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13 Jan 2019 12:17:36
Hopefully Higuain joins soon. People saying it'll be done because he left Milan but we're forgetting that Juventus are the ones we're negotiating with so it's not exactly going to be straight forward. Need him before the Arsenal game but i can't see it, Hazard clearly doesn't enjoy playing as the ST and playing without one is hurting us and especially Hazard. Not enough runs in behind since Hazard drops back a lot and we don't have runners from midfield besides Kante, no presence in the box which means crosses are pretty pointless.

Even though the false 9 can work against big teams since it can be used more of a counter attacking style and Pedro and Willian offer more protection for the fullbacks, we'd still struggle to score goals. People shouldn't be complaining about our lack of goals and pointing it towards Sarri and the system when our team literally doesn't have goal scorers. We've done very well this season considering our situation and it'll only get better once the team brings in a proper ST.

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1.) 14 Jan 2019 11:00:07
I can see Higuain giving us a great 2 or 3 years. Sarri loves him and Higauin will repay his faith. The guy knows the system well too and we’ll have a suitable backup in Giroud and one world class wingers, two good wingers and one potentially great winger. We’re in a great position for the future.


 

 

08 Jan 2019 22:41:38
It's the same story in every game we've lost or dropped points this season, control the game but lack the quality upfront to score goals. Hazard ran them ragged, CHO was decent but it means literally nothing if we don't have someone in the ST position who can score. We Definitely deserved to win that game and if we can bring in a goalscorer i believe we'll turn them over at the bridge.

One thing is for sure we 100% need one before the Arsenal game. Hope CHO stays and starts with Hazard from now on, and please for the love of god give Emerson a run in the first team. Alonso only has goals over him and he hasn't scored in weeks. Let Hazard play with Emerson on the left and their link up play will help out attack soo much.

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03 Jan 2019 14:45:26
It was made pretty clear to people this transition would take time, especially with the players that would need to be moved on. Unfortunately because of the start we had people automatically assumed we're close to the finished product already and that playing an attacking system would hide our flaws.

We've had the same flaws in this team all season, the only difference is we're not riding on Hazard's goals anymore and injuries have been hurting us. Do people not realise the importance of having quality at the ST position? . Do you not remember the amount of times Costa bailed us out in 1-0 games.

It doesn't matter if you're playing a defensive or attacking system, if you don't have enough players capable of scoring or creating you're going to struggle, especially against teams who just defend. Give Sarri a quality ST and a winger who won't go 20 games with 2 goals and you'll see a big change in the team.

Of course it wouldn't fix all of our problems but it'll help drastically. Teams defend against us because they know we don't have enough quality to break them down consistently. If we did we'd be able to play Sarri's style of football much better. It's never been to pass side to side in the final third.

It's been that way because teams don't press us, forcing us to play more a possession based game. It's why we looked great in the 2nd half vs City and 1st half against Liverpool. It relies on opposition teams trying to attack us so we can attack with pace, this doesn't happen when teams park the bus. This is the exact reason why we need more quality up top to break them down which will help us play Sarri's style.

LondonBlues90

1.) 03 Jan 2019 16:42:49
Easy saying give Sarri a winger who scores more than 2 in 20 but we’ve just spent 58million on a who winger who’s got a similar scoring record.


2.) 03 Jan 2019 17:22:26
Whoever the best centre forward in the world is and whoever the best winger who scores goals is, if we signed them it wouldn’t make everyone happy!


3.) 03 Jan 2019 18:15:49
If we signed Messi you wouldn’t hear me being negative for the day for a change 😉😂.


4.) 03 Jan 2019 18:25:08
Kante are you ever happy mate?


5.) 03 Jan 2019 20:45:43
Not at the moment I think we’re going in the wrong direction.


6.) 03 Jan 2019 21:01:23
I blame those wicked goal posts and that very horizontal crossbar. They just aren’t doing enough. ’I mean, there is no movement from any of them!

Don’t get me started on the white lines. What is the point, they are just deadwood.


7.) 03 Jan 2019 23:28:42
Nice post LB90.

Honestly though football fans are the most fickle people you could ever wish to meet.

Chelsea win and Sarri is the savior, with Jorginho his most loyal and needed lieutenant.

Chelsea don't win and Sarri is just like all the other ex managers, with Jorginho his rubbish signing.

Let's compare Sarri to Klopp and Guardiola after just half a season, come to question it why hasn't Sarri won us a trophy yet?

Man alive! Get a grip people! What were you honestly expecting this season? A title challenge? A brand new style of football with no hiccups? Get real! Top four, and champions league football next season, would be a success!

Modern football fans, and I hate to say this but Chelsea fans in particular, expect success to be delivered on a silver platter. It doesn't work that way, just be glad you support a successful team, get behind the team, get behind Sarri and get behind the project!


8.) 04 Jan 2019 07:28:37
Spot on J.


9.) 04 Jan 2019 09:07:48
Londonblues90, that is the best analogy of out team/ situation.
I agree whole heartedly, I think Wednesday summed up the situation. Also those screaming out for RLC well once again he flattered to deceive.


10.) 04 Jan 2019 10:02:01
How are we going in the wrong direction?

Willian / Pedro need replacing come end of season, so bought Pulisic. Fantastic buy. If CHO re-signs he’ll be in the team on a more frequent basis next season.

Replace Cahill - Luiz stepped in and done a terrific job bar one/ two matches.

Fabregas needed replacing and we signed another fantastic player in Jorginho. Says it all when Pep is pissed off that he didn’t get his man.

We replaced a proper battling CF in Costa with a limp dick of a player in Morata. He’s not used to the hustle/ bustle of Prem so goes missing. THAT IS HUGE!

RLC has come on leaps and bounds this year.

Kante, ok played out of position, but still does a job.

Sarri is doing all he can with the players available to him. We’ve missed players through injury, bad form and. we are still not a bad side. 4th in the prem, we’ve never done great over the Xmas period. I remember when we never used to win in November! Sign a striker, I read that a bid may go in for Lozano (would be a great addition) and i think we’ll be fine for rest of season.

People comparing Sarri’s first season to Conte’s is ridiculous. We had no Europe, only the league to concentrate on, fresher legs, a strong bustling striker who would nick us a 1-0 win, and more time on tactics between games. Sarri came in late pre season and has done wonders in my eyes. So many people downbeat.


11.) 04 Jan 2019 10:25:40
Also going in the wrong direction. Are we forgetting.

We’ve offered one of the worlds best players the BIGGEST contract we’ve ever offered in the clubs history.

We managed to convince N’Golo kante again another world class player to reject PSG’s advances and sign a new contract.

We are trying to convince CHO an exciting prospect to sign a new contract.

We signed the most expensive keeper in the world who can easily become the number 1 in the world.

We’ve just signed one of Europe’s most sought after 20 years old in Pulisic.

I don’t think the future is looking to dull do you?

We can’t make the players sign these contracts but the intentions to get Hazard and Hudson-Odoi to play their futures here have been made by the club. Not much more they can do.


12.) 04 Jan 2019 10:41:28
Like your thinking Adam.


13.) 04 Jan 2019 11:53:06
I agree Adam i don't think we're going in the wrong direction, we just need a few quality additions, keep our best players and most importantly, patience. As J said not many people should've really expected a title challenge considering our situation and squad even despite the run we had at the beginning. Top 4 and possibly a trophy would be an excellent season in my book. Of course to achieve that the squad does need help, especially with the injuries we have and lack of goals. Hopefully new additions are on the way given we have a couple of very big games coming up! .


 

 

02 Jan 2019 12:31:37
Looks as if Pulisic is pretty much done now. Loaned back to Dortmund for the rest of the season and will join in the summer. I know already a lot of our fans will go into meltdown but i'm looking forward to seeing him play for us. He has a lot of potential and i really believe Sarri can help him reach that next level. I just hope this means we're looking to offload Willian and Pedro in the summer and hopefully have Hazard, Pulisic and Odoi as our wingers.

LondonBlues90

1.) 02 Jan 2019 19:27:16
I think Hazard is seen as our middle man in the attack. Think we need another attacker this window still, you we aim to sell Pedro and Willian after the season.


2.) 02 Jan 2019 20:25:59
I will like us to sign Fekir this window as the other attacker.


 

 

29 Dec 2018 19:13:39
Pulisic to Chelsea in the summer according to BILD. Wouldn't think too much of it but they're usually accurate when it comes to Bundesliga players. Knew we had strong interest but also seemed he was destined for Liverpool. Still a long way to go though, sure we'll be hearing a lot about this in the future. Could also see the end of Hudson-odoi at Chelsea as Dortmund seemingly want him in return.

Personally i'd like this move, still very young with bags of potential. Think he'd be a world beater under Sarri in time and is an instant upgrade on the RW. If it does mean Odoi leaving it will definitely leave a bad taste though. Would like to have both, offload Pedro and Willian and use one of the two as rotation.

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1.) 30 Dec 2018 12:07:45
The Daily Fail is reporting that he is going to Liverpool in the summer for £45m.


2.) 30 Dec 2018 14:31:38
On his way to the Bridge MDW.


3.) 31 Dec 2018 19:54:26
never seen him bar d 1 game i watched dortmund recently when they lost in the league only 2 weeks ago or so he didn't look anything to me but im not naive enough to judge a player who was in a team trying to win a game were every time they had d ball d opposition had 11 behind dem and also it was only his 3 or 4th start of d season apparently he's outa favour over his contract situation. jadon sancho looked a real gem . really confident tricky young lad. iv absoloutely no doubt hed shine in the pl and with the next 2 years dortmund will be forced to cash in from a big bid.


 

 

 

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12 Aug 2018 17:40:03
In all honesty i had my doubts with Rudiger playing in a 2 man CB formation but he looks class there. Very composed on the ball and stopped a lot of attacks today, no doubt Kante and Jorginho will get all the praise but for me Rudiger was easily our best player. For all the stick Alonso has been getting he was solid today, although there will be much bigger tests and Emerson should still be our starting LB going forward. When Kovacic and Hazard are starting in this team we'll be a real threat going forward.

Only negative is CHO not being involved today though, he offers a lot more to the team than what Moses can and i hope Sarri knows that. Onto Arsenal and we'll see tomorrow when they play City how their defence looks, a lot of their fans have been worried about the possibility of leaking goals this season so hopefully City can knock their confidence back a fair bit tomorrow before they come up against Hazard.

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1.) 13 Aug 2018 07:30:56
agreed on your assessment on Rudiger, however I think Christensen is much more suited playing along side him. Luiz for me has so many mistakes in him for someone with his experience and age. Christensen is still young and can learn alot.


 

 

07 Aug 2018 11:33:44
Our last 29 signings ladies and gentlemen:
Pato, Pedro, Amelia, Baba, Begovic, Kenedy, Falcao, Hector, Miazga, Nathan, Djiloboji, Pantic, Cuadrado, Kante, Luiz, Alonso, Batshuayi, Eduardo, Bakayoko, Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Rudiger, Morata, Caballero, Barkley, Giroud, Emerson, Jorginho, Green.

How many of those players have ever been good enough to play for Chelsea when we signed them? If you ask me, 3. Kante, Rudiger and Jorginho (although may be too early to tell) . Likes of Alonso, Luiz and Pedro all pushed way above their weight during our title winning season with Conte and are in no way good enough to play for us anymore. Batshuayi and Barkley could do well under Sarri but it's too early to tell.

The rest? All squad fillers or players who failed to perform. Not to mention a fair few of those players are also panic buys. Our transfer business in the last 3 seasons has been abysmal. And i truly fear for Sarri if he is going to have to do his best with these players in changing our style of football. Bad players simply can't play good football.

We still have Hazard and Kante to come back into the team and i know they'll help to a degree, but there are too many areas in this team that needs addressing and they haven't been. I obviously expect a transitional period like Pep did at City, but the difference with them is they done their business quickly, addressed the areas that needed improving and actually brought in top level players for his system.

The fact that it was a world cup year may not have helped, and taking nearly 2 months to get Sarri himself didn't either, but it seemed clear the players that needed to be moved on since last year and the areas that needed improving yet nothing has been done.

I feel things may get worse before they get better, i just hope if it does get worse, Sarri is given time and support by the fans and realise not only does he need time, but a big part of the blame shouldn't be directed at him. Lastly i truely hope the rumour about a section of our fans chanting Antonio towards the end of the game today isn't true. It seems there are a section of our fans who want Sarri to fail just to try and prove the point that we shouldn't have sacked Conte which is disgraceful.

LondonBlues90

1.) 07 Aug 2018 13:32:46
you can't move on players who don't want to leave or clubs don't want or can't afford
30 years ago all those players were good enough football goes in cycles and at the moment its not our cycle look at united and the crap they have signed in the last few years
arsenal my god there worse tottenham have a good team but there squad is shocking if kane gets injured there a middle of the league team
liverpool have strenghed yes after 10 years of rubbish
city are by far and away the best squad and funnily enough the richest.


2.) 07 Aug 2018 13:56:36
LondonBlues90: When you look at that list, whether the fans liked Mourinho or Conte or not, both had every reason to blow their top at the transfer policy they were saddled with.


 

 

22 Apr 2018 17:47:02
Good game from the boys. Looked dodgy at the back when Southampton had that 15minute spell in the 2nd half but overall we controlled the game and thoroughly deserved the win. Hope we can end this season with a trophy for Conte. We all know he'll be off after this season so ending it with a win in the final, especially against United would be great. I'd personally like to see Giroud and Morata up front together with Hazard behind them in the final. United can look vulnerable in the air and having Morata and Giroud could really give them problems. Also Emerson looks to be a solid player, may not have an eye for goal like Alonso but he can get up and down the flanks a lot quicker and has a good cross on him.

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04 Mar 2018 18:17:30
Set up like cowards and deservedly lost the game. Said i was confident ahead of this game as long as we set up correctly and didn't pay them too much respect, i guess that teaches me to have faith in this team. We set up not to get thrashed and had no intention to get anything from it.

Made changes way too late once again, Hazard ineffective due to playing out of position once again. As soon as they scored we should have changed it up at least, not wait till the 80th minute to do something! I'd rather have been thrashed and gone for it than that embarrassing performance. Credit to City though, deserved champions.

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1.) 04 Mar 2018 18:54:36
Totally agree with LondonBlues90, we are all worrying about Hazard n Courtois signing new contracts, don't worry, on that performance they will b running in to the arms of Real Madrid. Who could blame them.


2.) 04 Mar 2018 18:59:21
Couldn't agree more why leave it so late to makes Subs very poor performance think the Aura of Negativity is spreading down from the manager!


3.) 04 Mar 2018 22:11:07
Conte has to go NOW.


 

 

01 Feb 2018 11:04:51
It's funny seeing people debate over who's fault our current downfall is down to, Conte or the board? . It's pretty simple, It's both. Conte worked wonders last year with what he had at his disposal, nobody expected us to win the league and if we'd finished in the top 4 everyone would've considered that as a successful season, yes?

The change in formation and tactics took everybody in the league by surprise and everyone didn't know how to play against us. Add that with our players being in form throughout the whole season, little injuries and no European football to worry about, everything went perfectly. Into the summer and we expected a busy transfer window, with Costa wanting to leave as well as Matic.

I don't know if Conte and the board had previous issues between them before the summer, but the Costa fiasco was one that really created bad blood between them. People can debate whether it was right or wrong (personally i don't think it was right but i understood why) but it clearly put the board in a difficult situation. Then the rumours started spreading with Conte wanting more power within the club and being told no.

Again i have no information as to whether this happened or not but similar issues occured at his time at Juve which lead to him resigning. Of course because of what happened there, stories started spreading about him being ready to resign and go back to Italy. That was put to bed and he signed a new contract. But it wasn't an extension, just a new contract to give him more money.

That for me was an indication that Conte wasn't going to be here for the long run, especially if things took a turn. Along came our transfers. With Costa not coming back into the team despite not being able to leave for Athletico until January, we needed a new striker. Everything was pointing towards Lukaku coming back to the bridge, one that drew different opinions among us supporters. For me he would've been a little risk transfer, BPL proven and young.

But it didn't happen and he went to United despite an apparent last ditch effort from Chelsea. Apparently this was a signing the board wanted rather than Conte. In the end we got Morata, one that Conte wanted. This was a transfer i was excited about but was a risky one. A player who's never been a starting striker and would be new to the BPL. I said he'd need time, and it shows, i still think he'll come good as he has everything in his game bar composure.

It may take a while but it'll be something we as fans will need to accept. As for the rest of our transfer business, Bakayoko, Drinkwater, Rudiger and Zappacosta were brought in. Each for the region of £25-£35m. These players enabled others like Chalobah, Ake, RLC ect to either leave on a permanent or a loan. We spent the entire summer replacing players and made no improvements to our starting 11.

People debated Bakayoko being an upgrade on Matic for a while but that's been put to bed. Nobody expected the poor start he's had but tbf to the guy he isn't the only one. So a summer of replacements but no improvements. Not to mention our bussiness was being done very late, one that was constantly brought up by Conte in every press conference, taking small digs at the board.

Once the season started we still didn't have Drinkwater or Zappacosta and Bakoyoko and Morata were injured. We got unlucky against Arsenal and against Burnley we completely capitulated after the sending off but nearly came back in the 2nd half. Once our team got together we started to win games and things looked good. When City came along and bossed us at the bridge it was clear to everyone our squad wasn't anywhere near good enough to compete anymore.

Teams learned how to play against us and players began to underperform. We began shipping in goals for fun and it lead to an outburst between Luiz and Conte after the Roma away game about our style of play. Now Conte is one who doesn't liked to be questioned by his players and his treatment towards him ever since has shown it.

Luiz isn't the best defender but he's a character, one who everyone in the team likes. So this treatment could clearly create a negative atmosphere among the squad, something which seems to have happened. Since then we've gone through games edging wins, dull draws and some very embarrassing losses. Teams now know how to play against us and we haven't had enough quality in the team to overcome it.

Conte has been a manager who has struggled to change styles and it's showing. We've kept playing the same formations (3-4-3 and 3-5-2) every game despite it not working. His decision making from starting line ups to substitutions have been questionable all season long and it's at a point now were people are becoming tired with it.

He's come out when being asked about this and has used lack of quality depth within the team and fixtures as his excuse, one that is understandable but frustrating, why frustrating? . Well everybody has called for youth to be given a chance, Musounda, RLC, Hudson-odoi, Kenedy. But because they don't suit his style and he finds it hard to trust youth, he doesn't use them. So because he doesn't use them and uses the same players over and over players become tired and fatigued. Players have been getting injured because of this and it's taken a big hit on our results.

That then puts pressure on our board to do business in January and we add depth. We bring in Barkley, Emerson and Giroud. All cheap but good squad players, BUT yet again, similar to the summer, no improvements. More players leave on loan due to not being in Conte's plans and have to be replaced. Other teams around us spent the summer AND now January to improve their teams.

We however have not. One could argue Christensen replacing Luiz is an improvement but it came because of the outburst. But surprise, Conte trusted a youth player and he delivered, so why not give others more chances instead of shipping them out and calling for reinforcements? Now here we are.

Conte and the board are putting up with one another until the summer at the very least unless results get even worse! . The atmosphere within the team is poor as players aren't performing, players are unhappy, and it seems as if the players already know Conte is off in the summer.

This would explain our little ambition in the window. Why spend big bucks on players our next manager may not want? Our squad is starting to come back now and Conte has his depth he's been shouting for. Once the team is back fully fit maybe we can get it together and find some form.

We have a good enough team to finish in the top 4 and maybe push for the FA cup. We have a lot of deadwood within our team and i feel we need to have a massive summer window to get rid off them and rebuild. This is why making the top 4 is even more important to be able to attract big enough players at the club.

To conclude my point, the board simply didn't do enough to get Conte's targets in the summer but wasn't helped with the amount of players that wanted out or wasn't wanted because of Conte. Because Conte didn't want to trust players like Ake, RLC, sterling and so on, it resulted in money being wasted on players like Drinkwater, Zappacosta, Emerson and so on.

This money could've easily been spent on players to improve this team but wasn't. Conte has been his own enemy in not having trust in youth players, being tactically inept to change styles when things aren't working and being too stubborn with his dealings on Costa and Luiz.

All that's left to say is that for now as fans we need to try and make it through this season getting behind the boys to get over this bump. The fan base is starting to become toxic and it simply won't help. Sorry for the long read but it was difficult to make my thoughts on this shorter. XD.

LondonBlues90

1.) 01 Feb 2018 12:21:54
Excellent comment and conveys your opinion well and as you know, ask ten people for an opinion and you would probably get ten different ones. I don't think toxic is the right word, frustration is better and I think there are two forms of frustration here. Firstly, we are all frustrated the way the team/ individual players are performing and there is no doubt you are correct, we are spending but just consolidating, not improving the squad and certainly the tension between Conte and the Board is impacting the players. I do think however that Conte has been found out to be tactically poor. The second frustration is 'here we are again' after a stellar year somehow we have managed to wreck any progress so that by 2018/ 2019 we will be building again. We need some continuity and that is the Board supporting a manager whoever it might be longer than twelve to twenty four months which means picking wisely, no more Grant or Scolaris of this world and of course that might prove difficult given the names we have been through since Mourinho's first stint; the players have to feel that if they join under a manager they admire they are not going to find themselves struggling under another within months. I would say that Luiz should be in the team in midfield displacing Baya-'waste of money'-koko and Morata, Giroud and Hazard upfront for the rest of the season if possible because outside the first four and our problems multiply.


2.) 01 Feb 2018 12:25:13
Good read mate.

Courtois
Azpi
Cahill
Hazard
Diego Costa
Willian
Fabregas

These 7 have played a lot in both our title winning campaigns. Do you think it was a mirracle that they won the league twice. I don't think so.

Both managers? Jose at the time said he won the league because the players were playing above their limits. Conte says last year was a mirracle given that the players played 120% and again more than their limits.

I thinks its unfair to to not give credit to the players. They won the league because they all are very good footballers and their past trophy houls would prove that (minus cahill) .

The team is good, maybe not as good as man city but surely this board/ conte fiasco has taken its toll.

Unless top 4 is acheived then we also have to come to terms with hazard no longer here too.


3.) 01 Feb 2018 16:32:41
C1955, yeah frustration is a better word. It was more towards on social media with the constant heated exchanges between fans. In fairness at the ground itself the atmosphere hasn't been too bad and majority of the fans are clearly behind Conte.
We've been in this situation before. Both under Ancelotti and Mourinho. Both have successful seasons and the board do very little to improve the team in the summer which inevitably costs us. It's a Merry go round and the only person that gets in trouble is the manager. But with Conte struggling to change this is why personally we he needs to move on. I'm a massive admirer of his but what he's doing simply isn't working anymore and there's been a bad relationship between him and the board for some time now. Get through this season and rebuild under a new manager but one that hopefully the board will back with tranfers a lot better than they have with Conte. Personally I'd love to see Luiz in the midfield besides Kante as he can offer more going forward and is better with the ball. We saw that against spurs at the start of the season but haven't used it since. I just feel with what happened between him and Conte he isn't going to be used as much anymore.


4.) 01 Feb 2018 16:54:31
CFCshark, we have a good core within this team.
Courtois
Azpi
Christensen
Kante
Hazard
Morata (when he's on it) .
The problem is everybody else around them pushed well above their weight last season and took everybody by surprise. Alonso, Moses, Pedro, Cahill, all these players had great seasons under the new formation and tactics and took everybody by surprise. Now with teams knowing how to play against us their lack of quality has been showing and they've been a big factor in our downfall. No doubt this team should still be good enough to atleast finish top 4 but now if we want to continue to compete, these players need moving on in the summer. I would even throw in Fabregas as he hasn't been the same all season and it getting on. The only positive about this is that hopefully next season with players coming back to the team it can allow the deadwood to move on easier. Hudson-odio for Pedro. Zouma for Cahill. RLC for Drinkwater or Fabregas. Tammy as well. Then we can focus on spending money on important areas to improve like our wing backs and wingers. We just need a new manager who would trust our youth and not call for needles squad depth.


5.) 02 Feb 2018 08:26:02
What I don’t understand is last season when we were losing a game, Conte would switch to 4 at the back in order to chase the game. This season as far as I’m aware he hasn’t done so. Instead he’s done pretty much like for like substitutions with perhaps the most attacking sub being Pedro as WB.


 

 

 

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11 Jan 2019 04:12:47
Barella can play across the entire midfield so i wouldn't think so. It'd likely mean we won't sign Kovacic permanently and maybe we'd look to offload Barkley instead. Personally i would love to see Ampadu in the Midfield and be Jorginho's backup since he's great with the ball under pressure and can pick out a pass. He's also staying since Cahill is of but i don't think Sarri will use him there. He certainly has certain attributes to be a useful player in that position.

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07 Jan 2019 11:30:09
I want a better striker brought in but i completely understand were TomB is coming from. I said in a previous post that a part of his inability to score is due to the teams style and the lack of chances he craves on being created. Our wingers can't cross apart from Odoi, the 2 fullbacks we have that can cross don't start and he's being forced to play a way in which he can't. He's no where near as bad as what people make him out to be, but he's still not good enough for us though which is why it's still best to move him on imo. I do fear though that until our wingers learn to cross more as well as the fullbacks getting further forward to help out with the crosses that the next striker may struggle with scoring a high amount of goals as well. This is Why i felt like a player like Fekir could be more beneficial for us atm but Sarri's preference is different.

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06 Jan 2019 01:43:00
What i love about him is he brings something our other wingers don't. He's very direct and loves to get the ball into the box, he's the type of winger strikers love to play with. It's no surprise he's assisted Morata 3 times. Our wingers have been very poor in providing him with chances, the whole team to a certain point. Get the ball into the box, into dangerous areas where Morata is at his best and that's what Odoi offers. Of course it seems Morata's off though and i wish him the best. Hope we can bring in someone with proven quality and mental toughness. But if we bring in a ST that Sarri likes whether it'd be a Higuain or Piatek, i really believe they'd be better of playing with a player like CHO rather than Willian or Pedro.

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04 Jan 2019 11:53:06
I agree Adam i don't think we're going in the wrong direction, we just need a few quality additions, keep our best players and most importantly, patience. As J said not many people should've really expected a title challenge considering our situation and squad even despite the run we had at the beginning. Top 4 and possibly a trophy would be an excellent season in my book. Of course to achieve that the squad does need help, especially with the injuries we have and lack of goals. Hopefully new additions are on the way given we have a couple of very big games coming up! .

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30 Sep 2018 00:13:17
For sure but if you want to win the league you need a ST who'll get you 15-20+ goals a season and we don't have it. That's why i don't expect us to win the league but i reckon we'll run them close. I expect a similar situation like our 13/ 14 season under Mourinho. I would just love another world class forward with Hazard, with the form he's in if we had a Fekir, Zaha or Dembele type player with him we'd be so much more frightening.

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09 Jan 2019 02:38:22
It's actually ridiculous how unlucky we've been. God knows how many posts we've hit this season, had offside goals ruled out when they were on and now a goal against us being given when he was off. Even with the help of VAR the refs somehow find a way to mess it up. But yes a good performance and the first time i've seen us dominate Spurs in a while. Shame we didn't get the win we deserved.

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05 Jan 2019 18:10:59
With our injury list he should start imo. He's shows he can be affective on the RW, if Morata was to start at the ST position and Hazard moves back to LW Odoi needs to start. His delivery is very good and at least he'll give something for Morata to feed of.

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04 Jan 2019 11:58:43
If we can't get Lozano which would be my preferred choice then i'd rather stick with Michy than go for Wilson. But like Adam said Wilson being homegrown may be a big plus for the board especially considering we may be getting rid of a couple of homegrown players in January. He has a lot of good attributes but for me with the price tag Bournemouth will put on him, i think we could do a lot better personally.

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03 Jan 2019 13:44:00
He's been getting more chances than any other youth product has in recent years. He'd have even more if he wasn't injured and he'll get more throughout the season if he stays. I agree that he should be playing more but i understand why Sarri hasn't risked it. He still has a lot to learn and it's easier to leave out a young player than an older, experienced one and risk problems with the players. I said in a previous post, he should wait until the summer. He'll get opportunities and then he can decide in the summer whether he should leave or not.

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02 Jan 2019 10:13:20
I fully expect a couple of more signings. Would love Fekir and i wouldn't rule him out just because we signed Pulisic. Fekir can play across the front 3 and as the LCM. Feel Pulisic is a signing to get ready when we offload Pedro and Willian. We'll definitely sign a ST at least, board knows we need help up top now and Pulisic obviously isn't coming until the summer so it doesn't help much.

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