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Ranking---------accurate crosses---Long pass---Through pass------Rt
Eden Hazard---------0.3------------1.5--------- 0.2------------7.68
Nemanja Matic-------0.1------------4.5--------- 0.2------------7.69
Fernando Torres-----0.2------------0.2----------n/a------------6.89
Frank Lampard-------1.3------------2.5----------n/a------------7.09
Ashley Cole---------0.2------------1.9----------n/a------------6.83
Oscar---------------0.6------------2.2----------n/a------------7.0
Samuel Eto'o--------n/a------------0.3----------0.1------------7.02
Ramires-------------0.3------------2.9----------0.1------------7.03
André Schürrle------0.5------------0.3-------------------------6.76
Willian-------------1.3------------2.8-------------------------7.11
Mohamed Salah-------0.2------------0.2-------------------------7.13
David Luiz----------0.1------------5.3-------------------------6.97
Demba Ba---------------------------0.1-------------------------6.46
Branislav Ivanovic--0.6------------2.2-------------------------7.34
Gary Cahill------------------------3.3-------------------------7.35
John Obi Mikel---------------------2.3-------------------------6.59
John Terry-------------------------3.5-------------------------7.12
Petr Cech--------------------------4---------------------------6.82
César Azpilicueta------------------0.4-----------2.2-----------7.3
I really don't get the hate Ramires receives on this forum. He may not be the most accurate passer or the best tactician on the pitch but he has more heart, hustle, and determination than almost every other player on the team, excluding the older fellas (Terry, Lamps, Cech). He doesn't take a play off, and if he messes up he doesn't wallow in self-pity or make any gestures towards other players, he simply focuses on the new objective at hand.
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he has lungs and anger.
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He's really poor against teams who sit deep, due to his average passing and poor ball control.

But away from home he's alright. Can run for days and wins the ball back a lot - shame he has to commit so many fouls in the process.
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He plays in the center. His position affects the whole team. If he plays like he has been, we will not be able to control the midfield.
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All very valid points, I guess my favorite types of players are the engines, I love to see him never give up on plays. Geekwhu made a great point about his positioning that I never really took into account. In my opinion he has proven himself in big games over the past few seasons, I just don't think we should be giving up on him just yet.
he's solid at best, a liability on most days.
On a week in week out basis he's prone to mental lapses. He's got pace and stamina only a few can match. If he could somehow learn to be better with his decisions once he's won the ball for us he could be one of the best midfielders in the world. As it stands his passing has been sub par at least 3/4 of the time this season. He gets us out of trouble and then puts us right back in it. I think it's good he's had some time off.

That said, in big games Ramires can and has turned up big for us. He was outstanding v Napoli and Barca in 2012. Luiz and Willian also have a touch of the same bug. From here on there are only big games until the season ends. I hope our Brazillians stay on track with big game performances. It would be very unlike them to not give everything they have for the last few games that are left.
most important week of football in years. can't wait!
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I wonder where's Bloom. Missed his nonsense
I remember when media amd people saying Diego Costa broke somethimg and will prolly miss the season + World Cup lol . Yesterday he played xD
http://www.footytube.com/news/guardian/ashley-cole-fears-end-as-chelsea-look-to-future-for-atletico-madrid-semi-final-L30636?ref=hp_trendian

Ouch. Pray for Cole :(

I'd prefer Luiz in centre of the park, or else we'd get destroyed in CM.
Makes no sense, Cole has to play at LB.

Luiz is our best midfielder without Matic - the dilemma should be who to partner him with, not if he should be playing RB!
lampard and ramires hahahahahaha kill me now. Atletico will destroy that pivot
wiat, is ramires suspended for the first leg also? I was hoping to have a midfield trio of

----luiz----
rami---oscar

willian torres schurrle

I'll go with Torres over Ba because hopefully he'll run around and try to break up plays.
Nah Ramires is available. Suspension was for only 1 game.
hopefully the Ramires that got subbed off at half time vs Swansea doesn't show up ever again.
He womt show up again. The worser Ramires will show up
guys, relax. We got Mourinho. He knows Atletico.
Reports suggest Luka Modric is unhappy at Real Madrid and the club is looking at Javier Pastore and Eden Hazard as possible replacements.
Source: El Chiringuito via goal.com
Friday, April 18, 2014 9:58 AM
cool story bro
Goal.com = scroll.down
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Lol
+2
not even the same position, lol.
i trust goal.com, it's a legit source.

However, Eden said he's happy at CFC and does NOT want to leave yet
Pastors swap with Modric. Sounds about right
Pastore only linked because of the goal he scored against us, he isn't even good enough for Madrid's bench lol.
Doubt he wants to leave but i'm sure Jose (man with a plan) likes Modric a lot cause of his managerial career at Madrid is it possible for Chelsea to get him why not but it would really take a hefty price and also remember his enjoy life at real even more cause of Bale used to play together at spurs and now in the dream team so it would really take a lot of money let alone his wages
I've must of read that Gerrard quote a million times. Bleh
vs Sunderland

cech
ivanovic terry cahill azpi
---lampard matic---
schurrle oscar willian
------eto'o-------

hmm Salah might start instead of willian/oscar. Hazard is a doubt for Atletico game. So one of them need to be rested since we'll be defending like dogs.

This is our third and final chance. We thought we threw away the league by losing to Villa...then Palace. Thankfully the chokers City have given us another chance. No more excuses, no more 'fake tables' everything is in our hands. KTBFFH

lol at defending like dogs your similes are creative I give you that

I would play both Schurrle and Salah and drop Willian off we don't need his work rate or defending in this match I agree with the rest I like Lampard and Matic instead of Luiz and Matic for this match
I just remembered that Ivanovic is suspended for the Atletico game. Might not be a bad idea to rest Azpi and give Cole a go tomorrow. He needs some game time or else he'll snap his hamstring vs Atletico
But will Mourinho play Cole in 2 straight games? if anything he should have played vs Swansea, but i guess Mourinho didn't want him up against Dyer.

About your lineup, i like it, but Salah has to start since he obviously won't play midweek.
Schurrle was pretty bad vs Swansea. Hence he was subbed early. Wouldn't be surprised to see

Willian-----Oscar------Salah

Salah , if start , with his pace, will give Their RB a pacey lesson
why would we be defending like dogs against Atletico? They are not an attacking, up-tempo team. they like to crowd and disrupt play. We'll probably end up having more possession by all likelihood.
@Aaron

Schurrle wasn't bad vs Swansea; it was Salah who couldn't finish those two easy chances in the first 10 mins. Schurrle was the one who made Chico Flores look a right twat.

The problem was that we did not need Schurrle once Swansea were down to ten men. he was never going to be able to get space to make his runs, hence the reason for brining on Oscar to try and attack while being on the ball.
Moeb8: they crowd their goal box in defense in their own half that's true but the majority of their success has been from the massive workrate of their attacking players when they're pressing as a team. Most teams have struggled to pass the ball out of the back against them and been smashed by quick counters that start near their own goal box. Chelsea's challenge will be to safely pass the ball out from the back, I'm guessing Mou will opt for long kicks from Cech most of the match.
Without Ivanovic, Ba will have to start to get them long balls.
@Zilch

I said "they like to crowd and disrupt play" which means pressing and high work-rate, like you mentioned. But that doesn't mean we will be defending for large portions of the game. They don't control the game through their offense. They like to keep the play in the midfield, waiting for their front two to make runs.

Defending like dogs would describe United vs. Bayern. Atletico are not going to keep the ball for mins at a time, attacking, winning the ball really quick, attacking through long build ups. That is not how they play.

For godsakes, AC Milan had more possession of the ball, in both games, 51% and 53%. Let's not even bring up Barca and their massive posession numbers. Atletico don't want to be on the ball for long periods. It's get it, attack, then quickly get into shape, defend, get it back, attack, retreat.

The play is going to be dominated in the midfield for large portions of the game, with the ball changing possession suddenly and quickly, a very frustrating game, but not where one team is pushed back into defending.
Moeb8

Do you remember all those points we dropped this season? against bottom of the table teams that sit deep? Now multiply that about 1000 fold. That's atletico for you. They are the best pressing team in the world along with being the best counter attacking side. They played Barca 5 times and got a result in all of those games. They played Real madrid twice and got 4pts out of 6.

Us having more possession should worry you. We look clueless when we have too much of the ball. When I say we'll defend like dogs, it's because they will press us like animals and we will lose the ball. Then we'll defend like dogs against their insane counter attack. Repeat for 90mns.

To top it off our best Midfielder Matic is cup tied. We have Lampard and MIkel who have no pace for that kind of game, and Ramires who can't walk in a straight line.
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When we dropped points we weren't pressed. Teams sat back, 2 banks of 4, and our players weren't able to break it down.

When teams come at us, pressing, high tempo, (AKA Liverpool game, Man City, etc) we are able to use the space and our players ability to run with the ball.

Pressing to recover the ball is different from sitting back and defending.

Just watch the first AC Milan game; If Courtois didn't make two finger tips saves that led to the ball hitting the woodwork, AC Milan would have advanced.

How did they do it? Easy. Atletico press, and they foul. Leading to lots of free kicks. They play an active game, not sitting back looking for the counter.
any idea as to why Jose has been avoiding the media for the past couple of weeks?
Keeps pressure off of us. Or a protest for the fine he had to pay.


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5
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18
41
59
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20
34
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9
19
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6
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18
38
56
10
6
17
33
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48
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45
50
12
9
13
34
8
46
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38
16
4
14
34
9
43
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48
38
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11
34
10
40
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41
27
18
4
12
34
11
37
-9
47
38
17
7
10
34
12
36
-6
40
34
17
6
10
33
13
34
-14
49
35
17
7
9
33
14
33
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50
45
17
9
8
34
15
33
-11
51
40
12
15
6
33
16
32
-27
53
26
18
8
8
34
17
30
-40
74
34
22
3
9
34
18
29
-34
64
30
19
8
7
34
19
26
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56
31
19
8
6
33
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