Blue Rod

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  1. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    It sounds like you are trying to make sense of this unexplainable formation from Sarri. If it is really this complicated in sitting in front of a PC, just imagine what it must feel like on the pitch. I don't think this convinces me one bit. If Jorginho was allowed the time on the ball that he has in Serie A, Sarri would not have this problem. As Fabregas put it; Jorginho is struggling. Sarri tried to play Kante as an outright right sided midfielder. When he realised how exposed Jorginho was becoming, he initially tried to defend his decision only to concede it soon after. Because against Fulham and City he quietly pulled in Kante inward to support Jorginho, creating a rather weird territory for Kante that resembles a right angle triangle. I am still not convinced that this position came about by design, nor am I even convinced that Sarri has finally worked out where Kante's position is. He knows where Jorginnho should play, but he is not yet ready to accept that PL is quicker through the middle than Serie A. He will soon have to. Because if Kante is only one player. There is no way he can perform all the roles some members of this forum have ascribed to him.
  2. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    Your analysis sounds logical, until you realise that none of the goals we conceded at Spurs had anything remotely to do with Kante. We have been suspect in counter attacks since the Arsenal game at the bridge. I don't think it has anything to do with Kante. If Sarri is saying that Kante should be playing close to Jorginho, then that is an impossible position, almost octopus - like . A right sided midfielder, supporting and playing close Jorginho in the centre, and a box to box midfielder, all at the same time. Sounds like a mess to me.
  3. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    You're right. Kante has always been a DM at Chelsea, until now. Under Sarri, Jorginho now sits in the position where you would expect a DM. And unless Sarri moves Jorginho slightly up and slots Kante behind him we have to assume that our DM position has now morphed into where Jorginho now plays, in other words, disappeared. In so doing, Sarri has basically created the Kante conundrum. The pressure should be on Sarri and Jorginho to make it work. That is why I am surprised that Sarri is talking so much about Kante
  4. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    I can see what you mean regarding journalists. But I also see a consistent theme of Sarri trying to talk down or criticise Kante to justify leaving Jorginho in his position. It should be Jorginho's job to justify his selection, not Sarri's. So far Jorginho has proved a worse selection than Kante in that position. He has not shown so much creativity as to compensate for his defensive liability (Sarri would have us believe otherwise)
  5. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    I am starting to take an interest in the character of Sarri. Things may not be what they seem. I was miffed when he singled out Kante for criticism after the Spurs defeat, despite dreadful performances from the likes of David Luiz. Against Fulham, Kante put out a performance of two players rolled into one. I don't think I heard even an acknowledgement from Sarri. At the press conference post-Citeh match, he said Kante scored "by chance" Read what you want into that, call it language problem. But I have found my own meaning for it. He then went to say Kante played in the right position, very close to Jorginho. He is kind of suggesting, that Kante had been playing in the wrong position previously, which confuses me. Because I now do not know what position Sarris considers the right one for Kante. He is supposed to partner Jorginho in the middle, or is he deployed in the right advanced position of the midfield? Or is he playing in both positions all at the same time? Because that is what Kante did against Citeh and also against Fulham. In all these, I do not see any admission of responsibility from Sarri for the team set up in the matches we lost. He seems to be blaming only the players. I think a few more bad results will reveal the true character of the man.
  6. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    This is just brilliant. These are the thoughts I keep to myself, because I thought I was being biased for my club. But then even now, some surveys across Europe still place us as the most reputable English club in Europe in the current era.
  7. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    I hope you don't mind me going with Maurizio Sarri instead. In his post match press conference he says Kante was playing very close to Jorginho in today's match. (which is what I saw with my layperson eyes) If Jorginho was a DM, Kante could not have been playing very close to him as an attacker, nor did I see Jorginho change his position to get very close to Kante upfield.
  8. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    A bit like a pot calling a kettle black. I can't think of anyone on this planet more obsessed with Mourinho than you. Don't you think it's tiring when you have to answer every post that remotely criticises Jose Mourinho? It should be normal to criticise any manager including one as flawed as Jose Mourinho. You have to ask yourself why you can't stand it.
  9. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    Well, that would be a surprise to me. Normally if you sprint you cover 3 times as much distance over the same time as someone just strolling. He's sprinting up and back to position.
  10. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    And by the way Man City are paying the price for their high press high intensity game - injuries and second half fatigue. The way the swarm their opponents in numbers with waves and waves of attack it would be impossible to maintain that for 90 min and throughout the season. Sarri and his staff must have sussed out that City will tire in the second half. So while they stepped down we stepped up. Another clever thinking from Sarri.
  11. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    That's a bit harsh. We should give credit to Sarri for listening to sensible constructive criticism. We needed defensive cover in midfield. So after weeks of trying to kid everyone, Sarri finally pulled back Kante to partner Jorginho, and deployed Hazard as a false 9. It is the ability to surprise that makes the modern DM almost unmarkable. Often first out on the pressing. When they expect you to pass back, you run with the ball, and when they expect you to sit back, you arrive at the edge of the box almost like a stealth fighter. But all this means little if you can't do the defensive part of the job. The only caveat is the energy it takes to cover the ground. Without having the stats, I can guess that Kante covered nearly twice as much ground as Jorginho even though they started the match at almost identical position. I have no doubt it will tell on Kante at the next match.
  12. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    It's rather unfair that this has become a Kante issue. Sarri can play Kante as a goalkeeper if he wishes. But he can't carry on ignoring the fact that his midfield is porous and Jorginho is not a defensive midfielder. The whole context of the Kante discussion seems to have been forgotten. Maybe Sarris sees Kante as a welcome distraction from his lack of midfield organisation, and poor defending of counterattacks.
  13. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    I wouldn't mind this set up. We need defensive cover in the centre of midfield, whether it's Kovacic or Kante. Jorginho will not provide that in a million years. And Kante can't provide it playing high up on the right side. Kante biggest achievements have been breaking up play and starting counterattacks. Naturally his energy would take him up and down the pitch. Quite how some would confuse this with a box to box midfielder (for examppe, Lampard) is beyond me. Makelele must have found himself in the boxes, but it did not change him from DM to box to box A box to box midfielder is essentially an attacking midfielder first and foremost. If Kante was ever assigned that role, his team would miss out both ways - defensively and offensively
  14. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    Is this comment for real? Since when did Kante become a box to box midfielder?. You can't be a box to box midfielder and a defensive midfielder all at the same time. By definition, a box to box midfielder goes wherever the ball goes, whereas the DM sits back to protect the back 4 from the inevitable backlash when the party breaks up at the other end. And, Kante is not played as a box to box midfielder at the moment. He is played as a right sided midfielder. He could not just abandon his position and go box to box.