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  1. 9. Álvaro Morata

    He's still got to improve on his hold up play and his dribbling style is eerily reminiscent of Torres. He does have quick feet but tends to get the ball stuck in between or underneath his feet too easily. Made some good runs that were ignored, but looked dangerous when running the channels. Not going to put too much stock into his missed header, think he had too much time and jumped too early. It was also quite early in the match as well, even the best of strikers would miss them sometimes. Loved the bit where he killed Alderweireld for pace when we were on the counter. He's definitely got a great burst of acceleration over 10 yards.
  2. 27. Andreas Christensen

    Rudiger I would think. But if the opposition is threat when it comes to set pieces (like Spurs), we'll need a tall back three. I wouldn't mind Azpi going back to RWB, Moses seems to be out of sorts at the moment. Azpi, Luiz, AC, Rudiger and Alonso won't be a bad option for certain type of games.
  3. 3. Marcos Alonso

    Great hair and magnificent goals. We should be looking to upgrade on Moses instead, that's more of a pressing issue.
  4. 27. Andreas Christensen

    That was a one-off cup game(even Bats started that game) and Cahill was more or less rested for that game. Christiansen has a run-in of games no doubt after this performance. Cahill only has himself to blame if he permanently loses his spot from here on..
  5. 14. Tiemoue Bakayoko

    To be honest most of the free-kicks he looked to have give away looked soft. The one where he barely puts his arms around Alli and all Alli had to do was flop around and give Taylor his puppy dog eyes.
  6. 27. Andreas Christensen

    The beginning of the end for Cahill
  7. Nemanja Matic

    Not really, some players have it, some players don't.
  8. 19. Diego Costa

    I was one of the members backing him post January debacle, giving him the benefit of a doubt. But to not show up in training and constantly going to the media and exposing out private messages between him and the coach, no respect for that whatsoever. He has delivered when he was here but he can't forget he was paid handsomely and given the opportunity to be the main man regardless of his form. Respect goes both ways, and if he and his agent indeed knew about their situation since January(as indicated by the club), he's got no excuse for this abhorrent behaviour.
  9. Nemanja Matic

    Out of respect, he could've just chosen to say "I prefer not to compare them, they are both big clubs" or something similar. I never recalled Mata saying which club is bigger than the other when he switched over. But to each his own I guess. I don't blame him for saying that, he's new so he does need to rub his nose up his new club and their fanbase.
  10. 19. Diego Costa

    Doesn't make any sense. What good does it do Atleti if Costa eventually arrives there fat and unfit? Chelsea is calling him to get back to train and become fit (if he wants to be sold in top condition) FFS. If Atleti are even thinking of covering his fines (for something he's clearly in the wrong), what kind of example are they setting? What if Griezmann throws a tantrum and doesn't show up if Barca is linked? You see the same thing happening with Coutinho and Dembele, players have too much power nowadays.
  11. 19. Diego Costa

    Makes you think how well Malouda and Anelka acted when they were on the way out. Trained with the youngsters and didn't make a big fuss about it.
  12. 24. Gary Cahill

    Like there was any point appealing. Perhaps some at the club realized it's a blessing in disguise. Would give more time for Cahill to prepare for his upcoming IQ Test. Maybe we should bring back Riccy Carvalho to tutor him for a week.
  13. Nemanja Matic

    This. When we won the title in 2015 we had Fabregas, Matic and Oscar in midfield. Oscar was a hustle type player like Herrera and on top of that we had Willian who could cover the ground quickly as well.. Matic will always look better in a 3 man midfield. Also, just arriving at a new club will motivate him to push harder than he did when he was with us for the final 2 years..
  14. Nemanja Matic

    I think most of it boils down to the fact that he didn't want to stay and play second fiddle to Bakayoko(once fit), most of us certainly wouldn't have minded keeping him for rotation like last season. But Matic was probably the one that pushed to leave once we made it clear of our intentions to sign Bakayoko. I didn't disagree about selling him but like most members here would've preferred he buggered off somewhere else. I would argue that even if we kept Matic and he somehow played against Burnley, it wouldn't have made much of a difference. Let's not forget Matic didn't fare all too well in our meltdown season of 15/16. He has definitely improved United but I'm not sure he would've had the same effect with us. Conte's system was either Matic/Kante (not enough creativity/solid) or Fabregas/Kante (more creativity/ less solid) while United can play a system that can suit Matic better with Pogba and Herrera. But I hope Roman's learned the lesson of letting the players choose their destinations. We should've sold Cech somewhere else and we certainly should've sold Matic somewhere else. If it were the other way around, these two clubs would never do the same for us.