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  1. PAOK Salonika 0 Chelsea 1

    Quite a few people on here have claimed we have played with square pegs in round holes for a number of seasons. People have seriously claimed that Hazard and Willian have been played out of position and that a LB can't play LB. Some of the apologies made for Conte was utterly ridiculous. Sarri has basically demonstrated that the issues last season were; 1. Squad size 2. Tactics End of story.
  2. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    Not sure whether this is genuine or tongue in cheek, but in either case this is the only match I missed all together this season! So unless someone has a recording to share of the game, I won't post any ratings:) But happy someone seems to be reading them! Thx Mark!
  3. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    Apparently he isn't. If he is available for tomorrow I'd include him on the bench for Moses and start him at home to Liverpool in the league.
  4. PAOK Salonika 0 Chelsea 1

    I had hoped for a Giroud, Bats, Abraham trio at S this season. It would have been enough PL, EL and domestic cup games for three strikers. Against lesser teams, it's becoming increasingly hard to justify Kanté. For some games a Fabregas - Jorginho - Kovacic/Barkley trio would be the way to go. Others a Kanté - Jorginho - Fabregas. The main point is that we now have options. I really like the start and the look of Sarri so far. I understand why he doesn't rotate much in the beginning, but I sure hope he isn't another Conte when it comes to squad rotation. We have too many exceptional talents for them to not being given plenty of minutes this season. Yep. Jorginho is absolute key.
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    Yes. Fully agree. Drinkwater, Moses and Cahill can probably all leave in January and be replaced by one quality player and we will be a lot better off. GK: Arrizabalaga, Caballero, Bulka, Green RB: Azpilicueta Zappacosta LB: Alonso, Emerson CB: Luiz, Rüdiger, Christensen, Ampadu CM: Jorginho, Kanté, Kovacic, Barkley, Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek AM: Hazard, Willian, Pedro, Hudson-Odoi S: Giroud, Morata Add one quality striker or AM to that and we are better off for sure.
  6. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    I reckon something like this over the next three games; West Ham (A - PL) Arrizabalaga - Azpilicueta, Rüdiger, Luiz, Alonso - Kanté, Jorginho, Barkley - Willian, Giroud, Hazard Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Christensen, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Moses, Morata Liverpool (A - LC) Caballero - Zappacosta, Ampadu, Christensen, Emerson - Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas, Kovacic - Moses, Morata, Hudson-Odoi Subs: Bulka, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Drinkwater, Barkley, Willian, Giroud Liverpool (H - PL) Arrizabalaga - Azpilicueta, Rüdiger, Luiz, Alonso - Kanté, Jorginho, Kovacic - Willian, Giroud, Hazard Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Christensen, Fabregas, Barkley, Moses, Morata Really hope Pedro isn't out for long.
  7. PAOK Salonika 0 Chelsea 1

    We should have been out of sight after the first half. But lack of goals is predictably making things much harder than they should have to be. Two other weaknesses is our GK1s aerial ability and lack of defensive concentration at times. David Luiz gets a lot of stick on here. Today his passing game was sorely missed. Christensen is nowhere near that quality on the ball and that makes it harder to create space further up the pitch. Personally I'm not too keen on Christensen in this style of play (yet at least). He lacks intensity and quality on the ball. Particularly when it comes to his passing game. I think he reminds me of a young Carragher. Lumbering and a bit dozy but good defensively. Sarri has a job on his hands to get Christensen up a level or two. Lack of goals worries me. Morata is just shot of any confidence. Come January we should evaluate our options again. We kept a clean sheet today, but I don't think we are going to be that sort of a team where you can bank on a good 15 or so clean sheets in the league over a season. Meaning we will be reliant on goals. We lack goalscorers... We will need goals from Barkley, Giroud, Morata, Pedro, Willian, Alonso and Hazard over the season. Two out of a three away game run left. West Ham (PL). Liverpool (LC). Then Liverpool at home in the league. Come on Chelsea! Arrizabalaga: 6 - not really tested but looks so insecure in the air Zappacosta: 6 - contributed at both ends but lacked the end product. Solid back-up to Azpi Rüdiger: 7 - pretty faultless under easy circumstances Christensen: 7 - solid without being overly convincing. Lacks ability in his passing game, the team missed that quality today Alonso: 8 - just dominated his side completely. Top class LB Kanté: 7 - had a few plays where he showed great ability in the transition phase. His end product lacks consistency Jorginho: 8 - so important to our style of play. Essential and ran the show as usual Barkley: 8 - played really well today. Matured and disciplined performance while being important in many attacking combinations Pedro: 7 - worked hard as usual but lacked the cutting edge. Looked like a bad shoulder/arm injury towrds the end. Morata: 6 - just looks miserable Willian: 8* - main attacking threat for most of the game. Tired in the second half Subs: Azpilicueta: 6 - gave Alonso a breather by filling in at LB. Solid. Fabregas: 6 - looked off the pace (unsurprisingly) just returning from injury Giroud: 6 - just looks hungy and shows desire. Clearly our S1 Goals: 0-1 Willian (Barkley)
  8. PAOK Salonika 0 Chelsea 1

    Arrizabalaga Zappacosta Rüdiger Christensen Alonso Kanté Fabregas Barkley Pedro Morata Willian Subs: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud This is the team I'd guess Sarri to go with. Personally I'd have loved to see the team above but RLC instead of Kanté and Hudson-Odoi at LW instead of Pedro (Willian at RW). I'd also have started Caballero and had Bulka on the bench. So; Caballero Zappacosta Rüdiger Christensen Alonso Loftus-Cheek Fabregas Barkley Willian Morata Hudson-Odoi Subs: Bulka, Azpilicueta, Ampadu, Jorginho, Kanté, Pedro, Giroud
  9. Tiemoue Bakayako

    Yes that much is obvious. But what's more obvious is that he's nowhere near good enough. I think that loan signing reeks of a suit making the deal without making sure there's support from the football people at the club. Only way it makes even a little bit of sense.
  10. PAOK Salonika 0 Chelsea 1

    Exactly this. I'd have a semi-strong starting XI. Something like; Arrizabalaga - Azpilicueta, Rüdiger, Christensen, Emerson - Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas, Barkley - Willian, Morata, Hudson-Odoi Subs: Caballero, Ampadu, Alonso, Kanté, Moses, Hazard, Giroud
  11. Tiemoue Bakayako

    It makes perfect sense for us. But no sense at all for AC Milan. He's not good enough, plain and simple. His cost is irrelevant, he doesn't qualify. I can't see him having an immediate future in England, Spain or Italy. Germany, Holland, France. Back to regain some confidence and work on his weaknesses in a safer environment.
  12. Tiemoue Bakayako

    An element of risk? Isn't it pretty widespread knowledge he's pretty rubbish? I'm shocked they have opted for him given the vast amount of evidence he's not up to it. Back to France after this season I reckon.
  13. Chelsea 4 Cardiff City 1

    Maybe little change in style, but in outcome. But the first season we scored 85 goals and although that alone isn't an indication of the style of football being played, it is an indication on how attacking the team is. Second season we scored 68. Yes Costa was a massive factor but I think we played much better football in Conte's first season. Because he could play his preferred game without limitations (few games, settled side). Second season the squad was nowhere near big enough to handle that many games and crucially we were light in key positions (strikers/AMs/CMs/LB). That coupled with the forced change to 5311 made us unbearable to watch second season imo. Plus his 3-man defense had been figured out by everyone and in the end it was just us and a few bottom sides that persisted with it. For me there was a clear difference in his two seasons where I thought we played good, albeit counter-attacking football with speed and flair during the first season; and slow, reactive cattenacci rubbish his second season. Respect the difference in opinion, no worries mate!
  14. Chelsea 4 Cardiff City 1

    Personally I think it was lightyears between the two sides. The 2016-17 team played great counter attacking football that was fast and ruthless. We didn't play a possession based style but did attack space with speed and 3-4 men forward. Once we changed to a 5311 in 2017-18 we became unwatchable. Worst football I've seen of any Chelsea manager ever.
  15. Tiemoue Bakayako

    This loan just makes no sense at all. Why did AC Milan even contemplate loaning Baka? I can feel the pain of Gattuso. Hard to believe a £40m player can be so bad!
  16. Chelsea 4 Cardiff City 1

    Starting with 8 defensive players at home to giants like Bournemouth and Brighton says it all.
  17. Chelsea 4 Cardiff City 1

    Well well well. What a difference a manager can make eh? Two new signings and one forced (Kepa) and the transformation is complete. We score for fun and play some lovely attacking combinations. Hazard is enjoying himself immensily. Three away games coming up. Paok (EL). West Ham (EL). Liverpool (LC). Then Liverpool at home in the league. Come on Chelsea! Arrizabalaga: 6 - not really tested Azpilicueta: 7 - contributed at both ends. Rock solid defensively Rüdiger: 6 - solid but looked a bit sloppy in posession Luiz: 7 - bossed the back four and played an important part in the build-up phase Alonso: 7 - subdued by his own high standards. Still important at both ends today Kanté: 6 - struggled to make a big impression. Wasn't bad by any means but didn't really stand out either Jorginho: 6 - almost felt like there was no need to have both him and Kanté today Kovacic: 7 - our best CM before the forced sub Pedro: 6 - worked hard as ever but struggled to make an impact Giroud: 8 - two assists and constantly brought Hazard into play. Strong performance Hazard: 9* - Hattrick and motm. Unplayable Subs: Barkley: 7 - kept the ball well Willian: 8 - one assist (the penalty) and a wonder goal Zappacosta: 6 - played in an unfamiliar role Goals: 1-1 Hazard (Giroud) 2-1 Hazard (Giroud) 3-1 Hazard (Willian) penalty 4-1 Willian (Alonso)
  18. Chelsea 4 Cardiff City 1

    Wow. Talk about unreasonable critisism.
  19. New Stadium Plans

    Yep. That's what will nsure that the product remains a desirabe product for people (read TV-execs) to pay ridiculous sums of money for. We should also not forget the underlying value of having an extra 18-30k (if we incorporate safe standing in some sections of the ground) seats in the ground. It helps generate that mythological status of dramatic nights and big wins in front of large crowds. Not to mention merchandise, food, beer etc. Having a larger ground and more fans seeing us live regularly means we will have a better chance to remain at the top of English and European football.
  20. Chelsea 2 Bournemouth 0

    From October 2016 to March 2017 we played amazing fooball under Conte imo. It was what happened from end of March 2017 to May 2018 that was diabolical. And diabolical it was. Conte fell a long way for me after that season. I don't hold him as a top manager in Europe. Maybe harsh, but he has way too many obvious weaknesses to be a top class manager. Maybe I'll look silly for saying this, but that's how I feel about him atm. I'm quite surprised to read some of the stuff on here sometimes. We could easily have lost all our four games? I agree with you, just no. No.
  21. Thibaut Courtois Departs

    Quite. But that was 100% to be expected. A classless man is bound to act classless. I seem to remember he also played a few seasons with a bloke called John Terry.
  22. Chelsea 2 Bournemouth 0

    Well, what can I say? Brilliant start to the new season - 12/12 and 10-3. Sure the teams we have played haven't been the best, but we have played Arsenal and both Newcastle away and Bournemouth at home has caused us problems over the last few seasons. The most impressive thing though isn't the perfect start, it's the way Sarri has transformed the squad with seemingly few buys while also altering the playing style dramatically. Even though we may not have been that exciting to watch yesterday, we still dominated posession and once we got a striker on that was interesting to throw himself about a bit we also started to put pressure on them. My ratings; Arrizabalaga: 7 - solid although he didn't have too much to do Azpilicueta: 7 - reliable as ever but had hoped for a bigger attacking contribution considering the game Rüdiger: 7 - solid and important in the build-up phase. Is really taking a further step up from where he left of last season. Looks to be a star defender Luiz: 6 - hmmm.... Not convinced still. Christensen must surely be in line for a game soon. A few occassions where he lost concentration again. We didn't get punished this time but better attackers would have taken advantage Alonso: 8 - what can I say. He continues to make a mockery of anyone who doubted his ability to perform at LB. Picked up from last season but the attacking style seem to suit him even better than his wing-back role under Conte. I re-iterate, in the PL there is one better LB (Mendy). In the world perhaps another couple... Kanté: 7 - better than his last couple of games. Still expect more. Jorginho: 8 - his ball control and passing is just breath-taking. Without Jorginho this transformation in style is impossible. Kovacic: 6 - not overly impressed. Too static and he doesn't use his technique, close control and speed enough. He can do better and will surely improve. But so far I don't think he is an automatic starter on merit Willian: 5 - disappointing all around Morata: 5 - he simply must do better, this was a borderline 4 from me... Hazard: 8* - second half he was unplayable. He enjoys it... Long may it continue! Subs: Giroud: 7 - instantly made us better. He must start at home to Cardiff. Pedro: 7 - scored another goal and was much more effective in the press compared to Willian Loftus-Cheek: 7 - he came on when the game suited his style. He has enormous ability to play between the opposition lines. Pace, strength and technique. His potential far outweights the potential of Barkley imo Scorers: 71 Pedro (Giroud) 84 Hazard (Alonso)
  23. Europa League

    PAOK away dull??? They have spectacular fans. I'll do my absolute best to make the trip to Greece.
  24. Chelsea 2 Bournemouth 0

    I think it is not too much to ask for the reason why it happened and that the mods make it clear to the rest that the individual has been blocked and why. I have a feeling people are getting banned with no explanation and no real announcement. Suddenly contributers are just gone.
  25. Squad Status: 2018/2019 Season

    Perhaps, but it would be strange to play our full strength side against Liverpool twice in the space of a few days. 25/9 we play them away in the LC. 29/9 at home in the league. For me this must be two completely separate sides.