East Lower

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  1. Chelsea 0 Porto 1 (2 - 1 on aggregate)

    Missing the extra bit of control and outlet for Jorginho that is Matteo Kovacic
  2. Chelsea 0 Porto 1 (2 - 1 on aggregate)

    Common theme through the team of over hitting passes thus far
  3. Crystal Palace 1 Chelsea 4

    Right...........time for the fourth beer now! Johnny on the spot again for CP. Well done to him.
  4. Crystal Palace 1 Chelsea 4

    Now if we can get a fourth it might be stress free watching!!! 😉
  5. Crystal Palace 1 Chelsea 4

    Being greedy, a third goal now makes it almost stress free. Even though it’s still Chelsea and anything is possible
  6. Official: Chelsea Sign Christian Pulisic

    What difference will a handful of games make? Plus one of the reasons for CHO getting a few more games was CP wasn’t available for selection. Perseverance paid dividends with Mount as an example and CHO hasn’t been afforded that consistent appearance opportunity. He’s worth giving the chance to, over and above (in my view) CP. FWIW I’m not convinced by CHO either, it’s that I believe he may have more scope to improve. The one area CP does seem to be a good deal better is the knack of getting on the end of things/being Johnnie on the spot and nicking a goal. Just not on the pitch enough to be a real telling factor and the days of just being a 8-12 goal a season goal stealer seem long gone. Attacking players seem to have to be far more than that nowadays.
  7. Official: Chelsea Sign Christian Pulisic

    Sorry have to call the comment made into question, see the Dortmund stats below: August 2018: Muscular problem, 17 days out October 2018: Torn muscle fibre, 15 days out February 2019: Torn muscle fibre, 16 days out March 2019: Torn muscle fibre, 20 days out So, taking that into account in the last 7 and a bit months of his Dortmund career, he’s spent 2 and a bit months out injured. Call it a third. For me that’s far too much and it’s continued here. Those stats above are only for injuries that have meant 14 days or more out injured. Sorry, you cannot afford to have players who spend a third of the time unavailable for selection. Plus factor in getting them match fit again after return. All of those injuries were muscular related.
  8. Official: Chelsea Sign Christian Pulisic

    Not sure where you have that info from? If true, as the manager I’d have a massive problem with it! “Sorry chaps, felt a little tweak and won’t be coming out for the second half where we’re down to 10 men and just conceded 2 - HOWEVER....................I’ll give it a little rest now and make sure I’m fit for the CL Quarter Final”. Get ****** dear boy, would be an appropriate response.
  9. Official: Chelsea Sign Christian Pulisic

    I think that for very different reasons the same issue may cause both of the players being discussed to not be as good as they could be - namely their mind-sets. CP may not trust his body now and CHO may believe he’s made it before he’s really started. To say the club can’t manage his injuries may be unfair. Football is littered with players who’s hamstrings have hamstrung their careers to varying degrees - Michael Owen, Fernando Torres are two prime examples of players who relied on pace and mobility more than skill who’s careers could have been even more spectacular than they were, if they could have maintained hamstring fitness and kept their explosive pace. Problem with hamstring injuries, particularly the worst tears is that the chances of re-occurrence is higher in the players that have had bad ones. That probably gets in their minds and the mentally weak will feel every slight pain is the next tear - the latter being my theory.
  10. Official: Chelsea Sign Christian Pulisic

    Not really, one has 20 appearances in the league with 9 subs included, the other has 19 appearances with 9 subs included. Pulisic has the higher number. Pulisic is injury prone here, as he was at Dortmund and isn’t showing any sign of improvement in that area. His technical aspects are showing the same weak signs as at Dortmund, poor first and second touches and poor decision making in key areas. He had one area that got him through and that was his pace, that’s eroded through injury and/or mental fragility. CHO still has two years on CP, and I say IF he’s given consistent game time and he gets his head around hard work and talent will see you through, rather than just talent and the odd bit of hard work - I see more benefit giving the game time to him than CP. Nothing bizarre in that for me, maybe both of them will not be good enough. But for me there’s more in it for the club to invest time in one than the other.
  11. Official: Chelsea Sign Christian Pulisic

    My own thoughts on him are documented in the match day threads. He needs to be sold whilst he has some value. We’ll take a loss but those are the breaks. He’s running like he got his boot laces tied together, never stretching/exerting himself at 100%. Add his ineffectiveness with the ball and he’s no edge to his game and also stopping CHO having enough game time for all parties to know for sure if he is in the 13 or in the 19 or however many are in the match day squads these days.
  12. Chelsea 0 Manchester United 0

    That was as bad a game of football to watch as I’ve seen in a long, long time. We play ‘low risk’ football under this manager and it’s a damning inditement of the PL that we’ve just watched that poor display from both sides. TT needs to win more matches if we are going to get top four. Nasty games away from home coming up.
  13. Chelsea 0 Manchester United 0

    Horrendous game. Just hope we don’t end up on the wrong side of it.