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closed Chelsea v West Brom

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58 minutes ago, MichaelDance said:

One of our easiest games :D Chelsea 3 - 0 West Brom.

I hope Conte won't say this to the players.

I wonder if Fabregas will play. Even if Matic does recover in time then you think it's perfect game to utilise Cesc but not at the expense of an attacker, Hazard and Diego are certain to play but Pedro movement will come handy here. I wouldn't want to lose it.

Matic should sit out this game and be ready for Sunderland away 3 days later.

I still don't have a clue how to save wing-backs from overburning with 3 games in 6 days. The only idea is to not have a wing-backs for one game. But changing formation sounds so stupid for me.

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This one worries me a bit only because we haven't really been on the front foot for a few weeks now. Most of our recent successes have been on the counter attack so its gonna be hard to know whether or not attacking Chelsea can come to the foreground. 

We will no doubt need to get off to a quick start and force them to open up a bit, with that in mind I'd love see Cesc start in the middle again. I realize he's not the most tactically sound player we have in our squad but I don't really envision West Brom coming to the Bridge and playing expansive football and exploiting the gaps Fab may leave. 

I also think its time we start utilizing the squad more. We're entering into the busiest run of games of the season and for us to come out of it unscathed we will need to rely on what little squad depth we have. I'm not talking wholesale changes but maybe 1 - 2 players tops in any one game. If we don't use them now if/when we encounter an injury we could have a major setback due to the fact the squad players aren't up to the speed of the game.

I really believe WBA are punching well above their weight class recently and in truth we should role them over at home but as most have said this is the Premier League where easy games a few and far between.

Having said that the lads should be buzzing after two impressive wins against direct rivals! Now we must take it to the teams we're supposed to beat.

No predictions but if we play our game they won't be able to cope

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2 hours ago, Chelsea Legend 11 said:

This one worries me a bit only because we haven't really been on the front foot for a few weeks now. Most of our recent successes have been on the counter attack so its gonna be hard to know whether or not attacking Chelsea can come to the foreground. 

We will no doubt need to get off to a quick start and force them to open up a bit, with that in mind I'd love see Cesc start in the middle again. I realize he's not the most tactically sound player we have in our squad but I don't really envision West Brom coming to the Bridge and playing expansive football and exploiting the gaps Fab may leave

I also think its time we start utilizing the squad more. We're entering into the busiest run of games of the season and for us to come out of it unscathed we will need to rely on what little squad depth we have. I'm not talking wholesale changes but maybe 1 - 2 players tops in any one game. If we don't use them now if/when we encounter an injury we could have a major setback due to the fact the squad players aren't up to the speed of the game.

I really believe WBA are punching well above their weight class recently and in truth we should role them over at home but as most have said this is the Premier League where easy games a few and far between.

Having said that the lads should be buzzing after two impressive wins against direct rivals! Now we must take it to the teams we're supposed to beat.

No predictions but if we play our game they won't be able to cope

 

I think that will be precisely what they will look to do to be honest, look to exploit that spaces behind Alonso and Moses and try get players in between our midfield and back 3 as well as behind it. Not expansive football though!  

They will probably soak up pressure hoping we play a high line then play on the break. I think they will also try to use Rondon up against Azpi to try and play off second balls from knock downs a lot too as well as the usual set piece threats they have.

This will be a tough match, they won't want the ball as much as a Spurs, United or a City, so let's hope we are able to break them down, they will almost definitely have 2 banks of 4 or even everyone behind the ball if they have to and that's not disrespectful to West Brom because they are very good at that and have won points off good teams with it before under Pulis. 

Still think we shouldn't change a winning team except for Matic in maybe but this will be an busy time for us. Maybe the likes of Zouma, Batshuayi, Willian, Oscar will get more regular minutes from the bench as opposed to 5 minutes or whatever some of them are averaging this season from the bench but I can't see 5 or 6 changes to the team every game. 

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42 minutes ago, lreland123 said:

come on west brom do lt for klopp and people club liverpool

No person in this forum (apart from you) gives two monkeys about Loserpool. TC doesn't mind members joining who support a different rival club, but if you're here just to piss us off then it won't be long before you're banned.

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4 minutes ago, Mana said:

No person in this forum (apart from you) gives two monkeys about Loserpool. TC doesn't mind members joining who support a different rival club, but if you're here just to piss us off then it won't be long before you're banned.

Chill Mana. He has been taken out of the equation.

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2 hours ago, OneMoSalah said:

 

I think that will be precisely what they will look to do to be honest, look to exploit that spaces behind Alonso and Moses and try get players in between our midfield and back 3 as well as behind it. Not expansive football though!  

They will probably soak up pressure hoping we play a high line then play on the break. I think they will also try to use Rondon up against Azpi to try and play off second balls from knock downs a lot too as well as the usual set piece threats they have.

This will be a tough match, they won't want the ball as much as a Spurs, United or a City, so let's hope we are able to break them down, they will almost definitely have 2 banks of 4 or even everyone behind the ball if they have to and that's not disrespectful to West Brom because they are very good at that and have won points off good teams with it before under Pulis. 

Still think we shouldn't change a winning team except for Matic in maybe but this will be an busy time for us. Maybe the likes of Zouma, Batshuayi, Willian, Oscar will get more regular minutes from the bench as opposed to 5 minutes or whatever some of them are averaging this season from the bench but I can't see 5 or 6 changes to the team every game. 

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The areas in behind the wingbacks are to be defensed by the LCB and RCB. I tried to highlight the defensive responsibilities of the mids and CB's in the diagram. 

Truly we should have no trouble in this game if we press them high and force them to make passing decisions sooner than they'd like. They are an awful passing team so we should be able to keep the ball and win the ball a lot.

 

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What I like about Conte is that he's got a title-winning mentality, he pays the same attention to each and every game. I don't wanna jinx it, but I believe complacency is not gonna be an issue under Antonio. I remember that during the Euros Giacherrini said, "Conte doesn't leave anything to chance". There is a reason he won his first Serie A title carrying Juve from seventh(from the previous season) to the top, and two seasons later he went on to go the entire season undefeated. 

He is a very self-critical manager and never accepts complacency. You can see it in his words: 'Work' and 'Improve'. 

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2 hours ago, BoyBlue96 said:

Reading reports on Twitter that Diego, Pedro and Matic are out of the squad for the WBA match....

I hope not ffs Willian Batsman and fabregas will have to come in 

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33 minutes ago, iceboy said:

If anyone cares: Oscar and Terry are out the rest are ok.

Luiz is okay too?

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6 minutes ago, Mufassir08 said:

Luiz is okay too?

Yes he is fit. Despite the horror tackle it was one of those horror tackles that was inches from disaster had Luiz's foot been planted on the floor. I suspect more impact bruising rather than anything major.

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Never an easy game vs the baggies, we just need to maitain the same intensity, desire and focus we´ve been showing the past 8 games and we can win this. Good luck and cheers.

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