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  1. Totally agree with you, and I also like the look of that line-up, which looks strong at sitting back but should also be explosive enough for counter attacks, especially as both Kante and Luiz are both strong at initiating attacks. Only concern is that Azpi on RWB has never really seemed to work brillintly so far (even though one could argue it would rather be the role of a far out right back helping to park the bus) and that I don't really remember the back 3 ever playing together like this. The one thing I had really hoped for over the last month and that I very much deplore not happening is the establishment of a clear, familiar, standard back 3 as we had it last season in Cahill-Luiz-Azpi. I guess right now the closest thing to this is Rüdiger-Christensen-Azpi, but one cannot really claim that they have reached blind understanding, besides I for once would appreciate Cahill's character and experience on the pitch. So, if the players can work it out, your line-up would have some very appealing aspects
  2. I think we need to get over these comparisons, we have a squad with strengths and weaknesses that imo on a perfect day is well capable of exploiting Barca's weaknesses, so there's no reason for being depressed. The squad of 2012 was full of character, but it also was very old and the starting eleven contained basically one fast player in Ramires and one creative player in Mata, which over the last three games for a long time made it look impossible to create any danger for the opposition's goal and yet their immense will and character made it happen. Today Chelsea look different and Barca look different, and even though some of these players aren't proven world class internationals with great CL experience I believe that players like Azpi, Christensen, Rüdiger, Cahill, Kante or Luiz are capable of rising to the occasion and throw their bodies into every shot, and I believe that players like Willian, Pedro, Hazard, Giroud, Morata or Cesc can cause Barca's defence some problems! If this game doesn't provide the right motivation for every single player than no one will, the last two games were the ideal psychological preparation, the team is rested and will be prepared by one of the best coaches in the world. KTBFFH
  3. 3-5-2 seems like the obvious option, but it's gonna be hard to find that midfield 3. Fabregas simply can't defend and DD hasn't performed at all recently, worst man in the team last night imo. I actually believe Luiz (if available) would be our best midfield option, and then we might as well play willian in a 343 who is still more useful without possession than cesc. Slightly leaning towards Moses on the right as I find him stronger defensively and gotta be Alonso on the left, no doubt. Up front I think giroud just about has the edge, might be the ideal striker for this game between hazard and willian. What I'd like to see Courtois Azpi-Christensen-Rüdiger Moses-Kante-Luiz-Alonso Willian-Giroud-Hazard What I think we'll see: Courtois Azpi-Christensen-Rüdiger Moses-Fabregas-Kante-DD-Alonso Hazard-Morata(who might actually be better for 3-5-2)
  4. Don't Really get the fabregas point to be honest, in what way would Pedro/Willian in a 3 4 3 be a more defensive option? It's the other way around, kante baka fab results in a more compact and controlling midfield, making it possible for kante and baka to concentrate more on their defensive tasks, which is why I am a big supporter of the 3 5 2,especially against big teams
  5. Chelsea Vs FK Qarabag (CL) Tue 12 Sep 2017 KO 19:45 BST

    Antonioo, Antonioo, Antonio Antonio Antonioo
  6. Chelsea Vs FK Qarabag (CL) Tue 12 Sep 2017 KO 19:45 BST

    Was great to see azpi celebrate with morata, they seem to be real pals Lets hope those two can produce exactly the same goal a few more times
  7. One of my biggest questions for today! I guess we'll see. He might switch
  8. Your unpopular opinion about Chelsea

    I can't really hate arsenal. Watching them and their loser's attitude in any aspect of the game just makes me sad for anyone who actually supports this club... Feel like they'd have to be much more of a general threat for me to hate them
  9. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    Right now Pedro is definitely better than him. Regardless, wages are never strictly proportional to to quality or importance
  10. Andrea Belotti

    Would be an absolutely insane signing, and not even all that unreasonable if we sold Costa and batshuayi. Unfortunately even torino seems to be too tough a negotiation partner for us this summer, I mean belotti himself should be thrilled by the idea playing alongside morata!
  11. Cédric Soares

    Absolutely marvelous, one of my favourite RBs in the PL! Would be a fantastic transfer for a fantastic price
  12. Candreva

    He'd certainly be bought for RWB, as that's the position he played for Italy at the euros, at least in the 3-5-2, which arguably requires a slightly more offensive bias from the WBs than 3-4-3
  13. Nope, Morata on the left wing. But maybe it is transformed into one during the game, let's hope so...
  14. Alexis Sanchez

    I'm rather devastated that you rate our title winning chances at only 29% :/
  15. Alexis Sanchez

    I believe the 3-5-2 with Hazard-Morata as front two would be excellent, due to their different physique and possibly strong technicl compatibility it could work out perfectly. It gives you so many options, one of the two might move to the wing while the other stays in the middle, one might fall deeper while the other stays up front, and both have the technical abilities to do both. I feel like this would add such great offensive flexibility and unpredictability, especilally with Fabregas in behind, which the rather fixed 3-4-3 was maybe lacking in some games. What it does require though, is very strong wing backs (as they are even more vital than in the 3-4-3) and sufficient MF back-up for three positions. So, for the 3-5-2 to be effective, we'd probably have to do a bit more transfer business. But when talking about the 3-4-3, Sanchez might indeed be a bit of an update on Pedro, but the latter was also very strong last season, and I believe there are bigger concerns in the starting 11 than him on RW.