Ibn Battuta

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  1. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    We didn’t dominate. We were allowed to keep the ball against a team set out to counter attack. We created little and when we had the chance we were sloppy in our passing. Though the biggest issue was wrong player at the wrong spot at the wrong time.
  2. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    Great shot and there is no blame on Kepa as that shot was concealed and came at hefty speed. However, given Mendy is so long and Kepa was 2 cm from touching the shot it is fair to ask if Mendy could indeed have saved that.
  3. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    Tipping my hat off to Brendan Rodgers for that. Let Werner do what he wanted in midfield knowing it would pose an acceptable risk. Ton of space for Werner to exploit but of course if that space is infront of the defenders instead of behind then it is a dream scenario. I’m guessing the hope from TT was that Hakim would sneak in behind and play Werner when they were caught high. But Leicester were very disciplined rarely getting caught off guard. IMO the much better play would have been Havertz and Werner upfront because Havertz is much better in isolated situations (dribbling and holding on enough for players to move up). Ziyech on the other hand needs players in their place before he gets the ball. I'm sure Hakim will get a lot of criticism from our fans but he was in a hard spot tactically. Another point is that TT knew this team plays low block counter attacking football. This was no surprise which is why I’m surprised he didn’t play Havertz who would have been a better player to cause issues for them.
  4. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    Havertz on. That is 70 min too late IMO. Hope it isn’t too late for a turn around.
  5. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    Wasn’t that handball?
  6. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    Spot on with this analysis. The problems are so obvious I really hope TT adapts quickly here.
  7. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    Havertz and Pulisic for Werner and Ziyech please. So so much space for Havertz to operate in the middle. Leicester are letting Werner create his own chances which is always going to very difficult. Let Werner hug their line if he is to stay on.
  8. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    Feel Havertz would be great for this game. But Ziyech is also getting in some good positions so far.
  9. Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1

    Someone should have told TT to drop the track suit for this one. Traditions and all.
  10. Chelsea 0 Arsenal 1

    I would say the premier league hasn’t done us any favours rather then United. Anyway, we are looking at a tough tough fight for top four. I can trust this team to grind out a good point tally over 10 games but I’m really unsure if they have the bottle to deliver in two. We are very wasteful and that is just not a good formula for these type of scenarios.
  11. Chelsea 0 Arsenal 1

    "I'm not happy with my line up. It's easy to say after the game but there were too many changes. We should not have done it like this." - TT
  12. Chelsea 0 Arsenal 1

    Very easy to say in hindsight of course. But my starting point before the match is play your best team because top four is on the line and matters much more than the FA cup final. Ask Arsenal.
  13. Chelsea 0 Arsenal 1

    Kante, Mendy, Rudiger, Werner should all have started (unless there are injuries I don’t know of). Especially Kante and Werner against this side. We need dynamic and speedy players to punish them but instead they got served cold turkey Chelsea. A dream for Arteta.
  14. Chelsea 0 Arsenal 1

    Big gamble has blown up on us. Suddenly top four is looking tough again. I have praised TT a lot but he really got it wrong today. This match should have been top priority because it would have allowed us so much breathing space going forward. As for the team our mentality is still so far away from that of the elite teams like City and Bayern sadly.
  15. Chelsea 0 Arsenal 1

    Feel this might be a long night. Some players saving it for the weekend it seems and some just tired. No dynamism.