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  1. Diego Costa

    If Costa and Griezmann manage to stay fit and firing, and Koke and Saul form an effective centre midfield duo, I think they'll win the league. Very smart transfers this summer. They've built a well-balanced squad and possess so many versatile players. Only downside is they only have 18 senior outfield players. They'll have to stay fit. Superb Costa goal yesterday. That was Drogba-esque. When he's fit and in the mood, he's a serious problem.
  2. Chelsea v Arsenal

    WTF? Kante's voice completely threw me off. Sounds like a bad voice over but it's real?
  3. Huddersfield - Chelsea

    Good win considering the circumstances. Always nice to pick up a clean sheet but defence remains a serious worry for me. Hazard, I'll love you through thick and thin. That was some funny stuff. Can't wait for him to shed the pregnancy pounds.
  4. Huddersfield - Chelsea

    How is fat Hazard such a problem? Haha, this is ridiculous.
  5. Huddersfield - Chelsea

    I can't believe a manager like Sarri would field Moses as a winger. He's useless in that position. And this means he's ahead of Callum in the pecking order. Shocking decision for me. Alonso is clearly rated higher than Emerson. Emerson must be really poor. LB is gonna annoy me all season And I'm not a fan of Luiz-Rudiger in the centre at all. But oh well, let's see what this game brings then.
  6. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    Me too. Last season was brutal. I would just fall asleep watching games. This coming season should be much more enjoyable.
  7. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    It's not about faith. I base my outlook on the season on the quality of the squads and the severity of changes the clubs go through. One of the best midfields is possible, yeah, but Jorginho and Kovacic will have to prove themselves. It's not a given. Defence is a problem for me and the team lacks firepower. Chels is going through a big change and three teams are simply stronger for me. They would have to underperform to finish lower than Chelsea I think. I'd consider 4th and the Europa League and/or FA Cup a succesful season. And then continue to build from there.
  8. Huddersfield - Chelsea

    Kante is crucial, man. Without him the midfield is too soft and lacks mobility. It's not ideal but he needs to play Think Azpilicueta is Chelsea's solution to a calm and commanding presence in the centre of defence. His lack of height is of course an issue but I'd still play him there. And to be honest, he's very decent in the air. It's not like he's terrible in this area. Finding the right partner is tricky. Luiz and Rudiger compliment him better because their big, strong and good in the air but I just don't trust them. Christensen is the better defender imo so I'd pick him. Alonso offers height and aerial prowess and experience, but he'll always be exposed because he's so slow and he's not a natural defender. Paulo Ferreira for example was anything but quick but he could defend. Playing on the left with Hazard or Callum in front of him makes it even worse as they both don't offer much protection. Emerson with his athleticism should cope better. Even though I do prefer Moses over Zappacosta, the latter is in better shape right now and offers more aerial prowess. (That backline is an issue, regardless of who you play. But I prefer calm and clever players in the centre and athleticism on the flanks.) Kepa and Kovacic just got here. Same goes for Hazard who just got back and is still rusty. No reason to rush the process. Caballero Zappacosta - Azpilicueta - Christensen - Emerson Kante - Jorginho - Barkley Pedro - Morata - Hudson-Odoi Kepa; Rudiger, Alonso; Fabregas, Loftus-Cheek; Willian, Giroud That's what I would go with but it's whatever, we'll see who'll play.
  9. 17. Mateo Kovacic

    Yeah, I'm not bothered about the inclusion of an option to buy or not. Why worry about something that is completely out of your control? All I hope for is he kills it here and falls in love with the Chelsea experience, and Chels make a permanent move happen in 2019. If not, I hope Chels get a good replacement when he leaves. Simple.
  10. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    Big ass squad. Not just the 'red players' will have to leave. 25 senior players alone (+ Ampadu and Hudson-Odoi) is too much. So I wonder who's leaving. Looking at the quality of the top6 squads, I rate City's, Utd's and Pool's team higher than Chelsea's. Chels also going through a big change in terms of style. So City to retain the title, Liverpool and Utd chasing City and Chels, Spurs and Arsenal for 4th for me. If the transition under Sarri goes well, Chels should finish above Arsenal. Spurs failed to strengthen so that could possibly hurt them. Though compared to last season they do have a fit Alderweireld, Rose, Wanyama, Winks and even Dembele to certain extent. Hopefully finishing 5th last season and a fresh start under Sarri will fire this lot up to secure that top 4 finish at the very least. Maybe add the Europa League and a cup to gloss up 18/19 and set a winning mood.
  11. 17. Mateo Kovacic

    Nahh, there is too much money involved for some kind of (verbal) understanding. This is business. Any deal is on paper. And like the Rodriguez to Bayern deal, we'd know about the clause and sum involved to sign him if there was one. The better he plays the higher his fee will be in 2019, if they decide to sell him at all, and the more interest he draws. If he produces a stellar season, you can bet the financial elite will be at Real's door as well.
  12. General Transfer Talk

    Utd signing Zouma instead of Alderweireld would be great. A fit Alderweireld would elevate their backline. Zouma would simply be yet another CB on their roster. He's younger but is he better than Smalling, Jones and Rojo? I don't think so. Utd signing Willian would be great. While he would help balance the team out, he would not take them to a new level. And he wouldn't last long having just turned 30. A Martial + cash offer for Zouma + Willian is something I'd happily take. Make it happen, Utd.
  13. 17. Mateo Kovacic

    Real only had one striker so the move to bring him back made sense. Also from a financial standpoint. Think they sold him for €20m to Juve, brought him back for 30m and eventually sold him for 60+ mil, so yeah. They knew he was worth something. As for Kovacic, very talented but unproven. I can only hope he hits the ground running because there's no time to adapt with this deal. I am looking forward to the prospect of this new midfield though. Games in 18/19 shouldn't be as painfully dull as they were in 17/18 .
  14. 17. Mateo Kovacic

    Morata didn't join Juve on loan. Juve bought him but Real sold him with a buy-back clause, which they activated when he went back to Real. Juventus actually wanted him to stay.
  15. Nabil Fekir

    Hazard would get similar or even better numbers than Fekir in Ligue 1. The second part of that sentence is true though. He'd be gamble in his natural role(I think like Lacazette he'd be less effective in the PL, lacks that explosiveness as a forward and his movement isn't quite at the level it should be). A good player at this level, but not a difference maker. But maybe he could adapt to a attacking midfielder. Because don't be mistaken, he's not a natural midfielder. Does he possess the stamina and more important, the tactical awareness to effectively play midfield. Not impossible but definitely a big gamble. False nine would suit him best in this system but the question again, would he be effective? Firmino for example plays with a lot power. Player with a lot of drive. That's what makes him an effective centre forward (false #9 if you will) in the PL (and in Europe last season). Fekir does not possess that kind of power at all. I'll give him this though. The guy is a tiny ox. Very strong on his feet and of course gifted in terms of ball control and feet work. Has a great shot on him and he's a pretty good finisher. So I'm not ruling out the possibility of him proving valuable in that role at all.