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  1. Just wanted to add that this amount of potential transfer activity will greatly increase the pressure on Conte next season - and rightly so. Noone should be surprised or feel hurt if this guy gets the chop if we struggle initially next season (likely if you consider that the squad may need a bedding down period after so much reshuffling IMO) because that sort of expenditure usually goes with clubs like RM or Barca who are very trigger happy.
  2. Agree with this. The squad we have comfortably won the league, and though they are not in the slightest bit complete IMO, I would have hoped that this summer we could have instead increased the size of the squad a bit more sensibly. Bakayoko may be a good purchase, but do we really need two 50 million pound(rough estimate) defenders? Do we really need to pay that amount for someone like Lukaku...? Wont bother listing alternatives because I have lost track of European football a bit over the last year or so but I refuse to believe that we cannot poach a talented player somewhere else for much cheaper. To me the scouting department has to improve in that regard. This idea that "we must back Conte" is, IMO, a bit absurd. I think being reasonable is the key in this situation. If we must spend 200mp this summer in the current economic climate to keep this guy happy and get him to sign a new contract then I think serious questions need to be asked of this guy.. This is a guy who reportedly let our star striker go via a text message! I am a fan of Conte but everyone is entitled to be criticized. What he has done isn't exactly unprecedented territory either as we had JM, CA and RdM who all managed to win DOUBLES in their first crack of the whip. Last year we made very simple additions to the squad that made a huge difference in the title race.. This whole 200 million pounds on 4 players thing strikes me as a little bit unnecessary to be honest. None of these players are even hands down great except Bonucci and, as pointed out, he is rather on the wrong side of the pond age wise.
  3. Anyone else concerned that we may potentially be about to blow almost 200million pounds in the transfer market on just 4 additions to the squad - all of 4 of them being iffy players as well.
  4. To me, the captain has to be a leader by example. I would give it to Hazard, but I dont think he would be particularly keen on that role. Think the other options are Azpili and Luiz.
  5. All we can do now is move on. Costa leaves a winner IF he leaves but we need a striker now who can offer to us the same standard and consistency. Good luck to Conte. Ballsy call if true. Lukaku? Not convinced.
  6. Caught the repeat of the game. Saw it having heard the result hours before. Personally, I dont think we were as bad as some are saying. Arsenal were definitely sharper than us though - quicker and more aggressive. I'm not too depressed to be honest. The league title meant a whole lot more to me...
  7. Yeah.. Potential double winners with Champions League football on the menu for next year. What a failure he has been. By all means lets focus on the league position when he openly stated for quite a while that he couldnt be bothered about the league results. Pragmatic and disrespectful to the league? Perhaps. A failure? Then what would you call Pochettino, Klopp, Guardiola and Wenger?
  8. And this is going to be the difficult part. The team that we used to have were seasoned European performers with a manager that had conquered Europe. It will be interesting to see if Conte can mould this team into European performers. He will certainly require quite a bit of backing from the club because he isn't exactly a UCL winner as a coach or has convincing experience as a manager in the UCL.
  9. Like Bamford before them, I dont believe for one second that the likes of Abraham or Traore have any sort of meaningful contribution to make at a club like Chelsea at the highest level. Why should we put our faith in Bathshuayi if Conte himself has not shown any indication thus far that he believes that bathshuayi is a reasonable back up option? Is it our plan to deliberately screw both player and manager over? Also, Morata would hardly be a knee jerk given that Conte has reportedly been an admirer of him for quite a while.
  10. I reckon Conte's gonna make big changes if his recent comments are anything to go on regarding the demands on the squad and what its suited to. I honestly dont believe that RM will allow Morata to leave anymore and so I guess Lukaku may be the only available option... I am not pleased about that one bit. I would love if we can bag a quality box to box midfielder and add some pace to the LWB position and LCB positions as well.
  11. The thing is that we have looked so convincing hitting the home stretch. Even our defensive record improved these last few games with clean sheets. We had a genuine challenger as well this year in Tottenham. I really wont expect any collapse next season because the signs predicting the collapse were patently obvious during the second half of our last title winning season under Jose. I am well pleased for Conte. I was very skeptical regarding his ability early on and he has proven me wrong every time I began to question him. He is so adaptable... Its difficult thinking of a situation demanding a solution that he wouldnt think of.
  12. 2 trophies and Champions league football after his first season would hardly qualify as losing it. That would be a better performance this season than every manager in England except Antonio Conte to be perfectly honest. But he is clearly judged using a completely different yard stick, isn't he? It says a whole lot about the work he has done in his relatively short career that another season of trophies can be frowned upon IMO.
  13. Fabregas MOTM. Utterly dominant performance from him.
  14. +1
  15. Great game from us IMO. This is a proper title race and it deserved that performance from us. We were absolute class I thought. Everyone worked so hard.