Rob B

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  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    Yes. But even if it was conducted ‘by the book’ it’s certainly not Frank Lampard that they’re calling.
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    We both know that’s not how it works. At best West Ham will reach out to Rudiger’s people first of all, before they even contemplate talking to Chelsea. The days of a manager offering players to other clubs are long gone.
  3. West Bromwich Albion 3 Chelsea 3

    You’re splitting hairs. 6 points over an entire season is bloody marginal!!! It’s two winning goals in the games we drew and if you said to the majority of fans, we will get to within 5% of the points of the season before by clearing out Zappacosta, Cahill, Higuain, Drinkwater, Luiz and losing Hazard, and bringing through some untried Academy lads and Pulisic they’d bite your hands off.
  4. West Bromwich Albion 3 Chelsea 3

    I’m not sure that’s true to be honest. I know for a fact Spurs and City have played a back 3 and a back 4 under their current manager. I also know they change formation in midfield, sometimes opting for a double pivot or a midfield trio. None of that is different to what Frank has experimented with. I do think he chops and changes too much (with players rather than formation) but to say the other coaches stick to one formation at every club they go to, just isn’t true. Sarri has about 30 odd years of coaching experience and only did marginally better than Frank’s first season in the PL with a weaker team. Had we beaten Arsenal, their seasons would be nigh-on identical. Frank deserves a lot of credit and a bit of time for that in my opinion. His big decisions over the next few months SHOULD be the following: - Settling on a CB pairing. I genuinely could not tell you who our first choice CBs are, and if you asked 5 fans who the manager’s preferred two are, you’d get 5 different answers. - Havertz or Mount. For me, both are at their best playing central. Appreciate they might be playing out wide currently because our first choice wide players are injured but I also feel like Frank is trying to accommodate his favourites and the team balance is suffering. There are plenty enough games for them to get sufficient minutes. You could even play Mount deeper against some teams, so they are both playing centrally but you still achieve width. - Pick a goalkeeper (Mendy) and stick with them for a prolonged run of games, with a consistent back 4.
  5. West Bromwich Albion 3 Chelsea 3

    Front 6 as expected but did not expect Christensen to play. Zouma not on the bench so assume injured? Even so, I would have played Tomori. Thiago Silva captain...
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    Firstly, Tomori got injured twice - once just after Christmas and then again just before the re-start. The latter was a 2-3 week muscle injury but when you’re playing circa 10 games in 6 weeks, you’re not going to be risked. This ended up being about 20% of the season’s matches. Regarding Zouma, Frank telling the side to stop farting around at the back more than works for me by the way. Finally, not sure why you have responded to me with Jorginho as deadwood as my post referenced him as vice-captain, penalty taker and senior member of the squad. Rudiger and Kepa are deadwood as are most of the other players you mention (but we weren’t talking about them) - I fully expect at least two of those to be gone by the end of the window too.
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    A lazy manager or an ambitious one? Frank is not the only manager in the world to want squad improvements and he has waited two windows for them. (And earned them IMO) It seems to me that Frank has decided to move forward without Rudiger and Christensen as mainstays of the team - fair enough, they were both absolutely dreadful last season. Personally I would keep Rudiger and sell Christensen but this is based on past ability only, and not Age, Contract, Interest from other clubs etc. There is no doubt that Zouma and Tomori warrant their playing time right now, with Silva also about to come into the mix. In reference to the Sarri team bit, Kepa was also terrible last season and we have quite rightly gone out and bought someone to compete with him. He started the first two games of this season and cost two goals, so he can’t expect to keep getting picked. Not sure how much more loyal/supportive Frank can continue to be here? In terms of Jorginho, he’s started both PL games for us this season and is vice-captain and penalty taker. Seems to me like he has a pretty senior place in the squad, alongside other players who performed well under the previous manager such as Kovacic, Azpi, Giroud and Kante. He wanted to keep Willian too but that couldn’t get agreed. If people are going to criticise the manager, let’s talk about how we haven’t been able to defend set plays to save our life, or debate how chopping & changing the formation affects continuity. But getting rid of the deadwood and addressing the weak areas of the squad is absolutely not an area we should take shots at in my opinion.
  8. West Bromwich Albion 3 Chelsea 3

    Agreed. We came joint third last season and got to the FA Cup final having lost our best player, didn’t sign anyone for two windows, thus bringing through a load of academy lads, in what was our coaching team’s first year in top flight football. Since then, we’ve gone out and bought a host of incredibly exciting young talent with real purpose in the window, as well as an aging but still very good, leader in defence. And we have won 2 out of our opening 3 games, with the one we lost being to the current Champions. What is there to be actually negative about right now? It doesn’t get much better does it?
  9. Chelsea 6 Barnsley 0

    Not really - Barnsley had lots of chances, but we also missed some absolute sitters. Off the top of my head, CHO early on, Mount with his left foot that went wide, Barkley an open goal, and then Mount again which forced a really good save from their GK. We were maybe a bit fortunate to keep a clean sheet, but no way did 6-0 flatter us. We should have scored 10. Worth bearing in mind too that with the exception of Mount and Havertz, the entire team have played less than one game of football so far this season. It was the equivalent of the first pre-season friendly for most of them out there last night.
  10. Chelsea 6 Barnsley 0

    Agreed. They didn’t get a lot of protection from Ross & Kova either. Not necessarily a criticism of those two, they both played really well, but moreso in an attacking sense.
  11. Chelsea 6 Barnsley 0

    Few thoughts for those that didn’t get to watch the game: - Whilst Havertz will deservedly get the headlines, I thought Tammy was superb. His hold-up and link play is getting better and better. You could see an instant understanding with Kai. - Kai Havertz should have got two more assists having put through balls on a plate for Mount who fired wide and CHO who hit straight at the keeper - both pretty much 1v1 and should have scored. - Barkley has a very good game in a double pivot and did well linking defence and attack. Took his goal well and then missed the easiest chance of the night!! Continues to be a really useful squad player for us IMO - Silva almost flawless. Made one error early on, but looked calm and composed. - Chilwell had a 20 minute cameo and got the assist for Giroud’s header via a good cross. - Tomori had another really strong game. Has definitely played his way back into contention - Caballero made some decent saves, especially in the first half.
  12. Chelsea 6 Barnsley 0

    This. The rusty comment was almost certainly due to one mistake in the first half. Other than that I don’t think he put a foot wrong.
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    I really hope the reports that we are considering loaning CHO out aren’t true. The only true wide men in the squad are Pulisic and Ziyech - one of which is quite injury prone, and the other may take some time to settle. Our alternatives are to play central players like Mount and RLC wide which doesn’t work over a whole season.
  14. Chelsea 6 Barnsley 0

    Great opportunity to ease some of the new additions in if they’re fit... Cabalerro, Azpi, Tomori, Silva, Chilwell, Kante, Kovacic, CHO, Havertz, RLC, Abraham. 4-2-3-1 Might be lacking width with RLC or Havertz depending on who played out wide, but with no Ziyech or Pulisic, and CHO on the other wing, we don’t have another natural winger.
  15. Chelsea 0 Liverpool 2

    Agree with all of your post apart from this bit. Rudiger is our worst CB, or at best somewhere at the bottom along with Christensen. Zouma is by far and away our best out & out defender, and I would probably have Tomori next up - who I thought looked very good yesterday, especially considering he hasn’t played a game for about 7 months. Hopefully our centre-backs largely consist of Silva, Zouma and Tomori this season.