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  1. @robdog: What’s the name of the sports bar in Sacramento? Do they show NBC Sports Gold games?
  2. Kante was booked because the whistle had already been blown.
  3. They both play it, but Cesc sees the opening more often and is more accurate. Late against Leicester, for example, Cesc would have put Kante in alone with a long arcing pass if Giroud hadn’t put his beautifully coiffed head in the way.
  4. Yes, and that appears to be the burden assumed by Hazard, who far too often dribbles first and asks questions later (usually after he’s been surrounded and dispossessed), in complete contravention of Sarri’s oft-stated princilples of vertical one-touch attacking football. Why that behavior continues is beyond me. I’m not sure Messi could cure what’s going on out there.
  5. A detailed analysis of the Kante goal as a product of Sarri’s system: http://www.espn.com/soccer/english-premier-league/23/blog/post/3724976/why-the-premier-league-should-be-afraid-of-sarri-ball-once-chelsea-master-it
  6. Found one! Works great! Saved $$. Grazie mille.
  7. Here in the US, the game is only available on subscription with NBC Sports Gold. Are there likely to be any free streams?
  8. He shoots plenty and very quickly, but only when he’s fairly close and central. His shots are usually blocked (and so less noticeable), so he’ll sometimes sky one. His was by far the most dangerous shot that de Gea saved in the United game. On the rush, he tends strongly to pass to a teammate who’s more forward (as he should) or wide to an overlapping back to deliver a cross. The biggest problem, and not just this year, has been the seeming utter refusal of teammates to return a pass when he continues his forward run into a gap. With his pace and ball control in tight spaces, he should be treated more like Sterling.
  9. A few assorted, possibly related, facts: 1. From today’s Guardian, “As for individuals [in the PL], few will be surprised that N’Golo Kanté tops the charts for covering the most distance so far this season.” 2. In an interview about a month ago, Sarri said Kante was Chelsea’s only DM. 3. Chelsea, third in the PL, has given up the third fewest goals.
  10. If the single, crucial “pivot” can be marked out of the game by a not-great opponent, what might it say about the strategy, in general, and Jorginho, in particular? (This is not a rhetorical question.)

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