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  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    Huh? Let me see if I understand this correctly, you trying to sell us that Mikel was a lot more mobile than Matic? For what it's worth, I always liked Mikel in a 433. I'm still at loss why we ever abandoned the 433 in the first place.
  2. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    1. Yeah so? Do you think he looked amazing last season for us as a whole? Did he make mistakes? Was he clearly not up to the later stages of last season due to mental fatigue? 2. If you can't see what Ham describes in his post below - I can't change your mind. 3. How do you mean targeted? How would Arsenal target Luiz? In what way?
  3. Transfer Talk Topic

    Regardless of whether the core is 5, 6, 8 or 10 players - by adding 2-3 quality players each window we are in a good shape over the next 4-5 seasons I'd say. Sure - over this time period City and perhaps Liverpool are bound to outperform us. But I still think we may hold off Man U and Spurs. It won't go down as our most successful team but that is more to do with other teams doing so well than us doing badly. If we want to cream out one more title win out of this lot, 2-3 ready-made star signings next summer could do the trick. But the smart moves would probably be to look to the next 3-5 years. But at some point that time horizon needs to be cut down to the present, much like July 2014 panned out. Edit: and you are talking about the core as more of the starting quality. I say that the others on that list can still be PL squad players. That they have already proven. The question is to what level. Too often have we found ourselves short of options in the squad due to our lack of English players (ok, HG). Now we have them, we should be thrilled. For once we start a new season with a proper squad - 3 GKs, 20-21 senior players and 2-3 U-21's. Yay!
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    Whoever managed this deserves a medal.
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    Sure - but let's not pretend we do not have a trong core of players that are in a great age bracket. With that I mean that a lot of the long-term planning has already taken place. Kepa (23), Bulka (18), Azpilicueta (28), Zappacosta (26), Rüdiger (25), Christensen (22), Ampadu (17), Alonso (27), Emerson (24), Kanté (27), Jorginho (26), Kovacic (24), Loftus-Cheek (22), Barkley (24), Hazard (27), Moses (27), Morata (25), Abraham (20) On top of this, we still have Luiz (31), Fabregas (31), Pedro (31) and Willian (30). From next season, the "final-piece-of-the-jigsaw-type-signings" would be; 1. World class CB in the 26-29 years age bracket 2. World class striker who'll get you 30 goals a season 3. One new top class AM to rival Hazard and Willian and ready to take over from Pedro Hopefully enough to break into the top two and make it a top three. I think we are in a situation now where we can cherry-pick 2-3 top class additions each summer over the next 3-4 seasons to make this team win trophies consistently.
  6. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    No I'm merely stating that when we do not win possession high up the opponents half we are likely, as most teams have to do, to build from the back. The defenders will have to be good with the ball, even when pressured by an opponent. Making a split-pass in a pressured situation in your own half is not something everyone can do with little to no mistakes over the course of a season. A player like Cahill is absolutely not the right choice. He panics when he's under pressure and you're never quite sure where a pass from him might end up. Christensen is suffering a little bit of the same illness, although a much midler version. Luiz issue is that he 'wanders off efensively or make silly defensive mistakes. Rarely that he gives the ball away in dangerous areas because he couldn't handle pressure from the opponents. But given Luiz tendency to make these silly defensive mistakes, it's even more important to have a solid and robust defender next to him. That Rüdiger is far more polished than that is just a huge bonus. Together they present the strongest positive attributes but also the least negative aspects as a pair. Plus, both are fairly quick which can't be underestimated when playing with a high line. Maybe I will be proven wrong once Cahill is up and running 100%.
  7. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    Kanté is amazing, but not even he can stop opponents to run where they want without the ball. So when our defenders have the ball in the build-up phase (and they are relentlessly pressed by the opponents) there is little Kanté can do (unless you think its a viable solution he just runs around and kicks people with or without the ball).
  8. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    So.. In a system where our defenders will be pressed relentlessly and still expected to play out from the back... Do you think David Luiz or Gary Cahill is to be preferred? Imagine Cahill (or Christensen based on his last season) being caught out with opponents putting massive press on them? We have seen what kind of mistakes they are able to produce. Cahill alone has made an awful lot of laughable mistakes based on him being put inder pressure over the last two seasons.
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    I know you're joking, but considering how bad Bakayoko is your explanation is the only one that even makes a little bit of sense!
  10. Transfer Talk Topic

    Not at all. We have bought a playmaking CM that is also great at breaking-up play. Baka doesn't really have either of those skill - when it comes to passing he's quite disastrous. How can you be a professional footballer with such lousy technical ability? A 5m pass is a challenge for him - he makes Ramires look like Iniesta. He's a big unit who takes up a lot of space on the pitch. But he doesn't do much to a very good level. What is odd is that we signed him in the first place.
  11. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    Fully agree with this and it's the main reason I thought that Luiz would be in our preferred CB-pairing - because of his passing and ball-winning skills. Rüdiger is the best all-rounder, hence why a Luiz-Rüdiger pairing makes perfect sense to me. Sarri has also been out with comments on Luiz since the game on saturday, basically confirming the reasons to why he has chosen Luiz as a starting CB. It's Davids shirt to lose now.
  12. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    Looking at that City team you wouldn't be scared by the names. But they are so well-drilled and play a fantastic passing-based football. Kudos to Pep after his first tough season. He's really stepped it up big time. Liverpool looking dangerous as expected. They will simply outscore everyone on their way to a top two finish. It'll be a two-horse race.
  13. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    1. I get why people have this worry, but for me, on paper, Rüdiger and Luiz is our best combo. Cahill and Christensen doesn't offer that X-factor at all - Cahill has even deteriorated over the later years and become a bit of a liability at times. I wouldn't be surprised to see Christensen kicking up a fuss if he is still CB3 come January. Hopefully he sees the long-game here considering Luiz age, volatile nature and sadistic joy for kamikaze operations. But for me Christensen isn't quite there yet. But he's far too good to send out on loan again, so my best guess is that he'll play most non-PL games as a starter plus around 30% starts in the PL. That's still something like 30-35 starts over the season. But Luiz showed his ugly sides yesterday in phases. He can be so infuriating! 2. Regardless of where Hazard ends up playing for us (LW, CM8 or S) I think he'll be incredibly good this season. Having a manager that forces him to speed up his play/thought/passes can only be a good thing. Having more attacking players beside him in a team that plays more direct, with higher intensity and pace, not to mention a high press, will ensure lots of opportunities for him to run with the ball at speed and create chances/finishing them off. Hopefully he'll enjoy it so much with Sarri he won't hesitate to sign a new contract. You mean Aubameyang or Lacazette? I have mentioned this before. I think it shouldn't be dismissed out of hand. Kepa; Azpi, Rudi, Luiz, Alonso; Kanté, Jorginho, Hazard; Pedro, Morata, Willian Kanté would perhaps have to be a bit more restrictive going forward in this situation, but for some games that could be an absolute joy to behold. But it would be a shame to have players like Kovacic and Fabregas on the bench. But isn't that a lovely issue to have!!! To sum it up - we have a lot of attacking options we did not have last season. It feels like a fresh start. Hopefully it will prove to be a successful one as well. Again, like I said previously. Think you are spot on. A front three with Hazard, Pedro and Willian would also open up options for Hudson-Odoi. I hope Sarri will be brave and play an attacking style even if results goes against us in the beginning. But we all know how quick things can turn at the club...
  14. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    I think that was a pretty decent start. Little surprised by some of the negativity on here, especially for Luiz and Rüdiger. Sure they absolutely have their weak points, but a player like Luiz will prove instrumental once we are up and running with the new style of play. His passing will become a weapon - none of the other three comes close to that. So as long as he doesn't go 'full David Luiz' gung-ho style a la Brazil WC I think the pros of keeping him in the team outweights the cons. That leaves Cahill, Rüdiger and Christensen fighting it out for CB2. My ratings; Arrizabalaga 7 Azpilicueta 6 Rüdiger 6 Luiz 6 Alonso 8 Kanté 7 Jorginho 8 Barkley 6 Pedro 8 Morata 7 Willian 7 Subs; Loftus-Cheek 6 Hazard 8 Moses 6 Arsenal at home next. Both wikipedia and transfermarkt has him down for 189 (6'2'') Courtois is 199, so 10 cm taller than Kepa. Sure, but let's be honest here - that's not too hard. That second half alone was better than anything I can remember from last season. But Huddersfield were poor - really no edge whatsoever. Think they'll go down.
  15. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    But where? The Championship? Can you see him on the continent? 45 mins into the season with a ruined pre-season for our biggest stars? I'd say it would be a bloody miracle if we looked top 4 ready at this stage.