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  1. Enjoyable game to watch, but not as Chelsea fan. I would say that, on balance, Burnley deserve credit more than we deserve criticism. Certainly Conte shouldn't be criticised IMO - he threw the kitchen sink at it, if a little late. Matic will get a lot of stick - rightly so - for his laboured attempts to win the ball back which resulted in their goal. But then again you can't legislate for such quality from Brady. Lessons learned hopefully and renewed focus that every game is a battle here on in. Would rather be 8 points clear than 8 points back.
  2. First few times I watched it I thought it was a fair challenge. Not saying it's a definite foul now but it is a grey area. The reason I'm swaying: If that's Gabriel on Costa on the half way line and it then led to a goal, we'd be shouting for it all day long. Alonso wins the ball fairly and, in the process of jumping, collides with Bellerin. It would be harsh to deny a goal, but on the flip side if that happens on the halfway line the ref blows for a freekick 9 times out of 10 IMO.
  3. We've all seen great goals but that Hazard goal is genuinely one of the best individual goals I've ever seen. Wow.
  4. Fabregas is proving why he needs to play each game
  5. As a fellow pedant I graciously accept your correction. Seriously though, we're in the middle of a title charge FFS - why would he want to go now? Money is not a good enough reason for me, he's on silly money already.
  6. It's a joke league and will be for another decade. At the moment I think these signings are PR stunts to show off their extravagant wealth. Any player that goes now is a fool. Athletes should want to compete at the highest level, not chase the shilling - or yen. If Costa goes it says more about him than us.
  7. Do we think Conte would like Andrea Belotti? 13 goals this season
  8. Imagine if pep was at Chelsea with the form that city are currently in. The press would have made sure he'd been sacked before Christmas.
  9. Style wise, Bamford is the kind of player that would have cleaned up in the 90s as a second striker. Le tissier, Sheringham, Zola, etc. But I don't see him as a 10 or a 9 and he's not quick enough to play wide. I still think eventually he could have a decent career in the prem but needs to knuckle down in the champ first to get his stock back up.
  10. For me Muller would be great in the inside right position. But Pedro and William are both in top form, perhaps due to the completion for places?
  11. Pretty strong argument there. My instinct is that Holland would be a big loss but JT would be a vital part of the coaching staff IMO. I like the idea of former players being involved with the current players because otherwise over time you lose that sense of what it means to be Chelsea.
  12. So Ake coming back to challenge for CB and LCB positions - and potentially fill in across CM and LWB.
  13. Not that Phil Neville is someone whose opinion I usually value but he said something on MOTD the other day: basically that he got to play 250+ games for United and win a load of trophies because he could play about 6 positions. Ake can play virtually anywhere across midfield and the back line, is home grown for champions league and is as proven in the premier league as young players get. If it happens now or in the summer I think he does need to be part of the squad.
  14. One of those games. Spurs played well and nothing we did came off; doesn't mean the squad is now useless. I'm sure Conte sees opportunities to strengthen but let's take a moment to savour what this team achieved, in an extremely competitive league. Proud of them.
  15. We saw what Fabregas can do when given space, but to be fair David Luiz can pick a 40 yarder too, which in part is what this new system has allowed the latter to do: be the extra man. As long as there's an understanding of his limitations, Cesc can be used to good effect this year and he would be perfect in helping unlock the teams that park the bus - as he always has been. But I think in an ideal world, Conte would love Nainggolan in alongside Kante - which would be frankly ridiculous - everyone else would be better off packing up and going home if that was the case. Chalobah is getting minutes too which could give us another option long term.