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  1. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    Well that’s made the weekend! An unexpected win that not too many of us saw coming. I will enjoy it but let’s not get too excited yet. We need to be doing this against all the teams not just City. Consistency is what is needed & an out & out goal machine to take the pressure of of the rest of the team. I have no doubt that a Costa or Drogba type in this side would free up some of the players to play the way that Sarri wants. All we can hope is that like City, Sarri’s second season may bring new rewards but city & Pep invested hugely in the summer with lots of signings which transformed his 1st season side. Will Chelsea do that, I’m not sure. For now let’s give Sarri his day but let’s hope he is learning what he needs & how to adapt during a game when changes are needed & not always like for like. So if we criticise Sarri then we must congratulate as well but the away games to Spurs & Wolves were the warnings that must be heeded. Well done today Sarri & Chelsea, I can enjoy the weekend.
  2. Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Chelsea 1

    Conte saw his errors early on after the Arsenal defeat & chaged his system. I am afraid that Sarri is not going to do that but just fumble on. Unfortunately the other half of the team, Zola, isn’t the man to show him that changes need to be made. As I have said before maybe Sarriball will eventually pay dividends but not this season that’s for sure. Teams have us worked out & with the team unable to take the chances on offer it is just too frustrating. A modest win against lowly Fulham then a defeat against Wolves who haven’t won in six premiership outings.
  3. Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Chelsea 1

    The problem is that Sarri doesn’t know how to change the system.Like for like substitutions all season long
  4. Chelsea 2 Fulham 0

    If this is Sarriball then it’s boring me to death. Pass around as much as you like until the opposition have a brick wall in front of you. Surely the idea is to break quickly once you have closed down & got the ball back. In this system we don’t have a plan B, we sub like for like, we don’t put in decent crosses, we don’t consider younger talent in the starting line up ( because they don’t fully understand the system evidently), we don’t expect our keeper to come off his line & claim the ball & there is no variation in set ball play either corners or free kicks. Did I mention that come February we run out of steam as he plays the same players continuously (it happened to Napoli twice). Now maybe the players haven’t grasped the system & we are yet to witness the glories of this system but that was the team at the bottom we played today! I know that I should be grateful that we are not in the position that we were in last year but please if this system is so brilliant why are we not witnessing the starting buds of blossoming football. Morata may be one reason & playing players out of position may be another but there is an abundance of talent at this club & I don’t see the day coming when we absolutely hammer someone . Sorry for being pessimistic but I just cannot see the logic behind his methods. Please prove me wrong Mr Sarri & maybe like the man at Man City things start to take shape in the second season. I really do hope so.
  5. Tottenham Hotspur 3 Chelsea 1

    So at half time we guess the subs , right now we can forecast his team for next week! This guy needs to play Kante where everyone knows he is best, cut our losses on Morata & replace him in January (let’s face it Zola can’t get a tune out of him) & finally pick a defence that can actually defend when the ball is placed behind them. It is all very well trying to press high but teams know that mark Hazard & Jorginho out of the game, play the ball in behind and BINGO RESULT! Everyone on this site knew before the game that Erickson would pick out Alli & Kane as he always does against us. When will we try to stifle him out of the match. Another weekend ruined!!
  6. Tottenham Hotspur 3 Chelsea 1

    Let me guess the subs , Pedro for Willian, Barclay for Kovacic, Giroud for Morata (late on)!
  7. Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2

    What could have been a frustrating afternoon (& one that normally would have been) ended with a result that was justified. The passing game is improved but unless the ball goes in the net it just adds up to statistics. Where a team like city capitalise on their passing game is in having someone like Aguero to finish it all off, which we clearly do not have at present. This means that we are far more reliant on keeping clean sheets which in my opinion would benefit the inclusion of Christensen over Luiz as I have always thought that Luiz would be better just in front of the back line either playing out or helping as an extra defender when required . At least his occasional errors could be rectified by the back line. To me a back line of Dave, Rudi, Christensen & Alonso looks more solid. Surely to get this to work & flourish, getting someone like John Terry as a mentor would be a huge asset. With the back 4 being able to protect a new keeper still yet to establish himself, a midfield that has endless combinations, the missing piece needs to be getting a poacher in the box which we clearly cannot do until January at the earliest. Of course Morata & Giroud will come up trumps in games where teams don’t just pack the defence, but there will be more afternoons like today in the coming months. The upshot is that things look brighter than we thought they might, but we do need to make sure the defence is storm proof, which at present it certain is not.
  8. Chelsea 1 West Ham 1

    What I would like to see today is 3 forwards who can break at pace like they used to & who can play together, understanding each other’s movements. That’s where we have been lacking of late,we have not been taking our chances or being to ponderous when we break. The keeper, the defence & the midfield can cope provided the business is taken care of at the other end. There is no need to keep calling for a new manager or new players at this time of the season. Let’s utilise what we have which should be perfectly adequate against the teams we have to play. The side needs to get back to breaking at pace & being more clinical in front of goal. Come on you Blues!
  9. Chelsea 2 Bradford City 4

    Jose 'is ashamed'. So he should be & the all the players that represented Chelsea today. I hope that he gets that through to the squad not only for Tuesday & next week but for the rest of the season. Then remind them what an opportunity they are wasting for themselves , the club & the fans every time they slip into easy street mode. I've watched Chelsea since I was 12 (1965), this squad has talent & they shouldn't be tossing it away. A humiliating day for Chelsea. Well done to Bradford. Jose, earn your corn now & lets see something special from Tuesday on.
  10. Chelsea 1 Sunderland 2

    Rednapp look pumped up knowing is was the result his boys wanted. His opinion on the penalty was wrong & he made himself look silly & I think Hoddle knew it as well. No complaints if we don't win the league, it's not refereeing decisions but results like today, palace, stoke, west brom, west ham! Lets hope for a good CL semi & look forward to finding someone lethal up front. for next season.