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02 Jul 2020 09:59:40
Watford an absolute must win if we want still to hope for top 4. Find myself thinking about the frailties of our defense as many of us did earlier in the season. New LB and 'leader' CM wanted for sure on last night's showing. We need play with passion and compete for every ball from kickoff this Saturday.

Would pick Mount for energy he brings in this respect, along with Kante and Kovacic in midfield. Willian Giroud and Pulisic up front. Back 4 a depressing topic, with lack of quality at disposal we seem to need back 5 to be more secure!, but think Dave and Christensen have to be two of them, and expect Toni R will still be other CH with orders to redeem himself.

LB a tough choice. If James had shown some form might have had him on the right and Dave as LB. Otherwise might start with Emerson this time as Alonso looked knackered last night and having played v Leicester.


1.) 03 Jul 2020 06:59:18
I think loftus cheek needs to play. I swear he’s the only one who actually moves into space.



17 Jun 2020 16:31:03
Just seen that a couple of UK newspapers saying that 'reports from Germany' are that Real Madrid have come in for Kai Havertz and that RM are his dream club. Am desperately hoping this is just paper talk but not sure what the Eds have heard or made of this if anything?


{Ed002's Note - As I have previously explained, Real Madrid have other priorities and have signed an alternative already - it is unlikely their funds will stretch to KH this summer so they propose a deal like Nobby Keita where the transfer is agreed for next summer at a fixed fee with a deposit paid now and the player staying another year in Germany - but the deposit might well be in the form of a player or two and that may not satisfy Bayer Leverkusen.}

1.) 17 Jun 2020 20:22:04
Let's hope it doesn't satisfy them Ed.

Chelsea needs to be his new home.

2.) 17 Jun 2020 21:12:32
Many thanks indeed Ed for explaining situation again for me, much appreciated and obviously agree with CFCShak.



17 Jun 2020 16:45:24
Just posted on wrong page - Banter rather than this one - that I hoped that a couple of UK paper reports in the last couple of hours that Real Madrid had come in for Havertz were not true and hoped that an Ed might be able to comment, Was desperately hoping we'd get Havertz. so hope this is just a paper talk rumour nothing more.




19 Aug 2018 12:00:04
What do people think about what seemed to almost a free role allowed to Kante in the first half that saw him popping up in the box on the end of long passes or almost scoring with a header but not doing as much of his usual work in breaking up play / winning the ball back?

I was worried that this was exposing the defence in the first half, less so when Kovacic came on for Barkley in the second. Don't get me wrong, I also thought Barkley had a good game but was thinking that Kante would have snuffed out some of those Arsenal chances if playing more of his usual break-up attack game. so more often a bit deeper and not leaving Jorginho/ defense too exposed. when Arsenal got the ball.


1.) 19 Aug 2018 12:32:49
It was a little strange, we got caught out by the same Arsenal cut back from either flanks 4 times in the first half.

I wouldn't say it's Kante's job to stop 4 of these cut backs, it's more than that. Both Alonso and Azpi got beat too easy for the cut back opportunity to even arise.

Maybe Kante in his usual position stops them but he cannot play the regista role unfortunately. I think Kovacic will be an asset here as he can tackle and has knack for crunching tackles and tracking back and more so than Barkley and RLC. I like the depth of our squad now, hopefully the more we play the better we get.

2.) 19 Aug 2018 12:34:56
I thought the same, Kante's new role as it appears is leaving holes in our break up play which he is a master at and with Kovacic a likely starter from now we cannot rely on Jorghino as that is not his game. Barkley looked better but he does not rack back and is still fading too quickly. It was clear from Sarri's comments that he expects a lot of tracking back when required which 'one or two' do not like doing. Luiz looks lost and it cannot be going unnoticed by Sarri and in his preseason Ampadu looked very good, I am not convinced that Sarri is taken by Christensen. Anyone else worried by Willian and this constant slowing play and then disappearing.?

3.) 19 Aug 2018 13:15:45
We are all happy with the seasons start.

The dream of winning the Premiership is all but over for Arsenal, not that was ever a realistic dream but such is the nature of a football supporter, the start of season allows us all to dream!

I’m not going to get carried away with early season results and I’m not going to praise OR be critical of individual performances.

We play Newcastle next week who are a bang average team until they play us and then they turn into an image of Brazil.

I think we will have much better idea of how the season will pan out after the upcoming international break. The signs so far are encouraging.

4.) 19 Aug 2018 17:09:01
I thought Sarri plays zonal defence. Problem is we kept being wide open to the cut back. Bu
T this happened in other games pre season.
I have concerns about luis in defence. Just not sure he can be relied upon. Problem is if we are that open at the back against city or Liverpool we will lose. We look good going forward but we need to be able to defend leads.
I agree thought Barkley had a good game.

5.) 19 Aug 2018 20:43:50
I would like to know what you guys and the Eds think of RLC not really getting chance sofar. If this goes on then we are sure to lose him aswell. Im not complaining about Kovacic loan deal at all. I tjonk it was brilliany. Just concerned that if things don't work out for us to buy him come season end and RLC want to go. We wod be loosing a really good prospect. Maybe we can use him more in the Carabao cup and even Europa. who knows.

6.) 19 Aug 2018 22:22:47
I think Chelsea fans are struggling to evaluate RLC .

When I’ve seen him playing live for Chelsea at the Bridge I can’t say I’ve been overly impressed. I’m also not sure how he fits into this Sarri shape.

He has always struck me as a genuine number ten but from what I’ve seen his work rate is not marvellous.

Tammy, I just haven’t seen enough of him to make a judgment or balanced comment.

Hudson Odoi looked very good in pre-season but I’m not sure he play many Premiership games.

Youngsters need to be given a chance to prove themselves but the manager has a job and that is to win matches.

In my opinion it will always be a problem at a club like Chelsea to blood youngsters. They will have to be exceptional or maybe lucky to find the playing time required to prove their talents.

It’s a tough gig!

7.) 20 Aug 2018 17:15:15
Its known that the owner likes high scoring games. he would rather win 8-7 than 1 nil. This style and manager is ideal. And i love 433. couldn't bear contes 3511.

8.) 20 Aug 2018 21:10:08
Regarding the last comment on conte, I think his 3511 was more suited to a high pressing game than the current 433 we now have. If you look back at the run of games we had under conte were we won like 13 in a row, we pressed really high and looked a good team but as soon as we allow teams to play then we became vulnerable.
I’m a fan of sarri Napoli team and I am confident he can get Chelsea playing some really good football as we have already seen in stages, my only worry is we look very out of shape defensively and teams are a lot more difficult than in serie A. regarding Kante I’m impressed with his energy and willingness to break forward but his real quality lies in breaking up attacks which is more what we need to allow Jorginho to be more free. I think a slight switch to 4231 would give us the freedom attacking as well as having Kante hold that midfield.

9.) 21 Aug 2018 10:44:03
A) 🔺 (Midfield shape A)
B) 🔻 (Midfield shape B)
C) flat midfield shape
Initially, i thought midfield shape A would serve us better than B esp in big games because of Kante's ball winning/ defensive midfield qualities (complementing Jorginho infront of the defense) but obviously Sarri goes with shape A which is more attacking. From what I can gather from Sarri's interviews, he wants to press more and wants the players (esp midfielders) to close up spaces that appear infront and defenders- behind. I could be wrong but I fell it's a system that will be very efficient with constant running and pressing for 90mins (when players get up to speed) .

10.) 22 Aug 2018 09:15:55
Imagine if we had an aguero or a kane. Someone who can bang in 2 or 3 hatricks a season. I don't see morata being that guy. I think bats could have been. Also pedro is getting on. But yeah we look better than last season.

11.) 22 Aug 2018 10:50:37
I believe that Morata can become that player.



04 Jan 2018 12:19:39
Looking at the betting odds on January window, seems that Ross Barkley most likely ie odds on in betting signing. Not quite a De Bruyne then - oh that we still had him! RB a gamble? Still early days, and bookies offer perhaps some faint hope for us getting Vidal or Sandro. or Mahrez and, even more remotely but for me most excitingly, Aubemayang (who of these would you most want? ) .

But despite all the paper rumours, perhaps not much will happen. Anybody got any news?
Happy New Year to all, and especially to the Eds including that long term favourite of mine and many others so sadly plagued by fake CFC fans on this site the legendary Ed002. But input of all Eds (including Eds 1 and 18) hugely appreciated.


1.) 04 Jan 2018 13:57:45
Happy new year to you mate. Not necessarily transfer news but apparently Courtois said he is close to sign a new deal at the club! . Also stated he encourages Hazard to sign as well and expects him to. Personally that beats any transfer we could make this window if it happens. I said a while ago Courtois is more replaceable than Hazard but there is no doubt he is world class, the performamce last night was one of his best in a Chelsea shirt. It's obvious to see the areas we need to improve in. I'd expect a new striker and a midfielder like Barkley. A lot of people have underrated Barkley, I'm pretty sure he's created the most chances in Europe for players under 22 which is very impressive. Dream window for me would be Sandro, Auba, Vidal and maybe Mahrez. Realistically Mahrez, Barkley and any decent striker to play with Morata or just to help add some goals from the bench would be great. But this is January and we know how hard it can be to get quality players without paying ridiculous sums so we'll have to wait and see.

2.) 04 Jan 2018 15:29:03
Thanks LondonBlues90. Good news if TC signing and encouraging EH to as well. Both absolutely key players, near impossible to replace and keeping them essential for CFC going forward. EH has been sparkling of late, TC some fantastic saves esp. in some big games. So yes, not just a matter of who we bring in but who we can hang on to, though a dream window would be welcome! If Barkley could rediscover early, slightly like AFC's Wilshire, form he might indeed be the bustling, strong and creative mf additionthat (with Vidal too?! ) would strengthen us where we need it, but also help grow our home grown/ English component in squad.

3.) 05 Jan 2018 23:04:19
i think that it is for midfield players for this window guys. (maybe even for 2 windows)




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21 Jun 2020 21:07:27
So what is our best central defensive pairing or do we need to play 3 in a back 5 against City?


1.) 21 Jun 2020 21:38:32
I still don't know the best CB pairing unfortunately. I would think Zouma has the slightest of edge over the rest.

I don't feel any pairing would be able to control City in my opinion. Kante will have to have a massive say and help the CB's massively.

2.) 21 Jun 2020 21:50:11
I'd like to see us try Tomori and Zouma again.

3.) 21 Jun 2020 22:02:49
I’m not convinced about any of our centre backs but putting aside Christensen going to sleep for the Villa goal, he might be the one I would stick with as a first choice

I’m hopeful that Tomori will show some me something more than pace.

Not having a natural left footer at CB IMO also causes problems.

Maybe I would have given Dave a game as a left sided CB.

4.) 21 Jun 2020 22:07:25
I think I would probably go for Christiansen and Zouma right now as I think Tomori carrying an injury though great potential. Kurt can look awkward at times with ball at feet but Tony not great today. There have been so. many changes and this perhaps shows that be Frank is as unsure as I am right now!

5.) 21 Jun 2020 22:13:40
But perhaps we do need 3 as part of back 5 versus City!

6.) 21 Jun 2020 23:08:26
Zouma and Tomori like when we had our good run of form. Just one poor game against Ajax and hasn’t been tried since.

7.) 22 Jun 2020 12:16:49
I think our best pairing would be christensen and zouma with tomori as a back up. Rudiger to be used only during emergency time. I would rather have Ampadu back in CB if we can't but anyone in summer and sell rudiger. He is not up to it. Plain and simple. Ed001 your thoughts please.

{Ed001's Note - I am not a fan of Rudiger, he gets worse every time you see him play. I would definitely look to offload him as he is making a bad situation worse with his lack of intelligence.}

8.) 22 Jun 2020 12:46:20
Fully agree ed001. Hope and pray Lampard sees the reality and benches him for next match. It's bloody city for god sake! They will run circles around him😭
Also hope he is sold and replaced by a competent CB this summer.

{Ed001's Note - he is better against teams like City, as he doesn't have time to think.}



21 Jun 2020 18:12:42
Rees James dreadful cameo lost ball 4 times very rusty.


1.) 21 Jun 2020 18:53:05
Thankfully it didn't cost us haha.



13 Mar 2020 11:59:15
Just heard that all Premier League and FA Cup games postponed until 3 April earliest. Seems unlikely that Corona problem will be better by then, much more likely it will be worse. But given news from a number of clubs including our own, and general situation in this country, this was surely the right decision. Hope all players/ fans of whatever club - UK and beyond - currently diagnosed with it will be ok.


1.) 13 Mar 2020 13:53:29
Couldn’t agree more JBS. This season may well end up being VOID but who cares. There are a lot more important things in life than football.

Keep safe my fellow posters, all Chelsea and football fans all over the world.

2.) 13 Mar 2020 17:41:41
I've read that there's been discussions to delay the Euro's by a year to enable club comps to be completed over the summer. Mist clubs will have insurance against such things as this, but for some of the lower league clubs not finishing the season could be very, very bad financially

I wonder if an extended club competition would cause the transfer window to change?



19 Jan 2020 15:39:47
Trying to cheer myself up after yesterday's disappointment - last minute losing goal always a particular blow to the stomach - I looked back at stats for Klopp''s first three seasons. He took over from Brendan Rogers on 4 October 2015 when LFC 10th after 8 games and got them up to 8th place finish at the end of the season. The next two seasons LFC were 4th, then 2nd last season and now likely to win league of course. Klopp now widely seen as great manager. Frank took over after we had finished 3rd last season, but having sold our best player and with a summer transfer ban. Who knows what the next month or so will hold, and it looks to be a very tricky period as some have said, in which we could well drift down from our current 4th spot. But so far I think that most would agree that he and the squad have exceeded expectations, we, Frank and the club have been able to have a food look at the youngsters some of whom (but not all) will be good enough long term, and he has yet to be able to make his first signing. So yes I am worried about consequences of not getting ECL football next year - but then LFC not in that position when Klopp making first summer signings having finished 8th - but am still excited by the project in hand that is rebuilding with what will become a combo of youth and experience and surely a more consistent side next season. But, yes, of course would love quality reinforcement or two before 31 Jan, but if not possible to bring in now perhaps Pulisic-type deal of buying a player or two (like Sancho or Werner) now (while still in top 4!) to loan back to selling club until the summer might be. And if so this would decrease the concern about not getting players cos of finishing outside top 4.


1.) 19 Jan 2020 16:17:10
Like your post JBS.

The blame game is understandable but it does get boring when it’s the same players getting criticism regardless of how they play but then I guess I’m pretty stubborn with my opinions!

We have a young team and manager and we have to remain positive.



19 Jan 2020 10:38:08
I don't think any one player is solely responsible for the bad results we've been having, in same way that one player seldom responsible for good ones (Eden, Diego and Didier now gone! ) . Have both thought Jorginho slow and poor in terms of incisive passes in some games, covering the entire pitch and energetic team with energy in some others (especially Europa League games last season, and he started better this season) . Perhaps both observations true, but that in general the extra pace of Premier League - compared say to Seria A or European competitions, when a bit more chess like - can make him look off that pace. His performance at Spurs has been singled out for praise by some, but he could easily have been sent off for tug back - in part a result of lack of pace -and thus second yellow before his critical contributions and that might have cost us the game. Yesterday there was a moment when he lost the ball, was completely outpaced and Newcastle almost scored whereas Kante you feel would be able to chase player down/ nick it back quickly. And yet and yet . Jorginho does work tirelessly for the team in making himself available for out ball and is part of what is arguably strongest area of the squad at then moment (that enables us to retain so much possession) ie midfield players esp if RLC getting back to fitness, Ross B showing form again, Kova and Kante generally outstanding if latter not always perhaps played in right position. So might be a matter of getting selections/ formation right in terms of who we are playing.


1.) 19 Jan 2020 11:39:14
Agree with most of your post, I don’t understand what our obsession is with trying to mould the worlds best holding midfielder into a box to box player. We either need to play 4231 with kante next to Jorginho but as a holding player meaning Jorginho can have more freedom or drop Jorginho and get a more creative player in midfield so kante can play CDM. I’m not a big fan of having azpilicueta play LB and I also don’t think Christensen is good enough. I’d like to see tomori play more next to rudiger.
I don’t think a lot will agree but I think CHO would of benefited more from a loan out. Pulisic started to hit some form but is sadly injured. Signing sancho is a must even if he doesn’t join until summer. I’d also like us to try for cavani Who I think would be well suited to the premiership
Plus a really Lacey attacking left back, not Chilwell.




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24 Jun 2020 12:04:31
Also agree, and if both go (and Pedro seems certain to) having helped us to top four place they will go with all our blessing I'd think, though do hope Willian would not go to an EPL rival.




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17 Jun 2020 21:12:32
Many thanks indeed Ed for explaining situation again for me, much appreciated and obviously agree with CFCShak.




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01 Mar 2020 17:09:48
Thanks ED002 v impressive info, much appreciated. Yes that dude did say we should sell Kante which to my mind seems absolutely crazy. rather play the man in his best position again.




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21 Jan 2020 10:51:54
Agreed and all the very best to Eddie in this new venture if reports accurate.




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31 Dec 2019 10:50:10
I agree with J and don't think Upemacano is likely in January (and don't think was on Ed002's list) . Would guess Ake and perhaps Sancho possible in this tricky winter window, but Ed002's list of possibilities (my thanks added to those of others for this) of course the best guide as always to what might or might not happen.





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03 Jul 2020 11:01:47
He may be stalling due to concern that he could get less game time with Werner coming and perhaps further transfers? I haven't watched Osimhen, but what attributes you reckon makes him better than Tammy?




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02 Jul 2020 13:24:56
I think United will get 3rd, their team's finally clicked with addition of Bruno Fernandes and their remaining fixtures much easier than ours or Leicester's. Spurs not comSo I would go nearer to TomB and say we need 12 or 13 more points ie could have one more loss (e. g. Liverpool away) and a draw (e. g. Wolves at home) and other four must be won.




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02 Jul 2020 10:47:13
Agree with almost everything you say here J - and absolutely re Willian contract extension (and we need a deep squad) - but would still like us to bring in Havertz as I just don't think that kind of quality will be available and affordable to us very often. He looks to be a v special player. Of course the defense hugely in need of sorting out too, can see the argument for it being a priority, and would certainly hope we can also bring in at least an LB now, perhaps a CH or GK too, but it may take another season and more transfer windows to get GK and CH situation sorted properly with real quality we need. It took Klopp about 3 seasons to build the LFC he wanted. Am willing to trust that the club has a similar 3 season plan, with Top 4 spot essential next season if we fail to get it this one.




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02 Jul 2020 09:48:02
Kante, Willian and Pulisic all looked pretty good to me, though given frailties of our defense Kante probably needed to shield them to the end rather than getting caught to far forward when they broke for winner. Alonso is never going to get back in time to cover his wing when any break.

Would think giving Willian a further extension of contract may be good business.




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01 Jul 2020 22:43:09
Sorry, I meant ripe to give a goal away every time THEY broke!