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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.


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.


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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07 Oct 2018 16:22:51
Very many positives today including RB, pressing game, Kepa's fine saves, AR;s defensive qualities and perhaps goes without saying wonderful EH. Perhaps only slight concern - we can always improve - was fact that Southamton got as many clear cut chances as they did.




29 Sep 2018 20:34:48
Great team performance, Luiz and Rudiger had best game together, no-one played badly and good to see Kepa make one excellent save. Main concern for me is non-scoring strikers and so question of who can weigh in with many goals beyond Eden's (who was fantastic again even if he missed that chance to make it 2-0 and possible end LFC's resistance) . Our start though has been much better han I anticipated after Charity Shield Game and we must give Sarri and the lads enormous credit for this.




05 Aug 2018 17:18:57
OK trying to think of something positive to say, um, er - it could have been 10-0 to City?! They've spent their money well and looked a couple of leagues better than us.

We were all over the place at the back at times, but offered almost no threat at all up front. Sarri is going to have to think hard and fast about how to play with the squad he's got (and if Eden watched the game today he's probably on the phone to Real Madrid as I write this) .

But must try and end on bright note. Hudson-Oloi again showed promise, pace and skill. Jorginho will be hugely helped by Kante's presence. Barkley had a couple of good moments and Willian was there and trying. Sarri has only just arrived. We might ) please! ) add a bit of attacking quality before window closes. And we can only get better!?



1.) 05 Aug 2018 18:47:55
i agree kante will definetly steady that midfield fabregas days looked bumbered now a sub role i would assume but yeah odoi is probably d only thing u can say positive.

2.) 05 Aug 2018 18:49:19
Couple of leagues better get a grip.

3.) 05 Aug 2018 20:39:15
You need to watch the way you speak to people loco In Bakayoko.

4.) 05 Aug 2018 22:03:37
Why king francis.

5.) 05 Aug 2018 22:16:23
It should always be fun and polite.

After all, it’s supposed to be a banter site, we all see things differently and we are all entitled to our opinions!

6.) 05 Aug 2018 23:16:42
agreed tom i never take offence to any1s opinions on here.

7.) 06 Aug 2018 07:35:26
There is no site without people expressing 'their' opinion which can lead to an exchange of opinion but there is no 'correct comment' just the ones we prefer to read. Ask ten people on here for their preferred line-up versus Huddersfield and you would probably get ten different answers.



28 Jul 2018 12:10:42
I would be very disappointed to see Willian, go to United. Makes us look like a feeder club. What we've had in return is knackered Falcao and abysmal Veron. Willian surely our most skilful attacking player after Hazard, If he does not feature in Sarri's plans, or there is some fantastic upgrade about to arrive (who? ), then surely we should have sold to Barcelona. as some have already said.


1.) 28 Jul 2018 13:51:40
Falcao came from Monaco. That was all our own doing.

2.) 28 Jul 2018 13:51:52
We loaned Falcao from Monaco. nothing to do with Man Utd.



21 Jul 2018 10:47:12
OK he is 29 but would hate Perisic to be grabbed by United. Feel that this is crucial window for CFC's medium terms future re whether we fall considerably behind likes of City, UTd and now LFC in terms of depth and quality of squad or can keep pace and hopefully overhaul them.





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22 Oct 2018 21:07:27
would add that I hope Hudson Odoi gets some game time soon, presumably will in cup games you'd think, though our problem mainly perhaps lack of someone, proper striker, on end of chances who can ruthlessly/ confidently tuck most away.




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22 Oct 2018 21:03:05
Problem remains lack of a striker who, well, strikes on a regular basis, problem we've all known about since Costa left and after Morata's early scoring form when joining deserted him. plus in general lack of much of a goal threat from those up front other than Hazard. Can only hope and pray that either Morata starts finding the net again far more regularly or we strengthen up from come January. The race for top four looks to be a particularly tough one this year even if United some points behind at this stage.




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22 Oct 2018 20:58:24
One of those stories with no evidence behind it I'd think.




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05 Aug 2018 17:29:41
Ed 001 Thanks so much for all info you're covering so much ground that we should probably be asking you to play alongside Kante in the CFC midfield!


{Ed001's Note - he looks about the only midfielder you have with any legs. You really are going to be in trouble if he picks up an injury this season.}



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02 Jul 2018 23:12:08
Agree, taking the £50m for a move to Barcelona would definitely have been better.





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28 Oct 2018 09:51:58
Dreadful news, now confirmed that owner was on board. Did remind me too of Matthew Harding tragedy. My thoughts also with all those affected by the tragedy, including all Leicester fans at this time.




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27 Oct 2018 10:03:39
I agree with KingFrank. Emerson has impressed me considerably more in the games they've played together than Zappacosta, but the opposition has not been very strong.




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15 Oct 2018 14:39:35
Great to get these persuasive comments from you Ed002, all convince, many thanks.




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29 Sep 2018 20:26:49
Yes Kovacic excellent, and generally whole team played pretty well and was gutted to see LFC score in 89th min though to be honest they had v good chances before then. Our problem is that hard to see who beyond Eden is going to weigh in with many goals -- we have two non-scoring strikers it seems.




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18 Aug 2018 18:35:01
The defence has to be rethought and reorganised, Arsenal could and should have scored 5. We started so promisingly but was always going to be hard to keep up that intensity and our defence like at Wembley v City looks all over the place when put under pressure.