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02 Jul 2020 09:59:40
Watford an absolute must win if we want still to hope for top 4. Find myself thinking about the frailties of our defense as many of us did earlier in the season. New LB and 'leader' CM wanted for sure on last night's showing. We need play with passion and compete for every ball from kickoff this Saturday.

Would pick Mount for energy he brings in this respect, along with Kante and Kovacic in midfield. Willian Giroud and Pulisic up front. Back 4 a depressing topic, with lack of quality at disposal we seem to need back 5 to be more secure!, but think Dave and Christensen have to be two of them, and expect Toni R will still be other CH with orders to redeem himself.

LB a tough choice. If James had shown some form might have had him on the right and Dave as LB. Otherwise might start with Emerson this time as Alonso looked knackered last night and having played v Leicester.


1.) 03 Jul 2020 06:59:18
I think loftus cheek needs to play. I swear he’s the only one who actually moves into space.



17 Jun 2020 16:31:03
Just seen that a couple of UK newspapers saying that 'reports from Germany' are that Real Madrid have come in for Kai Havertz and that RM are his dream club. Am desperately hoping this is just paper talk but not sure what the Eds have heard or made of this if anything?


{Ed002's Note - As I have previously explained, Real Madrid have other priorities and have signed an alternative already - it is unlikely their funds will stretch to KH this summer so they propose a deal like Nobby Keita where the transfer is agreed for next summer at a fixed fee with a deposit paid now and the player staying another year in Germany - but the deposit might well be in the form of a player or two and that may not satisfy Bayer Leverkusen.}

1.) 17 Jun 2020 20:22:04
Let's hope it doesn't satisfy them Ed.

Chelsea needs to be his new home.

2.) 17 Jun 2020 21:12:32
Many thanks indeed Ed for explaining situation again for me, much appreciated and obviously agree with CFCShak.



17 Jun 2020 16:45:24
Just posted on wrong page - Banter rather than this one - that I hoped that a couple of UK paper reports in the last couple of hours that Real Madrid had come in for Havertz were not true and hoped that an Ed might be able to comment, Was desperately hoping we'd get Havertz. so hope this is just a paper talk rumour nothing more.




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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08 Aug 2020 22:26:19
Much as most of is realistically expected given where we are right now compared to Bayern. Lewandowski some player but whole squad impressive and largely experienced and we do need some experience as well as youth and missed likes of Dave and Willian tonight. But positive was a bright first half bmdespite early dreadful defending for most of the youngsters including CHO and Tammy and even Emerson looked pretty good if more as usual coming forward than defending. Zouma and Barkley also had pretty reasonable games. Kovacic uncharectisrtically sloppy/ tired perhaps after recent hard slogs. Kante just coming back and it showed. But a reminder if hardly needed of how far we have to go.


1.) 08 Aug 2020 23:56:35
In the main I agree with your post JBS with the exception of Barkley who I thought was dreadful.

When you get beat there are always lessons to be learned.

2.) 09 Aug 2020 11:56:39
You're right, expect I was far too kind to Barkley and my positive comment on him based largely on late in the game impressive move/ skill - which he is capable of, though not nearly consistently enough and would admit he didn't do much else last night - where he drove past the Bayern defense and created a chance for CHO.



05 Aug 2020 23:06:10
Will be very sad to see Willian on an Arsenal shirt. He is still a great player.


1.) 06 Aug 2020 00:05:24
I won't miss his corner kicks or crosses for sure haha. But his been a good servant.

Its time for a new era at the Bridge.

2.) 06 Aug 2020 04:19:56
He’s a good player but if they want to give him a three year deal that’s their problem. More often than not he goes missing and the older he gets the more pace and energy he’ll lose which is a massive part of him game. He’s never scored enough goals and someone else taking up that right wing is most definitely welcomed. As Shak said it’s time for a new era and with CHO and Pulisic along with new signings I think we’ve got a bright future.

3.) 06 Aug 2020 10:01:22
Take your points CFCShak and Saim but he was v impressive in games after the restart. Perhaps I would feel better about his departure if he was not probably going to a rival - will be horrible to see him in an Arsenal shirt - and he will probably be at his brilliant best when playing us!

4.) 06 Aug 2020 10:11:19
Good luck to him.

If the deal with Arsenal is as reported he couldn’t turn it down.

5.) 06 Aug 2020 10:57:00
No he couldn't and would definitely not blame him for taking it if also gives him the extra year he wants and with him and family wanting to stay in London if possible it seems.

6.) 06 Aug 2020 11:03:33
When Luiz left for arsenal, we didn't know it was because Lampard couldn't assure him of regular playing time. Could Willian's case be similar to that considering the incomings?
I will only miss his hardwork but we shall be even more potent when the new players settle in.



01 Aug 2020 19:13:10
Wolves won't be happy with Taylor either.




01 Aug 2020 19:05:10
Dreadful decision ref an AFC supporter looks all over now.




01 Aug 2020 19:02:51
We only have one round of substitutions left and with most creative player out we will need some fortune.





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05 Aug 2020 22:57:45
We must keep some of our best and most experienced players and both Kante and Willian fit that description.




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05 Aug 2020 14:07:07
Ed002 had told us in May that we were indeed interested in Mbuyamba, but added (am paraphrasing but you can obviously check exact words via the search facility as Ed 002 has suggested) that Barcelona had an option to extend his contract by 3 yrs and this might make for interesting negotiations.




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30 Jul 2020 21:44:32
I don't think it is an either or but you have to sign Harvetz just so few of his quality available imho.




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28 Jul 2020 11:08:40
Thanks Ed002 for your reply, and I will not put money on it.




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28 Jul 2020 09:35:54
The bookies as well as a number of journalists seem to think Willian will sign for Arsenal - would be good to know whether the Eds agree or disagree - but personally hope that a contract deal with us can still happen.


{Ed002's Note - I would not put money on it.}




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09 Aug 2020 18:33:23
Absolutely a superb professional and I wish him all the very best and huge thanks.




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09 Aug 2020 11:56:39
You're right, expect I was far too kind to Barkley and my positive comment on him based largely on late in the game impressive move/ skill - which he is capable of, though not nearly consistently enough and would admit he didn't do much else last night - where he drove past the Bayern defense and created a chance for CHO.




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09 Aug 2020 11:52:01
Agree WC68 this rebuild was ever going to be a three season process.




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09 Aug 2020 11:50:43
I agree with both above postings and TomB's point about lack of leaders is one of the reasons why I have been worries about us losing too man y experienced - been there, done that - players whose experience, even if they are not all natural leaders on the pitch, can help younger players develop.

This is one of the reasons why I am sorry that Willian is apparently going, if especially to Arsenal, though can see why this happened, and that I was sorry when Luiz went there because although we all knew he could make silly errors was also to my mind a big game player and could help offer that leadership needed in marshalling the defense on those occasions (and he did look much better generally for us when in a back 3). Ideally of course you need that kind of leadership ability right down the spine of a team from GK to Striker as we did in the days of PC, JT, FL and DD. Especially needed perhaps when manager is young and still learning, though I think Frank is learning and can develop into a great manager. So we need world class talent like Havertz, who may turn out to be a leader too (but has hardly old enough to have proved this) but hopefully if/ when recruiting especially for CB and GK we will be looking at and get that leadership quality too. Perhaps Rice would offer this or why Dunk is given his captaincy of Brighton.




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07 Aug 2020 15:35:12
And of course forgot to say that there may well be the young but highly thought of Mbuyamba arriving.