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  1. 4 points
    Very good performance where we probably should have ended up winning by a bigger margin. Highlight of the game was Willians assist for Abraham. Kovacic was immense today and shouldered a lot of the duties that Jorginho would normally do. The balance of the team is good right now, so I don't see Lampard sacrificing the AM in order to field a midfield of Kanté, Jorginho and Kovacic too often. So this is a very nice problem to have, three players who are all great in their own way where two of them have had stellar seasons so far. Pulisic and James also deserves a mention. Top displays and I'm really starting to like Pulisic. The early season critisism of him looks absolutely ridiculous now. Whoever was responsible for that transfer needs a massive pat on the back. He's direct, has great close control and is always looking to go for the goal. I wasn't sure I'd be able to say this so soon, but I don't miss Eden Hazard one bit. That speaks volumes of what we are doing offensively this season. Second highest scoring team in the league. Was a while since we were producing so consistently! Also a shout out to Zouma and Tomori. Zouma in particular has grown into his role. At current rate, Luiz wouldn't be much more than CB4. Good business getting rid of him - we all know how disruptive he can be if he isn't the main man. All in all happy days and the future does indeed look very, very exciting.
  2. 3 points
    Difference between Hazard and Courtois was not to do with how they left. Courtois before he left was a pretty much a arrogant brat. In his interviews he will always make snide comments about us or what current problems we have and he would seem to think he has the right to say it. Many things he mentions in interviews I question whether a player should be saying such things especially a player who isn’t even a top player. The guy seemed to think the world revolved around him and that he was never the problem. We got rid of a popular GK coach for him and let him replace a legend in goal. He was rarely ever humble in the things he said or what we did for him. Hazard is the complete opposite despite being a far better player. The way both left did nothing to me but it was more about the way Courtois was like when he was here that pissed me off.
  3. 2 points
    He has really picked it up after an awful start that convinced me we had another flop on our hands. Fair play to him, I was wrong.
  4. 2 points
    I didn’t really celebrate either goal today, especially the first one which looked close. They've actually managed to diminish one of life’s great joys, celebrating a ****ing goal. Pisses me right off.
  5. 2 points
    If we are looking at £60-80m for a backup left-back in the Summer, then I would be taking a closer look at an 18-year old Ian Maatsen.
  6. 2 points
    When I saw that ball hit Kepa's nose I kind of wished we hadn't sold TC 🤥
  7. 2 points
  8. 2 points
    The style we play now is nothing like Napoli did under Sarri. “Sarriball” takes far more technical ability than we have. That is why we struggled to adapt to it. It is very rigid and you basically need a team with technical ability as good as City to play it. Under Frank we play far more direct which suits us. We don’t try to over pass it and over complicate things. This is what helps us move the ball quickly. If you asked Liverpool to attempt Sarriball they would completely fail because they do not have enough technical ability for it. The only attacking player we had that was fully suited to Sarriball was actually Hazard. Problem is when teams park the bus and there is no space the only player that could unlock was Hazard. Willian and Pedro never had this ability. When teams park the bus it is hard to move it quickly past them. This is where technical ability and creativity comes into play. This is what makes City create clear cut chances regardless of who parks the bus against them. They have technical ability and creativity all around the pitch. We never had this last season. So for us to play a system like Sarriball we would need around 9 highly technical players with amazing ability. Frank system is more like Klopp/ Poch system. A lot of it is based on being direct, with runs in behind and balls in the box. We don’t focus on possession and short exchanges. Only reason you may think it is more like Sarri is because we have two very good technical midfielders in Kova and Jorg who pass very well. Sometimes these two may play a bit of Sarriball but the rest of the team plays far more direct.
  9. 2 points
    He has changed things tactically for the team and Jorginho. Jorg does not solely get relied on to bring the ball out. Not all of our play goes through him which makes him more all around I would say rather than just recycling possession. He now has other things he is doing rather than just keeping it simple. Maybe Sarri slightly held back Jorginho? The team style of play is very different. I never really saw our system under Sarri as an attacking system but rather a possession/controlling system. We did not get many players into the box and we focused too much on controlling the game. We rarely played direct or moved it quickly. Attackers have more freedom in this system. The positions the wingers take are difficult to track. They can run in behind wide and central positions. A clear tactical change is that we do not force play down the left. Having all our attacking minded players on the left last season ( Hazard, Barkley/RLC, Emerson/Alonso ) then defensively better minded players on the right ( Willian/Pedro, Kante, Azpi ) made no sense really. It created a a weakness where teams could attack us easily on the left hand side. We also struggled to go forward on the right side which made us more predictable and likely to go down the left. I think it was Jose who said it best that it is very easy to understand and predict how we are going to play. Teams figured us out by November and we kind of became reliant on Hazard to do some individual brilliance to bail us out. Who knows how things will go in the future but attacking wise we are less predictable and can hurt teams in many ways. Something I could not say last season.
  10. 2 points
    I think what stopped me today ( and what should have stopped you) was him him giving away the pen. You think it was a pen apparently and I think it should never have been a var changed decision, but he kicked out stupidly and gave VaR a chance to give it. Plus it was Jorge faffing around in an ultra dangerous area and losing possession which led to the pen. Silly play which vetoed him for MOTM for me. You probably glossed over that. And the difference between last season and this? Well without wishing to state the bleedin' obvious , he made a great assist today. Last season he made none ( the only regular Chelsea player not to do so) so there's a big plus for starters. Its early days tbh but if you really can't spot a difference between some of last seasons poor\ awful performances in midfield and today's ( penalty asside) then no debate between you and I on the subject is worthwhile having. And of course if someone was a Sarri fan then automatically and by default they were a Jorge fan. That's how I see it anyway . Personally I 'm so pleased Sarri left and so pleased Lampard is improving Jorge performances to a good consistent level . He's had a couple of bad ones but who hasnt? Only a quarter of the season gone mind so let's wait till the near of the season and the top teams. Zouma MOTM for me. Another player shown trust by Lamps who has turned into a top top player.
  11. 2 points
    Anyway, just saying
  12. 2 points
    No pen’s or magic free kick’s to bail out Man u this time. Hope our midweek defeat keeps Ole in the job for a while. That would be the only positive from that defeat.
  13. 2 points
    Well subject to someone from the board coming out and saying, 'yes, we completely ballsed up with Courtios', there is never going to be complete clarity/a smoking gun. However, from what people have said and the way the situation played out it is more likely than not that the club badly handled the TC situation and brought Kepa in panic. IMO, TC's account that he told the club he would not sign and they said he could go in the summer, to then tell him he had to stay another year is believable. Cesc, even hinted this too. They are not. My point was that the Conte/Real theory was completely farcical and one that even Goal or the Daily Express would not come up with. Hence, I found it some what of a case of pot, kettle, black that you came up with a formula that you have been guilty of to a much larger degree than my interpretation of the goalkeeping situation in 2018.
  14. 2 points
    Soft'ish Penalty and amazing free kick.....great goal from Bats but he is not the man to play up front basically alone..Tammy can do it but not Bats....not a game to really make judgements on...think the "first team" would have won fairly easily but no real goal threat on show..but then nothing much from manure either. Bad incident with CHO as the Utd boy did roll CHO over the barrier..not an accident or result of just game contact.
  15. 2 points
    That looks better......
  16. 2 points
    Ha ha!! That's just what Martin Tyler said about him yesterday at Old Trafford! Absolutely. And btw I think if Liverpool had gone on to win that match, Martin Tyler would have fallen off his gantry in blissful ecstasy. He just couldn't wait for them to score again.
  17. 2 points
    The club really are excelling with these pre and post-game social media releases 👏👏👏
  18. 2 points
    Not the greatest game. Newcastle worked hard and made it difficult for us. MOTM for me would be Kovacic. He only played half a game, but he completely changed the game. He took responsibility with the ball, drove us forwards from midfield and moved the ball quicker. Basically , everything Barkley couldn’t do in that first half. I’ll give him the benefit as he looked to be in from where I was sitting, until challenged and seemed to pick up the injury there. Jorginho also very good, CHO constant threat and Zouma is starting to look our most reliable defender at present.
  19. 1 point
    I remember exactly when he got sacked just before the Sunderland home game on 19th December and we had not had a penalty all season with several possibilities being ignored. We finally got one against sunderland and it was the softest you've ever seen...It actually was the incident that convinced me that refereeing in England is not whiter than white (had long suspected it). Was like they wanted to rub Mourinhos nose in it...
  20. 1 point
    I was watching the Spurs-Sheff game and thinking about VAR decision for Sheffield's goal and it occurred to me that anytime it takes longer than a few seconds to make a decision it is too close to call and the advantage should be given to the attacker. We don't need ti to be right, we need it to be reasonable - to fix clear errors not marginal decisions.
  21. 1 point
    Isn't that what we did against Liverpool. Twice in fact this season. Just going into a big game knowing we're going to try and play football rather than revert to type of the past 15 years sitting back inviting on pressure is a huge win on its own.
  22. 1 point
    Such a Chels love in on BT Sport atm. What a change. All of a sudden we're everybody's second favourite side. Will have to switch over to Sky to get some balance.
  23. 1 point
    We have had 5 really good free kick positions and not managed one on target lol. Need some extra practice on those lads.
  24. 1 point
    We have had lots of chances. Poor finishing.
  25. 1 point
    Only a true Chelsea fan would feel nervous!!!....enjoy the game...
  26. 1 point
    As good as Barkley in Barkley's role? You know how ridiculous that sounds? That should be the last straw for anyone who still takes you seriously.
  27. 1 point
    He's 18. He's got till 22/23 before we decide he isn't good enough.
  28. 1 point
    Crazy game. Crazy ref. I guess if you're 4-1 down you really have no right to say you should've won it. But we should've won it.
  29. 1 point
    It’s the arrogance that many of these posts are dripping with is part of the problem. Why do you decide if an argument is won or lost? The most frustrating aspect in all of this, you wouldn’t even know who Sarri was before he joined the club. You have stated numerous times over the years that anyone who follows Italian football must lead very dull lifes. So to read about you explaining why Sarri has been great over the last 5 years and explaining how we are now playing more like Sarriball is a rather incredulous. With the greatest respect, you simply would never have sat down and watched Napoli play ‘Sarriball’ Given the option of watching any Italian football or Shane. Well you would take the Shane option every time, so I would value your opinion on classic Westerns far more than what ‘Sarriball’ is or what Sarri has achieved over the last 5 years.
  30. 1 point
    We could go 6 clear of 5th place. Pretty big chance.
  31. 1 point
    Quite - just who coaches those Villa defenders?
  32. 1 point
    His free kicks have been shocking but I had a real nasty feeling when this one was given. United have a habit now of getting what they dont deserve against us, usually from some worldy ( as in this case) or fluky ( first game of season) or bad decisions from a bad ref ( most games). But as I say, when it was given I turned to my Man United supporting wife and said "row z" , but deep in the pit of my stomach I suspected it was destined back of the net. " Is that where they now put row z?" She asked completely deadpan.
  33. 1 point
    Agreed. The problem also was the midfield 3 which was a bad combination against a team that will sit back and park the bus. It felt like watching a game last season under Sarri when we had Kova Jorg and Kante against low block defensive teams. We needed a no.8 or no.10 last night to link the attack. Michy was often isolated and lacks the hold up play ability.
  34. 1 point
    Quite. They daren't in case they get soundly beaten by Chelsea's kids.
  35. 1 point
    And Kent Walton on BT - it really is like the old Wrestling commentaries. "These guys are genuinely doing their best". If you wanted to sort football out, you'd use TV after the game to punish all dangerous play and diving with bans (not happening). On the other hand if you wanted to allow further referee bias without making referees look the obvious culprits, you'd share the blame around, complicate the procedures and subtly introduce a new level of discretion (the choice of what gets looked at). VAR errors - as the IT people say - it is a feature, not a bug.
  36. 1 point
    Living up to your name again. Fiki and Zouma were immense throughout against Burnley's thugs. Only Kovacic and Pulisic bettered them.
  37. 1 point
    silly end to what should have been a dominant display
  38. 1 point
    Really? I saw the defender slightly clip CHO’s right ankle either way it sure wasn’t ‘clear and obvious’ error so why was the ref decision overturned?
  39. 1 point
    You chase him and bring him back then... ... and if you can, you know he is injured
  40. 1 point
    Just discovered that Sancho was a Chelsea fan when he was a kid: https://mobile.twitter.com/JakeDaviesUK/status/1109581008523923456?ref_src=twsrc^tfw|twcamp^tweetembed&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fd-20520600272331382184.ampproject.net%2F1910161528000%2Fframe.html
  41. 1 point
    Been in Kiev with work, personally. Wouldn't rush back. couldn't get to see the game but brilliant result.
  42. 1 point
    https://twitter.com/ojharbord/status/1187079056895946754?s=20
  43. 1 point
    What a win! Best since Atleti away. Fantastic team performance. Wow!
  44. 1 point
    With Hazard we'd be 2-0 up now
  45. 1 point
    ^ So the Dutch can have an early night? So the Chelsea have to stay overnight and spend all their money in the Zeedijk?
  46. 1 point
    Solid win. Well done Frank and the boys. CHO was very good but faded badly towards the end. He needs to try the runs in behind and not always expect ball to feet a la Hazard. Pulisic offered some creativity when he came on. Tammy unlucky not to get one. Willian very hardworking and tried to be creative. Jorginho really stepped up in the 2nd half. All in all a good win and good performance
  47. 1 point
    Feel so sad having just read about Luca Vialli's pancreatic cancer having returned. I didn't realise he was so ill and was shocked when I saw a recent pic of him. Nothing really matters does it :-(
  48. 1 point
    That's unfair Michael. The Barkley who plays for England is an indication of the player he could be. I realise I'm in a very small minority but there is a real player in there who clearly doesn't deal with pressure particularly well. It's a confidence thing and if Lampard moulds him properly he'll reap the benefit. He's still young enough. Ok everyone, roast away 🙈
  49. 1 point
    Was just going to post exactly the same thing!! First one was far from shabby either...
  50. 1 point
    I don't think he's having a good time at Madrid at the moment. Last time I heard anything which was a few weeks back I'm sure the report said he hadn't scored in something like eighteen games. I expect United will be in for him soon.