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    Chelsea (H) PL - Thurs 4th Mar 2021 at 20:15

    I dont see any anger on the pitch over missed chances, repeated failed passes and goals conceeded. Obviously you dont want to see absolute barneys between players but there just seems like meek resignation. The only time I see some players with a monk on is when they are being subbed and they know the camera is zoomed in on their mush.
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    Chelsea (H) PL - Thurs 4th Mar 2021 at 20:15

    By Sam Wallace. The question at full-time that hung over an empty Anfield echoing to the whoops and shrieks of celebrating Chelsea players is whether a home defeat any longer counts as a shock for the team still known as defending champions by convention alone. Currently they are defending nothing of what they won last season - beaten again, for the seventh time in 13 league games, and this the unprecedented fifth in a row at home. A game that was lost to a Thomas Tuchel team that is resurgent under their new German manager, while in the other technical area the greatest German manager that the English game has known seemed to be running out of options. His team looks crushed. They cannot dominate opponents as they did and the goals that once rained in from the Premier League’s most dangerous forward line feel like a faint memory. Sadio Mane missed a first half bouncing ball in front of Chelsea’s goal by such a considerable margin that it was hard to call it a shot. Mohamed Salah was replaced with barely an hour played and his team desperate for a goal. The club’s top goalscorer of the last three seasons performed his frustration for the cameras that followed him back to his seat. Klopp later said that he had sensed that Salah was no longer “fresh”. “I could’ve changed a lot of players,” he said. “In the moment he felt the intensity and I didn’t want to risk him.” Liverpool have scored once in these five defeats, from the penalty spot. In the meantime this was the stage for the biggest win of Tuchel’s Chelsea nascent career. Ten games so far and no defeats yet, with this one sealed by a moment of exceptional skill at the end of the first half by Mason Mount, the most effective player on the pitch. Tuchel still has his problems, primarily the frazzled confidence of Timo Werner but the team is back. “Super-happy” was how the coach described his response to his first ten games in charge. “This is a brave team and in big games they show up,” he said. Chelsea did not take all their chances, but they took the one they needed to and the system, incorporating three centre-halves once again felt solid in the face of a desperate last push from Liverpool in the game’s closing stages. It was a spectacular effort from the likes of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen. Chelsea are up to fourth at the expense of Liverpool in seventh and four points behind. English Premier League Team P W D L GD Pts 1 Manchester City 27 20 5 2 39 65 2 Manchester United 27 14 9 4 21 51 3 Leicester City 27 15 5 7 15 50 4 Chelsea 27 13 8 6 17 47 5 Everton 26 14 4 8 6 46 6 West Ham United 26 13 6 7 9 45 7 Liverpool 27 12 7 8 12 43 8 Tottenham Hotspur 26 12 6 8 15 42 Still, as Tuchel has managed to lift Chelsea back into top four contention, is it hard to drag the gaze away from Liverpool – now on course to be worse defending champions than the Manchester United team that saw David Moyes ousted in 2013-2014. This staggering fall from grace for Liverpool’s 99-point season has recurring features. Another central defensive pairing offering the same instability. Great goalscorers who no longer score goals. A team addicted to playing a certain way, even as it crumbles around them. The Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy had one shot to save. There was pressure on Chelsea, especially in the desperate closing stages as Klopp’s players sensed another galling defeat, and yet there was so little danger. In attack, Liverpool feel like the kettle that never boils. A great expending of energy for so little return. For a while in the early stages, Klopp’s team had Chelsea pinned back. But once the away side started to escape, the vulnerabilities for Liverpool at the back – in Fabinho and Ozan Kabak - were clear. As for Mount, others saw their moments come and go while he seized upon his. It was the kind of goal that his team-mate Werner, two years older, could really have benefited from but it just refused to happen for the German. He had one chance on 16 minutes that he lobbed feebly into the arms of Alisson, back in goal for Liverpool, and a later one in which he was ruled offside by Var by the thickness of a cuff. In the race for Jorginho’s long ball the Chelsea striker had beaten Alisson, rushing unwisely out of goal on 24 minutes. Werner nicked it past the goalkeeper and got to it in time to steer it into the Liverpool goal. It felt like Werner never believed the goal would be given and with one in the league since the end of October you can understand why. On a margin not visible to the naked eye, Var decided it was offside. Klopp said that the game’s big moments had passed his team by. “I told the boys what I saw tonight,” he said. “To get these moments back you have to fight and you have to fight on a different level. It’s not about tactics, it’s about being resilient and showing heart.” He said: “It has never [been the case] that we start blaming the circumstances. We had a really good team on the pitch and we played a lot of good football – but in the decisive moments, not good enough.” Mount’s goal was splendid. A Liverpool attack broke down and N’Golo Kante had time in midfield to look up and send a long ball out to the left. Mount was wide but Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold were neither tight nor aggressive enough. The 22-year-old moved the ball back right on his right foot and by the time Fabinho had recognised what was happening, Mount had spied the opportunity, shaping a shot round Alisson’s left hand. The striking of the ball against Kante’s right hand in the 47th minute when Roberto Firmino hit a shot at the Frenchman precipitated loud appeals. Otherwise it was hard to think of the moment when Klopp’s side should have scored. At the other end Hakim Ziyech had a chance cleared off the line. It hardly needed saying that this was the first time in 128 years of their history that Liverpool have lost five at home in the league in a row.
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    Chelsea (H) PL - Thurs 4th Mar 2021 at 20:15

    On paper we have a relatively easy run to the end of the season, keeping our faint hopes of 4th alive. Problem is, I cannot see this team making those fixtures easy for us. It looks like all the belief the players had has drained out of them with every loss since Christmas. Idont think we're finishing in the top 5 this season, never mind top 4. And what implications isthat going to have for Mo and Sadio? One or both of them will surely want to move on if we arent in the CL. To think the team was sat at the top of the table around then, it's incredible the way results have just plumeted. While I wouldnt say we got what we deserved, we didnt really deserve much. I said after chelsea played city, we needed to make sure we bombed in a few shots at Mendy because he looked a flapper. We didnt fucking trouble him once. Yet again, everyone wanted to square the ball into the box rather than have a dig. Mind you, having seen Sadio and Curtis' efforts, I can maybe understand why. How the fuck does a professional footballer of Sadio's quality fucking air shot that chance in the first half? Even after he took a swing at it, he thought the fucking thing was behind him. Curtis gets the ball out widenot long after and has a shot from the corner of the box that ends up like a recent cross from Trent. That is high and wide. Really, are none of the coaching staff having the players try some shots from 18 to 20 yards out? What makes it worse is that mount is in a similar position toCurtis in our box, cuts inside and has a dig from just inside the box. It's starting to piss me off that Sadio is going down under the slightest touch everywhere on the pitch except the box. Again when clipped, he tried to stay on his feet in the box. OK, maybe the ref doesnt give it but how about asking him the question? Im not in favour of our players diving. I just dont get why Sadio goes down everywhere except the box. Speaking of which, what's happened to the link up between Robbo and Sadio? Looks to have gone the same way as the link up between Mo, Sadio and Bobby. It was another one of those games where we looked like we could play for 4 hours and still not get a shot on target never mind score. Neither is Jota going to turn things around on his own. Doesnt bear thinking about. I feel for Kabak, he must be thinking WTF have I let myself in for here? 1 win and a draw is it out of 6 games? Not sure why Jurgen didnt change things at half time. Whatever we were doing wasnt working so why waste 10 minutes of the 2nd half until you change something? Mo wasnt happy at coming off and I cant say I blame him. Maybe Jurgen took him off because he didnt want a grumpy Sadio moaning 'why me?' OK Mo wasnt getting much change out of rudiger but he was far more livelier than Sadio or Bobby. Whatever we're doing, Trent is getting hung out to dry. He cant get forward and be back in a defensive position at the same time. And bringing Milner on? If Origi isnt the answer may be Shaq is but again, he isnt used. I hate saying it but the team has run it's course. It's just a bitch we're now going to limp through the rest of this season. Can anyone tell me why Kovacic didnt get a yellow card for deliberately kicking the ball at Sadio's head when he was on the deck?
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    Chelsea (H) PL - Thurs 4th Mar 2021 at 20:15

    Well even I could have told you Sadio's 'effort' was a poor attempt.
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    Chelsea (H) PL - Thurs 4th Mar 2021 at 20:15

    Well if you dont have a fucking attempt at shooting at a keeper who flaps a lot, dont be surprised if you dont score. Every fucking time we try and square the ball in the box for a walk in goal. Then mount shows you how to do it. Someone should have a word with Sadio and tell him, if you're going to go to ground over the slightest contact on the field, why not go down in the box as well? He seems intent on trying to stay on his feet in the box but is going down everywhere else on the fucking pitch. Bobby is invisible again. Kabak will be hoping to go back to Schalke at this rate. No link up between Robbo and Sadio. Mo up against that big fucker rudiger and getting no change out of him. Curtis is just over complicating things when he gets the ball instead of either playing it off or running with it. We look fucking toothless. Again.
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    Chelsea (H) PL - Thurs 4th Mar 2021 at 20:15

    Fuck's sake, not another injury \ illness to Nat now? Fucking bitch of a season.
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    Other football - 2020/21

    Barcelona have lost a bid before the EU's top court to overturn a claim it received unfair state aid through tax breaks, in a decision that also has implication for rivals Real Madrid. It means both clubs are liable to repay tens of millions of pounds they received from the Spanish government from the 1990s. The verdict is the latest in a growing list of problems besetting the Nou Camp outfit, who are currently battling debts of more than €1bn. On top of that, the club's headquarters were raided by police last week, and former president Josep Bartomeu arrested over allegations he used club finances to carry out a smear campaign against his adversaries, including striker Lionel Messi. The European Court of Justice dismissed an appeal lodged by the Catalan side over a February 2019 ruling that found its status as a non-profit organisation gave it an unfair lower tax rate than that applied to most other Spanish clubs. Under a Spanish law dating back three decades, only Barcelona, Pamplona, Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid were granted the non-profit status, and all other professional clubs had to register as limited sports companies subject to higher taxes. Hopefully PSG next. Looks like city have escaped with it.
  8. This. 3 points is all that matters.
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    RIP Phil Chisnall

    Just seen this. What a fucking horrible 12 months. He was a decent player, Chisnall. Injuries hampered him truely making a mark. There wasnt the same antagonism about signing a player direct from united in those days. RIP Phil Chisnall.
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    Alisson Becker

    Just reading the notes Jurgen has written for tonight's programme. Had me welling up. Jurgen Klopp has paid a touching tribute to 'wonderful' Alisson following the tragic death of the goalkeeper's father in Brazil last week. Jose Becker, 57, drowned in a lake near his holiday home in the south of the country on February 24, prompting an outpouring of sympathy for the Liverpool star. And now Klopp, whose own mother sadly died in January, has told Alisson 'how much this team and this club loves him' in an emotional message. The Brazilian is set to return to action against Chelsea tonight after missing Sunday's win at Sheffield United, with Klopp writing in his programme notes: 'It's been almost impossible to speak about in public, to be honest – just too hard. But maybe I can write it better. 'The world has experienced too much loss recently. We have other members of our club who have suffered it. In the city of Liverpool, throughout this country and around the globe, too many have had to deal with the agony of losing a person they love so much. Bereavement is too common just now. 'But for Ali, our wonderful, loving, soulful team-mate, this was truly tragic. No-one really has the words to explain what they feel in these moments. I know I'm not adequate. 'So instead I wish to tell Alisson how much this team and this club loves him and his family. The greatest tribute possible to Alisson's father is the person his son is and has become. He honours him every day with how he lives his life. 'We must all give Ali as much time as he needs and we must give him space in the appropriate moments also. Our supporters should know that he feels their love and their compassion. 'Ali has the strongest faith of anyone I've ever met, so he knows they will be together again to celebrate all the new special memories he creates from now on. 'I've used this phrase, or a version of it, many times previously: football can feel like the most important of the least important things in life. It feels appropriate again tonight. 'For Ali and all others who have suffered loss, this wonderful game of ours can still bring escape, energy and joy.' Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones dedicated his goal against Sheffield United to Alisson, days after news of his father's death emerged. 'It's been a difficult time for me and the rest of the team,' Jones said. 'This goal is for Ali's dad, may he rest in peace. If Ali sees this, this is for you.' Jones added: 'He's a strong lad, a big player for the team. He's not here today but we miss him for sure and I'd like to take this time to dedicate my goal to him, his dad and the rest of his family.' Klopp echoed his midfielder's message, saying: 'It's a very nice touch from Curtis, of course, but it was clear it would be like this, that we'd try everything - not only for Ally but also for Ally of course.'
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    Sir Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish

    Good grief, my heart nearly gave out when I saw this thread at the top! All the best, The King.
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    The Space Thread

    Nailed it! Landed successfully but has a slight lean. Maybe the landing legs didnt deploy fully as expected. SN10 now blown up. Not clear whether it was deliberately destroyed due to the lean or a ruptured tank ignited.
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    Other football - 2020/21

    4 draws for united in their last 5 games. Over 4 hours without a goal as well! What happened, some seemed to think they were going to win the league this year?
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    The Space Thread

    Space X SN10 going for another try in about 25 minutes!
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    Flying. Everything planes.

    Russian airliner in storage for 10 years goes for a flight! Looks like it was parked under some trees and they cleaned off its identity in case it crashed! Pilots braver men than me!
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    Star Trek - The Shit, or Just Shit?

    New Cool Worlds video by David Kipping.
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    The Space Thread

    And launch aborted 1 second after engines fire!
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    The Space Thread

    Space X SN 10 due to fly very soon. Will it nail the landing phase or else end up in bits?
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    Other football - 2020/21

    Morelos slots in the 87th minute. 1-0 Rangers.
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    Other football - 2020/21

    Stevie sent off for Rangers at Livingston. Didnt see the incident but presumably he ranted at the ref after Morelos was booked for 'diving' in the box. Have to say united have got plenty of pens for less. EDIT: That offside was very, very close as well.
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    Other football - 2020/21

    Yes, bunch of hypocritical cunts. Their silence is deafening. Saw an article in the torygraph but it's behind a paywall so cannot see much apart from the first couple of sentences. But, the gist seems to be one or two journos are getting a twitchy sphincter at the thought that city's owner's spending power is going to turn the PL into a one horse title winner like Italy, Germany and France despite our win last season and, that that scenario isnt good for the 'best league' in the world.
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    Star Trek - The Shit, or Just Shit?

    Yeah, the younger one was fit.
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    Other football - 2020/21

    This.
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    Other football - 2020/21

    Will the city fans be shouting this season has an asterisk against it?
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    Star Trek - The Shit, or Just Shit?

    Yeah Jon Collicos. Reprised his role of Kor in a DSN episode when he was about 150 and going off his batleth a bit! Collicos had a knack of appearing to be a sinister but likable character in my opinion. I cant remember whether it's Lurs or Beh'tor (fuck knows how you spell it) from TNG as the klingon woman Id fancy having a rumble with.
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