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  1. Juventus 1 Chelsea 0

    Started stuttering again since the Villa game. They pressed us high and stifled us. Then scraped through against Zenit. Couldn't escape the press against City either. With Juve, it was completely different. Allegri let us have the ball and we simply couldn't break the lines or get wide and deliver a cross in. And the movement off the ball was awful. Its worrying. We didn't finish last season convincingly - lost the FA cup final and scraped into the top 4 in the league.. won the UCL sure... but then we took it to penalties in the Super cup and the Carabao cup recently too. We've had as many bad performances as decent ones tbh. Tuchel is mind-numbingly defensive. It has been a really hard watch at times under him. Great cup run in the UCL last year but we have been so ultra-conservative generally under him.
  2. Aston Villa 2 Chelsea 1

    This far where? Last year, we also made top 4, lost the FA cup and we were knocked out of UCL by a brilliant side. So I would genuinely like to know where this team has progressed under Tuchel?
  3. Aston Villa 2 Chelsea 1

    His selection has been atrocious.
  4. Aston Villa 2 Chelsea 1

    Very lucky. Jorginho should be off. And he cost us with the backpass vs Arsenal as well. He had the audacity to claim SFL took a shortcut to the job. Tuchel has been massively idiotic bringing Jorginho back into the lineup and persisting with Werner over Abraham.
  5. Aston Villa 2 Chelsea 1

    Thats it lads. Tuchel hasn't been good enough. The team doesn't seem well prepared and we have flopped massively in these big games. The odd decisions like Werner over Abraham and Azpili at RWB really grates me.
  6. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    They were terrible IMO. I can't seem to remember a chance they had. That being said, save for the cracking shot from Mount and the 2 Ben chances I can't recall us exactly carving them apart either. I am just surprised at the team selections today. With Mendy, Kova, Zouma, Pulisic, Ben and Havertz available to then start Kepa, put Azpili at RWB, and also start Jorginho, Alonso, Werner, and Ziyech was so... weird.. really poor judgement IMO. Confidence has to be really low now. Manager has to return to basics.
  7. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    Gutted for the boys. This team looks awful going forward and some huge decisions were made that utterly backfired... starting Alonso, dropping Havertz, playing Werner, dropping Pulisic, Azpili at RWB... We can blame the offside call (it looked clearly offside to me), but there were questionable decisions on our part as well. Shows how premature all of the gushing praise Tuchel received really was.
  8. Southampton 1 Chelsea 1

    Not much in that tbh.
  9. Official: Frank Lampard Sacked As Chelsea Head Coach

    Except we weren't on as bad a run as Klopp now, Arteta earlier this season, OGS last season, Mourinho last couple weeks at Spurs... but none of those situations were "untenable", right? If we are going based on the blatantly obvious, then I would say it seems fair to say SFL fell out with Marina, wasn't allowed to clear out certain members of the dressing room and looked to be in a difficult job. And, by the way, Tuchel's doing great, isn't he? Drab football, alienating some of the squad already and rumours out there that the club actually didn't want him! They went after Ragnick instead. Explains the nice and short contract they gave Tuchel.
  10. Southampton 1 Chelsea 1

    Not sure what is the sense behind tearing CHO apart like that publicly is all about.... the whole team has been rubbish since Tuchel took over. I cannot recall a single game that I've said "right, this guy has really changed things here". If he gets us a trophy, then fair play to him but these games are really hard to watch at the moment.
  11. Barnsley 0 Chelsea 1

    Kepa basically saved us first half with the save of the season arguably. Another drab performance. 4 wins and a draw but things have got to improve tremendously performance wise. Commentators said Tammy looked offside but I felt he held his run. Could be wrong though.
  12. Sheffield United 1 Chelsea 2

    Not depressed. Just looking for an explanation for the dismissal of a club legend and a former player most fans absolutely adore. The only things twisted to suit are the numerous nonsensical rationalizations put forward by the club and certain people on here for dismissing him.
  13. Sheffield United 1 Chelsea 2

    Has it? 1 UCL and 5 league titles in 17 years or so. If judging on those numbers then yes. However, City and Liverpool have far surpassed Chelsea from a sporting prespective at present. United have always been far ahead of us and look to be trending upwards again. 3 clubs who have maintained a certain degree of stability. Never during the RA era have we been this far behind the competition IMO. The pendulum has swung massively over the last 3 years. There was a time when we would fire a manager and launch a league title the next year. Can you honestly say that's likely now?
  14. Sheffield United 1 Chelsea 2

    This has been the case for a very long time at this club.
  15. Sheffield United 1 Chelsea 2

    So we're back to "the squad isn't good enough to play better football"? If the squad needs further investment then a managerial change to realize that is just so senseless. The current setup/style of play is either: 1) temporary to get us into top 4 before investing further in the summer or 2) its permanent under Tuchel. If it is permanent, that's going to be a tough watch. If it is temporary, there is A LOT of investing to be done. We're talking about a striker, 2 forwards, 2 or 3 midfielders... maybe another £300M... and basically we fired the wrong person because the guy who paid the price with his job wasn't the idiot who apparently signed these new players.
  16. Sheffield United 1 Chelsea 2

    I'm just saying looking at these 4 games vs the upcoming run of games against Soton away, Atleti away, United at home, Leeds away, Everton at home, and Liverpool away... I'm just saying that these 4 games were ones I'd expect wins compared to the upcoming 7 or 8 games. If there has been any improvement I believe that we will be better placed to judge it after those games are over. For all the criticisms of SFL, we won some critical games last year and got into the top 4. I am all for praising Tuchel, but he's got to earn it by accomplishing the same feat IMO. Only time will tell. Look, things were bad towards the end under Frank, but they're not looking so great right now under Arteta, OGS, Spurs or Klopp and nobody fired anybody at those clubs yet.
  17. Official: Chelsea Sign Thiago Silva

    It is a pity that he didn't challenge himself at a higher level during his career. He really has always been a far better defender than he was famous for. But one season is enough IMO. Time for the club to move on to a long term option.
  18. Sheffield United 1 Chelsea 2

    If I looked at the schedule and I saw Wolves, Tottenham, Sheff United, Burnley and Barnsley, I'm expecting 5 wins. We may not win them all, but it is an easy run of games. You make it sound as though the season didn't change over the course of 8 games or so for Frank. Do you remember the long winning streak we were on earlier in the season? There was DEFINITELY a period where we were getting results. I'm sorry, but 3 wins out of the last 4 games after a new manager is not evidence of some sudden improvement IMO. These are games we would have likely won either way. I would even make the claim that if Frank had still been in charge then we may have scored quite a few more as the football over the last 4 games has been dire IMO.
  19. Sheffield United 1 Chelsea 2

    I can accept game management but this isn't game management. Tottenham should have scored an equalizer in the last few mins of the last game and Mendy made a great last minute save off of Billy Sharp (?) today. For JM and Conte, game management is smart, solid football. We are more along the lines of luck at the moment. We are controlling first half possession stats but we go off the boil second half. The coach has made little to no impact on the form of the attacking players - Werner, Havertz, Pulisic, Ziyech all seem badly out of sorts, Hudson-Odoi is still a flashy player with not much else of note to justify being a starter for a club chasing a top position, and only Mount looks good but he has been good for a long time now. Obviously the club is better positioned to get into top 4 at present, but these were always very winnable games. The club should be concerned looking at the team at present. A lot of the excitement has left the team and there is a short-termist approach that looks to have been implemented by a manager prioritizing points over a long-term project. It suggests that Tuchel is dissatisfied with the squad and wants to "rebuild" in the summer. What does that mean? Another £300M to be spent? This simply cannot be how Tuchel intends to continue. It is just not sustainable IMO. And, if it isn't, does it mean that he has written off so many of the recent previous additions to the team? It is worrying IMO.
  20. Sheffield United 1 Chelsea 2

    The focus will undoubtedly be on the points but the performances should be the focus. 4 teams with little to no real attacking threat - wolves, burnley, spurs and sheffield united. The football has been drab to say the least. Pretty much what was expected. Players like Alonso, Rudiger, Azpili, Jorginho, CHO in the mix heavily but players like Tammy, Pulisic, Ziyech, Gilmour, Havertz barely getting a look in. The priority has been defense. This approach will win games but it will not take us to the top of the tree. 4 games and 0 exciting performances. I like the tactical versatility and the balance of the team and I like how the midfield isn't easy to exploit anymore, but the club is trending backwards to 2016 and the Antonio Conte days IMO. We can be successful with this approach, yes, but it is very unlikely IMO.
  21. Tottenham Hotspur 0 Chelsea 1

    Drab football game. Very Antonio Conte-like performance from us. That must have been one of the most toothless Spurs performances I can remember against us at their place. These were always 3 very winnable games - Wolves, Burnley and Spurs in their current state away from home. The real tests lie ahead. But I reckon we are on the right road - a manager focused on defensive solidity more than anything else and prioritizing points over performances. I think its fair to say that Havertz, Werner, Ziyech and Chilwell are firmly on the road to flops-ville... At least Mendy and Silva have been ok/good. Whoever has been in charge of recruitment at this club I think they ought to really look at the job they are doing.. Emerson, Rudiger, Kepa, Bakayoko, Drinkwater, Giroud, Higuain, Pulisic, Havertz, Werner, Ziyech, Chilwell, Mendy... What's that been? £450M invested? Shocking tbh.
  22. Tottenham Hotspur 0 Chelsea 1

    Its a bad time to play them IMO. The pressure to win to keep pace is gone for them. Jose will look to stop the rot by parking the bus. It is already difficult enough for us to score.. Hoping to see Giroud and Ziyech for this one.
  23. Chelsea 2 Burnley 0

    Jorginho is a solid 6 out of 10 week in and week out performer. The thing is you know exactly what you're gona get from him. He is a constant at the base of the midfield who will always be available to receive the ball and he may not be the best at moving the ball forward, but he is going to maintain possession. He's having his usual 6 out of 10 game tbh.
  24. Chelsea 2 Burnley 0

    Agreed. There is a certainty at present in where each player is on the pitch and where he is looking to pass the ball. It looks good. I think the problem at this club has been whether these improvements have been sustainable. We've seen countless managers come in over the years and imprint a "plan" onto the team and then it gets wobbly about 10 to 15 games in.
  25. Chelsea 2 Burnley 0

    We look a lot more assured and experienced in this current formation. Hudson-Odoi out wide is a good idea. Whether its sustainable I'm not sure but it looks good at present. I like the way we look. 3 at the back was always the way forward with these guys when the going got tough. I wish Frank had resorted to it towards the end because its a sure bet to be honest.