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Fulham Broadway

The Mourinho Thread

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I'm against playing kids in Derby match, but actually we should play our backup for Derby match mixed with our strongest XI. Yes, there is a nice gap of days between Derby and Stoke game, but any rest could make a positive impact in this busy period.

We will play 5 games between today until 1st January.

Away to Derby

Away to Stoke

Home vs West Ham

Away to Soton

Away to Tottenham

If people asked me when you think it is 'okay' to rotate some after seeing those fixtures? I would say away to Derby and home vs West Ham.

Edit : Weird, for a moment I thought I'm sure I posted in Pre Match thread.

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So much criticism on Jose about not playing the kids more often. Maybe it's true he doesn't care and it's all about winning for him. Can you blame him? Knowing how demanding Mr. Abramovich is?

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So much criticism on Jose about not playing the kids more often. Maybe it's true he doesn't care and it's all about winning for him. Can you blame him? Knowing how demanding Mr. Abramovich is?

As it has been said countless times now. He will play the kids more next season if we win PL or CL or both this season, as the trophyless pressure is off. At the moment, don't get your hope high too much.

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The harm obviously is risking getting knocked out of the league cup when we have a good chance of winning it.

It's a risk gain analysis and here the risk of exhausting the players is rather low consider the circumstances I already stated and the gain is high because I do believe we will need our first XI to ensure going through.

Derby are at home, in front of their fans, for their biggest match of the season in a cup game where anything can happen. They will look to sit deep and frustrate us and hit on the counter. It's not that our bench is not better than the Derby team it's the way that the game will likely pan out that we will likely need the likes of Hazard and Fabregas and Matic...etc. to break them down.

This game should be treated the same as an away game at Burnley or Leicester or Hull in the EPL.

I disagree, I think our squad players should be good enough to beat them. One other thing is that we need everybody sharp for the festive season.

If we are scared to give them a chance against Derby then they aren't Chelsea quality. Players Like Salah and Shurrle can't play games once every month if can't give them a chance in the League Cup then ehat the purpose of having them?

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So much criticism on Jose about not playing the kids more often. Maybe it's true he doesn't care and it's all about winning for him. Can you blame him? Knowing how demanding Mr. Abramovich is?

Not so sure about that, especially after all the investment in the youth setup, and our last CL game was meaningless.

I also found it strange how Jose spoke about how Loftus-Cheek owes him a bottle of wine now; 'he was joking', but it speaks volumes for how the natural integration of youth into the side is non-existent.

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Not so sure about that, especially after all the investment in the youth setup, and our last CL game was meaningless.

I also found it strange how Jose spoke about how Loftus-Cheek owes him a bottle of wine now; 'he was joking', but it speaks volumes for how the natural integration of youth into the side is non-existent.

It is but I think also the structure of English football doesn't help managers as much as it could, teams in Spain, Holland, Germany have B teams which play in a lower league which is at a higher level of football than say U21 football and give their players more competitive football and makes the step to the first team a bit more easier. Obviously Jose obviously isn't the best manager in terms of introducing youth either but there aren't very many managers in England that actually introduce youth as much as say Pep did at Barca or van Gaal did at Bayern.

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I think this season is far too crucial to be playing too many youngsters. We need that "winners mentality" and get the players to treat each game seriously. If we win at least the PL I think we would have some leeway to play more youngsters next season. Currently I think Brana has a higher chance of playing upfront than Solanke.

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I think this season is far too crucial to be playing too many youngsters. We need that "winners mentality" and get the players to treat each game seriously. If we win at least the PL I think we would have some leeway to play more youngsters next season. Currently I think Brana has a higher chance of playing upfront than Solanke.

If that was true, we would've seen such results in 2006/07. It's a cop-out to say "this season is far too crucial", it's harder to retain a trophy than it is to win it on the one-off. I mentioned it yesterday, but do you recall this?

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If that was true, we would've seen such results in 2006/07. It's a cop-out to say "this season is far too crucial", it's harder to retain a trophy than it is to win it on the one-off. I mentioned it yesterday, but do you recall this?

I also remember Eddie McCreadie deciding to go with the kids...

and getting relegated.

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If that was true, we would've seen such results in 2006/07. It's a cop-out to say "this season is far too crucial", it's harder to retain a trophy than it is to win it on the one-off. I mentioned it yesterday, but do you recall this?

Yet to be proven wrong though, isn't it?

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Yet to be proven wrong though, isn't it?

Well it was, when Fergie did it with the youngsters including Beckham, Neville x2, Butt etc.

The point is, it's not about using all the kids at once. It's that, there's no point in saying "once we've won [insert trophy]". That sort of timeline is a simple cop-out because it's always the excuse for the season after. Using youth is a risk, but it's worth taking sometimes.

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Well it was, when Fergie did it with the youngsters including Beckham, Neville x2, Butt etc.

The point is, it's not about using all the kids at once. It's that, there's no point in saying "once we've won [insert trophy]". That sort of timeline is a simple cop-out because it's always the excuse for the season after. Using youth is a risk, but it's worth taking sometimes.

exactly I doubt our trophy target will be derailed or sabotaged if we gave Boga and RLC the role Salah and Mikel currently occupy in the squad.

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I'm gonna be honest - I love that we're "ganging up" on Mourinho right now as opposed to just believing in him. His decision to leave out RLC for 82 minutes was laughable at best. His statement of putting out the best team vs Derby is the same. A match vs a championship team - surely we could afford to play just 1 youth surrounded by 10 first teamers, right?

However, that brilliant article by Neville put things into perspective to me. At the absolute worst, we have a top 3 academy in England. It took a while for the club to get to this point. If you look at Mourinho's record, he doesn't integrate youth into his squad. Please don't feed me the BS of "look at how many players he gave their debuts too" because that's EXACTLY the same thing that just happened to RLC. A debut without consistent playing time means fuck all.

Back to my point - this is a new strategy for Mourinho as well. He's also coming to terms with this outlook for the first time in his 14 year career. Neville was talking about how linked the youth team and the first team was, how everything's integrated, he was learning from his experiences etc. Well couldn't you say this was RLC's first major learning experience? Whether the match meant anything or not, players uproot their families just so they can play for a club in the CL. He also had his first presser alongside his manager possibly for the next 10 years. Mourinho's mindset is win at all costs - we know this and love it. It's going to take some trial and error on his part on how to go about it. It's easy for us to sit here and say "ah well he should play player A here for X minutes and player B for X minutes" but it's our league to lose this year and IMO Jose knows that.

ZOUMA.

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Well it was, when Fergie did it with the youngsters including Beckham, Neville x2, Butt etc.

The point is, it's not about using all the kids at once. It's that, there's no point in saying "once we've won [insert trophy]". That sort of timeline is a simple cop-out because it's always the excuse for the season after. Using youth is a risk, but it's worth taking sometimes.

I think it was different a decade ago and it was demanded that we win, win and win.

The standards has been reduced a tad bit.... Just a tad. And because of FFP we can't no longer splash like crazy.

We did good this season with transfer, but how many years you expect the same results?

Every year we sell a youth for over 20 millions?

It's gonna come a time that what we have to spend and what's available ain't as good as what we have.

Biggest example is Salah. What was the purpose of spending 10 millions to get him when his slot can go to a guy from the Academy?

If mourinho is really staying here for a decade then by next season we should see something moving in this direction.

*noticed that I'm a pessimists when it comes to youth but at least I can acknowledge that thanks to FFP we might just have to use the kids in the coming seasons.

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The harm obviously is risking getting knocked out of the league cup when we have a good chance of winning it.

It's a risk gain analysis and here the risk of exhausting the players is rather low consider the circumstances I already stated and the gain is high because I do believe we will need our first XI to ensure going through.

Derby are at home, in front of their fans, for their biggest match of the season in a cup game where anything can happen. They will look to sit deep and frustrate us and hit on the counter. It's not that our bench is not better than the Derby team it's the way that the game will likely pan out that we will likely need the likes of Hazard and Fabregas and Matic...etc. to break them down.

This game should be treated the same as an away game at Burnley or Leicester or Hull in the EPL.

Not so sure we can't get through Derby with our squad players.

Zouma, Cech, Luis, Schurrle, Remy should be able to play in this game and get the right result.

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Well it was, when Fergie did it with the youngsters including Beckham, Neville x2, Butt etc.

The point is, it's not about using all the kids at once. It's that, there's no point in saying "once we've won [insert trophy]". That sort of timeline is a simple cop-out because it's always the excuse for the season after. Using youth is a risk, but it's worth taking sometimes.

But they lost that season to blackburn.

And that was in 1995, it's a completely different ball game today. Youth players don't have just the established English players to compete with but some of the best players in the world. It's also a much more business/result sport and top teams are expected to win every match even though the league itself ten times more difficult.

This is especially evident in the EPL where literally any team can beat any other team. Barcelona or Real Madrid can afford to start 1-2 youngsters against any bottom half team and still win comfortably without getting out of first gear.Same with Bayern against almost any team in the Bundes Liga. In the EPL you can't afford not to play your best team against anyone because there are no easy matches.

The club will not rely on unproven youngsters. It's as simple as that. Apart from Zouma and to a lesser degree Ake, none of the youth players are part of the first team or really part of our season despite all the debuts. Those are meant first as a publicity stunt but also as a motivation for young players to keep working hard to impress, get a loan, impress there and hopefully get a place back here. Being a footballer at a top European team like Chelsea is not something that gets handed to you for some vaguely moral reason. Same goes for the players we buy in the market.

Chelsea is no longer just a football club, it's a global brand and essentially a corporation, and corporations will always attempt to maximize short-term gains.

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Not so sure we can't get through Derby with our squad players.

Zouma, Cech, Luis, Schurrle, Remy should be able to play in this game and get the right result.

Yeah, Zouma will indeed start and the others are not exactly 'fringe' players as they are hardly below the level of the usual starters.

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Yeah, Zouma will indeed start and the others are not exactly 'fringe' players as they are hardly below the level of the usual starters.

We need to take the opportunities to keep our regular starters fresh. I'd rest Hazard personally...

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