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Ix Techau Evil Mastermind 14,276 pts

The Guardian with a scathing attack on Cesc Fabregas

Posted by Ix Techau over 5 years ago · 4 replies

Great stuff here. Best bits:

One thing can be put to bed after his much-trailed return to the Emirates. Arsenal have missed a few things this season but [Fabregas] isn’t one of them. There is surely no elite level Premier League player who offers such an uneven contribution.

If there’s one thing [Arsenal] doesn’t need it is another physically lightweight passing midfielder. And yet even in a title-bound season there is a case to be made that Fàbregas isn’t really the player Chelsea need either: a midfielder who for all his creative incision embodies Chelsea’s obvious missing quality, a lack of real drive and presence in the heart of the team.

Too often Fàbregas has been invisible since the new year, or bypassed completely when Chelsea play on the break. Eight minutes before half-time here, Willian, Eden Hazard and Ramires constructed a lovely thrust down the left that led to the Brazilian almost prodding the ball past Ospina. At the time Fàbregas was 40 yards away, chugging gamely upfield like a three-legged dog.

On this evidence it isn’t hard to see why Fàbregas’s peers didn’t vote him into the Professional Footballers’ Association’s team of the year. A midfielder who will only pass the ball on, who has no burst of speed to offer another option is always easier to play against.

There was a change for Fàbregas in the second half, Didier Drogba’s introduction in place of Oscar leaving Fàbregas in the No10 role and Chelsea with surely the most grandly immobile title-bound attack in Premier League history.

Fàbregas has been good enough to provide a major push towards another domestic title. But you wonder how long before Mourinho concedes publicly that perhaps Barcelona were right – that at the higher level, as the fulcrum of a genuinely top class, Champions League-chasing team, Fàbregas is simply not mobile enough, not versatile enough, destined perhaps to spend the final third of his career as a Mozart of the elite second-rankers.

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Ix Techau Evil Mastermind 14,276 pts
Posted over 5 years ago by Ix Techau

Everyone who loves football has come to realize that Chelsea is not playing the sport.

I'd say that they're rightfully exploiting the rules of the game to their advantage. There is no rule against setting up defensively from time to time. Thierry Henry exploited the rules a lot for his own advantage (all those quickly taken free-kicks before the GK was ready, for example). We can't just think it's ok when we do it, then complain about it when others do.

Although I strongly dislike Chelsea and their racist inbred middle-class-but-pretending-to-be-working-class neanderthal supporters, the fact is that Chelsea has scored the second-most goals in the Premier League...so it's not like they've parked the bus all season.

The only way to get away from defensive play is to award points for goals scored (or 1pt per positive goal difference). And that's not gonna happen.

Ix Techau Evil Mastermind 14,276 pts
Posted over 5 years ago by Ix Techau

Everyone who loves football has come to realize that Chelsea is not playing the sport.

I'd say that they're rightfully exploiting the rules of the game to their advantage. There is no rule against setting up defensively from time to time. Thierry Henry exploited the rules a lot for his own advantage (all those quickly taken free-kicks before the GK was ready, for example). We can't just think it's ok when we do it, then complain about it when others do.

Although I strongly dislike Chelsea and their racist inbred middle-class-but-pretending-to-be-working-class neanderthal supporters, the fact is that Chelsea has scored the second-most goals in the Premier League...so it's not like they've parked the bus all season.

The only way to get away from defensive play is to award points for goals scored (or 1pt per positive goal difference). And that's not gonna happen.

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