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Everything posted by xCELERYx

  1. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    Kovacic became first choice because he's technically one of the best players we have. He's comfortable on the ball, executes a high percentage of his passes successfully, and has a game that is well balanced offensively and defensively. Sarri has more or less built his midfield around Jorginho and everyone else effectively needs to adapt. As for not offering much in the final third. While it's hard to see a midfield three of Kante, Kovacic and Jorginho contributing enough goals and assists directly, part of that issue also created because of a lack of quality options in attack. First issue is a not having a quality CF that can be relied upon, so we're going to see good opportunities created being wasted more than they should be. Then there's the nature of our attacking players - Pedro is the perfect type of player for how we're looking to play. He's crafty on the ball, has excellent movement off the ball and is a threat in that final third around goal. We don't really have another player on hand that offers that range of play. Obviously Hazard is an excellent player in his own right, but he's a dribbler and not one that really moves off it in the way Pedro does. He also needs to be more selfish around goal - this being his biggest downfall. As for Willian, he's got the football IQ and decision making of a rock at times, nor is a reliable or even a prolific source of production. He's another that largely requires the ball at his feet and has a preference to dribble - lacking movement off the ball to help create space, part of why he frequently cuts back inside when he dribbles and narrows play. Ideally we need another AM with more forward like qualities - think prime Alexis Sanchez for example. We amend some of our glaring problems in the final third and that is going to see some of the opening our midfield do great being taken advantage of - thus increasing their collective number of assists. Goals though from midfield is going to remain a problem though unless Barkley can step up or Sarri alters things so Kovacic can play a more attacking role opposed to Kante.
  2. Liverpool vs Chelsea

    I don't think we'll see bulk changes being made because doing so has the potential to disrupt the fluidity and cohesion Sarri is working on. Too many changes and his system will largely fall flat on it's face because the players selected won't really have had much in the way of real match time to build any chemistry and understanding. 4-5 changes at most is all I can see. Something similar to what we saw in our Europa game.
  3. Kante and Jorginho - The Conundrum

    The biggest change Sarri can make is simply adjusting the roles of each of the three in midfield. Jorginho can be given more freedom to push forward than he's currently getting. Kante can be given less freedom going forward and can be more someone who can float deeper and mop up/win the ball back quickly once sides get possession in the middle. This would also provide the midfield with a better shield in front and would also massively help the lack of leg speed on the left if pushed to LCM. Kovacic can then play the more attacking of the three, something he did while at Inter. At present Sarri isn't really getting the best out of our midfield options besides Jorginho. Ironically, something like how Conte setup Juve's midfield three between Pirlo, Marchisio, Pogba and Vidal would strike more of a balance. It's going to be interesting to see what's done, because I can't see this continuing on as is all season.
  4. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    Nah, Sarri's here with his attacking football and its going to change everything...
  5. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    Morata would have skyed it over the bar anyway.
  6. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    Barkley with the stones to actually take a shot.
  7. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    Play like this against Liverpool and we'll be on the wrong end of a cricket score.
  8. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    At least Cahill finally getting a run hasn't made watching this a complete waste of time.
  9. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    Luiz is absolutely dreadful defensively. Thankfully Rudiger saved his ass there.
  10. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    The left hand side hasn't been any better. Zabaleta has pretty much had all the time and space in the world to push forward into. While the central core of Luiz and Rudiger haven't been convincing once again. There's issues right across the park at present.
  11. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    Willian showcasing his dreadful decision making yet again. Luiz and Rudiger haven't been convincing defensively either. While Azpi has struggled in terms of providing some decent service from out wide when he does get forward.
  12. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    Slow ball movement and playing way too narrow. Then being exposed once more defensively once we give possession away with players caught up field.
  13. PAOK Salonika 0 Chelsea 1

    Morata was never a gamble though, he's just flat out bang average at best and a completely ill advised signing in every sense. It's been plain as day for years, yet he some how still manages to coast by on hype he generated 4 or so years ago and has people fooled that he'll "come good". A gamble would have been signing Morata for £30m as second choice. Signing him for £60m to lead our attack had failure on it from the very beginning. Realistically he should have been sold off in the summer. This will likely now be done at the end of this season and for a significant loss.
  14. Tiemoue Bakayako

    H's a low cost risk for AC Milan. So there's no real harm in them taking that gamble. If it works, it works. If it doesn't, he ends up back here and our problem again. He's still young enough to develop his game and end up a solid player. Wouldn't be the first player who has struggled and looked out of his depth to turn things around and end up a solid player later on. I don't know, I thought it was pretty obvious Morata was trash yet here we are with people still rolling out the excuses with the belief he's a good player. That's far more disturbing. That will depend on if AC Milan take up their option to buy. If they don't, we'll be coping a solid loss I'd say on any full transfer out. Similar will happen with Morata and Drinkwater.
  15. Tiemoue Bakayako

    Because he's a young player who up until last season was highly rated. Given the financial situation AC Milan are in, being able to obtain such a player with minimal upfront cost is a economic way of trying to strengthen. Like all transfers there's an element of risk to be had with it not working out. He's made 2 sub appearances so far since joining for a total of like 56 minutes. With AC Milan also having a terrible start to the season, it's made integrating him a lot more difficult.
  16. Chelsea 4 Cardiff City 1

    Luiz done once again with slow feet and poor positioning. Lucky the shot went wide. Really do need a third to settle things.
  17. Chelsea 4 Cardiff City 1

    Doesn't try to do too much. Is a really good team player and has good football smarts about him. Really isn't a reason why he shouldn't be first choice at present. Makes a world of difference having a genuine CF upfront and his understanding with Hazard is slick at times.
  18. Chelsea 4 Cardiff City 1

    Still can't defend a set piece for our life though, jesus.
  19. Chelsea 4 Cardiff City 1

    Giroud once more with a key touch and Hazard finished well, albeit with a deflection.
  20. Chelsea 4 Cardiff City 1

    Get in. Excellent play between Giroud and Hazard.
  21. Chelsea 4 Cardiff City 1

    Giroud has been a positive though. Good link play and gets in the right positions. Looks 100x hungrier than Morata.
  22. Chelsea 4 Cardiff City 1

    Ha, absolutely pathetic. Called it the other day about set pieces and here we are.
  23. Chelsea 4 Cardiff City 1

    Looked awkward defending set pieces yet again. Not overly promising.
  24. Oh, I am aware of the nature of his goals. On the same token, they're generally been the games he's been afforded an opportunity against. That's not necessarily fault of his own. If he was afforded more chances against better opposition then he may well replicate this output, he may not. He's not really played enough football against such sides to draw a real conclusion in that area. On the same token, scoring against these sort of lower rung sides seems to be good enough for players like Morata and Willian when justifying their goal returns, performances or place in the side, despite having greater opportunities. It would be unfair to discredit the goals Michy has scored because of the quality opposition he's faced, yet not apply that same rule to other players in the side.