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Who is Ake?
Chelsea go up 1-0 on a Ramires shot which deflects off the top of Torres' shoulder/back of head. Not sure who is going to get it (Ramires is claiming it).
Here it is:
Don't you ever change Rafa!
Ake update: He's been very, very solid. Most of his interceptions have been successful (he's been really good about getting the ball and completely avoiding the player, which is impressive. It's not just blundering through the man, it's targeted at the ball), he's composed on the ball and distributes quickly
I wonder if Rafa will start posting here once he gets canned. After all, he's just another football hipster with a tactics blog.
So, was anything Rafa said wrong, though?
Jozy scored a couple of goals yesterday against Ajax to put AZ in the Dutch Cup final.
So...how bad is it going to be at Stamford Bridge Saturday? Surely the Chelsea supporters will be reasonable?
Came here to say the same thing. Even though it won't change a thing, I think the fans deserved the dressing down.
A philosopher? No. A perpetual grad student? No. A jazz pianist? No. A morally conflicted underworld figure? Nope, not that either.
It's so ####### obnoxious that Altidore isn't the starting forward for USMNT.
Disagree. The underlying message of the Benitez backlash was to reject the actions of the board for firing RDM. The fans realized it was ludicrous to let the guy go after winning the UCL and then sitting top 3 in the EPL simply because of a few bad games. It didn't matter who was brought in, the fans were never going to accept the absurdity of Chelsea's management.
Rafa internalized this as something about him. It wasn't. However, he could have turned the fans by having his team clearly outperform RDM's. It didn't, so the feeling never went away.
[The fans] have to take responsibility too. If they put players under pressure, they don't create a good atmosphere at Stamford Bridge, they have to realise they are making a big mistake because the rest of the fans would like to see the team in the Champions League next year.
The team in possession of the ball deep search through the entries from the rear gate release boobies side bands, trade, triangulation, and cuts the attackers.
The response of Chelsea fans got personal pretty quick, in my observation. Benitez's history of mocking Chelsea fans mattered, and the mockery of Benitez, the fat Spanish waiter, has had a significantly Benitez-specific quality from the beginning. It wasn't just about the board or RDM, it was about Rafa.
What? I have not yet begun to make proper West Ham jokes.
I'm a little nervous I may make an ass out of myself if Spurs lose, though. I'm also a little nervous I'll make an ass of myself if Spurs win.
I have keys, so I'm happy to take over thread posting duties. Anyone got a snappy opening line for me?
To SG's concern that the Poisson underpredicts nil scores, that doesn't look like a huge divergence. From 2001-2012, I count 28.7% of team-games without a goal, compared to a Poisson prediction of 26.9%. It appears to have larger divergences at higher numbers, which might be more of a concern. I'll have to take a look.
One of the players – his identity would be a grave disappointment to Chelsea's supporters – has been behind a lot of it.
I am looking forward to RB's announcement that he's been short-listed for the papacy.
Gotta be Lampard, right?
Now, that would shock me. Mata would be the other one that would be shocking.
OK, somebody please tell me if I should be excited or worried that Martins has ditched Levante for SoundersFC. I like the idea of a true striker, but the timing strikes me as odd. How does this happen outside a window? And is he a team player?
Transfer window applies to the league that the player is going to
The gist is that crossing is inefficient.
I don't choose a flavor of Pop Tart without a study, good sir.
Count me among those who've been unimpressed by Tiffert to date. Rosales, when not hurt, has been aces; I too think the turf factor for international players is huge. I wonder if a few (more) injuries to high-profile DPs could start a movement back to grass, and whether MLS would (or could) consider such a thing.
Duh, chocolate fudge.
Well, obviously I'll need a source for this.
Seattle aren't coming to Harrison this season
Have any of you stat guys read this paper?
I'm not a billionaire real estate developer.
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