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Everything posted by Blue-in-me-Veins

  1. 21. Davide Zappacosta

    From the very little we've seen of him, I hope his very attack minded tendencies don't get coached out of him. We desperately need a WB who will provide constant attacking pressure, and pin the opposing FB, and Zappacosta looks like he can be that man. Cesc/Drinkwater should have field days pinging long balls to him.
  2. 4. Cesc Fàbregas

    I truly worry for Fabregas this season. We all know Fabregas has to be carefully managed and having already started 4 straight games this year I fear Conte might (have to) start him for all 3 games this week. Stoke. Atletico, Man City. And if he does play all 3 matches, I fear he won't be as dominant as he can be. Basically, CFC need to get back to a place where Conte believes he can field a starting XI that can soundly beat teams without Fabregas' involvement. The Drinkwater/Bakayoko injuries are really hurting us big time imo. I love Fabregas, but like the match against Arsenal, we've seen how exposed the team is when he plays CM in tough games. The way Fabregas was used last season was perfect, because he became a more important cog in the team as the season progressed instead of an undisputed Starting XI mainstay from August.
  3. Diego Costa

    Don't care what anybody says. 20 PL goals in two seperate PL Title winning seasons. The Diego Costa experience overall was a net positive. Now time to buy a 2nd Striker that is either an out and out ST or that can play the RF role (like a Dele Ali or Griezmann.)
  4. 28. César Azpilicueta

    What a guy. #MyCaptain.
  5. Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal

    Drinkwater, Hazard, Willian are all probably not gonna start. Again, not a fan of the defensiveness/lack of creativity that a Bakayoko-Kante midfield should bring, but Bakayoko should be able to atleast bully Xhaka/Ramsey all day long and dribble by them with ease. Looking for Bakayoko to own those transitional moments on Sunday. Pretty sure this Conte's XI. -----------TBO ---Azpi---Luiz---Rudiger *Moses*---Bakayoko---Kante---Alonso ----Fabregas----Pedro -------Morata-- *My eyes are gonna be on Moses. Man has been getting away with murder for too long now. Even if Zappa looks a bit shaky in defense, his offensive play was a bresth of fresh air. Not sure I fancy Moses to do anything productive vs Kolasinac at all.*
  6. 10. Eden Hazard

    Our season doesn't start until Hazard is up and firing on all cylinders. Just need to keep it close in the Title race until he gets back. It just sucks so much that he had that ankle injury.
  7. 10. Eden Hazard

    Yeah he is in NO way, shape, or form ready for Arsenal on sunday. Also, was it me or did Hazard look chubby today? I thought he was in good weight last week, but today he looked different. Maybe im seeing things, idk.
  8. 27. Andreas Christensen

    I think Rudiger offers a much better passing range. All 3 players listed are without a doubt the best ball playing CBs we have in the squad. We've waiting a long time for CBs with the passing ability of Luiz/Rudiger/Christensen, and now CFC have them. Not that Azpi is horrible on the ball btw or that Azpi is a bad defender. But I would love to see those 3 play a couple matches together and see what that would be like.
  9. 27. Andreas Christensen

    Love the calming manner in which way he plays. So much potential in him. Can't wait to watch a Christensen-Luiz-Rudiger back 3. That would be fire.
  10. The Conte Thread

    I'll be honest, still not convinced by the performances of the team so far this season. I know tonight the lads won 6-0, but that was a poverty side, and nobody got out of 1st gear for this match. Spurs, Everton, Leicester, were all not convincing performances by any means. In fact, I'd contend the best CFC have played this season was the final 30 minutes against Burnley. That was some proper football from Chelsea. As long as Chelsea can somehow maintain their winning ways in the league and not be too far off top spot by Middle of October that would be very good. By mid October: Hazard should have lost whatever extra weight he has and be ready to start the season. Bakayoko should also have fully recovered from his knee operation by then. Drinkwater's calf injury should be a thing of the past, and be ready to be relied upon. And finally Morata should be at the fitness levels Conte needs him to be at. But until then, it's about crossing the line with the 3 pts by whatever means necessary.
  11. The Conte Thread

    Zappacosta is the other LWB alternative. Conte mentioned he sees him as a player who can play on both sides. Edit: so its Alonso, Moses, Zappacosta, Azpi.
  12. The Conte Thread

    Alonso will probably end up playing 270 minutes in the space of 8 days. Highly doubt Conte will trust Zappacosta to start such a big game. Felt bad for Cesc too, because he needs to be carefully managed this season.
  13. 23. Michy Batshuayi

    Get ready for False 9 Eden Hazard when Morata eventually has to miss a game and the opponent is not Qarabag level quality. Desperately need a 2nd Striker that Conte can rely upon.
  14. 23. Michy Batshuayi

    Very poor performance again. Michy Is such a lamp-post up front, just standing still making the opposing CB's job that much easier. He needs to desperately stop pinning his CB's because he's not winning those physical battles and his 1-touch flick ons are constantly getting blocked. Has got to start coming deep if he wants to link-up play and get in behind. Because It's just too easy for the opposition right now.
  15. 21. Davide Zappacosta

    Agreed, especially with the bolded. He looked very shaky in his challenges/defending the very few moments he was asked to do so. But like you said, I think he might contribute more goals/assists, and become a genuine attacking force. TBH I've had enough of Moses and his inability to affect the game going forward when he's supposed to be the natural winger! His fake cross, inside-outside, then cross and hit the first man has reached peak status for me.
  16. Chelsea 6-0 Qarabag

  17. Chelsea 6-0 Qarabag

    @Pizy Bakayoko must still be recovering from his injury and can't handle 180 mins a week. And Drinkwater has that calf injury. So, our CMs pick themselves.
  18. Antoine Griezmann

    and Griezmann's brother. Both have been heavily pushing him to go there. And who knows maybe Griezmann only wants United as well if he were to leave ATM. Would be a phenomenal coup if CFC were to ever target proper ballers.
  19. 14. Tiemoue Bakayoko

    Exactly. Bakayoko and Kante have such redundant skills and I don't think Conte will be able to play both without Fabregas in the starting XI, especially against the bottom tier teams. IMO, gut feeling tells me our 2 CMs should be one of Kante/Bakayoko AND one of Fabregas/Drinkwater. And in the tough away games, if he wants Kante and Bakayoko, then Fabregas as a RF, so drop and become a CM when necessary. Otherwise, Bakayoko played very very well. And I like that we have a CM who is confident and skilled enough to dribble through the heart of CM and take 3,4 or 5 players out of the game.
  20. 9. Álvaro Morata

    What's the Morata song? Couldn't make out the words..
  21. Premier League thread

    One can only hope, tbf.
  22. Premier League thread

    Its not gonna change overnight, but early signs have shown that Germany/France were in favor of doing the same thing. Serie A, idk, and Spain already said no I believe. I like it being closed before the season starts because it'll wake up our Board and force them to get deals done much quicker.
  23. 23. Michy Batshuayi

    Why? His Instagram/Social Media presence has no effect on his game. He's training just as hard as before, and I think he knows better than anyone else how poorly he's started the season.
  24. Diego Costa

    Yeah, the creator explained in greater detail the chart in his following tweets. lol Here's the only article I could find on player radars: http://statsbomb.com/2016/04/understand-football-radars-for-mugs-and-muggles/ hope it helps.