2nd September 2019 at 12:27 pm #46931
I do like what Unai’s trying to formulate plus his playing style, but it’s very hard at the moment in terms of trying to buy players at a quicker rate.
These days, Manager’s need a lot of Time and Transfer Windows.2nd September 2019 at 12:39 pm #46932
Arsenal, Man Utd & Chelsea are still some time off from competing for a title.
Spurs are the closest – they’re a very good, well drilled, cohesive, effective side. They were deemed to have had a good summer window. But for me they just strengthened in areas they were already strong in. It’s in attack I still think they lack that wow factor, which would allow them to take the next step up to Liverpool & Man City.2nd September 2019 at 1:12 pm #46933
Chucky McChuckfaceParticipant376 pts
Easier said than done, trying to improve a pretty decent 1st 11 (without spunking huge wedges!). We went for Dybla, which I think would have improved our attacking side of things, but we got Lo Cecil (not really seen enough to judge one way or the other!), N-Dumb to help in the Midfield, which certainly improved the Dinksy, Disco and Dier selection that we had… young Ryan to give Danny boy a kick up the proverbials (but he’s been injured so jury is out), the winger from Leeds who now can’t get a game there (so who bloody knows!)… and ended up with no RB’s!!
Keeping Jan, Toby and Erik was the best bit of bussiness.. maybe they’ll sign new contracts, maybe they’ll play out their skins as they’re all looking for super-duper deals next year… who knows?? I’m pretty happy over all, happy that the window is about to close, happy with a couple of unexpected points at City and the Goonies (still bloody annoyed about Castle!) and we always start slow anyway… I’m not that upset about things… once the games come a bit thicker and faster, I think we’ll be alright…2nd September 2019 at 2:20 pm #46938
Chucky, I did say ” distant I hope” but credit where due it was a good game to watch .2nd September 2019 at 2:44 pm #46939
Chucky McChuckfaceParticipant376 pts
Just as bad, cyber chum!! 🙂
But it was a good game, 2 teams trying to go for it… and both teams inches away from getting a third!!
Something else that hasn’t been mentioned with regards to that match, I thought the ref had a pretty decent game too. He probably could have dished out a few more yellows (and subsequently reds!) but I think he did well, letting a lot go for both sides… a more “pedantic” ref could have finished that 9-a-side! Plenty of little nibbles and things from both sides…
Still don’t understand why Poncho plays Lamamelea and left Lucas on the bench, if we’ve played a team so far this season who would have suited Lucas’s strengths, it was the goonies with all the space and gaps they were leaving…2nd September 2019 at 3:34 pm #46940
lucky… disrespectful, inflammatory.. your words to describe a very ordinary post as I see things Chelsea. Then telling me to stick my post where the sun dont shine. because I say we see things differently. No wonder what used to be a good site has died a death theres only about five people left posting on the Chelsea page… and now your here doing the same thing to a fellow fan?!?!?!?!
You’re like Dennis wise, he could have a fight with an empty room.2nd September 2019 at 4:04 pm #46941
All we can hope is that Ed is working on a new site for when this one becomes TT2…..Pagan2nd September 2019 at 4:31 pm #46942
Nah, you are out of order 442 and you are the one engaging in one upmanship which is very ironic considering your earlier protests, clear as day if you follow our posts from yours at 11:10am
I clearly didnt tell you to shove your post, I told you to shove one paragraph, the one in which you said your behaviour on here was nothing to do with a grudge when evidently it is, it has to be as all I had done up to that point is argue the points YOU BROUGHT UP about OUR club, you decided to get personal at 4:52pm and and I remained civil up until that one para I told you to shove and stand by that.
Now, you quickly turned the debate away from the points you yourself raised, but just to clarify, these are the points I chose to debate
1) You claimed the arguments from all chelsea fans about playing kante deeper were stupid, I simply argued they were not and why, giving currently he is the only mid we have that can really defend.
2) You argued we should ditch the “antiquated” 4231, when we havent even been playing it. we have been playing sarri’s 433 but without the “sarriball” and safety in possession, we are too direct leading to too many turnovers which is leaving us far more open than when we played the 433 under sarri but with different tactics. We need to remedy this, and as above its fine if you dont see kante deeper as the solution, but if you think the suggestion is stupid surely you have a better alternative?
3) You were talking about dyche as an alternative to lamps, I thought it was funny that 442 kick and rush excites you but 4231 is “antiquated”, and made a quip abut it, thats just banter.
4) You claimed chelsea fans were fickle and will be wanting lamps out by xmas, I do take exception to that as a) if anyone generalised about another set of fans like that it would clearly be out of order, and b) the match going chelsea fans arent actually that fickle, and no more than most fans of top clubs anyway. It was a poor comment but you a free to say it, no probs there. But as free as you are to say it, I am free to question you.
Like I said 442, my posts on this have been fine, feel free to engage or dont engage, but you cant keep posting as you are all the while claiming I am the issue here, its not on mate. I have taken the time to read things back and check myself here, and I dont think I am out of order at all.
All the best.2nd September 2019 at 5:05 pm #46943
Banjo, as jose was saying, spurs best business over the last few years wasnt just keeping the best players, it was keeping them happy and committed. I think the transfer window deadlines have unsettled spurs more than most because of the quality and importance of the players unsettled. I do hope for you that now its done and your squad is intact they all pull together again. Signs were positive yesterday I thought and I still think spurs are the best of the rest. Its amazing how much damage it can do to squad morale and chemistry when just one or two players are unsettled.2nd September 2019 at 5:37 pm #46945
I raelly enjoyed both games yesterday, the Everton-Wolves game and the Arsenal-Spurs. Exciting as both games were, however, there were an awful lot of errors in both which made for exciting games, but I’d be surprised if either Spurs or Arsenal finish too close to City and Liverpool. Arsenal clearly have a major problem at the back (David Luiz? Please!!), and Spurs should have been able to close that game out after being 2 up.
The real talking point of the weekend for me was Villa’s disallowed goal against Palace. It was an absolute shocker by Kevin Friend, and if you were a Villa fan, player or manager you would feel very hard done to. If VAR is meaant to erase ‘clear and obvious’ refereeing errors, it didn’t do it’s job there. Maybe it was unable to because the ref had already blown his whistle, but if VAR couldn’t award the goal, could it have awarded the penalty for Cahill’s challenge on Grealish. While I accept that error would have happened pre-VAR, shouldn’t this system that is meant to erase mistakes have done something about the biggest one I have seen so far this season?
And finally, Lucky and 442, leave it out lads! Just agree to differ, eh, and leave the bickering to those on ‘the other site’. You both make good and interesting points, they are just different!!2nd September 2019 at 5:42 pm #46947
Yup, nothing wrong with the Villa equaliser.
Let’s hope it’s a one off in error.2nd September 2019 at 5:47 pm #46948
Hightown, thats exactly it mate, Chelsea have been bang average but the games are so exciting because of all the errors being made. Maybe the pace of the game and the amount of high pressure is leading to more mistakes in general and more exciting games. Alan hansen would probably just say players dont know how to defend any more but it makes for better games.
P.s, I have left it there now, my last post was my closing one on that mate.2nd September 2019 at 5:58 pm #46950
Lucky, I only saw the MOTD highlights of your game on Saturday, but my uneducated take on it, and indeed Chelsea so far, is that there is little to be too despondent about. Against United you were the better team for much of the game, well certainly the first half, against Norwich you got the win, and against Sheff Utd on Saturday you just failed to kill them off, a bit like Spurs yesterday, but for 45 minutes you battered them. I forget who your other game was against, I’m afraid, but you were arguably the better team against us in the Super Cup, and Mount and Abraham must have exceeded expectations so far…and you’ve got Hudson-Odoi and RLC, as well as Kante to come back in. As I say, I wouldn’t be worried too much, though obviously you’d like more points! The downsides for you, in my humble opinion, are Zouma and Pulisic. Zouma is nowhere near top quality (why isn’t Christiansen playing?) and Pulisic has shown very little so far, though it is early days.2nd September 2019 at 6:12 pm #46951
We are playing such a high tempo hightown that come second half our players just cant keep it up. I think thats when the inexperience really shows and we lose control of games.
Im not pessimistic about it to be fair, we can finish 4th this year, It is a real possibility, lots of quality to come back in to the side too as you point out.2nd September 2019 at 6:20 pm #46952
So why isn’t Christiansen playing instead of Zouma? And I forgot in my earlier post, Rudiger, of course
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