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  1. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    Every successful Chelsea manager has known that the only favours we ever get are the ones we give ourselves. I reckon they factored this into their approach. That is how it has been, whether PL or CL. So I'm not even going to bother talking about the bias against us. In the past, our teams have managed to silence establishment. If TT thinks we will get marginal decisions, he hasn't done his home work
  2. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    Must you use such emotive words as "blame", "hate" etc? In another post, someone is suggesting that "Kepa bashing is racist". I have no idea how it came to this. It seems you are more interested in making others feel a lot guilt or shame for expressing their opinion than in expressing yours. Or you feel your opinion is the only legitimate one. A goal or defeat rarely comes about as result of one player's action. Forum members are free to offer critical opinions on the performance of individual players and coaches, and on what could be improved. I don't necessarily means they are "blaming".
  3. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    This analysis is essentially correct. There is no one chasing down Tielemann from our midfield. Jorginho was already tired after hitting all those ineffective recycling passes. I am amazed by how much jiggling TT has been doing with Kante's position. I can understand that he sees the qualities of Kante, like every manager he has played for since he first put on a Leicester shirt. But for TT, moving Kante about has become a case of a builder whose only tool is a hammer, and everything looks like a nail.
  4. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    This job is superb opportunity for him to show what he can do. I don't think he realises how little time he'd got though, even if he's given a new contract.
  5. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    In that final third, we are constantly searching for the safest, easiest, and most comfortable pass, with our players taking the safest and least risky position. Even our key CMs rarely gamble on any creative defence splitting passes. Add to that the fact that TT perfers players who stand and kick the ball to those who run with it and take it past opponents, you begin to see why we are creating so little.
  6. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    Could it be because the gk is part of the team, and his performance needs scrutiny just like that of the other players and the manager?
  7. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    It's still a mystery to me what standout qualities we saw in him. Even in his best form, he hasn't had any how-did-he-do-that moment nor a string of solid performances.
  8. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    I've just watched the goal again. There seems to be no anticipation from Kepa even as Tielemanns body position could tell where the ball is going.. His so called dive looks more like a cartwheel under the ball.
  9. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    I know about all those deficiencies of Tammy and Giroud. But I can't remember either player missing as many chances or failing to hit the target anywhere near as often as Werner. Neither has had half the playing time of Werner under TT. A bit unfair to say they have been tried (by this manager) As for Aubemayang, he looks like a player in decline to me. It may be that after years of Arsenal buying our spent players, we want to return the favour.
  10. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    Werner has his qualities, but if you want someone to lead the line like a No 9, I can't see how Tammy or Giroud could not have done that job much better than the German. The players we missed from the start are Pulisic and CHO. Whatever their weaknesses, when they have the ball, they unsettle defences. They drive with the ball at defenders with a purpose, and they see the the smallest attacking space. You need to start them when the game is fluid and there are plenty of spaces They are wasted when the opponents are defending in numbers, have compacted, and have shut out all spaces. I put my hands up, I am not a big fan of Ziyech. He is a player who does great things, but not a great player. He will have 3 poor games, then turn around and does a great thing in the fourth. (I'm afraid, Havertz is in that category) CHO and Pulisic are attackers with proper ball skills, who instinctively want to drive forward. Together with Mason Mount, they could have caused real headache to Leicester defence. We needed that in our game plan, not as some afterthought.
  11. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    Leicester had the better chances in the first half despite our dominance in possession. We had no shots on target in the whole of the first half. Leicester set to defend and nick a goal. That was their game plan, and they executed it to great effect and ultimately the result. What was our game plan? Our 2 real shots on target came in the desperate minutes when the players ripped off the scripts and just went for it. Whatever the plan TT made, had failed by then.
  12. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    Chelsea fans would be first to know; the competition welcomes every manager with a honeymoon. The real test is how they perform when other managers have worked out their weaknesses. TT came out today with the same stuff that he put out against Arsenal albeit with different personnel. Not a sign of a manager who has many tricks in his pocket or is quick to learn.
  13. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    I'm sorry, but two shots on target in 90 min is hardly anything to write home about. In the first half, we had a lot of possession and created nothing. We surely didn't expect Leicester to play without a keeper, or for there to be no goalpost, for them not to ever score, so that one shot on target could win us the match.
  14. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    I think Thiago Silva's defending couldn't even been better. Standing off is okay so long as you actually block something. He stood off too far, and didn't block a thing. To be honest, I'm less worried about the goal, more about the fact that we didn't trouble Leicester's keeper at all. As a squad, we are packed with twice their attacking options.
  15. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    Just like Arsenal, Leicester did not even play well. TT seemed to have learned nothing from the Arsenal match. Once you allow a weaker team to get in front, they become stronger. If you couldn't score when they are open, how do you expect to score when the get all their men behind the ball? His ultra defensive approach is a bit cowardly. This was a cup final, ffs.