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Everything posted by paulw66

  1. Kante and Jorginho - The Conundrum

    Yup....... It's not the position Kante is playing that is the problem, it is the style we are playing. If you were to list Kante's biggest strengths, you would say.....tackling, interceptions, stamina, speed. When you have possession for 75% of the game, and the other team is sitting on the edge of their box, those attributes are not going to be utilised in any of the 3 midfield slots. Against Liverpool, expect it will be different, as we will have more work to do.
  2. Liverpool vs Chelsea

    RLC is injured, along with Pedro and Rudiger DD was on the bench v Cardiff I believe. RLC injured so he might well play. Hearing rumours that Zola has suggested Hazard will be involved. It will serve us right if he plays and gets kicked out of the league game.
  3. West Ham 0 Chelsea 0

    Read through 20 odds pages before someone added some perspective. The same 6 games yielded 7 points last season, yet somehow the new system is to "blame" for something. West Ham away is always a tricky game for us (and Spurs) Spot on all round, although think the strength of the team on Thursday was due to it being the toughest game on paper of the 6. With 2 gentle home games coming up, we should be able to rest more and virtually secure qualification after 3 games. Yup, agreed Hilarious exaggeration. We finished 5 points behind 4th last season and he scored about 13 or 14 league goals. We are already 9 points better off this season on a game by game basis. We need everyone to collectively chip in, not expect one player to more than double his tally. Doesn't really work like that though does it? He really hasn't but you won't hear otherwise. 606 PL minutes under his belt including just 6 starts. You can play around with numbers whichever way you like. Vidal scored a good number of goals for Juve and Bayern, two teams that walk their way to the league title in the one team league they play in. Bit easier to score frequently in the "noddy" leagues they play in, no? Take it further, Xavi scored 58 in 505 league games for Barca, Busquets 7 in 316 and Iniesta 35 in 442. Collectively 100 in 1263. Not exactly prolific, but Barca seemed to fare ok. Your last comment seems to contradict your earlier post(s) when you say you expect Kante to score 10 goals this season. No doubt we need more goals, but the biggest problem is the lack of goals from our strikers. Lastly - this system doesn't suit / get the best out of Kante, but whatever system you play in, a game where you dominate possession against a team that sits back doesn't suit him wherever he plays. He won't unlock a packed defence, and he can't win tackles / make interceptions when we have the ball. His value will be much more obvious in the tougher games, like Saturday.
  4. PAOK Salonika 0 Chelsea 1

    Hazard and Luiz didn't travel. Emerson and Kovacic didn't train.
  5. PAOK Salonika 0 Chelsea 1

    Ake should still be here, and he could replace Cahill and Emerson in one swoop. Chalobah could have prevented us signing Drinkwater (not in the Europa squad) The only yoof likely to get a game are Ampadu and CHO (not counting AC) as they are the only ones listed. Expect something like Caballero, Zappa, AC, Cahill, Emerson, Amapu, Barkley, Fabregas, CHO, WIllian, Morata/Giroud.
  6. Tiemoue Bakayako

    The loan makes perfect sense for both clubs We would have to have sold him at a massive loss after last year's "performances". Loaning him out in hope he might regain some credibility and push his fee higher, whilst having someone else pay for at least some of his wages, when he would have not been in our matchday squads anyway, is a no brainer. Milan pay nothing for a player, so if he's sh*t they can leave him out, but the hope is that he regains some sort of form. I think the slower pace of Serie A will suit him, but his technique will be found wanting wherever he plays. Edit - yes, your last sentence is so true. Does he have a twin brother perhaps?
  7. PAOK Salonika 0 Chelsea 1

    I don't disagree with the assessment, and I would leave Hazard, Azpi, Kante, Jorginho etc at home. However, I can see the argument for this game putting a strongish team out, then with the next being 2 home games, 3 out of 3 virtually qualifies us and takes away any pressure. I would use the fringe players, but wouldnt be surprised if he took some seniors
  8. Chelsea 4 Cardiff City 1

    The first bit was 6 league games (W3, D1, L2). Hardly a third. Games 7 to 19 were the 13 game winning streak, scoring 32 and conceding just 4. You mean the "pragmatic" last 3rd when we won 11 out of 13 games scoring 33 times? We won 30 out of 38 league games that season, but because the second season was poor, history gets rewritten. By your maths, we played really well for a third of Conte's first season, despite breaking records. Ok.
  9. Media / Press

    He's ok.........a bit of a cliche user. Murphy is alright too.
  10. Chelsea 4 Cardiff City 1

    The referee was abysmal. You're right, he stopped the game for non head injuries (and one of them he actually wanted a contested drop ball despite us having comfortable possession and it being a Cardiff player down), then later he stopped the game for a head injury and gestured towards his head to say "head injury", so if he knows the laws, he knows he shouldn't stop the game for a non head injury. In the first half Luiz took a quick free kick, and a Cardiff player, no more than 4 or 5 yards away, deliberately intercepted it and the referee allowed him to play on. To cap it off, he completely tried to bottle giving the penalty. He waited to see what the lino was doing.......flag incredibly stayed down, then after a few seconds pointed to the spot. He was really hoping the linesman was going to get him out of having to make a decision (guess). To be fair, the midfield are currently learning a completely new set of directions. We are 5 games in, and we have won 5. Staying competitive (100% record so perhaps understating) whilst transitioning system has been an unexpected bonus. On the 2nd part, Kante is / was never a pure DM like Makelele. At his best Kante is allowed to roam and hunt the ball down all over the park. The key difference this year is that Kante is playing for a team that wants to dominate possession, rather than surrender it and counter attack. De-facto, for the majority of the game, Kante is unable to perform his best attribute (recovering the ball) because we have it. In the same way, we are seeing a better Hazard, Willian, Pedro because we have the ball, which plays to their strengths. For all of Kante's strengths, and I am huge fan of his, he doesn't have the same technical ability to play keep ball like some of our other players. At home against the league's weakest teams, I am not sure I would pick him. Additionally - at home against teams who won't move out of their half, Saturday showed why Giroud has to play over Morata. His strength and hold up play is far superior. If he had speed, he would be Drogba / Costa esque
  11. Media / Press

    Collymore, Wright, Burley, Sutton, Gale, Jenas, ignoring all the obvious ex Liverpool clowns. Craig Burley has got the biggest chip on his shoulder I have ever seen
  12. Taking The Pee Out Of Liverpool (For Khobar)

    I don't see it.......the have played City, Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal thus far. Horrible start. There will be at least 3 worse teams this season, starting with Cardiff and Huddersfield.
  13. Media / Press

    I am going to watch closely whenever he commentates on City games, and whether he is that keen to point out the financial disparity of the 2 sides with quite as much gusto. I jest, as we know he won't.
  14. Chelsea 4 Cardiff City 1

    2004/05 - 72 goals scored 2005/06 - 72 goals scored 2014/15 - 73 goals scored 2016/17 - 85 goals scored I know you were very unimpressed with Conte last season, and with good reason, but you are letting that cloud your judgement as to what happened in his first season. 18% / 16% more goals is not insignificant.
  15. PAOK Salonika 0 Chelsea 1

    Difficult to know what he will do, and I'm undecided as to what he should do. The fringe players need some game time, but there must be a temptation to make sure you win the first couple of games, so the others become less of a worry. I imagine Hazard and the other key players will travel and be on the bench in case they are needed, although the temptation to wrap Hazard in cotton wool and leave him at home must be in Sarri's mind. Edit - Drinkwater can't play. Ampadu hopefully will
  16. Chelsea 4 Cardiff City 1

    Has played 5 games......... Wasn't at fault for the Cardiff goal and made a very good save in the second half. Not sure what else he could have done. They had 2 shots all game. Give the bloke a break.......... In the World Cup, the Spanish media were calling on the coach to replace De Gea with Kepa. That is how highly those, who have watched him for more than 5 minutes, regard him as a goalkeeper.
  17. Chelsea 4 Cardiff City 1

    There was a significant shift from 3-4-3 to 3-5-2 in the second season. May sound like a small change but it invariably meant that we were replacing Willian / Pedro with a defensive midfielder. It was painful to watch, especially against sides who should have been massively inferior.
  18. Chelsea 4 Cardiff City 1

    Cesc on the bench, it would seem. Emerson, Zappacosta and RLC all carrying knocks from International duty.
  19. Transfer Talk Topic

    So Sarri said nothing about his input on transfers. Obviously he doesn't do the negotiating. No manager does. So you accept, in a round about way, he wanted Jorginho? So he does have an input. Kovacic - well he seems to be picking him, which is kind of a sign. With regards to the option to buy, we'll have to wait and see. Neither club has categorically stated whether he has or hasn't, but Kovacic's farewell when he left sounded very much like someone who wasn't going back "After three years filled with trophies I have decided to move on. Even though are [sic] paths now separate I want to say big thank you to Real Madrid family and all the fans for an amazing part of my life I will never forget."
  20. Transfer Talk Topic

    Whilst he is talking nonsense (he couldn't have seen the watford away game) he can't really say much else. He isn't going to say, "they did well moving him on because he was God awful". it just isn't the done thing.
  21. Transfer Talk Topic

    When did he say that? You think he had no influence / input over the signings of Jorginho and Kovacic?
  22. But that was the point being made, that I was responding to. The inference was that we were silly to let Batshuayi go on loan.
  23. I don't suppose he wanted to stay here and be a perma-sub......... he is a brilliant sub to bring on but he has let himself down when he has been given starts.
  24. I don't know, I'm not their coach Either way, just because Batshuayi scores twice against Scotland, doesn't mean he's the answer for us.
  25. Chelsea 2 Bournemouth 0

    Your initial post said we could have easily lost both ........ I don't see how we could easily have lost either, particularly the Newcastle game. I remember Huddersfield hitting the post at 0-1 in the first half........I expect if they had equalised we may have brought on our best player a little earlier. Just a thought. The Newcastle game might have needed a late own goal, but their equaliser should never have stood, and they had one attack all game. Our winner game about through sustained pressure even if it was a little fortunate. Last season we sat back at Newcastle and they pasted us 3-0. Is that better? If you take the view that if every single one of the opponents shots might go in, and all of ours may not, then we might drop points in every game. Only someone deliberately trying to paint a negative outlook would suggest the wrong result occurred in both of those fixtures.