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    Too many midfielders?

    I've noticed people talk about Europa League in the same breath as domestic cups - a nice consolation trophy if you can't get the big ones (PL & CL), but not too precious and thus an opportunity to give some kids and/or fringe players some games. Given how tight it will be getting into Top 4 (and a lot of people are predicting that we won't) - I would treat EL as a way to get into CL next year. And would treat it really f***ing seriously. It's so much more than a domestic cup.
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    Jorginho is a Blue

    This is the best thing I've seen on internet in ages.
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    Alvaro Morata

    Sorry, had to do this...
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    Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea

    I can only assume that Sarri has decided that if/when the process of giving Morata a chance is over - he's gonna play a false 9... Otherwise I don't get this.
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    Jose Mourinho thread

    In the process converting Pogba, Sanches and Martial into hard old-school tackle-a-brick-wall centre backs. And Rashford, And Lingard. And Lukaku. Yes, some will say that playing with 6 centre backs is a tad defensive, but who is the serial winner here?
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    Rate our transfer window

    This dude is sharp. The Big Bang was big. It's very rare you get bangs that big.
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    Rate our transfer window

    Overall we improved the squad to a much greater degree than I expected. The only real gap is CF. But: (a) I am not aware of anyone having been available this transfer window (b) It's quite a big ask to expect club to write Morata off after one season. So fair enough, I guess. We'll just have to wait for him to confirm beyond reasonable doubt that he is useless. (Having said that I was seriously tempted to pick him for fantasy football. Who knows... :) Only having a limit of 3 Chelsea payers stopped me.)
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    Mateo Kovačić

    And seriously, I don't think Sarri football relies on players' height much. And Kovacic looks like he can take care of himself in a shoulder to shoulder challenge.
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    Mateo Kovačić

    I'm joking. coco had him at 17 meters tall, got corrected, I made a silly joke. Ignore me.
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    Mateo Kovačić

    It was correct first time round. He's a tall lad.
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    Thibaut Courtois

    :)) Or better still - to Sunderland.
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    Don't Use Your Head

    So were footballers.
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    Pundit Predictions 2018/19

    imo everyone overestimates Spurs. They will do much worse than last season. And I don't see why Arsenal would do much better... :))
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    Don't Use Your Head

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    Mateo Kovacic

    I really don't get why so many people are findiing fault with this. Do we really have to feel like we screwed every club we do a deal with? Bringing Kovacic in for a year is an extremely good thing for us right now. Extremely. This transfer window we have neither time, nor money, nor ability to attract highest calibre players. Kovacic has a very high chance of being useful - if not as an attacking midfielder in addition to Kante and Jorginho, then as a replacement to one of them for rotation, for injuries, etc. And to have that with no risk and no crazy cost is awesome. And next year Sarri will have had a year to assess the squad and will have a full window to look for players that he needs. And if it's also good for Madrid - well ... whatever. We are not in direct competition with them for anything.