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31 Aug 2021 18:26:54
Saul is all agreed, loan with option to buy.


1.) 31 Aug 2021 18:47:21
This is very good news it takes the pressure off Jorghi and Kante in particular.
He's also a more physical player and close to 6ft tall which can be handy at times.
Now TT needs to get him back to his best which was very good.

{Ed001's Note - he can play all over the midfield as well, before Simeone's negativity made him a holding mid he often played on the wing or as an attacking mid.}

2.) 31 Aug 2021 18:52:38
We have done a very good job.
If it works and he does well, we will have great options for next summer as well.

3.) 31 Aug 2021 18:52:51
As always ed001 love your opinion on players.

What do you think of Saul and how do you think he will fit into our team?

{Ed001's Note - I love Saul, he is a fantastic player and can do pretty much anything on his day. He is a proper utility player as he can play pretty much any position. You can use him to sit behind say Kante or further forward in the central midfield. I think he was exactly what you needed. Get him playing to his best and he will be a fan favourite because he works his backside off and has quality to go with the workrate.}

4.) 31 Aug 2021 19:41:05
I was surprised your lot didn't try and sign him Ed001.
Midfield is the weakest part of your team.

{Ed001's Note - wages were the issue or I am sure we would have.}

5.) 31 Aug 2021 19:41:17
Thanks Ed appreciated.

Do you see him taking jorginho place in the squad then.

Him and kante.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome.

Once he is up to speed and Kante is fit, I would expect it to be those 2 as the first choice midfield. And it is, on paper anyway, a bloody good, great even, midfield.}

6.) 31 Aug 2021 19:45:33
Has he the ball quality, press resistant / creative, whenever I’ve seen athletico everyone just seems to be work horses. Left footed cm, so I’m happy,

{Ed001's Note - he was an excellent attacking mid before Simeone worked on him. Plenty of ability on the ball, it was just not being used at Atleti. Honestly he is one of my favourite players.}

7.) 01 Sep 2021 13:16:19
Hi @Ed001, I read your comments above with both interest and a smile on my face, as agree with you on Simeone’s impact on Saúl. I then noted this excerpt from the initial words from Saúl joining Chelsea…

”Chelsea have promised me to train in my position, to play we will see. To return to certain customs that I do not do now, that is the most important reason for my decision. ”

Let’s hope Tuchel works his magic with Saúl!

{Ed001's Note - I think he will be a brilliant signing. I did say a few weeks back that Saul would be my fantasy choice signing for Liverpool and I haven't changed my opinion on him being a great player because he has signed for a rival team. I am excited to see him play in the Prem to be honest, though I do wish it was with us rather than Chelsea!}



03 Aug 2021 12:24:08
Ed, I imagine it doesn't change much as we're concerned, but is there any chance Chelsea will approach Spurs about Kane, now that he's staying away from training?


{Ed002's Note - No.}



16 Jun 2021 09:28:24
Reports that Chelsea have agreed personal terms with Haaland should be taken with a massive handful of salt.


1.) 16 Jun 2021 10:10:09
Not sure, that ExWHUEmployee on Twitter has proved reliable in the past, I'm inclined to believe him/ her. However, by now everyone should know that agreeing personal terms with the player is hardly cause for optimism in terms of a deal being made.

Dortmund won't want to sell and would probably only accept a deal for a ridiculous amount of money. Can't see a deal for Haaland going through this summer.

2.) 16 Jun 2021 13:23:14
It came out from a journalist on a podcast before that Jackson. I think we'll agree a fee with Dortmund, but the other costs could prove difficult. Although I think the club, and it's project, would be an easy sell to Haaland.

3.) 16 Jun 2021 13:35:44
⬆️just to be clear, no matter where it came from, I don't believe it and ex West Ham employees, or current ones for that matter, shouldn't be trusted.

4.) 16 Jun 2021 14:12:46
touch we can get this over the line. however ever ed002 is the best source out there.

this story is going to run on all summer. this is just the beginning. however let's hope Maria can work her magic again. We wasn't expecting Werner, Havertz or Chilwell.

5.) 16 Jun 2021 14:15:28
Guy's got a good track record though. Mentioned Edou Mendy last summer around mid August when most Chelsea fans probably had never even heard of the guy.

6.) 16 Jun 2021 19:18:13
This Haaland transfer smells of Jadon Sancho to united last summer.

Will drag on an inevitably not happen. But hey, what do i know. The only inside knowlage I'm privvy to is that my boss at work is playing away from home.

7.) 16 Jun 2021 19:46:37
JCFC i I think you’re probably right about Haaland but it’s always useful to have something on your boss.

8.) 16 Jun 2021 20:45:59
JCFC, we are not talking Man U but Chelsea here. Huge difference, and I doubt our management will waste their time on a possible deal with DOrtmund if they don't have some firm belief they can get a deal.



26 Mar 2021 21:07:06
According to, your friends and mine, the press we would be looking at one of the following if we couldn't / didn't sign Haaland.

Andre Silva


1.) 26 Mar 2021 21:33:38
I know I will get pelters from some posters but I’m not a fan of Lukaku but some of the others I like.

Let’s hope we get Haaland.

2.) 26 Mar 2021 22:02:58
Simon Phillips is no friend of mine.

3.) 26 Mar 2021 22:27:26
Do you think he is worse than some of the others Roman?

4.) 26 Mar 2021 22:40:53
Yes. He is an aggregator, TomB. He has zero sources. The Lukaku bit was taken off from Matt Law.

5.) 26 Mar 2021 23:07:54
I agree with your description of his methods Roman.

He does come up with the odd apparent scoop but I guess if you throw enough darts, some will hit the target.

6.) 27 Mar 2021 06:39:46
Worry not, we are getting Halaand.

{Ed077's Note - do people only rate him because he was born in England or is he the real deal🤣😜😜

7.) 27 Mar 2021 10:37:52
Cheeky Ed.

8.) 27 Mar 2021 17:01:32
From few times u have watched him. he has beastly approach t scoring goals. He looks a fox in the box. i only feel in a while we haven't got replacement for a striker that can score consistently. he's also young and could turn out securing for the future Ed you may also share your thoughts here.

9.) 28 Mar 2021 11:58:40
Media talking that the Toosh - Tom Tuchel - has asked Roman to use Werner in a swap deal for Haaland.

Getting Haaland would be great. He is the real deal. A once in a generation striker. He has all the attributes. Fast. Skillful. Strong. Powerful. Dominant. Likes scoring goals.



25 Jan 2021 11:44:12
Ed, thanks for answering the questions about Lampard a Tuchel this morning.

One more - do you know what's happening with the backroom staff? Nothing mentioned about Morris and co by the club statement, unless I missed it.


{Ed002's Note - Some are going and some are staying.}

1.) 25 Jan 2021 12:16:18
Jody is going out. I guess Barry is staying.

{Ed002's Note - Morris has already gone.}

2.) 25 Jan 2021 12:22:43

3.) 25 Jan 2021 12:51:17
Jody is going,
Hopefully joe edwards stays and the new one from Wigan,

4.) 25 Jan 2021 16:29:17
Thanks a lot for standing by on this site today, Ed!

5.) 29 Jan 2021 16:17:08
I think Tom posted that Barry has gone too.




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21 Oct 2021 08:43:37
Shame to loose both strikers last night. But, if you're going to loose these players, now is as good a time as any to be without them.

With all due respect to our upcoming opponents, we've got a decent run of fixtures now. Probably be good for Lukaku to get a bit of rest and come back firing in a couple of weeks.

Hudson-Odoi, Havertz and Ziyech should all see opportunities to step up now. Maybe Pulisic too, if he can get himself fit.


1.) 21 Oct 2021 10:31:03
That's right J, but this run of fixtures is a good opportunity for us to get our attack going and make it click.
So even though we might be ok in terms of results, but I think it will hurt us to be without Lukaku and Werner.

2.) 21 Oct 2021 12:41:01
We obviously have to make do with what we have, and this will be an opportunity for Kai and Callum which I hope they will take, but clearly our attacking options reduced for now. Given Lukaku's early departure from the Belgian squad and fact that he played v Brentford there was a strong case for resting him v minnows Malmo who offered v little save some nasty fouls, including the one on RL. Looked like a Pen and a red card offense to me.

3.) 21 Oct 2021 13:13:02
I think the player getting a touch on the ball saved him from the red card. But yes, I would have rested Lukaku for that one - hindsight, the perfect science.

4.) 22 Oct 2021 13:37:36
The defender was done all ends up. It was a wretched dangerous last ditch lunge tackle behind. Red card all day, and as he intended it injured the striker.

5.) 23 Oct 2021 10:47:54
i agree Stephen, he wrapped his legs round Rom's always making a twisted ankle/ leg injury a high possibility.



20 Oct 2021 09:06:16
Team I'd go with tonight.


Chalobah Silva Sarr

Hudson-Odoi Saul Jorginho Alonso

Ziyech Havertz Mount.


1.) 20 Oct 2021 09:44:47
As I said a week or so ago “J” I think Saul will play the next two midweek games.

I think Mendy will start tonight but I can understand the Kepa pick and although Ziyech is training I think Werner will still with Havertz and Mount.

I think Christensen will play rather than Chalaboa but I’m happy to be wrong.

Let’s be honest it’s about managing the squad tonight, we should get a comfortable win but we are Chelsea and we do try and find the odd banana skin in a season.

2.) 20 Oct 2021 10:21:54
Good selection J.

3.) 20 Oct 2021 12:05:56
Yeah, I think the next six games, domestic and European together, are an opportunity to manage the squad and give people opportunities.

Although no games should be taken for granted.

4.) 20 Oct 2021 18:03:43
J. ; are you sure want us to qualify for the next round of the UCL cos I am not confident with your predicted line up winning us this game. I feel that like that line up of yours will find it difficult to beat Malmo cos are too many players in there that isn’t in form. This game is a must win to get our UCL campaign back on track, hence we need to use players that are in form and not make too many changes to our winning group.

5.) 20 Oct 2021 18:24:05
Obinna, if that team can't beat Malmö at home, we don't deserve to qualify for the next round.

6.) 20 Oct 2021 19:21:57
J. ; it doesn’t work like that completely. The set of players on that team is a thousand times better than the Malmo players but some of them aren’t in a great place at the moment and we just have to win this match; you can see what I mean from the line up that Tuchel has picked.

7.) 20 Oct 2021 19:57:46
I understand why Tuchel has gone for the stronger team. But how, and when, do you get the other players in a better place?



19 Oct 2021 15:40:31
Some really big battles all over the pitch at the moment.

A three way battle for the RCB and RWB, between Azpilicueta, Chalobah and James. I can't see Tuchel leaving Azpilicueta out of the big matches and James has slightly more experience than Chalobah. But, Chalobah has barely put a foot wrong when playing.

Christensen and Silva both continue to both perform well in the middle of the defence. To be fair this has more of a passing of the torch, than battle, feel to it.

All of a sudden Jorginho's place is under real threat from Loftus-Cheek - who looks amazing in the deeper midfield role. With an apparent desire to play two up top, this leaves Mount and Kovacic fighting it out for the other midfield role alongside one of Jorginho or RLC and Kante.

Werner and Havertz are both competing to support Lukaku, whilst Pulisic, Ziyech and Hudson-Odoi are fighting it out in the hope the system changes and an extra attacker is accommodated again.

Can't think of too many other teams in Europe that have this competition for places. It's both a gift and a curse, competition has often bred success, but so has consistency. Tuchel's job, for me, is to select a consistent lineup for the big matches - but keeping everyone happy will really test his managerial capabilities.


1.) 19 Oct 2021 16:41:32
I agree 100% with your post “J”.

TT should enjoy the headache. His so called selection problems would be the envy of most managers!

2.) 19 Oct 2021 21:32:59
Yea good post J.

3.) 20 Oct 2021 10:24:59
Our depth is fantastic and the mood around our club is also very good.
My only concern is that we score very few goals and the attack looks really lackluster.

4.) 20 Oct 2021 12:07:27
It's definitely the area where we need to click into more of an effective gear. TT said this week that he hasn't ruled out a more attacking formation - could we see a back four tonight?

5.) 20 Oct 2021 18:35:44
Would love to see how things turn out if he decides to play with 4 defenders.



17 Oct 2021 02:35:39
No team is coming away from Brentford with an easy three points, they're a very well drilled team and that's a big win for us.

Performance was decent, thought the back three played well. They lived on the edge during the second half, but were under massive pressure from Brentford. Mendy obviously MOTM, making some key saves.

I don't think any of our midfielders had bad games, I really like RLC in the deeper role, but the gap between them and the front two was still too big. Wasn't too much of a problem in the first half, when the wingbacks were more advanced. But, credit to Brentford, they got forced deeper in the second half and our forwards were left isolated against an aggressive back three. I think usually Mount for either Kovacic or RLC offers that link between midfield and attack. However, the game had changed when Mount came on, and maybe at that point Jorginho would have been the better option.

Anyway, another away win, another London derby win and we're sitting pretty at the top of the league. Worse positions to be in.


1.) 17 Oct 2021 05:06:54
J, a most enjoyable post.

For me our midfield looked very comfortable and in control without creating to many chances for about 60mins.

Brentford then started to bypass midfield by either hitting staring long balls or getting the ball out wide and crossing early. That tactic is fine with me and it gave our young back three a real good test.

Whe we did collect the ball in our own area our retention and general use of the ball was poor. We usually play the ball out well under pressure but. We got ourselves into panic mode.

As you say, another London derby out of the way and Brentford will cause lots of problems for opposing sides throughout the season.

Top of the league given our fixtures so far is above my expectations.

2.) 17 Oct 2021 05:27:07
I think Mount was introduced for the final 30 mins to break the press and give us more speed for the counter.

Lukaku was unhappy when he came off. Absolutely no supply for him. He created a few chances here and there and I really like that about him.

Looking forward to the CL game midweek.

3.) 17 Oct 2021 09:26:47
Yeah, there was a degree of panic stations at the end there Tom. I think it's a completely different game with Rudiger and Silva at the back. I'd certainly expect Thiago to get his foot on the ball and be a calming incident.

4.) 17 Oct 2021 10:12:16
Ashk, with both Mount and Havertz on the pitch we had more players making themselves available to receive the ball that’s for sure but we lacked any sort of composure and that’s not like us.

It was a very young back three with two of them being very inexperienced, so I guess it’s not surprising.

5.) 17 Oct 2021 15:21:54
Our attacking play was pretty much non existent the whole match. Didn’t move the ball around very well in my opinion and I think our wingbacks need to be putting in more crosses instead of cutting back especially when we play 3 in midfield as there isn’t much creativity in it.

The amount of times I saw Lukaku throw his hands up in frustration when the ball would go to the wingbacks and they had space to run into and cross, but instead they’d cut back in or pass back.

6.) 17 Oct 2021 15:45:24
As I’ve said many times fuser, it’s as if we haven’t got a clue how to play to his strengths.

He must be very frustrated.

7.) 17 Oct 2021 16:03:55
That was a cracking win. I couldn’t believe the energy & commitment from Brentford they were excellent. I thot after the goal that would subside in fact it got more intense.



01 Oct 2021 07:12:45
Just to be clear on my point of view on the youth vs signings argument. I am an advocate for progression from the youth team to the first team, there should always be an identifiable pathway for our youngsters - IF they are good enough. You can't survive off youth graduates alone, there needs to be good signings made alongside them, with homegrown rules that statement goes both ways.

The jury is out on some of our recent signings, the jury is out on whether some of our youngsters in and around the first team squad are good enough to make the grade. That'll always be the case, and it'll always be the case that fingers are pointed after a couple of losses. Hopefully a positive run of results will allow us to get a settled team and push on with what has largely been a positive start.

On that note, winning a Champions League isn't exactly easy and certainly isn't painting over the cracks. A defensive record like ours certainly isn't painting over the cracks. Having only Man City score more points than us this calender year certainly isn't painting over the cracks. I don't agree that we're a bad team in disguise as Champions of Europe. We might not always be the most attractive team, but we have, under TT, largely been a winning team.


1.) 01 Oct 2021 10:02:47
J, Good debate. Funny, I think we are saying the same thing. I never said that all YA players should be first XI, They have to be good enough. What I am saying is that Chelsea are guilty of giving the benefit of the doubt to players who cost money because of the commercial pressures of consigning them to the bench means they can’t sell them on. Example. Ziyech. He is not good enough. But he gets game after game. Played him in the FA cup final he was wretched, Chelsea had and that halfwit Zappacosta on the bench, whilst TA Chelsea’s FA top scorer was not even in the squad. Ridiculous. Yet this clown Ziyech gets on the pitch and does exactly nothing. As usual. Second example of this. CHO. Callum got double subbed V Southampton, that was outrageous (u can differ) . Jorginho was utterly utterly hopeless that day, but got the 90 minutes. As usual. Example. Jorginho. V Arsenal at SB, 0-1 loss, he was absolutely garbage. No debate, garbage. Actually sold the goal. Chelsea subbed Billy Gilmour at HT!
I want these boys (some of whom have been capped by England) to be given that grace. RLC was THE man at Chelsea before his ankle injury he was Chelsea’s Yaya Toure and now he is p. ing about on the bench trying to get in the team over Jorginho! With regards to style of play. Chelsea are predictable and boring. And they are boring in the main because of the continual first XI selection of Jorginho. Jorginho enjoys the comfort blanket of Kante, if he hadnt got him he is stuffed. He is also absolutely no use when you are chasing a game, he can contribute when you are winning because he plays slow and safe and can see a game out. Should be consigned to the bench and used accordingly. Gallagher is exactly what Chelsea need at this moment. He is a modern midfielder, a determined so and so, hard running, goes by people, plays forward, and he deserves to play in a big team, and yes he could play for United, or Liverpool. Similar to Rice another Chelsea player “one of our own”. Declan was terrific last night for WHU, in fact he always terrific, both those are easily good enough to replace Jorginho and Kovacic.
A Chelsea midfield pick of Kante, Gallagher, Gilmour. RLC, Mount, and Rice, with Kova and Jorginho as BACK UP not first XI is the way forward. I hope I am right on this but I actually think that TT is being to see that. The substitutions he has been making of late give me hope that he considers the time has come to shake that midfield trio up.

2.) 01 Oct 2021 10:18:27
Spot on Stephen. The problem originates from them two in midfield and the negative full backs.

3.) 01 Oct 2021 11:37:38
The majority of midfielders playing in world would enjoy the “comfort blanket” of having Kante play alongside them.

The Ziyech situation is a mystery to me as well.

As as I know Gallagher and Gilmour are on season long loans and while it will be nice see them play well for there respective clubs this season. I’m not going to give myself a headache thinking about them until next season.

I assume if Rudiger hasn’t signed a new contract by the next window we will be looking for a replacement and the same would apply to Christensen.

I will be at the game on Saturday and I expect a win but I also expect a few surprises with team selection.

4.) 01 Oct 2021 11:51:55
I agree completely Stephen.

J, I also think you make valid points, BUT, our good defensive stats are the product of the system we play with coupled with Mendy's amazing performances. On the other hand, look at our offensive stats and look at the games we play without the results. We get the job done but I think we can improve our team and our performances.

We are not a bad team and we have a very very good squad. Our system usually works but it is a system that covers our weaknesses in my opinion. We should look to build on what we have achieved and I think TT is smart enough to get this. I'm sure we are already planning to do just that and I also think that recent buy backs for Abraham and Liveramento shows that we have learned our lesson.

P. S: Check out our offensive stats under TT when Mount played Vs when he didn't play.

5.) 01 Oct 2021 11:52:27
Can't say I agree with you 100% on Jorginho Stephen. He's UEFA men's player of the year and probably favourite for the Ballon d'Or. That doesn't just happen, he's a very good footballer who'd play regularly for most top teams in Europe. But, for me, he's a situational footballer. There are some situations where he excels (mostly European fixtures) and others where he struggles. I don't think he should start every game, and that's where someone like Rice comes in, either alongside or instead of him. Chalobah, although seen as a defender, is the closest thing we have to Rice. Despite me being a big fan of his, I don't think he's quite ready for regular starts. Rice is a MUST buy for me this summer. I think Gilmour will ultimately replace Jorginho in the squad - eventually.

RLC has everything Kovacic has, and a little bit more. We all know his injury came at the worst possible time, in a crazy situation, and stopped his progress. However, to my eye, right now he looks in form and should be starting games.

Gallagher is a fantastic footballer, who will make it at Chelsea, probably taking Kovacic's place in the squad.

Tommy, I don't like Alonso. I think the odd goal here and there masks really poor general play. He can't defend and can't cross. I don't know what's going on with Chilwell, but I very much look forward to seeing him back in the team on a regular basis, with James on the other side. If James isn't fit this week I hope CHO gets the nod at RWB. For all his qualities, of which there are a lot, Azpilicueta isn't a great offensive wingback.

6.) 01 Oct 2021 12:02:04
J he wouldn’t get in most teams he’d be nowhere without Kante he is not dynamic enough. Kante gives him the platform to dictate play but he can’t play like that in any system. He doesn’t suit a 3 man midfield because he can’t play box to box and can’t play the holding role as he’s too slow and fragile.

How he got uefa midfielder of the year I’ll never know but if you want to watch a proper Italian midfielder you should of watched Verratti Tuesday night. He is the definition of world class he can do it all and he’s great defensively.

7.) 01 Oct 2021 12:12:37
J, I agree Dave is not an effective wing back but then neither is CHO who can’t defend. The truth is we don’t have anyone who is totally suited to being a wing back, Chilwell is the closest but far from top class in that position.

8.) 01 Oct 2021 12:47:13
I think the problem is the wingbacks not the two in central midfield; the underperformance of the central midfield is a consequence of the slow and stationary wingbacks (Alonso and Azpilicueta) .

9.) 01 Oct 2021 13:33:29
A team that has won the Champions League and has strengthened its squad, lost one league game against the league champions and one champions league game.

God, we are such an awful team! let's try and get some prospective.

We will go close to winning the league and probably get to the latter stages of all the cup competitions.

10.) 01 Oct 2021 14:13:35
All excellent points ladies and gentlemen. A proper football debate. Love it. I am not going to get into the Jorginho award thing, that is unfair on the boy. But…. let me ask you this. If England had won the Euros that night at Wembley on penalties instead of Italy, (Jorginho missed his kick btw) would Mason Mount have been shortlisted for the ballon and the UEFA player of the year? Because Mason had as good if not a better CL tournament than Jorginho, and would have finished his season with two big medals in his pocket?

11.) 01 Oct 2021 14:34:46
Btw I’m a Scot, so no comments of me being biased toward England or English.

12.) 01 Oct 2021 14:35:28
If only JT hadn’t slipped for the pen in the Champions League final my journey back from Moscow would have been heaven rather than hell and we would now have won the competition three times.

13.) 01 Oct 2021 15:10:04
Point taken TomB?. But I’ll give you one wee prediction re the CL. Chelsea will get the third before Man United get to 4. and u can take that to the bank?.

14.) 01 Oct 2021 15:37:41
I hope so Stephen.

15.) 01 Oct 2021 16:34:20
Stephen, Mount was bang average at the Euros! Jorginho was much better for Italy. Your dislike of Jorginho is affecting your eyesight.

16.) 01 Oct 2021 17:06:58
I think Mount was average in the final that’s for sure Jimbo. Italy did a proper job on him and as I said at the time, clubs will have noted how to stop him influencing games and he would find life far more difficult this season.

He now has to work hard at finding the gaps in between the lines and create space so he can run at a defence.

17.) 01 Oct 2021 17:53:55
I think was less than average in the final anyway water under the bridge.

18.) 01 Oct 2021 17:55:35
Fair enough J. I know Mason was average in the Euros. But he was excellent for Chelsea in the CL, and quite brilliant overall hence he got Chelsea’s POY.
As I said I am not getting into the Jorginho personal awards. I want to with good luck to both Chelsea players who are shortlisted. However, Kante is the best player in the world at his position and would walk into any team.

19.) 01 Oct 2021 18:10:03
Kante is class. To think some posters and fans wanted him to be sold last season.




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14 Oct 2021 09:05:54
Such a tough one. Rice is proven to be at the highest level in the league. But, for me, Tchouameni has a higher ceiling of ability. I'd probably say Rice in the end, although either would be excellent additions to our squad.




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13 Oct 2021 06:28:40
I assume / hope they were told Reece James isn't available?}


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27 Sep 2021 11:38:31
Granovskaia counting coins into plastic bags to make a deposit.




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31 Aug 2021 08:52:13
Tuchel made it clear he was very happy with the squad he had, a couple of additions would be great but absolutely no problem of it couldn't be done.




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28 Aug 2021 11:06:10
I'd just keep RLC around as one of the four midfielders, look to Tchouameni next summer.

A fit and focused RLC has previously played Kovacic out of the team, but fitness will always be the big question mark.





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25 Oct 2021 10:24:00
I think you have to trust what Tuchel is seeing in training.

If Saul isn't getting mins it's because Tuchel probably doesn't think he's at the level he was a couple of years ago. I'm sure he will get opportunities, most likely in midweek. But, if he hardly plays the rest of his time at the club, I'll trust Tuchel's judgement.




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23 Oct 2021 18:08:59
I'm with dadubliner. No reason for concern, he's a low risk loan signing that isn't likely to be signed.




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21 Oct 2021 13:13:02
I think the player getting a touch on the ball saved him from the red card. But yes, I would have rested Lukaku for that one - hindsight, the perfect science.




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20 Oct 2021 19:57:46
I understand why Tuchel has gone for the stronger team. But how, and when, do you get the other players in a better place?




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20 Oct 2021 18:24:05
Obinna, if that team can't beat Malmö at home, we don't deserve to qualify for the next round.