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  1. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    If someone does replace Sarri & whoever that may be don’t underestimate the importance of a good number 2 or coach as it was known as when the manager was no1. Chelsea have plenty of examples of a good no2, I’m thinking of Ray Wilkins with Ancellotti, Steve Clark, Steve Holland etc. Look at Man U where OGS is getting the plaudits but Phelan is bringing the experience to the table. A good no2 (no puns please), however doesn’t necessarily make a good no1. JM’s problems grew when he lost LF at United, even Alex Ferguson relied on a good back up coach. I believe (& it pains me to say it) that Sarri’s inflexibility is compounded by not having a good, strong no2(still no pun intended). So while everyone is concentrating on if Sarri goes who replaces him, it is well worth remembering that a good man manager is essential in today’s game & good tactical nous is a given. So pick a team to take Chelsea in another direction if that is the answer (IMO, it is) not just a big name front man.
  2. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    Is it not the point that after the first two months, others worked out how to play against it & because it appears to have no flexibility then it cannot adapt to pose other problems. It only allows for like for like changes apparently.
  3. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    I have been trying to keep a calm, clear head on this debate of players or management (note management,Zola is also part of this). Surely any team in whatever field you are in needs strong leadership both from the manager, his no2 & his general out in the field. To me the system & the management are too inflexible. The system as we see it only allows for like for like changes, which means that the system will carry on failing. Kante is being embarrassed by playing him in that position, the general in this case Jorginho, doesn’t offer anything defensively or a telling ball from midfield. Now you can carry on believing in the system & blame the players for not implementing it or you can blame the management that cannot see another way to get around the problems. For me, I don’t want to see my club embarrassed any more. If the management have anything about them then they will offer their resignations. If the owner thinks the management are right to pursue this inflexible system then they will refuse to accept it but if they see the management is to be held accountable then they should go. I am not for the policy of keep changing managers but I cannot see the merit in pursuing with this guy & his policy. I know that others hold the opposite view & I respect their opinions but unless they can offer an argument that shows me the flexibility in the system then the man & his sidekick need to go & I wanted to believe but I don’t any longer.
  4. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    It’s a hard one to call today. There is something telling me we could sneak something but then there’s the realisation that we could be defensively inept & lose. If we win then happy days, if we play well & draw or lose by the odd goal, I may not get too upset. I want us to win the remaining games, let the others take points of each other, City above Liverpool & us 3rd or 4th & even better if Spurs imploded. Above all, please let’s show something by Hazard & Higuain linking nicely, A strong defence who are aware what is going on behind them, & a midfield that can both defend & create. Then I may start to believe that something could be growing.
  5. Chelsea 5 Huddersfield Town 0

    Totally off the subject of the game but have you seen Hazards outrageous skills with the American football on the Chelsea site. It is incredible!
  6. Chelsea 5 Huddersfield Town 0

    I will forget Wednesday night & accept 5-0. It wasn’t something that I expected to see from us this season as I thought we’d lost the art of putting teams to bed & punishing them. Feet on the ground time. Give Sarri his day of glory but let’s see where we go from here. You guys calling Higuain Gonzo reminds me of the muppets.Damn I said I would forget Wednesday!
  7. Bournemouth 4 Chelsea 0

    I just read the article in the guardian about Chelsea’s ball hogging cannot go on. I thought it was spot on!
  8. Bournemouth 4 Chelsea 0

    Last night’s game has obviously stirred a lot of emotions in all of us who have followed Chelsea over the years(mine going back to 1967). My frustration with Sarri is his inability to change a game plan that isn’t working & that is a worry going forward.We can all argue or disagree about certain players or their performances but surely the coaches remit is to motivate the players, select a side suitable to defeat the opposition & if it isn’t working make changes both in game & for the next game. But Sarri appears to follow the same format with his special few as guaranteed picks regardless of the last result. I am not for constantly changing management but neither do I want to witness more ineptitude like last night. I think that for all that I loved Zola when he played for us, he is not the number 2 that we need need. If Sarri can show a degree of flexibility & less of a stubborn streak then maybe there could be a future but when he locks his back room staff out of the dressing room you have to wonder on his man management skills. I don’t see the board changing anything before the season is out but if player power develops then it will all change. Looking at the players themselves, then are there really any leaders among them? not in my opinion. They are more a collection of individuals that don’t have a couple of strong characters to take the initiative on the field. All in all we don’t have a Terry, Lampard, Drogba, Costa, Desailly, Wise, do I need to go on? Couple that with a management team who themselves aren’t leading then we are in a mess.
  9. Bournemouth 4 Chelsea 0

    Our heaviest defeat for 17 yes 17 years. Huddersfield at home on Saturday. Now that really would be the end if that goes tits up.
  10. Chelsea 3 Sheffield Wednesday 0

    I am going to forget about Alonso starting & look with optimism at a new centre forward. Please let it not be another dud. No, optimism that is the key!
  11. Chelsea 3 Sheffield Wednesday 0

    So Emerson’s reward for his performance the other night is to drop to the subs bench again!
  12. Chelsea 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1 (4-2 penalties)

    I agree, great to get the win, a much more committed performance with a higher tempo using a couple of different players which was nice to see. The question still remains as to whether Sarri can change a game when things are not panning out the way other managers can. I have yet to see it. It still seems like for like subs without changing the system. However I will take last night’s performance & outcome gladly but in the back of my mind I am torn between the thoughts that the spuds were without key players & the opposite in that you beat what is in front of you. My last thought was that I would have liked to see CHO on the pitch.
  13. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0

    For the past few weeks if not months 80% if not more have vented their frustration on here at the ridiculous predictability of Sarri’s line up & substitutions. We have one of the best prospects in Europe that the German champions want, we have one of the best players in Europe that the world club champions want & the best defensive midfielder in the world that everyone wants. Solution. Play them in their correct positions & see what happens. Maybe worth’s try MrSarri!
  14. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0

    Sarri will say that a particular player isn’t picked because he has still to learn the defensive side of his system or when we don’t have the ball part of the system & so on. Well if the players he keeps picking presumably do & yet continue to serve up poor performances then surely the system isn’t working. It would also indicate that the system isn’t flexible.
  15. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0

    When I saw the Palace keeper’s gift to Liverpool & United hanging on I knew how the day was panning out. When I saw the same predictable lineup I knew how the day was panning out & after another same ol, same old, performance I know how the season is panning out! 5th or 6th at best. When will Sarri try something different? If we know what the line up is going to be then every team in the P/L does as well. They can even tailor their subs before ours because they know what substitutions are coming. I said about Zola week’s ago. Chelsea have been at their best with a strong no2. Mind you a leader with a back up plan would help.