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  1. Hull City 1 Chelsea 2

    I'm not really sure what this means. That players who aren't sure of their long term future here, or know we won't win anything this season, are excused from not trying their best. Or that Frank shouldn't bother motivating them, or trying to instill some character, for the same reasons? Ironically the academy boys are showing more character than any of the more experienced players. I agree there is only so mich a manager can do, but that's not to say our manager couldn't be doing more from his end.
  2. Hull City 1 Chelsea 2

    Surely Frank will know how and when to close out games from his playing days, it was something we did successfully under Mourinho. He would have also learnt how not to do it when playing under more naive managers like AVB. The thing I am most disappointed and concerned about with Frank's management is the lack of character the team shows. Motivating and instilling a winning mentality is a massive part of management, everyone has their own style but you don't see him doing much on the touchline. Occasionally his half time talks have had an effect so he must know what to say to the player's, it just seems we rarely get out of first gear and play with any urgency
  3. Hull City 1 Chelsea 2

    Inventive finish from Kovacic there, keeper helpess
  4. Hull City 1 Chelsea 2

    1-0 Bats after a sloppy start
  5. Hull City 1 Chelsea 2

    Do we want an unhappy player in the camp? Wouldn't surprise me if the decision was taken out of Franks hands and we decide to recoup some of the fee and get the wages off our books.
  6. Hull City 1 Chelsea 2

    Fairly strong line up for this. Hopefully some minutes for Gilmour later on. No Giroud on the bench so guess he is off. Frank may come to regret his handling of Giroud when we don't sign a replacement.
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    The fact Atletico are chasing a replacement for him says it all
  8. Transfer Talk Topic

    Reading the quotes from Cavani's father it seems unlikely he will go anywhere other than Atletico, but who knows. PSG apparently asking 15m from them to release him now. “That would please me that he plays here [at Atlético]. Simeone wants him now. The head coach of Paris Saint-Germain has also said he needs him to help compete in the Champions League. “But PSG do not want him to go to Atlético if he finds an agreement. I think there is a strong chance that he will go to Atlético. The option to join the club Atlético always remains in June. “There are lots of other clubs but when you give your word to a team, you respect it. If tomorrow, if he is available and Atletico still want him, I think he will sign. He is a player who needs time to play and today, he only plays four or six minutes per game. PSG are treating him unfairly.”
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    I would consider putting a bid in for Bruno Fernandes who appears to be very available this window. Captains the sporting team so has some leadership qualities, particularly in the way he takes a game by the scruff of the neck. I think he could help solve our issues playing against a low block. Would send Barkley off on loan to West Ham who were interested, and Mount can pick up minutes on the wing.
  10. Chelsea 2 Arsenal 2

    Thought he was standing way too close to the near post for the second, was a good shot but given his size had no chance of anything towards the far post. Nor entirely his fault, not great either
  11. Chelsea 2 Arsenal 2

    Feels like an arsenal win ☹
  12. Chelsea 2 Arsenal 2

    We are looking like the ones with 10 men
  13. Chelsea 2 Arsenal 2

    'Being the problem'and 'solving the problem'is making it a bit black and white, Kovacic may just have been an improvement. The defensive qualities of players weren't being discussed in relation to the Newcastle game because they weren't needed. Newcastle had no intention of attacking. Tbf myself and a couple of others have pointed our Kantes skillset will be needed in this game against Arsenal, hopefully we won't be discussing the lack of defensive qualities at the end of the game!!
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    If any striker is available on a sensible short term deal we will be in competition United, Spuds and Barca, all of their main strikers have long term injuries. Only plus is we mah command a bigger fee for Giroud, but I think we mah be best keeping him for emergencies (arguably should already be ahead of Bats anyway)
  15. Chelsea 2 Arsenal 2

    Kante is being discussed because he is the only one of those players where there is a viable alternative, Kovacic, who has performed well this season. At least it started as a Kante v Kovacic against a park the bus team discussion, following on from the Newcastle game, rather than people just blaming Kante for our lack of creativity. A discussion of replacing any other creative player with the alternative on the bench would be a non starter.