Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by Ross K, Aug 10, 2008.
Those were some devastating counters. I can't believe how quickly Quaresma ran for that goal. He seems overweight.
Jackson Martinez's finish was superb
Quite how they've retained him for this long is a mystery to me. Porto used to be ridiculed for being a selling club but the FFP have made them look a properly ran club. Their scouts are quite possibly the best in the world, for my money.
Yacine Brahimi will probably go for big money in time to come.
He was a little bit when he came back from Turkey. He also gained some muscle in the last few years though...
Well, he just missed a putter against Academica. He misses those really easy goals that has no business to miss and then scores these amazing acrobatic goals out of nowhere. I'm always saying my non-tennis pals that he's the Monfils of football.
He's just another good south-american player that came to Porto and is evolving thanks to the strict discipline of the club. And that kind of players always run their asses off in the champions league in order to promote their sale.
I bet you he will be landed by some TOP5 premier league/la liga team and his career will go downhill from there.
Can't believe he's the same player that was at Chelsea 5 years ago, he had huge potential when he was young but it looked like he'd thrown it away. Great to see him doing it on the big stage.
He sure had Feña14. He's a few years older than Cristiano Ronaldo and they both came from Sporting's academy, and when CR started to gather people's attention everyone was saying that Ronaldo would be the next Quaresma. Little they knew...
Absolutely, 12 years ago you'd be forgiven for thinking it would be Quaresma having the career Ronaldo has had. Barcelona certainly thought so.
Seems to me that he's a player who is at his happiest at home in Portugal, his time at Sporting and a couple of spells at Porto have been the best of his career, nothing wrong with that
His prime was in Porto. He feels at home there, and the supporters love him like they never loved another player before (well... maybe Deco). He spent a great part of the first half of the season in the bench and the fans gave Lopetegui a hard time for keeping him there. But the bench time only did him good, players like Quaresma need some humbling from time to time to understand they play for the team and not the other way around. And when they understand that, oh boy... do they play!
As I have predicted in the start of the season, Chelsea will most likely be crowned BPL champions.
I just saw Liverpool lost to Aston Villa at the FA Cup semis. Don't mind it one single bit
As for Arsenal, well I have a saying that goes:
"Arsenal. Giving their fans heart attacks since 2005."
Now, after today, together with PSG doesn't winning the title, will be enough to Blanc to be fired at the end of season.
Juve are my sneaky favourites for the CL.
Always support the English side or the underdog at this stage, considering only one of those is an option, Juventus it is
Juve is very dangerous and could go all the way through.Perfect balance and Bayern has many injuried players.Then, the two best teams, Barcelona and Madrid will chase each other for the remaining of the spanish league..so, all cards favour the Vecchia Signora
Juventus in the final would make it alot more interesting for me, last year with Atletico hoping to cause an upset was a great story line, maybe this year it could be Juventus.
What's happening with Schweinsteiger? Apparently he's being forced out by Guardiola and it's pretty likely he'll leave in the summer. He's such a clever player, you'd think he could play into his late 30's in a Pirlo kind of role.
Yes, he could, like Lahm has done.There has been some controversy about the training methods or medical team at München.Those things do not happen by chance.
Yeah, suppose it depends what happens in the Champions League, if they go out in the semi's maybe Guardiola will be at City next year. Seems like either he or Schweinsteiger won't be there next season.
Schweinsteiger has always seemed to have an interest in England, Ballack tried to get him to come to Chelsea around 2010. Can't see that happening with Chelsea investing more in younger players and only giving one year deals to players over 30, but you'd think one of the Manchester clubs might be interested if he's available.
Wenger once again showing he has no clue of what to do when facing Chelsea(or most of the vital matches anyway....) One real opportunity in the entire match that Ozil wasted. He and Ramsey were awful but as usual it is Wenger the main guilt for another bad performance in a decisive match
They played pretty well imo, they were better at the back and more disciplined than they have been in the past, less naive i'd say. They never came close to breaking Chelsea down defensively though, which isn't really a knock on them, the only goal we've conceded in the last month was the Adam one from inside his own half
Terry got man of the match and he was incredible, but i'd like to give some love to Azpilicueta. Struggling to think of a defender in the game who defends his position as well as he does. Gary Neville always has an opinion worth listening to, especially on full backs, here's what he has said:
"For technical defending, not making a mistake, not being in the wrong position, not getting caught out... I don't see him making a mistake," Neville said. "When I watch him, he's as near to perfect as possible when it comes to defending; he's immaculate."
The PFA team of the year has just been announced and Bertrand is the left back, Azpilicueta is the only one of the Chelsea back 4 not to be picked. He's criminally underrated imo.
I can't agree. While all you said it is true, someone in another forum even said the same, that most teams would struggle to break Mourinho's defensive formation, what I saw was Sanchez carrying the ball generally surrounded by 2-3, and when Arsenal approached Chelsea's goal, there was a bunch of players standing still, with their back turned to a marker behind them, ready to lose the ball ball, offering no pass option. I can think a small number of tactics to try to increase their chances, but Wenger didn't seem to have any besides his normal game plan. I probably should search his after match interview, but I currently can't spend the time to do it.
You do have a good point, they were quite slow in possession and spent too much time on the ball, looking to make the perfect pass and be too "cute" or pretty. That is something Arsenal have been criticised for in the past. So it was partly that, part Chelsea being so good at the back and hard to break down imo.
They looked good in every other area though, alot more disciplined and better at the dirty work that the best teams need. So i'd say it was a step in the right direction for them.
Sunday can't come soon enough, it's been far too long the headlines were written with Drogba and Terry completing the comeback. Shame Ramires had to spoil it with an unstoppable rocket in the top corner
Chelsea, Juventus, Bayern, PSV, Crusaders.
Who will joining them?
Benfica, PSG, Zenit, Barca...
Derby really messed things up
Bournemouth in the PL, could Brentford join them???
Cup finals galore, UCL at the business end.
What a time of the year.
Crazy to think it's been only 3 games lost in all competitions, all season. First team to win the league in a decade whilst making a profit, on top from August and stayed there etc.. winning it feels good, especially after a 5 year wait, but it's been a huge achievement all round.
The exciting part is there is still clear areas of improvement to come. Now is the time to address those, sitting back and patting themselves on the back isn't an option.
What improvements do you think are feasible to be made in short term?
The holding midfield position needs more depth, Fabregas and Matic is a great pairing but they've had to play pretty much every game. Rotation isn't an option and we lost to Newcastle when Matic was suspended. Another option there would also allow Fabregas to play further forward and link up wth Hazard to change things up, it would also allow to play 4-3-3 at times. There would be a lot more options with a good pick up this summer.
The striker situation still needs fixing, Costa is great when fit, but Remy probably isn't up to it and has a horrible injury record himself. Since they've been out is when people have started to say we're boring, which isn't a coincidence imo. Drogba at 38 does what he can, but another striker is needed for sure.
The youth team have won everything, including being European champions. The squad is 99% English, not having youth come through has been a critcism for years (Terry was the last one). That's going to have to change, if this talented group of youngsters can't do it then it will never happen.
What names you find interesting for the midfield and for the strike position?
Gundogan - One of the best holding midfielders in Europe just refused to sign a contract with Dortmund, while Arsenal seems to have a better shot, due to their large German contingent Chelsea clearly should try.
Couldn't agree more, incredible player. Man Utd will probably get him if they make the Champions League. The good thing for Chelsea is wrapping the League up early means focus can shift to next year and hopefully get a step ahead in potential deals.
A visit from Mourinho was enough to convince Fabregas that Chelsea was the club for him, Gundogan is probably an easier sell than an ex Arsenal player
Well Gundogan, Pogba (although he's probably too expensive), Imbula is a similar player but alot cheaper. One of those whilst promoting Loftus-Cheek from the youth team would make sense. There's also talk of sending Felipe Luis back to Atletico in a deal for Koke.
As for striker, there's Adriano, Lacazette, Dybala, Icardi being linked so far.
Southampton's Schneiderlin would be a more than capable option for midfield depth, and I think he meets the qualifications for homegrown status as well.
this is really touching
Greatest of all Time
Or just TBE
I wonder about Gundogan's physical form. Not sure if I would bet on him due to it. I saw Schneiderlin a couple of times but don't have a formed idea about him.. I guess I will pay more attention to him . Don't know most of the other names unfortunately.
What a typical performance by Arsenal.
If I was asked by somebody to describe Arsenal since 2007-2008 I'd tell him to watch this match.
Agree. Swansea had one good chance and scored. Arsenal had four or five and didn't.
Apparently, word is, in Spain, that Ronaldo has made up his mind to leave. His relationship with Florentino Perez is beyond repair. I suspect he also dreads playing under the former manager of Liverpool.
I can only imagine the players will hate Benitez (a good coach) especially considering how much they liked Carlo.
Funny if MUFC splashed a huge amount to buy 30yo Ronaldo.
Big opportunity wasted for Juventus today, Messi didn't play anything today. For me was a penalty on Pogba.
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