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Everything posted by kc_blue

  1. Super Frank Thread

    Wish him the best. Glad to have him back at the club.
  2. 10. Willian

    That's pretty mild for this board actually. Have you never looked in at the Alonso thread?
  3. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    I agree with this. The only thing working against this is if the transfer ban stays in effect this summer. I think he can improve the squad by bringing in some players we had on loan this season but I don't think that will be enough to improve the results much beyond this past season.
  4. The English Football Thread

    In that case it looks like it's time to pay the piper. It's unfortunate that this has happened at a time when we aren't really in a position to handle it, but that's at the foot of the board and their policies over the past several years.
  5. The English Football Thread

    Thanks for clarifying that point for me.
  6. The English Football Thread

    Excuse my ignorance but one quick question. I was under the impression that the infractions that we have been banned for occurred several years back. It's all fine and good saying that the laws have been in place for years now, but if they were new when the infractions incurred, what's the difference? Maybe I'm misinformed on the situation.
  7. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    This season was disappointing but really not that unexpected. It was a short pre-season coming off the World Cup and we didn't really upgrade the squad any. We started really well, though showed some worrying signs, and then it was a return to the previous year. I think people's perceptions would be totally different if the first 12 games had been flipped with the last 12 games. If nothing else it would give hope that we were picking up and getting better at the system he was trying to implement. As it is, we achieved the goal most had at the start of the year and although Sarri had his moments that made us scratch our heads or curse him out on the boards. If the transfer ban gets lifted I'm looking forward to how we retool and what type of players we go after. With some more suitable options in the team is he able to get us playing the style he implemented at Napoli? If the ban doesn't get delayed it's going to be this year all over again and we'll have to sweat out trying to get top 4 and not being happy with how we play.
  8. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    Anyone saying Sarri is faultless or hasn't made mistakes this season isn't paying attention. That said, he got us a top 4 finish and 90 minutes from a European final with a team that I think we can all agree is lacking a lot. If the transfer ban is lifted or delayed we can see what he can do with a bit more quality in the overall squad. If not, it's going to be deja vu next season.
  9. Alex Telles

    Is Chilwell off the table? I would like Telles and he would probably be cheaper but I think you have to account for the homegrown factor as well. Fullback seems like a position we could pump up our homegrown numbers and improve our quality, assuming we are able to buy anyone.
  10. Roman Abramovich

    Yes, agree totally.
  11. Roman Abramovich

    I have to admit this last part about UK buyers I find a bit baffling. I learned never make business personal and that last part seems like a direct response to how the UK government is treating him. You won't let me into your country I won't sell my club to anyone in your country. Maybe he just thinks he can get more from outside buyers then he can from someone in the UK but it really comes across as kind of petty and petulant.
  12. Chelsea banned for TWO transfer windows

    Wow. I know FIFA is corrupt but this is ridiculous.
  13. Aaron Wan-Bissaka

    I certainly wouldn't be against buying him but I think it really depends on price. It's not the most pressing position in my mind. If we are going to spend on a fullback I want a left sided one first. I just feel that side is weaker and we actually do have a prospect up and coming on the right side, so, I'd just focus more on the other side of the pitch and use that money on other positions.
  14. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    You make a good point but in my mind probably the best game we've played recently was the second leg against Spuds.
  15. 1. Kepa Arrizabalaga

    We've certainly had some quality keepers. Being least talented out of that quartet isn't something to be ashamed of. I think it's a bit harsh though. I'd wait a season or two.
  16. Non-Chelsea Transfer Pub

    The lack of foresight and planning to put us in this position is hard to swallow. Trying to save money every year is going to wind up costing us a lot more in the long run. There needs to be a lot of incomings and outgoings this off season and I can't remember us doing more then 3 or 4 incoming players in a long while.
  17. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    Like I said I must have misremembered. No argument from me on this.
  18. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    Is that right? I must have misremembered, I thought Conte took the first two days of preseason and then was let go. I don't remember Sarri showing up and taking over the next day, I thought they had someone else running training for at least another couple days after that. I thought it came out to basically missing the first week. He might have only missed the first two days but I think it goes further then that. It was always going to be a tough preseason this year with the World Cup but the Conte situation and the haggling with Napoli only added to it. It's arguable, but I'm a firm believer in the importance of preseason. No reason to set yourself back anymore then you need to. Others may disagree of course.
  19. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    Yes, he did say that, but wasn't your point that the board did a good job this off season? My point earlier was that the problems go further then the manager and that we need a shake up at the board level. The new manager may have said the transfer market bores him but the board should have realized that the squad needed more then just Jorginho and a loan of Kovacic to compete at the level they expect. That's why I think the titles won by Mourinho and Conte glossed things over, especially at the board level. I don't think they are actually in touch with the quality or lack there of in the current squad.
  20. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    I agree with you on this, but did they set him up to be successful? Did they get him in early in the summer so he could have a full preseason? This point I'll concede they got him Jorginho, but waiting until the end of January for Higuaín really didn't do him any favors. Who knows how it would have turned out if they'd brought him in the summer as well. Really they took a 5th place team and added Jorginho and picked up Kovacic on loan. Switched out keepers. I'm not sure that would have been enough to improve the team much anyway, but throw in changing the philosophy and style of play, I don't think the board did Sarri any favors. They didn't have the courage of their convictions to get fully behind the change and back it with everything they could to be successful.
  21. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    It is confusing. I have to admit I don't know enough about the back ground set up for the women's team to say much about it. I'm not sure Lamps would be a good choice just yet, purely from a lack of experience perspective but who knows, maybe it's worth a shot. I honestly think the changes need to deeper then just the manager though. There needs to be a shake up at the board level in my opinion.
  22. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    It starts from the top. It's been happening for years now and it's finally built to a point that it's hard to argue against. The league wins with Mourinho and Conte just put a gloss on things and made it easier to dismiss people bringing up issues with player recruitment and other board issues. Now it's there big and bold and ugly in our faces, our squad just isn't up to par with our ambitions and/or expectations. Managers have come and gone but the issues remain.
  23. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    I wouldn't call myself a Sarri fanboy unless I guess I was a Conte fanboy and Mourinho fanboy etc. etc. but I have tried to defend him and give him time. It's getting impossible to do so. I can see not changing his tactics, they are what got him the job and might even be what the board is wanting the club to move towards, but his line ups and subs show either a lack of understanding of what's going wrong or just an unwillingness to fix it. I liked to watch his Napoli but we most definitely aren't playing like that. I would have liked to see him get a shot with a full preseason and some more players that play his style, but that's not going to happen and I think he's only got himself to blame for that. I don't want to join in the pile on that's going on here, but I don't see much choice besides moving on to someone else.
  24. Eden Hazard

    I think this makes it harder for Chelsea. I think Real know he wants to join them and feel they can come in and get him whenever they please. If that's the case they'll probably go for Neymar and if they can't pull it off they'll just come for Hazard at the end of the window. If he jumps ship at the end of the window we could be in a real bind. I'm hesitant to have faith in the board being able to navigate this situation and come out the other side in good shape.
  25. Hello from Kc_Blue

    Hello fellow Blues. I can't remember if I ever posted an introduction or not and if I did it was years ago. I've been a Chelsea fan since the late 90s. Just glad to talk about Chelsea with other fans. Looking forward to having good conversations with all of you.