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15 Feb 2018 20:53:10
Fair play to Michy Batshuayi who is doing really well at Dortmund and is scoring different types of goals. Hopefully he continues the form and gets the world cup nod ahead of Lukaku.

Its clear at Chelsea his confidence was affected and he wasn't able to perform. Furthermore our setup doesn't really help his strenthgs.


1.) 15 Feb 2018 22:24:00
My theory about Michy and Bakayoko is that Conte changed their roles so much from what they were used to at their former clubs- making adapting quickly very difficult; also coming from a lower league (ligue 1) to higher league (Epl) hasn't also made things easy for them (I might be wrong though it's just a theory) .

2.) 16 Feb 2018 12:55:20
Bakayoko will silent critics.

3.) 16 Feb 2018 17:42:07
Don’t think he will be there long enough to silence critics.

4.) 17 Feb 2018 07:26:29
It'll be a big mistake to sell a player of such potential at his age.

5.) 17 Feb 2018 17:48:47
Obina, definitely agree with you on Baka. His role was based around breaking from deep and dining forward with the ball at Monaco, Conte seems to want him to get beyond the strikers without the ball. It's a big change, but I think he'll come good given the chance.



06 Feb 2018 21:59:48
Massive clearance needed. Conte needs to play Ampadu regularly and use Hudson-Odoi more often. Young players will play their heart out if given the chance. The quicker Christensen is back the better.

The board should step back and reflect before making the decision to sack Antonio Conte. It is clear some of the players are not playing for him at the moment. However, we need to change our ways for the better of the club. This 'player power' issue needs to be eradicated. Also this stigma of 'sacking managers' as soon as the going gets tough needs to be removed permanently. Disgusting traits and uneccessary pressure for the coach. Us fans get carried away like most of us did yesterday but after all we are fans and the board should know more than us and be able to deal with matters better.

Carragher summed it up yesterday, liverpool can have 3 or 4 bad results in a row but there is never the talk of sacking the manager but Chelsea on the hand based on their history will sack the manager. Hence why this never happens to any other club but us, the media literally jump on it and wait for Chelsea to lose games in a row because putting pressure on a chelsea manager is always headline news. Same thing happened when we lost to Arsenal and Liverpool last year.

Whether or not Antonio Conte is the right man or not for the future isn't the point here. However, he was terrific last year and did play some really good stuff with the team at the start of the year. This is a learning curve for him and hopefully he learns from all the mistakes his made. You can't be a bad coach if you have won the premier league.

This is a perfect opportunity for the board to sort out the 'player power' issue and the 'sacking' stigma. History would usually dictate that Chelsea sack the manager and replace him with an interim manager. However this sends out the wrong message. Conte should be given time to address the decline and as a coach we cannot hear him say any longer that he made mistakes with the starting 11. He needs to play players that want to play for him and the fans and he should use Ampadu and Odoi more regularly. However, if he doesn't change after yesterdays mauling and continues to make mistakes by selecting Cahill, Baka etc then his sealing his own fate and should be disposed of.

I hope the board do the right thing as it would be for the better of the club for the long run. Every coach in the world will go through bad bad phases in life but we have to give them time to sort the issues out.


1.) 08 Feb 2018 09:18:46
out of 30 points we can only muster 11 points! meaning in the last ten games played we only won 2 and lost 3 and drew 5. this is only usually good enough for a 15th placed team. it is not good enough for a Top 4 team, it is not only losing the last two games, the writing has been on the wall for a while now.



06 Feb 2018 20:54:53
I know a lot of us here were really annoyed given the last result. A lot of negative comments including myself. I guess we all want our club to win so badly and its clear the players have stopped playing for the coach. You cannot become really poor overnight. Only last month against Arsenal in the 2-2 we looked good.

I think it would be best for the club for the first time in their history to really back their coach. I know this would be unpopular with many on here right now but if player power really is an issue then they must stamp it out and this is the best way to act.

Also this sacking stigma needs to go away from out club it affects managers and players. Conte yesterday said player power wasn't an issue at the club but then he went on to say that when he was a Juventus Player and captain he never went behind the managers back to the superiors to complain and never did want to get involved. Is this a hint to some players?

Going forward Conte did say he made mistakes with the starting 11, I am hoping he learns and just uses players that back him now.




06 Feb 2018 00:02:42
Unbelievable. Conte unfortunately has to go. I said the other day when you have Cahill and Baka in the same team then you are literally paralysed given that you have two players who can't pass. Conte keeps playing them, the man probably wants to get sacked.

With Conte going out, hopefully we don't see Cahill and Moses. These two are so damn shxt. As for Baka, boy if he is a footballer then I am too.


Above need out!


1.) 06 Feb 2018 09:32:11
I actually thought that Moses was our best player last night and had his best game of the season.

2.) 06 Feb 2018 20:56:43
What frustrated me about moses was his lethargic jog for watfords 2nd goal. He didn't look like someone who wanted to put himself on the line in face of danger. Fabregas did the same too. Unfortunately for Cahill, the mans heart is in the right place but as a footballer he never was good positionally or even quick. He isn't chelsea quality.

3.) 07 Feb 2018 03:01:11
Cahill always plays like a fan. His heart is in it but his playing style has its limitations.

Typical English defender . great blocking shots but poor in passing, pace and tactical discipline.



28 Jan 2018 19:59:33
Ed1 how are you keeping mate. Hope your good.

Any news on any chelsea transfers. Latest news articles are suggesting the Dzeko transfer is off and Chelsea have no intention to target another. Any truth?


{Ed001's Note - I don't know mate. I do believe it is correct that it is Dzeko or no one now. The Emerson move is all done just medicals etc, but I don't know for sure about Dzeko as it is up to the player now. Some people I have spoken to have said the hold up is Roma replacing him, others that he is just not willing to leave Roma. Not sure which to believe to be honest.}

1.) 28 Jan 2018 21:03:54
As always we appreciate your time and effort mate with the transfers. It would be nice to have Dzeko in the squad as he would be more than a squad player at Chelsea.

Your pretty good with analysis Ed1, what are your thoughts on Emmerson Palmieri at Chelsea and how do you think he will get on at chelsea. He is pretty versatile. Also Was he the 2nd choice behind Sandro from the start or was he a recent choice and is he just a stop gap etc.

Thanks mate.

{Ed001's Note - I have only seen a little of Palmieri and he was returning from injury at the time, so not sure if it was indicative of his level. Looked ok, but not a stand out, he was playing on the right though rather than the left. I believe he was on the list, from what I am being told, which Sandro headed in the summer, but he was not available then. Not sure if he was 2nd or further down, but it shouldn't matter, only thing that matters is if he can adapt. I have to say he did not look all that good defensively but he was quicker than Alonso, so that is a plus.}

2.) 28 Jan 2018 21:28:34
Thanks for the analysis. Hopefully he turns out to be a gem. I know a few of the liverpool guys think very highly of him on their page.

{Ed001's Note - fingers crossed for you he is good enough to play well, but, obviously, not so good he keeps you above us!}




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15 Mar 2018 08:30:24
I must say now that we're out the champions league there are a couple of things that need noting.

Willian - By far our best player on current form and should not be sold in any event in the summer. Credit where it's due, over the years his been tasked with a lot of defensive duties especially by JM and he wasn't able to show us how good he was as an attacking threat. Recently it seems the shackles are off and he seems to love to attack and he clearly is the best attacking threat in our team, so direct. Brilliant long range shots, pace, dribbles and skills. Hazard on top form would struggle to play as good.

Courtois - Very good on his day. Wish he would stop talking rubbish to the media and focus on Chelsea and not Madrid. Nowhere near de gea, however with the right focus may be he can get close. His errors cost us yesterday and fair play to him because he accepted the blame. Chelsea need to get him to sign a new contract or sell him. He is replaceable.

Moses - Out. Should never have started yesterday over Zappa. Plenty of chances yesterday to put in good crosses from a dangerous positions. However He was so poor, his crosses couldn't even pass the first Barcelona player. Alonso was brilliant if you want to compare.

Striker - Priority signing.

Kante was fantastic. Need a younger player to compliment him in the mound of KDB next to him.




25 Feb 2018 17:22:23
As soon as Conte accepted that he wanted the 1-1 the game changed, from the 70th odd minute. Jose was waiting for Chelsea to start defending deep because he knew there was no other way Utd could get the better of Chelsea. Sorry to say this but also Conte got outwitted tactically by Jose.


1.) 25 Feb 2018 17:30:22
Not sure about that, I think we went to sleep defensively. Hazard was taken off because as happens with him in the big games he goes missing. He was good first half but disappeared second half. We still should of had draw.
But that sums up season we haven’t always got what we deserved.

2.) 25 Feb 2018 18:02:03
We shouldn't have played for the draw from the 70 min mark. Also taking hazard off at 1-1 didn't seem bad but at 2-1 it looked very bad.

3.) 25 Feb 2018 18:33:42
I just read a tweet saying hazard will never become world class because his weakest part of his game is he refused to be greedy and always takes to safe option in a pass or cross rather than going for goal like Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo? People agree with that?

4.) 25 Feb 2018 18:42:06
2 big games an 2 mistakes from young christensen fell a sleep for lingards goal . learing curve for the young man will only make him stronger. itseasy to say he played well yes he did but he made 2 mistakes which cost us twice in the space of a week so hoe he imrpoves a tad big future for us.

5.) 25 Feb 2018 19:00:48
Sorry Conte didn't get outwitted by Jose tactically. What I meant was Jose outwitted Conte with his subs from the bench.

I agree Hazard ain't going to be world class unless he is more greedy. Willian is doing everything Hazard should be doing and on current form our season depends Willian especially Barcelona game.

6.) 25 Feb 2018 19:19:15
Utd had/ have more to sub from the bench than we did today (or recently) .

7.) 25 Feb 2018 19:29:50
It’s up to Eden what he wants to be!
He is a fantastic player and one of our most important players.
I also think the club may well sell him at the end of the season but I hope not!

8.) 25 Feb 2018 19:49:36
He is good Tom and could be world class one Day. Right now Willian is better and our main goal threat as well.

9.) 25 Feb 2018 20:06:59
Without doubt he is good G8.

10.) 25 Feb 2018 21:54:41
The kid McTominay did a good job keeping Hazard out, I feel that Hazard's substitution was a gamble that Conte took that became counterproductive. Hazard is by far our best and most valuable player and there's absolutely nothing wrong with him; Chelsea's problem is a cascade problem that started right from the the summer transfer window.
One funny thing is that whenever Conte subs Hazard off, u see him bring in players that would have combined better with Hazard and made him (Hazard) more productive in the game.
Hazard looks kinda mediocre at Chelsea these days and isn't going to be the BEST playing at Chelsea which he's capable of considering the kind of players (he plays with) we have got.
If Chelsea wants to the best, they need stronger players to compliment Hazard.

11.) 27 Feb 2018 10:35:36
The early Kante yellow card did do some really good damage.



20 Feb 2018 21:42:47
Disappointed not to have won. On another day the two posts are goals. Young Christensen played well, his young and hopefully can cut these mistakes out. No point dwelling over his error. Big game needed at Camp Nou.




20 Feb 2018 17:55:14
I feel slightly nervous about this mamouth fixture against Barcelona. Unlike all the other previous encounters against the same opposition, I feel this time around we are losing at home. Maybe I want Chelsea to win this badly hence the negatively. I can almost predict a very deep defence today. I hope I am wrong.

My squad

Luiz- midfield


1.) 20 Feb 2018 18:19:07
That would be my side too although I’d prefer Emerson for his pace over Alonso.



16 Feb 2018 22:24:54
Quick analysis of today's game.

Generally very good but the 2nd half was timid.

Willian - Man of the match.

Pedro - Very good.

Giroud- Very good.

Emmerson - Great Debut. Likes to run with the ball, good interceptions and started many counter attacks.

Ampadu - Solid

Rudiger - Turning out to be brill.

Solid display, deffinetly have to start with a positive setup against Barcelona and I would suggest 343.


I think the above selection is the most likely outcome for Tuesday. Alonso is likely to be out. Too early for Emmerson despite having a good game today.


1.) 16 Feb 2018 22:52:36
It's the midfield where the big decision has to be made. Not sure I would start with fabregas but there again what are the alternatives. I assume Luiz won't be fit, unless he is bold and puts Ampadu alongside Kante, but can't see that happening.

2.) 16 Feb 2018 22:54:03
Just remembered Ampadu is not in champions league squad,

3.) 17 Feb 2018 00:34:46
You can’t play Cesc in a two man mid against Barcelona we’ll get battered. It’s got to be Luiz and Kante for me. And just stick Emerson as a natural LWB he’s got some confidence so let him carry on.




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18 Mar 2018 21:22:51
I think he was rested. Don't recall seeing him in the stadium today.

Once again, the top performers are Willian and Kante. Lol If Mr Hazard had any ambition of going Madrid then I'm sure they are well gone. Madrid would be stupid to spend big on Hazard especially when you have Mo Salah who has blitz the last two years in Italy and has scored so many goals in a single season in the premier league which Hazard will never achieve under Contes guidance.

Conte's set up was back to his usual defensive crap. It's ashamed that we never had an attaching manager whilst having so many natural attacking in the team over the years.




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15 Mar 2018 17:16:47
Messi scored 3 goals as a result of our mistakes.




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14 Mar 2018 22:32:52
I think we were a bit unlucky over two legs. Best player over two legs from both teams was Willian. He was phenomenal. Hazard who?

Moses = Rubbish. Should have started zaps.

Courtois hadn't a bad game. He needs to sign a new contract or move on. He ain't a de he's type of keeper.




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10 Mar 2018 19:32:19
Willian has been a cut above the rest for awhile now. As long as he keeps this up then I'm happy. Hazard should take note from Willian and take more shots and be more selfish. If only Hazard could turn up in conjunction with Willian against Barcelona.

Not sure how Chelsea won 2-1 today. Baffled. Should be 10. Morata should be on bench against Barca, useless moaner who's only goodness at falling and giving dissent.




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13 Feb 2018 23:02:05
I can't wait to see Emmerson in action. Hopefully he turns out really good. By the way our boy Kennedy is looking really good at Newcastle.





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25 Feb 2018 19:00:48
Sorry Conte didn't get outwitted by Jose tactically. What I meant was Jose outwitted Conte with his subs from the bench.

I agree Hazard ain't going to be world class unless he is more greedy. Willian is doing everything Hazard should be doing and on current form our season depends Willian especially Barcelona game.




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25 Feb 2018 18:02:03
We shouldn't have played for the draw from the 70 min mark. Also taking hazard off at 1-1 didn't seem bad but at 2-1 it looked very bad.




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25 Feb 2018 17:10:51
Stop watching Morata and you won't miss him mate.




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13 Feb 2018 13:28:48
Henry summed it up, he needs to score more goals. Its simple. But I think we are seeing an improvement.

So far this season he has 11 and is our top scorer which is good given theat he was injured at the start of the season and missed a lot games and started 4 off the bench. Its further more impressive if you consider that he has come back from a broken ankle.

I think this year we will see him break his previous and last years record of 16. That is a sign of a player that is improving. Hopefully he gets close to the 20 goal mark this season. The risk with that is that Madrid come knocking. But as i said previously, someone of Hazards quality should fetch 200 mil in the summer. Decision time for Madrid do they go all out for him or get alternatives who may br better value for money. Either way he goes or signs a new contract. I don't expect a Sanchez situation.




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13 Feb 2018 12:32:23
For me Hazard has to do more in his position. He plays in a similiar position to Salah, Sterling, Sane, Mane, Sanchez etc and in my opinion he should be blowing these guys out of the water. If we are to compare him to the greats then domestically he needs to be the king and unfortunately despite how good he is when wants to be he doesn't do it enough in the league and that's why some others have better stats. We can't also compare him to players who play in different positions who score less like Scholes. For me hazard needs to score more because it is clear he has the ability. Maybe under an attacking manager he will reach the top, not under Zidane either.