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  1. Leeds United 0 Chelsea 0

    I'm hoping this could be the game we finally give someone a hiding. It's been coming (should have scored 3 or 4 against Everton), we have been profligate in front of goal lately and Leeds are very open at the back. I think I would go with: Mendy Azpilicueta - Christensen - Rudiger James - Jorginho - Kante - Alonso Mount - Werner Havertz Havertz deserves another go up top after the Everton game. Hopefully Werner can get a goal against these and start getting some confidence back. Jorginho suspended for Atleti so makes sense that he should start. Tempted to give game time to Silva but Christensen is playing so well and I think a settled backline is important - Leeds can punish us going if we're not at it defensively.
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    I would agree with that and I think "system" is the key word. It's semantics but I think football at the very top is about systems rather than formations now. What I mean by that as I see formations as quite static concepts. Systems are much more fluid and are about where players are in different phases of the game, rehearsed passing patterns or movements. With that in mind, it's reductive to say some players are just wingers or strikers.
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    In modern football, arguments about positions are becoming more and more pointless in my opinion. Most people would say Salah is a winger but he doesn't do winger things - he spends half his time playing striker. Cancelo and Walker are supposedly a fullbacks but spend most of their time playing in central midfield positions in Pep's current system. Positions are so fluid now at the top level - are they a useful starting point for discussion? Yes. Do they warrant this much scrutiny? Probably.
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    I have actually started to believe we should give him a go up front at some point, a lot like Leverkusen did towards the end of last season. He is big, pretty quick, great touch and good in the air. He is an intelligent player so I see him dropping off to receive the ball, leaving spaces for Werner to run in to and hopefully getting the best out of him in the process as well.
  5. Liverpool 0 Chelsea 1

    I wouldn't put him in for this one but I am keen to see him get another run in the team now. I do wonder if he could be used as a false 9 similar to how he was used at Leverkusen at the end of last season? I can envisage him dropping off and leaving spaces for Werner to make runs in to - could get the best out of both of them and still keeps Mason in the team? Getting runners beyond him will be the key though and I'm dubious whether we have the players who want to do that.
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    This is true. I really like Tomori and think he will do well wherever he goes but I assume we will be in the market for a "that guy" CB1 type signing this summer. I imagine Silva stays 1 more year and Rudiger will continue to be popular with Tuchel. That leaves Christensen and Zouma who are both further along in their development than Fikayo unfortunately.
  7. Southampton 1 Chelsea 1

    We are also probably less likely to score if the ball is in row Z or our we are just playing long fighting balls up to the striker. Our players are better technically than almost every team in the league (or at least they are supposed to be), why would we want to negate that by lumping it in to the opposition half? Kurt has his strengths but I can't help but feel his weakness is also what makes people like him. He isn't the best positionally but has great recovery pace which bails him out a lot of the time. That leads to amazing recovery tackles which look great but ultimately it was bad defending in the first place.
  8. Southampton 1 Chelsea 1

    We have to put our strongest/most inform team out again for this one. Southampton haven't been on the greatest run but it wasn't long ago that they were "challenging for Europe" and we were supposedly in a crisis. It would be nice to get the line-up settled, confident and as familiar with each other as possible before we start switching players in/out. Baring any injury/fatigue I'd go with: Mendy Azpilicueta - Christen/Silva - Rudiger Hudson-Odoi - Jorginho - Kovacic - Alonso Mount - Werner Abraham/Giroud The only other change I'd consider is Pulisic on the left and Werner up top as we've seen numerous times this season that Southampton do leave space in behind which could be exploited.
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    That's what good team building is though isn't it? Complementary pieces that negate each others weaknesses? I would try and sign a new holding midfielder come the summer but even then I feel like Jorgi has more used to this squad than Eriksen would.
  10. Chelsea 2 Newcastle United 0

    The comments about formation are interesting. If CHO plays "RWB" are we not basically playing 433 or perhaps something even more attacking anyway? Formations are fluid - perhaps more so under Tuchel than almost anyone else bar Pep. The way I see it, with the ball we look like this anyway and even then Azpi in particular likes to creep forward and curl little crosses in like he did in the Conte days. Seems pretty attacking to me? Mendy Azpi - Christensen - Rudiger Kovacic - Jorginho Mount CHO - Abraham - Werner - Alonso FWIW I think that's the team I'd pick. Tempted to play Pulisic instead of Werner as I can't imagine there will be little space in behind and Pulisic is always likely to make something happening with his ability to beat a man... but you can't leave Timo out after the positive contributions last time out.
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    Can I ask why? We look best with Jorginho and Kova in midfield at the moment. The main contender, Kante, looks half baked. If anything we have too many attacking players - we already seem to have a problem giving Havertz and Ziyech a kick.
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    Glad to see you're still flogging this dead horse. There are plenty of articles suggesting this is true - I'm not saying it's perfect but it's the best gauge we have. So unless you have anything to bring to the table other than a guess you've made, maybe give it up? Morata is dire but Atletico Madrid still wanted him after his stint here and Juventus saw fit to bring him in this summer. These are giants of European football and he obviously still has some kind of reputation out there (why is beyond me) - so it's not inconceivable that they had to pay a big fee. You only have to look at the fact Kepa is still here to see that Chelsea are not in the business of making huge losses on record signings, why would this be any different?
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    My impression is that we have tested their resolve and turns out it was pretty strong unfortunately.
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    My only recent reference point for Emerson is Spurs last week and he didn't exactly cover himself in glory. If we are going to keep a fullback with obvious positional and defence frailties, it might as well be the guy who has shown some actual strengths in his time here and offers some tactical flexibility in my opinion.
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    I'm saying using the fact that Kepa was a bad signing to justify what another poster just suggested might be another bad signing makes no sense... I'd have liked Martinez as well but then I've literally never knowingly watched Mendy play and we don't know the circumstances around the deal. You'd think Petr would know quite a bit about him and either he didn't push for the deal or it just wasn't feasible I assume?