Rob B

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  1. Chelsea vs Manchester City

    More movement than Giroud and more strength than Werner yet those two are on the bench ahead of him. He is clearly the best all-rounder of the three. If you want to make an argument to say that he’s not “world class” and that we should be aiming for better for next season I can accept that, but to not get ahead of Werner and Giroud is outrageous. What do you mean can’t keep giving chances? He’s had two halves of football... Has Werner kicked on? If we’re talking about giving chances, why hasn’t Tammy been given the same chances that he has? Werner can’t trap a bag of cement let alone hit a barn door but keeps getting included yet our top goal scorer can’t get a look in!! Tammy got hooked twice at half time for sub-par performances - has he done the same with Havertz when he’s had quiet games? (Because he’s been pretty inconsistent too)
  2. Chelsea vs Manchester City

    Matt Law also reporting this, so I guess this is credible. Just utterly bizarre.
  3. Chelsea vs Manchester City

    I guess the important point is for this particular game is whether they’d walk into Man City’s team though - and they wouldn’t. I think we have to go all out for this one...
  4. Agreed, but different players each time to escape any cards
  5. Chelsea 0 Porto 1 (2 - 1 on aggregate)

    Pulisic was absolutely class tonight. Fouled 11 times according to my lad who looked it up towards the end. Rudiger and Jorginho also very good in an otherwise pretty forgettable game. I thought we defended really well overall, and ultimately we are progressing so it’s a case of job done. All eyes on Man City now. Let’s hope their game tomorrow goes to extra time!
  6. Crystal Palace 1 Chelsea 4

    Haha I’m glad someone else spotted that. My family and I were going bonkers when that happened!! Poor from a professional footballer in what was an otherwise pretty superb performance. PS - Agree that he should put his foot through a couple of those chances, he seems to try and pass the ball into the net which is lovely when it pays off like the first goal, but not for the chance his missed with his right foot in the second half. Should have smashed that one.
  7. Crystal Palace 1 Chelsea 4

    No wasn’t called up which I guess isn’t surprising given his previous injury, but he then trained throughout the break, and wasn’t selected for the West Brom squad. TT was asked about him and he just said he can only select 18 out of 22 players etc
  8. Crystal Palace 1 Chelsea 4

    Tammy hasn’t been injured since before the international break...
  9. Crystal Palace 1 Chelsea 4

    Don’t disagree, but your post started with “I would play” 😃 I think it’ll be Werner, Mount and Giroud or Havertz, but I would personally play Mount and CHO behind Tammy.
  10. Crystal Palace 1 Chelsea 4

    If Werner and Havertz start up top again today, I will start to question what is going on behind the scenes, because it won’t be on merit.
  11. FC Porto 0 Chelsea 2

    I rarely (never) watch Porto so must admit that was not a game I expected. Clearly they’re no mugs having knocked Juve out, but I still expected us to dominate the ball, Porto to sit deep, and us struggle to break them down. In fact it was quite the opposite with them pressing us very well and probably edging it in terms of being the better team. I thought we were really poor overall but as has been said already a 2-0 away win in the CL quarter finals is a superb result and it puts the West Brom game fully behind us, with one foot in the semi’s. Only other thing I’d say is that Havertz and Werner continually getting chances with performances like that will start to cause discontent in the squad before long. What must Giroud, Tammy and CHO be thinking for example??
  12. Chelsea 2 West Bromwich Albion 5

    Jorginho was a shambles on Saturday, but he has been very, very good under Tuchel. Wins against Everton, Liverpool, Spurs and Athletico, with some important goals scored in there, and a stretch of games where we’ve conceded 2 goals in over a dozen played, makes it a bit unfair to call him a fraud IMO. He does have his limitations however and West Brom exploited them perfectly. For me, Jorginho certainly has a place in our squad, but so should somebody like Declan Rice and you pick whoever is most suited to the opponent. Gilmour, Jorginho and Kovacic as 3 of your 4 midfield options is horribly unbalanced. That’s the real problem.
  13. Chelsea 2 West Bromwich Albion 5

    I think there’s something in this, IF Tuchel plans to stick with the current formation (assuming he is our manager next season of course) Chilwell and James are brilliant full backs, but as you quite rightly say, neither offer enough as wing backs because they don’t commit defenders 1v1 or break the defensive line. Alonso is also unable to do this, albeit he has different strengths, mainly in the box. I thought TT was nurturing CHO for this role but he seems to have gradually lost his place for most games to James. That Rafinha from Leeds is ideal for our formation, and a Robertson or a Tierney on the left. In the absence of fantasy football wishlists however, longer-term, I think that Reece should be earmarked for RCB with CHO at RWB. Those two seem to have a good connection and Reece would be very effective breaking forward into space like Azpi does. One way or another, we simply have to have 1, if not 2 more offensive players into the starting 11.
  14. Chelsea 2 West Bromwich Albion 5

    Mendy hasn’t gone downhill all season. He’s been remarkably consistent actually, and Havertz got a serious bout of Covid.
  15. Chelsea 2 West Bromwich Albion 5

    Can’t be assed to dredge up a new Lampard debate but this is utter nonsense. Werner’s actually played his best stuff for us under Lampard, but I use the word best loosely because I don’t think it’s good enough under either coach. So has Chilwell, so has Ziyech and Silva has been mainly injured under TT but absolutely class other than 2 games vs West Brom under each manager. Mendy has been very solid under both managers. As I’ve said before, if people want to level the decision to exile Alonso, Rudiger etc at Lampard, or the hung-ho tactics that is fine, but he is not the person to blame for Werner not being able to score from 3 yards out.