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    Some things never change. Manager under fire and Henrique is on the forum attacking left right and centre
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    A few interesting soundbites from City's first season under Pep. Drawing 1-1 at home to Southampton "But there were signs of the home support becoming frustrated with his team's build-from-the-back approach, not least when many could be heard jeering their team off at the break after Stones' error. City lacked aggression and tempo in the opening 45 minutes, allowing an organised Southampton side to contain them and then burst forward on the break." Losing 4-0 to Everton. Sounds a lot like Wednesday night, replacing Sagna with Kovacic's chance. "The Toffees willingly soaked up 71% of City possession but restricted Guardiola's side to few chances and scored with four of just six attempts at goal. City lacked cutting edge throughout, though had Davies not headed a looping Bacary Sagna header off the line before half-time, they may not have gone on to suffer a fifth league defeat of the season." Losing 4-2 away to Leicester. "For all their possession, they did not have their first shot on target until Kolarov scored a well-placed free-kick in the 82nd minute, and only salvaged further respectability when Nolito tapped in the Serb's low cross late on." "Kolarov was supposed to be playing as a third centre-half but he played so far forward, he left Stones isolated. Zabaleta was playing in a weird in-between position and it didn't look like he knew what he was doing. "Kevin de Bruyne appeared to be at left-wing-back. The communication and lack of line was pretty bad. Kolarov was playing his own game going forward so often. They gave Leicester so many opportunities to attack them. It could have been more. "Fifty changes, they've made this season. It's nice to build relationships and have some familiarity. You can't keep changing players." Ironically it was the reverse for Pep where he was heavily criticized for changing too many players. Even after beating West Ham 0-4 away, there was still critics. Sounds familiar to.. "I think if Manchester City play the team they did tonight away from home against other teams, they will be found out. They are far too open. Yaya Toure, as the holding midfielder, won't get around enough against decent teams." ------------- In short, I think if you want to revolutionize the way you play then you need the time to do it. There will be hiccups along the way and the parallels to Pep's first year are all too familiar. I'm not saying we will become as good as City but I believe we can get to the point where we are also one of the most feared teams in Europe (in terms of being on the front foot). Sarri must show he can adapt like Pep did but more importantly to play a precise system we have to bring in the correct players.
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    The fact we are getting exactly the same wild swings in performances under two very different managers in two successive season, therefore pre-dating Sarri’s time here, strongly suggest he’s not solely to blame.
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    Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    I will get behind Alonso with a strapon. Might speed him up a bit. #FearThePeg
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    Higuains hold up play and link up play has been fantastic. Highliights just how awful Morata is.
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    Even Hazards greatest admirers have to admit, Eden is as inconsistent as a superstar footballer can be. If he wants to play for Madrid then he needs to go this summer and let us build something new and fresh without him. It almost feels as if he is actually holding us back now, a result of us relying on him too much and his attitude towards success wavers.
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    Really sucks to see. He's a gem of a player who is paying a severe price during this experimental season. I'm certainly not ready to bin him like a lot of our fans and seemingly 100% of the media are. Thing is, where do you move him in Sarri's 4-3-3? There really isn't a place. If we played a 4-2-3-1 where Kante moves back into a pivot and therefor is always close to him I guess it would be better. But Sarri plays only one system so can't see it happening.
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    Still livid. One more word from these United fans in my work van and somebodies getting knocked the f out!
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    This saga makes me respect RLC even more What a Don for staying and fighting for his place.
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    He's freaking brilliant. Makes me not even remember a great keeper like Courtois left us. He's that good. His distribution is a million times better than Courtois' mediocre distribution plus he's an excellent shot stopper. The best distribution of any Chelsea keeper probably ever. His command of the box has really impressed/surprised me. Love everything about Kepa. He's been easily one of our best players this season.
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    I just wanna congratulate sarri identifying the problem and putting stuff right and got a massive response off the players tonight.
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    Yeesssssssss!!!!! This game reminded me of those magic nights we used to have at the Bridge some years ago.
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    Again Sarri is not wrong. Eden doesnt inspire me completely as somebody who is demanding enough to push himself, yet alone 10 other players. He is more a talismanic figure as opposed to a captain. I would say theres a difference bit that's just me. Some would say they could be similar. Meh.
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    Hi. I'm a Napoli supporter so you can trust me, I'm not biased: Sarri, as a manager, is WAY better than an Ancelotti. I've read a lot about Plan A, Plan B... This is not the problem. The problem is that you never had a chance to ACTUALLY see Plan A, the Sarriball. Here in Naples Sarri had a team of a much lower level than this Chelsea. But they were a team. They were humble, ready to play for the team, for the manager, ready to pursue a collective idea. Here at Chelsea instead the player are technically much more gifted, BUT they are assholes. Egoists, individualistic, lazy, basically they're a bunch of player puts together, not really a team. And if you want Sarriball you need a team. Trust me: support Sarri. If the players one day will choose to play as a team, you'll be the luckiest supporter of the world, as we were until 9 months ago.
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    I respect Sarri for sticking to what brought me here in the first place, you can't put that on him. Ultimately, it's a casting error by the board, you can't have a weak squad with limited characteristics and bring a manager who will force them to adapt because he wants to play like prime Barcelona. Only two ways from here, you either stick with him, prepare for another season without champions league and bring the right players for his system in the next two transfer windows or you sack him now, do some damage limitation and get a budget result oriented manager first thing in the summer. Knowing our board, we will once again do something crazy.
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    Trough the legs again 😆 1-1 against real
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    I know people will be shocked but zero issues with Willian or Barkley today that said FUCK ALONSO
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    Kante is IMMENSE. What a player. Best signing since Hazard, hands down!
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    You would be totally right if this was an unknown manager trying things for the first time to see if it works or not. But this guy has made Napoli play some great football with no superstars in his team. It is why Chelsea hired him and the hope is not that we would like him to turn out to be like Klopp or Pep, but to replicate the football Napoli played. Was Napoli that boring as this Chelsea? Never. Were they clueless in the final third? No way. I am saying it again - Napoli never played like Chelsea play these days, that team was different in all aspects. And you would expect Sarri to bring the same methods he used there and I am 100% he did that, but why it is not working? It's either because the players are not good enough or simply don't want to pick up his methods, I guess Hazard would rather dribble past 10 players and cut inside just to pass it to Azpilicueta, or Willian would take 100 touches before doing something stupid like he does all the time. Our wingers no matter who plays there simply take stupid decisions instead of doing the exact same things Insigne, Callejon, Mertens used to do. Of course you are going to have tons of possession if all three midfielders are happy to just pass the ball and your wingers don't shoot, or run in behind, or try some quick one twos. Nobody in this team takes any risks, of course everything is boring as fuck. Does Sarri instruct them to? Not in a million years, I don't believe this for a moment.
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    I can see it, in the summer we will sell Hazard and CHO while Willian gets a contract extension.
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    Im 90% its the players. Sure Sarri has terrible subs and is responsible for Jorginho and all problems releated to it, but the players on pitch are absolutely spineless. The moment pool and city escaped, we knew there wont be a title and while we were never good enough to beat pool or city, we were good enough to finish 3rd comfortably. But the players went from 5th gear to 2nd instead of fighting on for 3rd. Thats why we had ups and downs in the past. Title season and then bust. The moment they see we wont win title, they stop giving a shit. Tonight Sarri dropped Alonso for Emerson. Higs as new striker and Pedro for Willian. Our best lineup. We lose, never mind. But the way we did it? Players strolling, jogging, zero urgency in attack. And no its not Sarriball. This shit worked perfectly from august to october. Then it just stops? Players stop creating and suddenly Sarriball is the problem? I know its hard to face the truth but the players are either spineless mercenaries or pure shit, believe its the former since they turn up in some games when they want to. Its easy to point at the manager, but this shit happend under Mou, under Conte. Sarri didnt win title, but we had bloody brilliant run till november.
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    Didn't get the service tonight. Made some excellent runs, the sort that Cesc would have found to the nearest centimetre.
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    This might have been said before but I don't get why CHO seems hell-bent on leaving in this window. Is he guaranteed to start week in week out at Bayern between now and end of the season? I doubt it and plus, they have less games than us to contend with. Why not wait till at least the summer and see what happens? Why not wait till the summer and see whether Hazard actually goes? Because if he does go to Real Madrid, then there is a space opened for him and the No. 10 shirt is available for him take. Is he really going to lose much between now and May? There are gonna be options for him to choose in the summer. And from the club's point of view, it would be daft to let CHO go now and weaken our squad even further with little time to sign any replacement.
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    Nothing to do with Sarri, if they were set on staying they would have signed deals before Sarri even arrived.
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    Finally! I've been trying to join you guys for more then a year now. I'm here every day so I feel like I know a lot of you already
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    Emerson lacks height. Alonso lacks pace, intelligence and skill.
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    It's sooooooooooooooooooooooo refreshing to see a full back charging up and down the flank with pace and causing danger in the opposition box. Emerson wasn't afraid to take on players and attack the box and the others were confident in playing the ball into space, knowing he has the pace to get onto it, unlike Alonso, who must always receive the ball at his feet. But knowing Sarri, he'll probably drop Emerson back to the bench for Alonso when the league returns next week...
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    Kante isn't and never has been a CDM.
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    I see we are back to blaming the manager. Fine let's sack Sarri - who's next? I guess you people really don't understand the word continuity - all the teams above us have had it and stick to it. But sure let's sack him and go get somebody else, who will last 18 month's then be sacked again. Then we end up with a mishmash of players all costing the club a fortune and our perfomance will still be mediocre. This is why Chelsea fans get a bad rap, we are spoiled and whiny. Back the club, back the manager and give him 3 years. If he doesn't deliver then fine, change.
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    I agree 100% People thought Pep was daft trying to play his style of football with Bravo, Otamendi, Zabaleta and Kolorov. A year later they steamrolled the league because they upgraded their weakenesses. I didnt expect an easy ride this year under Sarri because it was so clear that Conte maximized almost everything he could out of what we had when we won the league. It didnt work the following season because we weren't good enough and sold 2 key players in Costa and Matic, both who were very good and have never been replaced properly. We finished 5th last season, weve hardly massively improved any position on the pitch bar the addition of Jorginho but that also comes at the loss of what Cesc could offer. Glaring issues are still there, left back, right wing and upfront. Throw in the lack of movement or productivity from our front 3 and midfield... even more glaring issues. I think if Sarri gets next season it will be a lot better yes, but that also depends on improving the squad and first 11. Which very much lies with the board more than Sarri due to his reluctance to be involved with the market.
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    That's eased my worries a bit, usually when Merson makes a prediction the opposite happens.
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    poor little overpaid primadonas, lets just pamper them right? more like get the fuck out of the club you wankers
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    All plays into our hands, just put a 150M price tag on him, lets see how desperate they are for him. If he stays he stays, if he goes we get a shit ton of money for him to spend elsewhere in the squad. Take the money, add that to what we were going to spend and buy two wing backs and a shit hot CF. He's given us some unreal moments and so will other players in the future. Bored to fucking death of him talking and playing bastard games. Next thing, shot the #10 jersey at Callum, tell him he's starting as our LW as of next season. Chelsea FC not Hazard FC. KTBFFH
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    If say we had beaten Leicester, Southampton and Bournemouth, we would then be sitting in 2nd and only 3 points behind Liverpool!
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    Just like under Mourinho and Conte... sure... it's definitely the manager...
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    Fuck him - let him go. Give zero fucks about this - if he wants out let him go. I wouldn't play the cunt tonight either. GTFO-CHO Wow I think I'm grumpy today 😂
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    Boy O Boy!!! He can surely cross!!! That cross in the final minutes was heavenly...
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    After Courtois left, it's a testament to how good he has been that this thread has been quiet
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    Lol Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    Saying it again. Sarri has turned Luiz into an absolute monster
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    Sarri can't complain and tbf - contrary to conte - he never does. He got his Jorginho and HIguain, he got the best ball-playing gk in the world with Kepa + he gets to have Hazard,Pedro, Kante and his beloved Alonso to accompany this. What is a bit mindboggling to me is to see which lengths the board goes to give a modest manager what he wants but refused to do the same for cheque-book managers like Mourinho and to an extent Conte. Maybe it was not even his results but his behaviour that got Conte the sack. Shame would have loved to see a really good manager backed as much as Sarri is backed now. Could have made us CL competitors again.