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  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    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.
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    That's what happen when you treat talent like assets on a balance sheet.
  3. Chelsea vs Malmo FF

    But its not really a part of a master plan, is it? Performing poorly for a couple of seasons to win. What we are doing is sacrificing stability in football management to produce immediate results. The only places where there is stability are areas that do not directly affect what happens on the pitch. To put it in business terms, its having a high employee turn over in the line function while the support functions remain stable. It clearly points to a poor work culture. Personally I do not think the manager needs the skills of the employee. However, apart from certain obvious managerial traits, what separates a good manager from a mediocre one is a deep understanding of what the final result should look like, a clear understanding of what it takes to achieve the result and an ability to make course corrections when you see the team not being able to deliver. Secondly, communication needs to be done differently. In my case, my most experienced employees have work experience that exceeds my age. There is a certain sense of ego that creeps in. Add the eccentricities. The best thing to do in such cases is be result oriented. At least that's what worked for me. The toughest ones to handle are those who are critical to the product AND have skills that are hard to procure in the labour market. You need to forgive small errors. Because you cannot improve work etiquette and social skills of such people. You need to be very tactful in getting them to see your way. If they don't you need to decide if their position is untenable. In business school, a professor told us about the textile mills in 70s India. They used to have a 'Dye master'. There would be only one in every company. He would have a keen understanding of colours and a knack to mix them. No formula. He would mix colours like an artist. This person would end up being more important than a managing director. Everyone in the company would change, except the master. The salary would be in line with his pay grade, but he would get other liberties. Leaves, flexible hours - no questions asked. I think this has parallels in football. You have a set of players whose skills cannot be replicated. You can train a person to be a footballer. But you can't really train a person to be Hazard. So when it comes to misbehaviour (say, downing the tools) from top talent where do you draw the line? What do you have other than a signed contract to pull them up? Fans will talk about players earning xyz pounds and therefore having a responsibility to do their best. But who are the players accountable to? They sure as hell aren't accountable to the fans. It's not like the board did a 360 degree feedback session before renewing Alonso's contract. So it all comes down to the manager. The best managers have been those with a clear path to success and ability to motivate players to think beyond football as a profession. The best managers have created club legends. That's what Jose did in his prime, thats what Ferguson did, Ancelotti at Milan, Rijkaard and Guardiola at Barca. We might have won trophies in the last 5 years, but honestly, are we going to talk about Hazard and Costa with the same sense of reverence reserved for JT, Lamps, Drogba and Cech? Coming back to Sarri, unless there is more to him than meets the eye, I think he will struggle. You need to be flexible in your approach when you deal with elite talent.
  4. Chelsea vs Malmo FF

    The reality is that over the last 2 years we have deteriorated and the the other two clubs have improved. Both Spurs and Liverpool are nailed on to reach the top 4; this after Spurs have cut down on transfer spending. We huffed and puffed to 5th place last season and now we are rapidly declining. We don't have an away goal in the league in 2019; we have been beaten in a cup at home by Man Utd who ,frankly, are average. A lot of fans want a player clear-out. That's going to happen if we like it or not. Not because players have been downing their tools, but because certain regulars the first team are on the wrong side of 30 and some regulars have no place in the first team of a top team. Kovacic, Willian, Jorginho, Azpi (v 2019), Alonso and Pedro are all quality squad players. Definitely not world beaters. You can get away with one or two decent squad players in a team; but you really need proper top class first team players to win the title. Or your best attacking players need to keep the score meter running. Have you considered that your objectives as a fan might differ from Roman's objective as an owner? Maybe this is the organisation he wants. Maybe he doesn't care about chopping and changing managers. Maybe he is in for a long run. Or maybe he is looking to sell and needs to keep the books under control. I don't like the management any more than you; but fans of most clubs would kill to find an owner who has invested as much as Roman. Not just in players - but the training grounds, the academy, the scouting network, community engagements, women's football, branding and marketing, commercial partnerships, etc. That cannot happen without proper organisation at the top. In the 15 year time frame you mention we are joint top with Man Utd in PL titles, we are one of the 3 English clubs that won CL and we have won the most FA Cups. That's success. I manage a business where the labour pool while talented, are uneducated. It's not easy dealing with the artistically inclined. Conventional management methods do not work with them. They tend to be emotionally volatile. When you couple that with extroversion, it is a ticking time-bomb. It becomes literally unmanageable when the player in question does not take responsibility for this actions. I don't think the board is anywhere qualified to decide where the fault lies when it comes to football. That is where the gap is. What we need is a CEO who has been in the same position at another football club. That will ease the pain. I suspect Marina is a placeholder and not a fixture.
  5. Chelsea vs Manchester United

    Both Alonso and Azpi are being made to do play in a system and a role they do not really fit in. Alonso is a misfit in a left back role. I dont think Azpi has the legs to run up and down the flanks. He is a solid defender and will be a more than decent full back if he plays in a defensive set up. Definitely not a modern full back.
  6. Chelsea vs Manchester United

    Just saw the highlights. While I cannot comment on individual performances or tactics; I was impressed by the commitment shown by the Man Utd defence. Its been a while I have seen our lot put in last ditch tackles and blocks. Our defence looks untrained in comparison. Kepa could have closed down the angles Herrera for the first goal and Alonso was all over the place. Pogba got a 15 yard free run into the box. His momentum was too much for Azpi. Eredivisie level defending to be honest.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Fantastic read The inside truth of Sarri's Napoli, how 'Sarri-ball' works & its biggest flaw exposed at Chelsea
  11. Malmo FF 1 vs Chelsea 2

    For what it's worth, I call bullshit on the theory that the players don't want to work. Either Sarri is not able to communicate his methods to the players or the players don't have the intelligence to absorb the tactics. His system seems to demand constant attention from the players and incredible awareness. I don't think any of the old lot has that. Hazard, Willian, Luiz, Alonso, Barkley, etc don't exactly come across as mentally sharp. Sarri needs tactically aware players to make it work.
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    Memories can be misleading. Eidur was a great bloke. One of my favourites from that era. As striker, he was technically superb and built like a tank. However, his pace was sub par and he was hardly prolific. He was the perfect squad player and Jose used him as such. What wouldn't I give to have a striker like Eidur back up Higuain!
  13. Malmo FF 1 vs Chelsea 2

    Going by recent trend, we will win this 7-0
  14. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    Frank Lampard 2/1 Zinedine Zidane 7/1 Gianfranco Zola 8/1 Diego Simeone 12/1 Jose Mourinho 12/1 Brendan Rodgers 12/1 Massimiliano Allegri 12/1 Nuno Espirito Santo 12/1 Didier Deschamps 16/1 Luis Enrique 16/1 Guus Hiddink 16/1
  15. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    It will be impossible for us to pry managers who are with top clubs. It's one thing to tap managers from clubs like Porto and Napoli; clubs with money - it's a different ball game. The best available manager, assuming Sarri gets sacked, is Zidane. However, my guess is the next permanent manager will be brought in once the season is over.