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  1. Barcelona 1 Chelsea FC 2

    If that was what you took away from the game I guess your video stream was really bad. We gave Barca all kind of trouble trying to play out from the back for at least the last 30 minutes of the first half.
  2. Barcelona 1 Chelsea FC 2

    One of the things I like about Mount is he is not intimidated. You can see he has self belief and a real drive to stamp his mark on a game. He also has vision and football smarts. More likely to make the right play (pass or shoot) than the average player. What he also has going for him is a manager that believes in him. I'm genuinely looking forward to this season. I'm hoping this will be a breakthrough season for three or four of our academy players along with our veteran players doing well. For the team to do well we will need a nice blend of young and experienced players coming together under Lampard's guidance and leadership. C'mon you Blues!
  3. Barcelona 1 Chelsea FC 2

    What isn't meaningless is the way the players are starting to play more as a team. They were pressing as a team which led to Barca giving away the ball and our first goal. After the first ten minutes and we settled down that first half team played well together. I saw some encouraging signs that things are moving in a good direction. There was some nice link up play. Yes, we had a fitness advantage over Barca, but we made it count.
  4. Kawasaki Frontale 1 Chelsea FC 0

    Thanks! Yes. I have more time in preseason as on holidays. Also, very enthusiastic with Lampard now at the helm.
  5. Kawasaki Frontale 1 Chelsea FC 0

    Maybe Lampard plans to start him against Barcelona?
  6. Kawasaki Frontale 1 Chelsea FC 0

    Over these next two games we should start to get some clues as to the players in his starting eleven.
  7. Kawasaki Frontale 1 Chelsea FC 0

    Me second guessing myself >> He might leave a few players on at the beginning of the second half until about 60 minutes, starting to prepare for the competitive games.
  8. Kawasaki Frontale 1 Chelsea FC 0

    I think the subs listed may well be the second half team. ???
  9. Liverpool 1 Chelsea 2

    This. Yep, it is getting beyond riduculous. So annoying reading this forum sometimes. Cynical. Pessimistic. Annoying to the extreme. I often deliberately miss reading this forum because of the negative vibes. You pessimists feed off each other. Many of you guys complain about the media giving us bad press and you are way worse than them with your miserable negative comments about your own team. We have 6 wins and a tie with a completely new system being implemented. People complaining about the youngsters not getting a game. Did you ever stop to contemplate that by winning this game we move on in the competition and could get drawn against 'weaker' opposition which gives CHO and Ampuda a chance for a game? *sigh*
  10. Chelsea 2 Bournemouth 0

    Paul... Thanks for your posts on this page. Insightful and intelligent. I also disagree with the comment regarding "meaningless possession". The team are a work in progress and I'm amazed how well they are doing at stringing passes together so early into playing 'Sarri-ball'. It is no coincidence that we are scoring goals late into games. Our opponents are getting physically and mentally tired. Also, I much prefer to see our team probing around our opponents penalty area rather than the deep defending we were doing for much of last season. There were games (even against bottom 12 teams) where we were having a hard time stringing two or three passes together, because we were without the ball for so long that the players did not get into any kind of rhythm in keeping possession. I for one am totally invigorated in watching Chelsea this season. And I can't fathom the dour outlook of some on this forum.
  11. Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2

    Totally agree with this post!
  12. Chelsea 3 Arsenal 2

    In those 15 minutes before half time Arsenal had 8 shots and scored twice. Including the chance just before our second goal they probably had about 6 golden opportunities to score in the first half. Fortunately we only conceded two. What I most appreciated about Saturday's game was how Sarri addressed our defensive issues at half time and got the players attention. As a team they corrected their first half mistakes. Arsenal only had 3 shots on goal in the second half and as a team we severely restricted their chances to score. One of the highlights of the game for me was Kepa's bravery in diving in to claim the ball from his rebound when he was odds on to take a kick (or two) in the head. I was really impressed with much of our passing in the second half. Nearly all of it had purpose. All three of our goals were from open play. Jorginho's pass to Alonso was awesome, as was Alonso's pass in to Pedro for the first goal. Likewise, Azpi's pass to Morata, who timed his run perfectly and showed some class in turning the defender and finding the net. I think Morata will do ok in this Sarri system. I loved the way Hazard 'ghosted' by the defender to create space for himself on that left side. And Alonso coming up with a crucial goal (again) after receiving Hazard's pass. Hazard has two assists in about 40 minutes of football in our first two games. Stats from the Chelsea website: We had a 62.3 per cent share of possession over the 90 minutes. Aside from our 2-0 win over Arsenal in September 2015, when they were reduced to nine men, that is the highest possession figure we have recorded against the Gunners since records began in 2006. No player had more touches of the ball on Saturday than Jorginho, who recorded 105. Despite only being on the pitch for the final half-hour, debutant Mateo Kovacic, with 54, had the most touches in the second half. He also played the second highest number of accurate passes after the interval, successful with 42 of his 43 passes. I am having a hard time containing my enthusiasm for the potential of our team under Sarri. Yes, I know there are huge concerns over the defensive side of our game, I was deeply concerned at the way we played those 15 to 20 minutes before half time. But that second half was wonderful. It gave me a glimpse into what is possible with this team. All that creativity that was stifled under Conte is now being let loose. For these next two weeks Sarri has time to work with his players. I think our collapse against Arsenal before half time will end up being a good thing because Sarri can use that footage for the team to learn and correct what went wrong. It is not unrealistic to predict that away to Newcastle and home to Bournemouth should see us hit the International break with 4 wins and 12 pts and a goal difference in double digits. (Hey! I told you I'm having a hard time containing my enthusiasm). C'mon you Blues!
  13. Chelsea 3 Arsenal 2

    Hey, Roberto of the Giz! I just can't take your posts seriously due to your profile picture. I've tried, but just can't do it. *Faramir is 50% serious and 50% joking*
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    Yes, I hope I'm right too. I just get the sense that the board are trying to improve the team and that keeping your best assets is sound financial practice in this crazy market. Paying 71m for a 23 year old keeper will end up much better than paying over 100m+ for two midfield players who cannot grace the first team. As long as that GK fulfills his potential. And if the board will pay 71m for him in the hope that our GK position remains strong, then why would they weaken our midfield and attack by letting Kante, Hazard or Willian go? Particularly now that we cannot attempt to replace them in this window. Yep, I feel confident that we get to keep them for now. My hope is that Sarri's more creative approach will also result in 'results' and these three players will want to stay as the next two transfer windows come and go.
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    Yep. When that window closes those three players will all be wearing Chelsea blue. (Or yellow if it's an away game).