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About Jackbuchanan

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  1. 3 at the back has been exposed?

    I was just about to make a thread on this but saw someone beat me to it. Anyway, to me it was obvious that the 4 at the back worked so much better today. The 3 at the back is easy to press, its a recurring theme, courtois passes to a defender, the opposition outnumber us and press high, meaning we cant pass out from the back, azpi and cahill drift really wide to make space, which isolates Luiz, so our only option is to pass back to tibo and lump it forward, which doesnt work because all our forward players are not big or strong enough to win a long ball. If the wing backs drop deep we have a bit more control, but no numbers in midfield so the centre 2 will be well marked and give us no option but to play a long ball to the front 3, which again doesn't work. The switch to the 4-4-2 last night made a massive difference, we could knock it between the defence much easier, had plenty of options in midfield to pass out to and with propper wingers were able to be far more effective in attacking with width higher up the pitch. The 3-4-3 was a revelation last season, but its now been figured out and pretty much any team in the league can execute an effective game plan against it. Time for a change, fortunately Conte seems to be a manager not afraid to make changes when things are not working.
  2. We are so much better in a 4-4-2
  3. Are we ever going to keep a clean sheet. This side needs a shake up, we've been figured out.
  4. Tiémoué Bakayoko

    I must admit, i gave a sigh of relief when the ref let that slide. However now i look it again i think the ref was absolutely right, yeah he had a little nibble, and it was unneccessary, but Torres went down with more or less no contact, he was clearly looking for the pen. Dive IMO.
  5. I got up at 4:45am for this one, although was woke up at 2:30 when the mrs mum called ffs, doesn't seem to understand the concept of time difference!! So off to work after about 3hrs sleep. Certainly dont regret it though, what a game!! Deserved win away against a top top side, and the look on Diego's face at the end was the icing on the cake!! Great performance all round; Courtois - 7, solid but didnt have much to do. Dave - 7.5, Another solid defensive performance, but didn't do anything note worthy. Luiz - 6.5, Some excellent moments, that ball to morata, but gave away a silly pen. Cahill - 7.5, Solid Alonso - 8, good game defensively and provided the assist for the win Moses - 8, run that flank, good game Bakayoko - 8.5, excellent performance, good pressing and driving runs Kanté - 9, At his best tonight, was effective when he pushed forward and pressured their defence Cesc - 7.5, decent game, but the cesc magic wasnt in abundance tonight. Hazard - 9, run the show, Man of the match Motata - 8.5, another excellent performance, another well taken header, very excited about his partnership with Hazard. Batsman - honourable mention, did exactly what a super sub should do, nice finish Michy!!
  6. Alvaro Morata

    I agree, if you want to compare him to an ex-chelsea player, i'd say much closer to Falcao in his prime.
  7. Luiz, why?? Awful challenge.
  8. I agree with this, creativity could be an issue, which is why i think 3-5-2 should be a commonly used option, with cesc in midfield and Hazard up top with Morata.
  9. Eden Hazard

    Im actually pretty p*ssed that he was risked for 77 mins against a minnow. Belgium did not need him to get the result, they won 9-0 ffs, they broke him last time and he has literally been out the whole time since, he is just fit and they throw him on for virtually the full game, could have quite easily took a knock that keeps him out for another 2 months. If he hasn't been ready for us why is he ready for Martinez, i tell you why, because Martinez knows that if he takes an injury he will most likely be fit before he needs him again, but we'd be without our star player for even longer.
  10. Deadline Day Drama

    If we sign Barkley and not Mahrez!! Barkley is long term injured and quite crap, Mahrez is quality and not injured.
  11. Alexis Sanchez

    Nice rant!! You mention utd, city, psg? How far did all that big spending get those clubs last year. Its not what you spend its how you spend it, all the headlines were about Pogba last yr, but we were the ones that bought the premier league player of the year for a third of the price.
  12. Deadline Day Drama

    What Alonso did was stupid and a horrible mistake from him, but he is calm and professional. Aurier is a complete nutter, he could cause disruption and have a negative impact on the rest of the team, also with some of his antics with the press he could have a damaging effect on the clubs reputation. I would be positive if we got him, but now Tottenham have him i will be watching on hoping for chaos to unfold.
  13. Riyad Mahrez

    I would live Mahrez, showed us 2 seasons back that he can be amongst the best. 45m reported would be a good deal in this crazy market. Fingers crossed!!
  14. Alexis Sanchez

    And might have been relegated if it wasnt for him. Willian has always put in 100% through thick and thin, would quite happily call a player dead weight if they clearly don't make the effort and look to walk as soon as things dont go their way, but Willian is a Chelsea man and deserves a lot more respect. But what does a "bigot" like me know? As for Mourinho, i never really liked him and wasn't that disappointed when he left, both times, but i respected him and recognised what he achieved for the club. What you are saying is that you went off someone because their performance took a dip, what if our current players had a bad run would, you turn on them and forget everything they had achieved for us. I know i wouldn't.
  15. Alexis Sanchez

    You sure have a short memory, you name your profile "rip Mourinho", slating a man that won more for us than anyone else in our history, and you call another that pulled us through our times of trouble "dead weight". Would be happy to debate others opinions, but when you have such dis-respectful opinions you can do one.