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This Chelsea vs City game has been so dull!
CFC created bugger all. Bore draw.
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did you watch the 1st half
Chelsea players were fatigued
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I watched it all, the first half was even duller than the second.
Chelsea 3 shots, 1 corner, 8 touches in opposition box. Abject.
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the 1st half was end to end
our players fatigued, we had no one to change the game from the bench, that game was tactical for us it was important not to lose
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go watch hockey if you want non stop action, Chelsea is not here to cater to eye catching football every single match, you play football against City and your team more than any knows what happens

*cough 4-1, 1-5, 6-0
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I was just saying, as a neutral watching it was very lacking in quality, fluidity, attacking intent or entertainment.
I don't mind an interesting tactical battle that tight, important games often are, but this didn't even have that. Damp squib.
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how dare you say chelsea play a boring game andy!

without fabregas and some tired legs on the pitch I didn't expect anything but, even if it was at the bridge. Frankly even tactically I don't think they did great, not taking the midweek into account. But they got the result and are still 5 points clear. anyways, im off to watch some hockey!
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Lol yeah.
All part of the vendetta against them Probably..
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Hmmmm, this wasn't a tactical battle? we watching the same game? Both teams were set out to not concede/lose, you look at our lineup, it was a pure counter attacking lineup

Were you honestly expecting a game similar to our 5-3 encounter? Really? Did you forget that our near same XI (minus our two best players) played a full 120 minutes on Tuesday and just 5 days later faced a team who is fully rested and fit.

Perspective...

btw i don't give a rat's ass if he is calling Chelsea boring, its the lack of respect shown for two solid defensive performances (Chelsea as well as City). For you its all about the goals and your definition of a tactical match, w/e the fk that is.

go on...banter away
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Corr... Feisty one you are.
I didn't say it was about the goals at all, but I do like to see a side play with at least a modicum of attacking intent.
Chelsea didn't have a shot in the second half, and Jose did nothing tactical to alter that. He was content to draw, as you said.
I don't class getting your team to sit back as partaking in a tactical battle, anyone can do that.
The players disappointed, as I said I just felt it lacked individual quality and didn't excite me.
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oh shucks, well thats too bad then. btw don't forget to hand in your managerial resume since like you mentioned "anyone can do that"

I remember when Brendan Rodgers said that, worked well for him. Oh and as for your shots on target and entertainment value, don't worry, you'll get plenty of it if you decide to play football against City when they meet you in a few weeks

4-1, 1-5, 6-0

Entertainment'ed
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I was just watching the match to see further evidence of the 'campaign' everyone has against Chelsea.
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You either need to smoke a joint, or smoke less. Either way you're pretty fiesty, considering all I said was it was a dull game, particularly for the neutral.
And regarding the mourinho tactics masterclass we saw tonight, that's just the kinda performance he doesn't even regard as football from this century!
Just another mourinho puppet.

And yes, those 3 games you've mentioned twice now would have been more entertaining for those who watch football for that purpose, entertainment (which is everyone bar the fans of the team who got pasted.)
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Andy - Unfortunately Chelsea are not playing football to please neutral fans and especially a spurs fan.....Jose's goal is to win trophies at end of the season and not to please neutral fans and finish in mid table.

Both city and Chelsea are fighting for title are happy about the result since they both know what it takes to get results against big teams. .....its not anyones mistake that you were praying hard for Chelsea to lose and since that dint happen your pissed. Get well soon :)
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Someone's still sore from that beat down Spurs gave Chelsea
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baz.... Why do you think I was praying for Chelsea to lose and am pissed off because they didn't? The only game I give a crap about involving Chelsea is a certain Wembley fixture on March 1st.
I couldn't care less about the result, I was just sat at home watching the most hyped game of the season and found it thoroughly dull, it wasn't a good showpiece for the PL.
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someone still can get over the beating down Chelsea keeps giving liverpool :P Anyways good luck to pool for the CL games..ohh!! wait you know whats CL right??

Andy - my bad that I assumed that you were hoping for a chelsea defeat considering we are london rivals...no denying that it was a dull game, but it was dull for a reason.
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I don't see what's wrong with saying it was a dull game. I'm sure most people would agree. Nobody says it's Mourinho's job to entertain the neutrals. He does enough of that in his press conferences with the talk of some crazy campaign among other things. Chelsea set out not to lose today and given the situation, maybe that's an optimal decision. But still dull.
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"the most hyped game" there lies the problem, this game had draw written all over it yet it was hyped like mad, maybe if the FA had not banned Costa there might have been more spark but w/o our two best players and knackered squad Mourinho was always going for a more conservative approach.

Its all about perspective, for the causal fan that bought into the SKY hype or may not follow football that closely, this match was probably a let down, but to a fan who does appreciate the defensive side to a football match like myself might have found the game quite enjoyable.

And yes i'll admit i was a tad aggressive earlier, see you at Wembley ;)
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Personally, I dislike us to defend deep like that. But our defence has been conceding poor goals lately and our players were tired. I wouldnt call this a tactical masterclass but we avoided a bad result.

So yeah a boring game. Every team has those once in a while. There will be better games.
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Indeed, These top of the table clashes usually end up with little chances, so I wasn't that surprised.
Mourinho did the sensible thing by playing not to lose - but 3 shots all game is a bit extreme! Shame costa wasn't there, but he only has himself to blame for walking the thin line between aggressive and potentially dangerous.
But that's a different debate.

Can't get tickets for the final as I'm not a member 😞
But my sister does work for Chelsea TV so I could probably get one in the Chelsea end if I was desperate !
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Losing by one goal on aggregate in a cup tie is a beat down? Then conceding 5 goals against your rival is a ass whooping.

Though back to what the op said, I agree. Especially considering the talent that was on show for both sides. IE Hazard, Aguero, Willian, Navas. The draw suited Chelsea more.
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Oh beating at home in the PL game? *cough twice last season to kill the only hope of title for next decade...anyways I don't want to go further back.

Few dull games are worth for a top spot and title fight
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lol classy as usual
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Both of you stop now. Peruvianking, unless you want a warning I suggest you don't get involved.

Football results provided by whatsthescore.com

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Predictions
Hull City v.Newcastle United 1-1
Manchester United v. Leicester City 2-1
West Bromwich Albion v. Tottenham Hotspur 1-0
Sunderland v. Burnley 1-2
Stoke City v. Queens Park Rangers 0-0
Liverpool v. West Ham United 3-1
Crystal Palace v. Everton 2-1
Chelsea v. Manchester City 2-1
Arsenal v. Aston Villa 3-1
Southampton v. Swansea City 2-2
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Hull City v.Newcastle United 1-2
Manchester United v. Leicester City 2-1
West Bromwich Albion v. Tottenham Hotspur 1-0
Sunderland v. Burnley 2-2
Stoke City v. Queens Park Rangers 3-0
Liverpool v. West Ham United 2-1
Crystal Palace v. Everton 3-1
Chelsea v. Manchester City 1-3
Arsenal v. Aston Villa 2-1
Southampton v. Swansea City 3-1
Hull City v.Newcastle United 1-2
Manchester United v. Leicester City 3-1
West Bromwich Albion v. Tottenham Hotspur 1-1
Sunderland v. Burnley 2-0
Stoke City v. Queens Park Rangers 0-1
Liverpool v. West Ham United 1-1
Crystal Palace v. Everton 2-1
Chelsea v. Manchester City 2-2
Arsenal v. Aston Villa 3-0
Southampton v. Swansea City 0-0
HC v NU 1-1
MU v LC 2-0
WB v TH 1-2
SD v BY 1-1
SC v QP 3-0
LP v WH 3-2
CP v EN 1-1
CA v MC 0-1
AL v AV 3-1
SH v SC 2-0

Hull City v.Newcastle United 0-0
Manchester United v. Leicester City 1-1
West Bromwich Albion v. Tottenham Hotspur 2-1
Sunderland v. Burnley 2-0
Stoke City v. Queens Park Rangers 1-0
Liverpool v. West Ham United 2-0
Crystal Palace v. Everton 1-1
Chelsea v. Manchester City 1-3
Arsenal v. Aston Villa 3-0
Southampton v. Swansea City 2-1
Latest episode of #Ask is out , this time courtios answered question on twitter which turned out exactly as expected .

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2347019-thibaut-courtois-askcourtois-session-is-predictably-trolled-by-everyone?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=programming-UK
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i actually thought it was funny and quite clever KGB, why you gotta be dat stricht?

jk, i know why, still..

http://memecrunch.com/meme/3Q00B/it-was-just-banter/image.png
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Kgb, really?




really?
So, this is how the transfer window works eh?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4vZMpcPYTI
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Men that's hilarious but unfortunately true
That's Goal.com, right?
@Azeal: nope, its Guardian Football
SKY or BBC or ITV? which do you guys prefer for football coverage and why?
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BBC. As to why, I find ITV commentators too emotional. I'd rather watch those commentators who can keep their emotions completely in check. Almost monotonous is my preference. BBC comes closest to that imo.
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Sky my reasons are in the video below

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lge8wx-9Vk
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Sky, because the have the one and only Gary Neville.
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BBC:MOTD
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Gary Nevile
BBC has the best highlights but awful punditry

Sky has decent highlights and the best punditry

Sky it is!
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^pretty much.

Bbc punditry is terrible
+1
I like Gary and MOTD on BBC, The highlights and interviews are great although they often have some terrible guest pundits e.g. Dion Dublin, Robbie Savage, Danny Mills.

Love G.Nev and King Henry on Sky althought Carra can sometimes be a bit annoying. Not a big fan of Souness, either.

ITV drive me mad with Adrian "knows sod all about football and has the personality of a damp cloth" Chiles.

Prefer Sky for coverage/analysis and BBC for highlights.
+1
I love BBC
Al Jazeera !
+2
@Deffyduck you will be glad to hear Adrian Chiles got sacked

MOTD is unsurpassable for me, it's just the tradition of waiting for it every year
+1
Sky for the commentary, BBC MOTD for the highlights
The wisdom that Gary Neville brought into his punditry made me seriously cry inside and kinda begs that he would replace Blatter.

He is a true professional.
New rule: If a player goes down holding his face and or clutching body part while crying and rolling on the floor because he's experiencing so much "pain" and gets right back up after the foul is settled, then that player should receive a yellow card for falsifying pain level, wasting the medics time as well as the fans time.
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Not a bad shout. You can tell when a player is hurt, and it usually involves grasping for the part of the body that is injured, which is usually not the face....
Also, on most serious injuries, you're going to be still (example from the game yesterday, a collision between Oscar and Henderson), not rolling around on the ground like a fish out of water.
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It's should be a rule. It's effectively simulation, time wasting and trying to get your opponent carded
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Should be ushered off field, like any player who requires treatment.
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Agree with Surajloks12345, remove them from the field.

Maybe in return, field a temporary substitute of maximum 5 minutes. If he really can't the field within 5 minutes, then replace him.

This game has become way too dramatic. Contact sport my ass, the level of the "Masculinity" of professional footballers on this sport has gone down to the point of women football team has shown much more sportsmanship.

The policy has became: "Simulation and creating minimal contact to earn short-cuts has been the way to go, either follow or be left behind".

We've fixed the goal-line issue, free-kick positioning, next should be this.. or maybe fix referring as a whole.
The irony of course is that many of these players come from countries where Machismo is very prevalent yet they will roll around crying for the world to see. Yet if you were to call them a girl or feminine they would try to tear your face off. Wish that machismo wasn't just for show and actually translated to the pitch.
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Also retrospective bans on players who dive in the box whether they receive penalty received a card or nothing happened.
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Because FIFA allows diving, it has now literally become part of the game. Sh!t players who can't relay on their skills miss up the game for everyone. It is very sad to see teams/players resorting to this kind of pathetic method to win games.
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I just think about some of the tackles I receive on a weekly basis playing for my club and I'm no professional athlete. Bunch of drama queens, one arsehole raked his studs down my leg for "fun" while with blood dripping down my leg the ref waved play on and another ripped out my arm hairs to "distract me". I was blinded in 1 eye for 2 days from a ball to the eye socket(embarrassingly it was my own shot bouncing back off the keeper), had my hand stamped on and in general, had the s**t kicked out of me by big defenders almost every game, whether it be almighty swings at my foot to stop me shooting or elbows to the face for attempting to win the aerial ball. And that was just last season, my injury list could fill a book. Off the top of my head the worst ones are: 1 broken arm, 3 broken toes, 1 fractured foot, 1 damaged retina, 2 broken fingers, 2 ankle ligament tears(1 very bad) and a badly torn quad muscle.

It's part of the game, in the good old days they used to just get on with it, the game and players are becoming too precious.
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and then you've got this guy....

http://www.badassoftheweek.com/shelford.html

the story might be completely fabricated but I have seen rugby players get stitches on the sidelines and have dislocated digits/limbs popped back in so they can continue playing.
Mate rugby players, holy s**t. Here in Aus there was one bloke who played the entire 80 minutes of the grand final after fracturing his cheekbone in the first 5 minutes. Another hero during the season ran back on and played out the match with what was later diagnosed as a broken leg. That same nutcase played for the next 3 matches on that fractured leg. Some of the injuries they play through are insane.

In other news, that's a bloody brilliant article, worth a read, minus the excessively colourful language lol.
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yeah the language makes me wonder if it is real or not. I will have a look when I get home haha.

I do remember watching the international tests and an Aussie rugby player (cannot remember his friggin name!) got a nasty gash/laceration at the corner of his mouth. He had it stitched up and carried on playing, what a man....
Off topic. Anyone here follow AFL? I've only watched a few games but the things they allow is crazy...

http://youtu.be/QyFlnudTGg8

Edit:
This second vid is even crazier...

http://youtu.be/pdy_PcC_VCY
Yeh I watch it, it's a bit nuts. Watched both vids, they do worse stuff than that mate. Have you seen them take a really good mark? They take a running leap and climb up the guys back in studded boots sometimes. They're supposed to land their knees or legs on their back or shoulders which is also crazy lol, imagine that weight on your neck.. :/

The crowds for this sport are huge too, over 100,000 in some games.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERTcZV7uTFU

^ That is perfectly legal and considered a brilliant catch rather than dangerous.

Rewind to the 1970s to 1990s and you'd find a very minor difference in football tackles and rugby tackles. Face it, our players have regressed into a bunch of babies. Though, with Stoke in the picture, I can hardly blame the players.
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^it is brilliant to watch, to be fair :D

but those brutal hits are ridiculous. There must surely be a higher fatality rate in AFL? There are elbows being thrown and clothesline arms being levelled at peoples necks and, with the speed these guys play at, people must get seriously and/or permanently injured?
Deffy, all head high tackles are heavily punished with fines and suspensions. These guys are massive mountains of flesh running at another musclebound meat head. Their bodies are braced for the impacts and therefore less likely to be injured badly, unlike football where the impact often comes out of nowhere and leaves you sprawled on the ground. They are often bruised and bloody but that's part of the game, my football coach used to say if you aren't bleeding from somewhere, you haven't put in enough effort lol. These rugby blokes wear the injuries and blood like a badge of honour.

There's been maybe 2 or 3 blokes in over 10 years of AFL and NRL that have suffered terrible injuries like spinal damage, being paralysed etc. Some of the players wear neck braces and head gear due to previous damage, it's just part of the rough and tumble nature of the game and every player accepts that.

To be honest they get more fines for what they do when they go out after playing. A few recent examples are fighting security guards, paying for hookers and let's not forget the idiot who took a piss on the side of a police car while drunk. Great role models that lot.
Well , considering the injuries, Zilch is correctly following Arsenal .lol :P

The best solution to diving would be , if the referee doesn't spot it , a 2-3 match ban . That should do well to start things off.
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Costa has been charged by the FA. and faces three match ban for his actions yesterday

Thank God. As much as I am sad that he will miss city match I am (for once) very happy that the FA was sensible in this situation. He just can't go around being as violent as this, in my opinion it is an utter disgrace the way he does this(Costa). It happens a occasionally but Costa crosses/d the line way too often for my liking. I'm also very happy this has happened now and not later where it might impact us much more. He needs to learn.
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FA was sensible in this situation only because he is a foreign player..The same applied for Suarez & Balo as well.

charlie adam is showing his rugby skills game after game without even getting a card or caution.
+2
Charlie Adam, good example lol. Did he get any punishment for strangling Alexis?
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Think he got a yellow, that's why there was no retro-active ban.

Adam just seems to get away with this kind of stuff.
+2
Well, obviously a yellow card is enough for attempted murder.. right lads?
+3
LOL There Will Be Trollers (There will be haters parody) Ft. Torres, Suarez, Pepe, Balotelli, Terry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQh24j56LOk
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20
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