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  1. West Bromwich Albion 3 Chelsea 3

    I mean, does anyone really think we were gonna spend £200m+ on players and give Frank time? 6 games, maybe 10 and if we are more than 5 or 6 points behind he will be gone.
  2. West Bromwich Albion 3 Chelsea 3

    These 2 point of course go hand in hand with each other and are a major issue. Key players going backwards under a manager is a serious worry, too many to just be a coincidence. The lack of any real style of play and the constant chopping and changing of formations and personnel, the absolutely horrendous set pieces at both ends, along with the inability to change, and the sheer lack of any improvement of any aspect of our game all add up to me being extremely worried for Frank. We quite simply had to start well, if we didn't perform at least get points on the board but we have been rubbish and find ourselves 5 points behind after 3 games.
  3. West Bromwich Albion 3 Chelsea 3

    No getting away from it that was absolutely terrible.
  4. West Bromwich Albion 3 Chelsea 3

    And yet another change in formation/tactics. Clueless.
  5. West Bromwich Albion 3 Chelsea 3

    No. He is quite simply out of depth and it is becoming embarrassing.
  6. West Bromwich Albion 3 Chelsea 3

    So, I should take a load of Americans watching games on TV above those I know that go to pretty much every single home and away game and watch him in the flesh. Ok. Gonna leave it there mate, this probably isn't the place and will are so far apart on our views there is absolutely no point debating it, also I dont want to be upsetting Jane.
  7. West Bromwich Albion 3 Chelsea 3

    Would need to see all the other players rating for that to really hold any weight and even then its just people voting, who knows if they are even Chelsea fans or indeed voting properly, to make any real judgement. I can only speak about the people I talk to, the ones I see regularly at matches and all I can say is the vast majority thought Rudiger was quality and there was absolutely zero talk of him not being good enough or indeed being sold. Now if you dont agree that's fine but your argument is that his performances have declined. They have. My argument is that it is partly down to his injury and partly down to the coaching/management. He is not the only player whos performances have declined since Frank came in. I would add Kepa, Jorginho, Azpilicueta, Alonso and Kante to the list. I'd also say Christensen but you could argue he wasnt great in the first place but I would say he was better in previous seasons, before Frank. If you look at Frank and the coaching set up and then look at the decline in our defensive players, then the way we defend as a team, I think it is fair to say questions should be asked of the tactics and training that is going on. We look utterly clueless as a defensive unit. Some of our key defensive players look utterly clueless. Our keeper looks even worse. This was not the case under Conte or Sarri. We can debate all day long about the level of certain players pre Frank but the fact is, and it appears you are agreeing with me, that some of them have gone backwards. Even if you dont think they were at the level I do previously we seem to agree that they have regressed. Its not just one or two either, its half the starting 11.
  8. West Bromwich Albion 3 Chelsea 3

    Not sure he gets a free pass but when you have had a very serious injury and come back to a team that as a whole defend like a bottom half side I think it's fair to give him some leeway. He has shown, previous to Frank coming just how good he is. When Rudiger, Kepa, Jorginho, Kante, Alonso, Azpilicueta, Christensen have their worst season for us, Luiz gets shipped out before kicking a ball, then Tomori getting dropped for no apparent reason and Emerson barely getting a look in you have to wonder if there is something not quite right with the management/coaching set up when it comes to defending, both individually and as a team. There is a chance, a fair chance that they simply haven't got a clue what they are doing.
  9. West Bromwich Albion 3 Chelsea 3

    Let's hope not, he done it with Liiz and 12 months later we bring in a 36 year old Thiago Silva that's never played in the league. Yeah, he's literally the last centre half we should be looking to move on.
  10. West Bromwich Albion 3 Chelsea 3

    Rudiger was quality in his first two seasons, then suffered a horrendous injury, anyone that says otherwise is just wrong. There was zero talk of him being anything other than class and absolutely nobody even mentioned he was not good enough and we should sell him. The Rudiger, pre injury is a different level to anything we currently have. When he came back he was expected to be our saviour but was thrown in to the defensive shambles that was last season. Far too many players, not just defenders, pretty much everyone in fact have been so much worse defensively under Frank it's pretty clear what the problem is. It will be a huge mistake to sell him, especially when you consider the other centre halfs at the club and I'd put a lot of money on him going to a very big club if he does leave.
  11. Transfer Talk Topic

    If we assume just because Cech is one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time then yes but that's quite an assumption to make. There is a long, long list of ex footballers in the media that quite clearly have absolutely no idea what they are talking about.
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    It's what I've been saying to my boys, I've yet to see him make a save I couldn't make.
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    That's the whole point Pete. I've looked at literally every single YouTube video of him and have not seen a single half decent save. My assumption is he doesn't make them and he's rubbish. I know people will go on about me forging an opinion based on YouTube and I've said a few times now its not something I would normally do but seeing as literally no one on here or elsewhere have seen him play much, if at all it's the only way to see what he's like. I doubt a single Chelsea fan was mentioning him as a potential signing before we were linked. There used to be a big thing about judging players based on YouTube but it's a bit different now, there is so much on each individual you can get a fair understanding of what a player is like, especially a goalkeeper. After all, surely all his best saves would be in his videos? Personally I'd rather do what I've done and look into a player as much as possible rather than just say 'Petr Cech rates him so he must be good!' Some want anyone but Kepa, some think that because the right people are saying the right things about about him he's quality. Personally I think a player who is 28 and has only played 2 years in the French league whilst not making a single decent save is not the answer and yes that is based on me never actually watching him play a full game of football. I suppose time will tell and if he proves me wrong I will hold my hands up and admit it.
  14. Chelsea 6 Barnsley 0

    Silva needs to start if available. Havertz needs to start. CHO needs to start. Tammy needs to start. The rest I'm bot bothered about, but I wouldn't put Kante or Werner anywhere near this one.
  15. Chelsea 0 Liverpool 2

    Spot on Mark. Pick a system , formation and just replace like for like within it. As I said earlier it has to be Kante plus one of Jorginho or Kovacic. Then either Havertz or Mount as the 8/10. Pulisic and Ziyech should be first choice wingers, CHO the one to play if either can't. I'm not his biggest fan but he is the only other natural winger we have so for me should be playing when one of them can't. Mount/Havertz can fill in when needed. We then need to drill them in training, over and over again. Dont worry about the opposition, we need them to worry about us. The more we train and play with a settled system and a core group of players the better we will become at playing it. We must have spent all week training to play the way we did yesterday and for what? To play something completely different in the next game. Once you have a settled system it is far easier to make the odd tweak but at the moment its changing almost every game and it was the same last season. We have just signed one of the best young strikers in the world who looked very sharp against Brighton yet in only his second game we play with Havertz up front and Werner out wide. I'm a huge fan of Havertz but he is not a striker, especially playing only his second game for us and coming up against Van Dijk, who wont have an easier game all season.