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  1. 14 points

    Welcome Ross Barkley

    Socialising with Dele Alli, that's disgusting. Three match ban, if Sarri has any sense!
  2. 12 points
    I love Lamps at the end 'When you think you've played well and you get beaten 4-2, that's when I'd be upset'
  3. 11 points
    You can pick a combined Chelsea/Tottenham XI here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46210713 Here's mine:
  4. 11 points
    Oh man I realy do hope we turn up for this one
  5. 9 points

    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    It has been commented on a bit but what I hope is that Sarri doesn't continue to be too stubborn, as it could well end up costing him his job. I am all for a coach sticking to his principals and it is still relatively early days, but the signs are when thinks don't work, he is struggling to find a solution. Now a lot of that is down to shockingly poor striker options and that will HAVE to be addressed. But what always get's me and has done with a whole procession of coaches we've gone through down the years, is how they will all ignore possible a alternative in risking a younger, untried player and continue to go with the tried & tested, same old, same old. I know as soon as a few bad results come folk shout "Play the Youth" and I am one of the worse culprits. But it does forever frustrate me that other sides are at least giving their young prospects a chance when we don't. I can recall back in the day having debates with @Chippy (whatever happened to you fella?). When performances & results went tits up, I would clamour for the youth whereas Chippy (and others) would argue the coach see's the players day in, day out in training and we have to accept his decisions. But look at some of the youngsters who have forced their way in to other PL Teams and are doing well - Alexander-Arnold & Gomez at Liverpool (although Solanke is probably regretting his move to Dipperland). Declan Rice at West Ham, Brooks at Bournemouth and a real choker last night seeing Wolves play Gibbs-White and him have a decent game. If we were looking as good as City, I could accept it. Foden has got some game time for them this season but it is going to be hard with the amount of talent ahead of him. So I just hope that if we do continue to drop points, Sarri will try alternatives and shake things up a bit. Guadiola has gone on record as saying even the very best (untouchables) still need to know their place isn't guranteed and there is always competition for places, otherwise players play withinin themselves and get too comfortable and unfortunately, a number of our players look that way just now.
  6. 9 points

    Alvaro Morata

    This is my cycle of Morata's time since he joined us........... Hmm, it's a lot of money and although I don't know huge amounts about him I've heard he's decent so I'm quite excited about this. Yeah, he could be what we've been looking for. Little rusty but once he gets a few more games under his belt, think we've got a good striker here. Hmmm, not so sure, maybe give Batshuayi a run for a few games Quality today, great header, think he's finding his feet now. At this rate think he could be better than Harry Kane Disappointing today. Needs to stay on his feet. Rightly subbed. Took his chance well. He's a confidence player. Think he's coming good now. Rubbish. Why isn't Giroud starting ahead of him? OH FFS! LEARN TO STAY ON YOUR FEET AND STAY ONSIDE YOU USELESS C**T! (Does have nice hair though)
  7. 9 points
    How can any Chelsea fan say something like this after losing to Tottenham? If anything, meltdowns today should be acceptable. You never want to see you side embarrassed by your most bitter rivals, and it's now happened to us twice in a row. The last thing us Chelsea fans should be saying is "so what". We should be bitter about the defeat, we should be angry and we should be looking for reasons why we lost in the manner that we did. Our approach to the game from the first minute was off and that is something that should never happen against Tottenham. If the fans are saying so what after that defeat, it's not surprising that our own players can't find the motivation to actually get into a game until 20-25 minutes are played.
  8. 8 points
    Isn't this exactly the piss-poor attitude we have all been moaning about from other teams when they play City?
  9. 8 points

    César 'Dave' Azpilicueta

    Excellent news, he's signed a new four-year deal: https://www.chelseafc.com/en/news/2018/12/4/new-azpilicueta-contract-announced I absolutely love the guy, he's a true professional, loves the club, and is a hugely capable player; I hope he retires with us. We've been enormously lucky with the quality of some of our right-backs over the past couple of decades - Azpilicueta is more than worthy of that canon.
  10. 8 points
    RIP Mourinho

    Marcos Alonso

    Like the opposition fans care about the poor girl that died in the slightest. Just an excuse to have a dig at one of our players. Poor form from the fans.
  11. 8 points

    Sarriball needs a plan a.1

    He obviously isn't going to "get rid of Jorginho". Jorginho is essential to his system, and has been fantastic on the most part this season. I do believe we need to show more flexibility however, and be open to switching players around depending on the opposition, and how the game is playing out. I don't believe Kante is required in the starting 11 when we are playing a team offering little/no attacking threat. RLC or Fabregas are more likely to unlock a defence. Equally, I don't believe Jorginho should be on his own in a holding role when we are going toe to toe with a team as attack minded as Spurs, who were getting the better of our midfield from the off. There is a half way house in my opinion, but if you want to "get rid" of Jorginho then you might as well "get rid" of Sarri as well, as I am certain Sarri is going to bin off his entire philosophy because of his first defeat of the season.
  12. 8 points

    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    from a club that wins nothing into a club that wins nothing
  13. 8 points

    David Luiz back at Chelsea

    Brave Dave Luiz ran away. Bravely ran away away. When danger reared its ugly head, He bravely turned his tail and fled. Yes, brave Dave Luiz turned about And gallantly he chickened out. Bravely taking to his feet, He beat a very brave retreat. Bravest of the brave, Dave Luiz!
  14. 7 points
    Some people need to get a grip, we're trying to completely change our way of play yet we're still sat 4th in the table and have only suffered defeat twice. We've had Conte and Mourinho who were both fantastic for us, but they were both a lot more cautious in their approach. This approach is in some of our players DNA (because that's all they've been used to for the past 10 years), and it's going to take at least a season for that to change. I'm obviously so gutted about yesterday's defeat (especially as I somehow sit next to a huge Wolves fan at work - what's he doing in London!?), but I can still see the positives, and I believe the negatives are things that can be rectified with hard work and patience. I thought that we played very well for 60 minutes yesterday, I was really pleased until their 1st goal. We were playing good football and creating chances - we should also have had a penalty (how does this always go against us!!?). Their first goal was poor from us, individual errors cost us again. Fabregas should have taken the yellow card and brought Moutinho down once he got past him, and Kepa should have done better with the shot. As soon as it went 1-1 we showed our naivety and completely lost focus and another individual error cost us the 2nd (Willian), although I haven't watched this again it might have been a foul. I wouldn't be surprised. Cannot believe that some on here are still criticising Jorginho when he's not even involved! One thing I do think we're lacking is a nastiness to our game. We used to be a strong and nasty team in our heyday, no team would out battle us. For example, Son's goal against us should have been stopped by Jorginho pulling his shirt and taking a booking. And the same goes for Fabregas yesterday, he needed to do the same to Moutinho. That's what all the top sides do.. We're too nice a team. If we can get a nasty edge back I know we'll be OK.
  15. 7 points

    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    Was a great idea to drop Jorginho like you were so desperate for eh, went really well didn't it.
  16. 7 points

    César 'Dave' Azpilicueta

    Does he smile too wide or something
  17. 7 points
    You don't seem very happy
  18. 7 points
    Scott Harris

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    He should be starting against City. Kovacic offers next to nothing in attack, Barkley has gone a bit flat, Loftus-Cheek looks full of confidence, has pace and power from deep and is adding end product to his game. He's looking the real deal at the moment and we should take full advantage of it.
  19. 7 points

    Chelsea v Fulham (PL) Sun 2nd Dec 12:00 UK

    I've never known a player to get so many stupid yellow cards like Morata.
  20. 7 points

    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    Couldn't think of anywhere else to post this. Our three leading scorers.
  21. 7 points

    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    Have just about got over the disappointment from Saturday, so I've been catching up with everyone's views/thoughts on the game. Obviously, we had a shocker. We were way off the pace in every department and deserved to lose - it didn't help that we had to play against 12 men though, the ref was shocking. I knew there would be a lot of talk about the Kante/Jorginho positions, but I actually thought Kante was our best outfield player. Kepa was our MOM. Jorginho got absolutely ruined for pace against Son, but that doesn't mean that he should be swapped for Kante, far from it. Sarri's style is to defend as a team in a block which in theory should restrict the space our opponents have between the lines (similar to city). To do this you need to be brave and play with a very high line as the defenders need to be as close to the midfield as possible. This completely went out of the window against spurs. Our defense was pushed way too deep by Kane and Son, then they'd both drop deep to pick up the ball unopposed and in acres off space and allowed to run at our back-line. When this happens you're in trouble. This happened countless times, it was painful viewing. I don't think there's a problem with Sarri's tactics, it's just the players didn't follow them. we are however still getting used to this system. It seems our default way of defending is to drop deep (which creates the space between the midfield and defense), rather than press forward in a line and try and catch their attackers offside. I'm sure that Sarri is working on this. Sarri said when he joined Napoli that he might lose his first 10 games of the season, but then things would start to improve. We've been lucky that we've managed a very good start whilst trying to change our whole playing philosophy, but I personally believe that you can only fully learn a new style and improve once you've made mistakes and suffered defeats. Saturday was a learning curve - I'm backing our players to step up to the challenge and improve a lot over the next couple of months.
  22. 7 points
    Having seen napoli under sarri a fair few times, I find it hard to criticise Sarri's tactics against spurs, when the team clearly did not play the way he instructed. So many players just didn't turn up yesterday, jorginho and Luiz will obviously attract the most criticism, but rudiger looked like an absolute donkey and the work rate, and pressing from the entire team, especially the front 3, was disgraceful. We are not a team that is setup to absorb pressure anymore, we need to play on the front foot. The biggest problem for me at the moment, is the disjointed pressing, which leaves gaps all over the place. City have some great footballers, but they absolutely smoother teams with their pressing. I'm a pretty patient fan, I don't want sarri to change what he is doing, surely the whole reason we got sarri in was to change the footballing philosophy over a couple of years? I think some fans like the idea of giving the manager time, but in reality, it's the complete opposite. I'm just going to give sarri time to coach the players, and if this time next year, after he has had 3 windows and 18 months to get a team that play the way he wants, we are still having the same problems, then I will be asking questions about whether his tactics and philosophy are best for the club. In peps first season, city lost 3-1 at home to us, 4-2 away at Leicester, and 4-0 away at Everton, and that was with a stronger group than we have now. Klopp lost 7 games in his first season to teams outside the top 6. pochetino had already lost 5 games by this time in his 1st season, and his away record against the rest of the top 6 was awful in his 1st 2 years. All 3 of our main competitors have now had a manager and a system in place for numerous seasons, we can no longer just bring quality to fix problems, so we have to do what spurs and Liverpool did, and that is give the manager time, and strengthen as best we can across a few windows.
  23. 7 points

    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    Also people saying we should change system after this result, so we change after every bad results or try fix the current system? I remember Gary Neville making this statement that when pep suffered in his first season he never changed his system once he stuck to his principles and that exactly what I want Sarri to do. We are changing from what 12+ years of being a pragmatic team to all out possession based attacking team. One defeat shouldn't make you abandon your principles and am sure it won't with Sarri. We will get battered again this season that's what changing system does we will however continue to improve and get better and with the right additions we will achieve our goals
  24. 7 points
    I think a major factor here is we have no leader in the pitch. Those people who said Luiz had leadership qualities were proven wrong in the most spectacular way tonight. For the past 25 years we have had two huge leaders in Wisey and JT. They have both said their job was to impress upon all new players that playing Tottenham was THE GAME of the season. The game where you ran your legs off, tried your heart out and fought like demons to get the result. Boy were we missing that attitude and leadership today.
  25. 7 points