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Everything posted by DarkMata

  1. Looking at the positive side of this maybe playing in a more suitable position and given more time there is a top player in there, and maybe his failed transfer to Madrid held back his potential some what and a fresh start will help him kick on? Zanetti did say that, with the exception of Ronaldo, Kovačić was the most promising youngster he had seen in his 19 years at the club. Maybe we should play him up front then?
  2. Well According to Wiki he scored 3 goals in his time as Real, and the season previous he got a massive 8 goals in one season for Inter (watch out Frank your records under threat). He's got more Champions League wins than 99% of clubs, he won Croatian Football Hope of the Year 2011 what more do you want, £50 million is a steal.
  3. Wasn't really for Bringing Frank in initially, my head was telling me he's not got the experience he'll tarnish his Chelsea legacy, but now I don't give a flying fudge I'm well excited for the return of Super Frank! In fact bring along Makalele and the Drog for the ride. Come on Chelsea!
  4. Apparently Allegri is a cat owner and all our successful managers have been dog lovers, so Chelsea are flat-out refusing to talk to him.
  5. I Prefer this to Mourinho throwing his PL medal in the crowd. Seeing this kind of emotion you can't help, but smile. Like giving your Grandad a present he wasn't expecting that has a lot of meaning to it. Warms the cockles of one's heart. Love it.
  6. I've alway thought that Kurt doesn't possess the technical ability to play in a Sarri team. However recently reading about how Koulibaly was prone to mistakes and extremely shaky in possession during his first season at Napoli under Rafa, much like Zouma currently relying on his physical attributes rather than his footballing brain. Now Sarri then transformed this 24 year old (same ages a Zouma now) into one of the best centre backs in the world, ironing out a lot of his flaws. I'm not saying this is going to happen as I know all players are different, but maybe just maybe we have our very own £80m Koulibaly already in the squad. A couple of articles here about Koulibaly's improvement under Sarri. Quite interesting Sarri using Drones to help him improve his positioning. https://blog.soccermanager.com/news/how-kalidou-koulibaly-has-improved-under-maurizio-sarri#.XNQGVC2ZO50 https://farfromvesuvius.wordpress.com/2018/01/19/kalidou-koulibaly-napolis-complete-defender/
  7. You're thinking of Arda Turan.
  8. I have to disagree with this part I find this team with Kante and Kovacic playing together is missing that defence splitting pass. Neither player has the vision needed. I can recall numerous times our forwards have made runs which an early pass would give them a chance in behind/on goal only for them to take an extra touch and miss the opportunity. We need a creative midfielder who can unlock defences and not pick the easy sideways option. In my opinion until we sort this out most strikers will struggle in this team and signing Kovacic is only going to prolong this issue.
  9. Sorry guys I'm just joking. I'm ecstatic really. Love me some Champions League. Next step is to deny Arsenal CL football.
  10. Yes, we can now attract the big players who we then cannot buy. Get in.
  11. In this case for once I'm happy for the board to make the decisions on transfers.
  12. To be fair I don't think that image was there originally, and to be honest the colour of the socks is the least of our problems. You never know it might grow on us
  13. If a player is going to block RLC's path into the first 11 they need to be a lot better than Kovacic. I don't see much difference in quality between the 2 (Ruben probably edges it), which confuses me as to why a loanee is getting more game time than an actual Chelsea player. We can do better. I wouldn't sign him if we have the chance. We need players with an end product Kovacic has zero.
  14. When asked about his future in the interview after the game today Hazard winks at the camera. I'm taking that as he's 100% staying and nobody can convince me otherwise.
  15. Unfortunately thats a fan made kit. This is the kit, white socks included.
  16. I've seen the official Nike promo shots and they are wearing white socks in them.
  17. The socks are white with a blue-red-blue stripe around them. The shirt is blue and not very nice.
  18. Having seen Nike promo material for the new shirt with Hazard wearing it I'm pretty confident no deal has been done yet. However it not the first time players have moved after they've been in the new season photoshoot. With it being well documented that he's undecided on his future, I'm just hoping they wouldn't have had Hazard only shots if he wasn't staying.
  19. This is 100% the new kit, I've seen the official images from nike. Most importantly I'm holding on to the hope that the images of Hazard I've seen in next seasons shirt means he’s decided to stay.
  20. Not getting too complacent, but we can still put all our efforts into top 4 qualification without having to go full on in the EL for now and more games for CHO and RLC. Couldn't have gone better.
  21. I'm struggling to motivate myself to watch the remainder of this match
  22. Say what you will about Sarri's tactics or inability to motivate the players, but the players alone in the 2nd half gave up on the game after their 2nd went in. There is nothing the manager can say at that point to motivate them, it was up to them to up the intensity and drive on to come back and not take losing as a possibility. It look to me like the players rolled over instead. Maybe they aren't confident with the tactics, struggling to make them work. Not enough creativity and directness, no one make runs/movement, too much stopping, slowing down and backwards passing. Clearly this isn't what Sarri wants. From Sarri's time at Napoli they were described as playing beautiful fast attacking football far from what we are playing now. That's what 'Sarriball' is suppose to be. I just don't know if the players aren't capable of adapting to it or the style isn't working in the Premier League. Hopefully it just needs more time for both to adapt.

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