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  1. Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    Most worrying thing for me is we seem not able to win games 90% of the time if we get put on the backfoot. Our plan A is impeccable most of the times but we don't have much to offer beyond it. The pattern is developing and once teams figure this out fully we will be in trouble. It isn't just Chelsea though. Was also a symptom of Juventus with Conte at the helm. Just a weakness. Not deriding him in anyway. He is really good.
  2. The only certain thing going int this game was Palace would score against us and make it a contest but I can't say we have done ourselves any favours. Certain players below par that shouldn't be getting starts.
  3. Charly Musonda Jr.

    IPatience is a virtue they say. I'll say 5 years waiting in the wings is more than patient. I won't criticise the player because it is something I expect to happen frequently in near future. They have had had enough. We don't give young players a chance and it's not just them saying it. It's a common topic amongst sport commentators around the globe only balanced by the point that the players are better for getting their football schooling through Chelsea's academy farm. The point of being schooled is to do something with the learning eventually. If there is no end point in sight it gets frustrating. .....and they vent. It's a huge missed opportunity in my opinion bringing through such youngsters that could potentially be loyal to the club for the chances and belief it had in them rather we are in a scenario where they don't bat an eye lid about joining some other club instead of us (see Lukaku as example) as the sense of association and loyalty has been lost. I use that example because this is a kid who at 16 was crying in Stamford bridge about the club and stating his ultimate desire to play in it but once the man that led to him leaving came calling he went. We rationalise it down to money but loyal people with a sense of commitment to something are usually not swayed by money in most cases. What will breed such loyalty and commitment........showing we believe in them and giving them the opportunities they should be getting. Do you think that Musonda won't compare himself with his peers in the club we bought him from and maybe see some of them fully entrenched in first term weekly football and not feel disenchanted?
  4. We officially have an incompetent board

    That was a far too defensive move which backfired. Say what you like about Moses but even when we are up against it he will run at the opposition a few times. 7 defensive players (Azpi, Rudi, Cahill, Christensen, Alonso, Kante, Bakayoko) was far too much. We literally bent over and took it like a bitch from them.
  5. We officially have an incompetent board

    He doesn't have anything to do with progressing youth into the first squad. That's the manager's brief.
  6. Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    Can't blame Conte for Willian playing the way he did when brought on, but can blame Conte for bringing him on at all. Willian for all his pace and skill is a very unintelligent player. He receives the ball before thinking of and deciding on what to do with it. At that level you should know what you want to do and should do before you even receive the ball. If your game plan was reliant on cowardly defending (7 defensive personnel and 3 attacking ones is very cowardly at home, say what you like) at least do a like for like replacement when Morata came off injured. We will never have stopped City from scoring but they couldn't have stopped us from scoring either if we didn't surrender. When Pep saw the team list he and his boys must have been very happy and relaxed. Pragmatism is not a bad thing but that was overly pragmatic. I will never see a team, mine or the opposition play that way and be in support. We are the fuc*** champions for crying out loud. That was a piss poor performance if i ever seen one and especially do not like the pattern we seem to be following when playing other members of the top six. A current return of 4 from 9 extrapolated means we will drop about 15 points from those games. Not good enough. The end can sometimes justify the means and maybe if we had drawn or won could have been saying something else but i'd tell you right now I was raging with the performance against Arsenal. This was several times worse than that.
  7. He's got the skills and pace but I always say it and maintain he's a very unintelligent player.
  8. Alvaro Morata

    Headmaster is in the building boys and girls, gather round. It's gonna be a good session.
  9. Feels very good to go into a big game and know we won't adopt a default underdog backs to the wall mentality but play according to how things go on the pitch. It won't always work out but I feel the last time we played these guys on our patch we could have taken the game to them more than we did. Well done boys and manager.
  10. Cahill will step up with a very good performance today. I'm happy with the team starting as the bench gives us options to take back control of the game if we are diddling.
  11. Diego "the guv'nor" Costa

    Been playing connect the dots from what's been in the media last week. It may be that Simeone had a hand in him never truly settling here even with all the Brazilians and Spaniards in the squad. Most managers when they lose their prized possession, they give the player their blessings and move on. With Simeone he always made it clear that he wanted Costa back from the day he got sold to us. The dirty git. Should have kept him in the first place rather than sell and have the player unsettled throughout the whole period at his new club.
  12. Diego "the guv'nor" Costa

    Glad it didn't work out. I wouldn't sell those idiots a virus.
  13. Gary Cahill - PL CL FAC LC EL champion

    He's paid his dues for us. I like Gaz but like Argo said he was signed for squad depth, however he's put in quality performances than what we expected. Nothing over exciting but he does his job and especially playing with JT at the height of JT's powers made him even better. He can still do a job and still does but when we look at the options that we have in that position now, it's hard to say with a straight face that he should be an automatic starter. A rotational one maybe yeah but just like Davey Baby pointed out, him starting at right then moving to left could possibly point to the fact that he is less dependable to be anywhere in that back line than Rudi.
  14. Alvaro Morata

    Yeah that's the one I meant. Not quite as I remembered it but I guess it's ok to praise now.
  15. Alvaro Morata

    Who is that person that said something along the lines of not rating Morata as he hasn't scored with his foot? Do you now rate him x3? His intelligence when taking on defenders is good. Even when he doesn't complete the move successfully you can appreciate the well and quickly thought out plan to go past.