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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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07 Aug 2022 18:20:09
Been watching much of West Ham v City. City with Haaland will take some stopping . as predicted. Rice stood out yet again for West Ham. Now if we had those two would think we could win the EPL!


1.) 07 Aug 2022 18:43:21
Haaland dominated as expected. Rice is a force and we would be so much better with him in our side. Let's hope we get him next season.
We need a goal scorer fast.

2.) 07 Aug 2022 18:50:08
JBS, problem is we haven’t got them. In recent years I’ve always thought we might have a chance of winning the title: not this year, no chance. The only consolation is that City’s away kit is as bad as ours.

3.) 07 Aug 2022 20:39:10
Ashk, City have Haaland, Liverpool have Nunez, Spurs have Kane and we are linked with Depay and Aubaneuang- can you see the problem?

{Ed018's Note - who should Chelsea sign. They spent a bunch on Lukaku last summer and he was nothing short of a wanker. Who’s even available at the level of a Haaland at this point. I don’t think it has to do with Chelsea’s ambition but who is available and who wants come here. That’s the problem. But I fully agree. We need someone in this team to start banging in goals regularly. It’s beyond a glaring issue}

4.) 07 Aug 2022 20:55:28
Ed, I agree no one is available but we shouldn’t go short term as we have in the past: Pato, Higuain, Falcao etc. Go with what we’ve got, it’s up to TT to find the solution; that’s his job.

{Ed018's Note - I agree there. I’d like for Broja to get plenty of chances. At center forward not on the left like yesterday}

5.) 07 Aug 2022 21:12:25
Ed, totally, I’m not sure if he is ready but he is the only CF we have, he should be given a chance down the middle.

6.) 07 Aug 2022 21:24:36
I’m hoping it was Broja wide to receive the ball and hold onto it, ball was mainly being played down channel. I’m hoping it was tactical rather than fit Broja in anywhere for the sake of it.

7.) 07 Aug 2022 21:21:19
Totally agree Ed. Not a lot of good strikers are available but it seems we are not actually targeting anyone half decent either.
Lukaku was brought in and we didn't really tried to bring the best out of him. The same can be said about Havertz, Mount, CHO and other attackers we currently have.
I hope we don't go for a stop gap option and change our formation.
Osihmen, Nkunku and players of this sort should come and play for us.

{Ed018's Note - Nkunku is who I would want and hopefully Chelsea go back for him next summer}

8.) 08 Aug 2022 00:11:02
Totally with you on this he’s the one thhat could make a massive difference but for that to happen we need top four out time shall come again.



31 Jul 2022 19:58:35
Congratulations England women for Euro win.




01 Jul 2022 19:40:45
So now seems certain that Raphinha will go to Barcelona. A pity but would not have been good to sign a player who wanted to be somewhere else.


1.) 01 Jul 2022 19:49:25
But perhaps Hulk is available?

2.) 01 Jul 2022 20:02:40
Pleased the players decision hasn’t turned into a saga!

I wonder if that signing for Barcelona has any effect on Dembele’s decision? Doubtful but I live in hope!

3.) 01 Jul 2022 21:29:32
A reliable journalist (Ben Jacobs) said that Barcelona wants both O Dembele and

I am honestly not impressed with Chelsea’s interest in Ake, when there’s De Ligt, Kimpembe and Kounde in the market. If Chelsea wants to rebuild, I think it’s better we rebuild properly with quality targets- not backups from the team that we are trying to best. I think if we keep going for targets like Ake, we will never catch up with Manchester City and Liverpool. If the available funds can only build our defence and midfield this season- let's build only our defence and midfield and leave the attack for next season.

You make a wrong transfer, the team suffers for another 2-3 seasons, it really saddens me because we are considering some extra bucks.

Roman Abramovich was a success because Chelsea got it right from the first incomings that was brought in.

4.) 01 Jul 2022 21:59:04
Obinna, Roman didn’t get it right from the start though! Veron, Smerten, Mutu, Scott Parker and arguably Geremi and Glen Johnson were all pretty much flops. All them players were signed in Romans first transfer window.

5.) 01 Jul 2022 22:07:15
The players that Roman brought in at the start of reign were virtually all Jose’s choices. Maybe the choices being made now are all down to TT.

6.) 01 Jul 2022 22:13:28
We made some recent signings under Roman that were rubbish. It happens but it’s obviously not deliberate.

7.) 02 Jul 2022 00:49:59
Obinna, I agree with you. There is no point dwelling on players we didn’t get. We should focus on getting two top class CBs and a midfielder and cover for our wingbacks. If we just end up with Sterling that will not significantly improve us and turn us into title challengers but we still have plenty of forwards so it’s up to TT to get the best out of them. Ideally it would be great to get an out-and-out striker but I accept there are none of quality available that I can think of.

8.) 02 Jul 2022 05:19:13
Interesting to see if Barcelona can now afford further player investments especially in the forward areas.!



27 Jun 2022 09:41:33
Have been wondering how these huge changes going on in terms of personnel at the top of the club coming with sale - as you'd expect but also after sanctions presumably prevented contracts being sorted/ no possibility perhaps of much byb way of early trabnsfer window action/ pre-planning - have affected our need for considerable and transfer business in pretty short time period before beginning of next season?

Clearly I am v ignorant here but perhaps someone else- Ed002, you usually have the most insider info here - know about this?




29 May 2022 17:24:15
Just watching play off final. mainly to get sight if Colwill. Unfortunately his main contribution thus far had been announced goal just before half time. He looks gutted. He may well be brilliant in the future but to think that he is ready right now to be full time replacement for Rudiger seems a big stretch though perhaps he could be part of the squad. Hard to tell on this 45 mind!

Certainly think that however good his leap Kounde at 5'10" would also need some height/ physical presence alongside him though easier if like Azpi played in a back 3 of course. But reckon we need to be brining in at least on formidable and experienced CB as direct Rudiger replacement.


1.) 29 May 2022 18:02:10
To be fair to Colwill he had to go for that ball.

2.) 29 May 2022 18:47:00
I agree with most of this.

3.) 29 May 2022 19:37:23
Own goal was unfortunate, but he genuinely had a good game other than that. Forest's right side of Brennan Johnson and Djed Spence is top quality, but he defended that side very well.

The own goal is what people will remember, but those who watched the match will know he put in a good performance at 19 years old in the so called Richest Game in Football! :)

Absolutely should be in the squad next season.

4.) 29 May 2022 21:22:06
Across the season he has proved his quality…in terms of today I thought he reacted well in the 2nd half and generally had a decent game.

5.) 29 May 2022 21:24:30
He was unlucky with the goal he had to try and stop Garner from getting a shot off it was unfortunate. Idiots on social media giving him rubbish or should I say Kids have no idea about football.

He won’t be starting just yet next season but in two years (as long as he stays) he will be a big player for us I have no doubt.

Worst thing we could do is sign a left footed centre back to block him like Gvardiol or Torres. Just bring in Koulibaly as a stop gap for a few years. Next season with centre backs like Koulibaly, Kounde, Colwill and Chalobah is a quality group to have.

6.) 30 May 2022 01:00:21
Colwill was not at fault for the own goal, he was merely trying recover from Sarr’s mistake up stepping up from the defensive line. That was explained in the analysis and was clear to see.

7.) 30 May 2022 11:15:20
Is Chelsea interested in koulibally.

{Ed002's Note - No.}

8.) 30 May 2022 12:14:43
TT will asses Colwill during preseason and then we shall see what is going to happen ( first team player or another loan) .




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08 Aug 2022 14:04:44
I think Ed said that Ziyech may stay which means he also may leave.




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30 Jul 2022 10:27:12
He certainly looked v good in the Euros.




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01 Jul 2022 12:23:38
Just hope we can still get Raphinha though much paper-talk at least suggesting this now less likely. Sterling fading from Pep's plans and getting fewer starts in key games. Not sure he can be a game-changer for us in terms of scoring the greatly more goals up front we have lacked from ouyr attack in recent seasons. Of coures if he comes I will hope for the very best for him and from him.

But would still like to see us adding a bit more physicality/ aggression to our attack.




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30 Jun 2022 09:49:28
And not happy if Pulisic leaves unless replaced by clearly superior player.




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30 Jun 2022 09:43:21
Would add that rightly or wrongly I have been far more excited by propect of Raphina joining than Sterling.





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09 Aug 2022 12:58:48
Havertz is a class player and has to be used alongside or slightly behind a genuine number 9 imho. Can also see like Tom why TT tried him as a number 9 given Lukaku's injury (and general unfitness/ lack of mobility when supposedly injury free) plus Werner's complete loss of confidence in front of goal.

Yes, the problem not yet solved by TT has been how to get the best out of our attacking players - by playing them in tehir best position and also trying to get them playing together often enough, without constant changes, so that they can really work out an understanding with each other - given his mostly preferred to date 3 at the back with two wing-backs formation.

I think TT did on occasions use a 4-2-2-2 formation at PSG (and perhaps before PSG) . But he clearly hasn't trusted our defenders - including of course our DM's. The problem of J5's lack of pace and fact that both Kante and Kova like to get forward? But would like most be keen to see if with rebuilt team we might try this or some adaptation if we can go to conventional 4 at the back.




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08 Aug 2022 22:51:08
I reckon that he will be happier back there and this could well restore his confidence and goalscoring. Not great to see him losing both after fairly bright start with us. But he had some good moments not least running his socks off in so many games that helped create space for others eg ECL final v City when Kai scored the winner.




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08 Aug 2022 22:42:21
Dreadful injury that should not have happened and my thoughts also with the lad.




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08 Aug 2022 15:44:03
Agree with you Jimbo. What we need is a confident, consistent, physically strong but mobile - ie far more so than Lukaku who never looked in proper fit shape to me -striker. Haaland would have done nicely. In his absence we either have to hope that Broja comes through and/ or (ideally we should have two at the club though Kai can be seen as cover he is surely a number 10 or 8?) need to be patient until the right one can be brought in. Like you I've not got much hope that we can win the EPL this season, so we mustn't panic buy. My priorities would be a striker, DM who can so defense splittiong passes (! ), and surely in time too a truly top class goalie. Perhaps the young Slonina will turn out to be this. Can only hope. And perhaps that we can somehow nick a cup trophy win, without having to go to penalties.




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07 Aug 2022 14:00:12
Sterling is not a false 9 or any other kind of 9.