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  1. The system probably does bring the best out of his ability, but either way he has been brilliant and a major factor in our excellent defensive work. He defends well, drives with the ball and is a leader. If we are not going to reward a player because he is only playing good in one system, then that is wrong. He has been top class and yeah his flaws may be covered in our back 3 formation, but a lot of teams have played 3 at the back and not produced the defensive record we have. Maybe it just means that the team is better using 3 at the back and it is a trick we have been missing. As with Kante, he is on more than what Rudiger is requesting and Rudiger is couple years younger than Kante and one could argue he is more important to the team. He is the only player in that back three currently who has a guaranteed spot in the team, partly due to us not signing Kounde and selling Zouma. Also, I am sure we offered Kante more wages when we offered him his last contract and he was pretty much around the same age as Rudiger is now.
  2. Wow. Wow. Total dominance. That second half change worked wonders. Absolutely dominated after that change. Dominated the midfield. If Rudiger wants £200k p/w, I hope the club give it to him. He is a colossus. Thiago Silva was a boss. He is still one of the best CB in Europa at his age. Christensen was fantastic too. Alonso had another fantastic game, he was simply brilliant. He made a couple fantastic leaps and is able to stand his own against physical strikers. Kovacic again I will say had another fantastic game but he does not get the praise he warrants from the media and even Chelsea fans alike. I was worried about the team we put out as thought it was a bit too defensive and first half it was very 50/50, however that change second half helped us dominate the game. Will be interesting now to see if we go 5-3-2 against City. KTBFFH!
  3. Could be wrong but just feel the team looks way too defensive. Not enough pace for me and I feel we should be doing more to pose a threat to them offensively.
  4. Mount was used in all different positions too. Started the season at LW, then RW, then CM then AM. There are many other players who are top players by 27/28 who are no better stats wise than Mount was at same age.
  5. Feel for Werner and Chilwell. If there was one game to see Lukaku and Werner together, was tonight. Don't understand Chilwell not starting too. He has not played a game this season and I don't see him starting against Spurs, so a bit bemused about that. Although Ziyech was not that good against Villa, good to see Tuchel giving him another chance as these are type of games we really bought him for tbh to unlock those defences.
  6. The most underrated player in the league. I love watching him play. He glides past opposition players with the ball so easily. A real unsung hero. He oozes so much quality but is criticised for his lack of goals/assists. Well already 1 goal and 2 assists this season, eh. Not bad.
  7. Lukaku's fitness levels is incredible. He will play. We can't afford to gamble leaving him out for this game. Villa are a very good team. I would actually prefer if he was rested for Zenit game, but no doubt he will stay both.
  8. Only 1 game. It wasn't violent conduct so James will be back against Spurs.
  9. His passing range is one of his better qualities. He is very good as switching the ball to the other flanks and picking out a pass. It is just his consistency that needs to improve but it is difficult when you don't get a run in the team. He really needed football this season and would not be surprised to see him go on loan in January if we continue with the wing back formation as I don't see where his minutes will come from. Personally I would like to see him start at RWB against Villa. A game where we will be on offensive prowl, would like to see confidence given to him, the fact that now Tuchel has said he wants him here.
  10. I am shocked. The second half of the season did not fare so well for him at Villa but first half of the season he was brilliant and looked in line for an England recall. I remember when Villa battered Arsenal 3-0 away from home last season, he completed bossed that game. Scored a fantastic goal at Leciester too and showed he is good enough for majority of teams in the Prem. The high wages put teams off but even if some teams offered to pay half his wages, surely we would would have agreed.
  11. Thanks god for that. We just needed another CM. Was absolutely crucial. A good one we have too. It is just very risky and not helping ourselves to rely on Kovacic, Jorginho and Kante as our only 3 out and out CM in the squad. Man City have KDB, Rodri, Fernandinho, Gundogan as natural CM who can play that role. Kante on other hand is injury prone which means we sometimes are relying on only two natural CM. We are competing for PL, UCL, Fifa Club World Cup, FA Cup, Carabao Cup. We need the depth. Especially after loaning out Gallagher and Gilmour, you would think it is a no brainer. Very good transfer window but still annoyed it seems we will not be buying Kounde this summer. We have sold more than we have bought and for a 22 year old who is one of the best CB in Europe and is as accomplished as a CB you can get, you would think we would pay that little bit extra for him, especially now we have the money for Zouma. Who knows next year if Kounde even will join us. He would be also good for playing that LCB role as well as well as anyhwere else in backline. If we got Kounde, it would make it a perfect window as it means where we have sold, we have also bought replacements too. I mean if a late deal can happen for Kounde as it happened with Saul, then great. Very happy with the squad depth but just irritated we havent stumped up that extra cash for one of the best CB in Europe currently who is only 22 years of age and will only get better.
  12. This loan would be really beneficial for him. Because if he stays here this season, he is going to regress due to lack of minutes. The talent is there but he needs to go somewhere where he can play regularly. By the end of the season, one of our attackers will have to leave because there are too many to keep everyone happy. And doesn't seem TT is shifting or rotating formation anytime soon, and I can't imagine CHO wanting to be playing as a RWB.
  13. He should have also been played in twice. One from Kante and other from Havertz I think it was. First half he caused problems and looked dangerous. I don't think most other CF would have fared much better today, especially in the circumstances.
  14. Kovacic was absolutely brilliant when he came on second half. Christensen getting better and better. He was on the field from beginning so can see why pundits gave him MOTM but Kovacic done so well in keeping the ball, and his ability to play himself out of difficult situations is really underestimated. Will take that. Almost feels like 3 points.
  15. This why another CM is needed. Only 3 games in an already Kante is having injury issues from the opening game of season and has gone off in a key 3rd game.
  16. Really frustrating as if it wasn't for the game being completely turned by that one event, I thought we looked rather comfortable and we were bound to get a second on the counter. Really annoying.
  17. Not going to lie, Sevilla would be stupid to sell him for £42m.
  18. I really like the kit. Looks nice. Think I will be buying this.
  19. Kovacic deserves a lot of praise for the first goal. Seems to have gone unnoticed, the role he played. He dictated that whole move. Swiftly turned away from Martinelli, which is a trademark move of his before passing it into Lukaku and receiving the ball back from Lukaku and laid a superb weighted ball to James who passed it into Lukaku.
  20. Arsenal defenders complaining to the headteacher about being bullied by the big black kid in school.
  21. I have no doubt he will be getting 20 goal plus. I really don't get when people says he has a ego. He just has a passion to win and score. I would rather that than have a player who is unfussed. I love the way he always complains when there is a goalscoring opportunity and he is waiting to receive the ball and does not get it, then he complains. His traditional, arms out as to say "why did you not pass". He is just hugely passionate and is drive to score and win will bring out the best in his team mates too. If anyone is worried about his work rate, today shows how complete of a player he is. He holds the ball well, goes out wide to receive the ball and runs at the defence. A traditional trademark of his to go to right hand flank and run with the ball at the defence. Hopefully his first of many to come.
  22. Wow. Totally bossed that game. From defence to attack. Lukaku literally fits in the missing piece of the puzzle. Pace, power, everything. He is going to scare the life out of the opposition this season. Mount very good too. Should have too assists to his name really, bar a top class save from Leno. James top class too. Goal and assist. He is criticised for his productivity in the final third, but good to see he is working on that. What a finish. I was worried when I saw Alonso in the team, however he held his own. It is amazing how Tuchel has transformed our defence. Christensen was so good out there. Literally not one bad thing to say about the performance. The squad depth is so good too. Good to see us end our mini-hoodoo against the Gooners too.
  23. For me the most underrated player in the team. His close ball dribbling, balance and ability to draw himself out of tight places is amazing.
  24. Brilliant start to the season. Total domination from start to finish. Chalobah starting at RCB was such a big vote of confidence from Tuchel. Bare in mind all of our CB are fit, I was initially thinking when I saw him in lineup, it was Tuchel assessing whether he wants him in the squad or on loan, however to see him in the team today, showed Tuchel was really impressed with him. He rewarded Tuchel for trusting him also. I love his style of play. He is fast, very confident on the ball and is confident bringing the ball out also. Despite all the incoming and outgoings, one thing we have kept up really well is the amount of players in the squad, coming from academy. Three starting players in the team from academy and ended up with 4 on the pitch. Impressive. Jorginho and Kovacic were dominant in that midfield. Kovacic's energy levels are amazing, especially when you consider he plays the whole match against Villareal, including extra time. Both bossed it. Defo think a CM should be a priority, because Kante minutes need to be managed carefully and if one of Kovacic or Jorginho get injured for instance, then we are extremely light. I do think Mount can do a good cover job if needed there, however we could target a natural CM if needed. That also being said actually, Chalobah good also cover as CM for us. He played in that position for Lorient last season. Things look really good though and not getting complacent as I know we will have our blips, but feel confident about what lies ahead.
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