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2 minutes ago, Chelsea? said:

just find is so weird we are in for a LWB and not for a RWB. 

If we do not sign someone to compete with Moses than I have to believe Conte thinks Azpi can do the job when he needs and we play Cahill/Christensen/VVD for the 2 wide CB roles. Or maybe it just wasnt his highest priority? I think Moses/Azpi will be the RWB options for the next year personally. I think he is higher on Moses than most people on here.

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12 minutes ago, akgw13 said:

If we do not sign someone to compete with Moses than I have to believe Conte thinks Azpi can do the job when he needs and we play Cahill/Christensen/VVD for the 2 wide CB roles. Or maybe it just wasnt his highest priority? I think Moses/Azpi will be the RWB options for the next year personally. I think he is higher on Moses than most people on here.

Back 4 is much more likely than Azpi playing as RWB.

Sandro——VVD———Luiz——Azpi.

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14 minutes ago, akgw13 said:

If we do not sign someone to compete with Moses than I have to believe Conte thinks Azpi can do the job when he needs and we play Cahill/Christensen/VVD for the 2 wide CB roles. Or maybe it just wasnt his highest priority? I think Moses/Azpi will be the RWB options for the next year personally. I think he is higher on Moses than most people on here.

I was thinking the same. Azpi would be a perfect RWB IMO. not as offensive as Moses but defensively he is better than Moses or alosno and offensively he is still as good as Marcos. We saw during the season that he is driving up his side from RCB anyway so he would not need much of a transition. Also a return to back 4 would be interesting as it would free another mitdfielder. 

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2 minutes ago, Magic Lamps said:

I was thinking the same. Azpi would be a perfect RWB IMO. not as offensive as Moses but defensively he is better than Moses or alosno and offensively he is still as good as Marcos. We saw during the season that he is driving up his side from RCB anyway so he would not need much of a transition. Also a return to back 4 would be interesting as it would free another mitdfielder. 

He certainly would be better at crossing than Moses. In an ultra defensive lineup or against big squads he could solidify while we attack down the left and counter. Its just a thought as to why we might not be linked with a RWB

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3 minutes ago, Clockwork said:

Back 4 is much more likely than Azpi playing as RWB.

Sandro——VVD———Luiz——Azpi.

I think they are equally as likely. Conte likes to be tactically flexible, Azpi/Sandro give him that flexibility. It will be interesting to see how he sets us up. Bakayoko is the key for the 424 if Conte does indeed want to play that, I think we will still see alot of 3 at the back be it 343 or 352. 

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32 minutes ago, Dingus said:

How do you know we're not?

Just going by who we've been linked with all summer. 

You know, the same way we assume we're interested in Bakayoko etc. 

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34 minutes ago, Chelsea? said:

just find is so weird we are in for a LWB and not for a RWB. 

Because one of the (if not the) best left fullback/wingback in the world is available and the same is not true on the right. Sometimes a player becomes available were you have to forget about certain higher needs in the team and snap them up, and Sandro falls into that category just like Ash did 11 years ago.

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We've been after a ball playing CB for a while now, and it looks like he's going to be our guy. Christensen will be back from loan as well. I think that means Zouma and Ake are leaving. There will be plenty of space for everybody in a 3 man defense. I'm guessing Luiz, Christensen, Van Dijk, Cahill will be sharing the CB position with Azpilicueta as a potential 5th defender. RWB will be Moses/Azpi and LWB Sandro/Alonso. The only player that might get frustrated for lack of playing time is probably Alonso if we sign Sandro.

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3 minutes ago, Rapkun said:

We've been after a ball playing CB for a while now, and it looks like he's going to be our guy. Christensen will be back from loan as well. I think that means Zouma and Ake are leaving. There will be plenty of space for everybody in a 3 man defense. I'm guessing Luiz, Christensen, Van Dijk, Cahill will be sharing the CB position with Azpilicueta as a potential 5th defender. RWB will be Moses/Azpi and LWB Sandro/Alonso. The only player that might get frustrated for lack of playing time is probably Alonso if we sign Sandro.

We will see a lot of rotation at wing back i think. In the Euro's Antonio always made a in game switch in that position because of how demanding the position is. I can see Alonso starting all the domestic cup games and CL group games plus the PL games were we have half an eye on a big knockout game.

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I think for our biggest/Toughest games if we do run a 343 it will look like this(pending our possible signings, not including any possible other upgrades):

                       Courtois

Christensen      Luiz          VVD

Azpi       Kante        Bakayoko      Sandro

         Pedro                      Hazard

                       Lukaku

If its a 424:

                       Courtois

Azpi         Luiz            VVD        Sandro

               Kante         Bakayoko

Pedro                                          Hazard

                  Bats         Lukaku

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Back 4 is much more likely than Azpi playing as RWB.
Sandro——VVD———Luiz——Azpi.


Both are very possible we have no idea what conte wants to do or who is coming in.
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6 minutes ago, akgw13 said:

I think for our biggest/Toughest games if we do run a 343 it will look like this(pending our possible signings, not including any possible other upgrades):

                       Courtois

Christensen      Luiz          VVD

Azpi       Kante        Bakayoko      Sandro

         Pedro                      Hazard

                       Lukaku

If its a 424:

                       Courtois

Azpi         Luiz            VVD        Sandro

               Kante         Bakayoko

Pedro                                          Hazard

                  Bats         Lukaku

Or  4-3-3; Cesc, Kante, and Bakayoko midfield; Pedro, Hazard, and Striker(anyone but Lukaku).

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2 minutes ago, Clockwork said:

Or  4-3-3; Cesc, Kante, and Bakayoko midfield; Pedro, Hazard, and Striker(anyone but Lukaku).

yup! also possible. We just haven't played a 433 really which is why i left it out. Fab also fits in a 352 with hazard/striker up top.

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------------------------Courtois---------

Van Dijk------David Luiz-----Cahill----

-Azpi/Moses--Kante-Bakayoko-Fabregas-Alexandro/Marcos

-------------------------------Hazard--------------

                         Morata/Lukaku

 

---------------------------Courtois-------------------

--Azpi---------------Luiz------------Alexandro

Pedro------Kante-----Bakayoko--------Hazard

---------------------Willian-----Fabregas---------

---------------------Lukaku/Morata-------------

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1 hour ago, milka said:

------------------------Courtois---------

Van Dijk------David Luiz-----Cahill----

-Azpi/Moses--Kante-Bakayoko-Fabregas-Alexandro/Marcos

-------------------------------Hazard--------------

                         Morata/Lukaku

 

---------------------------Courtois-------------------

--Azpi---------------Luiz------------Alexandro

Pedro------Kante-----Bakayoko--------Hazard

---------------------Willian-----Fabregas---------

---------------------Lukaku/Morata-------------

the last one is bonkers. Hazard as wing back?

also who is Alexandro?

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Apparently Liverpool are gonna try to re enter the VVD race, maybe they hope the player will refuse to go anywhere else and piss off Southampton even more. Lets close this deal ASAP so they don't get the chance. 

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4 minutes ago, akgw13 said:

Apparently Liverpool are gonna try to re enter the VVD race, maybe they hope the player will refuse to go anywhere else and piss off Southampton even more. Lets close this deal ASAP so they don't get the chance. 

Source?

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50 minutes ago, Dimitr said:

Source?

It was on a twitter account i follow, i thought they sourced it when i read but i looked again and they didnt. My mistake, apologies. 

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