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  1. I find it ironic both Eden and Christian have struggled with injury issues since they've joined their respective clubs. Even so I'm still yet to see a Chelsea player catch fire like Christian has for us since Eden left. Mount has been consistent not so much in goals and assists but performance, Kai has scored for us in the big one and Romelu has started well. @USATim What I think you need to realise is that the majority of us in this forum are all big Pulisic fans and its not that we don't care that he's not being talked about or played. It's more so we understand that if he was fit he would at least be making the match day squad regardless of what you think about Tuchel's opinions on Christian there is at least from my perspective no agenda. Ask yourself how do you get a young player to not only reach their potential but, to maintain it and perhaps even go beyond it? Inner squad competition, if you know your place in the team is not secure you will play your very best game regularly and that's what TT does to everyone in the squad. If you remove personal bias everyone to an extent (bar a few such as Tammy and Emerson) have all had a fair chance to play under TT. Moving away from Pulisic since this isn't the Christian specific thread, I would be very interested to see what Tuchel goes with on Wednesday. Tried and true 3421 or 352 in a statement that it's not the system but the player's effort that makes the difference.
    5 points
  2. We did, actually! In 2014-15, Chelsea never managed more than 4 wins in a row, although we had two lengthy unbeaten streaks and managed to string together 3-4 wins multiple times that season. Leicester managed just two 5-game winning streaks in 2015/16. Even so, each five-win streak was part of a larger unbeaten run consisting of at least 7 games, with an 11-game unbeaten run to finish the season. However it's fair to say the competition has fundamentally changed since then, with 4 teams legitimately capable of challenging for a title with extended runs. It's marathon to see whose run will last the longest.
    4 points
  3. Exactly this. In fact, we might even be to blame - four of the top six winning streaks in the EPL happened after Conte's Chelsea in 2016/17, all of which resulted in a title Man City - 18 wins - 2017/18 Man City - 15 wins - 2018/19 Liverpool - 17 wins - 2019/20 Man City - 15 wins - 2020/21 Unlike the early and mid 2000s where a plucky point up north to Newcastle or Blackburn was a cause to be celebrated, it simply won't do now - we have to go there and win.
    4 points
  4. Less than a week ago many on this forum jumped @just (with some even resorting to call him a troll...) and yet what was said then was proven true. Tuchel took off Kante and our team suffered. You simply don't take off the best player in the world and expect to be competitive let alone win games against top teams. Jorginho, Kovacic, Lukaku and especially Werner and Azpilicueta were abysmal in attack. Tuchel, lauded this week by media sycophants as the "best manager in the world", made some real clangers and would probably hold himself accountable more than most. Tuchel has often warned that we lack energy in attack and that was yet again apparent. One glaring squad weakness is the lack of players who are able to dribble/run at opponents, with only Lukaku and Pulisic seemingly willing to do so. Mitigiating this requires fast ball movement and energetic pressing, neither of which were evident. Tuchel is often found yelling on the sidelines for the defenders to push forward and hold the high line, which is designed to stop the risk of situations like Gabriel Jesus and others taking pot shots from distance. The high line removes the element of luck from deep crosses and shots outside the box, and plays to our defenders strengths - in James, Azpilicueta, Thiago, Rudiger and Christensen we have 5 of the top 10 one-on-one defenders in world football right now and it is extremely hard for players to beat them around the outside. As soon as we drop deep, it allows more space for midfielders to pass into the channels from threatening positions, plus opens up the opportunity for long-distance shots. It also means we have more space to cover when pressing and when we do win the ball back, it has to be a long pass to a forward who is further away from goal. Chilwell was also a big miss in a game like this, because of his ability to run with the ball and his speed in attack and defense. We desperately needed players able to carry the ball, with Kante the only one capable. Kovacic was unwilling to run at players in midfield which is strange given that has been his most outstanding attribute of late, and while Rodri gave a transition masterclass at one end, Man City's players were just happy to let Jorginho have the ball and shepherd other players in to poor passing lanes. Subbing in Ruben Loftus-Cheek was a gamble but a good sub on Tuchel's part, as he was exactly the sort of player needed. A fully-fit and firing Saul would have been perfect for this game, too. Yet, in Kante we had the best player in the world in that role, and he was taken off early for some strange reason. In the aftermath it will be interesting to see the passmap because it seems like the midfield were acting as if Werner, not Lukaku was the target man. Our best moments were when Lukaku made short work of Laporte with his back to goal, but failed to find a final pass to Werner. Similarly, Werner was given a few situations where he was 1 vs 1 with Dias or Cancelo and could not capitalise. The romantic notion than Lukaku's strength or Werner's pace alone are enough to force defences into submission was proven wrong. Havertz is really the best option for games like these although his unwillingness to dribble and beat players will always limit him until it improves. But all is not lost despite the apparent mood shift on this part of the forum. It was one bad game, against one of the few teams with the players to actually exploit the weaknesses Chelsea have in attack. In fact it's nice to have a coach who is reflecting on his own mistakes more than critcising referees/FIFA/UEFA/the lizard people. City created little of note (no uncontested chances, for example) prior to Gabriel Jesus's goal and even after Chelsea were forced to come forward they were not their usual self. The real problem is that if this is City's best, Liverpool will beat them because they won't make the same mistakes in attack and that puts us a little behind in the title race.
    4 points
  5. coco

    Official Thomas Tuchel

    I think he's still learning about Lukaku, now weve played our main two rivals and he's had chance to see what Lukaku is like in theses games against proper world class players, he will surely start to realise the old saying 'horses for courses'.
    3 points
  6. All I know is we better show up with some fight instead of rolling over and having our belly tickled like we did Saturday morning.
    3 points
  7. 21/22 Ankle Injury Sep 9, 2021 - 17 days 5 21/22 Corona virus Aug 18, 2021 Aug 30, 2021 12 days 2 20/21 Muscle Injury Nov 3, 2020 Nov 27, 2020 24 days 4 20/21 Quarantine Oct 31, 2020 Nov 3, 2020 3 days 1 20/21 Hamstring Injury Aug 2, 2020 Oct 4, 2020 63 days 7 20/21 Calf Strain Aug 1, 2020 Aug 22, 2020 21 days 2 19/20 Calf Injury Jun 29, 2020 Jun 30, 2020 1 days - 19/20 Tear in the abductor muscle Jan 2, 2020 Jun 6, 2020 156 days 12 19/20 Muscle bruise Dec 28, 2019 Dec 31, 2019 3 days 1 19/20 Groin Injury Nov 10, 2019 Nov 22, 2019 12 days - 19/20 Arch pain Oct 2, 2019 Oct 2, 2019 0 days 1 Since he came he missed 14 games 2 seasons in a row due to injury, now in his 3rd season he already missed 7 games due to injury. Not sure if Tuchel owes an explanation or Pulisic himself...
    3 points
  8. Tbf Rom could probably do with a break, we ended up needing him for Villa mid week. I think it could be good for him to watch us out of possession with a fluid front 3. Also we would get a chance to see if these lot can step up again without relying on Lukaku. We don't want the players getting too comfortable relying on Rom to be our primary goal scorer we need it from everywhere especially those 3 you have picked at the front
    2 points
  9. Tuchel reported that Kante had been ill in the lead up to the game. It did seem an odd decision at the time. https://www.chelseafc.com/en/news/2021/09/25/tuchel-reacts-to-man-city-defeat
    2 points
  10. It is also annoying that so much is being made about City and that their performance was "magnificent". It was not, if Jorgi gets a firmer deflection or none at all on that shot the game ends 0-0 because they wasted chance after chance against a side who produced a team display that Norwich would have been embarrassed by. What is the narrative then? So much of what City did was highly impressive, ball retention, first touch, creativity etc but it was so because we, bar Mendy, Silva ane Rudi, were complete and utter sh*t. Or to put it another way, if they miss chances like that when they go to Liverpool they are getting beat, cause Salah and Co won't be as whimpy in offence as we were.
    2 points
  11. Still have some seriously good defenders they do, legendary ones like Chelleini and Bonucci, plus De ligt, there left back is supposedly pretty good too, what's his name?.... Adam Santos? Allan Sandros? Alec Santa?
    2 points
  12. Dont think anything he could have done to save us on Saturday, after all nobody whinged about 352 going into the game. Tuchel's assessment of the match was honest and fair, I'm sure he had harsh words with the players after the game. Expect changes to be made, and players will be picked on form as usual. I wouldn't be surprised if RLC gets a start this week. We aren't going to play CIty every week and they will beat us on their day , it's the next 6-10 games we must beat teams we should beat.
    2 points
  13. It is but just last season City bulldozed their way to 45 points out of 45, 15 wins on the Trott. If our aim is the title, we need to be able to put on long winning runs.
    2 points
  14. Blimey, he’s made Robben look like Ivan Drago!
    2 points
  15. Morata and Dybala apparently injured. Considering how poor Juve are at the moment I'm expecting nothing but a comfortable victory here. Pulisic is tied up and locked in Tuchel's basement.
    2 points
  16. I have changed my mind about playing him at RWB, at first i didn't mind it but now i would rather he didn't play there. I wish he was given a few games at left forward and we can see what he could bring.
    2 points
  17. This is where the fun begins
    1 point
  18. If this fixture could hurry and get here, that'd be great
    1 point
  19. Sindre

    Official Thomas Tuchel

    No doubt Lukaku is unable to press as much as Havertz for example. So you lose some of that but I would argue having Lukaku who will more than likely score when he gets a chance on the field weighs up for that. City isn't the only traditional big game we've played in this season and he and us as a team did plenty good enough away to Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal. It was just a bit of a mesmerizing performance by City on Saturday. I don't think i've seen a team play as well as they did on Stamford Bridge for a long time and the only team I could compare that pressing performance too was when we faced Bayern under Lampard. We weren't ready for it on the occassion but i'd rather we get that out of the way now instead of later on in the season. I am almost convinced Tuchel and the team will learn a lot from that loss and bounce back.
    1 point
  20. I'm good, stats not the hill I'm ready to die on in any scenario 😎
    1 point
  21. The view from the front of the picture posted by @Gol15
    1 point
  22. Argo

    Official Thomas Tuchel

    Although I wasn't keen on signing him I'm not so blinkered to say he doesn't have his uses, infact I think there's a good chance we will end up in a title race on his flat track bullying alone. However in the context of our big game record and challenging in Europe I'm concerned. Ever since Pep's Barca pretty much every succesful team (be it winning the thing or consistently challenging) on the continent have been heavy pressing/every one involved heavily in the build up and that includes us last season. Lukaku heavily impacts on our ability to do both of those at an elite level, against the lesser sides he will score one or two and we will get away with it but against the big sides it will cost us. And there's also Kai Havertz, early days but he barely looks half the player he was at the back end of last season playing false 9.
    1 point
  23. Spot on. The teams that have frequently beaten Guardiola in recent times were teams that matched his team cohesion and intensity on the pitch: 11 vs. 11, not 10 vs. 11. Inserting Lukaku hurts the Chelsea pressing machinery. That being said it wasn´t the only reason for the defeat. Alonso was frequently dispossessed by City, probably one of their main points of attack, therefore Chillwell was a big miss. Furthermore the introduction of the 3-5-2 left too much of a gap between the front two and the more defensive midfield. You can defend Werner/Lukaku with jsut Dias/Laporte 1 on 1 and with some tactical fouls, so the RB/LB could push forward. If you got Werner/Pulisic, Havertz and Mount playing up front, at least somebody else from City has to keep an eye on them. The question is whether Tuchel has the "balls" to sit the most expensive signing of the club for some major European/League games, especially when it means playing Werner, who has such a bad reputation.
    1 point
  24. Great why are we always to blame lol. Really impressive runs, if that is what it will take I honestly don't feel we are at that standard yet. @Gol15 you got some serious competition buddy 😅
    1 point
  25. weetee

    Official Thomas Tuchel

    I think Lukaku looked quite good in all of our matches so far - only the last one sticks out but that goes for the whole team. I agree that a substitution of Rom against City would have been an interesting possibility since it clearly didn't really work out in general yet he still came off quite sharp once we finally started playing decent passes to him. It's just that those cut-in passes where few and extremely far between so City defenders could just take him (or Timo) out by foul yet never were really in danger to get a second yellow.
    1 point
  26. Lukaku have earned his place on merit. Overall I think he's been brilliant and while he didn't shine again City he got absolutely no service either. Not at all worried about him. If anything I am a lot more worried about the attackers around him. None of them have delivered so far this season and that needs to change. Lukaku have been our saving grace in attacking areas.
    1 point
  27. A great band. I saw them at the Hammersmith Odeon in June of that year. As part of their supposed farewell tour. Wasn't long before they starting touring again. Sad news about Alan Lancaster who passed away yesterday.
    1 point
  28. I agree with that, but these day I think Guardiola has done enough to show he is a good coach, he clearly improved some players, his teams have style. How good I don’t know.
    1 point
  29. Good assessment. Though I didn’t watch the match I did watch the last half hour as I’d recorded it and was kind of curious. I know this was the part of the game where we’d come out of our shell, but I was still bracing myself as the comments on the thread were pretty negative. I was pleasantly surprised. We weren’t that bad. obviously it was too little too late vs a city on top form and they had the clearer cut chances but that’s to be expected as we were chasing. RLC was a real positive. Deserves a start in a big game soon.
    1 point
  30. Kante was taken off because Tuchel said he had been sick for a couple days. It made sense though, I thought he didn't look right
    1 point
  31. CFCCAN

    Official Thomas Tuchel

    I'll give TT a pass for Saturday's debacle but only just; either the players didn't understand what the game plan was, or it was a poor game plan to begin with. If every player in blue and TT did not think that City were coming here for revenge, then their minds must have been elsewhere. City were going to press and hurry all over the park, Pep was not going to make the same mistake as the other games; We pissed around trying to play it out from the back and got smothered in the process and any link between defence and attack was cut off; the only out ball was going to be a long ball over the top and we couldn't even execute that right, even when we did get a chance. Sorry for the Alonso supporters, however as good as he has been lately he was the wrong choice for this game. He is very good against mediocre teams but he can't defend or play the ball out worth sh*t against top opposition, I lost count how many times he fell over or lost the ball; looks like Bambi on ice at times. Not that Chillwell would have likely made a difference given how the game was going, but he has to be playing against those teams that are likely to have the ball more than us to offer more of defensive role. Apart from the back 3 and Mendy, the rest of the team were awful and continually harried into making bad decisions and poor passes; yet TT never changed anything in the first half as we were getting outclassed by a hungrier team. Once it was clearly obvious in the first 5 minutes that we were not going to be brave and provide a press you could see what TT game plan was, hopefully nick the ball in midfield and counter attack; yet we were never going to win the ball ball standing 5 yards off the City players. Was not pressing or being brave TT's decision? Perhaps it was. Well I hope he's learned his lesson and doesn't come up with such a non combative, stand offish approach when we play them next time, we are the European Champions FFS not a bottom feeder who should fear City. I don't worry when we lose, apart from being immediately pissed off, but lets go down fighting rather than bending over and taking it up the proverbial....
    1 point
  32. Only took about 3 games for people to compare Arteta with Wenger 😀 I hope they give him a 5 years contract today. Spurs is miserable, Nunos did not know what he signed up for.
    1 point
  33. That is part of the joy of being a Chelsea fan gol 🙂
    1 point
  34. Half time 2:1, great derby so far, vintage Pedro goal.
    1 point
  35. I understand what you mean but right now we are not one but two levels above them. They look so disorganised in every aspect of the game. And now without their two main strikers I can't see a way for them to score from open play. If we have the same approach like against City then yes it could be a 0-0. And no matter how bad Juve are at the moment we can't say a draw would be a bad result away from home. But we don't want to see that approach again. I think Thomas knows what mistakes were made and that's not going to repeat.
    1 point
  36. Kane isn’t worth £100 the way he’s playing right now, let alone £100m+…big mistake by levy to keep an unhappy (plus injury ridden, ageing) player and not take opportunity to rebuild the team.
    1 point
  37. That was hilarious from Kane, giving away the ball high up the pitch then tracking back and tackling the ball into Saka's path, it was like he started the move and completed the assist as well.
    1 point
  38. Record signing or not he shouldn't be immune to rotation or not playing if he's off form/the game doesn't suit him. We had a perfect set up for big games last season and Rom's presence has compromised it somewhat. What makes City so hard to play against is they have everyone heavily involved in the build up and the off the ball work and what made us so strong against them last season is we matched that. However that said I wouldn't be surprised if he flat track bullys us into a title race but I don't think there's a chance of us retaining the UCL or even giving it a big shot if he plays every minute in the run. Everything i feared would happen by resigning Rom was on display yesterday and not only that Havertz is looking half the player he was at the back end of last season playing false 9 (which suited him and this squad down to the ground especially vs opponents like City).
    1 point
  39. He should actually take Pulisic with him to the press conference and break his leg in front of cameras just to demonstrate beyond doubt his inexplicable hatred for young Christian. I've seen some single-issue/player posters before but this is utterly absurd. On a non-conspiracist note, this was the last update from Tuchel:
    1 point
  40. jack_super_class

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    And everyone was crying for us to get a DM in the transfer window, i was happy for us to keep Loftus Cheek at fourth choice and see what he can do.
    1 point
  41. To be fair we’ve won the last 3 games against them. Their motivation for revenge, especially after the CL final, was greater than our desire to win again. That happens
    1 point
  42. Could be just me, but in recent years the early kick off game bought the worst out of us. Put emotions aside, we did not deserve anything out of the game, it's a 4/10 performance and there was only 1 winner on the day. Their goal needed a bit of luck, but when we had a line of defenders standing in the box not stepping out, it's asking for trouble. Jorginho was at the wrong place the wrong time, defending in the box 1 on 1 it's never going to be his strength. We pressed them for about 10 minutes and matched them, then all the sudden stopped and let them run the game, it was 28% possession at one stage. We never defended like that in any of the 3 wins we had last season. If you are going to park the bus, at least bring the ball out quickly when we get a chance. Time and time again we over complicated things, 10 passes later the ball back with GK and we actually lost field position. City did an amazing job pressing us, there was 3-4 on him everytime Kovacic had the ball, Pep noticed he's the most likely to release dangerous passes. We could and should have gone direct more, yet Lukaku did a sh1t job holding the ball up when the few chances got to him. I get it he's a finisher, but in game like this where we were under the pump, should have done more "dirty work". Werner was the best attacker on the field, there was one instance he made a run al the way to the right corner flat with 3 defenders around him, and no support players within 10 yards of the action. RLC came on and did a nice cameo, he showed the running and strength we badly misses, think Tuchel realized that. No panic yet, City was at their 9/10 game, no team will beat them forever. The other front runners dropped points, so not a real disaster. We do need to get better, and do the hard work, really missed Mount's pressing and work rate. Chiwell should get more games now, Alonso's limitations started to show, attackers yet to click, and back to 343 as we actually looked lost with the front 2 completely cut off from the midfield.
    1 point
  43. Please Morata have mercy!
    1 point
  44. It actually does guarantee a whole lot, Man United don't even have an above average manager but they keep spending and keep getting top 4, Pep demands a whole lot in order to win you something and he was by all means at the right place at the right time during the best Spanish generation which had the majority of players in Barcelona. But OK we can agree to disagree, you can put up a list of the Barcelona managers over the years and 95% of them only won big titles while they were managing them, Pep went to Bayern that has an almost guaranteed domestic title, sure he's better than Pellegrini with more PL titles and he's up there with the top PL managers but that doesn't make him the best manager of all time at all. He inherited first the best Spanish team, then the best German team before coming to Man City where he spent how much money? On the other hand Conte in his first season won the PL and Tuchel with a few months with us denied Man City the CL title which they have been chasing for a long time now... To me Pep isn't the best manager of all time, at least not yet.
    1 point
  45. JM7

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    Looked really positive. Hoping he can kick on.
    1 point
  46. dansubrosa

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    Looked very sharp today. He really need to get more game time to understand the team more, get more involved. City struggled to contain him.
    1 point
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