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  1. Tiémoué Bakayoko

    A much better performance. Still improvements to be made though. Agree with a lot of the comments above - could have been down to a couple of reasons: - Suited better to a 2 man midfield? - Not playing at home (our fans are definitely on his back which has no doubt affected his confidence playing at the Bridge / groaning and booing etc...)
  2. Willy Caballero

    We have had a very tall goalkeeper for around 15 years now with either Cech or Courtois usually between the sticks. With their natural height we have got used to watching them claim crosses into the box with absolute ease. Willy isn't as tall so I would expect him to find it harder to claim the catches in those situations. Hence more punching etc (we just aren't used to watching that). Last two games though, he has shown he is definitely more than able to fill the number 2 goalkeeper spot (as he did at City last year too).
  3. Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea

    Thought he offered us a lot more today than Morata has done in recent weeks. Sure he has his frustrating moments, but so does Morata when I think of all the one on ones missed and amount of time he spends on the floor claiming fouls. He did well today considering he is going to be out the door any minute. We needed him too with all the suspensions. Well done Michy
  4. Alvaro Morata

    Well he should be fresh for Arsenal after only playing 20 minutes tonight plus being suspended for Brighton after that fiasco tonight. Needs to do some work in the gym and toughen up a bit, rather than look at the referee all the time after the slightest touch. Big potential but obvious areas to develop too
  5. A disgraceful comment, call yourself a fan? We have had some amazing moments in this competition. Di Matteo's goal, all of Drogba's goals in the finals. Brilliant memories. I would love to win it again. Well done to the team for converting all the penalties, after all that what happened it would have been easy to implode. I'm pleased to be in the next round.
  6. Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    While we may not have been much worse off with RLC, you have to look at the long term picture. They are at two completely different stages of their careers. Drinkwater is at the stage of his career where he has accepted less playing time for the challenge of playing for a top team. RLC needs as much playing time as possible. The loan deal is good for him (good senior playing time experience and even getting a call up for England). Would having started 4 games at this stage of the season have been any good for him? (Like DD has done). We have a very talented player in RLC but I back the club's decision that a loan move was right for his development this season. Let's hope he develops whilst on loan and can do what Christensen has done next year when he returns.
  7. Callum Hudson-Odoi

    Disappointed it looks like he won't be involved tonight v Norwich From the Chelsea Twitter feed: "On Callum Hudson-Odoi, Conte says he is a very interesting player who needs another step to be ready to play with his side." Just a bit disappointed in this with tiredness being blamed for our recent poor performances too. Unless I'm missing something, not sure there is another step for him after scoring a hat trick v Sunderland in the under 23s. Just put him in the team and see how he gets on
  8. Andy Carroll - Football has gone mad

    Still think we have to wait and see what actually develops before getting too carried away/concerned with these stories. Llorente was set to sign all summer according to various journalists but never happened.
  9. Time to start worrying???

    I'm not sure I view it as mind boggling. Barkley - we all get this transfer. Wonderful price for a young English player with a lot of potential. Drinkwater - Before we signed him, Conte had gone on record saying he was a "big fan", so despite us maybe not getting all the players he wanted in the summer window, I believe this was one player he wanted and did get. A price we probably didn't want to pay and hence the transfer going to the final hours of the window. This transfer seems to make sense to me (adding to squad depth and giving the manager someone he wants despite being the club maybe being uncomfortable with the fee). Carroll - Remains to be seen but lots of unanswered questions on this one. Does Conte want him and are we supporting the manager? We will have to wait and see how it potentially plays out (loan/permanent transfer/the potential fee). Let's not forget we were long linked with Llorente all summer and it never happened so I feel a long way to go on this one. Think it's early to jump to conclusions he will be signing tomorrow for 35m
  10. Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    Shocking to see the bashing Danny Drinkwater is getting here. I think he had one poor performance against Arsenal alongside the rest of the team but has largely been effective in midfield when he has played this year. Our poorest performances of the year Drinkwater hasn't played in (West Ham, Palace, Roma, Leicester this weekend, Burnley). I think he deserves a run in the team ahead of Bakayoko who no doubt is struggling to settle and has confidence issues. Shocking to see him getting bashed on here basically because he isn't an overseas household name.
  11. Time to start worrying???

    Next 4 PL games become crucial for us. I believe we can win v Brighton, West Brom, Bournemouth and Watford. Meanwhile Spurs will face Southampton, United, Arsenal and Liverpool. It's crucial with these fixtures to develop some breathing space over them. If we fail to I will start to get worried.
  12. Alvaro Morata

    Can Michy really do any worse than Alvaro is doing at the moment? Very concerning and if this goes on finishing in the top 4 will start to become a real worry.
  13. Eden Hazard

    Agree on all points - my worry is that if we keep expecting him to work miracles by himself that he will get tired of this and could be a factor in him wanting to move to Madrid etc... Needs help around him and it starts with the manager getting Willian/Pedro more involved by changing the formation.
  14. Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    Completely agree. He should be playing every minute of every league game. He is our best player and we should make the most of him while we have him. You never see Messi and Ronaldo subbed off. They play pretty much every minute and inspire their team just by being on the pitch. It was a travesty he was subbed off on 57 minutes today with the score at 0-0
  15. Alvaro Morata

    I agree it would be nice but playing with one striker seems the way for most of the top 6 right now (Kane / Lacazette / Firmino / Jesus or Aguero / Lukaku / Morata). Maybe an impact player could be good if the right one is out there for the final 15/20 minutes of games.