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  2. Please use this thread for all posts relating to our Carabao Cup Round of 16 match against Tottenham Hotspur at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium before, during and after the game. The Moderators will be keeping an eye on things, so let's try to keep it intelligent. Please note that this un-moderated forum is a privilege and its abuse will result in the suspension of your account. The match is scheduled to kick off at Tuesday, 19:45 hrs. 29th September 2020 (Local time/date)
  3. Transfer Talk Topic

    Whilst I wouldn't quite go as far as calling it a mistake, I'd definitely try to shift Christensen ahead of Rudiger. Also worth noting that there's a big difference between a long ball hoofed any old way outwards or forwards and a long pass the likes of which we've seen JT, Luiz, Lamps etc executing for a specific tactical purpose. Long passes should be used and encouraged, especially if it's a quick route to getting at the opposition's penalty area. I'd like to see more of it too - the playing out from the back thing is being overused in football in general and especially at Chelsea the last 3 seasons or so. It invites and allows a high press and we don't really have players that are good enough positionally or at decision making to do it to good effect. Being direct isn't a crime. In fact, we won titles with a plan of winning the ball and getting it forward swiftly
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    A Sh*t, wounded, relegation fodder team, is an interesting test.
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    I hate to be "that guy" but I suspect you are correct . Sadly.
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    Not sure he gets a free pass but when you have had a very serious injury and come back to a team that as a whole defend like a bottom half side I think it's fair to give him some leeway. He has shown, previous to Frank coming just how good he is. When Rudiger, Kepa, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso, Azpilicueta, Christensen have their worst season for us, Luiz gets shipped out before kicking a ball, then Tomori getting dropped for no apparent reason and Emerson barely getting a look in you have to wonder if there is something not quite right with the management/coaching set up when it comes to defending, both individually and as a team. There is a chance, a fair chance that they simply haven't got a clue what they are doing.
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    worst case loan him for a season - as nobody knows who will be coaching the squad next season
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    Optical illusion - it is because he is standing in the right place next to Jorginho
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    I am definitely against selling him, but if he wants to go or Lamps wants him out then we need to accept it. I could see him being a good partner for Silva. Yes, he was not good last season, and Zouma is ahead of him on current form, but I can't see why he can't get back to his pre-injury form.
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    Let's hope not, he done it with Liiz and 12 months later we bring in a 36 year old Thiago Silva that's never played in the league. Yeah, he's literally the last centre half we should be looking to move on.
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    Kovacic is a lot quicker than people realise.
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    Rudiger was very good when he first came here but last season was a disaster. I don't think you can simply give him a pass because the whole defence was bad as he made some absolutely catastrophic individual mistakes that either led directly to goals or put us under pressure and at a rate I wouldn't expect to see from a top CB. That being said with a more assured partner next to him maybe he could get back to his better form? Who knows but if he's not willing to play himself into contention then so be it.
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    Agree - I do hope this not a Frank power thing trying to get him out of the door. I can see Marina & the committee agreeing to his sale, when there are others in the squad which should be higher up the pecking order for moving on and help balance the books. If we got 50m for him it would cost in excess of 80m to replace him next season, which is not good business practice,
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  16. Official: Chelsea Sign Edouard Mendy

    Perhaps, but the clip of a long ball is a bit silly, he is standing practically on the edge of the centre circle and it is not a long pass at all. Its a bit late to bring out Mendy videos now. Lets watch and see how he plays if he gets chosen.
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    Rudiger was quality in his first two seasons, then suffered a horrendous injury, anyone that says otherwise is just wrong. There was zero talk of him being anything other than class and absolutely nobody even mentioned he was not good enough and we should sell him. The Rudiger, pre injury is a different level to anything we currently have. When he came back he was expected to be our saviour but was thrown in to the defensive shambles that was last season. Far too many players, not just defenders, pretty much everyone in fact have been so much worse defensively under Frank it's pretty clear what the problem is. It will be a huge mistake to sell him, especially when you consider the other centre halfs at the club and I'd put a lot of money on him going to a very big club if he does leave.
  18. Even better passer than Jorginho it seems.
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    Arsenal fooling us into keeping him so he can derail our top 4 hopes. I see through it. *tinfoilhat*
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    Agreed, I like Rudi and wish he would impose his size a bit more. Could have become a captain.
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    Tomori, Chilwell , Pulisic , Tammy and Havertz are all pretty quick. After Werner it’s a bit tricky to guess who’s the fastest.
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    Very harsh. 18-19 he was not average, he was consistently good every week. For consistency alone , he was POTY for me that season. Hazard got it because he produced some brilliant spells and goals, but he also had some quiet spells following an injury where he was out for few weeks. He deserves a pass on last seasons form, based on what he did in his first two seasons. Clearly, a repeat of last season cannot be accepted though. We talk about last season, he was only bad post restart for me. His form in first half of season was not as good as previous seasons, but the bad form came after restart which surely counts as slight unconventional times for everybody.
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    disagree - mainly because IMO Silva will not last the course - silver might be ok for CL games, he will be found out at PL level. Even the JT knew before he was 36 when to call it a day from the PL JT also played a lot fewer games for the club in his last couple of seasons
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    Like I said you must have been very silent in those years, not like you to avoid non-consensus ideas. Have you not noticed who the fastest players in the team are? Werner, Rudiger, CHO, in that order.
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    17-18 he was carried by other more experienced defenders. 18-19 wasn’t any more than average. Last season he was disastrous. Never rated him and that’s the honest truth. Nothing about him that stands out in a positive manner. His knee injuries has taken their toll and he was never the most intelligent footballer. Physique isn’t what it once was. Now he has no strengths. Sell.
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    Did you mention this in 17/18 or 18/19?
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    Offloading Rudiger would be a mistake. Silva is untride in the PL and is 36 and will not be able to play 2-3 games per week. AC would be a better option to offload
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