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18 Jan 2019 01:36:29
Higuain. Let’s hope it gets done soon! If the details about the transfer are correct then the board have completed a quality transfer.

6 month loan with option to buy, if he beats criteria it’s anither year loan and then the same option to buy.

1.) 18 Jan 2019 14:22:24
Sounds fake but just got shown the picture with him holding the Chelsea shirt to his right but I don't see it anywhere. It looked real.

2.) 18 Jan 2019 19:24:31
Not even in London yet apparently!



13 Jan 2019 01:14:06
I watched the first half this morning (well the first 30 minutes) and then fell asleep. Unfortunately the game was on at 3 am where I live.

I thought it was a good lineup but the intensity and tempo was very slow throughout. Currently the players seem lost but there are reasons. They do not have an outlet upfront. Although Giroud doesn’t score I’m surprised he isn’t starting mire games.

More slack for jorginho tonight but from what I saw he didn’t do anything wrong. It is a different league so he will need to adapt.

The biggest problem is definitely the tempo. The ressies played a quicker tempo against forest though I feel that was mostly because of Fabregas and there poorer midfield.

I do wish he made the subs a bit earlier but we won lads. Not the best performance but we won. Let’s show some faith and trust sarri and the lads to improve the tempo. If you watch Napoli you’ll see they weren’t this slow so it is not the coach. It is the players.

We will improve. Positivity :)

1.) 13 Jan 2019 02:38:48
Standard where do you live, Australia by any chance?

Agree the speed of ball movement and the ability to run in behind (bar Pedro and Kante) is our biggest issue at the moment. Alonso needs to stay wider and overlap as does Dave who's probably a little guilty of the opposite and being too conservative.

I still don't by into the narrative of Jorginho being the issue, I read a stat that he's played the second most through balls in the epl so far this season (second only to none other than Luiz - what a pass for Pedro), so he has it in his locker but it speaks to the point above about no one running in behind. I think our issue is the LCM role, we lack a goal scorer, someone who can shoot from distance and makes late runs into the box ala Lampard in his prime. Kante is trying to add this to his game and his engine gives us the luxury of him still being able to track back and break up play and provide cover when needex but it's not natural to him and I don't think he can set the tempo the way that Jorginho will once Sarri gets the players he wants to play proper Sarriball not what we're seeing currently. Long and short don't judge Jorginho on what you're seeing currently he's having to adapt his role to suit while the players around him come up to speed.

I think we're a new striker (looking like Higuain), a Fabregas replacement (Paredes), a winger who can run in behind ala Pedro style (Lozano? ) and a goal scoring LCM (Barkley and RLC 🤞) and getting our wingers stay wide and overlap and.

2.) 13 Jan 2019 04:21:19
Posted too early by accident* getting our full backs to stay wide and overlap and get crosses into the box, away from being the team that resembles the Napoli that dominated under Sarri that we all want!

Anyways another 3 points in the bag and possible 6 point result with Arsenal loosing and Spurs playing United so onwards and upwards!

3.) 13 Jan 2019 08:30:20
Yes Zola Australia, tough gig with the times of the games haha

I also hope we bring in Higuain and a few others. I reckon we will too.

4.) 13 Jan 2019 10:53:22
Standard there was a big improvement in the 2nd half. We could have had a few more goals, Willian and Pedro missed two good chances. Willian turned up after the break which made a massive difference. I just wish he was more consistent. All in all happy with the win and the tempo was better in the 2nd half. Its clear that Sarri is working on it. It will take time.

Hopefully we sign a few players before the Arsenal game which will be interesting. We can literally make the top 4 ours with a win.

5.) 14 Jan 2019 04:23:26
Good to know Shak, thanks.



06 Jan 2019 00:13:27
Well well well. Has Hudson-Odoi been that spark we’ve been missing on the wing? It wasn’t the most quality performance like some are suggesting but it shows he’s raw and brings a lot to the table. He takes players on and can cross an absolute peach.

It’s not the end of Willian and Pedro at Chelsea, they still need games are good options but he needs to be included in the 18. I don’t know how many times this season we’ve been at a deadlock and we’ve needed a spark and we’ve had three central midfielders on the bench.

Keep the momentum going for him, either start him next game or bring him on as a sub. We cannot mess this up and lose him.

Shout outs to Christensen, Zappa, fab and RLC, Morata also scored a couple.

Onto spurs.

1.) 06 Jan 2019 01:43:00
What i love about him is he brings something our other wingers don't. He's very direct and loves to get the ball into the box, he's the type of winger strikers love to play with. It's no surprise he's assisted Morata 3 times. Our wingers have been very poor in providing him with chances, the whole team to a certain point. Get the ball into the box, into dangerous areas where Morata is at his best and that's what Odoi offers. Of course it seems Morata's off though and i wish him the best. Hope we can bring in someone with proven quality and mental toughness. But if we bring in a ST that Sarri likes whether it'd be a Higuain or Piatek, i really believe they'd be better of playing with a player like CHO rather than Willian or Pedro.

2.) 06 Jan 2019 06:56:14
Good performance but let’s remember it was only Nottingham Forest.

3.) 06 Jan 2019 13:04:58
Of course Adam but still positive signs.

4.) 06 Jan 2019 15:06:50
Standard, been positive signs all season from the boy ever since pre season, but its a different species - the league - cup matches - europa league games. He looked a little lost against Watford if I was honest. But you expect that, hopefully gets some more minutes under his belt very soon.



05 Jan 2019 16:37:30
Mikel now a free agent. the unthinkable surely can’t happen! Replacing Fabregas .

1.) 05 Jan 2019 17:54:01
Please, please NO. A big NO.

2.) 05 Jan 2019 19:48:32
Why not - a player that passes sideways - not that fast - doesn't score goals - a perfect cover for Jorginho!

3.) 05 Jan 2019 20:12:59
oh no if this happens il be very unimpressed the only time i ever seen him play well was the cl final.

4.) 05 Jan 2019 20:41:34
Mikel was/ is very underrated. Yes I wouldn't want him back now but to say he only had 1 decent performance in his time here is laughable. You have to remember that Jose changed Mikel's position from attacking midfield (where he plays very well for Nigeria) to a Defensive midfielder. It was under Jose's instructions that he had to play the simple ball, a lot like Makelele played the same way for us, but you don't see anyone moaning about him. I rated him very highly here doesn't get the adulation because he wasn't a flair player, but still done a very good job time and time again.

5.) 05 Jan 2019 21:06:45
Completely agree CFCAdam. Very underrated player, never seen someone protect the ball as well as him, he was so calm under pressure. Probably a bit too old for Chelsea to re buy him but still a good asset for any team.

6.) 05 Jan 2019 21:22:25
Nice bloke as well.

Had the pleasure of spending a small amount of time in his company. Very polite and absolutely in Love with Chelsea.

7.) 05 Jan 2019 23:16:29
I would love it haha :) I love Mikel.

8.) 06 Jan 2019 00:04:13
Spot on Adam. Big mikel fan but I’d rather Ampadu take fabregas’s spot.

9.) 06 Jan 2019 00:20:18
i don't agree i thought he wasnt good enough for chelsea just my opinion ders very few games i remember saying what a player an don't give me the cause he wasmt a flair player u don't remember. kante isn't a flair player but he's had several games were he's been top class an so did makelele an other proper dms. i also never rated busquets an some people think he's the bees knees .

he played dm with several managers over several seasons after jose so u camt say jose is the reason he was changed to a dm if he was good enough other managers would of pushed him further up. anyway just my opinion nice guy an a lover of chelsea doesn't make me think he was better dan i think. don't hate me for my opinion but i am brutally honest at times.

10.) 06 Jan 2019 11:13:49
Mikel was a great player for Chelsea. Wrongly slated throughout his career with us.

11.) 06 Jan 2019 19:13:32
i respect all yer opinions nick as i said i never rated him im ok fans liked him that's cool i won't begrudge ye.



03 Jan 2019 13:46:23
Got a funny one for you lads.

I was at the store I work at tonight and through comes this Chelsea fan wearing a 2012/ 13 shirt. I complimented him on the shirt and we got talking about football and he adamantly told me that John Obi mikel will Be returning to Chelsea in the summer as he knows one of his family members. I had to just nod.

I live in Australia, so this guy apparently knows a family member of mikel lol.

I’m a big mikel fan but surely not eds? Lol.

{Ed001's Note - not that I am aware of, unless he were to retire it would not make any sense.}

1.) 03 Jan 2019 14:35:35
Unless it's in a coaching / advisory role?

2.) 03 Jan 2019 16:05:59
He’s only 31, so I think he’ll keep playing for a while.




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21 Jan 2019 14:32:46
Looking at another perspective, it shows how spoilt chelsea fans are. No matter what happens, I love my team :)

1.) 21 Jan 2019 14:44:49
That’s the spirit Standard.



20 Jan 2019 10:00:45
Ed001, do you think Sarri will play Kante in defensive mid or do you think he’ll be stubborn and continue to play him out of position? Jorginho was completely overrun once again in midfield against arsenal and I hate to have to agree with Ferdinand’s comments but Jorginho has been straight awful. Would you be able to do a player profile on Jorginho if time allows? Thanks mate.

{Ed001's Note - Sarri is stubborn, I can't see him changing. Yes mate Jorginho is on the list, you already requested him. Sorry obviously taking me so long to get round to him you had forgotten!}

1.) 21 Jan 2019 04:24:05
Haha no worries ed, didn’t see a reply on the last one where I requested Jorginho so wasn’t sure if you had seen it. Cheers.

{Ed001's Note - ah ok I must have forgotten to reply to it sorry.}



20 Jan 2019 03:22:58
Ed001 or Ed002, Mourinho has been speaking about not being supported in the transfer market which I completely agree with. From what I remember the first time we listened to him regarding transfers and it went well.

Did we not listen and support him as much second go around? I really want to understand what went wrong the second go, he’s my favorite ever manager and 100% belongs at Chelsea. I would take him back in a heartbeat if I’m honest.

{Ed001's Note - the club had a system in place which meant the manager was a head coach on his return and had to answer to others. It is the way it is.}

1.) 20 Jan 2019 04:46:44
Yeah, I feel we should have backed him more. Not signing his desired players and then sighing hector and Djillobodji was a joke.



20 Jan 2019 01:33:31
Didn’t finish the last post so I’ll continue.

The fullbacks are not suited to possession. Azpilicueta is poor offensively and isn’t the greatest passer. He is phenomenal defensively and is our captain therefore I’d still play him there. Alonso has been terrible. Maybe he’ll come out of form but he’s been a liability im afraid.

Luiz and Rudiger and Kepa are doing a good job in my opinion.

Massive improvements needed, after Sarris rant I hope the players don’t use their player power and force him out. They must have got scolded.

Big things needed but first and foremost the 433 is not suiting us. Kante needs to be deeper and Jorginho is not showing us why he cost us 40 million let alone why he’s even starting.

1.) 20 Jan 2019 03:28:12
I thought Jorginho was about 57 million? I agree though I think 4-2-3-1 needs to happen. I’ve said for ages Azpi isn’t great offensively he’d be a great back up but I’d even like to see Reece James given a go now. James and Chilwell would be my choice with Azpi and Emerson as back ups.

2.) 20 Jan 2019 08:46:23
Standard you have made a fair comment about our fullbacks. 100% agree. Azpi is very poor playing the possession based football. Neither have good crosses.



20 Jan 2019 01:29:48
Well, didn’t post after the game for good reason. We were absolutely awful. A few points.

Hazard is not a false 9. Sarri has spoken on hazard being a liability on the wing and therefore he should be given a free role in the midfield. 4231 100% is the way forward.

Kante is not a b2b in this system. Attacking wise it’s kore suitable playing Barkley. We are wasting his primary talents and therefore should play deeper alongside another player.

Fabregas, I always said I feel he’s perfect in this system and should play alongside Kante. Fabregas is still one of the best passers in world football and can dictate a tempo and play defence splitting balls. Currently, Jorginho is not doing that. I feel like he played a bit better than usual against arsenal which is saying something.

1.) 20 Jan 2019 02:06:18
I realise Fabregas has left, I would play Kovacic there.




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17 Jan 2019 15:51:11
Thanks Edward2.



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17 Jan 2019 01:11:54
Can someone fill me in? Ed? What are we being banned for? Illegal approaches to younger players and payments to families?

{Ed002's Note - The issue was that Chelsea took a player and used him without registering him.}



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14 Jan 2019 14:18:52
If he signed for Chelsea for that reason, other teams would just say no to buying him and then he’d be stuck at chesea with the game time. There’s no way the player would agree to move to Chelsea to move on immediately after.



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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.



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14 Jan 2019 10:58:52
Like the guy. Hope he does well.




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21 Jan 2019 04:24:05
Haha no worries ed, didn’t see a reply on the last one where I requested Jorginho so wasn’t sure if you had seen it. Cheers.

{Ed001's Note - ah ok I must have forgotten to reply to it sorry.}



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20 Jan 2019 04:46:44
Yeah, I feel we should have backed him more. Not signing his desired players and then sighing hector and Djillobodji was a joke.



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20 Jan 2019 02:06:18
I realise Fabregas has left, I would play Kovacic there.



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19 Jan 2019 19:45:03
Nick, may I ask what type of posts they are? I’ve posted some super negative and toxic posts before and they’ve made it through. Maybe your posts just aren’t making it through.



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18 Jan 2019 13:43:52
Chelsea to prove guilt mate.