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17 Jun 2019 10:11:40
The new Chelsea management team will be announced this week. Pete Cech, Frank Lampard and Jody Morris. Welcome home.


1.) 17 Jun 2019 12:46:40
Steve Holland needed, hopefully frank has the sense to invite on board,

2.) 17 Jun 2019 14:32:12
Getting Steve Holland back would be wonderful, but seems highly unlikely that he would agree to come back as a number 2 to Frank. Yet we could certainly do with some personnel with more managerial experience in the dug out I'd think.

Along with all others, massively hope that if Frank is our new manager he can find - and be given the time to find - success in this. We all know how bright he is, and how committed to CFC, and I still have a couple of his number 8 shirts! But he would be taking over at an immensely challenging time and with so little experience that it is hard not to be a tad worried for the immediate future. Leave aside feeling pretty exhausted by seemingly never ending managerial musical chairs (had wanted both Conte and Sarri to stay longer) .

Had hoped Lamps would be our manager in about five years time ie after he'd really learnt more of the trade, built up his own confidence/ cv OR if manager now, at least have a more grizzled old managerial pro alongside to help. Anyway, let's hope for the best!

3.) 17 Jun 2019 17:27:45
While I can understand the worries from some of our supporters, I’m really excited about Super Frank ruling the roost. I’ve always thought he was tailored made for the job and I’m not too worried (but I will eat my hat if I’m wrong) because:

A) Now is Frank’s time to get the job.
Something that hasn’t really been considered in the ‘time’ equation is the level that Frank is cutting his teeth at. While I agree it’d be great if he was 3/ 4 years in theoretically, I don’t think after 3 or 4 years he’d even be considered. We’ve struck gold in the fact he is now! As much as it could go poorly, it could go well! We may have our Ferguson. Football is so reliant on players and even without the loan players they had last season Derby would really struggle. They’ve let a whole host of players go this summer and the next years hypothetically could potentially harm Franks credentials rather than aid them. I can understand why our fans are worried for the same reason but as any follower of our youth team will tell you - you shouldn’t be. Transfer ban or no transfer ban the club has been dialling back big transfer expenditure for a while now, I’d argue the last few big signings have been so big because of the proportionate inflation in the market and not because of the clubs dependence on the player I. e Kepa, Morata, Pulisic.

B) It’s been said time and time again but Jody Morris is so key. His relationship with the players in the academy is invaluable and while “knowing the club” isn’t perhaps the best meritocracy for choosing a management team; the fact of the matter is he knows it just about as well as you can.

4.) 19 Jun 2019 11:31:31
People didn’t want Sarri as he hadn’t won anything and hadn’t been managing st the very top for very long and were worried about his experience. if his name wasn’t frank lampard and was any other manager with a years managing and not winning anything they’d be uproar .



27 May 2019 09:09:12
ED01 do you know if Ampadu is fit? I know he has been injured but wondered about his availability for the final particuarly if Kante is ruled out. Thanks in advance.


{Ed001's Note - last I heard was he is out for the season.}

1.) 27 May 2019 10:49:23
He has returned to full team training, Ed 3-4 days back. Judging by pictures.

{Ed001's Note - I don't know mate, I don't have time to look at the pictures, just going by what the club said. They did not expect him to play again this season. Mind that was before you qualified for the final so that might have a bearing on matters.}

2.) 27 May 2019 10:05:51
I thought he was out, but he did train this week.



16 Jul 2018 15:19:55
A question for ED01 please if I may. I see Chelsea are now favourites to sign Leon Bailey, do you know if we are strongly interested or is it just a case of bookies trying to generate bets?
Thanks in advance.


{Ed001's Note - it is a case of him being a Chelsea fan and there being interest from Chelsea.}

1.) 16 Jul 2018 21:25:23
I read Leverkusen are going for Ocampus of Marseille, I wonder if it's because they are looking for a replacement for him?

2.) 16 Jul 2018 21:32:32
Hey Ed001, I've heard so much about Bailey, but I haven't really seen him play yet. What are your thoughts of him? Do you think he's ready for a club like Chelsea, or would he need another season or two?

{Ed001's Note - it depends on how he is used, but yes, I think he looks ready. The pace he has is always useful.}

3.) 16 Jul 2018 22:14:19
he would be my first choice to replace Willian if he goes not sure about hazard though he would be very difficult to replace.

4.) 16 Jul 2018 22:21:09
Interesting, thanks for the swift reply.

{Ed001's Note - welcome.}

5.) 17 Jul 2018 08:06:54
Do you know if a move for Bailey is dependent on Hazard leaving or is he more of a Willian replacement? Or neither?!

{Ed001's Note - I believe he is replacing Willian, though not sure if that is dependant on Willian going or not, or just upgrading the team anyway.}

6.) 17 Jul 2018 08:29:41
Great that’s what I wanted to hear ed! Fastest reply ever too, thanks.

{Ed001's Note - welcome mate.}



05 Apr 2018 22:57:27
Conte or The Board. Debate. Conte wins league against the odds, Repairs the damage done by Jose, Turns things around with a back 3, brings passion and some very good football. Gets out classed by Wenger in Cup Final, Moans about everything, falls out with Costa, Hazard, Luiz etal.

The board. (Roman) . takes us from 1 title in our history and the odd cup into multiple league and cup winners and Londons only Champions League winners, fantastic youth set up and about to fund a 1 billion pound stadium, serial winner and Chelsea fan but. for his own reasons. does like a change of manager, has not backed Conte, did not back Jose, chooses a transfer panel over manager control on transfers. Should be an interesting debate.


1.) 06 Apr 2018 12:44:44
Roman no contest not even a debate.

2.) 06 Apr 2018 13:28:06
I’m some what confused. When Conte joined their was a long standing formula/ process for the scouting and signing of players.
So, as much as a like Conte and I DO want him to remain (unlikely) our manager next season, I find it hard to work out why he continues to have such an angry tone as he was very aware of how Chelsea work when it comes to signings.
If he stays, it would obviously require him extending his contract if we want to avoid the sort of annual media frenzy that surrounds Wengers manergerial position at Arsenal.
We are very luck to have RA as our owner. He has brought continued success to our club and we stand on the threshold of a spectacular new stadium, with the stadium being built in our ancestral home.
I will continue to question the clubs Business Plan but my concerns are only about the never ending appointments of so many managers!

3.) 07 Apr 2018 04:26:38
Both to blame, conte hasn’t had players he wanted and from day one has said this is what would happen, if you don’t improve squad then u fall behind the rest unfortunately, on other hand his tactics have been predictable, he hasn’t changed things when we’re losing, was leaving strikers on bench and playing hazard as false 9 when clearly wasn’t working, publically moaned about his employees and set games up not to lose rather than to win and started game with 6-7 defensive minded players.

4.) 07 Apr 2018 13:06:08
Afternoon G8 nice to see you back in business. The Board will will win every time versus the manager. The question we cannot answer is what did Conte ask for when appointed? He is very thorough I am sure and is it a case of the Board reneging on what they said, certainly they spent a great deal of money pre and mid season but as I said, on four players injured or coming back from injuries, so is there someone looking for bargains? Jose did cause a fuss at the end mainly at press conferences where he was getting more bizarre by the week but it was the same problem as Conte’s, transfers, that set him of; they cannot both be wrong as they are excellent managers Re: the falling out with Costa and Co; was it him falling out with them or them trying to dictate to him? Rumours suggest he texted Costa to say he was surplus to requirements but that is the players comment! We all love RA because of the belated success he brought but our Achilles Heel after 14 trophies, as TomB alludes to is, it has cost us 11 managers which is disruptive to the club, costly and unsettles many players who join a club because of the manager. With the new stadium looming and the club playing away from the Bridge all parties need to get a settled team as few, if any clubs that have had to move, win anything. The debate would be a no contest BUT all parties need to think very hard about the next two to three years. For continuity I would like Conte to stay, be given some ‘top-up’ money in addition to what he gets for clearing out those not good enough and more importantly, those that don’t want to be there.

5.) 07 Apr 2018 18:59:33
In my opinion, a brilliant post C1955.

6.) 08 Apr 2018 10:39:48
Thankyou C1955. I think one of the EDS recently mentioned that Chelsea and indeed, a lot of European clubs appoint a head coach to work with the players they are given. Conte would of known that from the start and so will any new manager coming in so I don't see that as the issue. Days of Sir Alex and Wenger long term appointments are now coming to an end as well, I think most managers will last no more than 3 or 4 seasons in the job either because they want a change, likes of Pep etc or players get a bit tired of the same routine, possibly this is happening with Conte? Chelsea will not change the structure of buying players and appointing a head coach to manage them, that is 100% for sure. The BIG question is at what level does Roman want to invest? He is capable of surprising everyone and buying a superstar signing as we have seen in the past following a period of buying dross. I guess only time will tell.

7.) 08 Apr 2018 13:22:51
Funny Conte wasn't moaning last year in January when we were winning
Now it's the players and boards fault this year
And yes we lost Costa and matic but after arsenal game he changed formation to suit this year he has changed nothing and stagnated together with players
What annoys me is he seems to take no responsibility for this year.

8.) 08 Apr 2018 20:58:37
And last season we weren’t in the Champions League!



05 Feb 2018 12:49:42
A question for ED01 if I may. A lot of rumours circulating about Conte losing the dressing room following his treatment of Diego Costa and then David Luiz coupled with his lack of flexibility in training. Do you have any insight into the truth behind the rumours? Thankyou.


{Ed001's Note - there were a few issues with Luiz, where he was banished from the team after he complained about the defensive rotation. However he is not the issue, he is not the type to hold grudges and he does not have the ear of the right people. There has been a longstanding problem at Chelsea with certain players who go behind the manager's back to those above him, complaining about everything, which has done for a few managers now. The problem is that you have one player who has more power than the manager, and that always causes issues as the manager then loses control over the rest. So long as he is happy, everything goes well, but as soon as there is a sticky spell and he is not, you have issues.

This is circle of short term success followed by a need to change manager will continue until players are no longer the most powerful part of the club.}

1.) 05 Feb 2018 13:41:54
Is one of them players hazard?

{Ed001's Note - yes.}

2.) 05 Feb 2018 15:44:44
as evryone on here probably knows im no fan of conte but that is a disgrace that anyone should have to put up with being undermined like that at work
my view no one should be allowed that power at a football club
i have just gone off hazard in 3 seconds flat devastated
i hope we sell him now and he becomes another pawn in a big team like real like bale has become although he probably doesn't warrant it

im no fan of antonios tactics but hazard should take a look at himself
What has he got the cheek to moan about disgusted you know boys football has lost its working class soul
and shak i think your right the board should take a look at themselves leaving a manager out to dry like that is shocking
what gets me is why does know one say anything everything is hush hush even previous managers like jose say something he got you sacked
disgusted if i was there tonight id boo him and i WAS his biggest fan.

3.) 05 Feb 2018 13:48:12
Thanks ED01 for the insight. Makes sense as well and starts to explain quite a lot about what is happening/ has historically happened. Player power.

{Ed001's Note - welcome.}

4.) 05 Feb 2018 14:29:10
And how do you come to know this Ed please?

5.) 05 Feb 2018 14:48:15
I noticed a situation similar to the one before Mourinho's sacking. I'm very concerned the way our club is managed as some none footballing issues tend to always derail our season. Losing very good coaches to power play. The club must back the coaches and allow them control of their job which is the players.
I will be pissed if we let Conte also go for lack of backing as I feel he would have been a coach to build something for long term. Thought we had seen a Mourinho without his baggage. He's has only ask for he should, quality players but they continue to frustrate. Guardiola is doing well now just because he his desired players and not alternatives as Conte has.

6.) 05 Feb 2018 16:05:45
Ed might be far fetched but would hazard have a say on transfers
I. e if he said no to a certain player would the club think about it.

{Ed001's Note - he doesn't get consulted for that to happen.}

7.) 05 Feb 2018 16:10:44
Thanks for reply ed
What are your opinions on the matter what would you do.

{Ed001's Note - for me I think the key is to back the manager over the players, a bit like when Fergie took over at United. When the players turned on him early on the directors told them he was the manager and sold them, except for Bryan Robson, because Fergie wanted to keep him. They backed the manager totally.

If the club don't feel he is the right manager, then why appoint him in the first place? You certainly don't go listening to players who have their own axe to grind.}

8.) 05 Feb 2018 16:31:36
Thanks ed I agree not a fan of his tactics but what a mess CFC have got into
Be very hard to keep hazard now if they backed a manager but I'm sure he knows that.

{Ed001's Note - the alternative is a new manager every couple of seasons...}

9.) 05 Feb 2018 17:06:34
That's hard to read for any Chelsea fan. How players can be allowed so much power is beyond me. Following on from what has been said before, it's disgraceful that not only are players complaining about management behind the managers back but also taking out frustration on the fans by producing sub par performances. If they aren't happy then leave, the club is far bigger than any player.

10.) 05 Feb 2018 19:56:19
Tbh . the board should really look at themselves in the mirror and ask themselves how they have managed to give a player more power than the coach.

Forget Hazard having a say on transfers ed1, is there any chance that they could make Hazard our next player manager. At this rate they might aswel.

{Ed001's Note - I am sure he wouldn't want that, it is much easier to criticise than to actually do it yourself.}

11.) 05 Feb 2018 22:34:33
If this is the case, why not make a statement and drop these players but that aren't playing for the team and manager? Play Ampadu, Hudson-Odio.

12.) 05 Feb 2018 23:53:31
HES most likely only saying what’ we are all thinkiNG.




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07 Oct 2019 10:06:12
Thoughts on Southampton game.

Willian MOTM
Tammy is a real find
Alonso very good
Kante and Jorginho a class act
Mount brings vibrant energy
CHO continues his run of assists
CB's a bit shaky
Kepa the same
Pulisic a great assist
Batsy a great goal
Lamps got it right

Loving it.


1.) 08 Oct 2019 11:31:26
Close between Willian and Jorginho for MOM in my opinion. Maybe just Jorginho for that very important goal line clearance.

2.) 08 Oct 2019 12:08:51
TomB, are we ignoring Jorginho's ridiculous non-defending that resulted in Southampton's goal then?! Talk about Jorginho coloured-spectacles!

3.) 08 Oct 2019 13:46:34
Mrs Drogba your total dislike for Jorginho is well noted but if you remember he was already on a yellow card.

Most fans and certainly the away fans totally appreciate how good Jorginho is maybe one day you will see the obvious?

4.) 08 Oct 2019 19:37:59
TomB I think Mrs Drogba hasn't watched much of Jorginho this season. Not sure they are aware Jorginho is actually getting praised week in week out by the manager, peers and fans regularly and rightfully so. His arguably been our most important player so far.

G8 could post mate. William had a great game. Hopefully he can keep it up because on form he is a joy to watch.

5.) 09 Oct 2019 10:25:21
Jorginho has been one of our best players this year. I liked him last year but I'm even more impressed with him this year. If he wasnt playing for Chelsea I can guarantee our fans would be raving about him and want us to sign him.

6.) 09 Oct 2019 10:31:20
Spot on King Drogba but some fans ND posters are so dogmatic.



03 Oct 2019 20:55:45
What a player Willian is, congratulations on 300 appearences in a very short period of time which shows how highly all our managers have rated him. so underated and some of the comments I read about him from people who know little about football make me laugh😉 Point is though, the real football people see a fantastic talent and I'm pleased to see and hear Frank Lampard speak so highly of him. Lamps knows best as well.


1.) 03 Oct 2019 22:47:10
You talking about yourself again.

2.) 04 Oct 2019 00:52:37
At the moment Willian is doing better than what he usually does before now; it's quite evident that he has made some changes to his game that wasn't there before now (I can bet that someone did some talking to him and he listened) . I don't think fans will complain if he keeps playing the way that he's played in his last three games.

3.) 04 Oct 2019 20:24:23
One goal in 28 league games, ( via deflection ) and another deflection in Europe. works hard, is doing good at the moment but 25 goals in 170 + league games for some who plays so many games shows he hasn’t got the best end product. But yeah what do we know.

4.) 04 Oct 2019 22:11:55
G8 I respect your posts usually. However, I disagree with your views on Willian.

However, I will say that he is a player who should have set the world alight because on his day he is world class. The problem is his lack of consistency. Whilst he gave that 1 scintillating performance vs Barcelona, in that time Hazard gave us tons. His a good squad player who works hard in my opinion.

Anyway forget Willian. My main man Jorginho is the vice captain now. What a player. captain next year!

5.) 05 Oct 2019 01:07:42
A player with the potential of a nuclear bomb but keeps blowing like a fire cracker.

6.) 05 Oct 2019 09:32:44
Let’s try and be fair. Willian has been OK so far this season but please Lamps, don’t let him take free kicks or corners!

7.) 05 Oct 2019 10:03:10
Mount should be first choice his corners have been excellent shame no one has put them away.



01 Oct 2019 17:44:07
Been reading a few posts about wanting this player and that player and yet another player. I would rather the ban stays in place and we sit back and watch these young players develop. At the end of the Season we will know, or at least, Lamps will know what is needed. Exciting times ahead.


1.) 01 Oct 2019 18:58:35
What! Surely not. Squad depth and competition get the best out of players and keeps them hungry, Drogba’s best scoring season was when £32m shevchenko came in, we know that these boys are good enough. So we don’t need to waste money on squad players but players who are world class and get the youngsters fit around them, we have one world class player in kante, we need more than one world class player to be competing with city Liverpool then your teams in Europe,



11 Sep 2019 20:41:40
Picking a starting 11 when everyone is fit is not easy, nice problem for Lamps to have. We actually have a fairly strong squad. Anyway fellow posters try to pick your starting 11.
Mine is a 4-3-3





Very hard to leave out Mount and Kovacic but only 11 can start.

Try it.


1.) 11 Sep 2019 23:14:38

azpi rudiger christensen emerson

kante kovacic

pulisic rlc cho


2.) 12 Sep 2019 07:42:16

James Rudiger Christensen Emerson


Pulisic Mount RLC Hudson-Odoi


3.) 12 Sep 2019 09:40:35
Awful team at the top.

4.) 12 Sep 2019 10:30:36
I’m with Zola to a T. I love mounts game but would love to see him come off the bench as the opposition’s legs are tired. I’m really nervous about the expectations being placed on Reece James. I know Tammy and Mason have acclimated greatly in stepping up from the championship but that’s relatively abnormal and shouldn’t be taken for granted.

5.) 12 Sep 2019 12:22:01
I think both G. Gola and Robster are right.

The way we set our team out and the eleven that start is dependent on the opposition we play. We'd be stuffed after 20mins if the Robster team started against City or Liverpool, when I think the G. Gola team would be good.

6.) 13 Sep 2019 02:12:54
James Azpi Rudi Emerson
Jorgi Kante
Pedro Mount Hudson-Odoi

7.) 13 Sep 2019 08:39:36
Thanks lads on to wolves
I think this match will let us know we're our season will finish
I have no expectations this season just enjoying the ride and seeing a very new team progress for the future up the chels.

8.) 13 Sep 2019 09:58:12
I think it is to early to say this game will define our season gola. When we have everyone available and games under their belts I think the new identity of this team will be clear. I think Rudiger and Kante will be fit but CHO and Reece James are playing Tonight v Brighton for the development squad so might be available next week.

9.) 13 Sep 2019 16:01:32





10.) 14 Sep 2019 00:39:45

Azpi Rudiger Christensen Emerson

Kante Jorginho Mount

Pulisic Abraham CHO.



31 Aug 2019 21:23:40
Hello ED's and fellow posters. I've not been saying much of late as I wanted to see the first 4 or 5 games and try to understand how Frank wants to set up. Seen them all plus pre-season and clearly it is a work in progress. Frank only has 1 year under his belt and that is showing, he is a clever boy and will learn I'm sure from his mistakes. Yes, I did say his mistakes. You know me, Mister half full, all positive but also I say it as I see it. He is backing the young players and I'm really pleased about that as we have a current group of outstanding potential. Yes, potential. Tammy is really benefiting from Franks belief in him as is Mason Mount. Chistensen was as well, until Today? Frank mistake, why drop him? Just before the international break as well. We all know Rudiger will start the next game so why drop Christensen for this game? Not saying that Tomori did not play well but the decision was strange. That brings me to Franks mistake in selling Luiz. Ok, not the worlds best defender but far better than Zouma and Christenson and also a voice at the back. Also has the ability to pass out from defence which sadly Zouma lacks. Never mind, decision was made and we move on. Now, 2nd mistake, why keep playing Azpi? He is struggling, great man, been a great player but it is starting to look like Ivanovic and Jose. Christensen could of played at right back or even Sterling? let's face it, he played young Gilmour Today so why not Sterling? Yes, Gilmour, why on earth give a debut to a young lad at 2-1 with 10 minutes left? Sorry, but another mistake. There are more but I won't keep on. I want Frank to succeed and actually think he will, given time. Yes, time. I love his association with the club, his connection with us fans, his paasion for youth but our next few games are tough, really tough and the pundits will be hounding him and us if the results go against us! 2 nil up at home and you see it out. 2-1 up and not long left you go with experience and see it out. Over to you Frank and I'm backing you to be the next Pep and not the next AVB. half full and cheers.


1.) 31 Aug 2019 23:28:47
I agree Azpilicueta is looking like he's struggling. He gave an interview recently identifying the fact his job may be to pass the torch to James when he's back fit. I can't see that not happening this season. But Sterling is on loan at Wigan.

Problem with the Christensen and Zouma partnership is a lack of leadership and communication. I hope Rudiger steps up as a leader when he's back.

Rudiger, Hudson.

2.) 31 Aug 2019 23:31:22
. Rudiger, Hudson-Odoi and James are back after the international break and hopefully Kante will be fully fit. Loftus-Cheek is back in October, I think the team will mature as the season goes on.

But we will see games like we did today more than usual this season, we have to take the positives out of them and move on. Four goals in two games for Tammy, that's what I'm taking from today.

3.) 01 Sep 2019 22:14:42
J, I’m not sure James will be back after the international break.

I’m told he is about one month away from being ready!




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03 Aug 2019 08:14:47
Got to say "ItsBlueWhatElseMatters" your information on here regarding CHO has been spot on all along. Thanks for the update. Willian has got the 10 shirt.




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




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10 Oct 2018 21:34:24
Reply to "its blue. and. bull. and. "
Mate, you have been on here a month or so and you talk such crap. Troll? Hazard would never be that rude. Jog on mate.




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20 Jul 2018 10:26:01
Good summary dihanio, I agree totally with what you said.




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14 Jul 2018 22:24:41
Good post ELI. Eden Hazard is world world class and like you I'm so sad he might go. 1 (in particular) and 1 or more others on here have doubted his class but what do they know? Always negative. Eden, thanks for the memories and hope you stay.





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13 Sep 2019 09:58:12
I think it is to early to say this game will define our season gola. When we have everyone available and games under their belts I think the new identity of this team will be clear. I think Rudiger and Kante will be fit but CHO and Reece James are playing Tonight v Brighton for the development squad so might be available next week.




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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.




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02 Sep 2019 09:41:55
In fairness Tom, that is what is widely reported. James may be a bit sooner and RLC could be a little longer. Rudiger has played 2 consecutive games for the 23's and I would expect CHO to do the same. Kante should be fit for Wolves away.




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03 Aug 2019 11:30:20
My guess for the Utd game CFCShak.



Kante/ Kovacic






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03 Aug 2019 08:19:29
Kovacic and Jorginho have looked very good as a 2 but Kante will replace one of them when fit. Zouma will start alongside Luiz but I expect Rudiger (when fit) and Christenson to challenge. Barklay and Mount will challenge for the advanced role with Ross maybe edging it. The big call for me is who starts as the lone striker?