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  1. DYC.

    Eden Hazard

    My guy is gone. Strangely enough I'm fine with this. I've been ready for this moment. Seven years is a long time. I did not expect him stay this long when he joined and I'm glad I got to watch him play in Blue for that long. He came with the weight of the world on his shoulders. Most crumble under that kind of pressure but he never let the pressure get to him. I was always highly impressed by that. His fitness always astounded me. Rarely missed a game and completing the full 90 min pretty much all the time. And the amount of fouls he would just absorb, including a ridiculous number o
  2. If the ban sticks, there's no point in sacking Sarri. Chels aren't even candidates for the title or CL. No manager can change that so keep Sarri (and Hazard) if that's the case. If the ban does not stick, I'd like a different manager. I don't trust Sarri's eye for talent. If Chels had a proper technical director who would have the most say in player purchase and sales, then I wouldn't mind another season of Sarri at all. For example, Jorginho can never be the key man right in the centre of the pitch in a PL side with (future) title aspirations. The whole Alonso thing, Kovacic, Higuain...
  3. Points will be dropped left and right. Question is who will drop the most points. I guess a decision will have to be made because I forgot about the EL for a sec. Either go for a top 4 finish or go for EL glory. This team can’t do both.
  4. He’s always done after 60 min. Sad.
  5. I just realised Chels have turned into Arsenal. Soft and unbalanced. Top 4 still possible though. Let’s see if they have what it takes. Proper technical director, please. Poorly assembled squad. But if that transfer ban sticks, it’s going to hit Chels hard.
  6. They’re comfortably the better side in terms of quality.
  7. Can't go into this game with the same game plan. Liverpool are fast and energetic all over the pitch, and they have a high-scoring forward line. The midfield battle will be very physical. Firminio will harass the holding midfield player (key position for Chels obviously). Chels will be less fatigued because of the rotation, but this is a game against a better side. Sarri must make changes. I'd go for this. Kepa Azpilicueta - Rudiger - Christensen - Emerson Kante - Luiz - Jorginho Odoi - Hazard - Cheek Caballero; Alonso; Kovacic, Barkley; Pedro, Willian, Girou
  8. I don't understand the Guardiola comparisons. Guardiola is an elite coach and a proven winner. Sarri is neither of those things. He’s more Pellegrini than Pep. I doubt Sarri will suddenly find great succes at Chelsea. I'm more interested in his successor and a new technical director. That will give me an idea of where Chels is heading. But I'm fine with him staying for another season if he's finally willing to give the young players regular playing time. Developing talent is crucial for Chels right now. The club obviously doesn't possess the purchasing power to bring in world-class p
  9. Send Higuain back. Batshuayi can do this for ‘free’. Another striker way past his prime to add to the list. Good thing it was a loan.
  10. Sarri should’ve made these changes a long time ago. That’s on him. This might save him. Team looks vibrant.
  11. Eden better start scoring goals on the regular again. Need a hot streak in the final six games.
  12. Yeah I actually see Cheek as an old-school 4-4-2 wide midfielder. His body shape alone when receiving the ball in the centre of the pitch is off. Which is why he's often forced to turn backwards. His positional awareness has also always been lacking for me. Not to mention his stamina issues. He's at his best when he is facing goal with the ball at his feet, initiating transitions from defence to attack Andd he needs that space you get on the flank. Sadly he lacks that burst of accelaration and speed to be an out-right winger. I actually rate Odoi as a prospect. You don't attract this
  13. Come on, I can see that. I didn't say defensive midfielder, I said holding midfielder. As in the midfielder who sits deep. Agree with the last part. Though Cheek has never been tried at LCM. This is only his second start in the PL
  14. Jorginho can't play lone holding midfielder in the PL. He needs support if you're gonna play him. Both Kante and Jorginho are better suited to a double pivot in front of defence. He can continue to play his normal game but has less ground to cover. This allows Kante to play his normal game too. Kovacic is better suited to a midfield two as well. The balance with the lone holding midfielder is off. Making the defence appear (even) weaker.
  15. Letting Costa go was not the problem. He is done. Fetching that huge fee for him was a win for the club. The problem was his replacement who flopped spectacularly. Finding a quality striker is very difficult. Finding a quality striker playing ‘Chelsea-ball’ is extremely difficult. All those strikers flopping is no accident. Chelsea strikers never score 30+ goals in a season. I think Drogba is the only player to score 30+ goals in 06/07 & 09/10. We fans shower a striker with praise if he scores 15-20 goals even though we see forwards all over Europe scoring at a very high rate. Outside of t
  16. In midfield? And make midfield even softer? That does not sit well with me.
  17. I’d rather see Alonso in left midfield than leftback. I’ve always seen him more as a midfielder than a defender/fullback. His troubles at LB do not surprise me. And Chels is too soft and predictable in midfield for me. He’d add some physicality and Alonso can get into the box and cause trouble. Let Kante sit deep instead and support Jorginho, which allows Odoi to attack them hard on the right I know this is out of the box but that just how I think. I need Sarri to do something. He’s so rigid. People love comparing him to Guardiola but Pep makes (slight) tactical tweaks and employs pl
  18. Kepa Azpilicueta - Rudiger - Luiz - Emerson Kante - Jorginho - Alonso Odoi - Higuain - Hazard
  19. Good move considering the circumstances. If he does well, Chels have a striker for 6-18 months. If he doesn’t do well, he goes back. I think a lot of people overrate Chelsea’s pulling power. It’s fun to fantasise about top talents and players joining the club but most of it is unrealistic. Chels can’t do much better than this in a winter window. That’s reality. I still think Lacazette is the among the most ideal strikers for this system. I wish the club would go for him but no noise sadly. I hope a fullback is added to squad as well. This team is in desperate need for new fullba
  20. DYC.


    Most players producing high key passes numbers take set-pieces. Hazard of course does not take set-pieces, bar the odd corner here and there. His key passes come from open play. That's the major difference. And Willian will do enough for a Chelsea player to get on the end of his crosses, but the quality of his delivery isn't that great. I think you'll agree Chels haven't exactly been threatening from set-pieces. I think the criticism Willian receives is exaggerated, but I understand the frustation because for years Chels have failed to bring in an upgrade. But this is nothing ne
  21. Kante really has no business spending so much time in the attacking third. Odoi has a lot to learn still but you can’t tell me he’s not good enough to be a serious member of the first team. This is the type of talent that could explode at any time.
  22. I don’t understand why Sarri never changes the shape of the team. My only gripe with this manager. Take off Barkley for Giroud, switch to 4-2-3-1 with Hazard at #10, and attack this lot.
  23. I was talking about Zappacosta and Emerson. They wouldn’t do jack against stronger opponents. They’re not good enough.
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