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07 Feb 2019 10:51:42
A lot of names being brought up for Hazard's replacement when we already have his replacement at the club. CHO isn't as good as Hazard but he deserves his chance, getting a player like Coutinho or Asensio to replace him would be pointless, you're getting a downgrade version of Hazard. We need wingers not attacking midfielders at the LW position. Part of the reason why we're struggling to adapt to Sarri's style is because Hazard and Willian aren't natural wingers.

We should be after players like Pepe, Lozano, Bailey and Insigne. If you we want to get a Coutinho or Fekir then get him to play the LCM spot, not LW. If i were the club i'd tell CHO he'll have Hazard's spot next season, get a Pepe for the RW and bring in a Fekir or Coutinho to play the LCM position. We'll have natural width and the creative midfielder we need which will prevent our wingers dropping deep for the ball.


1.) 07 Feb 2019 12:54:20
Julian Brandt.

2.) 07 Feb 2019 14:06:18
Totally agree but with Fekir as LCM and Pepe as RW.

3.) 07 Feb 2019 14:38:57
Or even Aouar sorry I forgot him. Reckon we should just turn up to Lyon in the Lyon and drop 100m on Mendy and one of Fekir or Aouar.

4.) 07 Feb 2019 14:54:16
In the summer *.

5.) 07 Feb 2019 15:09:50
Well, Ed's said a lot of times that Lyon won't sell more than one key player a year, or something like that, so that would seem very unrealistic.

6.) 07 Feb 2019 15:17:10
Agree Ranger i'd love to get either Fekir or Aouar and Mendy. Personally would rather Fekir since he's more of a goal threat but Aouar seems to have better work rates. Aouar, Fekir, Coutinho and Isco should be our targets for the LCM spot. Isco could be very possible since Real will likely try and use him to get Hazard chaper and i wouldn't be against it as long as it's not to play him on the LW.

7.) 07 Feb 2019 15:53:01
Pretty sure Monaco said something like that a couple of years ago Emile. Money talks! Plus i'm sure Fekir doesn't have long left on his contract so should be cheap for his quality.

8.) 08 Feb 2019 10:14:14
He’ll leave in the summer we’re not doing anything to change his mind. I said it 4 months ago subbing him on for the final 6 minutes is nothing and he deserves more. Poor from the club.



31 Jan 2019 09:00:04
How can soo many of our fans not see that the players are the biggest problem within the club?. The same players who stopped playing for Mourinho and Conte when things didn't go their way which led to their sackings. You don't go from winning the league to having the seasons we had after without having clear issues within the players.

When you add that with the fact soo many of these players aren't good enough and are ageing it's no surprise to see us struggle with consistency. Changing tactics won't do anything. This team needs a massive overhaul, not a new manager. The only issue i have with Sarri are his team ions, CHO needs to be ahead of Pedro and Willian for that RW spot and Ruben needs to be in that midfield. Whether fans on here rate him or not Ruben offers this team a goalscoring threat from midfield and makes runs into the box, we need him against the small teams.

I really hope the board go in a different direction and stick with Sarri even if things get worse. Get rid of all these weak minded players and bring in proven quality. Not squad fillers like we have been for the last 3 years.


1.) 31 Jan 2019 10:26:39
Well said. Agree entirely. There's something incredibly wrong with the mentality of our players. Even Hazard. If PSG are coming in for Willian, I'd let him go. And in the summer, we should look at offloading Pedro and Luiz.

The likes of Christensen, Ampadu, Zouma, RLC, CHO, and even players like Aina, need to be trusted. They've come through our academy. They'll have a passion for the club.

I know that Zouma and Ampadu were bought young, and not academy players, but they have more fight and passion than most of our players now - only Rudiger seems to have any welly.

2.) 31 Jan 2019 10:44:04
Agree players are problem. But Sarri should change approach suit players we currently have, as much as he can of course.

3.) 31 Jan 2019 13:42:08
His 'change in approach' should be simple: drop the players with poor-attitude and consistency and give some others a go. for example, give CHO a chance ahead of Willian and/ or Pedro; Christensen instead of Luiz; Emerson instead of Alonso (he needs more than just the ones start against Bournemouth) ; and RLC instead of Kovacic/ Barkley.



13 Jan 2019 12:17:36
Hopefully Higuain joins soon. People saying it'll be done because he left Milan but we're forgetting that Juventus are the ones we're negotiating with so it's not exactly going to be straight forward. Need him before the Arsenal game but i can't see it, Hazard clearly doesn't enjoy playing as the ST and playing without one is hurting us and especially Hazard. Not enough runs in behind since Hazard drops back a lot and we don't have runners from midfield besides Kante, no presence in the box which means crosses are pretty pointless.

Even though the false 9 can work against big teams since it can be used more of a counter attacking style and Pedro and Willian offer more protection for the fullbacks, we'd still struggle to score goals. People shouldn't be complaining about our lack of goals and pointing it towards Sarri and the system when our team literally doesn't have goal scorers. We've done very well this season considering our situation and it'll only get better once the team brings in a proper ST.


1.) 14 Jan 2019 11:00:07
I can see Higuain giving us a great 2 or 3 years. Sarri loves him and Higauin will repay his faith. The guy knows the system well too and we’ll have a suitable backup in Giroud and one world class wingers, two good wingers and one potentially great winger. We’re in a great position for the future.



08 Jan 2019 22:41:38
It's the same story in every game we've lost or dropped points this season, control the game but lack the quality upfront to score goals. Hazard ran them ragged, CHO was decent but it means literally nothing if we don't have someone in the ST position who can score. We Definitely deserved to win that game and if we can bring in a goalscorer i believe we'll turn them over at the bridge.

One thing is for sure we 100% need one before the Arsenal game. Hope CHO stays and starts with Hazard from now on, and please for the love of god give Emerson a run in the first team. Alonso only has goals over him and he hasn't scored in weeks. Let Hazard play with Emerson on the left and their link up play will help out attack soo much.




03 Jan 2019 14:45:26
It was made pretty clear to people this transition would take time, especially with the players that would need to be moved on. Unfortunately because of the start we had people automatically assumed we're close to the finished product already and that playing an attacking system would hide our flaws.

We've had the same flaws in this team all season, the only difference is we're not riding on Hazard's goals anymore and injuries have been hurting us. Do people not realise the importance of having quality at the ST position? . Do you not remember the amount of times Costa bailed us out in 1-0 games.

It doesn't matter if you're playing a defensive or attacking system, if you don't have enough players capable of scoring or creating you're going to struggle, especially against teams who just defend. Give Sarri a quality ST and a winger who won't go 20 games with 2 goals and you'll see a big change in the team.

Of course it wouldn't fix all of our problems but it'll help drastically. Teams defend against us because they know we don't have enough quality to break them down consistently. If we did we'd be able to play Sarri's style of football much better. It's never been to pass side to side in the final third.

It's been that way because teams don't press us, forcing us to play more a possession based game. It's why we looked great in the 2nd half vs City and 1st half against Liverpool. It relies on opposition teams trying to attack us so we can attack with pace, this doesn't happen when teams park the bus. This is the exact reason why we need more quality up top to break them down which will help us play Sarri's style.


1.) 03 Jan 2019 16:42:49
Easy saying give Sarri a winger who scores more than 2 in 20 but we’ve just spent 58million on a who winger who’s got a similar scoring record.

2.) 03 Jan 2019 17:22:26
Whoever the best centre forward in the world is and whoever the best winger who scores goals is, if we signed them it wouldn’t make everyone happy!

3.) 03 Jan 2019 18:15:49
If we signed Messi you wouldn’t hear me being negative for the day for a change 😉😂.

4.) 03 Jan 2019 18:25:08
Kante are you ever happy mate?

5.) 03 Jan 2019 20:45:43
Not at the moment I think we’re going in the wrong direction.

6.) 03 Jan 2019 21:01:23
I blame those wicked goal posts and that very horizontal crossbar. They just aren’t doing enough. ’I mean, there is no movement from any of them!

Don’t get me started on the white lines. What is the point, they are just deadwood.

7.) 03 Jan 2019 23:28:42
Nice post LB90.

Honestly though football fans are the most fickle people you could ever wish to meet.

Chelsea win and Sarri is the savior, with Jorginho his most loyal and needed lieutenant.

Chelsea don't win and Sarri is just like all the other ex managers, with Jorginho his rubbish signing.

Let's compare Sarri to Klopp and Guardiola after just half a season, come to question it why hasn't Sarri won us a trophy yet?

Man alive! Get a grip people! What were you honestly expecting this season? A title challenge? A brand new style of football with no hiccups? Get real! Top four, and champions league football next season, would be a success!

Modern football fans, and I hate to say this but Chelsea fans in particular, expect success to be delivered on a silver platter. It doesn't work that way, just be glad you support a successful team, get behind the team, get behind Sarri and get behind the project!

8.) 04 Jan 2019 07:28:37
Spot on J.

9.) 04 Jan 2019 09:07:48
Londonblues90, that is the best analogy of out team/ situation.
I agree whole heartedly, I think Wednesday summed up the situation. Also those screaming out for RLC well once again he flattered to deceive.

10.) 04 Jan 2019 10:02:01
How are we going in the wrong direction?

Willian / Pedro need replacing come end of season, so bought Pulisic. Fantastic buy. If CHO re-signs he’ll be in the team on a more frequent basis next season.

Replace Cahill - Luiz stepped in and done a terrific job bar one/ two matches.

Fabregas needed replacing and we signed another fantastic player in Jorginho. Says it all when Pep is pissed off that he didn’t get his man.

We replaced a proper battling CF in Costa with a limp dick of a player in Morata. He’s not used to the hustle/ bustle of Prem so goes missing. THAT IS HUGE!

RLC has come on leaps and bounds this year.

Kante, ok played out of position, but still does a job.

Sarri is doing all he can with the players available to him. We’ve missed players through injury, bad form and. we are still not a bad side. 4th in the prem, we’ve never done great over the Xmas period. I remember when we never used to win in November! Sign a striker, I read that a bid may go in for Lozano (would be a great addition) and i think we’ll be fine for rest of season.

People comparing Sarri’s first season to Conte’s is ridiculous. We had no Europe, only the league to concentrate on, fresher legs, a strong bustling striker who would nick us a 1-0 win, and more time on tactics between games. Sarri came in late pre season and has done wonders in my eyes. So many people downbeat.

11.) 04 Jan 2019 10:25:40
Also going in the wrong direction. Are we forgetting.

We’ve offered one of the worlds best players the BIGGEST contract we’ve ever offered in the clubs history.

We managed to convince N’Golo kante again another world class player to reject PSG’s advances and sign a new contract.

We are trying to convince CHO an exciting prospect to sign a new contract.

We signed the most expensive keeper in the world who can easily become the number 1 in the world.

We’ve just signed one of Europe’s most sought after 20 years old in Pulisic.

I don’t think the future is looking to dull do you?

We can’t make the players sign these contracts but the intentions to get Hazard and Hudson-Odoi to play their futures here have been made by the club. Not much more they can do.

12.) 04 Jan 2019 10:41:28
Like your thinking Adam.

13.) 04 Jan 2019 11:53:06
I agree Adam i don't think we're going in the wrong direction, we just need a few quality additions, keep our best players and most importantly, patience. As J said not many people should've really expected a title challenge considering our situation and squad even despite the run we had at the beginning. Top 4 and possibly a trophy would be an excellent season in my book. Of course to achieve that the squad does need help, especially with the injuries we have and lack of goals. Hopefully new additions are on the way given we have a couple of very big games coming up! .




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18 Feb 2019 22:21:03
Honestly our defensive frailties isn't surprising in the slightest. Last season these same defenders put in similar performances in a defensive system with a back 5. Being moved to a back 4 in a attacking system was always going to make things worse especially now that Kante has also moved further up.

I think this will be the end of Sarri which is a shame because his stubbornness is not our biggest problem. Should the likes of Pedro, Alonso, Luiz, Jorginho, Azpi be in the team right now? No. But the goals we're conceding are basic schoolboy errors, this team isn't good enough and is showing little care to listen to Sarri.

I'm sure most of our fanbase will be happy to see the back of him and it may possibly help short term in getting into the top 4 but we'll get nowhere with any manager we bring in as long as most of these players are still at the club.


1.) 18 Feb 2019 22:44:22
I think the board would have stuck with Sarri if he showed he could change things and be brave by dropping big egos like the players you mentioned. I don't think bad results would have concerned the board too much if he demonstrated the above. Its a lack of 'know how' that will cost him his job alongside his stubborness. Also we will lose real gems with him in charge. I think Hazard is a class act, he gets a lot of stick but today he just put his head down. Its hard playing knowing you have a player who is a massive liability in alonso but the coach keeps picking him and dropping a player who deserves to carry on.



10 Feb 2019 18:26:52
Very worrying that the club isn't expected to make massive changes to this team in the summer because my god our defence is shocking. I've made the excuse that the team needs time to adapt but the truth is most of the players out there don't deserve to be wearing the shirt. We've refused to bring in quality players for a couple of years and instead waste millions on bang average squad fillers who we're now given new contracts to!!. How could the board have watched what occured last season and think the defence didn't need investing?.

These are the same players who got smacked by Bournemouth and Watford last season, how could they have expected anything different to happen?. A lot of the goals we concede isn't down to the system, it's constant individual errors that cost us, then the players just give up. It's soo clear when you watch our games that the players aren't following simple instructions and are just playing as individuals.

Sarri obviously isn't helping himself either, you can't sit their and constantly question your players mentality but continue to pick the same players every week. We have young hungry players in that team like CHO, RLC, Ampadu and Christensen who'll give you a toughness and hunger in their game and can do no worse but you refuse to start them over the same players you're always questioning, why?.

The club itself is in a very bad place atm. This entire team needs a massive overhaul, bring in the young boys next season, give the likes of Reece james, Abraham, RLC, CHO and Ampadu roles within the team, get rid of all the dead wood and spend on quality. Getting rid of Sarri won't change anything, these players aren't anywhere near good enough. When we won the league with Conte he said himself it was a miracle and cried out for better players.

He knew this squad wasn't good enough to continue to perform at a high level but the board didn't listen and instead made the team WEAKER!. The squad has been going backwards for years but the trophies we've won recently have clearly blinded the board into thinking otherwise. I fear for Sarri because it's always the easy option and most fans can never see the bigger picture. Of course he has his faults which aren't helping him but our problems run much much deeper than just the manager.


1.) 10 Feb 2019 18:38:57
Spot on London Blue. Agree with almost everything.

2.) 10 Feb 2019 20:25:48
Incredible post LondonBlues90.

Absolutely bang on.




16 Jan 2019 23:58:49
Quick word on Tomori who i thought was brilliant tonight. Watched a fair few Derby games this season to look at him and Mount and they've impressed me a lot, both definitely have bright futures ahead. Hopefully if they can't get chances next season they'll get a loan to a team in the Prem, they're definitely good enough to play at this level.


1.) 17 Jan 2019 08:17:49
im sure if der promoted lampard would be delighted to secure both players for another year long loan.

2.) 17 Jan 2019 12:11:30
It was just great to see a Chelsea midfielder shooting from outside the box - shame it was for another club!



12 Aug 2018 17:40:03
In all honesty i had my doubts with Rudiger playing in a 2 man CB formation but he looks class there. Very composed on the ball and stopped a lot of attacks today, no doubt Kante and Jorginho will get all the praise but for me Rudiger was easily our best player. For all the stick Alonso has been getting he was solid today, although there will be much bigger tests and Emerson should still be our starting LB going forward. When Kovacic and Hazard are starting in this team we'll be a real threat going forward.

Only negative is CHO not being involved today though, he offers a lot more to the team than what Moses can and i hope Sarri knows that. Onto Arsenal and we'll see tomorrow when they play City how their defence looks, a lot of their fans have been worried about the possibility of leaking goals this season so hopefully City can knock their confidence back a fair bit tomorrow before they come up against Hazard.


1.) 13 Aug 2018 07:30:56
agreed on your assessment on Rudiger, however I think Christensen is much more suited playing along side him. Luiz for me has so many mistakes in him for someone with his experience and age. Christensen is still young and can learn alot.



07 Aug 2018 11:33:44
Our last 29 signings ladies and gentlemen:
Pato, Pedro, Amelia, Baba, Begovic, Kenedy, Falcao, Hector, Miazga, Nathan, Djiloboji, Pantic, Cuadrado, Kante, Luiz, Alonso, Batshuayi, Eduardo, Bakayoko, Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Rudiger, Morata, Caballero, Barkley, Giroud, Emerson, Jorginho, Green.

How many of those players have ever been good enough to play for Chelsea when we signed them? If you ask me, 3. Kante, Rudiger and Jorginho (although may be too early to tell) . Likes of Alonso, Luiz and Pedro all pushed way above their weight during our title winning season with Conte and are in no way good enough to play for us anymore. Batshuayi and Barkley could do well under Sarri but it's too early to tell.

The rest? All squad fillers or players who failed to perform. Not to mention a fair few of those players are also panic buys. Our transfer business in the last 3 seasons has been abysmal. And i truly fear for Sarri if he is going to have to do his best with these players in changing our style of football. Bad players simply can't play good football.

We still have Hazard and Kante to come back into the team and i know they'll help to a degree, but there are too many areas in this team that needs addressing and they haven't been. I obviously expect a transitional period like Pep did at City, but the difference with them is they done their business quickly, addressed the areas that needed improving and actually brought in top level players for his system.

The fact that it was a world cup year may not have helped, and taking nearly 2 months to get Sarri himself didn't either, but it seemed clear the players that needed to be moved on since last year and the areas that needed improving yet nothing has been done.

I feel things may get worse before they get better, i just hope if it does get worse, Sarri is given time and support by the fans and realise not only does he need time, but a big part of the blame shouldn't be directed at him. Lastly i truely hope the rumour about a section of our fans chanting Antonio towards the end of the game today isn't true. It seems there are a section of our fans who want Sarri to fail just to try and prove the point that we shouldn't have sacked Conte which is disgraceful.


1.) 07 Aug 2018 13:32:46
you can't move on players who don't want to leave or clubs don't want or can't afford
30 years ago all those players were good enough football goes in cycles and at the moment its not our cycle look at united and the crap they have signed in the last few years
arsenal my god there worse tottenham have a good team but there squad is shocking if kane gets injured there a middle of the league team
liverpool have strenghed yes after 10 years of rubbish
city are by far and away the best squad and funnily enough the richest.

2.) 07 Aug 2018 13:56:36
LondonBlues90: When you look at that list, whether the fans liked Mourinho or Conte or not, both had every reason to blow their top at the transfer policy they were saddled with.




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19 Feb 2019 05:32:31
Ancelotti would seem like a nice appointment. Was gutted when he got the sack during his time here, a real classy guy. Don't want to imagine what De Laurentiis would be like if we went after another one of his managers though haha. Allegri for me if Sarri is moved on, i just truly hope Lampard won't be considered. I wouldn't be able to take seeing him suffer the same fate as all the other managers that we've appointed.




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19 Feb 2019 05:04:53
agree Ed, no disrespect to Zidane but all he had to do was try and keep eveybody happy and their quality would speak for itself on the pitch. Couldn't count the amount of times Ronaldo bailed Madrid out when they looked clueless and him leaving has really shown their frailties. Only thing Zidane would bring to Chelsea is the small possibility of keeping Hazard a little while longer. Don't think personally there are any available managers out there that could really do a job with this squad. Who do you think could be successful here Ed001 if Sarri was to get the boot? I'd personally like for us to stick with him but if he was to go i reckon we'd go back to appointing a manager like Allegri.


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16 Feb 2019 22:47:02
Would be very happy to have Jovic and Higuain as our ST options next season. Need quality depth to be competitive in every competition. Hopefully us getting Champions league football next season isn't crucial for us getting him since he's still very young.




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07 Feb 2019 15:17:10
Agree Ranger i'd love to get either Fekir or Aouar and Mendy. Personally would rather Fekir since he's more of a goal threat but Aouar seems to have better work rates. Aouar, Fekir, Coutinho and Isco should be our targets for the LCM spot. Isco could be very possible since Real will likely try and use him to get Hazard chaper and i wouldn't be against it as long as it's not to play him on the LW.




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11 Jan 2019 04:12:47
Barella can play across the entire midfield so i wouldn't think so. It'd likely mean we won't sign Kovacic permanently and maybe we'd look to offload Barkley instead. Personally i would love to see Ampadu in the Midfield and be Jorginho's backup since he's great with the ball under pressure and can pick out a pass. He's also staying since Cahill is of but i don't think Sarri will use him there. He certainly has certain attributes to be a useful player in that position.





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19 Feb 2019 21:43:51
Indeed andrew, this is why i want us to involve more youth next season. Get these guys in the team, they'll show that desire and fight for the club, they'll play for the badge and bring more of a connection between fans and the players. Get Reece James in the set up with Aina, start CHO and involve Ampadu more often. You'll never question their mentality and surround them with quality. Sign the likes of Romagnoli, Jovic, Mendy, Fekir and Pepe. Doesn't have to be those exact players just needs to be proven quality not quantity. With this type of mix managers would have a much better chance surviving here and i think would find it much easier to implement their style into the team.




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19 Feb 2019 20:54:19
Agree guys Carlo would be my preferred choice but no way Napoli would let us take another one of their managers. I'd expect a Blanc or Allegri, and both managers will struggle in similar fashion because of this squad. And we'll be here going through new potential managers this time next season unless most of these players are gone and replaced with quality.




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19 Feb 2019 03:58:37
WelshChels2, agree with all of that. Only issue is if the board can do all of that in one window (Personally i don't think they can) . Defensively is were we're at our weakest. Would love to see a Reece james, Christensen, Koulibaly or Romagnoli and Mendy defence. More pace, better offensive fullbacks, better players under pressure and a leader at the CB position.




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19 Feb 2019 02:45:42
Well problem is we may be having a transfer ban on the way so i wouldn't be suprised if the Summer window is all we have to really overhaul this squad. It's why i was disappointed with our lack of bussiness in the January window. I expected to struggle this season but i didn't expect these players to be unable to show any signs of progression with Sarri's system and it just shows too many here aren't good enough. I agree not having a DOF is not helping us at all, it's clear the board are good at the bussiness side, it's maybe why we're soo good at selling players, but from a footballing perspective they struggle. For me next season the only players i want to stay here are Kepa, Emerson, Rudiger, Christensen, Ampadu, Jorginho, Kante, RLC, CHO, Hazard and Higuain. Promote Reece James to RB and try and get Chilwell, Fekir, Pepe, Malcom, Jovic and Romagnoli. Obviously this isn't FIFA so i don't expect these to happen but an overhaul with this squad is a must.




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19 Feb 2019 00:19:56
Yeah i honestly believe if he were to be using the likes of CHO, Christensen and Emerson more often the fans would have been more patient with him. Hopefully he learns and use them in the first team but i just can't see it.