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02 Jul 2020 09:59:40
Watford an absolute must win if we want still to hope for top 4. Find myself thinking about the frailties of our defense as many of us did earlier in the season. New LB and 'leader' CM wanted for sure on last night's showing. We need play with passion and compete for every ball from kickoff this Saturday.

Would pick Mount for energy he brings in this respect, along with Kante and Kovacic in midfield. Willian Giroud and Pulisic up front. Back 4 a depressing topic, with lack of quality at disposal we seem to need back 5 to be more secure!, but think Dave and Christensen have to be two of them, and expect Toni R will still be other CH with orders to redeem himself.

LB a tough choice. If James had shown some form might have had him on the right and Dave as LB. Otherwise might start with Emerson this time as Alonso looked knackered last night and having played v Leicester.


1.) 03 Jul 2020 06:59:18
I think loftus cheek needs to play. I swear he’s the only one who actually moves into space.



17 Jun 2020 16:31:03
Just seen that a couple of UK newspapers saying that 'reports from Germany' are that Real Madrid have come in for Kai Havertz and that RM are his dream club. Am desperately hoping this is just paper talk but not sure what the Eds have heard or made of this if anything?


{Ed002's Note - As I have previously explained, Real Madrid have other priorities and have signed an alternative already - it is unlikely their funds will stretch to KH this summer so they propose a deal like Nobby Keita where the transfer is agreed for next summer at a fixed fee with a deposit paid now and the player staying another year in Germany - but the deposit might well be in the form of a player or two and that may not satisfy Bayer Leverkusen.}

1.) 17 Jun 2020 20:22:04
Let's hope it doesn't satisfy them Ed.

Chelsea needs to be his new home.

2.) 17 Jun 2020 21:12:32
Many thanks indeed Ed for explaining situation again for me, much appreciated and obviously agree with CFCShak.



17 Jun 2020 16:45:24
Just posted on wrong page - Banter rather than this one - that I hoped that a couple of UK paper reports in the last couple of hours that Real Madrid had come in for Havertz were not true and hoped that an Ed might be able to comment, Was desperately hoping we'd get Havertz. so hope this is just a paper talk rumour nothing more.




19 Aug 2018 12:00:04
What do people think about what seemed to almost a free role allowed to Kante in the first half that saw him popping up in the box on the end of long passes or almost scoring with a header but not doing as much of his usual work in breaking up play / winning the ball back?

I was worried that this was exposing the defence in the first half, less so when Kovacic came on for Barkley in the second. Don't get me wrong, I also thought Barkley had a good game but was thinking that Kante would have snuffed out some of those Arsenal chances if playing more of his usual break-up attack game. so more often a bit deeper and not leaving Jorginho/ defense too exposed. when Arsenal got the ball.


1.) 19 Aug 2018 12:32:49
It was a little strange, we got caught out by the same Arsenal cut back from either flanks 4 times in the first half.

I wouldn't say it's Kante's job to stop 4 of these cut backs, it's more than that. Both Alonso and Azpi got beat too easy for the cut back opportunity to even arise.

Maybe Kante in his usual position stops them but he cannot play the regista role unfortunately. I think Kovacic will be an asset here as he can tackle and has knack for crunching tackles and tracking back and more so than Barkley and RLC. I like the depth of our squad now, hopefully the more we play the better we get.

2.) 19 Aug 2018 12:34:56
I thought the same, Kante's new role as it appears is leaving holes in our break up play which he is a master at and with Kovacic a likely starter from now we cannot rely on Jorghino as that is not his game. Barkley looked better but he does not rack back and is still fading too quickly. It was clear from Sarri's comments that he expects a lot of tracking back when required which 'one or two' do not like doing. Luiz looks lost and it cannot be going unnoticed by Sarri and in his preseason Ampadu looked very good, I am not convinced that Sarri is taken by Christensen. Anyone else worried by Willian and this constant slowing play and then disappearing.?

3.) 19 Aug 2018 13:15:45
We are all happy with the seasons start.

The dream of winning the Premiership is all but over for Arsenal, not that was ever a realistic dream but such is the nature of a football supporter, the start of season allows us all to dream!

I’m not going to get carried away with early season results and I’m not going to praise OR be critical of individual performances.

We play Newcastle next week who are a bang average team until they play us and then they turn into an image of Brazil.

I think we will have much better idea of how the season will pan out after the upcoming international break. The signs so far are encouraging.

4.) 19 Aug 2018 17:09:01
I thought Sarri plays zonal defence. Problem is we kept being wide open to the cut back. Bu
T this happened in other games pre season.
I have concerns about luis in defence. Just not sure he can be relied upon. Problem is if we are that open at the back against city or Liverpool we will lose. We look good going forward but we need to be able to defend leads.
I agree thought Barkley had a good game.

5.) 19 Aug 2018 20:43:50
I would like to know what you guys and the Eds think of RLC not really getting chance sofar. If this goes on then we are sure to lose him aswell. Im not complaining about Kovacic loan deal at all. I tjonk it was brilliany. Just concerned that if things don't work out for us to buy him come season end and RLC want to go. We wod be loosing a really good prospect. Maybe we can use him more in the Carabao cup and even Europa. who knows.

6.) 19 Aug 2018 22:22:47
I think Chelsea fans are struggling to evaluate RLC .

When I’ve seen him playing live for Chelsea at the Bridge I can’t say I’ve been overly impressed. I’m also not sure how he fits into this Sarri shape.

He has always struck me as a genuine number ten but from what I’ve seen his work rate is not marvellous.

Tammy, I just haven’t seen enough of him to make a judgment or balanced comment.

Hudson Odoi looked very good in pre-season but I’m not sure he play many Premiership games.

Youngsters need to be given a chance to prove themselves but the manager has a job and that is to win matches.

In my opinion it will always be a problem at a club like Chelsea to blood youngsters. They will have to be exceptional or maybe lucky to find the playing time required to prove their talents.

It’s a tough gig!

7.) 20 Aug 2018 17:15:15
Its known that the owner likes high scoring games. he would rather win 8-7 than 1 nil. This style and manager is ideal. And i love 433. couldn't bear contes 3511.

8.) 20 Aug 2018 21:10:08
Regarding the last comment on conte, I think his 3511 was more suited to a high pressing game than the current 433 we now have. If you look back at the run of games we had under conte were we won like 13 in a row, we pressed really high and looked a good team but as soon as we allow teams to play then we became vulnerable.
I’m a fan of sarri Napoli team and I am confident he can get Chelsea playing some really good football as we have already seen in stages, my only worry is we look very out of shape defensively and teams are a lot more difficult than in serie A. regarding Kante I’m impressed with his energy and willingness to break forward but his real quality lies in breaking up attacks which is more what we need to allow Jorginho to be more free. I think a slight switch to 4231 would give us the freedom attacking as well as having Kante hold that midfield.

9.) 21 Aug 2018 10:44:03
A) 🔺 (Midfield shape A)
B) 🔻 (Midfield shape B)
C) flat midfield shape
Initially, i thought midfield shape A would serve us better than B esp in big games because of Kante's ball winning/ defensive midfield qualities (complementing Jorginho infront of the defense) but obviously Sarri goes with shape A which is more attacking. From what I can gather from Sarri's interviews, he wants to press more and wants the players (esp midfielders) to close up spaces that appear infront and defenders- behind. I could be wrong but I fell it's a system that will be very efficient with constant running and pressing for 90mins (when players get up to speed) .

10.) 22 Aug 2018 09:15:55
Imagine if we had an aguero or a kane. Someone who can bang in 2 or 3 hatricks a season. I don't see morata being that guy. I think bats could have been. Also pedro is getting on. But yeah we look better than last season.

11.) 22 Aug 2018 10:50:37
I believe that Morata can become that player.



04 Jan 2018 12:19:39
Looking at the betting odds on January window, seems that Ross Barkley most likely ie odds on in betting signing. Not quite a De Bruyne then - oh that we still had him! RB a gamble? Still early days, and bookies offer perhaps some faint hope for us getting Vidal or Sandro. or Mahrez and, even more remotely but for me most excitingly, Aubemayang (who of these would you most want? ) .

But despite all the paper rumours, perhaps not much will happen. Anybody got any news?
Happy New Year to all, and especially to the Eds including that long term favourite of mine and many others so sadly plagued by fake CFC fans on this site the legendary Ed002. But input of all Eds (including Eds 1 and 18) hugely appreciated.


1.) 04 Jan 2018 13:57:45
Happy new year to you mate. Not necessarily transfer news but apparently Courtois said he is close to sign a new deal at the club! . Also stated he encourages Hazard to sign as well and expects him to. Personally that beats any transfer we could make this window if it happens. I said a while ago Courtois is more replaceable than Hazard but there is no doubt he is world class, the performamce last night was one of his best in a Chelsea shirt. It's obvious to see the areas we need to improve in. I'd expect a new striker and a midfielder like Barkley. A lot of people have underrated Barkley, I'm pretty sure he's created the most chances in Europe for players under 22 which is very impressive. Dream window for me would be Sandro, Auba, Vidal and maybe Mahrez. Realistically Mahrez, Barkley and any decent striker to play with Morata or just to help add some goals from the bench would be great. But this is January and we know how hard it can be to get quality players without paying ridiculous sums so we'll have to wait and see.

2.) 04 Jan 2018 15:29:03
Thanks LondonBlues90. Good news if TC signing and encouraging EH to as well. Both absolutely key players, near impossible to replace and keeping them essential for CFC going forward. EH has been sparkling of late, TC some fantastic saves esp. in some big games. So yes, not just a matter of who we bring in but who we can hang on to, though a dream window would be welcome! If Barkley could rediscover early, slightly like AFC's Wilshire, form he might indeed be the bustling, strong and creative mf additionthat (with Vidal too?! ) would strengthen us where we need it, but also help grow our home grown/ English component in squad.

3.) 05 Jan 2018 23:04:19
i think that it is for midfield players for this window guys. (maybe even for 2 windows)




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23 Feb 2021 23:01:39
Thought several players relished the challenge tonight and playing highly tactical Euro knockout game and they included Jorginho and Christiansen and even Rudiger. But not really an obvious weak performance by any player though like Tom i got a bit nervy when Mendy had ball at his feet.


1.) 24 Feb 2021 06:23:22
I watched the game and I am happy that we won. Mount improving game by game and olly scoring the all important goal, Christensen defending like a world class defender, jorgi/ kova pivot keeping things ticking are the positives.
Things for improvement starts with azpi, jorgi, Alonso requiring replacement next season. They are slow and susceptible to being overrun with pace. Alonso in particular doesn't have pace to take on players and all our attack down the left side fizzes out. This adds pressure on werner and he tries one too many things and ends up losing the ball. Also our attacks are lopsided as we tend to move the ball from the right most of the time unless Alonso is in space on the left high up the pitch. For us to challenge on multiple front we can't rely on the current way of playing. we are too much reliant on individual brilliance to bail us out which is not a sustainable model. This is bcos our creativity is very limited. It's either cho or mount who is responsible to do something with the ball to create a chance. Werner/ olly/ tammy are not very much involved in chance creation. Puli/ ziyech are not in form and havertz is out mostly. Also our mf of kova/ kante/ jorgi are not creative. Jorgi attempts thro balls but 9/ 10 times overhit or mirubbish the ball. Kova for all his ball control and dribble doesn't have a clue near the opposition box either to create a pass or to shoot. Kante again can win balls high up but is not creative or effective to shoot. we need changes there to be effective in the opposition chance.

2.) 24 Feb 2021 07:32:03
Mendy touch was bad granted but it was poor back pass from Dave. Players need to use common sense instead of following instructions all the time and just clear it out. Hence Allison's two give away goals a few weeks back. We are taught this a youngsters " IF IN DOUBT CLEAR IT OUT".

3.) 24 Feb 2021 08:16:19
Also for the second leg both mason and jorgi are suspended. While mason can be replaced in theory with havertz, jorgi is going to be tricky. Kante and kova pairing is not going to work. So we need Billy to be paired with one of them. But will tt do it is a million dollar question.

4.) 24 Feb 2021 09:29:20
JBS . Like you Mendy makes me nervous. I’m not sure what we should do about the goalkeeper situation. What is clear is we don’t have a top class keeper which is usually required to win big trophies.

5.) 24 Feb 2021 09:44:33
No chance of TT throwing BG in - I think we've learned already that TT doesn't like to take chances.

Agree about having to replace Azpi (James), Alonso (Chilwell) and Jorgi next season - the midfield pivot is going to be the tough one - BG / Bate or buy in - Rice / Bissouma / Barella / Milinkovic-Savic / Kessie / Ndidi / Zakaria / Laimer / Dourado / Boubacar Kamara (I don't know if any of those are available or at what prices - I think Brighton may go down so Bissouma would be a good fit - personally, I'd go for Kessie, a tank in the Essien mould)?

As for creativity - many of the above are more creative that Jorgi or Kante - but I wonder what Chels are thinking about doing with RLC?

6.) 24 Feb 2021 09:47:24
Mount is playing so well he will be a miss for his energy and pressing just needs to work on his final ball in the final 3rd as do many others by the way
And jorgi will be missed for controlling the pace and dictating play
But I'm sure tuchel will have a plan how to combat this.

7.) 24 Feb 2021 09:54:33
I think ed002 said mendy won't be our 1st choice keeper long term he was bought as a 2nd keeper with kepa maybe going and someone like donnarumma if possible coming in.

8.) 24 Feb 2021 13:01:35
gg, I don't think there was ever or is any chance of Donnarama coming to Chels - like many, I'm guessing his agent was using possible Chels interest to increase his new contract.

9.) 24 Feb 2021 14:41:42
Agree mdw just an example sadly.



23 Feb 2021 21:57:45
A wonderful goal by OG, our defence played really well anf though would have loved a second which we deserved on the night, but a great result. Not sure if we were v good or Atletico not as goid as i expected but am v happy tonight anyway.




20 Feb 2021 23:17:11
Saturday night stats for whatver you want to make of them. Or not.

Since we moved to a back 3 and wingbacks we know we have let in fewer goals in last 6 EPL games but also on average scored half a goal game fewer than in previous 19 a period that also saw us hit the post 12 times an create far more chances per game.

But in last 6 games although against teams all in bad form we did on average gain about half a point more per game than in previous 19 though these games obviously included both Manchester teams, liverpool, everton, leicester, villa, west ham all of which we still have to play and include all our rivals for top 4.

Would moving to eg 433 increase creativity but risk conceding more goals and if so do we stick with back 3 and just pray that eg Pulisic and/ or Havertz come back into the team in time to unlock better defenses and beat better teams than we have been playing recently?




20 Feb 2021 14:43:06
So CHO subbed for lack of energy and poor attitude.


1.) 20 Feb 2021 18:09:57
And no end product.

2.) 20 Feb 2021 18:26:21
He was as bad as Ziyech the guy he got subbed for.



13 Feb 2021 21:56:10
Brighton impressive again against higher team and Villa can thank Martinez for going away with a drawer.


1.) 13 Feb 2021 22:51:42
I like the way the manager at Brighton has got his team playing.

2.) 14 Feb 2021 08:29:14
Yes they are set up very well. Oh and i. meant draw not drawer of course but it was a Saturday night!




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




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06 Oct 2020 11:54:53
Also agree that Tom is a highly respected poster on here. And with Obinna's comment that we should respect each other in the sense of being able to disagree with each others views - sometimes passionately/ almost heatedly - while not being personal and attacking a fellow poster's character. We shouldn't be, as the saying goes, 'playing the man not the ball'. On the field there are yellow and red cards if players do!




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05 Oct 2020 13:46:21
Well odds are shortening on him moving to Arsenal, now 4-1 on favourites to sign him, so you may have to find a nice edible one RJ28P! We are enormous outsiders. Though of course who knows what can happen before 11 pm.




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29 Sep 2020 10:43:41
Rudiger has been v good on occasion - eg v Man City after restart, and under Sarri - and something of a fans' hero for a while. Point is of course that our defensive issues cannot easily be put down to any one player but how the defense (and team in general defensively) is organised as a unit. This has been a major weakness as well know over last season and beginning of this one, as it was for Klopp in first season or two at LFC. Zouma when brought back helped greatly with his aerial power and physical strength. Alonso, as some suggesting, has played well for us as a left wing back rather than LB in four at the back system.

Anyway am hopeful Frank and his team can sort the defense out soon, and in way and with a discipline in shape/ expectation that can allow for some necessary rotation. Might be that Kepa cannot be completely written off yet, though confidence must be rock bottom now. But problems certainly need to be fixed pronto!




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29 Sep 2020 08:14:57
Agree and had thought a loan the possible way forward after the Brighton game. We all know how good he was before that injurynone eve of UEFA cup final and would love to see him get back to best.





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23 Feb 2021 22:58:33
All good points Tom and Christiansen a stand out as was OG's super strike. Almost as if some of our players revelled in European style of slightly slower but v tactical Euro soccer compared to EPL.




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23 Feb 2021 22:54:50
Completely agree about OG and think TT and team deserve great credit for the impressive performance tonight and great result.




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23 Feb 2021 22:48:03
I agree Bobby OG our best striker in technical and exoerience terms. No brainer for me to start him in big games especially European ones. He also creates space for others is great tonplay off and will help Werner. But OG not the youngest so can't start every game in league and also is probably more effective when lower press and/ or pace not so quick. But he is a big game player.




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23 Feb 2021 16:41:23
Yes and will hope his recovery continues ok.




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23 Feb 2021 11:52:35
Brilliant and hilarious GG!

Hope none of us would get pulled off by you for wrong attitude?!

Jimbo and Dareryk as well as several other regulars would have to be in the squad too of course, and would come on when any of those in your starting line up - even if with right attitude - not creating enough assists for the striker/ manager in his race for golden boot?!

Reckon Jimbo's humour would also create a great dressing room atmosphere.

This might be a tough squad to manage at times, but one capable of great team spirit when fighting for CFC against any other team! COYB.