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26 Dec 2021 20:26:28
Big three points and move on!

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26 Dec 2021 20:59:56
Very happy with 3 points. Silva was good as was Kante and Rom made the difference in the second half otherwise average for the rest of the team. Puli can’t play false 9 but was much better in second half when went out wide. Mendy was at fault for Villa’s goal but did come out twice to clear although as usual his distribution frequently led to Villa gaining possession- long way off top class.

26 Dec 2021 21:06:59
Agree with almost all you say Jimbo except would add that I thought Kova played really well when came on for Kante and set up a number of chances - after intetcepts and driving forward with the ball and perceptive passing - that should have been taken. But really need both kova and kante together in midfield perhaps.

26 Dec 2021 21:38:23
How was Mendy in blame for their goal?

26 Dec 2021 21:59:02
Tom forgot about Kova did well good to see him get some minutes also TBF Jorginho did his job with the penalties.

26 Dec 2021 22:05:17
Lirdt, any decent keeperwould have got some gloves on it.

27 Dec 2021 03:21:24
Indeed Tom. Important 3 points and the other thing that stood out for me was Lukaku. He played really good and I think we might see him back to his usual best in a couple of games.

Jimbo, I agree mate. Soft hands by Mendy on Villa's goal.

27 Dec 2021 09:20:26
He was moving to one side and then deflection caught him out, most keepers would have not even touched the ball as with Mendy being so tall he even didn't manage to reach the ball.

I think you boys being Harsh on Mendy on this one. The angle of the strike was good and taking into account that Mendy was already moving to other side he was definitely not at fault for the goal.

27 Dec 2021 13:10:22
I’ve been critical of Chelsea’s approach and general
play in PL games by Tomas. The first half was falling into that same category of slow safe control without penetration. Then again falling behind to a sucker goal which I do think Mendy should have done better.
I think the boy was trying to push it over the bar as opposed to just keeping it out of the net.

But I’ve got to say that the second half was enjoyable in every aspect. The intent from Kova and Kante to play forward and to play early, sometimes to feet sometimes into the grass behind, with the focal point of Lukaku who was quite excellent being the main beneficiary.

This mix of play allowed the brilliant Mount to break the lines off Rom whilst Pulisic hugged the chalk line which opened up passages for James, and caused Villa to become undecided on their left as to who was to do what, leading to the smart combination with a quick over the top ball and great run into space and penalty by Rom. Terrific CF play.

Alonso and CHO weren’t bad but they weren’t great. good might cover it, but got to say it was a terrific ball for Lukaku’s glancing header from Callum (who should have scored btw. ) Silva is a Rolls Royce and I want him to stay. I want Christiansen to sign, and I know this will be controversial I’m not that fussed around Rudiger, who I think I playing like this to get away to RM.

Chalobah is a Chelsea player and I think he will be in next year. I would recall Gallagher and sign Rice, Billy might need another year. I believe if Tomas can shift his mentality a notch toward a more attacking high tempo team Chelsea might still have an outside chance in the PL. I also think that Chelsea will win the Liverpool game but I cannot see them getting anything at City.

Chelsea simply have to get in front of Liverpool for the start of ACON tournament.

{Ed014's Note - Mendy has shown lately why Chelsea only bought him as a back up keeper.

27 Dec 2021 14:35:34
Good post Stephen, I agree with most of what you say. I think one of Christensen’s issues is game time and I think Rudiger will go. As for Trevor he had done well when picked but whether he is top class time will tell. As for Mendy he has had an easy ride up until recently as our defence/ midfield has wobbled a bit. He is quite good in the box collecting crosses etc but his distribution is poor and is not an all round top class keeper but really good keepers are hard to come by.

27 Dec 2021 13:40:02
Agreed Ed. I don’t want to get into the GK situation at Chelsea, I seem to upset a lot of posters with my thots on this. I recognise that the club are between a rock and a hard place. Commercially they plunged a world record fee of £72m into Kepa and it simply has not worked at any level…. and let’s be honest they did try. Mendy for £20m has been an absolute steal. A CL win and a top 4 finish. Wow. Neither would have been achieved with Kepa in the goal. I think Mendy is decent, not brilliant but decent. I would not be looking to change that out atm. Re Kepa, I would never pick that player again. But that’s just me.

{Ed014's Note - agree mate, he’s certainly not hapless and has made some important contributions but you definitely need better and that’s not Kepa.

28 Dec 2021 11:12:03
We’ve got Kepa as first choice for 6-8 weeks. I hope he performs well.

28 Dec 2021 19:11:24
Tom, I hope Kepa grabs his chance with both hands- ha ha. TBH I don’t think Mendy is any better than Kepa both have their weaknesses.



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