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Adnane

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  • Fan Since 2005
  • First Match Liverpool-Chelsea ( UCL semi-final 2005)
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  1. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    Might sound a bit dramatic/desperate, but I just wanna go back to enjoying my favourite team playing simple football to win, playing nicely if the context ( opposition/players) in hand allows it. A spectacular football to watch for me is football which creates chances, the number of passes leading up to that is irrelevant, you don't need bags of possession to play good football. The Premier League's best through balls provider this year has been David Luiz ( 10 accurate to be precise ), I've enjoyed every single one of the chances created by his long diagonal passes more than anything else this season. Guess what, it gave us in fact the win against the presumed Best team in the world at that moment. Will I every trade that for possession football ? Never ever. I enjoyed last year's home tie against Barcelona more than any other game in the last year and a half or so. Because we competed against a European giant, because we made chances and gave ourselves the best chances to win. Coming back to Sarri, I am disappointed by the lack of progress in our pressing, then again, high energetic pressing creates chances and ascendancy for you, not possession.
  2. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    That is entirely down to decision makers quality as far as I'm concerned, it's hard to beat Messi and Ronaldo teams on the long term. Barcelona have been absolutely shambolic ( voluntarily ) defensively in the last 8 years or so and have managed to stay relevant on top of the pyramid football for the one sole reason we all know. If it was not for Ronaldo, Real Madrid would have won 1 or 2 CLs max, maybe not a single one, in the last two years he has just been totally cheated starting February, knocks teams out by himself. And Atletico still managed to compete and famously knocked out Barcelona twice and Bayern if you indeed want a glimpse on how a ell organized team can do. See, we're not talking winning per se, just staying relevant, if we managed to do that consistently I will be a happy man, we have tried the long free flowing route twice before ( Scolari + AVB ) and we all know how it ended. I am not sure it will ever work here and that's okay because I believe that this fanbase enjoys competitive Chelsea teams more than okay-ish easy on the eye generations ( 2012-2013 also comes to mind ). The whole identity thing is bollocks, we have a huge platform to actually center our identity around winning for the next 30 years or so based on what we achieved in the last decade, our fans enjoy it, we thrive on it. In fact, the more it goes the likelier it seems to be linked to commercial revenues, a generally perceived pleasant to watch team by today's possession biased standards surely has more chance of attracting tourists, sponsors, etc.
  3. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    Right, but we don't have to play like them to compete. In fact, I am not sure we will ever fund well enough to reach that. I would much rather prefer a pragmatic coach ( not defensive, there is a huge difference, Ferguson was pragmatic, Mourinho early days as well, Mourinho last years is indeed defensive ). And talking about short-long term, you can still build a sustainable strong flexible team to compete on the long run, Simeone's Atletico and Juve are the perfect examples in fact. The latter specifically do not shy away from adjusting to opposition when they need to, they are not stubborn enough to think that they can beat everyone the same way and they are now reaping rewards of that.
  4. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    I think we might be disappointed now because we were so luck and spoiled back then, the only comparable feeling i see in the future is to see one of the old guard appointed, the fans would genuinely reconnect with the team and players. Not saying it's the right thing to do, but the thrill would be high. Sent from my INE-LX1 using Tapatalk
  5. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    This "attacking possession football" is so overrated these days. You need a once in a lifetime player like Messi to play the Guardiola way AND sustain consistent title and champions league challenges. No other team was ever able to play that way and challenge as much, the closes thing to it currently is Liverpool, who have a huge amount of off the ball workers ( if you wonder why the likes of Wijnaldum and obviously Milner play week in week out ). Their press has nothing to do with ours, the quality of the players they have upfront either. In his first year, Klopp took over in October and still finished 8th. The following year he finished 4th, 1 point above the Wenger Arsenal that many deemed terrible without, without playing a single European game. Last year they finished 4th, once again barely above us whereas we were having one of our worst seasons in the Roman era. It took them 3 years to fully reach the potential they were craving, and Klopp had to test and fail before getting it right, I don't think Sarri will have enough time nor board support to do that, I don't think what he is aiming to reach is worth it. This club has always been about winning, even with limited squads we still had the "win at all costs and play nice if possible" mindset like in the 2017 title, we are moving away from that and it's sad to se for me at least.
  6. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    The quality of your players is only as good as opposition, back in 2009 we had easily the joint best squad in the league, we are now barely 4th or 5th in that respect. Kante seemed to push higher because of how slow Matic is. I simply think Sarri isn't making the best of his current squad, his ideas are very interesting, if he is lucky enough to have time + support on the market from the board we will become very competitive, I am just not sure he has enough flexibility in him to last until then. Sent from my INE-LX1 using Tapatalk
  7. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    He has always played as the lowest of th3 two when Matic was here and with Drinkwater at Leicester, those were his best years. His passing has immensely improved and if all Jorginho does is "dictate the play" by being available for receiving a pass and changing the direction of play then I don't think Kante would be a dramatic downgrade in that aspect, he would surely need to learn but it's miles better than not fully using the characteristics of our best midfielder. I'm overall not so enthusiastic anymore about this whole Sarri Ball thing, Chelsea has always been about challenging, being hard to break and unpredictable to play against, none of that is there at the moment and the football is boring. Unless the board give Sarri the perfect signings for his plan and consistently, this will be a failure, not different than Boas or Scolari who had far more quality players and characters to count on. Sent from my INE-LX1 using Tapatalk
  8. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    We are talking flexibility here, with the amount of struggle Jorginho is having at the moment we nees to be flexible enough to replace him with Kante and c'ose the gap between midfield and defence. Sent from my INE-LX1 using Tapatalk
  9. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    The guy litterally has the best CDM in world football and still whines about how we don't have a replacement for Jorginho. I don't care if the system will be altered, not being flexible enough has been every sacked Chelsea manager's undoing, he almost cost us 2 points with his stubbornness and predictability yesterday. I'm all for Champagne football and title contenders in 2 years time, if Sarri is not flexible today he will never get that sort of time, this is Chelsea, not 2015 Liverpool who had been outside of Champions League spots for years bar 2 seasons hence could afford giving Klopp time. Sent from my INE-LX1 using Tapatalk
  10. Spurs 1-0 Chelsea

    That was before they calibrated lines, they put this on the telly itself and started calibrating the lines until they reached this final image where you can clearly see Kane not offside. There is no such thing as separation between a referee's and linesman's decision in a game. The referee actually makes the decision in all cases with the help of his assistants. The linesman's vision was covered by Kane, he could not see that Azpilicueta was actually playing Kane on. Do you think I'd rather trust a totally subjective Chelsea board ( or laptop for that matter ) rather than an actual decision made by refereeing specialists in an independent box based on multiple replays ( and the actual clear picture we have on our hands here ? ). We're just turning into Arsenal ( and spurs for that matter ) with these lame excuses and "we played better" narrative. Totally not Chels values. Really not interested in the weed, gas lighting and whatnot discussions, seems like we can't have an objective discussion on the internet anymore without this sort of silly comments ( even worse coming from an actual moderator ).
  11. Spurs 1-0 Chelsea

    Kane actually covers the referee's vision, so he doesn't see Azpilicueta. The spaniard is playing Kane on, they're in the same line. I have no idea where that Chelsea line is coming from, I'd rather trust this picture with many clear lines showing you that they are accurate rather than the other one.
  12. Spurs 1-0 Chelsea

    Can we please establish in which world the below situation is an offside ?
  13. Spurs 1-0 Chelsea

    OMG the whining. He was not offside ffs, the angle on the TV clearly showed it, VAR replay even draws multiple parallel lines for you to make sure they are aligned with the main midfield line. The narrative that we got robbed yesterday is absolutely pathetic. We played well for the whole 85% of the pitch and actually failed in the 15% that matters : their penalty area. This is nothing new and will keep hunting us for the whole season unless we either get a top goalscorer or find a workaround to actually play natural strikers Giroud and/or Morata and still improve the speed of our ball movement and our pressing. The latter is probably not realistic, we need to go to the market then or be average for at least 6 months.
  14. Spurs 1-0 Chelsea

    Let's not get carried, Kane was clearly onside and the Rose and Alderweireld handballs weren't really ones, players hands were in a natural and regular position. Encouraging second half , definitely a step forward in terms of competing and getting ahead of Spurs whi have at least a couple years advance on us in terms of work, still, huge system limitations without a sick goalscorer or a proper false nine. Sent from my INE-LX1 using Tapatalk
  15. Chelsea 2-2 Man Utd

    Highlights two things for me as well : 1- In terms of goal-scoring chances, the game was much more balanced before we scored, so a draw was probably the right result despite what Mourinho will want you to believe. 2- Not a single Hazard pass to Morata.nor Willian, our play was so predictable and rigid, probably because of MU's low block but this is where I am expecting Hazard to think out of the box and impact the game differently than what he would do with any normal opposition.