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  1. 4 points
    I am not trying to sound patronising here but have you had the oppotunity to watch him live? I ask as I have witnessed most of his performances owing to my season ticket and ability to go to most of our games away as well. From my perspective Bats all round game is really really poor. I say this as he is an incrediably static forward, as he makes hardly any discernable runs off the ball, his close controll is average at best and he is not able to hold the ball up either. For me, the only way he makes it here is if we go two up front and tell him to literally play the width of the posts and try to only play between the penalty spot and six yard area as he only real quality of note is his finishing. Honestly, when I see him play I struggle to think of a forward that has been as poor as him and have to go back to Furlong. As Kezman at least had an ability to get around and make a bit of a nuisance of himself. Furthermore, this playing style of his also explains why he has been noticeable booed by Chelsea fans before and his substitution celebrated because whilst he has decent stats these mask his all round game. This constrast with Morata who whilst having poor stats generally gets the backing of the crowd (bar the back end if last season when he kept falling down) as he does a lot of good work off the ball that is not necessarily noticed. Now do not get me wrong, Morata needs to go through a remarkable up turn or be replaced. However, Bats is in no way or shape the answer.
  2. 2 points
  3. 2 points
    A very overrated keeper. Bad command of his area, bad a giving pens away, bad at saving them, bad at hard low shots particularly to his right. But an athletic guy capable of a good money shot save. I would ask you Paul and other pro Courtois posters if he full-filled your expectations as the keeper who we packed Cech off onto the subs bench for? As for his attitude while at this club? Well he had a few secret ambitions didn't he....(both on the pitch and in his personal life but that's another story). This translated into a surly offish stance of being too good for this place. When you feel like that "really trying" goes out the window. Some of us picked up on this very early in his career here. We nailed our colours to the mast and stood by them. Forgive us if we get a little "I told you so" about it.
  4. 2 points
    I go into every season pretty much expecting us to win something, no matter how 'good' or 'bad' that season may be defined by our own fans or those outside the club. I fully expect us to win something this season, too. We have a recent history of regularly winning something. The core of our team have won trophies in the last two seasons. Indeed go back to 2004/05 and while the players who made up the core of that team have long gone, season after season there has been a core of players who have won trophies at the club the season before, and the one before that. That's why we keep picking up silverware and teams like Spurs and Liverpool, for all the 'great' players the media claim they have being coached by 'great' managers, don't.
  5. 1 point
    He made two yesterday: one in the first half to Giroud and again to Willian in the second half. Both balls over the top putting the attackers in great positions but unfortunately wasted. They seemed like killer passes to me anyway.
  6. 1 point
    Issues the way I see it 1. Lack of an express pace winger who can breeze past players (Like CHO) 2. Lack of a striker who can occupy centre backs (Like Drogba or Costa) The problem is that Hazard and Willian are too similar. Both dwell on the ball, like to come deep and start attacks. We could have done with Pedro today. With the available players I would have done the following differently: Have Kovacic play on the right instead of Kante and instruct him to make runs to support Giroud Have Alonso at a very high position on the left with Kante playing slightly deeper to cover the side Have CHO on the bench
  7. 1 point
    He only plays when he's angry for getting dropped, once he wins his place he goes into cruise control.
  8. 1 point
    No need for Cahill, Dave could have moved to CB and Zappa come in at RB.
  9. 1 point
    That's the trouble with Conte's Chelsea , they can't play two games a week. Oh. Wait.
  10. 1 point
  11. 1 point
    We're in agreement again, I'd definitely keep Zappacosta, just not as a winger. Moses will stay for the season I think, he's a good squad player to have, he has a lot of PL experience, he works hard and will do almost any job he's asked to do. He's a great player for Sarri to have in the squad whilst trying to implement a new system IMO - I believe he will move on at the end of the season though as I think by then CHO will be more integrated in the first team. P.S. Cult hero status as soon as that ball hit the back of the net!
  12. 1 point
    Perhaps. IMO Zappa is good enough to keep as part of a future core. So on the assumption that over next 12 months we should release 6 players to bring in 2 or 3 better ones, Moses is on his way out and Zappa stays. Mind you I was sold on Zappa on his first start for us.
  13. 1 point
    Virgo surely in September.
  14. 1 point
    And now for something completely different which probably won't bother most on here but it touched me. Congratulations to SFL and the lovely Christine on the birth of their daughter Patricia Charlotte Lampard. I feared for Frank when his Mum died but I needn't have worried. So happy for them all.
  15. 1 point
    If Arnautovic was available I would go for him for the right price. Very underrated player. Great with both feet, strong, quick, technically good ,decent link up play too. He would suit both Hazard and Pedro. His attitude would probably be the main risk and sometimes inconsistent .
  16. 1 point
    Played some lovely football at times, again. Seriously lacked a centre forward, again. Our problem this season was always going to be the lack of a top quality striker. If we still had Costa I'd expect us to challenge on all fronts, as it is we should stop have enough to finish in the top 4 but we seriously need to find one from somewhere. Jorginho is absolutely key to how we want to play, we lost all shape and tempo when he went off.
  17. 1 point
    Surely would’ve been the time to play Hudson-Odoi and Ampadu in such a weak group? COME ON YOU CHELS!!!
  18. 1 point
    If JT returned to the club in a coaching role it would need to be with the acadamy. The last thing this coach needs is a club legend with a huge personality and opinion with a direct link to the hierarchy.
  19. 1 point
    I was told to type 'gobshite' into the search facility of google maps today and see where it takes you too. Quite appropriate result really 😂 Probably been around for years, but it was new to me.
  20. 1 point
  21. 1 point
    Ampadu has signed a new 5 year contract.
  22. 1 point
    I need a cliche like I need hole in the head. 😜
  23. 1 point
    The referee was abysmal. You're right, he stopped the game for non head injuries (and one of them he actually wanted a contested drop ball despite us having comfortable possession and it being a Cardiff player down), then later he stopped the game for a head injury and gestured towards his head to say "head injury", so if he knows the laws, he knows he shouldn't stop the game for a non head injury. In the first half Luiz took a quick free kick, and a Cardiff player, no more than 4 or 5 yards away, deliberately intercepted it and the referee allowed him to play on. To cap it off, he completely tried to bottle giving the penalty. He waited to see what the lino was doing.......flag incredibly stayed down, then after a few seconds pointed to the spot. He was really hoping the linesman was going to get him out of having to make a decision (guess). To be fair, the midfield are currently learning a completely new set of directions. We are 5 games in, and we have won 5. Staying competitive (100% record so perhaps understating) whilst transitioning system has been an unexpected bonus. On the 2nd part, Kante is / was never a pure DM like Makelele. At his best Kante is allowed to roam and hunt the ball down all over the park. The key difference this year is that Kante is playing for a team that wants to dominate possession, rather than surrender it and counter attack. De-facto, for the majority of the game, Kante is unable to perform his best attribute (recovering the ball) because we have it. In the same way, we are seeing a better Hazard, Willian, Pedro because we have the ball, which plays to their strengths. For all of Kante's strengths, and I am huge fan of his, he doesn't have the same technical ability to play keep ball like some of our other players. At home against the league's weakest teams, I am not sure I would pick him. Additionally - at home against teams who won't move out of their half, Saturday showed why Giroud has to play over Morata. His strength and hold up play is far superior. If he had speed, he would be Drogba / Costa esque
  24. 1 point
    Kovacic should score that. He even looks at the keeper who is already on the floor...
  25. 1 point
    Opps - your right it was a bridge to far
  26. 1 point
    Watched Amapdu play for Wales the other night and boy, he is an absolute phenom. I have never seen a player so young play with such a commanding presence and maturity as well as his undoubted ability. I know CHO is currently flavour of the month when it comes to our U21's but for me Ampadu is the real deal and we will need to be very careful with how we handle him as he is already good enough to walk into a number of PL teams first XI's.
  27. 1 point
    Imagine watching our first 4 games this season and thinking anyone else in the squad should be playing instead of Pedro.
  28. 1 point
  29. 1 point
    I think it's one of those really good crosses that's incredibly hard to deal with. If I remember rightly it goes past 4 or 5 of our defenders, plus 2 or 3 Bournemouth players before it reaches Ake. I'd imagine Kepa expected one of them to get something on it. The ball was put into a very crowded area, it's hard for any keeper to come and claim that.
  30. 1 point
    4 down.... 34 to go. LETS GO CHELS!!
  31. 1 point
    Nice picture Jane and good to see different generations of Chelsea representatives engaging in some good cheer.
  32. 1 point
    In fairness , SKY cannot be accused of bias as there's only , Kenny Dagliesh's daughter , Ex Liverpool , Jamie Redknapp and ex Liverpool Emile Heskey in the studio with Jamie Carragher as the summeriser . Heskey even played for Leicester the traitor. Four out of five possible commentating on the match to ensure any contentious decisions are swept under a big red carpet . We really don't deserve them .
  33. 1 point
    Great post. Kante is such a versatile and fantastic player he is more than capable of adapting to the new formation andnhe actually has a lot of skills that will suit the new approach once Kovacic and the system fully beds in. As for today, I am being cautious. I really think we need to be careful as either team could go 2-0 very quickly if we/they do not concentrate as they play on the front foot and have had a good start to the season. Additionally, they seem to be enjoy playing at SB and have elements of a bogey team. For me, I am going for a 3-2 either way with it being a higj energy, fraught game.
  34. 1 point
  35. 1 point
    Robben was a drama queen too. The punishment Hazard takes without complaint is outrageous.
  36. 1 point
    Thessaloniki isn't that bad - only 100 quid from Ryanair, and there's a beach, and beer at €3.50.
  37. 1 point
    Never fear. I know how to summon him; * Mourinho is an awful human being and an overrated chequebook manager. * Matic was chosen on merit over Fabregas.
  38. 1 point
    ...and good observations they were! 1. I do not buy the whole Kanté is a DM. At no point in the PL has he consistently played as a DM. Shortly under Conte but in general he played as a CM in a two man midfield. This suits him as he has such an incredible engine and speed not to mention his ball-winning skills. But I'd argue that he is the ultimate "fore-checker" (to use ice hockey lingo) in football exactly because of those traits. When the team nails the press for larger stretches of a game we will start to see what Kanté will be able to do in a high-press system with many attackers around him. If Sarri get's this style to work, I think Kanté will have a magnificent time and show sides we didn't think existed. I predict plenty of assists from him as the team gels more going forward. He will also have to master the balance required from him in this role (particularly because Jorginho is a bit weak and the other CM8 is either Kovacic, RLC or Barkley). With his pace and stamina he can both be a fore-checker and a defensive partner to Jorginho and the CBs. If he perfects the role we will be successful. It's as simple as that for me. 2. 100% he should stick with Luiz and Rüdiger. They may have their weaknesses but are overall our two best CBs. Christensen has time and potential on his side and will work his way into the side as the season(s) progresses. I'm sure of it. Cahill won't be here this time next year. 3. I think Morata should remain our S1 with Giroud as the tactical option when we play packed defenses. Ironically he would probably have been the better option last weekend but I don't think Sarri expected such ridiculous defensive football from a home team in England.
  39. 1 point
    Diva or diver? Based on the last couple of weeks its both!
  40. 1 point
    I'll be there for youoo........unless you're our goalkeeper 🙄 There's 14 pics ffs. I mean who cares?
  41. 1 point
    So you've literally no idea what you are talking about and just made something up with absolutely no evidence to back it up?
  42. 1 point
    what are you talking about?
  43. 1 point
    The whistle didn't blow. No excuse really. If he'd gone towards the ball, that goal wouldn't have been scored. He'd either have cleared it away or he'd have prevented Joselu having a free header.
  44. 1 point
    Have we not all heard this before though? Yes, he has to have more awareness for the goal yesterday and it has to go down as his error. But we hear this criticism of him time and time again, especially when he plays in a back four. However, I’m yet to meet anyone who can justify why the guy has won so many major trophies as a footballer and most of them win in back four?? Teams cannot carry players at the highest level and especially at centre half. He plays a game that is risky and on the edge at times, he will also cost you a goal a times ( though I doubt it’s any more than many CB’s, it just gets highlighted more), but if you focus on the positives in his game then explains why he plays and why he has been such a successful player in his career. He is a leader, he is physically strong and intercepts play well, he is good in the air and can be dominant up against forwards, he has some pace(though it’s not as good as it was), he is very good on the ball, he contributes goals from defence, he can pick out defence splitting passes. Sure he will make mistakes that cost us at times, but his positivity as a defender will also snuff out a lot of danger early a lot of times too. Christensen is a promising player, but can he honestly contribute all the positives listed for Luiz at present? The answer has to be no. We need to focus on the positives Luiz provides the team, rather than the potential negatives , which in his case our very overblown over a number of seasons in England.
  45. 1 point
    Apart from tactics our biggest attributes have been Jorginho and Kovacic.Our midfield is no longer a wet lettuce - they are the fulcrum that allows a free flow of attacking football that makes the best form of defense is attack - I wonder if we had Costs as centre forward what a difference that would make.
  46. 1 point
    Its not even a pen to be fair. Would be mad if that was given against us.
  47. 1 point
    Really don't think Sarri meant anything other than the players need to look at the ball, lads.
  48. 1 point
    Replying less to start another tedious argument and more for balance ... Jose (like, for example, Guardiola) has always, so far in his Porto-onwards career at least, been wanted by the clubs with money to throw around, and specifically to coach the players they have and can bring in with that money. That is the relationship between monied clubs and Mourinho, nothing else. My take on United, for whatever it is worth ... I remember posting on here when Mata left in January 2014 that one of my main issues with it was just how far away, in terms of players but also in years, Man United were from being a top-tier team again, and that I felt some frustration and sadness with and for Mata for repeating his own personal history in signing for us when we were at a similar point in our arc. I felt it was clear that United were going to be in a lot of trouble (relative to them and their unbelievable success in the 20 years previous, of course) for years once Ferguson left. What remaining top-level players they had were past their prime, and were being sustained by a large crop of 'good enough' squad players, and many of these players were themselves old and nearing the end of contracts. It was clear they needed to replace the entire squad, and that would take years; lots of signings, with some of them inevitably not working out and needing more signings. I thought United had, back in 2013/2014, a job it was going to be impossible to do well. Looking at their squad now I think they've done an even worse job than could have been expected. Much of the defence is exactly the same and too many of the failed signings are still there. Any manager is going to be complicit in that, so Mourinho deserves criticism. But I also think he's done reasonable work with what he's inherited; Young and Valencia have become very capable FBs and he's had Rojo look like an actual defender for stretches, some of the bigger-money failures were very quickly shipped out (Depay, Schneiderlin), and players he'd allegedly alienated in the past (Lukaku, Mata) have been vocal in their praise of him. I think United have the set up that lots of our fans like to moan about us apparently having; an uninterested owner and a money-focused, business sh*t-talker with literally no knowledge or understanding of football calling the shots. The raft of articles a week or so ago, particularly in the Guardian, about United taking a hard line stance on Mourinho's 'moaning' were transparently Woodward aggressively briefing against him. Mourinho might be finished at the very top, football might have moved on etc., but I think Woodward is United's major problem and has been for a good while longer than Mourinho has been there. That club could be spending the money necessary to compete again with little difficulty. That they don't is sod-all to do with standing up to Mourinho's moaning and everything to do with the Glazers and profits. I've no doubt they'll get rid of Mourinho soon enough, will replace him and happily make a few big-money, big-name marquee signings. But United will not seriously challenge for a league title again until they properly finish the squad rebuilding work that started in 2013.
  49. 1 point
    Me too. Most managers had never won anything until they got their chance at a big club. Conte won nothing before Juve, Jose won nothing before Porto, Guardiola won nothing before Barcelona, Zidane won nothing before Madrid, Allegri won nothing before Milan. I can't think of any that has had major success before moving to a big club. Sarri has taken longer than most to get his chance, if some want to use that as a negative then fine but to bash a manager for not winning anything when they have never managed a big club is absurd.
  50. 1 point
    Like I said I pity you for the next season or so. Hope you won't get your pressure up by too much by then. And if you will change your mind then with regards to calling Sarri and Zola, "losers", I think you will first have to call yourself one first before everything is forgotten.