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    hi from a Napoli supporter i'm very sad for the loosing of Sarri, he is a real football Maestro, I saw the best Napoli in 90 years of history of the club, better than Maradona's Napoli, with a decent but not exceptional team pushed over his limits by Sarri I read that you talk about Napoli's player like extra technician players, and you think that Chelsea team cannot play Sarri's football Sarri played the same football at empoli, in serie B, he only need player that follows him and and able to understand his needs, and he will push them at their maximum level Sarri team is like a clock, every player has to be perfectly synchronized with the others, every play situations trigger an already prepared synchronized movement of the full team, so -if as I hope- you will hire him, you have to expect a slow start, the team will need to understand his football, and I think that Albiol and Rugani are fundamental for save some months and drive the full team in the beginning I really wish the best for Sarri, his teams will be my teams, and I hope that you will win Premier League and compete for the Champions destroying Allegri and his fucking juventus Sent from my SM-G920F using Tapatalk
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    he will shake Sarri's hand, have a quick chat in italian and wish him goodluck, like the gentleman Conte is. I thank Conte for his service, eventough we finished 5th last season and won the FA Cup, he won 2 trophies in 2 seasons, very respectable cv if you ask me, turned a 10th place team into Champions while taking the Premier League by storm in his 1st season, changed things around with a 3 man defense and his energy on the sidelines was great. He was very hard done by the club and players, he deserved more respect, i just wish him goodluck wherever he ends up. Thank you Don Conte, respect and KTBFFH, once a blue always a blue
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    Part of me desperately want to see the people suffer a meltdown over Jorginho had he gone to Man City and done well under Guardiola. Those same fellas who are criticizing now would be the same ones bashing the board for messing up on this transfer. Not saying Jorginho has been perfect because he hasn't but it's easy to forget that this is only his first season in English football and he's operating in a clueless side when going forward. Sure he has messed up passes when he shouldn't but those criticizing him for not passing forward, have you seen movement from the attacking players on a consistent basis? How is Jorginho supposed to pass forward when the players in front of him are just standing around waiting to receive the ball at their feet rather than getting onto them? Also, to those comparing Jorginho with Fabregas, going from a starter to a squad player can sure change people's perception. I don't want to start a debate on who's the better player but it's so easy to forget that while Fabregas has his qualities, his performance level went south like from 2015 onward. There were plenty of complaints how he didn't dominate games and was getting caught out, repeatedly, in defensive situations but because he hasn't been a first team player in ages, people suddenly think he's this perfect midfielder, capable of playing accurate passes every single time and does no wrong on the pitch. He certainly wasn't. Rewind back 3-4 years and I'm sure there are plenty of complaints about Fabregas basically going downhill. Jorginho hasn't been perfect but he is less of an issue compared to the more glaring ones we have in the team. Hell, you might even argue that Sarri is doing him no favors by making us play non-existent attacking football and average players to try and implement that style. It's pathetic that we're living at a time when people are constantly finding problems all over the place when there more specific ones to worry about and fix.
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    Very happy. This is Fulham's cup final, and they played arguably their best game of the season today. There's always a reaction after a change of manager, and we did very well to keep them out in the second half. Not a vintage performance, but we had some excellent spells and some of the early-season swagger is starting to return. We now need to continue the momentum.
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    I'm fuckin ashamed at peeps booing Jorgi. Call themselves supporters. Why the fuck does he get singled out when all the other cunts play shit useless too? Such selective memories of some! I'm gonna boo Eden on Sunday and see how that goes down. Peeps used to moan like fuck about Cescy saying he was too slow, couldn't tackle, needed someone to support him! Then as soon as he leaves peeps start singing his praises wishing he hadn't left. Just cracks me up.
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    Marcos Alonso to Hudson-Odoi: “Bayern Munich? We are Chelsea, another great team, the Premier League is the most competitive league in the world, I don’t know why someone would go to Bayern Munich” Hate him or love him, this is quality 👏 https://t.co/mGcV1Pk51L Fair play Alonso.
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    It's ironic given his ties coming through the ranks at Arsenal and at times carrying a pretty average side towards the end of his time there, to then his hometown club and the dream move of Barcelona, that when he looks back at the end of his career he will probably see the most successful and enjoyable part of his career here at a club that he clearly didn't like when he was at Arsenal and Barcelona, and we in turn didn't like him. If a player gives their all for this club and shows respect, they are always welcomed back here and treated like royalty. The likes of Gullit, Vialli, Desailly, Ballack had far more success away from this club but Chelsea holds a special place in all of their hearts because of the way they were and are treated by us fans. Fabregas is no exception. He deserves every ounce of respect, appreciation and admiration from us all and good luck to him.
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    From absolutely loathed him as Arsenal/Barca player to love him as a Chelsea legend, you have completely won my heart Cesc. All the very best, gonna miss you.
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    Fuck yeah my home town team, first live Chelsea game for me since Chelsea Spurs in 2016!
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    Cannot be blamed for anything at all, anyone says differently they need their head examining,.
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    When Kepa's family moving to London, We want his whole family here including his grandma.
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    Today has clearly showed the bar which Chelsea must work towards reaching. At this moment we are pretty far away but the overreaction today on this forum is incredible. Sarri has been at the club for less than 3 weeks in a summer where not even all of our players are back for pre season yet. To add to this we've travelled to Australia in this timeframe and also played games in France and Ireland. The change we are making is massive. It's not just "hey, we're going to play a more expansive, attacking style which all the players are going to enjoy and everything will be good!". Not only does Sarri want the team to play in a certain way with our passing and movement, but we are also being coached to press all over the pitch, in particular the final third which we haven't been doing previously under Conte and obviously the shift to a back 4 with a high line in comparison to a back 3/5 with a deep line. You could see today a player as tactically solid and dependable as Azpilicueta was even struggling tucking in way too much and leaving a lot of room out wide. These changes won't be learnt in a couple of weeks. Remember that Conte didn't implement his 3-4-3 until the end of September. He largely kept Mourinho's tactics which the team were used to and drilled towards playing until this point to give the best chance of getting some early results, but even that left us struggling. This is a work in progress and a lot of patience will be required. I understand some of the reservations regarding our squad and there are some players who clearly don't cut it, but this is still a good group of players, a large group of which have won 2 of the last 4 premier leagues. People say that Chelsea don't have the players that can play the way Napoli did but we're comparing to his finished article after 3 years work with them. Look at some of those Napoli players the year that Sarri took over and they would have been saying similar things. Jorginho was a backup player that Sarri ended up moulding the team around. Mertens and Insigne were nothing more than squad players too. The Napoli fans thought Koulibaly was useless and looked terrible trying to play the ball out from the back. They have all been coached and trusted in time to perform how they did for Napoli. The biggest issue is clearly up front for us. Morata hasn't played well at all and doesn't appear to be the answer, but Sarri hasn't had Bats or Giroud yet so has had no alternative. Let's also note that at Napoli, having lost Higuain he converted Mertens who was nothing more than a squad player winger previously. If there is a coach that is creative and willing to coach what he has to make it work then we have that man. We are not likely, or expected, to be challenging Man City for the title this season. But I do think we've got a good chance of making the top 4 this season. But it will take some time and patience for this to get to where we all want it to reach.
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    Good god, there are some idiots on Bluemoon https://forums.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/threads/jorginho.332681/page-487#post-11095583 "After seeing what happened when we missed out on Sanchez I am chilled about this. Pep can always find something in someone to do the job required. Sanchez looks like a square peg in a round hole at the rags, Jorginho might look the same at Chelsea." Yeah, Jorginho might not fit in to the type of system that Sarri wants to play. That's an excellent piece of analysis.
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    Thank you for everything Antonio. KTBFFH
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    Laurent fucking Blanc Our managerial targets are becoming as average as our signings
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    If I was Sarri this shit would be raising all sorts of red flags for me.
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    He’s made the most forward passes in the PL so this is rubbish. Open up your mind, expand your football knowledge. Learn the regista role and what it’s meant to do, it’s function in a team.
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    The decline in performances is a lot down to one thing, The lack of training pitch time. He is coming in, trying to teach the squad a totally different brand of football to what the players are accustomed too, he has a broken pre season where most of the key players are on holiday from the world cup then when they come back they are getting upto speed for the first few weeks and by the time they are we end up starting the midweek marathon where we have played in every single midweek since the PAOK away game in September which renders training time as manly warm downs, that is a killer when learning a completely new system and style of play. Imagine you are doing weekly theory test's for driving (to pluck a random example), the first few weeks you have all the time in the world to revise and perfect things, but after that practice time is cut down significantly, eventually it's going to start to show in your results, won't it? The chances created and attacking play in the final 3rd isn't anywhere near what it could be, but one thing he has got right is how we are defending and how comfortable we are on the ball. Now i know some may reply with "possession is pointless if you do nothing with it" and all the usual stigma cliche's and as a rule i would agree, but with us/Sarri it's not the end game it's a hopeful building block onto bigger things. I remember a few years ago that video came out on YouTube of Napoli expertly playing the ball out of the back under extreme pressure and people on here were posting about it with the green eyed monster wishing our defenders could do that, well after six months we are doing that, we have been seamlessly playing out of trouble even against Liverpool and City with defenders that were supposedly not capable of it. The 65%-70 possession per match and how comfortable we are in possession is a starting block to where we are trying to go and in fact i think Sarri's done very well to implement that so early, i actually thought that was the part of his tactics that were going to take the longest to implement but it's been done seamlessly. Also i am very impressed with how good we look defensively, again that's another part i thought was going to take a while and i expected us to be vulnerable at the back for pretty much the duration of season one, the last two against Palace and Southampton both barely got a sniff at a chance, apart from the last ten minutes against Palace i didn't even remotely fear we would concede, that is quite remarkable all things considered, now i may get the usual counter of "it's only Palace and Southampton" well they have smashed a combined four past City recently and we gave neither a sniff. While we are on the subject of City remember how awful Pep and Klopp's defense was in the early stage? For Sarri to have us looking quite solid so early is a massive plus for me. Now when a manager is not getting it all his own way there's always one thing you need to ask, can you see what he's trying to do? It doesn't matter how well he's currently doing it but just to focus on the question. Moyes would be the greatest example of the answer to that question being no, there was no real blueprint or idea on what he was trying to achieve and it looked like he was making it up as he went along. An example of yes would be Klopp at Liverpool, didn't get it all his own way for the first two years but the blueprint was there, what he was trying to achieve was there. With Sarri i can see what he's trying to do he wants us to play with speed and decisiveness but unfortunately that's beyond some of the current players, it's not even about getting the best players it's about getting players more suited to the style. Willian doesn't fit his desired tactics, neither does Barkley, neither do the forwards, neither does Alonso from an attacking POV, Kante's getting there but still learning the ropes, we can't consistently play the style he wants but we are trying to work towards it, for example Alonso's post hit at the end of the Leicester game would have been a typical Sarri goal. All things considered Sarri right now i wouldn't say should get a free hit, but there is definitely mitigating circumstances which means he deserves the benefit of the doubt and we should give him a couple of windows to see where he could take us. Now don't get me wrong if we are still performing with such sketchy end product this time next year i will be as skeptical as anyone but what would the options be at the minute? Bottle it and go pragmatic for the end of the season and be back to square one in the summer? The big pro argument for that in the past is it would put us with a chance of the major trophies (2009, 2012) that isn't the case anymore so we have nothing to really lose by seeing the process though unless we bomb badly. With the emergence of what City, Liverpool and to an extent Spurs are doing we need to build something sustainable to keep up, the sticky plaster route was only ever going to work for so long!!
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    He helped change our style and offered a completely different alternative to soften the blow of losing the midfield goals of Lampard. He was hugely influential in Jose's title winning season, and despite a significant reduction in minutes also had a very good season in Conte's title winning season which flew under the radar somewhat. I was also extremely impressed with his attitude since at Chelsea. At Arsenal and Barcelona he came across as petulant, but he's a competitive winner. He could have had far easier moves than coming to Chelsea given his Arsenal history. He also had the option to take the easy route out when Conte didn't fancy him but he battled his way into his plans, and the length and success of his Chelsea time seems to have come from making tough decisions and putting in a lot of hard work which wouldn't necessarily be associated with a player of his natural talents. A club prepared to build around his ability on the ball and offer legs around him will still get some very good mileage out of him even entering the twilight of his career. I have a huge amount of respect for him and if he leaves this month or this summer, I wish him the best of luck with the rest of his career.
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    Excellent second half performance. Chels were suffocating Arsenal. I was just waiting for Chels to score. It took a while but it eventually happened, and it was completely deserved. Alonso was a beast. His late runs into the box are a problem. When Chelsea control the ball and get forward, he will be a very useful asset. And he was good outside of the goal and assist. Good touch, calm and clever passing and really covered that left flank well. Jorginho's positioning is fuxking excellent. I love midfielders who know how to move. He's always in the right positions, providing passing options. Body constantly in the correct direction to turn into space. Accurate and strategic passer. Very intelligent in his decision-making. Knows when to keep it simple or when to go for the forward pass. Never afraid to play an early ball in behind or ping a through ball. The sight of this type of midfielder in a Chelsea kit makes me so happy. Hazard is a boss. A game changer. He was bloody unstoppable. His timing when going for the burst and dribble was impeccable. His control over the ball simply too much to handle. They were shaking in their boots only a minute after he entered the pitch. There was no way he wasn't going to influence the score. Kovacic showing very encouraging signs. Moved into the right spaces and was very confident on the ball. Nice instant chemistry with Hazard. I'm excited about the prospects of that Jorginho-Kovacic-Hazard link up.
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    If there's no option to buy, we should just have him knock up some girl. Then he can go back to Madrid and keep talking to the Croatian press about how much he wants to move to London.
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    Chelsea fans around the world after 65m for willian is rejected.
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    Fuck me, Sarri-Golovin-Jorginho and possibly Rugani.... Marina will be like:
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    No. Selling Diego was the correct decision. He was 29 and toxic and performed like shit the entire 2nd half of the season and really was an absolute nuisance banging on about his desire to go back to Atletico. We got 65m for him despite being in a weak position and he has been shite since. His sale was excellent business after Conte had fucked up. Nonetheless buying Morata was a mistake but that does not take away that selling Costa was correct.
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    They don't make manager announcements on Mondays either.
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    Looks like he is off. I hope the man gets a quality job pronto (outside of England!). As a man, he has been absolute class. Probably the guy with the best manners and character since Ranieri. Who remembers him clapping the Sunderland fans last season for supporting their team through relegation? He gave so much passion in the first season. Giving hi 5's like he was a fan and jumping into the crowd after Hazard scored a blinder against Arsenal. He took a team with a shit defence and went on a 13 game unbeaten run. Won the title. Beat Jose 4-0 In his first return at the Bridge. Counter punched Guardiola away. Dropped Ivanovic and Terry as soon as he could. We beat Atletico away in their new stadium. Apart from one mistake from Christensen, played a masterclass against Barca at home (did Willian hit the post once or twice? I remember the Spanish paper's saying how Barca escaped our 'spider's trap'). After a difficult season gave us the FA cup win over Jose no less! 2 trophies in 2 years with Guardiola, mourinho and klopp. Not bad Antonio. I'm papering over the cracks ofcourse. When we were up against it our football was unbelievably defensive. Fallout with Luiz and Willian haven't helped. Towards the end even I was fed up with how much he went on about transfers. Overall, I think he'll go down as a legend. At his best, he was literally like a 12th player for the team and an extra fan when we scored. Fiery, and never took shit. No wonder he fit like a glove here!!
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    And now instead of praise for our performances and the fact we played pretty well. It's all headlines about power play and the rot at the club..
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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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    Your point is silly. We brought Sarri in to move us towards attacking possession football. He's 6 months in the job and now you want him to adapt because some of our players can't adapt to it ? Basically asking him to be pragmatic ? No no no The players that can't adapt or are too limited need to go. On a general side note : i honestly don't get this forum at times. Reading some of the nonsense on here you'd think we'd be a couple of points off relegation. We're 4 th ! 6 points ahead of Arsenal, United and 1 point behind Tottenham. And doing all that without a proper striker. Chill the F out people.
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    Callum Hudson-Odoi has more assists in 59 minutes than Willian has since October.
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    To me, Pedro was an absolute beast today. He was fantastic. Just his shooting around the box but never mind. Super stuff from him.
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    Indeed mate, also David Luiz's comments after the match are encouraging. Said Sarri wants them to be happy when they are on the pitch because football is fun and they are privileged to have one of the best jobs in this world. This is a manager that works hard through enjoyable drills and pleasant football, gone are the days when Hazard had to play left back and take care of fucking Robert Snodgrass or God knows who other bang average winger just because the manager could not go out of his comfort zone and in the modern era of football still played/plays dinosaur tactics. Look at this team of ours now - a midfield of Jorginho, Kovacic, Kante, Barkley, Fabregas. No tall, rigid midfielders, just ballers because this is what modern football is about. Compare this to Matic, Fellaini, Herrera, Fred. My God we were fooled into thinking football is all about having enforcers all over the pitch and every match is like WW2. Hell fucking no mate and I am glad we have a manager that not only gives us an identity now, but will surely change the 'rigid, park the bus' image Chelsea have as a club and makes sure we never go back to Mourinho type of managers.
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    In an ideal world there's an option to buy which we can trigger if he's successful next summer. But if there's not then so be it, we are getting a top player for a season whom could help us massively. If he fits into the team, has an excellent season and has a big impact on us getting back into the top 4 and back into the champions league, or even winning some trophies then it will be worth it and we'll cross next season when it happens. There has to be a mid to long term plan at the club, but what we don't want to do is allow such a plan to allow us to forget about the present. We don't know what other teams may do in a couple of seasons time, or if any of our players choose to leave, get injured, etc. There has to be a focus on this season, in what will likely be a transition season, to get back into the Champions League. If Kovacic helps with that, option to buy or not, then I'm all for him joining.
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    I always said that a top team must have a stand out player, an X factor like Cristiano Ronaldo for Madrid, Messi for Barcelona, Neymar (and Mbappe) for Paris, De Bruyne for City, Salah now for Liverpool, Robben (and Ribery) for years at Bayern etc. We have our own in Hazard and we might lose this luxury, but what can you do if his heart is set on Madrid? For me and it's my opinion only, I think he would go there at the wrong time. Madrid have won four of the last five Champions League trophies and Ronaldo is gone now. Zidane, too. Lots of ageing players in Modric, Ramos, Marcelo. Add to that these players, this Real Madrid generation has won so many trophies in the last years it's impossible for them to replicate this again and especially for a lot of them to find that big motivation, that big hunger again. Look at Varane - 25 years old, four Champions League titles and World Cup winner, will be playing for fun from now on, he's won the biggest trophies you can get as a footballer. Make no mistake the Real Madrid fans will expect a Ronaldo replacement with the same appetite for goals and I am afraid Hazard is not the one they are looking for. When things will get tight and Bale will go into his annual four months on the injury list, all the burden will be left on Hazard's shoulders and he'll have to step up and score loads of goals otherwise those fans will turn against him in a blink and his price tag is going to be the first quoted and branded a flop after a few bad games. And believe me the Spanish fans are the worst you will see, football is just politics in that country, their arrogance makes me puke. If it was me I'd rather have lived as a king at Chelsea than as a simple player that has once played for Madrid because surely he is not going to end up as a legend there, simply does not have the goal scoring capabilities and that's all what matters at that club when they pay monster money for you. But it's his decision in the end.
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    I agree we should keep Conte as a backup coach. He can temporarily takeover every time Sarri needs to go have a smoke
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    Zola has been summoned ready to be unveiled as Sarri's number 2, it's a big thing for the club, supporters and him. Him flying back tells you things are happening, it's probably a dream come true for Zola to be involved in such a big job at the club he's seen as a hero at, imagine how excited he must be to come back and work under Sarri. Get in.
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    the mods fault, I've heard it all now. I'm willing to take the blame for what's happening in Syria, but not this.
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    You can't produce a Michelangelo with bloody Crayons, so this whole thing about Sarri being ready to "work with what he's got" ain't gonna fly here. So hopefully that's not our boards mentality. "Ah, we have a good squad who just happened to underperform under Conte this past season. We'll just make one or two mid-level signings and compete for the title next season." Would anyone be surprised? The same mentality they had after Mou last won it. Tread water.
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    We went on a counter attack, Kante led the line, got almost into their box, passed it, we lost the ball, Man United went on a counter and the very same Kante already sliding in and winning the ball back on the halfway line. Not even 6 seconds between the counters! I could not believe it was him but then again, that is Mr. N'Golo Kante. Priceless player.