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  1. DaRick

    Jorginho is a Blue

    One would hope that Kante would shield him effectively from any aggressive midfielders, probably playing just ahead of him in a 4-3-3, in a ball-winning box-to-box style. Kante could then just pass the ball to Jorginho and kick off a counter with his very good long passes. On Jorginho, for him to be compared with Alonso and Pirlo, he should improve his long passing. It is very good, but not world-class like those two. He's not as weak as Pirlo was at the same age, but I agree that he should bulk up a bit because the PL is so physical. His vision is very good, IMO almost as good as Alonso's was, though not peerless like Pirlo's. The best part is that I would expect him to develop a greater defensive positional understanding as time goes on, since he can't use any pace or strength to best attackers as much. (His defensive abilities are actually OK - his tackling and positioning are decent.)
  2. In my case, I go back to 2006, when Australia qualified for the last 16 after not having appeared for 32 years. Mind you, by then I was a teenager.
  3. DaRick

    WC 2018

    No comment on Australia? Mind, it'd be great to get to the last 16 and a modern miracle if we made the QF. Wouldn't surprise me if we drew or even lost to Peru (though Peru haven't been lucky scorers - forgive the pun).
  4. DaRick

    WC 2018

    Given the weak opposition and England's unconvincing win against Tunisia we can't read too much into these results, but what will encourage England is the fact that they've actually started a WC campaign strongly, whereas in 2010 and 2014 they just spluttered along, often against somewhat weaker opposition, before being dumped out fairly early doors. These victories will at least give them confidence that they can go on to bigger and better things. Whether or not they actually do is another question, especially if they finish second (which is a reasonable possibility given Belgium is in the group). As for Australia, I've been heartened by our performances against France and Denmark. Lots of heart, courage, organisation. Jedinak has led strongly, Mooy has consistently impressed and Behich/Risdon/Rogic/Sainsbury/Milligan/Leckie/Arzani/Ryan have made at least a decent fist of things. Problem is, we have no finishers in our side.
  5. A pathetic performance to conclude a pathetic season. 5th place is well-deserved. What caused this farce is something I'll look into later, but probably Conte is gone unless he can explain his (surprising) tactical stubborness and his favouritism of underpeforming players. Anyway, we'll see what happens over the summer. This is still largely the same side that won the 2016-17 PL quite comfortably. You could argue that the title winning PL side was simply a decent side that was tactically coached superbly by Conte, but I think with a few tactical tweaks (even if it means changing formation) and some astute transfers (50/50 on Bakayoko, but he's shown signs of life in a 3-man formation where his flaws are obscured) we could become competitive again. Hopefully the promising Christensen will mature and learn from his mistakes over time. Even the great JT took a little time to mature: at 22 he was not always a starter and arguably did not peak until he was 25. Hopefully Christensen will continue such a journey because he's shown real promise this season, in between the errors.
  6. On a certain level, I am happy for Mooy that Huddersfield have stayed up in the face of long odds from the outset. On another, wider level, I'm bemused with Conte changing the side in a situation where we really had to play our best XI, against a side that was fighting tooth-and-nail for PL survival. If we miss out on Top 4, it would probably be warranted in light of some of the shambolic performances we have put up this season (alongside indifferent finishing).
  7. Klopp's system suits him perfectly - he works hard and is absolutely rapid on the counter, plus he's become stronger and thus harder to knock down.
  8. Morata is quality in the air granted, but I honestly think that Giroud is even better. He's taller, he can jump higher and his headers are even more accurate.
  9. Could swap Emerson with Alonso if the opposing RB/RWB isn't particularly pacy/potent, and/or we really need Giroud's aerial ability against a deep-defending backline.
  10. Likewise, I've posted nothing in Chelsea Match Chat since the Bournemouth/Watford double-disaster to my knowledge, as pretty much every league result from then until now was a disappointment, culminating in that home loss to Tottenham for the first time since the fall of the Soviet Union. However, it seems that Conte's switch to a back-four paid dividends, albeit he could have done so earlier (but then even at his best he was never really one for an early tactical change). The first goal is a pinpoint Alonso cross finding Giroud's head. Giroud is both stronger and more aerially adept than Morata, allowing him to bully defensive lines and get his headers on target more consistently than Morata. The second and third goals were more down to sloppy defending in the box than any particularly good play by our guys. No surprise that Willian initiated both though. He's definitely been more dynamic in recent months. Crossing in from the left with his weaker foot was never something Willian was known to do (instead plugging away along the right or maybe the centre), so maybe he's added a few strings to his bow. If Conte is serious about salvaging this season, he will continue with a back four formation. Unfortunately, I'm sure he expects to be gone at the end of the season regardless and so I'm not sure that he is. On another note, I could still see a place for Morata with Giroud in a 2-man formation. Morata is deceptively quick on the counterattack and might be able to latch on to any loose balls Giroud wins. Problem is that he's an inconsistent finisher. Could that be worked on with practice?
  11. This is sad. I haven't followed Fiorentina seriously for a little while but Astori was an OK defender at his best. He's younger than my brother, which goes to show you how fragile life can be and to try and appreciate it. RIP.
  12. DaRick

    Why Conte Must Roll Away The Stone

    Your posts are pure poetry in motion, @Dorset. I think the rest of us well and truly envy your analytical, fluid yet somehow hopeful and optimistic analyses of Chelsea's situation.
  13. DaRick

    Tiémoué Bakayoko

    Might be a controversial opinion after this horror show of a performance, but I still think Bakayoko has potential - for Monaco he proved that he was strong and somewhat energetic - but the difference is that at Chelsea he appears to have lost his ability to recycle possession under pressure, whereas at Monaco he could actually do this. Monaco's fans also warned us that he could be inconsistent and have lapses in concentration (plus his first touch was just OK at best) and unfortunately those warnings have been borne out by some awful recent performances (after what I thought was actually an OK start to his season). ATM too unreliable and unpolished to start for a club like Chelsea.
  14. Feels like 15/16 all over again...just a general trainwreck where nobody is performing to their potential.
  15. This result rivals 0-3 Sunderland in terms of awfulness. Glad I missed it.