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  1. Aston Villa vs Chelsea

    It's rough on Billy Gilmour too. If and when the season resumes, presumably we'll have all our midfielders available. Will Billy still play? Will Giroud stay ahead of a fit Abraham?
  2. Taking The Pee Out Of Liverpool (For Khobar)

    Contracts expire end of June. I assume they will try to run the league and UEFA seasons until then. If it can't be done before July then you have to cancel the season. Euro 2020 has to become Euro 2021. Africa Cup of Nations and FIFA Club World Cup dates up in the air. UEFA Nations League could be cancelled. I also assume that they have to change the transfer windows, as in theory teams could sign someone early in June and play them in delayed FA Cup matches.
  3. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Mutu says hello
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    Foster on a free would be a good replacement for Willy.
  5. Chelsea 4 Everton 0

    Only having 3 or 4 "untouchables" is a good situation to be in if you have 17-18 players that are realistic candidates for the first XI. At times we've had that this season. I think that the strategy is to win matches now, and Lampard believes that giving players a run of games gives them the chance to perform better. The only players that have been consistently poor are Batshuayi, Emerson and, until recently, Barkley and Pedro. Gilmour got into the first XI thanks to injuries and suspensions, but he got into the 25 and then onto the bench thanks to the quality he's shown in training. Even if they're not sold I hope we can replace Batshuayi with someone like Werner or Dembélé, Emerson with Chilwell or Telles and Pedro with Sancho or Boga. Ampadu and Gallagher will be strong candidates to come into the squad, so we may not need to spend much on central defence or defensive midfield.
  6. Chelsea 4 Everton 0

    I think we're benefiting from a meritocratic approach to selection. Past managers would always go back to their favourites, now players seem to be able to play themselves in and out of the team. If Gilmour continues like this against Villa and Bayern I don't see any reason to bring back Jorginho. After two clean sheets, I don't see any reason to bring back Christensen for Zouma. Azpi and Alonso are doing well, so James stays on the bench and Emerson stays in the wilderness. Almost everyone in the squad has had a run in the team at some point in the season.
  7. Chelsea 4 Everton 0

    + Jorginho. Christensen assumed to be ok.
  8. Chelsea 4 Everton 0

    I guess that means bench at best. Sounds like a late fitness test for Willian, whilst Kovacic, Hudson-Odoi, Kanté and Abraham are definitely out (plus Jorginho of course). No mention of Christensen so I assume he's available again. Barkley, Gilmour and Mount sounds like the only option in midfield.
  9. Chelsea 4 Everton 0

    If Christensen is fit I'd play him and Rüdiger together, as Christensen is the best of the lot at playing out from the back. For the rest, if Willian and Kovacic are also out we may be struggling to field an 18 man squad. Kepa James Rüdiger Christensen Alonso Barkley Gilmour Loftus-Cheek Pedro Giroud Mount Subs: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Emerson, Zouma, Anjorin, Broja, Batshuayi
  10. Chelsea 2 Liverpool 0

    Keep James Zouma Tomori Emerson Gilmour Jorginho Barkley William Batshuayi Alonso Subs: Caballero, Rüdiger, Kovacic, Anjorin, Pedro, Giroud, Broja
  11. Official: Eden Hazard Joins Real Madrid

    I also think we've been very lucky (or clever) with the way this worked out. Deciding what to do with Kanté is a similar challenge.
  12. Chelsea 0 Bayern Munich 3

    Agreed. To play 433 or 4231 we need both a decent left-back and at least 3 fit wide players. We don't have that at the moment but with Mount, Barkley, Willian and the returning Loftus-Cheek we do have 4 players that can play behind Giroud. I expect the same system for the next two matches, with maybe some changes for the FA Cup match.
  13. Chelsea 0 Bayern Munich 3

    Agreed that without a left back who can play in a back 4, 3-4-3 is our best option for big games. I still think that 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 is our best option against teams that only want to defend, but we need Pulisic and Hudson-Odoi back before they can work. Plus we have to take the risk of playing Emerson.
  14. Chelsea 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1

    After the press conference I'd expect 3-4-3 tomorrow: Caballero Rüdiger Christensen Tomori James Kovacic Jorginho Alonso Willian Giroud Mount Subs: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Abraham
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    I'd prefer Ampadu in defensive midfield than at the back. He could then potentially be CB4 too so we could still sell one defender.