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  1. DannyVblue

    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    No game is easy, but I get your point about Europa compared to Champions League. Easy League Cup run though? Spurs twice and Liverpool away...
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    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    And Conte was backed with our record signing at the time 60m Morata. He was backed with £40m Bakayoko. Like I said, there's no difference. Ultimately, you want your managers to be backed. Sarri has been backed with a couple of signing, that isn't enough.
  3. DannyVblue

    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    No, I wouldn't say that was Conte's team. Conte did brilliantly with the resources he had during that first season. I'm a Conte fan! I just don't agree with you when you say that Sarri has been backed, whereas Conte wasn't. There's no difference.
  4. DannyVblue

    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    He got Kovacic on loan as part o the Courtois deal. We're not over-stacked in midfield, Sarri wanted Fabregas replaced, but did he get the signing that he wanted? No. If you don't think Drinkwater was a Conte signing then by the same logic Kovacic wasn't a Sarri signing. Kepa literally signed a couple of weeks after Sarri joined. No doubt he was consulted, but we needed a replacement either way. Kepa would have been signed whoever our manager was. Higuain has only been with us a month, so has obviously had very little impact so far. So Conte didn't get his first choices - it happens. His 2nd choices were very poor.
  5. DannyVblue

    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    And how do you know that? They were signed when he was manager. He was a fan of Morata from his Juve days, he played Bakayoko week in week out despite playing poorly, and he must have had some input in signing Torino's right back that none of us had heard of.
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    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    It's fair enough that you're not at all happy with Sarri at the moment, and I can understand why you want him gone, but I I completely disagree with the part I've highlighted. Who exactly has Sarri been given? OK, he got Jorginho. That's 1 player. Higuain has only been at the club for 1 month! Kepa was going to be coming with or without Sarri as we needed to replace Courtois. So Sarri has been given 2 signing and 1 of them has only been at the club for 1 month. Now let's look at Conte's signings; Bakayoko, Zappacosta, Morata & Drinkwater. We spent so much money on 'Conte' players, who all turned out to be poor buys.
  7. DannyVblue

    Sarri - In or Out?

    We were playing with 5 defenders 2 years ago. I don't think the comparison to United is fair. Their defense looked strong last night because they were playing with 9/10 men behind the ball and counter-attacking. If we want to play possession based attacking football with most of our players in our opponents half, we need a different type of defender than what we've currently got.
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    Sarri - In or Out?

    They said that Zola was ill last night, which is why he wasn't on the bench. You're right about our defending, it's been so poor for the past couple of months now. I feel like we're going to concede every time a team attacks us and I don't think that's on Sarri. We just don't have good enough defenders. I've been complaining about the soft underbelly of the team since the spurs game back at the start of December. We're nowhere near aggressive enough. I look at our players and I don't see a mean/hard player anywhere (maybe Rudiger?). The thing is, Sarri could get the fans back on-side immediately. All he needs to do is start playing CHO/Ampadu/RLC and change things up tactically during the match if things aren't going our way. I think he's too stubborn to make these changes though. He desperately needs a couple of big performances against City and Spurs. I'm not a fan of booing the coach and players at all. It does more harm than good in my opinion.
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    Sarri - In or Out?

    I still have faith in Sarri. Like most fans, I couldn't believe Sarri's stubbornness last night when it came to his substitutions. I understand that he wants his players to get used to the new system, but there's nothing wrong with mixing things up and replacing some defenders with forwards to try and nick a goal in the last 20 minutes. His stubbornness and our fan's complete lack of patience will most likely be Sarri's downfall, but if you look at the table you'll see that we're 1 point off 4th and level on points with Arsenal. We also have a cup final to look forward to on Sunday. We're having a better season than a Arsenal, but there is no talk at all of Emery getting the sack. We took Sarri on knowing that we needed to make some big changes. We have a very stale squad and we wanted to completely change our style of play. Whoever came into the club last summer was always going to experience difficulties. You only have to look at how Emery is doing now and how Klopp did in his 1st season at Liverpool. It's not an easy fix. I'm of the opinion that we need to get behind Sarri and the team and evaluate things at the end of the season. The man deserves more than 7 months - it's not as if we're fighting relegation. Lets not forget that he's lost his last 2 games to City and United, the 2 most expensively assembled squads in the country.
  10. Why so negative? We're at home - a place where we've only lost once this season. These same old players, playing the same old way managed to beat City and Arsenal. And more recently knocked Spurs out of the cup with a very good performance. I'm confident we'll win this at the Bridge. Hopefully it'll be a similar atmosphere to the Spurs and City games at home when the crowd were electric.
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    Who should be the captain?

    I don't know why but I never like the idea of someone below the age of 25 being captain. It's certainly not something that happens very often. Some players just have that right character and personality though, such as our very own JT! Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think JT was 20 when he became captain.
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    Who should be the captain?

    Rudiger is a good shout. Pretty slim pickings in our squad - I can't see many natural leaders about. The stand-out candidate for me is Ethan Ampadu. Let's get him in the team at centre-back, then make him captain in the next season or 2.
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    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    The problem with this is that we played defensive/counter attacking football last season and only finished 5th. We've proven against City (at home), Liverpool in the Carabao, and Spurs over the 2 legs in the Carabao that when the players perform Sarri's tactics can be great. Improvements will take time and there will be hiccups along the way, but we need to persist if we're serious about changing our playing style. The main issue for me has been continuing with out of form players. I'd have liked to have seen a little more rotation in the League with the likes of CHO, Christensen and Emerson given more chances. It also hasn't helped that we've had 2 really out of form strikers playing for us this season. I also don't believe that our confidence is at an all-time low. Every interview I've seen with our players this season has been positive. Positive about the training, the attacking philosophy, having more touches of the ball. They seem to be enjoying playing a more attacking/possession based brand of football.
  14. Must win for our confidence. We have to freshen up the starting XI and if they perform we should stick with them. I'd play the below team. Kepa Zappa - Rudiger - Andreas - Emerson Kante - Kovacic - RLC CHO - Higuain - Hazard
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    Sarri - In or Out?

    Conte wanted out Jezz. He's a great manager, but he didn't want to be here long term. There was talk of him wanting to go back to Italy after his first season with us, even though he'd just won the league.

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