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  1. Another thing about Fabregas. Some were questioning how would he fit in a team that like to counter attack, as he is slow. What is a counter attack ? It is primarily the ability to project yourself forward the quicker possible — but it is also the ability to find yourself in a good position to score goals by eliminating in the process the more opponents you can (in order to, ideally, being one versus one against the goalkeeper). To project yourself forward quickly, it does not necessarily require to have superhuman athletic abilities. For a reminder we are talking about football ; you have to
    15 points
  2. that's how beautiful our summer window has been it's perfect
    14 points
  3. He could always do what Rooney did and super glue some of Coleen's pubes on his head.
    12 points
  4. Well, I am quite surprised to see how much Mata's dribbling ability is held in high regards here. Mata is not a very good dribbler. He is decent, at most good ; he can pick up a dribble here and there but that is it. This is by the way one of the reasons for which he has never been given a go with his national team... And, even if you would like to think he is a "very" good dribbler, as @James has mentioned, it is not his game and he does rarely try to dribble past players. So in the end, good or not good, the end product (since it is a term in vogue over here) is : nearly no dribbles. Cesc is
    11 points
  5. 10 points
  6. No way, The likes of Aston Villa, Burnley, Crystal Palce, Hull, Leicester, Newcastle, QPR, Southampton, Stoke, Sunderland, Swansea, West Brom and West Ham are way too strong mate. Seriously, Suarez scored 30 goals while missing eight matches through suspension, Messi and Ronaldo would easily score 40/50 goals.
    9 points
  7. Costa definitely never had any problems getting stuff at the liquor store.
    8 points
  8. I disagree. I remember us struggling with Mata in many occasions against teams that were too physical and parked the bus hard. But I completely agree about the set-piece part. It's been missed. Well, I'm just so frigging happy Peace is posting again that I don't even care the subject - as it doesn't matter what he says he always makes a lot of sense. Be it Mata, Cesc or fashion - although Peace would never talk about fashion. At least now we're comparing Mata do Cesc and not Oscar bad looking training kit or not, I'll flood my twitter TL with those pics to make my Arsenal friends mad more
    8 points
  9. Not even worth getting excited about. He's going nowhere.
    8 points
  10. I think I saw some people saying they don't see Fabregas being able to fill the deep-lying playmaker role well. Just take a look at this: His long passing is that good. Many if not most of those passes didn't come from where you would expect a #10 to be, he is creating those chances from really deep. We just gotta have the smart runners for that to happen, this is one of the reasons why I think Schürrle would do better than Willian in that setup. If he can't play the #8/DLP/Regista role, nobody in the world but Pirlo can.
    8 points
  11. Still, still can't quite believe Fabregas is a Chelsea player lmao. Seriously, until I see him play a competitive game for us, I won't believe it. Hope he'll play the pre-season game v Sociedad when I'm there!
    7 points
  12. I thought Ivanovic would be completely bald by now but his little tuft of hair isn't letting go. Cesc should ask for some tips
    7 points
  13. If we by some miracle manage to offload Torres this summer then UEFA should create an award for "Best Transfer Window." Torres, Luiz, and Ba out with Cesc, Costa, and Filipe Luis in. Absolutely mad.
    7 points
  14. I physically can't wait for Fabregas to be proving these sort of deep through balls to the likes of Schurrle and Costa. Phenomenal.
    6 points
  15. Juan Mata in 2013-2014: 15 appearances for MU, through ball rate 0.3 (5 through balls in total) 13 appearances for Chelsea, through ball rate 0.2 (3 through balls in total) I think 28 appearances is more than enough to get an accurate data. Mata has never been a through ball master for us. In 2012-2013 season, he played 35 games for us and his through ball rate was 0.2 (8 through balls in total). Compare it to Cesc's through ball's rate of 0.7 (24 through balls in total). It's not even worth comparing. Cesc is obviously a more creative passer.
    6 points
  16. He's the best at through balls in the PL, and La Liga and Europe. I hate repeating myself. I already posted the information on Europe. But here it is again, if you don't believe me: Top 20 players who made the most accurate through balls in 2013-2014 season in Top 5 European leagues (whoscored's data): 1 Cesc Fabregas 0.7 (24 in total) 2 David Silva 0.6 (16) 3 Isco 0.5 (16) 4 Luis Suárez 0.5 (16) 5 Roberto Firmino 0.5 (16) 6 Henrikh Mkhita... 0.5 (14) 7 Francesco Totti 0.4 (11) 8 Jack Wilshere 0.4 (10) 9 Andrea Pirlo 0.4 (12) 10 Ander Herrer
    6 points
  17. Mata was a fantastic final ball passer but Matas main problem was that he couldn't keep the ball under any slight pressure. Remember how he needed hazard and Oscar to rotate with him so he doesn't have a marker closing him down and he quickly released the ball to someone when rushed because he rarely could get around his man due to poor physique. Even ozil who we think is weak physically is by far better than Mata in protecting the ball in his possession under pressure. Because he had more acceleration and strength. In fabregas case he has what Mata doesn't which is more all round play. He can
    6 points
  18. No proper Chelsea supporter is going to let whatever transpires in the next 12 months affect Drogba's 'legacy'. He's a legend, end of story. As for Eto'o, they're different players. If you want to discuss the tactical implications of Drogba coming back then that's an interesting discussion to have but I think this is more akin to you discussing Mourinho and his suits or your 'outrage' at our light blue training kits which might look too much like City's. It's a massively superficial analysis. Again, how does that work tactically? Costa does what Eto'o does, whereas Drogba offers something dif
    6 points
  19. I think the day Torres leaves this club should be written in history books or some shit.
    6 points
  20. This leaves me voiceless. Your country dehumanize you (you, just like your country fellow man over here) through propaganda ; tomorrow they'll hand you some M16 and you'll be the ones remorselessly killing innocent children. You are the tomorrow's Himmler, Ratko Mladic and Ariel Sharon. Jesus Christ...
    5 points
  21. Day 8 with new signings! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XibATAAK-AA
    5 points
  22. I have the same thing with Ramirez, Valdez and the number one, Athletico Madrid..
    5 points
  23. At least in that one picture he looks a lot like Javier Mascherano with that haircut.
    5 points
  24. I think it's gonna be hilarious next season when all the Liverpool fans are brought back down to Earth. They're all expecting the team to barely skip a beat by replacing Suarez with a shit load of average replacements. I think the absolute best they finish next season will be 4th and that's only if Van Gaal finds that United are worse off than he thought they were. Liverpool's overall team is on Spuds' level now. Lost their one and only world class player and now have a collection of good players but no great players. That Gerrard/Henderson midfield pairing or even Lallana/Gerrard/Henderson tr
    5 points
  25. I'm not disputing the nationality of the dead soldiers. I am calling into the question the funding of 'your army'. The weapons the soldiers are carrying, the vechiles they are driving etc. You are deliberately avoiding my questions, and it is a tiresome strategy. Disagreeing with and criticizing your own country does not equal being a traitor. Never. I don't care about you being proud of serving your army? That is a personal matter, and we're discussing a conflict much, much bigger than you and I. What you are proud of and what you're not is irrelevant. We simply do not give a shit. Are you re
    5 points
  26. If only the board had our mentality - Torres for free! Torres for you, for you, or for you!
    5 points
  27. Petr speaks like 7 languages. He also plays drums in a hardcore rock band and has a twin. He's basically the most awesome in the history of everything!
    5 points
  28. Looks so weird seeing Diego Costa smiling. Always figured he had an angry face permanently fused on his head.
    4 points
  29. This light blue training kit still bothers me.. Its not our shade of blue ffs!
    4 points
  30. 2013/2014 Season https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvOW9Pck5ME
    4 points
  31. I agree on Arsenal, but there are no real runners at Barcelona. They don't play with a runner CF. Fabregas's through ball rate, while still very high, suffered at Barcelona because of the team's style. In his last season at Arsenal, Fabregas's through ball rate was 1.5 (!). That's why he's still topping the PL's through-ball chart despite the fact that other playmakers had 3 more years to overtake him--and couldn't. Stats aren't everything, of course, but in this case, they show how much more creative and accurate his passing is compared to other playmakers. Fabregas has many obvious weakness
    4 points
  32. It has nothing to do with Fabregas or Mata playing for us or not. Quite objectively, Fabregas is the better final ball provider, better long ball and through ball passer and creator and has been for many years. Hell, he's still the top through ball passer in the PL despite leaving 3 years ago. That's insane. I don't remember Mata ever topping through-ball charts or clear-cut chances charts in Europe. He's not a better final ball provider. Objectively.
    4 points
  33. Why? Sorry, I don't quite get your point here. Putting cones out is beneath him in some way? You're really going to need to expand on that because most of us probably don't see something wrong with someone who wants to move into coaching performing menial but essential tasks like that. That's what most people in the real world do as well. They start at the bottom and work their way up. Others have, see... Oh look, another legend holding cones. Are you still in smh mode? There's a two-times Champions League winning coach not just touching a cone, but wearing one....hard times.
    4 points
  34. Today they are known as the Israeli government/IDF, tomorrow they'll be remembered in the same breath as the četniks and Nazis. History repeating itself in circles.
    4 points
  35. Yes, Cesc shares some of Mata's weaknesses, but he still isn't as limited as him. He's far more versatile. I agree that the fundamental difference between them is that Cesc is an outstanding passer while Mata isn't. As for Barcelona fans, I'll have to disagree. I live with a Barcelona fan and read their forums a lot, so I'm very familiar with the complaints they had of Fabregas. The nature of their complaints is that he can't play tiki-taka in a rapid manner and control Barcelona's midfield like Xaviniesta. Inability to dictate the tempo at Barcelona is different from inability to dictate the
    4 points
  36. The Jewish Home (Hebrew: הַבַּיִת הַיְהוּדִי, HaBayit HaYehudi) is a religious Zionist political party in Israel. Seems I was right. Right-wing group. Sigh...
    4 points
  37. @CarefreeYouth Diego Costa in Lisbon a few hours ago about to board a plane to London! #CFC
    4 points
  38. Give him away for nothing for all I care. Just get the cancerous leech out of our club.
    4 points
  39. He's obviously hardly going to play, he'll be more of a coach than anything. Jose said he wants Lampard to be a coach as well but I guess he wants one last payday in America and who can blame him. Look at what United are doing with their class of 92, I think its important to keep Legends at the club, in some capacity. In a few years time who wouldn't want Drogba, Terry, Lampard and Cech involved at the club.
    4 points
  40. This kind of disrespect to Mata is what pisses me off more than anything else, its like people have forgotten what Mata gave us for 2 and a half years, which was 100% commitment and quality. That can not be said of Oscar his supposed replacement.
    4 points
  41. Lots of training pictures with the new signings here: http://www.apimages.com/Search?query=chelsea+&ss=10&st=kw&entitysearch=&toItem=18&orderBy=Newest
    3 points
  42. do Vitesse want him on loan?
    3 points
  43. TB -- through balls per game. Sorry to disappoint, mate--not making anything up, I'm afraid. Whoscored's data.
    3 points
  44. Last season we were worse against teams who parked the bus because there was no Mata. In his time here, he always found a way to create at least 1 good chance - either from open play or from corners. In Fabregas we have a great replacement for him, someone arguably better and definitely more complete in his style of play and positions he can play. Now i just hope Hazard makes more runs in behind. Fabregas will surely find him, like Mata did.
    3 points
  45. Mata was never really good at dribbling though, that wasn't his game. Someone like Silva has it all, Vision, Close control, Dribbling etc he's a wonderful footballer. The thing with Cesc is that he's more of a pass and move type player, especially when he's playing further up the pitch. Also the thing that sets him apart from both Juan and Silva IMO is that his long passing is just as good as his short. Juan and Silva both have excellent short passing i.e little through balls, but you hardly ever see them do a Pirlo-esque long rang pass from deep, where as Cesc does it all the time.
    3 points
  46. Ok, look. Here is Costa playing for Braga in 2006: Now, the only thing that gives away that he's a teenager is his voice. Other than that, he still looks like a Columbian druglord. I don't think we should be worried about his age...the dude just looks rough! Which is good for us, because he's one scary looking motherf****r!!
    3 points
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