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Everything posted by Kezza

  1. Okay guys. Hear this argument. I am very sure there's already many others who have the same thoughts and concern, and I think it deserves discussion that there's no easy way to solve this. It is early in the season, but already we are faced with this great problem to have, or positive conundrum. Because, being able to solve this problem and being able to bring out the best in both players will enable this new team and system to hit even greater heights that otherwise. Here's the problem. It sounds great and awesome having both Kante and Jorginho in the squad. It is like a dream pair to have on paper. It seems the midfield is indestructible, with flair, creativity, vision to add on to the strength, defensive prowess and nastiness we saw last season. Herein lies the headache. How do we get the best attribute out of both players at the same time, on the pitch? Note that the question is not about whether both can play together. There certainly is a complement of both players on the pitch. This is unlike the argument we used to have with regards to Lampard and Gerrard before. Kante is the best destroyer in the game today, bar none. That we are pretty sure of at this stage and has been confirmed for the last few seasons. He needs to be in a position to cover the central midfield position, and not only that, he has to be given the license to close down opponents in our own half and that includes closing down threats on both wide areas. Kante has the ability and the lungs to do that. He can defend and press opponents in the central and both left and wide areas very effectively. He can help out the whole line of defense. He can double up with the right back or left back to defend a threat. And yet, after that, he can get back in position quickly because his unusual stamina just allows him to do that. His attributes is one in a thousand, and when you've got someone like that, you have to make use of it as it gives the team a major edge. Unfortunately, for him to be able to do that, to cover vast area of the pitch, he has to be played centrally. He cannot be played on the right or left of a midfield three. In those positions, he will be limited to either the right side or left side of the pitch, as we see against Arsenal. We kinda missed seeing Kante closing down opponents everywhere on the pitch, because now, he does most of his work on the right side and further up. Jorginho on the other hand, is a genius in central midfield - the engine in the machine. He makes play flow so easily. Most importantly, he controls the tempo of the game and he calmly evades pressure often occuring in midfield, takes the ball away with a touch or flick from an opponent, and then effortlessly distribute it to a free player. He doesn't panic and doesn't hoof the ball. What he does enables us to retain possession in Sarri's system and it's beautiful to watch and is so critical in playing the way we want to. In his central position, he has the ability to have a sense of the full pitch and have a vision of all that is happening on the pitch. He then dictate plays the way he wants. You can't take that attribute away from a team if you have such a player. So, how do we get the best out of both? An option will be to have both players play as pivots on the same level. One or the other isn't permanently playing in a more forward position that the other. They take turns to switch around their positioning. If Kante wins the ball in the wide areas in our own half, Jorginho moves further up the pitch to receive a pass and Kante becomes the player staying back in the centre. Here Jorginho's ability to dictate the attack is passed on to Kante. For me Kante, is just not a upfield player. At some point during the Arsenal match, he was like one of the two strikers next to Morata. He is not being fully utilised there. If Jorginho has the ball in the centre of field, Kante moves forward but he shouldn't be further forward than the third midfielder. I'm not sure if others feel that this is much of a conundrum. I hope Sarri finds a system to utilise both and get the best attributes out of both. Because, we will be amazing then. This also goes to show, a collection of great players doesn't necessarily mean their individual abilities will stack when combined in a team, unless you are a great manager who knows to get the best out of both.
  2. Kante and Jorginho - The Conundrum

    Anyone feels Kovacic and Barkley instead of Kante could be better in this team? Crazy to think that but yeah. It's been a while since we say "Kante was everywhere in this match!"
  3. Chelsea 2 Manchester United 2

    If every player lying in the box leads to the game being stopped then every player will fake injury in the box every time an attack is underway. Sorry but play to the whistle. Have a player down in the box? Unfortunate but deal with it until the referee says stop. Alonso did get up right after the goal and argue with the ref so it's not a serious injury to warrant any stoppage, especially when the attack and advantage is on for the attacking team.
  4. Chelsea 2 Manchester United 2

    Why not play Pedro as a striker? The guy is clinical and works hard. I'd play him there ahead of Hazard.
  5. Chelsea 2 Manchester United 2

    when I saw jose come to his senses and play martial and rashford and not alexis I know it'll be difficult. too bad jose isn't the old loyal jose who sticks with crap players and bench good players irregardless
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    Always better to have new toys mate. If it costs something it must be good. Freebies just do not cut it.
  7. Ross Barkley

    I feel and see similarities between him and Hazard with the way he dribbles the ball and move his body. But I don't know why he is ineffective mostly. I even feel RLC is more adventurous and effective. I don't know what is this little renaissance people are speaking of. He's constantly playing a reserve role to Kovacic a loan player, so far.
  8. Eden Hazard

    Hazard is a gentleman who will not upset the cart. He's a diplomatic and prefers the soft approach and thinks more about others the club and the fans more than himself. He's different from his other Belgian colleague. And for that reason most will be happy and accepting if he decides to go.
  9. Can see from a mile away he's quality and that he will adapt and exceed the high level of the PL. Some players you just know will make it while there's others like Bakayoko who can flatter to deceive.
  10. Transfer Talk Topic

    I always felt we only go for hyped up players of the moment. When he was hyped we were interested. And when he tails off a bit like right now we tend to give it a miss. When this is currently.probably the best time to land such a player. Same thing when we buy into the hype of Morata then.
  11. Transfer Talk Topic

    What happen to Belotti? Could it be a good time to pick him up when his hype and stock is not as high as before?
  12. I guess you rather be supporting Mourinho at this point. And guess what for all of Mourinho's "CV" he's been sacked 3 times at different clubs. Whereas guess what Sarri has never been forced to leave. So much for being a yes man.
  13. Eden Hazard

    I still recall some fans wanted him out about 3 years ago.
  14. Liverpool 1 Chelsea 2

    Yup. Problem is not having any saves to make is making him anxious.
  15. Liverpool 1 Chelsea 2

    Why is it that after seeing Caballero against Liverpool I feel more confident with him than Kepa. With Caba you know he won't hesitate. With Kepa he always seem hesitant to commit or is unsure of himself. Saturday game will be a huge test of nerves for him.
  16. Transfer Talk Topic

    I'm in the camp of blaming the manager. Something must be wrong with you or the system you employ if half the squad suddenly turn against you.
  17. Kante and Jorginho - The Conundrum

    Looks like you're wrong as Kante took Barkley's nore advanced position when he came on. Perhaps we needed a goal and we needed Kante's pressing? If so it means Sarri believes Kante will get us a goal more so than Barkley.
  18. Kante and Jorginho - The Conundrum

    It's deliberate. Barkley was playing more advanced today and then Kante came on and took his place with Barkley going deeper. Strange.
  19. Transfer Talk Topic

    All sweet until you remember some Chelsea fans calling Hazard, Cesc and Costa rats while supporting Mourinho undyingly.
  20. Kante and Jorginho - The Conundrum

    So now the conundrum is really starting to present itself and is becoming real. Jorginho is crucial and central to Sarri system. His quick thinking keep the ball short passing is unmatched by any other players in the squad currently I feel. Most would lose composure or make a wrong pass when pressed. Jorginho rarely lose the ball or make a poorly weighted pass even when pressed. I feel Kante can withstand pressure but just lack the creativity and distribution from that anchoring position perhaps. The most viable solution is have Kante just ahead of Jorginho and have Fabregas in the advance position. Only thing is Fabregas can't press up front as much as Kante. But is certainly more creative and is a goal threat.
  21. Transfer Talk Topic

    Hopefully the club goes out and spend big on a striker in January. Yes January. Can't afford to wait till summer. Hopefully Sarri is now convinced how useless Morata really is. He must really believed in Morata having not just not sign any striker but send Bats out as well.
  22. Kante and Jorginho - The Conundrum

    For the life of me I can't understand why Kante is playing as a striker at times. I know he's good and can adapt at anything and everything and can be everywhere and anywhere. But for the love of God he is not one you want at the end of precious chances. Why is it not possible to have Barkley or Kovacic in that advance position? I reckon its because Kante can be used to close down opposition in their own box and midway from centre circle to the box. But we know he is largely ineffective up front. The chance where he skied the shot he probably thought that he was clearing the ball!
  23. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    I still don't get the rational oh having Kante so far up instead of Kovacic. Pretty sure Kovacic would at least a shot on target from that 3 opportunities
  24. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    I think top 3 players talk got into Hazards head too much this match.