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  1. Chelsea 2 Burnley 2

    A midfielder rescues Spurs when the forwards have failed. Don’t need to say any more do I?
  2. Chelsea 2 Burnley 2

    FRUSRATION is the key word for Chelsea fans. Frustrated at a manager who admits publicly that he doesn’t know why the mentality is wrong or why we dip in the second half. Frustrated at a manager who appears not to be able to adapt tactics once the game is in progress (despite copious amount of notes). FRUSTRATION as to why we continue with the zonal marking system. It’s not that the system doesn’t work, it doesn’t work for us. Revert to man for man & let the players take responsibility for their man. FRUSTRATION on this site at referees & their decisions. Sorry but we ain’t going to change it, so let the football do the talking. FRUSTRATION at the time wasting. Again, we are not going to change it. It needs the governing body to introduce mandatory blue cards which instruct the 4th official to add 2 mins on. This can also apply to injuries, so that whether real or fake a realistic amount is added on to compensate. Substitutions add 30 secs unless it is made after 90 mins, then it is 1 minute. O.K. so we end up playing another 10 mins to start with but it will soon die down. However, it applies to us as much as anyone. The sad truth is that we don’t have good enough attacking midfielders, we don’t have a strong captain or leaders who will take responsibility on the pitch what is clearly lacking from the management . AS OTHERS HAVE SAID, WE WILL GET WHAT WE DESERVE THIS SEASON WHICH IS PROBABLY NAFF ALL! We have no divine right to Champions League. The club needs a shake up all round from top to toe & a proper strategy before we are dining at the top table again. RANT & FRUSTRATION NOW OVER (until the next game)
  3. Chelsea 2 Burnley 2

    The lack of any quality attacking midfielders has been our downfall. When the front 3 are drawing blank then nobody else opens the opposition up. The lack of good quality crosses into the box is another failure this season Let’s be honest & admit how many times Chelsea have failed to break defensive sides down, even going back to last season is the reason they get the fans frustrated. Add the time wasting of the opposition & your blood boils. When teams time waste, the introduction of a blue card telling the 4th official to add 2 mins would soon eradicate it. Then maybe the correct amount of time would be added on. However if you don’t break these sides down you don’t win.
  4. Cardiff City 1 Chelsea 2

    Someone please enlighten me as to what Sarri writes down all the time because he clearly doesn’t learn from the same mistakes week in week out.
  5. Chelsea 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

    As some have said on here, on days like today if you don’t have midfielders who can contribute to the scoring you’re going to struggle. Lots of keepball possession but little creativity in & around the box against an organised defence. Corners were poor as well today until we tried something different & Hazard scores. Take a pill & be thankful we rescued a point. On the positive side Sarri varied his subs for a change. Maybe there is something flickering at the end of the tunnel.
  6. Chelsea 2 Tottenham Hotspur 0

    Caballero in. Edison dropped
  7. Chelsea 0 Manchester City 0 (3-4 Pens)

    Maybe I’m wrong butI thought these days, the medics are miked up to speak to the bench to relay whether a player is injured. Lost in translation perhaps!
  8. Chelsea 0 Manchester City 0 (3-4 Pens)

    I thought the performance was much better today, after fearing the worst. Having been a critic of Sarri’s inflexible approach, I have to credit him for nearly getting it right today. On the Kepa incident, which ever way you view it the captain should have been the intermediary. Is he not the manager’s voice on the field? Evidentially Aspi says he was on the other side of the pitch! Definitely don’t see him as the skipper we need & his crossing ability looks to have gone. We take the positives & move on to see if we can get some consistency .
  9. Chelsea 3 Malmo FF 0

    I have like so many on this site tried to analyse what is going wrong. If the answer isn’t to keep changing the manager as some suggest then let someone from within the side make Sarri see the need for flexibility in his system. 2 problems here, one is Sarri doesn’t believe his system needs to be flexible, the other is that here is no leader in the side with the balls to say it. I read recently that JT would throw massive Wobblies in the dressing room at his fellow players & wasn’t afraid to speak his mind to the manager. If that is the case then bring him in to do it again because someone needs to. If Sarri wants to play Jorginho as a quarterback then the quarterback needs protection, who could do that? Ah! I know Kante. But no Sarri wants him further forward. Who’s leading the back line? Nobody! People point to Pep in his first season not doing much different but I do believe the guy knew where he was going & the club believed in him. He also had a leader in Kompany at the time. I don’t get that feeling here. I said a few months back that Sarri’s methods could unravel in February, as they did at Napoli due to overplaying the same players. It could be coming true before our very eyes. What works in the Italian league or any other league is not necessarily the fit for the Premier league. If he truly wants to pursue the system then adapt it, tweak it but don’t just keep making the same mistakes & substitutions week in week out. But it’s not me he’s going to read or listen to is it? this is me venting frustration. It needs to come from within the club. But there is nobody there to say flex the system or lose your job. If he goes then who comes in? Zidane , Blanc?, I have no problem with these but it needs a strong Chelsea backbone & not a yes man to be the number 2. He will make changes tonight because he needs fresh legs for Sunday & because of injuries. Nearly everyone on this site could name the team for Sunday bar injuries. He is hanging by a thread at the moment & I am not sure who’s there to save him & then us from the media ridiculing the club yet again for its policy of chopping the manager every couple of seasons (or less).
  10. Chelsea 0 Manchester United 2

    The effort was there but the quality of defending was as usual poor with both full backs unable to look over their shoulder or see what’s behind them. The tempo was better than of late but no clear goal chances in the second half. However you cannot overlook the same like for like substitutions with no idea how to affect a game. This guy looks lost. Be afraid for Sunday, be very afraid. Any guesses on the side he puts out (presuming he’s still there)
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!