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  1. An ideal summer for me would be something along the lines of Dani Alves as cover, Veratti, Sanchez and Morata. (Assuming Costa stays) - I'd also bring back Christensen, Rahman, Traore and Lewis Baker to help add depth. So a squad like this perhaps: GK - Courtois, Begovic RCB - Dave, Zouma CB - Luiz, Christensen LCB - Cahill, Ake RWB - Moses, Alves LWB - Alonso, Rahman CM - Matic, Kante, Fabregas, Verrati, Chalobah, Baker RAF - Sanchez, Pedro LAF - Hazard, Willian STR - Costa, Morata, Traore, Bats Loan - RLC, Aina & Kennedy from current squad, but all would ideally stay in the PL. Anyone not mentioned e.g. Palmer, Abraham, Brown etc would be loaned again. And the serial loanees such as Wallace, Omeruo, Feruz, Kalas etc sold. Forgetting the fact that the 4/5 signings are superstars and unlikely to happen, that squad would give us great depth whilst also improving the quality of the first 11. Someone like Sanchez (for example) would be an additional goal threat, Verrati would give us extra bite and pace in midfield. These are the sort of key additions we should look to make. I've also gone deliberately heavy in CM and STR because I think Conte will want to go 3-5-2 at times, and this squad would allow us to do that.
  2. The other big question is Cesc or Matic? Cesc for me, but not sure Conte agrees
  3. Can't see it happening but Conte has to drop Costa for this one, in my opinion. Surely Michy can't be any worse than Costa has over these past few weeks?
  4. Big big win that. Thoughts on the game... Not our best performance ever but defended well on the whole (Luiz kept charging out of position a bit) and got the three points which was the main thing. Considering that their goal was from an error, not sure they created too many clear cut chances - admittedly Stones at the end and Fernando should have done better with their opportunities though. Thought Cahill was great, Hazard usual brilliant self, Alonso was good and Pedro and Kante as busy as ever. Feel a bit for Tibo for his mistake because he's been superb this season, and also for Zouma who was solid enough, but I understand why Antonio made the change. Costa still a bit below par but I thought he worked really hard tonight, and Matic needs to be better defending set peices - other than that the players put a good shift in. 18 points to go!
  5. Purely for the sake of interest, would people be okay with Hazard going to Real Madrid if it meant we got Neymar? Totally hypothetical because I don't think either will happen, just interested to see who people rate higher...
  6. Courtois, Azpi, Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Chalobah, Kante, Ake Willian, Costa, Hazard For me, something like that would be ideal. Still a bloody strong team, but also gives a few minutes to Willian, Ake and Chalobah. Zouma to come on for Moses if we're winning. That said, not sure we'll see any 'fringe' players at all. Can't really blame Conte if he goes super full strength
  7. I hope so too, but if he has, it wouldn't have been last night that sealed it.
  8. Nizaar Kinsella who is Goal's Chelsea correspondent, was at the press conference and live tweeted "there is a little problem with Eden, nothing serious. Everyone else is fit" The last sentence kind of implies Hazard wasn't fit however I suppose when reading back, it doesn't say he won't play.
  9. Isn't Hazard out? Therefore, could Conte play Fabregas and Matic with Kante? Pedro up top with Costa...
  10. I think I'd go with... Begovic; Zouma, JT, Cahill; Azpi, Cesc, Nate, Ake; Willian, RLC, Costa Perhaps a bit harsh on Michy but I'd start Diego to try and get him back amoungst the goals, with the aim of giving Michy half hour. I think Nate and RLC deserve to keep their place, and Zouma and Ake too good not to get minutes. Hazard and Pedro on the bench if needed, with complete rests for Luiz, Moses, Alonso and Kante
  11. For what it's worth, Eddie Howe has confirmed that they did come back in for Ake, either loan or permenantly, and the club flatly refused both. ....which pleases me.
  12. Agree with basically everything written so far. Absolutely horrid in possession tonight until Cesc came on. He has to play against Arsenal for me. Luiz rightly MOTM and whilst Kante was excellent at winning the ball back, I thought him and Matic were poor in possession because Liverpool pressed them and they don't possess Cesc's calmness and composure. I thought Alonso was really poor too. Starting to lose count of the amount of attacks that break down on our left through him. Think Ake is going to run him close to a starting spot. On the plus side, a point further ahead with arguably our toughest remaining fixture out of the way.
  13. This would be extremely risky away at Anfield but part of me would us absolutely go for it with something like this: Courtois; Azpi, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Cesc, Kante, Pedro Willian, Costa, Hazard Be shocked if Alonso and Matic didn't play though.
  14. Unless we can upgrade on Pedro or Willian, (assuming we can't with Eden) then I'm not sure I'd bother with the AM position in that respect. Reason being, if we went out and got a world class or at least top quality RWB, it allows Moses to become an option further forward, and we also have Musonda, B Traore, Palmer, Kennedy and RLC to consider. (Most will go out on loan but there's surely a couple there?) - so would only react if a Griezmann type player became available. Wing Backs, Centre Midfield and back up striker is where we ought to be looking imo
  15. Appreciate the sentiment here but football's not an exact science. You can't just switch it on or off. There is nothing to suggest that Eden tried any less against Spurs for example, it just didn't happen for him. Harry Kane got a hat-trick on the weekend, it doesn't mean to say he's going to replicate it this weekend. And on the subject of Kane, how about English players for not taking responsibility!!