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Everything posted by Superblue_1986

  1. 5. Jorginho

    Whilst it is clear that Sarri has some work to drill into the team regarding defensive shape, etc having a midfielder so comfortable in possession and to dictate and control the game does still help defensively. In the second half we played a far more patient game and controlled it, in doing so restricting arsenal to very little in the second half. Without someone like Jorginho and later kovacic alongside him this wouldn't be possible.
  2. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    The squad is too big when you consider a couple of the young players like CHO and Ampadu should now be viewed very much as solid squad players now. Rudiger aside, we're suffering from the ridiculous and pathetic transfer window last summer, and will likely take another season or so to fully recover from that debacle.
  3. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    It's refreshing to hear a manager who appears to be happy with the squad and is just focused on coaching them and making them better. It has to help the crop of players we currently have and give them confidence compared to Conte last season moaning constantly that the squad wasn't good enough.
  4. Huddersfield 0-3 Chelsea

    Of all the late starters, Kante is the most important in my opinion to start this game seeing how easily our midfield can be played through the press currently. This will obviously take some time to perfect and Kante as a result is more important than ever for the legs in midfield to track back. For all of Jorginho's abilities he's not the greatest in the defensive aspect. If Sarri feels Hazard is ready play him too but I have a feeling he may be on the bench to come on for the last half hour and be readied instead for the Arsenal game. The other key area for me to be cautious with is left back. If Sarri prefers Alonso over Emerson which he seems to at present, then for me Rudiger needs to play as the left sided centre back. We need our quickest defender on that side to cover Alonso. Luiz isn't as quick as he once was, and that City game (I know the other teams week in week out are not at that level) highlighted that Luiz and Alonso on that left side could hinder us a lot in the early part of this season if Sarri continues with them.
  5. Michy Batshuayi

    We've got 3 weeks before the other transfer windows end haven't we? Surely give him a chance until then to allow Sarri to assess what he's all about. It also gives us a couple of games early on in the season to see whether Morata picks up at all or just remains terrible because it would be suicidal to be relying predominantly on him all season if he continues to fail.
  6. Thibaut Courtois

    We wanted a £10m loan fee for Drinkwater. So what I'm saying is in usual circumstances they wouldn't have loaned out kovacic without a fee so getting him for free for a year as part of the courtois deal carries value too.
  7. Thibaut Courtois

    There's value in the Kovacic loan to be considered too. Real Madrid wouldn't have loaned him out this season without a reasonable fee. The amount of money that can be made through loan fees nowadays is staggering (Chelsea perfect case in point).
  8. 17. Mateo Kovacic

    The club has learnt from last summer. We could have taken £70-80m and spread it over a new keeper and midfielder and perhaps got something like Butland/Schmeichel and Vecino. Instead for a similar outlay we have got Kepa and Kovacic which is significantly better than the above. Next summer if Kovacic then needs replacing either (1) Sarri has had a good look or coached the likes of Barkley and RLC to play more prominent roles, (2) We have a new summer budget with which to buy a top midfielder or buy Kovacic permanently.
  9. 1. Kepa Arrizabalaga

    If his reflexes and agility is anything similar to De Gea will be good as i can see certainly early on us giving lots of chances away whilst we get used to Sarri's tactics, particularly one on ones.
  10. 17. Mateo Kovacic

    The board should not just be about long term. People get caught up in the hype over teams like Spurs and Liverpool with their long term projects. But it hasn't materialised into trophies which is the only true measure of success of the top clubs and it may never materialise. City are still the team to beat and who's to say that another team like us or United don't rise back up again. You can't just back on a long term vision because you never know what may happen with other clubs, your own players, etc a season or further from now. Yes, one eye on the future should always be there but primary focus should also be on the present. It's part of the reason why we've been so successful over the last 15 years. Despite all of our problems last season we weren't a million miles away from top 4 and if Kovacic contributes to making up that difference for us to get back into the top 4 this season, winning a cup, etc then the deal has been successful for Chelsea irrespective of whether there is an option to buy or not. And IF Chelsea want to buy him permanently and he carries a large price tag then i'm sure the club will look to compete for him. The signing of Kepa shows that the club will pay the money for the right player and a reasonable chunk of money can be raised selling some of our squad players like Bakayoko in much the same way as Courtois helped fund a proportion of Kepa. Let's just focus on this next season which is of most importance at present. Our midfield options suddenly look far stronger than they did at the end of last season with Jorginho, Kovacic, a returning RLC and a fully fit Barkley. We suddenly don't just have a stellar starting midfield but we also have a lot of strength in depth now.
  11. 1. Kepa Arrizabalaga

    We can all argue about the transfer fee, could it have been spent on another area of the pitch, etc. The fact is we needed to replace Courtois this summer. His AWOL this week confirms keeping him in his last year of his contract just wouldn't have worked. Yes our team still has areas of potential weakness, and hopefully these are areas which will be addressed in time. But goalkeeper needed sorting now and the club has acted accordingly. Rather than just trying to plug the gap with a short term solution or a player that the club wasn't entirely sold on but was relatively cheap, we've gone and paid a premium price for someone that we have identified as the man we want regardless of the large fee and hopefully locking down a key area of the pitch for many years with a player who is highly rated and being tipped to be one of the very best around. They are certainly not immune to criticism but in this instance I think the board should be commended with the bold approach we've just taken.
  12. 1. Kepa Arrizabalaga

    7 year contract is clever by Chelsea. Not just tying him down long term but amortising that large fee over as many years as possible.
  13. Thibaut Courtois

    It'll be interesting how Real fans take to him having spent 3 years at Atletico. I can't see Atletico fans being too pleased either to see him joining Real. And there won't be many Chelsea fans who like him. He's shaping up to be the player version of Mourinho!
  14. Nabil Fekir

    You could argue from that list only Alonso and Morata are first choice in their respective positions currently and hopefully with competition they either compete or are replaced. I don't mind the rest as squad players.
  15. Mateo Kovacic

    In an ideal world there's an option to buy which we can trigger if he's successful next summer. But if there's not then so be it, we are getting a top player for a season whom could help us massively. If he fits into the team, has an excellent season and has a big impact on us getting back into the top 4 and back into the champions league, or even winning some trophies then it will be worth it and we'll cross next season when it happens. There has to be a mid to long term plan at the club, but what we don't want to do is allow such a plan to allow us to forget about the present. We don't know what other teams may do in a couple of seasons time, or if any of our players choose to leave, get injured, etc. There has to be a focus on this season, in what will likely be a transition season, to get back into the Champions League. If Kovacic helps with that, option to buy or not, then I'm all for him joining.
  16. Kepa Arrizabalaga

    They're more likely to hoover up the next sensation in the Bundesliga though. PSG are the only ones who will be sniffing around a top keeper over the next year or two but hopefully getting Kepa signed up to a long term contract will tie this position down for the next few years without the need to worry.
  17. Chelsea 0-0 Lyon

    I think the centre back spots are well up for grabs this season and Ampadu deserves to be in the conversation. I can see Luiz getting the nod initially, alongside Rudiger. But I see enough of Luiz's limitations at the back to believe that Christensen and Ampadu could well get ahead of him in the pecking order over the coming months.
  18. Huddersfield 0-3 Chelsea

    It'll be interesting to see what he goes with. I think if Sarri uses any of the players who have just returned it will obviously be Kante and Hazard, and even then I don't see Hazard playing anywhere near the whole game. Morata is far from ideal but none of the other strikers are ready and tuned to the system yet. Will be interesting to see whether Kepa comes in and gets the baptism of fire. I'd be inclined to do just that when the alternative is Caballero.
  19. Kepa Arrizabalaga

    If the Kepa and Courtois moves go through, the vast majority of top teams will have young high quality goalkeepers which could suggest there may not be huge movements in this market over the next few years. The only teams that really spring to mind are PSG and Bayern (depending how Neuer comes back from his injuries and even then they generally buy from within the Bundesliga).
  20. Kepa Arrizabalaga

    Ederson and pickford both moved before Neymar went to PSG and the market went crazy. Even at that point they both broke goalkeeping transfer records at the time (pickford most expensive english keeper and ederson world record for a keeper) and both were seen as a lot of money for 2 keepers relatively inexperienced and unproven.
  21. Kepa Arrizabalaga

    Roman has never accepted second best. We've beaten City to their number one target this summer and look prepared to break the world transfer record for a keeper.
  22. 22. Willian

    He's better than this. He's already commented that his relationship with Conte was strained and he has committed to the club. If he had held his hands up and said it was silly and an emotional reaction at the time, it would look so much better on his part.
  23. Kepa Arrizabalaga

    Apparently Sarri wanted him a year ago at Napoli as the long term replacement for Reina. If this is the case, it would go with Jorginho to signal that the board are prepared to back Sarri with some very big and expensive signings.
  24. Kepa Arrizabalaga

    If the club go ahead with this it would be a statement. I think we all moaned about the transfer strategy last summer, buying a lot of squad players and overspending on some average signings. Although the club may end up only bringing in 2 or 3 this summer they will have at least spent good money to buy the best players they could in those circumstances. It's definitely a step in the right direction and whilst there are still gaps in the squad the hope will be that the board have their eyes on this being a project that will bear fruit more so over the next 2 - 3 seasons as opposed to the first 6 months and by adding genuine quality to it over that time will have far more long term benefits. The squad should be filled out through our academy preventing the need for buys like Drinkwater and Zappacosta.
  25. Mateo Kovacic

    Even without an option to buy it gives Sarri that extra body in midfield this season and more funds to sort out our keeper situation. If kovacic is holding out for a loan move now, comes here and loves it he'll no doubt try to force a move next summer to our benefit. About time madrid suffered like every other club does when they try unsettling players. Anyway lets cross that bridge when it comes as we don't have time now to mess about. Just get him in.