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Cheshire Cat
21-02-2012, 16:01:40
Villas Boas should know that you'd better not even flash luring precious in Naples, don't even mention leaving them unattended...

http://www.goal.com/en-ie/news/3940/uefa-champions-league/2012/02/21/2919871/drogba-torres-on-chelseas-bench-for-napoli-clash-report

Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas has chosen a starting line-up without striking duo Fernando Torres or Didier Drogba for Tuesday's Champions League match against Napoli, La Gazzetta dello Sport claims.

The Italian newspaper had access to a sheet of paper which Villas-Boas left at the Hotel Vesuvio, in Naples, which contains the Blues' tactics for the match at the San Paolo.


:lol:

http://images2.gazzettaobjects.it/Media/Foto/2012/02/21/IMG-20120221-WA000--473x264.jpg

orrr... could that be an "Eye of the Needle" deception ploy?

Funko
21-02-2012, 16:05:10
"left his strikers on the bench"

But is playing his 4 most prolific goalscorers of the season, including the most prolific forward.

Funko
21-02-2012, 16:05:51
I think that might be their best team.

Back!
21-02-2012, 16:56:12
too bad it was just a carnival joke (don't trust a vanishing cat)

according to Sky UK Terry and Essien won't start

Fistandantilus
21-02-2012, 22:55:46
Is A. Cole still undisputed first choice material for England?

Oh and Neville is an amazing commentator :D

Funko
22-02-2012, 08:47:15
I haven't heard him much as a commentator but he's great as a pundit. The best one Sky have had I think.

A Cole probably is first choice left back, but there is a lot of support for Leighton Baines to replace him. A new manager might have a new view.

I didn't watch much of this match, missed all the goals. Pressure on AVB must be immense.

Fistandantilus
22-02-2012, 09:08:15
Neville was really biased but I liked it.

Cole's goal line clearance in the end is what gives Chelsea hope for the second leg (and they have a goog chance imo) but he seemed outpaced too easily, maybe wasn't fully fit? I was really surprised to see Bosingwa?? picked ahead him.

Funko
22-02-2012, 09:12:27
Was Neville biased against Chelsea? Or was he pro-English team?

a 2-0 win at home is very doable.

It was an odd team selection. The graphic above is more what people would have expected.

Fistandantilus
22-02-2012, 09:23:06
Pro Chelsea, listening to him you'd think they were winning.

He really had a go on Napoli poor defending and being a mediocre team with only 2 good players (Cavani and Lavezzi) and something along those lines.

He may very well be right btw, still the way Chelsea played leaving all that space in the back is not the way you approach a game against Napoli imo.

Funko
22-02-2012, 09:24:16
Or any away match in the Champions league. There's a reason they haven't won in 5 games.

Back!
23-02-2012, 08:10:00
http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/303692/Frank-Lampard-and-Ashley-Cole-dropped-but-Andre-Villas-Boas-is-a-loser

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/4145000/Chelsea-news-Chelsea-in-revolt-after-Andre-Villas-Boas-axes-Ashley-Cole.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/european/chelsea-suffer-after-another-defensive-horror-show-7280677.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2104577/Chelsea-used-men-steel-men-straw-Martin-Samuel.html

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/football/view/236750/Andre-Villas-Boas-big-gamble-backfires/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/chelsea/9097437/Rafa-Benitez-in-line-to-take-over-if-Roman-Abramovich-loses-faith-with-Andre-Villas-Boas.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2012/feb/22/andre-villas-boas-strategy-chelsea-euro

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2104581/Andre-Villas-Boas-drops-chelsea-rebels-Frank-Lampard-Ashley-Cole-gets-thumped-Napoli.html

Funko
23-02-2012, 08:28:06
Rumours of fucking Benitez coming in to replace him. UGH.

Fistandantilus
23-02-2012, 09:45:50
He won a CL in style.

Funko
23-02-2012, 11:01:40
And managed hundreds of unwatchably turgid Premiership matches.

If Roman wants sexy football he's not the right guy.

Fistandantilus
23-02-2012, 12:04:33
But he can bring the best out of Torres!!!

Funko
23-02-2012, 12:08:20
He'll sign Steven Gerrard and roll back the clock 3 years?

Fistandantilus
23-02-2012, 14:43:41
I don't see anything wrong with that plan.

Funko
23-02-2012, 16:07:50
I don't doubt your point about Torres is valid though.

MOBIUS
23-02-2012, 21:43:25
Sounds like a good plan: A few million on a manager to recoup 50m on Torres.:lol:

Fistandantilus
04-03-2012, 22:02:51
It's Benitez time!

Funko
05-03-2012, 08:35:38
AVB for England?

Back!
05-03-2012, 10:20:19
or for Inter, and Ranieri for England

Back!
05-03-2012, 12:09:10
bbc sport updates for me as last wednesday...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17185843

...in an interview with Portuguese radio station TSF he says he could go the same way as Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked last May.
"It'll be one of two [reactions] - a continuation of the project and full support or just the cultural pattern that has happened before," said Villas-Boas.
"We don't know if it'll be tomorrow or in two years from now.
[it was 4 days ]

"It'll depend upon what is your understanding of what is happening at the moment."
Chelsea are 17 points adrift of leaders Manchester City and must overturn a 3-1 first-leg deficit against Napoli to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.
They also face an awkward FA Cup fifth round replay away to Birmingham on 6 March.

In the radio interview, which was broadcast on Monday, he added: "We are now in the exact same moment as last year. It is an exact copy.
"I think I have felt the confidence from Abramovich. But the pattern of behaviour of the owner has led to a downfall in similar situations or even 'better' situations."

Ancelotti won a Premier League and FA Cup double in his first season at Stamford Bridge before being sacked last May after a trophyless second campaign.
Claudio Ranieri, Avram Grant and Luiz Felipe Scolari were also sacked by the Russian billionaire.

Villas-Boas, who cost Chelsea 13.3m in compensation, has endured a difficult start to his Blues reign after admitting that some of his players do not back his "project".


Not even a previous season double had saved Carletto, now AVB started right away with the bad one, very likely worse in UCL and a bit better in domestic cup

And it's the owner's & players' attitude fault.
Yeah right.

Back!
06-03-2012, 12:44:37
http://images2.gazzettaobjects.it/Media/Foto/2012/03/06/divil--630x365.jpg

she sits on the bench during a match, she must be in the staff...

Can't they appoint her as new manager?

Funko
06-03-2012, 13:03:06
Owner and player pressure has been a feature of every manager's reign after Mourinho. (and he had the Owner pressure)

Back!
15-03-2012, 13:33:27
http://www.counterglow.com/forum/showpost.php?p=1037933&postcount=43

I figure Fist's post is better placed here
:)

LOL, Drogba's behaved exactly like Busquets in 2010 Semifinal
But to enter the Busquets Club he should have managed to make send out with his cheating the player who had hit him on the shoulder...

I'm not sure, but it's possible that he also dived to get the free-kick which gave origin to the 4th goal.
And all thru the game he showed his usual trickery, fouling and then whining to claim he got fouled instead.

That said, he is nevertheless still a champion.
Surgical header for the 1st goal.
IIRC he caused Dossena's handball for the 3-1 penalty.
And a very sweet dribbling to pull back to Ivanovic for his winner.
Not to forget a skillful chest stop in the box with the back to the goal, superbly turning on the spot and volleying to see a miracle save by De Sanctis.

Napoli didn't sit back, they showed initiative and won 80% of midfield tackles for the good part of 1st half and into 2nd half beginning, so that they made Chelsea look initially clueless, even when they got ahead.
IMHO BBC has a fair report:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17282312
The hosts managed to halt some of Napoli's momentum but it was still totally against the run of play when they went ahead

However, there is nothing to complain or belittle about Chelsea's four goals.
Although it felt like the game could go either way anytime, if you play a better football for long stints and you oppnonent scores you four nice ones, not to mention several clear chances which made well up for your initial effort, you must admit in the end they outplayed you neatly and in style.

Of course, Inler's long-distance volley could become the cover for next UEFA CL Magazines, and one Hamsik strike was absolutely similar to Ivanovic one, too bad for them it didn't meet the same succes...

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Now, what if the "Extra Special" meets the Special One in the QF, and...
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