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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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29 May 2022 17:24:15
Just watching play off final. mainly to get sight if Colwill. Unfortunately his main contribution thus far had been announced goal just before half time. He looks gutted. He may well be brilliant in the future but to think that he is ready right now to be full time replacement for Rudiger seems a big stretch though perhaps he could be part of the squad. Hard to tell on this 45 mind!

Certainly think that however good his leap Kounde at 5'10" would also need some height/ physical presence alongside him though easier if like Azpi played in a back 3 of course. But reckon we need to be brining in at least on formidable and experienced CB as direct Rudiger replacement.


1.) 29 May 2022 18:02:10
To be fair to Colwill he had to go for that ball.

2.) 29 May 2022 18:47:00
I agree with most of this.

3.) 29 May 2022 19:37:23
Own goal was unfortunate, but he genuinely had a good game other than that. Forest's right side of Brennan Johnson and Djed Spence is top quality, but he defended that side very well.

The own goal is what people will remember, but those who watched the match will know he put in a good performance at 19 years old in the so called Richest Game in Football! :)

Absolutely should be in the squad next season.

4.) 29 May 2022 21:22:06
Across the season he has proved his quality…in terms of today I thought he reacted well in the 2nd half and generally had a decent game.

5.) 29 May 2022 21:24:30
He was unlucky with the goal he had to try and stop Garner from getting a shot off it was unfortunate. Idiots on social media giving him rubbish or should I say Kids have no idea about football.

He won’t be starting just yet next season but in two years (as long as he stays) he will be a big player for us I have no doubt.

Worst thing we could do is sign a left footed centre back to block him like Gvardiol or Torres. Just bring in Koulibaly as a stop gap for a few years. Next season with centre backs like Koulibaly, Kounde, Colwill and Chalobah is a quality group to have.

6.) 30 May 2022 01:00:21
Colwill was not at fault for the own goal, he was merely trying recover from Sarr’s mistake up stepping up from the defensive line. That was explained in the analysis and was clear to see.

7.) 30 May 2022 11:15:20
Is Chelsea interested in koulibally.

{Ed002's Note - No.}

8.) 30 May 2022 12:14:43
TT will asses Colwill during preseason and then we shall see what is going to happen ( first team player or another loan) .



15 May 2022 17:25:22
Well at least am sitting here watching our women's team lift the FA Cup at Wembley, fine 3-2 win after extractive. That's the double for them and helping to keep the blue flag flying high. We'll done Emma Hayes and the team.




08 May 2022 13:27:08
And what a fantastic volleyed lob by Sam Kerr to put us 4-2 up. would that our men's team had such a prolific goal getting talent! Looks as though another title on its way.


1.) 08 May 2022 14:00:21
And we are Champions again. Quite a tonic to watch this team even if they only really got to their best in second half, and specially after the men's side have disappointed again. Hope they were watching! Especially Sam Kerr's two volleyed goals, outstanding.

2.) 08 May 2022 15:58:01
Congratulations ladies. Fantastic season and a well deserved title.



08 May 2022 13:16:08
Exciting final round of games in Women's Super League with Chelsea needing to beat Man United in match being played now to ensure they beat Arsenal to the title. We were 1-2 down at half time but it's now 3-2 to CFC. About 30 mins left .




01 May 2022 18:46:59
Another dreadful defensive error cost us and I could not understand wht TT did not try Lukaku at any stage V Everton perhaps for Werner rather than Havertz as Werner getting v little joy in this game as he seldom does against a low block. Had thought otherwise we would have played Pulisic ahead of Werner today. so 1 point from 6 we should have got in last two games.

But credit to Everton and Frank and perhaps especially Puckford's several fine saves for their win. they were understandably more focused continually for all of ut than we were.

Anyway, let's hope our women's side wrap up a league win for us and they are about to kick off v Birmingham. morally they often look better organised and with far far better strikers in relative terms than the men's side!


1.) 01 May 2022 19:07:41
Pickford not Puckford!

2.) 01 May 2022 19:56:23
Well rounded post JBS, totally agree.




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27 May 2022 09:52:29
Does seem huge pity re Tony R Standard. Hope Kounde will be brilliant, but worry a bit that he does seem a bit on short side (5' 10") for a CB in EPL. Still, he is young, has already been selected for French national side and presumably been scouted very thoroughly. and we certainly need some CB replacements!




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17 May 2022 08:06:17
Thanks for this Ed002 so hard for us to know what to make of latest media comments.




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19 Jun 2021 09:44:00
Completely agree with you Wheely and BruCe about Christensen.




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14 Jun 2021 09:48:28
Willian scored many key goals and wad our player of the season in the one where other heads dropped. Part of many a decisive counter attack and scored with some great free kicks.




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02 Jun 2021 11:38:44
Would like to add my late thanks as well Ed002, great a much appreciated to have this really detailed info.





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25 Jun 2022 22:37:16
Yes de Ligt might well work well in a back 3 fuser.




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25 Jun 2022 22:35:51
We do seem to be leaving a huge amount to do by way of bringing in players in who are quality fits so yes do hope things happening under radar. though obvously several players coming back from loan.




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25 Jun 2022 09:54:42
From what I've seen of him, admittedly not a vast amount I'd agree with your comments Ed. But would hope that scouts had watched him more thoroughly than me. And perhaps you have G8?


{Ed001's Note - exactly mate, and he might improve when playing in a higher level league which requires him to step up his game.}



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25 Jun 2022 09:56:33
I would go for Koulibaly now as think we need this kind of experience in backbone of team.




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20 Jun 2022 20:04:30
Would agree and this is what I'm hoping for.