Eden works his magic! Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle

Hazard and Torres do the damage

Hazard and Torres do the damage
Newcastle faced their second game in 48 hours last night when they visited Stamford Bridge to face Roberto Di Matteo’s strong Chelsea side.

In this fixture last season Newcastle put on a brilliant performance and won the game 2-0 but today wasn’t their day and through the magic of Eden Hazard Chelsea were the ones celebrating a 2-0 victory.

The game started how you would expect at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea having the majority of the opening possession but they didn’t really pose much of a treat to Tim Krul’s goal. However as the game went on Newcastle started to come into the game a little more with Hatem Ben Arfa was causing Ashley Cole some problems down the right wing.

It took 14 minutes for the first shot of the game which happened to fall to the in form Eden Hazard but his shot from outside the box was straight at Tim Krul who saved comfortably. The first clear chance of the game came minutes later when a long ball over the top from Chelsea was controlled by Torres just outside the box who laid off the ball to Ryan Bertrand but his shot was once again saved by Krul.

Chelsea’s dominance was rewarded after 20 minutes when our new boy Vurnon Anita gave away a penalty after leaving a leg out and Torres didn’t miss the chance to fall over. Hazard stepped up to take the penalty and drilled it low into the bottom corner, Krul guessed the right way but the penalty was just too accurate and he couldn’t get there.

The first 30 minutes was predominantly Chelseas and Newcastle were on the back foot. Newcastle counter attacked and Cisse crossed the ball into Ba but his header sailed over the bar. Just after Jonas won us a free kick but Cabaye, as he did pretty much all afternoon, put in a terrible delivery again.

It was in first half injury time when Chelsea grabbed a second after Hazard weaved some more magic with a neat backheel which found its way to Torres on the edge of the box who toe poked it into the top corner. Chelsea went in at the break looking worthy of their two goal lead and Newcastle could have no complaints.

Newcastle came out with intent at the beginning of the second half and were looking the better team. Hatem Ben Arfa had an effort on 51 minutes but he dragged it wide of Cech’s far post, Gutierrez followed suit a minute later but his effort form a similar position went sailing over the bar.

Newcastle were creating a lot more chances then they did in the first half and on 58 minutes Demba Ba had a near post effort pushed away from Cech resulting in an Newcastle corner which Cabaye wasted by not beating the first man.

Ben Arfa went on a dazzling run in the 60th minute and won a corner for Newcastle, he looked to be the only threat going forward for us. Five minutes later Hatem went on another run and this time won a free kick on the left hand side which Ryan Taylor went over to take. He delivered a brilliant ball in but Cisse squandered a header from seven yards out.

Newcastle were trying to get back into things nearly got a goal back through Demba Ba who set himself for an acrobatic volley but messed it up, the ball still dropped to his feet inside the box and he should have scored with his follow up effort which was saved by Cech.

Chelsea took control of the match in the late period of the game and completed what was a pretty comfortable 2-0 victory for them.

Full time score Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle

Chelsea were always the favourites going into this clash as they have spent a lot of money in the summer adding big players to their squad. Eden Hazard was the stand out player today, everything he seemed to do on and off the ball was brilliant and he looks like he will set the Premier League on fire this season.

For us it was Hatem Ben Arfa was our best player today, he didn’t offer much in the defensive aspect of the game, but going forward he looked like the only Newcastle player with a bit of intent and the only one who looked like creating chances.

Overall we need to get the positives out of the game and swiftly move on and focus on our European tie on Thursday.

In Pardew we trust…

Chelsea: Petr Cech; Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Ashley Cole; John Obi Mikel, Raul Meireles; Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Ryan Bertrand; Fernando Torres

Subs: Ross Turnbull, Michael Essien, Oriol Romeu, Frank Lampard, Ramires, Oscar, Daniel Sturridge

Newcastle: Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Vurnon Anita, Jonas Gutierrez; Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse

Subs: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, James Perch, Sylvain Marveaux, Romain Amalfitano, Gabriel Obertan, Ryan Taylor

Referee:‬ Phil Dowd‎

Attendance:‬ 41,718‎

55 thoughts on “Eden works his magic! Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle

  1. It was always going to be a tough game even before our European adventures. We were beaten by the better side on the day. I do think once Ba and Cisse start scoring we will be fine. We do need 2 more players in. I would even take one now and one in Jan.


  2. There were positives: We did create chances and if we’d nicked one it would have changed the game, We kept possession pretty well and didnt hoof it every time we went forward, HBA looks bang on form which bodes well, Goal difference didnt take a battering and there are plenty of easier matches to come.

    Villa a week today being one, Nothing less that 3 points please


  3. Loads of over reaction to the game last night. It’s like people expected us to win there as we did last season. Baffling.

    No we didn’t play at our best, but we still caused problems for them and restricted them to only really a handful of shots.

    Better teams than us will get more panned by Chelsea this season. They look good and Hazard looks like a real player


  4. CC and Toonsy agree with both of you. I thought we had played well but unfortunately it seems over reaction is the only reaction on here at times. Im not saying people aren’t entitled to their opinions but it seems one bad result and we are suddenly a bad team.


  5. 1..We cant play 442 without tiote against top 6 sides..
    2..Ben arfa…what can u say magic player needs 2 do that in central parts pardew…dont wast a great player out wide..work it out..
    3…Team needs to be built around ben arfa.
    4..Danny simpson what can u say…This is what i think and other people will have different views..He cant play football…I mean he cant do the simple things like pass the ball…every time he has the ball i think get rid…why does he try 2 beat players…he never comes out on top and then puts us in trouble…sorry u cant play 442 with danny simpson simple your full backs get a lot of the ball he cant do either pass or defend..
    5..jonas whats his game…he is the best working player in the
    world…can he play football..yes..but not every 15 games…just runs blind..
    6..why wasnt the best young striker on the bench..
    7..marv needs 2play…couldnt spell his name…great control of a football..wonts it all the time..u need players like that who move the oppsition around…


  6. Was disappointed by Santone for both of the goals yesterday, he was the first point of tackle and was caught standing square and flat footed both times. For each of the Chelsea goals we had more than enough toon players in and around the ball, but couldn’t prevent the goal unfortunately.

    Newcastle’s remit as far as goals are concerned is always to rely and moments of brilliance from Ba, Cisse or Ben Arfa. Thank goodness we have them.

    We really need to get our dead balls up and running again. When Ryalor isn’t on the pitch, why not give this task to HBA ?

    Having said that, we could have scored 2 or 3 goals yesterday, Ba and Cisse had some real good chances. Had Tiote been playing we wouldn’t have lost the game yesterday.

    I’m disappointed because despite the 1 billion Chelsea investment being bandied around, with a smarter performance we could have brought home a point yesterday.


  7. I notice that we are playing out from the back now.. good to see this as the only thing that tarnished Timmy’s performance last season was his kicking…


  8. What’s with Simpson bashing? I thought he played alright yesterday. I think if the stats are checked, you will see that he didn’t miss too many passes.. Scapegoat comes to mind..


  9. We are playing 3 of the top 6-7 sides in the opening four matches, If you’d offered me a point against spuds, a point at chelsea and a point at everton id have taken it.

    Weve already matched that 3 point target from those matches with a game to spare.

    Its been a solid start which will get better over then next week when we beat the greeks and Vile… 😉


  10. Toonsy and Johno Toon, we rest the majority of our team during the week, then turn in a lacklustre performance lacking spark and organisational structure. I don’t think Chelsea were any great shakes, we made them look good. We could have picked up a point had we avoided individual errors and taken our chances.


  11. Eminem, there will be great performances and there will be poor performances during this season.. I say this for every team not just Newcastle. Its how we bounce back next week that concens me now.. 🙂 🙂


  12. aussie magpie fan@7 I noticed that too, and to be honest I like the way we retain the ball in the side. We do that far better than last season.


  13. Mm as you said it was individual errors that cost us the goals and its hard to prepare for that! Anita will learn from the peno. Torres goal was a good goal and you could argue we could of done a bit better on it , but Torres took it well. You have to take these things on the chin sometimes that we were beaten by the better team on the day. Cliched as that is n all!


  14. Thought we were the better team in the second half. For me we were beaten by one piece of brilliance in the goal….the peno was really soft…


  15. MM – I’d argue that our performance did have structure. How many times did Chelsea actually threaten? I mean really threaten?


  16. A few people stating we missed Tiote yesterday. We might have got something out of the game if he had played.

    It is very likely that we will receive a bid of around £18m for Tiote this week.

    Liverpool turned down our loan offer for Carroll with option to buy for £12m at the end of the season, mainly because they require the money now to finance the purchase of Clint Dempsey.

    Would you take the money for Tiote and use it towards buying Carroll and possibly Yanga-Mbiwa and/or Debuchy ?

    I would !


  17. Cisse couldn’t hold the ball up. I would have given Campbell half an hour.
    Ba wasn’t much better.
    Cabaye couldn’t muster the energy to take a decent corner. He was slow to close down and ambled back when Chelsea pressed. I would have given the likes of Bigi a chance after half an hour.
    We can’t afford to have three anonymous players.
    I don’t understand formations and it bores me to death when people say we should have used this formation or that formation. The best teams are those that are fluid; where the players have overlapping areas of responsibility; and where all players are capable of seeing at any moment where they would be best deployed and filling thoses areas accordingly.

    The one thing that concerns me much more than formation is how far up the pitch we play. Nobody says anything about this, seemingly obssesed with formations. If the defence don’t push up, you leave too big a gap to link play. The forwards get outnumbered and the ball just keeps coming back. Pardew seems happy to get men behind the ball and defend deep.

    To be fair to Cisse and Ba, they didn’t get a lot of support. Cabaye tried to get forward, but its a long way back.


  18. with half an hour left, I meant. Sorry, wor lass is pressing me high up the pitch because she wants to get the car packed and ready for the kids football.


  19. B&B,
    Your last statement totally contradicted your first two paragraphs mate 🙂 🙂


  20. Toonsy…they didn’t need to threaten once they had scored the two goals. Had they needed to step it up they would have done..

    I’m just disappointed with the lacklustre and jaded look of our strongest 11, bearing in mind that few of them played in midweek…

    Agree 100% with Troy that we need to get Cabaye performing further up the field. He’s wasted sitting deep. Last season he was championed for putting in so many kilometres throughout the game. However, if it detracts from his creative side then the club aren’t going to benefit at all.. plus he’s gonna be paggered sooner than later…



    One week to go before the transfer window closes and it looks like Newcastle may succeed in their pursuit of Lille right-back Mathieu Debuchy.

    According to reports in L’Equipe, Debuchy will be allowed to leave the club if Lille fail to qualify for the Champions League group stages. They lost 1-0 in the first leg of their qualifier to FC Copenhagen last week.

    We’re told Lille will lose out on funding of up to €20 million if they are knocked out by the Danish outfit, and they may be forced to sell some of their top players.

    Newcastle are yet to make a bid that meets the player’s valuation after a €6 million offer was rejected by president Michel Seydoux. Lille have already sold Eden Hazard to Chelsea for big money.

    Debuchy has reiterated his desire to leave Stadium Lille Métropole and join former team-mate Yohan Cabaye at Newcastle.


  22. B&B….yesterday was most definitely not a day for young Campbell imo…

    At the same time, Pardew’s substitutions baffled me somewhat..


  23. I often gauge games by the amount of either heart-in-mouth moments when we are under pressure and moments when I jump out of my chair at a near miss. On balance, I think those moments were shared between the two sides, perhaps slightly favouring the heart-in-mouth moments.

    That’s not to say that we were equal to them. I think Chelsea were pretty much in control of the game, and I daresay they’d have upped the tempo had we scored one. But then again, had we scored, it might have added a bit of fizz to our own game.

    I think it was a poor game to watch. Neither side really got going.




    Interesting how some are so obsessed with formations and some aren’t.
    11 players on a field should be able to cover the same area and the opposition players no matter how you set your team up.
    However, I don’t always think the players can identify it whilst on the pitch and it needs the manager to make a slight adjustment during the game. Ie instructions from the sidelines.

    I’m not sure it’s formations that matter but one player not pulling his weight or standing too far off another can cause problems for the rest of the team as they have to cover.


  25. Troy – Honestly mate ditch the health warning. It was alright the first few times but now it’s head doing. I think people get it, maybe, no 😆


  26. MM it appears it wasn’t the day for Cisse either but we didn’t have anyone else I too would have given young Campbell a blast if he was available.
    Overall we lacked spark and the only player to show spark was Benny but I feel he’s under too much pressure to comeback and help out the defence.


  27. The bench worries me more than the performance last night. Pardew really had very few options to change and make a difference when it wasn’t going well. That’s a concern.


  28. I think the midfield battle or lack of it yesterday summed up just how important Tiote is too the team ,we missed him badly yesterday and although Anita put a decent shift in it was plain too see he needs time to adjust to the premiership and Cabaye for me was poor yesterday but that could of been down to Pardews tactics the lad needs to be playing in a more advanced role . He is one of our few creative players and yesterday the only creative moments came from HBA , as big a fan as i am of Jonas maybe now is the time too give Marveaux a few starts ,the next 2 games against the Greeks and a struggling Villa could be the time to give him a chance and see what he really has got .


  29. @troy you underestimate the importance of formations

    @toonsy to be fair they were in cruise control.

    I don’t.mind hoofball if.it works, but without shola it never.works so why do we ever use it.

    We did look decent.defensively, santon against worse than simmo but excused for his fancy footwork. if both the goals had come from simmos side he would have been crucified.

    Team structure needs an overhaul. It was hard to tell if dembas were anonymous due to poor.performances by them or due to lack of service. Im a high believer that for 442 you have players that are going to get to the by line and whip balls in. it’s just a mess atm

    as Aussie said, we would have taken 3 points from the 3 games inc everton away
    villa next week will be the first indication.of where we are as a team.

    We finished 5th last year primarily because we consistently beat the teams around and below us.


  30. Big D…my prime motive regarding not bringing Campbell on is that it may have set him back somewhat. His time will come, for example maybe against Villa when we are 2-0 up at home, or such games.

    Cisse and Ba will both come good. I fancy us to batter the Greeks and Villa in the next two games…


  31. I don’t really think there was massive over reactions yesterday ,We were poor in the first half just as we were against Spurs .We looked better 2nd half but in truth Chelsea stepped off the gas a little,but in all fairness the Pen was the turning point up to then we coped just about. Not gonna slate Anita as he’s a new boy and will learn massive amounts from that error,and though it was defo a pen Torres really made a meal of it imo. Once they scored it was a uphill battle really as with Hazard in such form they were always liable to hit us on the counter . We really missed Tiote and I see Arsenal linked to him today for £15m, which is a joke figure by the way.Anyway hope we don’t lose him as his importance to the team was obvious yesterday with him missing. We just need Ba and Cisse to find their previous prowess and we’ll be up and running ,but make no mistake we really need a couple in to bolster the squad. Everything good about Chelsea came from Hazard yesterday, was really impressed with him ,they must hope he don’t get injured as without him they won’t have half the threat they showed yesterday.


  32. With regards to transfers.
    Perch playing cb first game and no striker on the bench either game.means pardew doesn’t believe good or new ac are ready.
    I think fatty has been a wankerish genius this window and has aces up his sleeve. i think he has well and.truly unsettled debuchy/Douglas/Carroll and will swoop in as all clubs will be without any option to sell.
    Maybe dreaming but we’ve been on cb/forward cover after 3 games. even he must see we need players to last the season


  33. All of the whingeing aside (from me especially… 😆 )….I am ABSOLUTELY ECSTATIC that we have Hatem Ben Arfa in our side. He is one player who has magic in his feet. We really need to find the right formation to allow him to perform further up the field, where he can really cause his damage.


  34. B&b & asim, Im sorry to say Pardew got it right yesterday, we got by a neat finsh and a pen we had some half chances and the Team played ok against the Team that has splashed the Cash, simmo was ok and cant play high up against killer pace. HBA was quality and we Just need to work on set pieces


  35. MUNICH MAG@34 your right trouble is imo his best and most effective place would be behind a lone striker (cisse) with 2 wing men . Trouble is where would you then play Cabaye who needs to get forward more to be effective . HBA is bloody good anywhere on the field so we could play him right side of Cisse/Ba with Jonas /Marveaux on the left and Cabaye more advanced just behind the striker . This would get more out of the team as a unit but lessen the attacking threat of HBA through the middle and we have already seen last season defenders shit themselves when HBA starts running at them through the middle .




    I can’t ditch it. It’s working. The hissy fitters are keeping well clear and that’s the way I like it. 😉




    I’m not dismissing formations but i suggest too much emphasise can be apportioned on them when things go wrong.

    It’s amazing how many times we’ve cried out for 4 3 3 to be played and when it has we have looked void of ideas and revert back to 4 4 2 and it’s worked.

    4 3 3 can work and has but i believe when we are beat, it’s largely down to the quality or lack of quality of the players and not formations.


  38. TROY the thing about formations is it is decided by who the opposition is and how to get the best out of the players you have to choose from and how that benifits the team as a unit . You sometimes have to play your best players out of position because they are better their than the alternative , this could come through injury or suspension to the first choice in that position ,so as yesterday Tiote as not available so Pardew choose to play Anita and Cabaye in a more defensive way than suits Cabaye . At the end of the day the first 2 games of the season has proved 1 thing we do not as yet have as good a squad as the big 3 Man utd, Citeh and Chelsea but we are as good as the likes of Spurs ,Liverfool ,Arsenal and Everton .2or 3 signings this week could change that though and give us a push towards 4th and CL next season .


  39. @troy the main reason why.choice of.formation is important to us is that in 4-4-2 Hba gets less freedom. Because Jonas does so much defending.he is knackered going.forward. we are.effectively playing 3 defensive midfielders. if cabaye is going to sit deep then we can’t play Jonas. it has to be 4-2-3-1 with the attacking 3 midfielders afforded a lot more.freedom. i would.like to see Anita and tiote sitting. cabaye behind.the striker. and Hba and marveaux on the wings


  40. Totally agree that a point was there for the taking last night.

    We will also play a lot worse and pick up points in games this season.
    Granted Chelsea were the better team but a £1 billion investment should get you a bit of quality( but bet there was a big sigh of relief when they heard Tiote wasnt playing)

    Disappointment at losing to Champions league holders away shows the massive strides we have made and to start with 3 points from Spuds n Chelsea more than acceptable

    Little bit concerned though with Cabaye hoping its just a bit of match fitness and nothing to do with his mate not having been signed just something lacking.

    So one of toughest away trips out of the way , 2 home games to look forward too 2 wins more than adequate to getting last nights below par showing out of the system


  41. I think at the end of the day we played the right formation which is 433, that suits us the best and ive never seen as play well playing a straight 442. I think we played quite well against a team that our out of our reach this year, i actually fancy Chelsea to win the league this year they have spent vast sums of money and have a really good team, realistically Newcastle arent going to threaten the top 3 anytime soon they are all on a different level, however i do feel we are good enough to compete for 4th with spurs, arsenal and everton. Do love the way the second we get beat some fans instantly blame simpson, nothing better than a good scape goat eh.


  42. The Sunday newspapers have confirmed that …

    … Cheick Tiote will be the subject of a bid from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger as the Gunners boss looks for additional signings before the transfer window closes. 
    According to the Mail – “Toon boss Alan Pardew will resist the bid for his £20million-rated midfielder.”
    But will Mike Ashley?
    Chelsea and Manchester City have been rebuffed in their attempts to sign the Ivory Coast international but Arsenal are set to offer more than the £40,000-a-week Tiote picks up at St James’ Park.
    Wenger is expected to test Newcastle’s resolve with an initial £15m bid, according to reports in the Sunday Mirror … with an offer of £65,000 a week.

    Newcastle United fans have seen their team come a long way since earning promotion back to the Premier League in 2010 and nobody could have predicted the exciting season that lay ahead at the start of the 2011/12 campaign.
    This was a season of rejuvenation as changes were made both on and off the pitch with fresh talent drafted in, in the form of Cissé, Cabaye, Ba and Obertan to name a few, and manager Alan Pardew delivering a brand of attacking football that earned him both the Barclays and LMA Manager of the Season awards. 
    With the new signings settling in well, and with a good core of players already at the club, Newcastle United undertook an incredible journey that saw them return to the upper echelons of the Premier League and secure a place in Europe the following season, only narrowly missing out on a Champions League place.
    There was plenty to cheer this season as stalwarts of the team Fabricio Coloccini, Cheick Tiote and Jonas Gutierrez all solidified their reputations at the heart of the club and Tim Krul and Hatem Ben Arfa both delivered impressive displays.


  43. Axel sorry but Cabaye has played the same role with Tiote in the team ❓ as I keep saying for me he is wasted there because Perch would do just aswell, we really neeed to get him more advanced because he has the talent and 20 times better when playing advanced


  44. “Wenger is expected to test Newcastle’s resolve with an initial £15m bid, according to reports in the Sunday Mirror … ”

    Lambias expected response is to piss himself laughing on other end of phone



    @Axel & Trumpet

    I’m agreeing that formations are required depending on who you are playing however I’m of the opinion if you have 11 quality players then they should be able to play 4 4 2 against the majority of teams and no matter what the opposition play against you then you should cope.

    We can still play 4 4 2 with Barfa but needs to be allowed to roam in the middle and the midfielder should cover whilst he does so.

    I do think many complicate football unecessarily.


  46. I think formations are over-rated. They only give a general view of where on the field the player might spend most of their time in a game. The roles players play are far more important, and usually they play dual roles. For instance, taking yesterday’s game as an example…

    It seems to me that, when attacking, Jonas and Santon are supposed to provide the width on the left, and I presume Ben Arfa and Simpson are meant to do the same on the right, thereby leaving Anita and Cabaye to patrol the midfield as defence against a counter attack, as support to pick up loose balls, and to move the game from defence to attack.

    That strategy out on the right didn’t happen yesterday. Imo Simpson isn’t that type of player and because Hazard was often out on that side, didn’t venture forward with any real determination (and rarely does imo) So he stayed back more often than not, and Ben Arfa went wandering around the park in search of the ball. This meant Cabaye played a lot of the game covering Benny’s free role. Whether this happened by design or through necessity I don’t know.

    Jonas and Ben Arfa are inverted players so they cut inside rather than get to the touchline. The ideal is for the full back (now playing a wing back role) to offer the variation of getting to the touchline

    Jonas, when defending, drops into a defensive left half back. This is why he is often seen to be helping the full back.

    Translating that into a formation is a simple representation of the fluidity of a team at play.

    I’d suggest that if we want Ben Arfa and Cabaye to play further forward we’d have to play Anita and Tiote in the support roles, and only one of the strikers, presuming Jonas is in the team… and wing backs that can get to the touchline, like Debuchy seems to be able to do, and which Santon does occasionally.

    That’s my opinion, anyway. 😉


  47. BIG DAVE agree he plays their when Tiote plays as well , but the times he is given freedom to move forward he does look a diffrent player ,for those asking is he off his game because his mate has not been signed, i would ask is it not because he himself feels he is being played a sort out of position and he wants more freedom to move forward and feels wasted not playing to his strengths ❓


  48. Axel don’t know what is up with him, I did say that im sure he would be pretty pissed if after he came out and publicly tried to tap up Debuchy, for the club to then not buy him ❓ but I could understand him maybe being pissed that he can’t link up play and has to seat back , because he is a top quality AMF but a very average DMF, and im sure he wants France to see just how good he is. 😉


  49. To be honest I didn’t see much negative body language from Cabaye to say that he isn’t fully committed to the Toon cause. At the same time, he is probably also of the same opinion that with a bit of shrewd investment in the club we could at least consolidate on last season.

    Just spoke to my bro in the toon and apparently both Cabaye and Tiote are being linked with Arsenal. I’ll be happy when the transfer window slams shut, that’s for sure.


  50. So BIG DAVE what do you think is best for the team , Cabaye more advanced and HBA out wide or HBA as a AMF and Cabaye more holding ? i think its a difficult one for Pardew but i would go for Cabaye more advanced and HBA out wide . Its like you say though Perch can do a job as dm and imo is better at it . Which would mean Cabaye on the bench .


  51. Like i said i hope with Cabaye it just down to missing last part pre season and is just a little behind in terms of match sharpness

    It could be that he simply has had a couple of below par games and hopefully this is the case.

    But we know how much he has done to sell the club to Debuchy and while i hope it isnt a factor affecting his performance its one that cant be dismissed especially as i could understand him being annoyed at the situation.

    Lets hope he just a bit out of touch and not unhappy because thats a problem we dont need while the window still open


  52. Axel I would rather see Cabaye push forward because he is top quality when he does, as for benny I would start him out on the left but just set him free from having to comeback and defend, and let him cause all sorts of bother
    The way I see the Cabaye situation is that there is no way he would have spoke publicily about Debuchy unless the club gave him the go ahead and an assurance that they would pull the stops out to get him. all this crap about Lille moving the goal post I don’t buy and I honestly believe that their PR have put out snippets for Lee Ryder to carry, because from what I can see they have put Lilles prices in £ but have stated our valuation as Euro’s, I haven’t seen one shred of evidence to suggest that they have upped their price after getting an offer from us that met their valuation. Just out of interest I see a few stories today that we are preparing a final offer of £6mil for Debuchy, but the cron and Ryder carried stories that we offered £6mil yonks ago but it was believed that we offered 6mil euros there is a big difference in the 2 😉


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