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  1. Tottenham Hotspur 0 Chelsea 3

    Also agree. I think it's more like Lukaku's runs have exposed their weaknesses. For all Werner's failures last season, there were moments when a simple early ball might have released him to a one v one, and that ball wasn't there. We're seeing some of that with Lukaku, except that Lukaku is making it more obvious the way he pulls into position. Alonso has been brilliant. What we are seeing is the players with good all-round footballing skills killing it everywhere on the pitch - defenders hitting passes and crosses that would shame midfielders, and scoring goals for fun while those with limited skills are struggling even in the one thing that they should be doing. I hope our forwards step up. They just looked completely out of their depth in that first half.
  2. Tottenham Hotspur 0 Chelsea 3

    I feel genuinely frustrated but also sorry for Mason Mount. For all his energy and hardwork, he seems to have forgotten what the main and ob of his position is about - to consistently create good quality final balls. Instead he has gone down to a small player mentality - try to score a goal whenever you're close to the net. You can see Mount's body position, where he looks, and how he runs, the moment he picks the ball - he's looking for a shooting opportunity first. Sometimes, the best passing opportunity is at the first touch. He should be fully aware of his No 9 and other forwards, and make absolutely the best decision possible. Goals would come naturally. That is what you need from a big player at this level. He's not doing that. As for Kai Havertz, nothing has changed my mind about him. He doesn't have many qualities, and the little he has, he doesn't show consistently enough for me. All our forwards - CHO included, should be given a real shot at those two positions. I could not see the guys on the bench yesterday doing any worse than Havertz and Mount in the first half.
  3. Tottenham Hotspur 0 Chelsea 3

    That was a joyful second half. One quality of Rudiger that is rarely talked about is his ball play. He hits such precise passes across every distance. Not surprised how he slotted that one in. Pleased for Kepa as well. His professionalism is remarkable. When called upon, he took his saves. Besides the goal, Kante added stability and calmth to the midfield. The whole team was absolutely brilliant.
  4. Tottenham Hotspur 0 Chelsea 3

    Happy to see Kante on, but why Mount off?
  5. Tottenham Hotspur 0 Chelsea 3

    Okay, I must have missed that build up. I was referring to the moment Lingard was shaping for that shot.
  6. Tottenham Hotspur 0 Chelsea 3

    To be honest, he is not that much different form the player he was at Leverkusen. He never dominated week in week out, but would do wonderful things given the time and space. It's just tighter and faster over here.
  7. Tottenham Hotspur 0 Chelsea 3

    Absolutely true. Not sure why he keeps starting.
  8. Tottenham Hotspur 0 Chelsea 3

    Mount - lots of hard running, end product lacking. Havertz - nothing at all. Not creative, not hardworking, no strength on or off the ball, finishing neither here nor there. Not sure what to make of the player at all.
  9. Tottenham Hotspur 0 Chelsea 3

    The final balls from Mount and Havertz are just not good.
  10. Tottenham Hotspur 0 Chelsea 3

    Sorry to digress, but Declan Rice just stood and watched, when he could have closed Lingard for that Man U goal. I think Zouma did all he could.
  11. Chelsea 1 Zenit St Petersburg 0

    Let's start with the beautiful. I enjoy watching our defence perform. The mix of personalities and skillets, how they anticipate and cover for each other, how they mix it up - technics, power and pace. If rumours that we are planning to replace Rudi with Kounde holds any substance, then one could see where it may start to unravel for TT. Kounde may be good, but Rudiger brings qualities and methods that not many defenders have Now the worrying. This performance was worse than the against Villa. What worries me is that after minutes of trying to suffocate the opponent without creating much, they swiftly break through our midfield, suddenly it's panic station, and we are saved by our solid defence. It was the same against Villa. I dont want to sound too critical, but it does seem that TT's hyperscrutiny may be creating a certain nervousness amongst some players. The kind of misplaced passes we saw in this match is typical of nervous players rather than lack of techniques. Wearing your heart on your sleeves as a manager can have unforseen consequences. It goes in football that if you are afraid to make mistakes with your passes, that is when you make a lot of mistakes. And I wonder who was spoiling our creative plan last night, seeing that neither CHO nor Kante featured. Now the slightly puzzling. For a bit, I did wonder whether we were reincarnating Sarriball but with a proper target man. The long ping-about without creating a shot on target, the opponent breaking through our midfield and causing panic .., all looked familiar. As for the target man, I can humbly say, Lukaku is making me eat my words. The one that made me chuckle. United losing to Young Boys and having a man sent off. I always pray for OGS and Arteta to win matches so that their boards can continue in their delusion that these guys will become top mangers if they persevere a few more years and sign a few stars.
  12. Chelsea 3 Aston Villa 0

    That is precisely my point. The way players perform (from keeper to striker) is influenced by the system and set up of the manager. It's not that Pulisic and CHO suddenly decided to stop roasting defenders, any more than Mbappe did under Tuchel in those CL matches I watched him play. We don't have enough pace and movement upfront to allow a winger to fly past a defender, unless you're happy to give the ball away. Playing as a wingback almost completely takes away the main weapon of a winger. You cannot stay upfield and receive that early ball that sets you one v one against a defender, because you are always deep at the start of a transition. By the time you get to the ball, the opposition is set up nice and compact. The most you can do is keep the ball or cross. We saw that again and again on Saturday.