Rob B

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  1. Chelsea vs Aston Villa

    This was the team he put out - so definitely a much weaker defence, but the midfield and attack weren’t the kids - in fact, KDB, Mahrez, Foden and Sterling all played 90 mins which is interesting.
  2. Chelsea vs Aston Villa

    An attack which includes any three of Ziyech, Werner, CHO and RLC (which is what almost everyone is suggesting) is about as toothless as it gets, but not sure what the alternatives are. In years gone by I’d always back a Giroud, Tammy, (Demba Ba even!) to grab you a goal, but I don’t get that feeling with any of those three. Tommy T surely has to rest Lukaku though, so I’m going to go with Werner, Ziyech, Havertz for tomorrow with Lukaku, Mount and whoever performs best against Villa to be the three selected for the weekend.
  3. Chelsea 3 Aston Villa 0

    Jorginho surely to be brought on at HT? Ideally Azpi and Mount would join him but no one makes 3 subs that early, so I’d go for Mount for Ziyech too
  4. This game against Andorra would have been ideal for Chilwell to get 60 or 70 mins. Christ only knows why he’s playing Trippier as a LWB. At least Reece is starting though…
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    Five players for 3 positions given the amount of games we play is cutting it fine at the best of times. Add in the fact that one of those five is 36 years old and still travelling across the globe to play for his country and doesn’t play twice in a week generally, whilst another has only made 1 PL start for us, it’s not inconceivable that we will be thin on the ground at times (IMO)
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    Whilst it was a very good window, and the squad overall looks very strong, I am a bit concerned we’re light at the back, now we’ve let Zouma/Ampadu go and not bought Kounde. We know Silva can’t (won’t) play more than once a week ideally and we also know AC is prone to the odd knock. At that point we are pretty bare. I love Chalobah and properly rooting for him to make it here but the guys played two games at the top level, so we need to be patience with him. Suppose Reece could drop in…but it looks like a lot of games for Christensen and Rudiger
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    I don’t disagree but depends how hard he pushes. We aren’t a club to keep people against their will, so if Leicester/Everton genuinely came in and he pushed to go, then I wouldn’t bet against it. Technically, we have still got RLC and Barkley on the books for those real peripheral roles too (ducks for cover)
  8. Transfer Talk Topic

    Depends. We all see CHO as a flying left forward, but Tuchel sees him as a RWB, and therefore IF Kounde comes in, it’ll be James, Azpi and Kounde all ahead of him in that position. Up top, it’s Lukaku, Havertz, Mount, Werner, Ziyech and Pulisic all ahead of him. Sneaky suspicion this one might have legs
  9. Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1

    Goals against the bottom clubs are exactly the goals we need! Dropped points last season against West Brom x 2, Southampton, Brighton, Villa, Wolves, Leeds etc.
  10. Predictor: Match 3 Away vs Liverpool

    Liverpool 0 - 1 Chelsea Lukaku 56th
  11. Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1

    Can understand why lots are putting Werner in for this one due to Liverpool’s high line. But personally, I’d keep Mount and Havertz in the side as I think they are simply the better players. Both incredibly intelligent at finding those pockets between the oppo’s midfield and defence and carrying the ball forward, and I think Havertz is a better goal threat. Also, it’s not like those two (+ Rom) are slow either. Mount scored a beauty against Liverpool last season by running in behind their high line and then driving into the box.
  12. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Exactly. He won’t be up against title challengers every week, but even then, you can still see the talent. Quick Twitter search shows some examples of the impression he leaves on people who watch him…
  13. I’d love for you to be right, I really would, but I just can’t see it personally. With Havertz, his ‘class’ was there from day one. It was clear that with a bit more sharpness and getting used to the PL physicality etc he would be fine. His movement is up there with one of the best I’ve seen - so intelligent. Werner on the other hand, just fails with the basics so often. Attacks break down and defenders rob him of the ball so easily. The only time I’m remotely hopeful he will produce something is if a defence have a really high line and he rolls a ball across the box for someone else to tap in. I’ve got all my fingers crossed he comes good because he works hard, doesn’t hide and seems like a genuinely good guy, but I’m not sure he has what it takes. A silly example being the video of Lukaku gesturing him with hand signals during a brief 121 in that open-training session about runs to make etc. Timo is nodding along like a lap dog, not like someone who is only a few years younger and an international superstar themselves - could be nothing but he just doesn’t give me that cut-throat killer striker feeling - confident, demanding, bossy etc.
  14. Arsenal 0 Chelsea 2

    Does Lukaku start on Sunday? After what, only 4 training sessions it wouldn't surprise me if he is on the bench to start with it.
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    Thanks. Reminds me of Obi Mikel in terms of playing style. Impeccable first touch, shields the ball really well, calm & composed etc.