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  1. Chelsea 2 Burnley 2

    It could be Sarri's endorsement. But what is particularly big about that? Managers are paid £millions to do that, and a lot, lot more. Conte made Moses into 3 times the player he ever was, or would be. Alonso flourished despite his defensive frailties. But managers also have to convert these improvements into a solid team. We are a shambles of a team, saved from humiliation by the individual brilliance of our players.
  2. Chelsea 2 Burnley 2

    On individual levels our team is stronger than last season by far. And Except for Costa, we are as good as Conte's PL winning team (player per player) and better in certain areas. Hazard is at his peak, Kante is a more complete player than he ever been, even as he is playing in 2 positions, Rudiger is in his best form, Emerson is a defensive upgrade from Alonso. I have seen no particular dip in Pedro's form. His inconsistency correlates with that of the team. Giroud has not missed that many chances for club or country, Jorginho for all his weaknesses is an upgrade from Moses. Kepa is a Courtois replica in a good and bad way. I always looked at Higuain as an auxiliary striker. It's pretty obvious that despite his incisive movements he is getting absolutely zero service from the team, just like any other striker we might have thrown into this team. "One year older", except that footballers don't age like Mayflies I am not one bit convinced by the argument that our team is significantly weaker. We just have a manager who doesn't even know what his players' best positions are. He does not know the fundamentals of football. He arrived with one script, and he has stuck to it no matter what.
  3. Chelsea 2 Burnley 2

    I agree with most of your points. We have not always kept to the basics of football for several years, no matter who the manager is. However, we were scoring lots of goals over those years despite not keeping to those rules. Whoever was in charge just found a way to win matches. I actually think that our most successful managers have been the ones that keep their coaching simple and concentrate on the basics. And even when a manager like Avram Grant did not win anything, you could see that his best spell was when he allowed the players to just play their football. In contrast, AVB typifies a manager who was heavy on ideology and light on the common sense of football. Sarri belongs to that group. If Sarri had just concentrated on getting the players play their natural football, maintain discipline on the pitch, and look after the fundamentals, and like defending set pieces, we would be a much better team. Instead we wasted our time and energy pursuing some vain ideology. We are basically in a no man's land at the moment; should we continue to pursue sarriball, or should we rip up the script and start all over again? I am not sure even Sarri has a clue what to do next.
  4. Chelsea 2 Burnley 2

    You can't score goals unless you create them. You're making it sound like you don't actually watch football at all. I think on average wer actually gave a good conversion rate for the chances wer create. The problem is we create too little of them for a team that has so many good attacking players. The world's best striker would struggle to score any goal in this team. If er scored enough goals then we could afford to concede some more. To score 2 then concede 2 through simple set pieces to Burnley at SB is just not good enough no matter how anyone may spin it. We then spent over half the match creating nothing. Pathetic.
  5. Chelsea 2 Burnley 2

    Last night, Emerson ran the whole length of the pitch to hit a cross to the far post where there was not a Chelsea player for 20 yards. And this is in the PL.
  6. Chelsea 2 Burnley 2

    It has already been said, by Kev, I think, that we play like a team that is not being coached at all. Even when we win, it "just happens", rather than by design or plan. I see absolutely no positive impact of the coach in any department. No wonder the keeper would not even listen to him.
  7. Chelsea 2 Burnley 2

    Like I said before, I do not see any part of our game that Sarri has improved. I wish someone could tell me one thing that is remarkable (in a positive way) about Sarri. When a player surges forward with the ball, the supporting players should run even faster, or at least as fast as the man with the ball. And they should be at least 3 supporting runners.Time and again tonight, Hazard, or CHO made a run with the ball, and there was absolutely no reaction from the team. It's been like this all season. This is one of the basics Conte got right. If Sarri can't figure this out, how the hell did he get this job
  8. Chelsea 2 Burnley 2

    We conceded 2 easy set piece goals at home against a relegation struggler. How can one say we deserve top 4. Strange to see Italian coach whose team can't defend.
  9. Chelsea 4 Slavia Prague 3 (5-3 Agg)

    You may well have decided that we are not conceding too many goals from set pieces, or that it's fine to concede the goals we concede. But if like me and some other Chelsea fans, you think we are giving away too many cheap goals from set pieces, I dont think you should be blaming it on the gods. Heaven knows what Sarri is paid millions of pounds for.
  10. Chelsea 4 Slavia Prague 3 (5-3 Agg)

    Whether we go zonal to one, it's the manager's choice. A good manager would make either system work for their eam..
  11. Chelsea 4 Slavia Prague 3 (5-3 Agg)

    I cannot remember any Chelsea manager that was so mediocre in every single aspect of the game. I can remember those who were obsessed with one bit and neglected the other bit. I can also remember those whose ego got the better of them. But with Sarri there isn't a single positive aspect. First half we set off playing the kind of football that might have got us a comfortable top 4 if we had not wasted 2/3rd of the season trying sarriball. Kante retrieving a ball in the middle and setting off Pedro felt like a walk down memory lane. But amongst the things that a PL manager is paid for is something called game management. So you'd think we'll come out second half and control the game. Every single time Kovacic has played in central DM position in our Europa cup tie he has struggled massively. He doesn't want to play there. He doesn't have any of the skills for that position. But in the first 45 min Kante covered for him by playing in two positions as he does for Jorginho. But Kante is only human and his tiredness by the end of first half could be seen by many but not our brilliant manager. This was a crucial factor in our second half performance. Forget big footballing strategy, even basic passing, movements, positional play and defensive work is lacking. As I said previously, this is a manager that has been carried by the hardworks of individual players. Whenever his organisational skills have been called upon, in order to manage a game, change something, adapt, Sarri has failed miserably.
  12. Chelsea 4 Slavia Prague 3 (5-3 Agg)

    Sarri must not do half time talk. I thought he learned from the Liverpool game.
  13. Chelsea 4 Slavia Prague 3 (5-3 Agg)

    That tie is evenly balanced as far as I can see. Ajax are playing some good old fashion total football, but Spurs would like to think they have caught a bit of that that thing we caught in 2012
  14. Chelsea 4 Slavia Prague 3 (5-3 Agg)

    I was a bit surprised by how confident the pundits were about Juventus beating Ajax. After watching the first leg, I put my money on Ajax. It might not have worked, but their football just made more sense to me. I actually enjoy the current format of CL. It allows for fearless young teams of so-called non-league champions like Ajax to upset the apple cart. I would rather have their tie with Juve than another Real Madrid v Juventus drag show.