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  1. Southampton 0 Chelsea 3

    I thought Jorginho pulled the strings in midfield. Kept everything ticking over and made one sublime pass to Hazard. Thought he was generally excellent. As was Barkley. Only midfield player who was anonymous, for me, was Kante. He seems increasingly lost and ineffective in this new position under Sarri.
  2. Southampton 0 Chelsea 3

    We dominated possession early on yet looked flaky every time the opposition went anywhere near our goal. Luckily they fluffed their chances and Hazard took the one early opening we created. Barkley deserves some credit. Looks to be finding his feet under Sarri. Also, Kepa is an impressive shot stopper. Just needs to dominate the box more and improve his distribution. Jorginho was superb as usual. Willian just looked tired and fumbled a great breakaway move. Still, 3-0 away win. And Morata scored a slick third. Good day with City and Liverpool dropping points.
  3. Southampton 0 Chelsea 3

    Bloody awful from Willian.
  4. Chelsea 1 MOL Vidi 0

    Well that was really hard work. Usual rubbish from the usual suspects. Just as well we're not in the Champions League. Looks like we've found our level in this competition. I think we'll go far.
  5. Chelsea 1 MOL Vidi 0

    Hazard on for Pedro. Sarri's seen enough.
  6. Chelsea 1 Liverpool 1

    Credit their goalkeeper. Saved two one on ones. Don't think anyone expected Sturridge to score from that position. Their sub made a difference. Didn't help that Moses and Barkley came on and couldn't keep the ball. Should have won it. We were hanging on a bit though second half.
  7. Liverpool 1 Chelsea 2

    I think he gets an assist for the Hazard goal though. Set it up on a plate ;)
  8. Liverpool 1 Chelsea 2

    Ah well. Sometimes you got to have faith.
  9. Liverpool 1 Chelsea 2

    I think it’s damage limitation from Sarri. He’s just given up really.
  10. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    Be interesting to see how much Sarri rotates this squad. In Italy he came in for criticism for being very reluctant to rotate his Napoli squad and for sticking with his favoured eleven. https://www.calciomercato.com/en/news/the-verdi-conundrum-is-sarri-s-refusal-to-rotate-hurting-napoli-77891 http://www.footballitaliano.co.uk/p6_66_12028_is-maurizio-sarri-being-irresponsible-by-not-rotating-his-napoli-squad-more-effectively.html#.W6fRxIrTVvI He’s maybe learned. But I don’t think rotating just Luiz, Hazard and Giroud is going to cut it.
  11. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    Says something when our best chances fell to Kante (two headers and a close range shot) who's not exactly noted for his scoring prowess. Decision making, crossing, set-pieces were really poor. Willian was at the heart of most of those.Needed him to step up. Neither full back put in a decent cross all game. Instead we are far too reliant on Hazard who didn't have one of his better games. Lots of possession is all well and good. But we're going to have to come up with solutions if we're not going to have more frustrating afternoons.
  12. Chelsea 2 Bournemouth 0

    On the surface it looks like a comfortable win. But despite all our early possession we didn’t create that much and they had the best chances. We looked shaky anytime the ball was near our goal and our new keeper looked nervous as a kitten. Soon as Giroud and Pedro came on we went up a gear. Giroud at least gave us a physical presence up front. Four wins in a row is a great start considering we’re adapting to a new way of playing. Not sure we have the strike force to go all the way. And I’m not convinced by Rudiger and Luiz as a defensive partnership. But it’s a pleasure to watch Jorginho, Hazard and Kovacic at times.
  13. Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2

    I think you mean Morata got poor service. Fair point about our full backs not getting too many crosses into the box. We were trying to thread the ball through the middle all the time. Even though crosses into Morata and Giroud would've been a good option considering both are great headers of the ball. Yes, the possession stats look impressive on paper but we hardly created anything of note. I think we might have had two or three efforts on goal and scored through a penalty and deflected own goal. Good start to the season for sure. But there's still a lot for Sarri to think about. Not least what to do with Jorginho and Kante in midfield. Kante dosn't look entirely convincing playing forward.
  14. Chelsea 3 Arsenal 2

    Hazard was different class. Kovacic was pretty good too. Those two are going to be something else playing together. Morata did well and scored a decent goal. Think he'll score a fair few in this side. Too early to pass judgement on Kepa. Not the best start and he looked very nervous. No doubt the coaching staff will work on our defensive frailties. We were shocking at times. Hope it's something that can be fixed with the personnel at hand. I wonder if a solution is to play Rudiger at right back and Christensen and another as CB's. We don't look right at all at the back.
  15. Chelsea 3 Arsenal 2

    Blimey. We could have conceded four more. We look a right mess at the back. Keeper doesn't look up to much. We could lose this unless we get a grip.