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Everything posted by DYC.

  1. Chelsea 0-0 Man City

    In midfield? And make midfield even softer? That does not sit well with me.
  2. Chelsea 0-0 Man City

    I’d rather see Alonso in left midfield than leftback. I’ve always seen him more as a midfielder than a defender/fullback. His troubles at LB do not surprise me. And Chels is too soft and predictable in midfield for me. He’d add some physicality and Alonso can get into the box and cause trouble. Let Kante sit deep instead and support Jorginho, which allows Odoi to attack them hard on the right I know this is out of the box but that just how I think. I need Sarri to do something. He’s so rigid. People love comparing him to Guardiola but Pep makes (slight) tactical tweaks and employs players in different positions all of the time. He’s nothing like that and he’s losing me because of it.
  3. Chelsea 0-0 Man City

    Kepa Azpilicueta - Rudiger - Luiz - Emerson Kante - Jorginho - Alonso Odoi - Higuain - Hazard
  4. Gonzalo Higuain

    Good move considering the circumstances. If he does well, Chels have a striker for 6-18 months. If he doesn’t do well, he goes back. I think a lot of people overrate Chelsea’s pulling power. It’s fun to fantasise about top talents and players joining the club but most of it is unrealistic. Chels can’t do much better than this in a winter window. That’s reality. I still think Lacazette is the among the most ideal strikers for this system. I wish the club would go for him but no noise sadly. I hope a fullback is added to squad as well. This team is in desperate need for new fullbacks on both flanks.
  5. 22. Willian

    Most players producing high key passes numbers take set-pieces. Hazard of course does not take set-pieces, bar the odd corner here and there. His key passes come from open play. That's the major difference. And Willian will do enough for a Chelsea player to get on the end of his crosses, but the quality of his delivery isn't that great. I think you'll agree Chels haven't exactly been threatening from set-pieces. I think the criticism Willian receives is exaggerated, but I understand the frustation because for years Chels have failed to bring in an upgrade. But this is nothing new. Willian has shown us who he is from the go. Pretty good player but never decisive. Supporting cast as I like to call him. If Chels possessed more quality overall, he would not be problem, but that's not the case. And the funny thing is, though I've never been a fan of Willian, he's the best right winger Chels have had in the Abramovich era. The likes of Joe Cole and Anelka had good spells but it never lasted long. And people love to talk about Robben but Robben was not a right winger back then. He could do a job there but he was better on the left in those days. And Robben wasn't great in Chelsea colours. He was exciting to watch and very talented, but inconsistent and struggled with his fitness. Never hit double figures either. He just played in a better team.
  6. Spurs 1-0 Chelsea

    Kante really has no business spending so much time in the attacking third. Odoi has a lot to learn still but you can’t tell me he’s not good enough to be a serious member of the first team. This is the type of talent that could explode at any time.
  7. Spurs 1-0 Chelsea

    I don’t understand why Sarri never changes the shape of the team. My only gripe with this manager. Take off Barkley for Giroud, switch to 4-2-3-1 with Hazard at #10, and attack this lot.
  8. Chelsea 2-0 Nottingham Forest

    I was talking about Zappacosta and Emerson. They wouldn’t do jack against stronger opponents. They’re not good enough.
  9. Chelsea 2-0 Nottingham Forest

    It has everything to do with the level of opponent they face compared to the starters.
  10. Hirving Lozano

    Yes, yes, yes. Definitely worth a go. I like this guy more than Pulisic. He’s explosive, direct, hungry for goal and a dog. He makes runs in behind, looks for 1v1’s and likes to shoot. A natural left winger but actually comfortable on the right as well. He’s a diver, which can be annoying, but that’s just part of the package. I like the idea of this. Bring him in. This month if possible.
  11. General Transfer Talk

    I was referring to Lacazette.
  12. General Transfer Talk

    Killjoy. Let me enjoy myself in this beautiful reverie of mine.
  13. General Transfer Talk

    Aubameyang is first choice. That’s what makes it possible for me. His situation is somewhat similar to Welbeck back at Utd and Milner at City. Or more recently, Oxlade leaving Arsenal for Liverpool. All searching for a first XI spot. If the money is right (transfer + wages), it’s possible.
  14. General Transfer Talk

    Think Arsenal would seriously consider a 50-60 mil bid. It would allow them to invest in a winger. Lacazette and his camp know the money at Chelsea is good and will realise the #9 position is up for grabs. Fellow countrymen in Kante and Giroud at the club to help ease the transition. I think this is a very plausible transfer.
  15. General Transfer Talk

    Target Lacazette.
  16. 7. N'Golo Kante

    Kante will never shine in a possession-based team. Leicester and pre-Sarri Chelsea played a completely different game. Same with France. I do think he will get better though. This is a significant change for him and he hasn't been terrible. He'll be better next season.
  17. Didier Drogba

    Didier Drogba proves why he has to be Chelsea's top dog - and that means Fernando Torres must start on the bench against Manchester United Struggling Spaniard can make bigger impact as a substitute against Manchester United, but the Ivorian powerhouse must be the one to lead the Blues' line on Tuesday By Wayne Veysey at Stamford Bridge Apr 10, 2011 9:30:00 AM There are some big beasts in the Chelsea jungle. But there is only one top dog – and that is Didier Drogba. Following Fernando Torres' deadline-day switch, a pack of feared predators have been queuing up to bare their teeth at the point of the attack. But on the evidence of the audition for Tuesday's season-hinging match at Manchester United, only Drogba has the bite to compliment the bark. Chelsea's centre-forward required careful guarding against Wigan Athletic. He ran the channels, bashed defenders out of the way in a manner in which only he can, created space for others with smart movement and banged in shots from all angles whenever he had a sniff of goal. In manager-speak, he put in a shift. He was also wasteful, too, in his desire to breach the dam erected by Roberto Martinez and prove he is lord of the manor at the Bridge. Excellent free-kick positions were wasted and team-mates were sometimes ignored as he strove in search of something that would guarantee his master's approval. Carlo Ancelotti claims he already knows his team and the system he will play at Old Trafford in the quarter-final second leg. He provided a big hint by binning 4-4-2 and starting with the 4-3-3 formation that has been Chelsea's bread and butter since the Jose Mourinho days. Drogba alone up front, Nicolas Anelka and Florent Malouda either side of him and a three-man midfield patrolled by Frank Lampard, Ramires and John Obi-Mikel. Like John Terry, who was not in the matchday squad, Torres and Michael Essien were 'rested'. Feeling blue | Torres has failed to score in 648 minutes at Chelsea since deadline-day move As a dress rehearsal, it can be said to only have been a partial success. By the end of the first half, as Chelsea searched for greater cutting edge, Anelka was playing alongside Drogba. At half-time, the ineffective Mikel was withdrawn and Yossi Benayoun was summoned from the bench for his first Chelsea appearance since September 22. By that point, it was back to the 4-4-2 formation originally introduced to shoehorn Torres into the starting XI. Anelka made way for the Spaniard a third of the way into the second period after linking well with Drogba but failing to offer the kind of threat of which he is capable. Torres' 31-minute performance was a considerable improvement on his previous 617 minutes in the blue shirt. He was industrious, lively and found himself in some excellent goalscoring positions. There was everything but the goal. How the Bridge willed him to break his Chelsea duck. Malouda's goal coaxed Wigan out of their half and provided the kind of space behind the centre halves that would have been an amusement park for the Torres of two years ago. One Drogba cross narrowly avoided his lunging body. A long ball from the back sent him clear on goal but Torres' first touch, not for the first time in a desperate 10 weeks in west London, let him down. With the clock counting down, Benayoun side-footed a short pass into his path in the penalty area with no Wigan defenders in sight. The crowd held its breath as Torres shaped to pull the trigger. Surely, this would be it. Torres' connection with the outside of his right boot was true. The ball was heading for the back of the net. But Ali Al Habsi, whose reflexes had been in good working order all afternoon, stretched out his arm at the last millisecond and diverted the ball to safety. It was a mighty fine save but something is still missing for the Chelsea No. 9. You feel Torres in his 2007-09 pomp would not have given Al Habsi the opportunity to show off his athleticism. With his job and legacy possibly depending on the outcome of the Champions League quarter-final, Ancelotti cannot afford to indulge Roman Abramovich's marquee signing from the start on Tuesday. For the Italian, it has to be Drogba leading the line, with two creators either side of him. Just the way the Ivorian likes it. The support act is not one that suits him or Torres. They both have to be the main man. Malouda is likely to get the nod over Yuri Zhirkov as Saturday's Spring sunshine reawakened the player that had laid dormant for six months. Yossi Benayoun is fit to start after making his first appearance for Chelsea since September 22 on Saturday but it would represent a gamble by Ancelotti to prefer him to Anelka, whose versatility and awareness should guarantee him a starting point. He is also the club's leading scorer this season with 16 goals. Poor Salamon Kalou, scorer of nine goals this season – the same as Torres – will once again be shunted out to the sidelines. Whatever the future of the Big Four strikers holds beyond this season, Ancelotti must concentrate on the here and now. It will suit Chelsea, and perhaps Torres too, for the club's record signing to be an impact substitute against United's tiring defenders. That means letting the club's top Drog off the leash from the first minute. Link
  18. 10. Eden Hazard

    Hazard hasn't become big-headed. He's always made comments like that. The level he's playing at right now and the worldwide adulation he's been receiving of late (heavily) increases the impact of these kinds of comments. But they've always been tongue-in-cheek. He's a joker. I do agree with the fact that this is much. I've never had a problem with him being open. I don't have a problem with any player being open. But the frequency has gone up and it's a bit much now. He needs to be smarter. As for the transfer rumours, I anticipated this. When he signed, I never expected him to stay to the end. He's not British and these kinds of talents are wanted all over the continent. I'm sure he used to fantasise about playing for a couple of top teams. Real Madrid representing the peak of the mountain. A move after a few years at Chelsea was always the most likely route. But something obviously changed. He likes his current situation. It's possible he even loves it. So does he stay at Chelsea? He's happy here so a move away isn't necessary. If he leaves he might end up even happier. But he could also leave and not feel as happy as he does at Chelsea right now. Dreams don't always match reality. It's a very difficult decision. So I understand him. But right now it's a bit much with the Real talk.
  19. 10. Eden Hazard

    Although he opted not to open negotiations over a new deal last season, he will resume formal talks when Chelsea are ready. “I could talk now,” he said. “If they come to me, then I will talk. I don’t want to say that I am not talking with the club or the owner. I am talking a lot with them.” For all his admiration of Madrid, Hazard hinted that Chelsea might not have to do much to convince him to stay. “I am happy and I don’t need anything,” he said. “It is not trophies. Of course, when you play, you want to win but I just want to enjoy things on the pitch, like I am at the moment. Then I am happy.” Keep a Sarri-like style of football and make him the best paid player in the league.
  20. 8. Ross Barkley

    Not good enough in the attacking midfielder role. He lacks the raw talent for that position at this level. But he might prove useful as an alternative to Kante. The physical potential is definitely there. If he works on his fitness and stamina, but more importantly his tactical awareness and his ability to effectively use his body in duels. That's a big if though.
  21. West Ham 0-0 Chelsea

    Never seen a Chelsea player touch the ball as much as Jorginho today.
  22. West Ham 0-0 Chelsea

    Cahill-Luiz in 2018. Who would've known?
  23. West Ham 0-0 Chelsea

    Hmm, was actually hoping he'd add Morata up top with Giroud... Kante and Kova have been ineffective. Bring on Cesc and Barkley.
  24. West Ham 0-0 Chelsea

    Kovacic hasn't looked good bar his first (sub) appearance. Need him to perform much better. Hazard and Willian have not been good enough. And WHU have packed the centre, turning Giroud into a ghost. Kante still searching for what he's supposed to be in this new style. Rudiger and Luiz... just not feeling them. There's always something. Weird CBs. Jorginho has been good on the ball. Team's not playing well. Trying to force things through the centre when WHU obviously won't let them. Need to attack the flanks.
  25. Chelsea 4-1 Cardiff

    Hazard needs to go for the hattrick. Pedro should get a goal as well. Disappointed by the midfield today. Not surprised by defence.