Blue Rod

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  1. Chelsea 4 Everton 0

    Boy, you can flip. A week ago you said we didn't have any player of quality.
  2. Chelsea 2 Liverpool 0

    I thought that for a long time Poch was actually over-archieving with this lot of players. There was an opportunity for Levy to turn them into a side capable of challenging for the title, with a little bit of spend. He blew it. If you are resentful and spiteful of other clubs, and you think you're Mr Know It All of football CEOs, you can very easily forget that pride comes before a fall. I think Mr Levy has got an almighty mess of his own making.
  3. Chelsea 2 Liverpool 0

    Pedro needs to be moved on, I agree. He could manage more than a few more nights like this. The question is whether his heart is in it. You can almost tell in the first 5 minutes whether Willian or Pedro, or Emerson is going to put in any effort in a particular match.
  4. Chelsea 2 Liverpool 0

    Actually letting his defenders know what he is about to do has made a huge difference. More than once he waved his defenders to move up indicating he was going long. Before he was rested he would have made a blind pass to Zouma who would have been looking elsewhere at the time.
  5. Chelsea 2 Liverpool 0

    We got the basics right tonight. We didn't need to be absolutely brilliant, and tbh, you don't need to be, to win a match. We got tight on liverpool, and didn't give them time on the ball. We also denied them the space to run. Their game is based on high energy. And to be fair, they always tire towards the end of the season. You don't need a bus load of new signings to do the very basic things in football. Let's just remind ourselves again.
  6. Chelsea 2 Liverpool 0

    Time to end all the hype about Mount. Let's just wish him progress.
  7. Chelsea 2 Liverpool 0

    Maybe Mason Mount will get better. But at the moment, he is looking more and more like a very average player.
  8. Chelsea 2 Liverpool 0

    I woz there. I always said, running with the ball and aiming a shot is the one thing Barkley was good at. He should be encouraged to do more of that. The intricate passing thing is for the birds as far as Barkley is concerned.
  9. AFC Bournemouth 2 Chelsea 2

    They are easy lazy balls. They make our possession figure look good. Neither the passer nor the receiver needs to put in much effort. It's like we want to win on the cheap. I think we do have a long way to go to become a top and consistent team. I do hope we get there with this set up. But we need fundamental changes in the way we play.
  10. AFC Bournemouth 2 Chelsea 2

    Well, if you dont have the confidence to go on a full offensive, then your counterattack must have a bite. If it's neither of the above, what really are you playing at? Conte was not ashamed to use counterattacks in his first season. And when we did counter, it was fast and furious. You can be direct without going long, though. You just make sure your first, second, and third passes after you've won the ball ( that we talked about) are offensive. If the ball comes back, you go on the offensive again. The team has to make that switch, mentally and physically. Instead we are taking a deep breath after we've won the ball, pinging it back and forth and watching the opponents regroup.
  11. AFC Bournemouth 2 Chelsea 2

    The squad make up is an issue. But last year we had an older squad, and Kante quite literally ran himself to the ground and has not fully recovered since. This year we should have more pace and stamina with a much younger squad, but it seems even worse. It's a classic chicken and egg; either we are passing sideways and backwards because we can't run, or we can't and don't have to run because we pass backwards and sideways. I seem to think that each time we play more direct football we have looked more threatening. But even then once we"ve scored a goal, normal service seems to resume.
  12. AFC Bournemouth 2 Chelsea 2

    The Conte tweak involved a lot of hard running, which was fine so long as the players were happy to commit. I think far from the system completely breaking down, it was players fatigue or them wishing to go back to their old ways that was the main problem. The other problem was the abrasive nature and Southern Italian temperament of Conte. Right now we could do with improving the basics, for a start. Lower league teams, PL minnows, PL top teams, German league team - they are have all outran, outlasted us. I dont think there is a formation that doesn't require pace and stamina
  13. AFC Bournemouth 2 Chelsea 2

    Every player faces declines after their peak. But there is a difference between the decline of two or three older players and inconsistency running amok in the entire squad. Alonso's performance of last two matches for, example, is not a fluke, unless you've never watched him before. Some would say he is not even playing the best game that he's still capable of. I can say the same about Willian, Emerson, Christensen, etc. Of course we hope that Frank Lampard grows into the role. But are we not supposed to ask if he is growing at all, or should we just take it for granted that he is? Shouldn't his growth as a manager be reflected in the team's performance? We seem less of a team now than in August. All I am saying is, Frank Lampard must step up as a manager just as we ask his players to do. We shouldn't pretend that he has nothing to prove. He has not proven anything yet, in my book.
  14. AFC Bournemouth 2 Chelsea 2

    I have criticised Alonso for not being consistent this season (and who has been consistent?) But he is not a crap player. He may no be the best defender but as an all round player he is top quality. There is inconsistency all over the team, and that is a big issue. When that happens in any team and in such a scale, you don't look beyond the manager. Which is why I find it almost ludicrous that people are happy to lambast players who have proven themselves and yet say nothing about a manager who has proven nothing at this level. I am not saying that Lampard must be sacked. But if we think the players must improve so must Frank Lampard. I know what Alonso is capable of as a PL player. I wish I could say the same about Frank Lampard as a Premier League manager. At the end of the day, our inconsistency could be a sign that the players are just making it up at every match or even during the course of a match.
  15. AFC Bournemouth 2 Chelsea 2

    That problem of not knowing how to respond to opponent's press is part of our general problem of not knowing what to do when under attack.. You get tight on your opponent as soon as you lose the ball. Instead we are allowing so much space for opponents to pass the ball without interruptions. It's as if in our head we are still the ones with the ball and so need to keep that space to receive the ball. This is really an elementary football error that we are committing even against the lowest teams. This is why far too many attacks against us ends with some kind of goal threat.