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Blue Rod   
14 hours ago, My Blood Is Blue said:

What I'd really like to be tried but understand it has 0 chance of happening:

Kepa

Azpilicueta Rudiger Christensen Emerson

Kante Kovacic

CHO RLC Hazard

You're not the only person who is puzzled that this has not happened. This formation would free Kante to do his defensive job across the whole pitch, track down runners and neutralise attacks.

Apparently we now have to find a player whose task is; winning balls, tracking down runners, tackling them and intercepting play. They used to be called defensive midfielder, and we had one excellent one called Kante. Nowadays It's all about where you stand in the pitch, rather than what you do, and so we've lost ours. 

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5 hours ago, Mark Kelly said:

Thankfully , Phil Thompson doesn't want a weaker Chelsea as what would that achieve ?

Ahem.

If I remember correctly the big nose buffoon was run off the coaching staff of his beloved club?

Edited by RobertoftheGiz

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To Start:

Kepa

Azpi

Rudiger

Christensen

Emerson

Kante

Jorginho

Barkley

Hudson-Odoi

Higuain

Hazard

Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Luiz, Pedro, Willian, Giroud.

 

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  • LONDON -- Gianfranco Zola has said that this Chelsea squad reacts differently to defeat than the teams he played in during his time at Stamford Bridge, but insisted that Maurizio Sarri remains confident of teaching them to respond in the way he wants.

Chelsea got back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Malmo in the Europa League round of 32 on Thursday, but questions about the resilience of Sarri's group of players and whether his style can work at Stamford Bridge persist in light of last weekend's 6-0 defeat against Manchester City.

Sarri has frequently suggested his players lack motivation and mental strength after setbacks this season, and Zola said an experience as humiliating as the City loss would have prompted a different reaction from some of his former Chelsea teammates.  "Every group has its own characters in it," he said. "There would have been some of the players in [my] group who wouldn't have finished the game, for sure, against Manchester City. Every group has its own personalities, good and bad ones.

"I don't think anyone in the group, in this group, has enjoyed that day. But everyone reacts differently. I don't want to get into it very much, but we all felt that defeat is burning [inside us]. [Against Malmo] was a good reaction. We're looking forward to continuing that."

Sarri's predecessor Antonio Conte frequently warned that Chelsea needed to find new dressing room leaders after the departures of John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic during his two-year tenure, and the limp nature of their worst performances this season has led many to suggest they have still not been replaced.

Zola, however, is confident that Chelsea's current squad has no shortage of strong individuals. "Yes, I believe so," he added. "They are different personalities, but characters... in this group, like the one I had in my times, doesn't like losing. Maybe they show it in another way, but it's wrong to make comparisons like that.

"We believe that we didn't like it. They reacted [against Malmo] and continue to react. It will be good if we can react more as a team rather than individuals. Even against City we reacted, yes, but individually. Players took responsibility and wanted to change the situation on their own. But what we are building here is a philosophy of playing.

"It's not enough for one person to get the ball and try and beat two or three players. That's not the way we want to play. But if you ask me if this group doesn't care, I don't believe that. They care. But they need to understand about how to work together, react together, pressing together. That's the way we win games." Chelsea's on-pitch struggles in 2019 have coincided with reports that many players have doubts about Sarri's tactical approach and find his training sessions confusing and repetitive, but Zola is adamant that everyone at Cobham is still pulling in the same direction.

"When you lose 6-0 you don't enjoy it, but we did when we won 5-0 [against Huddersfield Town]," Zola said. "There is a stage when you are working on something that, when it's still not in place, you have to work hard.

"I think the players like what we are doing. I believe this. But I know that, there are moments when it is painful. But we will continue. We believe in what we are doing."

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Blue Rod   
6 hours ago, Michael Tucker said:
 
  • LONDON -- Gianfranco Zola has said that this Chelsea squad reacts differently to defeat than the teams he played in during his time at Stamford Bridge, but insisted that Maurizio Sarri remains confident of teaching them to respond in ...

Boy done well. Zola has mastered the British arts of rhetoric. Say a lot and say nothing at the same time. 

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Sciatika   
3 minutes ago, Blue Rod said:

Boy done well. Zola has mastered the British arts of rhetoric. Say a lot and say nothing at the same time. 

Although rhetoric was recognised as a civil art in pre-Socratic Greece, it was brought to us via the Romans (I.e. Italians) so I would say Zola is well placed to use rhetoric. However, if you don't find the article persuasive then, as rhetoric, it has failed. The primary purpose of rhetoric is to persuade.

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On 15/02/2019 at 8:46 AM, The_Ghost said:

This will be interesting to see how he treats this game. 

Does he go with his normal starting XI or will he mix it up a bit? I think there are several players who looks tired - Hazard, Jorginho, Kanté, Willian, Azpilicueta. 

I'd probably go with;

                         Arrizabalaga

Azpilicueta Rüdiger Christensen Emerson

            Kanté     Jorginho     Barkley

              CHO     Higuain     Hazard

Subs: Caballero, Alonso, Luiz, Kovacic, Pedro, Willian, Giroud

 

Well you name 5 players that you think look tired there, but then you have all of them involved in your own selection. You have 4 actually starting and 1 on the bench.

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1 hour ago, Sciatika said:

Although rhetoric was recognised as a civil art in pre-Socratic Greece, it was brought to us via the Romans (I.e. Italians) so I would say Zola is well placed to use rhetoric. However, if you don't find the article persuasive then, as rhetoric, it has failed. The primary purpose of rhetoric is to persuade.

Studiously noted sir. Thank you very much.

I believe that Cicero was a major proponent? Can't remember who he played for. AS Roma I guess.....

Edited by PeteRobbo

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Sciatika   
1 hour ago, PeteRobbo said:

Studiously noted sir. Thank you very much.

I believe that Cicero was a major proponent? Can't remember who he played for. AS Roma I guess.....

 

He was born in Arpinum (now called Arpino) which is in the Lazio region, so yes, probably Roma, Lazio or, most likely, Trastevere. I doubt he would have got hang of a sport he couldn't play in toga and sandals.

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