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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.

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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.

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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.?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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) .

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19 Aug 2018 11:32:20
There are conflicting reports on the nature of Kovacic's move to Chelsea. MARCA and Diario AS claim that there is no 'option to buy' while Sky Sports Italia's Angelo Mangiante as well as Evening Standard's Simon Johnson are saying there is one.

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19 Aug 2018 17:36:51
I pray there's one.

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20 Aug 2018 17:44:06
If the player wants to stay with us and he is already takling as if he has left Madrid it will be difficult for them to keep him.
I imagine Hazard will be involved in any conversation with Madrid unless he signs a new contract.

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18 Aug 2018 23:03:35
Was I the only one that thought Kovacic was Hazard at times the way he glided passed players. He’s going to be a steal if he continues like this. I hope the club make his move permanent. Hazard and Kovacic changed the game.

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19 Aug 2018 00:44:02
No mate. I got confused too, couldn't tell the difference.

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19 Aug 2018 01:02:32
Hahaha, I thought the same thing too. The best thing about him asides his skill is his ability to win back the ball.

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19 Aug 2018 01:08:14
He’s quite the complete centre mid. Personally i thought he was a better all round midfielder than Kroos. Kroos is better on the ball but I do think he’s abit lazy and slow.

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19 Aug 2018 07:09:17
KingFrank let's not start comparing players cos Kroos in on another level number.

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19 Aug 2018 10:41:34
Obinna, you complain when people ridicule your opinion. Yet here you are telling someone else off for giving theirs.

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19 Aug 2018 12:05:34
Please KingFrank, I am sorry I apologise, I don't mean it that way. I'm just caught up in the euphoria of the kind (beautiful) of football that Chelsea is playing. Sorry mate.

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17 Aug 2018 14:09:26
Hello everyone

I have been following this site for a few months now and this is my first post. Big fan of Ed001 and Ed002's works.

I have a question for the Eds.
We tried to sign Rugani throughout most of July but once the deal didn't happen, we were not linked to any other CBs. What was the reason behind this? And will this have implications on David Luiz's future?

{Ed002's Note - There was interest in two other CBs and it was nothing to do with DL's future.}

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17 Aug 2018 14:47:40
Thanks a ton, Ed002!

I certainly hope we didn't consider offloading Rudiger or Christensen. Or was it because we didn't consider Ampadu good enough for 4th choice?

{Ed002's Note - The idea was to replace Cahill.}

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17 Aug 2018 15:39:40
Thanks once again, Ed002.

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17 Aug 2018 16:11:49
Ed002 can you tell us who were the two other CBs we were interested in?

{Ed002's Note - I really don't want the grief of doing such things.}

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17 Aug 2018 16:00:44
I’m a bit surprised Cahill didn’t go anywhere, was it just a case of no teams showing interest?

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17 Aug 2018 16:49:42
Ed002, did we get any offers for Rudiger this summer?

{Ed002's Note - I am not interested, sorry.}

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17 Aug 2018 19:54:42
Thanks anyway Ed002. Any idea if/ when that summer window roundup Sharkopod will come out?

{Ed002's Note - Perhaps in a couple of weeks, I will be particularly busy until then.}

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17 Aug 2018 13:38:50
Any chance Alonso will leave before the end of this month? I hope we keep him.
Great site ed001 thanks for your input.

{Ed001's Note - as far as I am aware he is going nowhere. He is seen as first choice left back.}

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10 Aug 2018 22:14:45
Hi ed001

Just curious if you think the Fekir deal could happen in jan or next summer in a way the Keita Liverpool deal happened? Or has all interest gone

Thanks in advance.

{Ed001's Note - I have no idea mate sorry. It is a long way until January.}

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11 Aug 2018 08:40:29
Fekir is a number 10. Where does he fit into a 433 with players we have, n.

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11 Aug 2018 23:29:27
Bailey would be the best option for right wing 🔥.

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09 Aug 2018 18:32:39
Anyone know what's going on with Marco van ginkel?

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09 Aug 2018 19:23:03
I’m sorry to say MVG has another injury.

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09 Aug 2018 19:36:27
He had another knee ligament surgery, could be out for 6-8months.

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09 Aug 2018 21:46:38
He has had major reconstructive ACL surgery. You have to feel sorry for the guy, fought his way back from surgery after surgery to fulfill some of his potential last season and this happens.

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09 Aug 2018 22:03:07
he doesn't have a injury . he had surgery to. put him out for pretty the season!

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09 Aug 2018 16:40:28
Reports of Fekir agreeing personal terms, is there any truth to this or is it just nonsense?

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09 Aug 2018 16:59:46
the fee has now been agreed so there is a chance, it is just time that is the issue now.

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09 Aug 2018 17:03:50
I'm pretty sure it's paper talk as the window has closed.

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09 Aug 2018 17:03:50
R u kidding me right now . Id b over the moon if we get this one over the line.

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09 Aug 2018 17:03:57
Ed001, you tease.

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09 Aug 2018 17:06:27
are ye been serious here is it this a piss take? if fee is agreed can they talk after deadline is over or how does it work.

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09 Aug 2018 17:05:00
Please say your not winding us up ed001!
This would be our best window in years if we can get Fekir over the line!

{Ed001's Note - I'm not but time is pressed so it is likely to be too late.}

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09 Aug 2018 17:08:03
Wow did not expect that ed, if we get this done I’ll be in shock. We don’t have long to agree personal terms and sort a medical though so I’m not getting my hopes up just yet.

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09 Aug 2018 17:08:04
Any truth that Lyon upped the price to £72m 15 minutes before the deadline?

{Ed001's Note - no that was Tuesday they did that, hence why it took until now for Chelsea to agree. Obviously a case of time and options run out so they said yes.}

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09 Aug 2018 17:11:20
Did they get a deal sheet submitted in time?

{Ed001's Note - I have no idea, it could be hours before we know for sure. They might have filed for an extension. Again it comes down to the FA getting through all the paperwork to get to it and confirm it.}

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09 Aug 2018 17:11:43
still highly unlikely to happen so edd as not even sky sports have announced it?

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09 Aug 2018 17:12:04
Think they have until 7 to confirm as long as the deal sheet was in for 5.

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09 Aug 2018 17:17:09
bit dissapointing they left it so late and now didn't get him.

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09 Aug 2018 17:22:23
I thought that there are documents that can be submitted that will make the give you more time to complete a transfer.

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09 Aug 2018 17:43:44
Sky reporting the FA have received 10 deal sheets from premier league clubs allowing them to work on deals until 7 o clock .
Hopefully Fekir is one of them deals! Fingers crossed.

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09 Aug 2018 17:46:39
sky news is saying 10 deal sheets are up for extension maybe we are among them I hope.

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09 Aug 2018 17:57:37
Anybody else seen the photo put up by Jorginho on his official instagram account?
Quite blurry but the guy walking with Willian looks an awful lot like Fekir!
Very strange and random pic for Jorginho to post, on today of all days?

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09 Aug 2018 18:07:48
no dice guys he won't be coming we are not on the deal sheets according to sky left it too late.

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09 Aug 2018 18:11:52
I’m not turning SSN off until this is confirmed or denied 😂 I will literally sit here all night if I have to.

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09 Aug 2018 18:11:56
Sky have listed the possible 10. we are only involved in Zouma to Everton.
Still been a great window.
Very happy with what we have done.
Looking forward to another season.

Thanks to the Eds for your stella work, enjoy a well earned nap before the season starts tomorrow.

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09 Aug 2018 18:55:18
Ed001, is it time we all go to sleep?

{Ed033's Note - Ed001 has gone bye byes.

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09 Aug 2018 18:36:06
Dan, i agree . will wait til Ed 001 confirms that the deal is off or on.

{Ed001's Note - sorry mate I fell asleep but it did seem to have been just too late to get it done.}

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09 Aug 2018 19:10:37
Any idea if anything happened in the end Ed? Traveling through twitter and can’t find much! Cheers.

{Ed001's Note - I think it was just left too late. That was certainly the way it seemed when I fell asleep.}

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09 Aug 2018 19:14:59
Hi ed any chance that we could get Fekir on loan with option to buy if we have missed the dead line.

{Ed001's Note - no, Premier League teams are done now until January on incomings. Only outgoings allowed now, loans or otherwise. Football League teams can make loan signings up until the 31st.}

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10 Aug 2018 11:31:50
Cheers for the reply Ed. Shame we didn’t get him but looking at the positives, other players like Hudson-Odoi and Batshuayi might get more of a chance now depending on what position Fekir was bought to play.

{Ed001's Note - true.}

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09 Aug 2018 14:21:51
Ed 001,
Is the Fekir deal unlikely now?

{Ed001's Note - very unlikely now.}

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09 Aug 2018 14:41:43
CAN INTERPRETE THIS:
Chelsea ha hecho una oferta de último momento de 60M€ + variables al #Lyon por el mediocampista francés Nabil Fekir (25). Es muy difícil que suceda, pero hay posibilidades.

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09 Aug 2018 15:07:51
A Journalist stating that Chelsea placed a bid €60m + bonuses. He stated that it would be difficult to get the deal done at this late stage, but if Chelsea have placed such a sizeable offer, we can’t rule anything out.

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09 Aug 2018 15:00:42
I read that too but still will go with ed001 over some south America report.

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09 Aug 2018 15:59:22
ah well i didn't expect it to happen anyway so.

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09 Aug 2018 16:26:44
Remember as long as they get their sale sheet by 5.00pm they have a further two hours to complete everything.

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09 Aug 2018 16:36:51
I still even at this time have a feeling we’ve got a signing to announce 😉 #Robinhomoment.

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09 Aug 2018 12:59:21
hi eds is victor moses leaving the club on loan or at all.

{Ed001's Note - it is very possible, Sarri is not particularly impressed by his touch apparently. Seen as expendable.}

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09 Aug 2018 13:45:40
It’s good when a professional footballer has a poor touch 😂.

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09 Aug 2018 13:48:58
I think they should cash in. We have 4 full backs, 2 on each side.

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09 Aug 2018 13:57:06
wouldn't like Lukaku then lol.

{Ed001's Note - probably not.}

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09 Aug 2018 13:58:55
thanks for quick reply i bet your looking to 5pm tonight lol.

{Ed001's Note - I am just looking forward to getting in my bed and shutting my eyes tonight!}

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