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It's true that Hazard isn't the best at tracking back, much worse than our other wingers, but he isn't that bad. Yesterday he just had a meh game overall. Azpi could have used help, but he wasn't flawless himself. Both should shoulder some of the blame.

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Hello everyone, Sorry if I'm being rude, I did not introduce myself, I've been here for a long time but I prefer read you all than sharing my common opinion. But tonight I will share with yo

He's so much more of a threat going forward on the right... Why are we shackling him and ourselves like this? Another Mourinho master stroke. 

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Our back four always play too narrow. Even against Leicester both full backs were constantly way to close to the centre backs and when teams counter it leaves us super exposed.

Ivanovic's positioning for Everton's second goal was a joke. This is a consequence of playing a centre back at right back and a right back at left back...

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Henrique, on 31 Aug 2014 - 10:44 PM, said:

It seems we were watching different games, because Azi lost many 1vs1 situations, and Cahill lost Mirallas in the first goal, defending was poor in Etoo's goal, and the defense was wide open in the 2nd one. But I already saw that pattern, last season when we conceded 7 goals in 3 matches people were saying any of our back four were to blame for those goals...

For some reason people will criticize Hazard, but will avoid any criticism towards our defenders, even in game when the defense conceded 3 goals and was far from solid,

Can't remember a single one, and I've watched the match 3 times already. And Cahill didn't lose Mirallas for the first goal because he was never marking him. Cesc was but he didn't track his run into the box. Cahill arguably should have picked him up, but those kind of runs from deep are very hard to defend against when you're standing in one place and your opponent has a good run up on you.

Btw, last season, much like the fans, Jose kept faith in the back 5 and shortly after that we went on an incredible run of conceding very very few goals. Hope the same happens this season as well.

EDIT: I'll write an article tomorrow analyzing the goals that we conceded. For the second goal, while Iva's decision making was far from perfect, he and all of the back four were exposed by a very bizarre positional decision by Matic. He takes the main liability for the goal.

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Can't remember a single one, and I've watched the match 3 times already. And Cahill didn't lose Mirallas for the first goal because he was never marking him. Cesc was but he didn't track his run into the box. Cahill arguably should have picked him up, but those kind of runs from deep are very hard to defend against when you're standing in one place and your opponent has a good run up on you.

Btw, last season, much like the fans, Jose kept faith in the back 5 and shortly after that we went on an incredible run of conceding very very few goals. Hope the same happens this season as well.

EDIT: I'll write an article tomorrow analyzing the goals that we conceded. For the second goal, while Iva's decision making was far from perfect, he and all of the back four were exposed by a very bizarre positional decision by Matic. He takes the main liability for the goal.

While our back four did get exposed by our midfield they still should be dealing with these situations a lot better then they have done.

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While our back four did get exposed by our midfield they still should be dealing with these situations a lot better then they have done.

Not saying otherwise, but I think the main blame on Saturday lays on the midfield, not the back 4.

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Personally, I feel he's had his time at LB. He was fantastic there last season but the novelty is starting to wear off. The way he lost Coleman, (and it's not the first time its happened) is characteristic of a player being played out of position. Way too narrow. He also offers absolutely nothing in attack. Got dominated by Coleman and struggled to make simple forward passes. It's time for Filipe Luis to start, hopefully against Swansea.

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I would love to see him attack more, overlap with Hazard, cross etc. Think this is one part of his game that doesnt make him allorund full back, he has to work on that. Besides Hazard would profit hugely if he had LB who can help him in attack. On other side, Hazard doesnt realy help Azpi in defence either.

Im sure this will have to be fixed eventualy, Hazard will have to defend, Azpi will have to help attack. Its how success is done, look at Bayern; Alaba and Ribery. Both attack and defend together.

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I would love to see him attack more, overlap with Hazard, cross etc. Think this is one part of his game that doesnt make him allorund full back, he has to work on that. Besides Hazard would profit hugely if he had LB who can help him in attack. On other side, Hazard doesnt realy help Azpi in defence either.

Im sure this will have to be fixed eventualy, Hazard will have to defend, Azpi will have to help attack. Its how success is done, look at Bayern; Alaba and Ribery. Both attack and defend together.

Azpi won't be able to do that comfortably because he isn't naturally left footed or a natural left back.

We can easily see a partnership similar to Alaba - Ribery in Luis - Hazard. Just wait on Filipe to be introduced into the first team XI slowly.

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Fantastic news and well deserved for a player who is underrated outside of this football club. Integral part of our first team now and i look forward to watching him play his best years at the club. Well done Dave!!

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Hazard 10 year contract now, please.

Just remembered he only has 3 years left, it will slowly creep into player control terroritry if we leave it any longer.

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Just remembered he only has 3 years left, it will slowly creep into player control terroritry if we leave it any longer.

I just hope Hazard enjoys London and we remain competitive; I doub't he'd move if we establish ourselves as the best club in the country. And we have have just the manager to tell him that Spain isn't what it's hyped up to be.

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