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Some people criticise Roman's demand for instant success but its apparent he gets what he asks for.
+1
Where's us this season
Mou in the 1st and 4th spot!
Really surprised SAF isn't on that list.
Uhm...read much? lol.

It's the first 12 matches in charge.

SAF had a rather turbulent start to his career at United.
+2
^ SAF and his team have always been slow starter, at each season and each game. Maybe you'll see him in a rank of mid season or end of season success.

Good job breaking the record btw
@Shiwa Moe was referring to the late 1980s
"I believe [Courtois] will go past Neuer." Garry Neville

Our boy isn't going to be #2 in the world for long. :)

"Courtois has the talent to become the best goalkeeper in the world in the next 12 to 18 months."
+1
Nooooo, but De Gea is better than him....
+1
As a neutral fan, I do think Neuer will remain the best for a few more years. But between the young keepers, Da Gea and Courtois are unmatched in terms of talent and potential. Da Gea is great but Courtois is a level above him and probably will be in the future as well.
@Liquidator, come on mate, most United fans aren't even saying that.. we all know Courtois is the better goalie.

De Gea is currently getting more chances to shine thanks to our awesome defence, lol. But last year with Atletico, Courtois was (in my humble opinion) the best GK in the world.
And I agree with Gary here. Courtois is still only 22! Can you imagine how good he'll be when he retires?
@Badge: It's nice to know that some United fans think objectively. De Gea is brilliant, but arguably, the only thing he has over Teebow is shot stopping, and like you said, it's showcased more because of United's hilarious defensive situation.

I think the only two things Courtois needs to improve on, are communication and distribution, and im being very picky.

*bows down to Neil Bath and Morpheus Emenalo*
"Teebow" is a great shot stopper.

He just hasn't had to make many. Remember that save against Everton after he gave the ball away?

He made some incredible saves in La Liga. He first became a viral sensation because of his insane full spread save. "Thibuating"

http://futbol.as.com/futbol/imagenes/2013/01/20/primera/1358648524_384461_1358648598_noticia_grande.jpg
what irked me is people claiming coutois is on a different planet to de gea, and that was being claimed right up until this season.

on current form, not many are playing notably better than de gea. maybe a couple, that's it. but most realize coutois is better and more commanding in the air (and i think that is due to the 3-4 inch height difference), everything else is negligible difference.

years ago we had the choice to go after de gea or courtois or someone with more experience (just like we had the chance to go after cech or someone with more experience). we opted for de gea, and i don't think we will regret it. he's going to be one of the top goalkeepers in world football. he just turned 24 this month, he's years away from his peak and will continue to improve given his mentality, work ethic and love for football.
@SiF

your own club legend has an orgasm every time he watches Courtois play. lol. He's called him the player of the season so far.
yeah good for him. i recognize coutois is good, probably a more complete goalkeeper than de gea. but at the end of the day, de gea can also win us games, so im not too bothered.
De Gea has really stepped it up though, he was shaky at first.. i remember being very skeptical in the beginning, but ffs his reaction saves are insane! Still, "Courtoon" has that animated look of a comic book character.. He looks like something straight from Sylvain Chomets drawing board haha. Biggets hands ever http://i3.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article3797248.ece/alternates/s615/Belgium-v-USA-Round-of-16-2014-FIFA-World-Cup-Brazil.jpg
De Gea is very good, but like most people believe, he will always be a level under Courtois, and that's largely down to the difference in frames.

And, De Gea is fantastic, but he has his ifft moments. His distribution is still very shaky, and does let in some saveable goals, the one from Giroud for example.
Fans and the unnecessary need to compare players....
all keepers let saveable goals in though, it's not as if courtois is perfect, that's the issue i have with analysis. there are games i've seen courtois have 1 save to make and it ends up in the back of the net too.

http://www.squawka.com/comparison-matrix#premier_league/2014/2015/david_de_gea/126/126/590/0/p|premier_league/2014/2015/thibaut_courtois/126/126/1558/0/p#successful_passes/pass_completion/distribution_accuracy/punches/saves/catches/defensive_errors/errors_leading_to_goal/clean_sheets#90

i mean you talk about distribution of de gea when coutois passing and distribution are lower than spanish dave (even if it is negligible). courtois is better in the air, but that doesn't mean de gea cant be proficient enough where that's not a disadvantage.

at one point in time casillas was considered world class, and he's even shorter than dea and worse in the air lol.
Jose: 'We were winning 5-0 against Schalke and in the 88th minute Eden Hazard made a big sprint to defend.' #CFC

Love it love it
+7
When you defend with 11 men, you are hard to beat.
YOU HAVE TO TRACK BACK AND DEFEND
So... Some very small rumours Messi might be bound for Chelsea. Not that there's any substance to them but lets muse for a minute.

Messi's 2 main sponsors are Adidas and Turkish Airlines. Chelsea just signed a new deal with the same 2 companies. Coincidence, maybe?

There's rumours going around that the loan system we have may be abolished. If that ever was to happen we could cut the whole thing loose and sell all of the players we've brought in and loaned out. There is an estimated £130- £200 mil in value if all of those players were to be let go in an allout fire sale.

Could this be part of a master plan to gain enough funds to make a massive purchase sustainable without crippling our team financially? Was this always part of Romans bigger goal to bring the very best to Chelsea? What do you think?
Does he track back tho?
+9
it will be insane to fire sell all our loan players to buy Messi, every club has loan system that works perfect for them, ours works perfectly for us and we should continue it, if Adidas and Turkish Airlines wants to bring messi to Chelsea they should do it for their commercial purpose. although the rumor is far from reality.
Messi is great but he's not worth selling all our loan players to sign him just like @Obinocarlo has pointed out. He is nearly at his point of diminishing returns which should kick in in a couple of years. Also why put all your eggs in one basket?
http://rt.com/news/208851-catalonia-independence-election-reform/

if maybe Barcelona or other Catalonian clubs join their own league, they won't be able to generate profit as much as before and they might be forced to sell some of their players.
He's getting paid about £300,000 a week. And we will be able to reach an agreement with a better offer.

We would have to sell Schurrle, Salah, Moses, Marin and get about £50 to cushion the transaction.

If we do get him, that's some fantastic transfer.
Its far from being a reality. And we're not the only team that might draw his attention. This is only a pipe dream. Far from being fruitful news. I am just combining a few mumblings that have very little actual facts attatched to them.
Thats some conspiracy theory right there, lol.
+2
Jerome Champagne is the only other person to run against Blatter for the next vote. He's not a fan of our loan system.

http://weaintgotnohistory.sbnation.com/2014/2/24/5440612/fifa-presidential-candidate-singles-out-chelsea-vitesse-transfer

Which is why it may have to be dismantled at some point. I'm not saying just sell everyone we have. We may be forced to do it. For now, we have done extremely well finding a completely new way of running a club by mass buying young players.
For this reason, I really want EPL to allow the teams to have junior teams in Championship league. All other top teams have their own B teams to test young players and keep them on form, it's just not fair that EPL teams don't have that space to test on their own.
+1
I did the "maths" lol. If Messi came on 150m fee (conservative) on 300k a week on a 5y deak (conservative wages lol), he'd cost us 47m a year! That's an insane fee. For perspective Suarez' fee was reportedly 75m and is on 200k a week (app.), which means his ammortised cost is 25.4m..

Don't think Chelsea can do this deal and comply with FFP under current circumstances, something extraordinary needs to happen for this deal to actually occur. AND that's totally ignoring the idea that he's probably not leaving.
Even if he wants to leave he'd cost too much for any team, only Real can pay all that money for 1 player.
All the sudden roman has turned into Walter white
@Theo

If Messi wants a move, he's going to get a move. A player on such high wages, with such a high profile, can't be kept at a club without his full consent.

It is why Barca renegotiate his contract at the end of every season, like clockwork.
+1
@Ayyam. If this were to happen...

http://www.101greatgoals.com/blog/lionel-messi-is-already-preparing-for-his-transfer-to-chelsea-direct-tv/

Financial help from Adidas to make it happen. Once again, I'm just musing but there is some smoke here.
@rajmahal: can he play on a cold Tuesday night at Stoke though?
+2
@Liquidator

The real question is will a cold night dare to descend on Stoke if it knows Messi is coming?
+2
If you cant score against them


Join them..
People who make snide remarks about Messi are just morons. It's hilarious that an army of people still think that he won't be able to deal with the physicality. Looool. If Juan Mata can shred defences, sure as hell Messu will.
Horrible week for German teams in Europe
Great week for English teams, well 3 of them...
@c61...I think all english teams had a good week. Ludowig are a good team and Liverpool did well to park the bus and get a draw against them
+2
They all did well..Liverpool we're going to have to go all out in their final game any way
Arsenal had the best week.

They really needed a big result to calm the waters. Gooners were circling the Emirates looking for Wenger blood. But, like always, a good result has brought out the sunshine and rainbow.

Now, wouldn't be just incredible if they lose or draw at West Brom? lol. Can you imagine the angst? Why have the let it come to this? A club legend is likely going to leave in disgrace. Such a shame.
Lamps top 11
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4EiarJzZ08
That team
suprised Lamps didn't put himself in it
+3
It has Vince the prince, the clockwork of the best Barça ever (Xavi-Iniesta), and of course Messi who Frank Lampard hails as probably the greatest player in the history of the game! My respect for Lampard has taken yet another leap :D

Seriously though; putting several players in there who were once fierce opponents is already a testament of his great humble character. But to pick them over yourself when you're Frank Lampard is amazing.
+6
Lamps would make a terrible manager. Messi and Ronaldo on the same side of the pitch? They'd kick each other to lumps.

And who takes home the Ballon D'or trophy? There'd be a Mexican standoff every year. For god's sake, Frank! Think of the stress poor Drogba will be under trying to mediate that war.
Urghh like seeing your ex girlfriend in her new boyfriend's shirt...
+1
^And being top of the league at the same time, happy that everyone's happy ^_^
+1
Moeb8, more like CR and Messi fans kicking each others not CR and Messi
I wanna see Lord Bendtner's 11
^Bendtner, Bendtner, Bendtner, Bendtner, Bendtner, Bendtner, Bendtner, Bendtner, Bendtner, Bendtner, Bendtner.

Subs: Messi, Ronaldo, Bale, Hazard, Suarez, Robben, Ibra.
XD
+2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h89-lBR-Lpg

Hazard vs Sunderland away last year. Probably one of his top 3 performances for us. Just incredible.
+2
Without a doubt. That was his best performance last year and maybe ever in a blue shirt. He's carrying the team with most successful take ons and dribbles and its a bit further from goal than he may be used to. I'm curious to know how many times he's been the second last to pass before a goal was scored? He may not be way up in goals and assists but he's literally the tops in Europe in almost every other notable stat.
+1
What about home to Newcastle where he got that beautiful hatrick? I thought that was his best performance. But this one was the most important one.

Why can't be finish like he did in this game? I see the same technique and the same decision of ball placement (to the far corner and middle of the net), but he just can't get any hight and pace on his shots.

But good thing is that he is shooting. Hoepfuly, he finds his sweet spot.
Hazard's best performance was against Newcastle
he was incredible against Sunderland, hopefully another brace


www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/chelsea/11254841/How-Jose-Mourinhos-Chelsea-became-Englands-cavaliers-in-the-Premier-League-and-Champions-League.html
+4
Jose would make a great villain on BBC's Sherlock. lol.
+4
"The bus is certainly not parked, and Mourinho's Chelsea team has been augmented by a chillingly efficient midfield and attack, with Fabregas and Costa starring."

I just came reading this line.
+1
Happy thanksgiving to my blue friends in USA!
+6
FOR STUFFING!
+1
Cesc is very happy.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/chelsea/11256429/Chelsea-midfielder-Cesc-Fabregas-I-am-playing-the-best-football-of-my-life.html

:)
+1
seems like ages ago when the football "gurus" were all vigorously selling us the idea that Fabregas wouldnt fit in at Chelsea....so glad they've been proved wrong.
He's not a Mourinho type player :D
@Theo

But can he do it on a cold night in Stoke?
+1


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8
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