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19 Aug 2018 12:00:04
What do people think about what seemed to almost a free role allowed to Kante in the first half that saw him popping up in the box on the end of long passes or almost scoring with a header but not doing as much of his usual work in breaking up play / winning the ball back?

I was worried that this was exposing the defence in the first half, less so when Kovacic came on for Barkley in the second. Don't get me wrong, I also thought Barkley had a good game but was thinking that Kante would have snuffed out some of those Arsenal chances if playing more of his usual break-up attack game. so more often a bit deeper and not leaving Jorginho/ defense too exposed. when Arsenal got the ball.

JBS

1.) 19 Aug 2018 12:32:49
It was a little strange, we got caught out by the same Arsenal cut back from either flanks 4 times in the first half.

I wouldn't say it's Kante's job to stop 4 of these cut backs, it's more than that. Both Alonso and Azpi got beat too easy for the cut back opportunity to even arise.

Maybe Kante in his usual position stops them but he cannot play the regista role unfortunately. I think Kovacic will be an asset here as he can tackle and has knack for crunching tackles and tracking back and more so than Barkley and RLC. I like the depth of our squad now, hopefully the more we play the better we get.


2.) 19 Aug 2018 12:34:56
I thought the same, Kante's new role as it appears is leaving holes in our break up play which he is a master at and with Kovacic a likely starter from now we cannot rely on Jorghino as that is not his game. Barkley looked better but he does not rack back and is still fading too quickly. It was clear from Sarri's comments that he expects a lot of tracking back when required which 'one or two' do not like doing. Luiz looks lost and it cannot be going unnoticed by Sarri and in his preseason Ampadu looked very good, I am not convinced that Sarri is taken by Christensen. Anyone else worried by Willian and this constant slowing play and then disappearing.?


3.) 19 Aug 2018 13:15:45
We are all happy with the seasons start.

The dream of winning the Premiership is all but over for Arsenal, not that was ever a realistic dream but such is the nature of a football supporter, the start of season allows us all to dream!

I’m not going to get carried away with early season results and I’m not going to praise OR be critical of individual performances.

We play Newcastle next week who are a bang average team until they play us and then they turn into an image of Brazil.

I think we will have much better idea of how the season will pan out after the upcoming international break. The signs so far are encouraging.


4.) 19 Aug 2018 17:09:01
I thought Sarri plays zonal defence. Problem is we kept being wide open to the cut back. Bu
T this happened in other games pre season.
I have concerns about luis in defence. Just not sure he can be relied upon. Problem is if we are that open at the back against city or Liverpool we will lose. We look good going forward but we need to be able to defend leads.
I agree thought Barkley had a good game.


5.) 19 Aug 2018 20:43:50
I would like to know what you guys and the Eds think of RLC not really getting chance sofar. If this goes on then we are sure to lose him aswell. Im not complaining about Kovacic loan deal at all. I tjonk it was brilliany. Just concerned that if things don't work out for us to buy him come season end and RLC want to go. We wod be loosing a really good prospect. Maybe we can use him more in the Carabao cup and even Europa. who knows.


6.) 19 Aug 2018 22:22:47
I think Chelsea fans are struggling to evaluate RLC .

When I’ve seen him playing live for Chelsea at the Bridge I can’t say I’ve been overly impressed. I’m also not sure how he fits into this Sarri shape.

He has always struck me as a genuine number ten but from what I’ve seen his work rate is not marvellous.

Tammy, I just haven’t seen enough of him to make a judgment or balanced comment.

Hudson Odoi looked very good in pre-season but I’m not sure he play many Premiership games.

Youngsters need to be given a chance to prove themselves but the manager has a job and that is to win matches.

In my opinion it will always be a problem at a club like Chelsea to blood youngsters. They will have to be exceptional or maybe lucky to find the playing time required to prove their talents.

It’s a tough gig!


7.) 20 Aug 2018 17:15:15
Its known that the owner likes high scoring games. he would rather win 8-7 than 1 nil. This style and manager is ideal. And i love 433. couldn't bear contes 3511.


8.) 20 Aug 2018 21:10:08
Regarding the last comment on conte, I think his 3511 was more suited to a high pressing game than the current 433 we now have. If you look back at the run of games we had under conte were we won like 13 in a row, we pressed really high and looked a good team but as soon as we allow teams to play then we became vulnerable.
I’m a fan of sarri Napoli team and I am confident he can get Chelsea playing some really good football as we have already seen in stages, my only worry is we look very out of shape defensively and teams are a lot more difficult than in serie A. regarding Kante I’m impressed with his energy and willingness to break forward but his real quality lies in breaking up attacks which is more what we need to allow Jorginho to be more free. I think a slight switch to 4231 would give us the freedom attacking as well as having Kante hold that midfield.


9.) 21 Aug 2018 10:44:03
A) 🔺 (Midfield shape A)
B) 🔻 (Midfield shape B)
C) flat midfield shape
Initially, i thought midfield shape A would serve us better than B esp in big games because of Kante's ball winning/ defensive midfield qualities (complementing Jorginho infront of the defense) but obviously Sarri goes with shape A which is more attacking. From what I can gather from Sarri's interviews, he wants to press more and wants the players (esp midfielders) to close up spaces that appear infront and defenders- behind. I could be wrong but I fell it's a system that will be very efficient with constant running and pressing for 90mins (when players get up to speed) .


10.) 22 Aug 2018 09:15:55
Imagine if we had an aguero or a kane. Someone who can bang in 2 or 3 hatricks a season. I don't see morata being that guy. I think bats could have been. Also pedro is getting on. But yeah we look better than last season.


11.) 22 Aug 2018 10:50:37
I believe that Morata can become that player.


 

 

04 Jan 2018 12:19:39
Looking at the betting odds on January window, seems that Ross Barkley most likely ie odds on in betting signing. Not quite a De Bruyne then - oh that we still had him! RB a gamble? Still early days, and bookies offer perhaps some faint hope for us getting Vidal or Sandro. or Mahrez and, even more remotely but for me most excitingly, Aubemayang (who of these would you most want? ) .

But despite all the paper rumours, perhaps not much will happen. Anybody got any news?
Happy New Year to all, and especially to the Eds including that long term favourite of mine and many others so sadly plagued by fake CFC fans on this site the legendary Ed002. But input of all Eds (including Eds 1 and 18) hugely appreciated.

JBS

1.) 04 Jan 2018 13:57:45
Happy new year to you mate. Not necessarily transfer news but apparently Courtois said he is close to sign a new deal at the club! . Also stated he encourages Hazard to sign as well and expects him to. Personally that beats any transfer we could make this window if it happens. I said a while ago Courtois is more replaceable than Hazard but there is no doubt he is world class, the performamce last night was one of his best in a Chelsea shirt. It's obvious to see the areas we need to improve in. I'd expect a new striker and a midfielder like Barkley. A lot of people have underrated Barkley, I'm pretty sure he's created the most chances in Europe for players under 22 which is very impressive. Dream window for me would be Sandro, Auba, Vidal and maybe Mahrez. Realistically Mahrez, Barkley and any decent striker to play with Morata or just to help add some goals from the bench would be great. But this is January and we know how hard it can be to get quality players without paying ridiculous sums so we'll have to wait and see.


2.) 04 Jan 2018 15:29:03
Thanks LondonBlues90. Good news if TC signing and encouraging EH to as well. Both absolutely key players, near impossible to replace and keeping them essential for CFC going forward. EH has been sparkling of late, TC some fantastic saves esp. in some big games. So yes, not just a matter of who we bring in but who we can hang on to, though a dream window would be welcome! If Barkley could rediscover early, slightly like AFC's Wilshire, form he might indeed be the bustling, strong and creative mf additionthat (with Vidal too?! ) would strengthen us where we need it, but also help grow our home grown/ English component in squad.


3.) 05 Jan 2018 23:04:19
i think that it is for midfield players for this window guys. (maybe even for 2 windows)


 

 

 

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02 Feb 2019 20:35:30
What seemed to be different today from other recent League games is that ball the ball did not get stuck in triangles of passes sideways and backwards between Jorginho and others but moved forward more swiftly, including by Jorginho himself. Even if he still has to discover defence splitting passes himself, he did not slow our play down today and especially in second half had some good moments in launching attacks. Perhaps this was partly because Huddesrfield did not press us as well as some other teams have, but let's be optimistic and think that it may have something to do with tactical rethink by Sarri and that Kovatic coming on for Jorginho also part of this. Thought like others that Barkley had a very good game, Hazard at his best and great to see Higuain score two goals, the first excellent. Yes, 'only Huddersfield' some in media may say, but though our defence looked a bit shaky at times and Huddersfield had some chances (especially in first half) overall this was the encouraging response to Bournemouth result we wanted and needed.

JBS

1.) 02 Feb 2019 22:10:44
Against arsenal first game, the Liverpool game and city game. Also spurs llast week, because teams pressed us we had to be direct, no time on ball, and forwards would be higher up or not have time to take touch so would be ready to go forward, jorginho was brillliant in those games. The reason we have so many sideways passing and pointless triangles is players too often want ball with back to goal and not on the move so we pass and pass and pass waiting for opposition to press or for that one ball over or through which never comes, i completely think there are teams jorginho doesn’t need to play against. But he is the target and scape goat for when the forwards offer nothing. Today he done his job and had so much going on in front.


2.) 02 Feb 2019 22:22:11
FYI i do believe kante is more than capable of playing instead of jorginho. Would free up 2 creative / attacking roles.


3.) 03 Feb 2019 06:45:04
Well put Matt and let's hope Sarri can become flexible with selections or substitutions depending on who we're playing and how they play against us.


 

 

01 Feb 2019 14:27:00
Was flying from UK to South Africa for work purposes on Wednesday night so mercifully missed the Bournemouth disaster. Am still a bit dazed and despairing, not just about that one result - dreadful though it was - but how once again our beloved club appears to be yet again in something of a crisis. Sarri second favourite to be next to leave post, has been criticising players in public - and mystified by inability to motivate his players - yet seemingly unable to adapt system when needed.

It is quite likely now that we will miss out on top four. Perhaps at least a small further part of the reason may be that we have not prioritised top 4 over the domestic cup competitions. Our crowded January last season spelled disappointing league form although we won FA Cup - didn't save Conte.

But the thought of yet another managerial change pretty depressing and raises question of longer term strategy of the club is or should be. Andy Jacobs of Talksport UK, a lifelong CFC supporter, vented his frustration after Arsenal game by saying we are the worst managed (by the Board) club in the world. GIven our trophy record, this seems unfair but what he's getting at is short-term objectives versus long-term planning that would include careful inclusion of youth from the academy and giving a manager time (and support in transfer market when needed) to mould own side.

I had hoped this would happen when Conte was appointed, and again when Sarri was. But right now looks as though it won't - though of course I still hope it would. Doesn't help that Sarri had been criticising players through the media and seemingly so inflexible re system and substitutions. Will he now have a Conte conversion as happened after the Arsenal game in Conte's first season and change the system. Or will the players still buy in to Sarri-ball and successfully so? At the moment it looks as though the bookies may be paying out on departure of yet another CFC manager in near future. We have had wonderful success in the 21st century, and I am old enough to have gone to games in the bleak periods indeed in the 1970s and 1980s, but this ongoing managerial merry-go-round is pretty exhausting and prevents any constructive long-term planning. What is to be done? Had definitely wanted Sarri to be given at least two seasons once he was appointed, as Conte was, and first couple of months very promising. But should I now change my view given recent league results and second half farce at Bournemouth? I am still a little tired from the flight, and heat on arrival, and no doubt some of you are thinking more clearly than I am!

JBS

1.) 01 Feb 2019 15:02:30
JBS, lucky you in South Africa, one of my favourite countries.

You have put together a wonderful post with, in my view a very accurate analysis.

I’ve also been a supporter through the very dark times and I guess that makes me appreciate our success durythe Roman era.

I have on many occasions expressed my dismay at the boards lack of a coherent direction and what seem to be a very confused business plan.

We have had for many years a very successful youth set up that is producing very good players but for other teams.

I’m not a fan of Sarri (not for football reasons) but let’s see this project through in the same way City and Liverpool have. Let’s get shot of the players that can’t or won't adapt and let’s at least test some of our youth players in the first team.


2.) 01 Feb 2019 15:36:29
Thanks TomB for great and clear-headed reply. Good to know that there are others who experienced those very dark days as well as Roman era success. Your conclusion gets my support!


3.) 01 Feb 2019 15:49:34
Let's be honest, for even the most positive of fans, it's pretty difficult to defend any element of the club, Sarri or the players, after a 4-0 loss to Bournemouth.

Personally I still think Sarri can do great things at the club, but I do think that a) the club will need to invest in his ideas and tweak the squad to match them, and b) he'll need to tweak his ideas to match the players he has - for now. Make no mistake about it, this slow tempo build up play isn't 'Sarriball’, it clearly isn't how he wants them to play. But if they're not capable of that then he needs to set the team out in a way that fits the squad. Conte's speech about the manager being a tailor comes to mind. Restructure in the summer and let him have a full pre-season with a squad that fits his style - I'm not sure he should be judged until he's had that opportunity. People are unfailry judging him to Guardiola and Klopp who've had years to get their teams where they want them, and we haven't lost that many more games than City this year.

As for tweaking the squad, I do think Hazard, as great a player as he is, moving on is best for all concerned. If his current form continues then this is the third manager, in my opinion, that he'll have downed tools for. Personally I think that says more about him than the managers.


4.) 01 Feb 2019 16:22:04
Excellent post JBS. A straight forward view of what you see happening. Like TomB and you I remember the 1970's to 1980's promised so much and delivered so little days and since the Abramovich years I have been over the moon with our success but going back to those bad days, there still seems to be this continuing issue of self destruction in the club. For all we have won in recent years I feel we should have actually done even better but the manager go round has constantly disrupted the process. We have had some of the most decorated managers you could wish for, not all popular, but very successful and for some reason they have fallen out of favour. I was not a Sarri fan but like Avram Grant you get behind him and hope he proves you wrong but even today Sarri says he has no Plan B and basically it is his way or no way and on one one hand you admire him but his way has not one anything other than his teams play nice football. No manager can survive being so intransigent and already I and many others are starting worry that it is starting to unravel yet again which never augurs well when trying to get top players to join.


5.) 01 Feb 2019 16:22:57
J, as always a very good and measured post.

I think Sarri has to press on with the so called plan “A” and if any player can’t or won’t adapt no matter who it is then drop them. This continuous player power nonsense has to stop.

The board employed a manager because of his style of football was what they craved. A huge amount of fans also sang his praises and expressed there desire for Sarri to replace Conte. All concerned were aware it was a project and not going to be success in an instant.

For me, we have players who have been over rated and indulged. We require player change. Structure change but not manager change.


6.) 01 Feb 2019 17:28:22
C1955, you have put up as usual a very constructive post but you have like others made reference to Sarri’s intransigence and NO plan “B” and both are valid points.

Pep, Klopp and to a certain extent Poch, have received praise for sticking with their so called “football philosophy”. I just can’t see why Sarri, at this stage, should change his football phylosophy and move to a so called plan “B”.

In fact Conte changed his philosophy over the first few games of our Premiership winning season and then reverted back to plan “A” and virtually had no players who had played with a back three.

I firmly believe Sarri has to stick to his principles and the board have to support him.


7.) 01 Feb 2019 17:51:17
Agreed Tom.

Player change, structure change but also culture change. It's shocking how far the culture seems to have fallen since the likes of Lampard and Terry left the club.


8.) 01 Feb 2019 18:26:59
Tom you have made a very good point in that there is no reason for Sarri to change his style of football. Sarri said the same in his press conference today.

Sarri-ball was the making of Maurizo Sarri. A man of his experience and pride will not turn his back on the philosophy that made him and look for a plan B at his age of 60. I agree the team needs to play his football very well before his considers tinkering his formation and playing Kante in the regista role etc. His been in the job 6 months and pundits are asking him to tinker etc and that his stubborn. Yes he has a stubborn element to his personality but he is right to believe in his football style at this early stage. This explains why Neville, Henry etc haven't last long in management. Being a pundit and criticizing managers is easy. Making stories up sells papers too.

Pep Guardiola was lambasted the same way, however the man stuck by his tiki taka style despite everyone saying it won't work in premier league. What did he do? He went and bought Ederson, Stones, Walker, Mendi, KDB, Gundogen, Sane, Jesus etc etc. He bought a whole new squad and taught them to play his way and proved that it works and very well. Sarri has inherited a team managed by jose and Conte, arguably the worst managers he could inherit a team from as they play the complete opposite to his style of football.

In my opinion, Chelsea need to stick by Sarri.

Firstly they need to shut up the media so this stupid stigma of sacking a manager after 2 poor games is eradicated. Its boring emabarrasing now.

Secondary the board have agreed to change its football philosophy, it would be stupid to sack sarri and go back to old ways. See the change through, man city is perfect example. Give it a proper go and don't make half hearted attempts like we did with Scolari and AVB and go immediately back to old ways and appoint complete opposite managers. Big changes take time. I for sure don't want Zidane, blanc, Simione. No turning back from this style of football. Give it a go.

Thirdly help the manager eradicate player power. He needs to be supported like Man city supported pep. Squad overhoul needed.


9.) 01 Feb 2019 19:06:35
CFCShak: Totally agree the squad does need a thorough overhaul but I cannot see us shipping out half the team and replacing them as teams will know what we are doing and the prices go through the roof OR as we have found out to our cost someone buys the Rahman and Cuadrado's of this world who get us nowhere so the 'problem' needs to be eradicated which I believe is Hazard but how well does that comment go down?

Of course we want to give him a chance but historically the board do not so that is why the press are warning against his longevity.
As far as Sarri-ball is concerned I think that is a myth made up by the press, it's possession football leading to goals and Sarri's Achilles Heel is relying on Jorghino, who the press are now referring to as the "Teacher's Pet", this league is not for him.

For all Sarri's press, he has never won anything and at the end of the day do we want to play attractive football and lose or route one and win? ; naturally both attractive and win but I will always take the win first and grumble afterwards how we got there!


10.) 01 Feb 2019 20:07:03
All comments above impressive because clearly both considered rather than knee-jerk and sincerely felt. J, you make a very good point about club 'culture' and we haven't been as yet adequately able to replace combo of Terry, Lampard and Drogba in that respect i. e. such consistently impressive will to win through spine of team that was self-motivated and translated to whole team for majority of the time they were together. Perhaps that's what Sarri has been getting at if a bit clumsily. Perhaps it will only be replaced if there is careful planning about player 'leadership' in this respect within the squad.


11.) 01 Feb 2019 20:10:24
That is my worry C1955, historically the board have been happy to press the trigger and far too quickly in my opinion.

But, unlike previous years I suspect that they may be backing the manager here. I say this because we have just gone and bought him Higuain who probably wasn't their first choice and historically we would never sign Higuain at 31. Pulisic is another player Sarri wanted and the board have delivered. He already has Jorginho and Kepa. It is fair to say that most of Sarri's requests are being met. But i'm sure the board know a big overhaul is required.

Jorginho is struggling a little now. He is marked so heavily in games and that is because opponents respect his quality. If you give him space then he will punish you. Had they not marked him so heaviliy then he dictates the play and we win quite comfortably like we did at the start of the seasons. Onviously, Sarri needs to counter this problem and until today we haven't acheievd it yet.

We need the other players to step up too. Out general play needs a faster tempo, main problem i see is that players are playing as individuals right now. Wrong mindset totally. The 2nd goal at Bournemouth explains alot.


 

 

25 Jan 2019 11:29:13
Lot in the UK media in last little while about Sarri commenting on his players's low motivation levels (against AFC) and Hazard 'not a leader'. Sarri much more complementary about motivation last night and saying Hazard is a 'wonderful' player but again said he tired in final quarter.

I've always thought that it's not a great idea for a manager to criticise own players in public, and particularly not singling out a player for individual criticism.

But what do others on here think? Worth doing cos it can get a good reaction, (perhaps did last night) or risking alienating 'wonderful' players and perhaps losing them?

JBS

1.) 25 Jan 2019 12:19:50
There are players who can’t handle criticism, also some managers struggle with criticism.

We only have to look at this site to see some posters react to critical comments.

When you have a team that’s full different personalities it becomes a minor gamble to tar everyone with the same comment but on a personal note I like to invite criticism. It can make you consider how people view you as as person and it brings about, in general, a healthy debate.

As long as criticism is constructive bring it on!


2.) 25 Jan 2019 16:19:09
Thanks TomB for this and I agree that criticism is part of life and to be actively welcomed if constructive. We should all be able to take it if so, but you're right that some responses on here suggest some find this harder than others.

But my question is not just about criticism in general but more about whether a manager should be criticising players in public/ through the media or would be better advised to do this in private i. e. in the dressing room or in one-on-ones with particular players.


3.) 25 Jan 2019 23:19:54
It's a managers job to get the players performing. Sometimes you give them the carrot, sometimes you give them the stick. As long as they recognise why they're getting the stick then there shouldn't be a problem.


 

 

19 Jan 2019 19:45:19
Did we not start with Giroud because he's not fully fit? Otherwise we should have, don't like seeing Hazard as false number 9 though guess he won't have to play there again once Higuain arrives. Other problem is yet again Jorginho unable to find an incisive/ defence splitting pass forward, essential with small forwards, even if he fights hard in defensive pivot role.

JBS

1.) 19 Jan 2019 20:01:16
Been criticised for it in the past but I really can’t see the fuss with Jorginho.


2.) 19 Jan 2019 20:03:43
Joginho is overrated period! . he’s lazy, a lot of misplaced passes game after game, he can’t play under pressure, can’t see a pass and all he does is back pass and side way passes. chelsea sarri needs to be bold and put alonso on the bench. the lad is just to slow but physically and in thought (it’s like he reboots whenever the ball gets to him) . And hazard has been so poor in the passed couple of games.


3.) 19 Jan 2019 21:57:03
It's time to put the best defensive midfielder back in his natural position. I also reckon that if Hazard is asked to play as a false nine for much longer, he will welcome any Real Madrid bid with open arms and he will be off. Some posters are excusing Sarri by saying that he hasn't had time to bring his own choices in - if Jorghino is an example of his choices, then I don't hold out much hope for any improvement.


 

 

08 Jan 2019 22:01:27
Thought we played pretty well and certainly deserved something from this game. Still not convinced even after viewing VAR that Kane onside for their penalty/ goal.

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23 Jan 2019 20:30:35
Talking of SA players, there was also the highly likeable Phil Masinga (Leeds and SA in the 1990s) who died very recently. RIP Phil.

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23 Jan 2019 20:27:26
Survival is one thing, but we should want to flourish! To make top 4 we need strengthening this window beyond Higuain. Fact that PSG want to hijack (perhaps already have hijacked) CFC attempt at deal for Parades suggests to me that he's someone who has been scouted by a number of top teams and might have been just want we needed in terms of improving our midfield and offering competition/ alternative to Jorginho.

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20 Jan 2019 20:13:21
Betting odds don't suggest there's much in this in terms of transfer this window, would have to be a very well kept secret for odds not to be suggesting possibility. unless this is about the summer?

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28 Dec 2018 10:55:51
Luiz was immense in Munich 2012 and many other big games. Has perhaps been more often in lesser games that he's had moments of switching off/ brain freeze, but no-one should doubt his footballing talent. But getting a really commanding cb like Van Dijk as DL successor must be one of our two or three top priorities (prolific/ confident/ strong striker obviously one of the others) . Had thought Christiansen would come through, but possibly not quite in that league (or yet)?

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03 Dec 2018 16:21:09
Completely agree we missed out by not signing Aubameyang, something I and others) had written hoping would happen quite a long time before his move to AFC when Costa on way out. He was then apparently offered to us, and we didn't take him. He seemed so obviously what we needed, hugely better proven track record of scoring than Morata. Of course there were rumours of Aubameyang having a 'difficult personality' but many confident strikers do - eg Costa - have something of an attitude. It's often part of ego/ self-belief required in the job. The problem with Morata is that he doesn't seem to have enough of this, nor quite the physical strength needed for EPL, though he has displayed plenty of skill at times, and it all looked very promising to begin with.

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19 Mar 2019 11:48:25
Very good to get this info Ed002 much appreciated. Will obviously much hope that the FIFA appeal will be held before end of June and that the other serious matters will have a positive resolution.

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{Ed002's Note - The club and The FA have both requested FIFA to do that.}


 

 

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18 Mar 2019 18:13:24
Yes if we qualify for Champion's League I would think it would 'successful enough' given circumstances, not least fact that strength of City and Liverpool this season meant winning it unlikely. And we were unlucky not to win Carabao League Cup and may well have qualified for Champions League by winning Europa Cup (ie a trophy)

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17 Mar 2019 21:00:48
Yes, almost certainly a question of needing to win the Europa Cup to make top four, and fact that we were playing in that competition in Kiev on Thursday night probably contributed to us tiring in second half. We still have away games in league v Liverpool and United so fifth or sixth place probable (though - cliche alert - it's never over 'til it's over! ) .

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03 Mar 2019 19:23:39
Emerson certainly poor today, is ok coming forward but pretty dire defensively and arguably responsible (but perhaps not alone here) for Fulham's goal. Azpi had a very good game and after a bit of a dip has absolutely recovered his best form. Willian, Kepa and Kante (as almost always in his case) also did well today. Jorginho did well in first half, tired in second and started making more errors before he was substituted (not surprising given so much game time, so little rotation in his case) . Otherwise a first half in which we should have put game beyond Fulham's reach before a very disjointed second half performance when they could easily have equalised again. Huge relief at final whistle that we got the win.

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03 Feb 2019 06:45:04
Well put Matt and let's hope Sarri can become flexible with selections or substitutions depending on who we're playing and how they play against us.

JBS