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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.


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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06 Aug 2018 08:39:03
I went to the game yesterday and saw a team that was very much in transition.

You can't really compare City's team who've had 2 years of coaching by a manager who is probably the best coach ever to 2 weeks of Sarri trying to implement a brand new style.

Last year we played counter attacking football which meant we could conserve energy for large chunks of the game before exploding out when we regained possession. With Sarri's pressing style, we just aren't fit enough to cope with it yet. And to be fair, Klopps and Guardiolas teams were similar when they first started out. Both have lost to some silly teams along the ways to becoming the ruthless machines they are now.

We actually played ok in the first half. We ended up with 54% of possession at half time against a team that usually dominates in that area. My main worry is that we look very toothless upfront. Morata looks like a deer in headlights. He definitely wasn't getting the service but shouldve dropped deeper to get more involved like Kane did in the World Cup. Barkley looks like a middleweight boxer who has stumbled onto the pitch. Fabregas doesn't have the legs for the Prem anymore. Jorginho was playing well for about 30 mins then Man City got wise and clobbered him with 3 people every time he got the ball. If we are going to play through the middle of the park like that, you need midfield enforcers to protect him. He's basically now our 'star quarterback' who will spray balls into the danger areas. Luiz cannot play in a two at the back. Positionally he is one of he worst players in our team because he loves to bomb forward and regularly leaves gaps. It's got to be Christiansen or Cahill starting against Huddersfield. I'd be tempted to move Azpilicueta back inside and put Moses out on RB. That's my two cents anyway, feel free to disagree! Come on Chelsea!


1.) 06 Aug 2018 12:43:07
well said some. good points! yes the team is definitely in transition atm. it will take time and we must be patience . good things happen to people that wait.

2.) 06 Aug 2018 12:44:12
Sense at last good post mate.



03 Mar 2018 17:10:46
Hey Ed01, which players do you think Chelsea should be after in the summer? Thanks for all your work on here mate.

I'm thinking our defence is actually fine atm.

My two cents is that we need replacements for:

Fabregas - lost his legs
Costa - Morata and Giroud are good but don't have that killer instinct. New guy plus those two is a great set of strikers.
Box to box midfielder - Bakayoko has been disappointing. He just doesn't think quickly enough for the premier league and is caught in possession so much or panic passes to the opposition.
Another attacking midfielder who is proven to score 10+ a season. It can't just be down to Hazard and William. In contrast, Man City will probably have 4-5 midfielders alone over 10 goals at the end of this season.


{Ed001's Note - Milinkovic-Savic, I would say a right back or right wing back but you have Aina to come back and I think he is looking ready. Maybe someone like Icardi? Bit of a knob of a guy but he scores goals. Insigne would be very well suited as well. Personally I would get rid of Courtois and bring in Alisson Becker, better keeper and maybe someone who won't be flirting with Madrid all the time.

Other than those I would suggest looking at top class youngsters like Pulisic and Sessegnon or Lemar to replace Fabregas.}

1.) 03 Mar 2018 18:21:37
def keeper . talking about other clubs how u want to go does my nut in. agree ed.
Sessongon- great potential
savic- great all rounder. but will be priced out bit would fit in perfectly.

2.) 04 Mar 2018 09:05:42
Jack Wilshire on a free to replace Fabregas?

3.) 05 Mar 2018 00:57:25
A New Gk: Oblak or Allison
A playmaker who can run to replace Cesc: Kovacic
A Box to box midfielder: Vidal
I’d move Luiz to CM I love him there.
Get Loftus-Cheek back.
A Cahill replacement: Maguire
A left footed RW: Bailey

Play Ampadu and Hudson-Odoi more they’re good enough.


Courtois, Cahill, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Drinkwater, Pedro and Moses. We should get at least 150m from them sales to reinvest.



19 Oct 2017 08:47:58
I went to the match last night. First, you've got to give Roma credit; they have some very good players and can pass the ball around well. They were patient, but were also good at turning the screw and being clinical when they needed to be.

We had short spells where we looked good going forward but I think the counterattacking system Conte played was a double edged sword. We also resorted to a very direct style of playing at times, effectively bypassing our midfielders, hence Fabregas and Bakayoko role's being minimalised. To some degree, this worked. We scored 3 goals. But to give away so much possession is what ultimately led to us conceding (in all aspects of the word) .

As an aside, It's sad to see Ed2 elsewhere on this forum say that the fans have already angered one of young players enough that he wants to leave. That's not true Chelsea. Let's get behind the lads eh?


1.) 19 Oct 2017 09:42:01
Good post Dan.

2.) 19 Oct 2017 10:38:37
Where on the forum? I would love to read it.

3.) 19 Oct 2017 11:25:07
KTBFFH - just scroll down in Chelsea Banter and you’ll see it.



18 Sep 2017 16:49:49
So this isn't meant to be a negative post BUT I am concerned about our lack of depth up front now I've seen Morata and Batshuiyi against a few different opponents.

Having Hazard back will help share the burden of goal scoring and creativity, but for the first time in a while, we ran out of ideas against a team that usually aren't great at defending. Morata is a raw talent but he is not currently good at being a target man and bringing other players in to the game. He's also not an upgrade in his levels of positive aggression on Costa. I'm certainly not saying saying I want Costa back, but I don't think defenders currently fear our frontline like they used to, and like they do currently with the 2 Manchester clubs. Not sure who I'd bring in now though. prices are so inflated currently.


1.) 18 Sep 2017 18:35:19
Morata is trying too hard and it is effecting his composure on the ball which is usually very good. That lack of an additional strike force from midfield is a real problem and Hazard back in full flow will be a major asset BUT with an injury we will struggle so another player with creative ability but also the ability to score is a must. where is that young Lampard?

2.) 18 Sep 2017 18:54:46
I disagree. Before the Arsenal-game, nobody doubted Morata, and I don't get why they should now - indeed he didn't have his best game, but nor did any of his teammates. Also, don't forget what usually happens with Diego Costa in the games where nothing is the way he wants it to be, the referee perhaps a bit against him, and the other players not playing at their best - a red card waiting to happen.
I agree, however, that we need to spread out our goal threats and not be over-reliant on Hazard or Morata having a bad day at the office. But also, let's not forget that Pedro has often shown the ability to create something out of nowhere!
And if the other teams don't fear our attackers, that's on them - if they under estimate us, that will only be our advantage!

3.) 18 Sep 2017 19:49:59
Morata was isolated and done brilliant. If he'd of given silly fouls away like Diego we'd be moaning out him. He didn't get any help from surrounding players, it's that simple,

4.) 18 Sep 2017 23:45:05
Morata reminds me so much of Osgood.
He has all the attributes of becoming a legend with our club.
The worst performances were:-
(a) Cahill., teams let him have the ball and then press. I would rather Rudi.
(b) Willian. Workrate isn't everything.
Sometimes a point is OK when your performance is just average!
Onwards and upwards. We will still be Champions come the end of the season!

5.) 19 Sep 2017 07:07:19
Not a dissimilar build to Osgood with that knack of ghosting past defenders but he needs someone to feed him.

6.) 19 Sep 2017 15:49:08
TomB, Ossie? Morata? Go wash your mouth out with soap!

7.) 20 Sep 2017 07:57:41
Miss Wood, I hope, in time, we pay the same reverence to Morata as we all do to the King.

8.) 20 Sep 2017 08:26:53
Dantheblue, sorry, I received the same amount of stick (thumbs down) for making this point earlier (when the transfer window was still open- then I was saying that the club should sell Batshuayi sign Belotti in addition to Morata) . I don't know if our fans are seeing the depth Man-U and Man-city has got.

I think you have a good point and you aren't being negative.
Is Morata good? yes he is and could still improve BUT my issue is with Batshuayi. Chelsea needs a stronger backup (better than Batshuayi) . If Batshuayi can improve (pending when Morata hits top form) best for us but as of now Batshuayi isn't cutting it for me.

9.) 20 Sep 2017 10:22:26
There are still many wanting to keep giving Bats another chance but at 23 coming up 24 how long are we expected to wait. It is not as if he looks talented and just making mistakes, I am not sure what they saw in him to pay such a large fee. Many hate the comparison but Harry Kane is a similar age and look at the difference not least their goals to games ratio.



05 Sep 2017 18:15:22
Is anyone else tired of Ray Wilkins going on about how bad the Matic deal was? Give it a bleedin' rest man, he obviously wanted to leave!


1.) 05 Sep 2017 18:50:03
All Ray Wilkins ever tries to do just recently is stir/ put us down. He just seems so bitter towards us nowadays. Like I've said before I respect his past with us but he should just keep his mouth shut. His comments about us and our transfer business are foolish at best.

2.) 05 Sep 2017 19:50:41
Reminds me of Hudson, Hollins and Burley. When they left the club they couldn't stop themselves being critical. It's a shame because it sours the memories of their playing abilities!

3.) 05 Sep 2017 20:41:45
For now it apears to be a bad deal but as the season progresses, we will really know if its actually a bad deal or not (based on Bakayoko and Drinkwater's performance) .
I don't know what he has against the club to warrant all these inceasant criticisms.

4.) 05 Sep 2017 21:01:05
It doesn't matter anymore mate. What's done is done. We have to move one but we cannot pretend that absolutely nothing has changed.
Fingers crossed that Drinkwater-Kante works like at Leicester City.

5.) 05 Sep 2017 21:17:22
To be honest, I kinda get his point. It seems like Matic was the final piece in United's midfield puzzle, as he's allowed Pogba the freedom he needed, which is why experts are already calling it the best transfer of the season. That being said, I have no doubt in my mind, that Bakayoko will be more than a capable replacement and I reckon, he'll be a top player for us, for years to come!

6.) 06 Sep 2017 08:17:27
Point is he hardly see anything good with chelsea actions nowadays.

7.) 06 Sep 2017 09:17:36
Matic was terrible he's slow all one direction ( back ) he fitting in well and looking the part as he's up against the likes of Fellini Herrera he will look good and in my eyes not that far behind pogba we've got the better deal with bakayoko and drinkwater a lot more mobile better range of passing shooting tackling and speed all round better deal bakayoko just needs time to adapt.

8.) 06 Sep 2017 13:31:34
Great player, rubbish coach rubbish manager rubbish pundit.

9.) 06 Sep 2017 14:25:47
Magic is a good player but he was 29? 40 milli N for a 29 year old any other season who's not a game changed is a steal I think the deal was good for all involved, the issue was you didn't replace him. Similar to us with AOC, he gets his move, we get the player, arsenal get great money for him, transfers this year I believe we're more difficult to negotiate and understand due to hear crazy prices. We're at the point we're we say 'he's only 40 million' seriously.

10.) 06 Sep 2017 14:48:51
Bakayoko replaced him.




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