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01 Oct 2017 13:41:59
Disapointing result yesterday. Held back from posting anything kneejerk as needed time to let it sink in.

Here are my observations:

1) City looked fresher than us and were much better at moving the ball when they had it and closing when they didn't. I think Conte had deliberately set us up to play on the counter because he knew we would be too tired to play a full pressing game after a hard fought game against Ath. Madrid. With the depth of City's squad, they could rotate and still have world class players pressing. Plus they had an extra day's rest. This exposes two things: our lack of depth in squad and the advantage you get from extra rest. Both have been pointed out before but worth noting again.

2) The Morata substitution was the changing point in the game. With Willian introduced, I believe this was an attempt to inject some pressing further up the field to stop their passing game and put pressure on them playing it out from defence. This massively backfired and we were left with no-one to play target man and hold the ball up. When Hazard did receive the ball, he was instantly surrounded by 3 players and starved of a pass. On top of this, Willian was dreadful. I don't think he successfully completed a pass in that first half and wasn't much better in the second. I believe this was a gamble by Conte that backfired and he needs to share in the blame for that decision, despite the player letting him down.

3) Christensen is a real find. If he stays with us, he'll be our captain in the next 5 years.

4) Bakayoko looked lost when asked to play in a midfield 3. He didn't seem sure whether he was supposed to be attacking (like Fabregas) or defending (like Kante) . In the end he did little of both. He's only young though so it's probably just inexperience.

5) We missed David Luiz's ball playing ability. The were quite a few times that we needed him to collect the ball and run with it out of defence, commit a couple of players and then pass it through midfield to our playmakers. Instead we were ponderous, apart from Christensen.

6) WHY DID WE SELL DE BRUYNE? and Robben, Lukaku, and Mata for that matter. ;-)

7) Despite our mistakes, we have to give City credit for playing as well as they did. They look similar to the Barcelona team that spammed people in the later 2000s. Another world class defender and maybe even a galactico striker (Messi next summer? ) and only 3-4 teams would be able to rival them. Currently Chelsea isn't on of them. They have the players, the togetherness, and they are looking much more resilient and hard to beat than they did last year.

8) I have a lot of respect for Cahill, but I don't think he should be in our defence ahead of Rudiger, Christensen, Luiz, and/ or Azpi. His appearances should start to be controlled like Terry's.

Dantheblue

1.) 03 Oct 2017 14:17:39
Attacking wise we looked horrible without Morata up front. Batshuayi should've come on for him, but what's done is done.
City looked very good, but our defense was strong as well. They had a hard time creating any good chances, and needed a special shot from KDB to beat us. So if anything, I'm very confident about our defense.

Hopefully Conte trusts Batshuayi to replace Morata while he is injured. He knows how to score, and while his overall play perhaps isn't quite good enough, he does get goals and that's what wins you games.

We'll have better days, and Conte will learn from the mistake of putting Willian on instead of Batshuayi. Onwards and upwards.


 

 

 

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18 Sep 2017 16:49:49
So this isn't meant to be a negative post BUT I am concerned about our lack of depth up front now I've seen Morata and Batshuiyi against a few different opponents.

Having Hazard back will help share the burden of goal scoring and creativity, but for the first time in a while, we ran out of ideas against a team that usually aren't great at defending. Morata is a raw talent but he is not currently good at being a target man and bringing other players in to the game. He's also not an upgrade in his levels of positive aggression on Costa. I'm certainly not saying saying I want Costa back, but I don't think defenders currently fear our frontline like they used to, and like they do currently with the 2 Manchester clubs. Not sure who I'd bring in now though. prices are so inflated currently.

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1.) 18 Sep 2017 18:35:19
Morata is trying too hard and it is effecting his composure on the ball which is usually very good. That lack of an additional strike force from midfield is a real problem and Hazard back in full flow will be a major asset BUT with an injury we will struggle so another player with creative ability but also the ability to score is a must. where is that young Lampard?


2.) 18 Sep 2017 18:54:46
I disagree. Before the Arsenal-game, nobody doubted Morata, and I don't get why they should now - indeed he didn't have his best game, but nor did any of his teammates. Also, don't forget what usually happens with Diego Costa in the games where nothing is the way he wants it to be, the referee perhaps a bit against him, and the other players not playing at their best - a red card waiting to happen.
I agree, however, that we need to spread out our goal threats and not be over-reliant on Hazard or Morata having a bad day at the office. But also, let's not forget that Pedro has often shown the ability to create something out of nowhere!
And if the other teams don't fear our attackers, that's on them - if they under estimate us, that will only be our advantage!


3.) 18 Sep 2017 19:49:59
Morata was isolated and done brilliant. If he'd of given silly fouls away like Diego we'd be moaning out him. He didn't get any help from surrounding players, it's that simple,


4.) 18 Sep 2017 23:45:05
Morata reminds me so much of Osgood.
He has all the attributes of becoming a legend with our club.
The worst performances were:-
(a) Cahill., teams let him have the ball and then press. I would rather Rudi.
(b) Willian. Workrate isn't everything.
Sometimes a point is OK when your performance is just average!
Onwards and upwards. We will still be Champions come the end of the season!


5.) 19 Sep 2017 07:07:19
Not a dissimilar build to Osgood with that knack of ghosting past defenders but he needs someone to feed him.


6.) 19 Sep 2017 15:49:08
TomB, Ossie? Morata? Go wash your mouth out with soap!


7.) 20 Sep 2017 07:57:41
Miss Wood, I hope, in time, we pay the same reverence to Morata as we all do to the King.


8.) 20 Sep 2017 08:26:53
Dantheblue, sorry, I received the same amount of stick (thumbs down) for making this point earlier (when the transfer window was still open- then I was saying that the club should sell Batshuayi sign Belotti in addition to Morata) . I don't know if our fans are seeing the depth Man-U and Man-city has got.

I think you have a good point and you aren't being negative.
Is Morata good? yes he is and could still improve BUT my issue is with Batshuayi. Chelsea needs a stronger backup (better than Batshuayi) . If Batshuayi can improve (pending when Morata hits top form) best for us but as of now Batshuayi isn't cutting it for me.


9.) 20 Sep 2017 10:22:26
There are still many wanting to keep giving Bats another chance but at 23 coming up 24 how long are we expected to wait. It is not as if he looks talented and just making mistakes, I am not sure what they saw in him to pay such a large fee. Many hate the comparison but Harry Kane is a similar age and look at the difference not least their goals to games ratio.


 

 

05 Sep 2017 18:15:22
Is anyone else tired of Ray Wilkins going on about how bad the Matic deal was? Give it a bleedin' rest man, he obviously wanted to leave!

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1.) 05 Sep 2017 18:50:03
All Ray Wilkins ever tries to do just recently is stir/ put us down. He just seems so bitter towards us nowadays. Like I've said before I respect his past with us but he should just keep his mouth shut. His comments about us and our transfer business are foolish at best.


2.) 05 Sep 2017 19:50:41
Reminds me of Hudson, Hollins and Burley. When they left the club they couldn't stop themselves being critical. It's a shame because it sours the memories of their playing abilities!


3.) 05 Sep 2017 20:41:45
For now it apears to be a bad deal but as the season progresses, we will really know if its actually a bad deal or not (based on Bakayoko and Drinkwater's performance) .
I don't know what he has against the club to warrant all these inceasant criticisms.


4.) 05 Sep 2017 21:01:05
It doesn't matter anymore mate. What's done is done. We have to move one but we cannot pretend that absolutely nothing has changed.
Fingers crossed that Drinkwater-Kante works like at Leicester City.


5.) 05 Sep 2017 21:17:22
To be honest, I kinda get his point. It seems like Matic was the final piece in United's midfield puzzle, as he's allowed Pogba the freedom he needed, which is why experts are already calling it the best transfer of the season. That being said, I have no doubt in my mind, that Bakayoko will be more than a capable replacement and I reckon, he'll be a top player for us, for years to come!


6.) 06 Sep 2017 08:17:27
Point is he hardly see anything good with chelsea actions nowadays.


7.) 06 Sep 2017 09:17:36
Matic was terrible he's slow all one direction ( back ) he fitting in well and looking the part as he's up against the likes of Fellini Herrera he will look good and in my eyes not that far behind pogba we've got the better deal with bakayoko and drinkwater a lot more mobile better range of passing shooting tackling and speed all round better deal bakayoko just needs time to adapt.


8.) 06 Sep 2017 13:31:34
Great player, rubbish coach rubbish manager rubbish pundit.


9.) 06 Sep 2017 14:25:47
Magic is a good player but he was 29? 40 milli N for a 29 year old any other season who's not a game changed is a steal I think the deal was good for all involved, the issue was you didn't replace him. Similar to us with AOC, he gets his move, we get the player, arsenal get great money for him, transfers this year I believe we're more difficult to negotiate and understand due to hear crazy prices. We're at the point we're we say 'he's only 40 million' seriously.


10.) 06 Sep 2017 14:48:51
Bakayoko replaced him.


 

 

12 Aug 2017 19:29:30
Everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong in that game. The players were obviously fired up to prove doubters wrong and so it hurt doubly so when their efforts were rewarded with being put down to 10 men and found themselves 3 goals down at halftime.

Then a goal taken well Morata, only to have it effectively cancelled out by the disallowed goal that would have counted if Morata had left it.

I'm not really worried about the team long term: we currently have three starters making their way back from injury - Bakayoko, Hazard and Pedro. What worries me more is if our short term is so poor that we can't recover and mount a decent title challenge. It's beginning to show in the player's temperaments and that's poor management by Conte as he also shows a lack of self control in that area. Can we keep our cool and recover? Time will tell.

All the same, it's too much to ask for new players to be brought in and immediately make an impact. Obviously great if they did, but it shouldn't be expected. Too much pressure exerted will make them choke. Shevchenko and Torres are good examples of this.

I expect us to hit full stride by late September. I just hope by then it isn't too late.

Dantheblue

1.) 12 Aug 2017 23:30:25
positive today is morata changed the game top talent rubs behind the defenders pedro hazard and bakayoko missing plus moses missed his energy today aswell luiz and cahil worry me to be honest.


 

 

17 Sep 2016 09:19:22
I think the top 3 things that worried me were:

1) how tired we looked. Considering how much was at stake, we were very lethargic and were second to everything all over the field. That allowed Liverpool high possession.

2) desperate defending. Ivanovic's giving away of that free kick that led to the goal was cheap and reckless. He had done that a few times before that and wasn't even going for the ball. The Mark of a player who knows he hasn't got much else to offer.

Cahill and Ivanovic were both poor at communicating at key moments and the defensive line was all over the place which meant Kante was stretched and also had a poor game. Matic. *shakes head*

3) Final third passing - just wasn't up to scratch for majority of the game. People spraying long passes to bypass Liverpools midfield, only for them to go out for throw-ins. Etc.

Dantheblue

1.) 17 Sep 2016 10:50:18
We played lazy defensive counter attack football. Just like mourinho. Conte I really thought would start playing high pressing quick tempo. He needs to know fabregas needs to have a place in this team.


2.) 18 Sep 2016 13:08:23
Hi guys. not here to gloat. But to play a high pressing, quick tempo game, your players need to be really fit.
In the last transfer window, as well as signing a few good players, Liverpool also signed Bayern Munichs Head of Fitness. Andreas Kornmayer, and Bayern Munichs Nutritionist . Mona Nemmer. Our players now look fitter than ever. My brother actually supports Chelsea and he believes the Chelsea players fitness levels are just not good enough.
Anyway. Good Luck for the future.


3.) 19 Sep 2016 07:28:31
Hazard, Willian, Kante and Costa all have required fitness to perform a high press. With Oscar and Matic certainly capable of doing it for at least 60mins at which point they could be subbed. Fitness isn't the issue. It's simply that a high press leaves our defense exposed if we play a team capable on the ball. Although I would argue that perhaps Matic is a bit too slow over the first 5-10 yards in order to close an opponent down quickly enough.
Quite frankly I expected us to be able to play through your high press. Unfortunately Chelsea didn't turn up on the day with even the most simplest of passes going astray. Couple that will your defence playing at 150% of their skill and it meant we had a bad day at the office.


 

 

 

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06 Jun 2017 17:15:49
No switching to 4-4-2 then?

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