My Blood Is Blue

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  1. Everton 2 Chelsea 0

    Out of interest, what do you think has improved in the last 6 months?
  2. Everton 2 Chelsea 0

    Yesterday was so predictable and I think that's why it all hurts so much. Even when we were dominating, I could see how the game was going to pan out. Teams must love playing us at the moment. I don't even react to us conceding anymore, I'm just a bit numb to it all now - this season combined with last season has had a huge effect on the club and we've gone really far backwards. I don't like it.
  3. Everton 2 Chelsea 0

    Bad feeling about this. I think it'll be just focussing on the Europa League after this weekend, unfortunately.
  4. Dynamo Kiev 0 Chelsea 5

    Why isn't Ampadu involved? Don't understand that at all.
  5. Dynamo Kiev 0 Chelsea 5

    I was hoping with the 3-0 lead, Sarri would leave some of our important players at home for a rest and to avoid the long round trip. He hasn't. The only one not travelling is Higuain because of a fever. He's taken 21 players, which means 3 of the players travelling won't even make the bench. Seems silly to me. I would like to see: Kepa Zappacosta Christensen Ampadu Alonso Kovacic RLC Pedro Hazard CHO Giroud Bench: Caballero, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Kante, Jorginho, Barkley, Willian What I think we'll see: Kepa Azpilicueta Rudiger Christensen Alonso Kante Jorginho RLC Willian Giroud CHO Bench: Caballero, Luiz, Zappazosta, Kovacic, Barkley, Hazard, Pedro Either way, we have more than enough to go through. We just need to get in and out without any injuries and I'll be happy.
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    We're potentially going to have quite a mess on our hands. Players who don't want to be here, players that don't feel like they're wanted and top young talent warming the bench waiting for 5 mins every 4 games or so. We better get used to those Thursday nights...
  7. Chelsea 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

    That's one of the most depressing things I've read on here for a while. Remember when we had midfielders that scored for fun and pretty much all of our first 11 (apart from Cech) would chip in with goals throughout the season. What a sad state of affairs. We don't even have strikers that regularly score anymore. The bolded line is the bit that massively concerns me, I think every manager knows how to stop us, apart from our own manager! Does anyone else get the feeling Sarri is a bit like Wenger in that he doesn't scout the opposition and instead likes to focus on his style and playing his way etc?
  8. Transfer Talk Topic

    He's thirsty!
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    Yeah, that's my understanding too. If the transfer ban does indeed kick in this summer, it leaves us with this as our likely squad for next season (I'm obviously making some assumptions on players sold/released/new contracts offered): GK1: Kepa GK2: Caballero GK3: Green RB1: Azpilicueta RB2: James CB1: Rudiger CB2: Christensen CB3: Luiz CB4: Ampadu LB: Emerson LB: Alonso CMR1: Kante CMR2: Mount CMC1: Jorginho CMC2: Drinkwater/Bakayoko/Drinkwater CML1: RLC CML2: Barkley RW1: Pulisic RW2: Pedro RW3: Willian LW1: Hazard LW2: CHO STK1: Higuain STK2: Tammy STK3: Giroud/Batshuayi GK and Defenders don't worry me too much - a lot will depend on Luiz managing to stay at a high enough level for another season or Christensen stepping up and taking a place for himself in the team. CM is a massive concern, the starting 3 is fine, but beyond that, it's massively questionable. Wingers are ok, but Pedro and Willian on the wrong side of 30 and form has been more than questionable at times this season. Strikers look pretty weak too. It's not a squad that could fight for PL and CL IMO. If the ban comes in we have to do everything we can to get Hazard and CHO to sign new contracts, but we'll be in a very weak position. Ban comes in and it doesn't look good.
  10. Chelsea 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

    Tricky fixture, but with Man Utd playing Arsenal straight after, meaning at least one of our rivals dropping points, it is an absolute must win - we could, if all things go well for us, be 4th by the end of the weekend, still with a game in hand over Arsenal and Man Utd, that's huge at this stage of the season. Sarri has rotated his squad well over the last few weeks and he seems to have made some small adjustments that have made a big difference and make us a lot more solid - I hope this continues. I really hope RLC is given a chance to start in this game, he really deserves it IMO. I'd like to see: Kepa Azpilicueta Rudiger Luiz Emerson Kante Jorginho RLC Pedro Higuain Hazard Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Barkley, Kovacic, CHO, Willian, Giroud It will be hard, but I think we'll have enough - 2-0. Come on Chels!
  11. Transfer Talk Topic

    I don't see how FIFA can't suspend the ban until the hearings have taken place, how can that possibly be fair? Let's say we're banned from signing players in this summers window and then we're found to be innocent, what happens then? Do they open a special window just for us? Give us some money for loss of earnings due to us having a weaker squad because we couldn't sign players? Surely CAS will suspend any punishment until the hearing? I actually wouldn't be too shocked if they threw the whole thing out based on this decision by FIFA.
  12. Chelsea 3 Dynamo Kiev 0

    This is a great point well made, sir.
  13. Chelsea 3 Dynamo Kiev 0

    You just know we're getting Arsenal or Napoli in the next round (if we and they get through of course).
  14. Captain Rudiger

    Future Chelsea captain - Ethan Ampadu. Genuinely believe he will be our captain one day, he's not shy on the pitch, happy to bark orders at those older and more experienced than him, not scared to get involved and off the pitch, he's often seen watching the youth teams etc. As for now, I do agree with those that say we don't have an outstanding candidate for captain - we have leaders, yes, but nobody that stands out as the one true leader for me. Azpilicueta probably holds the most respect in the changing room at the moment, so I think makes sense that he keeps the armband. Rudiger I can see why people would want him, but I kind of feel like he may be better off without the responsibility and just carrying on with his game. Luiz is on his way out I expect, so don't see him getting it and outside of that, I think the only real options would be Hazard or maybe Jorginho.
  15. Chelsea 3 Dynamo Kiev 0

    I think we'll see a pretty strong team for this one, no messing around with Europa at this point. I still think a few changes/rotation will be made, but it'll still be a strong team: Caballero Azpilicueta Christensen Luiz Alonso Kante Jorginho RLC Pedro Higuain Hazard Bench: Kepa, Rudiger, Barkley, Kovacic, CHO, Willian, Giroud I really hope we get a good solid win without conceding, so we can rest a few in the second leg, but ultimately just want a win. COME ON CHELS!
  16. Fulham 1 Chelsea 2

    Like all the other games we'll play this season, this is a must-win game. With Arsenal playing Spurs, we have to make the most of playing one of the worst teams in the league and we really need to try and readdress our Goal Difference. Also a good opportunity to rest players. Kepa Azpilicueta Rudiger Christensen Emerson Kante Kovacic RLC CHO Higuain Willian Subs: Caballero, Luiz, Jorginho, Barkley, Pedro, Hazard, Giroud
  17. Chelsea 2 Tottenham Hotspur 0

    Kante is absolutely immense. For me, he's in the top 5 in the world and any team would be desperate to have him. His teammates must love playing alongside him.
  18. Chelsea 2 Tottenham Hotspur 0

    Oh my god, how much did we need that! It felt like the whole club and fanbase gave out a huge sigh of relief at the final whistle. I really hope this is the turning point of the season and potentially Sarri. I've been vocally saying he should go and I'm not changing that opinion yet, but if he can turn this season around then I'm fully behind him. Wasn't convinced with the lineup (Although I understand Emerson being rested, he's had a lot of football recently after having barely any for so long), Pedro starting, Kovacic starting, CHO and RLC on the bench - I wasn't happy, but it has worked out pretty well in the end, the team showed last night that they are behind Sarri and it feels as though Sarri may be slightly softening his view on having to play the same way every single game. Fingers crossed. Bring on Fulham, let's get Higuain some goals!
  19. Chelsea 2 Tottenham Hotspur 0

    If Kepa doesn't play it will just feed into the press' narrative of us as a club and how we're falling apart etc. That said, if he plays they'll just say Sarri doesn't control the dressing room etc. We really can't win.
  20. Chelsea 2 Tottenham Hotspur 0

    I'd go with: Kepa Azpilicueta Rudiger Christensen Emerson Kante Jorginho RLC CHO Higuain Hazard Subs: Caballero, Luiz, Alonso, Barkley, Kovacic, Pedro, Giroud But I think we'll probably see: Kepa Azpilicueta Rudiger Luiz Emerson Kante Jorginho Kovacic Pedro Higuain Hazard Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Alonso, Barkley, CHO, Willian, Giroud MUST win game this one. If we drop points here then I think top 4 has gone and I think Sarri will go with it. A win and we're still in with a slim chance of top 4. Mostly I want us to beat this Spurs side and convincingly, put them in their place!
  21. Chelsea 0 Manchester City 0 (3-4 Pens)

    Great performance today, tactics were spot on from Sarri as were his substitutions - 2 things I haven't been able to say for a while, but impressed with how he set us up today and we really grew in to the match and I think deserved to win. We had the better chances. As for refereeing and VAR, I don't want VAR if the refs can pick and choose when to actually use it as they did today - the rule on offsides and VAR is, as I understand it, if it's close, don't stop play, let it continue and then come back... clearly, that's the case unless it's Chelsea. Kepa - I don't want to say too much until we know the full story. If he's just making it clear he isn't injured as some have said, then fine. If he is refusing to come off for any other reason then that is quite frankly appalling and he needs to be punished. He needs a hefty fine and to be dropped for a few games, minimum. Ruined what was an otherwise great game for us and what I thought could be a real turning point.
  22. Transfer Talk Topic

    If we could clear the deadwood from the squad, we'd have a decent transfer pot, just through sales - but we can't seem to sell them and my guess is because of the wages. If you went through a list of players over 20 that we should sell rather than loan (probably more than this) it looks something like this: Drinkwater 15m Van Ginkel 10m Blackman 2.5m Baba Rahman 10m Hector 5m Kalas 5m Miazga 7.5m Zouma 20m Omeruo 5m Baker 5m Kenedy 15m Bakayoko 25m Musonda 10m Batshuayi 25m Brown 5m Moses 8m Piazon 2m 190m Some of those may be ambitious, but I would think it would be at least £150, plus the wages off the books. But for some reason we'd rather constantly loan them out, why is that? Genuine question, why is it better for us to loan all these players out? Is it simply that we can't sell them because the wages are too high for the level of club they'd be sold too?
  23. Chelsea 0 Manchester City 0 (3-4 Pens)

    I too am oddly optimistic, not sure why, maybe it's because Wembley is or second home? However, when thinking about it too much, I realise this set of players have no fight or backbone and actually expect us to lose - I don't think it will be a heavy defeat (score wise), but I do think it will be a comfortable win for City. I really hope he picks CHO today, he really couldn't do much more on Thursday to force his way in to this team and if Sarri does see him as a potentially starter alongside Willian and Pedro as he has said, then surely CHO gets the game? I doubt very much he will though. Same goes for Christensen, he seems to be playing himself back in to confidence and form and I actually think he should be starting from this point. Again, I doubt Sarri see's it the same. I hope to see: Kepa (if fit) Azpilicueta Rudiger Christensen Emerson Kante Jorginho RLC CHO Higuain Hazard Subs: Caballero, Luiz, Alonso, Barkley, Willian, Pedro, Giroud What I think we'll see: Kepa (if fit) Azpilicueta Rudiger Luiz Alonso Kante Jorginho Kovacic Willian Higuain Hazard Bench: Caballero, Christensen, Emerson, Barkley, CHO, Pedro, Giroud As for the Liverpool v Man Utd game, it hurts me to say it but I am fully behind Liverpool for this one. If United drop points, we can still sneak our way back in to the top 4, but a win for United and we then drop points vs Spurs, top 4 is gone.
  24. Transfer Talk Topic

    Yes.
  25. Transfer Talk Topic

    Really? Where did you hear/read this? I've not seen anything about that.. I hope it's true, but fear it may just be 'gossip'