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  1. Chelsea 1 Leicester 1

    I can see your point. But so early in the development of this team I would prefer the solidity of the midfield to any kind of swashbuckling. I would take a goal or two and a clean sheet over a high scoring game.
  2. Liverpool 2 Chelsea FC 2 (Liverpool wins 5-4 Pens)

    There is a lot to be happy about from yesterday's performance. The building block of success is getting the best out of each and every player. I can see Kante returning to the player he is. Even Emerson looks like a real FB. Kepa looks a different goalie The team plays with so much confidence. Pulisic's pass to Giroud for the goal was top class. On the other hand, I can also see why players like Tammy Abraham may never be first team quality at Chelsea By every match I feel more positive about Lampard and his coaching team. We do need an aggressive forward. I dont know if we can create one out of the existing group of No 9's. I like the fact that Lampard gave Zouma the chance to redeem himself after the nightmare of Sunday. I could see that in the second half he was getting tighter to his man, which worked better. He would convert many corners if he can bring a bit more direction and timing to his headers. Overall, I am really pleased with the team.
  3. Liverpool 2 Chelsea FC 2 (Liverpool wins 5-4 Pens)

    +1 Completely agree. Keeping her head down and getting the job done. Would put some top male refs to shame.
  4. Liverpool 2 Chelsea FC 2 (Liverpool wins 5-4 Pens)

    That was a great half. It went from relief to pure joy. We look like a team of players who are confident on the ball and know their movements. The minimum I asked of the new manager was to free the players to show their skills. It looks like Lampard has already done that.
  5. Manchester United 4 Chelsea 0

    Yes, we outplayed them in attack. And that was a delight to watch. Our movements on and off the ball made them look average in the first 25 min. But there was a time when we ought to have taken our foot off the pedal to give them a false sense of ascendancy, then exploit the gaps they would have left. It's precisely what they did to us. Their players gave the ball away no less than ours. But they played a counter attacking game and it worked for them. Away from home, even a vastly superior team tend to allow the home side to dominate. Because then they get carried away, egged on by the noise of their supporters. Ultimately it's not about how well you play, its about how effective your strategy is in achieving your set results. We did not set out to play well and get beaten 4-0.
  6. Manchester United 4 Chelsea 0

    Honestly, there is not much I can disagree with from the points you've just made. The more I reflect on that performance on Sunday, the more I wonder what might have been if we were a bit more foxy in our approach. So, yes, I'm with you in that respect. Regarding the influence of Jody Morris, coaches coach, managers manage. If Lampard didn't learn that after Sunday, then he is not ready to manage at this level.
  7. Manchester United 4 Chelsea 0

    I just hope that we don't throw away the baby with the bath water. I actually saw some very good things in our performance on Sunday. Our passing was quite good until we gave the ball away. In fact most of the time we conceded possession was for overdoing the good things. I have watched matches under experienced managers when we got stuffed and came away with not a single positive thing to say about our performance. Sunday was not one of them. In the end we have to remember that there is a difference between being poor in your job and being naive. On Sunday's performance I would say Lampard was naive on the day.
  8. Manchester United 4 Chelsea 0

    I usually make my judgement about a coach's overall ability when I've observed a pattern of weaknesses and flaws on or off the field. There is a few things from yesterday's performance that can be blamed on Lampard. But to use these as a proof of his unsuitability for the job is a bit baseless. There was poor game management. We seemed to get carried away with trying to control the match and forgot to defend or watch out for counter attacks. We do not have the quality to control a match for 90 min. Last season our best performances came when we stepped back a little bit and allowed our opponents to come at us. If Lampard thinks we can win by dominating from from start to finish, then I'd draw my conclusions about him rather early. As it stands nothing really has changed my view about Lampard's appointment. It was always a gamble. And if Lampard can learn quickly, it might still pay off. Our more experienced manager suffered arguably worse defeats in more advanced stages of the season. It didn't stop him being given the Juventus job this season.
  9. Manchester United 4 Chelsea 0

    I see a lot of sense in using Abraham this way. But unfortunately, what we were doing this afternoon, the slow build-up, is the exact opposite. As for Giroud, he is a decent striker, but a lazy striker. His work rate has prevented him from progressing to a top striker.
  10. Manchester United 4 Chelsea 0

    There is a lot for Frank to learn from this match. We were like a one-trick pony, a bit like Sarri; trying to dominate and then falling for a cheap counterattack. Sometimes you have to concede ground and invite your opponent to that you can exploit the space they may leave behind. As a rule, if you go full press for 15 min and don't score, take your foot off the pedal a little bit and stay solid, ready to counter. What we did instead was to try to control the match for 90 min; when we had the legs and even when our legs were tired. And we tried it without the quality to score. I see something of a Morata in Abraham; defenders bullying him off the ball too easily, turning our attack into theirs. Your striker giving the ball away just as his teammates are pushing to support him leaves your team in a very bad position.
  11. Manchester United 4 Chelsea 0

    A very strange match. To play so well and lose 4 nil is hard to stomach. One thing for sure, you can't make up for quality. Zouma conceding an unnecessary penalty, Abraham losing the ball, one of many times he did that all afternoon - these were 2 important incidents at a time when we were still in the game. In terms of the organisation, I noted in pre-season that we tend to lose our formation and positions whenever the opposition is counter-attacking. Frank has got his work cut out. But he has some easy decisions to make; Zouma, Abraham, and Barkley could easily be shown the exit from the squad.
  12. Manchester United 4 Chelsea 0

    One player, Zouma. I must say he doesn't seem to have improved one bit from when he last played for the first team in a competitive match.
  13. Manchester United 4 Chelsea 0

    Very impressed by our performance. We look like a team, absolutely. Let's hope we can cut out those mistakes, and that we can put on our shooting boots second half. Overall, pleasantly surprised how well we've played. .
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    Completely agree. Listening to Talksport on my way home, it felt like the most successful English club in Europe of the past 15 years no longer exists. If our youth graduates and loan returnees cannot find the motivation, then I feel sorry for them.
  15. Borussia Mönchengladbach 2 Chelsea FC 2

    What strikes me so far is our lack of positional and formation discipline. So many times we suddenly abandon one flank to the opposition. It reminds me sometimes of the type of football we used to play in primary school, where everybody goes where the ball is. Frank Lampard was a free roaming midfielder. His Chelsea team would get slaughtered if players go free roaming. We must learn to stay solid, disciplined and in shape even as we attack.