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  1. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    Agreed that it's defensive. With that 3 we can control possession and quickly win it back if we lose it but they won't create good chances or score goals so we're again over reliant on the front 3. As many others have said, Kanté should spend more time to the left of centre to cover the gallavanting Alonso, whilst our more attacking central midfielder would have more freedom to get into the box on the right with Azpilicueta providing cover. A lack of goals from midfield is going to limit this team to top 4 at best. I'd rather see Fabregas than Kovacic as he's more likely to create chances. Barkley needs to be empowered to take risks and RLC needs to play 90 mins at number 8 on Wednesday. All in all it looks promising and there's no reason to panic. We're better than we were last year but we won't be ready to challenge City (And Liverpool) until next season at the earliest. There's a kid scoring plenty of goals from midfield in the Championship at the moment, seems like he could he worth a go next season.
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    We've had a summer where we bought badly, a winter where we bought fairly well and most recently a good summer of buying. However, we've lost our gift of selling high and we're stuck with a load of 'assets' that no one will take off our hands. Loan fees are the best we can hope for.
  3. Transfer Talk Topic

    After the EL group stage and when we're hopefully out of the League Cup is the time to sell off the guys who spend league matches watching from the stand. We can lose all three of those and hopefully replace them with one quality player - we have enough squad players as it is.
  4. PAOK Salonika 0 Chelsea 1

    3 of those are out of contract in 2019, the other 2 in 2020. Add in Cahill and we need to do some succession planning - using the EL to see if Ampadu, Hudson-Odoi and RLC are up to it should be the way to go. I'd like to see a completely different team for all the midweek games between now and early December. We finally have a big squad so let's use it.
  5. PAOK Salonika 0 Chelsea 1

    From it shows that the standard kick-off times for the EL this season are 17.55 and 20.00 UK time. Thankfully all our home games are at the later time. All the away games are at the earlier time. Hopefully Hazard and a few others won't even travel for this match. Caballero Zappacosta Christensen Cahill Palmieri Ampadu Fabregas Barkley Moses Morata Hudson-Odoi Subs: Bulka, Azpilicueta, Rüdiger, Kanté, Jorginho, Willian, Giroud
  6. Europa League

    Drinkwater, Bakayoko, Zappacosta and Morata. Our worst summer transfer window ever? Rüdiger has worked out well, but I'd be surprised if any of the other four are with the first team next season.
  7. Europa League No Green or Drinkwater in the EL squad, but Ampadu is there. Presumably Hudson-Odoi and Bulka will be added to the B list.
  8. Squad Status: 2018/2019 Season Shockingly we've named a full 25 man senior squad including 9 homegrown players! Unheard of bountiful riches - we can't blame quantity this year. Man City have 21 players, Liverpool 23, Spurs and Utd have 24.
  9. Chelsea 2 Bournemouth 0

    But we can't buy upgrades now, we have to do with what we have. So adding another attacking player against a team likely to spend most of their time defending makes sense. A 4231 with this midfield would be a good option for these type of games: Jorginho Kovacic Willian Hazard Pedro
  10. Chelsea 2 Bournemouth 0

    I hope we see Christensen and given that we'll have the majority of possession again, could we bench Kanté? It would be a big call but Jorginho+Kovacic+Barkley/RLC would give us more in attack. Kanté to come on when Bournemouth decide to open up and play.
  11. Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2

    Yes when we play against a team as defensive as Newcastle, we could consider Fabregas/Barkley/RLC instead of Kanté. With Kanté to come on if the team decides to try and put us under pressure. But how often do we know in advance that we'll be playing against a defensive team?
  12. Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2

    Yes, I haven't seen Luiz do anything that Christensen couldn't do, whilst I've seen Luiz do several things that Christensen could do better. Christensen isn't as ambitious with his passes as Luiz at the moment, but consequently has a far higher pass completion %. I hope that Luiz is only in the team until the international break, on a first-come (back) first-served basis with Sarri not wanting to disturb his back 4 when they've had so little training.
  13. I think this last bit is the key part - this is a style of football many can aspire to and which should be sustainable even beyond Sarri, in contrast to the two previous coaches. Even without a Director of Football/Technical Director we can hope this is an attempt by the club to create a club philosophy, rather than changing every two year. It should simplify player recruitment and the promotion of academy players, versed in a similar style of play.
  14. Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2

    Yes, Christensen for Luiz as soon as possible please. Also, whilst today's midfield 3 is our most talented trio, against packed defences we need someone both willing to make runs into the box and able to take advantage of chances when they come. Jorginho-Kanté-Kovacic should be saved for the biggest matches where we'll have more space.
  15. Squad Status: 2018/2019 Season

    I think Drinkwater and Moses will be the odd ones out, not RLC or Abraham. Reassessment in January makes sense, depending on our progress in the league cup and Europa League.