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  1. Official: Frank Lampard Sacked As Chelsea Head Coach

    One big thing I've learnt from all of this - don't ever subscribe to the Athletic (I haven't). Click bait you have to pay for.
  2. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Italian clubs rarely give minutes to loan players when they don't have an option to buy. The club learnt this the hard way with Nathaniel Chalobah. All recent loans - Bakayoko, Zappacosta, Pasalic etc. have had these clauses. Obviously we hope that Tomori is a development loan, unlike the other loan to sell arrangements, but it's a calculated risk. The club has to accept the clause in order to give Tomori the best chance of playing for Milan, but they have to convince him he has a place back at Chelsea. If he does well and Milan want to exercise their option, it's up to him to make the best decision for his career. Hopefully that means first team football at Chelsea next season, but he's in a strong position to determine his own pathway now.
  3. Chelsea 3 Luton Town 1

    If we had a competent defensive midfielder the ideal scenario would be to loan Gilmour for 6-18 months and then he can return to compete for the no.6 or no.8 roles with Mount, Havertz, Gallagher, Kanté, Kovacic etc. But given that most of our other midfielders have shown they are unsuitable for the no.4 role, Gilmour might be our best bet in the short term. It's not the normal path for an academy kid to the first team, but these are exceptional times and he is an exceptional talent worthy of a run of games.
  4. Chelsea 3 Luton Town 1

    Can we make a different shape if we add Emerson and Jorginho?
  5. Leicester City 2 Chelsea 0

    Please no more Kovacic or Jorginho. Kanté, Mount and Gilmour has to be the way forward. Maybe Havertz when he's healthy again. Hudson-Odoi also has to start, with either Ziyech or Pulisic on the other side. Abraham up front until Werner remembers how to play football.
  6. Chelsea 4 Morecambe 0

    Kepa Rüdiger Christensen Tomori Livramento Gilmour Bate Emerson Lawrence Abraham Anjorin James, Chilwell, Silva, Zouma, Kanté, Mount, Werner, Havertz and all the wingers should be completely rested for this one.
  7. Fulham 0 Chelsea 1

    I haven't seen anything in recent weeks to indicate that playing Gilmour could be worse than starting either Jorginho or Kovacic in midfield. The balance has been wrong for a while, so give the kid a go until we get a specialist for the position.
  8. Chelsea 1 Manchester City 3

    This season is very different to last season. Completely different conditions.
  9. Chelsea 1 Manchester City 3

    Of all the problems we have, I don't think our transfer strategy since 2019 is one of them. Before then, yes definitely, but there has been a big improvement since then. Still some way to go though.
  10. Chelsea 1 Aston Villa 1

    I'm not sure what Jorginho has done to earn consecutive starts. I'd rather see Gilmour in the middle until we sign a proper defensive midfielder.
  11. Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Chelsea 1

    The team is knackered and injuries have exposed the weak areas of the squad. It's going to be a struggle to get through Christmas and still be in the top half of the table.
  12. Champions League 2020/21

    The last draw showed exactly how the system works - the last two pairings did not need to be drawn as the computer had already determined that Dortmund had to play Sevilla and Real Madrid had to play Atalanta. I don't see how that fits with the narrative of corruption. Some accounts already tweeted these results before UEFA had finished the draw, because once the sixth pairing was drawn everything else was unavoidable.
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    How about taking advantage of a bit of turmoil at Dortmund to try and get Sancho to come and play RW? Plus a defensive midfielder of course.
  14. Everton 1 Chelsea 0

    Sounds like Kovacic in midfield and the new Germans either side of Giroud, with Pulisic an impact sub at best. Injuries hitting in the area where we have the least cover, as we come to the busiest time of the league season.
  15. Chelsea 1 FK Krasnodar 1

    Given the lack of options I'd play him down the left tomorrow, with Emerson at the back. At least then he doesn't have to run back so much. Lawrence and Anjorin are the only youngsters in the CL squad and at training today. No idea how they'll fit them into the team as Lawrence has recently been playing as a full-back/wing-back and Anjorin is an 8/10. Not the areas where we're short but hopefully both get some minutes. Kepa Azpilicueta Rüdiger Christensen Emerson Gilmour Jorginho Anjorin Pulisic Abraham Alonso Subs: Caballero, James, Lawrence, Zouma, Tomori, Chilwell, Kanté, Kovacic, Mount, Havertz, Werner, Giroud