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  1. I see the logic in his choices too, but I'm slightly worried that this lineup has echos of seasons past where we struggled to break down teams that defend with 10 men behind the ball. I would be quite surprised if both Cesc and Batshuayi are not on the pitch at some point in this game. Gonna go with 1-0 Chelsea, late Batshuayi goal.
  2. You do have to despair at some of the immediate reactions sometimes. I wonder if a formation change to 4-2-4 to incorporate Batshuayi is on the cards now.
  3. Class substitutions by Conte got us back in front. Fantastic stuff.
  4. Would love to see Carvalho back as a coach or player-coach. Why not? Sure he's not going to start every week, but I can't believe he wouldn't be a positive influence in the dressing room. I can't see the club offering a contract to a 38 year old, however.
  5. Great effort from all our players. Disappointing to lose the game but we can definitely turn them over at the bridge.
  6. Agreed but might want to bring on Oscar for Pedro in that case.
  7. A much more attacking lineup than I expected for sure. Quite excited! ::Edit:: (not a masochist)
  8. I know Newcastle have been woeful, but we look so much better when we play with more expansive attacking football. Hope we keep this up and get to see RLC as well.
  9. The workrate of Costa in this game has been fantastic so far.
  10. This is going to be quite a task for Hiddink. Our squad is nowhere near the quality of the one we had in 2009 in my opinion and our situation is much worse. Watford game was an improvement I think although many of the issues remain. Still, as disappointing as it is that JM has gone, it's nice to have Hiddink around again.
  11. Not great, but a lot better than we have been recently. If Matic had not pretended to be a Goalkeeper, Oscar hadn't brainfarted, and Ighalo didn't get that fluke, we would probably have won reasonably comfortably. Ighalo and Deeney were threatening though and Cahill in particular looked vulnerable. Matic was absolutely woeful. Hope he's dropped for Mikel against United. Yeah I agree on the two up front especially. I'd like us to try it once this season. I do wonder if it's something more teams will be doing more regularly next year?
  12. Felt exactly the same. I think if we continue as we are we'll get a goal. Hazard is looking excellent especially. My only concern is Baba is struggling with Shaqiri and is on a yellow.
  13. I know it's only pre-season but that was quite reassuring. His movement during the match and his penalty was excellent. I agree with posters who think he has lost weight as well. I highly doubt he'll ever be as good as he was, but he could still be decent this season.
  14. "Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Asmir Begovic from Stoke City. Goalkeeper Begovic, 28, has signed a four-year contract, and becomes our second signing of the summer following the arrival of Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan. Begovic said: ‘I am very happy to be joining Chelsea FC. After speaking at length to the manager, I feel like I can develop here and be an important part of this team. I am looking forward to meeting up with the team on Wednesday for the pre-season tour.' Thibaut Courtois will remain No. 13 with Begovic taking the vacant number No.1 shirt. Begovic, who stands 6ft 6in, had spent the previous five-and-a-half years with Stoke having joined from his first professional club Portsmouth in early 2010. At the Britannia Stadium he made 172 appearances, quickly establishing himself as first choice, and scored the Premier League’s longest-ever goal when he netted a clearance from inside his own penalty area against Southampton in November 2013. Born in the former Yugoslavia, Begovic spent his childhood in Germany and Canada, representing the latter at the Under-20 World Cup before opting to play at senior level for Bosnia-Herzegovina. He was their first-choice goalkeeper at their World Cup finals debut in Brazil last year, and has accumulated 41 caps so far."