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  2. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    Don’t forget RDM and Hiddink in the classy category. JM was also pretty classy after leaving us the first time IMO.
  3. We are much further away than that. And at least 433 allows you to put a greater of variety of players in there than 523 where they really have to be complete players. In the end the formation isn't that important, you just need to have players who can beat a man, cross, press, defend, pass and score. They could play anywhere really, especially in midfield or WBs. But the players who do these things best usually get the most money and play in the front 3. If you are really rich like Barca or City you make a front 5 out of them. We are short of players with a cutting edge, and refusing to call that kind of player an AM doesn't really get you anywhere.
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  5. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    Carlo "I've been advising Abramovich on how to play attacking football" according to his auto biography published before he joined the club, and "I'm the next manager of PSG" two months before PSG sacked the incumbent.
  6. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    I see Conte now wants to sue Chelsea for not sacking him sooner. I've heard it all now.
  7. To be honest, the biggest problem, as identified by the man himself is central midfield. If they do not keep the ball the style is buggered and both Drinkwater and Baka cannot play that style, whilst it is also not the best style of Kante either (although he is so brilliant it probably will not matter). For me, we are probably still 1/2 CM's away from being able to play his proper 433 over the course of a season, as to do that you are looking at needing a midfield like - Kante, Jorginho, SMS, Cesc, Golovin/RLC, Ampadu.
  8. Transfer Talk Topic

    Milan's only money issues are that they spend more than UEFA would like. But hey, if you'd like to say you think Reina is Donaruma's replacement - feel free to go ahead.
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    Why would Reina , who let's be honest has a sky high opinion of himself choose to cease being first choice at the second best club in Italy to be second choice at a Milan side with money issues ?
  10. Transfer Talk Topic

    Reina is 35 - an ageing GK2 like Begovic or Schwarzer. Not the man to replace your expected keeper for the next 15 years. Ideal back up for a kid - the new end of career Buffon.
  11. He has stated that at Napoli he was blessed with players who supposedly adapted very easily to his style. I’m not saying that it won’t be done at Chelsea, but it’s very difficult to do. Guardiola, for instance, walked into a side that could have played that way - Barcelona. City, well, not so much.
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    AC have signed Reina. Maybe this will help us with Donnarumma? Fanciful I know but I really do not want Hart an aging Cech or Butland in goal next year.
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    I think you're spot on , as a club we seemingly work at what , from the outside appears to be glacial speed , desperate to ensure we get the best deal imaginable , which although a good thing does not lend itself to the machinations of a very small post World Cup transfer window . I cannot see any United deals being pushed through and you could argue they need players just as much as we do . City got Mahrez but that's been going on since last season , Liverpool got Alisson but Keita the Gerrard fan who supported Barca as a child was done last season . Very little else appears to be happening and it has to be self inflicted lack of time I'm afraid . Nice way to show Sarri he is supported by the board though , although why he should be any different I don't know . So far we have bought a fancy version of a holding midfielder , whoop de do . Welcome to Sarriball lite.
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    http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11667/11445473/anthony-martial-attracts-interest-from-chelsea-dortmund-and-bayern-munich Bit of a nothing story but at least it's an actual transfer rumour.
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    Coming to the view that this window is going to be a disaster for all PL clubs with the World Cup factored in. So little meaningful business done, with the rest of Europe in a pretty good position to wait until clubs are desperate in the first week of August and then have time themselves to spend their earnings. We have been circumspect when it came to seeing how TV and Neymar money changed the market, and I can see us being even more wary now.
  16. Just as well , given the lack of action on the incoming player front .
  17. He did it at Napoli, spending hardly any money, with players that hadn't played that way before.
  18. But quick, forward passing should be effective anywhere though. I think the issue will become if the players are suited to play that sort of game. If they aren’t and they concede possession too easily, then we are going to be very simple to play against if the opponent presses us. Fabregas, Jorginho, Kante, Willian and Hazard definitely. Alonso, Moses, Christensen, Rudiger, Cahill not so much IMO. Luiz can.... but is he supposed to feature as much in a 4 man back four I am not so sure... Guardiola took a very decent side and spent almost half a billion changing it to get that style of play. Are we really able to get that going?
  19. Transfer Talk Topic

    Which is why I said if bought, then it should be as a squad in the first instance. Totally agree, great potential, but not someone I would look at to improve our first team right now.
  20. @Jonathankydd Yes he did...plus the player didn't want to stay beyond the title winning season

  21. SFL's Derby County

    Two of my all time favourites. One on the up and one on the down? (I hated SFL being at Man City and I hate him being at DC).
  22. Thats going to be his biggest challenge. Reproducing what he did in italy where the opposition mostly dont play anywhere near the speed of their premier league counterparts.
  23. Taking The Pee Out Of Liverpool (For Khobar)

    Lol any tenuous link used as a positive. Meanwhile our new manager is accused of trying to take napolis whole team...sewihg the seeds of doubt..
  24. Play tiki taka in own half with no pressure from opponent.
  25. Perth Glory vs Chelsea

    Not a lot of quality time to learn Sarriball between those trips.
  26. Transfer Talk Topic

    Martial is over rated on here. Now do not get me wrong, he does show potential and has a high celing, however, his mentality is a big problem and his lack of progress over the past two years is a very big concern. For me he is a player that I would be happy to be brought in as a squad option with the hope he delivers on his promise. However, if anyone sanctions a £60m+ fee they need sacking as he has not shown anything near the consistency to deserve such a transfer.
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    21 at start of the seaons, involved in 30 PL games, starting 18 of them, and missing a few through injury. That sounds like JM likes him, doesn't it? If JM thinks the best way to motivate player A is with criticism, and player B is with praise, that is what he will do. I wouldn't take either from JM too literally. You really do like to make snidey remarks about JM. Who was the last player that complained about JM to the press? They love him.
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