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01 Aug 2018 12:17:00
I think it would've been clever to bring in Rugani since he knows Sarri's system and could help with the other CB's transition to the new style of football. However i'm not that upset about possibly losing out imo especially since they're asking for stupid money for him. In Midfield i think we're good if RLC and Barkley are fighting for that 3rd CM spot. Maybe we need cover for Kante (Vecino? ) but that's all.

Attack is the main issue. Looks like Willian may be off soon despite him saying he's happy here which doesn't mean anything nowadays. I reckon Morata will stay as no clubs in Italy will pay the fee unless it ends up being a loan. I know there's a great player in him and if he stays i hope he can change his mentality.

From what's been said on these rumour sites and what's been going around in general, I'd be surprised to see Pulisic and Bailey move this summer. BUT. i would be stunned if Martial was to stay at United after everything and we seem to be the most obvious choice to get him since he wants to stay in the Prem and also wants a ST role. Add the fact Mourinho really wants Willian and a move there may happen, surely us getting Martial seems like a real possibility?

I know United don't want to sell Martial to a rival, but if it's what he wants and we have a player to offer in return + cash, you'd think they'd seriously consider it. Then maybe target a Zaha for the RW spot and give them Drinkwater and Musonda for him? . Reading this may seem silly, FIFA career mode silly, but with what's happened this window, maybe it could happen. We've been heavily linked with both and i think both of those could be solutions to making them happen.

Realistically, i reckon Willian will move to United, Martial will stay for at least another season, and we'll use the money we got from Willian to get a Zaha or Pulisic. Bailey i couldn't see because of their asking price. Would like to see your guy's opinions on this since it does seem Willian is off despite his recent comments.

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1.) 01 Aug 2018 13:34:46
Think Willian will be off to United and I'm not too bothered by it. I'd be glad to see Zaha or Pulisic join but Bailey is the dream. Martial would also be welcome but not sure we need him to play as a sub striker/ not sure he's good enough to start ST for us and he's shown he doesn't want to play on the RW. We certainly don't need a LW with Hazard likely to stay.


2.) 01 Aug 2018 16:29:24
I don’t think Zaha is good enough. And certainly not worth what they’d ask for him.


3.) 01 Aug 2018 19:21:08
What about getting Bernard in place of Willian?


 

 

22 Jul 2018 11:48:59
Hopefully next week we'll finally see an outcome with this Hazard situation. Everything has been so quite for a while now that you assume pretty soon something will happen. Feel like if we lose Hazard now, it would be taking 5 steps backwards after taking two steps forward after the acquisitions of Sarri and Jorginho.

Obviously i have no clue about what's going on behind the curtains at Chelsea but it seems everybody is expecting the deal to happen sooner or later bar optimistic Chelsea fans. I know Marina when it comes to selling players does an incredible job at getting a good price for them but we've also never been a club who has tried to keep players who have wanted to move on.

Hopefully we can try and convince him to stay for at least another year before selling, similar to what Ronaldo did with United before moving to Madrid. But it'll make sense to the board that if Hazard really intends to leave, that they will sell him now and get the highest price possible rather than waiting another year and risk losing half his value if he doesn't sign a new contract.

It's surprising to think that all of our starting forwards may be moving elsewhere. Do any Ed's know if Chelsea would be willing to sell all of Willian, Morata and Hazard in the same window? .

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1.) 22 Jul 2018 13:34:56
I think the only way they will keep him is if he signs a new contract . As u say wait another year and he will lose at least half his value.


2.) 22 Jul 2018 18:29:41
How about selling him now for £200m and putting in an agreement that we have him on loan for one more season?


 

 

09 May 2018 22:10:27
I simply can't believe Conte rested our best players this game, what was he resting them for, the cup final?, Newcastle? . This was a must win game and he starts with that line up, i couldn't care less if we played on Sunday, there was two league games left and we needed to win them both. More defensive mistakes costing us which has been the case all season, Christensen with some shocking marking and i don't know what Caballero was doing.

Season can't end soon enough, soo many players need to leave it's ridiculous. Credit to Huddersfield anyway, they deserved to stay up and although were wasting time on every opportunity, they deserved the draw. Everybody at the club is to blame for this mess, from the board and there pathetic signings, Conte and his ridiculous line ups and tactics and the players for underperforming and showing no desire this season.

Lastly i have no idea how Willian won our POTY, he had a short spell when he was performing but like always went back to being bang average. Kante is the only Chelsea player this season who showed consistency and effort every game he played. Hopefully we can keep hold of him as well, i reckon more teams will be after his services than Hazards.

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1.) 10 May 2018 07:33:17
LB90: Spot on. No need to say anymore other than Kante was head and shoulders above everyone across the season and deserved POTY not William who was sub more than a starter.


2.) 10 May 2018 08:28:23
Agree Kante was easily our POTY, but let's hear a shout for Rudiger who was mightily impressive in his first Prem season.


3.) 10 May 2018 08:39:16
Couldn't agree with the above more.

why on earth we changed the line up which provided a good performance against Liverpool.

anyone would think Conte is looking to be sacked so he can ride off into the sun set with his wheel barrow of cash.

The squad needs a complete over haul in the summer and I am ever more conscious that the world cup window is going to cost us improvements/ signings.

Promote the youth, I would rather sit there and watch a group of youngsters bursting their lungs than some over paid pre madonnas who can't be bothered.


 

 

28 Apr 2018 23:03:40
Far from impressed with the performance, we got the win which is the most important thing but it's been these games which has cost us massively this season. How many times have we gone ahead and failed to kill the game which has led to us losing points? . Spurs, United and West ham to name a few in our recent games. We sit back and allow the opposition to play, we got away with it last season as our defence was in form and had a striker who was clinical but it hasn't been the case this season. Although still in with a chance so you never know! . Mentioned this last week but I'll mention again, Emerson looks like a real quality full back. His runs, composure on the ball and crosses are great and i wouldn't be surprised if he starts for us next season.

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14 Apr 2018 18:35:31
Shouldn't have ever been in a position to need to come back from 2-0 down, especially against Southampton! . But credit to the guys for the 2nd half performance, we've given up easily in games when we've been down this season, it was nice to see some fight from the lads. Personally I'd like to see Giroud start from now on until the end of the season. He offers more to this team with the way we play, he can hold up the ball better, just as good in the air as Morata and is a natural goalscorer.

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1.) 15 Apr 2018 07:33:03
I’m hoping that it’s not only the fans that can see the amount of work the WHOLE club has to do if we are going to continue being a successful team.
Last years achievements were fantastic but from the first game of the season we have been bang average.
The players, the manager and the board need a long hard look at themselves to work out what’s required if we are to compete in domestic and European competitions next season and beyond.
The leadership, at all levels within our club deserve criticism and require a lot of work this summer.


2.) 16 Apr 2018 02:52:05
Agreed. The board have been a problem for a while now with their lack of desire to get quality players in, but this season the players just haven't shown any interest in trying to compete. Ever since January our players kind of lost interest and became lazy which has been costing us. Add that with the fact they know Conte is going and with how down he looks now it's no surprise the teams performances have been below average. When Conte goes it isn't going to get rid of the problem which soo many seem to think. There are players in this team who think they're bigger than the club and aren't interested in doing the dirty work. A lot needs to change. Conte will go and rightly so but the players have let him down massively this season as well as the board.


3.) 16 Apr 2018 09:20:13
The board will say look at the continued success we have given the club.
I obviously welcome the success but I’m fed up with the same problems seemingly occurring every few years.
We change a manager, change a large percentage of the back room staff, change the playing style and therefore potentially the players.
When will the club recognise that if the plan keeps going wrong there is something wrong with the plan!


 

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.


 

 

22 Apr 2018 17:47:02
Good game from the boys. Looked dodgy at the back when Southampton had that 15minute spell in the 2nd half but overall we controlled the game and thoroughly deserved the win. Hope we can end this season with a trophy for Conte. We all know he'll be off after this season so ending it with a win in the final, especially against United would be great. I'd personally like to see Giroud and Morata up front together with Hazard behind them in the final. United can look vulnerable in the air and having Morata and Giroud could really give them problems. Also Emerson looks to be a solid player, may not have an eye for goal like Alonso but he can get up and down the flanks a lot quicker and has a good cross on him.

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04 Mar 2018 18:17:30
Set up like cowards and deservedly lost the game. Said i was confident ahead of this game as long as we set up correctly and didn't pay them too much respect, i guess that teaches me to have faith in this team. We set up not to get thrashed and had no intention to get anything from it.

Made changes way too late once again, Hazard ineffective due to playing out of position once again. As soon as they scored we should have changed it up at least, not wait till the 80th minute to do something! I'd rather have been thrashed and gone for it than that embarrassing performance. Credit to City though, deserved champions.

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1.) 04 Mar 2018 18:54:36
Totally agree with LondonBlues90, we are all worrying about Hazard n Courtois signing new contracts, don't worry, on that performance they will b running in to the arms of Real Madrid. Who could blame them.


2.) 04 Mar 2018 18:59:21
Couldn't agree more why leave it so late to makes Subs very poor performance think the Aura of Negativity is spreading down from the manager!


3.) 04 Mar 2018 22:11:07
Conte has to go NOW.


 

 

01 Feb 2018 11:04:51
It's funny seeing people debate over who's fault our current downfall is down to, Conte or the board? . It's pretty simple, It's both. Conte worked wonders last year with what he had at his disposal, nobody expected us to win the league and if we'd finished in the top 4 everyone would've considered that as a successful season, yes?

The change in formation and tactics took everybody in the league by surprise and everyone didn't know how to play against us. Add that with our players being in form throughout the whole season, little injuries and no European football to worry about, everything went perfectly. Into the summer and we expected a busy transfer window, with Costa wanting to leave as well as Matic.

I don't know if Conte and the board had previous issues between them before the summer, but the Costa fiasco was one that really created bad blood between them. People can debate whether it was right or wrong (personally i don't think it was right but i understood why) but it clearly put the board in a difficult situation. Then the rumours started spreading with Conte wanting more power within the club and being told no.

Again i have no information as to whether this happened or not but similar issues occured at his time at Juve which lead to him resigning. Of course because of what happened there, stories started spreading about him being ready to resign and go back to Italy. That was put to bed and he signed a new contract. But it wasn't an extension, just a new contract to give him more money.

That for me was an indication that Conte wasn't going to be here for the long run, especially if things took a turn. Along came our transfers. With Costa not coming back into the team despite not being able to leave for Athletico until January, we needed a new striker. Everything was pointing towards Lukaku coming back to the bridge, one that drew different opinions among us supporters. For me he would've been a little risk transfer, BPL proven and young.

But it didn't happen and he went to United despite an apparent last ditch effort from Chelsea. Apparently this was a signing the board wanted rather than Conte. In the end we got Morata, one that Conte wanted. This was a transfer i was excited about but was a risky one. A player who's never been a starting striker and would be new to the BPL. I said he'd need time, and it shows, i still think he'll come good as he has everything in his game bar composure.

It may take a while but it'll be something we as fans will need to accept. As for the rest of our transfer business, Bakayoko, Drinkwater, Rudiger and Zappacosta were brought in. Each for the region of £25-£35m. These players enabled others like Chalobah, Ake, RLC ect to either leave on a permanent or a loan. We spent the entire summer replacing players and made no improvements to our starting 11.

People debated Bakayoko being an upgrade on Matic for a while but that's been put to bed. Nobody expected the poor start he's had but tbf to the guy he isn't the only one. So a summer of replacements but no improvements. Not to mention our bussiness was being done very late, one that was constantly brought up by Conte in every press conference, taking small digs at the board.

Once the season started we still didn't have Drinkwater or Zappacosta and Bakoyoko and Morata were injured. We got unlucky against Arsenal and against Burnley we completely capitulated after the sending off but nearly came back in the 2nd half. Once our team got together we started to win games and things looked good. When City came along and bossed us at the bridge it was clear to everyone our squad wasn't anywhere near good enough to compete anymore.

Teams learned how to play against us and players began to underperform. We began shipping in goals for fun and it lead to an outburst between Luiz and Conte after the Roma away game about our style of play. Now Conte is one who doesn't liked to be questioned by his players and his treatment towards him ever since has shown it.

Luiz isn't the best defender but he's a character, one who everyone in the team likes. So this treatment could clearly create a negative atmosphere among the squad, something which seems to have happened. Since then we've gone through games edging wins, dull draws and some very embarrassing losses. Teams now know how to play against us and we haven't had enough quality in the team to overcome it.

Conte has been a manager who has struggled to change styles and it's showing. We've kept playing the same formations (3-4-3 and 3-5-2) every game despite it not working. His decision making from starting line ups to substitutions have been questionable all season long and it's at a point now were people are becoming tired with it.

He's come out when being asked about this and has used lack of quality depth within the team and fixtures as his excuse, one that is understandable but frustrating, why frustrating? . Well everybody has called for youth to be given a chance, Musounda, RLC, Hudson-odoi, Kenedy. But because they don't suit his style and he finds it hard to trust youth, he doesn't use them. So because he doesn't use them and uses the same players over and over players become tired and fatigued. Players have been getting injured because of this and it's taken a big hit on our results.

That then puts pressure on our board to do business in January and we add depth. We bring in Barkley, Emerson and Giroud. All cheap but good squad players, BUT yet again, similar to the summer, no improvements. More players leave on loan due to not being in Conte's plans and have to be replaced. Other teams around us spent the summer AND now January to improve their teams.

We however have not. One could argue Christensen replacing Luiz is an improvement but it came because of the outburst. But surprise, Conte trusted a youth player and he delivered, so why not give others more chances instead of shipping them out and calling for reinforcements? Now here we are.

Conte and the board are putting up with one another until the summer at the very least unless results get even worse! . The atmosphere within the team is poor as players aren't performing, players are unhappy, and it seems as if the players already know Conte is off in the summer.

This would explain our little ambition in the window. Why spend big bucks on players our next manager may not want? Our squad is starting to come back now and Conte has his depth he's been shouting for. Once the team is back fully fit maybe we can get it together and find some form.

We have a good enough team to finish in the top 4 and maybe push for the FA cup. We have a lot of deadwood within our team and i feel we need to have a massive summer window to get rid off them and rebuild. This is why making the top 4 is even more important to be able to attract big enough players at the club.

To conclude my point, the board simply didn't do enough to get Conte's targets in the summer but wasn't helped with the amount of players that wanted out or wasn't wanted because of Conte. Because Conte didn't want to trust players like Ake, RLC, sterling and so on, it resulted in money being wasted on players like Drinkwater, Zappacosta, Emerson and so on.

This money could've easily been spent on players to improve this team but wasn't. Conte has been his own enemy in not having trust in youth players, being tactically inept to change styles when things aren't working and being too stubborn with his dealings on Costa and Luiz.

All that's left to say is that for now as fans we need to try and make it through this season getting behind the boys to get over this bump. The fan base is starting to become toxic and it simply won't help. Sorry for the long read but it was difficult to make my thoughts on this shorter. XD.

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1.) 01 Feb 2018 12:21:54
Excellent comment and conveys your opinion well and as you know, ask ten people for an opinion and you would probably get ten different ones. I don't think toxic is the right word, frustration is better and I think there are two forms of frustration here. Firstly, we are all frustrated the way the team/ individual players are performing and there is no doubt you are correct, we are spending but just consolidating, not improving the squad and certainly the tension between Conte and the Board is impacting the players. I do think however that Conte has been found out to be tactically poor. The second frustration is 'here we are again' after a stellar year somehow we have managed to wreck any progress so that by 2018/ 2019 we will be building again. We need some continuity and that is the Board supporting a manager whoever it might be longer than twelve to twenty four months which means picking wisely, no more Grant or Scolaris of this world and of course that might prove difficult given the names we have been through since Mourinho's first stint; the players have to feel that if they join under a manager they admire they are not going to find themselves struggling under another within months. I would say that Luiz should be in the team in midfield displacing Baya-'waste of money'-koko and Morata, Giroud and Hazard upfront for the rest of the season if possible because outside the first four and our problems multiply.


2.) 01 Feb 2018 12:25:13
Good read mate.

Courtois
Azpi
Cahill
Hazard
Diego Costa
Willian
Fabregas

These 7 have played a lot in both our title winning campaigns. Do you think it was a mirracle that they won the league twice. I don't think so.

Both managers? Jose at the time said he won the league because the players were playing above their limits. Conte says last year was a mirracle given that the players played 120% and again more than their limits.

I thinks its unfair to to not give credit to the players. They won the league because they all are very good footballers and their past trophy houls would prove that (minus cahill) .

The team is good, maybe not as good as man city but surely this board/ conte fiasco has taken its toll.

Unless top 4 is acheived then we also have to come to terms with hazard no longer here too.


3.) 01 Feb 2018 16:32:41
C1955, yeah frustration is a better word. It was more towards on social media with the constant heated exchanges between fans. In fairness at the ground itself the atmosphere hasn't been too bad and majority of the fans are clearly behind Conte.
We've been in this situation before. Both under Ancelotti and Mourinho. Both have successful seasons and the board do very little to improve the team in the summer which inevitably costs us. It's a Merry go round and the only person that gets in trouble is the manager. But with Conte struggling to change this is why personally we he needs to move on. I'm a massive admirer of his but what he's doing simply isn't working anymore and there's been a bad relationship between him and the board for some time now. Get through this season and rebuild under a new manager but one that hopefully the board will back with tranfers a lot better than they have with Conte. Personally I'd love to see Luiz in the midfield besides Kante as he can offer more going forward and is better with the ball. We saw that against spurs at the start of the season but haven't used it since. I just feel with what happened between him and Conte he isn't going to be used as much anymore.


4.) 01 Feb 2018 16:54:31
CFCshark, we have a good core within this team.
Courtois
Azpi
Christensen
Kante
Hazard
Morata (when he's on it) .
The problem is everybody else around them pushed well above their weight last season and took everybody by surprise. Alonso, Moses, Pedro, Cahill, all these players had great seasons under the new formation and tactics and took everybody by surprise. Now with teams knowing how to play against us their lack of quality has been showing and they've been a big factor in our downfall. No doubt this team should still be good enough to atleast finish top 4 but now if we want to continue to compete, these players need moving on in the summer. I would even throw in Fabregas as he hasn't been the same all season and it getting on. The only positive about this is that hopefully next season with players coming back to the team it can allow the deadwood to move on easier. Hudson-odio for Pedro. Zouma for Cahill. RLC for Drinkwater or Fabregas. Tammy as well. Then we can focus on spending money on important areas to improve like our wing backs and wingers. We just need a new manager who would trust our youth and not call for needles squad depth.


5.) 02 Feb 2018 08:26:02
What I don’t understand is last season when we were losing a game, Conte would switch to 4 at the back in order to chase the game. This season as far as I’m aware he hasn’t done so. Instead he’s done pretty much like for like substitutions with perhaps the most attacking sub being Pedro as WB.


 

 

 

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22 Aug 2018 18:08:51
He said he won't be discussing anything until he sees where the club is at later on. It's pretty obvious from his recent statements that he wanted/ wants a move to Madrid but he doesn't want to force it. He's happy here but since Real are his dream club it's understandable for him not to commit to us if there's a chance he could still join them. Personally i think it'll come down to whether Madrid are still interested come January or next summer, if they are and he hasn't signed a contract extension he'll be off. I don't think whether we have a successful season or not will have too much of an effect on his decision tbh, think it'll come down to how much Real want him.

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09 Aug 2018 02:16:36
Don't think they want Bats as they like Mariano Diaz playing upfront for them. Apparently they're interested in Zouma though as i'm sure they've been looking for a CB. Wouldn't mind using him in a deal if it helps getting Fekir, would prefer it to be a loan but it doesn't seem as if he's in Sarri's plans unfortunately. Just want this deal to happen soo badly, i remember last season when beIN sports reported we had a bid accepted for Mahrez on deadline day and everyone went nuts. I expect a lot of guessing and false reports tomorow, same could easily happen with Fekir.

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08 Aug 2018 22:59:26
Would be surprised if it happened. Can't see us getting Martial or Fekir this window now. Nobody reliable has really confirmed concrete interest in Fekir, just been rumours and you know Liverpool will likely come back in for him if we tried getting a deal done. Although if these rumours going around about Batshuayi going on loan are true, we desperately need one of the two, we simply won't have enough goals in the team if he leaves.

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07 Aug 2018 18:16:42
Surprised we left it this late though. Did we think we could convince Courtois to stay? . Considering we also could've gotten Alisson cheaper than Kepa as well. Unless he was only interested in Liverpool. Happy with Kepa though, couldn't care about the price. With Courtois going for £35-40m it isn't that bad imo.

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02 Aug 2018 20:17:41
Jorginho is not a defensive player. Just because he sits in front of the defence doesn't mean he's defensive. He's a regista, he sits in front of the defence to control the play. He's the player that's gets the ball from the defence and starts attacks. He helps with defence but it isn't his strong point and it's shown on occasion when the opposition has had space to run into when attacking. It's why Kante is needed in this system, he'll be a box to box player but will do a lot of the defensive work.

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28 Aug 2018 19:48:05
Ghoulam would've been a very good addition if he didn't get that injury, i'd see him as too much of a risk imo. Also i don't think we'll ever be doing bussiness with Napoli anymore. We need better fullbacks and a RW, Gullit said it best about our system. The fullbacks we have aren't quick enough for this system and are too slow in supporting our attack which ends up slowing everything down. Alonso's been clutch for us so far but it's pretty obvious he still has flaws. You can see how vital Mendy and Walker are in City's system in providing instant width for the attack, we don't have that. Also like Martin said we need a winger who can take people on but can also create and score. Willian is good at getting past players but his final ball is poor, in the Newcastle game he had a brilliant and simple opportunity to play Giroud through but he never looked up and kept dribbling forward. It will take time though of course to get the right players in and i don't expect it to happen in January. Hopefully next summer we'll see a couple more additions to take the team to the next level.

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18 Aug 2018 17:05:09
Although i agree i'm upset they're not starting, it'll be better to keep them on the bench and bring them on in the 2nd half if/ when the game opens up a bit more.

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18 Aug 2018 16:54:26
Surprised to see soo many of our fans are underestimating Arsenal. Their attack is far, far superior to ours when Eden isn't starting for us. We have the better midfield but both defenses have weaknesses. They caused City problems and i have no doubt they'll cause our defence some as well. Personally think it'll be a close 2-1 which could go either way or end up 2-2. Hopefully if we get into trouble Sarri will bring on Eden and Kovacic earlier than expected. Excited to see what Kova can do for us this season.

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09 Aug 2018 17:44:55
Shouldn't really blame him tbh. Should have paid the fee a while ago instead of waiting till the final week to negotiate. Especially since how badly we needed someone like him in attack.

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05 Aug 2018 23:42:56
Yeah Liverpool and City will definitely get top 4 and they'll be the two fighting for the title, although City are still miles ahead of everyone and i'd fully expect them to win it again. Think people are underestimating Arsenal, they've done some nice business and although they won't challenge for the title i'd expect them to get into the top 4 with their squad. United if they get Alderweireld and a RW which seems possible i think they'll be a strong side. Think people are overreacting to their preseason, missing players and still need to do bussiness but fully expect them to be alright. With us and Spurs, both teams haven't added quality into their teams and seemingly won't do much more business either. Personally once everybody's back and fit i think we have a better squad than Spurs and maybe United. I just think with a new manager and a new system they need to get used to i don't think we'll be consistant enough to get top 4, personally think we should take the Europa league very seriously since it could end up being our best chance to get back into the champions league.

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