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    Welcome N’Golo Kante

    I reckon he got into the opposition box more times in the last 2 games than he did the second half of last season. He's not a good finisher, but he will get better
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    Jorginho is a Blue

    Let's not press the panic button yet. He can't be a Makalele covering the back 4 while stringing 90+ passes a game. The only thing we need right now is patience, and accept we will conceded some goals with this system. There we will be a lose or 2 coming up, but it's worth it if we ever going to get away from the Jose/Conte type of 'instant success' football. City's defence was shcoking in Pepe's first season, they were conceding 3 or 4 goals with possession nearing 70%, it took time to get to where they were last season.
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    Chelsea V Arsenal (PL) Sat 18th Aug 17:30 UK

    It's pretty amazing that they had so many clear cut chances with that 38% of possession. I'm pretty sure Sarri puzzled by the collapse in defence for that 20 minutes, looked like players were completely at lose about how to defend the flanks and overlapping runners. Under Conte, we were defending 541 with the 2 CMs drop deep and 2 wide players protect the flanks of the back 5, leaving the striker upfront to battle for scrap. On the weekend, we were literally defending 433 with CMs still pressing and 2 wide attackers not tracking back, there's definitely to be fixed. The final result flattered them, we had enough chances to score the third before they got that break for the goal, even in the second half we squandered great chances. In the dying minute, Hazard/Giroud stuffed up the 2 on 1, Hazard should have trusted himself and be selfish running against 1 defender in the penalty box. Giroud is still in the WC mode of playing the winning non scoring striker.
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    Chelsea V Arsenal (PL) Sat 18th Aug 17:30 UK

    Would Arsenal trade Xhaka or any of their new signing for Jorginho? Of course they would, probably throw in Iweobi or Welbeck too.
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    Following Our Nearest & Dearest Rivals, 2018/2019

    Let's hope for our sake Jose stays on and drag United into deeper mud, we may even call him Agent Jose after the end of the season Any big team could trip over at Brighton or Fulham, what amazed me was they had 45 minutes to save themselves, but they barely threatened, and the last second penalty was just a gift from the referee. What's not Jose's fault is for the whole week Linegard and his pals practicing some cool goal celebration on Insgram, pity he couldn't get the chance to do it in the game. Ozil will probably out last Emery at Arsenal, he's retired from Germany, and looked retired playing for Arsenal ever since he signed that 300k contract
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    Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    Let's hope he doesn't give up after a couple of games and move on for another year. Once the International break is over, we'd be playing mid week just about every week, so there are plenty of chances for the squad players to impress. It's a decision for a player to make, either be an automatic pick at Palace, or compete for a spot at a team challenging for silverware. If he needs a guarantee to play every game, better sell him with a clause.
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    Jorginho is a Blue

    Great signing for us, I'd hate to see what he could achieve playing for City, they'd probably have 80% possession every game. Defensively he probably needs to improve, but I see the issues on Saturday as the team , rather than individuals being at fault.
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    *Official* Pedro to Chelsea

    With good possession and players who could deliver those through balls, Pedro will always be a goal thread with his clear running and good shooting. I'm pretty sure he will retain his spot next week when Hazard starts.
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    Mateo Kovačić

    I reckon he should start next week, just give more balance to the midfield. He's probably a better player than the rest apart from kante.
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    Marcos Alonso

    Loved his goal and attacking player, but he's still playing the LWB, not what he's assigned to do. He scored one, but conceded at least 3 clear cut chances on his flank, on another day he'd be the guilty party. He needs to adapt, otherwise I reckon Emerson should start, I'm happy to got with stability on the left flank, scoring goals from LB isn't the top priority with the way we are playing.
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    We've got a new Kepa

    Wasn't great, kind expected one of those game. Good thing we won, so he's not going to get over scrutinized, I'm sure he will get over-worked in training next week. His passing was pretty good through, never got that out of Courtois or Cech.
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    Another defender or two in January?

    Changing from back 3 to a standard 4 and press high is going to take time, I reckon the last thing we need is a couple of expensive defenders to learn how to play with this system. As we get into the cup games, I expect other defenders to get a chance to show what they could offer. Rudiger is first pick, the other spot is anyone's. Luiz is not great in a back 4, he was signed because Conte was going back 3. I expect another defender challenges his spot after the International break.
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    Chelsea V Arsenal (PL) Sat 18th Aug 17:30 UK

    Great result, and pleased with the improvement of the team. It's only week 2 and the style of play is already more pleasing than most of last season, players are making more runs, better passing from the back, and more controlled possession play. The defence will take times to get into shape, we couldn't go from deep defending to high pressing without conceding some goals along the way. The 2 attacking players stayed too high on the field ( looks a deliberate plan), and couldn't track their full backs. Alonso is great at LWB, but he's really getting caught out as a LB. He scored the winner but at least conceded 3 clear goal chances on his own, on another day he won't be this lucky. It's something definitely needs and will be corrected, we shall see what will happen in coming weeks and months. There's already improvement in players, Pedro looked like that player of 15-20 goals a season again, Morata finally got 1 over Cech, Barkley is showing why he was rated highly, and Hazard looked dangerous with every run, can't wait for him to play a full game. If we manage to beat Newcastle next week ( no reasons why we can't do that), that's a perfect start after a very slow pre-season.
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    Following Our Nearest & Dearest Rivals, 2018/2019

    When Costa was playing for us, everytime he touched an opposition player was assault, coward attack and worse. This time he's doing that against Madrid and Ramos in particular, and all the English commentators are signing his praise, especially those ex-Liverpool ones. We bought him on a steal and sold him on a bargain, that's one hell of a striker we just handed over. That f* text by Conte cost him the job, a top 4 finish for the club, and loads of goals.
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    Chelsea V Arsenal (PL) Sat 18th Aug 17:30 UK

    I don't think they have that player we are going to be scared off, sure they have some good players, but which team hasn't. If we build on last week's performance, and Hazard to start, pretty confident we will beat them by 2 goals. They will sit deep and rely on the speed in their strikers, pretty sure Lazacette will start too. We got problems in defence and goal scoring, but I reckon we have bigger ones. We never dominated the midfield against them last season, which was why we failed to beat them once in 5 games ( amazing!), This time around I'm pretty sure it will be different.