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Jason

closed Huddersfield 0-3 Chelsea

Started by Jason,

Man of the Match   35 members have voted

  1. 1. Who is your Man of the Match?

    • Kepa
      0
    • Azpilicueta
      0
    • Rudiger
      1
    • Luiz
      2
    • Alonso
      0
    • Jorginho
      14
    • Kante
      10
    • Barkley
      0
    • Willian
      1
    • Pedro
      4
    • Morata
      0
    • Loftus-Cheek (sub)
      0
    • Hazard (sub)
      2
    • Moses (sub)
      0

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1 minute ago, Unionjack said:

You know my love for the bald chap and  I'm really excited to see how Sarri is going to deal with him. But mate Jorgi was at the center of everything. We wouldn't have done owt without him

And what really shocks me as not 1 single vote on here!

We got a glimpse of what's in store for Kante - license to get forward, has to offer width when our RW goes inside, him being in the position he was in when he scored indicates a much more attacking role for him. As I said in his thread, I think this season he will establish himself as a true box-to-box all-rounder, not merely a destroyer.

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good start to the season and a very good result, there are positives despite our shaky start, need to sort some positions on the field, of course its still a work in progress, lot of things to improve and the lads in time will gel in to Sarri's tactics, it started to show today and the devastating efect it can have and when its implemented properly in the players. it will be a sight to behold for sure, the sexy football we've been craving for long will arrive at Stamford Bridge. Cheers mates and KTBFFH ;) 

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1 minute ago, manpe said:

We got a glimpse of what's in store for Kante - license to get forward, has to offer width when our RW goes inside, him being in the position he was in when he scored indicates a much more attacking role for him. As I said in his thread, I think this season he will establish himself as a true box-to-box all-rounder, not merely a destroyer.

Specially when Kova gets in mate. It will be crazy!

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45 minutes ago, Unionjack said:

You know my love for the bald chap and  I'm really excited to see how Sarri is going to deal with him. But mate Jorgi was at the center of everything. We wouldn't have done owt without him

And what really shocks me as not 1 single vote on here!

Jorgieboy got my vote mate I thought he played outstandingly well.

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15 minutes ago, BluesMadLad said:

Jorgieboy got my vote mate I thought he played outstandingly well.

Well that makes 2 of us! Surprised Morata didn't get a few by the way some are talking.

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Good start, plenty to work on, plenty of players to still get match fitness and in the first 11. All in all a pretty decent first game. 

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1 hour ago, milan.cech said:

I like how Sarri described some moments of the game as ugly. Still a lot of work to do but the signs are promising.

He also mentioned the word "suffer". :ph34r:

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3 hours ago, manpe said:

Did he misplace a single pass or did it stay 100%? My MOTM has to be Kante, love the weee baldy man  :kiss:

I was the first to vote. Kante all the way. Then Luiz. Then Jorginho. Jorginho did have a couple dodgy passes but recovered quickly. Zero chance he had a 100% completion rate.

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7 hours ago, Pizy said:

The problem with our pressing is that no one appears to know when to do so. As a consequence, maybe one player presses while others don't and the opponent easily passes through it. You MUST press as a unit in this system or you look foolish.

 

Im sorry but what are you on about? You can't press vs a team that only plays long balls. This game was never one where we were going to see Sarris high pressing football. You could start to see some patterns while we were on the ball tho that looked promising.

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4 hours ago, Jason said:

He also mentioned the word "suffer". :ph34r:

If you saw the video of Real Juve final, you could hear Zidane say "you will suffer" too :D

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3 hours ago, Iggy Doonican said:

What in the name of sanity is this bollocks ?

Glad it wasn't just me that doesn't know WTF was going on.

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3 hours ago, Iggy Doonican said:

What in the name of sanity is this bollocks ?

:lol: Its a map showing the quality of chances from both teams in the match, where the shot was taken from, etc.

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71m makes him nailed on starter.
Or our back up options not being up to scratch.

So much for Emerson even getting a look in.

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2 hours ago, kellzfresh said:

:lol: Its a map showing the quality of chances from both teams in the match, where the shot was taken from, etc.

I like xG.  I think it's a good metric.  It also has some good predictive qualities if you take some history (assuming you can derive some sort of history for a player).

Morata is all over the place:

14/15 - Juventus - 8G - 5.01 xG

15/16 - Juventus - 7G - 8.10 xG 

16/17 - Madrid - 15G - 9.52 xG

17/18 Chelsea - 11G - 13.90 xG

So, that's 41G vs 36.53 xG in 4 seasons.

https://understat.com/player/1804

Either he's regressing to the mean (statistically) from that super efficient 16/17 season (bad news for us).  Or, he's a good finisher who will outperform (slightly) his xG (his xG should go up under Sarri, if you're curious, Mertens and Higuain both had xG numbers between 20-25 under Sarri).  These 4 seasons don't tell us very much for Morata (in comparison, Aguero has outperformed his xG in 3 of the last 4 seasons)

In relation to the match today, it really shows how flattering the scoreline was (it's early days, it's to be expected, before anyone accuses me of not being patient). 

 

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Man. Just scrolled through the comments during the game and boy was I shocked by some of the comments. I’m not gonna call anyone out personally but I was left wondering what game people watched?

 

First of all, in the first half we faced a 3-5-1-1 for the first time, very little space in between the lines. Pritchard’s defensive instruction was clearly just to sit on Jorginho and to not allow him to get on the ball, as a result Luiz became our deep lying playmaker. We struggled to find the half spaces because Huddersfield, surprise, surprise, were VERY compact and made it very hard to break the lines in the first half. Defensively I thought we struggled mightily in wide areas. Azpi was having all sorts of problems dealing with Mounie when he went out to the right. I think the narrow back four will make it easier for big CF’s to pick on Azpi as Mounie did today.

 

I generally don’t like the Rudiger/Luiz tandem, they both don’t read the game well and are slow to react. I also don’t think we have a solution in the team so it will be a problem going forward.

 

In the second half the noticeable change was Pritchard being subbed for Depoitre. Where Pritchard sat on Jorginho in the 3-5-1-1, Depoitre was an out and out CF and had all sorts of trouble dealing with Jorginho’s constant movement to try to get on the ball which he did and as a result we were able to FINALLY play. The other noticeable difference in the play was how easy it was for Luiz to break the lines with incisive passing. I thought he was fucking magnificent today, his long ball distribution was 10/12 which is obviously incredible considering how compact Huddersfield were. Defensively we weren’t really threatened in the second we basically defended by keeping the ball.

 

Kepa - 7 not really tested, was patient with his short passing. His distribution overall was average, he actually got us in trouble when he gave the ball away in the first half. He’ll get better when he knows who the best outlets are. Clearly the midrange pass has to go to Alonso on the flank...

 

Azpi - 6 he looked very average as our RB, was beaten easily down the flank and also played men onside in the first half. He’s probably just adjusting to playing out there again but if I’m assessing his game based on what I saw he was average at best.

 

Rudiger - 7 doesn’t really read the game well but has the athleticism to make up for his slow reactions. Struggled with balls in the box because he can’t rely on make up speed in that zone. I did notice his distribution was good. Broke lines a few times and never forced a bad pass. Safe.

 

Luiz - 8 I really don’t know how anyone who watched the game could say Luiz was poor. He was close to the motm for me. Again his distribution, both long and short was fantastic and he closed on would be attackers quickly to allow us to retain possession. Once he gets an understanding of what Sarri wants from him as our secondary deep lying playmaker.... look out. The only thing I don’t like is he is slow to react.

 

Alonso - 7 ideally I would love to see Emerson on the left flank but I do understand why Alonso is playing. He is an aerial threat, outlet ball, free kick specialist and in a team that lacks height and physicality, it will be hard for him not to play. He was decent going forward linked up well with Willian and Barkley.

 

Jorginho - 8 the guy just knows what we are trying to do and knows how to marshal the team. The entire game, even when he was marked out, you could see him dictating the game vocally. Telling guys where to go and forcing the defense to make decisions about who they want to take out of the game. I canNOT wait till Kovacic and Hazard are in the xi, it will be much easier for Jorginho to find operating room when they are on the pitch.

 

Kante - 8 I must admit, I wasn’t sure Kante would be able to effectively play as a box to box midfielder, today he showed he has great potential. Loved his movement off the ball and he also showed the ability to move the ball quickly even if the decision making wasn’t always direct. Was great to see him score and most important have box presence.

 

Barkley - 6 Ross has a lot of pressure on him. Ruben is breathing down his neck and soon Kovacic will take the starting role. Having said that he showed some positivity. He can play at a higher tempo but his defensive awareness is non-existent. Looked explosive with the ball at his feet but never really made himself available to receive the ball in the first half. Needs to come deeper to suck in defenders when they are man marking Jorginho.

 

Pedro - 7 he was so frustrating to watch in possession! So many times when there was a clear opportunity to make a pass and move, he ended up taking way too many touches and as a result the move broke down. I would rather him on the end of moves rather than being involved in the build up. Decent finish for the goal which is why I gave him 7.

 

Willian - 7 He’s not quite comfortable in this system but I thought he did well taking on his man and providing instant fast break counters. I’m starting to think he can be useful in this system if he decides to take a touch and move, he’s fast! Jorginho thinks fast! Combine the two and you have fast!

 

Morata - 6.5 he was DEFINITELY much more effective at holding up the ball and linking play. I thought his composure in the build up was markedly improved. Now he just has to be more aggressive in the box and fight harder to win 50/50’s. Worked hard for the team today but I need end product from the striker.

 

Hazard - 8 what a cameo! It’s safe to say he’s gonna flourish as an impact sub... lol. 6 successful take ons in 15 minutes. Also noticed him coming deep to collect which freed up Jorginho a lot. So glad we were able to keep him even if just for a year, I want to see him in Sarri’s system. He’s gonna be a real killer.

 

Loftus-Cheek - 6 I actually think Ruben’s role this season will be impact sub. He just doesn’t have the stamina to play a full 90 at a high level. He offered a decent spark and I can see that continuing going forward.

 

Moses n/a didn’t do much...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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