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  1. Eden Hazard

    We've been forced to rely upon him because our squad's not good enough and hasn't been for a long time. Ideally Hazard should have been the cherry on top of an otherwise excellent team. Imagine what his assist stats would look like if our strikers could reliably finish the opportunities he's crafted them.
  2. The Conte Thread

    I see this narrative a lot and I'm always confused by it each time I read it. Conte brought in the following regular starters: Kante, Luiz, Moses, and Alonso. That's 4/10 outfield players. or 40%. That's close to half the team. If we look at it just in terms of defensive players, that's 4 out of 7. These are big changes to the squad. Conte is doing a wonderful job at Chelsea, and I couldn't be happier with him, but can we please stop pretending this is the same squad as last season and that Conte has performed some kind of voodoo? Let's instead celebrate the fact he's not afraid to cut underpeforming players, or to integrate previously overlooked players into the match day squad, and most importantly that he's got us set up in and playing his brand of football remarkably quickly, and better yet, that it's proving to be incredibly successful.
  3. The Conte Thread

    So much this. Winning a league is a case of going even with the other title contenders in the head to heads, and picking up more points against the weaker sides. Beating your direct rivals makes it easier, but consistency against the also rans is what will win the league.
  4. The Conte Thread

    It's really encouraging to see Conte not getting carried away by our performances and continuing to stress the need to work hard and improve. Such a stark contrast to the overconfident comments Ancelotti used to make prior to that horrendous patch of form we suffered under him.
  5. The Conte Thread

    I know it's easy to say after the match, but I was expecting a bad result in this game. Hopefully Conte has learned a lot from this match and our squad improves as a result. I've always thought the League Cup was a waste of time, so I'm not bothered by the L. Why does England need two Cups when the other major leagues only have one?
  6. The Conte Thread

    Sadly I've come to agree with this sentiment.
  7. The Conte Thread

    Of course he's expected to get into the top 4. I'm confident he'll achieve it too.
  8. The Conte Thread

    What the fuck am I reading? Hope for 6th place? We won the title two seasons ago with more or less the same players. Last season was an aberration. I expect top 4, and I hope for the title though I accept that it'll probably be one of the Manchester clubs.
  9. The Conte Thread

    Even if I were to concede that Anelka in his prime was superior to Costa, as you say Anelka never played for us in his prime, and the comparison we're making is between the current team and the team that played under Carlo. For me Costa is the better player of the two given the scenario, and regardless I think he'd be much more compatible with Drogba than Anelka ever was.
  10. The Conte Thread

    Hazard would easily take Malouda's spot, and Costa is a better striker than Anelka was and also has experience playing on the wing. Lampard/Ballack/Essien is one of the strongest midfields we've ever seen in the Premier League, but I think we were better when we had Makelele in the holding role, and it's possible Kante could get in the team in that role. 1/2 of the back four is still playing for us, and of course they're going to be superior in their primes. Cole and Carvalho were fantastic defenders and would walk into any team on the planet in their primes.
  11. The Conte Thread

    Really happy with the result, pretty happy with the performance, and loved Conte's boldness with substitutions and celebration. Bring on the next game (opposite feeling to last season).
  12. Diego Costa

    If there's any substance to the exit talk, we should put our foot down. We can ill afford to lose a striker of Costa's calibre at the moment. Ensuring CL football next season has to be the top priority, and the Premier League is going to be extremely competitive this season. Let him go after that if he wants.
  13. Kalidou Koulibaly

    If he was confident that Napoli would accept our bid if Everton were out of the picture, or had assurances from our board that we would match Everton's bid, then he might. I would be surprised if there weren't backdoor deals between buying clubs and players done on the regular in an effort to limit transfer fees.
  14. Kalidou Koulibaly

    In that scenario the player would also have to agree terms with Everton for a transfer to go through. It's entirely possible Everton would withdraw their bid if the player or his representatives told them he didn't want to sign. At the end of the day we just have to wait it out and hope our board can get the job done.
  15. Premier League thread

    First and last months of the season look pretty comfortable which might prove decisive. Actually from Feb 4 onward we have a really clean run to the finish line. If we can stay in the mix or even find ourselves on top until then I'd say we've got a pretty good shot at snowballing out of control from that point onwards.