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    No way should we go down the Jose route again. Sorry to disappoint people but he can not manage modern day footballers anymore in this generation . His methods and approach will lose many in that dressing room. He had his time here and its gone for good. Never mind the football its his man management that would destroy the team. I also can not help but feel all that is left in him is just bitterness.
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    Fair point. I think we’re getting in Higuain though. And Sarri will no doubt play him in every game till the end of the season. Christ, he better be magnificent. Please not another Falcao. I’m still having nightmares.
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    That's assuming that Roman is still interested or able to be involved.
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    your beloved Jose will step in to steady the ship?
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    I had a look and there's only 3/4 players left from when the players heads dropped under Jose. It's a different collective this time round. I actually think the players tried today, but Arsenal, Spurs and City (1st half) were just that extra level above in terms of energy, fitness and winning those 50/50 balls.
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    So far he has gotten off on the right foot in the sense that both potentially incoming players are players he will rate in terms of their specific qualities. So thats a positive. I saw someone mention Jose to make his third return. How much would I love that even though its a dream. One coach lambasts the team for a lack of battling qualities and there is a manager available renowned for creating teams with just those qualities! Sarri should be careful.
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    Jesus. What is he being paid for if not to field a team that is tactically aware of their roles on the pitch and fully committed? The players didn’t seem to believe in what they were doing and frankly seemed lost. Hazard and Kante have been reduced to dazed and frustrated bit players. Sarri bears no responsibility for what is happening on the pitch? Really? It’s all the players’ fault? What times we’re living in.
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    True. The only reason to think he can't is the sloppy attempts to patch up the old squad in the last two windows. Jorginho, a bunch or ordinary players and Giroud.
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    No. There was a big difference with AVB or Scolari. The unhappy players were (one assumes, one never knows) the likes of Cech, JT, SFL, Drogba. Real leaders who had played heir hearts out for Chelsea and would go on to do so again. Of the current lot, who is there? Azpi, Willian and Hazard were in the 2015 winning team, but Willian and probably Hazard are likely to be on their way out soon, so just Azpi. (Fabregas and Cahill are gone and going). Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Pedro were in the 2017 winning team, but Pedro and Luiz are 31, they aren't worth backing (Moses is gone). So any team representatives approaching RA would be Azpi, Kante, and perhaps Hazard. I just don't see them being listened to the way that Cech, JT, SFL, Drogba were in the past. And then there was the 15/16 year. I for one don't see that as an active player revolt, certainly not one where players went to board.
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    Really? It is not 19.. Its 13 players by my count. I mean he has been pretty clear on Drinkwater, Moses, Zappacosta, Batshuayi, Morata, Giroud, Cahill, Fabregas, and Emerson. Then there are the players who are going to be looking out for their own interests - Loftus-Cheek, Hazard, Christensen and Hudson-Odoi - 13 players.14 if you count Bakayoko. And clearly the team will need to improve on Alonso, Azpili, Kovacic and Pedro/Willian. I dont think its unlikely at all. We have already started to acquire other players in Pusilic, and maybe Higuain and Paredes as well. There really is no reason to think its going to be difficult for this guy to completely reshape the squad in 2 windows.
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    Only to you. I'll repeat: It was a question - nothing more;nothing less. You just interpret things the way you want, tp create an argument. Sorry, but I'm not interested in that.
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    I don't think the board have the balls to back their coach over the players . We'll see more with the signings they make . He wants Higuain and Paredes , let's see who they get him .
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    Or perhaps it is the beginning of good things.
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    "Ready to reject". What on earth does that mean - how much weaselier can one get. Whoever wrote this clearly has no actual info to share, and the 85k figure is not doubt equally fictional. I wonder what Kenyon thinks about that. Or the JM that had Shevchenko thrust upon him. It is one of those fake facts that some posters on here want to build a long piece on. Stick it in the first sentence and maybe no one will notice (or more likely only fools will read the rest).
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    I've just read the full quotations from the post match press conference . To say he was scathing would be and understatement. One of the was along the lines of " I realise we are not a side with battling qualities but we should be able to adapt ". This will not end well for him .
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    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-6611295/Callum-Hudson-Odoi-TURN-Chelseas-offer-85-000-week-wait-Bayern-Munich-move.html https://www.footballtransfertavern.com/premier-league/Abramovich-must-not-do-to-sarri-what-he-did-to-Mourinho-or-it-could-cost-chelsea/
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    I've been thinking this, was it actually successful at Empoli etc or did he just hit a lucky combo at Napoli and now base everything on that. If he was able to make Sarriball successful at empoli where they, presumably, had far worse players then our squad, why is it not working here with world class players. Of course there's the debate his fault or the players, player power is strong these days unfortunately.
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    I do think finishing second to Juve was a fine achievement. If Sarri managed to finish second to Man City/Liverpool this season I’d think it was a good season too and he deserves a break. But if he fails to get top four this year and we see more ponderous displays like today where we managed one shot on target, do you think he’ll have done enough to deserve another season?
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    27 goals in the first 11 games and then 13 goals in our last 13 games....with the same players. When we scored those 27 I do not remember so many saying the players are not good enough etc. This team are not City level but to be getting bossed and outclassed away to Arsenal and Spurs for 90 mins is not our level. On paper we are better than that. Its for the manager to find a way to get the best out of the team. Its what every manager needs to do. Sometimes that means having to come to a compromise with the players and system. Teams are going to figure out your style if you only play one way. In this league you will get found out. City do not have one style of play. They can attack from counters, long balls, short balls and wide areas. They have different ways to hurt teams. Thats what makes them hard to play against. We are predictable and want to force everything through the middle.
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    Sarri might as well drive Hazard to the airport, they will both be gone at the end of the season.. the question is how much will we get for him, not that it matters because we don't dine at the top table anymore. Roman is looking to sell the club, our only hope is that he can persuade a very rich Arab or Chinese billionaire to take us over
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    It was a question that suggests that finishing 2nd to Juve in Serie A, once with over 90 points doesn't count as an achievement. And you know that. :) Frying pan to fire. Man sent off on 7 mins, tough for a team at low spirits.
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    The only positive thing that might happen from today’s fiasco is that Abramovic might just panic enough to fund a couple of transfers. Sarri will get his replacements for Morata and Fabregas. Inferior ones most likely. But it’s Sarri’s call. Sarri will get Higuain by the looks of it. Despite the apparent reservations of the Board. Sarri will now live or die by how good a signing Higuain turns out to be. He’ll have nowhere to hide if things don’t work out.
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    Fabregas must be wondering if he's made the right decision, Monaco got beat at home by 5-1😀
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    Bielsa. I was thinking would he even bother to spy on us or just think no need, I know the line up and how they are going to play.
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    A physically and mentally weak 'performance'. Not a leader amongst them. Arsenal got after us from minute one, pressing high and fast. Our lot couldn't cope with that and didn't have the strength of character and maybe the physical presence to deal with it. Sarri's insistence on funnelling our first phase of play through a woefully out of form and lacking in confidence Jorginho isn't helping either. Kante's trying to do a job not natural to him and also cover Jorginho. The lack of a quality centre-forward is absolutely stifling us. The full-backs we have don't suit this system and Alonso in particular is a waste of a shirt, and has been for two months. Sarri has to get a striker, a central midfielder and a full-back at the very least to continue with his approach. If he doesn't get the full-back and the midfielder he needs to change tactics and return us to a back five, put Kante back into his natural destroying role and work on the attacking fours interplay. I warned that we could have issues with lack of leadership when JT left us after the Conte title winning season. We're not in a good place right now, Sarri's right to call the players out, he also needs to have a good look at what he's asking of them too and his own performances. TBF you could see this manifesting itself with Conte last season, some of our issues lay with him. We watched some really poor performances during Jose's and Conte's last seasons respectively. In the last 6 weeks some of the 'efforts' have been equally as bad, culminating in getting duffed up by a pretty ordinary side tonight. Disheartening really.
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