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Sideshow Luiz

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  1. 17. Mateo Kovacic

    I actually like him. I like his attitude. It would depend on the fee and if he's going to be a starter. If we keep things as is with Sarri, then I think Kovacic can be an important player. He's not the best at any one of the 3 midfield roles, but he's good at all of them which makes him a great player to have on the bench and for rotation.
  2. 30. David Luiz

    Especially with how effective man-marking Jorginho is right now. Jorginho moves the marker away and DL gets time to move up with the ball and play out from the back. I think our best CB pairing right now is DL and AC. I like Rudiger, but I like the DL AC partnership a bit more. I think AC covers a bit better than Rudiger does.
  3. Chelsea 0-0 Man City

    It's for sure more defensive. Not sure it will be entirely about the counter attack. But, Hazard has to play, and we need to defend better on the wings, so Hazard at CF feels like the only way to do both things.
  4. Malmo 1-2 Chelsea

    I'm sure he is fresh enough. But, from the past 6 months, whenever we have a mid-week match, we can usually tell from the line-up and subs what his intentions are for the weekend fixture. Usually. So, based on that, I'd like to see Alonso starting this match. Though, if Emerson and Hazard are going to be starting on the left against Utd, it should probably be Kovacic playing with them as someone on that side needs to defend. So, we'll see.
  5. General Transfer Talk

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  6. 3. Marcos Alonso

    That was Morata's problem too. As soon as he had some time to think, it was over. When he was instinctual, he was a decent finisher (last season, at least). I think Alonso actually knows what his limitations are, and it leads to his indecisiveness. IMO. There are times where you can see that he'll try to stop a player very early because he knows there's no chance in hell that he can recover. Can't back off either because he'll get beat anyway. I think he's scared to venture forward out wide because he knows he can't get back in time which is why he does that stupid underlapping thing all the time and takes up an AM position. I'll give him some credit for that. Though knowing how bad you are isn't a great deal of praise.
  7. 3. Marcos Alonso

    Oh, I think he's shit. Don't get me wrong. I just don't say it because it's already a known fact. I don't go around saying water is wet either. I just assume everyone thinks that. The only thing more maddening than his poor crossing is his poor passing. The number of counter attacks the he gives up by playing a poor ball in the the middle of the pitch at the half way line is staggering. People then go and pick on Jorginho for not being more of a house, and Sarri for not having Kante there. They should be getting even more mad at Alonso. I know it doesn't seem like there's anywhere to go, but he should actually get more stick. I'm also not the "He needs to leave the club" type either though. If he wants to be in the stands, fine, it's his career. We'd just be better off as a club if he wasn't playing, or only in cup ties or something. But in response to "what was he doing", that's what I think he was trying to do, cross for Higuain. He's so shit that it leaves room for interpretation, that's really the problem.
  8. 3. Marcos Alonso

    I should have read this first before I posted. I think this is what actually happened. His delivery comes just as Higuain is making his run.
  9. 3. Marcos Alonso

    I remember watching that unfold and I though he has going to play in Hazard. Then, Higuain made that run and I think that Alonso was aiming for him, but overhit it and it become a cross to Kante.
  10. 3. Marcos Alonso

    No. Because that would mean Alonso is starting on the weekend. I hope it's Alonso starting and it's a back-ups squad.
  11. Malmo 1-2 Chelsea

    Willian Giroud CHO Barkley Kova Ampadu Alonso AC Whoever Zapp Kepa Barkley and Alonso in so that RLC and Emerson can play on the weekend. Sub-off CHO at 60 so he can start Sunday as well.
  12. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    I actually think it's more brave of him to stick with his philosophy. It's what got him here. He's worked his way up from the bottom to here. Abandoning his principles would show a lack of faith in himself. I think that's quite brave. Naive, stubborn and arrogant? Yes, yes, maybe. If players aren't doing what he wants them to do, then why believe that they are going to play in to his plan B? If you're going to go down, go down swinging. However, if he want to stick with his principles, then he has to drop the players that are continually "not playing his football". If his remit was to come in and impose his style of play, hopefully get top 4, but put his blueprint down and figure out who should stay and who should go, then he should already know who he doesn't want to go forward with, and it's next man up. If he wants more desire from his team, then give a chance to some hungry players that have been sitting on the bench all year. If some of these guys don't want to "play your football", then fuck 'em. Stick them on the bench or in the stands and let them leave to a club that lets them do what they want. I'm glad he didn't bring up the desire or mentality after that humiliation at City. He's already done that. It didn't work. His next step has to be dropping players who aren't doing what he wants. Now, if his remit was to come in and polish a turd in to a diamond as quickly as possible and get results at the same time. I'm afraid it's not working. Though, based on everyone else who's failed to do that, it seems like an impossible job. Conte squeezed the last bit of juice from this squad, IMO. It's a big summer coming up. We'll see what the club have as a plan, if they have one at all.
  13. 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi

    Bayern have been doing this, IMO. They buy a lot of young players and hope that some of them turn out. They've bought Sanches, Tolisso, then Goretzka in consecutive summers. They've got Gnabry, Coman, Davies, and tried for CHO. It's not a bad strategy, since you can still sell the players you don't want, but it's hardly a "we want to build around you" kind of a situation.
  14. Nicolas Pepe

    Well, it's not just the US sporting background. There are plenty of NBA, NFL, and MLB players that waste their gifts and/or don't have the right mentality. But, it seems that the top US footballers all generally work hard. Those guys were not always the most athletic players growing up. So, to compete they had to be more tenacious, IMO. I think that winning teams have to have a mix of youth and experience. There's a reason why serial winner like Jose (I know he's fallen from grace, but they guy wants and wins trophies) values experience. Someone in the dressing room needs to be a leader besides the coach. A 20 year old making 3 times as much as the coach might not always listen to him (this isn't all), but they'll listen to a JT, or Drogba, or Lamps. Leadership doesn't come across in the stats or the youtube highlight videos. But, in some ways, previous coaches have already identified it. Players who have been made captain of their team at club level, or international, even U-21. It's something that the New England Patriots have done and they are a dynasty (long one) in a league that's designed to not have dynasties. I've shared this with @Unionjack before. https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidching/2018/02/01/unheralded-factor-in-patriots-winning-culture-a-roster-loaded-with-college-captains/#67898ec224fc
  15. 10. Eden Hazard

    Other reports say that he's already told them. Since this documentary was filmed 2 months ago, it would make sense that he has in fact already told the club as this falls in line with our absolute refusal to sell CHO this past window.
  16. Bournemouth 4-0 Chelsea

    We can only hope that it means he's in line to play against Huddersfield as this is a pretty rotated side today.
  17. General Transfer Talk

    Dortmund after Ziyech, apparently. https://www.francefootball.fr/news/Mercato-le-borussia-dortmund-pousse-pour-hakim-ziyech/983235 I think he's quality and the kind of attacking midfielder we would be looking for. But, if we're not buying a back up to Jorginho, there's no way we're bring in Ziyech with Ross, RLC and Kovacic here.
  18. General Transfer Talk

    I'm a little on the opposite. I don't think he's that close anymore. Doesn't really bring out anything before it's all widely reported. Like, we kind of knew a few weeks ago when Parades and Barella went quiet that the club weren't desperate for a new midfielder.
  19. General Transfer Talk

    I'm not convinced that Matt Law is as nailed on for Chelsea news as he has been in the past. He still has the "Chelsea ITK" label, but I'm not sure he's any better than Fifield. And, we won't even bring up Pedulla right now (though his time frames are always sketchy).
  20. General Transfer Talk

    The answer has to be Tonali. He's not like any of the other young midfielders that we have so he won't be "blocking" them. He's a natural fit in Jorginho's position which we need a back up for. If Kovacic is going to back up Jorginho for the rest of the season, we'll need to find a long term solution in the summer after his loan deal is up anyway.
  21. Tiemoue Bakayoko

    Any chance that he can be our back up to Kante? We don't really have a rotation option for him. I know this sounds like heresy given just how poor he was last season.
  22. 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi

    That's why we can't sell him before Hazard. If Hazard leaves and we tell CHO that the spot is his, he may well play ball. If Hazard leaves, that's CHO, Pulisic, Willian, and Pedro here. Big 6 months for the club ahead.
  23. 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi

    Hazard's gone the moment Real pick up the phone. The board need to have a replacement lined up for the inevitable instead of a last minute swoop for Zaha. I'm pretty sure he's gone too (90%). But we can't sell CHO before Real call.
  24. 20. Callum Hudson-Odoi

    When we bought Hazard, he was a promising young player with bags of potential. We were never able to buy players like he is now. If we sell him, I'd expect us to replace him with a promising player with bags of potential. Someone like a CHO. Not only do I think that we can't sell CHO until the summer, but we can't sell him until we know what is going to happen with Hazard.
  25. Álvaro Morata

    Hope you do well, Morata. Scores some very nice goals, misses some very routine ones. All the tools needed, I hope Simeone instills a ruthless streak in him.