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    How do we put things right?.First of all we play Kovacic,Kante and mount in midfield - Kante in a defensive role,Mount in a forward role and kovacic sits in a central role - that will take the pressure off the rest of the team imo.
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    What does it mean that 5 papers splashed it over the sports pages? Was it on the back page anywhere? Or just on line. Did they make a point about it? The only place I heard about it was on here from you. Our form didn't decline - back in early November we still hadn't beaten a team in the top half. And we are still 4th.
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    Actually I thought it was quite interesting...not riveting but interesting . And the press generally try and find something interesting to say even if it isn't true...in fact they have turned that it into an art form. And it's release to the general public did coincide with our drop in form. As I said before , very possibly a coincidence.
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    Were you aware of its existence on Aug 27th. Were the press? If so I'm just curious as to why five papers splashed it all over the sports page in mid November. It may be a moot point , It may have no bearing on anything ...If so I'm sorry to have troubled you.
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    What do you mean "as usual?" I have no idea why you're getting precious with me because you've lost track of what we were discussing. Happy to leave it there.
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    As usual, completely pointless trying to have even a half sensible discussion with you. Forget it.
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  9. Chelsea 2 Arsenal 2

    These results are neither here nor there, even if Bielsa was not such an overhyped has-been. Have you ever wondered why such a master of tactics has ended up at Leeds? If Frank Lampard's was the only team that beat him, he wouldnt be sitting in the Championship. I'm talking about issues with Lampard's Chelsea team that are showing up week in week out, and he doesn't seem to find any solution for them.
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    I clearly don't.
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    The problem is not so much that Emerson keeps featuring in our matches, but that he comes back and does the same as the last time he played. Because after previous performances this season that in my opinion were bordering on sabotage, you'd expect a manager to have had some serious words with him. Why Emerson's performance and attitude is so destructive is because, in that position, the team cannot cover for such almost complete failure to defend. Even if we still had Kante on the pitch, he would expect Emerson to at least do his basics. You can play back a few similar situations this season where Emerson has simply got out of the way of the opponent. I remember when I first mentioned the possibility of a quiet protest amongst senior players. The response was ridicule.
  12. Chelsea 2 Arsenal 2

    Tactical abilities ? He beat Bielsa in a two legged match, one of the most tactical coaches in the sport. And a few weeks ago amended his errors vs Arsenal via early subs to change the game. What a storm out of a tea cup. It was a perfect night for Arsenal where everything went for them.
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    You you agree with me then? Sorry, but I'm confused!
  14. Chelsea 2 Arsenal 2

    You can pretty much ignore anyone who could not see why you would ask questions about Lampard's readiness when he was about to be appointed. When I heard rumours he was going to be appointed, I thought it was a joke or somoone making mischief. There was nothing in his experience to prepare him for a job like this. But now I am also questioning his attitude, and I will give you an example why. After the Ajax match when their 9 men nearly humiliated our 11, I expected Lampard to raid the library for how to make an extra man count. This match shows that he did absolutely nothing of sort. The sight of him sitting there arms folded while our 11 men were quickly fading away against Arsenals 10 gave me a lot of feelings and none of it was good - shock, surprise, incredulity, annoyance, disgust. What worries me most is not Lampard's lack of tactical abilities, but the fact that the players don t seem bothered to run for him. A young team like ours should be buzzing with energy. We saw what Duncan Ferguson did at Everton. He simply got them running for 90 min, and nothing else. As for Klopp, I also see a one trick pony but a trick that works in almost every situation. Liverpool can't step down the pace and control a match. Once pace is gone, Liverpool are reduced to average. To me, Klopp's main achievement is getting players to run for him. For the reasons above I am also not so confident that signing new players is the first task for Lampard or the key to a successful end of the season. He's got more f basic coaching to do. Signing players is a lazy solution, and that is why it rarely reverses a manager's fortune in this kind of situation, .
  15. Chelsea 2 Arsenal 2

    Yes I do. What's wrong with that? It helps judge their football as they're generally bigging themselves up with footage of 30 yard screamers and nutmegs in training. Come game day, no 30 yard screamers. Go figure.
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    Because certain people on here were totally against us buying him (for a bargain fee) in the first place and have been going out of their way to make that point every since, even after he had a good game. He can't get a break on here. That's an agenda.
  17. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    https://understat.com/league/EPL/2019 (includes today's game) On Xpts - as though the real score was the XG score. City top, Chelsea and Liverpool joint 2nd, Man U just behind us. (WHU and Newcastle bottom 2 instead of 14 & 17th.) Either XG is a load of crap (I think not) or there are some really important game management skills which we and City haven't got. Liverpool I understand have won an awful lot of games by 1 goal of which with some average luck quite a few would have turned into late draws. Maybe the refs make a difference. Wolves beat Liverpool on xG
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    Do you really follow players' social media? Bats included? And does that help you judge their football? (And is it written by Bats or his mates?)
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    Why does anyone/everyone who has a different opinion on a player to you, have to have an 'agenda'? Why can't you just accept that they have a different opinion?
  20. Transfer Talk Topic

    Good enough for me Leo :)
  21. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Long ball merchants were being totally outplayed by a team playing possession football. Edit: And then referee Oliver played out the last minute brilliantly by firstly not giving a very clear free kick outside the area with 30 seconds left and then blowing the final whistle 5 seconds early as Traore was just about to put a cross into a packed 6 yard box.
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    You've only got to follow Bats' social media to know he pretends to be better than he is. All glitz and absolutely nothing to back it up. By your definition he's no different.
  23. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Liverpool have reached peak Fergie Man Utd levels of scoring goals when they need them without playing well. Wolves were very much in the game asking questions of their defence. Go up the other end and score 1-2.
  24. Chelsea 2 Arsenal 2

    A muggle is only someone who can't do magic. I'm a muggle too :) I'm not excusing Bats for being a poor player - he is definitely guilty of that. But he doesn't pretend to anything more.
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    Barkley is the midfield version of Bats. Both are generally very poor footballers that never really see the full picture. Bats just plays in a position where he can get away with more because goals can cover up his liabilities.
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    Yes. Tammy was no doubt doing his best, but I think Emerson would have had it a lot easier if no one had been present. Indeed without Tammy helping out, there is a good chance someone else would have stepped in. In theory Tammy's job there is to prevent Bellerin from cutting back inside while Emerson forces him down the line. But he gets in front of Emerson at which point there really is little Emerson can do. And Bellerin finds it easy to cut back inside a wounded player and shoot. Brilliant shot for a left foot though.
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    An oaf and a muggle? Whilst excusing Bats. No agenda there at all.
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