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28 Jan 2019 09:33:26
I have to laugh.

People in here picking apart a 3 nil win with a team that started with 8 changes from. Thursday, a midfield 3 that never played together and a striker getting used to a new team. All while playing against a team we knew would sit on their own 18 yard line.

Does every single aspect of a one off game have to be analyzed or can we not just enjoy a clean sheet win with out second string and youth getting minutes in the legs?

dihanio

1.) 28 Jan 2019 16:33:30
I was at the game and I have to say I’m happy with the win, the last 10 minutes we looked like scoring a handful however we were poor and boring. The fans around me agreed we never looke to go forward only sideways or backwards. I love Ampadu and think he’s a great talent but I was happy when he came off tbh because he was slowing down every attack and passing backwards constantly. I know it’s possession but against Sheffield Wednesday we should look to score more goals and play better quicker football.


2.) 28 Jan 2019 21:05:44
It was rather abject, no doubt we will see improvements otherwise i would be worried. I expect the build up play to be a lot faster but of course we had no Jorginho, Kante, Hazard and Luiz so its not a concern. Job done anyway.


3.) 28 Jan 2019 21:07:39
Cfc17 spot on mate.


 

 

24 Jan 2019 11:43:49
Considering there's a Cup Final place at stake tonight, I wouldn't be surprised to see the usual starting 11.

We have Wednesday at the weekend where I expect we're more likely to see a change to the side than tonight.

dihanio

1.) 24 Jan 2019 17:49:41
I’m desperate for a player who can get wide and cross, Giroud starting would mean Cho starting is an absolute must, hazard Giroud Cho. And I’ll pogo with kovecic first goal,


2.) 24 Jan 2019 18:53:05
No CHO, what a blow.
Really think tonight was an opportunity to show him we trust him in a big game.


3.) 24 Jan 2019 19:43:47
It's not a blow.


4.) 24 Jan 2019 20:45:09
Didn't the Eds say it was difficult for him to play midweek but OK at weekends.


5.) 24 Jan 2019 23:48:23
Emerson starting over Alonso. Hazard back in his normal position. It looks like Sarri has finally come to his senses.


 

 

21 Jan 2019 13:35:39
Best of luck to Morata at Atletico. Hope it works out for him and he doesn't come back in the future to haunt us.

dihanio

1.) 21 Jan 2019 15:20:49
I bet he scores loads there there style will suit him good luck to the fella shame he didn't work out I liked him the bow and arrow celebration will always be a favourite.


 

 

20 Jan 2019 22:15:16
I think it's fair to say that we were all annoyed at some point by players like De Bruyne/ Salah/ Lukaku not getting a fair shake at the club.

We, the fans, say the same thing about our youth players like RLC/ CHO/ Christensen etc.

I have to ask, why are some fans currently so quick to want to sack Sarri? Why aren't you happy to offer time for a new system to embed?

I'll say it again. 4th in the league and still in 3 Cup competitions and people are losing their minds. I can't get my head around it.

We are ahead of where we were last season, with a new manager in his first 6 months in English football. Imagine city sacked Pep after his first year, without backing him in the market to clear out unwanted players.

Time and trust is what is needed.

dihanio

{Ed0333's Note - as far as I recall there wasn’t a profound clamour for Salah to be kept at the club by fans when you guys loaned/sold Mo Salah. To be fair he wasn’t even half the player he was he is now and nobody could have predicted his meteoric rise and if I’m being completely honest I wasn’t particularly enamoured when we signed him for 40 odd million quid.
As for Sarri like you’re self I don’t understand why people are so up his ass? He guided Napoli to second place twice in three seasons playing swashbuckling football so he has caliber. Just because he’s not won the league straight away like Conte he’s deemed a failure he needs time to implement his ideas. He also didn’t have a proper preseason so that is a massive hindrance. Just concentrate on getting top 4 and I’m sure you guys will be ok next season.


1.) 20 Jan 2019 22:30:35
I suppose, Ed, now, we see fans saying that we got rid of Salah. Annoyed he's doing well for Liverpool. I'm basing him a bit on how fans are about him now.

I'm like you, when he was at the club, he did nothing to show me he was worthy.

{Ed0333's Note - maybe he just needed to grow a beard and his hair long. Maybe he’s like Sampson half the man he is with short hair. You can’t cry over spilt milk mate you guys have Pulisic and he’s potentially an elite level player and a proper Salah-esque superstar.


2.) 20 Jan 2019 23:02:35
Salah was awful here let’s be honest albeit not given a proper go. De Bruyne on the other hand I was gutted when he left. But I didn’t see Salah becoming the player he is now when first here.


3.) 20 Jan 2019 23:49:39
Salah probably understands German more than he understood Portuguese. Mind u he had the scouse language to comprehend, so fair play to the bloke.


4.) 21 Jan 2019 07:13:47
I think the point is getting missed, here.

To simplify, we moan about players not getting time, why are some fans so quick to want Sarri sacked?


5.) 21 Jan 2019 11:27:09
Because he insists on playing our only 2 World class players out of position? Because he insists on playing Jorginho when it obviously isn't working? Because he insists on playing Alonso ahead of Emerson? Because he insists on playing Willian and Pedro ahead of CHO? Because if other teams crowd Jorginho, he doesn't have a plan B? Because he doesn't seem to comprehend that possession without creativity is pointless (and boring to watch)?

Because he accuses his players of lack of motivation when one of main roles of management is to motivate the players? Because he hasn't worked out that, if he is going to play Kante in a more advanced position, Kante should be played on the left to cover the defensive frailties of Luiz and Alonso? Because he picks his nose during interviews? All these and many more.


6.) 21 Jan 2019 12:30:00
If we played the high press when, like Sarri wants, it wouldn't matter what position Kante played. Basically, he's doing the same job, winning the ball higher up the pitch. Hazard, yes, needs to be out left, and will be when a trusted striker comes in. People p*ss and moan about Giroud and Morata, but p*ss and moan when they don't play, Sarri can't win in that respect! Sarri is being forced to play Haz out of position. Jorghino isn't working, cos the players aren't taking on the system. Remember, up until the Spurs game, we were UNBEATEN, with the system quite obviously working. We all raved about how we played.

Sarri spoke about CHO and how he's progressing. We've had probably 10 youth players called to be next big thing and never amounted to anything at Chelsea. Imaging CHO gets a run of games and plays awful, how will the crowd react? Sarri is protecting him, and rightly so. Alonso, I agree with you.

Lack of motivation, our last 3 managers have complained about this. They can't all be wrong. And further to that, Arsenal is arguably the biggest game of Chelsea season, especially when a win practically knocks them out of the top 4 race. Players should be up for a game like that without needing to be motivated. Luiz has been one of our top performers this season so picking on him is a moot point.

I say, give him his time, to build his squad and system and allow us have a chance of a monopoly on the league like Liverpool in the 70/ 80s and United in the 90s. How did all that come about for them? Because trust and backing was given to long term managers with a long term plan.


7.) 21 Jan 2019 15:11:03
dihanio, are you seriously suggesting that Sarri is the new Bill Shankly!? Are you Sarri's son? disarrio?


8.) 21 Jan 2019 17:59:32
MDW, if that's what you want to take from that, so be it.


 

 

12 Jan 2019 22:35:13
Sitting in 4th, semi-final of one cup, still in Europe and the FA Cup, all with Sarri trying to implement a new system with out his own proper stamp on the squad.

I believe we're heading in the right direction, personally, finding very little to be angry or disappointed about.

dihanio

1.) 12 Jan 2019 23:04:51
When we have won the Premiership there were times when we didn’t play well but we got three points.

The comment is always, that’s what good teams do. They win when they aren’t playing well and that’s what we’ve done today.

We are not playing well but I agree with dihanio and I believe most fans would have taken this at the start of the season!


2.) 12 Jan 2019 23:18:56
Are you actually watching the games?!


3.) 12 Jan 2019 23:45:19
MDS, of course, and my point still stands.

My first statement is pure fact and my second is personal sentiment.

What has watching the games got to do with it?


4.) 13 Jan 2019 00:06:45
Yes the last few games have been tough. Every team goes through the sticky patch. There is nothing to cry about. Sarri's first season and we are competing in all 4 events.


5.) 13 Jan 2019 12:21:44
dihanio, you can actually watch our turgid, slow, boring, inept performance yesterday and still say 'we're heading in the right direction'.


6.) 13 Jan 2019 13:07:26
So MDW is your solution to sack yet another manager?


7.) 13 Jan 2019 14:35:23
TomB, I would love a manager to come in and stay for 9 or 10 seasons - I just don't think that Sarri is good enough for Chelsea and I believe he was the wrong choice.


8.) 13 Jan 2019 15:10:37
Liverpool were awful yesterday, they got lucky that Gross for some reason decided to gift them a penalty.

Till then they had 1 or no shots on on goal. Can't see many Liverpool supportes crying about it.


9.) 13 Jan 2019 15:29:00
Can I suggest 30 ish games is NOT enough to judge a manager or for that matter a player.

It’s called a season for a reason. So far this season we have played well, average and poorly, most teams will have a similar season performance profile.

We all new that any manager who came in would have to rebuild if for no other reason than we have players moving towards the end of their career. Add to that, any manager would would not rate some of our plasters and want to bring in players he sees as fitting his preferred style of play.

Let’s just give the manager a chance. Except that he and certain players are coming to terms with the league and others are coming to terms with a new style of play.

We are going through a massive transition, start the judgements next season would be my advice to a posters and fans.


 

 

 

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31 Jan 2019 08:48:32
Yeah, was really evident at times last night that Hazard got the ball and everyone else was 25 yards behind him. Nobody breaking fast.

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30 Jan 2019 09:40:17
If only it was easy as Football Manager, eh lads?

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10 Jan 2019 20:22:55
Willian linked with Barcelona again tonight.

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21 Dec 2018 12:15:38
With Milan interested in Morata and Bakayoko, I can see it.

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08 Dec 2018 15:21:03
Even about that. I said he'd forgotten his tissues!

dihanio

{Ed0333's Note - not sure why your post wasn’t published mate apologies for that. more Pertinently I’m gonna be watching sarri pick his nose every time I watch Chelsea play. I suppose it’s a damn site more interesting than watching morata tho.


 

 

 

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04 Mar 2019 15:22:10
Turvey,

Jorghino stats vs City:

- 4 Most interceptions
- 6 Most tackles
- 13 Most balls regained

To say he's a liability defensively is false. I can accept if you don't like him as a player, just because. But to say he's no good in a defensive matter isn't right.

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04 Mar 2019 15:15:39
ChelseaLRD, no. Don't want Costa near Chelsea ever again.

He wanted out for a long time, and it annoys me when people blame Conte for Costa leaving. For multiple windows, Costa wanted out, no way he should get another go.

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24 Feb 2019 20:34:42
In the post below, you asked was Sarri getting sacked.

How can you be proud of a team and ask that question?

Especially, barring the Kepa incident, you can see the players have played how he wanted?

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24 Feb 2019 13:12:27
Anybody predicting a city win shouldn't be allowed to celebrate a Chelsea win.

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21 Feb 2019 09:39:17
EmilSC, you make this point:

"I think both Willian and Pedro are players that should be able to play in the system, and I think players are quite similar to Callejon. "

So, does it not make sense then, that these two players are not taking on the new system. So, they're not respecting the coach. If this is the case, isn't it fair to say other players are ignoring the coach? So, there's players wanting to do their own thing. This has happened before too.

Isn't it fair to stick with a manager, be it Sarri or whoever, and go full pelt and back them, while moving on the players who don't take to the new regime. We did go 18 games unbeaten, playing lovely football too, so what changed in the background?

I'm sorry if this has been said in the thread, I just got caught by the initial statement.

dihanio