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  1. The English Football Thread

    I only watched the second half, but City weren't that impressive and the game seemed to be up for the taking. Granted, Manchester United actually had to play football to do so.
  2. 27. Andreas Christensen

    I'm really impressed with how well Christensen handles the physical side of the game. He's not very big or strong, but it just doesn't affect. He coped well with the physical beast that is Lukaku. Conte's decision is a testament to how highly he rates this guy and performances like today's make me near certain that Christensen will be in the first 11 every week in a very short time.
  3. Chelsea 0-1 Man City

    All back three formations seem to have problems with width. Even with the 3-4-3 we still struggle defending the wide areas. The 3-4-3 also allows their central players too much freedom. They have both Silva and De Bruyne playing centrally, and both have the freedom to move around. The moment one of Kante or Baka presses, they leave a big gap for a roaming Silva or De Bruyne to move into. The 3-5-2 allows us to clog the center of the pitch making it harder for City to penetrate, and Azpi as RWB really helps our right flank. I disagree about our setup being too negative and showing no desire to attack. With Kante and Baka in the center we could win the ball back when they tried to force things and instantly launch our counter attack. The inclusion of Cesc should help us feed quality balls into our two forward players, who would be occupying two central defenders. With Hazard and Morata upfront, I'd give us a healthy chance of scoring a goal or two. Each approach has its own flaw. And as you have mentioned, the inclusion of Azpi and Cesc had its own flaws. City have developed a perfect way of dealing with our back three, and other teams, to a lesser extent, have found ways to deal with our formation. In the end, the formation plays a small role, it's about having the right players for whatever philosophy the manager has for the team. You can win the game while you're defending your ass off for 90 mins as clubs like Atl. Madrid have done. Or you can set out to dominate the ball for the whole match like Barca does. I don't think the tactics we had were responsible for our result. It was an inability to carry them out. Once Willian came on the hopes of a successful counter attack occurring died. We only played with two up front and were unable to effectively press them. Willian never exploited the space behind their defence, as someone with his pace should be able to, and he was unable to do anything by coming deep. As a result, we had no outlet and were unable to break out of City's containment. I'm sure Conte and his staff have analyzed this game several times by now, and taken away what we have and much more. Hopefully, Conte will find the right solutions going forward and lead us to a serious title challenge.
  4. Chelsea 0-1 Man City

    Regardless of the personnel, City were always going to pin back our wingbacks. This is due to us playing with 3 at the back. Moses would not have been able afford roaming forward because loss of possession leaves the team far too exposed. This isn't even taking into consideration that outside of the occasional dribble, Moses does not have the skills necessary to break out of a relentless City high press.He just doesn't have the passing ability and good enough ball control to punish a high pressing team.You would be right if the team set up to contest possession, but that would turn out far worse than it did yesterday. Outside of Hazard and Morata, none of the attacking or midfield players in our squad have shown the necessary skills required to control a game against a side as skilled as City, hell I don't think we have the players to play against Arsenal in an attacking manner. Conte's initial approach to the game was correct, especially given the circumstances. Although it was not an ambitious set-up, we did try to go forward in the right moments. Morata was holding up the ball well and we could have very easily nicked a goal had he stayed on the field for the whole game. His presence also would have provided relief for the defence, but that did not come to pass and we have yesterday's result to cope with. I will say it again, Conte is not blameless. He should face criticism for his response to the Morata injury, and he should face criticism for the lack of organization that our midfield three showed. I'm not satisfied with how he and the team dealt with yesterday's match, but any suggestion(not necessarily yours but others) that we should try anything more than a solid counter-attack approach against an in-form City side are nonsense. We're not good enough. Outside of buying/developing the necessary talent, you'll never see this group of players play at a similar level to City. You're right though, fans don't like counter-attack tactics when they aren't working. But ask Arsenal fans how enjoyable it is to see a team play beautiful football and win fuck all. If we wanted an attacking side, the board and Conte would have had to make massive investments during his first summer here.
  5. Chelsea 0-1 Man City

    I disagree that by playing Azpi meant we had no intention of winning. As we have seen in past matches against City, they targeted the wide areas, in particular the space behind the wingbacks, and this yielded many chances for them. In fact, they had much better scoring opportunities in last year's matches than they did yesterday. Playing Azpi provided security on the flanks and could force them to attack through central areas, which is good as we had 3 central midfielders and 3 cbs. Playing Moses would leave our right flank exposed. I'm not convinced that Moses has enough in his game to be worth the trade offs in a game like this. As for the "hope we score a fluke and defend lead tactic" that you ascribe us to playing, I can only partially agree. When Morata was on the pitch, we had a clear counter attack strategy. Morata was successfully holding up the ball and we were able to craft a few chances, not great, but nothing that can be described as you have. It was only when he was subbed off that City started the domination. As I have previously stated, I was both surprised and disappointed by the decision, but I can see why Conte went that route. He still takes the blame for yesterday's result, but I won't say he made a blunder. There are issues within the team as you and others have pointed out, but if we evaluate the skills this squad has, and compare them to elite attacking sides, you will find this squad is quite lacking. This doesn't excuse our performances, but it adds perspective. This is a good squad and we can still compete for silverware, especially if Conte can find another solution as he did last year.
  6. Chelsea 0-1 Man City

    Had Moses played, City would have had a much easier time finding space in behind the defence. Although Moses is not a bad player, he just isn't the type of player to change a game like this, even if he is better going forward. (Moses is a bad decision maker, mediocre passer, and he possesses no end product.) Playing Zappacosta would have been a monumental risk as he has had very little time to adapt and was not a real option for a game like this. As for the scoreline, yes we were dominated by City for most of the match, but to say City deserved anything more than a goal or two is unfair. They may have dominated the ball, but they did not generate many real scoring chances, although they did generate far more than us which is why they're deserving winners.
  7. 27. Andreas Christensen

    Whether you love him or hate him Cahill is an established player in this squad. He's going to have to have some real stinkers to get replaced anytime soon. Fortunately, we have plenty of games to play this season so there will be many opportunities for Christensen to continue impressing,
  8. 9. Álvaro Morata

    Hope it's nothing serious, we're going to need very good play from our strikers to keep up with the Manchester clubs.
  9. The Conte Thread

    I agree. I was both disappointed and confused by the switch, but my post was more about addressing the fact that decision making isn't as clear cut as people make it out. Batshuayi may be more of an outlet than Willian, but for a CF his hold up play is atrocious. You can play Bats and hope for the best, or you can try a different plan. The manager takes most of the responsibility for today's result, but this isn't the end and I hope people don't express some of the nasty sentiments as they have done in previous losses under Conte. Today was a poor result, but this club can turn it around.
  10. The Conte Thread

    I want to get this post in before the thread turns into a shitshow. Today's performance was bad and there's no doubt about that, but I feel as if people were losing perspective in the match thread. Yes we were outplayed, it's happened before and it will happen again, but this performance wasn't even the worst Chelsea performance under Conte, let alone the past decade. Last years defeat to Arsenal was much much much worse, and not just because it was Arsenal. With that being said, Conte's decisions today do deserve some criticism. But decision making is not as black and white as people make it out to be. Take for instance the decision to not sub on Batshuyai. The team needed an outlet, especially with the way we set up, but does Batshuyai bring that? We've seen enough of him to know that his hold up play is the weakest part of his game. Had Batshuyai been brought on for Morata the game very easily could have played out the same way it did when Willian came on. Of course, Willian has his own weaknesses, and Conte could have subbed Pedro on instead of Willian, but these all have pros and cons. The thing that stood out most today was how city had more attacking talent on the field than we do in our whole squad, plus they were missing Aguero, and they have players like B. Silva on the bench. But we all knew this. We knew coming into this game that City were more talented and in top form. It doesn't excuse the performance, but it sure as hell adds the much needed perspective. Chelsea aren't the most talented team in the Prem and we can't act as if every bad result is the end of our season.
  11. 27. Andreas Christensen

    The only bright spot to today's game. He was cool calm and composed while on the ball and while defending. These are the type of performances that will make Conte trust him and allow him to really be in the mix for the first 11 as the season progresses.
  12. Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

  13. Riyad Mahrez

    It would be hilarious if we nabbed their best player after having Hazard heavily linked to them these past few years. That and the thought of those two playing together gives me physical sensations...
  14. The Mourinho Thread

    I absolutely love Mourinho, but it is becoming increasingly hard to justify the board's decision to stand by him. The team has failed to make major improvements since he got here. Yes, we did win the title last season, and we came close his first season back, but still, he has not corrected the most prominent issues Chelsea had when he got here. We still need a striker(s), we are still looking for the team to play more attacking and possession orientated football, we still need at least another quality central midfielder, and we are still looking for academy players to breakthrough(Loftus-Cheek is close). The only way for him to save his job would be if the team somehow manages to qualify for the Champion's league, which would mean the team would need ~60 points from the next 27 league games, or we would need to win the Champion's league, and I don't see the team doing either because it requires Mourinho to make drastic(and very risky) changes.
  15. 4. Cesc Fàbregas

    Not at all. The "accommodations" we would need to make for him are what the team needs, with or without him. We need attacking fullbacks, we need another midfielder who is good on the ball, which are things you need to help Fabregas to succeed. Also, many fans have been crying out for Chelsea to play a more possession based game, which would help Fabregas as well as Hazard, Pedro, and Willian. Fabregas' is key to this team as he does things that no other player on the team can.It's vital that the manager makes some accommodations if he wants to change the way our season is going.