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  1. Saul is a brilliant midfielder and this is a very good signing for us. I think he suffered from burnout and health issues at Atletico in the past season or two, so hopefully Tuchel can make him shine again. If he does, 40m Euros will be a bargain.

  2. 16 hours ago, Sexyfootball said:

    I still think he's a bit short for a centre back LOL.

    Hopefully he still wants to come to Chelsea when his contract has run down, and his value has dropped. The fact that no club has bought him for two years should be telling Sevilla that the price they think he is worth is way too high. That Monchi sounds like he is cut from the same poor cloth as Perez ...

    Azpilicueta is around the same height. Didn't impact him. Kounde's aerial stats aren't bad either

  3. Missing out on Kounde this window was a bummer. It's clear the guy really wanted to move here and he would have really made our squad complete across the board, comparable to Man City or PSG. Hopefully we can get him out of Sevilla in January before Madrid comes snooping around.

  4. 17 hours ago, SydneyChelsea said:

    Yeah, the generation who fought in the streets and racially abused Paul Canoville were much better...?

    The f**kwit in this video is way out of line - why are social media outlets sharing it?




    I'm talking about people who think they are on Twitter and say the most ridiculous sh*t possible in real life like this guy did. Just very reactionary in general.



  5. I hate it when fans bash players. Wait until the end of the season to give your opinion. Until then, back the team. Stop trying to give your pub takes every minute. I swear football fans have gotten more reactionary with the advent of social media.

  6. Workshopping potential lineups...

    I think there's a good chance Lukaku starts. Tuchel seems pretty anxious to have him available in the first XI. If so, question is what formation he goes with...does he stick with the 3-4-2-1 or go with the 3-5-2 which we have seen glimpses of? If he doesn't start, I guess we'll go with the 3-4-2-1 per usual.


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  7. 2 hours ago, dansubrosa said:

    Is Hakimi really an elite player though? Personally I don’t think he’s any better than Reece James.

    I find it abit strange how he’s suddenly become one of the best. Must have had a very good season.

    He's been considered one of the best wingbacks available since he was at Dortmund...

  8. Hakimi can play both the left and right side...we would be crazy to pass up on him...we just won our second CL title...now is the time to sign elite players.

  9. 23 minutes ago, Bob stark said:

    My point is all about how to fit 

    Werner - ST-mount - Havertz 

    None of them are comfortable playing wide. This is the beauty of football, your system probably won't be the best for everyone, so you have to decide which player do you want to "sacrifice". 

    When we switch from 433 to 343, werner thrived, alonso suddenly became very playable, Christensen  turned into wc however CHO, puli and ziyech struggled. 

    Probably the system that suit what the fans want is Pelegrini


    Werner - st

    Mount - Havertz 

    Kante - dm

    Chilwell - cb - cb - James





    Tuchel used the 4-4-2/4-2-2-2 a lot at PSG so we might see that next year, and probably suits us better than the 4-3-3 right now

  10. 47 minutes ago, Bob stark said:

    I have doubt but let's say we can make it work. Where do you want to play Havertz, you can't ask him to play wide, so let's play cho as rw 

                    Werner - st                    cho

    Chilwell -     Mount -    Havertz 

                              Kante                James

                    Rudiger -   Chris

    Hmm, hmm does this smell familiar. Yup it is similar to Lampard system 

    I doubt we'll see anything like this. I think Tuchel values Kante as a "Double Six" and we'll continue to see him used in a similar manner and not as a pure DM. The 4-3-3 is always a possibility but it wouldn't look like this.

  11. I am so happy for this club. Thomas Tuchel and Thiago Silva deserved redemption tonight after the way PSG treated them. It was a big mistake by PSG to let those two go. I was a big fan of Tuchel before he came here and I truly he think he is the man to lead us forward with a long-term vision and plan. I just hope Roman sees that as well and is willing to stick with him for at least a few years to see what happens (barring a major collapse, like 15th place or something by the middle of the season of course. Knock on wood).

    This team is a bit younger compared to 2012 and no one seriously considered them to be contenders, even after our summer transfer window. We have a solid selection of academy graduates, but we also have "misfits" like Jorginho and Mendy who climbed their way to get to this point, and then we have players like Rudiger who were on the fringes before Tuchel came in and were constantly targeted on social media by angry fans. The fact that they overcame everything to win on the biggest stage should be cherished for a long, long time. Our 2012 win was special, and against all odds, but this one will rank right up there as well.

    Credit to Lampard for building up the core of this team during a very difficult period for this club. He deserves some praise for helping the club get to this point as well, but this was Tuchel's victory of course.

    Guardiola came out with a very interesting plan tonight, and I thought it was the recipe to give Manchester City their first UCL trophy. The way he set up his team with all of his quality players looked frightening at first. Tuchel had a better plan though. It was a tactical clinic and it was a pleasure to watch despite the low scoreline. Tuchel stopped Man City right in their tracks. Defense wins championships, and the counterpress played a quiet role in that, which gave us the 1-0 victory. It should have been 2-0 or 3-0, but it doesn't matter now. We defended with our lives for 30-40 minutes and it reminded me of our battles with Pep's Barcelona. Just a pure masterclass in every facet of the game. It was a 10/10 squad effort.

    What about Kai Havertz? He really came through tonight. I had quiet confidence for a long time that he would deliver on this stage, and he did. I had flashbacks to Torres' goal against Barcelona. He may be a Chelsea legend already. The pass from Mount, and the goal that came after was breathtaking. 

    N'golo Kante is the best midfielder in the world for my money's worth. Best player in the world as well. Clear Ballon D'or contender right now, especially if France wins the Euros. Rudiger and Azpilicueta put on exceptional perfomances as well. Club legends, all of them.

    What a night for our club. We are truly a member of the world's soccer/football elite now.

    So many emotions going through my head right now. 

  12. 8 hours ago, dansubrosa said:

    Lukaku would be a very disappointing signing and we’ll end up looking for another striker next year imo.

    Its not a surprise how he’s doing a lot better in Italy, the league is at a poor standard. I’d rather us give Werner another chance than sign Lukaku.

    It’s Haaland, Harry Kane or Werner for me.

    Werner needs a target man like Lukaku to play alongside. It's not either/or. Look at how Werner did when he had Poulsen leading the line.

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