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  1. Lucas Moura

    Not sure he'd add anything over Willian. In many ways he has similar issues. Great skills but little end product. Return of the Special Juan for free in the summer is my vote.
  2. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    Now the hype train can reset a little. Or does the story now swing to he's injury prone or lacks ticker based on one game?
  3. Random Rumours

    Good player but Maxi Lopez's closeness with Fabregas and Pedro would probably make it a bad move for squad harmony.
  4. Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    Good performance. I was impressed by how readily he recovered defensively. That said let's not get carried away. He has 30 senior games and outshining luminaries like Jake Livermore and Harry Maguire doesn't count for much
  5. Emanalo The Problem

    Call me nostalgic but I'm going back to blaming Kenyon. Best of luck to him. Some big hits and some big misses. I don't think anyone forgave him for replacing Ray Wilkins, which I'm sure was never his decision. I'd like to see an overhaul include more power for the manager and a genuine sporting director perhaps a Marotta from Juve combined with a proper head scout like Sven Mislintat from Dortmund. But that would require Marina stepping back which is unlikely.
  6. Cesc Fabregas

    Fair play to him last night. He was excellent.
  7. January Window 17/18

    Now you're talking. I'd still give them 50m even though he is off contract. I think he is off to City though.
  8. I can actually see him having a go at us. The incident with Antonio and the crowd 12 months ago will mean he'll want to return serve.
  9. Tiémoué Bakayoko

    Agree. The mistake I think on out part has been throwing him in the deep end straight away. Keeping Matic even for six months. Would have given him a chance to at least settle in.
  10. 3 at the back has been exposed?

    The formation is part of the issue around the buildup of play but that was always going to happen. We had first mover advantage but everyone has worked that out through video analysis and caught up. The real issue I think is in our disjointed press. That has nothing to do with the formation because the same thing happened two years ago under Mou. We neither press high or sit deep as one. We seem to have some players who press high but the team doesn't follow. So all of a sudden 1 or 2 passes and teams are through our press and running at us.
  11. January Window 17/18

    The real clear need is a left back. Alonso is being run into the ground. Although at a pinch Baba could be that cover. Otherwise we may have to wait until the summer to improve quality. The other option is to be opportunistic and look at offering some funds for players for sale or off contract in the summer eg. Goretzka.
  12. Tiémoué Bakayoko

    He has shown flashes of his quality but there are certainly some big areas of development. There is a real lack of intelligence in his play. He chooses poor passing options and fouls in the wrong areas. There have also been a number of examples of poor positioning. That will improve in time as it did with Mikel who was similarly raw when he first signed at a similar age. For Mikel though he wasn't being relied on immediately. Sadly Bakayoko is. He is learning in the full spotlight and carrying a niggle to boot. It's been said ad nauseam but regardless of your view on Matic he should at least have been kept to allow the young man to adjust. If you're going to sell a starter you have to replace them with a starter not a prospect who will need time.
  13. Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    It's a fair point but I think a bit too much is being made of Matic's departure. His presence in the team last night would have made little difference. We saw two seasons ago that he is just as capable of being all at sea when isolated and having to cover too much ground. In my view the issue is Cesc. He's a wonderful player but he simply isn't mobile enough in these situations. It's a shame because i suspect he is one of the few leaders in the dressing room but in my mind the role last year maximised his talents.
  14. Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    Spot on enigma. Conte said it would be a long road and he is right. Perhaps in some ways Atletico wasn't quite the win we thought. They're struggling more than us. I'd love to see some leadership from some players. I feel like we don't always have great personality in a bad moment which is concerning. Not having JT in the room at this point really hurts us. Our policy of virtually no over 30s I think also contributes. Anywho hooray for Qarabag saving our bacon. Kante back on Sunday. All will be well again soon.
  15. Huge match. It'll be very interesting to see how Antonio manages Kante. After the way Roma ran riot down the flanks I could see us in more of a 3-4-3 with Pedro tracking Kolarov more and Azpi on the right. Can't wait. A win and we'd just about be through.

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