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  2. 11 point gap at the 70th minute mark 1-1, bet Mourinho would have been happy with a point away from home and we'd have played a dull game until the end. Conte took a defender off, changed tactics, kept pushing at all costs and it payed off. Such a change in mentality, totally transforming the club from top to bottom and we're not even the finished article yet. No more drama, controversy, silly mind games, negative tactics, no more bad press. He's given this club a new identity and although Chelsea is hated from right to left, I bet there's a lot of neutrals saying "wow they really ditched negative tactics, they really are a fun team to watch." Give the man a new contract and let him decide on transfers. Club's going into the right direction. Amazing time to be a Chelsea fan.
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  3. IMO he is almost good to go as starter. I always thought we need a ball playing CM, but more I look the games, the more it seems we realy need a Matic improvement. Someone quicker, more agile and with better technique. While its true, Eden needs to get in middle to collect the ball a lot because Matic cant bring the ball further up, it makes sense to get someone who can dictate and spray the balls to our attackers. But at same time, Matic role as defender is crucial. It allows Kante to roam, it gives balance to our defense. A playmaker would ruin all that, so unless you know perfect Matic/Cesc combo player we can buy, then we simply cant afford to have playmaker in middle. Many say we dont realy need height and strenght, and while its true, small players can work, I saw enough of PL to know there is no way we would play two small guys in middle of pitch whole season. Even the likes of Dahoud, he aint small by no mean but seriously anyone believes he would fit next to Kante? Anyway, the solution as long we play with two men in middle is Matic improvement and Bakayoko is everything you need. Perhaps even stronger than Matic, certainly quicker, younger, more dynamic, at least as good defender and miles better dribbler. As long our middfield can get the ball forward (which Kante and Baka could), then we would be just fine if we have two brilliant wingers. People also forget that football is not fifa. In real life its not easy to change even the side you play nevermind whole formation. Bakayoko always plays on left side to Fabinho, in two man midfield with two wingers and two fullbacks. The exact same position Matic plays here. Fact that he would even have French partner in Kante is probably great too. Yeah he makes simple passes most of the time, he prefers to dribble past opponents and then pass, rather make risky pass forward. Very raw passer. Sure he can pull great pass here and there, but so can Matic. If you look for Kroos, you will be dissapointed. If you look for Yaya or Vieira, then Bakayoko is the closest thing in years. His passing gets him down sometimes, because he gets the ball and then instead of passing forward, he just makes simple pass to nearest player, but his dribbling and ball control makes him great at pushing the ball forward without killing the tempo. Its realy all about his role. If he gets free role to roam, his dribbling will be menance for any defense, if he gets the role like in city games when he has to stay deep, his passing will be the most basic. I would be very happy with him. We need his type AND playmaker anyway, so by getting Baka, we cant lose realy.
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  5. If only some of you would channel your energy into positivity instead of negative vibes week after week. Get the FUCK IN!!!
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  6. I don't know if it's possible for me to disagree more. Azpi's passing this season has been superb; a lot of our build up play is generated through him. Azpi is limited as an attacking RB, but as a RCB his understand of the position and passing ability has been a revelation.
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  7. I've said plenty about Gary since he's been here but God bless him, he's obviously committed and a happy member of the club. He's living the dream. He could've easily been playing for Stoke instead of Chelsea all these years.
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  8. Bardsley is nothing but a thug piece of shit, disgrace of a footballer, football is not for him, better go to a fighting match. Great and crucial win against a stubborn Stoke team who are true to their philosophy, thugs all around. Cheers
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  9. Second game in a row in which our players were kicked through all the time and 2 wins. The lads showed spirit and desire to win this game and deserved the victory.
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  10. Never mind the quality, feel the width eh? There are assists, and then there are assists. They are certainly not created equal. When judging the contribution of any player, it's not a simple matter of measuring his output. Questions have to be asked, and answered. How often does the player do as well as he can have done in a given situation? Can we reasonably expect our starter in that position to do better? Your answers to those questions in Nemanja's case may find in his favour, mine find decisively against him. As for the assists; I've frequently posted the opinion that, when things are in his favour, Nemanja can pick a pass as well as the next professional. It it when things are not in his favour that he frustrates me. When we need someone with the surety of touch, quickness of feet and quality body control to turn a less than perfect situation into an attacking opportunity for our team, Nemanja is not our man. On the majority of occasions that Nemanja comes into possession, a standard, simple, action is exactly what is required and he serves us well in those situations. There are numerous times in each game however where we would benefit from a player with superior attributes and it is those times which make the difference. We hope to qualify for, and be competitive in, the Champions League next season. We will find it harder to succeed in that ambition if we are not able to select a player to partner Ngolo who is able to help us make the most of those difference making opportunities. Last, but not least, Nemanja is utterly unable to do anything the least bit challenging with his right leg. He avoids that limb in the same way novice tennis players avoid their backhand. For me, an upgrade in his position remains priority number one this summer.
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  11. Great result at a very tough place and good to see Garry making amends for that pen, but the MOTM by far was David Luiz, for me. He absolutely dominated in defense and even his forward play was exceptional. But on a side note, I know Conte does not like to talk about referees after the match, but someone really needs to because we need more protection from refs. For the second game in a row the opposition are only interested in stopping us from playing by kicking the shit out of our players. I know that refs are encouraged to try to handle the game in a way to keep 11vs11 but when the fouling is so one sided and clearly intentional as it has been, trying to keep 11vs11 becomes actually biased against the team receiving all the physical abuse.
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  12. Great win, great effort shown by the team. Stoke, what an absolute shit stain of a club. The amount of dirty fouls and off the ball fouls that were going down was just ridiculous.
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  13. Massive win! We all knew this would be a difficult game. Costa toned down his second half and Stoke's focus on him drew the energy out of them late. Great heart from the lads today. These are the wins of Champions my friends. Worst case of 10 points clear with 10 to play. London is Blue again! Have a great weekend my Chelsea mates and see you at the Bridge for the next two in person!! Come on you Chelsea!!
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  14. I watch a lot of Monaco's games. Both are excellent but different. Fabinho is also good defensively (he's a converted right back and he was solid in that position). He is a better passer than Bakayoko but not so much of a dribbler. I honestly think that either would be good enough to fit into our team and seriously improve it. In my opinion the main reason we are going for Bakayoko is that his contract is running out, so he's more attainable and it makes more financial sense. I would be really happy with either, with a slight preference for Bakayoko in terms of the role he will play in breaking up play and carrying the ball out for quick counters etc.
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  15. " Next step is for Chelsea to pay Monaco more than anybody else for the midfielder " No serious journalist would write such a sentence.
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  16. Yup, ball-playing CBs don't get much better than Azpi and Luiz imo. When he plays back to Courtois that means it is the safest/only option.
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  17. We need to stop calling them "Luiz-esque" moments to be honest. Even the best CBs in the world can make mistakes like that. It was just a mistake, one he's rarely made this season. Unfair to give them a name. You can probably count these sort of moments on one hand throughout the whole season so far which is fine.
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  18. Manchester United are enjoying a long unbeaten run in the league stretching back to October. It has lifted them all the way from 6th to 7th.
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  19. You said this in the Swansea game too, are you going to every time were on terms?
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  20. Same as Man Utd, Hughes had instructed them to wind up Diego, injure Luiz. A blessing Hazard didn't travel, he'd be out with a serious injury after that game. We will get more of this till May - but we have the skill, determination, fitness, and team bonding to take the title. So fuck' em. Well done lads and Antonio and special praise for Kante and Loftus Cheek
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  21. He may be narrow headed, but at least he speaks openly. Perhaps its stupid, but I prefer players to say whats realy true, instead of saying I will be here next year, no im not going, I love the club blah blah and they leave a month later. Maybe he will go, maybe not. The press loves all this so you can click and talk and talk, making a whole book, but the real source might be completely made up. One thing is sure. It will be damn hard to replace Costa when he is realy in form. Damn hard. Talking about Lukaku, Morata, Lacazette, Belotti,...no one is even half as good as Costa was this season (at least the first half). But I guess the neighbours grass is always greener. I sure hope Lukaku or whoever replaces Costa will be as good as you talk, or some of you will look like big ungrateful fools come next year.
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  22. People act as if the youngster we've let go have become world class else where.
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  25. People forget how bad Fernando was, honestly.
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  26. This is what I was hoping for when he was here before under Jose. I was sure Jose would curtail his eccentric bits down significantly but I guess the move to PSG helped with that. But Conte has taken him to the next level. One more season like this and he's a bonafide world class centre back, no one can tell him anything. I'm delighted to have him back in the team because it looks like for most of it he's cut the bad stuff he used to do out a lot. Guy has been the best centre back in the PL this season, and is a huge leader in this team clearly. Absolute warrior. Credit to Antonio who is always so good with defenders like him. Tis why I also have quite high hopes for Christensen. Think Antonio will guide him well.
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  27. From your description, he is like dembele for Spurs. That will be good, someone who can hold his ball under pressure, two footed, and most importantly can dribble past opponents through the middle of the pitch and carry the ball forward to help the attack. (Essien used to do this for us,) You only have to watch our match against Tottenham to know how important these type of midfielders are.
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  28. I dont understand how you can say that Chalobah is "a very similar player" to one who regularly starts in the team leading Ligue 1, beat Manchester City in the CL-finals and is pursued by several clubs in Europe. Like how does Chalobah get this status? His biggest achievement to date is having a good season in Watford in the championship a few years ago. Having a similar playing-type does not make players very similar. Also, do you think that if Conte really saw Chalobah as some kind of amazing fantastic talent, he would use him this sparingly? Its not only up to the club to progress players from youth to seniors, but also up to the players to prove that they are good enough. We have maybe 1% of the insight that the club has whether he is good enough.
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  29. Not sure if it's only me, but feel like Alonso is very underrated in the Chelsea side. Week on week, this guy is been impressive in his own way ... yes he has weakness and is not the star player like a Hazard/Costa but he comes in does his job impressively (more on the lines of Kante of last season). He puts in the work rate on the flanks, defends when needed, is on the offensive, decent in the air (feel he has improved), doesnt shy away from the physical aspect of the game, team player, has got some important goals... more importantly gives u a consistent 7.5 - 8 kind of performance. He has a much improved player as a Wing back then what he was when he started as LB. We keep talking about the Hazards, Costas,our Defense, Kantes but I dont think he gets much credit ... maybe I'm wrong but that's my feeling.
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  30. Torres was unbelievably bad. A comedy show at the best of times and a car crash at his absolute worst. Having said that, Costa's all round game can be (and has been) just as bad at times.
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  31. Never thought I'd find myself saying this but I think Spuds have overtaken Arsenal as the club I despise most. I cannot fucking stand them. So many unlikable players and they play like dirty cunts. Like a pebble in our shoe we can't get rid of now, too. Really thought Southampton could get something here but they rolled right over. Embarrassing from them.
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  33. Good game management by Conte....I thought Costa was going to get sent off...But he toned his antics down a lot and showed maturity in second half...credit to conte for telling him to calm down
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  34. We look absolutely clueless without Hazard, and yet, people are against signing Silva, because we have Pedro and Willian. FFS.
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  36. Interesting. I don't think it's the actual pass which is the most important component of being a good passer. Most people, you & me included I think, could complete a very high percentage of the passes available to us if we were first set up with the right angle, on our chosen foot, with the time and space required, and with the runner in position. Even if you and I couldn't, most professionals could. Nemanja, for example, certainly can. Yes, there are differences between different professionals but, given the perfect set up I've described, the better passer isn't going to complete a significantly higher percentage of the passes than the less good distributor. What makes a much bigger impact on the outcome of any given possession than mere precision of delivery, is the special player's ability to do the things which create the good conditions for a pass in the first place; the collect and turn which leaves the immediate marker in his wake and opens up the pitch in front of him, the precise touch which puts the ball right were it needs to be so he has that split second to get his pass away, the poise and body control to retain possession long enough for the target of his pass to make a run. I won't go on with the list; we all know the sort of things which are on it. I think Bakayoko has many of the attributes required to generate good passing opportunities for himself. Threading the intricate pass around the edge of the opponents' box is a part of the function of a player in Bakayoko's role, but effectively turning defence into attack is a more important part. Bakayoko may not score lots of goals or register many assists, but his team does and he is a big part of the reason for that.
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  37. No Diego's off the ball movement is sharper and better.
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  38. He's leaving, I have no doubt in my mind.....Get Lukaku.
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  39. That's what goes over a lot of heads, i remember months ago i was having this debate with someone about Zouma. I was saying he wouldn't fit into Conte's system because we are trying to play out of the back and technical play is Kurt's biggest weakness and he just kept hitting me with "he's young give him time" like Zouma was going to turn into Bonucci if we played him and let him grow
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  40. Although i have high hopes for Tammy, what if we focused on Kakuta's development instead of signing Hazard? Just putting it out there.
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  41. I would say that was more Eto'o than Torres tbh.
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  42. Was there a worse striker in the league? I mean when i look at Gestede for example he is woeful but atleast he has some use as he's good in the air, what did Torres bring?
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  43. Looks like Mourinho has gone with a back 3 again at Boro. If you can't beat them, join them?
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  44. Conte hasn't erased Mourinho's shadow. He just makes us grateful that we finally have a likeable human being as manager.
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  46. We knew it was going to be a dig deep, dirty game and there wasn't really any suprizes. Not all games are beautiful with flowing passes and long dribbles. Some like today you just gotta dig in and wait for your chances to come. A wins a win and I'll take them as they come. 1 down 7 to go!
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  47. People need to realize that our managers actually have a big influence on our transfer targets. You just need to look at which players we 've been linked with since we signed Conte as our manager. The majority of them are either Italian or play in the Italian league. Clear examples are players like Koulibaly and Nainggolan. In the summer we made a number of bids for both these 2 players. I mean yes sometimes the board themselves recommend a promising player (like Batshuayi) to the manager but i'm certain that they first discuss it with the manager before buying. I don't get why people have such difficulty with the board having the final say on transfers. Whether it's a board or a manager both will have bad transfers and good ones. Also i'd like to point out that we actually did go for Stones and Pogba in the summer after our PL title. It was reported that we made bids for both.
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  48. Is Zidane the luckiest coach of all time?
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  49. I for one was quite impressed by the work rate shown by Silva in both the legs against City, sure he was no Ramires on the wing but for a player with outstanding technical ability and creativity, his work rate was very impressive.
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  50. Not really a good comparison. It's more like dumping your ex. Being in a relationship with another girl and then having your ex constantly take digs at you and your girl. Finally you respond by telling her to fuck off and then she goes and acts hurt and pretends to be the victim. Also on a sidenote i absolutely loved the Conte Mourinho bust up. Mourinho and Faria looked scared shitless. Pretty sure Conte could have taken on the entire fucking Man United bench.
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