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Everything posted by quickpassnmove

  1. The Board

    JT was great; no question there. However, the other centre back with him hasn't been top European quality for a long while and our fullbacks/wingbacks are nowhere near what they should be. Centre midfield: year after year, I think this is also a weakness at Chelsea and only recently it's been covered up by the fact that we acquired Kante in summer 2016. There was a big drop off after Makelele and although we wouldn't have been expected to find another Claude Makelele, our CM was still relatively WEAK on complete footballing ability (see Barca, Madrid, Juve, Bayern, and others in England, etc. since 2007), I think we should have had better all-round centre midfielders during every season since Claude left (along with DEPTH). So, YES, what Campos stated is true of Chelsea for most of the last 10 years. While Man Utd have struggled to make the next generation of fullbacks and centre midfielders work for them, they've spent far too much on attacking midfielders without backing them up with quality from behind. It's clear that Pep has had a different set of priorities. I would argue that our own Antonio would mostly build from the back too, but Chelsea haven't acquired enough since his arrival.
  2. West Brom 0-4 Chelsea

    I think Chelsea will be averaging 1.3 goals per PL match played soon.
  3. The Board

    I love this text from an interview with Campos back in March/April because it's so relevant in the case of Chelsea (although we also currently lack excellent forwards to play with Eden and Alvaro):
  4. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    My view is that he's never been given enough playtime, nor in the right position to gradually gain confidence and make an impact at 1st team level for Chelsea. It's often the same with young Chelsea players, but Ruben hasn't been put into the mix in the right way yet, nor consistently played to adapt in centre midfield.
  5. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    I think Ruben should be playing in a 4-3-3 where the CMs alternate getting forward. He would be a perfect player to have combining with Eden on the left CM area regularly, but FFS we need a good LB. Even with Ruben potentially returning to Chelsea, I still say CFC need a couple of better centre midfielders from the market to supplement Kante. So, to summarize that point of view: our future midfield consists of Kante, RLC and....... WHO for quality starters? I'm fine with Danny D. because he knows Kante, but Cesc and Tiemoue? Right now, I am not even going to count Cesc and Tiemoue as legit starters for the future unless Bakayoko show us more once we have a more complete squad. As much a Tiemoue is underwhelming right now, I don't want to judge players harshly when our side has clear deficiencies around our formation. Fucking stupid how Chelsea limp through seasons with mediocre players as starters and bench players year after year and we try to make premature judgments about young players stepping into our side without quality support around them.
  6. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    I think Cesc is done after this season. Even if he stays, he will normally just be a sub. Chelsea cannot go another two windows without putting more into their centre mid and wingback positions. Won't be a need for Cesc's slow legs as a starter if CFC make the right moves.
  7. The Board

    ESPN have a good show about football, but not much otherwise. Guess they couldn't grab the rights for La Liga, Serie A, etc. because they have all that college throwball coverage. The situation at Chelsea needs to change. Emanalo wasn't good enough. What the hell is Marina going to do before next month or January? I would have interrupted Gab to ask: "Who is the dumbass of Chelsea Football Club that allowed de Bruyne to leave without a buyback clause???"
  8. I like the idea of a 4-3-1-2 formation with two strikers.
  9. The Board

    Interesting January window. Is Marina under MORE PRESSURE regardless of additional duties?
  10. The Board

    I doubt that it's one moment for anyone who did not like Emenalo. For me it's the general ineptitude at Chelsea that fails to build a strong squad 2 men deep across the formation with quality throughout year after year after year. Combine this with the fact that we had a well-rounded squad in 2005 and our relative strength at that moment put us on solid ground in England and across Europe then compare those early Abramovich years to what we've seen since and for me CFC haven't not risen to expectations since. Do I care if my disgust is misdirected because I don't know who is making the decisions at Chelsea? No. Why give a fuck? What I saw through the years was a number of years wherein Chelsea failed to surround Drogba with top talent after Robben and Duff departed and now we're seeing it again with Hazard. No one demonstrates vision and execution at a club that many of us (one decade ago) thought WOULD reflect Roman's supposed ambitions and the hope of fans around the globe. At what point did Chelsea became a consistent threat to the big clubs across Europe while being able (not every single match) to shift into total football gear domestically regardless of who is packing it in deep defensively? Emenalo did things for the club, but he wasn't the one to make the difference for the 1st team squad (on and off the pitch and throughout the squad). I'm tired of seeing squad shortcomings then bullshit about expectations and blaming managers. Someone at this club needs to take responsibility and execute a vision that gets reflected through quality on the pitch.
  11. The Board

    If true, more responsibility and blame for Granovskaia, so one step closer to her being gone.
  12. The Board

    Should we have a good reason to believe that this stuff is true? Admittedly, we signed some very good young talent while Emenalo was a work. What happened to it all without real vision at the club though? Maybe myself and others are entirely wrong about Emenalo and the problems at Chelsea are entirely due to others at the club --and the owner. Where does this story go from here? I hope Granovskaia is gone soon. What about the rest of the board? Certainly feels like Chelsea have been a club with no coherent vision for much longer than most Chelsea fans are willing to admit.
  13. The Board

    I swear this guy operated like a man playing Football Manager or a FIFA career mode difficulty setting we've not yet seen. Glad he's gone.
  14. The Board

    I'm not sure that CFC's lack of vision for the club will be remedied by changing out the DoF. If the new guy has Roman's ear at all times and communicates very well, then maybe there's a chance but WHO at the club would he communicate his vision to other than Roman? Who among the board really knows football?
  15. Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    I wish we could see another Inzaghi this generation.
  16. Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    We should just bomb out of the CL and buy a new LWB and FWD in January. Go for top 4 again, build in the summer.
  17. Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    Mourinho can suck it. Still glad we're rid of him.
  18. Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    Good play so far, except that we still have a grandma at LWB.
  19. The Conte Thread

    Abramovich and Granovskaia out.
  20. Alexis Sanchez

    Abramovich and Granovskaia out.
  21. Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    I think Gary and Willian are the two top candidates to leave us. I don't understand why CFC didn't have the sense to buy Harry Maguire and let Cahill be a backup or sell him.
  22. Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    Tell me: when Eden Hazard gets the ball on the wing, what has Chelsea offered as pacey, skilled support to him since he's been here when every time two defenders seal off lanes to reach the central striker and we have had zero threat from LB/LWB or from centre midfield? Look at the other side of the pitch; is it any better? Diego and Fabregas offered more to punch our way through defenders but those threats are basically gone and done.
  23. Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    Because the opponent knows how to cope with our threats now and Chelsea's lineup offers no threat from the wingbacks and very little from centre midfield, while the RF/RW is a goal threat about 30% of the time AT BEST. Our buildup play wasn't even that great last season, but counterattacks were effective early in the season and halfway through the season. Now we are stifled with meager goalscoring threats in our side and the players, like Hazard still don't have have attack support/link-up play they need. Hazard is frustrating himself sometimes, but IMO it's all down to the fact that our side haven't exhibited flowing football much since Eden came to Chelsea. Interplay is poor at Chelsea; the times when our play does flow with speed and accuracy are exceptional moments for us. Conte could not change that overnight and for the long term without more fiscal support from the board.
  24. Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd

    Ruedi--Christensen--Luiz--Azpi Drink---Kante---Baka Pedro--Morata-----Hazard At this point, IDK what a good lineup is with this squad. Again, left back is a problem unless Kenedy becomes a viable starter any week now.
  25. The Conte Thread

    Abramovich and Granovskaia out.