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.
  16. Chelsea 1 Swansea City 0

    Back to the 3-4-3 for this, with starts for Moses, Fabregas and Willian. The latter deserves it after 3 goals in the past 2 games. At some point we're going to have to rest Alonso and Hazard. Maybe we could go with Willian-Morata-Pedro for this game? Will be interesting to see which back 3 we'll play. Azpi is nailed on, as always. In terms of form, Andreas deserves the start but I do wonder if we'll rotate a bit.
  17. Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1

    Yes, agree with this and would like to add that Bakayoko is still very raw. His career only really took off last year which was his first full season of involvement. He only has about 130 career appearances to his name. Dele Alli, by comparison, is 2 years younger and has almost 200 appearances. So Bakayoko is going to need some time to develop and figure out his game, tactically and physically. I believe he has the attributes to be a real powerhouse in midfield, but will need time for it all to come together. Yes, a goal scoring 8 would be handy, though I do believe RLC could become that for us. Otherwise there is a goal scoring 8 called Van Ginkel playing for a Dutch club that may fit the bill...
  18. Transfer Talk Topic

    Gotta say, this is the quietest lead up to a window that I can remember. Just about a month to go and deals are often close to being sealed at this point. I wonder what's going on behind the scenes.
  19. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Shocking news, really sad. RIP.
  20. Michael Emenalo

    Could be an advantage for us, assuming that he left on good terms. Monaco are a selling club and we could benefit from our past relationship.
  21. Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1

    Big game and there's absolutely no excuse not to get up for this. You know they will be, especially being at home and under the lights. WEeneed to negate their start as they always look to come quickly out of the blocks. The longer it's goalless, the better it is for us I reckon. 3-5-2 for me. Win the midfield battle and we should gain control of the game. I'd like us to be strong and physical. The likes of Kante and Bakayoko will need to dominate and Morata will have to put away his chances. Their main threat is from out wide and whilst Moses may not be match fit, I'd prefer his physicality to deal with Mane. It's actually the other side which really worries me; Salah vs Alonso is a bit of a mismatch really, at least in terms of pace. We'll need to double up on that side. A win here would be one hell of a result. I'd take a point.
  22. Qarabag 0 Chelsea 4

    Good, professional performance in a hostile environment. Good to see Willian get a couple of goals; we need the likes of him and Pedro to step up when offered the chance. It's great to go through, but we'll still have to play a full strength team against Atletico to try to keep the top spot. Sensible bit of rotation as well, though I was a bit surprised by some of the substitutions. Not sure why Morata was brought on, even if it was only 25 minutes. No damage done, I guess, and it keeps him sharp. He actually should have got a hat trick! For some one as quality as he is, he needs to work on his finishing. Still, I'd rather he miss when we're 3-0 up against a 10 man minnow. Was also surprised Fabregas was kept on for the entirety of the game. I'm assuming he'll start against Liverpool so that was a bit odd. But all in all, it went as well as we could have hoped. Europe in February beckons.
  23. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Yes, agreed, my comment was more an observation about how we actually have an academy graduate who's made the leap, and the deafening silence around that. We're often portrayed as a graveyard for youth players, but Christensen is paving the way. As chiswickblue suggests, perhaps it's due to nationality?
  24. Squad Status: 2018/2019 Season

    We'd only sell if Hazard explicitly asked to leave. We never keep players around if they don't want to be here. Hazard doesn't seem to be the sort to agitate for a move so it would probably take a huge bid to come in for him to ask for a move. As for replacing him, that's impossible of course, but I'd immediately throw over a 100m at Dybala. He's quality in his own right.