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Posts posted by kc_blue

  1. 21 hours ago, OhForAGreavsie said:

    I have never, and will never, understand how a supposed Chelsea fan can write about a Chelsea player in this disrespectful way. Willian may not be your idea of what Chelsea need, just as he isn't mine, but come on.

    That's pretty mild for this board actually.  Have you never looked in at the Alonso thread?  

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  2. 34 minutes ago, OneMoSalah said:


    Also Sarri's constant criticism has been he hasnt won anything, but as you said we humiliated Arsenal second half in a Europa League final, playing excellently. He also said in an interview he has to win more trophies now so they dont just say hes won one.

    I hope he stays for another season at least and can get the team playing more consistent and get another trophy or two, I mean we got to the Carabao Cup final as well this season so why cant we get there again next year or to the FA cup final? As well as a stronger top 4 finish as we wont challenge for the league and having a strong CL run? He deserves every chance to do it.

    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.  

  3. 1 hour ago, Vesper said:

    If you look at the legal basis for why FIFA said no deferral, then you will see why I have been so pessimistic from the beginning, before the bans themselves were even officially announced. Barca and RM got deferrals because the laws were new, but now they are not. That is exactly what FIFA has now stated twice, that we knew the rules, that they were in place for years now, and we still chose to break them. 

    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.

  4. 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. 

  5. 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.

  6. On ‎3‎/‎7‎/‎2019 at 11:08 PM, shrenshah said:

    Wan bissaka for rb

    Telles for lb

    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.

  7. 57 minutes ago, Vesper said:

    He is making profits now steadily, and other parts of his empire are being dismantled, so I really doubt he will sell atm, plus he is supposedly refusing to sell to any UK buyers.

    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.

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  8. 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.

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  9. 7 minutes ago, Mana said:

    He must be sacked before the Spuds game. Then Poch will have a much more difficult game as Sarriball will no longer be in action and it’s guess work for Poch on what we do.

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

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  10. 19 minutes ago, Fulham Broadway said:

    Out of Abramovich era first team keepers -Cudicini, Cech, Courtois, Kepa is the least talented imo.

    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.

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  11. 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.  

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  12. 5 minutes ago, Jason said:

    We got Sarri two days into pre-season and he immediately took over after that. Why would someone else ran the training if we had already gotten our manager?

    Like I said I must have misremembered.  

    6 minutes ago, Jason said:

    Yeah and CHO was arguably the best performer in pre-season but was hardly ever used after that...

    No argument from me on this.

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  13. 14 minutes ago, Jason said:

    Sure, we should have done his appointment earlier but this talk of Sarri didn't have the full pre-season is nonsense TBH.

    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.

  14. 15 minutes ago, Blue Armour said:

    But remember, Sarri was the one who openly came out and said on arrival: "The transfer market bores me". He basically admitted he would try to coach and 'improve' the players that he already has. At the time, the board still wanted to give Morata another chance. Because they paid a lot for him, and it was technically his second season. Considering this, they have some justification for delaying the Higuain move (although it looks bad in hindsight)

    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.

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  15. 7 minutes ago, Blue Armour said:

    After a long time, they did something bold by hiring someone like Sarri to take the helm. Unproven, but believed to potentially be able to bring the type of attacking football many fans have been craving for, for a long time. A really unorthodox move, all things considered.

    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?

    8 minutes ago, Blue Armour said:

    Compared to the transfer windows from recent seasons, they even bent over backwards not once, but twice, to get the manager his number one target, in Jorginho and Higuain.

    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.  

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  16. 19 minutes ago, Tomo said:

    The confusing thing is at every other level we are practically flawless, we dominate youth level and the women's game in a way that makes the Greek league look competitive so why can't we translate that to the mens first team? 

    Those teams are all managed by through and through Chelsea people, so maybe the next move is to try similar at first team level? Be it Lamps or the traditional boot room

    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.  

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  17. 1 hour ago, Fernando said:

    We have regress badly as a club. 

    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.  

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  18. 3 hours ago, coolhead23 said:

    I dont think Hazard is Real's number 1 target though they can be unpredictable ... Feel they are after Neymar and/or Mbappé and only if they are not able to get any one of those then it's Hazard. The Hazard rumor has goes gone cold for now because I m sure Hazard's camp it pushing for the move to Madrid and they dont have an assurance for now.

    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.  

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  19. Sarri hasn't done himself any favors with the line ups he's picked or subs used in games, but was anyone actually expecting much more then this?  An up and down season.  An inconsistent side who when on actually looks pretty good but when it's not on looks like a pick up team at the park.  It's deja vu at Chelsea, we have all seen this play out before, as recently as last season.  

    Shockingly, with that great off season and all those additions and upgrades to the squad, we're right back in almost the same position we were last season.  Did anyone really think adding Jorginho, Kovacic, and Higuaín at the end of January, was going to be enough investment make up ground on the teams ahead of us.  Maybe if Manure had kept Jose another month or two it would have been enough for 4th, but come on.  As much as it hurts we just aren't as good as the teams ahead of us right now and we haven't done enough to make up the ground.  Something needs to change and it's more then just the manager.  The club needs to decide what style of football they want to play and build towards that and be consistent in that approach with managerial appointments and players bought.  

    I don't know if Sarri is a great manager or not.  At the moment it's not looking so great but it still seems like it's far to early to be calling him names or calling for a replacement.  Not everything he's tried has come off and from the outside some of the decisions seem perplexing but we really don't know what's going on behind the scenes.  If he's really been told he has to get CL football next season or he's gone then I can almost understand the Hazard and Kante subs yesterday.  Maybe he thought bringing them on for 20 minutes would enable us to kill the game off there and then and make it easier to rotate for the second game, just a thought I had and didn't turn out that way.  I still want to see him have a full pre season and get a few more players in that suit how he wants to play but it's getting harder and harder to see that happening.