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  1. Manchester United 4 Chelsea 0

    Haha. I posted this last evening and was thoroughly eviscerated on Twitter. Still seems like a more reasonable solution.
  2. Manchester United 4 Chelsea 0

    Mason Mount and Jorginho have been fantastic. The full backs have also been reasonably good.
  3. Kawasaki Frontale 1 Chelsea FC 0

    What I liked - work rate What I did not like - lack of cutting edge Frank is on the money when he says that the youngsters will have to earn their place in the team. A lot of senior players know all too well that Frank will need to lean on them this season. I hope the youngsters can put in a serious fight and get into the first team. This is pretty much make or break season for Christensen, Zouma, Emerson and Batshuayi. In all fairness, they all look a little behind the incumbents.
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    Thanks . I find it strange that we never gave him a run in the team.
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    I wonder how Tomas Kalas is doing these days. He was brilliant when he played for us against Liverpool. He had Suarez in his pocket. Shame he wasnt used more. Still a Chelsea player. Not sure if he has developed enough to be included in the squad .
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    It's a terrible quartet. For what it's worth I am not sure if Zidane will chase Hazard. Mbappe is a better target for them. Having said that, if they do make an offer for 100 million, we must accept it.
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    Brutus tried to do the right thing as well.
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    Would it be in our best interests to sue them? It's not like we can wish FIFA away.
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    Would that be the case if Bayern had publicly or privately declared interest in him?
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    The club has surely known this has been coming. I don't see any of the loanees getting a chance. What will change is contract extensions. Pretty sure Azpi and Alonsos contracts were extended with the ban in mind. I expect us to extend Hazards and CHOs contracts. The ban will give them bargaining power, but the club will blink. If we are able to appeal and get the summer window to do business; one of the two might be sold. Willian and Pedro's contracts will be run down. Our biggest challenges will be the midfield, striker and Centre back positions. If Emerson is not able to step up, then LB will be a major headache as well. Kovacic, as mediocre as he has been, will not be available next season. For what it's worth, I'd like the manager to play 4-2-3-1, if we are unable to add to the squad. We will have 4 midfielders (Kante, Jorginho, Barkley, Ampadu (?)) and 5 AMs/wingers (Hazard, Pedro, Willian, Pulisic, CHO).
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    Pretty sure it was the board's decision. They are not so invested in a manager that they will let go a top player in the winter. Else Costa would have been sold to the Chinese club in the winter. They wanted to see what Conte can do. Conte won the league. Costa was sold as another year would have been untenable.
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    That's what happen when you treat talent like assets on a balance sheet.
  13. Why back 5? There are 3 reasons. 1. Aggressive Centre Halves: Rudiger and Luiz are both aggressive and are prone to errors. When Conte was the coach, Christensen was relatively new. Personally, I'd choose a pairing of Rudiger and Christensen. Given that the best 2 CBs we have are error prone, it will be useful to have an extra defender in the middle to shore up the line. 2. No Thorough Bred Left Back: Alonso is not a good enough Full Back. He is a Left Midfielder. His flank needs additional protection. Either by another full back or an LCM or a Centre half. The reason why Alonso is so effective in a 5 man defense is because he actually places as an LM. His direct opponent is not the winger but the full back. It's one of the reasons why I would like to see Kante operate in the LCM role should Sarri stick to his formation and personnel. He can offer protection in that side ; in fact it will allow Alonso to get into the box more with Kante covering. I'd rather have Alonso in the box than Kante. 3. Unprotected Defence: Since Mikel left, we haven't had a proper holding midfielder. Matic comes close, but he struggles in an end-to-end game. Kante is not a holding midfielder. It completely negates his strength. Kante is a box-to-box midfielder who can keep things moving in possession and can roam around nicking the ball when out of possession. Drinkwater is another option but he is gathering more rust than an antique cast iron skillet. Jorginho is more of a passing midfielder, in the sense that he will let the opposition pass. It's patently obvious to me why Conte pushed for a 3-4-3. It would have worked in his second season as well, had we not bought so poorly in the summer; having lost Matic. As it has become a pattern at our beloved club, instead of building on title wins, we tend to make it make it harder by purchasing questionable talent. Maybe there is merit in the theory that Roman is looking sell. Buying bargains is a way of making the books look good.
  14. Kepa, Azpi, Rudiger, Luiz, ______ Jorginho, Kante, Pedro,Hazard, Willian, ______ That was easy :) I didn't even have to debate any players' inclusion . Then again, an old forum warhorse (and a football fan) like would appreciate that there is more to tactics than formation.
  15. I don't think anyone expected Sarri to be THIS stubborn. What bothers me most is his refusal to tweak his tactics based on the available players and opposition. Even the most philosophical of managers make small tweaks. And you have to. You disrespect the opposition at your own risk. You might be the absolute best in the world in your style. However, there will always be counter. Barca were the very best in what they did. They won their share of Champions Leagues; but they were knocked out more often than not. And these are teams with players like Eto, Ronaldinho, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, etc. All in their prime. Can Chelsea under Sarri even match that? Even Barcelona at their best were neutralised by opposition. So clearly pure attacking football with complete disregard for opposition is no guarantee of victory. If we are able to give Sarri everything he wants, we might win the league. But Id be surprised if he manages to win a cup competition, especially Champions League. Even Europa League is a massive test considering we might face the likes of Sevilla and ahem, Arsenal. You have to be tactically flexible in Cup competitions. You have to be able to tweak tactics in game. Robben on Guardiola : "He's a football maniac. He's capable of calling you up at 3 in the morning to talk tactics. He's always thinking up new systems. He's improved us and made us more unpredictable". For what it's worth , Pep probably doesn't not think as highly about Sarri as he lets on. Yes, its nice see a man stand for something as Sarri is; but this is football tactics and not a debate on ethics. You absolutely have to plan to maximise the chance for a victory - and that is done by optimising your team and neutralising your opposition. What any club gunning for titles needs is a group of top talent and a manager who can bring the best out of them. Add a pinch of pragmatism - you are odds on to win. Edit: Apologies if I've repeated myself within the post. I'm at work.