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  1. Everton 2 Chelsea 0

    Very odd that Emerson didn’t start especially as he didn’t play in midweek. I suppose Sarri’s thinking was his usual nonsense about how we need Alonso at set pieces because of his height. No surprise then that they scored from a set piece. Then Alonso gives away a penalty. Just when you think Sarri has learned a lesson he reverts to type. It’ll be his undoing.
  2. Everton 2 Chelsea 0

    The recent games against Wolves and Everton we had a realistic chance to show we've turned a corner and to stake a claim to a top four position. That’s our only real ambition left for this season. Instead, we managed a point against Wolves with a Hazard goal in injury time. Say what you will about our squad, but man for man we’re not inferior to Wolves or Everton. Never mind Bournemouth. Getting outplayed by inferior squads with decent managers, making the most of their resources, is a damning indictment of Sarri. I don’t see how he can survive this season even if by some miracle we win the Europa League.
  3. Everton 2 Chelsea 0

    Maybe he should ask the Everton manager. Really, it didn’t take much.
  4. Everton 2 Chelsea 0

    Difference between the two managers at half time is that Everton realised that if they carried on like they did first half, they would just lose. So they simply changed their approach. Sarri just probably said, carry on lads, we’ve been brilliant. Be patient and we’ll score in the end. We looked shell-shocked that Everton actually came out, pressed us a bit, and made a game of it. That they scored from a set piece was no surprise. And that Alonso fell apart, just as the team did, was entirely predictable. It was amateur stuff from Sarri really. Out-thought, outmanoevred, and overwhelmed. And it didn’t take much either. Easy manager to come up against. Because he doesn’t surprise you. He won’t outthink you. And he’s entirely predictable. While seemingly unaware of his own team’s weaknesses. He’s been completely exposed at this level.
  5. Everton 2 Chelsea 0

    Alonso repaying his faith in the manager. What a disaster.
  6. Everton 2 Chelsea 0

    Disappointing we haven’t taken one of our chances. If we don’t get three points today it’ll be a really missed opportunity.
  7. Chelsea 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

    Fair enough. And I’m sure that’s what Sarri was thinking. But I don’t think it was too much of a stretch to anticipate how Wolves were going to approach the game. Sarri just didn’t seem to take that into consideration. Why start with Kovacic in a game like this? What does he offer in the attacking phase? Give Loftus-Cheek an hour instead. His strength, ability to take on a player and hold up play might cause Wolves problems. And why not Hudson-Odoi over Pedro against a team that’s going to sit deep? Let him take on players and get some crosses in. Pedro likes to cut inside, running into Wolves packed defence. I know why Sarri doesn’t start them. He’s averse to risk. But unless you do, in a game like this, you end up nearly losing instead. It’s a fine line. And Sarri will get slaughtered if it doesn’t come off. But we scrape a lucky draw and is barely hanging on to his job instead.
  8. Chelsea 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

    I think against a team that was going to play a narrow eleven behind the ball for most of the match, he might possibly have started with Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi. I don’t think we would lose too much defensively and might have gained more width, pace and physicality. Pedro and Barklay could come on second half if they were tiring. I just think Sarri’s starting line up was too cautious and played into Wolves’ hands. We were too predictable. Their game plan worked and we only managed to salvage the game after Sarri panicked.
  9. Chelsea 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

    Sarri got the starting line up wrong. Played Kovacic when we needed an attacking presence in midfield against a physical, organised defence. Sarri played into Wolves’ hands. They got the break they hoped for. Then Sarri spent the second half trying to undo the damage. Hazard got us out of jail. But a point is the least we expect – and we were lucky to get that. Don’t want to pick apart individual performances. But Higuain doesn’t look capable of playing more than half an hour. He barely moved after that.
  10. Chelsea 3 Dynamo Kiev 0

    Wasn’t sure about the starting line up. But Kiev were really poor and 3-0 is a convincing result. Should make for a relatively comfortable second leg. So fair play to Sarri. Nice display from Pedro upfront, even though he missed some great chances. One great moment from Willian. Jorginho kept us ticking along. Luiz kept things under control at the back. And nice cameos from Loftus-Cheek and CHO at the end.
  11. Chelsea 3 Dynamo Kiev 0

    What a miss from Pedro. To be fair to him he was probably surprised a cross actually found its way into the box.
  12. Chelsea 3 Dynamo Kiev 0

    Ha. Great minds...
  13. Chelsea 3 Dynamo Kiev 0

    Kiev look nervous as hell. They're there for the taking.
  14. Chelsea 3 Dynamo Kiev 0

    Good line up. If you’re a Dynamo fan.
  15. Fulham 1 Chelsea 2

    Players understandably tired as the match progressed. We did enough first half to have made it more comfortable. Their keeper pulled off some decent saves. As did Kepa who is actually a good shot stopper. Shame his distribution makes me nervous as hell. Good games from Christensen, Jorginho, Higuain (first half), Willian, Kante. Barklay started well then faded and really should offer more going forward.. Players worked hard for that win. Narrow but vital three points. That's all that matters at this stage.