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  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    Edit-Already discussed above. Mata. Yes please. Shaw and Barkley would also be useful.
  3. Qarabag vs Chelsea

    Moses is apparently being rested for Liverpool, so Zappa will start.
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  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    Hazard was very good that season, but imo he was even better last season. Getting him in more central areas makes him increasingly efficient. Not having to track back like he had to in 4-2-3-1 will also save his energy for the final third. So I think 3-5-2 is an even better formation for him, and that we will see the best of Hazard if we continue with that system. So I am not going to give you that one. But what I will give you is that I already knew you would respond to my post, because your reflex is to always support whatever JM did :-)
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    A lot of those players would be fee-less, but hardly free.
  7. Qarabag vs Chelsea

    To be fair, we have done that too, with Azpi this year and last often being the CM most willing to push into midfield. On grass (not paper) that is much the same as Dier dropping back to CB as and when. Unfortunately at other times we have seen the FBs join the CBs in a flat back 5. But it does still make your point. A 4 man midfield of Azpi, Kante, Fabregas and Bakayoko is just way too defensive.
  8. Transfer Talk Topic

    You forgot Messi 😉
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    There is quite a long list of free transfers in summer 2018 published on Sky Sports. There are about 10 who would interest me, becasue they are free transfers and would add depth Goreztka, Robben, Ribery, Mata, Ozil, Sanchez, Ghoulam, Bernard, Barkley, Can, De Vrij would all add depth Even Shaw and Blind could cover the LWB position Some of that list are 30+ but would be good "bridging" players before some of the younger ones are ready
  10. Official: Chelsea Sign N'Golo Kante

    I think it probably does Kev. I also think that Drinkwater is another possibility as well anyway. Either could fit the requirement of providing the necessary support to Kante, so that Cesc can do his thing unencumbered by defensive responsibilities which he's not suited to.
  11. Qarabag vs Chelsea

    Play a back 4 with Azpilicueta at left back. Means Alonso, as much as I like him, does have an alternative. We seem too set in playing a back 5 when at times a back 4 would allow us a much more balanced side and also allow us to rest some players that otherwise have to play every game. I've seen City, United, Arsenal and Tottenham all switch between a back 4 and a back 5 in the last couple of years. We just seem determined not to even think about it. Which is strange considering Conte is supposedly renowned for being tactically versatile.
  12. Qarabag vs Chelsea

    :) maybe the right word is unreplaceable rather than untouchable. When JM used the untouchable word he was describing how difficult it was to find a place in the team for some very good alternatives on the bench.
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    With Willian so out of form and the current form of Hazard, Cesc and Morata I think 352 is the best formation for the players we have. I do think we will see 343 return at times but that will be in matches where Cesc is unavailable/needs a rest and we also have Moses's physicality out wide as otherwise we get overrun in the middle. For me 352 is the pragmatic choice. Additionally if we had a goal scoring midfielder to replace Baka (or Baka finds his shooting boots) then 352 would not seem so defensive.
  14. Qarabag vs Chelsea

    Yes I don't think Alonso is untouchable because of his form, but because of the lack of credible alternatives. The other choice we have is at RWB. 4 spots up for grabs out of the 11.
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    Errr no, just no. Bit hilarious to even suggest such a thing. Hazard 2014-15 was his best season to date. And no, it's not just my opinion.
  16. Transfer Talk Topic

    I'll also happily admit if I'm proven wrong and this system with these players doesn't turn in to what I fully expect it to. It's got to be something pretty special to be successful compared to our recent title winning teams where we played with more attacking players and a front 3. Lose to Liverpool and potentially the only thing keeping us from being 6th would be goal difference.
  17. Transfer Talk Topic

    I can't be bothered to go back and forward arguing anymore. If people are happy playing 7 defensvie players then so be it. I've had a season ticket for 20 plus years and can never remember being so underwhelmed when I see the current starting line up. I 100% guarantee as soon as Fabregas or Hazard, or God forbid both at the same time, have a bad spell people will be screaming about the lack of creativity and attacking players. It's worked because of the form of those two. It's ultra defensive football that we have got away with due to two world class players at the top of their game. I hope you all enjoy it when one of them is unable to play or have an off day. For what it's worth, I absolutely love Conte and hope he stays for years, I just believe he has got it massively wrong right now, regardless of a few wins against West Brom, Watford and Bournemouth. I've purposely left out United, we were superb, but that has nothing to do with tactics or formations or players, it's about playing them at home as anyone that goes will tell you.
  18. Qarabag vs Chelsea

    I would certainly have said Alonso early this season, but then his form drifted. Last two games have been good. Morata too has been up and down. But it is a purely hypothetical question. The coices are Pedro or Bakayoko or Drinkwater, and 3 CBs out of 5.
  19. Transfer Talk Topic

    Yes. City just lost Stones to a six week hamstring injury. Kompany is not likely to stay fit for that long period of time, and is not at the level he used to be. Mangala is a dubious defender. They will start dropping points at some point. They have been fantastic, but they have had a few fortunate results as well (scoring the winner seven minutes into stoppage time at Bournemouth and being overrun by Palace and RLC the first half hour springs to mind). What is positive for us, is that just like last year we used a few weeks to find the right first xi with the right balance. We have that now, and have been extremely solid of late. Quality in the first XI is superior to last season's first XI: Fabregas and Bakayoko are a lot more influential going forward than Pedro and Matic, and in the last 3-4 matches (Roma apart) I'd say we have been looking just as solid defensively as we did 12 months ago. City are still massive favourites of course, but if we can go on a similar streak as last year, the difference will be less than nine points come new year. Oh, and I think we were a lot better than City until Morata had to limp off after 30 minutes. That's when the game changed. Goes to show our strong first XI, but weak depth in certain areas.
  20. Following Chelsea's Loans

    I think it is because talking about Christensen is a tribute to the loan we sent him on. And that suits very few people's agenda.
  21. Qarabag vs Chelsea

    Courtois, Azpilicueta, Alonso, Kanté, Fabregas, Hazard and Morata should play all of our important games. I'd include Christensen but he does at least have a decent back-up in the squad.
  22. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Yes, agreed, my comment was more an observation about how we actually have an academy graduate who's made the leap, and the deafening silence around that. We're often portrayed as a graveyard for youth players, but Christensen is paving the way. As chiswickblue suggests, perhaps it's due to nationality?
  23. Squad Status: 2017/2018 Season

    We'd only sell if Hazard explicitly asked to leave. We never keep players around if they don't want to be here. Hazard doesn't seem to be the sort to agitate for a move so it would probably take a huge bid to come in for him to ask for a move. As for replacing him, that's impossible of course, but I'd immediately throw over a 100m at Dybala. He's quality in his own right.
  24. West Brom 0 Chelsea 4

    Jonathan Moss.
  25. Said before many times Kante needed support in midfield.Bakayoko looks like a player that solidifies midfield with his athleticism that in turn allows Hazard and Morata to shine,however his touch is awful - maybe that doesn't matter in the modern game?.
  26. Transfer Talk Topic

    I agree with this.We are looking solid in every department with a bit to spare.That could change in our next few matches,however I don't see that happening.I think we will get a result in our next two matches - and for those that think the premiership title is done and dusted - we are entering into the most volatile period in the whole season.Come out of Christmas with a run of good results and the table can look very different.
  27. Official: Michael Emenalo leaves Chelsea

    Interesting. I have to say that this complete stadium rebuild is scaring the shite out of me. Did a stadium tour the other day and looked at the new model. It's not like the Dippers have done by just adding a few more seats..... it's a monumental task.....remove old stadium/build massive new one. How long will we be away from home? Where will we go? Will it break Romans bank? Will we suffer Arsenal new stadium syndrome? Questions questions....But then I suppose I'm just a worrywart.
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