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Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread - RDM sacked 

Post#161 » by treiz » Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:38 pm

suckfish wrote:Embarrassing. Di Matteo is a Chelsea legend who has done a solid job. It's obvious Roman felt pressured to keep Di Matteo on after he led us to the Champions League and this was always only going to be a stop gap, but why sack Roberto for a guy like Benitez?

Di Matteo was the interim. You don't sack the interim who turned out to lead us to the Champions League and FA Cup for another interim.

I could understand if Jose was lined up for a return or something. But Rafa? Hate the guy.

9 managers in 9 years. I appreciate that Roman wants to win and keep the pressure on, but this is ridiculous.


Totally agree with you mate, I love RDM and fact is he just won us the Champions League and the FA Cup just around 6 months ago. Even if he was just a stop gap for Mourinho/Pep why sack him and hire Rafa? Why not wait until one of them is actually available? The only reason I can think of is because of Torres, who at this point has cost this club more than just his price tag. The fact is we're still in 5 competitions this year which makes the sacking even more odd. We're 3rd in the league, can still qualify for the last 16 of the CL if we beat Nordsjelland and either Shaktar or Juventus wins, FA Cup hasn't started, and just beat United at the League Cup.

Yes we're a bit out of form right now and that's mainly on the coach, but this is more on the players rather than RDM. I defend Luiz too much but as of recent he's been terrible and just seems like he's had enough, Cahill has been below par, whilst the attacking trio have been great going forward they've been terribly undisciplined when tracking back and even Ramires/Mikel has been guilty of overexposing the back four too much. But apart from a couple of things, this is just a bad run of form which tends to happen to every team. I still think the decision to drop Torres against Juventus was the correct one.

Mata said it best, this guy is a legend. Absolutely gutted over the sacking and getting Rafa in return, really pleased with the "16th minute" ovation the fans are going to show him at the City game
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Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread - RDM sacked 

Post#162 » by Det the Threat » Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:43 am

treiz wrote:We're 3rd in the league, can still qualify for the last 16 of the CL if we beat Nordsjelland and either Shaktar or Juventus wins, FA Cup hasn't started, and just beat United at the League Cup.


Wrong.

The only way you can qualify for the last 16 of the Cl is if Shaktar wins against Juve, while you guys win against Nordsjelland.

If Juve wins or draws you can beat Nordsjealland by 25:0 and still won't make it past the group stages, as you've lost both matchups with those teams.
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Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread - RDM sacked 

Post#163 » by Boognish » Sat Nov 24, 2012 7:48 pm

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Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread - RDM sacked 

Post#164 » by treiz » Sun Nov 25, 2012 2:56 pm

Det the Threat wrote:
treiz wrote:We're 3rd in the league, can still qualify for the last 16 of the CL if we beat Nordsjelland and either Shaktar or Juventus wins, FA Cup hasn't started, and just beat United at the League Cup.


Wrong.

The only way you can qualify for the last 16 of the Cl is if Shaktar wins against Juve, while you guys win against Nordsjelland.

If Juve wins or draws you can beat Nordsjealland by 25:0 and still won't make it past the group stages, as you've lost both matchups with those teams.


Yup, forgot it's no longer goal difference
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Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread 

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Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread 

Post#166 » by MaliBrah » Fri Dec 7, 2012 7:03 am

dang those look sweeet
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Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread 

Post#167 » by J-Mezzy » Fri Dec 7, 2012 12:18 pm

Damn I want me one of them
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Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread 

Post#168 » by 5DOM » Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:36 am

It's only been five minutes but Luiz looking brilliant at DM
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Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread 

Post#169 » by Slava » Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:22 pm

That's where he should play or at right back. He's not a central defender in the PL.
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Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread 

Post#170 » by Boognish » Thu Dec 13, 2012 7:24 pm

5DOM wrote:It's only been five minutes but Luiz looking brilliant at DM

I did not see the game, but it surprising to me that Luiz hasn't been given a run there before (maybe he has and I've never seen it). He's great going forward and prone to occasional lapses at the back, pushing him higher up the pitch seems a natural solution
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Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread 

Post#171 » by Slava » Thu Dec 13, 2012 7:59 pm

Well, they had Essien, Ramires, Lampard, Romeu and Mikel all needing games there until this season and they did not have many options at center back for a while.
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Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread 

Post#172 » by 5DOM » Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:32 pm

I think Luiz is massively underrated as a defender and is actually no worse than other center backs at top teams, but I do want to see him tried more often at DM. He's terrible as a full back though.

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Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread 

Post#173 » by 5DOM » Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:16 am

Really good first half. We were in control but a couple of mistakes could have cost us. Hazard the standout player for Chelsea but Cassio their GK has been amazing. Moses needs to be more direct or be replaced by Oscar.
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Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread 

Post#174 » by Blank_Name » Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:40 am

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Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread 

Post#175 » by 5DOM » Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:56 am

1-0 Corinthians. It was coming and Benitez seemed to be the only one not seeing it. **** make a change. Moses is slowing everyone down
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Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread 

Post#176 » by 5DOM » Sun Dec 16, 2012 12:13 pm

Torres you ****
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Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread 

Post#177 » by 5DOM » Sun Dec 16, 2012 12:23 pm

and that's why you need a reliable striker up front. Torres misses one-on-ones more often than not, and is always the first to give up.

Happy for Corinthians (minus this Emerson guy who was rolling on the pitch the whole game). Their fans were amazing and they deserved their win with their disciplined second half performance.

Looking forward to the League Cup loss against Leeds on Wednesday. No time to adjust and this was waste of time.

edit: sad to see Luiz crying. This cup obviously meant a lot to him. He was outstanding though.
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Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread 

Post#178 » by Ted Lasso » Sun Dec 16, 2012 12:31 pm

What happened with Cahill? I watched the whole game but they never showed the replay.
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Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread 

Post#179 » by 5DOM » Sun Dec 16, 2012 12:36 pm

Looked like Emerson lashed out at Cahill and he most likely reacted. No replay.
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Re: Official Chelsea FC Thread 

Post#180 » by J-Mezzy » Sun Dec 16, 2012 12:45 pm

Torres :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

I screamed while watching that and woke up the kids. Not looking good with the wife right now :lol:
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