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Rekin

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  1. 11. Timo Werner

    I try to base my judgement on how he is playing for Chelsea, rather than how he played for RB or what managers might have wanted him. The second point is very debatable anyway, we have no way of knowing just how interested other clubs were. They might have liked the idea of having him in the team, but did not deem him worth what we paid. I also don't base my judgement of him from the last two games. I have noticed the same tendencies from the first friendly we saw him in. He works hard, is very fast and if given space will find a goalscoring position. It is not a question of him being a bad player, but he has also shown some clear weaknesses so far. If you think that his first touch or passing is good, then fair enough it is your opinion. What I have seen is a different story though, and for me his touch lets him down quite often. The ball gets away from him and he either loses it or the attack loses momentum. I also find it very rare to see him provide any more advanced passes (such as link-up play in the attack). He is not expected to be Fabregas so I don't hold it against him too much, but when you are likely to face a low block in most of your games passing becomes a very important secondary attribute. In terms of being clinical in front of the goal I would like to hold of on any serious judgement a bit longer, but I am becoming a bit worried there too. Again, he is a good player that I like having in the team. He provides a lot of qualities that help us move the ball fast which is an improvement from last season. I am just questioning whether he will have the qualities to match the level of strikers such as Kane, Aguero and Drogba to name a few. Also, the comparison to Kalou was not in terms of them being the exact same player, which I think was clear in context. It was about the role in the squad. It is also not a suggestion for tomorrow, but in the future if Chelsea manage to deal with the more urgent needs in the squad.
  2. 11. Timo Werner

    Of all the players we bought this season, Werner concerns me the most. On one hand he works his ass off, is good at finding space and has shown that he has that magic quality where he can conjure something out of nothing (usually due to his insane speed) At the same time, it is becoming more and more clear that he lacks many qualities that we need. His passing, ability to retain the ball, first touch and even finishing can be atrocious at times. He has missed several amazing opportunities already, and low blocks in particular cancel him out. I am wondering more and more whether he is better suited as a "Kalou" type of player for us (super sub that can also start less important games) rather than our leading man for future years. His problems are not coming from adapting to the league (such as it might be for Kai), but rather from his abilities. I realize this isnt a very original take, but imagine having someone like Haaland in those spots instead.
  3. 29. Kai Havertz

    Havertz will never shine against decent opposition in the setup we have now, and it does not only apply to him. Was Werner good today? How about Pulisic, Mount or Abraham? There is no link at all between defence and attack. Almost every single time ball to Havertz or other attacking players come via hoofed balls, or a pass that instantly invites pressure. We play way, way too slowly, leading to every pass and action being so predictable that the opposition can react before it happens. How often do you see us break through the middle via Kante or Jorginho? They are much happier passing back to their closest CB/FB. The only way to progress centrally is if Havertz/Werner/Pulisic breaks away from their defender and runs towards the middle to receive the ball, but then they are instantly swarmed and without any space to run into. It is so frustrating, as it has been this way since the pre-season. No central presence, slow and safe passing combined with wingers forced to drop deep to receive the ball with their backs to the goal. Havertz might adapt over time, but I worry more about someone like Werner. He is excellent when he can use his speed whether directly or indirectly. In a slow system like ours he will get next to nothing to work with. I really fear that Frank is not ready at all to coach a big team. It sucks because he is a legend, but this kind of bias should not direct footballing decisions.
  4. Man United 0-0 Chelsea

    FB --> CB --> CB --> FB --> CM --> CB --> FB with the occasional Gk and CAM included for a pass or two. This team will never become a title challenger as long as our midfield has next to no role in our build-up. If the other team is making sure to shut down our 10, we will create next to nothing.
  5. 29. Kai Havertz

    Hazard is a completely different type of player than Havertz. His playing style was a good fit for both PL and the team Chelsea had back then.
  6. 21. Ben Chilwell

    So far the best purchase of the season for us. Excellent contribution in both directions. fast, good in the air, working hard and so on. If he can keep this up over a season, we have a very good (and still improving) LB for the next decade.
  7. 29. Kai Havertz

    The guy is 21 years old, moved away from his childhood team to a new one where he basically started without a pre-season. Yes, he was poor yesterday. Yes he looked careless with the ball, and did not create much overall. The rest of the team looked poor too however. Werner had a horrible first touch, Pulisic got bogged down and threatened very rarely, Kante and Jorginho barely managed to maintain possession etc. It was a difficult game, and Frank's tactics currently are not favoring many of the players. He has shown more than once since his arrival though that he is very talented. He has scored, assisted and more than once created good opportunities by himself. We need to be patient with him, let the team gel and most importantly improve our ability to hold on to the ball so that he has time to find space.
  8. 1. Kepa Arrizabalaga

    I wasn't able to see the second half yesterday, so only saw the replay now. Yes, the defence is far from being helpful but the last two goals could have been prevented easily with a better GK. This whole thing reminds me of a another club I support strongly, AIK from Stockholm. In the 2009/10 season we won the league, but our GK left the following season to another club. In his place we had a guy who was just like Kepa. Made mistakes, had no confidence, no command and in the end cost the team many points. You could see that the whole team got into a negative spiral, because even when they played well they knew that at any point any shot could go in and undo their hard work. This team that won the league the previous season almost got relegated. What turned things around was that we signed a new GK. A giant who instantly became a leader from the back, commanded the hell of the area and inspired the team to make a comeback. We are exactly in this position. Not everything is coming down to Kepa, but the fact is that he is atrocious. I don't rate Caballero at all, but I still think he is the much better option. Kepa has now let in at least four goals this season where he could have done much better, and that is from the same amount of games. He should never be in our goal again, unless literally all other options are unavailable.
  9. Chelsea 4-0 Crystal Palace

    I wonder how much patience lampard will get from the board. Its becoming more and more clear that the issue lies with the tactics and not the players. We have had the same game plan for ages, and it's as boring as it is ineffectual. The use of the wings and area in front of the opposition defence is criminally underused.
  10. 29. Kai Havertz

    I agree. When you look at some of our best chances in the first half you will see that they originated with good passes from Havertz. It is a relief to see that he does have the ability to play those through-balls, we have been missing it a lot since Fabregas stopped being a starter. It is still early in his Chelsea days, but he seems destined to become our playmaker.
  11. West Brom 3-3 Chelsea

    It is crazy to me how some of the British media is so blatantly against Chelsea. I generally enjoy content from The Guardian, but reading their sport section on Chelsea just showcases how biased they are. For this game for example, they take great pleasure in mentioning the defensive errors for the goals, the WBA awareness to react on them, how Chelsea have spent money on players that arent instantly lighting up the league, how WBA was unlucky to not win the game etc. Even the angle for the Chelsea goals is a negative one, that it is the increasingly marginalized academy players who had to come and save the team. Fair enough, WBA did the most with what opportunities they had, but the score did not even slightly reflect the game. They were the inferior team from minute one, and looking at the score only is being results-oriented. We could have scored 5-6 goals from regular play, whereas their came from a set-piece and two individual errors. For comparison, they were more positive on Man Utd who literally stole the three points today than a team coming back from 0-3. Am I reading the wrong papers, or is this a common thing?
  12. Super Frank Thread

    It is hard to blame Frank for the first two goals. Both come from individual mistakes and any system is vulnerable to those. The third however is just showcasing how poor this team is on set-pieces, and that is 100% on the coaching. Even if you isolate corners, they are quite useless in both directions. We had so many attacking corners today, and none of them were even close to causing danger. WBA on the other hand had direct or indirect dangerous actions on almost every single one. Also, the subs were a complete joke. Why in the world would you have Abraham, Giroud and Werner on at the same time? it wasn't the box that was a problem for us, it was setting up plays from midfield. What we got was three players getting in each others way, and forcing Werner out to act as a playmaker. Also, Kovacic had been one of our better players in the first half, certainly not the player that needed to go.
  13. West Brom 3-3 Chelsea

    On paper 3-3 is a shitty result for us. Leaky defence, only 1 point etc. Coming back from 0-3 to draw is however always a really good result. This game looked completely lost at half-time. The team deserves some respect for clawing back until the very end. It might also be the last game for a while with the temporary defense lineup. Mendy will be ready for the next game, Chilwell will replace Alonso and Silva will be more fit.
  14. West Brom 3-3 Chelsea

    While the scoreline is a disgrace, are we really getting mauled? I don't think there is a person watching this game who could say 0-3 is a fair score currently. It sucks balls now, but these games will happen every season. Nothing works for us while the other team seems to score by accident every 10 minutes. We need to rinse of the emotion and analyze whether the score is a result of the gameplan, individual performances or just plan bad luck.
  15. West Brom 3-3 Chelsea

    Another point, Kante is never going to work under FL. He is extremely wasted in a system that plays with slow possession and playing from the back. It is a disfavor to both him and us to have him start in these type of games. It is not even that he is bad, it is just that there is next to nothing he can do here other than win some balls back. We arent the counter-attacking team.