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31 May 2019 21:42:29
Reports tonight Sarri is off to Juve I have absolutely no idea what direction the club is going in. It's got to be Lampard hasn't it? I'm disappointed he's going he should have had another year. Rumours are we aren't appealing to CAS so Sarri can't get the players in he wants.



21 May 2019 01:58:46
Rumours from Di Marzio and other various outlets is that Sarri and us are parting ways. If that's true we are a joke of a club and apparently Lampard is going to take charge. I'm sorry but he's just not ready yet. I hope this isn't true.

1.) 21 May 2019 07:17:29
Sarri has managed to disconnect the club and its fans, he marginalised players that could have been used in Cahill, Drinkwater. He’s never been to see a youth game. With Lampard/ Morris coming in, they know the club inside out, they know how good the youths can be and won’t be afraid of using them especially if this ban isn’t lifted.

There’s plenty to be excited about if he becomes coach.

I want a manager who is gutted when we lose, bouncing when we win and in Sarri I don’t see that. I saw it in Conte, Jose, RDM, etc.

2.) 21 May 2019 08:18:03
I can't say what Sarri is thinking in his head but I think if he will leave the Chelsea job- it won't be cos of 'FANS ABUSE' like most of our comments here insinuate. I hate it when fans abuse players or coaches but I don't understand how we think fans' abuse should even be considered the factor or reason why Sarri should want to leave Chelsea- that is if he leaves. I think if Sarri decides to leave Chelsea today, it won't be cos of fans' abuse but it could be cos of something else- because fans' abuse is not something that is peculiar to only Chelsea fans (fans of other clubs abuse their coaches too, so a good manager shouldn't put that in front of his mind when making a decision; what should matter is what are my employer (s) saying?

I think that the attitude of the fans (whether good or bad) at any point in time mirrors the performance of the team (that is performance of players and manager) ; like someone said, the right word that best describe fans (not only Chelsea fans) is 'FICKLE'- if you are doing they praise you and if are doing badly they condemn you (which in their own way is to abuse) : all because they judge the manager and players from their performance on the football pitch.

3.) 21 May 2019 08:32:33
Me neither. Would be so dumb and set us back as a club.

I hate this.

4.) 21 May 2019 10:16:16
I can understand the outrage if we sack him. However, I get the impression clubs in Italy want him back and that they would give him more respect and what he wants. He may be tempted to go himself. If he leaves, it'll be mutual.

5.) 21 May 2019 11:55:10
Let's be honest, if Juve do want Sarri then I'm sure deep down he would rather want to manage them than Chelsea in the current climate. For his career that will be the right step, he will have the correct tools to win tropies. He will have world class players to manage in Juventus and they will adopt to his style effortlessly.

Lampard is probably the best option from the rest. I would like to see youth given a chance whilst we sit out the transfer market. I would like to see the impact he would have on players like RLC, Barkley etc. Maybe we get tons more goals from midfield.

6.) 21 May 2019 12:15:06
If true it just shows what is wrong with this club, see a new shiny toy and think it will fix all of our problems, this has OGS at Man Utd written all over it. The initial wave of positivity will wear off once the results begin to go south and they will, he'll lose the players respect and we will sack him too like every other manager we've had and ruin his legacy at the same time. Give Sarri a chance to implement some serious change and let lampard get some experience before throwing him into the fire of having to manage us in the current predicament we're in. I can't stress enough how much I hope this isn't true.

7.) 21 May 2019 14:10:53
Why does that make us a joke of a club? Sarri was brought in to deliver on a particular brief and from my perspective hasn't actually done that yet. I know Ed says the club won't be looking to "kow-tow" to fans, but I doubt they can ignore the general discontent especially around season ticket renewal time.

If the fans don't like Sarri, he's not particularly bothered about doing anything to address that, and he hasn't delivered the kind of "dynamic, attacking football" he was brought to implement, maybe it's best to part ways and have another crack with someone else?

The argument I always see re: Sarri's inability to make progress in the actual football being played is that the players are crap or unable to adapt, and I just don't agree with that. It's a very talented group.

You can argue the toss over various bits and pieces of the situation but I don't think anyone could say it's working out right now.

8.) 21 May 2019 14:11:08
I can simply not agree with what you're writing, Adam. Drinkwater has never been nowhere good enough for our club, and it would be no less that foolish from Sarri to use him. Wasn't like Conte used him a lot either. Cahill is simply not fit to play in this system, and in general his level wasn't good enough last season either. He lost possession often, wasn't quick enough to make up for it and was often a liability to our defence. While I do think he could've played more, I also think playing AC or Ampadu would've been more correct.

Sure, Sarri hasn't been to a youth game, and he hasn't given any youth players a debut. However, he's the manager who's played our academy players the most by far in the last many years, if you exclude Terry which I'll allow myself to do.
Also, you say Sarri doesn't show passion? A man who reportedly spent 45 minutes after the City and Bournemouth games, telling the players just how disappointed he was. A man who almost went out the tunnel in the cup final out of pure anger. In my eyes, Sarri has a lot of passion. He may not show it the same way that managers like Klopp or Conte does, but celebrating with the fans doesn't mean that you're necessarily a good manager. And I'd rather have a manager who doesn't celebrate with the fans but tries to bring in a way more attractive way of football that's completely different from what we're used to, and at the same time gets results that every single rationally thinking Chelsea fan should've been more than pleased with before the season began.

By the way this is not me saying that you shouldn't be allowed to criticise Sarri, I guess I'm just extremely disappointed that he might not be our manager next season. Rant over.

9.) 21 May 2019 14:41:31
I'm no longer surprised by our club and the decisions they make. Sacking Sarri would be stupid but that's not something that defers the board anyway.

10.) 21 May 2019 16:44:04
Emil, Cahill has been there, done that and won it all. Has more experience then Sarri, has won a hell of a lot more too. Even if you don’t use him on the pitch, you use his experience, his presence in the changing room. That’s what I don’t like.

Drinkwater - could have done the same job as Kovavic and Barkley. 1 assist all season between them. You don’t think he could have added something different?

He unwillingness to change formation, his stubbornness in changing the same players at the same time in games shows he cannot adapt.

He went mental because his keeper refused to come off.
You’d rather a manager who doesn’t celebrate with the fans. Oh dear. What’s the point in having fans then? Surely you’d want to celebrate with them after an important win.

He stayed behind after those embarrassing losses and told the players he wasn’t happy with them and you think that shows passion? Okay then.

11.) 21 May 2019 16:59:30
I must say that I do agree that it seems like Cahill hasn't been used properly as a leader, I thought you meant on the pitch about him. I genuinely don't see how Drinkwater would've added anything positive to the team, and while I agree that you could've wanted more from Kovacic and Barkley, I don't see Drinkwater as the man who'd brought that.
Saying that Sarri cannot adapt it quite simply wrong in my opinion. He changed his tactics in some of the big games, and that change of tactics led to City's first loss this season. However, I do agree, that he should have taken more risks against weaker teams.
He also got sent off against Burnley, but I guess that doesn't show passion.
Yes, I'd rather have a manager who gives a team something to celebrate - good results - than a manager who doesn't bring in the same results, but then celebrates with the fans whenever he does. Sure, I'd rather have both, but I genuinely believe a guy like Lampard wouldn't have been able to bring the same results this season, and that he wouldn't be able to bring in the results the next season as Sarri would if we stick with him.

12.) 21 May 2019 17:01:06
Please stop looking at the small things and start looking at the bigger picture.

Surely we have had a business plan? Sarri has either satisfied or dissatisfied the owner. That’s all that matters IMO.

13.) 21 May 2019 17:51:04
It is not as simple as that Tom.

14.) 21 May 2019 19:40:49
And it’s not that complicated G8.

If Sarri goes, he goes. I won’t be happy but I wasn’t happy when the club gave Conte the tin tac.

If the club/ owner aren’t happy it’s not going to make any difference what we think.

15.) 21 May 2019 20:31:00
I wouldn't bother stressing yourself over this managerial saga. Let It just pan out.

The club will make a decision and it will satisfy some and disatisfy some.

Personally I would have preferred Sarri to stay given that he has satisfied targets, however I don't know what's happened behind the scenes. He comes across as a stubborn person and maybe he has done things despite being told otherwise. His an old school boss.

16.) 22 May 2019 12:03:00
I think it will be Sarri'a decision if. he wants to leave or go. Anyway if Juventus are trully calling for him I can definatelly see why his head would be turned.

17.) 22 May 2019 14:21:00
Mixed emotions on Sarri. He was given a job to do and he's done it. Third behind two of arguably Europes' biggest teams, got us into two finals, potentially another European trophy. To come in and change our style of football from one end of the scale to the other is not easy and certainly not achieved over a single season.
if the board wanted results then I think he's achieved that.

The other part and I echo what someone else has said previously, he seems detached from the club. I've been to a lot of games this season and i cannot recall the last time I heard a manager receive so much abuse from fans - at home. even away. "f*ck sarri ball". no offence, I'd walk and be confident in knowing i've achieved the above for the club. Everyone knows what the managers' job is like.

The kepa situation for me was a massive wake up call. i don't care how they tried to sugar coat it after, that highlighted a lot of problems with the way the team is run and a complete lack of respect. again, i wouldn't blame sarri for walking.

the other side of things that talking to the group i sit with and also quite evident amongst all fans, is the tactical decisions. kante the world best DEFENSIVE midfielder playing in an attacking role baffles me. we have severely lacked the defensive screen previously provided in recent seasons from the little man. Not even reverting back to it in some circumstances is somewhat the most frustrating, back to basics approach. but again fair play he has stuck to his guns.

from a personal point of view, if indeed we are banned from spending, his attacking approach will be exposed once hazard has left. edens performances inc goals/ assists this season and we wouldn't be left with much and safely out of the top four. i think Chelsea are planning for the ban and have realised sarri isn't the man for that and finally if youth is to be used, then lampard, Morris even potentially cech as a coach, is the answer. lamps has achieved promotion and already has mount and tomori playing extremely well. reece James to come back. abraham. id rather have abraham get game time than watch higuain huff and puff only to be waved off side for 80mins. i think the opportunity is quite exciting and would happily watch that unfold in light of a ban. its just sad its taken a ban for this sort of action to happen. Morris knows the youth inside out, van gaal when at united, Klopps done it liverpool, Poch does it at spurs. its refreshing.

im on the fence, what will happen will happen but would love to see Lamps have the opportunity with Jody to achieve something special.

18.) 22 May 2019 20:37:59
Very good post Haighton, I couldn't disagree with most of the stuff you write.

However, I will add that Kante has been our best midfielder from an offensive point of view this year until RLC was given a chance. With him playing in the defensive mid role, it may have restricted our ailing midfield even more. I couldn't see Barkley or Kovacic making an impact, however we would have lost the impact Kante made with his energy and countless runs. I suppose if we had a top notch box to box midfielder then Kante can sit deep.

19.) 25 May 2019 10:49:18
Thanks Shak.

I get your point with Kante and completely agree. for me world class will always shine through and kante is that.

RLC for me, is that box to box midfielder you are referring to. Can pick the ball up in tight pockets and drive forward and he can finish as well as or if not better than what else we have to offer.

Now he's out for up to 12 months the above isn't an option for now!

Another note re: manager. As highly as I spoke of lamps there, the same regard goes for JT. The link to the club. Fans. youth. Just fits.




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04 Jun 2019 17:12:31
I don't think people realise how bad this ban will impact us if it not lifted. Hazard off to Madrid, no quality young up and coming strikers about and our two best youngsters out with long term injuries for the start of the season 🤷🏼‍♂️ We'll be lucky to finish top 8 with this squad. Willian/ Pedro are inconsistent and getting worse and we can't rely on Pulisic. There's no point selling our best player then having money to spend in a year and a half when we can't attract nobody because we're a mid table team now. We need the ban lifted even if it's to sign just two quality players like Pepe or Ziyech for RW or Telles for LB. I've said it before too and I'll say it again I would take Vardy as a stop gap yes he's 32 but he runs his heart out and scores goals he's a brilliant team player.

There's absolutely no point in having money from selling Hazard and others who leave this window because if were not in the champions league next year we won't attract them.

1.) 04 Jun 2019 18:14:34
It will set us back a few years, a lot of people want to believe that some of these kids are good enough and ready to be regulars in s premier league team that top 4 is an absolute minimum, not like the championship were a poor season can be turned around with a good winning run, top managers will be harder to get in without top 4 and without a few top class players in the squad,

2.) 04 Jun 2019 18:28:27
Omg woe is me.
We have barely finished the season and already misery and despair. Let’s get something straight we were a team before Eden hazard and we will be a team after he’s gone. He was a fantastic player, but he didn’t turn up every week and in a lot of big games he didn’t perform.
So let’s start being positive, Reece James coming back. Mason mount coming back. Tammy Abraham’s coming back. Pulisic coming. There are others too. It would be easy to say oh there not top quality players. Well they could well be given the opportunity. Hopefully Abraham’s will be there for the tap ins that nobody has been there for all season. Mount is the nearest to a Lampard I have seen. Also James top performer in championship.
So I think let’s have a little more faith. They always moan on here about youth not getting a chance. Bows the chance so let’s wait and see.

3.) 04 Jun 2019 18:49:06
To be successful we need to prepare to suffer. The upcoming campaign maybe one that we suffer a lot. However, at the end of the campaign we will know a lot more about our younger players. Who knows, we may not need wait for the transfer window so desperately if we produce a few gems from the academy.

4.) 04 Jun 2019 19:33:20
Its a worrying time, doesn’t matter if start middle or end of a season, a transfer ban on top of what’s been a pretty poor 2 years of recruitment and saving squad isn’t good. With a manager walking away, and odds on favourite managed less than 50 competitive games, on top of that losing our best player, chelsea will be looking to sell Abraham so that’s tells you how good he is, Mount was brilliant in spells at derby, and when he went missing it’s not mentioned, his young. You think a team like Chelsea can have bystanders in the middle of the park, cutting there teeth, these players should be introduced slowly into the team, like Loftus and Christensen and CHO, not relied upon,

5.) 04 Jun 2019 19:59:18
Is the Chosen one King Frank in disguise? Lol 😁😁😁.

6.) 04 Jun 2019 22:23:46
We can't rely on pulisic
Haha but we apparently relied on hazard since he arrived
How can you say we can't rely on a player before he's even played a match for us joke of a post
Cho looked our best player this year when he came on including hazard he actually crossed the ball something hazard never did
Pulisic and Cho get to by line and cross plus dribble hazard willian and Pedro all cut in
And cut off space and movement for our forward hence no success since Drogba and maybe costa
There is no space for our attacker to attack if wingers cut in and never cross
To say we will finish 8th is ridiculous support city if that's how you feel.

7.) 05 Jun 2019 07:58:34
By the sounds of it we are just going to have youngsters in our team next season, what’s happening to all the other players then? We still have a quality team without Eden. The kids are not going to have to play every game for us they would just get a lot more game time than usual. Look at Alexander-Arnold at Liverpool he was no way ‘ready’ when Liverpool had no other right back and look at him now probably the best right back in the league.
Keeper. sorted centre backs with Zouma coming back is sorted wing backs with James and de silva as cover I’ll say sorted. Centre mids might struggle a little until ruban comes back but with mount there think we will be sorted wingers Pulisic replacing hazard, CHO to come back I’ll say sorted (for now) striker Giroud is deadly he’s proved it in the Europe league let's let him lead the line Tammi as back up and batman if we need him! It’s not ideal but we will cope it’s not the end of the world and who knows we might even see another Chelsea play break into that England team!

8.) 05 Jun 2019 11:26:23
The team showed this season they rely on hazard far too much with him contributing to over 50% of our goals, everyone knows Pedro willlian Alonso Higuain now hazard need replacing, add to that a transfer ban it doesn’t look good,



04 Jun 2019 13:32:10
Jovic gone to Madrid, no one else out there now.

1.) 04 Jun 2019 14:39:07
Seriously we need to put our house in order first before before we can attract quality players.
Fifa ban aside, this club is becoming notorious for one coach/ season irrespective of the manager's achievement.
This set up is detrimental to players' development due to the lack of consistency in style of play.
Alonso was a hit with with Conte but became a liability with Sari, David Luis had no chance with Conte but excelled with Sari.
If I was a player that Chelsea courts, I would be worried about this uncertainty and instead chose a more stable club. Just my opinion.

2.) 04 Jun 2019 14:40:07
Might as well take the ban now then.

3.) 04 Jun 2019 14:51:13
Is this the reason that we haven't appealed - because we knew our No. 1 target was heading to Madrid?

4.) 04 Jun 2019 19:16:39
There's not much point in appealing transfer ban if our targets aren't available.



21 May 2019 21:26:39
Pulisic unveiled and Cech to come back as sporting director, finally some positive news for the club after injuries to key players this week and surrounding negativity.

Cech is very intelligent and well respected. I would have liked to see Ballack but Cech is also a good option, maybe Ballack could fit into a role under him in the future.



21 May 2019 19:21:25
Rumours Jovic to Madrid I'd off, I am absolutely praying 🙏 get the ban froze hurry up Chels. He reminds me so much of Aguero as a youngster.

1.) 22 May 2019 09:46:06
Yes I just saw an article on it. I pray too that we get him. I don't know how reliable Sky Germany is, cos they are the ones that reported before now that Luka Jovic has signed for Real Madrid. I looked up some very reliable sky sources and none of them reported it.
Or could it be an understanding between Real Madrid and Chelsea- to leave Luka Jovic to Chelsea? Just some wild thoughts.

2.) 22 May 2019 10:03:12
Or is it a case of Real Madrid's sudden preference for someone else?



18 May 2019 15:40:44
Is there a delay to this site for my posts? Or is there just a problem why mine always take a day to show?

{Ed002's Note - I have no idea.}

1.) 18 May 2019 17:00:35
No worries Ed, cheers for the reply.




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17 May 2019 20:00:57
Which forward do you see us signing Tom? I can’t see a quality one available now Jovic is off to Madrid. I’d prefer to use Michy for now and concentrate on getting quality signings in at RW (left footer preferably Pepe), a new LB (Chilwell or Telles) and a CB (Romagnoli) . Probably won’t get them of course but if RLC is out for some time I’d like to see us go for Ziyech, quality player who can play as a CAM or RW and he has a fantastic work rate.



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15 May 2019 11:53:01
Cavani is a massive no. Coutinho is in poor form and suits a system mainly as a #10 so a big no. We need young hungry players. Zaha is selfish and all himself.

Jovic, Sane or Pepe for RW, Romagnoli (A Leader for CB) and Chilwell for LB would be my options.



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15 May 2019 11:52:40
Coutinho is best as a number 10 we don’t play that so it’s a waste of money. Sabe, Ziyech or Pepe should be our marquee if it’s frozen along with Jovic. Zaha is selfish and not a team player.



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10 May 2019 02:04:38
Considering it’s his first season he’s been one of our best players. He’ll be even better next year 🙌🏻 And he knows how to keep his legs shut 😉.



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09 May 2019 18:18:20
Azpilicueta will next year probably be on the same downward slope Ivanovic finished on. He’s average at crossing he can’t beat a man and he’s not the same best 1v1 defender in league that he use to be. It’d be an outrage if James doesn’t come back. I don’t expect him to start straight away but I expect him to do what RLC has done and win his starting place. Full backs and striker are our weakest areas, if the ban is uplifted we need to be ruthless like City. Alonso, Baba and Zappa sold, Azpi and Emerson as back ups with hopefully James and a new LB preferably Chilwell/ Telles starting for us. I love Azpi but he’s on his way out.




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30 May 2019 23:33:11
I’d take 7 million personally. But I think £20 million would be a fair fee.



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30 May 2019 20:45:10
Chilwell would be my first choice if the ban remains. If not then Aina first then Da Silva. Aina has proved to be a very versatile full back for Torino but I’ve heard he’s signing for them. Think Chilwell is quality and the more homegrown we have the better. If not him then Telles.

Even if the ban remains and we can offload the likes of Zappacosta, Alonso, Drinkwater, Morata and Bakayoko we’ve still improved the squad.



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30 May 2019 01:43:03
I’ve questioned Christensen’s mentality in the past but I thought he was the best on the pitch after Hazard tonight.



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26 May 2019 18:26:23
Jovic, Pepe and Chilwell I’d love 👌🏻.



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25 May 2019 17:06:16
Jovic, Pepe, Romagnoli and Chilwell and were done. James, Zouma, Mount and Tammy back from loan.