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  1. Before the West Ham game, looking at the next three PL home fixtures - West Ham, Villa & Bournemouth I felt points would be dropped in one of those. Now this game is critical. Only a win will suffice and it’s doesn’t need to be pretty just has to be three points. Have to play our strongest team. No Giroud. Kante and Willian to start. Villa will sit deep and counter. Expect the bridge to be anxious but we should show our quality and put right what we failed to do against West Ham. One concern for me is how long it will take before the poison drawf Mourinho opens his big mouth to take a swip at us and Frank. Be interesting to see how we react in that case.
  2. West Ham put a shift in today, throwing themselves at the ball and numbers in defence. Similar game in many ways to the Valencia defeat. We’re a top team still and pushed West Ham to the end but our lack of quality up front showed once again against stubborn defending. Got to learn fast as we know what tactics Villa, Lille and Bournemouth will adopt.
  3. Little disappointed today as I felt we could and maybe should have got something out of the game. But still on the right track. My view, we are a very good team in many areas with players constantly improving. Managed well. However, we are Chelsea and I think we lack a few world class players in certain positions. Love Tammy but need another centre forward option over Batshuayi and Giroud. Hear we’ve appealed the ban again for the January transfer window, if successful, a new back up CF is a must.
  4. 0-0 at half time I can accept. Just hope we don’t do our usual second half collapse. If I am right this is where Emery won the final against Liverpool in 2016.
  5. Odd but the atmosphere reminds me of an away England qualifier when England have already qualified for a tournament.
  6. Not as confident as I was having just seen Sarri’s reaction today. My concern is not with the players not being up for the game but the difference in the management sitting in the dugouts tomorrow, especially if/when changes are required. Emery has won this trophy three times and knows exactly what’s required to win. Sarri will just stick to Plan A and if it’s not working simply stick to the same game plan regardless. There is a large contrast in Emery’s ability to influence a game in play compared to Sarri. I suspect the players know this and know it’s up to them to perform and them only.
  7. Missing those guys is a big slap in the face but we could work it to our advantage. We just have to sit back more, absorb pressure and counter.
  8. On the coach to Leicester we watched the highlights of the 2012/13 season (when we won the Europa League against a lesser team than Arsenal!). What hit me about that season was how quick we were in attack and the strength of our midfield that season – Hazard, Mata, Lampard, Oscar, Moses and Ramires. How quickly we could break and each of those players ability to get in scoring positions and score. Something under Sarri we just don’t see and never will. Arsenals attacking strength is their main strength. They could hit three past us in ten minutes if we aren’t on our game. However, over the years I’ve learnt you never write off Chelsea, especially when underdogs and I think we will be underdogs on this occasion. For that reason, I think we’ll just about do enough to grind out a very hard fought victory.
  9. There needs to be a performance today with end results - goals. Three points an absolute must. Just hate these early Sunday kick off times. Always a little subdued in atmosphere and performance.
  10. Can’t see us keeping a clean sheet at the bridge I’m afraid.
  11. On the balance of it I’m disappointed. We are desperate for a CF with speed and strength to impact games. We could/should have scored a second maybe even a third. I think Frankfurt will score at the bridge. It’s a question of can we take our chances.
  12. What do we do? Sit back in the second and counter or go for it? Certainly Hazard straight from the off, surely?

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