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SydneyChelsea last won the day on September 15 2017

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About SydneyChelsea

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  1. SydneyChelsea

    Jorginho is a Blue

    The regal way he moves the ball when pressured, passes the ball backwards with confidence and self-assurance, the way he rarely gets forward and allows his teammates to shine in attack...I know it's early days but I can't stop seeing the resemblance in him. It's like we've finally replaced Mikel.
  2. SydneyChelsea

    *Official* Pedro to Chelsea

    Pedro has always been a "coach's dream" sort of player. All his managers from Guardiola to Conte have spoken one way or another about his tactical awareness and goalscoring nous. He is just the ideal squad player; he has played with the likes of Hazard, Messi, Iniesta etc and yet wins their respect as a matchwinner and teammate. Obviously his physical skills are on the decline but he can still make a contribution and set an example of professionalism few can match.
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    We've got a new Kepa

    One thing I really like about him is that he actually catches the ball. We haven't had that in a keeper since Cech. Courtois was so frustrating constantly parrying shots, you'd have your heart in your mouth into someone swept away the rebound.
  4. SydneyChelsea

    Little Fekir

    Think we dodged a bullet not signing him. Just doesn't have the pace to be a top player in his position, and a history of knee injuries doesn't bode well. Everything about him screams Mata to me, good player but just not good enough.
  5. SydneyChelsea

    Thibaut Courtois

    It was made clear that Zidane never wanted him, having full faith in Navas, and a lot of Madrid fans share that view.
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    Mateo Kovačić

    I agree that we have a midfield that has the potential to get the best out of him. With Jorginho creating from deep and Kante working defensively, it immediately eliminates two of the problem jobs for Kovacic. I reckon the key is to keep it simple for him, either carrying the ball in transition or running hard off the ball to make opportunities for Jorginho/Kante/Hazard. The problem so often with players who are talented at everything is that coaches are reluctant to let them specialise and I think Kovacic has been a victim of this.
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    Mateo Kovačić

    www.goal.com/en-au/amp/news/the-mateo-kovacic-mystery-why-croatia-ace-has-struggled-so/28linowbbawn1fbw3fswesbxn Interesting, if somewhat sobering article on Kovacic. 24 and he struggles to identify his best position at the top level of football. He's clearly a player with a lot of natural talent but his circumstances are limiting.
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    Little Fekir

    Fekir strikes me as a Mata-type player; skilful, decent goalscorer but lacks the pace to be a top top threat. I think he would still fit in really well and would be a major statement of intent, but there will be better players available next season.
  9. SydneyChelsea

    We've got a new Kepa

    f**k me Azpilicueta is a good looking bloke.
  10. SydneyChelsea

    Mateo Kovačić

    He is potentially a top level player but his career stagnated at Madrid because of Isco's renaissance. Kovacic is often unfairly compared to Modric because they share the same nationality but he is more akin to Ivan Rakitic of anything. He's tall, strong, quick and has very good dribbling skills that allow him to carry the ball on the counter-attack. I think he will suit Sarri's style more than most, as his skillset is very similar to Marek Hamsik (though not a proven goalscorer).
  11. SydneyChelsea

    Mateo Kovacic

    Great signing. At his best, Kovacic plays with shades of Toure or Vieria, or Essien at his best.
  12. SydneyChelsea

    Next Chelsea Goalkeeper

    A release clause in Spain applies to only the selling party and the player. A player is entitled to buy himself out of his contract at any time and the release clause is the agreed price. Where it gets interesting is that only domestic clubs are allowed to meet the clause directly; overseas clubs must meet the clause requirements, plus taxes (VAT, income tax on the transfer payment) which makes it significantly more expensive. That's why Barca, Madrid, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid appear to stock their teams with Spanish players on the cheap. If Kepa's fee is just €80m, either his actual clause is in the €35-40m range or Athletic Bilbao were willing to sell and waive taxes.
  13. SydneyChelsea

    Callum Hudson-Odoi

    It's nice to read a wave of positivity around the club of late. Hudson-Odoi certainly made a big impact on people this pre-season. However when a youth coach with the record and experience of Sarri tempers expectation, we would do well to listen. The 17-year-old body is not designed to train and play at the intensity that first-year footballers experience, and as someone already pointed out in this thread, the Premier League's record on teenage superstars is actually pretty damning over the last 10-15 years. For every Rooney or Fabregas there's been untold Jack Wilsheres, Michael Johnsons, Ross Barkleys etc and even then, Rooney arguably looks spent beyond his years. Bellerin, the player who put CHOs name in lights at his expense, serves as a warning. Once the fastest player in the league, niggling and major injuries have robbed him of his former speed. Ousmane Dembele, who CHO resembles most closely in style and talent, should be another cautionary tale, copping two knee injuries in his debut season for Barcelona. And while knee injuries are not longer the career death sentence they once were, let's hope that CHO is treated in such a way that we remember him for more than a pre-season ragging of a Arsenal has-been.
  14. SydneyChelsea

    Eden Hazard

    I think Hazard's best days are starting to be behind him, but at the same time we are not in a position to sell. Even if we were to take 220m we would not be able to purchase a player to directly replace him because we are not in the Champions League. He is worth far more to us as a player than an asset right now. If we were to accept a massive bid, we realistically would not be able to spend it and see a return on it until next season, by which time inflation would reduce the value of Hazard's transfer. Champions League qualification is the ultimate prize, worth 100m in finances itself. I'd rather use keep Hazard and sell him for 100m in a year's time than accept a useless 200m now.
  15. SydneyChelsea

    Winter Break

    Call me cynical but when the likes of Bayern, Barcelona and Real Madrid use their winter breaks to do lucrative 'training camps' in the Middle East and Asia, it's hard to believe that Guardiola and co's opinions are based on player welfare. To make a real difference to player welfare and the standard of football it would be as simple as restructuring the international breaks, but FIFA will not have that conversation.