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Everything posted by McCreadie

  1. Chelsea 4 Slavia Prague 3 (5-3 Agg)

    That’s not the point really. The point is that we are using it and we are absolutely bloody terrible at it. Personally, I do not see zonal marking at set pieces as being all that integral to Sarriball. If we had utilised man for man, as has been so successful for us over many years, we would have at least a few more critically important points. If he was that keen, having tried it, he should have abandoned it at Xmas and tried again in pre-season.
  2. Chelsea 4 Slavia Prague 3 (5-3 Agg)

    I thought Giroud played really well.
  3. Chelsea 4 Slavia Prague 3 (5-3 Agg)

    This. I really, really hate the Tottenham bit in Liquidator. It destroys what is (ok weirdly) a highlight of matchdays for me.
  4. Chelsea 4 Slavia Prague 3 (5-3 Agg)

    Barkley was truly terrible and I am officially off the fence with him now. I had said I would give him a whole season, but time’s up. He improved to begin with, but needed to keep improving, instead of which he has plateaued badly. Not good enough even for a squad place. Sorry. wont miss Kovacic wont miss Higuain either.
  5. Chelsea 4 Slavia Prague 3 (5-3 Agg)

    I expect Christensen to start with Luiz, as those 2 look like they will be needing to start all of the other 7 games after this one together. Or 6 . Or 4.
  6. Liverpool 2 Chelsea 0

    Maybe the part where we beat Man City doing it? As opposed to every other team, who didn’t do it and got beaten. I don’t like it, don’t want us to do it and it fails mostly, but it has at least had some limited success against teams that are better than us. Like Liverpool.
  7. Me too. Sometimes looks like the beginning of something great and sometimes looks like the beginning of something very bad.
  8. Liverpool 2 Chelsea 0

    Hindsight is a wonderful thing. There was nothing particularly crazy about expecting Higuain to work out somewhat better than the truly terrible performances that Morata and Giroud were mostly serving up until the Xmas window opened. Otherwise, more than about 2 people (who turned out to be correct) would have called it at the time. Did anybody see him as a long term solution? No. Did we mostly expect him to score a few goals more than Morata/Giroud combined? Yes. Has he turned out to be a fat, lazy waste of money? ...Er probably. He has been here nearly 4 months and has not managed to get himself fit enough to play 90 mins PL football.
  9. Liverpool 2 Chelsea 0

  10. Liverpool 2 Chelsea 0

    So after everything that has happened this season, I hope that Sarri has the sense to go full counter attack just for this game. It’s the only new way that we can beat them. Come on you Blues.
  11. Slavia Prague 0 Chelsea 1

    Glad we won though!
  12. Slavia Prague 0 Chelsea 1

    Lots of poor performances out there tonight. Alonso had a stinker apart from the goal, Pedro was woeful all night, Giroud achieved nothing, Barkley woeful, Kovacic meh. Christensen edgy, Azpi and Rudiger did ok. Kepa did pretty well. Jorginho continued his good form and he and Willlian were easily our best players. Thought we missed Luiz quite badly, in terms of the CMs picking a pass. Looked a bit clueless in that regard.
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    Those 2 statements are a bit at odds with each other, given that we mostly play "weaker" teams. Not sure that Barkley or Kovacic are ahead of him now, so he cannot be a "long way short". Yes agreed. IMO, RLC is currently there on merit for the moment. True. His performances have been better in the last couple of games - hopefully he too is slowly becoming a proper option.
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    I would imagine he will go on loan for the next 2 years, with us covering the difference in wages.
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    I was very unsure that RLC would be able to find a square hole to fit his round peg in, at the start of the season. Really, really pleased that he has proved me wrong.
  16. Chelsea 2 West Ham United 0

    Hang on. He has been pilloried on here for months, for sticking to his system, not being willing to adapt and for us all "suffering" the learning curve that the players have been going through. He said early on, that it was going to take at least 6 months for it to begin to work, even whilst we were winning all those early games. I saw it working well against Brighton. I have not seen the West Ham game yet, but in terms of all of the feedback, this was also a very good performance. Given that he is still playing 433 with Jorginho in his usual position, Kante in his usual position, 2 AMs playing very wide with a lump in the middle and the back 4 playing out religiously from deep, how has he "abandoned" his system? Are you sure we are not just slowly getting better at it? I dont doubt for a second that we will have more bad days ahead, likely Sunday for one and we still have to get round the issue where Jorginho and/or Luiz is man-marked by the better teams, but it feels like we are gradually improving to me.
  17. Chelsea 2 West Ham United 0

    That much is crystal clear.
  18. Chelsea 2 West Ham United 0

    He has also had a small handful of bad performances and has been tactically nullified within the system a few times. He is a very skillful player adapting to a hard role in a hard system in the hardest league.
  19. Chelsea 2 West Ham United 0

    Is correct.
  20. Chelsea 2 West Ham United 0

    I think everyone is crystal clear about your opinion of Jorginho by now. It really doesn’t need repeating 4 times a day at this stage.
  21. Chelsea 2 West Ham United 0

    CHO and RLC both start.
  22. Media / Press

    I haven't bothered to watch it since, but my view is that, under normal circumstances 99.9% of the time, the defenders and attackers are usually moving in the same direction. In this instance, Azpi and the Chelsea player behind him (was it RLC?) are moving away from the goal initially and the defender is moving towards the goal. As a result, both CFC players come from an offside position to an onside position very quickly (although both are offside when Alonso heads it on). It is actually quite easy for the lino to miss that, as Willian is in his field of vision.
  23. Everton 2 Chelsea 0

    If I repeat ad tedium, that the sun will not come up, do I win the internet on the day that it fails to? :-)