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    (Original post by jam277)
    Lampard obviously had a good game, doing his thing, didn't see too many amazing passes from deep like he can do at times but he got into key positions for shots and generally his ball distribution was very good. Would like to see this again, in fact I really think we should keep his contract for next season.
    Not quite sure I agree, he was defensively extremely weak and his mistakes could have seen us punished a few times. Couldn't keep up with the pace of the game when we were defending. Still the nearest thing we have to a deep lying playmaker, played some excellent passes and showed great vision. Would have worked better with both Luiz and Ramires along side him imo.

    Still think he should stay of course but he needs to take a huge pay cut, might well be what held the deal up in the first place, can't justify paying him any where near as much as we did when he was in his prime.
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    the penalty given against chelsea against basel was unbelievable, even the basel fans werent appealing. the ref gifted them a goal.
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    (Original post by mhsc)
    Not quite sure I agree, he was defensively extremely weak and his mistakes could have seen us punished a few times. Couldn't keep up with the pace of the game when we were defending. Still the nearest thing we have to a deep lying playmaker, played some excellent passes and showed great vision. Would have worked better with both Luiz and Ramires along side him imo.

    Still think he should stay of course but he needs to take a huge pay cut, might well be what held the deal up in the first place, can't justify paying him any where near as much as we did when he was in his prime.
    Yeah, but the thing is that's really not his game. I think that at times luiz went too forward. Maybe with lampard in a midfield 3 the defensive responsibility would be less down to him but luiz could have been a bit more defensive himself as lampard is never going to keep up with the pace of the game while luiz obviously can. See most midfield two's have players who work well defensively. Khedira, alonso, schweinsteigger, gustavo while we've basically shifted an immobile midfielder who has technique into a DM position.

    It's why juve play a midfield 3 with pirlo e.g. as he's not that great defensively, similar criticisms are made of scholes and giggs when they play as a CM.
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    It was a deserved win, the scoreline doesn't highlight how well Chelsea dominated the game. I've never seen such a lucky penalty awarded as the one today. 2 away goals is a good result no matter which way you look at it though, now the focus remains on Swansea at the weekend in a must win game.
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    God I want to get out of the Europa League so bad, crap teams, crap commentators and crap atmospheres.

    Incidentally, if we do qualify for the CL next year, what seeding would we be in?
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    (Original post by Musester)
    God I want to get out of the Europa League so bad, crap teams, crap commentators and crap atmospheres.

    Incidentally, if we do qualify for the CL next year, what seeding would we be in?
    We won the champions league last year, milan were a first seed this year even though they've not made it past the quarters and we're on course to win 2 european trophies in 2 years. We'll still be first. Heck we're probably the 3rd or 2nd best european club in terms of coefficients now should definitely be above united now.
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    (Original post by mhsc)

    Still think he should stay of course but he needs to take a huge pay cut, might well be what held the deal up in the first place, can't justify paying him any where near as much as we did when he was in his prime.
    Around Christmas I remember there were reports that he was willing to take a pay cut and accepted that he wouldn't be starting every game but the board just wouldn't budge
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    Yeah but reports that he'd take a pay cut and that being the truth aren't necessarily the same thing. Its possible he would take a "pay cut" but with the expectation still of it being far too high, especially given that a lot of clubs out there (American, Chinese, maybe Russian) would offer him big big wages to play for them to increase their brand recognition.

    Its possible the club is letting him sweat it out in the hope he'll finally give into their wage demands, maybe hoping he'll decide he'd rather stay at Chelsea no matter the pay.

    On the other hand I could be entirely wrong and the club simply has 0 interest in keeping him, but that's such a phenomenally unusual decision that I just can't believe that it's the entire story.
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    (Original post by mhsc)
    Yeah but reports that he'd take a pay cut and that being the truth aren't necessarily the same thing. Its possible he would take a "pay cut" but with the expectation still of it being far too high, especially given that a lot of clubs out there (American, Chinese, maybe Russian) would offer him big big wages to play for them to increase their brand recognition.

    Its possible the club is letting him sweat it out in the hope he'll finally give into their wage demands, maybe hoping he'll decide he'd rather stay at Chelsea no matter the pay.

    On the other hand I could be entirely wrong and the club simply has 0 interest in keeping him, but that's such a phenomenally unusual decision that I just can't believe that it's the entire story.
    Did we offer the contract to drogba? This seems a very similar situation to the drogba story I feel. Think lamps can stay but it's looking very unlikely.
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    (Original post by Musester)
    God I want to get out of the Europa League so bad, crap teams, crap commentators and crap atmospheres.

    Incidentally, if we do qualify for the CL next year, what seeding would we be in?
    First seeds. Currently according to UEFA Coefficients, the first seeds would be Barca, Bayern, R.Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, Inter Milan and Porto. This could change by the end of the European competitions with teams like Dortmund likely to rise.
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    (Original post by samiz20891)
    First seeds. Currently according to UEFA Coefficients, the first seeds would be Barca, Bayern, R.Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, Inter Milan and Porto. This could change by the end of the European competitions with teams like Dortmund likely to rise.
    Not even, if dortmund won it AC will still be above dortmund as it's a 5 year coefficient.
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    So Schurrle is practically a done deal according to his agent. May get confirmation this weekend.
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    (Original post by jam277)
    Not even, if dortmund won it AC will still be above dortmund as it's a 5 year coefficient.
    I didnt mean seeds, I meant places wrt to Dortmund. If Dortmund get to the final get another point. Not sure if it includes the point they have for being in the semi as if not and they get to the final, they will move up a place. They will still be 3rd / 4th (most probably) seeds depending on who qualifies.
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    (Original post by Isometrix)
    So Schurrle is practically a done deal according to his agent. May get confirmation this weekend.
    http://www1.skysports.com/football/n...ea-gets-closer

    Yeah, looks like KDB will be moving the other way on loan though . I really wanted him to play next season.
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    http://www.caughtoffside.com/2013/04...return-report/

    Why the **** are we going for Falcao AND Gomez? Could we not get a rumour regarding a midfielder instead?
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    Y'know I should be grateful the ref gave that penalty I won 15 quid betting there would be a penalty and we would score in both half's.

    I know it's a super crap reason but Sven Bender has always done really well for me on football manager, much better than Mikel anyway :P
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    Don't think Lamps is going to make the record... It'll be sad if he doesn't.

    (Original post by Musester)
    I know it's a super crap reason but Sven Bender has always done really well for me on football manager, much better than Mikel anyway :P
    He's a great player, but sadly he also spends a lot of time injured each season.
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    If we end up crashing out of the race for top 4 we should just play "Pass the ball to Lamps and let him shoot" until the end of the season. Bound to get his goals that way, even if we get hammered overall. May as well go out in style :bhangra:
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    We need more penalties when he's on the pitch. Last one we had was v Steau.
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    the newspapers are saying lots of things on chelsea. 1 is a deal to bring mourinho and falcao is virtually done, and then it also says we've also done a deal to get shurrle. doubt we would buy both falcao and shurrle, shurrle right now seems more believable. mourinho may come back but the papers said this months ago too.

    mikel like kalou last season gives the ball away too easily by bad passes or ball taken off him and doesnt make any good passes offensively. we should definately sell him. gettin another claude makelele would be great on top of a striker which we will because we must.
 
 
 
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