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  1. General Transfer Talk

    I second this notion. Pulisic makes too much sense for Chelsea. I really hope we make a move for him in the summer, and ship out Willian.
  2. The Board

  3. The Board

    I'm with @Leif on this, that a fresh approach/mindset was probably needed at Chelsea. All of the talk about Emenalo's first true vision of the club, which I liked and praised him for, was back in 2012/2013. And since then, he's done ok to accommodate the fact that Jose Mourinho/Roman Abramovich sacrificed that vision for pragmatic success. Hell, Emenalo even offered to resign during JM's 2nd tenure because he knew/saw JM and him weren't a match made in heaven. But ever since Jose Mourinho left, I fail to see any clear vision that Emenalo had for CFC moving forward. And this past summer highlighted that 100%, with our poor player recruitment. All we did was balance the books this summer, with like-for-like-replacements. Marking the 2nd time this club failed to double-down on previous PL Title success in the ensuing summer transfer window. Twice, in 4 years. We didn't target/sign players that were going to carry CFC into the elite status or see the widespread promotion of CFC youth talents. (Christensen is obvs the only one.) Every other youth kid either: was sold, put on loan, or stuck in the reserves.) The Youth System (that Emenalo has done fantastic work with, and cannot be argued) has never been given the opprotunities to carry that success on the "big-stage". Over At Monaco, Emenalo will get the chance to live out that footballing dream and sign as many talented youth products that will be trusted and backed by the first-team mager. I think CFC could benefit from having a DoF with a different footballing vision, maybe a vision that excels in a pragmatic setup and targets players with different attributes/profiles. Just another day, supporting this drama-filled club.
  4. The Board

    Absolutely not, I would assume. The club needs to prioritise Chelsea FC over Conte's wishes who will only be here for 1 year max, if that.
  5. The Board

    Marina will face a lot of heat. She's been a logger-heads with Conte according to reports. Because he dislikes going through her to talk to Roman, abd obvs her failures to land priority targets.
  6. 9. Álvaro Morata

    Why does he feel the need to always shoot on his right foot? A common Morata sequence is this: Gets ball and faces defender, fakes right foot shot, cuts on left (defender is beaten at this point), then cuts BACK on right foot (defender now in excellent position), right footed shot. Also, why are his shots always so weak and dribble so slowly to the gk? I always thought he had a powerful shot about him... Those are 2 things that frustrate the hell outta me about Morata.
  7. 14. Tiemoue Bakayoko

    He played well, in the sense that he was a constant thorn to United's side. Constantly winning challenges and getting into dangerous areas. But one performance doesn't detract from his horrow shows against Palace, Watford, Roma (x2). I see very specific qualities Bakayoko possesses and Im not a fan of them because we already have a player in Kante who uses those same skills at a much higher level. Bakayoko wants to play with a holding CM like Matic and Fabinho, but Kante is already like that. So the only way both can play is if Kante is reduced to a holding DM role (which limits Kante) or both play in a double pivot, but that means we forego having a DLP to help in build-up and maintain possession. He's a redundant CM. What kind of squad building is that?
  8. The Board

    YO! This is major fucking news. Hollywood FC we outchea, What the fuck is happening behind the scenes at Chelsea? Did Roman actually back a manager over his stooges? What was the tipping point? Chelsea Twitter is a madness right now. Thoughts @Styles ???
  9. The Conte Thread

    Wrong Thread
  10. 14. Tiemoue Bakayoko

    Thank You. There was no reason to buy Bakayoko at all. His technique on the ball is embarrassing and the only way he excels is if he'd paired with a DLP like Fabinho or Matic. I wish his brother never caved in during negotiations, we almost, ALMOST got away from making such a tragic mistake. Imagine spending 40M on a CENTRAL MIDFIELDER, who cannot control or pass a ball without multiple touches or do so between the lines.
  11. 10. Eden Hazard

    Desperately need him to sign that new contract. However, I would completely understand if he decided he's had enough of Hollywood-FC. Man was surrounded by Alonso, Willian, Bakayoko, Fabregas, and Cahill. And Azpi as a RWB. I don't know how he hasn't strangled someone at CFC for such inept recruitment.
  12. 4. Cesc Fàbregas

    One of the worst CM performances I've ever seen. Only topped off by his partner in crime Bakayoko.
  13. 22. Willian

    #WILLIANOUT Man came on and couldn't complete simple 5yd passes. And his first touch has been atrocious this ENTIRE season. Beyond trash.
  14. 14. Tiemoue Bakayoko

  15. The Conte Thread

    Yep, #CONTEOUT
  16. Roma 3-0 Chelsea

    I have no words. Qarabag doing us a solid rn.
  17. Roma 3-0 Chelsea

    Gonna need Morata/Hazard/Pedro to pull a masterclass if we're to win this. Expect a lot of goals in this one. Also: very happy Pedro is full recovered and Willian is back on his rightful place on the bench. We thank God.
  18. Roma 3-0 Chelsea

    Bakayoko - Fabregas Double Pivot I never want to see these two again paired together after their performances vs Crystal Palace & Watford.
  19. 10. Eden Hazard

  20. 4. Cesc Fàbregas

    Really need Drinkwater/Kante to get back to fitness and stabilize our CM. This season, Fabregas has started 8/9 PL games, that means he's on pace to start 30 PL games this season alone! (discounting UCL & FA CUP). Compare that to Fabregas starting only 13 games in the PL last season and being subbed on 16 times. It's not Fabregas's fault, but the fact is he just can't continue to start games at this rate. The Drinkwater/Kante/Bakayoko injuries have royally fucked us this season. And the lack of further CM options has forced Conte to continue to play Fabregas in CM. I know the Bakayoko-Kante double pivot has been very poor in terms of maintaining possession/general aesthetic play, but together against Leicester/Stoke/City/Spurs they conceded only 1 Open-play goal. Advanced data showed, that when Matic-Kante started, CFC last season had extremely low-event matches. (Meaning that the total # of shots taken & saves made, were much less in CFC games compared to others in the league.) But when Fabregas starts in CM, CFC lose so much central control of the match. And the opposition are able to generate more dangerous-central shots. Like just look at the 2 Richarlson misses and Watford's 2nd goal, they completely walked past our CM like Bakayoko-Cesc were non-existent. The key to fixing our defensive displays will be the removal of Fabregas from CM, and only starting him in either 3-man midfield or up higher as part of the front 3, which Conte did a lot last season. Hopefully Drinkwater/Baka/Kante stay fit for the rest of the season.
  21. Chelsea 4-2 Watford

    We're paying the price bigly for not having a top LB and top possession based CM. You can already see Fabregas is gassed beyond belief this season. I think Conte might have to permanately ditch the 343 unti Drinkwater/Kante are back.
  22. Chelsea 4-2 Watford

    We've become way too predictable. And we can't maintain possession for sustained periods. Very frustrating to watch us play this season.
  23. Chelsea 0-1 Man City

    Biggest concerns would be Alonso against whichever RWB or RW City choose, and the team's energy levels. Our home form Is very concerning, having already Lost and Drawn games (Burnley/Arsenal) you'd expect us to have absolutely won. Cannot afford to drop many more points at home. It's one of those stats that always signify eventual champions.
  24. 7. N'Golo Kante

    From the website, to the podcast, and player comps on twitter. Loving the growth you & Zach are having with BTL in such a short time span. Love the signing of ScoutNationHD, cause I know his comps rarely get taken down. Wishing you guys continued success, man. 🙏