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  1. If we don't have 70% possession, this is normally the case.
  2. Official: Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    After SFL, surely JT gets the next go?!
  3. Mendy is the 23rd player to play for Chelsea this season, including 3 goalkeepers and 3 left-backs! Pulisic, Ziyech and Gilmour still to come back.
  4. West Bromwich Albion 3 Chelsea 3

    We have a very exciting group of players, with a couple of gaps and further trimming needed. I think we'll comfortably finish top 4 but it's not going to be easy - changing half of the first XI isn't easy at the best of times, let alone when you have no pre-season and have players arriving at different times and with very different levels of fitness. Things aren't going to settle down for a while, and after the next international break we have Champions League matches every midweek.
  5. Any idea what happened to Zouma? Our best defender previously, then not in the squad on Saturday and no mention of why.
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    Well 27, 30, 32, 34-39 are also free. 41 is free now that Luke McCormick is on loan. So welcome, Declan Rice!
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    I would have thought AC was more likely to have been sold, as he's been even less consistent than Rüdiger, but I think there may be some business concerns involved - Rüdi may attract more bidders. Jorginho doesn't provide the protection our back four needs, which Rice would do. The sort of player we haven't had for a while. It might require a change of style, as a midfield with Rice and Kanté wouldn't be so suited to helping the defence play their way out of trouble. Although Jorginho was supposed to be the expert in this but hasn't proven able to cope with PL pressing. In big games I'd feel a lot more comfortable with a Rice/Kanté/Mount midfield 3 than what we have at the moment.
  8. Plus no way he's resting players on Sunday so they can play us on Tuesday. Which is great for us as we need another mid-week pre-season friendly to give more minutes to T.Silva and Chilwell, plus possibly debuts for Mendy and Ziyech and a return for Pulisic. A battle between first teams is not what we need at the moment as we try to scrape through to the next international break.
  9. Chelsea 0 Liverpool 2

    An attacking player getting his body in between the defender and the ball, taking the hit and going down is so standard that there's no way we could ever expect it to not be given as a foul. The only argument I think we should have is that Kepa was getting to the ball first so it wasn't denying a clear goalscoring opportunity, hence a yellow card and free kick would have been sufficient. From what they showed on TV is seemed that the referee was only looking at the foul itself, not the whole sequence and wide shot showing the ball being much closer to Kepa than Mane. Yet another way in which the VARs/technical operators can manipulate decisions - only show the ref the part you want him to see.
  10. Transfer Talk Topic

    63 matches in Ligue 1, 42 in Ligue 2. 4 in the Europa League. Jamal Blackman (18 months younger) has made 85 appearances in the Championship + League One + League Two.
  11. Transfer Talk Topic

    Or he's a short-term replacement for Kepa and long-term no.2, with the club postponing a big GK move until next summer - just as they've postponed a big CB move with the signing of Thiago Silva.
  12. Chelsea 0 Liverpool 2

    Pulisic pulled his hamstring just over a month ago. Azpi presumably hasn't fully recovered either. Chilwell had a heel injury from last season, Silva only arrived a few days ago. Ziyech is the worry for me, took a knock in the friendly and we haven't had any more details since then. The Barnsley match will be practically a pre-season friendly - a chance to get some guys up to speed. Although there are financial reasons why this was the time to go big in the transfer market, the lack of pre-season and relentless nature of the matches makes this one of the toughest times to try and integrate so many new players. We're going to be playing catch-up for a while. Hopefully CHO gets a chance on Wednesday to show Lampard he was wrong, whilst we should learn more about the Rüdiger situation.
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    Fortunately there's no AFCON until 2022 so no problems for Mendy and Ziyech.
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    I'm well aware that Droy described Rennes as a mid-table team now whilst you referenced them when Cech was signed (when they were ninth) . I was adding to your point, not contradicting it, so no need to snap. Also, this isn't a private forum for the two of you so I and others will continue to "butt in" where we feel necessary!
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    Rennes finished third in the truncated Ligue 1 season last year and due to some fortunate results have qualified directly for the Group Stage of the Champions League. Not strictly mid-table!