Blue Rod

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  1. Everton 3 Chelsea 1

    Whatever the team selection, formation and tactics that Frank is adopting, there is an obvious team problem; we are not playing nearly with enough power, speed and intensity. Everton were first to the first ball, first to the second ball. When we had the ball, we did manage to posses it for a bit but without any intent ot directness. I think Frank really has to do something. We are playing every match like the last one. That is worrying.
  2. Everton 3 Chelsea 1

    This is how I see our defensive partnership. Tomori did make a few mistakes with his distribution before he was dropped. But both now and for the future, I see Tomori as a more reliable defender than Zouma. The way Zouma wobbles about on and off the ball, going down before he could make a tackle, his tendency to panic in a 1:1, must be a nightmare for any keeper, let alone one like Kepa. Because his body, arms and legs are never steady, you never know whether he is ready to receive the ball or just steadying himself. With Zouma, you dont get that feeling; our man has got the ball or their man, it's all under control. Tomori did become a little bit wasteful. But some people seem to have forgotten that earlier in the season no one got past him. And what about the passes that he was hitting earlier in the season?. At some point he boasted the same number of assists as Jorginho. Zouma on the other hand can't look up and hit a pass. He is looking down to the ball as he kicks it. The potential for improvement is another factor in my choice. Both are relatively young. But Tomori has not had the exposure and opportunities of Zouma. Many of Zouma's weaknesses could not be coached away
  3. Everton 3 Chelsea 1

    Where do you even start coaching Kepa? Wasnt he already coached?
  4. Everton 3 Chelsea 1

    Ball flew past a few yards in front of Zouma. It wasnt even a pass him. Call it a kick in his direction.
  5. Everton 3 Chelsea 1

    Forget about the goal itself, this is a keeper who who excels at absolutely nothing. To think that we actually paid good money for him.
  6. Everton 3 Chelsea 1

    Kev, I dont know about clown. The last time I saw one he made my laugh.
  7. Everton 3 Chelsea 1

    Exactly. He once saved a shot. Who would have thought that?
  8. Everton 3 Chelsea 1

    Anyone for Willian, CHO would be an upgrade sub.
  9. Everton 3 Chelsea 1

    Willian again. F**k. I can understand not having options to drop Azpi. But can CHO do any worse than Willian?
  10. Everton 3 Chelsea 1

    Azpi must go as well. He hasn't played a decent game for months
  11. Everton 3 Chelsea 1

    Twice Willian had the chance to wrap his left foot around the ball, he decided not to. Are we so short of options that no one can replace Willian?
  12. Chelsea 2 Aston Villa 1

    The personal dislike nonsense is branded about by people who have little else to say. Granted it was only Villa, but Kante in the middle just made us look a lot less fragile. Yes we sacrificed Jorginho's passes, but people forget that Kante can hit some of the most pinpoint long, short and middle range passes. He is just a lot more careful with the ball and less daring. It is also worth noting that Jorginho's assist rate is pretty average, despite his pass stats. We do need to find a solution to the Jorginho - Kante conundrum. Ignoring it is not an option, nor is accusing people of having a personal dislike to either player.
  13. Chelsea 2 Aston Villa 1

    We were technically in another planet from Aston Villa. So.how did we end up clinging on to victory. It came down to what I've been banging about this last couple of weeks. I can see that Frank and Jody have done a lot of work on the technical side of the team. But competitive sport is 40% technique and 60% power and speed. The sooner Frank and the boys realise this, the better for Chelsea.
  14. Chelsea 2 Aston Villa 1

    I think our slow attacking speed is a systemic problem rather than that of individual players. Let's not forget that Conte made the players run like crazy. It seems not all players liked the hard running. But the result was there to see. Second season, the speed dropped and the difference was clear. Sarri brought in a lot of possession. But even in those key matches that we did well under Sarri, more often it was speed rather than possession that stood us out. It's hard to find any reason why a team of young players should lack speed in counter attack.
  15. Chelsea 2 Aston Villa 1

    And there lies the problem; mark out Tammy and you are half way to neutralizing Chelsea. Some have also worked out how to pinch a pass meant for Tammy to start a counter attack from there. Our football has become a little bit too predictable and a little bit too slow. I have been watching Leicester City and I see how they overpower teams with sheer speed and intensity without showing any particularly exceptional skills.