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Everything posted by TheChelseaBlues

  1. Lets just win and get on Wednesday and settle it with the bonus of ruining Liverpool's celebration.
  2. Declan Rice rumors doing the rounds today. I think Tomori can do the job but the question is who plays with him. I've been on the Christensen bandwagon for years and I'm not ready to get off yet. Rudi has always been a 3rd CB to me. Not good enough to play in a back 4 at the level we're aiming for. I think Zouma is the same. We've all see Zouma running down attackers and wiping them out but for some reason he is no where near as dominating defending crosses or in the box as he should be. Declan Rice would be the simplest answer. He's already friends with Mount and we know he isn't staying at West Ham much longer. The transition period would be essentially nil if we brought him in. Is he actually a CB is the question. It's hard to assume a player abroad will slide in and play at a high level unless they're a top player. Koulibaly has been at the top of the list for a few years but he'd likely be the most expensive defender signing in history.
  3. I'm all for selling those 3 if we want to move for Havertz. I don't see them all sticking around regardless but they'd be irrelevant if we sign this guy.
  4. Mount, Pulisic, CHO, Ziyech and now Werner to play behind or around Tammy. Any 3 of those 5 could play together and they would be dangerous
  5. Disgraced that I could not for the life of me remember Schwarzer.
  6. Can't drop them all, that would be silly. If you don't agree that's ok. When a player is in bad form there's two ways to go about it essentially right? Frank picked the right one for that match. I believe he knew how to press Kepa's buttons. Could be something he learned from Jose?
  7. Nobody brought it up in the Kepa thread but Lamps just played him like a fiddle for his own ends. Only 1 match but Kepa looked like he was playing for his job.
  8. Let's take a moment to collectively pinch ourselves. It appears we have another very talented young player on our hands.
  9. Theoretically he should be the one stopping those crosses not heading them away. I'm sure someone knocked Messi for his height at one point. 'Yea, he'll never be able to beat people in the air'.
  10. Best 98 minutes I've ever seen from him. 10/10. Still don't think he should be re-signed tho
  11. I'm all aboard the 'let this play out and see what we have train'. I think we know what we don't have at this point though. My apprehension is that we're so close to being a very dangerous side. Aside from United (which, wtf?) the lads have given the top teams all they wanted. The team is obviously missing a couple of difference makers. We're never keeping our 4 CBs happy so to me at least 1 is as good as gone this summer. An upgrade there helps right now and doesn't have to hold anyone back apart from Zouma or Christensen, on of which will definitely be leaving this summer. The same goes for attacking midfield. Pedro is gone and the club don't look interested in renewing Willian. You can sign someone there and have 4 players for 3 places.
  12. Still say stick it out for the rest of the season and see exactly what we've got when the summer rolls around. A few players are in a bad run right now but that may not indicate their potential. Even Tammy needs more game time to really reach his ceiling. Bringing in someone to take his minutes away is not going to help him develop. Michy is capable as a backup and teetering on the edge of wanting more. Frankly anyone better we could sign will not be happy starting on the bench anyway. The added bonus is a player or two could become unsettled at their current club before the summer hits, giving us more options. I wouldn't be surprised to learn a few Juventus or Bayern players aren't quite happy where they are for example
  13. Hot take: Don't open up the wallet. Let the rest of the season play out.
  14. I think it was him just being himself and having a few words about a player he didn't deem 'motivated' enough. Seems he's learned that's how he loses dressing rooms. You can't publicly dress players down like you used to. There are similar things in the book about his time at Real. He would poke players on purpose to get them to leave/quit the club if he didn't think they were 100% behind him. Casillas is the big example in the book. 2008 Jose would never have apologized to Dier for taking him off. He's learning, maybe.
  15. Inter are going to win Serie A. Sarri's best bet is going to be the cup which I'd probably favor Napoli to win tbh.
  16. This exactly. Compare it to how he treated Luke Shaw at United.
  17. Price tags 9 years ago were much different than now. 150m over 2 seasons was a lot of money, especially for a club that is not traditionally a big spender like Madrid. You've got to give him Porto but let's be honest, his history indicates he doesn't fair well if he can't splash cash when he wants on who he wants. He may get what he wants this summer but how long is that going to continue with Levy holding the purse strings?
  18. Global star is the right way to put it. In addition to the fans Chelsea has around the globe already Christian is going to sway a ton of fans here in the US in the next 2-3 years leading up to and after the World Cup. Most serious soccer lovers here have already picked a club and he won't be swaying their minds or wallets. There is a huge migrational group of casual fans that he will pull in if he keeps this up however. Chelsea fans in America will be born every day with him leading the US team since we don't have the geographic loyalties you do in England, most global fans will follow players. This is why about 90% of the shirts I saw in Korea were United. If I went back now I'd bet it would be about a 45/45 split of Spurs and United bc of Son. Theres always going to be that short termism but some percent are going to remain. The club have done a very savvy job of expanding the fanbase AND upgrading the playing staff at once.
  19. As he will now proceed to ask for 5 new players once the window opens. If he signs Matic, it's time to rejoice. The is a square peg in a round hole with the squad around him.
  20. Not only are Spurs fans convinced its going to happen, they're talking themselves into Jose winning them trophies. It's a fair point, Jose may drag them to an FA Cup or EL trophy and signing him will convince some of their players to stay. They'll really be just kicking the can and players will want out in 2 years rather than now.
  21. Kante was a steal but sticking with the bargain aspect I gotta give it to Dave or Cahill. Cahill especially, wow. From Bolton to winning titles and playing for England. He was meant to be a bit of cover when we bought him if I remember correctly. That is the epitome of a bargain buy. Shout out to Hazard if we're talking pure ROI, feels like cheating tho.
  22. When fit* The longer Tomori has to prove himself bc Rudi is out the harder it's going to be for him to get his place back. Alonso is finding this out as we speak. I think his days are numbered. The competition for LB just got harder. Emerson already made it tough for him and there's no reason Dave won't be playing there more often to accommodate Reece James.

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