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19 Jul 2017 19:46:40
Props to the club for getting Morata in so swiftly. Excellent work and we know have 2 quality strikers to work with this season: Michy and Morata.

Now please help me out, Ed001. Matic has been training individually and has not gone with the club on tour, so he's probably going. Chalobah's sold. We've only got 3 central midfielders right now, of which 1, Bakayoko, will be injured to start the season. So it's basically Cesc and Kante. Are the club looking to sign another midfielder (Goretzka or Kovacic maybe? ), or will they use Baker or Pasalic as a 4th option? It's a real area for concern, and I sincerely hope you can help me out.

Anyways, great job on the pages. I hope life is treating all of the Eds well.


{Ed001's Note - I expect one more to come in, though I would personally like to see some of the youngsters given the chance.}

1.) 20 Jul 2017 07:15:57
Depends on how Conte rates them I guess. I like both Pasalic and Baker, though Baker might be a little too weak defensively to start in a midfield 2. HIs quality on the ball is undeniable however. Pasalic could do a job in there I'm pretty sure. He's got those Lampardesque late runs into the box to score off of. I'd be happy with either or both staying this season, provided Conte trusts them.

Do you know of any particular players the club are looking to get this summer then? There aren't many good midfielders available for decent money, and like you said I'd rather see a young guy get a chance over a middling player.

{Ed001's Note - I don't right now. It is difficult to keep track of every club unfortunately, sorry.}

2.) 20 Jul 2017 08:44:59
I understand, Ed. Thought it was worth a shot asking you. No worries :-) We'll find out in the coming weeks I guess. If Baker and Pasalic are loaned/ sold then the club surely have another CM signing lined up.

For now I'll just be hoping we can somehow use Matic to maybe facilitate a Sandro buy from Juve. He still hasn't signed an extension with Juve, so it doesn't seem like he wants to stay there at all costs.

{Ed001's Note - that would fill the left side but empty the middle....}

3.) 20 Jul 2017 09:20:28
The way I see it, Matic is on his way out no matter what happens right now. The individual training, him not going on tour. There must be a move on the cards for him. And I've just seen a report that Pasalic might be joining Spartak Moskow on loan (under Conte's former technical director Carrera), so either Baker is staying as 4th choice midfielder or we buy a new CM. And with Conte not trusting Fabregas in some games, I have a hard time believing he'll trust Baker in CM.

If we get Sandro at least that's the wingback positions sorted out. If we then get another CM (so hoping for Kovacic or Goretzka) then our squad is looking really good.



13 Jul 2017 22:33:33
Chalobah apparently set for a medical at Watford and will sign a 5 year deal with them. Nate leaving makes me incredibly sad as I believe he's a very very talented midfielder and we'll rue the day we let him go. He's Chelsea through and through.

I guess this means Matic will stay then. This transfer window is starting to annoy me. Big time.


1.) 13 Jul 2017 22:43:57
agreed mate! fuming, we are selling players quicker thn we are bringing thm in. losing homegrown players too.

2.) 13 Jul 2017 22:45:16
Matic will go still.

3.) 13 Jul 2017 22:47:15
To be honest I'm starting to wonder what the club are playing at! What's the point in ploughing money in to a youth academy if you're just going to sell every kid who comes through showing signs he could actually get in the team. I mean let's be honest, he can't be much worse than Matic was last season, the guy can barely run. We're going to regret not giving Solanke a chance, he'll be top scorer for Liverpool next season. Chalobah is a massive loss. If we're being genuinely serious, Loftus-Cheek could have the season of his life next year, win the PFA player of the year (that's a joke by the way) and Chelsea would still sell him, just because that's what we do! I've had enough it's pathetic. If I were Mason Mount I'd start fishing for clubs now. We're becoming a joke!

4.) 13 Jul 2017 22:48:50
I'm sure the club will continue to sign quality players during this window but I am very disappointed that Chalaboa and Ake have been sold. Two players with a big future and I'm convinced they will play many times for their respective countries.

5.) 13 Jul 2017 22:55:57
Give them 2 years and we'll sign them back. Ahh champions but this window is doing my head in. Selling the wrong players in my eyes. Nate and Nath should of stayed.

6.) 13 Jul 2017 23:01:30
If both Matic and Chalobah leave then who the hell are we going to bring in? We'd only have Kante, Cesc and Bakayoko as CMs. That's definitely not enough, especially since Bakayoko will miss the first few games of the season because of his injury.

7.) 13 Jul 2017 23:11:33
NO Chalaboa buyback clause. I know we were over a barrel with just one year left on his contract but he has been at the club since he was 10. This is all madness. Christensen will be sold before the window is closed.

8.) 13 Jul 2017 23:18:32
Could Ross Barkley be an option? Or would Everton price him out of a deal?

9.) 13 Jul 2017 23:23:19
Keep your knickers on boys the chelsea will move on id be shocked if chalobah ever turns out to be a top class player he's decent i think ake is much better and would of suited us . chalobah made up his mind when we went and brought bakayoko an can u blame the lad he wants to play football week in week out i hope he does great things at watford always liked him.

10.) 13 Jul 2017 23:40:04
Guys let's be realistic. To be playing at Chelsea you must be top class.

Unfortunately some of the youngsters that are being sold are not as good as the ones that are being purchased. I appreciate the argument that 'game time' will make them batter, however, at Chelsea it's about results. I don't doubt that 1 or 2 may bite us in the future.

Unfortunately the days of norturing a youngster who then can be be integrated into the first team seems long gone. The pressure is high at club like Chelsea. Conte knows what he is doing or would have given more of a chance.

11.) 14 Jul 2017 01:15:17
You could also look at it anthor way as sad as it is we've lost these lads were getting them out and they should be playing week in week out there the future of england and they need to be playing for an elite team such as we are you cannot throw kids in who aren't absoulutley exceptional i think chelsea have done the best by them and not the club itself and in a way that merits respect and who knows if they do make it someday they will come home.

12.) 14 Jul 2017 15:14:10
I think it's all very strange - is Alonso better than Bertrand? Is Rudiger that much better than Ake? Is Rudiger better than Christianson? Was selling Troare and not really pushing for Solanke necessary especially now that we only have Bats up-front? Did we really need to sign Caballero when we have Jamal Blackman? Lukaku? De Bruyne? Now Zouma - why buy Rudiger when we have Zouma? In my opinion, John Swift, Dom Solanke and Nat Chalobah will all play for England as will RLC. Supposedly we didn't buy Dle Alli because we thought that RLC was a better prospect - maybe he is - but we'll never know unless we BLOODY PLAY HIM! Rant over and out.



06 May 2017 14:40:58
Ed002, I've seen you mention on the Everton page that it's likely that Zouma gets sold or loaned this summer. Are there clubs that have already enquired after his availability? And would the club prefer to loan him or would they be happy to move him on?

Personally I'd be gutted to see Zouma sold. He was our best CB before his injury and it'd be a damn shame to see him blossom somewhere else instead of at Chelsea.


{Ed002's Note - There is interest from Galatasaray for a loan and Napoli may become interested in a sale again. Chelsea will be open to a loan or sale.}

1.) 07 May 2017 10:11:57
If we were to sell him, I feel like it would be a good idea to avoid previous mistakes and put in a buy-back clause. We all know how overpriced proper CBs are nowadays, so assuming he'd realize his potential elsewhere, he would be ridiculously expensive to get back otherwise.

2.) 07 May 2017 10:28:43
I'll try to get ready for that disappointment then, Ed. Thanks for the reply.



01 May 2017 09:41:34
Ed has mentioned before that Chelsea hold an interest in Kingsley Coman. But apparently Bayern, Juve and Coman himself have come to the agreement of Bayern taking up the buy option in his loan contract. So Coman will be joining them in the summer.
Guess we can forget about Coman coming to Chelsea.




13 Jan 2017 10:11:37
I've got a question for the Eds. Do any of you know what the plans are for Charly Musonda in January? Are the club looking to loan him again (Roma has been mentioned by his father) or might he be staying to provide some cover?
Especially if RLC were to leave on loan we'd be left a little short in attacking options, so it might be better to keep him around.

Thanks for your time :)


{Ed002's Note - Roma has spoken with Chelsea and the plan is that he will go there if a couple of things can be smoothed out.}

1.) 13 Jan 2017 10:21:33
Surely there is no truth in the buy option? £7m would be a horrendous act on our part.

2.) 13 Jan 2017 10:24:26
Thanks for an incredibly swift reply, Ed!

Sometimes I don't understand the club though. Salah will be back for them from AFCON in a couple of weeks, and he's a sure fire starter for them. Dzeko (or in any case a striker) also starts for them. So where will he play at Roma? I really think this would result in him again sitting on the bench and not getting minutes. Pointless loan if you ask me.

And assuming RLC goes out this month, that leaves us with Willian, Pedro and Hazard for the 2 spots behind Costa. 1 injury and we're screwed.

{Ed002's Note - Players come and go and Roma have let one move on a loan (he will not play for them again) and they are looking for a replacement. There was no intention for Musonda to be at Chelsea this season.}




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24 Sep 2017 14:07:27
Good win yesterday. Unsurprisingly we looked much more in control after the introduction of Fabregas and Hazard. Stoke were applying pressure, but apart from lofting balls in the box from set pieces they didn't really create anything. I think that's a testament to our defensive play as Stoke really possess a lot of quality attacking players.

One thing though. Crouch's tackle was a bad one. Easily as bad as Luiz' last weekend, and might've even been worse. How come it's mainly our players getting sent off for that type of challenge though? Cahill and Luiz were rightly sent off. But Crouch only gets a yellow? Same with Gueye's tackle on Cesc, Dier and Vertonghen's tackles against us. Where are the red cards when opposition players perform similar tackles?

I know there's no campaign or anything against us. But it is baffling how our opponents don't seem to get punished the same way as we do.


1.) 24 Sep 2017 15:40:43
Agree totally, Jackson. I would say that Crouch's tackle on Fab was worse than Luiz - and Mark Hughes is going on that Alonso should have been sent off!
Also, Match of the Day didn't show the Crouch tackle and didn't even mention it in the post-match discussion. But it's lovely Peter Crouch, isn't it?! Crouchie and his robot dance - don't want to talk about one of the most disgraceful fouls of the season - not our Crouchie - disgusting bias.

2.) 24 Sep 2017 17:16:23
Every win is a good win especially when you win 4:0 away, it has to be good win.
I don't who and who, but both Manchester clubs have 3 points more than us. But that's not a problem. The problem is that both clubs are impressive and confident. If we end up in top four this season that will be huge success. Simply competition is more difficult this season.

3.) 24 Sep 2017 17:49:03
Let's believe that there's no campaign against us but from the way pundits are analysing and criticizing Chelsea this season, u can't completely say that there's no campaign against us (cos its sickening and boring) . I just hope the referees aren't caving into the pundits criticisms of and making it worse for us on the pitch.

A lot of the pundits don't want Chelsea to win the league but I guess we will prove them wrong. 😜.

4.) 24 Sep 2017 18:06:38
Trouble is we have had this conspiracy theory for few years. We do come off worse. I didn't see crouch tackle but I think back to vertongans tackle. However the players we have had sent off deserved it. All we ask for is consistency. The interesting ones will be when we come up against city and Utd. See how we are treated then. Personally I think it is more about we have problems with 3 poss 4 referees.

5.) 25 Sep 2017 09:37:30
The standard of refereeing in the Prem is truly awful.
Mike Oliver is the only above average referee and the executive who manage the referees never put forward any reasons for the poor standards and lack of consistency that go on week after week.
If the club, manager or player complain they are given a fine. The standards won't rise unless they except valid criticism and work on a plan to improve their standards!

6.) 25 Sep 2017 14:05:25
We need video evidence - a video ref would have taken 1 video replay to see that Crouch should be sent off - 30 secs at most.

7.) 25 Sep 2017 16:41:17
Video referees are a must for severe tackles and penalties nothing else or the game will lose its flow. Rugby is somewhat different being a stop, start game.

8.) 25 Sep 2017 18:17:16
Miss Wood the video ref has been used in rugby for many years and yes it does disrupt the play a bit but if they allow play to continue for advantage reasons till it stops and then go back to check the footage. It will be giod for the game in my opinion even if it counts against us it still doeant matter cause foorball promotes fairplay.



17 Sep 2017 15:30:59
Olliver was Arsenal's MOTM today. Pathetically biased display by a supposedly neutral factor in the match. Their CBs were allowed to do anything they liked to Morata. Morata fouls a guy once and complains a bit and gets booked. Kolasinac complains and doesn't get booked because it'd have meant him having to go off.

Luiz' red was deserved as it was reckless and dangerous, but I do understand the frustration that probably led him to doing it as Arsenal got away with damn near everything yet we kept getting called for the tiniest of fouls.

After the sending off Hazard was looking like actually storming breaking away on the counter and there weren't many Arse defenders back. Olliver quickly blew his whistle for an imaginary foul.

And the best part is that Olliver and his team will not come under any scrutiny and won't have to do any explaining as the red was the correct call and he handed out a couple of yellow to Arsenal players at the end when it didn't really matter anymore. It'll seem like he was fair and consistent, which is a load of BS.

Conte got it wrong with the starting XI as both Rudiger and Bakayoko should've started. But Olliver really gave us little chance to score today by letting them foul Morata over and over.

PS: Fab was just bad, as was Willian.


1.) 17 Sep 2017 15:51:23
Couldn't agree more, one of the worst jobs I've seen in a very, very long time. And I usually think he's one of the better refs - no more! Fab didn't have a good day no, but he came close a couple of times after short corners, and please don't forget THAT pass to Pedro, which should've been an early 1-0.

2.) 17 Sep 2017 15:51:54
Thank you Jackson, Conte starting eleven was wrong.

3.) 17 Sep 2017 21:52:03
Oh come on just because we didn't win don't blame the referees. We weren't that good and Morata threw himself to the floor at the littlest of contact.



16 Sep 2017 18:04:30
Ed001, if you're around. I remember you giving an honest (and pretty negative) assessment of RLC's loan to Palace. What do you make of the first few weeks for him there? Palace have been dreadful, and not a single goal scored is diabolical, but RLC is looking like an electric player so far.

Your view? :)


{Ed001's Note - so far he has done fairly well, but he still lacks that willingness to track back that has cost him his place at Chelsea. I think the change to Hodgson will help him, as Roy will drill the team over and over on how to defend, how to get into shape, to get back quickly etc. That is what he is missing, so this could be the making of him.}

1.) 16 Sep 2017 19:11:49
Totally agree ed001. That has been my opinion re RLC. I feel he has a poor work ethic and think he may have been a victim of his own success. He has done well but sometimes strolls around with no urgency. I know he has that languid style of play but if he wants to have a career at Chelsea he needs to step it up.

{Ed001's Note - I think you are spot on mate. Shame that a player of such ability does not see that hard work is also a skill.}

2.) 17 Sep 2017 07:58:45
Attacking wise he looks like a monster in the making though. You're probably right regarding his workrate, but I do think he can do a job defensively. Playing him as an actual midfielder instead of an attacker would help him probably in that regard.



02 Sep 2017 09:41:06
It's weird. The press are mostly hammering Chelsea for a so called "bad"/ "underwhelming"/ "disappointing" transfer window. Apparently Chelsea didn't do rubbish right while United had a ridiculously good transfer window, Pool had a wonderful summer and Spurs did really well too.

Why are the media so desperate to try and cause unrest and tension regarding Chelsea? Always with the "Conte will be furious/ disappointed" reports. Sure, we didn't get Alex Sandro. He's one of the best in the world and already playing at one of the biggest clubs in the world. Tough break that. Ox rejected us in favor of his boyhood club. Good on him that he can play for the club he supported as a kid. Probably his dream.
But Lukaku rejected us? Sure the press, and United fans, like to believe it. But multiple trustworthy sources have said we didn't even lodge a bid (including our own Ed002). I'd bet all my money on it that he'd have joined Chelsea if we came to an agreement with Everton. He didn't reject us at all.
Same with Llorente. Spurs had a deal with Swansea while we didn't. That's not him rejecting us, that's him joining the club he was allowed to join. Again I'd have bet good money on it that he'd have preferred to work with Conte again.
I don't know what to make of Barkley's situation though. Such a weird thing :-P He probably failed a medical or had 2nd thoughts about moving clubs while injured for such a long time. You don't do a medical unless you have a deal with the club. Jake Cohen has confirmed as much (very knowledgeable character regarding football business) . Apparently he's said he'd reassess in January, and it's very possible he'll move to Chelsea then. Again, didn't reject us.

Now on to what Chelsea did accomplish. Rüdiger, a German international CB that's still only 24 with plenty of room to improve. He's a massive upgrade on Terry. We brought back Andreas Christensen, one of the best young CBs in Europe for the past 2 seasons. If he wasn't ours already Barcelona or Bayern would've bought him for at least 35 million or something. Another excellent addition.
Zappacosta: I'll admit I haven't watched him play live, but Serie A watchers have stated he's one of the best fullbacks in Italy. Strong runner, good positionally in defense and with a terrific cross on him. There's a reason Belotti scored so many headers last season ;-) I'm very excited to watch him play. Conte apparently knows him well, which is a very good thing.
Drinkwater I'm not as excited about, but he's not bad. Pretty good defensively, strong, can put in a tackle, has some dribbling and a pretty good pass. He's a good all-rounder to have in midfield and will make up the numbers in midfield. A good squad player who will do what Conte tells him to do.
Bakayoko: well we all know him, don't we? A beast in the making in midfield. He's incredibly strong, harries opponents on the ball and has the ability to go on bursting runs forward. He only turned 23 last month, so he's still got plenty of learning and improving to do. But I sense he'll be a huge player for us after a couple of weeks/ months. Opponents won't look forward to going up against Kante-Bakayoko in midfield.
Morata is a fantastic young striker, and he's already shown he's got the quality to be one of the best in the Europe. He hasn't had to carry a team as the leading striker though. So we'll have to wait and see how he copes with 90 minutes week in week out. So far, so good.

All in all I'm happy with our summer. We brought in some real quality and got younger in the process. Good business that. The media don't really know what they're talking about.
Our squad isn't at the level of United and City, but that's not because of this window. It's because of their huge spending in recent years. We should definitely be in the mix for top 4 this season.

PS: Caballero is a very good back up GK for us. Again a good move by the club.


1.) 02 Sep 2017 10:07:02
We shouldn't be in the mix for top 4, after winning the league we should be title contenders.

2.) 02 Sep 2017 10:26:03
Fantastic post Jackson but we will be Premier League Champions again!

3.) 02 Sep 2017 10:56:52
Good post Jackson😁.

4.) 02 Sep 2017 11:14:44
Jackson, that is probably the best post I've ever read on this site and there have been some good'uns over the years. Completely sums Our situation up perfectly in terms of the Clubs transfer window.

I've looked at Our teansfer dealings in comparison with the other top 6 sides and I actually think We have done aswell if not better than any of them in terms of what the Club actually needed. Ofcourse We could have added a few more but Our squad is very adaptable with players more than capable of playing a number of different roles to a good standard.

My only gripe would be not signing another option up top, I am concerned that Batshuayi is not the Man to hang Our hat on should Morata suffer an injury or serious loss of form but We spent good money on Him so have to put Our faith in Him regardless. Still another body as an option would have made this a very good transfer window for Me.


5.) 02 Sep 2017 13:00:46
Agree, Blue_Nose, Llorente going to Spurs bummed me out a bit. He would've been a good striker to have as he can score goals. However, I'm a fan of Batshuayi and I know he has the quality. Decision making is his issue though, as he seems too eager to impress Conte and all too often he favors a shot over a pass to an open teammate.

I think we had a better summer than City for example. They added some good players, but all of them are really attacking. Now I know that's Pep's game, but how much does Bernardo Silva improve a team that already has David Silva, KDB, Sane, Sterling, Jesus and Aguero? Walker and Mendy are good buys though, I've give them that. But they still don't have another real CM and will have to hope that Gundogan can get and stay fit.

United's window wasn't that impressive, but they didn't need much anyway. They just needed a couple of pieces, which they added, and more importantly they needed some acquisitions of previous seasons to start firing. Clear title favorites in my eyes.

6.) 02 Sep 2017 14:50:44
I think You and Me are singing straight from the same hymn sheet Jackson.

I think Batshuayi has His weaknesses but He has the attributes to make a very good striker and at the end of the day when You shell out £30+ Million on a player, You have to trust Your investment.

City have clearly improved in the fullback positions which they needed, so fair play to them for that but their best defender is a walking injury waiting to happen and there is little protection in front of an already questionable back line.

I agree UTD are favourites as they have the strongest squad througout overall, they have players that can both play and dig in when required, they have a very good Manager that will have properly evaluated the squad and in Lukaku I think they have a flat track bully to help turn those frustrating draws into more wins.

I know lots of people are frustrated at players allegedly rejecting Us but I feel that word is misleading and thrown out there to cause controversy.

I think the only player You could argue rejected Chelsea if reports are to be believed is Oxlaide-Chamberlain because We submitted an offer but He prefered another option and let's be honest if He did join whilst He gives good versatility, where does He play?

Everyone will have their own views on the state of the squad, who should start and who should make the bench but let's say for arguments sake We go into the Arsenal Match with:

GK: Courtois
CB: Rüdiger
CB: Luiz
CB: Azpilicueta
LWB: Alonso
CM: Bakayoko
CM: Kante
RWB: Moses
AM/ WF: Hazard
AM/ WF: Pedro
CF: Morata



Can anyone say that's a poor matchday squad, really?

I for one am very excited for the Season ahead.


7.) 02 Sep 2017 18:31:03
Don't be surprised if Drinkwater becomes starter over Bakayoko.

8.) 02 Sep 2017 20:01:43
Jesus Christ Jackson! Upgrade on Terry? Find dictionary FGS!

9.) 02 Sep 2017 21:48:14
Drinkwater start over bakayoko? I swear to god everything you post on here you're just 🎣
The only times that may happen is if we've got a massive champs league game mid week and we're playing a bottom half team in the league on the weekend.
All players fit and if we stick to the 343 then bakayoko starts every time over Danny drinkwater.

I wouldn't be surprised to see more of a 352
Looking summit like this.
Dave, luiz, plus 1
Moses, bakayoko, drinkwater, kantè, Alonso
In the tough away games.

10.) 02 Sep 2017 22:45:19
What was wrong with what I said, antibot? I don't understand your point regarding a dictionary.

11.) 02 sep 2017 23:28:01
jackson calling rüdiger an upgrade to john terry is silly. terry is chelsea legend and rüdiger is just talented central back who cannot be an upgrade to jt in any circumstances.
everything else that you have wrote- well done jackson fully agree with you!

12.) 03 Sep 2017 08:26:59
Jackson is right. Rüdiger is an upgrade. Regardless, Luiz watch JT's replacement.

13.) 03 Sep 2017 08:28:30
Well, we'll just have to agree to disagree on Terry then. Massive presence in the locker room and one of the very best (if not the absolute best) CB in the PL era. But he hasn't been mobile enough for a few seasons now, and in order to play him under Jose we had to sacrifice a lot (sitting way too deep in defense, having our midfield cover way too much space etc) .
In the locker room he can't be replaced. But on the pitch? Without a doubt Rüdiger is already a much better player right now. Also, there's no shame in that for Terry as age has just caught up with him.

14.) 03 Sep 2017 08:29:14
So have you changed your mimd Antibot?

I thought you'd said nothing but negative about this window?

15.) 03 Sep 2017 14:31:48
I'd be an upgrade on JT as he is now! So Rudiger is definitely an upgrade on the JT of 2016/ 17. As for Drinkwater - I think you'll all be surprised at just how good he is - a definite starter over Baka this season as Baka gets used to the demands of the Prem.



20 Aug 2017 19:56:51
What a defensive performance that was. Amazing work by the team, especially Christensen, Luiz and Kante. They locked up the middle against a strong Spurs team.

Just a note, but how do Spurs get away with rubbish tackles all the time?! Dier should've been off immediately for that 1st half tackle. That was more dangerous than the Cahill tackle from last week.
Vertonghen's "tackle" (if you can call it that) deserved a red as well. That's just nasty and dangerous.

It's incredible how dirty and rough they are in defending, yet guys like Alli fall over whenever the wind blows in the stadium. Ref kept giving them the softest of FKs as well. Luckily we dealt with the FKs and corners extremely well.


1.) 20 Aug 2017 20:34:23
Went to the game as always today and I've just got home and watched the game again on TV.
A few things spring to mind how did Spurs finish with eleven players?
Also watching the recording the most used name by the commentators and the so called match experts was Matic!
I think I'm correct in saying he no longer plays for us and certainly doesn't play for Spurs!

2.) 21 Aug 2017 17:28:21
I was getting annoyed wth that. Matic was an average player for us and £40m is a steal. Bakayoko was much better in that game than Matic was all last season. It's only because we sold him to a rival that everyone is making a big deal about it.




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16 Oct 2017 08:57:31
Conte has to help himself though, and he can't make the same mistake Mourinho made in his last half season at Chelsea. Continuously picking his experienced players that are out of form, and hoping they'll regain form. Willian is badly out of form, so why not give Musonda a start if Eden or Pedro needs a rest? Christensen and Rudiger have been our best CBs probably, so why not play them and put Luiz in midfield (as it's been evident that you lose midfield control with Fab in there)?

He has to start being brave with his decisions. Christensen is young but has excelled at every opportunity. Rudiger is new but has been very very good for us so far. Musonda is young, but Willian's been crap and Mus's looked pretty good so far whenever he's played. Moses is now injured as well, so in order to keep Zappa fresh for the PL games I hope Conte gives Dujon Sterling a chance in the League Cup game next week.




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16 Oct 2017 08:53:39
I'm with Matt on this. I don't like Tuchel, at all. He's an all out gungho attack manager, and unless you've got ridiculously talented attackers like City, that's not going to work. If Conte were to move on I would actually like us to maybe get Sarri. Brilliant coach, though it's doubtful he'd leave Napoli with them doing so well.




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08 Oct 2017 14:30:14
Yup, and hamstring issues usually take a while to fully heal. We might be without the both of them for a couple of weeks.

Hopefully Drinkwater is fit again by next week, as Baka-Drinky in midfield should be solid enough most games. And I hope Conte also starts to rotate Bakayoko a bit against easier teams. We need him even more without Kante so can't risk losing him to injury as well.




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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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06 Sep 2017 18:25:58
Can is an excellent player and I'd love him at Chelsea. He's a very complete player, contributing in both attack and defense. I really wish we could get him on the cheap in January or on a free next summer, but Juve has great allure as well so it seems most probably he'll end up there.
Pool will be losing a very good player.





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10 Oct 2017 08:30:47
3 weeks would be decent. Though I'm expecting him to miss quite a bit more. Hamstring problems can really be difficult to overcome.




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03 Oct 2017 14:20:56
For up to 6 weeks, ELI, so could be a little less than that. Guess we'll find out. But even without Morata we should be able to beat Palace and Bournemouth :-)




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23 Sep 2017 09:39:36
Congratulations, Blinky :-)




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22 Sep 2017 08:58:12
Dead on with Sterling as well. He's got a tremendous amount of ability, and it'll be interesting to see when the club will loan him. Pace, technique and surprising strength.

Christensen might be the coolest man alive :-P He never looks rushed or panicked on the pitch. And even after the Spurs game he started during the interview he didn't seem fazed one bit. Was just like "we did our job, so that's good". Exceptionally intelligent and very very mature.
He'll start vs Stoke and City in the league now. And I do hope the fans don't start taking swipes at him if he makes a mistake. We have to back him fully.

Also, Wednesday was the first time I've seen Ampadu play. Holy hell he looks mature on the pitch. So calm even on his debut. He was ordering his teammates around, pointing out which players to press etc. Very encouraging display from him. He kept his own play simple, but the way he went about it all spoke volumes about where he stands as a player.




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21 Sep 2017 12:07:58
Christensen will start in the center of the 3. It's also why Conte subbed him off yesterday. He's exceptionally intelligent and an outstanding reader of the game. Probably one of the PL's finest CBs already in that regard. If he gets a little stronger then the Sky is the limit for that guy.

Cahill shouldn't start van Stoke. Play Rudiger against them. I would play Cahill against Atletico though. His experience, aerial power and last ditch blocks will be important there.