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02 Nov 2017 07:01:15
although I love Conte and don't think he's decided he's leaving us just yet, I actually really enjoy the merry go round of managers.

It adds a lot of excitement each year and has given us countless successes + many different experiences of football. We've had possession, high press, counter and all sorts.

I think Conte is homesick, yet undecided on his own future. Though I have enjoyed him I wouldn't be too upset at us bringing back Carlo Ancelotti. We played our best ever attacking football under him and enjoyed a great first season and solid second.

Thoughts?

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02 Nov 2017 07:51:15
Please stay Antonio!

02 Nov 2017 07:56:42
It works for short periods but I think players know the manager will go before they do so doesn’t help with consistency and young players, really want conte to stay, think top 4 is priority and get back to being organised and good run of results And he stays,

02 Nov 2017 06:54:25
Good day guys, anyone heard of Chelsea being linked to a player called Florinel Coman?

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01 Nov 2017 05:12:52
Let's hope with Kante coming back will be a catalyst for us in defence against united. a lot has gone wrong this season, injuries, poor team selections and biggest of all, out of form players. Our entire defence has no confidence at all right now, mistakes happening left and right and they have no cover in front of them to help. Fab and Baka need a rest.

Neither of them are at 100% that's clear to see, Fabregas can't have an impact on the game because he has to chase back and defend, something he can't do well. Drinkwater and Kante needs to be our midfield pairing on Sunday or add Fab if you want a three man midfield. Going forward we're alright,

we created numerous chances in the first half and in my opinion a healthy Chelsea team could beat this Roma side easily. Just without Kante and no protection in midfield we look too open. On a bright side one win needed and we qualify, a lot of people saying how we would get thrashed by bigger teams. personally if we're helathy we can give every team in the competition a real game.

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01 Nov 2017 07:51:21
i don't know why conte started 2 in midfield when roma had. three powerful centre mids, especially starting Fab.
should of matched them either 433 or 352.

01 Nov 2017 11:46:15
And decided to play five defenders of which all are Central defenders (including Azpi and Alonso) ; A weak midfield. Where will the goals come from?
Come on guys, adjust your expectations on time so you don't get heart broken.

01 Nov 2017 12:27:14
Is Kante back for you guys on Sunday?

01 Nov 2017 14:14:29
scholesy, almost definitely - be afraid, be very afraid.

01 Nov 2017 14:48:48
Hopefully he'll need to sit out another game, reckon we'd beat you without him, guy is an absolute machine, could have done with Pogba aswell, we play so poorly without him.

01 Nov 2017 18:30:48
Get used to the 1-0 wins under Jose.

01 Nov 2017 20:58:39
Scholes, it all depends on how you set up. Without Pogba you do lack a little creativity going forward for sure, but you certainly have enough in that team to hurt us. You have pace in that team and we struggle with that especially when we have Azpi and Alonso as our wing backs. If Kante doesn't play and you set up to win, you'll win. If Jose sets up like he usually does away against a big team then maybe you might snatch a 1-0 or it'll be a dull draw imo. Just comes down to our team selection and your will to attack us but for sure you're favourites to win this game right now.

02 Nov 2017 06:06:59
We will win 2-0.

04 Nov 2017 09:54:28
Changed my mind 3-0.

28 Oct 2017 21:13:15
Luiz made a few stupid mistakes. Rudiger is such a classy player. Cahill on the bench because of rotation. Why not rotate a bit more and play Christiansen. Luiz could help out in midfield or on the bench a bit.

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23 Oct 2017 01:56:16
Hey Folks,

I know most Chelsea Supporters would like the Club to add to the Squad in January and whilst there are no guarantees and it's not usually the best time to do business I am curious to know which areas of the squad and the players they would look to sign in Jan.

I personaly was surprised We didn't sign another Striker in the Summer, someone older with Prem experience who could hold the ball up and give Us a physical presence up top. I would look to that role again if possible although I can't think of who I would look to now that Llorente has wound up at Spurs.

I also would like Us to look into signing a Winger/ Wide Forward to add to Our creativity and Goal threat. Whilst He wouldn't come cheap I think We could do a lot worse than Riyad Mahrez whose showing some good form in a struggling side this Season.

I also think We need to be looking at a Left Back/ Wing Back especially if We persist with the 3-4-3 system as they are argurably the most crucial players in such a system although I think this is more likely to be addressed next Summer.

I look forward to reading Your thoughts on this Guys and Gals.

KTBFFH!

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23 Oct 2017 07:24:35
I think we might sign one player in the next window and only then if the club think it’s the right player or good value.
I’m not sure but haven’t we sold more players than we’ve bought in the winter window?

24 Oct 2017 17:23:37
I wonder if we will try to use Baba Rahman when he comes back from injury as cover on the left side, or if we will loan him out (maybe Schalke are still interested) to build match fitness.

24 Oct 2017 18:48:21
Good point. Will be interesting to see what happens to Baba!

24 Oct 2017 21:14:10
They could maybe get another player in, but where we have had several injuries over the last few weeks. Some of them will not be back for a month. That in itself will be like having new signings and also they will be fresh. This will hopefully give us a boost.

19 Oct 2017 00:45:32
I truely don't understand why we continue to set up like an away team whether home or away. Our defence this season has been soo poor that allowing teams possession and space to attack simply isn't working. City, Palace now Roma we allow them the ball and they simply tear our defence apart.

Having Fabregas in the team is pointless when trying to play this way as he struggles to get around the pitch and simply never has the ball enough to make an impact. We're relying soo much on Hazard and Morata to be our spark when going forward that eventhough both are class it simply isn't enough.

Something needs to change, we desperately need Kante back as our midfield looks open every time the opposing teams comes forward. It was a great game to watch for a neutral but we have a lot of flaws in this team right now. Really hope Conte can figure it out and January can't come soon enough.

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19 Oct 2017 08:34:03
It’s time to play rudiger, Christensen luiz as the 3 move Dave rb, Alonso lb. what on earth willian is doing I don’t know.

19 Oct 2017 13:58:58
Azpi is not the answer at wing back.

21 Oct 2017 13:28:17
Our problem is a central midfield without Kante. Bakayoko is useless and Fabregas doesn't really fit in 2 central midfield. So Azpilicueta is an amazing solution compared to our central midfield problem.

21 Oct 2017 14:52:48
i agree antibot we look wide open since kante went out injured we seemed ro buckle up there for a while after our early blip v burnley.

21 Oct 2017 17:09:20
Blueboy, Christensen was at fault for 2 of the Roma goals - he's not ready to play as 1st choice.

21 Oct 2017 23:18:49
We need other dynamic and creative option/ s in midfield. When Kante not there we don't have someone sufficiently energetic and good in the engine room, capable of box to box play, and/ or more attacking dynamo. a Lampard in his pomp and/ or a Kevin de Bruyne - de Bruyne must now count as one of our most regrettable sales in recent times.

24 Oct 2017 09:17:47
I’m sure at some stage KDB leaving our club will be mentioned by Jose. Jose seems to obsessed about our club!

19 Oct 2017 00:00:35
I wouldn't be surprised if Hazard left at the end of the season. For nearly two years he's waited around for world class players to join him so we can move to the next level and yet he's surrounded by average players and we're so dependent on him and Morata.

Last summer we should of been aiming for the likes of Van Dijk, Alex Sandro, Aurier, Tolisso and Sanchez and what are we left with absolute rubbish. Sorry to Cesc fanboys but he's too slow Tolisso would have been perfect to replace him a proper box to box centre mid. Cahill and Willian are finished.

Never even heard of Zappacosta before we signed him and for goodness sake how long have we been waiting for that world class RW since Robben. Bakayoko has had a couple of games where he's been so powerful and the rest he's just been rubbish he's even had a two week lay off cause France never selected them. We should be joining City now and becoming a dominate force in every competition but yet we're back to the drawing board agai. The board is the main reason for this if this was ten years ago Roman would have been lethal and got rid of Marina and Emenal because they've failed for years.

I really don't want to start blaming Conte as he's everything we've ever wanted in a manager. He's passionate, successful and he's a lovely bloke but a lot of these decisions are going to cost him his job. Willian and Cahill constantly getting gametime over the likes of Rudiger/ Christensen and Musonda/ Pedro. Pedro is a very good player we saw that last year he did great tonight when he came on because he pushed Roma back. Pedro, Morata and Hazard is a good front three they haven't started together yet but they need to.

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19 Oct 2017 08:48:45
Is this the same Hazard who has picked up the prem trophy two out of the last three years?
In the main are these the same average players who romped to the prem title last year?
We can only buy players that club want to sell. Juve didn’t want to sell Sandro, Southampton didn’t want to sell VD and in my opinion Aurier is an accident waiting to happen and a head case!
I will never criticise the board as the board in effect is RA and us supporters owe such huge gratitude.
At the moment we have to many players who are not playing well but we are 5th in the league and we will qualify for the next phase of the Champs League. It’s up to Conte to turn some players form around and it’s up to the fans to support the manager!

19 Oct 2017 13:23:12
Couldn't agree more Tom one win or a Qarabag loose and were guaranteed European football. The team just need to be supported not berated!

19 Oct 2017 22:06:29
Agree with what u say, but we have a rediculously undersized squad. Lucky with injuries last year but the luck has turned this year. We seemed to have accepted that we cannot challenge for the champions league trophy, which I suppose is understandable based on the amount spent by other clubs.

19 Oct 2017 22:42:14
Like most fans Sid, I get frustrated when we are playing badly.

On some occasions I’m critical of a players performance and on Wednesday I posted that, in my opinion only three of our players had good games but I always try to turn the negative into a positive. If players are dropped for playing poorly that SHOULD give an opportunity to someone else.

I remain confident of a good season. I believe in our manager and the players and above everything else I believe in Roman and the board to give us continued success.

20 Oct 2017 12:02:07
I think Pragmatism helps. I believe strongly in 'proactiveness'. Right now all we can do is support the team, pray and hope for the best BUT the trophies will always go to the in-form team with better resources and better preparation. DEPTH makes me believe in a team.

21 Oct 2017 17:15:01
I doubt if Hazard will be allowed to leave next summer - his contract expires 2020 - it will be the summer after. Conte will leave next summer.

17 Oct 2017 11:06:33
I read that Chelsea is looking at another striker for the January transfer window. If that is true, then its really news.

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17 Oct 2017 13:43:10
why is it sad batshuayi should never have been signed he's hopless.

17 Oct 2017 14:21:40
Very harsh magichandshurley!

17 Oct 2017 16:04:29
To be honest, I really wanted Batsman to succeed, I really did. But honestly, I just don't think he's good enough. Unfortunately he doesn't suit our style of play.

17 Oct 2017 16:19:12
I am a Chelsea fan and I want Batshuayi to succeed too but he seems to be struggling so much. Try watching T. Abraham with Swansea and you will see the difference (esp in their work rate) .

18 Oct 2017 18:05:10
Obinna, I think it's about better movement by TA not necessarily work rate.

18 Oct 2017 19:45:15
Yea Miss Darren Wood, u are right too. More movement equals more work done. Cos Work is directly proportional to both distance and force (W=FXS) . Hahahaha. The physics we do for football.

18 Oct 2017 20:40:03
Yea, TA moves more and has takes up better position.

18 Oct 2017 20:49:30
better movement is big yes but he's so hopeless holding the ball up an looks so lazy without the ball were as abraham will hound players without it.

15 Oct 2017 20:34:39
Would any eds care to comment on Conte's future at the club? To me, the reporting on his potential departure seems extraordinarily groundless, even by tabloid standards. Chelsea seem to be backing him in the transfer market, results, if not 100% ideal, are not terrible, and I haven't heard any quotes from Conte or the board that would indicate a serious conflict. So I can only conclude that the 'Conte leaving' stories are just fearmongering to sell papers to nervous fans. Is there any actual substance to these?

{Ed001's Note - there is some substance to it, he has made comments about wanting to go back to Italy. He was not fully settled here. However, his family have now come over, so that might change things. If they settle in England that would make a huge difference to him.}

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16 Oct 2017 06:34:36
Thanks ed. I can understand missing one's home country. The amount written on it still seems awfully speculative to me but I guess that's how it goes.

{Ed001's Note - a lot is, but there is an underlying reason for all the speculation. Sadly people want to speculate to build it into a big story, as little ones do not get clicks. Personally I hope he stays, it is good for the game having so many of the better managers in the game in English footie.}

16 Oct 2017 08:57:31
Conte has to help himself though, and he can't make the same mistake Mourinho made in his last half season at Chelsea. Continuously picking his experienced players that are out of form, and hoping they'll regain form. Willian is badly out of form, so why not give Musonda a start if Eden or Pedro needs a rest? Christensen and Rudiger have been our best CBs probably, so why not play them and put Luiz in midfield (as it's been evident that you lose midfield control with Fab in there)?

He has to start being brave with his decisions. Christensen is young but has excelled at every opportunity. Rudiger is new but has been very very good for us so far. Musonda is young, but Willian's been crap and Mus's looked pretty good so far whenever he's played. Moses is now injured as well, so in order to keep Zappa fresh for the PL games I hope Conte gives Dujon Sterling a chance in the League Cup game next week.

17 Oct 2017 08:22:11
I agree Jackson. Willian needs to be dropped until he finds his form. It looks like he lost his form si ce the passing of his mother. so sad. He has been really good for Chelsea but itmoght be time to bench him more often.

17 Oct 2017 09:29:20
Conte continuesly picking Willian is a bit of a mystery!
It’s not as if Musonda is his only choice. He could play Pedro!

17 Oct 2017 12:06:46
Bit of a contradiction there Chelsea4life! . You can't expect a player to find form if he's not playing. But, in saying that, I do agree that he needs to be dropped.

I'd definitely start him in the league cup though.

17 Oct 2017 13:47:36
Also, if players remain on the bench picking up splinters, how do they show their form?

17 Oct 2017 20:17:57
Being on the bench might open his eyes that if he doesn't pull finger he will be left there . so when he does get a gap to play he will perform much better.

17 Oct 2017 20:41:17
Just to clarify my earlier post.
I’m talking about Pedro and Musonda being on the bench and NOT being able to show there form!
The way Willian is playing, I’m not sure he should even make the bench!

12 Oct 2017 18:04:31
On the Totally Football podcast this week, Rafa Honigstein said that Conte will probaly move on in the Summer and that we've had early talks with Thomas Tuchel.

He's a decent journo but hopefully wrong on this occasion (albeit Tuchel would be a decent option if 'The Hammer' left. )

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12 Oct 2017 18:40:22
In my opinion touchel is the complete and utter worse case, and all out attack manager who came in stuck tactically with Dortmund and fell out with there board, imagine him under our board and in prem if your not tactically on point it’s shows, it’s ok in Bundeslig where you have 4/ 5 tough games ( not opponents ) in the league, only manager is like would be Algeri, I’d be gutted if conte walked away. Such a top class manager, feel we couldn of backed him bit more,

12 Oct 2017 21:42:42
I really don't think Tuchel would be first choice if Conte did go. But they need to plan for succession.

12 Oct 2017 22:43:12
I never really pay any attention to the media nowadays but personally I'd be surprised if he did indeed stay. We're a club that likes to go through manager to manager whenever things go south not matter how highly rated you are or much you're loved by fans (Mourinho, Ancelotti) . If we fail to win anything this year or we fall far behind in the league he'll be gone as hard as it is to say. I remember reading a while ago as well that he wanted more control and to be seen as an actual manager rather than a "Head coach". Club is bigger than anyone so if he does go we'll move on as always, but this one would hurt more than any other.

13 Oct 2017 20:38:40
Big Sam anybody?

13 Oct 2017 22:50:02
My guess is that every football fan believes that the media/ press desperately try to undermine/ sensationalise all aspects of their club.
Chelsea as the best team in the world understandably attract a much wider media commentary than any other team.
The unfortunate thing is that most of the comments made by nearly all of the various forms of media are total rubbish!

16 Oct 2017 08:53:39
I'm with Matt on this. I don't like Tuchel, at all. He's an all out gungho attack manager, and unless you've got ridiculously talented attackers like City, that's not going to work. If Conte were to move on I would actually like us to maybe get Sarri. Brilliant coach, though it's doubtful he'd leave Napoli with them doing so well.

16 Oct 2017 11:18:01
I'd go with Sarri too, although he's equally as gungho.

 


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