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petre.ispirescu

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  1. 10. Eden Hazard

    I don't understand this "Hazard going to Madrid because of Zidane" talk. At this point there is more chances of Hazard being managed by Zidane at Chelsea, than at Madrid. Madrid are 20 points behind Barcelona and out of the Spanish Cup. Next up is the Paris tie and it is do or die for Zidane. There is a lot of pressure on Madrid before this tie and a lot of delusion from the Spanish media if you ask me because they talk about this leg as if they are favourites to win it and playing a normal opponent. The relationship between Zidane and Florentino Perez is totally broken since a few weeks ago when Zidane refused to sign Kepa from Bilbao. It was Florentino Perez's signing, he agreed everything from release clause to Kepa's contract, but Zidane did not want him and since then there is a lot of tension between the two of them. Perez was furious and wanted to sack Zidane after this incident, but kept him out of respect for what he meant as a player and what he did as a manager in the last years. But he is surely gone in the summer if you ask me.
  2. The Conte Thread

    A season ruined by this useless board before it even started. Every sane person would think that you must build on a title winning season, but not this board it seems. And it is not even the first time it happens. They would rather go and buy seven or eight players worth 200M, than get two or three world class players who would automatically improve the team. You look at Arsenal - the perennial losers, 6th in the table, Europa League level, a dinosaur of a manager, a deluded fan base, a club that has lost their best player to a rival. They go in the market and buy one of Europe's best goalscorers for a club record amount. While we set for the likes of Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Bakayoko and Roma's bench warmers, looking closely to influence as little as we can the net spend. We had everything a club could have asked for in May last year - a title winning squad, a passionate manager, a great atmosphere, lots of players taken to the next level. Everything was there for this club to reach new heights. Diego Costa should have been the only departure last summer. Everybody else should have stayed at the club, while adding at least two or three other top players to automatically break into the starting eleven. But not with this board. They had to sell in order to buy, Pathetic!!! This is not 2005 anymore where you could allow yourself to get relaxed knowing there is maybe only one club posing a threat and you could easily bounce back very quickly. Times have changed, there are at least five clubs now ready to pump money into their teams and it hurts to say this but Chelsea looks way behind all the others at this point and there is no signs anything will change come the end of the season. I bet this pathetic board would sell Hazard for 200M and buy six or seven Zappacostas worth this money, instead of looking for the best talent out there and fight for him. Conte had the right ideas and was the perfect manager to drive this club forward, unfortunately he had to deal with this greedy board. Will be sad to see him gone.
  3. Edin Dzeko

    What is the point really? Out of the League Cup, soon to be out of Champions League, too. The FA Cup? Give me a break, a back-up centre forward and a back-up left back is not going to change anything, two back-up players are not suddenly going to change everything and inspire Chelsea to an FA Cup win. Our problems root deeper than that. All that is left is a top 4 finish. Think Morata and Batshuayi are enough for one competition only. Kenedy's loan looks so damn stupid now. Emerson + Dzeko - It is 50M down the drain at this point if you ask me. And surely it's going to affect our summer spending, too, judging by Chelsea's transfer policy these days.
  4. Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea

    Messi on three goals in this Champions League campaign. Ronaldo on nine, but with a hard tie coming up against Paris. Might score a goal, though. Still, Messi is going to surpass him after the tie against us.
  5. The English Football Thread

    So here is some RedCafe threads over the last couple of years - "Juan Mata better than David Silva", "Ander Herrera better than Kante", "Schneiderlin best DM in the league", "Memphis Depay the new Cristiano Ronaldo", "Mkhitaryan Bundesliga POTY going to destroy PL" and all the Ibrahimovic, Di Maria threads and God knows what other players and stupid comparisons. Inevitably there is now the "Sanchez vs Hazard" thread where of course Sanchez is the 2nd coming of Lionel Messi. Ha ha So now the web site is full of predicted line-ups ready to win all the trophies, but how long before they go back to the state of two months ago when 90% of the squad was composed of average players? My guess is when they'll finish trophyless this season.
  6. Alexis Sanchez

    Quality player but his wage demands are simply absurd. No wonder City have walked away from this and Chelsea was not even in the race. The kind of deal that would disrupt the locker room and would force every board to raise the wage bill as other players would come asking for improved contracts. Imagine signing Alexis Sanchez on the rumoured contract he's being offered at United - no way the Chelsea board would even dare try to tie Hazard down to a new contract offering him only 300k p/w. But Mourinho had to sign him - he needs quality attacking players to hide his own managerial flaws when training attacking play. He simply has no clue training attacking patterns so he needs players like Sanchez to bail him out of jail. I always laugh when I read sentences like "Mourinho gives attacking players a lot of freedom to do whatever they want". Haha, no, he gives them freedom because he is inept teaching them attacking plays.
  7. Edin Dzeko

    One of my favourite centre forwards for the past 7-8 years to be honest. Never in the flashlights but a cool presence in front of goal and always delivered for City. I can still remember Mourinho tipping him for POTY after scoring one goal less than Aguero in that 13/14 City season and although I hate the bloke I cannot agree more with him. Granted it is almost four years since then, I think that Dzeko still has at least this half a season and the next one, too, at the very highest level.
  8. The Conte Thread

    Think it is quite simply to explain the current state of Chelsea Football Club - there are FOUR major factors IMHO that have put their print on this season. 1) No ambition at the top of the club. 2) Negative stories in the media. 3) City running away with the title. 4) Getting drawn against Barcelona. 1) and 2) go hand in hand - The board seems to be scrapping the barrel these days and we're getting linked to shite players, whereas ours get linked to big moves to the likes of Madrid. Also we're constantly bombarded with negative stories in the media about Conte leaving at the end of the season and our poor transfer policy these days. Say what you want but these things do affect the players and also the match going fans as I feel the atmosphere at the Bridge is kind of toxic to say the least. City's season has also gotten into our players minds and it happened very soon in the season. Think they've lost motivation early in the season when they knew all Chelsea could fight for is a top 4 place. Barcelona in Champions League last 16 was the nail in the coffin. We the fans know and the players know as well there is no chance we knock them out. I see people slating the players on a constant basis but have a look back at the 15/16 season and you will find a lot of similarities - Willian, Hazard, Pedro, Fabregas, Matic, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Courtois were losing against the likes of Stoke, West Ham, Southampton, Bournemouth during a toxic period and next season they went on to a wonderful campaign and won the title. We were also saying this squad was bang average and there is no future going forward, but 16/17 season proved that motivation is a HUGE factor in football. Don't think a lot has changed and Morata and Bakayoko to name a few names that are on fans' lips every week are not bad, they are just simply playing for a team that has a very poor season. With Conte in our out, I'm sure we'll look different next season, but the main question is - can we sustain two, three solid seasons in a row? The board keep doing the same mistakes over and over again. Instead of building on a successful season, they go on and have a poor transfer window in the summer, negative stories pop up the next minute, season starts, there is a lot of tension both on the pitch and in the stands, we start the season on the wrong foot and hell breaks lose.
  9. General Transfer Talk

    Watched Monaco v Nice last night, played as the anchor man in Nice's 4-3-3, actually very, very good on the ball, he's a tidy little player maybe a bit different than Kante in terms of work rate and tackling ability. Plays a lot of forward passes, too, think he assited one of Balotelli's goals.
  10. Andy Carroll

    Get in! Do you know when tickets for the Champions League Final go on sale?
  11. The Conte Thread

    It is one step forward, two steps back. Can't understand what is wrong with this board. 14/15 we win the title, then go few steps back. 16/17 we win the title then go few steps back again. Every football fan in this world could see that the club needed to build on those title winning seasons and have some solid transfer windows, except for a bunch of people at the top of the club. Really feel for Conte and indeed he looks done at this club. You look at Arsenal - dire football, 6th in the league, slim chances to a Champions League place next season, a dinosaur of a manager and about to lose their two best players. You would wonder why the hell anybody in their right mind would want to join them? They are fucking Arsenal the perennial losers. Still as we speak they are linked to players worth over 80M in Aubameyang and Malcom. We'll soon be linked to Brendan Rodgers mark my words.
  12. Alexis Sanchez

    Dortmund, Lyon - these two clubs in particular have decided they can't cope with today's market. Instead have decided to nurture young talent and play attacking football at the expense of trophies. And they do a pretty good job to be fair - both are fun to watch and make tons of money. On the other hand, to me it looks that the Chelsea of 2018 and I mean the board want to invest very little from their own pocket and at the same time fight for the biggest trophies. Can't have it both ways to be honest. We play dull football at the moment because the personnel is dull as well. If the board plan to follow this path of investing very little then why can't they propose something like a two year plan of totally rebuilding with young players while playing attacking football. At least it would be a win win scenario for all of us and fans won't have that big expectations either and would enjoy every matchday. The Chelsea of a few years ago would have had Sanchez snapped and playing against Leicester already.
  13. The Conte Thread

    Seeing the news he's going to leave at the end of the season - what a travesty this is. If it is his choice then fair play to him, he's not been backed enough and deserves better. But if it is the club pushing him away - then I am out for words.
  14. Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal

    We've rested 9 of our starters against Norwich, we should put at least two past Arsenal - their defence is bang average.
  15. The Conte Thread

    Can't help but laugh reading the RedCafe threads - the people that few years ago would destroy Mourinho for every word he would say, now are making a hero out of him. They say Conte is an idiot for biting the bait as Mourinho did not even mention his name, but who else did Mourinho refer to for Christ's sake??? Chris Hughton? David Wagner? Of course not... It was Conte all the time and this is not fresh news and Mourinho keeps spouting shit about Chelsea and Conte for one and a half year now. But Conte never said a thing in response in one and a half year and now when he takes action he is somehow deemed as a fool. Like Mourinho should be the only one making allegations and if somebody replies then he is an idiot for letting himself dragged into Mourinho's mind games. But if somebody does not reply to him either then he is considered a pussy and Mourinho gets all the plaudits for being that clever that nobody can't stand in front of his words. Finally there is somebody that can take Mourinho to his game and speaks the fan's mind. I truly have waited for so long for somebody to call Mourinho a senile git because this is what he is now.
  16. The English Football Thread

    Has a fart for a brain, that ball was going in, but some players are just plain dumb and have no awareness. There are so many players out there with massive amounts of talent, but brainless as fuck. Pogba and Lukaku first that come in mind atm, they simply look like those buddies you go out in town, place is full of hot chicks and they make a fool of themselves by simply opening their mouth.
  17. 10. Eden Hazard

    Our club might have its flaws, but one sure thing about Chelsea that most of our fans (and neutrals too) will agree is that this is not a selling club and has never bent over in front of the Madrids and Barcelonas. This club has always had terrific players during the past 15 years and the only noticeable departure was Robben to Madrid in 2007. Other than that Chelsea has always kept its best players no matter which club was sniffing around. Eden Hazard is one lovely chap that you simply cannot hate if he is to go. But I am sure it will be on Chelsea's terms and not some bullshit amount Madrid will be throwing in. I don't know if it is Conte's influence or not, but for those watching Chelsea week in, week out, it's crystal clear Hazard has elevated his game to new heights for the past year and a half. If the likes of Dembele with one good season under his belt or Van Dijk, a centre back, coming from a small club are worth 100M, respectively 75M, then Hazard can't be worth less than 200M in today's market. Add a great World Cup campaign to this and the price could sky rocket during the summer.
  18. The English Football Thread

    I think that the best thing about this season is that it is City playing this brand of football and not United, Liverpool or Arsenal. For the vast majority of PL fans, myself included, City let's face it are a bit irrelevant, they are nobody's arch rivals, not even United's dare I say. But if this was United, Liverpool or Arsenal having this kind of season I think I'd have only watched 90 mins of PL every round when Chelsea was playing and then completely disconnected myself from any PL action/news/forum etc. until Chelsea's next match.
  19. Virgil Van Dijk

    Very good defender but it's crystal clear Coutinhos on the move. No way are Liverpool a club to spend 123M on two players (Keita & Van Dijk) w/o getting anything in return. Think Coutinho leaving will have a much bigger (negative) impact than the arrival of Van Dijk. Yes he will probably improve that defence, but Coutinho is the X factor in that team.
  20. Alex Sandro

    So it has been a few months since there is a lot of talk of Alex Sandro to Paris and I've always wondered why would he go there when they have Kurzawa who is a very good player and fits their style of play. And French. I simply did not trust the rumours to be fair. But now there is a lot of talk in France about Kurzawa having been told to find a new team - Paris have put him on sale for 25M. So I guess the rumours were true in the end. Or at least it's beginning to look so.
  21. Arturo Vidal

    Infos provided in this Vidal rumour are simply not to be trusted IMHO - silly wages on a long term deal for a player over 30, something that the board is not ready to do I think. Otherwise Vidal is quality and would bring something we miss at the moment and that is leadership. 31 in May but such as Fernandinho who in May turns 33 and playing the best football of his career, I think Vidal also still has at least two big seasons left at the highest level. He's also best friends with Alexis Sanchez - if by any chance this transfer is meant to work two ways and by this I mean to reinforce our midfield and also atract Alexis Sanchez here, then I say let's fucking do this. Would even pay the 30M that Arsenal is going to ask for him next month, although he might have his mind set on City for next summer. But I'd still try.
  22. Arturo Vidal

    Bild quote Chile's "La Cuarta" and you just have to read that article to realize their infos are shite. He'd supposedly sign a four year deal worth 13.5M pounds per season. Yeah right, soon to be 31 singning a mega money four year deal for a club with a strict policy on transfers & contract renewals for players over 30.
  23. The Mourinho Thread

    The media in England is so weird and full of keyboard warriors. They'd go on and destroy anybody in the written newspapers, but when they are face to face with the managers/players in the interviews/press conferences they act like pussies. That reported saying "But you've spent money as well, 300M" seemed to be in the mood for a Mourinho meltdown, but for some reason he stopped there. Mourinho keeps talking about shit goals they concede, how lucky others are, but nobody seems to have the courage to confront him and tell him about the Arsenal match when there was no difference between Burnley playing away today and United playing away at Arsenal, or the fact that he spent absurd amounts on a brainless centre forward and an overrated midfielder that was supposed to lift United to three wins out of three after his ban was over. The vast majority of Manure fans think they're not closer to City because Pogba has missed when playing the big teams. Well he's played against Bristol, Leicester and Burnley and he's done jack shit.
  24. Chelsea 2-0 Brighton

    I don't know but I really think that against these smaller sides, especially at home, we should ditch the three at the back formation and add an extra attacker. Also there is no need for two defensive minded midfielders.
  25. Chelsea 2-0 Brighton

    Not writing Bakayoko off yet, still young, still a lot of room for improvement, Chelsea not having a great season either, but you have to wonder what he adds to the game these days. There is no need for him defensively as Kante and the three centre backs have a pretty easy match and offensively he's contributing nothing. Seems to be stuck in between the attacking lines where he is nowhere to be seen.