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  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    There is of course the Mina Raiola commission to add ontop of the fee as well. It is true that Milan have been having major financial problems however their 19 year old homegrown star will not come cheap. We have too many more important issues to spend a huge chunk of our budget on a keeper.
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    Allison does look class but £70 million for a goalkeeper? I would much rather we went cheaper and signed some decent attacking players. Who we could get is a more difficult question. Cech unfortunately is passed it and I fear Schmeichel not good enough. Pickford was signed by a heavily backed Everton for £30million just 12 months ago and I'm not his biggest fan. Butland could be a cheap pick up from Stoke however I have concerns about his injury record. Liverpool can afford to go big on a keeper as their first 11 is pretty much complete with quality players all in the prime. The goalkeeper is one of the last pieces of the jigsaw. We on the other hand have a lot of rebuilding to overhaul an ageing team before we consider such a crazy signing.
  3. Seems more likely than Gareth Southgate suddenly becoming an NFL style set-piece coaching expert. England looked genuinely dangerous and caused huge problems to every opponent from dead ball situations.
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    Higuain is now 30 and already visibly starting to slow down. He would also demand a huge fee and huge wages so I would be very surprised if there is any substance to this rumour. Seems like an easy link for the papers given he has worked with Sarri and they have made clear we have agreed not to buy anyone else from Napoli.
  5. Could it be linked to the departure of Steve Holland? In Conte's first season we were very good from set-plays and I recall the highest scoring team in the league in this area. Last season it seemed we stopped even trying with almost every corner taken short to Hazard or Willian. Must have been frustrating for Cahill and the rest running the length of the pitch and not getting an opportunity to attack anything. Worth noting the Steve Holland coached England scored 9 goals from set-pieces at the World cup.
  6. Squad Status: 2018/2019 Season

    Personally I would have Moses in the defender section. Playing at RWB I thought he was actually very solid defensively but a total liability going forward. If he has a future at Chelsea it would only be as a back up RB and I would be gobsmacked if we ever see him playing in the front three for us again. I would marginally prefer Zappa however Moses as a homegrown squad member is more valuable and he is probably good enough to play full back in the cups and Europa league. We should be focussing all of our energy on some new attacking midfielders.
  7. You are right in that last week was likely fitness work however there is no doubt we are playing catch up. Besides Arsenal our main rivals will already be adapted to their managers way of thinking and so the returning players main focus will be match fitness and not learning a new way of playing. This quote from Chalobah who of course spent a year under Sarri on loan gives an insight into the level of detail his methods require. The full Chalobah interview on his time at Napoli is well worth a listen.
  8. When dropped by Conte I thought Cesc showed a great attitude even when barely coming off the bench. He eventually fought his way into the team but he now has a younger, more mobile version of himself to contend with. I think there's still a huge role for him to play if not necessarily as first choice. In the title winning season he has already showcased how big a weapon he can be off of the bench. Certainly against lower level opposition, a midfield three of Fabregas, Kante and Jorginho could be very fun to watch. Due to the late arrival of both Sarri and those at the World Cup, not to mention the big change in style, I see it being a slow start to the season before we begin to see the new manager implement his ideas. I would be surprised if Sarri does not see the benefit of utilising an experienced player already educated in similar ideas who has proven himself a leader on and off the pitch.
  9. First interview with Sarri.
  10. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Congratulations to Frank Lampard and Jody Morris who have been appointed manager and assistant at Derby County. Hope they both do well and certainly would expect some of our best young prospects to be heading that way now.
  11. Transfer Talk Topic

    My friend is a season ticket holder at Villa and says JT has been class all season. Suddenly an expensively assembled team of individuals are playing as a team and his centre back partner James Chester has been excellent alongside him. The atmosphere there for a good few seasoms had become toxic. Besides being a brick wall at the front post and an underappreciated ball playing centre back, he always had an incredible ability to organise his defence and increase the performance levels of his fellow CB. He will have been a huge miss behind the scenes and even though I like Cahill he has always struck me as more of a follower than a leader. I have no doubt JT will still be great in the Prem but as mentioned above there is a huge gulf between the top 6 and the rest. Playing for a team who can sit deep with a low block is perfect for him as it minimises the chances of him ever getting left one on one with a Jamie Vardy type. Weirdest part of all of this is hearing anyone rave about John Terry that's not a Chelsea fan or an ex pro.
  12. Squad Status: 2018/2019 Season

    Moses is certainly not a winger anymore and he is an okay wing back who I would be happy to keep around as back up. He did well for a while last season but he is not starting quality for Chelsea. If you have a choice between playing him at right wing or right back then it's a no brainer surely? For a converted winger he is useless as an attacking threat although actually pretty solid defensively. Zappacosta on the flip side is supposed to be a right back and can't defend. He is actually decent going forward but as most have said pretty average overall. Azpilicueta's crossing has come a long way in the last couple of seasons and in a back four he's perfect for right back. Taking Zappa off and moving him to full back resulted in most of our best chances the other night. Ashley Young and Valencia for that matter have shown themselves to be great full backs. Never in a million years would have seen Young as an aggressive left back capable of keeping the form player in the world in his back pocket. Shaw has had three separate managers question his fitness and attitude whilst barely playing in the last 3 seasons. His leg brake was horrific and it remains to be seen if he will ever really come back from that. Not even a debate about who's the better left back and personally I think Young should go to the World Cup.
  13. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    True but none of the players we have sent there have dominated like he has. A Bundesliga loan would be where I would be sending him next. Premier league loans are very difficult and there have been plenty more failures than successes. It ensures he can stay away from a relegation battle or the Championship and so far Christensen, De Bruyne, Batshuayi and Thorgan Hazard have all done great.
  14. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Now I know it's the Dutch league and there's some very poor keeping but wow. The technique shown in this video is insane and although he will get less time on the ball in the future that will take him far. The goals at 2 mins 16 and 3 mins 22 are filthy good. He has totally dominated the league since he broke into he team as both Vitesse player of the year and in the Dutch league team of the year. A level above Baker last season and what is very promising is the yard of pace he has to go along with his incredible technical ability. The league is bad but he's not a player like Depay who relies on his physicality to dominate. Eriksen did alright coming from Ajax and Mason reminds me a lot of De Bruyne. Tammy, Mount and Hudson-Odoi all appear to have the attitude to match the talent and if they end up fulfilling their promise elsewhere now that will be tough to watch.
  15. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    Conte is clearly a talented manager though unfortunately I think he's been gone for a while now. We all could see the major squad issues going into the season and it all started with barely any fit players whilst being 3-0 down to Burnley. Poor Boga who was clearly never considered a legitimate squad player got 15 minutes before being dragged and it was remarkable Conte managed to keep us going until January. After beating Stoke on New Years day we went into second place. Since then the season has fallen off a cliff. Where the blame lies for the squad issue is up for debate but there is no doubt that Conte feels he was not backed. Personally I was on Antonio's side for a long time but his body language and attitude has totally changed my opinion. I believe he is a very good manager who we will struggle to better however if he doesn't want to be here he should go. The final straw for me was the terrible performance against City where in desperate need of a win we played dour, defensive football and the players were walking around the pitch. He started with no striker and didn't bring one on until the 80th minute even though we were losing in the 46th minute and there was two sat on the bench. The persistence with 3 at the back has been painful to watch. Huddersfield were insanely deep against City and needing just a point to stay up it was clear they would do the same at the bridge. Having 3 centre backs against a side like this is totally redundant and I couldn't believe me eyes when he actually switched to a back four after we went 1-0 down. We have also progressed into the 352 this season which is even more defensive and relies on Bakayoko to be an attacking midfielder. Is there a way that Conte comes back next season with a few extra bodies, a more attacking approach and a smile on his face? I wish there was but sadly I think he's already checked out and I don't want another season of this version of Conte. I hope we beat United next week and can have an amicable split from a manager who gave us a great first season. I think the only thing that remains to be seen is who blinks first, Roman or Antonio.