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  1. Chelsea 2 Lille 1

    I’ll probably get slaughtered for this, but I’d be quite tempted to bring some of the older heads back for this one: Kepa Azpi. Rudiger. Christensen. Alonso Kante. Jorginho. Kovacic Willian. Abraham. Pulisic
  2. Chelsea 0 West Ham United 1

    Neither have had any football recently either which makes it even more baffling (on hindsight admittedly) There’s no shame in Frank getting it wrong though, he’s got plenty more right so far and hopefully this defeat acts as a wake-up call for everybody going into a really busy period.
  3. Valencia 2 Chelsea 2

    “Days and weeks” away from playing according to the press conference write-up I’ve seen mind you.
  4. Manchester City 2 Chelsea 1

    Both definitely injured. CHO has a slight hamstring issue, Barkley has an ankle problem.
  5. 5 Chelsea Questions

    First Chelsea Hero - Zola Signing That Excited Me The Most - Not sure I can pick one, but I was particularly excited by Joe Cole, Scott Parker and Torres at the time Player Wished We Signed - Modric Favourite Goal - Again, can’t pick one but Lamps penalty against Liverpool for the emotion, Alex’s free-kick against Liverpool and JTs header against Barca all stand out. Lifetime Eleven Cech Ivanovic. Terry. Carvalho. Cole Kante Ballack Lampard Hazard. Drogba. Zola (Special mention to Azpi, Desailly, Makelele, Essien and Robben)
  6. Chelsea 2 Crystal Palace 0

    Exactly the same - when Tammy score I just sat there, emotionless, waiting for them to review the goal (as I knew it was tight) and by the time half a minute has gone by the elation of the initial goal has passed. I was in favour of VAR initially because I thought it would bring more correct decisions overall, but I just want it gone now.
  7. Chelsea 4 Ajax 4

    Yep agree, although that team more or less picks itself at the moment tbh.
  8. Chelsea 1 Manchester United 2

    Thing is with Azpi, he is an absolute machine when it comes to being available to play. Doesn’t get injured, doesn’t get suspended. We’ve all seen the stats I’m sure, but the guy played 74 full games in a row and has only missed 4 PL games in 5 years or something ridiculous. At least with midfield, there are 3 positions and a minimum of 1 sub in every match day squad!!
  9. Chelsea 1 Manchester United 2

    Largely agree, but thought James was pretty tidy. Not outstanding, just think he was decent. I do feel that there’s a lot more to come from him though. Particularly when it comes to supporting attacks. I’d like to see him run beyond the defensive line more.
  10. Chelsea 1 Manchester United 2

    Pogba, Matic, Shaw and Tuanzebe are all out for United. So even a full-strength team (which Ole has already alluded that it won’t be), would be something like this: 3-4-3 De Gea, Rojo, Maguire, Lindelof; AWB, Fred, Mctominay, Young; Martial, Rashford, Perreira. But once you replace De Gea for Romero who always plays Carabao Cup, Mason Greenwood for one of the strikers, and Williams and Garner (who Ole has hinted will be involved) we definitely shouldn’t have anything to fear, full strength or otherwise.
  11. Burnley 2 Chelsea 4

    Definitely didn’t help matters. At the time, I just assumed it meant Michy starts on Wednesday night.
  12. Chelsea 1 Manchester United 2

    Interested to see what team Frank puts out for this one. It’ll largely depend on the latest with those currently injured. From his previous updates, I think it’s pretty safe to say that Rudiger, RLC and Kante are definitely out: For the purposes of this, I’ll assume everyone else is fit: Caballero James. Zouma. Christensen. Emerson. Kovacic. Gilmour. Mount. Pulisic. Michy. CHO. Starts for Reece and Billy (who were both brilliant last round) Emerson and Christensen to get some minutes if fit enough, with Barkley on the bench. Well deserved rests for Tammy, WillIan, Jorgy, Azpi, Alonso and Tomori. Toyed with the idea of resting Mount for Barkley but think it weakens the midfield too much. A chance to see Captain America and Batman together too!!
  13. Burnley 2 Chelsea 4

    Injuries to Barkley, RLC and Kante make CM difficult I guess. Not sure it’s the sort of game for Gilmour either
  14. Burnley 2 Chelsea 4

    Pulisic starts then... otherwise unchanged from Ajax.
  15. Completely agree, and I’d be bloody disappointed if they hadn’t to be honest. People expect them to sit back and lose one of our brightest talents in generations because a manager who’d been at the club for 9 months, who they probably already knew was going, didn’t want to pick him over Willian or Pedro? People who think that one person runs 100% of all footballing matters (at a club like Chelsea) are naive. We have 40 scouts who will have all been telling the board that CHO was the next Hazard. Commerical obligations, fan pressure, contract negotiations - they’ll be all sorts of interference - but as already stated above, those conversations will be two-way, rather than a clear “you must pick x”