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  1. Come on Chelsea! We are way better than this. No option but to roll up our sleeves now and fight which is what we needed to do from the start. If we can pull it back from 3-0 down against WBA we can still impact the result.
  2. Kepa is seriously being let off with no supporters attending. I’ve never been one to boo our own but suspect boos would have been heard all around the bridge after this performance. Fear a repeat of last season (Sheff Utd we threw away a 2-0 lead at this stage) with the exception we’re capable of scoring and that I can’t decide if credit to management or the club for the quality brought in. Kepa can not play, simple as. That’s got to be rule number one. Appreciate he’s a seventy million pound problem for the club and not just the team. He’s a weak link. This is not a surprise. We knew this before the game and yet again we’re saying it. Franks worked under some of the best managers in the world and yet something is not clicking. Repetitive errors etc etc. Whatever happened to the Bridge being a fortress. Seriously hacked off with yet another headless defensive display. However, Chelsea being Chelsea we will probably beat United.
  3. Second half performance just too relaxed with some poor key balls when in attacking positions. Up 1-0 at half time, we should and could have won. Werner a CF for me. If we don’t beat Palace and Southampton feels like we might be pressing the repeat button to last season.
  4. Liverpool exposed our weakest players last week and we shot ourselves in the foot today in style. Alonso joins the Kepa club, just too high risk to field. All in all a good come back. We’ve got some quality players but as a team, not happening yet. It will.
  5. 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.
  6. Odd but the atmosphere reminds me of an away England qualifier when England have already qualified for a tournament.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
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