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  1. 21. Nemanja Matic

    We've to a point in our evolution as a squad that half of the players are good/very good, and the other half are complete liabilities. Matic certainly belongs to the latter category. I've asked the question for ages, what does Matic genuinely offer? Going forward, his inability to use his right foot or cope under pressure with a decisive touch, a swift turn, and an accurate and wisely decided pass, -the qualities we expect from a dynamic midfielder partnering Kante- have been completely crippling a lot of our transitions from defence to attack, or attack in general. Defensively, he's one of our most overrated players. Too many times he tends to help his CBs or Alonso needlessly, hence leaving gaps in midfield for the Eriksens and the Herreras to cross or shoot. He's bang average at reading the play and intercepting chances, too often he chases and doesn't read well enough. For a player of his size, he doesn't possess the expected body strength and doesn't assert himself over opposition players. All of this leads me back to the point I made initially, there are too many players in our squad at the moment that are not fit to play at the top level. Back in the 2000s, we had a lot of players who'd do the 'dogwork', but the same players also offered a lot for us going forward. In our current period(particularly since Jose arrived) we have too many players that may tick the boxes for the former, but they offer absolutely nothing going forward. Recently this has turned us to a team that does nothing but sit back against big European clubs and hope for scraps upfront. In fact, the work Antonio has done with this technically limited squad-imo sixth best in the league-needs to be admired. In the summer we really need to invest in players all around the pitch that are a step above our current options in terms of technical ability. P.s: Aside from Matic, Alonso and Cahill are two other examples. Speaking of Alonso, even though he offers much more end product to his game compared to Moses, at the same time he struggles much more against strong oppositions and we'll see more of this once we're in the champions league. Moses has the ability to turn quick and resist the press, Alonso doesn't.
  2. The Conte Thread

    People may think Alonso missing was what hugely contributed to the result, but in fact it only did so indirectly, as it highlighted our biggest weakness: lack of enough ball playing CBs. During our time with Mourinho one of our biggest problems, especially against big teams, was the lack of press resistance and ball playing CBs. We constantly struggled against teams that would heavily press us, leaving us to be very deep in the box and hoping for scraps going forward. Ball playing center backs in modern football are no joke; they allow your team to be more resilient against pressing teams-which are usually the best teams in Europe- and also advance the attack, not having to rely on your attackers dropping deep and going past three or four players to just get into the opponent's half. Whoever thinks ball playing CBs aren't a must in modern football is living in the past. With Antonio's back three, what's made us so much more resilient to the opposition press has been having Azpi and Luiz as two defenders who are comfortable with the ball and under pressure. Today, we had only David Luiz as the only defender out of the three who can do the same. Antonio's worst mistake however was shifting Azpi to the left, this made everything ten times worse since he isn't comfortable on his left at all. Fortunately he realized his mistake soon enough and reverted his position with Moses but he should have had Ake in the squad and play him and Moses as wing backs. 1/3 defenders that are good with the ball is simply not enough for a back three. This game certainly reminded me of the Mourinho days. I hope Antonio learns from this lesson, and I hope we sign Van Dijk in the summer for this exact weakness(and because he's an upgrade on Cahill of course).
  3. 19. Diego Costa

    He was an abomination today and has been for months, pure and simple. Tbh it's not even a question of form anymore, it's a question of whether he's making such obviously terrible decisions and mistakes just for us to let him fuck off in the summer. I genuinely believe that is the case. One of my few criticisms of Antonio this season has been his man management of Batshuayi. It's really going to bite him in the ass now because not only Batshuayi has never been given a chance despite Costa being absolute shite like this, when he is going to be given a chance he'll suffer from lack of playing time and pressure from fans. The last thing we need is another Ivanovic and Filipe Luis saga.
  4. 19. Diego Costa

    I used to be the biggest Costa fan but now I genuinely think he's playing terrible on purpose to force us to sell him in the summer. Some of the stuff he does during games is absolutely scandalous. Scuffing a pass with his left when the ball is on his right and he can feed Hazard on a breakaway? Horrendous technique when completely unmarked and a shot which would have ended up in the streets if it wasn't for the deflection? Completely ignoring the best passing options and always choosing the bad ones? These are just some examples off top of my head, but my point is that they are not anything you'd expect of a simply out of form or 'donkey' striker. For me his head is completely gone. Win the title and sell him the fuck to China in the summer. That's all.
  5. Alexis Sanchez

    Tbh I would would like to see Hazard-Sanchez-Bernardo Silva. Sanchez works best as a 9 imo, he doesn't have the best link up play for a winger, but more than enough for a striker. I think that's a better front three than Hazard-Lukaku-Sanchez
  6. 19. Diego Costa

    By god he's been fucking shite. Belotti needed in the summer. Complete striker, much better option than Lukaku imo. In fact we shouldn't aim for Lukaku as I don't believe he's good enough for us. If he is then we're not as good as we think we are.
  7. Ross Barkley

    From Nainggolan to this guy. End me. All I hear in the English is media is how Barkley has talent and mostly it stems from the fact that he's interpreted as a 'technical' and 'flair' player that makes things happen in the midfield, none of which are true. If you actually pay close attention to his game, you'll realize he does nothing but pointless side to side passes to other midfielders that do not advance the attack. He also doesn't contribute defensively. Stay well clear. He's actually worse than Oscar.
  8. 7. N'Golo Kante

    7 months into his Chelsea career and I still can't wrap my head around it, is this guy even real? Sometimes I'm truly left speechless by him. His quality on the pitch put aside, his attitude on and outside it impresses me just as much. Such a humble person and a great role model. Long may he stay with us. God knows we're lucky to have him.
  9. Adama Traore

    Forget about him, buy the Lemar guy from Monaco. He is a fantastic player, Massive upgrade over Pedro/Willian for me.
  10. 19. Diego Costa

    Imho, this thread and the treatment Costa has been receiving is absolutely pathetic. The notion of him having no commitment is utterly nonsense and I have no idea where it's coming from. Is it that people think he didn't train because his head was turned by the Chinese offer? Nothing but a myth; Conte already cleared that up. What isn't a myth, however, is his commitment on the pitch, where it matters most. He never backs down from a challenge, he tries his best all the time and inspires teammates in doing so. Even during his worst season with us, he single-handedly earned us multiple points by not giving up till the very end. Consider the ridiculous criticism of his commitment, but also consider the amount of insults he's received through all this drama. Our player of the season, and our best striker alongside Drogba in the last decade or so, has been treated like an absolute nobody. It's almost as if people were waiting for something to attack him with. Ffs, we're not Arsenal. We don't disrespect people who've brought good to this club and not only that but the level of effort they've shown the pitch. Knowing Costa, he will be fired up to shut up all the drama if he starts vs Hull. I'm confident he'll bag a brace in his return. Forget about what's gonna happen in Summer; He's our player till then and he's not the type of player to hide, that's why we have to support him.
  11. 23. Michy Batshuayi

    Can't blame him for desperately trying to prove his worth, he doesn't deserve all the pressure. That being said, imaging replacing this guy with Llorente... I don't care who the opponent was, he is miles ahead of Llorente in terms of quality. How many minutes has he played with Hazard on the pitch? Them two would be a deadly partnership; Hazard thrives from quality link-up play and Michy is also very good at this.
  12. Marco Verratti

    If his description of Verratti is simply 'a tidy passer', I imagine not so much. I would even take Rabiot over Matuidi. I swear people chat so much shit.
  13. 3. Marcos Alonso

    He isn't world class or anywhere near that by any stretch of the imagination, but he is also never going to be the annoying player. If you hadn't watched him before and looked at him, you would assume he is your typical donkey player who frustrates the hell out of you but that's not the case at all; He is intelligent, has very good technique, and above all knows exactly when to join the attack which is very important for a wing back. We maybe could have done with a better option, but I'm very happy with Marcos. He should also start taking free kicks with that absolute peach of a left foot.
  14. Chelsea v West Brom

    What I like about Conte is that he's got a title-winning mentality, he pays the same attention to each and every game. I don't wanna jinx it, but I believe complacency is not gonna be an issue under Antonio. I remember that during the Euros Giacherrini said, "Conte doesn't leave anything to chance". There is a reason he won his first Serie A title carrying Juve from seventh(from the previous season) to the top, and two seasons later he went on to go the entire season undefeated. He is a very self-critical manager and never accepts complacency. You can see it in his words: 'Work' and 'Improve'.
  15. 30. David Luiz

    All this talk about him being protected by Azpi and Cahill is absolute nonsense. He defends the most out of all three of them and he is also our best ball-playing defender, by far. People must have really underrated him if they still feel that way. I agree that he fits the Bonucci role like a glove but to essentially say that he is being carried by the other two defenders is completely wrong and dismissive of his outstanding capabilities as a defender.