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  1. MOL Vidi 2 Chelsea 2

    So Morata twists his knee and goes off. Giroud on now. Let's hope he doesn't get injured too. 1-1 at HT. Willian doing his best upfront. Piss-poor defending from Ampadu for their goal. Caballero pulling off a nice save to keep things level. Loftus-Cheek looks half-asleep. Someone needs to prod him. Bit of a yawn fest. But a good insight into why Sarri chooses certain players and overlooks others.
  2. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    I didn’t see that result coming. Thought we rode our luck first half but we defended well and took our chance. Not so much Sarri-ball, but a throwback display to our CL games against Barca. Defending deep seemed to play to our strengths. We didn’t get caught high up the pitch and there was little space behind our fullbacks. Azpi, Luiz and Rudiger were superb. While Kante and Pedro had their best games in a while. Hazard was much more influential second half and Barkley had a useful cameo. Kepa gave me a couple of heart-stopping moments with his distribution. Sometimes I wish he’d just boot it up the pitch. Tactics worked fine today and we scored at the right times. Not sure we can play like that against teams who won’t attack and press like City did. And the striker problem needs addressing at some point. But at least we have a plan B now. Still, a massive win for the club and Sarri in particular. Hopefully that gives us a big shot of confidence for the rest of the season.
  3. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    Ah Willian. What a chance. Got to do better than that.
  4. Chelsea 2 Manchester City 0

    Kante with a nice finish there. Credit to Willian's poor touch for that.
  5. Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Chelsea 1

    You reckon the Board will give Sarri to next season if we can’t beat Wolves and struggle against Fulham? It’s one thing to lose to Man City and Spurs. Sarri could always claim they’re ahead of us in development. If the Board want to help Sarri they’ve got January to sort things out. Otherwise no matter what Sarri does it’s going to be hard to finish in the top four without a decent striker. So unless we somehow manage to win the Europa League and qualify for CL next season then Sarri will be a goner.
  6. Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Chelsea 1

    Hazard can’t do it all on his own. He creates our best chances, he gets us free-kicks on the edge of the box. But it’s not enough against teams that defend with lots of players behind the ball. So we just end up passing sideways and backwards. A lot. Our passing stats are amazing. But we’re not really playing ‘Sarriball’. We’re playing a variation of give it to Eden then hope for the best. It’s not much different to how we played under Conte. Except with a back four. I can’t see any progress under Sarri. And there won’t be unless the Board are willing to invest in a couple of attacking players come January. If they don’t, then we’re going to be fifth or sixth. Which is where we deserve to be.
  7. Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Chelsea 1

    Never thought I’d see Fabregas and Kante propping up our midfield again. It’s like last season never happened. Azpi and Alonso haven’t adjusted well to a back four. Sarri is just persisting with a lost cause here. Doubt he has the balls to start Zappacosta and Emerson against City though. Pedro and Willian have no competition. Apart from a teenager who Sarri, probably rightly, feels isn’t ready. How we ended up with Morata and Giroud as our two strikers while sending Batshuayi and Abraham on loan is just typical of us. Sarri literally has no options now. Who decides these things? Sarriball looks like a distant dream. We’re stuck with the players we have and the manager won’t compromise his style. A clusterf**k waiting to happen.
  8. Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Chelsea 1

    Well I thought first half was awful. But I never thought we'd collapse like that. What a horrible performance. No-one emerges with any credit. Sarri starting to look out of his depth. Just a horrible mess. He's not going to be able to fix this. He's not got the players he wants to play his system. And he's not going to adapt his methods. The Board are unlikely to buy him a proper striker in January to at least give us a fighting chance. It's not Xmas yet and the season is starting to unravel in front of our eyes. Oh dear.
  9. Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Chelsea 1

    I was thinking: Please don't pass it to Alonso. He can't cross. And what do we do?
  10. Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Chelsea 1

    Really poor finish from Fabregas. It's not like we haven't had any chances.
  11. Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Chelsea 1

    Jesus. What on earth are we playing at? Azpi and Willian messing up.
  12. Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Chelsea 1

    Yep. One chance. One goal. Looks easy.
  13. Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Chelsea 1

    Christ. Fabregas plays Willian through in acres of room and he just lofts it to nowhere in particular.
  14. Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Chelsea 1

    Well I've seen it all now. Morata somehow jumping over the ball from one yard out. What a striker.