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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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1.) 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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31 Jan 2019 07:47:49
I think the teams slump is a mixture of things:

1) Hazard is not world class. He is a decent winger with a low centre of gravity and good turn of speed which makes him able to ghost past players. His attitude comes across as "I'm so relaxed about everything", but we all kmow that's bollocks and what it really is is an attempt to absolve himself from the leadership responsibilities of the team. Whenever we lose, you never see Hazard come out and say "yup we were rubbish, we need to improve. " I get the impression it's because he is convinced of his own greatness and that while everyone else around him played bad, he was playing slightly better so he's ok with that. That's what Sarri meant about lack of leadership from him I think.

2) Our starting line-up is one of the least rotated teams in the league. That's going to take its toll at this stage in the season.

3) Our brand of possession football doesn't work because the players in our team don't work the ball fast enough, and try and play it through the middle.

4) The team currently struggles to deliver quality crosses from the wings. Hazard is our only good winger and he never crosses it becaus he is too busy trying to score. Same with C H-O. Alonso and Azpi are not good crossers. Try and remember the last game where we consistently pinged dangerous crosses in like Liverpool and Man City. It's was probably when we were playing wingbacks like Moses.

5) The worlds best DM is being played as an AM. W the actual F?

6) Willian is possibly the most wasteful player ever to wear the shirt. Barkley also makes a lot of bad decisions.

7) Sarri has lost the respect of some of the players

What a mess!

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23 Dec 2018 11:56:06
Here are the things I think need fixing at Chelsea currently:

1) not enough rotation - we always play our first eleven to get the job done against lesser teams in the Premier League. Sarri teams are notorious for this and always have a dip around Xmas. To be fair though, I can see him trying to play others but a lot of games need finishing off which brings me to.

2) lack of finishing. I was at the Bournemouth game on Weds and Giroud and our midfield are honestly the worst finishers I've ever seen in Chelsea shirts. It's not that they don't shoot or create chances, it's that, 80% of the time, they don't even get their shots on target. I miss Costa. We need another predator like
Suarez, not a sickly teenager like Morata. We also need a Richarlison or Saha who will bully defenders from the winger position.

The good news is that I believe that this is the only reason for concern right now. We have an excellent midfield and defence who are very adept at passing and keeping possession. A lot has been said about us not being clinical enough with our passing. But I think that will come once we have someone we actually want to pass to up front and know they won't squander it. I think we are passing it so much across the midfield as we are scared of the inevitable "pass it to Willian who fluffs his cross" or "cross it Morata who gets dispossessd again". There's only so many of them the team will endure before going "nope, not passing to you anymore. "

Anyway, have a good xmas Blues, see you in the other side!

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1.) 23 Dec 2018 16:40:24
icardi is d 1 for me. bailey has refound a bit of form with leverkusen 2 mite be worth a gamble. when u look at players like sane etc they were good but weren't probably as consistant as they are now so ud imagine bailey has d qualities to be like sane etc to come an step an be better with better players.


 

 

05 Oct 2018 08:41:21
Went to the game last night, here are some thoughts:

Emerson is a dreadful defender but good going forward. Zappacosta was marginally better. Both need to add more grit to their play.

Christiansen had a decent game considering he was basically covering for everyone else's screw ups. Cahill and Fabregas showed their ages.

Kepa's distribution is really strong. He hardly ever loses possession from a goal kick or throw out.

Willian is so frustrating. He is such a talented player but his decision making in the final third is abject. Pedro is more intelligent but lacked match fitness.

Kovacic is a beast and is growing in confidence. He could be the first box to box player we've had who would rival Michael Essien. He just needs to sharpen his shooting.

Barkley looks confident but needs to turn that into assists and goals to nail on a starting place.

Morata is clearly working harder to be more aggressive in his game. You could see that by all the Costa-like protesting (and his eventual booking) . His target man and link up play was decent too with him dropping off to play one-twos with midfield.

Finally, hats off to VIDI, they played a bloody good game considering they are approximately Championship quality players and away from home. It just shows the power of playing as a team rather than a bunch of individuals (ManUtd I'm looking your way) .

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1.) 05 Oct 2018 11:06:14
Thinks RLC deserves getting mentioned. He had a brilliant game in my eyes, and I honestly think he might do a better job at Kante's role than Kante does right now. However, it would be catastrophic to put Kante on the bench.


2.) 05 Oct 2018 12:41:50
Yes well done to vidi. They were well organised and dangerous on the break and set pieces. Their manager is one to watch for the future .


3.) 05 Oct 2018 14:48:23
RLC was quality and was Pedro.


4.) 05 Oct 2018 15:50:00
Emerson had a decent game too.


 

 

28 Aug 2018 12:44:20
Little bit early for this, but.

Where would you like to see us strengthen in January?

I think priorities are:

- A proven central striker to replace Morata positionally and take the pressure off Hazard

- A young winger with loads of potential to join the rotation for Pedro/ Hazard/ Willian. Probably Zaha is my first choice.

Defence is a really hard choice. Dave and Alonso are great but they aren't Mendy and Walker. They are not good crossers of the ball. I feel like we should get a decent young rightback and rotate with Dave for 'easier' games against lower league and cup opposition. If Kennedy improves his defensive side, he could rotate with Alonso on the left when he returns for next season.

Also, I love Luiz but don't fully trust him. We need a ball playing defender who is better positionally. Ampadu is a fantastic passer but is 2-3 years off starting. Christensen is a squad player currently and doesn't have that commanding presence that Terry had. We need a Sergio Ramos basically. Any ideas?!

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1.) 28 Aug 2018 14:49:23
Emerson is far better than Kenedy.


2.) 28 Aug 2018 16:34:32
Someone who’s special at 1v1 and can go past a player as too much on hazard imo, striker to score 20 + goals. morata I don’t think will.


3.) 28 Aug 2018 16:59:15
Bailey/ Zaha to replace Willian both can beat a man. But so can Hudson-Odoi? I’d like Ghoulam as LB but dealing with Napoli is hard and he is coming back from injury. Not sure what RB’s are available that are any good, suggestions? I’ve heard Wigan fans have been very impressed with Reece James so far.


4.) 28 Aug 2018 19:48:05
Ghoulam would've been a very good addition if he didn't get that injury, i'd see him as too much of a risk imo. Also i don't think we'll ever be doing bussiness with Napoli anymore. We need better fullbacks and a RW, Gullit said it best about our system. The fullbacks we have aren't quick enough for this system and are too slow in supporting our attack which ends up slowing everything down. Alonso's been clutch for us so far but it's pretty obvious he still has flaws. You can see how vital Mendy and Walker are in City's system in providing instant width for the attack, we don't have that. Also like Martin said we need a winger who can take people on but can also create and score. Willian is good at getting past players but his final ball is poor, in the Newcastle game he had a brilliant and simple opportunity to play Giroud through but he never looked up and kept dribbling forward. It will take time though of course to get the right players in and i don't expect it to happen in January. Hopefully next summer we'll see a couple more additions to take the team to the next level.


5.) 28 Aug 2018 22:16:59
For now I would like us to reinforce the winger position (right wing- where Pedro/ Willian plays with Pulisic or Leon Bailey but I guess that would mean Willian leaving) ; and D. Luiz's position. Luiz hasn't done badly so far but I don't completely trust him yet (I hope he proves me wrong as the season progresses) . At the moment, i would only replace Morata with Icardi or Lewandowski- if not Morata should stay.


6.) 29 Aug 2018 02:19:32
I think Emerson could be a great LB for us and think he deserves a chance before we look to buy a new one. Definitely need another RB though to replace Zappacosta and challenge Azpilicueta. I like our CB options for the season but come next summer Luiz and Cahill will probs need to be moved on so we can look again there. definitely need a RW to take the pressure off Hazard. I think we can wait til next summer for a striker. So imo we should only be targeting a RB and a RW in January.


 

 

28 Aug 2018 12:30:12
In response to TomB's post about club transparency:

I actually think Chelsea are better than most at communicating. For example, when Emelano came on CTV to explain their reasoning behind sacking Mourinho for the second time. They didn't need to do that but knew it would help silence any grass roots dissent.

Re: RA selling the club. There's no way they'd talk to us about deals that were currently in negotiation. The press are always sniffing for blood around Chelsea and certain newspapers can't stand us. If they kept everyone constantly updated with the ins and outs of deals, we would be constantly in the headlines and the clubs form would suffer as players and manager would understandably have their heads turned with all the uncertainty. While
I agree transparency is a good thing, it's definitely best to leave announcements to the public until the ink has dried on any such deal.

Dantheblue

1.) 28 Aug 2018 16:39:30
Dan my comments about lack of transparency and taking supporters for granted wasn’t only about our club, it was football clubs in general.

I would not expect our club to give us a list of their transfer targets or to give us any details about any proposed sale of our club but I would like them to participate in an open dialogue about non playimg issues.

To say we are more transparent than most clubs may well be true but I don’t care about other clubs.

Football supporters still contribute a significant financial sum to our respective clubs and in most cases we are taken for granted.

I guess is be because clubs know, that no matter what happens, the majority of supporters will almost always turn up on match days.


2.) 29 Aug 2018 08:41:35
The only thing that is loyal in football are the fans nothing else.


3.) 29 Aug 2018 09:24:21
Maybe not the only thing Loko but most football fans are very loyal. Your point is well made!


 

 

 

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06 Jun 2017 17:15:49
No switching to 4-4-2 then?

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