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ursus arctos
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One can tell from Tottenham's choice of establishment that they are a bit out of practice with this "celebrating winning a trophy" lark.

Danielle Lloyd, Beckham's sister, what looks like half the cast of Big Brother, and every paparazzo in Essex . . .

They need the wise counsel of someone like Mr. R. Ferdinand on how this should be done.

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Juande isn't going to like those pics, is he?
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Not just Juande - almost everyone looks like they've been transformed into cubist portaits.
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No flies on Drebin are there.

Ha Ha Ha Ledley was absolutely wasted. Good for him.

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There was a great moment in extra-time. Tainio was timewasting at a throw-in and the ref correctly booked him. Drogba rushes in and has a pop at Tainio and the ref about this, and ends up creating a scene which the ref has to control, thus using up valuable time. It took Ballack to come in and point this out to Drogba. For a man who seems to know every trick in the gamesmanship manual, it was particularly pleasing to see Drogba playing into the opponents hands.

and it still took taino another minute to take the throw in, but it didn't really matter because Halsey had stopped his watch.

Juande ramos is a bit too much of a winner to ever be accepted as a tottenham great isn't he?

It never fails to surprise me how well chelsea manage to cunningly hide the amount of money spent on them. Maybe they're a massive money laundering operation.

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Does the ref ever actually "stop his watch", or do they make a mental note to add time on?

Or do they have two watches - one that's left to run and another which they stop and start?

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A lot of them have two watches ( I presume one is set as a stopwatch ) and I have definitely seen a ref stop one, I am pretty sure I saw the ref do so very ostentatiously near the end of yesterday's match.
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If they really stopped their watches, a 3pm kick-off would end up finishing at around midnight, surely?
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quote:
One can tell from Tottenham's choice of establishment that they are a bit out of practice with this "celebrating winning a trophy" lark.
To be fair to Tottenham's players, Ursus, I think the celebration party was perhaps a little impromptu.
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Wow! What a fantastic day yesterday! I couldn't see the handball properly from where I was sitting and I felt sick whilst waiting for Berbatov to score. Nice to see some resilience in our defence, Ledley barely put a foot wrong, I was so pleased for him to finally win some silverware.
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Has there been any discussion of why Anelka was pushed out to the wing? He looked very out of sorts and hardly contributed anything.

I remember Houllier picking him there a couple of times for Liverpool in 2002, but that's Houllier for you.

[ 25.02.2008, 19:58: Message edited by: Lt. Frank Drebin ]

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I was wondering the same thing. I didn't see the whole match, and it made sense when Chimbonda went off and Malbranque was at left back, but that wasn't for an extended period.

I'm not sure that Chelsea have worked out a way for Anelka and Drogba to play together, though I certainly think that is possible. Having King rather than Dawson in the middle also likely played a role.

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I mentioned this in the last five minutes of the game, pretty much all I saw.

As opposed to picking personell that fitted Chelsea's favoured 4-3-3 formation or setting them out in a shape that might utilise Drogba and Anelka's combined strengths (probably 4-4-2), Grant decided to play the two strikers together for the first time, in a cup final, in a manner that minimsed Anelka's input to near zero.

If he wanted to keep their normal formation he should have left his 15M signing on the bench to allow players who suited it to play and give Chelsea the formidable psychological and tactical advantage of bringing him on.

As it is he fell between two stools and it's his first major black mark as Chelsea's manager.

[ 25.02.2008, 22:39: Message edited by: Harry Carpenter ]

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Haha, Jenas must be so pleased to be no longer living in the "goldfish bowl" and be able to get twatted in a more anonymous fashion.

I have to say again that I'm really pleased for all you Spurs fans and I do envy you. It must be a bit like it felt supporting Newcastle about five years ago. You suddenly find yourself supporting a team that plays nice football and actually wins games, with a likeable manager and some very good young players. The future looks bright.

There are some major differences of course. You don't seem to have as many idiots in the side, and you actually win some silverware. And you probably won't get relegated five years from now while the rest of the country laughs at you.

Then again, who knows...

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Yes, wasn't impressed with the way that Chelsea set themselves out at all. Drogba battled manfully as ever but had little real support at all. Anelka was out of sorts wide and SWP was his useful fitful and unreliable self.

The midfield trio looked very flat too, both in performance and and rigidity. Tottenham used the space between the lines a lot better, Chelsea seemed to play with three banks of players meaning the passing angles were fewer and easier for Tottenham to anticipate.

I can't understand why Joe Cole doesn't start all the time for them, after Drogba, the two central defenders and the keeper he would be the next name on my teamsheet. Essienb, Mikel and Lampard all give you three shades of the same type of player, Cole can do things no-one else in that squad can.

I thought Grant could have been a lot sharper with his substitutions too.

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