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  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    Are Milan likely to be that stupid? I doubt. Bakayoko showed very very early in a Chelsea shirt just how awful he was going to be. Things will have to drastically change (unlikely) for Milan to be impressed.
  2. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    It’s perfectly normal, even in a back 5, that 2 players like Auba and Lacazette could cause problems though mate. I’m skeptical about the back 4 as well for now but I don’t think this will be any real indication of how things will pan out. Auba in particular can be a real handful with our high back line, but you would think Jorginho and Kante should theoretically neutralize Lacazette because Lacazette does like to drop deep. We’ll see I guess. I think the likes of City, Tottenham and Liverpool are the sides we should use to judge our capabilities against later on in the season. Arsenal in the second game of the season - not so much IMO.
  3. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    Harsh on Alonso IMO. I would argue that he is actually a very intelligent footballer to be fair. And that intelligence should see him adapt to a back 4 as well. Whether that adaptation will mean that he’s at the top of the list like when he was a full back - well that’s an entirely different story. I think that Alonso can be a very solid player in a back 4 just like Azpilicueta who has been solid whatever role has been asked of him, but I reckon Sarri’s System needs a marauding full back more so than a solid full back.
  4. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    Very encouraging second half. It feels like ages since the club had anything to be positive about. Winning 3-0 away is a great start.
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    I agree with this. Maybe we can rectify things a bit in the coming 2 windows I guess.
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    Giroud looks a great trade to you perhaps. Kante definitely is great, Jorginho CAN be great (but time will tell), so too Rudiger. So out of the 4 players listed to support your argument, it’s actually been only 1 great purchase so far. Hardly an argument. And people bang on about Pep’s budget. Look at the amount of cash this club has essentially burnt through over the last 3 transfer windows on - Morata, Bakayoko, Zappacosta, Palmieri, Drinkwater, and now Kepa. And I’ll reserve judgment on Rudiger and Jorginho as well until this season. Really good work, right Droy?
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    I have seen quite a bit of Allison to be honest. Even if I didn’t, the reason that he can be valued at that figure was because of a few factors - 1) he’s a Brazil international who featured in the World Cup, 2) competing at the highest level last season in Europe as well, 3) had some very notable performances that won him some very deserved plaudits. I get that you are pleased with the direction that the club is going hiring Sarri, buying young players and looking for more positive football, but the reality is that we broke the world record to sign a kid who is not an international first choice and who isn’t proven at the highest level in Europe either. And I can’t help but feel that that was due to poor planning by the club. Did you watch the Lyon game yesterday? Would you have said that a GK would have been top priority to Sarri when he walked in? The goalkeeping situation arose because the club (allegedly) didn’t offer one of the top keepers in the world the terms he wanted and failed to bring a new coach in on time due to haggling over the pay off and then hardly made any hope inspiring purchases - conditions to stay which Courtois had identified in his BT sport interview after the FA cup game. The club has ended up spending 72 million pounds as a result of all this. That is plain lunacy. That strongly suggests that the people in charge are making some huge mistakes. Just the same as the deal to sign Lukaku backfiring and us signing Morata instead. Same can be said of the money wasted on Palmieri, Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Drinkwater and Giroud. So, to answer your question, I did stop to think about us actually getting the better keeper here.. I just think that it is highly unlikely (based on the overwhelming evidence) that we did.
  8. Transfer Talk Topic

    Yeah. I agree with this. Panic buy 110%. It’s amazing to think that we could have bought Allison for LESS! Seems to me that Courtois called the bluff. Credit to him. The board needs standing up to. People seem to make a whole lot of excuses for the “transfer team” every summer. Courtois is basically leaving a club that will be in Europa League next year, in total chaos, and with the second weakest squad in terms of quality in the big 6 of England, to go to the European Champions for more money. As much as I like what Kepa can potentially represent for us long term, there can be no question that he is an absolute panic buy and the club was once again left with its pants down.
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    Yep. Pretty much how I feel about this. 72 million euros for a keeper but we’re loaning a Madrid reject of a midfielder and haven’t signed any forwards this window. Even if we do get Kepa, Jorginho, Kovacic and Fekir, the money again this window (IMO) hasn’t been utilized properly as Bailey, Zaha, Lewandowski, maybe even Cavani were all there for the taking this window.
  10. Chelsea 0 Manchester City 2

    Only in England with Pep and Germany with Bayern IMO. Barcelona have really changed approach under Valverde and Juventus strangled the life out of Serie A last year. Madrid under Zidane were more tactical than dominant and possession based IMO, and of course Simeone’s Atletico won EL through their usual grit and know-how. I think that Mourinho’s Chelsea and Conte’s titlewinners were pretty good sides to watch in all honesty. Maybe this Chelsea team will be different and will accomplish what Tottenham never could - that’s to win a trophy playing excellent football without any investment.. you never know tbh.
  11. Chelsea 0 Manchester City 2

    Yeah, pretty much sums up my thoughts on the matter as well. Give me Mourinho's Chelsea choking the rest of the league into submission ANY day over this fantasy of "good" attacking football with a bunch of young players. But the fact is that the club has chosen a guy now to lead us who believes in the opposite. So, I think we all will just have to suck it up until the club shifts its focus again. I have to say, that given RA's success as a businessman, it really would be a surprise if he feels this way still more than a season from now IMO.
  12. Chelsea 0 Manchester City 2

    It’s only going to end in tears, Nobly, if your expectations are honestly a title challenge. A lot of people, myself excluded, want a more attacking approach and a higher press and a likeable manager with youth being given a chance instead of prioritizing a successful team. We may just get that this season. I would say it’s time to consider the fact that this season we are going to probably have an average season and may end up aiming to get back into the UCL by winning the Europa League.
  13. Chelsea 0 Manchester City 2

    It’s asking a lot of them (the board) though. Pep is a proven winner with a great CV. And, in any case, we didn't seem to respect two proven winners in JM and Conte.
  14. Chelsea 0 Manchester City 2

    But midfield isn’t the only problem - and is, IMO, one of our strongest areas actually.. On the other hand: Is Alonso a quality LB? No. Is Azpilicueta a quality RB? No. Is Luiz a quality centre half? No. If Courtois leaves, do we have problem at GK? Yes. Is CF a problem position? Definitely. Can we seriously use another more incisive attacker? Yes, definitely! So many problems for the team. We are going to be lucky to get back into the top 4 IMO.
  15. Chelsea 0 Manchester City 2

    We looked really porous. Obviously Kante coming back in would help us in terms of recovery while we are under the counter attack but that was a very worrying and lethargic display. Very flat, no cohesion, very slow and easy to play around. I think we are in for a long season. We are pressing very high with players who are slow to recover and Pep just basically set the side up in such a way as to pick us off.
  16. Transfer Talk Topic

    Chelsea don’t seem very interested in keeping Courtois and, like Conte, maybe there is a question of loyalty a bit here. Courtois has always seemed since day one as though he has been out for himself a bit - even when we had him loaned out across at Atletico. The truth is that Madrid have never seemed to value him as much as De Gea - and rightly so IMO as De Gea is the better keeper when both are on form.
  17. Transfer Talk Topic

    There have been quite a few effective strikers who haven’t considered themselves “top dog”. I don’t see the issue with this number change. If Morata scores goals the way he did when he first started with us I don’t think anyone will give a toss tbh. It’s not a Torres situation with Morata. Morata scored goals for fun prior to the back injury. We know that he can score goals. His problem is with the mindset and has been his problem for his entire career thus far. Do we need a Drogba or a Costa - no, not necessarily. A lot of teams nowadays don’t play with that setup anymore. There is nothing wrong with the team approach that City and Liverpool use so well. We need an improvement in goals-games ratio across the board. Morata, Hazard, Willian, Pedro, the midfield, the centre backs - everyone has to improve. Does Morata seem capable of getting out of his funk? I don’t think so. But it’s not because he needs a completely new personality. Maybe the people who manage him need to have different expectations of him. I, for one, would like to see Pedro and Willian get 10-15 goals each, Morata and Hazard maybe 20-25 goals, the midfield maybe 10-15 goals as well, the centre backs maybe 10 goals, and we could take it from there. That Chelsea team of old was so dominant because there was a point when we could rely on DD, Lampard, Essien, Ballack, Jt, Carvalho, Alex, Ivanovic and others to all chip in consistently.
  18. Transfer Talk Topic

    We really missed the boat choosing NOT to sign Lukaku last summer, didn’t we?
  19. Transfer Talk Topic

    Zaha, Hazard, Willian, Pedro and CHO would put us in a very decent position heading into the new season IMO. Pedro has looked very sharp in pre season so far, and will make a fine option for us again this season. There is no question about it though, that we have to match City in terms of number options at least (De Bruyne, Sterling, Sane, Mahrez and Silva) if we want to have any chance of catching them. I think that, at the moment, we are closer to competing with Liverpool (Mane, Firminho and Salah), Tottenham (Erikssen, Alli, Son) and possibly even United than we are to even consider catching City.
  20. Chelsea 1 Arsenal 1 (Arsenal win 6-5 on penalties)

    Neither do I. But did anyone seriously compare the two? Jorginho is a good player no doubt. Like you said, he moves it on very quickly and efficiently. But to compare him to Fabregas really is very surprising because Fabregas, especially in his prime, is a totally different player. Credit to Pep, I suppose, for noticing that too because at one point people were calling Fabregas Vieira’s replacement and then, eventually, Xavi’s replacement IIRC. Very strange IMO.
  21. Transfer Talk Topic

    Yeah I agree that Sarri can make a huge difference just through his approach, but I just think the limitations at CF and the lack of depth in the forward position itself could end up severely hampering an attack minded coach such as him. So far, Barkley, Odoi and Ampadu look decent squad members and, with RLC returning, looks decent and that’s great though.
  22. Transfer Talk Topic

    Yeah at times it feels like we are a club on the back foot rather than a club moving towards something - eg. City, Liverpool, even United. We have been incredibly successful over the years, but Courtois and Eden sounded pretty firm in their interviews after the FA Cup finals and I can't say that they would be entirely happy with what they have seen. People can say what they like about Courtois, he is still a fine goalkeeper and should definitely be playing for a club at the highest level competing in the UCL. I dont begrudge him at all for suggesting as much.
  23. Transfer Talk Topic

    Considering that City, Liverpool, Arsenal, and even United have all strengthened, I think you are being overly generous here. I am expecting a fight for a top 4 position as the expected course of next season. We could’ve and should’ve shown a whole lot more intent this window.
  24. Transfer Talk Topic

    And I am sure that JM feels this too. Personally, I’d bench him for the rest of his contract.
  25. Transfer Talk Topic

    Can’t say I agree Droy. Mourinho has been making this point about his players for a long time. His statements last night were just a continuation of that. And I don’t think it makes a whole lot of sense pretending he didn’t make the statements in the context that it was interpreted mainly because... well.. he’s absolutely right.