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  1. Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread

    Cesar had to go' date='stupid two footed challenge.. Anyway this is a real London derby,it has everything![/quote']
    If you're talking bout Azpi's challenge' date=' slid in miles late with studs up, pretty standard red card to me. As for Delaney, what a moron, picked a fight with the ref and then gets himself booked twice for stupid things, luckily for us.

    Everyone needs to calm down or the game might be abandoned for too many sendings off :o.[/quote']

    One of the most ridiculous posts I have ever seen.

    No disrespect but honestly your level of bias and defending the indefensible is quite spectacular' date=' how can you defend that?

    When even Keith admits it you know it must be clear!! ;)

    Impressed by dreamers posts a very welcome addition to the forum[/quote']

    Watched it again and still don't think it was a red: Not only was it not a two footed challenge but it wasn't a high tackle either, Azpilicueta's foot makes contact with the C Palace player's foot and not his leg.

    I don't dispute that it was a bad foul, it just should have been a yellow.


  2. Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread

    Not sure' date='to be honest,Costa always seems to be injured,yet he plays,its a bit odd :D[/quote']

    Costa is indeed out, hopefully he'll back for Man U.

    Chelsea are expected to line up in the following 4-2-3-1 formation:

    Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry ©, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Remy.

    Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Salah, Drogba, Solanke.

  3. Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread

    Far be it from me to say anything positive about the biggest peanut on the planet and it is the obvious decision to play Courtois but he still had to drop a man who he has depended on for ten years.

    Courtois is the future for Chelsea and is already at a superb level' date=' football can be tough at times but it is e right decision.

    Shame for Petr but I don't think he is the kinda charachter to sit on the bench and he is miles to good for that, I would imagine there may be a few big clubs making some phone calls in the morning.[/quote']

    Really feel sorry for Petr, he had a few dodgy years after his injury but has been outstanding the last few seasons and imo is better than ever.

    Courtois' the future as you said though and I would've made the same decision.

  4. Re: Premier League Discussion Thread

    Just out of curiosity' date=' what makes you think this?

    Based specifically on the fee paid or how you actually expect Shaw to perform in terms of his ability?[/quote']

    I rate Shaw in the long term and think he'll be a superb left back for you in a few years time, but as of right now, I don't think he's good enough defensively and can see other teams exploiting that particularly with the formation you play.

    If he had been cheaper then I wouldn't of suggested him but you're paying at least £27 million you're not paying for a back up left back, you're paying for a starter and I can see him being a weakness this season.

  5. Re: Premier League Discussion Thread

    Champions: Chelsea

    Champions League: Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City, Liverpool

    Surprise Package: Sunderland

    League Cup: Arsenal

    FA Cup: Man City

    CL Winner: Chelsea

    Relegation Dark Horse: Aston Villa

    Relegation: Crystal Palace, Hull, West Brom

    Top Goalscorer: Diego Costa

    Most Assists: Mata

    Most Clean Sheets: Courtois

    Most Reds: Steven Caulker

    Best Signing: Diego Costa

    Best Bargain: Gomis

    Biggest Flop: Shaw

    First Manager sacked: Nigel Pearson

    Best Young player: Courtois

    Bounceback player: Erik Lamela

  6. Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread

    Yes your right he could of done like Villa but would he really want to up root from England to go to Australia only to go on to New York. I still think the most practical option for all parties is for him to stay in England and go to Man City.

    I guess so, particularly with him having children which live in England as well as Christine Bleakley working here as well. Gives him time to work out a viable solution before he heads off to New York.

    Still going to be weird seeing him in a City shirt...

  7. Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread

    It might not be nice for Chelsea fans to see Lampard in a City shirt but in reality where else was he going to go while waiting for NYC FC to get started. It doesn't make him any less of a Chelsea legend and is different to him just ending his time at Chelsea to sign directly for City.

    Australia could've been an option, City have a team there too.

  8. Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread

    Comparing Lukaku to Drogba isn't really fair, if Lukaku was willing to play as a second choice striker then he would have stayed. As it stands however, Lukaku only has 2 years remaining on his current deal and won't sign a new contract, with Diego Costa signed as the main striker our only real option is to sell Lukaku or risk losing him for nothing in two years time if not for a vastly reduced fee next summer.

    Lukaku should have been made first choice striker last season, that should have been his chance, but he was loaned out and given the sums the club has spent building a world class team it makes sense that the club isn't willing to gamble on Lukaku, seeing Costa as a far safer bet.

    We're also playing now, 2-0 against Vitesse.

  9. Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread

    Van Ginkel could have quite the impact this year' date=' I think Salah could too.

    No matter how you see it Cesc assisting Costa is lovely to read :).[/quote']

    Agreed, I'm convinced he would've played a huge part for us last season had it not been for his injury.

  10. Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread

    2-1 in the end.

    Poor first half, Fab didn't work as a DM and we were way too exposed. Much better second half until the raft of subs at 70 mins, we scored twice and should of had a third bar an incorrectly disallowed goal before the subs.

    Really hope Fabregas starts the next game either in the 3 of a 4-3-3 or as the AM in a 4-2-3-1, the team had a much better balance to it once Van Ginkel was on the pitch and Fab was pushed further forward.

    Costa scored a lovely goal as well, great ball from Febregas and Costa finished wonderfully.

  11. Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread

    Chelsea are expected to line up in the following 4-2-3-1 formation:

    Delac; Azpilicueta, Cahill ©, Zouma, Luis; Fabregas, Matic; Salah, Boga, Brown; Costa

    Subs: Cech, Ivanovic, Ake, Terry, Christensen, Chalobah, Van Ginkel, Romeu, Baker, Swift, Solanke, Bamford, Torres.

    Kick off at 4:15pm BST.

    Really excited to see both Costa and Fab start for the first time :).

  12. Re: Official World Cup 2014 Thread

    New generation Holland is very exciting. I'm looking forward to 2018 tbh. 2016 euros will be the last tournament for this group I think

    Honestly I don't know too much about the new players they've got coming through (bar one or two like Maher and Van Ginkel)and I guess four years is a long time for them to develop. Wouldn't be surprised if they struggled still, it'll be a lot of players first World Cup in 2018 and there's obviously no guaremtees that they'll develop into class players.

  13. Re: Official World Cup 2014 Thread

    No it doesn't. Your best takers should always take first as you don't always need to take a 5th or even 4th penalty. Look at Ronaldo in the Euros - saved himself for 5th because of his huge ego and Portugal had lost before he could take a penalty.

    Agreed. I'm guessing that they're logic was to get Vlaar to take the first penalty as it carries the least amount of pressure and then save their proper penalty takers for the other 4 where the pressure mounts.

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