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  1. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    Really? Never? I'd have thought it to be pretty standard that a manager wouldn't be available to join another top club in europe as long as the termination terms had not been agreed. And even so, some mangers aren't even allowed to join another club despite terms being agreed (and a non-compete is part of the package). I wouldn't be surprised if the club waited for the new season to officially start before sacking him to make sure he wouldn't be able to join another club this season. Next season, or as soon as terms are agreed with Chelsea and a non-compete isn't part of that deal, I suspect we will see him back at a big club again. Edit: can see that others have already mentioned similar explanations.
  2. Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea

    Lose this one and we will be fourth - most likely trailing City by 7. That's a pretty uncomfortable reality check with the start we've had to the season. Win and we put some distance between ourselves and Tottenham (while Arsenal play Bournemouth away).
  3. Chelsea 0 Everton 0

    Well I'd take that a step further. We adjusted, and then moved on, from Sarri-ball extremely quickly. Maybe a bit controversial, but I think that our players don't want to play the quick, aggressive and sometimes high-risk game Sarri wants us to play. Last few games we are a lot less adventurous with our passing and it seems it is by design. Midfield is a massive problem area for us at the moment.
  4. Chelsea 0 Everton 0

    Would be interesting to hear what you made of last season then...
  5. Chelsea 0 Everton 0

    Far from an impressive display that. Not that it was ****, Everton was disciplined and made life hard for us. Finding space was almost impossible plus they had some great players to play on the break in Walcott, Barnard, Sigurdsson and Richarlison. I have to echo others sentiments in regards to Kovacic. I can't see what he offers in that CM8 role. I'd rather have RLC playing there to be perfectly honest. Our midfield needs a lot fo work still as it is far too easy to read when Barkely/RLC aren't playing. Kanté, Jorginho and Kovacic isn't a very effective trio. None of them offers anything going forward. Nothing at all. It's far too easy to read the midfield and as soon as you close Jorginho down you have killed that midfield trio. Absolutely laughable they played for so long and when the change came it was Fabregas for Jorginho. Massive mistake by Sarri there... As for Morata... Well, if he could finish with his feet he'd be a 25 goal striker. But he can only finish with his head - so he is a 12 goal striker. Starting with Kovacic and Morata probably made this game a lot harder for us. Barkley/RLC and Giroud would have been far better options for this game. 12 league games in and I can start to conlcude that Sarri isn't a great tactician. He plays good football and means well. But he isn't a great tactician at all.
  6. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    I don't know. Can't see anyone threathening City. Would be if they suffered long-term injuries to Agüero and Mendy while De Bruyne still struggles with his. I'd prefer a City win. Would be best for our top four prospects. Especially since Arsenal are picking up some sort of form and Tottenham are up there as well. Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal and United all within 7 points. I'd prefer United to be further behind. Especially since they have also picked up forn lately. A United win would blow everything wide open. Sure, only November and it'll be decided in May. Always a good idea to create some distance you can manage in a marathon;)
  7. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    So a bit like Mourinho then?
  8. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Well I think a far better way would be to start being a bit clearer in the points you make. I'm hardly the first person who struggle to follow your argumentation at times. So for clarity.... What is your point? Reading the below it's CLEAR you state that the Championship is the better overall competition. I'm stating that is clearly bullshit and nowhere near the truth. Now try to be a bit more specific if you want a serious debate. Playing the "that's not what I said card" only works that many times I'm afraid. Instead - clearly state what point you want to make. The point I'm making is that the Serie A is the better competition in whatever way you want to measure quality.
  9. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    ? If you are trying to not make sense you are succeeding big time.
  10. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    No I hope you're not. But you are claiming that the Championship is the better competition overall. That is clearly bs.
  11. BATE Borisov 0 Chelsea 1

    Not sure that is true at all.
  12. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    You won't find a single player who's played in both the Championship and Serie A who'd claim the Championship is the stronger competition. It's 100% rubbish from Droy there.
  13. Maybe it's jst me, but is it really a viable reason to fire someone because they're an alcoholic? Wouldn't treatment be a better way out? Maybe something more serious had happened (I.e. Wilkins turnin up drunk to a team event/trip/training) and then it's more understandable. But there's plenty of functional addicts out there who never get fired due to their demons because it doesn't impede their professional lives. But I don't have the full picture so shouldn't judge, thx for the info though guys!
  14. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Stop being silly. Torino > Championship by some distance.
  15. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    ^ and against the dirty Leeds!
  16. Chelsea 3 Crystal Palace 1

    Missed most of this game apart from the last 15 mins when it was all over. From what I gather, Pedro, Morata, Willian, Luiz and Alonso were having good games. One that was having a shocker (as usual) was Redknapp in the Sky studio after the game. He was doing his outmost to highlight some bullshit fouls from Alonso and even pulled up some old footage from Southampton away to prove his point. The Sky interviewer had been briefed but good old Roy Hodgson was having none of it. He's purely a class act that man. Well done Roy! Morata 5 Premier League goals in 7 Premier League starts this season...
  17. Chelsea 3 Crystal Palace 1

    I think Sarri will go with; Arrizabalaga Azpilicueta Rüdiger Luiz Alonso Kanté Jorginho Kovacic Loftus-Cheek Willian Morata Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Cahill, Fabregas, Barkley, Pedro, Hazard
  18. Squad Status: 2018/2019 Season

    Well isn't this a great time to abolish that policy? We should judge contract lenght on quality and likelihood of sustaining it. Taking the absolute worst case scenario at every given opportunity is contra-productive. It should be judged on a case-by-case basis imo.
  19. Burnley 0 Chelsea 4

    Sure, what yoy say is true. However, and this is the big thing for me (and I suspect will be for Sarri over time), Kovacic just isn't a number 8. Playing a midfield of Kanté, Jorginho and Kovacic is pretty toothless going forward. But it is equally true that both Barkley and Loftus-Cheek have their weaknesses. Barkley seem to switch off at times and make unforced errors in terms of passing but also losing possession in dangerous areas. Loftus-Cheek is more well-polished player who rarely makes any mistakes in possession. Contrary to what some say, I don't think he has any problems using his size. What he suffers from is drifting in and out of games. He seems to play within himself at times and just keep to his "zone". He needs to be involved for longer stretches of games and influence the game by taking charge and show initiative. This will (hopefully) come with experience and added confidence. I do not however agree that it isn't a goal to develop both Barkley and Loftus-Cheek. With prices of players taking ludicrous proportions it becomes more important than ever to develop young (and cheap) talent in order to have a competitove squad. We are simply dependent on adding a Loftus-Cheek/Ampadu/Hudson-Odoi every other season to have a squad that can compete with City.
  20. Squad Status: 2018/2019 Season

    Very good point! He does actually remind me of Gallas. Can't believe I didn't see it before! I think Ampadu may prove to be a case of too much too soon. He's only 18 but already have 20 senior apps across two full seasons and 3 seanios caps. He's an exceptional talent with a far higher ceiling than say Andreas Christensen. Christensen is only likely to improve his arial game, anticipation and general experience. I'd say he can become a 7.5/10 central defender at his peak (with 10 being a top 5 in the world player). A great CB2/CB3 type of player. At this stage I think Ampadu can become 8.5-9/10 type player. Injury and general development permitting of course. I reckon both Ampadu and Hudson-Odoi needs to go on season long loans next season. Yes - in the PL I'd only prefer Stones-Laporte to what we have in Rüdiger-Luiz. Top 5 CB pairing in the PL for me; 1. Stones-Laporte 2. Rüdiger-Luiz 3. Lovren-van Dijk 4. Sánchez-Alderweireld 5. Zouma-Keane Outsider: Duffy-Dunk There was some paper talk about Luiz being close to signing a new in September/October. I'd expect him to sign a new 2-3 year deal imminently. Can't see what would hold it up. Green, Caballero, Luiz, Cahill, Kovacic, Fabregas, Piazon, Giroud. Out of these 8, I reckon only Luiz and Caballero are likely to stay beyond the summer. Fabregas and Giroud will depend on how it looks for them in terms of minutes until January. Kovacic beeing a long-shot. Green, Cahill and Piazon almost certain to leave. At this point in time (in pecking order) - released, loan, sold; GK: Arrizabalaga, Caballero, Green, Bulka RB: Azpilicueta, Zappacosta LB: Alonso, Emerson CB: Luiz, Rüdiger, Cahill, Christensen, Ampadu CM4: Jorginho, Fabregas, Ampadu CM6: Kanté, Kovacic CM8: Barkley, Loftus-Cheek RW: Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Moses LW: Hazard, Willian, Hudson-Odoi S: Morata, Giroud Frozen out: Drinkwater That gives us for 2019-20; GK: Arrizabalaga (2025), Caballero (2019), Blackman (2021) RB: Azpilicueta (2020), Zappacosta (2021) LB: Alonso (2023), Emerson (2022) CB: Luiz (2019), Rüdiger (2022), Christensen (2022), Zouma (2023) CM4: Jorginho (2023) CM6: Kanté (2021) CM8: Barkley (2023), Loftus-Cheek (2021) RW: Pedro (2020), Loftus-Cheek (2021) LW: Hazard (2020), Willian (2020) S: Morata (2022), Batshuayi (2021), Abraham (2022) That looks incredibly thin all of a sudden. 17 senior outfield players + Abraham. At least 3 players short... CM4, CM6 and a Winger. Lots of work here; New contracts in 2019: Caballero 1Y (2020 - 39 years) Luiz 3Y (2022 - 35 years) Azpilicueta 5Y (2024 - 35 years) Kanté 6Y (2025 - 34 years) Loftus-Cheek 5Y (2024 - 28 years) Willian 3Y (2022 - 34 years) Hazard 6Y (2025 - 34 years) Pedro 2Y (2021 - 34 years) Areas of strengthening: Long-term GK2. Caballero may last one more aditional season but at 39 he's getting on a bit. Is Bulka ready to step up as number 2 for 2020-21 after a season out on loan? Blackman? CM4, CM6 need able back-ups. These may be filled to 50% by Fabregas short term. But even so we still need a longer term option. Ampadu also coming back from loan - will he be a CB or a DCM? A winger/AM player is needed for next season. But even so, we still need one more player there for the long-term as Willian and Pedro ages. One new player here for next season and another one summer 2020. We still need to find our long-term S1. I don't think we have a viable candidate on our books as of now. The good thing about this is that Sarri may be able to influence a squad to his playing style. Million dollar question of course is if he'll be here long enough to have that influence.
  21. Tiemoue Bakayako

    I'm thinking we haven't signed many worse players in the Roman era. Sure Mutu was a cokehead (as was Bosnich) but at least they were useful players when not on the gear. Bakayoko is just awful all around and there isn't one saving grace with him as a player. There can't be any buyers above £5m at the moment. Come to think about it, most likely no buyers unless he drops his wage demands by at least 80% (rumoured to be on £110k/week). If I were Bakayoko I'd do a Bogarde. He's got 0% chance to ever make £110 000/week in any other job. So his plan should surely be to save up as much money as possible from his last 4 years with us. That's a tidy sum of £22.9m - I'm sure he'd be able to save quite a bit of that and be set for life.
  22. Burnley 0 Chelsea 4

    Yep - very likely.
  23. Chelsea 3 Crystal Palace 1

    I'd be going with; Arrizabalaga Zappacosta Rüdiger Luiz Alonso Kanté Jorginho Barkley Pedro Morata Hazard Subs: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Willian, Giroud
  24. Chelsea 3 Derby County 2

    Bang on. RLC isn't a winger and never was. He's a number 8 plain and simple. I don't get it at all that Conte tried him as a S (says more of onte than RLC) and I'm even more perplexed to see Sarri use him as a RW in a front three. At Palace he played RM for most of last season. Further back, and a role where he could stay tucked inside far more than provide width.