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  1. abister1

    We've got a new Kepa

    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.
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    We've got a new Kepa

    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.
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    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    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.
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    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    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.
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    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    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.
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    We've got a new Kepa

    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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
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    Alvaro Morata

    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.
  11. Zappa and Moses where those brought on as replacements weren't they? Happier with Azpi there.
  12. Actually he did. My bad.
  13. 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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    Thibaut Courtois

    Just reading through all these posts it's so easy to see how bitter people are about Courtois leaving. Really sad. Damn right we have a right to be bitter...the faith, support and backing fans gave him over a gent and legend like Cech to be number 1 and he pulls this. The lanky weasel. It's sad because we all knew it that all he was doing was winding down his contract. Even those that try to play devil's advocate and say he was unsure, difficult situation to be in as his kids in Spain....blah blah blah know deep down that the gobsh*te was doing what he has done best since we loaned him to Atletico.....Being unfaithul and ungrateful to Chelsea. We let this guy play against us in a champions league semi final for crying out loud just to keep him happy when we knew at the time he was a formidable element of Atletico's backline. I believe at the time he held club to ransom about signing an extension and returning to Chelsea if he was allowed to play or something similar (Not too sure now). We knew it could be to our detriment and it was as he pulled off blinders against us to eventually carry them over the line. Now I'm not saying it's wrong for him to have ambitions beyond Chelsea or even not share the same passionate emotions about the club we do as fans but he knew what he was doing all along and for a club that did what it has for you over the years that's pretty low class. I'm glad the club has dealt with situation as best as it has but truth is they didn't really have a choice to deal with it earlier as the weasel led us all on.
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    Kepa Arrizabalaga

    Unpopular view but the club always step up for it's managers when they align with the club's vision. I'm an advocate of letting a manager buy players he needs but if there's a vision from the club those players should be aligned with that. My problem with Conte was that the players he wanted were so far off the club's vision and it was obvious it was from a selfish point of view.

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