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  2. Total-Football

    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    He literally stopped play to pick up Barkley and move him into the correct position. I have a feeling Barkley will spend a lot of time being moved around like a chess piece.
  3. kiwi1691

    Alvaro Morata

    Morata is young and very talented, it would be a huge mistake for Chelsea to sell him.
  4. DidierDrogbalala

    Lucas Paquetá

  5. DidierDrogbalala

    Lucas Paquetá

    Saw this online...dont know if its a credible sources but for what its worth http://colunadoflamengo.com/2018/07/chelsea-deve-fazer-proposta-proxima-da-multa-rescisoria-de-lucas-paqueta/
  6. TheChelseaBlues

    Youth Prospects

    Most of our high potential prospects are at training with Sarri right now. Given his views on spending I'd hope more than a few stick and we have that promise start to materialize. Hopefully Sarri is looking around at all the talented and successful young players and thinking 'my god, I've hit the jackpot'. He turned Koulibaly into a beast and maybe that's Zouma. Tammy could benefit from him the same way Higuain did. Ditto for Musonda/CHO with how he improved Mertens and Insigne. Maybe Ampadu is on track to being develop into Jorginho. This is all best case stuff. Worst case is more of the same pre-Conte. I'll give credit to Conte as before him we were horrible with young players. Antonio was at least willing to give them a chance if it was needed. I said this with Conte too, surely Sarri knows what he's working with in terms of transfers and the squad and if the club want more young players to stick he should be on board. Given his aversion to spending his way out of problems I'm optimistic. Of course this is Chelsea so there's no reason to expect that when we fire managers so often and there was a clear lack of communication on this idea with Conte.
  7. Scott

    We've lost another true blue..

    Good on the North stand. Still doing your job.
  8. TheChelseaBlues

    Leon Bailey

    Lol this is the Bundesliga? You say that like it's Holland
  9. Michael

    Higuain

    What's wrong with our fullbacks? Azpi will play RB and he's an absolute star. Zapa will back up to him, which probably won't be that often. On the left Alonso hasn't put a foot wrong since he joined us and Emerson is only 23. Full back is the least of our worries at this point.
  10. Yesterday
  11. Barry Bridges

    Youth Prospects

    I think if the intent is to actually develop talent whilst on loan with a view of making players first-team with CFC ready, and not just testing to see if they are, then the approach needs to change to how the loans are structured. They need to have multi year loans at one club that's suited to them (style and opportunities) or just sell them with a buy back clause for a period of years. You need to give the club loaning the player a reason to help develop the player. The lack of consistency and opportunities for players loaned here and there nilly willy is not good for developing players. I believe this is what Tibault and DeBruyne had and seems to have been good for their development or atleast not stifled it. Ps. I like Zouma and would have him in the squad at the expense of Cahill. I believe he was highly regarded at Stoke, and seen by many as being the best CB whilst there. I don't recall him getting much of a chance after returning from injury.
  12. Skinnedy

    Alvaro Morata

    The idea of basically swapping him out for Higuain makes no sense to me based on past dealings. I think the only players the last couple of years over 25 has been Giroud and Drinkwater, and we're going to swap Morata for Higuain? That seems so out of character. I don't think you're in the minority any more on this? Maybe on this forum as I'm new here, but I haven't seen a lot of support for the idea of spending 50M+ on Higuain. I've joked that it's just a ruse to get everyone behind Morata again. Morata was going just fine until Conte went almost exclusively to the 3-5-2, which I somewhat jokingly referred to as the 8-1-1. Morata was being asked to either take on 4 defenders, or hold it up long enough that Moses or Alonso could come up the flanks. It certainly wasn't going to come out of the midfield with Kante, Bakayoko, and Fabergas at the time. So Hazard and Morata were asked to be the bulk of the attack by themselves. I would love to see Morata get another chance.
  13. TheFunkeyGibbon

    Higuain

    We have two good strikers. Apparently Morata was carrying a back injury for much of the season and that would be consistent with a strong start and then a tail off in form. Batshuayi is a good strikers but he needs more than 10 mins at the end of a game to show it. I don't see that this would help us at all. Sarri needs to assess the team and get what he feels he needs, not have the board second guessing his needs.
  14. TheFunkeyGibbon

    Youth Prospects

    With Mason Mount going on loan to Derby and Jeremie Boga off to Sassuolo for £3.5m, what are people's thoughts on our youth prospects? Zouma was bought for a pretty penny and nobody talks of him anymore. RLC was the most likely to make it but will almost certainly be sold. We spend years and years watching the boys win cups and we even aggravated other clubs and the authorities to get them (Gael Kakuta, Tom Taiwo, Michael Woods, Ampadu). But what do we do? Just keep farming them out and watching them drift away. Yes, some won't make the grade, others will have injuries but in the last Bertrand was sold for Luis to come in for a year, Chalobah was the next big thing but had to leave to get games, Panzo is off now as was Solanke last year. Are we just flipping youth players for megre amounts of cash for fun or is the club just not interested in developing talent? We spend £55m+ on Jorghino but he had to come from somewhere, somebody had to take a chance on him. How comes we as a club seem to be incapable of this? Do anybody know?
  15. benjsross

    Mason Mount new deal

    Sarri didn't at Napoli because there is no youth to speak of really. He plays who he thinks is the best, has played youth before. He doesn't tend to rotate teams though, mount wouldn't be good enough to get into the team Mount at derby will be interesting, will now 100% be watching their games.
  16. Skinnedy

    Expectations, Hopes and Fears for the New Season.

    Expectations - For every Chelsea player to give 100% on the pitch. To approach every game with the aspiration to get 3 points. For any disputes between Manager/Board to be settled in-house. Hopes - A comfortable Top 4 finish. To still be in a race for the title in April. For several of the young players to get significant minutes in the Europa League. To get better in the transfer window instead of just younger. Fear - Higuain replaces Morata. Kante goes. Chelsea turns down 60M for Willian.
  17. Kentonio

    Alvaro Morata

    I know I’m in a minority, but I still have high hopes for Morata. I’d be gutted if we sold him.
  18. cRyptic

    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    Some more photos, courtesy of Darren Walsh:
  19. ForeverCarefree

    Alvaro Morata

    Loan with a forced purchase knowing Italian clubs. Looking increasingly likely we’re going to get Higuain so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Morata go.
  20. JM7

    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    Actually feel quite excited to watch this Sarri team and see us play more expansive. I guess like the club, we love winning trophies and have become accustomed to it. This feels different. It’s a unique appointment by the club. We don’t normally go for managers who haven’t won trophies.
  21. Spiller86

    Thibaut Courtois

    He's a top player and we need to keep him if we can. If we can't we need to go all ADL and extort every penny we can out of Real for him.
  22. Spiller86

    Expectations, Hopes and Fears for the New Season.

    As many have said. Top 4 is the minimum expectation. My fear is that his system will struggle in the same way AVBs did, teams will sit deep wait for us to become more and more open and then evicerate us on the counter against our weaker defence (with the exception of Dave) Hope is that Sarri demonstrates that he can be pragmatic and adaptable when required and that his system cuts through. Additional hope is that Christensen continues to progress and that RLC and Ampadu get some opportunities too.
  23. Barry Bridges

    Thibaut Courtois

    The old "I need to be closer to my kids OR make enough money to have a private jet to see them more" conundrum.
  24. Expectations: Has to be top 4 ...nothing else will do...... unless I see a number of youth players coming through and a season of Sarri bedding them in will be good enough for me regardless of where we finish......save and except relegation of course. Hopes: That we have a clear out of bad buys and dead wood Fears: that either Utd, Spurs, Arsenal or Liverpool finish as Champions
  25. Spiller86

    Random Rumours

    He'd add some much needed height and physicality. My concern is that he is a bit slow both in terms of pace and progressing the ball. Not sure that fits with the Sarri system for 140m euros. If we are serious about spending that kind of coin, then we should wait until next summer and buyout Saul Niguez's contract. He is in my view close to the best all round midfielder in Europe. He's direct, a great presser and tackler, scores goals and can play as a 6, 8, 10 or winger. It's criminal that he didn't start for Spain at the WC.
  26. mwblue10

    Alvaro Morata

    “AC Milan reps are in London attempting to persuade Alvaro Morata to join the club. Player interested in move (@AlfredoPedulla)” Aren’t they under financial fair play sanction? Could limit what they’re willing to pay.
  27. CFCholland

    Mason Mount new deal

    Honestly hoped he'd get a chance with the first team next season. But I heard Sarri isn't really a coach that gives youth a lot of playing time so this is probably the next best thing.
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