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  1. 7. N'Golo Kante

    I can't pretend to know much about Paredes, but if he's a two-way player who combines good technical skill, steady possession-play, and effective dribbling, then I'm all for him. We don't necessarily need a world-beater next to Kante (although that would be ideal, of course), but simply a player who is mobile, fairly energetic, and capable of driving us up the pitch from deep (either with incisive passing or dribbling). Bakayoko was seemingly bought with the idea that he could be that player for us, but he has awful technical ability and is far too raw. Drinkwater is fine as depth, but is all about safety-first and lacks ambition in his play. And then there's Fabregas.
  2. 7. N'Golo Kante

    Yeah, I've heard those. By 'realistically obtainable', I was referring to his current club/situation; he's not going to stay where he is, and Shakhtar are willing to sell (probably to Man City, but who's he replacing? Fernandinho's getting on, but still performs). Obviously, I could have mentioned pairing Kante with Modric/Vidal/Verratti or whoever, but those players are well beyond our reach.
  3. 10. Eden Hazard

    Hazard DOES perform in the 'big' games when we play in domestic competitions; it's only really in Europe that he seems to struggle for us. He was our best player in the CL during the 2014/15 season (including against PSG), and he played very well against Atletico earlier this season as well. Other than that though, Willian has generally outperformed him in Europe (during our run to the semis in 2013/14 (including games against PSG and Atletico); over the entirety of the awful 2015/16 season (most notably in the crunch game against Dynamo Kiev and against PSG), and of course over the two legs against Barcelona this season)). If we could just work out a system that gets both players firing simultaneously more often than not, we'd have the potential (with one or two additional tweaks) to deploy one of the most devastating attacks in club football, but alas.....
  4. 7. N'Golo Kante

    Pair him up with someone like Fred (Shakhtar, realistically obtainable), and we'd possibly have one of the best midfields in club football (only just behind the usual suspects). Our inability to acquire a suitable partner for Kante has been our major downfall this season. Even with our current issues surrounding the striker position (and Conte's sometimes questionable attitude), I feel that we could have done something great this season if we just had this missing piece.
  5. 4. Cesc Fàbregas

    I think his time as an important player for us is coming to a close. The compromises that have to be made to accommodate him are simply no longer worth the hastle: if Kante isn't available, we find ourselves setting-up like we did against Man City, and even if Kante IS available, the team has to scrabble desperately to cover for him. If he was creating chance after chance for us, then things would be different, but its become this vicious circle in which Fabregas' opportunities to direct attacking play are limited due to the cautious set-ups that we tend to employ to compensate for his presence in the middle of the pitch, meaning that we effectively remove the reason for him to be included in the team..... all so that we can include him in the team; it makes no sense at this point. I'd be more than happy for him to remain here as a squad player, however (returning to a role similar to that which he occupied last season); I'm just not so sure that he'll be of the same mindset.
  6. Barcelona 3-0 Chelsea

    At least we actually had a proper time of it in Europe this season. We've played Atletico, Roma, and Barcelona, whilst also having Qarabag in there as a throwback to the days when European competition was a chance to venture into (and against) the unknown. Compare this run to the others we've had when we've exited at this stage in previous seasons.
  7. Barcelona 3-0 Chelsea

    Decent display over the two legs; we were better than the aggregate scoreline would suggest at any rate (and better than quite a few of the other teams that were knocked-out alongside us). But this Barcelona side are just so clinical. Given that both Real Madrid AND Juventus have gone to the Camp Nou this season and lost in similar fashion, I don't think that there's any shame in going out this way. It's pretty obvious that our problems lie primarily with Fabregas' complete lack of mobility (Bakayoko's sheer rawness compounds this issue in a big way), and the lack of a pacy, world-class wing-back. If we can sort these issues out, then I'll be pretty optimistic going into next season. It's also worth considering an upgrade at centre-forward if Morata doesn't start to show signs of becoming the player we thought we'd signed. As for Courtois....., I just don't know..... He's a better keeper than he's been showing himself to be at times this season, but I don't think that he wants to be here and I'm not sure he ever wanted to be.
  8. Barcelona 3-0 Chelsea

    Nah, this Barcelona team are very good, just different to what they were before. They are great at grinding out results, and have defeated both Madrid sides + Juventus (3-0 no less) this season.
  9. Barcelona 3-0 Chelsea

    Yeah, I'm not pleased to see Dembele in the Barca line-up; he's exactly the sort of player that tends to shred our defence (think Wilfried Zaha for instance). It's going to be really tough, and I'm not convinced that we can do this, but I want to see us give it the best we've got and avoid going out with a whimper (at the least).
  10. Barcelona 3-0 Chelsea

    I'd like to see us try to blitz Barca in the first 15-20 minutes (or otherwise until they score against us), before then playing more conservatively for the remainer of the first-half and using half-time to regroup and reassess. Why not? I doubt that they would be expecting such an approach from us, and we might just catch them cold; it's not even as if conceding one goal would necessarily be a knock-out blow for us. The priority should be to try to negate Barcelona's away-goal advantage as soon as possible, and then take things from there. If our attacking play is leaving us too exposed, simply shift approach and play more cautiously; it's much easier to make this switch than doing it the other way round.
  11. Chelsea 4-0 Hull

    Nah, I'm not letting this one go. Man Utd (Fa Cup), Tottenham (Fa Cup) and Man City (League) last season? PSG in both 2013/14 and 2015/16? Almost all the big teams we faced in the second half of Mourinho's first season back at the club, particularly Man City away (he was mostly average-to-poor against the smaller teams that season, though)? He's put in big/decisive displays for Brazil against some of the better South American NTs over the last few years as well.
  12. Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea

    I'm not actually all that bothered by Moses' inherent deficiencies as a player; he's shown that he CAN be a very good player (though not world-class, obviously) under the right circumstances and in the right set-up. What frustrates me is that his passive play this season is a big reason why we struggle so much in attack when our forwards are not on their game (or, hell, sometimes even when they are). We were so dangerous last season because Moses was constantly causing overloads on the right-hand side of our attack with aggressive positioning and dribbling. In contast, this season he often looks half-hearted and casual in his efforts when we're on the attack. And of course, overloading the left side is (and always has been) much more difficult because of Alonso's lack of pace, so we can't simply switch attacking emphasis.
  13. Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea

    Also, Moses....... What's happened to the guy? He was so dynamic and such a breath of fresh air at RWB for most of last season; this season: ........... He used to play very proactively, looking every inch the winger-playing-as-wingback (in the best way); now he's so incredibly passive when in possession of the ball. Where has the drive gone? I thought that Zappacosta was a decent acquisition when it looked as though he was merely in the squad to serve as back-up when needed, but we'll definitely need to upgrade this position in the summer if Moses continues playing as he has been.
  14. Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea

    A lot of bad luck in this one, made worse by a terrible second-half showing. Once Willian went off injured and we reverted to 3-5-2 (with no striker) we became almost incapable of attacking; Conte should probably have put Batshuayi on instead of Barkley. Positives: Hazard and Bakayoko (he's still not great, but has been improving over the last few games). Negatives: Pretty much everything (and everyone) else. Awful time for Willian to get his injury given that he's been one of our most in-form players over the last month or so; it probably means more of the increasingly limp 3-5-2 for the forseeable future as well.
  15. Brighton 0-4 Chelsea

    Entertaining game, and a good result. The defending was a bit dodgy at times (Alonso was genuinely poor), and Caballero showed hugely contrasting levels of ability when it came to shot-stopping (excellent) and aerial play (awful), but I'm satisfied. Shoutout to Bakayoko, who I thought played decently today after a fairly postitive showing in mid-week; it's all exceedingly relative, of course, but progress is always welcome.