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  1. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    Issues the way I see it 1. Lack of an express pace winger who can breeze past players (Like CHO) 2. Lack of a striker who can occupy centre backs (Like Drogba or Costa) The problem is that Hazard and Willian are too similar. Both dwell on the ball, like to come deep and start attacks. We could have done with Pedro today. With the available players I would have done the following differently: Have Kovacic play on the right instead of Kante and instruct him to make runs to support Giroud Have Alonso at a very high position on the left with Kante playing slightly deeper to cover the side Have CHO on the bench
  2. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    West Ham look well organised without the ball. We will need a really good series of passes to break through.
  3. PAOK Salonika 0 Chelsea 1

    It high time the club stopped punting on first choice strikers. Get someone with a consisent goal scoring record. Better to pay silly money for an older player with pedigree than pay less silly money for a young player you hope will come good. In summer of 2012 we bought Oscar, Willian and Hazard. One faded out, one has become a decent player and the third has been our best player in every other season. The trouble with strikers is that you need them to be one of the top 3 players in your squad. If they are not, they are useless. I'd rather we spend 200 million on Mbappe or 80 million on Icardi than 90 million on someone like Belotti (who has had only one great season). Morata is a gamble. It might well pay off. As it stands Giroud adds more value from a strictly footballing standpoint. Maybe Morata is a better striker ( I doubt) but with Giroud the 'whole' looks far better. It would be wise to recognise that Morata is not a young tyro like Tammy. We have afforded him a lot more patience than he deserves. This will either be his last season as a Blue or the first of a few great ones.
  4. Chelsea 4 Cardiff City 1

    I'd like Hazard to be a little more quick in the middle of the pitch. Early in the first half he seemed to dwell on the ball a bit. We improved once we started moving the ball around quickly. Love how decisive Hazard has become with this finishing. The old Hazard would have not taken the shot that got his first goal. Today he had made up his mind to shoot as soon as he took the lay off from Giroud. After that every movement was geared towards hitting the back of the net. Almost Drogbaesque. Excellent save from Kepa in the second half. Giroud was superb as a point of reference upfront. Increasingly looking like we will in the market for a striker soon. Christensen has to start nudging Luiz out of the starting line up. So we are still one striker and one winger away from the perfect starting XI; but with Hazard in such form it probably won't matter.
  5. Chelsea 4 Cardiff City 1

    That was disappointing from Kepa. Can't have a goalie ball watching
  6. Chelsea 2 Bournemouth 0

    Or even better Jorginho Kante Pedro Kovacic Hazard But let's not kid ourselves. Sarri is never going to change his formation. It defeats his core purpose of getting players to play SarriBall. He might tweak things in the future (like a year and a half) if needed. Back to Kante, what many don't realise is that Kante is one of the best midfielders of this generation and well on the way to becoming an all time great. He is more likely to win ballon d'or than Hazard. His passing has improved tremendously in the last couple of years. He rarely misses first touch passes, he is extremely mobile and makes fantastic runs. If I were in place of Sarri, I'd try working out how best I can cut this piece of diamond to fit my objectives.
  7. Chelsea 2 Bournemouth 0

    I don't think Kante is the problem. We lack sheer offensive quality and it shows. No one would be complaining about Kante if we had a young Robben instead of Willian and Costa instead of Morata.
  8. Chelsea 2 Bournemouth 0

    Pretty sure we are gonna see the same line up in every league game unless injury strikes someone.
  9. Chelsea 3 Arsenal 2

    When we press, we press well. However, high quality sides will be able to keep the ball and go past us at certain times. Equally there will be phases in games where we need to sit back and be patient. I understand Jorginho is a regista. However, he seriously needs to improve his positioning in our box. Most of the chances would have been prevented had he and another midfielder been a couple of yard inside the edge of the box. In general our defensive unit seemed to indulge in a fair bit of ball watching and lost track of opposition players in the box.
  10. Chelsea 3 Arsenal 2

    I saw the highlights. Paused every chance we conceded. I can say with conviction that Jorginho needs to do more defensively.
  11. Chelsea 3 Arsenal 2

    I agree with most of this, except that Kante should play deeper. It is a contradiction that one acknowledges that Kantes best attributes include pressing and nicking the ball, and yet want him to play deeper. He is fine where he is right now. Where we struggle is getting our defensive shape right in our final third. Oh, and Luiz and Rudiger seriously need to get their act together
  12. Chelsea 3 Arsenal 2

    It makes a bit sad that Kovacic is on loan. I really hope we have an option to buy.
  13. Chelsea 3 Arsenal 2

    Some early thoughts 1. Kepa needs to improve. The first goal should have been saved. Bulka showed better reactions in pre-season. I'm sure Kepa made incredible saves for Bilbao; he needs to do that here as well. 2. As fantastic Rudiger and Luiz are with the ball, both of them lack awareness in our box. When you pair them with a rookie keeper and a non existent defensive midfield, it's a recipie for disaster when we have our backs to the wall. Once a team gets to our final third they are odds on to get a shot on goal. Call me old school, but I get queasy without a secure defence. 3. Alonso's value as an attacking fullback is immense. He did well against a quick Bellerin in defence as well. However, I maintain, as a part of a back 4 his real test will be when has to deal with a fast winger. Defensively he is one of the weak spots. 4. The first 25 minutes was one of the best I have seen us play. Cutting edge passing game with a clear agenda to move forward than just hold onto the ball. 5. Willian was very good with the ball today. He has always been prone to lapses and I have never considered him as a footballer with awareness. It showed. He seemed a bit lost when Arsenal had the ball. 6. Barkley did decently enough. He is clearly a grinder; but Kovacic is clearly stronger and has much better technique. RLC seriously has his work cut out if he wants to make it at Chelsea. The reality is that at a big club, he will have to deal with competition. 7. Sarri has a lot to work on. I sincerely hope he does not underestimate the importance of having a solid defence. There were way too many gaps in our defence.
  14. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    1. Huddersfield were playing with 5 at the back. So Alonso was pitted against an LWB and not a winger. His real test will come when he has to face rhe likes Sterling and Salah. 2. Jorginho was good but Kante was super impressive. He has really absorbed Sarri's one touch passing philosophy. He also attempts to find space between opposition players. Such a gem of a player. Wish I had a Kante reporting to me. 3. Defence needs work. Sweeping was fine, but we need to better in covering the box from crosses. 4. Some players looked rusty and unable to get passes off quickly. Barkley and Morata struggled. 5. Hazard looked very motivated when he came on. The difference was palpable.
  15. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    I'm not so worried about the midfield. It will get sorted out. I am still worried about Morata. His passing accuracy was totally off . Hopefully he will improve. Defensively, we look alright sweeping counters; but in the box we look all over the place.