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  1. Agree. However, the owner and management would certainly need to as a business. Not to say results will not be volatile.
  2. Interesting article from Economist that focuses on the business side of the game. My key takeaways: - I don't disagree that football should practise Moneyball (the baseball movie about a team that uses pure data analysis to assemble a team). Apart from it's huge emotional / entertainment value, it needs to be grounded in solid financial discipline. - in a way, I think we are already doing it by buying loads of young players. I don't always think these players are bought because they have Chelsea potential. Simply, if we can buy/sell with a profit, and these players never ever play for Chelsea, that's fine. Just business. Other clubs do it too (Liverpool made £16m profit on Solanke in about 1 year). - similarly, we should consider selling players if the price/value Gap is marginal vs a younger player. You can only have creation with destruction. I enjoyed and am grateful to Hazard but if it's time, it's time. - perhaps where we fail is to give the group of players a proper chance. There will always be a system to filter the cream to the top. But management needs to work with coaches/managers to provide proper incentive to blood these youngsters. This season, we have RLC and CHO although CHO playing more seems "forced" by circumstances. Hopefully, we get a right mixture of a couple more next season (TA, RJ, Ampadu, etc) + RLC/CHO. However, putting in a proper management system like this takes years. So just cross fingers and pray? - what does this mean? Proper DoF, coach that understands need to blood 2-3 youngsters per season, stick to 30-year extension policy(broken now by Luiz). In this light, signing someone like Higuain does not make sense unless he's almost free. Anyways, lots of food for thought. I do think our Board understands this - but proof always in the pudding. Execution is key. https://www.economist.com/game-theory/2019/05/12/how-manchester-city-came-to-rule-english-football
  3. Interesting article from Economist that focuses on the business side of the game. My key takeaways: - I don't disagree that football should practise Moneyball (the baseball movie about a team that uses pure data analysis to assemble a team). Apart from it's huge emotional / entertainment value, it needs to be grounded in solid financial discipline. - in a way, I think we are already doing it by buying loads of young players. I don't always think these players are bought because they have Chelsea potential. Simply, if we can buy/sell with a profit, and these players never ever play for Chelsea, that's fine. Just business. Other clubs do it too (Liverpool made £16m profit on Solanke in about 1 year). - similarly, we should consider selling players if the price/value Gap is marginal vs a younger player. You can only have creation with destruction. I enjoyed and am grateful to Hazard but if it's time, it's time. - perhaps where we fail is to give the group of players a proper chance. There will always be a system to filter the cream to the top. But management needs to work with coaches/managers to provide proper incentive to blood these youngsters. This season, we have RLC and CHO although CHO playing more seems "forced" by circumstances. Hopefully, we get a right mixture of a couple more next season (TA, RJ, Ampadu, etc) + RLC/CHO. However, putting in a proper management system like this takes years. So just cross fingers and pray? - what does this mean? Proper DoF, coach that understands need to blood 2-3 youngsters per season, stick to 30-year extension policy(broken now by Luiz). In this light, signing someone like Higuain does not make sense unless he's almost free. Anyways, lots of food for thought. I do think our Board understands this - but proof always in the pudding. Execution is key. https://www.economist.com/game-theory/2019/05/12/how-manchester-city-came-to-rule-english-football
  4. Higuain would have done better with those Giroud misses. Love the guy's attitude but can't score..
  5. I believe our first 2 headers in the game resulted in goals...lol
  6. Meanwhile Higuain was defending at the half way line..[emoji24]
  7. Meanwhile Higuain was defending at the half way line..[emoji24]
  8. Midfield was poor, exacerbated defence issues. Kepa was outstanding. RLC better than Barkey but not convincingly so. Thought Willian was fine.
  9. FFS...should not be this close and down to this madness...
  10. Please please Sarri..RLC in for Barkley, CHO for Willian.

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