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Rekin

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  1. I know the usual argument is "It's not your money", but I can't help but feel that a transfer this gigantic would have a strong impact on future transfer windows. Haaland is a brilliant player with heaps of potential, but do we really want to make such an enormous investment should the opportunity be there? For this kind of money you would expect basically the next coming of Messi, and is Haaland that? He is an amazing goalscorer, but I am personally not 100% convinced he would do well against the very packed defenses we often encounter in the league. I think that if the question
  2. I try to base my judgement on how he is playing for Chelsea, rather than how he played for RB or what managers might have wanted him. The second point is very debatable anyway, we have no way of knowing just how interested other clubs were. They might have liked the idea of having him in the team, but did not deem him worth what we paid. I also don't base my judgement of him from the last two games. I have noticed the same tendencies from the first friendly we saw him in. He works hard, is very fast and if given space will find a goalscoring position. It is not a question of him being
  3. Of all the players we bought this season, Werner concerns me the most. On one hand he works his ass off, is good at finding space and has shown that he has that magic quality where he can conjure something out of nothing (usually due to his insane speed) At the same time, it is becoming more and more clear that he lacks many qualities that we need. His passing, ability to retain the ball, first touch and even finishing can be atrocious at times. He has missed several amazing opportunities already, and low blocks in particular cancel him out. I am wondering more and more whether he
  4. Havertz will never shine against decent opposition in the setup we have now, and it does not only apply to him. Was Werner good today? How about Pulisic, Mount or Abraham? There is no link at all between defence and attack. Almost every single time ball to Havertz or other attacking players come via hoofed balls, or a pass that instantly invites pressure. We play way, way too slowly, leading to every pass and action being so predictable that the opposition can react before it happens. How often do you see us break through the middle via Kante or Jorginho? They are much happier
  5. FB --> CB --> CB --> FB --> CM --> CB --> FB with the occasional Gk and CAM included for a pass or two. This team will never become a title challenger as long as our midfield has next to no role in our build-up. If the other team is making sure to shut down our 10, we will create next to nothing.
  6. Hazard is a completely different type of player than Havertz. His playing style was a good fit for both PL and the team Chelsea had back then.
  7. So far the best purchase of the season for us. Excellent contribution in both directions. fast, good in the air, working hard and so on. If he can keep this up over a season, we have a very good (and still improving) LB for the next decade.
  8. The guy is 21 years old, moved away from his childhood team to a new one where he basically started without a pre-season. Yes, he was poor yesterday. Yes he looked careless with the ball, and did not create much overall. The rest of the team looked poor too however. Werner had a horrible first touch, Pulisic got bogged down and threatened very rarely, Kante and Jorginho barely managed to maintain possession etc. It was a difficult game, and Frank's tactics currently are not favoring many of the players. He has shown more than once since his arrival though that he is very ta
  9. I wasn't able to see the second half yesterday, so only saw the replay now. Yes, the defence is far from being helpful but the last two goals could have been prevented easily with a better GK. This whole thing reminds me of a another club I support strongly, AIK from Stockholm. In the 2009/10 season we won the league, but our GK left the following season to another club. In his place we had a guy who was just like Kepa. Made mistakes, had no confidence, no command and in the end cost the team many points. You could see that the whole team got into a negative spiral, because even whe
  10. I wonder how much patience lampard will get from the board. Its becoming more and more clear that the issue lies with the tactics and not the players. We have had the same game plan for ages, and it's as boring as it is ineffectual. The use of the wings and area in front of the opposition defence is criminally underused.
  11. I agree. When you look at some of our best chances in the first half you will see that they originated with good passes from Havertz. It is a relief to see that he does have the ability to play those through-balls, we have been missing it a lot since Fabregas stopped being a starter. It is still early in his Chelsea days, but he seems destined to become our playmaker.
  12. It is crazy to me how some of the British media is so blatantly against Chelsea. I generally enjoy content from The Guardian, but reading their sport section on Chelsea just showcases how biased they are. For this game for example, they take great pleasure in mentioning the defensive errors for the goals, the WBA awareness to react on them, how Chelsea have spent money on players that arent instantly lighting up the league, how WBA was unlucky to not win the game etc. Even the angle for the Chelsea goals is a negative one, that it is the increasingly marginalized academy players who ha
  13. It is hard to blame Frank for the first two goals. Both come from individual mistakes and any system is vulnerable to those. The third however is just showcasing how poor this team is on set-pieces, and that is 100% on the coaching. Even if you isolate corners, they are quite useless in both directions. We had so many attacking corners today, and none of them were even close to causing danger. WBA on the other hand had direct or indirect dangerous actions on almost every single one. Also, the subs were a complete joke. Why in the world would you have Abraham, Giroud and Werne
  14. On paper 3-3 is a shitty result for us. Leaky defence, only 1 point etc. Coming back from 0-3 to draw is however always a really good result. This game looked completely lost at half-time. The team deserves some respect for clawing back until the very end. It might also be the last game for a while with the temporary defense lineup. Mendy will be ready for the next game, Chilwell will replace Alonso and Silva will be more fit.
  15. While the scoreline is a disgrace, are we really getting mauled? I don't think there is a person watching this game who could say 0-3 is a fair score currently. It sucks balls now, but these games will happen every season. Nothing works for us while the other team seems to score by accident every 10 minutes. We need to rinse of the emotion and analyze whether the score is a result of the gameplan, individual performances or just plan bad luck.
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