A Blue Essien

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  1. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    I'm a Conte fan and won't forget the season we won the league, breaking all sorts of records and heavily influencing English football along the way. But I'm tired, the players are tired, the fans are tied, and the club is tired. The old 'we must suffer without the ball' has almost become ingrained in us. It's been 5 years of intense, reactive football under Jose and Conte and tbh I think everyone just needs a break. Sarri may not guarantee trophies, hell he may not even guarantee attractive football, but what he will guarantee is possession football and I think that's what the club (read: Roman) wants right now. In fact it's what Roman has supposedly wanted for some time now. It's going to be a real change to what we're used to and who knows how it will all end up. It's not going to be boring, that's for sure.
  2. Squad Status: 2018/2019 Season

    ^^^ Don't see Conte moving away from a back 3, so I think it may take a change in manager to revert to a back 4.
  3. Chelsea 1 Norwich City 1 (Chelsea 5-3 Penalties)

    Rudiger for Sterling and I dare say it'll be Willian for Musonda. Otherwise I reckon that's exactly how we'll line up.
  4. Ross Barkley

    Yes, I meant more in terms of position, as an 8. Conte's also confirmed that he seems him in a midfield 3, or as a 10 in the 3-4-3. I think he'll be 4th choice for the latter behind Hazard, Willian and Pedro. But he could well be first choice (alongside Kante and Cesc) in a midfield 3.
  5. Norwich City 0 Chelsea 0

    Well that was turgid. Poor performances all the way through really, with only Willian showing any quality or desire. You have to give Norwich credit though; they pressed us high up the pitch for the majority of the game. That's really the way for weaker teams to go as we always try to build from the back and it forces us into errors or having to go all the way back. In this instance, our midfield failed in providing a link between defense and attack. Drinkwater and Bakayoko especially were very poor. I'm quit worried about Bakayoko in particular. I thought he would have shown some improvement by now but he looks very short on confidence. At the moment he doesn't deserve to start and should be 4th choice. Once Barkley is available he could slide down to 5th choice. Thought Michy was very poor as well. It's all well and good blaming the service but his hold up play is very poor, and his movement off the ball isn't great either. I don't see how he could ever lead the line for us tbh. I'm not sure what his future holds. Was very disappointed by Pedro. Thought he was terrible and for a senior player he should really take more responsibility. All things said, it was an off day for most involved and a replay is the best we could hope for. I would really like to see the likes of Ampadu, Sterling, and Musonda start the replay. They deserve to.
  6. Ross Barkley

    Welcome Ross. Good squad signing this. A move for Ross could potentially ignite his career. He has good strength, pace, and technique which is a pretty handy trio of facets to work with. It'll take him time to reach the fitness and tactical requirements of Conte, but if he does and becomes a better player for it, it'll be fascinating to see what his ceiling is. Conte tends to improve players so Ross is certainly an interesting project. At that price it's a no brainer really. Shouldn't really take away from a big money singing, whether this window or next. It strengthens the squad and that's important. Interesting that he's taken the number 8. I'd certainly prefer him as the AM in a midfield 3 than Bakayoko. A Kante-Cesc-Barkley trio could be one to watch.
  7. Norwich City 0 Chelsea 0

    More rotation for this, going with a 343. Important to get the win as a replay is the last thing we need. Cabellero; Rudiger, Luiz, Ampadu; Zappa, Drinkwater, Bakayoko, Kenedy; Willian, Michy, Musonda Eduardo, Cahill, Sterling, Fabregas, Pedro, Hudson Odoi, Morata Having said that, I wouldn't be surprised if Conte takes this a bit more seriously and plays Cahill and Pedro ahead of Ampadu and Musonda.
  8. Transfer Talk Topic

    Yup, we could probably sell him for twice that in the summer. Ross is an interesting one. He has some good attributes, namely decent dribbling ability, pace and strength. He's quite young still (only just turned 24) so should improve. Needs to work on his decision making and shooting (he does far too much of the latter). But there's a player in there that could excel in the right circumstances. At that price it's worth a punt.
  9. Antonio Conte

    Yes, I doubt Simeone will leave and I don't think Conte will either. If he were to, my first choice would be Sarri who's done some amazing things with Napoli.
  10. 2017/18 predictions

    Welcome back. I've really missed you.
  11. Arsenal 2 Chelsea 2

    Regarding Morata, it's a real shame because he's so good at everything else. His touch, movement, link up play, physicality, work rate and aerial ability are all top notch. Now if he could shoot and finish his 1v1's he'd be one of the top 3 strikers in the world. He needs to work on it but it's really costing us at the moment.
  12. Chelsea 1 Swansea City 0

    3 points are all that matters but that was a pretty frustrating game. It's amazing the amount of time and space our WB's receive without ever really taking advantage. I die inside a little bit every time Alonso cuts onto his right foot, knowing that he can't go past his man. Zappa's delivery got a little better as the game went on, but he will need to improve. Moses' little cameo at the end was atrocious, but he gets the benefit of being rusty. I thought Cesc was a little impatient in possession and there was little for him aim to for. Morata was good, I felt. Forced some good saves and as usual his movement and hold up play was very good. Disappointed in Pedro and Willian; the quality from Hazard to them is a big drop. Hazard consistently give you a 9 out of 10, whilst the other two give around a 7. I think we need to bring someone in who give you at least an 8 every game.Interesting that Drinkwater came on ahead of Bakayoko; is he ahead in he pecking order now? At the end of the day we won and that's all that matters. Swansea were terrible and I don't see them staying up.
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    Really doubt we'll sell Courtois. I think it's just the usual contract talks which are dragging on. I fully expect him to sign a new contract. Luiz could go either way though. I wouldn't sell unless he explicitly wants out. He's a very important member of the squad and dressing room. I reckon we'll really need him in the second half of the season.
  14. Chelsea 1 Swansea City 0

    We have so many games coming up that I think we need to rotate a bit, so agree with the front 3 there and giving Hazard a break. With 6 must win games in the next 17 days, Conte will have to be quite cute with his rotations. Luiz is injured, indefinitely, which puts a stress on Christensen over the coming weeks. Apparently Moses isn't ready for tonight either. Kenedy is injured, which is a pity as these games would have proven whether he's a usable option for meaningful games. Apparently Bats is back in training, so he could be on the bench for this one. For tonight, I'd go: Courtois; Rudiger, Christensen, Cahill; Zappa, Kante, Cesc, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Pedro For Newcastle, I'd go: Courtois; Rudiger, Christensen, Cahill; Moses, Drinkwater, Baka, Azpi; Pedro, Michy, Hazard And then a full strength 3-5-2 against Atletico, a game we need to win to go top. We can then reassess after.
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    Ha. I know you jest but I actually would look at a reinforcement and that would be Danny Rose. He's obviously fallen out with Pochettino and I think we would be stupid not to bid for him in Jan. Go all in for Sanchez as well and those would be 2 signings that would add a lot of quality.