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Everything posted by petre.ispirescu

  1. 18. Olivier Giroud

    He's my first choice to lead the line this season. PL experience, good finisher and a big, big morale after winning the WC. Unlike Morata, at least Giroud looks like A MAN, not only in terms of looks, but in his head also. 32 in a month and a bit slow, but I can't see Chelsea playing on the counter this season. Maybe against City in both matches and probably away to Liverpool or Tottenham, but otherwise I think we'll see a different Chelsea this season, with better possession of the ball and Giroud is the perfect type of centre forward for this. Midfielders and wingers will bring lots of balls into the last 10-15m from goal, I trust Giroud there and not Morata to burry all the chances.
  2. Mateo Kovacic

    Top top deal this one. I have given up on Willian leaving, so I think it's Kovacic and a GK and we are done.
  3. Nabil Fekir

    Just speculation based on our game against Lyon tonight and the fact he did not get included in the match day squad. Well pretty obvious though as he reported back for training after the WC yesterday afternoon. Of course he stayed in Lyon to work on his fitness, rather than play in a friendly 24h after he got back from holidays.
  4. Chelsea 0-2 Man City

    Madrid is backed fully by the Spanish government, so no more words needed to be fair... Roman has his own problems with the UK visa that's why he's probably reluctant to pump big money again into an English club as long as the country itself does not even let him enter their teritory. New stadium was put on hold because of this, too. It's not rocket science, it is a morale thing to do, if you are not even given permission to enter the country then why improve their facilities and bring money to their government through taxes for a state of the art stadium plus lots and lots of other benefits that the state is given because of big clubs through the tourists that come to games, taxes et all. And frankly, should we fans now turn against the club because we are not being spoilt anymore with big transfers every summer? Me I could not care less, I support the club not their transfer policy and I don't live for the fancy names rumoured in the media, nor for the Sky Sports Deadline day on TV. Nevertheless Chelsea is a self sustaining club for years now through sponsorship deals, image rights etc. so I doubt Roman has pumped lots of money for the past years a la 2003-2010. Jorginho could be the one and only arrival this summer, we knew when Sarri was appointed that he's not that fond on fancy transfers and thats why the board appointed him also - someone that is happy to work with what he has and does not brag about transfers in every presser.
  5. Chelsea 0-2 Man City

    "A once manager once said"... Mourinho has a top squad at his disposal and still plays a brand of football even my five year olds can relate to after two training sessions. It's preparation matches still and Emerson could well be a starter, too, if Alonso was on the pitch today doesn't mean heis going to make the left full back position his. Same goes for Michy/Giroud. Hazard is going to be back soon, Kante as well, Willian also.
  6. Chelsea 0-2 Man City

    Yes it was given the circumstances and the momentum. They are going into their 3rd season with Guardiola, we're just three weeks working with Sarri. City's players, wake them up at 3 in the morning in their holidays and gather them on a football pitch with myself in the dugout and they would still put any team to respect playing Guardiola's tactics. Ours wouldn't play the Sarri way yet as it is TOO EARLY FFS!
  7. Chelsea 0-2 Man City

    It's so damn early mate to draw any conclusions on who is good and who is not to play this type of football. If by January we're 7th and struggling week in week out than fair enough, but not three weeks in Sarri's arrival here. This tactics and Sarri's extreme positional play, you don't learn this over night, IT TAKES TIME!!! City with better transfers and better squad, still struggled with Guardiola's tactics at first and ended up trophyless in hia first season! A few wins in a row and at least two months on the training pitch and we will see the beauty in Sarri's tactics.
  8. 29. Álvaro Morata

    With Higuain bound to go to Milan now and unless there is something moving behind closed doors for Martial, it looks this guy is going to lead the line for us next season. Worrying to say the least... Should be third in the pecking order if you ask me, I'd have Giroud and Batshuayi over him anytime. I am totally tired of his so called fouls he asks for every time he touches the ball and frankly his confidence always looks shot no matter what, he's like someone that got dumped by his first love in highschool and still can't get over it 30 years later and lives a lonely and miserable life.
  9. 22. Willian

    My problem with Willian is that I SUPPOSE that in his mind he thinks he's some world class player and untouchable here hence the total disrespect for Conte after the Cup final. What did he think back then? That he should not be dropped no matter what? No Willian you are just a work rate merchant that can easily be replaced with tons of other players. He is not a rat, just a disrespectul player leaving in his own bubble. If he stays and shows commitment then ok, if he leaves surely won't be missed. Actually I hope for a swap with Martial, hundreds of times more talented than Willian and should he thrive under Sarri would be a total bonus as well, chaos among the Mancs and the final nail in Mourinho's coffin in terms of giving young talent a chance.
  10. Gonzalo Higuain

    Higuain is a top centre forward and has a powerful relationship with Sarri. Would very much ease the transition to Sarri's football, personally it would be a dissapointment if we don't get him. But if it is not going to happen, I'd rather have Giroud leading the line. Has a strong mentality and he's coming back as a WC winner. Morata is simply hopless, his confidence looks shot even with Sarri in charge now and first thing he looks is to fall on the ground and look for the odd foul. I don't understand what it is in his mind.
  11. 22. Willian

    So Malcolm's transfer to Roma has now failed after Roma announcing it earlier - it seems Barcelona have beaten them to Malcolm's signature, meaning Willian stays put. I feel this is so so wrong, we should have taken the money and run, he is rubbish and won't improve no matter what system he plays in. Also Weigl is in Paris ahead of his move to PSG, so this should end all the Kante rumours. Hopefully it's not Hazard leaving in the end for Christ's sake, I can see the board getting no quality replacement and leaving Sarri with no other choice than go into the new season with Pedro and Willian on the wings... Imagine this... Putting your faith into an average Pedro and a rubbish, disrespectful Willian.
  12. Nabil Fekir

    Me, too. I would sell all the Brazilians in the squad and stay away from them in the future. For me, the Brazilians players are like Liverpool fans turned pro footballers. Always arrogant, always thinking football spins around them. Before the World Cup I saw interviews from Brazil, including with Gabriel Jesus' mother, all saying how Brazil deserve to win the WC and that there is no other National Team more worthy of this trophy than Brazil because of their history and legendary players and blah blah blah. Oh yeah, you don't say? Fuck you and Brazil, worth the WC my ass, maybe this is why all planet hates this National team because they are full of shite.
  13. 22. Willian

    Because Sarri plays the three man midfield with a no. 8 (Jorginho), a no. 6 (Allan) and a "mezzala" (Hamsik). We have Jorginho and Kante for the no. 6 and no. 8, perfect for Sarri, but no "mezzala" to fit in Sarri's tactics, a midfielder to shoot from outside the box, to score goals, to add something different from the other two. It's the role Lamps used to have here, a midfield of Cesc/RLC - Jorginho - Kante would be technically good, but would not add a lot of goals, it's not something Sarri thinks of IMHO.
  14. 22. Willian

    Assuming Hazard, Courtois and Willian go with three weeks left before the league starts over again, we'd have to find three quality replacements for three vital positions in the starting eleven. Add to that we'd still have to buy a central midfielder (for the Hamsik role) as frankly I can't see Fabregas, Bakayoko, Drinkwater, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek to fit there in Sarri's eyes. This scenario ain't happening if you ask me. Too much of a risk. It's either Hazard or Willian that goes.
  15. 22. Willian

    Sell and don't like at the money! He's just a work-rate merchant with no end product, can't think of any way how he'd fit into this team knowing Sarri's game is all about pass and move, pass and move in the final third, while Willian needs at least 5 minutes before taking a decision.
  16. Gonzalo Higuain

    So this fella Alfredo Pedulla who seems to be on par with Di Marzio nowadays says Rugani & Higuain to Chelsea is a done deal now and they are just waiting for their agent to come back from Germany and wrap all things up.
  17. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    Just watched his presser. Mark my words - this guy is going to last here. Won't complain about transfers and surely won't have any absurd requests regarding arrivals, meaning he won't be making 150-200M worth of targets every summer, which frankly is music to our board's ears. Also I think he'll have no problems reaching Top 4 every season as soon as he implements his football at the club. These (Top 4 every season and quiet transfer windows) are exactly what our nowadays board is looking for, so I think he'll be safe reaching these targets, regardless of silverware. Football is a business and the Chelsea board is no different to it, so as long as the team plays beautiful football and manages to get money into the club by qualifying to Champions League every year, while also spending less on the transfer market, his job is safe. Best thing that would happen next IMO is to bring in a quality Director of Football like the one Monaco had a few years ago, somebody with an eye for great talent on the cheap that Sarri would nurture and bring to the next level. Judging by his words, he'd have no problem working like that. This, of course, given he'd be brought the talent to also fit his philosophy, not the young Cahills and Drinkwaters, but more of the young Jorginhos or ball playing centre halves etc. Think a partnership like this (Sarri + a quality Director of Football) would really work.
  18. Thibaut Courtois

    Time to say good bye and move to our targets if Cope report it.
  19. 10. Eden Hazard

    Cadena Cope in Spain top top source very reliable just said a few hours ago that Hazard must hand in an official transfer request if he is to leave otherwise Madrid cannot negociate because Chelsea told them he is not for sale. Cadena Cope also say that Chelsea at some point last season has given Hazard a deadline until April (a few months ago) to tell them if he wants to leave, the deadline passed and he did not say he wants a move away so the club made him non transferable. Cadena Cope say that at the moment it's more Hazard talking about this transfer, rather than Madrid thinking of it. Their top target is Neymar but they find it impossible to even get to negociate for him.
  20. 10. Eden Hazard

    I always said that a top team must have a stand out player, an X factor like Cristiano Ronaldo for Madrid, Messi for Barcelona, Neymar (and Mbappe) for Paris, De Bruyne for City, Salah now for Liverpool, Robben (and Ribery) for years at Bayern etc. We have our own in Hazard and we might lose this luxury, but what can you do if his heart is set on Madrid? For me and it's my opinion only, I think he would go there at the wrong time. Madrid have won four of the last five Champions League trophies and Ronaldo is gone now. Zidane, too. Lots of ageing players in Modric, Ramos, Marcelo. Add to that these players, this Real Madrid generation has won so many trophies in the last years it's impossible for them to replicate this again and especially for a lot of them to find that big motivation, that big hunger again. Look at Varane - 25 years old, four Champions League titles and World Cup winner, will be playing for fun from now on, he's won the biggest trophies you can get as a footballer. Make no mistake the Real Madrid fans will expect a Ronaldo replacement with the same appetite for goals and I am afraid Hazard is not the one they are looking for. When things will get tight and Bale will go into his annual four months on the injury list, all the burden will be left on Hazard's shoulders and he'll have to step up and score loads of goals otherwise those fans will turn against him in a blink and his price tag is going to be the first quoted and branded a flop after a few bad games. And believe me the Spanish fans are the worst you will see, football is just politics in that country, their arrogance makes me puke. If it was me I'd rather have lived as a king at Chelsea than as a simple player that has once played for Madrid because surely he is not going to end up as a legend there, simply does not have the goal scoring capabilities and that's all what matters at that club when they pay monster money for you. But it's his decision in the end.
  21. Sarri But Not Sarri Thread

    It is a completely new era for our club with an innovative manager and for me the closest one to Pep Guardiola in world football. It's funny how four or five months ago I was watching Napoli almost every week-end and I was saying to myself "Wow if there is the slightest of chances of getting Sarri, Chelsea should jump right on it". And a few months later the club did make their move once this man was on the market. Kudos to the board for being brave here in appointing somebody that's playing a risky type of football that will surely entertain the fans, but will need some time until he gets his ideas straight make no mistake. The football he is going to implement it's not something you learn over a week and I wish people will be patient with him. On Hazard & Courtois - If their minds are not with Chelsea anymore I'd let them go and let Sarri pick their replacements. My perfect example is Sarri's Napoli and especially their front three of Insigne, Mertens and Callejon. For me Insigne is a good player but probably one of the most selfish ones I've seen since watching this game of football. Callejon is a bit useless if you ask me and Mertens a decent winger turned centre forward. None of these are star players, nor ones that you'd wish to sign them the first day as the transfer window opens, but still they looked like world beaters in Sarri's system. Think Sarri will do just fine replacing Hazard with somebody that would fit his tactics. I'd let Willian go, too and bring in some fresh young blood, think we'd do with someone in the mould of Leroy Sane, some explosive wingers, maybe the likes of Leon Bailey and there's plenty others for sure that I can't think of at the moment but Bailey would be my absolute dream signing such a top talent the next Robben in the making.
  22. The Conte Thread

    I hope you get relegated
  23. Gonzalo Higuain

    We're not stuffed with goal scoring wingers or midfielders at the moment, as a matter of fact Hazard is not your goal scoring, star player and Willian/Pedro's end product is average at best. Giroud won't score you an awful lot of goals, he's more of a perfect target man nowadays and Morata I find him a good player, technically very good, but not a goal scoring machine to be honest to score the odd 20-25 goals every PL season. Sarri and Higuain have a special relationship and I think he needs a man he can totally trust up front knowing he'll have enough creative players around to bring him the ball in front of the net. Higuain had that monster season a few years back under Sarri and I think he was the first to score 36 goals in a single Italian first league season since some bloke did it in the 1925 or 1926 or something like that. If Sarri trusts him I am all for this transfer, first few months are going to be a bit difficult for Sarri until he gets his ideas straight, he needs a goal scorer he can trust to make life a bit easier even when the team has a rough patch.
  24. Aleksandr Golovin

    Think we need a different midfielder for the "Hamsik role" to be fair. Apart from his monster workrate, I don't think Golovin is any better than Loftus Cheek or Mount in terms of raw talent. Now Sarri's got his perfect deep lying playmaker in Jorginho and the box to box midfielder you'd wish for in Kante, both with a terrific engine that will help the transition, think he'll be in for a different type of player in that third spot of his midfield three, maybe one with a goal scoring appetite, or at least with more flair and directness. Both Hamsik and Zielinski had different skills than Allan, Jorginho, Diawara in Sarri's Napoli.
  25. The Conte Thread

    The media will paint Chelsea as the villain once again, but in the end we all know that Conte wanted to leave, too and this was obvious from the start of last season. Of course he was not going to resign and lose a lot of money so fair play to him and who the hell cares about that money I know I don't, it's not mine and frankly he deserves every penny. Thank you for the memories Antonio will never forget your first season here record breaking one such an incredible vibe around Chelsea it was at that time. Second season, meh... But it was all forgotten as soon as we won that Cup final against Mourinho. Thank you and good luck for the future!