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  1. Rightly so too. I mean who the hell even does that. The supposed 12th man in a football team booing the team in action is akin to Hazard booing Morata for every touch misplaced and every goal opportunity spurned. Everyone will totally understand his frustration at the situation but will absolutely slaughter him for that lack of professionalism and team spirit. If those fans don't understand their role in the team, they should do everyone a favour and watch the games at home. Using Hazard as my example as well is no coincidence. The way people hail and credit him for his importance in carrying the team, is the easiest way to relate the role and importance of fans to its team when in action. Never a Sarri fan from the start but once pen to paper happened, as long as he was in that dugout I backed the team and wanted him to win. I admit to also feeling frustrated and unhappy but preferred to not watch games than stink up the place with a very poor attitude as a fan.
  2. This is probably my first post or one of very few this season as this place can get painfully sad. Nevertheless as a fan, it's always a place I come to observe and read what fellow fans think and I have gone the whole nine yards of the emotional roller coaster of this place, this season. It's funny to see the pro and anti Sarri posts but I think it's almost ridiculous if not bordering on lunacy the way some people seek to exclude Sarri's current stance (if true) from the behaviour of some petulant and unreasonable approach of some of the fan base. Read a post where someone said anyone linking both is delusional and another or a few saying Sarri didnt ingratiate himself with the fans. I call bull on both. A manager in such late years with his biggest footballing jobs in his last 2 and in the last 4 years ago has not had a career in professional football from the get go will be affected by the boo boys. Simply because at that level all he has to go on is his results and validation from those around him who matter ie fans and club management. He has delivered his results and if we reverse the league performance back to front (flying start, difficult middle, steady finish) it would be all gravy in the world of the fans, albeit a few as in life one of the constants is haters. Can't please 'em all. He left his beloved Naples only for two reasons. The problems with De laurentis and the pull of Chelsea. He will leave Chelsea also because of conflict, maybe with the fans but not because of the pull of Juventus or a transfer ban. Whilst he would like to have players that fit into his system he is not as focussed on the market as some other managers and this is why the transfer ban won't be a factor in his decision. He's not a typical professional football manager hence the lack of press sound bites and also maybe less of a need to pander to the whims of a spoilt fan base. Sarri being stubborn is a reflection of his conviction in his methods and this is similar to Pep in his first season. The only reason the press couldn't get the heat turned up to the degree they did to Sarri with Pep was his trophy count from other leagues. This was simply a combination of the bias, possibly unconscious but bias nevertheless the media in this country have about Chelsea and secondly the assumed affront of a man that had won nothing previously going against what they considered the best positions for our personnel in the team in their capacity as the holders of knowledge and divine understanding on how football should be played. This post will be longer than this if I go on like I had planned to express my view but I think I'll just wrap it up here by saying we as fans (most) have long wanted a different identity to our football and Sarri was delivering that after a decade of playing something on the other end of the scale. It is not a season's job. The loss of Sarri, whether you like to convince yourself different is up to you, will set us back. I didn't particularly like him as our choice when Conte left but was willing to give him a chance so supported fully. That's what as fans we should all have done. Frank Lampard is not ready to take on a job the scale of Chelsea. Stop the delusion. A manager's job description, I'm very doubtful includes a requirement to ingratiate himself with the fans and the fans have no right to demand this. If a manager does so excellent, if he doesn't it is not an excuse to boo him and berate him. He works to bring the fans pleasure and satisfaction ultimately through results and booing your own team in any case is the absurdity and polar opposite of what the role of fans to their team should be.
  3. Not pointing fingers at all. Just giving my opinion on Kepa's performances as that's what I thought was in discussion here, with an example of that goal of where maybe he could have saved it. Like i said goal was a peach but not unstoppable. If for e.g. Tibo was in goal and same position he would have saved it due to height advantage and that's where Kepa's positioning may have helped.
  4. I think he does ok as this season our defence usually under less siege. Under previous managers, the defensive block meant most angles always covered by wall of players so it would mean the goalkeeper (tibo) saving had to focus on less angles or save shots from distance which tbf mostly gives the impression of an outstanding save. With us so open, attackers have a clear run at him with loads of angles to pick from and his reflex saves from near distance have been very good in my view. I also think he sees so little action so quite easy to "fall asleep" during games for when needed. I think there have been only 2 goals he conceded this season where I feel he was culpable and one was Sturridge's equalizer, which was a peach anyway but with better positioning he could have had it.
  5. As I saw things at the time it was the tactical switch Mourinho made and higher press and marking on Jorginho that forced us to play differently. Not the players willingly resorting to that.
  6. It's not even just about accommodating a failed CF as you put it. It's a good plan B. Not hoofing the ball upfield. Just sometimes when we are at the wings rather than the short intricate passes or driving a cross inside the box to break through the opposition, we could put it in the air. Look at the games we've drawn were we kept trying to unlock the defence by passing through them but met stiff resistance........Just saying mixing it up every now and then against a defence that refuses to be breached that way seems a sensible approach. No way we rescued one point from that game if we had kept to Sarri's plan. And it's not about undermining the manager. Some times when all isn't going to plan it's the big characters in the team that come up with the unusual by taking initiative and modifying the plan to get the edge.
  7. I think there's been tremendous progress in the relatively short period but I'd actually prefer if we also retained some of our strengths and blend them with his chosen style. For instance due to our new ball on the ground play, we rarely play aerial balls into the box and for a striker low in confidence but deadly in the air, this makes Morata even worse than he should look. We've lost the Azpirata connection through which Morata scored a significant number of his goals last season and if Azpi didn't resort to that cross no way we would have got that equalizer. We have to play to the strengths of the strikers as well. I believe aerially there's always a more than 60% chance we put the ball in the net if the ball is delivered in correctly as our strikers are good in the air.
  8. Not directed at you mate but we Brits do have the most god damn awful chants/songs in football across the globe. Boring, mundane, in some cases proper full scale juvenile. One chant used by 96 teams in the football league and adapted as player and club name dictates. Like I said not targeted at you but reminded me of this which has always been on my mind.
  9. I agree with you. It's disappointing sometimes not to see CHO and other hopefuls but let's not forgot who Sarri is. A manager getting in to the big time late by all standards. He will be hungry for a trophy and will always want to put the best tools at his disposal to get one. Might not fit in with the vision or the needs of the fans and may not even be the best tactical approach to get one but that's an issue that will be blindsiding him in my opinion. Let's put things in perspective, he seems the most likely reputation wise, to give the young players a chance if they deserve one compared to our past managers. Conte seemed like that early days too so let's just watch and see. On a positive note the squad is being used which was always a fear with Sarri as I had read he's not one for rotating much.
  10. The best teams rely on their best men to deliver when the chips are down. No big deal there for me. If we have 3 or 4 top men like other top teams good. If we have only one and he;s delivering, well that's what you want innit?
  11. At first glance disappointing line up as would have liked to see some of the young ones as well. However, with our winning streak at the moment any negative result could affect momentum due to psyche of players and team in general. With some tough games on the horizon especially pool, it's not something you'd want to mess with too much at this point.
  12. Didn't think he was too bad and feel as the rest of the team clicks he will also find another gear and start to score the goals we all want him to. He's obviously not mentally strong enough to carry the burden of goals but once it's lifted by other players around him scoring I think he will also start to score. More importantly, I think he will win us points in tight games with goals. May score just one but will be the one that counts.
  13. Zappa and Moses where those brought on as replacements weren't they? Happier with Azpi there.
  14. Wonder why a lot of people putting Azpi at RB when he never played a minute in that position during pre-season. I think it will be Zappa or surprisingly Moses. Truth is as bad as Moses is, in the last couple of seasons he's been the best player in that position. I'd even say he was better defensively than going forward and although he started to put in better crosses in the last few games of last season he is more suited for defensive duties in my opinion. Though RWB, it is easy to transition into a RB. Just become an overlapping RB and if Sarri's antecedents are anything to go by he does like an overlapping RB for a switch of play from the left side of the pitch which most of his game is built on. Azpi might be useful for the Azpirata goals if he watched our games last season when the headmaster was causing pain but that's not really his style of play.

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