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Everything posted by Robchels

  1. Chelsea 7-1 Grimsby

    Folks here way too excited and taking way too much from this game. Very poor opposition and at SB at that. Take everything with a grain of salt.
  2. Chelsea 7-1 Grimsby

    Props to frank. Excellent starting XI and subs for rotations... all we’ve been asking in cup games.
  3. 3. Marcos Alonso

    Yeah fair enough. Think the chances Alonso created were a lot better than what azpi did, and I have no problem with azpi btw - solid defensive RB. A better fb than Alonso is. alonso spaces and the number of chances was all strategy. Noticed that during the match as all the passing was very much towards him and with urgency. the post match interviews corroborated that. i honestly don’t think we will ever create more open chances against a team like Liverpool. So if we don’t convert them, that will make winning very very hard. your point of poor defending is true. On the other hand, we seem to concede the same type of goals regardless who plays and that to me is mostly on frank. btw that free kick was very close, which makes reacting to it very difficult. Think positioning was more important, and that was not done well at all. Regardless., rather we don’t foul players too often in that position... everybody struggles to defend set pieces from that range.
  4. 3. Marcos Alonso

    Fair enough. I partially agree, so moving on. he’s poor in defense, hence why he does a lot better as a wb and why Emerson is the better lb. I just thought ignoring his obvious contributions in attack was unfair.
  5. 3. Marcos Alonso

    Yeah I wouldn’t describe it as a great performance, but frank, kante, pundits and even Klop mentioned how dangerous Alonso was during the game. I also wouldn’t describe a perfect cross for a free header and then an assist as “decent” chances created, but I know you are not a fan. hard to put in on him the second, when we are asking the manager to switch to man marking, esp when you say that he lost “his man.” He was asleep along with the rest of the team tho. First goal has nothing to do with him - different moments/areas of the pitch with the cms not stopping the runner. plus you are conveniently forgetting the dangerous free kicks. Guy gets so much hate around here. Tomori is and should be covering for him.. that’s his job.
  6. Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool

    I hope you are right, regarding the number of goals, because his overall play is nowhere good enough at this level. Yeah probably a discussion about style and characteristics, but while physicality helps, skill is mandatory at this level, or at least the level we once competed at (cL). Tammy looks like an old school striker to me. What I’m trying to say is that he will have to score very consistently if he has any hopes in retaining his starting spot once the window reopens for us. There are better, more skillful strikers out there who are attainable.
  7. 22. Christian Pulisic

    Well saying the right thing, and sometimes strategically saying then wrong thing, may be just another aspect of the job that frank has yet to develop.
  8. 22. Christian Pulisic

    It really depends on how quickly the young players develop doesn’t it? And also whether we have a window or not. football is about winning, unless folks here want us to become one of those clubs who develop players only... yeah pretty much mutually exclusive. And mount had a shitty game yesterday... that’s a young player for you.
  9. 29. Fikayo Tomori

    Partially agree above. Frank had no obligation to be forthcoming with Luiz though. The role that zouma has now could’ve been done by Luiz - couldn’t care less how happy he would be. regarding tomori, even as someone who likes what Alonso does, I also see him as a quirky LB, but I’m far less worried about him in LB because of tomori. I guess that says it all.
  10. 22. Christian Pulisic

    Despite all the evidence stating otherwise. Brazil Call ups, several managers starting or using him, interest by other top clubs. it’s really his final ball that is mostly lacking: like killer said, decisions mostly. what willian offers is exactly what most of our younger players lack, so reckon he will see a lot of minutes this season.
  11. 22. Christian Pulisic

    With that reasoning none of our youngsters would start... while I do t disagree with what you wrote, the younger players offer something different. A bit more impetus and pace, so it’s up to the manager to a balance that out. balance is the keyword and what has been missing tho. on the subject, think someone else here got it right, Tammy prob was struggling a bit which made frank opted to replace him.
  12. Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool

    If VAR does not see an excellent reason to change the rule on the field, it shouldn’t even bring anything up with the ref. feel that VAR is especially and issue with the offset rule. Frank said that well after the game: the intention of the offside rule isn’t to detect an arm that is offside. defenders got a lot of help from bar I think, esp regarding the offset rule. Don’t think that was the intention either.
  13. Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool

    Wow that’s a very very low bar you are setting there. anyone can make runs that draw the attention of defenders. It’s second poor performance in a row. It happens, but my main problem was with his initial 30 mins like I said. That can really ruin a game in a cascading effect. I don’t expect him to score in every game, but I expect him to make easy passes and hold the ball a bit better when we are under pressure - same applies to mount.
  14. Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool

    Fair enough. Disagree on tammy though... not even about the miss, but his overall play was really nonexistent. id say his first 30min were a liability as he missed every pass and touch he attempted. I’d still not have subbed him and certainly not for bats as he improved a bit from those initial 30mins. but no he wasn’t good enough.
  15. 1. Kepa Arrizabalaga

    He did have a strong game against st Liverpool, and even when he wasn’t so hot in other games, you can say it’s about the defending and bodies that’d be limiting the angles he has to deal with. however, some here, including myself here, have a personal preference for taller goalies who can dominate crosses and help with set pieces, for example. Don’t think kepa has the build to ever do that, but he has other interesting traits that make up for it, like distribution.
  16. 15. Kurt Zouma

    He was very good defensively and even made a good couple of runs, but his passing was still very poor. got lucky a couple of times when he gave the ball away in very dangerous areas. considering 2 of our 3 senior cms are completely about passing and keeping the ball, zouma will always be an awkward fit imo.
  17. Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool

    Kinda weird message there buddy. you emphatically start by saying we were good, I agree in part, because we lost the game playing very poorly in the first 30min or so. but then you start with excuses as to why... we played poorly? when you just stated, emphatically, that we played well? then you say it’s ok because we only conceded from set pieces, really? Those 2 free kicks were in extremely dangerous areas of the pitch especially against a team who knows how to exploit them with very tall and powerful players. finally, perhaps our lack of composure in front of the goal is more about lack of quality than anything else? I mean on my tv firmino and aguero don’t seem to miss those very often.
  18. 33. Emerson Palmieri

    Yeah I had a chronic groin injury once. Took me a couple of years to really fix it. specialists explain that the scar tissue is less flexible than healthy one. Just needs loads of time, strengthening and stretching. Mostly time tho.
  19. 33. Emerson Palmieri

    Yeah let’s turn a muscle injury into a chronic muscle injury, after all the particular player never have any chronic injuries in his career... only that he did! Andreas looked like something he can recover quickly, or so I hope.
  20. Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool

    Sure I do as well, not excusing that. Something it’s something silly though as in when they were both chasing the runner, there a misunderstanding... someone should have brought player down before he was in a dangerous area. and to your point Jorginho turning his back towards the ball was a bit pathetic. With all that out of the way, we are going to have trouble defending if we don’t keep the ball having specialists at that in the middle.
  21. Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool

    Unfair on them imo. Even if you are right, that’s their characteristic. They are defensive players mostly by their ability to keep possession. However some players, esp the younger ones are very direct and don’t yet know how to do that.
  22. Super Frank Thread

    Have to disagree here. set pieces is the entire team responsibility. Even if azpi started slow, happens with older players, he’s already back to his norm imo. it seems that regardless who plays, we concede goals all the same. aside from the obvious issue with set pieces, I think it has more to do with the directness that our young players play which makes defending difficult, esp when under pressure. Gotta keep the ball when the opposition presses high. tammy was very very poor in the first 30min or so. Missed easy passes, touches, and made no runs. The opposition then has the ball more and hence attacks more.
  23. 22. Christian Pulisic

    Not sure... achiles usually suggests a weakness there, often from overplaying, which is relative of course. He played little early on then a lot all of the sudden. Perhaps his body just wasn’t used to that yet. if the club and frank are doing some specific work with pulisic, they cannot publicly say it. So, it’s hard for us to know whether what frank says is really all there is to it.
  24. 22. Christian Pulisic

    Well you get arguments from every side there. He still ruptured his achilles tho, so perhaps he just wasn’t ready to play a lot then? Sarri was a good manager who in my book had more rights than wrongs. I was surprised by his take on the game even if perhaps did not have the players for it.
  25. 22. Christian Pulisic

    I honestly suspect the club is behind frank in some specific work pulisic is doing. Could be tactical, as suggested below. if not, then it’s hard to understand. The strategy today for the second was to use mount to enable alonso with triangulations, which alonso needs to get behind the opposition line. It kinda worked and we produced quite a few good balls from the leff but wasted every single one. frank also has the excuse today that he lost 2 players to injury in the first half. Still hard to explain bats tho, but that’s a different discussion. also a bit worried about the situation, but give the benefit of the doubt.