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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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!!!
  8. 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 ).
  9. Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea

    When your team is crapping the bed, you should be flexible enough to try others. I don't mind him picking players to fit his style, but when some of those players are unbelievably bad, he should be open to trying others or adjusting. You seem to be fixated on whether it's favoritism or choosing players to fit his style. It could be both. Choosing favorites or players you deem to fit your style is all well and good when the team is doing well. When things are not going well, you should show some flexibility
  10. Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea

    Also, if I'm not mistaken, the only big game he started was Arsenal, and Conte's record against Wenger has been mediocre, regardless of which striker he plays
  11. Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea

    Both. His favorites will be the players he feels "fit his style", no matter how mediocre ( eg, Bakayoko )
  12. Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea

    I know they're different positions and all, but Conte has shown a similar distrust of Drinkwater. He has persisted with Bakayoko and left Drinkwater on the bench even when he's fit. Drinkwater is not a world-beater, but I feel he is far better than Bakayoko, and much less error-prone. This makes me believe Conte has favorites and refuses to give adequate chances to players he deems not to fit his style.
  13. Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea

    So if he doesn't score against the top4/6 he is no good? Do you know the teams that have beaten us this season? I'll say this again: Bakayoko has been worse than Bats this season, and yet has played far more than Bats. Do you know why that is?
  14. Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea

    If that's the case, why has Conte persisted with Bakayoko who has been equally bad if not worse? The truth of the matter is that Conte never rated Bats. Just like Mourinho, he picks his favorites pretty fast and writes off those he deems not to fit his "style". I like Conte, but he is very similar to Mourinho in that regard
  15. Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea

    It's unfortunate Conte didn't trust him or try to adjust the team to play to his strengths. Even when the team was struggling for goals, Conte stuck to his methods. Conte is a great manager, but just like Mourinho, he is quick to write off players who don't immediately meet his expectations or methods. We will regret letting Bats go if we are foolish enough to do so.

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