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Ouch - sounds like a real shit line-up...

Oscar and Ramires would be better in the pivot - I love Lamps but him and Ramy fuck up together too much!

Fucking Cahill - he needs to up his shit and leave Luis and Ramires in midfield!!!

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"Everyone questioned me why Chelsea, this is my answer.” — Eden Hazard

Soo many finals lost this year...

I think the main reasons are

1.) Half of team are players way past their prime and half of them are still raw talents. We dont actualy have one player who is in absolute prime age. Mata is close, but i think in age 27-29 he will master his passing and have more stamina (but less pace).

2.) No style, no tactics. What kind of play do we have? Possesion? Counters? JustWinItForRafa?

3.) Mentality, determination, finishing, experience, team-play,...we lack that.

It will be hard game, Benfica will play their socks off and we wont be as motivated as them.

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Soo many finals lost this year...

I think the main reasons are

1.) Half of team are players way past their prime and half of them are still raw talents. We dont actualy have one player who is in absolute prime age. Mata is close, but i think in age 27-29 he will master his passing and have more stamina (but less pace).

2.) No style, no tactics. What kind of play do we have? Possesion? Counters? JustWinItForRafa?

3.) Mentality, determination, finishing, experience, team-play,...we lack that.

It will be hard game, Benfica will play their socks off and we wont be as motivated as them.

1.Mata, Ramires, Luiz, Cahill, Mikel are in the perfect age for a footballer, which is 25-28 imo. Ivanovic, Cech are still pretty close to it. I do not think this is a problem, actually many clubs have this age structure e.g. Barca when they won the CL and Dortmund now.

2. We certainly do have a style. It is not that brillant but we play medium-paced posession style domestically and counter-attacking style in Europe, we just lack the pace to do it effectively. I think we often do decent pressing and I like the the short-pass, long-pass balance.

3. yup. but Benfica lack most of it, too.

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1.Mata, Ramires, Luiz, Cahill, Mikel are in the perfect age for a footballer, which is 25-28 imo. Ivanovic, Cech are still pretty close to it. I do not think this is a problem, actually many clubs have this age structure e.g. Barca when they won the CL and Dortmund now.

2. We certainly do have a style. It is not that brillant but we play medium-paced posession style domestically and counter-attacking style in Europe, we just lack the pace to do it effectively. I think we often do decent pressing and I like the the short-pass, long-pass balance.

3. yup. but Benfica lack most of it, too.

Only Cech and Iva are in prime, but even for them I could say they were better last year. Mata will improve further, dont you think? Rambo and Mikel might be going in their prime ages, but they are so incomplete players. One lacks ball control and other mobility. Luiz can still improve. He is still inconsistent.

And age structure is fine, but form wise isnt. Busquets is world class DM, while Mikel is just above average. and both are around same age...

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Only Cech and Iva are in prime, but even for them I could say they were better last year. Mata will improve further, dont you think? Rambo and Mikel might be going in their prime ages, but they are so incomplete players. One lacks ball control and other mobility. Luiz can still improve. He is still inconsistent.

And age structure is fine, but form wise isnt. Busquets is world class DM, while Mikel is just above average. and both are around same age...

The former part one can argue about. I am pretty sure Mata won't improve much. With 25 you are won't develop too much as a player anymore, you only can try to get the best out of what you already got in terms of quality. Technically there is not much room for improvement anyway and physically it only gets worse once you pass that 25 years mark. Mata already is a relatively pathetic athlete.

Secondly, Rambo Mikel should be in their prime, even when this means they are incomplete. Ramires relies so much on his physical attributes he surely will not get any better.

This is not a problem of form but a problem of quality, then.

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----------Cech----

Azpi-Cahill-Iva-Cole

-----Luiz----Rami----

Oscar-Lamps-Mata

---------Torres-------

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I had a dream that we lost on pens and now I'm very nervous about this game :(

That wasn´t a dream, it was a nightmare.

Now, I had a dream Chelsea whipped them. Now, that´s a reality.

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I had a dream that we lost on pens and now I'm very nervous about this game :(

then you should know is the other way round which even means no pen and we won :cfc:

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That wasn´t a dream, it was a nightmare.

Now, I had a dream Chelsea whipped them. Now, that´s a reality.

then you should know is the other way round which even means no pen and we won :cfc:

Just have a feeling that we won't win a trophy this year. Even our youth team blew two cup finals this season!

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Just have a feeling that we won't win a trophy this year. Even our youth team blew two cup finals this season!

We asked too much of God last year in the champion's league, we have to wait a year to be in his good grace again.

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Just have a feeling that we won't win a trophy this year. Even our youth team blew two cup finals this season!

then if i say play cool let the game unfold what would u say/

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