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21 Jan 2019 20:31:49
All three domino deals will become official tomorrow! #Higuain #Morata #Piatek.

Im excited with the arrival of Higuain. I really hope we sign Parades too. These two players are loyal servants of Sarri who have played under him at Napoli and Empoli respectively.

Sarri needs more loyalty on the pitch from his players. I suspect we have bad eggs in the team and these transfers will go along way in eradicating the issue. They should be able to promote his tactics and hopefully it rubs off on the others too. Something needs to change for the good of the club though.

Its no coincidence Sarri's predecessors suffered from player power too which led to their downfall.

But with new signings i think we will be fine. I am glad the club are backing sarri and making the requested transfers. I don't think the others in the squad will demotivate big players. I don't agree with Sarri there his obviously frustrated.

Any guess at the bad eggs in the team guys?


1.) 21 Jan 2019 20:59:51
I think Willian and Alonso definitely. Hazard and Luiz maybe. Rüdiger, Azpi, Kanté and Pedro all seem proper professionals in my eyes but could be wrong. Kepa has a very good attitude also he’s like a breath of fresh air compared to Courtois.


2.) 21 Jan 2019 21:07:35
As I’ve said in a previous post, we have now had three managers saying similar things, maybe its best to look at the players who have played under those three managers!

This is only a theory!


3.) 22 Jan 2019 00:14:53
He's been a great player for us, but all three times, this "player power" appears when Hazard gets frustrated. JM values result over his fitness and demands defensive work, Conte plays him false 9, Sarri plays him false 9.

I'm not suggesting, if player power exists here, that it's only him, but it could be a very good place to start.


4.) 22 Jan 2019 07:53:15
I have to agree with the suggestions, Hazard, Willian and Alonso seem to be the ones for me. Courtois was a major player in this all in the past.

I love Hazard for what he does on the pitch but my patience with him is running so thin when he speaks to the press. let's be honest, his been at the club for the past 6-7 years and you would expect professionalism when he opens his mouth but his calling out Madrid each time indirectly. He needs to be patient and stop talking and let nature take its course. If Madrid want him then they will have him for the right price. Its simple.

Personally, Hazard has been great for us and the premier league but if he leaves at the end of the season then that isn't the end of Chelsea. It will be a blow of course. However, the club is bigger than each individual and it will give the platform for other younger players to shine. Plus it would mean the end of another era. The board have tried and continue to do so with him but they have been good in all of this so credit where uts due. If he doesn't want to sign a new contract then we should look to move on quickly though and look for his replacement.


5.) 22 Jan 2019 08:31:16
I’m not sure it is in any way relevant but I think there are four players who have been at Chelsea with the last three managers. Willian, Pedro, Azpilicueta and Hazard.


6.) 22 Jan 2019 10:22:28
I can't imagine Azpi not playing well for any manager. He's too professional and constant.


7.) 22 Jan 2019 12:59:16
Totally agree re player power. It’s important we back the right manager to deal with this. Hopefully Sarri is the man. If not we’re buggared 😅.


 

 

19 jan 2019 21:57:05
Have faith guys. We will turn this around. Need a good transfer window now. It is very important.

Its clear the players ain't playing to Sarri's philosophy yet. He was shouting at them to press but obviously they weren't doing it.

Stay positive.


1.) 19 Jan 2019 23:21:27
He needs to find a way to add some spine into the team. Without RLC, I don't know where that comes from? Barkley instead of Kovacic? CHO instead of Pedro / Willian? Ampadu in midfield?

At the moment, the only two players with some Welly are Luiz and Rudi. Even Hazard just looks frustrated, but he's not yelling at team mates and leading.

Hopefully Higuain can help the cause, even if it's just his experience and winner's mentality.


2.) 20 Jan 2019 00:09:16
Press what to Kepa we only go in reverse slow boring football don’t think Sarri knows what to do been the same tempo slow football for weeks.


3.) 20 Jan 2019 06:56:08
Thank goodness, besides Sarri being so predictable, Sarri himself has started seeing that the players are difficult to motivate (which is his fault- not the players) . If I may ask why will the players go out of their skin to play when they know Sarri will stick with them even when they aren't putting in good performances- my point is Alonso will keep playing like rubbish cos Sarri will never start Emerson; Jorginho feels he doesn't have a replacement and clearly has no room for improvement; Willian knows he will definitely start no matter of how bad he plays (meanwhile there's a Hudson Odoi that could be more productive in some days) . Sarri's way of sticking with one player forever even when their back-ups are doing better makes no sense. There's no competition in the team.


4.) 20 Jan 2019 08:31:50
It will all change guys, patience needed even though its gone and wearing thin with many on here. Sarri is obviously frustrated and so are many fans are too.

However, new additions will help the spine of the team because these are all sarri's requests. The board are backing the manager which is great.

I think its fair to criticise the manager with his team selection and late substitutions yestersay but wanting him out so soon is overkill. He needs a proper chance with new signings. If he wanted the team to play like they did yesterday then he doesn't get so angry after the match. Even duting the match he was exploding at our players not pressing.

The players we have are very hard to motivate and i do agree with him here. Afterall these players have a tendency perform when they want. Look at our stats, we finish 1st, then 10th, then 1st, then 5th and now 4th after starting so brilliantly. Same core of players who are aging too. Also remember we don't have a proper striker.

Yes i agree i with frustrations of CHO and Emerson not playing but obviously Sarri doesn't seem to trust them. RLC is being missed so much.

Sarri is a quality manager, he has proven that at Napoli. I have faith that with new addtions we will see the Chelsea that we all want to, attcaking and fluid. However, if we don't after sometime and a fair chance then yes its fair to want a change. But calling for sack now is silly, we are known as the club who don't back their manager and that stigma must go if we are to fix the mentalities of the players.


5.) 20 Jan 2019 11:55:25
CFCShak, I really do respect your opinion a a lot but Sarri is so stubborn, stereotyped and predictable; these are undesirable and unproductive traits in the EPL. The is the league that doesn't give gifts, the league where the best managers are reduced to nothing. At the moment all we can do is pray cos one can't bank on Higuain.
Besides all the Sarri talk, the Chelsea board should strengthened themselves to spend big cos a lot of our players are past their good days esp if the club wants to win laurels.


6.) 20 Jan 2019 22:33:03
If sarris sticks with 1 player for every position how do you the others are playing better makes no sense.


7.) 21 Jan 2019 08:01:31
ADL said same thing about Sarri- not wanting to rotate and sticking with one player for one position (ignoring backups), and I think he was right. I feel it wouldn't have been much of a problem if Sarri is sticking with an exceptional group of players that are young like in Liverpool or Mancity. My point is what will our fate (future) be like as Pedro and Willian (who are in their 30s) are the ones Sarri's decided to stick with, then think of how good they will be next season in a fast league like the EPL as their age increases? Now imagine how good Mancity or liverpool's core players like Sane, Sterling, Salah (in their early 20s) etc will be next season as they grow into their prime- This is part of the reason why the club needs to start thinking of spending on younger exceptional players (or start giving players like Hudson Odoi and Ampadu a big chance to play) . At this rate, I pray it doesn't take us another 3 years before we win the league again.


 

 

09 Jan 2019 20:32:25
Just continuing a previous discussion that some posters were having about our options for signing a striker.

Anyway 50m for Wilson?!? Surely we aren't looking to pay that sort of money for a striker that we will most likely replace in the summer and also given his dodgy knees its a massive risk for an investment. If we do make that alleged offer then that would indicate that the board also feel that they are in a desperate position in terms of strikers otherwise they would never consider such offers. Bournemouth would be silly to reject a 50m offer.

Higuain would have been ideal on a short term basis, however it's very complicated. Milan are paying 16m for the loan and then have to buy for 32m obligatory. Of course Juventus would want a similar deal with us which includes an obligation to buy otherwise they lose out. They would be mad not to accept 48m in total from Milan who have agreed to the condition and instead give us a short term loan and then have Higuain back in their books come the summer. For a starter no one would spend 48m or close to that fee for a 31 year old unless China come calling. This one is very complicated and probably won't happen despite the player and Sarri being desperate to work with each other. Maybe if Milan allowed Higuain to leave on a short term basis and Chelsea agreeing to pay half the loan fee then maybe it works. But obviously I think Milan don't want to buy Higuain outright in the summer.

Vardy won't happen, very unlikely.

Given the fees that are being thrown about for the linked strikers, maybe we should just trigger Icardi's release clause.

Obviously easier said than done. It makes more sense to me to pay close to 90m and buy a striker which covers you a very long time who is prolific than say pay Wilson (50m) and then another maybe another striker for 40-50m in the summer.


1.) 09 Jan 2019 21:00:56
Ed2 your the guru when it comes to transfers, any chance of a teaser?

{Ed002's Note - It would be cruel to suggest Icardi might get a League Cup medal this year.}


2.) 09 Jan 2019 21:15:05
Lol Ed2. Just being wishful. His probably Madrid bound.


3.) 09 Jan 2019 22:09:32
Probably at man city.


4.) 10 Jan 2019 01:01:57
Oh were we knocked out of Europa?


5.) 10 Jan 2019 08:11:48
Lol ed, can we get more teasers in the future 😂.


6.) 09 Jan 2019 22:41:46
What about a league cup medal next season Ed002 ;)


7.) 10 Jan 2019 11:38:12
i agree go all out buy icardi. don't see wilson or higuian as the answer icardi could be our aguero. who ever we get il support the decision and player and hope they succeed as i always do.


8.) 10 Jan 2019 11:49:52
Pat Nevin suggesting that a lot of the names being mentioned are very likely to be a cover for our real targets.
He thinks we are more likely to be looking at Piatek at Genoa, but then so are Madrid apparently.
Hes the right age profile but always a risk signing a young player from another league obviously as we have discovered with Batman.


9.) 10 Jan 2019 17:14:13
Ed002- Surely you don't think Burton can turn it around!?!


 

 

09 Jan 2019 00:22:30
Higuain apparently will sign for the club very soon.

Higuain
Barella
Parades

We could be signing all 3.


1.) 09 Jan 2019 08:42:33
That is what I call a statement of intent from the club.


2.) 09 Jan 2019 08:55:16
The midfield could change drastically. It means Sarri have eyes after all, he's a smart man if we manage to pull off these three deals.


3.) 09 Jan 2019 09:46:26
is it a statement of intent? whos barella and parades how many other top clubs are interested in them? higuian is stuffed he's bearly getting a game with ac milan. but he is a goal scorer an im sure sarri will put his arm around gonzalos shoulder an tell him how good he is and get him on a thread mill an hel be flying haha no honestly higuian could be really good and i never heard of the other 2.


4.) 09 Jan 2019 10:15:33
can anybody give me anything on barella and paredes as iv never even heard of themM? i see barella is young so it always good to see young talents coming in i assume he's a talent if were paying 40 plus for him.


5.) 09 Jan 2019 12:21:30
Both players play for their respective national teams, first of all. Haven't seen either of them play, but I believe the Eds have been writing, that Barella is seen by many as a potential captain for Italy in the future.

All I've seen from both players has been on YouTube, so it goes without saying that I've only seen the best parts of the players. However, Barella in my eyes seems like a very good box to box midfielder, that can also go out wide, and he seems to make absolutely wonderful passes - from what I've seen, I'm sure he'd had a lot more assists with better team mates! Think he'd be a perfect fit to either the left or right central midfield.

Paredes, on the other hand, seems to be almost the same as Jorginho, from what I've seen. Should be taken in regard, that most of the videos I've seen must've been against Russian teams, so I don't know how he's done against better teams.


6.) 09 Jan 2019 13:36:22
A statement? A statement of what exactly? That we have now reverted to signing has beens as a striker.


7.) 09 Jan 2019 14:27:29
Magic, a lot of big clubs have been after Barella. If Chelsea can get the deal done in January then it will be good business. His a standout in Italy and is received very very highly there by everyone. His stats for tackling are better than Kovacic's and he has a good eye for a pass. His main asset is his engine, he can run all day making him a perfrct box to box player. He could be a good risk given his age.

Parades I suspect will provide competition for Jorginho given that Fabregas will leave. Also let's not forgot Fabregas is an all time great in football, you can't compare nobody's vision like his so no point comparing the two. Just be thankful we had Fabregas who contributed in 2 titles with us.


8.) 09 Jan 2019 14:54:37
thank you emil sc for your comment back. interesting barella does seem like a decent footballer from what iv heard. but my issue would be so would rlc if he was playing for bari or someone of that calibre. so ifms he an improvement on rlc barkley etc. the 1 thing i suppose we have learned is buying young players allows you the window of oppertunity to resell for good money if they go an have a decent loan somewere and can be den sold. ie bakayoko . he didn't work out didn't suit us maybe who knows he looked like christy brown any time i watched him play haha na all jokes aside my point is we can sell again if he doesn't work out.


9.) 09 Jan 2019 15:06:58
thank you cfc shak i like hearing peoples insight i muat say ye have me intrigued on barella don't think the other chap will get much time but barella i would say there is definetly a spot for especially if kovacic isn't made permanent in the summer .


10.) 09 Jan 2019 19:52:45
Barella, I can understand as he would suit English football being of compact build and aggressive, sometimes too aggressive and he favours his left foot, the downside is he seldom scores which is something we need from midfield. Cannot see why we would be interested in Paredes who has been around the block and only 24 and ends up in the Russian league. Been there before but I would like to see us buy Griezmann in the summer for his goals, engine and tactical awareness.


11.) 10 Jan 2019 09:02:07
do you really think wel go for griezman. look at who we chase these days calum wilson paredes haha come on the marque signings days are long gone and done.


12.) 10 Jan 2019 15:50:28
Magic: Spoil sport. Yet, we would appear to gladly fork out £50m for Callum Wilson or an unfit Higuain if the media are to be believed. To keep Hazard we need a major signing.


 

 

08 Jan 2019 15:19:26
So it appears Barella could be a target for January and the transfer has the potential of going ahead if rumours of Cagliari having a bid for a replacement midfielder from Boca Juniors accepted are true.

I initially thought the links to Parades were there incase the above didn't go through. However, it seems likely that both the above players could be bought into replace Fabregas, Drinkwater and perhaps Kovacic who the club may not make permanent in the summer. Otherwise we could be overcrowded in that department.

I think from recent reports, sadly CHO will be sold unless the club manages to change his mind. If the kid decides to go then so be it. It's clear that his head has been turned. It's clear he would have been given a chance now, Sarri considers him very important. If he hasn't got the patience then that's up to him. This was supposed to be his breakthrough year and I thought he was being managed well. It's not like he has gone through how long it to RLC. Grass isn't always greener.

So this is what I've gathered so far:

Possible Ins
- Pulisic
- Barella
- Parades
- Hysaj *maybe a late push
- Striker (unsure who though)

Outs
Fabregas
Drinkwater
Moses
Zappacosta
CHO (I think he will be gone)
Morata
Cahill.


1.) 08 Jan 2019 18:58:24
if we sign barella and paredes its real bad news for mason mount and any other talented lad coming through. hudson odoi has d best chance any cfc youngster has had over last few years and he wants out.


2.) 08 Jan 2019 20:54:49
I wouldn't be surprised to see kovacic, barkley and Drinkwater go aswell as Cesc so moreso probably 3 out two in and promote one.


3.) 09 Jan 2019 08:57:32
not sure why wed allow kovacic go mate i think wel make him permanent once real don't price him out of a move.


4.) 09 Jan 2019 13:29:41
I’d imagine Mason would come in next year and replace RLC as he’ll likely want to leave as he’s way down the pecking order. I don’t really see the need to replace Drinkwater as he’s barely played at all. Can only imagine we’d get both Paredes and Barella if Kovacic wasn’t being signed.


5.) 09 Jan 2019 15:08:30
no course not pal drinkywater isn't even trainin with d seniors is he? i don't think sarri wants him or rates him at all. its hard to no if we can offload all d players we don't want do.


 

 

 

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16 Jan 2019 22:28:03
Higuain deal is all but done. I am really excited. Can't wait for goals to fly in every direction.


1.) 16 Jan 2019 23:02:07
not a bad signing worth a gamble ud imagine sarri will have his confidence back and the goals flowing in no time.


2.) 16 Jan 2019 23:16:14
You guys know I’m sad to see Morata leave our club and I have given the reasons many times why I wanted him to stay at our club.

I truly hope this doesn’t turn out to be a sale we regret.


3.) 17 Jan 2019 07:28:25
Not fit or suited for the prem.


4.) 17 Jan 2019 08:20:22
look tom the only way to look at this fron our perspective is morata is mentally weak and just doesn't suit the premier league and the physical demands of it. he looks like a kid who can't handle the pressure of the pl he just looks cranky and moody when he plays and for me i think its best for both parties he goes and we move on.


5.) 17 Jan 2019 10:40:52
Tom, I am still also a bit unsure about Morata. I was very excited by his skills (not least, but not only, heading ability) and movement when he first arrived, and of course the goals came to begin with. And he hasn't become unskillful -- I saw some excellent moments from him on and off the ball at the Southamton game, and he was unlucky to have goal ruled offside (but also missed opportunities) -- and he may well do very well in different league/ different system, and good luck to him if he goes which seems likely. But I agree that he doesn't seem consistently physically and mentally strong enough for EPL, and his stats nose-dived as he missed loads of chances. This form, and fact that Giroud not exactly prolific (though less game time) was risking top 4 place in v competitive season. What was to be done?


6.) 17 Jan 2019 14:41:54
Not sure why people are happy with us getting Higuain. The guy is 31, overweight, and has a similar goal record to Morata this season.


7.) 17 Jan 2019 17:16:05
trublu fair point but morata has played in a far better chelsea team than higuian has with ac milan i don't see higuain missing the chances morata regularly does give him a chance.


 

 

13 Jan 2019 01:26:01
So much negatively in here at the moment, it's a literally a joke.

As a club we have played defensive football for many many years, over such a long span under managers like RDM, Benitez, Mourinho, Hiddink and Conte and many many fans were not happy with our style of football back then despite us winning so much as a club.

We all wanted a different brand of football, something more eye candy. Finally our board agreed, massive massive change, board appointed Sarri so that he could oversee this massive project and change our philosophy. A bus being knocked down and being replaced by a car.

Sarri's Napoli was the most attractive team in Europe last year, the great Pep Guardiola labelled Napoli as the best team he has been up against who play beautiful football which is massive compliment to Sarri. He can't be that bad of a manager when things are right? Afterall he made a Napoli play some beautiful stuff.

Under Sarri we started brilliantly, attacking football normally takes time when being a bus is in your DNA, it doesn't happen overnight but we were scintillating and scoring for fun. We were title contenders up until November. Everton draw started the rot. We have had a poor Decemeber and now fans are booing the team. It's a flipping disgrace. We are 1 point off 3rd and 3 points off 2nd which is Pep's Man City. 5 points clear from 5th. We are in the semi final of league cup, in the FA Cup and knock out stage of Europa. So far it's been a decent campaign and all of this without a proper striker. Obviously Sarri must feel short changed without being given a proper striker. It wasn't realistic to win the league this year, maybe it was Sarri's fault for starting so brilliantly which obviously has been forgotten by many fans over Christmas, we were scoring for fun back then. His had the best start of any Chelsea manager. It's a disgrace to see all the boos come out.

So to all the boos boys, if your not happy with Sarri then what is it you want? If you don't have the patience with him then who do you want as your manager and why? Who should steer the club? should we be playing attacking football or do you want the defensive approach back?


1.) 13 Jan 2019 02:38:43
The warning signs were there at the start of the season especially against arsenal but I understand what you’re saying. Completely agree with everything.


2.) 13 Jan 2019 08:31:26
It's hypocritical to brand anybody's post as negative/ toxic just because he/ she doesn't share your own views. After all we all want improvements in the concerned areas and the best for the club. We are Chelsea and have no room for mediocrity though not with limitations.


3.) 13 Jan 2019 09:25:20
CFShak: It's not negativity but disappointment. Clearly many of the crowd do not buy into Sarri-ball or what it is normally called 'possession'. Possession helps but goals win games. I would rather get three points each week than play beautiful, get us nowhere football, ideally both but points first and foremost. Sarri's Napoli never won anything under him and he has never won anything so there is an element of myth about him. Clearly he does not know how to change a game, setting us up the same way for 90 minutes. I cannot see how Jorghino has lost confidence as he is doing exactly what he has done all season, hundreds of passes sideways or a short distance, we need penetration in the mould of the old Fabregas, through the middle, over the top. It is a waste not playing Kante in his more traditional role to possibly accommodate one of his favourites and to persevere with Alonso when he not playing well. You say "to all the boo boys" you are referring to a 'lot' of people. I think this was a transitional season and to date we have over performed but have a great chance of that 4th spot but we are a long way short of the finished product.


4.) 13 Jan 2019 09:37:48
don't get me. wrong he needs players that play his style and time to get them players in.

but there was clips of Dave and Alonso both being the highest players up the field and at one point bother being CF positions so something needs to change.

We know teams will defend deep, with that in mind why do we want our full backs cutting in all the team making the pitch even smaller creating less space, instead of keeping them out wide and creating more space for Hazard etc. 40k fans can see it why can't Sarri. we all can't be wrong.


5.) 13 Jan 2019 09:41:04
The warning signs were there yes standard but how long was Sarri in charge for before the season?

The board was at fault for leaving it so late so he couldn't get many of the type of players he needed.

Rome wasn't built in a day, neither was Napoli and neither will Chelsea. It takes time to implement a new system after 5 seasons of defensive tactics.


6.) 13 Jan 2019 09:47:23
agreed it wasn't built in a day correct. however he won't be given that time at Chelsea or even any big team in this day in age. Sorry but that is a fact. it's how the game is now. Sad I know but it is what it is.


7.) 13 Jan 2019 10:01:00
I think sarri will be given time actually. The board fought hard for him and they won’t get rid of him easily they clearly see him as the man.

We need to trust the process. If it’s still looking like this next season fair enough but to be skating sarri already is a bit premature .


8.) 13 Jan 2019 10:47:20
I just don't understand the slating of Sarri. It's so premature knowing that he lacks a quality striker and judging him already is ludicrous. Sarri-ball needs a striker, look no further than Higuain or Mertens stats at Napoli. 5 or 6 years of playing defensively would mean players naturally fall into old habits and that is what Sarri is trying to stamp out. If you watch his press conferences that is. He needs new personel which is what he will get. Pep had a whole new squad in his 2nd season.

Sarri has won nothing. brilliant stat coming from a chelsea fan. Usually that comes from rival fans. Poch has won nothing, Klopp has been at Liverpool a while and is finally having his best season but has won nothing with them yet. Pep won nothing first season? Jose just got sacked for turning Man Utd into a bus, Emery is trying implement attacking football but is 6 points off sarri. Are they all bad managers?

Anyway, there is nothing to suggest he will leave or be sacked. He is having a good campaign. I think so many people just want instant success. Football doesn't work like that. stick by your team. Support them rather branding crap when we are in a decent position.


9.) 13 Jan 2019 11:31:21
Huh? Didn’t we win yesterday? So why the “disappointing” posts? 3 points is 3 points. Gripped tighter on 4th place. Doing exactly what we needed to do this season. It’s the mans first season, could be a lot worse like Jose’s last season in charge with us. Cheer up lads.


10.) 13 Jan 2019 12:36:37
Freeborn, being negative is fine by me as long as it’s accompanied with constructive suggestions.

Calling the manager clueless, players deadwood or Nancy’s is in NO way constructive.

I didn’t want Sarri (not for football reasons) but he is our manager and I will support him. I will criticise him on tactics or selection but I will try and put forward an argument for my criticisms.


11.) 13 Jan 2019 17:42:52
We don’t clamours for instant success. We want entertaining football, and 70% possession with copious a, punt of passes between the back 5 is not entertaining for me.


12.) 13 Jan 2019 17:48:34
I think the issue we have is that Sarri is playing “square pegs in round holes”.

He’s got a Left back that’s too attack minded and gets caught out of position almost all the time. Morata - there’s nothing to say. Giroud is a target man, he thrives on crosses. Which is fine but how often do you see Willian and Pedro cross a ball, they both like to cut inside. So he’s forced to play Hazard in the 9 to give us a goal threat and that doesn’t suit him. He’s better of as a free role, not a key point up front.

We’re also forgetting that Sarri called this, he said his first season would be tough. Let’s remember he also came in late and bar Jorginho has not been able to stamp his authority on the team. I think he’s done a great job to keep us in the top 4 amongst these sort of problems.

I know Higuain isn’t everyone’s cup of team but his goal scoring record is bang up there. He knows Sarri, he knows his system and I for one feel if he signs he’ll be a major success. On the other hand, if Sarri started Odoi and Giroud, I could see that clicking. Odoi is a brilliant crosser if the ball.

Keep the faith!


13.) 13 Jan 2019 18:44:43
RyRy, Sarri made it very clear before the season started that it was going to take time to introduce his methods.

We aren’t playing well at the moment but I think most fans would have taken this at the start of the season.


14.) 13 Jan 2019 18:54:56
He did say that, but he also said it would take two months. It’s a lot longer than that now and we are boring as f***! It’s clear as day that we need a centre forward, but it would also help out a tonne of he told his players to punt it upfield and create chances rather than waste time and our money watching the defenders pass it amongst themselves.

Look at our first goal yesterday, that’s what we want. Just lump it forward.


15.) 13 Jan 2019 19:22:18
Don't go then mate simple isn't it? Entertaining football and all that. go and watch basketball or something. Haha, lump It forward, you're better off supporting Sam Allardyce's next team mate. See ya.

A win is a win. 3 points is 3 points. 4th place, 1 point behind spurs, 6 ahead of Arsenal and United and all you can do is whine about not being entertained.


16.) 13 Jan 2019 19:23:25
Two things RyRy.

(a) I don’t remember any specific time being given by Sarri but he did say that the players are intelligent and are adapting well to his ideas. That comment may have been a bit premature.

(b) If we EVER play “lump” it football I will give up.

You could start a campaign for Big Sam to be our manager!


17.) 13 Jan 2019 19:32:47
By lumping it forward, I mean direct football, we’re the furthest thing from direct right now. All I’m seeing is tippy-tappy crap that wastes time. Ten minutes in and Luiz and Rudiger are exchanging 3/ 4 passes without even thinking of taking it upfield. That’s not football.


18.) 13 Jan 2019 19:35:55
Also, Adam. Can you honestly say that this is what you were expecting last August? Unconvincing performances, and scraping past lower table opposition? 6 points in front of United is nothing given their form and ours. Squeaky bum time.


19.) 13 Jan 2019 19:38:30
Dantheman23. Great post mate, couldn't have said it better.


20.) 13 Jan 2019 19:51:34
Yes to be honest, would have been more had United not sacked Jose. Come on, 4th place, 1 point behind Spurs, 6 in front of a resurgent United. Very happy mate, the performances will come. Top 4 is ALL that matters to me this season.


21.) 13 Jan 2019 20:00:11
RyRy, it is football but not as you know it.

Why squeaky bum time? Arsenal and United are six points behind us not in front of us.


22.) 13 Jan 2019 21:11:41
Did I hear that this poster say he wants Chelsea to play like Stoke City. Lump it forward . ?


23.) 13 Jan 2019 21:17:34
Not as I know it? Football is football. You’d take tedious possession orientated football over direct attack? Because it’s the former we have right now. We look rather woeful, and nothing compared to what was expected back in pre-season. No one expected Napoli of last season, but we expected better than this. Apart from Jorginho, none of the players look in tune with what Sarri wants, not even Hazard on some occasions.

It’d be understandable if minority’s of the starting line-up wasn’t able to play exactly how Sarri wanted to play. but it’s the majority. Why isn’t what he wants not being put across to the players?

Back to my point. Football is football, deeming someone with ‘not as you know it’ is complete snobbery. The match going fans know what they want, and that’s being entertained. We’re not right now.


24.) 13 Jan 2019 21:59:23
RyRy as far as I can remember you the first person I’ve read on this site who wants Chelsea to play play long ball or “lump it” football.

If you consider that sort of football entertainment that’s fine but I remain convinced that the vast majority of Chelsea fans would not!


25.) 14 Jan 2019 07:49:41
Chelsea should never be entertaining such brand of football, lump it forward football is not what Chelsea should be about mate. Beyond belief.


26.) 14 Jan 2019 12:58:59
A bit of help for RyRy - I would imagine that he means a more direct style a la Liverpool rather than lump it forward - and with that I agree - successful football has to be a mix of possession and taking a chance by playing the ball forward quicker (most of our goals / chances lately seem to be coming from long balls from Luiz) - we seem to be stuck in a possession for possession's sake game (which is incredibly tedious to watch) .


 

 

10 Jan 2019 07:55:19
Alonso has got a lot of slack on here recently and mostly justified.

Anyway credit to him for his quote on CHO's situation.

"Bayern Munich? We are Chelsea, another great team, the Premier League is the most competitive league in the world, I don't know why someone would go to Bayern Munich. "

Tbh if you have made it or on the verge of making it at a top club in the premier league then Alonso is 100% right.


1.) 10 Jan 2019 09:03:00
agreed alonsos a good guy always gives 100 percent.


 

 

07 Jan 2019 08:19:02
Happy Birthday to Eden Hazard who turns 28 today. Hopefully he continues to thrill wearing the colours of 'blue.

Hopefully RM don't see him as their perfect investment and go for someone younger. Hazard may aswel sign the new contract and commit his future to the club.


 

 

07 Jan 2019 00:01:32
So Real Madrid have lost 6 games and drew 3 from there 19 games. Dropped points in almost 50% of their games and yet are 5 points off second position.

Premier League is head and shoulders the best league in the world. It will now be vindicated in the champions league I believe.


1.) 07 Jan 2019 17:12:08
Couldn't it also be the case that La Liga has a lot of teams of a very high standard and they all take points off each other? The Premiership has 6 competitive teams with the other 14 playing for 7th place!


 

 

 

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22 Jan 2019 07:53:15
I have to agree with the suggestions, Hazard, Willian and Alonso seem to be the ones for me. Courtois was a major player in this all in the past.

I love Hazard for what he does on the pitch but my patience with him is running so thin when he speaks to the press. let's be honest, his been at the club for the past 6-7 years and you would expect professionalism when he opens his mouth but his calling out Madrid each time indirectly. He needs to be patient and stop talking and let nature take its course. If Madrid want him then they will have him for the right price. Its simple.

Personally, Hazard has been great for us and the premier league but if he leaves at the end of the season then that isn't the end of Chelsea. It will be a blow of course. However, the club is bigger than each individual and it will give the platform for other younger players to shine. Plus it would mean the end of another era. The board have tried and continue to do so with him but they have been good in all of this so credit where uts due. If he doesn't want to sign a new contract then we should look to move on quickly though and look for his replacement.


 

 

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20 Jan 2019 08:31:50
It will all change guys, patience needed even though its gone and wearing thin with many on here. Sarri is obviously frustrated and so are many fans are too.

However, new additions will help the spine of the team because these are all sarri's requests. The board are backing the manager which is great.

I think its fair to criticise the manager with his team selection and late substitutions yestersay but wanting him out so soon is overkill. He needs a proper chance with new signings. If he wanted the team to play like they did yesterday then he doesn't get so angry after the match. Even duting the match he was exploding at our players not pressing.

The players we have are very hard to motivate and i do agree with him here. Afterall these players have a tendency perform when they want. Look at our stats, we finish 1st, then 10th, then 1st, then 5th and now 4th after starting so brilliantly. Same core of players who are aging too. Also remember we don't have a proper striker.

Yes i agree i with frustrations of CHO and Emerson not playing but obviously Sarri doesn't seem to trust them. RLC is being missed so much.

Sarri is a quality manager, he has proven that at Napoli. I have faith that with new addtions we will see the Chelsea that we all want to, attcaking and fluid. However, if we don't after sometime and a fair chance then yes its fair to want a change. But calling for sack now is silly, we are known as the club who don't back their manager and that stigma must go if we are to fix the mentalities of the players.


 

 

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16 Jan 2019 07:50:01
Lol Adam. That should keep our 'lump the ball forward' fan happy now he has evidence to rely on.


 

 

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14 Jan 2019 22:39:57
He should stay, he certainly will have a good career with us. A lot better than what bayern can offer. Hopefully Chelsea knuckle down and don't feel pressured to sell.


 

 

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13 Jan 2019 10:53:22
Standard there was a big improvement in the 2nd half. We could have had a few more goals, Willian and Pedro missed two good chances. Willian turned up after the break which made a massive difference. I just wish he was more consistent. All in all happy with the win and the tempo was better in the 2nd half. Its clear that Sarri is working on it. It will take time.

Hopefully we sign a few players before the Arsenal game which will be interesting. We can literally make the top 4 ours with a win.


 

 

 

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20 Jan 2019 10:26:46
Also you can't pinpoint the manager as the problem here. Its a collective issue which involves the players because they play, the manager because he picks them and the board for poor past signings which they are trying to correct the issue now.

But we need to back the manager here. In my opinion we need to start getting replacements or cover for the following;

- both fullback positions. Neither are good at playing possession based football. Azpi is terrific for a defensive manager and will continue to be so.

- midfielder who scores and creates. We have one in RLC who is injured. Barkley and Kovacic don't have the cutting edge to assit or score despite playing more advanced. I would love Coutinhio. Obviously a replacement to rest Jorhinho is needed too.


- Central defender to replace luiz in the future, Luiz has been superb for us. He will go down as a great at the bridge. Deserves so much credit. Sarri needs him long term.


- Cover attacking players. Cover for pulisic, hazard and CHO because Willian and Pedro may leave and are aging anyway. Not enough goals from willians and pedro anyway. I suspect Hazard will leave and god knows what the situation is with CHO. This may be an area of complete transformation. A lot depends on outgoings here.

- Strikers. As a club we have been so hit and miss here. Drogba and Costa are the two successes of recent times.

Big recruitment needed at the bridge. Its not an overnight resolution. It will take many windows to fix. Even if you replace the manager the above issues need addressing. Cudos to all the above for being fantastic and making us the most successful team in the last 5 years or so. However, thebolayers are all reaching 30's and some have advanced.

This will be sorted. Have faith


fullbacks, a strong defender to replace Luiz in the future. Goal scoring midfielder and a striker.


 

 

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20 Jan 2019 08:46:23
Standard you have made a fair comment about our fullbacks. 100% agree. Azpi is very poor playing the possession based football. Neither have good crosses.


 

 

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20 Jan 2019 08:41:58
Ive said the same J. there's been a backclash from fans here who need to see the bigger picture.


 

 

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19 Jan 2019 23:35:48
I follow my team regardless of the situation. MDW you carry on praising opposition players and criticise your own team, you are the most negative fan i've known on here. Have you ever been satisfied? Your always the first for managers to get sacked. Stop being an instant success fan and pray for stability. Its more than the manager that is the problem.

Nick you care to share who you want as our manager given that Sarri isn't up for the task? Your another poster that posts rubbish after rubbish. Get a grip son. We are 4th, we've got a transfer windown ahead of us. You seem like a depressed fan, non stop negatuve rubbish. Go supoort liverpoop or Man city if you can't take the bad results of late. You fans have had it easy, you should have supported chelsea pre roman era.

Sorry if i've offended anyone but these childish posts have annoyed me.


 

 

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19 Jan 2019 19:42:47
Good jobs ed. No time for rubbish to be posted.