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  1. TheSage

    Eden Hazard

    RM are a club in decline? Lol.
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    Eden Hazard

    If he really wants to leave they should let him. No point in keeping an unhappy player. For a top player, his goal/assist output is still questionable, which may explain why Madrid have not made a serious attempt to buy him. This may be an unpopular opinion, but it would not be the end of the world if he left. He seems to be implying that Sarri will be playing defensive football, which is not accurate.
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    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    Hopefully he doesn't also fall out with the board and players after 12 months :)
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    Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    I'm not privy to whatever was happening behind the scenes, but Conte became miserable and insufferable last season. I loved him during his first season not just because of our performances, but for the fact that he was a breath of fresh air, exuding confidence and handling the media quite well. That changed when he began constantly whining at every press conference. It's quite sad the club can't seem to find stability with managers, but if we keep winning, we can't really complain. Good luck to Conte on his next endeavor.
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    Next Chelsea Manager

    From what I've been reading, this guy is a stubborn guy with a big personality ( just like Conte ). Are we sure this is going to work out? He seems like the sort of person who can easily clash with Roman and the other top people at the club. Anyways, hope whoever we appoint works as well as Conte's first season
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    Eden Hazard

    I suspect Hazard is tired of playing defensive football and may look for a move if we don't appoint an attacking manager. He over-elaborates sometimes, but I feel he would fare much better under an attacking manager. So far he has played mostly under Mourinho and Conte, both of whom tend to play defensive. I hope we can convince him to stay though.
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    Willian

    Conte may not have done himself many favors with his sulking this season, but Willian's behavior is absolutely unacceptable. We have to curb this nonsense of player power at the club. I'm now beginning to believe some of the reports that some players down tools when they don't like the manager. If he wants to leave he can go ahead and f**k off. He has his moments of brilliance but can also be a very frustrating player. We need players who are committed to the cause and not act childish when they don't get their way.
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    Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    What a sad state of affairs. There's something seriously wrong with the club, and I don't know what. Managers just don't suddenly turn to sh*t, especially after winning the title. It has happened with Ancelloti, then Mourinho and now Conte. Why??? The club must find what it is and fix it, otherwise we may find ourselves in the abyss for a while. Because of our high turnover of managers, we can't properly integrate youth and end up spending a fortune on transfers that don't work out. It is not a sustainable way to run the club, especially if you run the risk of missing out on CL revenue. Roman should either hire qualified professionals to run the club or sell up. I'm sure there are many willing buyers. This circus act every couple of years must stop.
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    Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea

    Of course you would expect that to be the case given Morata cost almost twice as much as Bats. My point was that some of Bats' weaknesses also apply to Morata. If Conte stays, we will sell him and he will go on to be a smashing success somewhere else.
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    Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea

    How do Morata's Characteristics look in comparison? I seriously doubt Morata contributes more defensively than Michy. Also, Morata falls to the ground at the slightest touch, so his "aerial duels" stats shouldn't be much better than Michy's. He scores headers when unchallenged, but so does Michy. So on the same parameters, Morata is clearly superior only in the "Holding onto the ball" category.
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    Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea

    He is yet another example of why the club should consult the manager before buying players. If the club had sought Conte's input at the time, I'm sure he would have seen that Bats wouldn't be his type of striker. Yes, Conte wasn't officially manager yet, but they must have had some agreement in place, and could have sought his opinion. It boggles the mind how we continue to spend huge sums of money on mediocre players or players who don't suit the manager's style.
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    Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    If it's looking like Mourinho again, something must be seriously wrong at the club. How many managers will the club go through before realizing that they need to change something? This constant rebuilding is not healthy, and we end up spending a lot of money for little improvement in the squad because every manager desires different players. The club has to wake up and fix whatever is going on
  13. I gave this a pass because I somehow knew what was coming. After Conte's comments during the pre-match press conference, you could see he had essentially given up. What a sad state of affairs. It all went so well last year. Why do we always do this to ourselves? Why can't we build on success? Why do we continously have to rebuild? I think we are throwing away money by doing this over and over again. If the club doesn't learn, we may go into a slump that would become difficult to come out of. Conte has been frustrated since the start of the season. Why couldn't the club work out something amicable with him? You either support him or let him go before the season starts. It's just bizarre that it appears the club buys players without any input from the manager. We spent a fortune and ended up being worse than last season. That takes some doing. However, I don't think Conte is blameless either. been mouthing off way too much for my liking. No matter how unhappy he is, he should have toned down his comments. I honestly don't know where we will go from here. It's time for the board to earn their money.
  14. Couldn't watch the Barca game, but that was a creditable draw. Let's carry that on to this match and hopefully come away with a victory to keep us in contention for a Top 4 finish. Man U is sh*te, but they will be up for this given the rivalry and all so hopefully our boys are up for it too. Come on Chelsea!!!
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    Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea

    Conte was won only 1 match out of 8 against Arsenal, so judging Bats' performance in that match is harsh IMO. There's no doubt he had bad games, but Conte has been more patient with other players. He didn't rate Bats from the start, which I think is unfortunate. And if we're talking about bad games, what about the run of games where Morata couldn't score to save his life and was fluffing gilt-edged chances? You may argue he was making good runs to create the chances, but what good is that when he can't score? The bigger issue is that the club needs to do a better job of collaborating with the manager when buying players. It appears they buy players without Conte's input (Conte's utterances seem to point to this), and we end up wasting money on players the manager doesn't want to use (e.g, Bats, Drinkwater ).

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