Rob B

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  1. Taking The Pee Out Of Liverpool (For Khobar)

    They’ve been (rightly) getting pelters on social media; Just the slaughterings that I’ve seen, Jamie Carragher, Did Hammnan, Matt Law, Oliver Holt, Henry Winter, Stan Collymore and Danny Murphy have all come out and condemned the move.
  2. Youth Team Production

    Agree, Emerson’s a goner. Not sure about your point on Maatsen though. I’m pretty sure that to be no.2 left back next season, Frank would have used him occasionally this season, and he hasn’t really, other than the Grimsby game (off the top of my head) It’s great that he’s signed a new deal don’t get me wrong, I just think that next season will be a loan, or see him sticking about as LB 3 or 4 like he has done this season. I think it’ll be a new player, plus Alonso, plus Dave if we need cover or different tactics required.
  3. Bayern Munich vs Chelsea

    BILD are reporting that this will be played in an empty stadium due to Covid-19!!
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    Not convinced we’ll go for a keeper this summer. I think the club will be inclined to stick with Kepa for another season, particularly if he has a strong end to this campaign. I can however, see us going for a LB such as Telles and almost certainly a striker to compete with Tammy. Dembele links seem tangible. Despite many people saying 6-7 in, I think it’ll be something much more low-key like the following: OUT - Emerson, Michy, Jorginho, Willian, IN - Telles, Dembele, Ndidi, Ziyech. Have an inkling that Pedro might stick around for one more season and it’s clear that there’s a stalemate between us and Willian currently. I like Jorginho and I certainly wouldn’t bet money on him leaving but I can see Frank wanting a more defensively-minded, physical player signed and I think Jorginho could be the one who makes way. We won’t want to lose Kante, get the feeling he genuinely rates Kovacic - plus he provides a better balance, and the rest either won’t generate the same funds/interest as Jorginho, or are players like Mount/Gilmour that the club wouldn’t sell even if Frank wanted to. My only worry with our transfer window is whether we can get the players who genuinely improve our first 11 and not just come into the squad. Are the possibilities I name above, nailed on first teamers for example? 1 or 2 maybe but not sure about all 4
  5. Chelsea 4 Everton 0

    A really really good performance again today for the second time in a week. Consecutive clean sheets is something we haven’t had in a while too. In a weird kind of way, I wonder if some of the current crop of injuries/suspensions have helped us, because there seems to be a renewed freshness and energy in midfield and attack - similar to how we were at the start of the season. Barkley, Alonso, Pedro and Giroud in particular have been brilliant. Pleased for Zouma, Kepa and Gilmour too who deserve to keep their place in the team. The latter has real star quality about him and is going to give Frank a selection headache. Hoping we can put a bit some wins together now for the run-in...
  6. Chelsea Finances Thread

    Deary me. These new loan rules only affect players 22 years old and over, and you’re still going to be allowed 8 (we currently have 15) How about we just concentrate on financially backing Frank to improve the first team, whilst developing the academy players we already have (which also happens to be the best in the country!) And instead of stockpiling players like cattle, continue to go out and buy the best young talent around (Ampadu and Gilmour etc) and if they need a loan a) they’re under 22 anyway and b) we’re doing it with a genuine interest in their development and pathway to the first team If these new rules mean we spend less time and money on the likes of Miazga, Kennedy, Nathan, Piazon etc (respectfully) then I’m all for it
  7. Chelsea 2 Liverpool 0

    Spurs are imploding!! 4 defeats in a row and players are running into the stands to fight their own fans. Absolute disarray 😆 I didn’t see José still there to start the August 2021 season, but at this rate he won’t be there come the summer. Levy is too tight to back him financially and the relationship will become strained if results on the field aren’t good, and Jose will start falling out with players. We’ve seen it all before.
  8. Chelsea 4 Everton 0

    Just happened to catch a few Everton games of late and noticed it quite quickly. For my own sanity I did a very quick twitter search and it seems I’m not going mad...
  9. Chelsea 4 Everton 0

    One thing I’ve noticed recently is that Calvert Lewin is really strong in the air, with a particularly impressive leap. For this reason, plus a good performance against Liverpool, Zouma would be a shoe-in to start this one for me. Probably next to Christensen if he’s fit.
  10. Chelsea 2 Liverpool 0

    This is basically everything I was going to post mate, so saved me the effort. Only other shout out I’d have made is Zouma coming back into the team and defending brilliantly. We all know he’s not the easiest on the eye with the ball, but I still think he’s a great ‘defender’
  11. Chelsea 2 Liverpool 0

    I’ll say it quietly but I’m a little bit more optimistic having seen the teams. I’ve changed my Super 6 prediction from 1-3 to 2-2 !
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    Isn’t all the talk about Pasalic irrelevant because we’ve never been able to get him a work permit? That is my understanding of why he’s never played for us, because he’d be straight in the squad otherwise I’m sure
  13. Chelsea 2 Liverpool 0

    Kepa will play tomorrow moreso to give him an opportunity to get back into the team without having to drop Willy for doing nothing wrong. I.e. if Kepa has a blinder it’s easier for Willy to accept if he is left out on the weekend. Personally, I’d try and give Reece a rest because I think he’s looked a bit leggy at times during the last few games (is it too harsh to say that he lost his man for Bournemouth’s second on the weekend??) Something like this, 4-3-3: Kepa; Azpi, Zouma, Tomori, Emerson; Jorginho, Kovacic, Gilmour; Pedro, Michy, Willian; Rests for Mount, Alonso, Giroud and James. Christensen, Kante, Pulisic, RLC, CHO and Tammy unavailable. Jorginho will play because he misses the next 3 afterwards. Because of this, I wouldn’t be surprised if he starts Barkley instead of Gilmour as the midfield three are very similar otherwise.
  14. AFC Bournemouth 2 Chelsea 2

    @My Blood Is Blue I guess we’ve come at this from different angles. I’ve looked at our squad of 25 players or so and the overall strength vs our main competitors, whereas you’ve looked at the 3 or 4 players that would get into each other’s team - where admittedly it is pretty even. I think the issue with the way you have arrived at your opinion is that whilst none of our defenders are star players like VVD or Laporte who would get in any team, as a collective of individual players, they are better than what Arsenal and Wolves have. Arguably Spurs too with the way Auderweireld and Vertonghan have declined this season. I’m also pretty sure all of them would swap Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount, RLC and Barkley for their midfielders - exception possibly of Spurs who have Ndombele, Le Celso, Winks, Sissoko, Dier and Ali. I think what your post definitely does highlight is our lack of 1 or 2 stand outs with real star quality. e.g. Aubameyang, Vardy, Kane, Son, DDG
  15. AFC Bournemouth 2 Chelsea 2

    Just had this debate at my house. General consensus here is that we have the third best squad in the league (fully fit) behind Man City and Liverpool. I definitely think we are stronger than Leicester and Arsenal, and probably Tottenham too. Man United are seriously under-performing and I think it could be argued either way.