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Thanks for all your comments and questions. Here are a few more pieces on the football site today:
Wondered what your thoughts are with regards to Gary Cahill, many of us believe he is one of the most improved players in the Chelsea team and, although Terry is deservedly (and finally) receiving plaudits for his performances a lot of that must go down to his partnership with Cahill especially as both players look unsure when paired with other players. One of my fellow fans said after the Everton game that Cahill looked like he had joined that ‘core’ of players. Also Terry’s upturn in form is brilliant however he is nearing the end of his career and so attention has turned to his replacement as captain, many have mentioned Cahill for the job...but without Terry or Lampard on the pitch, leadership for CFC seems a very real problem! Do you think anybody from CFC’s current squad can step up?
Hi Dom, I want to know where you rate Chelsea among all the other teams left in the Champions League? Fifth? Behind Bayern, Barça, Real and PSG? Or behind City as well?
Richard Arnatt asks:
What odds would you give on a bit of fisticuffs between Mourinho and Mancini? Mou was not exactly complimentary about the Inter side he inherited and Mancini seems like one of the thinnest-skinned managers in the game. Not expecting much to happen on the pitch itself so it’s only the promise of a set-to that’s keeping me from getting on with painting the bathroom.
A clickable link: José Mourinho and Roberto Mancini clash ahead of Champions League tie
Would you agree that it’s rarely what Mourinho says that bothers people, but rather the fact that it is him saying it? The press and Arsenal supporters were quite precious about the ”specialist in failure” jibe but have said worse about Wenger fairly regularly themselves for at least five years. Similarly, you’d be hard pushed to find anyone who doesn’t think City have the best squad in the league, or that Barça aren’t as good as they were a few years ago. So why do so many find it so irksome when Mourinho says it?
Who will win the battle between Terry and Drogba?
In your opinion is Lukaku the best bet for leading the line in the next season? Why does it seem that José doesn’t particularly like him or Ba although we have such a lack of quality strikers? As regards tonight’s game, do you think Drogba has the capability still to trouble Terry and Cahill, and whether Chelsea are better off playing Luiz as the defensive midfielder instead of Mikel?
How’s Buruk Yilmaz getting on? Will he play tonight?
Is there a better fullback in the league than Azpilicueta? With much of the focus being on how Ashley Cole has not been playing and not on the reasons why he’s not being playing (principally the stupendous form of Azpi), is there much chance of him getting the recognition his season deserves (in things like the team of the year and so on), or will much of the plaudits fall on someone like Leighton Baines by default?
Hi Dominic. If the rumours are true and Chelsea will be after Falcao in the summer, do you think there’s a chance that Chelsea might just be shifting the Torres “problem” on to another striker, i.e. another one who’ll be coming back from injury with no proof that he’ll ever be able to reach the heights seen before?
Hi Dominic. Do you think Chelsea will triumph, or draw, comfortably or will we buckle under the strenuous pressure from a very lively Gallata fan base?
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Good afternoon. Dominic will be here from 3pm, but in the meantime here are some of our Champions League articles:
They were not buying José Mourinho‘s familiar assertion, delivered this time on the banks of the Bosphorus, that his is a team of novices. The Portuguese’s suggestion that Chelsea remain in a “special period”, gaining experience from collisions against gnarled campaigners such as Galatasaray, prompted snorts of incredulity from the Turkish media and a rather weary, heard-it-all-before smile from Roberto Mancini. The Gala coach begged to differ. “They have fantastic players who are used to playing games like this,” he offered. “They are 80% to go through. Yes, I said 80%, not 18%.” Continue reading
Chelsea’s security advisers and the British Consulate in Turkey are working together to ascertain the circumstances that led to two travelling supporters being stabbed in apparently separate incidents around the same bar in Istanbul on the eve of the club’s Champions League meeting with Galatasaray. Continue reading
• David Moyes’ position at Manchester United remains secure
Roy Keane appears to be making a success of his career in punditry, if the object of the exercise is to stand out from the crowd and get yourself talked about. The former Manchester United captain was not only withering about the clueless performance against Olympiakos in Athens – with good reason – he went on to be withering about the “flat” performance of Michael Carrick in a post-match interview. This led Mrs Carrick to call him a rude name in a tweet she later deleted, blaming her emotions for getting the better of her, so it can easily be seen that ITV has hired someone out of the common run in Keane. Continue reading
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David Moyes‘s position as Manchester United manager remains secure despite the dismal 2-0 defeat by Olympiakos in the Champions League on Tuesday evening. In a season of disappointing results during the Scot’s inaugural campaign in charge, the manner of the loss against the Greek champions at the Karaiskakis Stadium, in which they managed only a single shot on target, was a new low for United. Continue reading