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  2. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    Where's Tomori? 🙁
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    Kante is being discussed because he is the only one of those players where there is a viable alternative, Kovacic, who has performed well this season. At least it started as a Kante v Kovacic against a park the bus team discussion, following on from the Newcastle game, rather than people just blaming Kante for our lack of creativity. A discussion of replacing any other creative player with the alternative on the bench would be a non starter.
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    Shame that Reece isn’t fit enough. I really do look at that 11 and wonder where the goals are going to come from...
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    I would have picked Mount over CHO. Good to have Kova back.
  6. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    Team: Arrizabalaga | Emerson, Rudiger, Christensen, Azpilicueta | Kovacic, Jorginho, Kante | Willian, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi
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    But it's looking like we won't
  8. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    If we're looking for who to blame for our lack of creativity, then we have to look far away from Kante, I'm afraid. Every player, from keeper to striker to has a main role and an auxiliary role. Kante is in the team mainly for when we need to win possession. The game can change from minute to minute from possession to chasing the ball. He has a secondary role as attacking midfielder, which he does a decent job of it. The problem is, our attacking midfield is not being creative enough. Instead of blaming Willian, Mount, CHO and Jorginho, who together created next to nothing, we seen to be blaming Kante. The fact that we are not creating goals has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with Kante's safe passes. In an ideal world I would like us to have a player who does everything - wins the ball, dribbles, runs with the ball, hits creative passes. There is not that person in the team. And Mount, CHO, Willian saw more than enough of the ball in advanced position and created basically nothing.
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    We can but only if we buy to build on our current position
  11. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    He makes good runs off the ball though instead of watching the ball waiting for things to happen.
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    I think in a possession based team Kante is less important. The opposition don't seem to mark him he gives mostly safe passes. I noticed he scored that amazing goal against Liverpool early in the season because no-one thought he was a danger. His strength has been in winning the ball back, less useful if you become a possession based team.
  13. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    Against teams that don't move out of their half, I dont see what value Kante adds. Brilliant at winning it back, so will be useful tonight.
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    Again, disagree with this idea that Kante was supposedly no worse than the rest of the team. Sure, Mount had a tough first half but otherwise we dominated them in terms of possession and we did create a few chances. The issues with Kante stem from before the Newcastle game. He has been sticking out like a sore thumb for a long while now. And we have looked better without him.
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    I meant guarantee it for next season.
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    Sure we can. We're in the knockout stages of it.
  17. Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0

    ^ That he can be party to a very rewarding contractual negotiation?
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    They would have but it is a lot easier for Liverpool to sell a better project to any player right now. They can say they are recent CL winners with a good chance of repeating that this season and are about to become PL winners too. They also have a manager that is highly respected in europe. Klopp speaks the same language as him so he wouldn’t have problems communicating with him either. We aren’t in the best position to be competing with City and Liverpool for players. We can’t guarantee CL football either.
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    Making first contact with a player is huge. It shows your intent and you can sell yourself to them. If the club haven't done the leg work these past few months for the summer they should be fired.
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    Think it's only next season... But everyone sees what's happening in the premier league and how Liverpool are dominating, be honest who would you choose, the PL champions (and maybe CL winners as well (guaranteed CL football), Barcelona (guaranteed CL football) or us (who may not be in any European competition, and like to skimp and argue over every little penny) https://www.caughtoffside.com/2020/01/21/chelsea-trolled-by-rb-leipzig-over-werner-transfer/
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    FYI they just changed it back to Jan / Feb .
  22. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    Kante's performance has dropped. But this is in the context of the whole team not playing well, from goalkeeper right down to Tammy. In fact I would add SFL and J Morris to the underperformers. But I thought Kante was our least bad performer against Newcastle. The skill level of a team increaes in exponential proportion to the speed and intensity of their game. The way we are playing these days, it is impossible for our winger to beat FB or for Kante to take the ball past opponents
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    FYI the AFCON is now held in the summer so that’s no longer an issue
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    Finished 6th that year....had a temporary manager
  25. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    Just re-watched the famous "Wenger's 1000th game in charge" game where we beat them 6-0 . It was one of the most depressing things I've ever seen , we are absolutely miles and miles and miles from where we were then as a club , that side would put twenty past us.
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    I don't think we are quite as appealing as we were in 2012.
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    Always the optimist
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