McCreadie

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  1. PAOK Salonika 0 Chelsea 1

    Interesting to know why you would have such a massive downer on Sarri at this point? Seems a little bit like you are desperate for him to fail? To attack him for trying to work with the board is an odd stance to take; we’ve had enough examples of managers at loggerheads with them and it clearly doesn’t benefit the team or the club. Better to create change from within, rather than be on the outside looking in and affecting absolutely nothing?
  2. PAOK Salonika 0 Chelsea 1

    Difficult to imagine Morata ever scoring another goal...
  3. Interesting to know why you would have such a massive downer on Sarri at this point? Seems a little bit like you are desperate for him to fail? To attack him for trying to work with the board is an odd stance to take; we’ve had enough examples of managers at loggerheads with them and it clearly doesn’t benefit the team.
  4. Europa League

    Steve Sidwell all over again, except Sidwell was free.
  5. Chelsea 4 Cardiff City 1

    Agreed. I despise it. Just ban it - it’s completely pointless these days.
  6. I was under the impression that his quote was more about not tracking the off the ball runs of the attacking players (which appears a little crazy). That’s how I read it anyway.
  7. I’ve not made it to a game yet, so thank you for the breakdown. Makes more sense to me now, but the “watch the ball not the player” thing still scares me. I’m with those that think we might end up taking a proper beating or two from someone we would least like to fairly soon. Which will inevitably stir up the hornets...
  8. Loving the start he has made. Still very concerned about the “watch the ball, not the attacker” defence. Luiz did exactly that again on Saturday and it duly sailed over his head to a Bournemouth player who thankfully made a right hash of it. I freely admit I don’t understand how it should work, but at the same time, I don’t see how it ever can work. Can we not just keep the press and the attacking phase and marry that to a regular bog standard solid back 4 ( like we have had for the last 15 years, apart from Conte’s 2 years of a 3)? Is the consensus that won’t work because of the full backs?
  9. Chelsea 2 Bournemouth 0

    “But nothing comes out when they move their lips, just a bunch of jibberish.” Forgot about Droy.
  10. Thibaut Courtois Departs

    Or Hull
  11. Kante and Jorginho - The Conundrum

    Like him as a player. Really hope he gets some good opportunities in the LC, EL and FA Cup this year.
  12. Kante and Jorginho - The Conundrum

    Agreed it’s more likely to be Kante or Kovacic, but a part of me thinks Ampadu could do a lot worse than studying re-runs of Jorginho 20 or 30 times after every game.
  13. Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2

    Interesting to know why you would have such a massive downer on Sarri at this point? Sure, he doesn’t have the trophies on his cv yet, but that’s hardly reason to detest him like you seem to. Seems a little bit like you are desperate for him to fail? His defensive approach concerns me somewhat (mostly because, at layman level, I don’t really understand how it can work), but I have an open mind about his philosophy and am genuinely excited to see if he can achieve results with us. To attack him for trying to work with the board is an odd stance to take, especially as we have signed 2 very good players and shipped out one rotten tomato since he has arrived, as well as playing some attractive, if scary, football.
  14. I really hope that he can get this to work, but I think we are going to be watching from behind the sofa while he tries. It sounds absolutely terrifying and possibly a little bit mad.
  15. Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2

    Maybe the club is trying to learn something from selling de Bruyne and Salah after they “showed nothing”. To give him a second season is not unreasonable.
  16. Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2

    “We desperately need a non-scoring striker, in the mould of a Torres, Sutton, Kezman or Fleck.”
  17. Transfer Talk Topic

    If he goes on loan, he needs to go somewhere where he will ‘definitely’ play (ok very likely play) and he also needs to go to a team playing 433. Last thing we or he needs is for us to get him back next summer and him still not be comfortable with the tactical nuances of the system we are set up to play. More games, more confidence and much more of a tactical education. There is a great player there, but only if he knuckles down over the next 12 months and learns how to make himself fit a square hole.
  18. Transfer Talk Topic

    Eh? I don’t follow. Are you suggesting Alonso has failed as a WB for us and is a better FB?
  19. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    He is working much harder these days. However, when we have the ball he is either: a) moving towards our player with the ball, to the point where he ends up getting so close, he is in the way. or, b) spending a lot of time with an opposition player between him and the ball, where he can never get it. Its frustrating, because, as you point out, he looks very good with the ball and has learned to retain posession very well.
  20. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    I actually think he has grown in confidence since the Palace loan and WC (with good reason), but he still looks a bit tentative on the pitch. In a way, I can understand his issues, because I can't really think of another player that he is like. I'm still a bit confused as to what is he supposed to be? If he were to sit and watch umpteen dvds of one player, who would it be? He doesnt seem to be an AM, a CM or a 10. Without fitting one of those square holes properly, he is always going to struggle to nail down a place in the 11. Unless he is one of those Italian/Spanish-made-up-names for a midfielder with an "-ista" on the end? Cloggerista
  21. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    RLC is a conundrum isn't he? He has all the strength and the pace and the technical ability, but the tactical side, as Sarri referred to a couple of weeks back, is quite concerning. He was clearly trying to get involved on Saturday and that is very important for his game, but I find his positional sense is very strange for a professional footballer at this level. Whenever I see him play (Chelsea, England and Palace included), I get the sense that he still isn't quite sure where he is supposed to be, when he doesnt actually have the ball. With the ball, he is generally very good. I'm not quite sure how these 2 factors can co-exist, given he has been coached at the highest level for about 12 years? Dont mean this to sound too harsh, he is clearly still improving, I'm just keen for him to succeed.
  22. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    I think you are missing the main point that nearly all wingers have pace, some more than others. That's not changing the opposition's natural game. It is their natural game. There is no getting away from it, I love Alonso for what he brings to our game in attack, but he is relatively slow and will be exposed at fb because of it.
  23. Transfer Talk Topic

    Eduardo, Green, Jorginho.
  24. Transfer Talk Topic

    Think I would prefer Bats looking terrible scoring 12 goals this season than Tammy looking great scoring 4. I think we are going to need all the goals we can get...