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Hi Guyz have you heard the news that Lampard deal was extended till January 31st. That means that he can face us at home when city come to SB. I am not happy about this at all. I think Manuel Pellegrini intentionally did this just to taunt us. If I am lampard I will just excuse myself from playing that game. If he plays or scores the winning goal that denies Chelsea the 3 points I will have no more respect for him. I know he is a legend in ChelseaFC and still my best player but if I hopes he excuses himself from that game. Because Legends don't leave a there most loved club and go join a direct rival in the same league. I share Mourinho sentiments hare. What do you guys think?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-cate/forget-everything-you-kno_b_5859100.html?utm_hp_ref=parents&ir=Parents

enjoying football with youngsters. A great read for parents and coaches of a young team alike!

PS sorry the use American terms :p
Ramires is out of tomorrow's game with a minor injury.

Our lack of depth at CM is worrying. Matic and Cesc need to be rested so maybe Oscar or Baker will partner Mikel in the pivot.
Gonna see the kids getting their chances soon. I seem to recall we sent MVG out because we had no more room on the roster. So if we're needing more CM's they better be HG.
Especially in the cups, have to give some of the younger players a chance.

About CM, there's always Pogba if we need a HG midfielder :P
I am with starting some youngsters tomorrow but I'm hoping we dont underestimate Bolton so much as to end up losing the tie. Winning this cup early next year could serve as a catalyst for greater achievements come may 2015.

Wouldn't mind this line up

Cech
Ivan Cahil Zouma Luis
Mikel Matic
Salah Oscar Schurlle
Remy
Subs; Ake, Hazard, Baker, Schwarzer, Drogba, Willian
Its nice to see our fans getting a little bit of recognition. I know there may be a little bit of anger here. It will pass. Time heals all.

http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/des-kelly-chelsea-fans-add-a-touch-of-dignity-and-class-to-a-world-of-football-excess-9748082.html

Edit:
Ah crap... i may have spoken too soon. Im crossing my fingers that he wont extend his stay. Dont react yet. It still not confirmed.

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/lampard-extend-manchester-city-stay-7814923
At the risk of sounding like a broken record I will say it again that Lampard will play fir City throughout this season. This has always been the plan...no hard feelings though :P
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who cares? we released him. when you break up with a girl it's none of your business who she moves on with.

I can't wait to watch his highlights in the MLS, but for now he is still too good to not be helping a top european team out.

the analogy isn't perfect, but you get the point.
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Nobody cares mate...this is news that is why it was posted and some are surprised by it others are not.

I dont know how many girlfriends you've had but if you say it doesn't matter who she goes on to see then I only have respect for you. Personally it makes a lot of difference if she goes on to see my best friend, my enemy , someone next door to me, my relative etc.

Again like I said it doesn't matter..this is no news to me but it still doesn't change Lampard's status at the club.
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City usually play 2 STs, can't see Lampard starting too many games over Fernandinho and Toure. But if he does start, he might flourish next to a Fernando or Fernandinho/Toure etc.

I can see him coming on as a super sub if he does play but again i can't see him getting a lot of game time.
Super sub is his best role. He will always come on and be in the right positions to score.
Here's a nice article to lighten the mood. :P

www.espnfc.com/blog/the-toe-poke/65/post/2035401/the-formations-premier-league-managers-dont-want-you-to-know-about
+3
lol two keepers... classic mou!
+1
I just realized that having Drogba here actually made the cupcake leave (in a way). For that reason alone, I think Drogba's second spell at the Bridge is worth it.
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I do not want to seem like someone that doesn't like this team but I really think we need another beast midfielder. Someone like Khedira for example, he'd keep our team in balance and his partnership with Matic could be something else. Matic does not have to worry on the likes of Yaya Toure himself, Khedira can do the job aswell.

Just imagine a midfield with Fabregas-Matic-Khedira, that would be amazing defensively and offensively. This would close the gap on the midfield and it helps the defense concede less goals imo.
While I agree with you about the physical and technical attributes Khedira could offer our team especially against City I do think that our teams physical vulnerability is a bit exaggerated.

City play any four of Toure, Fernando/Fernandinho,Milner/Nasri, Silva. We have Matic, Ramires, Mikel, Fabregas as our CMs. I could also add Oscar and Willian since they defend centrally when playing the AM role. I really dont see the exaggerated advantage they have over us. Last season in the same fixture Luiz and Matic effectively bullied Yaya and co and that was an overkill imo. Matic should match Yaya in terms of physical presence and if we play Ramires or Mikel they should easily size up to Fernando, Fernandinho and Milner. Hazard, Oscar, Wilian, Fabregas, Schurlle should match or even overpower Silva, Nasri. Both defences speak for themselves.

I think we are a work in progress and atm our back five needs more work then midfield. I'd love to see us try a back four of Azpi-Ivan-Terry/Cahil-Luis and see how it holds up.
I agree with Naija, i don't think we are too far off City in terms of physicality.

The goals we are conceding are mainly from Bane sticking to close to Cahil and leaving his side too exposed, Schirley got a lot of stick for that goal yesterday but i think Bane was more to blame as he was behind Shirley and could see the danger, same thing happened against Swansea.

Cesc is another problem for me, not when he has the ball, but when he doesn't, he seems too one pace for me, and doesn't fit alongside Matic to well

Thoughts?
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I for one think that every other part of our team has undergone major corrective surgeries bar the defence and the few lapses shown so far are just the signs of rrecovery from those major changes. I think Cesc paired with Matic makes it a balanced double pivot. What they need is game time and more play together to build an understanding as they are barely 2months together. We have seen a double pivot of Alonso and Modric destroy Bayern even though the same combination could not withstand a rampant BVB a year earlier.

Our back 5 is the main problem for me as it is in need of a major operation to correct its suitability to our current style of play. Terry and Cahil lack pace and the later is never proactive and always looks vulnerable in 1v1 situations. We cant compare the way Kompany and Mangala handle DC19(albeit with lots of fouling in the process) to how much of a nightmare Cahil had against a less illustrious Gomis.

I think in the modern game the CB should be more closer in technical abilities to a defensive midfielder especially with the high press high block we are trying to play. In a nut shell if u can picture your CB doing a good job when called on to cover the DM position then he's made the cut off to be the modern CB. These are just my thoughts and I trust Mou to build a team to dominate the league in the coming years.
I'm not comparing us to City, I just want us to be an unstoppable powerhouse team.
http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2014/sep/22/jose-mourinho-chelsea-park-the-bus-manchester-city

Nice read.


+1
Wow, so i am going through your page and so much talk about lampard and a few excerpts about gerrard saying he wanted to leave liverpool in 2005 , lol , but he didn't , anyways my point is:

Frank Lampard is a Chelsea Legend, he will always be one of the best mid fielders , a humble man , scored against his old club was actually so sad about it. Jeez , There a very few players like that out there , remember RVP celebrating against arsenal ? now that isn't a Legend. Adebayor ?
and this man was almost in tears during that interview..

What Lampard did is called professionalism , and that is why he become a great player , he is devoted to his team.

I know most of you agree with me, but this is for the few who don't , hoping hearing it from a rival would make them understand.

Ciao.
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Thanks Ashup. it's refreshing to hear that even some rival fans understand how much the likes of Lampard means to us Chelsea fans. I'm sure we would see the same with you guys and Gerrard, if by any weird twist of fate he plays against you guys.

anyways, Cheers mate!
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Well said. You are spot on with everything, except Gerrard DID want to leave in 05. The club didn't let him though. But that's a whole different story :)
oh come on raj , yes Gerrard did want to leave , but Benitez convinced him to stay. end of story, why stir s**t up to an absolute unnecessary incident.

PS: we all know you are a chelsea supporter, just put it beside your name, dont be ashamed of it.
I think part of the whole moral standard thing Liverpool fans hold over other teams isn't really condusive to winning. Liverpool sold Suarez because his actions were reprehensible but it weakened the team immediately. And lets say they meet Barca in the knockout round of the CL and Suarez scores an important goal against them. The Liverpool forum would light up like a christmas tree with all sorts of colourful comments.

There may be a few comments here that criticize Lampard for his choice of team but it's a pretty small group and they do have a valid point. It is painfull to see someone you idolized help a rival take points from us just like it would be for any other team. We're doing our best to sort it out amongst ourselves. We don't need anymore gasoline thrown on the fire at this point thanks.
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@ash I can understand why you would want to adapt that point of view to that situation. So I'll leave it at that.
Agree to disagree :)

The most important fact is Gerrard decided to stay. Whether he wanted to leave or not, is inconsequential.
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Well Liverpool rejected all offers from other clubs. So he didn't really have a choice.

If he had a choice he would have left.

http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11668/2340916/gerrard-asks-to-go
@Geek exactly .

@Raj : Sorry man , but it makes me really angry that you are taking the effort to search articles of 10 years ago.

@C61 : mate, i am not throwing any gas in the fire, jeez, i only stated what i felt, and what most of sensible fans would agree.
Also, You can't compare Suarez's legend status with Gerrard or Lampard. Suarez was a Great player for us, whether or not he is a LFC legend is highly debatable.
Why don't we freshen up our mood? Let's talk about some basic math.
5-3=? What is the answer for that?
And they want to add CR7 to that!
Will adding CR7 to that equation change anything?
Or will it be just another same equation written in an expensive ink?
who said..we wont buy any defenders if we get CR..? both are not related at all
lol. you know, with everything happening with them, it's really obvious that the problem (since last season) is not the manager.
Good luck to LVG to try and pull the rabbit out of the hat and somehow change the team's form.
Isn't that a little funny when all of a sudden United spends over 150m in one season and say 'we don't have enough players. 150m wasn't good enough. We are going to spend another 150m next season.'
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