Holymoly

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  1. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0

    There's no such thing as a rebuild under Abramovich. We will begin the cycle of changing managers ever more brutally until quite by chance someone hits upon a style that works for a season or two. What is annoying that we were rolled over by Arsenal. An Arsenal team that themselves can best be described as a bunch of precious snowflakes. Many of the players in our squad are entirely adequate however they should have a backbone of steel and one or two hard, motivated players. On their own they can quite easily be bullied out of a game. I'm afraid the midfield of Jorghino, Kante and Kovacic are not the answer in a competitve game. The time has come to revert Kante back into the holding role. Jorginho was brought in to instruct the rest how to play Sarri-ball. They should now know what is expected of them and Jorghino should have to fight for his place the same as everyone else rather than be printed into the teamsheet. We need and aggressive striker and an enforcing midfielder to take Kovacic's place. We also need a Plan B. Sarri can soldier on but he needs to be less pig headed and adapt his system to take account of the players available rather than shoehorn them into inappropriate positions on the field.
  2. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0

    Why would Higuain want to come here?
  3. Transfer Talk Topic

    I'm pretty sure we used to say that about Anelka when he rocked up. Eto'o too possibly.
  4. Chelsea 2 Newcastle United 1

    Of course we need a striker but equally we need a midfielder capable of bisecting defenses so that we don't have to continually try and walk the ball into the net. Without that danger the opposition is able to set up so we find it very difficult to score. Perhaps you're correct in accusing some of us of making Jorginho the scapegoat. Maybe Sarri should be confident to send out a team without him. Unfortunately we've just got rid of the only logical replacement.
  5. Tottenham Hotspur 1 Chelsea 0

    Eh? It was in the 25th minute. Are you saying that it was too late for Chelsea to do anything about it? We had the majority of the game and it was a lack of ability to score that was the deciding issue. An issue that is becoming ever more evident as the season wears on.
  6. Chelsea 2 Newcastle United 1

    From Reddit: Ever since Chelsea’s 3-1 thumping in the league by Tottenham, a lot of light has been shed on the Jorginho's passing whenever put under pressure. Teams have found it easy to disrupt Chelsea’s rhythm by marking him out of the game and forcing him to go sideways, backwards or making an error. Against Newcastle, the numbers would suggest that he had an efficient game, making 92 accurate passes (91% pass percentage) and getting dispossessed only once. What the stats fail to indicate is his lack of penetration and invention in the final third. Jorginho has the highest number of passes in the Premier League (1997) but has failed to produce a single assist so far and his only goal was a penalty. Certainly, a player who needs to step up his game.
  7. Tottenham Hotspur 1 Chelsea 0

    The offside thing is a bit of a red herring. Discuss it regarding the use of VAR but it was not the deciding issue of the game. There was plenty of time for us to turn things around but the folly of persisting with false 9 was what truly stuffed us. Even with a proper striker we find it hard enough to score goals but without Hazard walking throughthe defense for us we were never going to find the net. Not sure Higuain is the answer either...
  8. Tottenham Hotspur 1 Chelsea 0

    We really need a proper striker worthy of the name don't we?
  9. Chelsea 2 Nottingham Forest 0

    Maybe start looking up the odds of an away win, it looks like it could be one of those days.
  10. Chelsea 0 Southampton 0

    I'm one of those who has failed to see the supposed "magnificence" of Jorginho. As has been pointed out by others he is not a massively imaginative player who makes things happen himself, rather he is an "enabler" who is able to pass accurately in midfield. Of course you could argue that the reason his passing stats are so high is because he rarely attempts the killer balls Fabregas or David Luiz will make. My opinion is that the rest of the midfield is not good enough to take advantage of his strength and he is not sufficiently creative to be able to produce the goods himself. I fear he really might just be another Mikel but one that can pass accurately and rarely gives the ball away. Tonight was another example of our being unable to unlock an organised defense. Oh for a midfield of Lampard, Ballack and Essien.
  11. Still a lot of money for a "prospect". This is Manure-ball.
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    One could argue he's already at least as effective as 50% of those already in the first team squad.
  13. Doesn't sound like he's considered a shoo in for the first team if he's being loaned out until next season. As such if Hazard remains then I see him becoming another Salah or deBruyne and eventually being shifted on in due course to the benefit of other clubs. A lot of money for a "possibly maybe". I'd prefer to see us paying for a striker we can make use of this season.
  14. Media / Press

    https://metro.co.uk/2018/12/26/real-madrid-ready-offer-isco-mateo-kovacic-deal-sign-eden-hazard-chelsea-8284289/ Hardly. Maybe Bale, Isco and Kovacic plus cash. And then only if Eden wants to hitch his wagon to a fading giant...
  15. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    Another frustrating game to add to the list... Wolves, Brighton, Bournemouth... Without a bona fide striker we have to walk the ball into the net. God I hope someone will materialise in January.
  16. Media / Press

    FFS Droy do you ever read the posts you replay to? Age is not a neccessity to be of "the old school", it is a state of mind. This is the reason Jose and SAF seemed to get on so well. They expected unquestioning obedience from their players and if they didn't get it the player would be out. Jose has refused to adapt and play the game, to pander to the massive egos. Now it is cheaper to sack the coach than it is to overhaul the squad at a club. The current squad at Manure should hopefully ensure mid table mediocrity for a while to come yet.
  17. Squad Status: 2018/2019 Season

    I fear a midfield of Jorginho, Kovacic and Kante do not provide enough attacking support to our two weak strikers. They both look far more effective with Barclay or RLC in there. The manager however looks to be unwilling to change it unless injuries force his hand so we undoubtably need a stronger striker in January.
  18. Media / Press

    Jose is of the old school. He, one could say justifiably, expects a degree of respect just because of who he is and what he has won. Unfortunately in today's world of social media where certain people mistake the number of followers they have to be a measure of just how amazing they are, those who are being managed can think it beneath themselves to give any respect to anyone, be they below or above them in the pecking order. They guage success on the car they drive, the watch on their wrist or the bimbo on their arm rather than the adulation of their fans or the success of the club. I fear that Jose goes the way of the dinosaurs that refused to adapt and evolve. Fortunately for us we saw him at his peak. His future is probably now in international football.
  19. Brighton 1 Chelsea 2

    Frustrating how we can't seem to maintain a performance over 90 minutes (City game aside) do we run out of steam or is it complacency?
  20. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    Once imagined, can never be unimagined ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
  21. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    If you had been watching the live Official Club thread you will have watched Jason get pretty close to slashing his wrists during the first half, especially after the Wolves debacle. While we improved significantly in the second half this was a smash and grab raid akin to the CL final. Thank god City put Sterling up top although I suppose the media end up with the last word after the racist taunting was captured by the cameras.
  22. Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Chelsea 1

    To be fair I think the two fullbacks are being left wide open by those ahead of them. Admittedly Alonso did have a poor game all round. Kante has had his confidence ripped out from underneath him by Sarri's comments and Hazard can't be expected to pull us out of the cack every single game. I don't think the team has regressed, I just think opposing teams have worked out how to deal with our tactics. We are devoid of a plan B, we just try different players in a fixed structure.
  23. Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Chelsea 1

    An awful, awful game. The quinessential wet night in the midlands. We've finally become Arsenal.
  24. Chelsea 0 Everton 0

    Very frustrating although probably no more so than Borisov felt midweek. Unfortunately I fear Everton will not play like that very often against other top 4 contenders this season. Felt it was a mistake to start with an entire midfield devoid of scoring potential though. Alonso really does have a rather good attacking technique doesn't he?