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JaneB   
1 hour ago, PeteRobbo said:

On another point, why do you think Willian wouldn't be interested? Surely this is his chance to step into Hazard's role, at least as best as he can?

 

It was his body language I think. Just didn't look as if he could be bothered. 

He has so much talent but has never really fulfilled it with us and I can't stand that.  I'd be amazed if he comes anywhere near Hazard's role.

I'd rather have the potential of 11 Mason Mounts than some of our more experienced players who are getting stale. I want to see hunger and desire even if we lose.

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My expectations for this season are that we are competitive in a cup or two and finish top 6.  The transfer ban gives us a unique opportunity to see exactly what our youth setup is made of.  I and many fans have been screaming out for our youth to have a chance and this season they will.

I suspect we will see performances that will provide great optimism (Wednesday) and others (today) where the reality of the situation is all too clear.  I always felt that a draw was the most likely scenario, Leicester are a good side, Rogers is a good manager and on the back of 120 minutes in midweek we were always going to run out of steam at some point today giving Leicester a route back in to the match.  I was surprised that SFL did not make a few more changes given the midweek game, I thought Alonso would get a start as well as Willian and Rudiger/Tamori.  Emerson was superb, Willian awful when he came on and the centre of our defence played pretty well so maybe Frank got it right and the fact we have a weaker squad than normal means that when the Champions league starts and we are playing 2 games a week this sort of performance could come along all too often.

On the game today we started superbly, fell off the pace and did not perform in the 2nd half.  A draw was probably a fair result over the 90 minutes but given Leicester finished so well it is understandable that they will feel they could / should have got the win.

The defence did well for me, Zouma has put his nightmare against Utd behind him and showed a range of passing today that I was not sure he was capable of, Christensen was his usual tidy self, Dave is not the player he was 2 years ago and going forward is a liability (did he hit one decent cross) however Emerson was great again.  For me, Emerson has been one of our best players so far this season.

The midfield three was too disjointed today.  I like a midfield 3 of Kova, Jorginho and Kante.  The way that they interchanged on Wednesday was a delight.  Mount is a superb talent and did well today, but I question whether he has the tactical awareness yet defensively.  As the game wore on the midfield three looked more and more disjointed.  This could of course be down to fatigue.

Pulisic did ok but he is young and will have games where he does well and others where you would not know he was playing, today was more the later.  With Pedro you can flip a coin as to whether he is great or not, today he was not.  What he does do is work and so I can forgive him when he is off the boil although some of his decisions today in the final third did have me ripping my hair out.  That said I would pick him every day over Willian, in my head Willian is an amazing player, talented, skilful, forward thinking, in reality he is lazy, frustrating and a poor decision maker.

The biggest problem for me is up front.  I just don’t see Giroud or Tammy being the answer.  Giroud can hold up the ball but is so slow and static that we have very little threat in the box when he plays.  Tammy has improved, shows good movement and better hold up play (than a few seasons ago) but will he get us 15+ goals?  I doubt it.  Maybe Bats will do the job but the fact that SFL has not used him yet tells me he does not fancy him. 

The next three games should provide an opportunity to get some decent points on the board and take a bit of pressure off.  Whatever happens though we must stay behind Frank and the team, this season is a season of transition.  Give the younger players game time, work out who is good enough and who isn’t and next summer give Frank the opportunity to spend some money to strengthen where we are weak.

We have a well-educated, well spoken leader who is a hero to us all as our head coach with a unique opportunity to develop our youth and give them the opportunity to shine.  I pray that he and the team do well enough to keep the wolves from the door and he gets the opportunity to do his thing and bring success to our club over the long term.  There will be bumps (like today) but I have faith that he is the right man to do it given the time.

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2 hours ago, thevelourfog said:

Yes; it is very early days but the emerging pattern is bright starts with little to show for it and a huge drop-off. My take is that Lampard knows there are not the resources in the squad to really go toe-to-toe over the 90, and the hope is blow teams away or grab just enough to cling to before the legs and heads go. 

Very similar to what Klopp did at Liverpool when he first took over. 

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3 minutes ago, JaneB said:

It was his body language I think. Just didn't look as if he could be bothered. 

He has so much talent but has never really fulfilled it with us and I can't stand that.  I'd be amazed if he comes anywhere near Hazard's role.

I'd rather have the potential of 11 Mason Mounts than some of our more experienced players who are getting stale. I want to see hunger and desire even if we lose.

Yep, well said, I agree. So forward with Mount and Pulisic for you then?

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1 hour ago, PeteRobbo said:

Pedro I thought started well but then fell away.

Yes. Think it was because Pedro was down injured for a while in the second half and really looked like he needed to come off. Instead Pulisic was subbed for Willian and we ended up with a struggling Pedro and an unfit Willian for the rest of the game. Really strange decision, I thought, from Frank. Not sure why he didn’t bring Barkley on at some point. Kovacic for a tiring Jorginho didn’t add much to the mix. 

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JaneB   
5 minutes ago, PeteRobbo said:

Yep, well said, I agree. So forward with Mount and Pulisic for you then?

Thanks.

Well yes definitely and incidentally I didn't think Zouma and especially Christensen had bad games today.

Patience, patience. It's quite a relief not to be expecting too much this season.

 

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kev61   
11 minutes ago, OfWolfAndBiggs said:

Very similar to what Klopp did at Liverpool when he first took over. 

Yep that's a good point,let's face it Lampard has forgotten more about football than we know,it doesn't mean he is beyond criticism but I think he is the right person at the right time - he made mistakes today imo and if he continues to do so I will be the first to say so.

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17 minutes ago, JaneB said:

Thanks.

Well yes definitely and incidentally I didn't think Zouma and especially Christensen had bad games today.

Patience, patience. It's quite a relief not to be expecting too much this season.

 

Yes, indeed so. When Kurt was with us before he went to Everton he was a really good player for us. So I'm delighted to see him come back and show some of that form again, after the setback against Manure.

Yes, patience is much needed. I admired the idea of playing both Mount and Pulisic today, even though the latter seemed to be a bit overawed by the experience. They can both tear it up with the ball at their feet. What we need is solidity behind them in midfield. How good would it be if we could magic up Essien and Gus Poyet to play those roles. We have N'Golo, who's the best there is, but he needs others alongside him. The return of Ruben will be a huge plus, but we need to keep him match fit.

The next couple of games, Norwich and Sheffield Utd give us an opportunity to get some points on the board. We have to capitalise on these opportunities.

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kev61   
24 minutes ago, JaneB said:

 

Patience, patience. It's quite a relief not to be expecting too much this season.

 

I see what you mean Jane,I am utterly sanguine about this season - at last we have a manager that cares about us and not a clown that cares about himself and money(nothing wrong in that,it's today's football)

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On a separate note, why on earth did Willian take that corner when Mount was still on the pitch? Willian, like Hazard, takes dreadful corners yet I thought Mounts delivery was decent. 

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