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15 May 2019 16:05:22
Talk of Sarri being sacked and replaced by Lampard has to be bull, right?


1.) 15 May 2019 18:39:23
I'd like to think so but it wouldn't surprise me if it were true. Sarri has been mistreated by a lot of our fan base all season long. The constant boo's at everything he does, the pathetic chants and even going at Jorginho because he came with Sarri despite him being one of our better players this season. You'd think we finished mid table with everything that's been talked about with him and Chelsea. He achieved what was asked of him and more so to sack him would be ridiculous, but if i was him personally i wouldn't want to manage at the club anymore and i don't think Chelsea would stand in his way. The idea of Lampard being our manager doesn't fill me with confidence at all, they'd be a better feel around the club especially with the fans but to hire such an inexperienced manager will only end badly for me.

2.) 15 May 2019 19:03:18
What a disaster. Lampard a club legend but hardly got the experience, got into play offs on final day and could be on way out playoffs tonight. It’s a heart of head rumour. Ridiculous,

3.) 15 May 2019 19:42:39
If the rumours to sack Sarri turn to fruition then it will go lengths into proving why we are a joke of a club for managers. It would be an embarrassment to sack somebody who finishes 3rd and ahead of prodigal son - Poch.

I don't buy into the stupid rumours. But it is clear that some of our fans have mistreated Sarri. Not sure what some of them want.

4.) 15 May 2019 20:32:20
Shak, I have defended Sarri throughout the season even though I didn’t want him as our manager.

I also think he has probably achieved what the club asked him to achieve.

BUT, he hasn’t helped himself with his stubbornness and rigid tactics. Some sections of fans at matches and online have made their anger very clear and in my view it’s been over the top but people are entitled to express there view, even though I find some of the comments disgusting.

I think the notion of Lamps as our manager is to soon and I would prefer Sarri to be given more time.

5.) 15 May 2019 21:31:01
I think the club would probably like to keep him, but the fans' consistent booing isn't helping I guess.

I hope the match going fans start supporting Sarri again. While I want Lampard tot eventually be our coach, it's too soon for him right now. Let him learn and grow at Derby.

6.) 15 May 2019 22:11:12
Hope one day it will be Mr nice and Mrs nasty in charge, lamps and JT.

7.) 15 May 2019 22:14:52
Your a well respected poster Tom, I respect your posts. Rightfully you always get behind the team regardless of the situation. Your right Sarri Sarri was stubborn and Rigid but I think near the end he was doing what we all wanted with his selections. He definitely deserves a 2nd season. He will turn the fans opinions around. no doubt.

8.) 15 May 2019 23:13:39
I hope so Shak.

9.) 16 May 2019 08:04:57
I'm sorry gents but I can't see him turning it around with the match going supporters. He has made no effort at all to build any sort of relationship with the supporters. Just as an example, we go up to Leicester on Sunday and he didn't even bother to come over to us, unlike the players.

It now looks as though he is too stubborn to try and build that relationship. If he tried it could help but he won't.

10.) 16 May 2019 09:59:55
and why do u want the manager to go up to the fans?

thats a load of BS . Sarri has got us playing some good football. He has helped develop the youth at Chelsea. SLowly but steadily we are, as a team improving.

Its the job of the fans to support their team . do that as fans, don't ask the mamager to come wave hands . honestly the atmosphere at the stadium has been poor. we should be the voice that shold drive our team up with confidence . Do the job of a Fan . a suppoter.

11.) 16 May 2019 10:20:24
Sorry dareyk but that's far too simplistic. As a manager you have to take the match going supporters with you. It's all well and good having internet fans who loved how his Napoli team played last season but this year the football has been absolutely turgid. He got found out early in the season and can't set the team up in an alternative way.

I'm not quite sure that he has developed the youth either but we can agree to disagree on that one. After all, Loftus-Cheek isn't 'youth' anymore and was playing in the World Cup last year. If you mean CHO, he had to be dragged kicking and screaming into giving him a chance.

The job of supporters at the match is to support the team. It's not their job to support a manager. It's also not 'waving hands' it's about a manager showing some appreciation to the supporters for the cost and effort of travelling up and down the country every other week to support his team. I've clocked up over a thousand games going to support Chelsea at home, away and abroad so with the greatest of respect I don't need you to tell me how to support the club.

12.) 16 May 2019 11:03:42
You are an ardent supporter of Chelsea . i haven't had the chance to visit SB but i support with all my heart.

I would not hold it against Sarri if he doesn't show any appreciation for the fans as long as he does good on the pitch with the team. I do agree that he has been rigid at times but that is cause of the players at his disposal . a longer time with the team training and the right players and we can see more to changes implemented when things don't go right . he has done well to show the team that we can win a football game with a more fluent style of play.

You could agree to disagree and that's fine. I am in support of Sarri and what he has done for the club and the players. RLC CHO RB even EH . i feel we have an identity now which we were missing at the time of Conte and the 2nd coming of Jose.

do u agree that the atmosphere at the game should be better and more supportive or the team, irrespective of the fact that the manager appreciates the supporters?

13.) 16 May 2019 11:19:09
Yes dareryk, I do agree with you that the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge should be better. This isn't just about Sarri though. We have had problems with the atmosphere for a few years now and it's down to a number of issues unfortunately. Part of it is the style of play and performance of the team. We have had this at times under all of Mourinho, Conte and now Sarri. It's a chicken and egg thing. The supporters have to get the team up and the team have to give the supporters something to cheer about. Both haven't been good enough at doing their job this season. I'm hoping that with a few months off everyone can re-charge their batteries as the atmosphere around the ground has not been at all healthy this season. Sarri hasn't helped that as he has come across as a very stubborn and grumpy figure.



28 Jan 2019 09:33:26
I have to laugh.

People in here picking apart a 3 nil win with a team that started with 8 changes from. Thursday, a midfield 3 that never played together and a striker getting used to a new team. All while playing against a team we knew would sit on their own 18 yard line.

Does every single aspect of a one off game have to be analyzed or can we not just enjoy a clean sheet win with out second string and youth getting minutes in the legs?


1.) 28 Jan 2019 16:33:30
I was at the game and I have to say I’m happy with the win, the last 10 minutes we looked like scoring a handful however we were poor and boring. The fans around me agreed we never looke to go forward only sideways or backwards. I love Ampadu and think he’s a great talent but I was happy when he came off tbh because he was slowing down every attack and passing backwards constantly. I know it’s possession but against Sheffield Wednesday we should look to score more goals and play better quicker football.

2.) 28 Jan 2019 21:05:44
It was rather abject, no doubt we will see improvements otherwise i would be worried. I expect the build up play to be a lot faster but of course we had no Jorginho, Kante, Hazard and Luiz so its not a concern. Job done anyway.

3.) 28 Jan 2019 21:07:39
Cfc17 spot on mate.



24 Jan 2019 11:43:49
Considering there's a Cup Final place at stake tonight, I wouldn't be surprised to see the usual starting 11.

We have Wednesday at the weekend where I expect we're more likely to see a change to the side than tonight.


1.) 24 Jan 2019 17:49:41
I’m desperate for a player who can get wide and cross, Giroud starting would mean Cho starting is an absolute must, hazard Giroud Cho. And I’ll pogo with kovecic first goal,

2.) 24 Jan 2019 18:53:05
No CHO, what a blow.
Really think tonight was an opportunity to show him we trust him in a big game.

3.) 24 Jan 2019 19:43:47
It's not a blow.

4.) 24 Jan 2019 20:45:09
Didn't the Eds say it was difficult for him to play midweek but OK at weekends.

5.) 24 Jan 2019 23:48:23
Emerson starting over Alonso. Hazard back in his normal position. It looks like Sarri has finally come to his senses.



21 Jan 2019 13:35:39
Best of luck to Morata at Atletico. Hope it works out for him and he doesn't come back in the future to haunt us.


1.) 21 Jan 2019 15:20:49
I bet he scores loads there there style will suit him good luck to the fella shame he didn't work out I liked him the bow and arrow celebration will always be a favourite.



20 Jan 2019 22:15:16
I think it's fair to say that we were all annoyed at some point by players like De Bruyne/ Salah/ Lukaku not getting a fair shake at the club.

We, the fans, say the same thing about our youth players like RLC/ CHO/ Christensen etc.

I have to ask, why are some fans currently so quick to want to sack Sarri? Why aren't you happy to offer time for a new system to embed?

I'll say it again. 4th in the league and still in 3 Cup competitions and people are losing their minds. I can't get my head around it.

We are ahead of where we were last season, with a new manager in his first 6 months in English football. Imagine city sacked Pep after his first year, without backing him in the market to clear out unwanted players.

Time and trust is what is needed.


{Ed0333's Note - as far as I recall there wasn’t a profound clamour for Salah to be kept at the club by fans when you guys loaned/sold Mo Salah. To be fair he wasn’t even half the player he was he is now and nobody could have predicted his meteoric rise and if I’m being completely honest I wasn’t particularly enamoured when we signed him for 40 odd million quid.
As for Sarri like you’re self I don’t understand why people are so up his ass? He guided Napoli to second place twice in three seasons playing swashbuckling football so he has caliber. Just because he’s not won the league straight away like Conte he’s deemed a failure he needs time to implement his ideas. He also didn’t have a proper preseason so that is a massive hindrance. Just concentrate on getting top 4 and I’m sure you guys will be ok next season.

1.) 20 Jan 2019 22:30:35
I suppose, Ed, now, we see fans saying that we got rid of Salah. Annoyed he's doing well for Liverpool. I'm basing him a bit on how fans are about him now.

I'm like you, when he was at the club, he did nothing to show me he was worthy.

{Ed0333's Note - maybe he just needed to grow a beard and his hair long. Maybe he’s like Sampson half the man he is with short hair. You can’t cry over spilt milk mate you guys have Pulisic and he’s potentially an elite level player and a proper Salah-esque superstar.

2.) 20 Jan 2019 23:02:35
Salah was awful here let’s be honest albeit not given a proper go. De Bruyne on the other hand I was gutted when he left. But I didn’t see Salah becoming the player he is now when first here.

3.) 20 Jan 2019 23:49:39
Salah probably understands German more than he understood Portuguese. Mind u he had the scouse language to comprehend, so fair play to the bloke.

4.) 21 Jan 2019 07:13:47
I think the point is getting missed, here.

To simplify, we moan about players not getting time, why are some fans so quick to want Sarri sacked?

5.) 21 Jan 2019 11:27:09
Because he insists on playing our only 2 World class players out of position? Because he insists on playing Jorginho when it obviously isn't working? Because he insists on playing Alonso ahead of Emerson? Because he insists on playing Willian and Pedro ahead of CHO? Because if other teams crowd Jorginho, he doesn't have a plan B? Because he doesn't seem to comprehend that possession without creativity is pointless (and boring to watch)?

Because he accuses his players of lack of motivation when one of main roles of management is to motivate the players? Because he hasn't worked out that, if he is going to play Kante in a more advanced position, Kante should be played on the left to cover the defensive frailties of Luiz and Alonso? Because he picks his nose during interviews? All these and many more.

6.) 21 Jan 2019 12:30:00
If we played the high press when, like Sarri wants, it wouldn't matter what position Kante played. Basically, he's doing the same job, winning the ball higher up the pitch. Hazard, yes, needs to be out left, and will be when a trusted striker comes in. People p*ss and moan about Giroud and Morata, but p*ss and moan when they don't play, Sarri can't win in that respect! Sarri is being forced to play Haz out of position. Jorghino isn't working, cos the players aren't taking on the system. Remember, up until the Spurs game, we were UNBEATEN, with the system quite obviously working. We all raved about how we played.

Sarri spoke about CHO and how he's progressing. We've had probably 10 youth players called to be next big thing and never amounted to anything at Chelsea. Imaging CHO gets a run of games and plays awful, how will the crowd react? Sarri is protecting him, and rightly so. Alonso, I agree with you.

Lack of motivation, our last 3 managers have complained about this. They can't all be wrong. And further to that, Arsenal is arguably the biggest game of Chelsea season, especially when a win practically knocks them out of the top 4 race. Players should be up for a game like that without needing to be motivated. Luiz has been one of our top performers this season so picking on him is a moot point.

I say, give him his time, to build his squad and system and allow us have a chance of a monopoly on the league like Liverpool in the 70/ 80s and United in the 90s. How did all that come about for them? Because trust and backing was given to long term managers with a long term plan.

7.) 21 Jan 2019 15:11:03
dihanio, are you seriously suggesting that Sarri is the new Bill Shankly!? Are you Sarri's son? disarrio?

8.) 21 Jan 2019 17:59:32
MDW, if that's what you want to take from that, so be it.




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03 Jul 2019 11:31:44
Rowey, look at it this way. If we didn't offer it, some other club would, he'd want to leave, and the board would be slated.




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02 Jul 2019 09:33:14
Will be definitely able to see them play Bohs, and possibly even the St Pats game.




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07 May 2019 11:29:27
Matt, did he tell you that personally?




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18 Apr 2019 14:54:57
Doesn't make a difference if it's regulars or not. The fact the MODs have to read it, is enough.

If it was me, I'd be doing the same, keeping the info to myself to save from having to read crap.




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31 Jan 2019 08:48:32
Yeah, was really evident at times last night that Hazard got the ball and everyone else was 25 yards behind him. Nobody breaking fast.





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25 Jul 2019 12:24:56
Look, with 4 competitions, there's going to be plenty of games where rotation is needed.

We all have a preferred starting 11, but we also don't know who might surprise or disappoint us for the season ahead. All positions are open for players to take a shot, Lampard has basically said as much.

Alls I know is, if it's Kenedy of CHO as a winger, or Alonso or Emerson at LB or even Kepa or Cumming in goal, all selections should be supported 100%.




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24 Jul 2019 14:53:09
ChelseaLRD, looks like he's just listed our wingers, not rated them.




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10 Jul 2019 09:21:03
Dalymount is suffering at the moment and needs a lot of updating, and has recently got funding to do so. Shame the place was let go as far as it has.

Ireland played a lot of friendlies there up until the late 80s. I have faint memories of the aul fella taking me to see Italy there in maybe 85/ 86.

It's a real throw back and should be hopping from the Bohs fans too.




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09 Jul 2019 08:46:07
It's "craic" Tom :) Crack is entirely different, and highly illegal thing.

Assuming you're getting to the Bohs game?




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03 Jul 2019 21:00:13
A quick google has Xabi on 17 league assists in 143 games. Better return at the moment.

You have to compare who played in front of both players too. Prime Torres and Gerrard, both could finish.

Jorginho was working with Morata, Giroud, Higuain, Willian. Even Hazard couldn't finish some of the passes made to him.

6 and a half minutes of failed assists: