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  2. mwblue10

    Welcome Emerson Palmieri!

    Personally, I think the cancer comment is being blown way out of proportion. It's a quite common phrase used in sports to describe a player that is causing problems within the team. I lost both my grandmother and father in law to cancer, and my mother in law is a cancer survivor, but I wasn't at all offended by the comment. But that's just me. Do I think Alonso is a cancer in the team? No. From what I can see, he is a good teammate, and quite obviously has no issues with the manager, considering he plays every match. What he is, is a player out of form, who has been for months, and his teammates (mostly Hazard), have shown outward frustration with his play.
  3. Osgood is Good

    Who’s next after Sarri?

    Don't know why, maybe you should direct that question to the correct person
  4. bolu

    Krzysztof Piatek (Genoa)

    needs to change that celebration...
  5. big blue

    Mateo Kovačić

    We definately need some more goals in the team. Will it be easier to find a goal scoring midfielder, or a decent striker? There's doesn't seem to be an abundance of either these days. I think kovacic is a good player, he's neat and tidy on ball, but I was hoping he would have chipped in with more goals than he has so far. Optimistically, higuian hazard and pedro have more goals in them, than what we have seen so far though, but I guess time will tell whether it's enough, without a goal scoring midfielder.
  6. mclovin83

    Who’s next after Sarri?

    Tongue in cheek or not, it's embarrassing. There is already a Sarri thread, so I don't really see why the OP would go to the effort to set up a new thread (with an embarrassing title) unless the title reflected what he/she wanted to be discussed. And discussing "who is next after Sarri" because we have lost a game is pathetic.
  7. We are fortunate that Spurs are missing some key players but they are still a decent team, and have the key advantage from the first leg. It is vital that we attack from the start and score first I think. I will be worried if we start with false 9 again. If we don't have a new striker by then (which looks increasingly likely to be the case) we should start with Giroud.
  8. Ernie_blue

    Mateo Kovačić

    Kovacic doesn't even shoot let alone score.
  9. forbzy

    Higuain

    I can see this dragging on until the end of the window. Milan won't sanction anything until they have the replacement signed, and they don't seem to be in any hurry. If it all falls to pieces at the last minute no doubt we will be scrambling around in desperation on January 31st.
  10. big blue

    Jose Mourinho thread

    Jose on form. I might be in the minority nowadays, but I can't help but love the guy. Such a great character in football. Not sure whether we will ever see him in English football again which will be sad in my opinion.
  11. Ernie_blue

    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    At the moment teams sit back against Chelsea knowing we don't create much, the ball normally goes out wide and the fullbacks don't cross because there is never a target. Having Higuain will mean we can now cross the ball, I'm just wondering is this Sarri football?
  12. Scott Harris

    Tiémoué Bakayoko

    Was he though? I remember people massively overrating him at the time. I thought he looked average at Monaco and was easily the worst player of that great season they had. It's why I never wanted us to sign him in the first place. I thought he was mediocre then and then he was terrible for us.
  13. ForeverCarefree

    Mateo Kovačić

    For the very reason that the forwards aren't scoring goals. Liverpool have a system where their front 3/4 players are scoring the majority of the goals and plenty of them (currently 14 more goals than Chelsea in the league). We're picking Wiliian who's never scored double figures in the Premier League and Hazard who has never scored twenty goals in the Premier League during a season. Jorginho who has no goals from open play this season and Kante who has managed to best his goal scoring record in a season with a whopping 3 goals. So stands to reason that you're looking elsewhere in the team for players to be scoring goals? Kovacic plays in the most advanced position of the midfield three so there is an expectation that he'd take on some of the goal scoring burden. At the moment we have too many players in the starting XI who either aren't tasked with or don't feel it is their responsibility to score goals.
  14. rtwelch

    Who’s next after Sarri?

    Kante is played ‘’out of position’’ because Sarri defends in a different way to most managers. He wants to defend from the front via pressing and he sees Kante doing this in the opposition’s half. Having him sit on the half way line waiting for the opponent is going against his style of play. He doesn’t want the opponent to get that far with the ball!
  15. Nibs

    Who’s next after Sarri?

    That's a fair assessment - not sure too many would argue with that. Some posters have gone way OTT and the title of the thread is poorly chosen - not sure why we can't have just one Sarri thread rather than all the different ones we have? Don't think too many of us were expecting any success this season - just hopefully top 4 with squad improvement and progression in the football played. Started well but we have slipped back and his stubbornness to continue rather than make changes is my main concern, along with playing our two best players out of position. But certainly not calling for his head at this stage.
  16. Ernie_blue

    Who’s next after Sarri?

    I don't think anyone was expecting Chelsea to win the league or even a title challenge, you are diverting away from the issues most posters are discussing. The football hasn't been great, the line up is predictable, the way Chelsea play is predictable, the exact same subs every game, playing the same under performing players. These are points posters have every right to discuss because it's been going on for months now, it doesn't mean all fans want Sarri sacked, but this is my opinion only that Sarri is making very basic management mistakes atm or he is just stubborn.
  17. Osgood is Good

    Who’s next after Sarri?

    To be fair, the OP mentioned it was a tongue in cheek title, after the match day thread, where I believe there were comments of Sarri should be sacked.
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  19. Ewell CFC

    Who’s next after Sarri?

    No one likes loosing to a rival, and Sarri does seem perhaps over wedded to a certain footballing philosophy ( like most managers), however let’s put things in perspective regarding the big six. Liverpool top- maybe they were expected to be second now- slightly over performed. City 2nd- slightly underperformed by last years standards Spurs 3rd- as expected, maybe marginally better considering transfer inactivity Us 4th- Id say better than expected, albeit not playing great recent months Arsenal 5th- maybe a position above predicted. Man Utd 6th- worse than predicted. What on earth are so called Chelsea fans realistically expecting this season- the treble? A large percentage of posters remind me of over indulged kids.
  20. mclovin83

    Who’s next after Sarri?

    What an awful thread. Probably one of the worst in the time I have been a member of this forum. Not sure of the intention, but to name a thread in this way because we have lost a game, when we are 4th in the league and still in every competition really does make you look like a spoilt brat.
  21. yorkleyblue

    Who’s next after Sarri?

    Sad times mate, when we have someone celebrating one of our own getting injured, another one referring to one of our players as a "cancer" and yet another listing a great percentage of the first team as "garbage" Not sure how long any of them have been Chels, but none of that is how I was brought up to support the team.
  22. just

    Mateo Kovačić

    Three. One in the EPL, two the CL. https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/james-milner/elfmetertore/spieler/3333/plus/0?saison_id=2018&wettbewerb_id=
  23. ForeverCarefree

    Andreas Christensen

    Matt Hughes from The Times is reporting that Maurizio Sarri is annoyed after Andreas Christensen left the Chelsea bench 15 minutes early against Arsenal. The Danish defender went for a toilet break after Sarri made third substitution and never returned to the away dug-out. If true it shows a lack of professionalism from Christensen and in truth I can see him leaving come the summer. Doesn't seem particularly favoured by Sarri. Comments from his agent/Dad didn't go over well earlier in the season either.
  24. dkw

    Mateo Kovačić

    How many penalties?
  25. just

    Mateo Kovačić

    ...... and Milner has 5 goals and 5 assists. Is it not reasonable to expect some sort of offensive goal threat from Kovacic?
  26. Skinnedy

    Tiémoué Bakayoko

    I'd say Conte's system more than Sarri's system. He doesn't have a spot in Sarri's system. He came to Chelsea coming off of an injury, remember, that's what took so long to get done even though it seemed everything had been agreed upon for months. But even then, this is a different role. I think the term Stopper went away a long time ago, but that's what he's doing now. Call it CDM, but compare Bakayoko's heat map in his MOTM performance against Genoa yesterday and Luiz's heat map against Arsenal, and they look an awful lot alike. Bakayoko is being asked to provide protection for the defense and initiate a counter. That was never his role at Chelsea. I'll state again since it sometimes gets lost, but he's not coming back to Chelsea, these good performances are good for Chelsea, because Milan is almost guaranteed to pick up his option, which for them around 35M will seem like a bargain. David Luiz vs. Arsenal Bakayoko vs. Genoa
  27. big blue

    Eden Hazard

    It is refreshing although my doubt is whether he has the drive and leadership to build a team around. I think he needs support and some aggressive players around him, which we had with fabregas and Costa. His personality is pretty much the complete opposite of your typical real Madrid galactico. I hope he finishes his career here, but I get the impression if real put a serious offer in the table, then he will ask to leave.
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