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  1. This will be a tough game, and a good test of our title credential. Stoke got the point against United, a win for us would be a nice statement. We can't afford to play Cesc in the 2 men central midfield, the alternative is pretty straight forward. Hazard will start, and I reckon he will have a big impact. At least we don't have to face Zouma, he's been their best defender. For f* sake, no one get sent off this game.
  2. Very disappointed with the way we handled the game, they were their for the taking and we almost managed to lose the game. Playing Cesc/Kante as 2 in the midfield was the obvious mistake, the half time changed proved that. Once they survived the early scare, they easily over-ran our midfield, we can't really expect Kante to play as 2 players. Everytime they had the ball they were going at our last line of defence, and lost just about every midfield phsyical duel against them, it never happened in the last 10 years ( par that game last September). Unless Rudiger was injured, the change for Cahill was completely unnecessary, his inclusion added nothing apart from some scary moments playing out from the back. Pedro/Willian were wasteful, Morata was isolated for most of the game and being called foul everytime he won a duel, no wonder he was losing it towards the end. The red car was insane, they were under the pump and I feel that injury time goal was coming, until Luiz did a Cahill. Losing Luiz will harm us more than losing Cahill in the next 3 games. The only positive is Hazard is getting back, just a class above even when he's not fully fit. I expect another cameo in the cup game, hopefully he will start next Saturday.
  3. I think it will be the same team against Leicester, maybe Willian for Cesc to add more pace in the final third. Our success against Arsenal has been built on strong midfield out-muscle theirs, in the last 2 cup games we haven't done that. I think Conte is well aware of that, and Bakayoko will definitely start to add the must needed energy. It's best for Hazard to come off the bench again, he will do some serious damage after Willian/Pedro ran them ragged for about 60 minutes. My only worry is our finishing, the midfield week apart we haven't put any teams away yet this season.
  4. Zappacosta

    The goal was probably a freak, but he got pace to burn. Even with the game completely wrapped up, he still chase after every ball, great attitude.
  5. Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea

    Still not convinced by him despite the late goals, against better teams he would have been subbed after 60 minutes with that performance. He will get another start in the cup game next week,hopefully he will improve with game time.
  6. Chelsea Vs FK Qarabag (CL) Tue 12 Sep 2017 KO 19:45 BST

    Perfect result for me, confident boosting with a big win regardless of the opponent, and rested 5 players. In the past, we took the foot of pedal and settle for the 2:0 or 3:0, this time we went for it. The last 2 goals initiated by high pressing so late in the game with result wrapped up. That wing back looked good, another good performance and he will be starting in the league next weekend. I will take a 3:0 against Arsneal this weekend.
  7. Chelsea Vs FK Qarabag (CL) Tue 12 Sep 2017 KO 19:45 BST

    A must win game for us in a tricky group, don't expect Conte to rotate more than 3 players ( Cahill, Willian, Zapacosta). I hope Morata keeps playing, our finishing hasn't been good in the last few games and I will be worried if we play the Batman.
  8. Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    He's doing pretty well for a manager that's destined for the sack this year The 3 earlier signings have settled nicely and all look like starters for the rest of the season, I expect him to give the 2 new signings game time before the end of the week. An exciting month of football to come, I think the transfer doom and gloom is behind him, he's full focused on football matters.
  9. Following Our Nearest & Dearest Rivals, 2017/2018

    No one gave Cahill a break when he got that red card, and he didn't leave his opponent on a stretcher. It's amazing how the Liverpool & United pundits could even argue about the Mane's dismissal. Of course he saw the GK coming, he had studs up and going in full force. he probably thought if GK made contact with him, it's a red card, and the worst he could get is a yellow for collecting the GK. If that's not a red card, players will kick with others at will in the name of chasing after the ball. Jose really knows how to make friends with other managers. I'd glad he's no longer with us, the extra baggage he brings along battling everyone on and off the pitch are just tiring.
  10. Following Our Nearest & Dearest Rivals, 2017/2018

    Ox probably felt he had not left Arsenal, different shirt, different team, same old thrashing against one of the bigger teams in the league.
  11. Well deserved the win, again the scoreline flattered our opponent. How the f* are we ever going to get a penalty when the defender could stick an arm out to block a shot, yet referee waved away. Next time defenders will be catching our shots in the penalty box like Gk. Morata is proving himself game by game, I could almost sensing the goals are coming with each cross in the box. I know it's only 4 games, but he's going to get 25-30 once we get quality crosses more regularly in the box. I'm so glad the transfer window is over, now we have to care is football.
  12. My guess is: Gk Azpi Luiz Rudiger Moses Bakayoko Kante Cesc Alonso Pedro Morata I don't see Conte risking Hazard, given we got like 7 games in 3 weeks, need to blend him in slowly. Away game against a pacey team, expect a more solid midfield than the Kante/Cesc/ The first game after international break is always trick, never know what we will do from fatigued players.
  13. Zappacosta

    People said the same thing when we signed Alonso. Conte gave him his first cap, so he must be aware of the player's ability. If he's a English full back with 6 caps, he'd be worth 30M+. For once, we signed a player without alerting other teams.
  14. We officially have an incompetent board

    Only City spent more than us in the transfer window, we did improve the team with the first 3 signings. Of course, we could have done better, but it's a tough market out there. Players have so much choosing power, I'd never imagine 2 players turned us because of personal terms or mysterious medical reason. Everyone who played 2 hours of FM believe they could have done a better recruiting job, but this is not a game. Lots of things been said in this thread are equivalent of what's being said on Arsenal Fan Tv, and they'd wish they had our incompetent bunch. Like some said before, Roman own us nothing, if he says sale before buy, we should just not and say Yes Sir.
  15. Barkley

    Like I said before, not keen to sign him while he's going to be out for 2-3 months. He did us a favour by walking out. Unless he burns the bridge by saying something unsavory in the next few days, we will be back for him in the next transfer window.