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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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07 Dec 2019 14:36:58
Kovacic and Kante dominant, 70% possession, yet we lose 3-1 through defensive blunders and lack of potency in front of goal against a far from great Everton side. Not sure about the Zouma-Christiansen partnership, Zouma looking a bit like back to early season self today (nervous back at Goodison? ) but what do others think?

The still more positive than expected so far but still roller-coaster season continues. Everton benefiting from Duncan Ferguson energy boost, a pity for us Silva not still in charge.

Big game on Tuesday night that I'll be attending so hope we are more accurate at the back and up front!


1.) 07 Dec 2019 14:44:51
I like your post JBS and I agree, the game on Tuesday, on this performance, will not be easy.

2.) 07 Dec 2019 16:13:43
70% possession but we didn't create any clear cut chances.

3.) 07 Dec 2019 16:34:30
Lampard - We didn’t create enough chances and we didn’t want to shoot enough, we dribble into their box and we try and beat someone else. We need to shoot more.



23 Nov 2019 19:29:08
What a pity about the Jorginho give away for their first goal. This was not a good game for him, and he has generally played much better this season. Today we looked better when Mount on while Kante and Kovacic pretty impressive throughout, especially Kante of course. I think 2-2 would have been a fair score.


1.) 23 Nov 2019 20:14:12
I felt as soon as Jorginho went off we lost the ability to play the ball out from the back and bring it forward. Instead we was seeing a lot of Zouma to Tomori and Azpi. But we have to remember we played against city and these young players will learn a lot from this defeat.

Echo Lampard - we are coming.



31 Oct 2019 06:10:47
United looked more up for it than we did. Several of our players looked tired including Kova and Jorginho who were both splendid in Amsterdam. Rest need for one or both, or half each last night,

Alonso looked tired also. Imho better than those knocking him suggest in the games he has played recently. Weighed in with that goal against Newcastle and some good crosses (at least one assist, more? ) But clumsy challenge for penalty last night even if it looked and he should probably not have played again tonight especially if Emerson fit.

Agree that Guehi and James looked good, so some positives. But we were too often esp. in first half, muscled off the ball by United.

Move on. Must get back to winning ways at Watford.


1.) 31 Oct 2019 07:57:47
Guehi and James were the bright sparks from yesterday. Tbh Lampard clearly had his eyes on Saturday which is a bigger game, whereas Utd fielded a strong squad yesterday. Let's see how the weekend games fare for both and we will see who got the selection right. But credit to Utd who seem to have our number at the moment.

Unfortunately, CHO has been been poor since his return from his big injury. Hopefully he improves soon because at the moment he is behind Willian in my opinion and he hasn't looked sharp or decisive enough. I hope the hype built around him doesn't affect him too much.



15 Sep 2019 10:43:41
Time for celebration indeed when we score 5 goals away from home against what was a tough team indeed to beat at their place last season at least AND when all our goals scored by players 21 and under and products of the academy.

I still think this is going to be a bit of a roller coaster season and that we may not make top four but if Frank can get some consistency and signs of progress with this young team the future will be bright indeed. A shout out to Frank for tactical changes for this game - if most notably three at the back. We would all so love him to be our home grown long term successful manager, and yesterday gave us so much to be positive about when you think about how others like Fergie and Klopp took time to shape and build successful and impressive footballing teams.




19 Aug 2019 08:33:26
Is it time to give Kante main role again ahead of Jorginho of shielding back four against (not least against counter-attacks after turnovers)? Especially if we are going to play in such an open way. A matter of Kante's greater pace and ability to nick the ball off people as well as quick and largely accurate passing. Jorginho playing pretty well this season, but surely Kante peerless in that role and Jorginho to adapt to somewhat different one?


1.) 19 Aug 2019 11:47:51
Prefer the other way round to be honest. Jorginho has goals in him kante doesn't.

2.) 19 Aug 2019 21:03:02
I wouldn’t want to confine Kante to having to sit in front of our defense. He’s at his best when he’s allowed the flexibility to roam and break up play which he would’ve be able to as a holding mid.

3.) 20 Aug 2019 11:55:27
Fair comments, with mine coming largely from sense that Jorginho has great qualities but perhaps pace not one of them in terms of cover-defense.




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17 Jun 2019 14:32:12
Getting Steve Holland back would be wonderful, but seems highly unlikely that he would agree to come back as a number 2 to Frank. Yet we could certainly do with some personnel with more managerial experience in the dug out I'd think.

Along with all others, massively hope that if Frank is our new manager he can find - and be given the time to find - success in this. We all know how bright he is, and how committed to CFC, and I still have a couple of his number 8 shirts! But he would be taking over at an immensely challenging time and with so little experience that it is hard not to be a tad worried for the immediate future. Leave aside feeling pretty exhausted by seemingly never ending managerial musical chairs (had wanted both Conte and Sarri to stay longer) .

Had hoped Lamps would be our manager in about five years time ie after he'd really learnt more of the trade, built up his own confidence/ cv OR if manager now, at least have a more grizzled old managerial pro alongside to help. Anyway, let's hope for the best!




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07 May 2019 09:42:06
Interesting comment on Dybala ed.002 and thanks for it. Dybala perhaps not the right striker for CFC.




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23 Jan 2019 20:30:35
Talking of SA players, there was also the highly likeable Phil Masinga (Leeds and SA in the 1990s) who died very recently. RIP Phil.




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23 Jan 2019 20:27:26
Survival is one thing, but we should want to flourish! To make top 4 we need strengthening this window beyond Higuain. Fact that PSG want to hijack (perhaps already have hijacked) CFC attempt at deal for Parades suggests to me that he's someone who has been scouted by a number of top teams and might have been just want we needed in terms of improving our midfield and offering competition/ alternative to Jorginho.




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20 Jan 2019 20:13:21
Betting odds don't suggest there's much in this in terms of transfer this window, would have to be a very well kept secret for odds not to be suggesting possibility. unless this is about the summer?





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07 Dec 2019 14:39:27
We had plenty of chances/ half chances but didn't take them. Kovacic and Kante gave us dominance in possession, Pulicic, Mount and Abrahams often threatening, but defensive errors and lack of ruthlessness in final third plus Everton new manager (or new temp manager) boost did for us.


{Ed0666's Note - And the fact you’re keeper thinks he’s a ball playing center half



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27 Nov 2019 23:21:13
Tend to agree that we need Giroud to start if Tammy out of Lille game. OG so experiened in European soccer and so much better at holding up the ball than Michy, as well as link up play. Shout out for Kepa, brilliant penalty save, and Kovacic, Kante and Willian shone again. Pulisic good poacher's goal and Dave has played his heart out in last two matches with a few great blocks thrown in.




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10 Nov 2019 10:47:40
Absolutely agree Nick.




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09 Nov 2019 21:20:42
Agree Tom. I was also at the game - in East Stand Upper (wish the supporters could make more of a noise! ) - and thought Willian was outstanding today, whether with ball, pressing or tracking back with purpose right to the end. My posts over past seasons have always defended him from sometimes really nasty comments. Yes, there have been games when he's not been at his best (especially for quite a long time after his mother dies), but not being at their best would apply to all players at times, and he's often shone if only especially in that season with Jose when many other players seemed to be on strike or working to rule. Willian may be now one of the elder statesman, but am sure the younger players are benefiting from playing with him as he seems to be newly energised by them. Long may it last.

Rees James excellent throughout, and our considerably improved second half performance (Mason Mount noticeable here) a credit perhaps to a Frank talk at half-time.

I will admit that I was one who was not particularly impressed by many of Jorginho's first season performances, especially mid-season (he started and ended very well indeed) when he appeared to be a bit off the pace and to struggle to find any penetrative forward pass in quite a few matches (recall ones v Southamton and Newcastle at home in January for instance), but did express hope that he would reveal himself to be the great player I/ we hoped he would be. and this season he seems to be doing that. Well done TomB for never doubting this. Kova has been v good too along side him, and we seem to have considerable strength in midfield now what with Kante back, plus Mason Mount and RLC with attacking skill and goal threat.

In August, I thought the season would be roller-coaster, but thankfully so far the up bits much longer than down ones. Frank and CFC look to be building something special. It may or may not take a couple of seasons, but let's just all remember to stick with this process even if we go through a sticky patch.




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27 Sep 2019 08:48:23
Agree, I think this a highly exciting time when we can see Frank build a partly-home grown side of great talent that should reap trophy rewards in the not too distant future.