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  1. Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    Yes, agreed, I don't think that would bare thinking about. We'd have been stuffed. I think we'll get there, I'd just personally like to see a bit more urgency about getting the defensive stuff together. The ability to keep clean sheets would come in very handy at the moment. Liked a lot of what I saw last night though. Reece looks very promising and I thought Gilmour had an excellent game. I also liked our response to their goal - push forward and look to score more. The last twenty minutes saw a nice change in approach too, instead of sitting on 3-1 or 4-1, the players pushed on to add to the tally. I think we've neglected the chance to do that at times in the recent past, so it was nice to see.
  2. Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    My only concern is that we're a good few games in and there are no signs of that improvement so far. Needs to be sorted quickly or we're going to drop far too many points this season for it not to have a really negative effect on league position. On the plus side though, we look so much more together as a group of late. Seems to be a real collective focus on this being a transition stage that needs to be navigated for a new team to emerge. I quite like that. And we seem to be displaying a lot more fight than last season. 6-7 months ago, 2-0 down against a side like Liverpool could well have led to massive capitulation. Sounds like we didn't allow that to happen and really tried to impose ourselves on the game and opposition. That's definitely a positive sign.
  3. Manchester United 4 Chelsea 0

    I'd agree with starting Giroud here. Bit of much needed experience in the opening game. I'm keen to see what Tammy can do, but I really wouldn't object to see his first start be Norwich or Sheffield United. We've got some really tricky games to start with and using him later in the game and not chucking him into the deep end against the likes of Maguire and VVD from the start could help his confidence and allow him a bit more chance to make more of an impact against "weaker" sides when he does start. It wouldn't be ideal to see him start 3 games in the first week and not get much out of them. I also think that having both he and Michy on the bench and the option of going to two up front later in the game wouldn't be a bad one either
  4. Transfer Talk Topic

    I think you're about right here, although being much nicer to/about Luiz than I have been giving him credit for.
  5. Official: David Luiz Joins Arsenal

    Same as all of your hypothesis writing on here - I was expressing my opinion on the matter and what I see as possible or likely.
  6. Official: David Luiz Joins Arsenal

    Hence use of the word 'if'
  7. Official: David Luiz Joins Arsenal

    To be honest, if a player that essentially just forced the club to abandon their over 30s contract policy in order to get the contract he wants decides he's going to demand a move out because he can't face the idea of following instructions of the manager on the pitch and competing for his place in the team, then that's on him. If he also decides that the move he wants is to a direct rival rather than going to another league, that's also on him. Sounds like he's been bossed by the manager when he's got too big for his boots. He can jog on as far as I'm concerned. Chelsea have been good to David Luiz over the years. He's done very well out of playing for us (and being re-signed by us when his stock was low after heavy criticism during his PSG stint). If forcing a move to Arsenal late in the window when he knows we can't buy a replacement is his way of treating the club, then Arsenal are welcome to him.
  8. Manchester United 4 Chelsea 0

    I think we're going to win. Not quite sure why I've been so convinced of this since the fixture list was released, but I really have been. Hoping I'm right!
  9. FC Red Bull Salzburg 3 Chelsea FC 5

    Anyone likely to be back from injury or holiday tonight, or are we looking at the same squad we saw at the weekend? Surely Kepa has to play at least 60 mins tonight too? Unless he's carrying a knock and that explains his lack of minutes?
  10. Media / Press

    1000% this. This was a case of a 60 year old man aggressively screaming abuse at someone standing about 6-8 feet away because he plays for the opposing football team. That's pretty ridiculous however you look at it. It's time the tolerance of the stupid, offensive and overly aggressive behaviour being the norm at football stopped. I suspect I'm not the only one that would like to see this happen either.
  11. Opening Day

    Crespo's banger in the last minute at Wigan always springs to mind. I did enjoy Diego's lovely finish very late on against West Ham in 2016/17 as well.
  12. Also worth noting that footballers don't dictate their worth, their club (or clubs trying to buy them do). If a club offers them 100,000 GBP a week at 18, then they'd be mad not to take it. At the end of the day, the club are the ones that offer money or agree to a salary demand.
  13. Formation

    Personally, with everyone fit, I wouldn't mind seeing 4-2-1-3 Kepa Azpilicueta Rudiger Luiz Alonso Kante Jorginho/Kovacic RLC Pulisic Giroud CHO
  14. Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    I'd add that I would fully expect the club would welcome him back with open arms should things not work out for him at Madrid. He was a wonderful player for us and is by all accounts I've heard, loved by people at the club.
  15. St. Patricks 0 Chelsea FC 4

    Burnley away towards the end of his tenure? Otherwise the best I can remember is when he brought Batshuayi on with 15-20 left to play with Costa in his first 3 or 4 games in charge?