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  1. Chelsea 2 Manchester United 2

    Some very interesting and valid points made here. Agree with a lot of it. 1. Fully agreed. He doesn't reach his normal highs and one can speculate why. Personally I'm leaning towards him being a bit rusty, considering he hasn't played as an RB consistently since 2012-13 and that season saw him play as an LB but also in other positions if I'm not entirely mistaken. Looking at PL starts among the defenders that season sees a grand total of 166 starts for Ivanovic, Luiz, Cole, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Bertrand and Terry (in order), the equivalent of 41,5 games (166/38). Luiz had some starts in midfield, and Bertrand (and Azpi?) as "wingers" in RDM/Benitez 4231. Of course he has enjoyed the occassional game at RB since, but when José came back in 2013 he was kind of permanently moved to LB. Then, as you point out, he moved to RCB in Conte's 3-man central defense. 2. Yes, Azpi was sort of made for that RCB spot wasn't he? Good on the ball, extremely solid defensively and he frequently stepped up into a midfield position where he could control the game. In Sarri's stryle, Jorginho and the other midfielders are the ones who do this now. Hence, midfield is crowded as it is, and he is much more needed down the flank to support the RW. That isn't his strong side of the game and he has taken a much more defensive role leaving Alonso to do most of the attacking from FB. Problem being this is ridiculously easy to read. Perhaps it is time to give Zappacosta some more game time, particularly in games where we will be on the front foot and attack and can do with the extra pace and penetration down that right side. 3. I think one way to tweak this system is to add a midfielder tasked with a far more attacking role with the aim to add penetration and goals. Maybe Barkley and Loftus-Cheek can develop to be that player. I don't see Kovacic doing it. He's better suited further back, as is Jorginho and Kanté. Maybe in such situations Kanté can do the back-tracking when Azpi steps up in CM, Barkley/RLC moving into space that the striker has created and Alonso getting up his side. A tweak of the system when attacking. Hazard likes to come inside anyways, so in attack Alonso has a LW role, Hazard an inside forward role, Morata/Giroud a target type role and Barkley as central/right support with Willian/Pedro staying more wide. Here Azpi can fill the CM space with Jorginho and control the tempo of the game from there. A type of inside RWB/RDM role when we have the ball.
  2. Chelsea vs BATE Borisov

    Want to see; Arrizabalaga; Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Emerson; Fabregas, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek; Pedro, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi Subs: Bulka, Ampadu, Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Barkley, Willian, Morata
  3. Chelsea 2 Manchester United 2

    LOL. Seriously Kev, where were you 2004-2012? This is right up there in terms of silliness. You are entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts mate. The JM team Mourinho put the finishing touches on lived on for years after he was sacked the first time.
  4. Kante and Jorginho - The Conundrum

    ^ I'm probably in that camp. I do not see how Kanté can be the automatic starter at this stage. Well, at least not without debate. His one quality that could be of high value isn't executed very well at the moment. His pressing game is not up to scrath and we have the ball too much for his other main qualities to have enough time to be showcased. This is not me saying Kanté is a bad player, far from it. He's the best in the world at what he does. Our style isn't crying out for it tough. But one thing I will say, the balance may be thrown off if we would swap Kanté for Fabregas/Barkley/Kovacic more often than not. Sarri had Allen in his Napoli side and seen in that light Kanté is one hell of an upgrade. There are a number of highly interesting midfield combos for certain type of games that I'd like to see more often. Personally I'd like to see; Fabregas - Jorginho - Barkley and Fabregas - Jorginho - Kovacic in games where we are expected to dominate and will need that extra bit of attacking quality. Cause we aren't getting much of that from our strikers right now! Against Bate on Thursday I'd like to see; ------------------------Arrizabalaga Zappacosta-Cahill-Christensen-Emerson ---------Fabregas-Jorginho-Loftus-Cheek ----------------Pedro-Giroud-Hudson-Odoi
  5. Chelsea 2 Manchester United 2

    There's quite a few who have commented negatively on Azpi's performances lately. Although I'd agree he hasn't been his usual self I do think some of the critisism has been exaggerated. I have certainly not seen many 5's from Azpi. I reckon he's been mostly 6's and 7's so far this season instead of his usual 7's and 8's with the occassional 9.
  6. Chelsea 2 Manchester United 2

    I'm not going to get involved in this. It's a bit too childish for my taste. José is not my idol, and yes, as I said in my post he has done many silly things over the years. That does not exonerate Ianni. What he did was tasteless and completely unecessary. I'm pleased Sarri has dealt with it as swiftly as he has and that he himself has behaved with flawless class since signing for us. I'm happy with that and hope we won't have to deal with something like this again.
  7. Chelsea 2 Manchester United 2

    Yes, even worse than Cahill. Andreas Christensen is a technical CB and have been his whole career. But, and this is the bad thing - he doesn't have the coolness to play that sort of style when we are under pressure by the opposition attack. It isn't Cahills strong suite either, but at least he has the experience to compensate for that somewhat. Christensen is starting to show the opposite, thinking he's a top top CB while actually he's an average one at current output. Christensens problems isn't technical, it's mental. Last season Conte should have seen he was mentally fatigued and when he couldn't dig himself out of the hole he should have been rested and protected. Instead Antonio just drilled him even harder to the point where Christensen looked scared everytime he got the ball in our own half. Defensive actions that would have been routine prior all of a sudden became dangerous situations. The more I think about it the angrier I become of Conte. He set us back years with his last season and it nearly cost us Willian, Luiz and Hazard. Maybe he has ruined Christensen for life. That we didn't sack him halfway though the season is shocking. Luiz is one of the first names on the team sheet. His passing is absolutely essential for the way we play. Unless we fall apart like a huse of cards he'll be our starting CB for the season. And 100% deservedly so. If you on't see a difference between goading the opposition bench (twice) and to run and celebrate with your players/fans then I gather the problem isn't José but perhaps yourself. José has never celebrated a goal in front of the opposition bench where he goaded their reps. I challenge you to find one footge of that. He has done many silly things, but he has never done what our idiot assistant did yesterday. Not sure why there is a question of Kovacic or Barkley. Fo rme the odd one out in 90% of our games is Kanté. He brings very little to the table atm. I think both Fabregas and Barkley brings more right now and are better fits to our way of playing.
  8. Chelsea 2 Manchester United 2

    Our style of play is dependent on the CBs playing from the back. Christensen is the least suitable CB we have at the club for this style of play.
  9. Chelsea 2 Manchester United 2

    Sarri didn't look too pleased. We were utterly **** today. Not to mention tactically outclassed by Mourinho. Lucky to get away with a point and whoever that idiot of a assistant on our bench who ran and celebrated in front of the Man U bench needs immediate sacking. Disgraceful. This is what happens when we play slow and cumbersome style with between 3-5 touches on the ball every time. My ratings in a 433: Arrizabalaga: 6 - Didn't have much to do and what he had to do he did well Azpilicueta: 6 - Solid game but not enough Rüdiger: 7 - Started first half very well. Sunk with the rest of the team Luiz: 6 - Disappointing game from Luiz today Alonso: 5 - Struggled at both ends today Kanté: 5 - At this point I have no idea what he does, or is supposed to offer. He's been bang on average all season Jorginho: 6 - Very subdued and our game suffered for it Kovacic: 7* - Our best mid by some distance. No idea why he was subbed Willian: 6 - Worked hard Morata: 4 - Not even an exaggeration. He was utterly useless. A training cone would have been more helpful Hazard: 6 - Kicked to pieces but didn't create much. Hogging the ball too much Subs: Barkley: 7 - Came on and wanted to make a mark. He needs to be starting for us Pedro: 5 - Ddidn't do anything Giroud: 5 - Didn't do anything Goals: 0-1 Rüdiger (Willian) 2-2 Barkley
  10. Chelsea 2 Manchester United 2

    Christensen is much, much worse when it comes to unforced errors.
  11. Chelsea 2 Manchester United 2

    Disappointing half for me. Too slow and far too many touches on the ball before we release it to the next man. Not much Sarri-ball about todays performance. Slow, four-touch football isn't very exciting to watch imo. Best so far Willian, Rüdiger, Luiz and Kovacic. Is Kanté or Morata even playing? Man U's midfield have made it difficult for us so far. I saw one poster had hoped Matic would play... Had he not, we might have been out of sight by now.
  12. Chelsea 2 Manchester United 2

    It's a losing battle to talk about objective facts with some. I suppose that's the beauty of football, seemingly logical men become completely illogical when it comes to their favourite team in football.
  13. Eden Hazard

    Don't think it's the same people.
  14. Ross Barkley

    It's a mindblowing experience reading this thread.
  15. Ross Barkley

    Decent secondary assist by Barkley last night. 2:20 into the video.