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  1. Chelsea 3 Malmo FF 0

    Yes. Shameful - heads and shoulders the best option we have for that regista role. Pirlo weren't a defensive maestro either but seemingly had a failry decent career as the "DM". It's all about finding the right balance of players next to Jorginho. Much better second half but then again Malmo tired (unsurprisingly) and also suffered a red (deservedly). Hudson-Odoi, Kanté, Emerson and Willian all very good. Loftus-Cheek is just such a natural. For me he's a given in the three-man midfield together with Jorginho and Kanté.
  2. Chelsea 3 Malmo FF 0

    Shocking first 45 mins. Barkley, Azpilicueta and Kovacic barely looks like professional footballers. Giroud is also having a poor game so far. Especially Kovacic - he ain't even an adequate back-up for that regista role at the base of the midfield triangle. One-touch football isn't his game at all and at the slightest of pressure he loses his concentration and mishits the pass. I think people don't understand how vulnerable we make Jorginho look when he plays there and how well he actually does under the circumstances. I think a lot of the issues with his defensive frailties would be solved by finding a better balance in Kanté's role but that also requires a much better CM8 player to help ease the scoring-burden from the front three (who aren't scoring enough anyways as it is). Willian and Hudson-Odoi has shown flashes of speed and dribble but in the end it hasn't lead to any serious goalscoring opportunities. Worth remembering that we are playing against a side that hasn't even started their season yet and they aren't even Championship quality. Several changes made to this team and the only one who seems remotely interested in Hudson-Odoi, Willian and Emerson. No aggression, no passion, no pride, no movement and no creativity. In other words, business as usual.
  3. Chelsea vs Manchester United

    Apparently it’s only for players who enter the last 12 months of their contract. That happens for CHO after the summer. I guess we will see how they deal with it.
  4. Chelsea vs Manchester United

    Of course not. Bayern aren’t mugs.
  5. Thx for sharing. I thought all three had valid points but for me the most valid of them all was what Rosenior said - at some stage the club will have to accept to suffer short term for long term gain. Whether that’s with Sarri or someone else, we can’t keep sacking managers and expect us to build something good long-term. It’s always be a squad of misfits who aren’t good enough or doesn’t fit the culture that manager. It’s far more expensive than the other option (if you get it right of course).
  6. Chelsea vs Manchester United

    Yeah point taken. But if the alternative cost is £15m it’s not too bad if it sends a signal to the next batch of 16-21 year olds the club hope will break through. I’m pretty sure the clubs standard policy with youngsters is no game time unless they sign. I think (but could be wrong) that even includes U-21 and U-18 games. You can argue whether that is morally correct towards the player. But then again is it correct towards the other players who wants to stay if he does play? Personally I’m fine with the clubs policy. If you have an attitude at that young age without having done anything of note the loss isn’t great imo. Maybe I’m too harsh but that’s how I see things. Now if Bayern returns in the summer with a serious offer (£40m+) then the club should bite their hand off and take it.
  7. Chelsea vs Manchester United

    Solanke. I’d bet a tidy sum on him not seeing many more minutes next season unless he signs a new contract. What money? £15m? That’s nothing for a player that apparently thinks he’s ready to break through and play regularly at one of the best clubs in Europe. The lesson was already given out for free by Solanke. Sadly CHO hasn’t taken that onboard. He’ll spend 12 months doing sweet **** all and then he’ll move to Bayern and be 19 and a long way off from being a starter there. Add the fact he’s moving to a new country, new language and you don’t have to think too hard to realise that the odds are stacked against him. If I were CHO I’d sign the deal on offer and take it from there. His chance of success is a lot higher that way.
  8. Chelsea vs Manchester United

    Not from me. I hope Hazard finally moves to Real or quashes the rumours once and for all. It is and has been a distraction for a few seasons. He needs to realise that this club is bigger than him.
  9. Chelsea vs Manchester United

    I think there is middle ground for sure but that the discussion has been hijacked by a few who are shouting at every opportunity that he should be playing instead of Willian or Pedro. The middle ground is that he is a talented player who currently refuses to sign a new contract. Although talented nowhere near ready to play consistently over any of the other three wingers at the moment, but instead is managed rather well by the club who is easing him in. But my personal feeling on him is that he's a young lad with a slightly biased perception of himself. He simply thinks he's a lot better than he is. Maybe I'm wrong and maybe it's unfair of me, but that's the feeling I have of the situation. No facts, feelings. I think people would do well to remember that at the start of the season no one, literally NO ONE claimed CHO to be remotely ready to play for the first team. He's had a few good phases against Championship sides - far cry from doing it consistently against PL opposition. And besides, why on earth would the club play a player that isn't better than the options we alreasy have and who refuses to sign a new contract? A proper bollocking and a few slaps around the ears.
  10. Chelsea 3 Malmo FF 0

    Absolutely - I have definitely considered whether my objectives are different from Roman. But in the end, I think we both want Chelsea to be winning long-term. My comment about not being able to build a solid platform at the top of the club still stands. Or more precise, I still stand by that comment. We don't have any football people at the board or in a senior decision-making role. That isn't great for building a solid foundation where the football, players and quality is the primary focus. Look at the biggest clubs in Europe - they are run by serious football men, men who have a long history in the game and knows what it takes to be successful consistently. It was easy when Roman had the monetary advantage, his shortcomings are becoming painfully obvious now that advantage is gone. He basically knows nothing about the game or how to build a successful club and the organisation around it. I don't care about his objectives, if you can't even build a solid foundation at the top how the hell are you going to steer the ship? It's a complete disconnect at all levels of this club - and we are seeing the results of that now. It's been obvious (to me) that this was the direction we as a club were going. I think I first realised this at around 2010/2011 and since then it becomes clearer by each passing season. Only one man to blame for that (despite all his investments).
  11. 433 at Barca - attacking fullbacks, a strong DM and speedy and dynamic attackers. 433 at Bayern - attacking fullbacks, a strong DM and speedy and dynamic attackers. 433 at Man C - attacking fullbacks, a strong DM and speedy and dynamic attackers. Of course it’s not a carbon copy as the players are different. But the base is very much the same. They have also all played possession football with quick transitions. Klopp is the same - he spent the best part of 2-3 seasons to build a team that could play his rock and roll football as he did at Dortmund. They now play his rock and roll football. I’m not sure I agree with what you say.
  12. Chelsea 3 Malmo FF 0

    We've qualified to the CL by league position 4/8. I wouldn't call that incredible. I wouldn't even call that par. We have won titles (2) and cups yes - not denying that and incredibly thankful for it. But it's all been done short term and for each re-build we've seen it's been worse than the previous one. The last one (2015-2018) was awful all things considered.
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    Since the 2011--12 season we have only qualified for the CL by league position 4 times in the 8 seasons and ony finished in the top two twice. Where one of those occassions were when we did a Liverpool but lasted the whole distance (no european football, only having a run in the FA Cup). We are a 4-6th placed team in the PL right now - that's our standard. Even that is tough with this team winding down not to mention the re-build we did over the last two seasons having ended in a minor disaster. I think this is worth thinking about - we are a far cry from a nailed on top 4 team.
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    Good question. A few bad results and the knives are out. Why would anyone come here? I expect for the salary and the guaranteed early pay-off. But it would be a silly move for an up-and-coming manager with options. But heaven for a manager at the end of his career. No real career prospects that can be harmed. So with that logic Lamps would be mad to come here, ditto Zidane. Probably why Pep said no.
  15. Well obviously the team listed above is part of the problem - not that they are posers but because they are no-hopers (a few youngsters aside who may, or may not, prove to be more than potential). Out of the names above I'd say only Christensen and potentially Emerson are squad players in a world class squad. Abraham and CHO has the potential. Mount a very big question mark. Which pretty much highlights how much work there is to get this squad back to where we want to be.