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  2. Kante and Jorginho - The Conundrum

    Still think the WHU away is one of our better performances. Certainly more chances than the 4-1 win against Cardiff and defensively probably better. Disappointing CF performances, a reliance on set pieces and worldies and a lack of movement in the oppo box have been a feature of all our games. There are two challenges to our style. What happens if the oppo, like City or Arsenal, come out and press against our pinball football and do it well - will we concede easily What happens if the oppo midfield never get drawn out - will we ever find any space or movement up front to score. IMO every game so far has shown we can't do either. Teams have been giving us the points so far.
  3. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    Maybe the Borg can help us collectively
  4. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    Sorry , should have clarified this and said "lack of goals from midfield"
  5. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    It going to be interesting to see his passing stats against the bin dippers. I suspect they will target him And close him down earler.
  6. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    Eh! rhe bin dippers have scored the same and conceded less and won more games
  7. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    Although I can't really argue against this, we all know that we lack a goal scorer, I would just like to point out that only City with all their millions has scored more than us. Six games in with a new manager/philosophy hasn't gone too bad at the moment.
  8. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    I think the once problem collectively is lack of goals and that could hurt us in the end
  9. Today
  10. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    Spot on. I can't get my head around the criticism that Jorginho is starting to get. He's not the player to play the killer pass, much like Kante isn't so really unsure why it would be bought up by anyone. If there is any problem in our midfield currently it certainly isn't Jorginho.
  11. Kante and Jorginho - The Conundrum

    I think a little perspective is needed, and this isn't aimed at you. We've played 7 games and won 6, dominating pretty much every game, scoring plenty of goals and played some amazing football at times. The one game we didn't win was away to West Ham. Not an easy place for us, never has been. Kovacic didn't play much last season and is at a new club, in a new league. He's only started a few games. Kante is coming off the back of a very long season and is having to adapt to a new role. Jorginho, although he is splitting opinion at the moment, for me has been absolute class and is so key to how we play I can't get my head around anyone wanting to change his role at all. One thing we clearly lack in midfield is goals, not something that is easily changed, especially with our current group of players. We need to remember that Sarri has only been here a couple of months and took over the most defensive side I have ever seen. It was never going to be easy but 6 wins out of 7 and still unbeaten is a better start than probably anyone would have hoped for.
  12. Kante and Jorginho - The Conundrum

    If Kanté was performing, there would be no conundrum. Kanté isn't even suitable to play in Jorginho's role. Kanté needs to learn to play in a three man CM instead of a two.
  13. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    And? What is your point? Does everyone who plays for us have to be able to make a killer pass at any given moment? How many current players qualify? One in Fabregas but his other deficiencies makes his inclusion in the team problematic (three managers in a row who's not seen him as an automatic starter). Out of the midfielders we have, when it comes to killer passes Jorginho is our second best among the batch likely to play this season (Jorginho, Barkley, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas). But he brings a lot more than killer passes to the team. He orchestrates the whole team and ensures that we, as a team, get a few extra moment on the ball. He's our most important midfielder by a country mile.
  14. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    Kovacic became first choice because he's technically one of the best players we have. He's comfortable on the ball, executes a high percentage of his passes successfully, and has a game that is well balanced offensively and defensively. Sarri has more or less built his midfield around Jorginho and everyone else effectively needs to adapt. As for not offering much in the final third. While it's hard to see a midfield three of Kante, Kovacic and Jorginho contributing enough goals and assists directly, part of that issue also created because of a lack of quality options in attack. First issue is a not having a quality CF that can be relied upon, so we're going to see good opportunities created being wasted more than they should be. Then there's the nature of our attacking players - Pedro is the perfect type of player for how we're looking to play. He's crafty on the ball, has excellent movement off the ball and is a threat in that final third around goal. We don't really have another player on hand that offers that range of play. Obviously Hazard is an excellent player in his own right, but he's a dribbler and not one that really moves off it in the way Pedro does. He also needs to be more selfish around goal - this being his biggest downfall. As for Willian, he's got the football IQ and decision making of a rock at times, nor is a reliable or even a prolific source of production. He's another that largely requires the ball at his feet and has a preference to dribble - lacking movement off the ball to help create space, part of why he frequently cuts back inside when he dribbles and narrows play. Ideally we need another AM with more forward like qualities - think prime Alexis Sanchez for example. We amend some of our glaring problems in the final third and that is going to see some of the opening our midfield do great being taken advantage of - thus increasing their collective number of assists. Goals though from midfield is going to remain a problem though unless Barkley can step up or Sarri alters things so Kovacic can play a more attacking role opposed to Kante.
  15. Liverpool vs Chelsea

    I don't think we'll see bulk changes being made because doing so has the potential to disrupt the fluidity and cohesion Sarri is working on. Too many changes and his system will largely fall flat on it's face because the players selected won't really have had much in the way of real match time to build any chemistry and understanding. 4-5 changes at most is all I can see. Something similar to what we saw in our Europa game.
  16. Kante and Jorginho - The Conundrum

    The biggest change Sarri can make is simply adjusting the roles of each of the three in midfield. Jorginho can be given more freedom to push forward than he's currently getting. Kante can be given less freedom going forward and can be more someone who can float deeper and mop up/win the ball back quickly once sides get possession in the middle. This would also provide the midfield with a better shield in front and would also massively help the lack of leg speed on the left if pushed to LCM. Kovacic can then play the more attacking of the three, something he did while at Inter. At present Sarri isn't really getting the best out of our midfield options besides Jorginho. Ironically, something like how Conte setup Juve's midfield three between Pirlo, Marchisio, Pogba and Vidal would strike more of a balance. It's going to be interesting to see what's done, because I can't see this continuing on as is all season.
  17. Yesterday
  18. Liverpool vs Chelsea

    The first six underused players that should start imo are...pugh,pugh,Barney McGrew,Cuthbert, Dibble and Grub - they hold no fear being ex firefighters.
  19. Liverpool vs Chelsea

    I suspect Liverpool fans feel the same. Perhaps Klopp too. This game could end up with both teams turning around and trying to score own goals. Lose this and we make it a lot harder for Liverpool to win the league. Almost a duty then.
  20. Liverpool vs Chelsea

    spot on Mark and so say most of us...I guess?.plus if we put a strong team out and get stuffed we have nowhere to hide and is not good for team confidence.Play the youth and it is a win win situation( in a worthless competition) whatever the result.
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  23. Transfer Talk Topic

    Italian news Calciomercato state that Chelsea are monitoring midfielder's potential new contract deal: https://www.cfcnet.co.uk/chelsea-sweat-on-midfielders-new-release-clause
  24. Liverpool vs Chelsea

    Would put piazon in as well as drink water only problem is we don’t want to play CHO and Ampadu they play really great but then can’t play Sunday
  25. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    2 pretty good passes yes. But how many would Fabregas have made? 15 or so I guess. Jorginho also passed 18 times to the oppo.
  26. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    RLC, whatever you or I think of him, has had a stack of chances for Chelsea. A couple of 10 min cameos apart, he has wasted them.
  27. Liverpool vs Chelsea

    Find out how to watch Liverpool vs Chelsea live stream online in the EFL League Cup on Wednesday - head to head stats, tv channel, kick off and more: https://www.cfcnet.co.uk/chelsea-live-streaming/chelsea-vs-liverpool-live-stream/
  28. Transfer Talk Topic

    Eden Hazard opened up on his state of fitness after fears of fatigue. Read more on CFCnet: https://www.cfcnet.co.uk/chelsea-eden-hazard-opens-up-on-his-fitness-after-concerns/
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