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Blue Armour

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  1. Romelu Lukaku

    The goal scoring records are one thing, but I still wonder how he would fit in our system. I agree that he would have uses for our squad, especially if we're playing on the counter, because of his tendency to wait on the shoulder of the last defender and his tremendous speed when he moves into space. His link up play has also improved But week in week out? Most of the teams that we play at the bridge don't like to give us space. They pile up their defenders around the box, and harass our attackers. Now that we're at the fag end of our season, that's the only thing opposition teams seem to be doing. Can Lukaku tolerate the kind of abuse Costa received at the hands of Shawcross and Martins Indi, and still be a threat? (Granted he would not lose his head like Costa, but I'm not so sure about him winning the physical battle). I can't see him being the main man, or a constant member of the starting 11 because of this. Would he be content being second fiddle? We know how that turned out last time. As has been the case for the good number of years from the last decade, Chelsea have always thrived on two things: A good defensive midfielder and a good target man up front like Drogba. In my opinion, Diego Costa and Batshuayi are better when it comes to the latter.
  2. 10. Eden Hazard

    I think Hazard has a bigger connection with Chelsea than most fans realize.., and I think its mostly because of his connection with the last generation of Chelsea players, and appreciation for what they've accomplished here. Joe Cole and Didier Drogba were a big influence on his decision to come here (not discounting our win in the CL the year that he joined). He also looks to get along well with Frank Lampard and JT. When you listen to recent interviews with Lampard and Joe Cole, I think they definitely see him with having great potential to carry their mantle forward for the next generation of Chelsea players.
  3. Stoke - Chelsea

    The game might still be too soon for Zouma...I think he's had some trouble dealing with aerial challenges in the few cup competition games he's played in, even though that's one of his biggest strengths when fully fit. Realistically I think Zouma will 'return' only next season after proper conditioning.
  4. The European Leagues & Competitions Thread V2

    Well said. Echoes a lot of my sentiments really.
  5. 13. Thibaut Courtois

    Really important save. I would have fancied United to shut up shop if they had equalized
  6. 7. N'Golo Kante

    Little N'golo
  7. 19. Diego Costa

    Even if it was largely due to Hazard's outrageous bit of skill, not many players would have had the presence of mind or the ability to pull off that on-touch finish like Costa did. Its because of things like this, that I think he's entitled to exceptions. And for your last statement, we could easily turn it around and ask how many chances we create simply because of his off-the ball movement.
  8. 19. Diego Costa

  9. 19. Diego Costa

    Regardless of what he does when he tries to 'dribble' or his stray first touch, you can't deny how much his hold-up play and attacking runs help the two attackers behind him. Its stuff like this that mostly goes unnoticed To me the performance put in by strikers like Costa and Drogba is satisfactory. Virtually 'anonymous' for periods of the game in terms of output, but can make the difference when it matters.
  10. 4. Cesc Fàbregas

    I would be surprised if Conte wasn't paying attention to those runs. Fabregas is easily our biggest goal threat from central midfield. And that's an asset to any top team.
  11. 4. Cesc Fàbregas

    Don't think it has to do with the overall 'strength' of the team,...rather, it depends on the type of team (and their strategy) we play against. If you look at the City game this season, he was very influential. He just needs some players around him in midfield to relieve pressure and do the dirty work. Enter Kante, Pedro, Matic, Willian.
  12. 10. Eden Hazard

  13. 10. Eden Hazard

    Its not just from this video, but if you look at his reaction to Aguero's tackle on Luiz, Chalobah seems to get along very well with the rest of his team-mates. We need characters like that in the dressing room moving forward
  14. 19. Diego Costa

    Diego Costa: Didier Drogba the inspiration behind my success at Chelsea http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2017/02/09/diego-costadidier-drogba-inspiration-behind-success-chelsea/
  15. The Conte Thread

    I tried searching but I'm having trouble finding the actual article that I read, because I can't recall the newspaper source. It was from 2016, close to the start of the season The only comparison that explicitly mentions mind games, that I've been able to find now is this blog, although the author here gives a different kind of reasoning for his ranking. http://www.discountfootballkits.com/blog/the-battle-of-the-managers-201617-season/ Also ironically, in the last couple of days there have been articles that have come saying how mind games are no longer a thing.