Droy was my hero

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  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    Still is. By a long chalk.
  2. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    Looked Ok in the WC Lacking in fibre I'd say. Or did I misunderstand this completely.
  3. Tiemoue Bakayako

    This one - never heard it before - sounds great https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/chelsea-fans-create-brilliant-tiemoue-11257499 (Mind it doesn't sound like anything from Earth Wind and Fire I can recall, least of all September, which the Mirror reckons it is. Mind you EWF could never sing)
  4. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    I agree - Giroud is the man for this game.
  5. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    Mind you I can see Sarri's FBs getting much more tired out getting up and down the wings than they did as Conte's WBs.
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    Mobility is always relative. Kante he wasn't, but nor was he Matic. At DM or CM a lot of the task is just getting to challenge the player. Only very few, like Kante, can both get close enough to get a real chance of winning the ball, and yet still not be beaten regularly. Merely good players take risks unless it is one-on-one. I think a lot of what Mikel got criticised for was exactly what the coach was asking for. And he was faster than anyone gave him credit for (though admittedly he looked heavy some seasons). As for not getting back - again widely misunderstood. Whenever a team is being attacked it should be/is treated as an opportunity for a fast counterbreak. Sometimes that means Hazard or similar dropping back into a No 10 position, well short of the striker, but an immediate playmaker and available for a shortish pass when/if we win the ball back. If the DM comes out to hold up play, while our wingers drop back to follow the overlapping FBs, then if the DM is beaten or bypass he becomes the free man for counterattack. There really is no expectation from colleagues or manager that he runs back into our box. Almost everyone else has dropped back, hopefully helped by the time Mikel bought the defence by coming out and challenging the man on the ball.
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    Quite. He generally played the role of 3rd CB in being sat just in front of them. Much like Maka before him, and a little like Matic (but obviously better IMO). So pointless with 3 at the back. Making time, by controlling dirty ball first time and giving that time along with a perfectly weighted pass to someone else is pretty much exactly the way Jorginho plays.
  8. Chelsea vs Arsenal

    Based on Willian's electric performance last weekend, I'd be very surprised if he doesn't start ahead of Pedro. I'm not sure that with benches of 7, utility players add much nowadays. And with Rudiger IMO being able to play RB and Azpi anywhere in back 4, we only need one of Zappa, Cahill or Christensen to have the back 4 covered. IMO Moses is substandard wherever he plays. Sarri might well reach the same conclusion sooner or later. But in the meantime I reckon he'll keep Moses as a AM, in particular an AM closer when we are leading. He has no cutting edge, but does have work rate. Of the alternative sub AMs, RLC & Barkley don't have work rate, and 17 year olds aren't expected to have it.
  9. Tiemoue Bakayako

    I don't - you keep coming back to some vague allegations about me, again and again. Why do you keep coming back to it? Great self- description, Ham. Do you want to talk specifically about JM's role in the 15/16 squad being too small - I've been saying the same thing since 2015. Or specifically about Matic? I have been pretty consistent on Matic since 2014. "Whatabout "Whataboutery"' - Ham takes it to a new level.
  10. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    Or just as likely, you haven't.
  11. Tiemoue Bakayako

    They owe us big time. We loaned them Crespo yet they still lost the 2005 final. They sold us Sheva, and we loaned him back again. 13 years on and we are still calling in favours. Total bollox again MT. Give it 3 months and you'll repeat yourself.
  12. Squad Status: 2018/2019 Season

    I did say we were 5 or 6 short! I agree a lot more transformation to come. It is not that Zappa for example could not play a part in a big team (I like him), or that Barkley or RLC is any better. But Barkley or RLC might develop into someone who adds real value. And we have too many players that won't. Not so much dead wood, just with limited further upside.
  13. Squad Status: 2018/2019 Season

    Sure. In 2 years we have gone from a team stacked with talent but no back up to a handful of stars surrounded by squad players. Weird.
  14. Squad Status: 2018/2019 Season

    24 + Abraham (20) + 2 17-year olds who might surprise us, but shouldn't be a part of planning. A full squad for once which should avoid any unpleasant surprises. 7+Abraham FA HG so all can go into a PL squad, but 3 would have to drop out of Europa squad (I presume old CL rules still apply). Quite why Moses is included as AM I don't understand, but that is where he is being brought on to play in Sub appearances so far. For me the AMs are Pedro, Hazard, Willian, Barkley and RLC. I'm not too sure how Barkley, RLC and Abraham are going to work out, but if we keep 3 strikers and the 5 AMs I mentioned that should be enough. Back 4 is probably overstaffed in comparison. All too good to believe really - I suspect 2 or 3 more loans.
  15. 2018/19 Expectations.

    V good points. A big squad can stop you reaching top speed, but it guarantees against disasters.