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  1. You mean you're disgusted that Chalobah declined a new contract extension put forward to him and opted to leave in search of a regular first team place elsewhere. In which the club obliged him with given he had 12 months left on his current contract and could've left on a free.
  2. On the flip side, the season doesn't start tomorrow and there is still weeks remaining of the transfer window. Conte could also switch from 343 and go with something else depending who is fit at the time. Then you have those who complain about youth not getting a chance. Now that a couple have a potential opening in the squad all of a sudden we're in need of additional established quality. Which is only going to see the same people complain about youth not getting a chance once more. Can't have it both ways. You either allow for younger players to have a potential better squad role, or you negate them all together and fill their spots with proven players who are considered more reliable. For now, I am happy with where we are at. Isn't like other sides are exactly pulling up trees themselves.
  3. That is the dream!
  4. My thoughts exactly. Bakayoko replaces Matic. Then Baker and or Pasalic to add the depth. I like how some complain about youth not getting a chance, but then when it comes to giving such players a space in the squad to get games, they still want senior players in reserve instead. Can't win either way.
  5. Hard to really make a comparison when both Lukaku and Costa are playing week in, week out and more often against better opposition. Morata barely started until the final months against the weaker sides, which is who he scored the majority of his goals against. In saying that, he does score a lot of his goals from around that 12-6 yard mark. A positive because we've often lacked our CF being in the box enough. So hopefully he's able to replicate this level when playing in a tougher league and when playing longer minutes when fatigue can play a part. For what it's worth - he scored his winners against; Athletic Club (7th), Villarreal (5th) and Leganes (17th).
  6. It's nothing personal. :)
  7. We just got absolutely fleeced by Madrid. That sort of money for a player who couldn't establish himself at TWO top clubs and has a scored 10+ league goals ONCE in his entire career. Ridiculous. That said, I don't dislike Morata. He's a solid player overall but there's a bunch of concerns that remain courtesy of watching him when at Juventus. He's going to need to increase his goal output for one, his consistency is another big factor he's going to have to change. Neither the club or him can afford to see him go missing for long periods like he's known to do. Would have been more comfortable signing him at half the price we did and as a second option. However, it is what it is and I'll gladly take being proved wrong if he raises his game to warrant the hype he seems to have. He has my support nonetheless.
  8. Ah yes, all those important goals against largely below average sides. The rest of his goals are as follows. Celta (1) - 13th Athletic Club (1) - 7th Leganes (1) - 17th Alaves (1) - 9th Deportivo (1) - 16th Real Sociedad (1) - 6th Espanyol (1) - 8th Villarreal (1) - 5th Essentially 10 of his 15 league goals came against sides 10th and below. Given the strength of La Liga and the sides he scored against above, not much quality being faced. Essentially the story of his career beyond brief patches of form for Juve that generated all the hype to begin with. He's been riding it ever since.
  9. Given there's about 40m euro difference between the two sides, long way to go yet.
  10. If he could remain fit, sure. But he'd also in a way take up a position that could be filled by Baker. Also reports in Italy stating that Sampdoria are looking to sign him.
  11. Worth noting that of Morata's 15 league goals this past season, 7 of those came in the final month and bit against some of the worst sides in La Liga. Leganes (3 goals) - (Finished 17th and one spot above relegation) Sporting Gijon (1 goal) - (Finished 18th and relegated) Deportivo (1 goal) - (Finished 16th) Granada (2 goals) - (Finished 20th (last) and relegated)
  12. https://weaintgotnohistory.sbnation.com/2017/7/18/15988140/chelsea-preseason-tour-of-asia-preliminary-squad-list Baker, Christensen, Boga, Musonda, Pasalic and Kyle Scott rumoured to all be making the trip.
  13. He could turn out either way at this point. On the bright side, he's going to have a manager who will actually coach him as a player and look to improve his game. Bonucci had an indifferent first season at Juve when he joined and had floated around a few different clubs via loan and then Genoa prior. Wasn't really until Conte joined did his game improve to the level he's been known for. Likewise with Barzagli, who was a regular for Palermo before moving to Germany where he did okay, but without excelling. He joined Juventus at 29 years old for £300k and look where his career has gone now, that all started with Conte. So, there's certainly hope that within the right environment and with a player seemingly wanting to work under Conte, there could be some further development had for Rudiger.
  14. If you say so, not going to bother getting into this whole discussion once more. I've expressed my point. A point that was made long before this season had even started. I'm content with what I explained then in reference to Conte's system and the style of players that make it so successful. No skin off my back if people choose to disagree or simply fail to see the bigger picture to it all. :) You're right. I've made it all. Fabricated the entirety of it. You got me. Case closed.
  15. Isn't black and white like that though. While yes, he's been directly responsible at times, there's also times when he hasn't but his inability to defend the situation because of what he lacks has put us under further pressure. Now, at times this has cost us with a goal, sometimes we've managed to get away with it. The bottom line remains that we want to improve on these areas so they become less of a factor or weakness. To humour you though with a few instances I can remember. Going to put his failed clearance with his chest against Leicester City here because that was awful defending period. He was outmuscled by Crouch who received a long ball upfield, was able to control it and lay the ball off. Azpi then failed to stick to his marker and the result was Crouch eventually scoring inside the box, albeit with a failed last ditch effort by Azpi to block. Was caught under the ball (misread it from the start as he took a step or two towards the middle before having to go back) from a Man Utd cross, in which Ibrahimovic towered over him for essentially an unchallenged header that was put over the bar. Caught completely in no mans land between two defenders, allowed Ali to ghost in unmarked for a header from Eriksons cross. Failed to mark his man to start with and was subsequently caught out from a cross aimed towards the back post resulting in Ali scoring a second header. Cross was chipped in by Liverpool and left Azpi caught between two players and marking no one. This allowed Liverpool an overlap at the back post. Cross made it out wide (as Moses was also tucked inside marking the man Azpi should have been) to the free man out there who put the ball back in and resulted with a Liverpool headed goal. Ball was crossed over him for a headed goal in our 3-1 win vs Arsenal. Taller defender could have potentially have cut that ball out, or got something on it at a minimum. Harsh, but also why being undersized can be an issue when set up in a system that will be asked to defend a high volume of crosses. Outmuscled by Benteke who held Azpi off after receiving ball at feet, was able to shift it a yard inside and get a shot off that found the back of the net. Caught out (along with Luiz) by that quality cross from Erikson in the FA Cup that Ali scored from. Will chalk this more down as a suburb ball than poor defending. Failed to clear the ball from a Southampton cross (as the first man), which he instead ended up flicking on with a header and concluded with Southampton scoring. I'm sure there are some other instances that resulted in near misses or put us under additional pressure but I think you get the point. What I will say is that you shouldn't confuse my stance on the matter. Azpi is one of my favourite players, the way he approaches the game is exactly what I love and he's a genuine world class defender. As a CB he's done incredibly well by all accounts and I'm sure he could continue doing so. However, if we're talking about becoming a stronger defensive unit and being harder to break down, particularly in the one glaring weak spot we had (balls into the box), then he's the weakest link due to his smaller stature, lack of physicality, and not being able to strongly contest in the air. This aren't personal faults, he just lacks these attributes. Just as Alonso lacks pace, or Cahill lacks when it comes to one-on-one defending at ground level. Having a bigger physical body in that position means a side cannot target an undersized player in the air, it means a more even match up physically with other CF's and the overall ability to better manage with play that comes in via the air. Rudiger (and Christensen for that matter) gives us this option now (Rudiger's preferred position is RCB) to negate this aspect. I'm sure Azpi will still pick up games at RCB, but at least now we have alternatives depending on what we're up against. Against teams that aren't as physical and look to play on the floor, Azpi makes perfect sense with his quality 1vs1 defending. Up against a more direct opponent that likes to pump the ball forward or are more physical upfront, that might be a situation better fitting of a bigger built and airily more dominant Rudiger or a Christensen. It's about having options. The ability to adapt to each environment. That's something we lacked defensively last season by having so many limited options - An ageing and slow JT, a technically incumbent Zouma and later on another physically undersized and inexperienced (in terms of CB), Ake. Now Conte has - Cahill, Luiz, Rudiger, Christensen and Azpi to call upon whenever desired. A far better balanced selection.