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  1. Crystal Palace 2 Chelsea 3

    If we somehow hang on to third place we'll be the worst team to finish third in the Premier league since Hazard + 10 others last season.
  2. Crystal Palace 2 Chelsea 3

    I don't think that Frank has confidence in Jorginho's mobility when playing as a lone defensive midfielder alongside two number 8s. Maybe with Kovacic or Kanté alongside him, but Frank will want someone capable of chasing back in the event of a counter.
  3. Chelsea 3 Watford 0

    Given that Lampard has made it known that against low block teams he wants to play two numbers 8s in midfield plus one player covering, that means that the options are Mount, Barkley or Loftus-Cheek for two positions. AsLoftus-Cheek is obviously very rusty, I think that Mount and Barkley is the only realistic option at present. When we play Man U, Liverpool and Wolves I'd expect a different setup in midfield, with two of Kanté, Kovacic, Jorginho or Gilmour playing with only one attacking midfielder. With no Kanté or Kovacic tomorrow it will be very interesting to see if he picks Jorginho or Gilmour.
  4. Crystal Palace 2 Chelsea 3

    Any bets on a Gary Cahill header from a set piece?
  5. Chelsea 3 Watford 0

    Tomori has been unfit for a while, but this would be a good time to be back in shape...
  6. Following Chelsea's Loans

    If we're lucky! Italian clubs are very good at taking our cast-offs as cheaply as possible, quite probably Zappacosta and Moses will officially be "on loan" until the end of their Chelsea contracts.
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    Great example of the aftercare offered by the club. It's very unlikely that van Ginkel will be good enough to play for Chelsea and that's been the case for about 5 years. But the club is helping him through a tough time, offering him a contract when he could have been left without a club in the middle of a pandemic. Now he can slowly build his fitness and hopefully find a loan and then a new club. Something not considered by regulations seeking to restrict loans.
  8. Aston Villa 1 Chelsea 2

    Agreed on the midfield - especially now we can make 5 changes, I'd start any matches against teams you expect to use a low block with one of Kanté/Kovacic/Jorginho and use Mount/RLC/Barkley in the other 2 positions. The reverse would be true for matches against teams that will attack us. Fernandinho hasn't played in midfield this season. Rodri and Gündogan have played in the deep midfield positions for them.
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    Rahman has two more years! Kenedy is out of contract next week so may stay in Spain. I don't think van Ginkel has agreed new terms yet either. Nathan and Pantic are also trying to get out of their contracts and secure free transfers to their current loan clubs. We'll be very lucky if anyone agrees to pay money for Bakayoko, Zappacosta or Moses this summer. They will probably end up on loan in Italy again.
  10. Aston Villa 1 Chelsea 2

    Plus Batshuayi if we can find any takers!
  11. Transfer Talk Topic

    I'm almost seeing the end of this season as a series of exhibition matches that need to be played in order to pay the bills. You can't claim it's a serious sporting competition when you have such different conditions for the final quarter of the season, taking into account the lack of home advantage and player departures. The only plus point I could see was that refereeing standards might have improved without the pressure of the crowd, but last night's GLT issue didn't reflect well on all the officials involved, even if Hawkeye took the blame.
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    It's not a great advert for Project Restart (both for the Premier League and Champions League) if some teams are losing players due to contract expiration, whilst being unable to replace them.
  13. Coronavirus COVID-19

    Can you imagine if we get close to a comeback and a team has 5 key players unavailable as they're in quarantine? Playing so many matches without fans is already bringing the integrity of the league into question (home advantage before Covid vs home advantage during Covid) but continuing to try to play when there are players and staff testing positive is money-drenched madness.
  14. Favourite Chelsea Matches

    I'm sure that Guddy's shot was over the line before Ashley cleared it! It's amazing that we won a match with Ambrosio in goal.
  15. Aston Villa 1 Chelsea 2

    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?