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Posts posted by petre.ispirescu

  1. 7 minutes ago, Vesper said:

    Skipp pulled his arm over

    have seen this on replay now 5, 6 times

    it was a shit call based off a shit rule

    Yes but in the end no matter we like the new rule(s) or not, VAR simply corrected what was a definite wrong call (as per the new rule). 

    Yes it sucks when your team is at the wrong end of the VAR call, but at the same time you can benefit from it, too, so it's fair and square for me. Ok, if VAR would take ludicrous decisions saying the sun is ice cold well I'd get the rage, but as soon as it only corrects wrong calls, then I don't see any problem with it. 

    That night at the Bridge vs Barcelona (Ovrebro), Lamps'goal vs Germany, that Grosso blatant dive vs South Africa, Suarez's shenanigans, all thr Salah dives, Bolton's night at Stoke 6-7 years ago and so many, many others would not have happened no matter some would not have celebrated anymore or not. There is two sides to the football game, those who benefit from wrong calls and get to celebrate and those who don't, if VAR makes it possible to undo the wrongdoings then it's simply the best choice. 

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  2. If you ask me VAR should and must have been implemented long time ago. I keep seeing this 'sucks out the joy of celebrations' and frankly I don't get it. Let's forget about our rivalry with Spurs. What about their fans? Or any other fans in their position? Your team concedes in the last minute by a hand ball, but it's still allowed. How do they feel in the aftermath of all this? For me it's about the opposition fans as well, not only about those who's team score and it's dissalowed by VAR. 

    Sucks the joy out of celebrations or not, it really does not matter, VAR simply took the right decision and did not allow a team to win after a hand ball (the new rule says it is a definite hand ball) and spares us all from an endless talk of how certain teams bribe entire institutions and refs and so on. 

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  3. 2 hours ago, Tomo said:

    With Lampard's appointment we aren't here for a quick fix, we are trying to build the next generation while playing a fluent expressive style of play, we will have to take the punches and ride it out.

    Exactly, I don't understand why some act like it's doom and gloom already when we all knew it was going to be an experimental season. No better season to introduce talent than this one, PL + CL football with nothing at stake, all about gaining experience and getting a sniff to what real football looks like. 

    I see people asking "Why can't Chelsea nurture talent like Spurs did with Kane, Benfica with Joao Felix? (and there are tons of other examples)" Well I could understand if this was the Chelsea powerhouse of a few years back going for the PL and CL latter stages every season. But now??? This Chelsea is not good enough to win the PL, nevermind the CL. Not because it's filled with dross, but it's going through a transitional period full of inexperienced (but quality) guys that are in the process of learning. 

    If this is not the best season to introduce talent, well I guess there never will be one again. Should be a fun ride where Chelsea is going to end up 6th maybe, but who cares really? Who is going to remember this United loss should in 4 years the likes of Pulisic, Mount, Reece James, Hudson-Odoi, Loftus-Cheek (and God help others, too) turn into world class players??? But we'll never know if they are not given chances and I'm sure fans will turn back to this season saying "You remember that season when there was nothing at stake? Why did not they play back then" What will people reply? Because of some losses at the start of the season? 


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  4. Can't say the atmosphere at United is toxic. Yet. But Pogba's shenanigans this summer and their lack of transfers have broken their fans' mood when they were all waiting for a spending spree. Bottom line is, no matter how bad they (other clubs, too, not only United) are or how toxic the atmosphere is, we always tend to lose against these teams in these particular moments. Think I'd have been more confident Chelsea would get a win had United come into this after a stellar transfer window and nailed on to fight head to head for the title with City and Liverpool. 

    Giroud would be my first choice for this, then Michy. Think United's centre backs would eat Tammy alive. Too soon for him this one, matches like these need experienced strikes that could feed from one or two chances. I'd also go for Mount, Barkley and Pulisic as the three attacking midfielders. 

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  5. Go back in time to last summer or fast forward to next summer and I would say this is great news, but now the timing is shite because we can't sign a replacement. And the other CB coming back soon from his injury is not some world class one let's be honest, I actually think Rudiger is not good enough either. 

    Maybe David Luiz felt these past weeks Lamps does not trust him and I go with the gaffer here because this is not actually news for us, but it actually confirms what we all knew by now and this is that Luiz is not good enough and can't be trusted to lead a defence. 

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  6. If I'd be in charge, the 'FM negociator' in me would go the Madrid/Barcelona/Bayern route, already contact Christian Eriksen and Timo Werner to try to convince them to come here on a free next summer. Some 15M signing on fee for the players and 5M maybe to the agent. That makes it like a 20M transfers which is peanuts these days haha

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  7. 4 hours ago, the wes said:

    I'm shocked no club as put in a bid for Werner 

    Mos def been tapped up already by Bayern and they get him on a free next summer. It's what that miserable club do. 

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  8. Only a pre season match so getting fit for a long season is the most important thing, but what I like so far is seeing Lampard not being tactically rigid. I know some will say Pochettino is a loser for winning jack shit, but for me he is probably one of the best, if not the best manager in the world in reading the matches on the touchline, in-game and making changes to his team. And not only in-game, but he never plays the same tactics over and over again from round 1 to round 38. Hope Lamps has some of that in him too. 

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  9. On 21/07/2019 at 8:33 AM, Vesper said:

    Last year he played 12 games at DMF, 4 at AMF and 31 at CMF so seems a bit of both van de Beek and de Jong, at least in terms of positional play. That said, 10 goals and 9 assists is more direct production than de Jong, so I could see you argument.. At around 10 million quid, I do not think Ajax overpaid. There just are not that many young, super versatile MFers out there who truly can play all 3 major positions well. I tip Marin to have a great season.

    Yes but Frenkie is more of an artist on the pitch, whereas Marin an industrial type of player. Something like Federer vs Murray :)

    Really good generation of Romanian midfielders, Ianis Hagi (Genk), Marin (Ajax), Baluta (Brighton), Cicaldau (Craiova but not for too long, has a 7M release clause). 

  10. 21 hours ago, LAM09 said:



    Plenty of talk about Ajax overpaying for Marin. It will be interesting to see if he can play a significant part in filling the void left by de Jong.


    Totally different type of players if you ask me, Razvan Marin is more Van de Beek than de Jong

  11. 4 hours ago, Hamilton said:

    That was indeed one of the decision makers for him. Playing style and also playing opportunities, 6 games in the Cl are a nice bonus.

    Viitorul (Romanian for 'future') is Hagi's club with maybe the best football academy in Eastern Europe. They play, as I like to say, a 'disciplined gung ho' football, especially at home they are a joy to watch, young players born 2000, even 2001 dominating big clubs and creating tons and tons of chances. Hagi invested a lot of money in that academy but now it is a gold mine. Marin at Standard, now Ianis, you will see others joining Jupiler League in the coming years for sure. Stanciu and Chipciu in Anderlecht were frauds and everybody in Romania believed Anderlecht were fools to even get them, nevermind pay that money. 

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  12. 7 hours ago, nyikolajevics said:

    So far only hyped because of his father. If he wasn't Hagi's son he would be just one Romanian guy who was once played for Fiorentina Primavera, noone would've known him.

    I think it happens many time. Justin Kluivert is overhyped because of his last name. It's like the whole world wants to see him making it.

    Not really though, you are very very wrong, Ianis is head and shoulders the best player of his current generation, arguably the best one since the Golden generation of USA 1994. Everybody used to think he's hyped because he is Hagi's son but you must watch him play to see he is sooo good, hits the ball so clean with both feet and his hitting technique is so smooth. A pure no 10 with a great vision, for me the same playing style of Kevin de Bruyne only with a monster work rate. And he is a clever guy with a top education and 'big balls' on the pitch, not affraid to go into tackles and very charismatic, has a strong attitude. 

    Hagi and Popescu (ex Barcelona captain) negociated for months the best deal/option for Ianis, Popescu said Barcelona and Man City made monster offers, but Barcelona wanted to loan him to Valladolid and City to loan him to some other team. 

    Keep an eye on him, he's destined for great things, if not next summer, than the summer of 2021 he's off to a top team for big money. For me Genk is the best place now if they keep their attacking style like in the last season, Ianis going to simply thrive in that system.

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  13. 11 hours ago, Magic Lamps said:

    Glad to see there are still loyal, talented kids who pledge their future to to the club despite our poor record of integrating them. Good luck lad

    I keep saying the same thing, this is simply not your average kind of Academy, it is a state of the art one, full of Chelsea through and through kids waiting for their dream to come true. The way this institution it is run, it is simply in the top 3 in Europe, although its players do not make the step forward to the big team, like for example Ajax's. 

    In a world full of rats like Neymar, Pogba, De Ligt and disgusting football agents, this kids bleeding their favourite teams colors through their veins are the way forward. At least for us especially with the transfer ban which might prove to be a blessing in disguise in a few years. 

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  14. 4 hours ago, Blue Armour said:

    When is he expected to join up with the squad?

    It is a FIFA rule that obliges clubs to give their players a minimum of at least two weeks of holidays after their (players') season ends, so the earliest would be Monday, July 22. Would not be able to join sooner even if he'd want to, the rule is obligatory. 

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  15. @Fernando said it perfectly - this season is a write off from the very start and if it was up to me I would introduce the youngsters (Reece James, RLC, Mount, CHO, Tammy, Pulisic) as starters for the PL and CL matches no matter the stakes. We're not expecting big things this season so I find this a glorious opportunity to introduce them into the first team. It's not like we'd challenge for the league title and the semi finals (at least) in the CL, we can all agree this is a 3rd-6th place and last 16 CL squad at most, I'd rather we have a mediocre season with all the youngsters introduced than another poor one with Pedro, Willian, Alonso etc. 


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  16. 46 minutes ago, Hamilton said:

    Leandro Trossard going to Brighton it seems, €20m reported.

    Hope Genk keep their core. Lille is my second home, I will be there for all their three home matches in the Champions League. If Genk play In Belgium in the same weeks, but different days of course, I will go to their matches as well. Hope I am lucky and one of them draws the Chels! 

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  17. You can see at the end of the video when he tries to turn that he's still in a bit of pain. Wish him a speedy recovery, no need to be rushed I guess, this ain't no major season for us, looks like a transition one so he must be protected. He's the natural heir to Eden and has all the tools to become a PL star in the next years. 

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  18. Don't think there is any question marks anymore over who is going to be the next manager. It is clear for me to see that as soon as he gets back from his holiday, Lamps is going to take over here. 

    If he's a good manager or not, I do not know yet, time will tell, all I hope he brings back the good mood at the club and flushes away all the negativity. 

    For me having a good manager and a top squad is just 40-50% in sports. You look at Liverpool, they would be nothing what they are at this point w/o Klopp's influence in creating a perfect environment full of optimism and good mood. 

    I can even give another example in Romania's U21 team that just beat England 4-2 a few days ago. The squad is not wow, but the atmosphere and the emulation created around this team by a whole country is simply out of this world. 20M+ Romanians breath through this team at the moment, it is simply madness what happens in Romania at the moment and it's just the U21s. 

    But as I said, the squad is not wow, lots are playing in the very, very poor Romanian league and they are also missing their star man, Ajax's Razvan Marin, but they have raised their level through a top atmosphere. It is what I hope Lamps can replicate. 

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  19. Agree, truly a great in the making, oozes class this guy, so composed and elegant on the pitch, makes me think he is like the Roger Federer of football. Barcelona are a lucky bunch. 

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  20. Think others have watched Derby more than I did and when they say Franks not ready for the job maybe they indeed know what they are talking about, but from the few Derby matches that I have watched, the Old Trafford one, Southampton (x2), Brighton away and a couple of Championship ones, they did not look bad at all, I mean I was really impressed to see a young team playing on the front foot even against PL sides and not one that would park the bus and feed on 2nd balls all the time. 

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