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Everything posted by xCELERYx

  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    Can't help but feel Zouma is on borrowed time. With a lot of sides focusing on playing out from the back Zouma stands out like a sore thumb. He lacks the technical abilities on the ball to really contribute in such a system and his passing completion rate highlights this - 78.3% last season at Stoke and about an 80% rate during his time at Chelsea. Cahill, who often gets shat on for his ball playing ability completed 89% of his passes last season, and is around an 88-89% rate for his career at Chelsea. The other point raised earlier is his reading of the game - it isn't strong. While his tackling looks great, a lot of it would be avoided if he read the play better and made better decisions with his positioning. Don't think he'll ever quite be the defender we had hoped he'd become - between injuries and a lack of development, I think he has more or less reached his ceiling. Unless he somehow manages to vastly improve his technical skills at ground level.
  2. Glue players in a broader range is a worry, do we even have any left these days? Kante and Azpilicueta are probably the only two now, with Cahill a possible third. In terms of locked in starters I think only Azpilicueta, Kante and Hazard are deserving. Everyone else should be earning their place.
  3. Transfer Talk Topic

    "Bench warmer" is a little harsh. He's a young defender that's had to learn his trade under Bonucci, Barzagli and Chiellini since he joined the club. With Bonucci leaving last summer it opened a spot in the side for Rugani and he made 22 starts this season gone - playing the second highest number of minutes out of all CB's behind only Chiellini. The two seasons prior he still managed to make 10 or so starts each season, which isn't bad given the players ahead of him and his age - in which he'll be 24 in a couple weeks time. It would need to be a hefty offer to pry him away, given that Barzagli is 37, Chiellini is 33 and Benatia 31. Although having another young talented CB in Caldara return to the club after a spell at Atalanta would help soften the loss a little more.
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    He's been alright in general up until back end of last year when he and his long term gf broke up. You can read a little about it here and what words from Nedved and Allegri about his form dip that came along with it. www.goal.com/en-au/amp/news/the-truth-about-dybalas-falling-out-with-juventus/11l9t2z9hyhlc16nithwodekyg
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    Dybala is Juve's crown jewel and with that he also renewed his contract last year until 2022. If he was to leave, it will most likely be a fight between Real Madrid and Barcelona for his signature. He'd be entirely out of our realm of transfer unless we're willing to really break the bank and set a record. What I said the other day was that Juve may be able to essentially fund Ronaldo's transfer by selling the two aforementioned, however its also not something they need to do either. Ronaldo's arrival makes Higuain more expandable. While Rugani may be sacrificed with the return of fellow young Italian defender Caldara from Atalanta. They may also choose to sell those players to fund other transfers as well, I mean it all depends on what Juve with to do with their squad. Not convinced Dybala would be best suited to the PL in general to be honest. His style and type of position isn't really one you see PL sides play, so he'd need to be the centrepiece of a system rather than a player that would just slot right in. He sort of fits into the mould of a Del Piero/Totti type, which we don't really see many of in the PL.
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    Dreaming if you think Juve will sell Dybala, or that he'd even want to join us. Not to mention he's a completely different type of player to Hazard in every aspect. Going to need to look lower down the food chain for any type of alternative if Hazard does go. We'll never replace him like for like, but we could find one or two alternatives that strengthen us from an overall perspective.
  7. Official: Jorginho Signs

    You're right it isn't. Unless the next best options you're getting are players like an injured Drinkwater, an injured Emerson and a career wide inconsistent Morata etc. Then one can certainly understand Conte's frustrations when his job is the one ultimately on the line.
  8. Transfer Talk Topic

    Common misconception with Mertens. His move upfront was born more out of necessity rather than Sarri having some sort of tactical vision. Don't see similar happening here while we still have strikers on the books.
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    If you go by what's been reported in Italy during the Ronaldo transfer, Juve plan to essentially fund his deal with selling Rugani and Higuain. Wouldn't completely rule out a Morata move, but it's probably unlikely now. Can't see AC Milan being interested with their FFP situation unless they offload a number of high valued players first.
  10. Official: Jorginho Signs

    Excellent signing, could have used this sort of quality signing 12-24 months ago. Better late than never I suppose. Now just a matter of how he'll settle into the PL and who arrives next.
  11. Welcome Maurizio. Not entirely thrilled overall, but he's here and we'll see what follows. Sarri has the biggest challenge of his career in front of him.
  12. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    Terry, Musonda and Azpilicueta are the three players I've seen send thanks to Conte so far and show genuine respect and affection.
  13. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    That doesn't stop them from being a little more respectful and appreciative of what he achieved. The club have handled this whole situation appallingly and are now trying their utmost to weasel their way out of paying Conte and his staff the compensation their entitled to. Yeah nah.
  14. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    It's not a snipe whatsoever. A number on here pissed and moaned about our "defensive football". Then for every manager that's been linked, the prospect of playing a more attractive style has been top of the wish list. It's essentially the only factor that's driven the support for Sarri. Despite him still being a demanding manager in his own way, his off field issues - including homophobic remarks made at Mancini and sexist comments towards a reporter. The fact he doesn't rotate his players - something ADL had showed displeasure towards. That's not even taking into consideration the lack of success he's had in his career to date. The prospect of "Sarriball" trumps all.
  15. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    Pathetic really on behalf of the club in comparison to what other managers received when departing.
  16. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    Nah, those same people won't batter an eye because the brand of football will be more aesthetically pleasing - that's all that matters now.
  17. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    There's been a little bit of a miscommunication and misunderstanding with regards to what I was saying. I'll support Chelsea regardless - win, loss or draw. I started to support the club shortly after Vialli arrived because I liked him as a player and he obviously was at Juve prior. At the time Chelsea was also the Italian side of the PL - naturally it was a perfect match for me. The point I was more attempting (and seeming failed) to make was that I want to also ultimately see Chelsea do well - which I presume we all want as well. If that comes at the expensive of attractive football, so be it. I don't get up at weird hours of the night to watch Chelsea to see pretty football. I do it because I support Chelsea first and foremost, and because I want to also see us hopefully win. If that means playing football that's less aesthetically pleasing, so be it. We don't earn extra points for style at the end of the day. And having had the ability to watch Sarri over the last few years, he doesn't fill me with confidence. Sure, his football is easy on the eye - but it lacks substance beyond that. He's also a vile human, which doesn't thrill me to see at the helm of the club I passionately support.
  18. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    Couldn't agree more. I don't follow any sporting side on the premise of how attractive they play. I follow because ultimately I want to see my team win games and subsequently trophies etc. If this can be achieved with attractive football that's gravy, but it should never be the main focus. I'm certainly not sitting here envying Liverpool, Arsenal or Tottenham's attractive style at the expense of success.
  19. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    I give it 12-18 months and we'll be right back here. This is going to be the toughest job Sarri has held, and the most unforgiving. As someone who hasn't achieved an ounce of success in his career, on top of the baggage he brings with his actions, the media will circle like vultures if results aren't consistent - regardless of the nature of football played. Not thrilled by this appointment, but I'll see what happens going forward.
  20. Transfer Talk Topic

    Basically this for me. He was a redundant signing in January when we needed players to come in and make an immediate impact. In a 343 he is a bit of square peg in a round hole - not good enough to play as a true CM in a two, but also not quick or dynamic enough to play in one of the wider AM roles. His best chance of making an impact if we remain with a back three probably comes in a 352 - similar applies with Drinkwater in my books. Barkley could be the more attack minded of the CM's with a bit more licence to roam and get forward - sort of how Conte utilised Vidal and Pogba when at Juventus. Although not quite with such a rounded game off the ball as those two. Drinkwater would also be that nice balanced piece that does a bit of everything without excelling in one specific area - we'd have others along side him who could offer more in whatever area is needed at the time and we'd not be left so unbalanced. You could add Luiz to that list as well. Thought he was sorely missed at times after a stellar 2016/17.
  21. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    Try telling that to some around here. Hazard's frustation is largely boils down to the lack of other quality players around him to carry some of the workload. While everything Kante has said suggests he seems himself at Chelsea for quite some time. Of course Chelsea being Chelsea, if offers to arrive for either then no matter who our manager is they'll have little say on what happens next.
  22. Positivity corner

    Conte's still manager, for me that's a positive when considering the alternative option/s. Slim pickings otherwise.
  23. Transfer Talk Topic

    He's a very good striker indeed. However, he's also rather ill-suited to the PL. He's not really as quick as a lot seem to believe, while he's had some issues with his weight and general fitness. His return for this season just gone was his worst since 2013/14, and his form wasn't at the level it has previously been at. He would be far better remaining in a slower less physical league where his game will age significantly better.
  24. Antonio Conte

    The law is different in Italy than it is in England with regards to this sort of thing I believe. Sarri has a contract until 2020, he's still employed by Napoli regardless if he's actually manager or not. Ancelotti will take over and Sarri will have been relieved from coaching duties at that point, but will still be a Napoli employee. He'd either have to agree to a termination package with Napoli (which is unlikely, because this would cost Napoli), or another club (us) will need to buy him out from his current contract, which is what is happening now. If it doesn't happen Napoli will continue to pay his wages. Sarri can certainly try and take legal action but it would take months and months before anything would be resolved, by then he'd have lost the opportunity to end up here. I'm sure it probably won't end up in such a situation and likely to be resolved prior to the beginning of the season.
  25. Antonio Conte

    Napoli don't have to sack Sarri, they're within their right to hold Sarri to his contract. The only way it can be broken is by either Napoli agreeing to release him (which would cost them), or for another club to effectively buy him out from Napoli. There's a possibility that Napoli could have both Ancelotti and Sarri on the books together for next season if no release is agreed.