Blue_In_Every_Way

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  1. Media / Press

    He seems like a complete idiot to me. Good footballer though. The fact is that the Daily Mail published the article regarding a footballer who bought an extremely expensive mansion, earning a huge salary and apparently having not kicked a ball. Seems completely fair to me.. Two different authors (anthony joseph and ian herbert) with different views on the matter. Is Anthony Joseph even white? Correct me if I am wrong as it is a genuine question. Its a dumb move to blame the media for this in any way - same as its a dumb move to brush the whole of Chelsea football club as racist. This is simply a player being racially abused and let the police deal with it and the club. There really is no need to use the opportunity to air any of his completely ludicrous accusations against the media.
  2. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    And we got the win. Thats all that matters IMO. It doesnt matter to me one bit that we basically reverted to a defensive style. At the end of the day, we need to prioritize top 4 - not tippy tappy football. Alonso and Azpili were safe sitting a bit deeper, Pedro did excellent defensive work, Jorginho handled himself well, and Hazard is definitely not a long term solution there but credit to Sarri for showing some tactical flexibility. Really happy. We are in a huge scrap with Tottenham and Arsenal and we really do need to be smarter with how we do things.
  3. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    Sarri identifying Alonso’s performances so far is key. He mentioned it in his prematch press conference and said Emerson may be included but that Alonso is better at setpieces. He remained firm regarding Kante, and he didn't even mention Azpili being piss poor thus far or Hazard needing a right kick up the arse. I dont think this is a match to see where we are at all. I think its fairly obvious that we are a team with very clear problems. This is a match, IMO, that we need to get through and start rectifying these huge problems. You can look at our team at the moment, and who would you say is playing well? Rudiger maybe? Everyone in every position otherwise has been very average.
  4. Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Chelsea 1

    A bit of an excuse I fear. Plainly, Alonso and Azpili are playing as most thought they would if switched to their current roles. Christensen with yet another brain fart moment that resulted in the second goal. Really awful play - the type of thing that gets a player planted on the bench. And Kepa with another not so stellar performance again in goal. Talk about over paying. This team is in need of major surgery no doubt. Crappy CF players in Giroud and Morata, unbalanced midfield, entire defense needs replacing, world class goalie missing... we would do well to win the Europa league and focus on that.
  5. Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Chelsea 1

    I agree with the rest of your post, but surely this is the guy who is supposedly worth 300k a week? Surely he is expected to be better than this? he's no youngster anymore either. Hazard simply has to produce the goods or we take the money and look for someone with greater consistency.
  6. Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Chelsea 1

    Maurizio Sarri is simply watching the season implode and not doing anything about it. Alonso and Azpili are huge liabilities at the moment, Kante is struggling, Hazard has dropped off badly and the team has regressed from the early season promise it showed. We are falling fast. The football is really poor at the moment. The quick, one touch passing with movement is gone. It is a lot of the ponderous sideways garbage that we grew accustomed to recent years.
  7. Tottenham Hotspur 3 Chelsea 1

    Not funny at all. The team has had a really bad run these last 3 games and he has to earn his corn now. Its fair because the same pressure has been applied before on his predecessors. We have seen quite a few managers at this club faced with tough situations and some have adapted and some couldn’t (Scolari, AVB, RDM)... There are clear indications that we have lost our way defensively. Now, Sarri blames the entire team and the “defensive phase” instead of the defensive “line”, but there were quite a few individual errors yesterday as well from Alonso, Luiz, Rudiger and Azpili. And the Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic problem still exists and remains unsolved. And, since we are being fair, we saw Conte mid-season switch these players to a back 5, include Cesc Fabregas more regularly from out of the wilderness, and switch the team to a far more counter-attacking approach in order to secure success. Will Sarri make changes and adapt to the situation? You can train all you want, Azpili will not suddenly become a top RB, Alonso will not develop recovery pace, Luiz will not become a great 1v1 defender, Kante will not become an attacking threat, and Kovacic will not become a worthwhile attacking threat either. We can all dislike the way the football was played under Conte and JM at times, but Chelsea football club is looking at another season being out of the Champions League potentially. Sarri will either change his approach to better suit the players until the window re-opens to purchase players that he will need, or he wont and he will rightfully get the axe if we continue to slide. Its not an entirely dissimilar situation to the one Luke Walton recently faced until Magic Johnson stepped in.
  8. Tottenham Hotspur 3 Chelsea 1

    That was an awful performance against a team that hasnt really been doing what a great team is supposed to be doing. Slow and ponderous in possession, porous defensively... everytime Spurs got forward they tore us to shreds. The team lacked fight, leadership and aggression. And the truth is that this performance has honestly been in the making. Poor against Everton, poor in the Europa League, terribly poor today. Changes simply must be made. Kante has been rendered useless by the current midfield setup. Kovacic has to be dropped. Willian looks like..well.. Willian. Azpili is droppable now. Alonso is also quite subpar at the moment as well. And Luiz is very very inconsistent. I think that most people expected that converting from Conte’s back 5 to a back 4 would be problematic. Most people would have accepted that Azpili is no RB, Alonso is no LB, and that Luiz in a back 2 is suicidal. But Sarri has to realize this himself now. The club will also have to back him when he eventually realizes it as well. We clearly need reinforcements defensively - a RB, a LB and a CB. Kovacic is not someone we should be looking to sign permanently either. I mean, what does this guy do exactly?? Sigh.
  9. Tottenham Hotspur 3 Chelsea 1

    I think most “sensible” people should be expecting this Chelsea team to beat a pretty average Tottenham team and shouldn't be contented with falling 7 points behind City just because some people deemed 3rd place satisfactory. Most of these “sensible” people would have, presumably, based their predictions on the very reasonable assumption that the team would initially struggle under a new coach who came in pretty late. Seeing as we got through that period pretty successfully, surely the expectations of this squad have to be raised?
  10. Chelsea 0 Everton 0

    But I think most people would have expected that Alonso and Azpili wouldnt be great fullbacks. Only a couple people made the assumption that they would be fine there IIRC. But I agree we are going to need some surgery there next summer because Emerson, bizzarely, is apparently not good enough in Sarri’s estimation. Then there is also the issue of the midfield to solve because, at the moment, who do we drop? Kante or Jorginho? Both are terrific players but I think Jorginho is playing the role very well at the moment. And it honestly should be Barkley or RLC instead of Kovacic against these sort of teams. I mean that midfield trio that started today, 2 out of 3 of them are pretty poor at the moment (Kovacic and Kante). Barkley didn't exactly impress when he came on either.
  11. Chelsea 0 Everton 0

    We have been really poor these last 2 games. Good second half spell aside, we look a bit slower and ponderous in possession. Everyone looks flat at the moment. I also cannot, for the life of me, understand Kovacic being in this team. He is clearly a disciplined player but makes absolutely no impact whatsoever going forward. Too many feints, dribbles and then horizontal passing. Its very frustrating TBH. We need a spark at the moment. Willian looks spent, Hazard has dropped off since the injury, Kante is still not sure of his role, Azpili has been very poor at RB, Alonso isn't great at LB at the moment, Barkley had a really poor spell after coming on today as well. This is slightly worrying IMO.
  12. Chelsea 3 Crystal Palace 1

    Sarri on Ross Barkley 1 week ago: "He has improved the defensive phase," said Sarri on Sunday. "Now I think Ross is complete." Certainly not his best game today but anyone who watched the first half would notice that we were having difficulty being cohesive. Even Kante misplaced 3 easy passes down the right side. Still our best shot of a goal from midfield outside of Fabregas or a penalty from Jorginho. I dont think there is a “complete” midfielder in the world. Luka Modric maybe? David Silva? What we need are goals and thats where Ross has the edge so far.
  13. Chelsea 3 Crystal Palace 1

    Good game. Morata keeps scoring and hopefully we continue to win. Thought we struggled first half. Moratas goal was our first shot on target and we had no real penetration up until that point. At least his second goal came shortly after we had 2 good set piece header chances that fell to Luiz. Always a pleasure to see Fabregas feature as well.
  14. Chelsea 3 Derby County 2

    Had to feel horrible for Tomori. What are the odds of that happening so soon in the match in a situation like that? We were very sloppy throughout. Another unconvincing showing from Christensen as well. And, well, that slip from Cahill was pure comedy gold.
  15. Burnley 0 Chelsea 4

    To be honest, it wasnt an amazing, dazzling display from Barkley IMO. He was just very simple and very effective. He is not a guy who is playing like the headless chicken Barkley from Everton who looked as though he wanted to be the next Gerrard. He seems like he has really taken Sarri’s methods on board of keeping possession and keeping things simple, neat, quick and incisive when we need to. Loftus-cheek - good on him as well. I think that Sarri will still want to see him involved more often on the ball but, again, can't disagree at all with the stats. 4 goals in 2 games is not something anyone can disregard. Hopefully he starts against Derby and he performs well again. I think we have all seen the impact Pep had on Sterling, Stones and Phil Foden will no doubt benefit as well. Lets see if our own guys, RLC, CHO, Barkley and Ampadu can take everything on board as well.