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  2. Claude Makelele

    Nor me.
  3. Yesterday
  4. Liverpool vs Chelsea

    3-1 Chelsea. There. I said it.
  5. Liverpool vs Chelsea

    Call me Negative Nigel if you like, but after tonight's results, a 0-0 draw would be enough for me.
  6. Chelsea 0 Manchester United 0

    I don’t think we’re even trying to walk the ball into the net at the moment to be honest. What we’ve been doing is barely that bold in approach. Everything we’re doing going forward needs urgent improvement, I’ve been worried about it for weeks and been talked down or dismissed. My biggest concern is that we’ve barely registered shots on target against a series of poor sides, so without a much bolder, more proactive approach, I’m really struggling to see how we’re going to score in the games we have coming up. I hope to be proved wrong, with immediate effect - but I think we’re in for a bad night tomorrow. We’re just not doing enough going forward.
  7. Claude Makelele

    This link isn't working for me
  8. Liverpool vs Chelsea

    Can we capitalise on Leicester's slip up this time...
  9. Claude Makelele

    This one is even better....class act video%3A158411
  10. Liverpool vs Chelsea

    Go all in for this one; Mendy Azpi Silva Rudiger CHO Jorginho Kovacic Pulisic Mount Werner Giroud
  11. Media / Press

    Saint & Greavsie was great, much better than the clapped out Soccer AM any day. Greavsie was the real funnyman and the Saint was a great foil for him, they went together like fish and chips. RIP Ian St John, and it's also sad to see Greavsie isn't apparently in the best of health either.
  12. Chelsea 0 Manchester United 0

    Agree with everything you said in this post, but quoting this bit because I saw a post from the official CFC Instagram page earlier with highlights from the Liverpool game last season where we beat them from two shots outside the box (Willian and Barkley). It reminded me how infrequently we shoot from distance and constantly try to walk the ball in the net. How many have we scored from outside the box this season I wonder? Harry Kane is the master of getting shots off early before the defenders and goalie have settled themselves.
  13. Chelsea 0 Manchester United 0

    It's a big problem. We have 7 of the outfield 10 that won't break further forward than 30-40 yards from the opposition goal. Kovacic and Jorginho will never make runs that either break defensive lines or take shots from outside (or inside) area. Reece sometimes overlaps the forwards to get crosses in, but no one else ever does (outside of CHO being a forward playing at WB). We need a CM or two that are willing to shoot, or just make runs into the penalty area to a) increase numbers getting into the oppo area and b) create some variation to the runs that are made. We also need both WBs to be willing to make a combo of overlapping runs, direct runs into the box to pull defenders out of position and be the spare man at the back post when the build up is from their opposite wing. All of those things would help to vary our attacking play and make us harder to defend against. We also need more of our defenders and particularly our CMs to play the ball forward a lot quicker. Don't receive, look up, take another touch, then pass - the pass needs to be in mind before they receive the ball. Fabregas was a master of this, Jorginho barely does it. Mount could fulfill that role I suspect, but TT seems determined to use him as part of the front 3, but moving him back to CM when we're searching for a goal could be highly effective. His instinct is always to pass forward, he makes runs into the box and he has a decent shot on him. I'd also like to see CHO, Reece, Alonso & Chilwell showing real willingness to test goalkeepers much more often than they do. Cut in and shoot, shoot first time across the goalie when that overlap is played in etc.
  14. Chelsea 0 Manchester United 0

    Pulisic actually came on as RWB and CHO switched over. In fact pretty much all Pulisic's performances under TT have been on the right which I don't think suits him. I guess the issue is Werner is more comfortable from the left and playing much better.
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    Exactly this. Morata needed to go and we needed a replacement in January. Higuain didn't pull up any trees but he was solid. Rather than panic buy a third/fourth choice target we signed him on a short term deal and were able to reassess in the summer. Unfortunately we had the transfer ban so the big striker signing had to be delayed for a year.
  16. Chelsea 0 Manchester United 0

    I think TT played Pulisic some minutes as a LWB towards the end of the wolves game, but he has been so out form recently that it would be a huge risk
  17. Chelsea 0 Manchester United 0

    Yep I’ve made this point before on LWB too. If we are going to persist with 3 at the back, and any two of Kante, Kova and Jorg in central midfield then we need full backs that can attack - and I don’t just mean whip a good ball in, but take people on, run beyond defenders etc.
  18. Quick Jokes

    Just seen this Bob , late to the party but that's class.
  19. Quick Jokes

    For want of a better place, the new Amazon app icon "lmao I completely missed that amazon quietly tweaked its new icon to make it look… less like hitler."
  20. Chelsea 0 Manchester United 0

    He certainly isn’t the same player at WB as he is at LB. it’s subtle differences, but they are there nonetheless. I still think we should go with a more attacking LWB - such as Pulisic. Could he one way for us to be better in the final third. I don’t see any reason at all to have two FBs at WB. That’s too defensive.
  21. Chelsea 0 Manchester United 0

    I see it like that too, Alonso too much of a risk and instead Chilwell with more defensive pace yet probably less goal threat.
  22. Chelsea 0 Manchester United 0

    Bit harsh on Chilwell. He did set up the games best chance
  23. Transfer Talk Topic

    This. Thank you
  24. Transfer Talk Topic

    This is football finance blog stuff gone mad. I don't know what the figures were (and neither do you), but we most likely paid some sort of fee to get him and some or all of his wages. Maybe just one of those, for all we know the fee is precisely for covering wages. And we paid it for the time he was here, not the season after as well. That's what we laid out, not some crazed algebraic projection. I wonder if, perhaps, a loan deal for Higuain was made because buying a better player outright wasn't doable? Rather than loaning Higuain got in the way of buying a better player? I know which of the two seems the more likely to me. (Higuain was pretty crap overall)
  25. Transfer Talk Topic

    Except nobody said this
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