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21 Jul 2019 12:00:12
Looking at our projected squad, I truly don't think we're very far off on top level talent barring a striker and we will have quite a bit of depth at pretty much every position. The good thing about this squad is it has a very broad demographic in regards to talent which will allow frank a massive amount of tactical versatility.

I also think this years squad will have an exceptional level of motivation as they know the club can't buy and if they aren't able to integrate into the squad this year then they might as well pack their bags which will aid the club in their evaluations of whether to keep players on the books unnecessarily. Exciting yet nerve wracking times and I can't wait for the season to start.

Tk

1.) 21 Jul 2019 15:20:30
That's exactly the way to look at it. It'll be a great season to watch. Perfect time to be a youth player too.


2.) 21 Jul 2019 20:53:31
Spot on lads. It’s a time for heroes to be made!


3.) 22 Jul 2019 10:37:30
I'm more excited about this season than for many years - can't wait.


4.) 22 Jul 2019 17:14:40
Speaking from the heart, I think the season will be a good season indeed. Although, I must confess that the kind of optimism that many Chelsea fans are showing at the moment is the type that puts pressure on coaches and gets them sacked quickly. Most of us didn't show this type of optimism last season when the looked stronger (on paper- at this time of the season) . Speaking from my head, I think that if our new young players come good quickly, then it will be a wonderful season but I think that at the moment we are slightly weaker than last season.


5.) 22 Jul 2019 20:27:27
I think the break even point for this years team is qualifying for the champions league next year. While we obviously don’t have a player to replace hazard, we do have an exceptionally deep squad that will all be playing with the motivation of a clean slate. Scoring will be a challenge and I’m intrigued to see how frank goes about trying to manufacture goals.


 

 

21 Jul 2017 20:35:48
I've got to say I really don't buy into the hysteria regarding the lack of numbers in the squad. While we have the congestion of UCL football this year that only 6 games through January and it's a crap shoot beyond that. Also Conte has demonstrated (at Chelsea and June previously) that he largely sticks to the same group of players.

I think the only additions we need to make are a left wingback and a centremid, if conte doesn't feel that baker or pasalic are capable of performing the role that Chalobah did last year. Making additions beyond that would largely result in a squad player that gets minimal time that the club will look to sell the following summer and most likely struggle doing so.

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11 Apr 2017 05:22:39
Hey ed, I was wondering if Chelsea had any interest in Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham. I tried the search function but couldn't find anything. Hope all is well!

Tk

{Ed002's Note - It was addressed in the Sharkopod some months ago. Chelsea has an interest but a move would see him languishing in the reserve or youth side - he would need to think carefully about any offer unless he were loaned back fore a year or two. Common sense dictates he stays at Fulham for a while longer.}


1.) 11 Apr 2017 11:49:10
Much appreciated ed!

{Ed002's Note - A lot of folk don't understand the rules surrounding children and they certainly don't understand the responsibilities the club has. Under 18 they have to attend school and they are limited by hours how much they can train each week. And there are a bunch of other rules that need to be adhered to as well. Signing on a schoolboy who can only train part time to play as a first team player in the premier league is stupidity itself.}


2.) 11 Apr 2017 21:33:36
I never thought of it like that Ed. Dry good point.


 

 

23 Jun 2014 16:42:54
Hey Ed first off nice to see you back. Secondly I was wondering if there was any updates to the left back search? If nothings changed I apologize but once again nice to have you back.

Tk

{Ed002's Note - There is nothing new.}


 

 

09 Jun 2014 00:12:53
Hey ed I was kind of wondering where the interest in lukaku lies. Off the top of my head based on what you've said on here and other sites Roma's interest has moved to cerci and someone else, Dortmunds interest left with the signing of immobile, Everton are interested but can't meet the price, and I think there might have been interest from spurs and maybe atletico. I was wondering if this is true and if there was anything I may have left out? Thanks for your wealth if knowledge as usual!

Tk

{Ed002's Note - There is interest from a number of sides including Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid, Newcastle, Roma and Spurs. Shakhtar, Zenit and Everton are interested but probably not options. I suspect the Borussia Dortmund interest has gone.

Roma are actively talking to Chelsea right now.}


 

 

 

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18 Dec 2019 02:37:22
I got to thinking about our midfield and I truly think we need to go back to a 433 and ditch the 4231. When we play in a 4231 we become extremely disconnected between the double pivot and the attacking band which has all sorts of ramifications. For me I like kovacic at the base as he does a tremendous job of single handedly breaking the press either through dribbling past the opposition or his ability to play any pass. Kante should be given license to run and will naturally complement kovacic in providing cover if he steps forward while also pressing the opposition in an attempt to recover the ball high up the pitch. I would partner these two with mount as he provides the best goal threat of our available midfielders and does a tremendous job of triggering our press and is likely the best goal threat we have in our midfield, even though he certainly has holes in his game at least he moment. I think RLC is more suited to this role than mount when they're both at their best but we can't count on rueben at the moment. While Jorginho does a good job of controlling our attacking tempo and plays a number of threatening passes from deep, he doesn't provide a goal threat and needs support defensively.

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24 Nov 2019 19:42:43
While Jorginho got a lot of stick for giving away possession on the first goal, I'm surprised nobody has addressed the inability of our center halves to make any sort of incisive build up contribution. City gained control of the game when they started sitting back off Zouma and Tomori and allowed them to play lateral passes that didn't serve much purpose beyond circulating possession. City would allow them acres of space to dribble into which they never did and press once the ball as it was advanced to the next compartment.

This resulted in Jorginho and Kovacic dropping incredibly deep in order to advance the ball and ultimately resulted in the give always being so costly. Once Jorginho was removed from the game we seemed utterly incapable of linking defense to attack. While I don't expect Tomori and Zouma to play the ball as well as Bonucci they need to at least threaten the opponent enough to make the opponent challenge them on the ball or teams will continue to force us to play through a low block which is exceptionally tough.

Tk

1.) 25 Nov 2019 09:13:59
It's a Jorginho inquest on here after every loss mate.


 

 

02 Oct 2019 01:19:48
Courtois got the hook at half time in Tuesday's game. Cheers boys!

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18 Sep 2019 09:52:11
I know lamps has came out in the press and said that the pen was Barkley's to take but that situation was ugly regardless. For starters, everyone on the field should have zero doubt who is to take a pen and to see at least 3 or 4 players approach Barkley screams of mismanagement. I also wondered why Dave wasn't serving as the captain and marshaling the players away from Barkley if he was the assigned taker. In years past you consistently saw John Terry doing so.

In general I thought we played into their hands. We should have done everything to turn the screw and put pressure on their defense but instead we were wasteful with the ball and we also gave away a ton of needless fouls which allowed their team to reset and rest.

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02 Sep 2019 09:47:53
A couple of thoughts after rewatching the match:
It goes without saying that the vast amount of injuries severely hinders Frank's ability to pick a team and adjust tactically and a bunch of the guys in the squad still don't look completely fit (Willian) .

Zouma really struggles to play the ball which limits us which lead to us hoofing the ball constantly in the second half and then being able to apply the nonstop pressure that got them their two goals.
I thought Tomori had a tremendous game.
Mount has a lot more influence in the midfield than out on the wing but we only have one fit winger so it is what it is.

Ross Barkley looks extremely limited to me. Not great defensively. Can't break pressure from midfield like kovacic, mount, and rlc are capable of.
I think our midfield lacks mobility when less than two of mount, kovacic, and Kante are in there.
Emerson looks incredibly steady.
Beyond Tammy's two goals, I thought his all around game especially holding the ball up looked much better.

Michy doesn't really offer much beyond being a good athlete.
We've got to be careful with our expectations of Reece James. Yes Dave has looked dodgy at times this year. Yes Reece has a nice year last year but please remember it was the championship.
It's really tough to judge a team when your world class center mid, beat center back,

Tk

1.) 02 Sep 2019 10:23:59
Good post TK, agree with what you are saying. Personally I think we miss Luiz and his ability to pass out from the back and transfer the pressure in one move so hoping one of Christensen or Tomori can step up. Zouma is a decent defender but his distribution is not good enough for the way Frank sets up. I also agree that we can't put to much expectation on James but I do think he will be an improvement on Azpi. I thought Sterling was still around but J pointed out to me that he has gone on loan. When Rudiger, James, Kante, RLC and CHO all return we might start looking like a top 3 or 4 side. In Lamps we must trust and give time. he is a smart boy and will be learning all the time.


2.) 02 Sep 2019 13:11:15
After he had a good pre season I’ve been disappointed with Barkley so far this season.

I think Jorginho has been exceptional and for with exception of a few games last season he has been a very good signing.

We miss Kante enormously but he should be back after the international break

I do agree that Azpilicueta hasn’t started the season well but IMO a lot of the criticism about his performances has been exaggerated. He has not had good help/ cover from in front of him or inside him. Having said that he could and should have done better with one on ones and his crossing is well below par!

Tammy has REALLY surprised me. His hold up play so far has been much better than I expected and his lay offs have been good as well. Again IMO he will score well over twenty goals this season and could well be a challenger for Kane’s England slot by the end of the season.

I have not been as impressed with Mount as some fans but that’s probably because I am expecting to much of the young lad.


 

 

 

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22 Jul 2019 20:27:27
I think the break even point for this years team is qualifying for the champions league next year. While we obviously don’t have a player to replace hazard, we do have an exceptionally deep squad that will all be playing with the motivation of a clean slate. Scoring will be a challenge and I’m intrigued to see how frank goes about trying to manufacture goals.

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21 Jul 2019 21:53:01
With the depth Leipzig have a centre half this seems pretty clear that the club intends to develop him as a defensive midfielder.

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30 Jun 2019 23:31:58
I don’t feel Tammy is ready for the pressure that comes with leading the line for our club. He did fill it up in the championship but teams aren’t tripping over themselves to sign him and he didn’t even start for the U21’s. I think Morata would have enough motivation considering the Euro’s are at the end of the year and if he wants to make the squad he’ll need to perform.

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29 Jun 2019 13:02:21
I personally would really like to see Morata back at the club assuming the transfer ban is upheld. He’s said some things since leaving that aren’t great but I have zero question he’s the best striker we have on our books. Giroud is good at what he does but his game is very limited and he’s not getting any younger.

Batshuayi has yet to show any indication that he’s capable of leading the line and the fact that Palace aren’t angling to resign him (ala Zouma at Everton) should say it all. Abraham isn’t ready and I’d be worried that if he was kept around the unrealistic expectations would impair his development and he’d be better served continuing his development on loan.

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15 Jul 2017 21:44:24
As others have said, with the selling of bonucci and their club continuing to screw around I find it highly unlikely.

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12 Dec 2019 03:13:33
I think one big issue for CHO is the lack of variety in the way he attacks. 99 times out of 100 he’ll pick up the ball wide left and break inside and unleash a shot without looking to make a pass or go outside. Teams are starting to pick up on this pattern and will collapse on him once he gets the ball while preventing him from getting a clear shot on net.

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03 Dec 2019 04:14:35
I think the big thing is focusing on signing the right player rather than the right position. Areas to target for me are a backup striker preferably with pace to complement Tammy as well as a leftback that is just as good or better than Emerson. Nothing else is immediately pressing in my opinion barring sales of players.

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01 Dec 2019 18:41:21
I agree with Eli in that a number of the chances we missed weren’t necessarily sitters (besides the zouma header) and that by and large we weren’t exceptionally threatening. I’ll admit to being wrong in pushing for giroud to start as he offered literally nothing. West Ham set up in a low block and begged us to send in crosses with their numerical advantage which we obliged. We needed to have the patience to play on the ground through that and get behind them with our fullbacks which we did not. This team will inevitably have bumps in the road and yesterdays game was certainly one of them.

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29 Nov 2019 03:13:46
While I agree that teams generally have competitive windows I will disagree with the notion that city are about to fall off their cliff. Kompany wasn’t a massive factor on the field the last two years and the issue was that he hasn’t been replaced. David Silva can be replaced by Bernardo Silva and Rodri for Fernandinho. One thing I’ll commend city on is that they brought in players to play in a certain system for a long time before pep showed up and put the finishing touches on things. If they can sort out their defense they will remain quite a nightmare.

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28 Nov 2019 06:10:08
Hazard was a luxury player defensively that was tough to set up a defensive system around (it’s easier when such players are central) . That said he was our attack in its entirety for large parts of last year to the point that our team would just stand around and hope he performed magic. I’ve been extremely pleased in how the entire squad has taken a bigger role this year in creating and finishing chances. Between the two it’s pulisic and it’s not close just from the standpoint of age and he won’t age well with his dependence on explosive movements and his lack of work ethic which leads to massive weight gains. 100+ from real was a joke.

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