My Blood Is Blue

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  1. Crystal Palace vs Chelsea

    No Kante or Kovacic, that is a concern. Gilmour or Jorginho in the middle, you've got to say it should be Jorginho, but he seems bottom of the pecking order currently, so we will see.
  2. Crystal Palace vs Chelsea

    I don't think the Kante injury will be anything too serious, to be honest, I think it was precaution taking him off, as much as anything else. That said, I do agree that certain players, Kante included, are going to need a rest sooner rather than later - it may be that we have to sacrifice the FA Cup semi-final and rest some players there. I'd like to rest players for Palace, but they can be a very tricky side, so it would be a risk, we may be better resting the players by pulling them off in the second half if we're in a position to do so. All 3 (4 if you include Wolves) will be in this position, at least we have depth of some sort to be able to manage it. If Kovacic is fit, he may well come in to give Kante a rest, but I would think we'll see: Kepa James Christensen Zouma Azpi Mount Kante Barkley CHO Giroud Pulisic Then Kante given a rest vs Sheff United and Pulisic a rest vs Norwich, if at all. It's a risky game and this was always the problem with restarting this season and cramming in the games just for money purposes. If we'd beaten West Ham, then I think more likely to see some players rested, but I'd be surprised if things get changed up too much in any of the remaining games (injuries permitting) unless Leicester or Man United lose ground in the next 2 games.
  3. Crystal Palace vs Chelsea

    Hate playing Palace, I think I say it so many times, but so many of my mates are Palace, so it's hideous whenever they get a result against us, which they do seem to have a habit of doing. Another club who see Chelsea as their cup final. In an ideal world I'd have the same team vs Watford, but understand we may need some fresher legs in there. The run-in looks nice for United and tricky for Leicester, we just have to focus on us and get the results. Leicester: A v Arsenal A v Bournemouth H v Sheff United A v Spurs H v Man United Chelsea: A v Palace A v Sheff United H v Norwich A v Liverpool H v Wolves Man United: A v Villa H v Southampton A v Palace H v West Ham A v Leicester
  4. Chelsea 3 Watford 0

    Good result, exactly the kind of game we needed after the West Ham result. Watford were incredibly poor, presume they had written this one off and were focusing on their more winnable games. I see no reason why that back 4 doesn't stay together and play Tuesday, Zouma, even though he is far from perfect, just gives me a bit more confidence than Rudiger, he has a presence that none of our other CBs has and he bullied Deeney out of the game today IMO. Pulisic fast becoming one of the top players in the league and for a player in his first season in the PL, with the amount of time missed from injuries, to get the output he has got, is very impressive. Defenders don't know how to deal with him at the moment and I'm not sure many will ever be able to, his pace is incredible and the ability to change direction at such high speed is going to win us so many FKs and pens. Giroud showed again why he is currently No. 1 striker and will be interesting to see the pecking order once Werner comes in and where Tammy sits within that. Barkley and Mount were good again, Barkley is quietly becoming a regular in this Chelsea side and I personally don't have a problem with that, I think he's a good player. He needs to get more consistency in his game and needs to quicken up his play at times, but I have the feeling Frank thinks he can play him into that level - he strikes me as the kind of player who needs to play as regularly as possible to get in to and stay in his rhythm. Mounts energy and willingness to go forward is also so crucial for us. Also thought RLC looked a lot sharper when he came on last night, getting closer to match sharpness which is good to see. I still think, whatever Droy says, RLC will be an important player for us. Now Tuesday becomes the most important.
  5. Chelsea 3 Watford 0

    Thats ridiculous.
  6. Chelsea 3 Watford 0

    That's a bit more like it. Slow and cagey start, but many of the games since the restart have been. Giroud great in that half. Mount and Barkley doing well and working hard. Pulisic is ridiculous, an absolute gem! Only 21 as well! James still looks a bit off the pace, but he missed the end of the lockdown training and therefore all the friendlies, so not surprising I guess Loved seeing Zouma putting one on Deeney, that's exactly what our CBs doing. I think Zouma and Christensen have done alright so far, you can tell they're controlling Deeney as he's been in the refs ear for the final 5 mins or so of the half. Keep it up lads.
  7. Chelsea 3 Watford 0

    Totally agree on Christensen, we're in the rather unfortunate position of not even having 1 consistent CB as none of the 4 we have, are good enough to nail down that place and lead the back 4. This is the only reason I'm not quite screaming for Kepa out just yet, it can't be easy as a keeper to not know who will be in front of you game by game, but also those who are in front of you are prone to sloppy mistakes at any moment.
  8. Chelsea 3 Watford 0

    I just don't see how Rudiger could start this one after the performance he put in vs West Ham, not that Christensen was much better, but Rudiger was SO poor. Jorginho must be on his way out, I don't see any other reason for him not to even get a look in.
  9. Chelsea 3 Watford 0

    So, Kepa starts. James comes in, as does Zouma for Rudiger, Mount replaces Kovacic and Giroud in for Tammy. I'd agree with all those calls from Frank, although got to wonder why Jorginho isn't included again!
  10. Chelsea 3 Watford 0

    From Stamford Bridge: Pulisic, Giroud and Willian up front. Tammy Abraham bench
  11. Chelsea 3 Watford 0

    So, this is a massive game for us. I don't fancy being the team trying to chase from behind, I'm not sure we have the mentality for that over the final 5 games. Feel like we need to send a real message today, a good, solid and comfortable win. We really need Arsenal to get a win! It could have been so different if we'd beaten West Ham... so frustrating!
  12. Chelsea 3 Watford 0

    A massive game this one, for the obvious reason, that we could be 6th at kick-off. Interesting to see how Frank reacts to some of the performances against West Ham, in particular the defence. GK - Do you drop Kepa and bring Caballero in? If you do, that surely spells the end of Kepa at Chelsea. Full backs - I'd be surprised to see him drop Azpi and I'd be surprised to see him bring Emerson in, so the most likely reaction will be James in at RB and Azpi to LB, surely? CB - Personally, if one of the 2 gets dropped (assuming Tomori isn't fit enough to drop both) then I'd be dropping Rudiger, he made way too many terrible decisions. He's one of those players, you can tell from the first minute, what sort of game he's going to have and you just knew as soon as West Ham kicked off, what kind of night it was going to be for him. Personally, I would play: Kepa James Christensen Zouma Apilicueta Kante Mount Willian RLC Pulisic Giroud Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Alonso, Kovacic, Gilmour, Barkley, Pedro, CHO, Tammy Watford will be set up to frustrate and they will sit deep, the exact kind of opponent we struggle against. We need to come flying out of the box, none of this slow passing out from the back constantly, hit Giroud with some long balls and let him bring Mount, Pulisic, Willian and RLC into the game - we need to show a lot of energy and fight in this one. 3 points is all that matters, but I feel like they owe their manager a performance too.
  13. West Ham United 3 Chelsea 2

    I don't want to read the last 20 odd pages, I have a good feeling what's being said and discussed. My opinions on last night: - Rudiger, shocking. I've never fully trusted him, but last night he showed exactly how little footballing intelligence he has... why kick it out for a corner at that stage of the game, not long after we've had a nightmare defending a corner? Just smash it out for a throw. For the second goal, it isn't all his fault, Alonso takes a massive chunk of the blame, but why has Rudiger played Yarmolenko on to his stronger foot and straight in front of goal? force him out wide on to his weaker foot and a tighter angle... if he scores from there, then so be it. - Alonso, unfortunately, showed why he has so many wanting him replaced. Going forward he is great, but defending he is really not great at times, his lack of tracking back for the 3rd goal is unforgivable and may well have sealed the signing of a new LB. G Neville said it right when he said he has one speed for running forward in attack and another for tracking back defending. - Overall defending is just SO bad, absolutely no leader back there, god knows what Azpilicueta was doing for the VAR goal that got ruled out and Christensen just isn't physically or mentally strong enough for this league, at least not with Rudiger as his partner. - The big plus of the night, yet again, was Pulisic - what a player and he's only 21. If he can stay fit, he'll have as big an impact for us next season than any of the signings we've made or will make. I'm so excited for his future. It was a frustrating night, and sadly not massively surprising, we know this Chelsea team has these performances and results in them, especially after getting good results against the rest of the top 6. Inexperience and buying on their own hype? Maybe. Whatever it is, it needs fixing asap. With Leicester losing, a win last night would have put us in such a strong position for top 4, but now, we are fully in a scrap, potentially being down to 6th before we play again.
  14. West Ham United 3 Chelsea 2

    Don't care how it comes, just need the 3 points tonight. If Leicester drop points beforehand then it's even more important. Presume Pulisic isn't fit and Christensen probably not to start, so I expect: Kepa Azpi Rudiger Zouma Alonso Barkley Kante Kovacic Willian Tammy Mount Subs: Caballero, Christensen, James, RLC, Jorginho, CHO, Pedro, Pulisic*, Giroud *if fit enough We should have enough, but they always up their game against us, but with no crowd, it may be different. Nice early goal and control the game and show off the new kit... please.