Droy was my hero

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  1. Leicester City vs Chelsea

    Only if we get 2nd by March, because it will be too late to change plans by April. 4th is a failure anyway. Even Conte arrived to take Steve Holland as his assistant. Holland only left after the PL trophy. The coaching team consists of Frank, Jody, Jones who till recently was a fitness coach and Barry whose previous PL experience was playing at Fleetwood alongside Vardy. There is no PL/match winning experienced coach in the squad, just a bunch of development coaches and coaches in development. There is no Duncan Ferguson or Joe Jordan in the wings or Boot room. ^Allegri.
  2. Leicester City vs Chelsea

    Slightly surprised to learn that Leiceste haven't had a single set piece goal all PL season. We have 8. On the other hand they have scored 8 penalties whereas no one else, even Man U, has scored more than 5. So... DMW. Too late to do much now, even a CL win I don't think would protect him (though it would make the summer transfer a lot easier for Marina). The best explanation for not having already made a change is the need to bring in a whole coaching team. I don't see how one more disappointment changes things (short of a Leicester 9-0 result).
  3. Fulham 0 Chelsea 1

    protecting the image I presume.
  4. Leicester City vs Chelsea

    You could pick any of our winning games this season, and say if we play like that against Leicester, we will lose comfortably. I might have said Leeds, but they have fallen off a cliff since.
  5. Leicester City vs Chelsea

    Or VVD over Zouma, or Allison over Mendy or Salah over Pulisic. They have some great players and got 196 points in 2 seasons. No one is asking our team to do that. I'm just saying it is hard to point to either individuals, or units like defence/midfield/attack to explain where we are going wrong.
  6. Official: Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    ^^ it is a simple apology for failure. We really haven't. We have been amazingly consistent. So incredibly consistent it stinks. Which is kind of odd, because despite all the talk about Tammy and Werner, actually we have scored more than our XG, which usually means better than average finishing. What we are not good at it seems is scoring when we need to score. On xPTS we are second in the table*. But certainly we miss a ruthlessness and winning mentality. *Still haven't found a clear definition of xPTS or a methodology, but it does imply we are getting fewer points out of games than chances either end would imply. It was the same last year, but neutral in 17/18 and 18/19, while we got massively more points that xPTS in 16/17 - which matches my feeling at the time that I really couldn't understand how we were winning so often while hardly ever dominating.
  7. Leicester City vs Chelsea

    I'm not sure. Certainly I would have said Jorginho, Kante and Mount was an excellent midfield, with Havertz or Kovacic backing them up also v strong. Jorginho, Kante and a lesser player or Kovacic worked pretty well 2 years ago. After letting in a few silly goals at the start of the season we have conceded few. We have scored plenty but only freely when we go a goal up early. In midfield I guess the best stat is possession where we have had massive success. Even in being out played by Man City and Arsenal we had 55% and 61% possession. (63% drawing to Villa, 55% and 72% losing to Wolves and Everton). It doesn't seem to be any particular part of the team that is the problem. Not the players, not the units, but the sum of the players or the sum of the units - the team.
  8. Official: Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    yeah - certainly a lot of confusion and mixed messages. His job is gone anyway. I think he wants to be replaced, though he is not saying it obvs. Not sure RLC and Barkley were moved out because of style issues, basically neither were good enough for 2 seasons running, and both play the same role as Mount and or Havertz. Plus of course they were in that removable group - good enough to be in the first 16 at a PL club but not for us. We have a bunch of non-loanees who can't be moved on so easily. I also question whether it is Lampard caught between two systems in his mind or the team caught between two systems with little or no guidance from the manager. Stick Jorginho and Rudiger in and they play it around the back as if they had at a bare minimum rehearsed it. Replace them with Kante and Zouma and they look like they barely know each other - but still play the same system. My question is do we try to play Sarriball (farting around at the back) because Frank demands it or because it was the last thing any of them were coached to do. (Last season I thought the first, this season and I am beginning to suspect the second). That is part of it. But I think there is also a pinball vs one man advance. Fast multi-pass football (best played with 1 or 2 touches) where suddenly opportunities happen. And perhaps what you call instinctive, but I would say relying on individuals to create things, and allowing them as many touches as they need. team patterns vs solo efforts.
  9. Season expectations/predictions/peculiarities 2020/21

    We have both the forum turn on more than a few managers before. this is like a sly yawn when the dinner guest has stayed past midnight.
  10. Fulham 0 Chelsea 1

    Lets hope she remembers: Prick his Boil.
  11. Fulham 0 Chelsea 1

    My complaint is that I can't "Like" the Mods (system won't let us). This was a nice post.
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    Well Hazard was.
  13. Season expectations/predictions/peculiarities 2020/21

    Conte season 2 and Sarri's season, the forum was full of people claiming we should be up there at the top, despite it being very clear we didn't have the players to achieve it. Now the mood is all about the long term. At least it puts me in the minority again I suppose, and keeps the pressure off the manager.
  14. Season expectations/predictions/peculiarities 2020/21

    Well who would have thought that Man U were up in the pecking order for big players ahead of us before this season? Though I agree that Raiola is an issue. And this is just the time where clubs with money can stand up to agents. It is funny how the "lets wait a year or two and rebuild for the future" pov that I was pushing in 17/18 and 18/19 has become a comfort rag.
  15. Season expectations/predictions/peculiarities 2020/21

    Well there was a stage. It was back at the start of the season when we had just bought Havertz and Werner and looked like we had huge ambitions. Keeping Lampard so long has made it looked like we never did.