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If you are one of those abus who think that players who go down under the slightest contact are cheats then given the number of times he went down like a sack of spuds at the slighest touch tonight you have to agree that when it comes to `diving` Drogba is in a class of his own. And if we applied the suggested punishment of a 3 game ban for every `dive` then Drogba would have a ban so long that he`d never play in Europe again. The fact is although Drogba went down too easily he was - well most of the time - caught and although it wasn`t a pleasant sight to see him acting as if he was suffering from a major injury each time his actions gave his team valuable breathing space and helped break up barcelona`s play. And given that barcelona use those tactics all the time they can`t really complain when it happens against them
What a typical knobhead devon thread, whinging on about Drogba who barely dives in comparison to Man U's very own habitual diver Ashley Young.
Always deflecting topics of Man U's cheating by pointing the finger elsewhere at other players at other football clubs is always the usual guilty as sin Man U knobhead's tactic.
mu_devon = KNOBHEAD.
You don't half write a lot of twaddle:
"Up until that point [the non-goal], Spurs have the upper hand and were the most likely score."
At the time of the non-goal Chelsea were winning 1-0.
"Spurs are a team that easily give up when things are going against them, and their confidence suffered as a result of chasing the game."
They were already chasing the game. Going 2-0 down caused them to throw a bit of caution to the wind. They promptly scored.
The *only* thing that fired Spurs up enough to score was Chelsea's non-goal.
Robert, I'd like to quote one of your golden oldies in response to that.
"The fixtures and where we are in the table doesn't lie - we're not as good as we used to be," Lampard told Chelsea TV.
Not meaning to belittle Chelsea's victory on Sunday in any way, but the non- goal Chelsea scored came at the right time and hampered Spurs' game plan deeply. Up until that point, Spurs have the upper hand and were the most likely score. don't let the fact that they didn't cloud your judgement on where urgent improvements are needed.
Spurs are a team that easily give up when things are going against them, and their confidence suffered as a result of chasing the game.
Cup run is great to have but I still maintain that the league should be the priority for clubs like Chelsea.
"You've got to remember that Chelsea like most top sides need to revamp their squad this summer "
Really? Judging by the last two games I would think our golden oldies have a while left to play yet. Other than Drogba being out of contract in four weeks time I see no reason to hurry.
Did you know that Chelsea's average age on Sunday was less than Tottenham's?
I hope for Chelsea's sake that Di Matteo don't take Saturday's game lightly as you're doing Robert.
I remember Wenger fielding a weakened team at OT in a FA cup tie few seasons ago in order to give Arsenal a great chance of progressing to the latter stages of CL few days later, we were the in-form team at the time and ended up losing both the FA Cup tie at OT and the CL too.
Chelsea need to build on their momentum, and a defeat in an important league match is a recipe for failure at the Nou Camp. You've got to remember that Chelsea like most top sides need to revamp their squad this summer and could find themselves in a position where they are unable to attract the top quality players they needed if they failed to make next season's CL. I think Chelsea should field their strongest available side at the Emirates.
I didn't see Drogba dive once, in the sense of a Young or a Nani or a Ronaldo or a Saha dive. I did see him throw himself into every challenge, connect with opponents studs a lot, hit the ground hard and so on. The most that can be claimed, I think, is an unprovable assertion that when he hit the deck he took the opportunity to stay down to give everyone a rest.
Drogba was awesome again tonight, as were Terry, Cole , Lampard and Cech. Who says Chelsea's old guard are past it?
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"Drogba was awesome again tonight, as were Terry, Cole , Lampard and Cech. Who says Chelsea's old guard are past it?"
Don't get too carried awat, it's only half-time.
I've seen teams go TWO up in the first period and ended up losing the match 2-6.
Not saying that that's what would happen at the Nou Camp, btw.
Enjoy a famous Chelsea win tonight but remember that it's only half-time and the game hasn't been won just yet. Good luck at the Nou Camp.
Robert even the commentators believed Drogba was milking every situation to the max, and as I said although he was caught every contact wasn`t so bad that he had to lie prone on the ground as if hit by a something heavy. But as I`ve said before players going down too easily when caught isn`t to my mind diving - that`s when a player goes down when there has been no contact - and given the high stakes chelsea were playing for and the pressure they were under the majority of players would have done what Drogba did. He took his goal really well but for me the standout chelsea player was Cole - I don`t like him but I jave to admit that when playing at his best, like tonight, Cole is the best leftback in Europe.
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