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  1. 13 likes
    Really the baptism of fire for Super Frank and it is encouraging to see opposition fans aknowledging you look way better than everybody would expect. Last night I instantly turned off my TV after Tammy's miss and I felt so damn pissed. Again a good match with a good intensity from our boys and a definite improvement on the United game. Frank Lampard's adjustments were spot on and one thing we can be sure of he ain't going to be that rigid as Sarri. Some players have huge careers, but turn into shite managers, some turn into decent ones, I feel Frank is going the champions route. The signs are there for everyone to see, I hope he is here to stay for a long, long time. Sarri improved Chelsea's passing and pressing game, but now the team looks better as a unit I feel and the biggest improvement is that Frank is more like Klopp and Pochettino, more direct in the final 3rd and always looks to end attacks by creating something. Unlike what we did under Sarri when looked awful at times in the final 3rd. We might have a weaker squad than most of the big clubs in Europe, but what we don't lack under Frank is the intensity and the passion to play the big games. At least what I know this season is that we won't be going into big matches looking like Burnley in disguise, if Frank is playing on the front foot at OT and against the CL winners in his first two matches in charge, then I don't see him taking his foot of the pedal and it's only going to get better with time this is what I am sure of.
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    Very confused, can only assume the ones being somewhat negative did not watch the game? Aside from Dave and Zouma, I thought we played really well against the European Champions. I was shocked at times how good some of our play was considering how little time Frank and Jody have had. I'm pleasantly surprised and I'm glad we had a reality check against United.
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    He's far from the worst player we've ever had and the rare times he brought his A game (Qarabag, Bate, Arsenal in the 2-2 at The Emirates, Frankfurt) he looked a player. All in all we were a level above his skillset but he was a solid 6/10 player, can't recall any real disasterclass performances. A watered down version of Paulo Ferriera is probably the best way to describe him.
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    And the overeaction of the decade goes too....
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    Laughing at all those suggesting last season that Alonso was on the same level or better! This guy is a solid left back
  6. 9 likes
    Loved our team yesterday, everyone fighting for the badge. And we are still missing some great players.!
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    Unfortunate but biggest thing is we showed a reaction after the Man Utd battering. Actually was really impressed by Zouma tonight. Won everything in the air and looked a lot better. Don't have criticism for any player tonight. Thought Kante and Kovacic in particular was outstanding. Need a win against Leicester.
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    The decision to bring him in permanently has been justified already, imagine the shit we'd be in right now with Kante's injury woes had we not.
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    The last three games have, simply put, been a real reality check. In all three matches, we have started absolutely superbly, genuinely playing some of the best football I've seen Chelsea ever play. Yet in all three matches, a lack of composure and an inability to convert chances has meant we stand here with a draw and two defeats from three competitive matches. I think we need to be realistic and consider the pros and cons of the situation, which ultimately will determine our season's ambitions. I think there are plenty of positives right now. As I've mentioned, the brand of attacking football we are playing is making us an enjoyable watch (which is our fanbase's greatest criticism of the former manager), and the biggest plus point is the belief in youth players. Chelsea have needed a season like this for the past decade. We have never truly transition properly from one squad to the next. Our approach has also been so short-termist that, instead of bringing through youngsters (the odd exception aside), we've chosen to spend big and either invest in young foreign players, or go for players that can still function and perform well, but perhaps have already seen their better days - players such as Pedro, Giroud, David Luiz, for example. We have the propensity to make a negative situation (the transfer ban) a positive one by bringing through these young players and giving them considerable game time, which is something of a premium when it comes to our talented youngsters. We have a terrific academy and we are now in a position where we both have to, and need to, play these youngsters and give them the shot they deserve. Mason Mount is the biggest, most obvious evidence of this transition. We've been putting it off for years and years, but necessity dictates that this is the time to give these players the chance to shine. We also have to consider the fact that we are, realistically, missing three first XI players, meaning things will improve in terms of squad options and that we haven't yet seen our best team, playing our best football. Nobody can argue that Rudiger is our best defender; on recent evidence, whilst Pedro has had three promising games for us, CHO is probably more productive in the final third, and the player who I believe to be our best box-to-box midfielder, RLC, is yet to come into the team. We also have Reece James, who I will reserve judgement on, but Lampard seems to think he will play a considerable role this season, but we need to make sure we aren't doing the usual thing of putting too much pressure on the young man. That being said, he can't be any worse than Azpilicueta, but that's a separate debate... But there are some major problems inherent within the squad. There is a flipside to every situation - and playing kids is no exception. There's the famous quote - "You won't win anything with kids" - and to some extent this does ring true. The reason that we have gone out and invested frequently is because, at a club like Chelsea, there is such an expectation to win (- that expectation needs to be relaxed this season, which I'll come onto later). Then there are issues with Frank. I want to make this clear: this is not a post bashing Frank Lampard. I am 100% behind him, though I do believe his tenure has come at the wrong time, though only time will tell with regards to this. But we need to accept the obvious: this is Frank's second season as a manager. Look at today - I am furious with his decision to play ten of the eleven that started on Wednesday, and think it was incredibly naive to do so against a team like Leicester, who are one of those horrible teams that press you and push you and harass you for 90 minutes and would do for another 90 if they could. Whilst he's got us playing a good brand of attacking football, this is the worst we've been defensively in quite some time. Having Rudiger back in the team will add more balance (Andreas is good enough, but Kurt panics on the ball and doesn't have the composure that Rudiger has; with the style of football we're employing, that is a big disadvantage), but we need to especially look at the way that we are dealing with crosses and set pieces at the minute. There are then issues within the squad from an attacking point of view - we have a lot of players who are good around the box, but not necessarily with that final phase of play. We are not a crossing team and we don't necessarily have many players who can play killer through balls. More importantly, our striking options are poor. Let's be honest. Giroud is an honest striker and links the ball nicely; he'll get us 10-15 goals a season reliably, but who is replacing the Hazard x-factor and the ability to pull a rabbit out of the hat? Is it Mount? I'm not so sure, though he took his goal well today. The point I'm making is this: we have to relax our ambitions this season. I'm sorry guys, I really don't think we are going to finish in the top four. You can't write us off in the cup competitions, but I can realistically see us struggling in the UCL without a favourable group draw. I'll leave it up to you as to whether you think I'm being reactionary or otherwise (I don't much care either way), but I think we need to ease the pressure on the boys. Short-term pain could be of massive long-term gain. We need to consider youth development as being the priority this season, that is the target and playtime is the reward. A trophy or four would be nice, of course, but this is a case of building for the future. We also need to think about the expectation of Frank as our manager. He will learn so much from every minute. He is level-headed and I think we need to be about the current situation. There is no need for doom and gloom - I think we have been really unlucky so far - but we need to temper our expectations somewhat.
  10. 8 likes
    I hate and I do mean hate Willian with a passion. Fucking criminal how this clown is wearing that number 10 shirt.
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    chelsea played very well yesterday, and the movements without the ball of pulisic and pedro were gorgeous. maybe without hazard it's easy to play better, but without hazard it's more difficult to win something
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    Nothing to be ashamed about with that performance. Future looks bright.
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    Not even bothered about the result. Very, VERY encouraged by the performance. Hopefully our best players are ready for Sunday. Emerson, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, and Pulisic were all excellent. Pedro and Zouma vastly improved after last weekend. Mount looked super nice coming on. We play a MUCH more effective brand of football thus far under Frank. Attacking with real intent and purpose. Keep in mind as well that Liverpool are European champions and had 2 days extra rest. Yet we were by far the better side. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
  14. 7 likes
    To have a player that has been with us since he was 6, to score his first goal on his debut at the bridge wearing the Chelsea kit. One of our own.
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    very unhappy its going to be a long year we just need to hope we finish top 7 so do not lose all Euro revenue Lamp's inexperience is showing on these subs
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    Am I the only one to think that Christian Pulisic was one of the best Chelsea player on the pitch - of course with Kante MOM? He is only 20 years only, soon 21. Young player, but so talented and so mature: one assist and one goal (off-side), so active. He should be a starter imo. We have a diamond here as a player, hence the price we paid to buy him. I have read European press, and they are unanimous to say the same: he is an exceptional player. He is a diamond to polish.
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    That was some fucking performance huh, im utterly loving the way we game. Super fast and direct, thats the Chels I know and love. These past 2 games was better than anything Sarii produced imo of course. JUst tough luck we didnt win, cuz the performance deserved the win. MAde us so proud man, Frank is on to something, just compare this Jhorgo and Kova to last season, not even the same players you would think. This is the desire and will and that fighting attitude I knew Lamps would demand......good on him man. And btw FUCK FA......fucking horse shit they had 2 more days rest playing a shit team at home, bent fuckers helping their darling.....FUCK YOU FA. And did you guys see the Kante brothers out there? They were all over the place......they were 2 of them right?
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    If Conte, Sarri and now Lampard overlooked Michy for other unproven options like Morata and Abraham, that says something
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    The Tammy bashing has begun. I think his 'bad' performance is wild exaggeration. Yes, he had one big miss but he was burning the Liverpool defense with his movement. I would not worry about a striker who missed chances in a couple of games. Even good strikers like Aguero miss several chances. The worry is when the chances are not being created. Michy, Giroud have had their time to claim the striker role. Multiple managers have overlooked Michy and even though Giroud was decent yesterday, he needs to be managed game-time wise. Abraham is still my preference for Leicester on Sunday. We need to sign a new striker but Tammy is a positive for the club this season and without him, we would have two standard options to choose from up-front.
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    Can you lot stop shitting on every player after two games? He maybe or maybe not good enough but at least give them 6 months first and stop with these kneejerk reactions.
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    Really happy with the way Chelsea and the youth played today. I think Frank's ideas for the team are slowly coming into effect. Come home, Frank. Let the season begin at Stamford Bridge.
  22. 7 likes
    His pace and directness will be key for us. And that goal he scored which was ruled out, was Hazard-esque.
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    Very pleased with tonight, just a huge disappointment having come so close to lose like that but it's put a marker down for the season to show we can still compete with the top teams. This has been a baptism of fire for Lampard, he couldn't have had it much more difficult but I feel there has already been a significant improvement across both games. I mentioned at half time that he will make mistakes this early on in his managerial career but tonight was an example that he will identify and learn quickly from those mistakes and we'll be better long term as a result (note the Leeds play off second leg game too as another example of this). We were so much more defensively solid today across the park. The pressing was far less frenetic and was operated in a far more calculated manner, but was similarly effective to the first half at Old Trafford and kept us being hit constantly on the counter attack. The midfield dominated throughout the game, Kante has improved immensely on the ball and all three are so comfortable with it. Some of the play at times was excellent and enjoyable to watch, there always seemed to be an intent to our play. The willingness of players to run in behind was a very good sign. Pulisic in particular was very direct and I think will cause a lot of teams problems in that way this season. Kante was definitely man of the match, I cannot possibly fathom how someone misses pre season and then puts that performance in for 120 minutes. Zouma still looks uncomfortable on the ball but looked far more solid tonight which was very encouraging. I also thought Pedro had an excellent game, after his poor showing against United. Again a 32 year old who has won the lot putting in the shift he did tonight isn't just testament to his character and drive but it's huge for the younger lads we have in the squad to see the work rate one of the most senior players is putting in. Also just a note on Tammy Abraham. I've looked back at a number of posts pretty much writing him off already. Let's give the kid some time shall we? He's come in and first two games had to face up against the two most expensive centre backs in world football. There are aspects of his game that are raw but his work rate gives a completely different option to Giroud and I'm pretty certain once he bags his first goal, more will follow. It's easy to pan him for a poor penalty but I remember Ronaldo sticking his penalty straight down Cech's throat in Moscow. I'd far rather look at the character he has to step up and take such a high pressure penalty for us.
  24. 7 likes
    Inter are probably already looking forward to buying Tammy in 6 years.
  25. 6 likes
    Its a shame Azpi' was preferred to him at times because I feel at times if he had been played he would have given us a different dimension. His pace and crossing ability could have been used at times last year when we were pedestrian like.
  26. 6 likes
    Letting go of Costa wasn’t a mistake, it was bringing in a mentally weak soft twat in Morata that was the mistake.
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    2nd for me, nothing will top Cuadrado vs Southampton in my eyes.
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    No love for Christensen tonight? I thought he was absolutely brilliant today, was given little to no support from midfield and dealt with a dangerous frontline quite well alongside good distribution. Big season for him, he's been given a huge vote of confidence with the Luiz sale and has to start delivering these type of displays week in week out.
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    Maybe its a Hazard problem, Hazard was kind of a ball hog and Emerson might be benefiting from the movement that Pulisic has. Dont get me wrong Hazard was an elite talent but he was hard to accommodate in a team system because he couldn't follow instructions properly. he is too talented though so he can get away with it.
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    He has the largest testicles on the planet with those two penalties.
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    Absolutely gutted. We were fantastic. I don't have the words to rationalise that. It might only be a glorified friendly but that hurts.
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    lol Kante is asked to do anything and everything
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    Coming back off injury, picks up another knock in training and still plays like this? Lucky to have him.
  35. 5 likes
    The first 15 minutes were simply brilliant, but at the same time it's impossible to keep that monstrous intensity for a long time. It is the exact same football Klopp used to play in his first two seasons at Liverpool when they looked brilliant for the first half of the season and then crumbled miserably because their tank was totally empty come late February. Now Klopp changed his approach a bit and keeps the same intensity, but in patches and deliberately gives possession away and that's what I am expecting from Lampard to do, too. I was thinking he'd go back to that totall football in the second half at some point, but my feeling is that the legs were too heavy after 120 minutes in Turkey and just three days rest. Let's see how we do in the next two matches with proper rest in between both.
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    Before the moaners come here as well, please keep it to a minimum. I'll post what I posted in the match thread here: Just to put into context we played 120 mins in sweltering heat on Wednesday. We gave everything physically and mentally in that game. Liverpool were also pretty poor against Southampton. We've seen these sort of performances before after Champions league games and this was even worse because the CL games are at least 90 mins. I don't know why some of us are so surprised. Lamps was a bit naive for not making enough changes but his hand was a bit tied. Our bench is still looking a bit light without RLC and CHO. Maybe Barkley and Willian should have started today but if you look at the players that played heavy mins against Liverpool vs the ones that played today, there aren't that many different options available right now. Maybe Emerson instead of Alonso as the former player 120 mins but Emerson was good today despite the obvious fatigue. Maybe Batshuayi instead of Giroud and Zappacosta for Azpilicueta but its only Lampard's 3rd game in charge and he needs time to learn about his players. We just need to be calm and show some perspective here. The Super Cup was a massive distraction. 120 mins in brutal heat and the physical and mental emotion of losing the PK. What I saw from the Liverpool match and the first 25 mins here is what I expect to see from the team. We just didn't have anything left in the tank to pull it off for the full match.
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    Pulisic has been disappointing today Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
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    I sometimes wonder what some fans smoke, for many years we've longed for a manager that will give the kids a chance. Tammy will come good if he gets enough opportunities this season, he would probably score more goals in League than Morata and Higuain did last season. This is a transitional season and we should encourage and back the boys, if we get it right we have striker for the next 8-10 Years. Hitting the woodwork against Man U on Sunday and keeping us in the game against Liverpool is a good start. watch the goals fly in but 1st the crosses.
  40. 5 likes
    Takes some getting used to seeing a LB who is highly athletic and has pace. Alonso moves like a massive cruise ship.
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    For every Emerson, a case where a run of games allows the player to improve, because he actually had potential, there are 100 others who don’t get the minutes because they really shouldn’t. that’s why we have the manager and a myriad of coaches to assess that. Like tomo said, different managers don’t like what they see in bats in training or in matches. looks like the club will rather give Tammy minutes instead, and I have no problem with that. Just think it’s risky business for Lampard.
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    A great game, a lot of positives. No need to go on an emotional rollercoaster for a SuperCup game. With penalties you win some, you lose some. I'm more worried about having to play next opposition already on Sunday coming off from 120min on high pace football. Luckily start of the season and a young squad makes the recovery easier.
  43. 5 likes
    Liverpool are the best team in the world and we gave them a run for their money. Probably even deserved to win. I love the movement. Love how people trust each other on the ball. We have given a very good account of ourselves against 2 top 4 PL teams. Still it's a long way, and I am sure we will have our ups and downs. But you can see that we will be fine. More than just fine, we will be great if Frank is given time. As for the negative Nellie's, go fuck yourselves.
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    He is a good player. Quick and good with the ball at his feet. Top finish for the offside goal too. Even if they do not count, you can pull confidence from them as they were scored in a full pressure situation.
  45. 5 likes
    Good performance against Liverpool! Really good on the ball. Makes great off-the-ball runs and shows good vision for his age. His shooting looks impressive too. cant wait to see how he develops under frank. Expecting great things form him in the future.
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    Though I thought Azpi was much better than he was against United, I can't help but think what we'd look like with a fully fit Reece there. Emerson is such a breath of fresh air at LB now that he seems fully settled. He's a true weapon going forward like clubs such as Liverpool and City have. He's also solid defensively. If we had two modern fullbacks it opens up so many possibilities for us.
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    Hats off to Sarri, as much as we all bitched, for making Kante a much more well rounded player
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    Love Pulisic atm, looks more direct then Eden
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    Pulisic you beauty hazard like goal blind ref still blidn