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  1. Fulham 1 Chelsea 2

    First half we were excellent, second half we were pretty poor. Fulham are also very bad and we should have finished them off in the first half. In many respects this game reminded me of how we played in the beginning of the season. We were quicker with the ball in the first half, created chances, but didn't bury them as much as we could have (although great finishes from Higuain and Jorginho). In the second half we seemed to have our brain-fart moments where we let them create so much and were slow on the ball and in the press. I do wonder actually if that was because of tiredness? Some players started looking like they were running through treacle and might want resting. I don't blame them of course as we've had a difficult schedule + 30 mins extra time in the League Cup Final. I spent the game really focusing on Jorginho. I don't doubt why Sarri sees a player like him as so important to the team and it does make sense to me. The issue is I don't see what is so special about him specifically over, say, Kovacic playing there. And neither of them justifies playing Kante out of position. That said, regarding Kovacic, did anyone else notice how much more quickly he moves the ball compared to Jorginho? What surprised me was he didn't receive the ball very much compared to Jorginho, but every time he did he'd play a one touch pass and that would allow us to go forward more quickly. The problem for Jorginho is not the players around him not moving enough, but he is too slow to make those passes and often gets beaten off the ball when under pressure and is very slow to track back. To give him the benefit of the doubt, this might be just him adapting to the Premier League. Still, I'm not convinced by him even if the goal was class. Credit to Sarri as well. He is actually trying to mix up his substitutions and I think he is beginning to listen to constructive criticism. Top four and Europa League is still a possibility!
  2. Chelsea 0 Manchester City 0 (3-4 Pens)

    Heartbreaking to lose on penalties after that performance. I have to say I admire Sarri today for the tactical flexibility and I thought the players put in a wonderful effort.
  3. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    Bit cheeky of Sarri to not shake Guardiola's hand.
  4. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    I think Sarri needs to go AND the squad needs an overhaul
  5. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    Close though :D
  6. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    Why would I love Jose back?
  7. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    Is there anyone available who could manage us until the end of the season?
  8. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    Honestly, I am far more interested in us getting into the top four than having to listen to Liverpool fans get excited over winning the league. I can't imagine wanting anything other than three points here. Couldn't give a crap about the title race. We can take it off them next season anyway
  9. Chelsea 5 Huddersfield Town 0

    Does anyone else think Kovacic looks significantly better in Jorginho's role? He's so much quicker to make passes forward and keeping the ball. Or am I just imagining it?
  10. Chelsea 5 Huddersfield Town 0

    It was definitely a foul but might have been just outside the box/on the line. A couple of minutes later though there should have been a blatant penalty for a foul on Hazard. So those two can get over it.
  11. Bournemouth 4 Chelsea 0

    The only thing Sarriball has a claim to is that it is supposed to be entertaining. I am not entertained.
  12. Chelsea 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1 (4-2 penalties)

    What a response from the lads. Played with so much passion. Can't believe it went to penalties but what matters is we made it through. Fantastic!
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    Higuain is now official:
  14. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0

    Can't be bothered to go back through this thread so this might have already been posted. But to me these stats really demonstrate everything wrong with our team at the moment What's even more painful is we have turned into Arsenal and they have turned into Chelsea. Embarrassing.
  15. Transfer Talk Topic Sky are saying Higuain loan deal is agreed.