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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Fantastic read The inside truth of Sarri's Napoli, how 'Sarri-ball' works & its biggest flaw exposed at Chelsea
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. Malmo FF 1 vs Chelsea 2

    Going by recent trend, we will win this 7-0
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    I absolutely don't want Zola on the managers chair. Firstly he is not a top manager; secondly I don't want his stint at Chelsea to end in misery. Young fans will remember him as another failed manager than a legend. Some ex players are best fit in an ambassadorial role. Zola is one of them.
  13. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    Except for the fact that he lost a lot of good players and most of the purchases were made by the board. You can hardly fault Conte for purchases like Barkley, Emerson, Zappacosta, etc. He wanted Lukaku, he was given Morata. Most of that money was spent on replacements rather than upgrades. I'm not the biggest fan of how Conte managed the second half of last season and how he managed the Diego Costa situation; but you can hardly say he had a great squad to work with. He won the league with a sub optimal squad and the board knocked down a few bricks instead of building on the title. Truth is board has been constantly making life of a title winning manager harder.
  14. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    You know that's about what is team is capable of.
  15. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    I believe Conte is still under contract.