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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

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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
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.
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
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lol two keepers... classic mou!
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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.
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.


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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.
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
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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i cant get over the fact how bad we played against city just wow
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Get over it! It was a good performance in the champions back yard, its not like we lost 5-3 to Leicester or 3-1 to west ham
Eh. We did just enough imo. We still have plenty of time to rectify our weaknesses. Read the following article for some perspective.

http://weaintgotnohistory.sbnation.com/2014/9/22/6828097/the-harding-perspective-manchester-city-away
dont lower our standards please. we are CFC we are top draw team with hugh qualities and we have a special one. there is no excuse
It is a vital strategy to survival/success in life if you know when to pick ur battles. We showed last season that we can beat them at their home and even played better than them and that was bcos we needed the maximum points. Yesterday it was City who needed it most but they went about kicking our players and flooring DC19 at every opportunity. They didn't now win and we did not lose.

Did you watch City play Bayern at the Allinaz? Please we are not kamikazee pilots, we pick our battles in this year long war :)
I knew that Jose wanted a draw and that doesn't bother me very much. I am mostly concerned on how soft we were. Too often our players are bypassed and bullied. I don't need the team to go kamikaze, a solid looking midfield performance would have been great.

On a sidenote, Fabregas did ok defensively (better than previous games). I just thought if Mou wants a draw, Oscar would have been the better option.
I think we were trying to nick it like we did last season. frustrate their offense and then slice through their defense with our new attacking ability. but we seemed to not play our passes so well going forward. whether that was due to our own mistakes, or City's tactics, only the team knows.

we also have to take into account that both teams were coming off of very intense and deflating CL matches. So they both were trying to build confidence first while limiting any potential damage.

so looking at the fact that we came out with a draw, from a late goal, and playing not so well, away against the defending champs, I see this as a very good result. keeping us ahead and our rivals from making ground on us.
Its a good result but we should have won tbf. City were good but they barely had a decent chance on goal until lamps came on

City vs Chelsea Tunnel CAM, must watch

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7IAWhpikF8
Seems like nobody hug Zabalata?
Kolarov seems like a very friendly dude. Too friendly perhaps
Describe your team in three words? Mourinho: "very very good" lol
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