play maybe 10, so it's a job I don't want to have in this moment. But it's a job that makes people full of pride, especially if you do it with your own country, and I will do it with Portugal because I think Portuguese people wouldn't understand if I do it with another country. I don't imagine myself in the World Cup playing against Portugal. SPOONY: Managing England against Portugal in the semi-finals MOURINHO: It would be dramatic
  3. Last Film You Watched

    Outlaw--s'ok, nothing special. Sean Bean, Bob Hoskins and a few others decide to take the law into their own hands.*makes mental note to avoid anymore Danny Dyer films*
  4. Brighton v Chelsea

    After the alleged racist shouting at Sterling, (surely if it were proven we would have heard by now ?), and the Sp*rs song at Videoton that has been sung for decades, what's the betting some journalists will pick up on some 'homophobic' chanting at Brighton as most other teams fans do. Bit of a pattern emerging. Anyway let the team do the talking, should be a safe three points, let's have Hazard returning to form
  5. Videoton - Chelsea

    Came off his dreadlocks. Ampadu needs to sort out his barnet
  6. Chelsea 2-0 Man City

    They did. Its worth £500 000 apparently. Didn't mention the décor or whether the boiler needed replacing. They are the lowest of the low- articles every day inviting racism, a video of a thug smashing his takeaway into a homeless persons face filmed by his mates-then at the end the Daily Mail flashes up ''We Pay Cash for Videos''. Incitement in my book.
  7. Chelsea 2-0 Man City

    His address, wife, kids etc all printed and he hasn't been found guilty of anything. I googled the 'chief reporter' Ipswich fan who hates Chelsea
  8. General Transfer Talk

    Nice if true - love Cesc but is essentially a luxury player, as is Morata -a 3rd choice striker. Higuaín would be good
  9. Unionjack, Where'd You Go?

    Who ? Still in Goa if he's any sense
  10. Chelsea 2-0 Man City

    Fixed it for you.
  11. Chelsea 2-0 Man City

    It's in the hands of the Met, and there were a lot of their finest waiting at the bottom of gate 14. The media at the moment qualify all their coverage with 'alleged'. Their lawyers have obviously advised such. This doesn't stop the John Barnes's. Rios;, and Kick it Out (who have well paid jobs dependent on it not being 'kicked out') from being jury. judge. and executioners already. I hope they do, if there is no proven racist abuse, and conversely the bloke is banned if proven otherwise. You'd think the lip reading services that they use for Mourinho, Pep etc would have been able to be employed on this to reach a swift conclusion.
  12. Chelsea 2-0 Man City

    Think 99.9% of people condemn racist abuse. But with this the media have become judge. jury and executioner before anything has been proven at all. The mud will stick even if it's clear he shouted ''You Manc cunt''. The black guy in the crowd on TV this morning said he heard nothing racist. What hasn't been mentioned is that Sterling was getting general abuse because he'd taken out Luiz five minutes before, and this happens at every corner at every ground.
  13. Chelsea 2-0 Man City

    Media just concentrating on Sterling 'incident'. Completely overshadowed what was a fantastic performance. Whether there was racial abuse or not -the mud will stick now
  14. Chelsea 2-0 Man City

    Lip readers will be able to determine one way or another whether it was ''Manc cunt''- hard to fathom that someone whose all time hero is probably Drogba said black cunt - but there are morons out there...
  15. Chelsea 2-0 Man City

    I'm not saying it did or didn't happen but is it very possible he said Manc cunt and black cunt confused Sterling. If it's the incident I'm thinking of then there's also a black guy right in earshot of everything. who doesn't react....
  16. Chelsea 2-0 Man City

    Good point -if Pep has a weakness, it's underestimating and not giving respect to opponents, just belief in that they are better.
  17. Chelsea 2-0 Man City

    Lose at Wolves then this performance... God I love being a Blue, a Chelsea Blue
  18. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    I remember the same allegations levelled at Pep during his first season - however the difference being he was given unlimited cash -£150million on fullbacks, then gets LaPorte as well etc. I'm also seeing a pattern of just employing 2 strikers in the full squad. Pretty sure Conte and Sarri would prefer a minimum of 3. So it comes back to our board in a way, in terms of cash flow for managers. What they do is just get another gaffer in, which masks the problems. Some blame with allowing sari to bring Jorginho when we have the best defensive midfielder in the World already. Talking of which if Jorginho starts against Citeh I am going down the pub ay half time...
  19. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    Sarri clock is ticking -tick,tock,tick,tock, Next.....
  20. Wolves 2-1 Chelsea

    No drive or sheer desire to stick it in the onion bag, 70% possession and 3 shots on target. Also so predictable -other seasons and we're losing you think and hope we can get a late one -with this shower I started watching United v Arse for the last 5 minutes because you knew we wouldn't score. Fucking abysmal.
  21. Wolves 2-1 Chelsea

    We just aren’t clinical enough at the top end of the pitch. We look like Arsenal under Wenger, pretty but at times but also very ineffectual.
  22. Wolves 2-1 Chelsea

  23. Domestic Cup Competitions Thread

    Another 5-1 please
  24. Chelsea 2-0 Fulham

    Need to put teams to the sword earlier, todays three points could be said are down to two superb stops by Kepa However, always comfortable and good atmos at the game
  25. Chelsea 4-0 PAOK

    Loftus Cheek is a beast, so agile for a big bloke, the way he slaloms past players. We need to hang on to him and Hudson Odoi.