Blue_In_Every_Way

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  1. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0

    Oh, I’m definitely not making the point that we SHOULD back him to that extent. Just that it is highly probable given the way things are shaping up. In short, I was never sold on Sarri from the beginning to be perfectly honest. I felt that the club could do a lot worse than stick with Conte for 1 more year as, dislikeable as he was, he at least had a clear philosophy and a history of great success behind him. But that’s not the point. The point is the clearout is already on the cards. The number of players who have been excluded is huge under Sarri so they will be gone and the number of first 11 players who need improving on IN THIS SYSTEM is also huge so they could be gone as well.
  2. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0

    So far he has gotten off on the right foot in the sense that both potentially incoming players are players he will rate in terms of their specific qualities. So thats a positive. I saw someone mention Jose to make his third return. How much would I love that even though its a dream. One coach lambasts the team for a lack of battling qualities and there is a manager available renowned for creating teams with just those qualities! Sarri should be careful.
  3. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0

    Really? It is not 19.. Its 13 players by my count. I mean he has been pretty clear on Drinkwater, Moses, Zappacosta, Batshuayi, Morata, Giroud, Cahill, Fabregas, and Emerson. Then there are the players who are going to be looking out for their own interests - Loftus-Cheek, Hazard, Christensen and Hudson-Odoi - 13 players.14 if you count Bakayoko. And clearly the team will need to improve on Alonso, Azpili, Kovacic and Pedro/Willian. I dont think its unlikely at all. We have already started to acquire other players in Pusilic, and maybe Higuain and Paredes as well. There really is no reason to think its going to be difficult for this guy to completely reshape the squad in 2 windows.
  4. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0

    Most people had already worked out I would imagine that Sarri isn’t particularly happy with this group. I think there is going to be a massive clearout by the summer. Morata, Giroud, Fabregas, Cahill, Emerson, Zappacosta, Moses, Christensen, Drinkwater, Batshuayi, Loftus-cheek, maybe Hudson-Odoi and Hazard as well. Maybe 13 players will go and then its a complete rebuild from there IF we persist with him. In addition to those 13, I reckon Azpili, Alonso, Barkley, Kovacic, Willian and Pedro are 6 further players who will likely be losing their places depending on who we buy. This guy is as rigid a manager as we have had since AVB. He has not hid his displeasure one bit. He hasn’t even attempted to adapt to the squad at his disposal or the management structure above him whatsoever the way Jose, Conte and Ancelotti did at the club. It will be completely out of character of the club to keep him and back him.
  5. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0

    Absolute rubbish. Rubbish from start to finish. I dont think I have seen a Chelsea team as mind numbingly boring as this one. Utterly poor from the keeper to the centre forward. Sarri has to genuinely take a good look at himself. A number of people could tell you that Alonso and Azpili would be crap as fullbacks. A number of people knew that Jorginho wasnt amazing, that Kovacic is utter garbage and that Kante is being completely wasted. A number of people can also tell you that Hazard as a 9 just plainly does not work. This team has regressed badly over the last few weeks. Sarri has to stick to the basics and stop over complicating the team. As someone said before if Hazard starts as a 9 on thursday I am just flat out not gonna watch. The team’s play is genuinely boring at present which is saying a lot IMO.
  6. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0

    Got to say we looked like garbage for 90% of this match. Sarri has this side setup utterly clueless. Azpili and Alonso look like rubbish. The midfield is crap and the front line has no buzz about them. And Higuain is supposed to help this bunch? I’m gonna believe it when I see it.
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    IF we get 40mil EACH for those two and ,with the reported 12 mil for fabregas, the summer should be great.
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    To be fair to Sarri, he does appear to be trying to make adjustments which have been pretty obvious over the past 3 weeks and we’re only 1 point off Tottenham in third. The team is far from a finished product and Higuain has a lot of question marks over his head but I remember watching Real Madrid games back in 06-07 when Capello took over and Higuain was a young kid thrown into a team with options like Raul and Van Nistelrooy on the books and Higuain, even back then, was a guy who was already scoring goals. And thats all I’m hoping for from Higuain.. This guy we have seen at Milan isn't the Higuain we saw throughout his career. I would argue that he never wanted to go to Milan in the first place and wanted to come to Chelsea all along. Time will tell.
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    Which would be great if we were getting the ball into the box a lot to be fair. For Gonzalo Higuain to be successful we are going to have to make quite a few adjustments to our style of play - which I feel we can do. But this is definitely not the Higuain that most would have seen at Real Madrid who was aggressive and industrious. In fact, I think he looks a bit overweight at the moment. And he hasn’t had the best 2 years IMO. Nevertheless, its good that the club has backed Sarri. Let’s hope that the end result is a successful system.
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    Sarri seems very straight forward to the press though Droy. Quite blunt and happy to explain his logic on multiple occasions.
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    The nature of the timeline we were working with after Courtois left would have no doubt inflated Kepa’s transfer fee. I think its very unlikely that a club like us who are reasonably cautious in our fees would have honestly chosen Kepa ahead of Allison if the prices at the start of negotiations had been at the final figures involved. In fact, Sarri himself was quoted about a week before Courtois left that he believed Courtois would stay.
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    Its most likely due to a combination of constant managerial changes and a transfer committee without any real sense of direction IMO. Case in point would be Kepa for Courtois.. Spent the summer window putting all of our eggs in Courtois' basket.. Apparently didn't bid high enough on Allisson. Instead bid a huge amount in a panic for Kepa. I dont see a lot of positives behind having a long term manager in place when you look at Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern, PSG and so on, but clearly I think the Conte situation threw us off quite a bit last summer, and then the windows before it was just bad business from the club. Right now, the manager clearly wants a striker and a midfielder to replace Fabregas and "rest" Jorginho. It looks as though Alonso is holding on for dear life because he doesn't trust Emerson one bit as well..... But why buy what he wants when he could be gone this summer? So yeah its a combination of the managerial changes and a few bizarre policies by the transfer committee in terms of valuation of players, and their age cut-offs.
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    Nah not in my opinion. But he says the right things in post game interviews though.
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    I get the feeling that Willian is gone in the summer. I mean he’s that age, he’s won all he can at Chelsea, and he has peaked. The last couple years haven't been great for him here either I would imagine with the 10th place finish, then the death of his mom, and the difficulties under Conte... maybe he would be interested in a change of scenery and a new challenge over at Barcelona. I’d keep Pedro as Pedro always seems like a motivated and enthusiastic kind of guy. But it is interesting seeing how we restructure the squad. Quite a few exits on the cards: Cahill, Zappacosta, Palmieri, then Drinkwater, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Willian, Moses, maybe Hazard too, Giroud, Batshuayi and Morata... About 8 of those players have been written off by Sarri and probably they will all go. And then there are the guys that the club will try to bleed in like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Ampadu, Pusilic and whoever else we sign. The worry is whether or not we will be able to sign the top tier talents out there like we did when signed the guys who made this recent batch of success possible - Luiz, Cahill, Courtois, Willian, Hazard, Fabregas, Costa, Kante, Matic... Have to say Paredes doesn’t exactly strike me as top tier. Barella seems a highly rated player but he doesn’t seem keen on a move here. Crucial couple windows this.
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    Barcelona really are a bizzare bunch these days. I mean Coutinho, Malcolm, Dembele, Willian?! Talk about burning through cash...
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    But we’re not talking about giving Tammy a shot though, are we? We are basically talking about resting the fate of a season on his shoulders. I’m all for rotating these youngsters into games as long as they are viable options. Hudson Odoi and Loftus Cheek have earned their right to feature - Hudson-Odoi definitely. We know that Willian and Pedro are/were: 1) injured and 2) inconsistent through track-record. And if Tammy had been here, gotten some minutes and done well, then yeah maybe an argument could be made for him to start a few games - like the Carling Cup games and FA Cup fourth round.. but that’s not what we’re talking about here... we’re talking about depending on Tammy like we did with Diego Costa or Didier Drogba recently.. Is that really what we want to do at a club like Chelsea? I would prefer if we have a first choice striker and Tammy as back-up next season. But that’s going to take a shift in the attitude of these youngsters. That’s going to entail them sitting on the bench sometimes like Marcus Rashford did and work their way into the team. It seems that that’s a concept a bit lost on some of our youngsters IMO.
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    Well, for one he has actually played consistently in the Prem for a pretty decent side. So, yeah I would say so. Credit to Tammy as he is doing well but really he still has some way to go before he can be relied upon at a club of our stature.
  18. Tottenham Hotspur 1 Chelsea 0

    So did I. Lost a lot of balls IMO, and gave it away as well quite a bit. Overall though, felt we were excellent except Jorginho, Willian and Alonso. Hazard certainly improved after being moved back into midfield as well.
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    I dont think the contract thing is always as big of a deal as you make it out. There are quite a few employers out their who develop pretty good relationships with certain of their employees and relate to the human aspect of things. I'm not saying we sell him without replacements come in, but the flip side of the coin is do we keep the guy if we dont secure deals? I think that would be pretty wrong tbh. Obviously its less of a legal battle, but if the two sides come to a mutual understanding I dont see why the contract couldn't be broken on good terms. Cesc is clearly very passionate about playing football. If we dont secure replacements, I think it would be quite wrong to leave him in his current situation.
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    Oh, come on. Before Bayern reared their ugly heads, I think most level-headed Chelsea supporters could see that the likes of CHO and RLC maybe warranted involvement - but starting positions? I mean, CHO is an 18 year old with some 6 appearances for Chelsea already. At 18 years old! Does anybody seriously think he is going to Bayern to play more? What about Solanke - how did it work out for Solanke? The same situation applies to RLC. Talented 22 year old, but a starter at Chelsea? Good luck with that. The club should rip their hands off for that 35 million pounds IMO. Statistically speaking, its unlikely this is going to backfire on us like Mo Salah, KdB or Lukaku. And, I mean, I'm still hugely skeptical about the supposed "greatness" of KdB.
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    Exactly the type of player we need in terms of quality and intelligence. Utterly gifted footballer. His age is obviously an issue, and he definitely wont be any more than a stop gap signing, but really he still is a fine footballer.
  22. Tottenham Hotspur 1 Chelsea 0

    Played himself into the starting 11???? The guy missed a point blank header and then scooped an offside chance in the most impossible manner high into the stands before scoring the second. If anything it was a typical Morata performance. And I have defended Morata heavily since day 1, but fair is fair the guy was 6 out of 10 at the very best on Saturday.
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    They get their targets though. We could learn a thing or two.
  24. Chelsea 2 Nottingham Forest 0

    Gonna miss having Fabregas around the squad a lot. Have to say, I originally disliked him due to the Arsenal and Barcelona history and the Lampard rivalry, but I grew to really appreciate him under Jose. An exceptionally gifted footballer to say the least. And now we’re going to lose him when I think its clear to most people that he still has a lot to offer to us. Clearly Cesc feels the same way about himself as well and I dont blame him one bit. I hope the club knows what its doing. I hope Sarri knows what he is doing because it doesn’t look that way currently. I dont know why Cesc couldn’t at least feature more regularly under Sarri. Maybe it was as simple as that. Maybe that was all he needed to give us until the end of the season at least. I think thats the bloody shame of it, and at least Conte had the humility (yes I just used Conte’s name and the word humility in the same sentence) to change his view at about mid-season in his first year. Gary Cahill is in the same position but at least he has two players in front of him who are performing reasonably well. It just doesn’t feel like that with Cesc and that’s the painful part.
  25. Chelsea 0 Southampton 0

    He seems disciplined IMO. I think the impression that the players got is that Sarri is actually aiming for short simple passes rather than the sort of passing we saw from Napoli - pressing, incisive passing. Barkley has regressed a bit, but most of the team has as well. Azpili and Alonso seem to be sitting deeper, Kante seems to be focusing on protecting Jorginho a lot more, Barkley seems chained a bit, Hazard is dropping deeper to collect the ball a lot less, and the players seem to be more disciplined and a lot less incisive. If people want incisive, Barkley can definitely do that because thats the way Martinez was utilizing him. So, IMO, it has to be the instructions from Sarri.