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19 Oct 2017 00:45:32
I truely don't understand why we continue to set up like an away team whether home or away. Our defence this season has been soo poor that allowing teams possession and space to attack simply isn't working. City, Palace now Roma we allow them the ball and they simply tear our defence apart.

Having Fabregas in the team is pointless when trying to play this way as he struggles to get around the pitch and simply never has the ball enough to make an impact. We're relying soo much on Hazard and Morata to be our spark when going forward that eventhough both are class it simply isn't enough.

Something needs to change, we desperately need Kante back as our midfield looks open every time the opposing teams comes forward. It was a great game to watch for a neutral but we have a lot of flaws in this team right now. Really hope Conte can figure it out and January can't come soon enough.

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19 Oct 2017 08:34:03
It’s time to play rudiger, Christensen luiz as the 3 move Dave rb, Alonso lb. what on earth willian is doing I don’t know.

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19 Oct 2017 13:58:58
Azpi is not the answer at wing back.

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21 Oct 2017 13:28:17
Our problem is a central midfield without Kante. Bakayoko is useless and Fabregas doesn't really fit in 2 central midfield. So Azpilicueta is an amazing solution compared to our central midfield problem.

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21 Oct 2017 14:52:48
i agree antibot we look wide open since kante went out injured we seemed ro buckle up there for a while after our early blip v burnley.

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21 Oct 2017 17:09:20
Blueboy, Christensen was at fault for 2 of the Roma goals - he's not ready to play as 1st choice.

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21 Oct 2017 23:18:49
We need other dynamic and creative option/ s in midfield. When Kante not there we don't have someone sufficiently energetic and good in the engine room, capable of box to box play, and/ or more attacking dynamo. a Lampard in his pomp and/ or a Kevin de Bruyne - de Bruyne must now count as one of our most regrettable sales in recent times.

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19 Oct 2017 00:00:35
I wouldn't be surprised if Hazard left at the end of the season. For nearly two years he's waited around for world class players to join him so we can move to the next level and yet he's surrounded by average players and we're so dependent on him and Morata.

Last summer we should of been aiming for the likes of Van Dijk, Alex Sandro, Aurier, Tolisso and Sanchez and what are we left with absolute rubbish. Sorry to Cesc fanboys but he's too slow Tolisso would have been perfect to replace him a proper box to box centre mid. Cahill and Willian are finished.

Never even heard of Zappacosta before we signed him and for goodness sake how long have we been waiting for that world class RW since Robben. Bakayoko has had a couple of games where he's been so powerful and the rest he's just been rubbish he's even had a two week lay off cause France never selected them. We should be joining City now and becoming a dominate force in every competition but yet we're back to the drawing board agai. The board is the main reason for this if this was ten years ago Roman would have been lethal and got rid of Marina and Emenal because they've failed for years.

I really don't want to start blaming Conte as he's everything we've ever wanted in a manager. He's passionate, successful and he's a lovely bloke but a lot of these decisions are going to cost him his job. Willian and Cahill constantly getting gametime over the likes of Rudiger/ Christensen and Musonda/ Pedro. Pedro is a very good player we saw that last year he did great tonight when he came on because he pushed Roma back. Pedro, Morata and Hazard is a good front three they haven't started together yet but they need to.

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19 Oct 2017 08:48:45
Is this the same Hazard who has picked up the prem trophy two out of the last three years?
In the main are these the same average players who romped to the prem title last year?
We can only buy players that club want to sell. Juve didn’t want to sell Sandro, Southampton didn’t want to sell VD and in my opinion Aurier is an accident waiting to happen and a head case!
I will never criticise the board as the board in effect is RA and us supporters owe such huge gratitude.
At the moment we have to many players who are not playing well but we are 5th in the league and we will qualify for the next phase of the Champs League. It’s up to Conte to turn some players form around and it’s up to the fans to support the manager!

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19 Oct 2017 13:23:12
Couldn't agree more Tom one win or a Qarabag loose and were guaranteed European football. The team just need to be supported not berated!

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19 Oct 2017 22:06:29
Agree with what u say, but we have a rediculously undersized squad. Lucky with injuries last year but the luck has turned this year. We seemed to have accepted that we cannot challenge for the champions league trophy, which I suppose is understandable based on the amount spent by other clubs.

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19 Oct 2017 22:42:14
Like most fans Sid, I get frustrated when we are playing badly.

On some occasions I’m critical of a players performance and on Wednesday I posted that, in my opinion only three of our players had good games but I always try to turn the negative into a positive. If players are dropped for playing poorly that SHOULD give an opportunity to someone else.

I remain confident of a good season. I believe in our manager and the players and above everything else I believe in Roman and the board to give us continued success.

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20 Oct 2017 12:02:07
I think Pragmatism helps. I believe strongly in 'proactiveness'. Right now all we can do is support the team, pray and hope for the best BUT the trophies will always go to the in-form team with better resources and better preparation. DEPTH makes me believe in a team.

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21 Oct 2017 17:15:01
I doubt if Hazard will be allowed to leave next summer - his contract expires 2020 - it will be the summer after. Conte will leave next summer.

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17 Oct 2017 11:06:33
I read that Chelsea is looking at another striker for the January transfer window. If that is true, then its really news.

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17 Oct 2017 13:43:10
why is it sad batshuayi should never have been signed he's hopless.

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17 Oct 2017 14:21:40
Very harsh magichandshurley!

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17 Oct 2017 16:04:29
To be honest, I really wanted Batsman to succeed, I really did. But honestly, I just don't think he's good enough. Unfortunately he doesn't suit our style of play.

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17 Oct 2017 16:19:12
I am a Chelsea fan and I want Batshuayi to succeed too but he seems to be struggling so much. Try watching T. Abraham with Swansea and you will see the difference (esp in their work rate) .

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18 Oct 2017 18:05:10
Obinna, I think it's about better movement by TA not necessarily work rate.

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18 Oct 2017 19:45:15
Yea Miss Darren Wood, u are right too. More movement equals more work done. Cos Work is directly proportional to both distance and force (W=FXS) . Hahahaha. The physics we do for football.

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18 Oct 2017 20:40:03
Yea, TA moves more and has takes up better position.

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18 Oct 2017 20:49:30
better movement is big yes but he's so hopeless holding the ball up an looks so lazy without the ball were as abraham will hound players without it.

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15 Oct 2017 20:34:39
Would any eds care to comment on Conte's future at the club? To me, the reporting on his potential departure seems extraordinarily groundless, even by tabloid standards. Chelsea seem to be backing him in the transfer market, results, if not 100% ideal, are not terrible, and I haven't heard any quotes from Conte or the board that would indicate a serious conflict. So I can only conclude that the 'Conte leaving' stories are just fearmongering to sell papers to nervous fans. Is there any actual substance to these?

{Ed001's Note - there is some substance to it, he has made comments about wanting to go back to Italy. He was not fully settled here. However, his family have now come over, so that might change things. If they settle in England that would make a huge difference to him.}

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16 Oct 2017 06:34:36
Thanks ed. I can understand missing one's home country. The amount written on it still seems awfully speculative to me but I guess that's how it goes.

{Ed001's Note - a lot is, but there is an underlying reason for all the speculation. Sadly people want to speculate to build it into a big story, as little ones do not get clicks. Personally I hope he stays, it is good for the game having so many of the better managers in the game in English footie.}

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16 Oct 2017 08:57:31
Conte has to help himself though, and he can't make the same mistake Mourinho made in his last half season at Chelsea. Continuously picking his experienced players that are out of form, and hoping they'll regain form. Willian is badly out of form, so why not give Musonda a start if Eden or Pedro needs a rest? Christensen and Rudiger have been our best CBs probably, so why not play them and put Luiz in midfield (as it's been evident that you lose midfield control with Fab in there)?

He has to start being brave with his decisions. Christensen is young but has excelled at every opportunity. Rudiger is new but has been very very good for us so far. Musonda is young, but Willian's been crap and Mus's looked pretty good so far whenever he's played. Moses is now injured as well, so in order to keep Zappa fresh for the PL games I hope Conte gives Dujon Sterling a chance in the League Cup game next week.

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17 Oct 2017 08:22:11
I agree Jackson. Willian needs to be dropped until he finds his form. It looks like he lost his form si ce the passing of his mother. so sad. He has been really good for Chelsea but itmoght be time to bench him more often.

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17 Oct 2017 09:29:20
Conte continuesly picking Willian is a bit of a mystery!
It’s not as if Musonda is his only choice. He could play Pedro!

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17 Oct 2017 12:06:46
Bit of a contradiction there Chelsea4life! . You can't expect a player to find form if he's not playing. But, in saying that, I do agree that he needs to be dropped.

I'd definitely start him in the league cup though.

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17 Oct 2017 13:47:36
Also, if players remain on the bench picking up splinters, how do they show their form?

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17 Oct 2017 20:17:57
Being on the bench might open his eyes that if he doesn't pull finger he will be left there . so when he does get a gap to play he will perform much better.

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17 Oct 2017 20:41:17
Just to clarify my earlier post.
I’m talking about Pedro and Musonda being on the bench and NOT being able to show there form!
The way Willian is playing, I’m not sure he should even make the bench!

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12 Oct 2017 18:04:31
On the Totally Football podcast this week, Rafa Honigstein said that Conte will probaly move on in the Summer and that we've had early talks with Thomas Tuchel.

He's a decent journo but hopefully wrong on this occasion (albeit Tuchel would be a decent option if 'The Hammer' left. )

Believable0 1Unbelievable

12 Oct 2017 18:40:22
In my opinion touchel is the complete and utter worse case, and all out attack manager who came in stuck tactically with Dortmund and fell out with there board, imagine him under our board and in prem if your not tactically on point it’s shows, it’s ok in Bundeslig where you have 4/ 5 tough games ( not opponents ) in the league, only manager is like would be Algeri, I’d be gutted if conte walked away. Such a top class manager, feel we couldn of backed him bit more,

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12 Oct 2017 21:42:42
I really don't think Tuchel would be first choice if Conte did go. But they need to plan for succession.

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12 Oct 2017 22:43:12
I never really pay any attention to the media nowadays but personally I'd be surprised if he did indeed stay. We're a club that likes to go through manager to manager whenever things go south not matter how highly rated you are or much you're loved by fans (Mourinho, Ancelotti) . If we fail to win anything this year or we fall far behind in the league he'll be gone as hard as it is to say. I remember reading a while ago as well that he wanted more control and to be seen as an actual manager rather than a "Head coach". Club is bigger than anyone so if he does go we'll move on as always, but this one would hurt more than any other.

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13 Oct 2017 20:38:40
Big Sam anybody?

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13 Oct 2017 22:50:02
My guess is that every football fan believes that the media/ press desperately try to undermine/ sensationalise all aspects of their club.
Chelsea as the best team in the world understandably attract a much wider media commentary than any other team.
The unfortunate thing is that most of the comments made by nearly all of the various forms of media are total rubbish!

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16 Oct 2017 08:53:39
I'm with Matt on this. I don't like Tuchel, at all. He's an all out gungho attack manager, and unless you've got ridiculously talented attackers like City, that's not going to work. If Conte were to move on I would actually like us to maybe get Sarri. Brilliant coach, though it's doubtful he'd leave Napoli with them doing so well.

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16 Oct 2017 11:18:01
I'd go with Sarri too, although he's equally as gungho.

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07 Oct 2017 23:47:11
What a bad week, morata now Kante, in my opinion not a big deal for palace game but after that it will be, things that went for us last year going against us already. Worrying.

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08 Oct 2017 04:58:22
Never ideal when players get injured or suspended. I try and look at the positive possibilities. Suspensions have given a opportunity to Christensen and that’s worked out well.
Bats has now got an opportunity with the Morata injury and I believe and hope he proves the doubters wrong.
I except that Kante being out is more problematic because he is such a unique player but it’s up to Conte and the player he chooses to step up to plate.

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08 Oct 2017 09:02:46
can only mean luiz Bakayoko in midfield. or if we play 3 then fab Bakayoko luiz. to me its a no brainer can't play Bakayoko and fab togther.

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08 Oct 2017 14:30:14
Yup, and hamstring issues usually take a while to fully heal. We might be without the both of them for a couple of weeks.

Hopefully Drinkwater is fit again by next week, as Baka-Drinky in midfield should be solid enough most games. And I hope Conte also starts to rotate Bakayoko a bit against easier teams. We need him even more without Kante so can't risk losing him to injury as well.

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08 Oct 2017 18:28:29
Agree Jacks i think with Drinkwater ready we should be covered in Mid. Bats need to step up now. A goal for him in the International will do wonders for his moral. Needs to spill over in Epl.

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09 Oct 2017 20:46:02
I’d actually be excited to see drinkwater baky start a game.

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10 Oct 2017 17:43:25
Agree Matt i think the partnership will be good.

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03 Oct 2017 15:10:02
judging from morata's latest post on instagram he should be in contention for crystal place💙.

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03 Oct 2017 20:43:41
I pray it's true. We really do need him to be fit.

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04 Oct 2017 08:19:40
Unfortunately he later to the reference to Crystal Palace down and said something like, hope to be fit ASAP!

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04 Oct 2017 14:15:56
Chelsea doctors aren't confirming any news about him yet.

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01 Oct 2017 13:41:59
Disapointing result yesterday. Held back from posting anything kneejerk as needed time to let it sink in.

Here are my observations:

1) City looked fresher than us and were much better at moving the ball when they had it and closing when they didn't. I think Conte had deliberately set us up to play on the counter because he knew we would be too tired to play a full pressing game after a hard fought game against Ath. Madrid. With the depth of City's squad, they could rotate and still have world class players pressing. Plus they had an extra day's rest. This exposes two things: our lack of depth in squad and the advantage you get from extra rest. Both have been pointed out before but worth noting again.

2) The Morata substitution was the changing point in the game. With Willian introduced, I believe this was an attempt to inject some pressing further up the field to stop their passing game and put pressure on them playing it out from defence. This massively backfired and we were left with no-one to play target man and hold the ball up. When Hazard did receive the ball, he was instantly surrounded by 3 players and starved of a pass. On top of this, Willian was dreadful. I don't think he successfully completed a pass in that first half and wasn't much better in the second. I believe this was a gamble by Conte that backfired and he needs to share in the blame for that decision, despite the player letting him down.

3) Christensen is a real find. If he stays with us, he'll be our captain in the next 5 years.

4) Bakayoko looked lost when asked to play in a midfield 3. He didn't seem sure whether he was supposed to be attacking (like Fabregas) or defending (like Kante) . In the end he did little of both. He's only young though so it's probably just inexperience.

5) We missed David Luiz's ball playing ability. The were quite a few times that we needed him to collect the ball and run with it out of defence, commit a couple of players and then pass it through midfield to our playmakers. Instead we were ponderous, apart from Christensen.

6) WHY DID WE SELL DE BRUYNE? and Robben, Lukaku, and Mata for that matter. ;-)

7) Despite our mistakes, we have to give City credit for playing as well as they did. They look similar to the Barcelona team that spammed people in the later 2000s. Another world class defender and maybe even a galactico striker (Messi next summer? ) and only 3-4 teams would be able to rival them. Currently Chelsea isn't on of them. They have the players, the togetherness, and they are looking much more resilient and hard to beat than they did last year.

8) I have a lot of respect for Cahill, but I don't think he should be in our defence ahead of Rudiger, Christensen, Luiz, and/ or Azpi. His appearances should start to be controlled like Terry's.

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03 Oct 2017 14:17:39
Attacking wise we looked horrible without Morata up front. Batshuayi should've come on for him, but what's done is done.
City looked very good, but our defense was strong as well. They had a hard time creating any good chances, and needed a special shot from KDB to beat us. So if anything, I'm very confident about our defense.

Hopefully Conte trusts Batshuayi to replace Morata while he is injured. He knows how to score, and while his overall play perhaps isn't quite good enough, he does get goals and that's what wins you games.

We'll have better days, and Conte will learn from the mistake of putting Willian on instead of Batshuayi. Onwards and upwards.

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30 Sep 2017 19:32:21
That was hands down our worst performance in quite a few years. Don't ever like to blame Conte but i don't know what we were doing when Morata went off. Constant hoof ball to Hazard? Constantly passing it back without any intention to go forward. my god that was horrible. Of course once we got Bats on we could hold the ball a bit more. who would've thought huh?

Oh well hopefully Morata's injury isn't too bad and good thing it's an international break now. We were never favourites to begin the season like last year, but after that I'd be stunned if the trophy doesn't end up in Manchester. One positive although was Christensen, he was class and hands down our best player. This game will hopefully mean he starts from now on, he's our best ball playing CB and rarely makes mistakes.

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01 Oct 2017 02:01:55
In all fairness he's not as good on the ball as Luiz but defensive wise he's flawless.

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01 Oct 2017 08:40:07
This all means it is time to move Cahill on, he slows us down always negative, rarely thinks positively, always passing back.

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15 Sep 2017 09:24:15
Hey ed2 mate or ed1 if he's still on sabbatical

Is chelsea interested in Isco at all? He's a classy player and wouldimprove us so much!

{Ed001's Note - the Isco that has just signed a new long term contract and is Zidane's pet project? It really doesn't matter, so long as Zidane is there it is very unlikely they will let him go, at least right now. Zidane was the one that convinced Madrid to buy him in the first place when no one else at the club thought he was the right choice. Zidane loves him.}

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15 Sep 2017 19:30:46
Standard, asking for Isco would be asking for much, I just want Mateo Kovacic in Chelsea.

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15 Sep 2017 21:04:33
I just remember him being on the fringes not to long ago and maybe remember strong interest in him but I may be wrong. Cheers.

{Ed001's Note - he was and would have been sold but for Zidane, who fought to keep him.}

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16 Sep 2017 04:56:42
Does Chelsea have a spare, 650 million pounds? I think that's his new buyout clause.

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16 Sep 2017 19:41:45
Didn't they offer a swap for Oscar? Said at the time we were mad to turn it down.

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