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  1. Chelsea 0 Valencia 1

    Is it just me who thinks Kepa should've done better with their goal? It wasn't exactly the best effort and he seemed to find a way to go under it.
  2. Chelsea 0 Valencia 1

    I know we have to expect results like that while Frank is learning on the job. But I don’t get why a rusty Pedro comes on for Mount instead of Pulisic. Pedro was bloody dreadful and seeing him play upfront with an erratic Willian was all the motivation Valencia needed. When we were struggling second half, Lampard then takes off Zouma for Giroud, which gave Valencia even more encouragement to go for it. They scored soon after. And what is it with our set piece defending? We looked like a bunch of poorly coached schoolkids playing on a Sunday in the park. Then the penalty farce ensued which topped off a shambolic night. I really hope we don’t end up in the bloody Europa league again come February. But it might save us from more embarrassment like tonight.
  3. Chelsea 0 Valencia 1

    Well that was a disaster. Barklay should not have been anywhere near that penalty. Doesn't take away from how poor we were. But you got to take your chances when they're given to you.
  4. Wolves 2 Chelsea 5

    Fantastic result against difficult opponents. After Hazard left, I was bit worried where our goals were going to come from. We needed one of our strikers to step up and Abraham has done just that. He was superb today. Mount has been a revelation too. Looks very strong, keeps the ball well, and has an eye for goal. We have a midfielder who can score regularly by the looks of it. The defence did well first half and I thought we were on the way to a clean sheet today. Lampard will be disappointed we let in two goals second half. Don’t know if it’s a question of personnel or organisation. But it’s going to be a bumpy ride this season if we’re not able to keep clean sheets.
  5. Chelsea 2 Sheffield United 2

    Poor day for Frank. Not the day to leave your most capable centre-back out. Not the time in the game to bring on a young kid for his debut. Team looked disjointed. Defence were fragile. Created nothing second half. Poor subs. Expected better from Frank. Abraham's contribution apart, all round a really bad day.
  6. Norwich City 2 Chelsea 3

    A much-needed win. Three cracking goals, a penalty not given, and a goal chalked off dubiously. We deserved a bigger margin overall. Even so, our defending didn’t inspire much confidence in the first half. Probably because we missed Kante. Some promising signs. Abraham and Mount will only benefit from playing regularly. Kovacic did well alongside Jorginho and only lacks a cutting edge in the final third. Pulisic was tidy and confident but faded. Zouma seems to have settled down after an erratic start. Should be interesting once we get Rudiger, Kante, Hudson-Odoi, Loftus-Cheek, Reece James fit and in contention. That’s probably four first-team starters currently missing. Too early to judge. But my biggest fear that goals will completely dry up without Hazard, might not be such an issue.
  7. Chelsea 1 Leicester 1

    Yes. Think it was because Pedro was down injured for a while in the second half and really looked like he needed to come off. Instead Pulisic was subbed for Willian and we ended up with a struggling Pedro and an unfit Willian for the rest of the game. Really strange decision, I thought, from Frank. Not sure why he didn’t bring Barkley on at some point. Kovacic for a tiring Jorginho didn’t add much to the mix.
  8. Chelsea 1 Leicester 1

    Poor performance after a bright opening few minutes. The goal seemed to knock us off our stride. Like we thought we’d done the hard work. Faded really badly after. Not sure how tired we were after midweek. Didn’t seem to affect Liverpool who played a day earlier and won. We were lucky to get a draw in the end. This season isn’t going to be much fun by the looks of things.
  9. Chelsea 1 Leicester 1

    Now Vardy inches wide. We need to get a grip.
  10. Chelsea 1 Leicester 1

    Blimey. That was a let off. We’re lucky he blasted that over.
  11. Chelsea 1 Leicester 1

    Bright first ten minutes. Faded after the goal. Not sure if we’re sitting back or have just tired badly. Kepa dawdling about looking like Leicester’s most likely threat. Disappointed how little we’ve shown after the goal. Lampard will need to be smart with his subs if we don’t pick up the pace.
  12. Kawasaki Frontale 1 Chelsea FC 0

    Well he did have Hazard and Diego Costa playing upfront. We’ve struggled to replicate that kind of firepower since. If it wasn’t for the transfer ban, I’m sure a striker would’ve been a priority. Big opportunity for Abraham and/or Batshuayi to rise to the challenge and stake a claim. I’m not holding my breath though.
  13. Kawasaki Frontale 1 Chelsea FC 0

    Didn't see the game, but this doesn't surprise me. Our strikers wouldn't get into the first team of most Premiership teams. Giroud would be a good option off the bench for a lot of mid-table sides. But it's looking like he's our first choice. It's scandalous that we're in this situation. It's going to be a long, hard season so we need to be ready for that.
  14. Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    My main concern is that Lampard will be taking over at a tricky time when we've just lost Hazard and are not able to strengthen the squad in the transfer market for a season. I don't see it as a necessarily good thing that we might have to bring in academy players. Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek are exceptions to the rule. And they're both out with long-term injuries. Tammy Abraham will get a chance to impress. Not sure anyone else is really ready to step up. Which means we're likely to be treading water for a season while our main rivals get further away. I'm just hoping it's not going to go pear-shaped too quickly. It's going to be some achievement if Frank is able to replicate last season without Hazard. He's going to need Sarri's luck and then some, too.
  15. Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    One of the greatest players ever to grace a Chelsea shirt. Operating for a first season under a transfer ban, following on the loss of Hazard, is going to be a real challenge. Good luck, Frank.