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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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08 Oct 2021 13:59:03
Perhaps the Eds will set me right on this, but hard to see how this could have been sanctioned by the EPL, though I guess money talks.


{Ed002's Note - Try the Newcastle page where you can ask questions.}

1.) 08 Oct 2021 14:16:03
OK, thanks Ed.

2.) 08 Oct 2021 15:24:43
Have posted on the Newcastle page, where there is a powerful piece already up by 'Quo Vadis'.

3.) 08 Oct 2021 23:18:05
Very good posts by the pair of you jjbs.

4.) 09 Oct 2021 11:17:02
JBS. I enjoyed your post and that of Quo Vadis on the Newcastle site.

I do have some points to make about the double standards of national leagues and clubs on the very valid issue of human rights but I will do it on that site. It doesn’t look as if many Geordies will be making a contribution.



03 Oct 2021 12:40:16
Exciting game yesterday.

I think we should persist with a two up front approach in next few EPL games against Norwich, Burnley and sides who might play low block against us, with Lukaku and Werner first pick combo. Perhaps throw Pulisic into the mix - to begin with as sub - when fit again.

Also think - and hopefully TT now seen this - that we need more creative dynamism in midfield for these kind of games - and pace alkl round - than pivot of Jorginho and Kovacic (or one of these and a not fully fit kante) gives us. To be fair to Kovacic, hedoes have pace and dribbling ability, but looked a tad knackered after being the one midfielder to give his all to spark us into some sort of attacking life v Juventus, and he wasn't bad v City either.

As all see and know, Mount makes such a difference, and let's hope RLC can kick on from promising recent performances and become consistently reliable creative force of nature he was before his bad injury. Will hope that Barkley can provide some useful cameos, but hard to see him getting much game time outside of Carabao Cup if Kante fully fit! ?

Chilwell pace on left makes a difference in these EPL games too.

The three points before international break were crucial, United v Everton draw helpful, now let's hope for another draw at Anfield this afternoon, ideally with a couple of players on each side sent off?!


1.) 03 Oct 2021 14:40:55
Think v teams like u mention mount could be in place of jorgingo kov or kante, then another behind the front two, like havertz RLC pulisic Cho, some games we need protection but not always two / 3 defensive players, especially as we play with 3 at back and wingbacks,

2.) 03 Oct 2021 15:32:00
Agree with you Matt we have to have more creative menace, energy and pace behind the front 2 than in games when we've played with what are essentially 3 DMs.

3.) 03 Oct 2021 20:59:50
JBS your opening statement says everything. “Exciting game…. ” something I was beginning to think we would never say about a game under TT. Why? Because he changed the engine room to fit the venue (home) and the opposition Southampton (middling team) . As Chelsea fans we have been fed that midfield trio for 18 months home or away, tough game easy game. TT looks as if he is going to pick teams to actually get the points. I for one am chuffed to bits. Hope Chelsea never go back to Jorginho, Kovacic and Kante with everyone else as an add on.

4.) 03 Oct 2021 21:14:57
Well said Stephen.

5.) 03 Oct 2021 22:37:10
Well said Stephen and brilliant post JBS.

6.) 04 Oct 2021 07:51:13
I reckon we should try Havertz is CM like how City use Silva etc.

7.) 04 Oct 2021 11:33:19
Yes this could be the best way to play Havertz Wheely, especially if we mainly use Werner alongside RL in a 2 up front. Silva has been excellent for City this season. Question of who else would be in midfield with KH. Would have to be Mount plus a DM if we are still playing three at the back and wingbacks, unless we switch to 4--4-2?

8.) 04 Oct 2021 14:03:46
I dream of us playing for at Back as it gives us many more options further up the pitch.

I can’t see it happening unless we sign some players that work for that system.

TT has little option but to play with a back three with the player we have at the moment.

I rate Havertz very highly but I think he is player that works best between the lines while supporting any frontman.



26 Sep 2021 21:49:48
Does anyone know when Pulisic likely to be fit?


1.) 26 Sep 2021 22:26:54
He was meant to miss 10 days, ( 2 games ) think it’s 4 games so far and counting, so your guess is as good as mine,

2.) 27 Sep 2021 09:27:35
I doubt we see him playing Chelsea matches before the next international break, which is after the Soton game next weekend. We should be able to manage without him until then.

Keep him at Chelsea during the break, which would give him a further 2 weeks to heal completely. Mount will probably be back for Juve, and Kai, Callum and Ziyech should be fresh having not started too many matches lately.

3.) 27 Sep 2021 11:26:43
Thanks for info Matt, and agree with what you are suggesting Jackson, makes complete sense.

4.) 27 Sep 2021 19:05:00
No doubt he'll say he's fit before the weekend. Make the bench and then go away with the USA and get injured again.
If he could stay fit he'd be a dangerous player but his injuries just keep making it stop and start.

Various different frustrating situations with a lot of our players at the minute.
Fingers crossed they come good in 2s and 3s and we get results.



25 Sep 2021 19:33:16
At least Brentford stopped Liverpool winning!


1.) 25 Sep 2021 19:44:14
Brentford play some decent stuff.

The other results have generally been kind to us today that’s for sure!

2.) 25 Sep 2021 20:28:55
They have a very good team and play beautifully.
But let's not forget about the first year charm.

3.) 25 Sep 2021 21:32:23
They did play some very decent football.



25 Sep 2021 13:23:58
First half not easy to watch with us pinned in defensive third for most of it. Good defending but counter attacks not v impressive. Do think we mare missing Mount's midfield energy and ability to create counter attacks. Werner ok but wonder if TT won't opt for extra man in midfield in form of Havertz second half.





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19 Jun 2021 09:44:00
Completely agree with you Wheely and BruCe about Christensen.




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14 Jun 2021 09:48:28
Willian scored many key goals and wad our player of the season in the one where other heads dropped. Part of many a decisive counter attack and scored with some great free kicks.




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02 Jun 2021 11:38:44
Would like to add my late thanks as well Ed002, great a much appreciated to have this really detailed info.




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29 May 2021 18:00:55
Yes, it's a problem Jackson re Academy players. What I think we all had hoped would change when FL appointed as this seemed as though it signalled a longer term outlook re rebuild by club that would allow more Academy players time to establish themselves. To be fair, Mount and James did of course, but had thought CHO and Tammy would be part of the success and rebuilding story. But perhaps we will be buying one or both back one day like it seems we might be about to do with Lukaku and did with Matic! But the pressure to really impress in every performance is huge with the young players today.




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29 Jan 2021 16:17:08
I think Tom posted that Barry has gone too.





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23 Oct 2021 10:47:54
i agree Stephen, he wrapped his legs round Rom's always making a twisted ankle/ leg injury a high possibility.




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21 Oct 2021 12:56:59
I was also there last night Stephen and agree with much you say. I thought the less than great atmosphere had something to do with the opposition - who offered little but several nasty fouls, not sure how their Number 24 stayed on the pitch - and fact that game as good as over after our second goal.

Malmo fans looked reasonably lively but offered little interesting vocally despite jumping up and down a fair bit. Could have given us an Abba number. Dancing Queen perhaps? or ('this is Malmo's') Waterloo?

Lack of quality of opposition - not sure Malmo good enough evn for lowly rungs of Premier League - Might also explain why Jorginho apart from his penalty conversions was pretty poor on the night, kept giving the ball away in first half. Don't think he thought the opposition merited huge effort, something that has characterised several previous performances last season v 'lowly' teams. Same tends to go for Alonso, who looked so slow around the pitch compared to Chilly. But we do know that both Jorginho and Alonso have also had some v good games for us when really switched on and up for it (in some big matches) which of course they should be all the time.

I did think that Callum and Kai combined well for Kai's v well taken goal, and that Callum chased around with some energy at least. Put through one great ball into the area than none anticipated.




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21 Oct 2021 12:41:01
We obviously have to make do with what we have, and this will be an opportunity for Kai and Callum which I hope they will take, but clearly our attacking options reduced for now. Given Lukaku's early departure from the Belgian squad and fact that he played v Brentford there was a strong case for resting him v minnows Malmo who offered v little save some nasty fouls, including the one on RL. Looked like a Pen and a red card offense to me.




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17 Oct 2021 15:01:44
What ought also to be considered is a GKs contribution to the success of a team and Mendy has been absolutely key to CFC success in the last year. And if distribution was certainly a weakness when he first arrived he has improved considerably here and it should be remembered that it was his long pinpoint pass that started the move that led to Havertz goal in ECL final. He should surely have been nominated imho.




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08 Oct 2021 15:24:43
Have posted on the Newcastle page, where there is a powerful piece already up by 'Quo Vadis'.