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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.

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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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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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30 Dec 2018 16:50:58
Just wanted to add a shout out in praise of Dave's performance and tracking energy levels today. He does seem to be getting back to best. Missing accuracy of crosses still perhaps, like the ones that used to find the head of Morata (tricky when Morata not playing, or playing so poorly as when on pitch today! ) . But energy and determination in tracking, tackling and blocking great again.

JBS

1.) 30 Dec 2018 17:35:18
On top of this a big shout to Luiz who in my opinion has been top draw this season so far.


2.) 30 Dec 2018 17:51:21
Got to hold my hands up he was very poor start of season but he’s proved me wrong since he’s back to being Mr. Consistent again.


3.) 30 Dec 2018 19:19:53
Dave was superb it’s not many times you play palace and was Saha playing. Felt Barkley did well but I agree he needs to go forward more. Thought Willian and giroud were our worst two players.


4.) 30 Dec 2018 19:23:16
hes always top tbf.


5.) 30 Dec 2018 22:09:12
Giroud was unlucky. He scored to perfect goals.


6.) 31 Dec 2018 21:50:31
Perfect except for being offside.


7.) 31 Dec 2018 12:54:06
CFCShak, Luiz has been good (if we blank the Spurs fiasco from our brains) - but I still believe that he is an accident waiting to happen and hold my breath every time the ball goes near him in our box.


 

 

23 Dec 2018 18:00:12
I think the majority on here agree - as I posted yesterday - that we need to prioritise top four, and get rotation right in this respect in January. We've played far more attractive football times this season compared to the last one thanks to Sarri and we all know what we are mainly lacking is a striker to help convert more of our chances into goals. Sarri must be given time- like Klopp was given time at LFC - to develop this CFC squad Happy Christmas to all including all the Eds!

JBS

1.) 23 Dec 2018 18:41:27
top 4 and a league cup or europa league would be a fantastic season in my view.


2.) 23 Dec 2018 19:34:25
Eveb top 4 would be great season on which we can build on.


 

 

20 Dec 2018 20:33:19
Fixture congestion contributed to by success in reaching Carabao Cup semi-final will make January a key month in keeping on track in the - to my mind - far more important quest for top four place. So much rests on this, not least both keeping a top player like Hazard and adding quality too. Last year January seemed to have exhausted us. So I have slightly mixed feelings about adding two matches to our schedule, though both are against a top four rival. Sarri must obviously use considerable rotation but will he risk/ trust youngsters in a semi-final?

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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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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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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?

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15 Jan 2019 16:05:33
Wonderful keeper, we were fortunate indeed to have him, extraordinary record. Fantastic in Munich. Yes, and very bright (and nice) bloke.

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13 Jan 2019 17:29:43
I thought that when Willian took that knock early on and his body language looked poor for a while that this was not going to be a good day for him. But he grew into the game and became increasingly more effective, at least from where I was sitting! Yes, there was the missed opportunity - poor shot - that could have put CFC ahead again just before half time and just after Newcastle drew level. But Willian was generally good after half time, and the goal superb. He can still demonstrate that hecan provide magic moments not too many others in team beyond Eden can, and we hope CHO will if not off to Munich. So there were periods when he was the Willian we've seen before, if only consistently for a whole season perhaps in 2015-16 season when he seemed to be the only CFC player trying, was our player of the season. To my mind he remains someone who is still capable of such magic, which is presumably what Barcelona have also seen in him.

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08 Jan 2019 21:05:41
Having seen the VAR replays Kane still looked offside but then I am wearing blue glasses perhaps. Anyway, on this evidence VAR would have easily allowed Morata's 'offside' goal against Southampton surely.

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05 Jan 2019 21:39:23
Agreed, lack of good crosses notable this season, not least v Southampton.

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