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  1. Yeh, I'm really feeling that too mate. Seems like he sees the problems, just has absolutely zero interest, ability or willingness (or all 3) to do anything to rectify it. The ease with which a side like Malmo played straight through the middle of us so often and simply was pretty frightening to be honest (no disrespect to them, thought they played well)
  2. Less talking, more fixing some of the problems we've been experiencing. Because it's a really rather a long time since I've noticed us improving at anything under his stewardship.
  3. Malmo FF 1 vs Chelsea 2

    I agree with this. I'd really like to see Kante and Kovacic in front of the back four like that. It'd give the full-backs more opportunity to push up as well as making us MUCH harder to break down through the middle of the pitch. Both carry the ball from deep well and despite their smaller statures, each provide about 1000% more physical presence in there than Jorginho will ever do. I'd advocate 4-2-1-3 with RLC in front of them to provide real physical and goal-scoring presence from our midfield.
  4. Malmo FF 1 vs Chelsea 2

    I feel like that's our strongest XI at the moment (if all are fit)
  5. Malmo FF 1 vs Chelsea 2

    Kante. I'm not too fussed about a lot of the others, but I bloody love Kante.
  6. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    Could not agree more.
  7. Surely if any of our former managers were to be the answer at the moment, it'd be Ancelotti.
  8. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    I'd have rung him this morning to try and get him back on the coaching staff. He's been a huge miss for us
  9. Manchester City 6 Chelsea 0

    Whilst he's obviously struggling, I can't help but feel a bit sorry for him. I mean, his manager has hardly changed things to help enhance his qualities or hide his weaknesses. He's just been hung out to dry. I'd drop him to be honest, not so much because of him, but more because I know nothing about our approach will change whilst the same system is employed game after game.
  10. Just drop Jorginho. Sarri has hung him out to dry and he's showing no signs of improving either. Not worth moving N'golo back into a more natural role if he's going to be doing the job of two anyway. I'd go like this on Thursday (lets face it, somehow winning the EL is probably our best chance of CL qualification now) Kepa Azpi Christensen Rudiger Emerson Kante Kovacic Willian RLC Hazard Higuain Hard to disagree. I don't particularly share the same views of Conte as you do, but I think you're pretty spot on about Sarri.
  11. Eden Hazard

    I don't think we're going to have much joy if we try to replace Hazard with one player. That's a lot of pressure to put on a single player, especially one so young and new to the Premier League as Pulisic is. If it were up to me, upgrading our whole attack would be a big priority this summer. Whether Hazard is going or not. Hirving Lozano is one I'd be interested in as a winger for a start.
  12. Bournemouth 4 Chelsea 0

    I'm now of the view that we need a major clear out at Chelsea. We all know that some of the fringe players and loan army need to be moved on, but I'm also advocating choosing up to 6 or 7 of this first team squad too. They've pulled this same stunt as a group far too often now and for a change in culture and a new side to emerge, they need to go. I'd even suggest selling Hazard too. Wonderful player when he's up for it, but he goes missing at times like this. We need our most influential players to set the tone for what is expected and I just feel that Eden doesn't do that. And maybe we need to genuinely move on from relying on him in the final third to really evolve into a new side? There are a few players that exhibit the qualities we should be looking for, so maybe focus on building a new squad around them? Rudiger, Ampadiu, Kante, Azpi, Emerson, Kepa, RLC all look like the sort of players that have some passion for the shirt and are players that show the spirit that the fans can get behind. I think we also need to establish a clear recruitment strategy. Players in the 22-26 bracket that have experienced a little success already but are hungry for more and can be made into stars at Chelsea. This policy has served us well in the past and helped us craft the basis of a side that was very successful for nearly a decade. It also helps establish Chelsea as really important in the hearts and minds of the players that play here. That seems to have been missing for a while. And finally on Sarri: Nothing at all over the last three months is making me think he's the man for the job of rebuilding this team. The lack of any tactical changes, very few personnel changes and the performances on the pitch since the end of October lead me to believe that he's stubborn, pig-headed, tactically naive and probably just out of his depth. He needs to change. And bloody quickly. My personal view is someone with some tactical pragmatism and willingness to take risks with substitutions is what we need. And NO MORE COACHES WITH A "PHILOSOPHY" !! Results and progression are much more important than any philosophy. I'm all for attractive football, but not at any cost. (And we aren't getting it now anyway)
  13. Taking The Pee Out Of Liverpool (For Khobar)

    I'd say that Pep has a rather interesting record when it comes to proper competition for top spot, yes. Bent Referee won him CL semi-final against us in 2009. That treble made him really didn't it. They needed a lot of help reaching that final though. Failed to win the title when Jose got his Madrid side firing on all cylinders. In fact, Madrid competed with a Barca side that was widely hailed as the best club side ever and then got 100 points and scored something like 116 goals in League. Both were new records I believe. Got beat by Chelsea in a CL semi-final in 2012 despite us being 2-0 down on the night with 10 men. In the Camp Nou. We all enjoyed that one. Went to Bayern for a one-horse race afterwards. Took over 2x CL finalists and got spanked in a couple of semi-finals by Real Madrid and Barcelona. Won the Bundesliga with little real competition and failed to reach another CL final. Made some interesting tactical decisions in those semi-finals to say the least.... Struggled first season at City, finished 3rd behind Conte's Chelsea and a Spurs team with a fraction of the budget he had. Won the Prem in style last season with an almost unlimited budget. Got massively found out by Liverpool in the CL quarter-final and beaten heavily. Lagging behind this season when Liverpool have (so far) had a real crack at winning the title. City losing games that they really shouldn't be to the likes of Palace and Newcastle. Just my take on it, but I've noticed a bit of a pattern.
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    Fair enough that journos will obviously go for cheap clicks and take liberties with what managers say, but it does strike me that Sarri could be more careful with the words he chooses. For example, in this case saying something like "We all want Hazard to stay" would give the press a lot less opportunity to manipulate what he says. Below is what Sky put on their transfer centre page. Not really much content in truth, but they've managed to twist a headline quite different to the content because Sarri said quite a lot and it wasn't particularly definite. A short, definite answer like the one I described really gives them less opportunity in this case
  15. Taking The Pee Out Of Liverpool (For Khobar)

    Pep bottling it when he has genuine competition emerge. There's a surprise....