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  1. Willy Caballero: Reece James: Andreas Christensen: Antonio Rudiger: Cesar Azpilicueta: N'Golo Kante: Jorginho: Mateo Kovacic: Pedro: Michy Batshuayi: Willian: Subs: Kurt Zouma: Mason Mount: Olivier Giroud: Other: Anthony Taylor: Manchester United: Fans:
  2. Kepa Arrizabalaga: Reece James: Andreas Christensen: Antonio Rudiger: Cesar Azpilicueta: Ross Barkley: Jorginho: Mason Mount: Callum Hudson-Odoi: Tammy Abraham: Willian:
  3. Kepa Arrizabalaga: Reece James: Cesar Azpilicueta: Kurt Zouma: Fikayo Tomori: Marcos Alonso: N'Golo Kante: Jorginho: Willian: Mason Mount: Tammy Abraham: Subs: Callum Hudson-Odoi: Pedro: Mateo Kovacic: Other: Frank Lampard: Referee: Fans: Lille:
  4. Kepa Arrizabalaga: Cesar Azpilicueta: Andreas Christensen: Fikayo Tomori: Marcos Alonso: Ross Barkley: Jorginho: Mason Mount: Pedro: Willian: Tammy Abraham: Subs: Callum Hudson-Odoi: Mateo Kovacic: Michy Batshuayi: Other: Frank Lampard: Referee: Fans: Brighton:
  5. Confused why you'd start Barkley over Kovacic and Pedro/Willian over Pulisic in all honesty
  6. I'm going to persist with the player ratings threads. So drop your ratings /10 Willy Caballero: Reece James: Kurt Zouma: Marc Guehi: Marcos Alonso: Ross Barkley: Billy Gilmour: Christian Pulisic: Pedro: Callum Hudson-Odoi: Michy Batshuayi: Subs: Ian Maatsen (24 minutes played): Tino Anjorin (23 minutes played): Other: Frank Lampard: Referee: Crowd: Grimsby:
  7. You can do a lot of cool analytical stuff with it though. The most interesting from the one I gained inspiration from was definitely seeing which users were more favourable/unfavourable to particular players as opposed to averages. And also you can compare players' performances across different seasons etc.
  8. Hi all, not sure if someone has begun one of these already. But I saw it on a site for another club, and they asked people their player ratings for games, then took averages and then judged them at the end of the season. Like I said someone may have done this on theshedend before, but if not, although the season has already started. Thought it may be good to start one now. Rate each out of 10 Kepa Arrizabalaga: Cesar Azpilicueta: Andreas Christensen: Fikayo Tomori: Emerson Palmieri: N'Golo Kanté: Jorginho: Mateo Kovačić: Willian: Tammy Abraham: Mason Mount: Subs: Marcos Alonso: Kurt Zouma: Michy Batshuayi: Frank Lampard: Referee: Crowd: Liverpool:
  9. Whenever I see anyone advocating for Giroud I do have to ask the question; where are the goals going to come from? We've lost Hazard who was our best goalscorer and our best creator, I don't think we can afford to play a player like Giroud who scores so infrequently. Think about it, of I believe 7 forwards (Pedro, Willian, Giroud, Michy, Tammy, CHO and Pulisic) 3 are very poor in that department. If we start Willian, Pulisic and Giroud. Who is going to score? Especially with Ruben injured and if we have a midfield 3 of Kovacic/Barkley, Jorginho and Kante. Who's going to score? Will we have to rely on Alonso for goals? I just can't see us scoring at all next season if we start Giroud, that's why I think our strikeforce at the beginning of the season must have Michy and Tammy as priority. And I would want our strike force when the season starts to be Tammy, Pulisic and Pedro
  10. The Sarri cult is eating good tonight boys haha But for real, please Sarri out fans, based on tonight give him a chance next season (if he stays).
  11. Being a good player doesn't make you a good manager. Lampard's barely improved Derby. They're in the play-off final whereas Rowett took them to the play-off semi final last year only to narrowly lose. It's not a remarkable achievement what he's done. Sarri's made us better in his first season as manager. So why are you advocating for Lampard? Also, Pochettino's never won anything as manager. And yet I can tell you currently he is better than Lampard. Roberto Martinez won the FA Cup at Wigan, they still got relegated...
  12. Emphasis on the 20 year odd career since that's not Sarri's fault. He was an ordinary banker. Lampard got given the Derby job whereas Sarri had to start in the 8th tier after several years of sunday league coaching. In reality this is Sarri's 4th season with a realistic chance of winning a trophy. Doesn't sound that outrageous now does it? Hiring Lampard on nothing other than sentiment when he really hasn't achieved anything remotely remarkable would be a horrendous decision. How often does it work? Zidane and Pep are the only exceptions from memory and they both had phenomenal squads, and now look at Zidane. Far better comparisons would be Di Matteo and Henry. Di Matteo deserved the job but we were awful until he was sacked. Henry got the Monaco job, again on nothing other than sentiment and did awful. Di Matteo did win the Champions League yes, but again look at the Chelsea squad at that time, AVB was significantly underperforming and in several moment of the CL campaign our win was not down to brilliant tactics or managerial ability but was down to simply being fortunate. Sarri's got a history of being able to improve teams year upon year, something Lampard may not be able to do. So why are we willing to given Lampard hundreds of millions to spend but Sarri no because he didn't actually win anything...despite the fact if Lampard had done exactly what Sarri had done in Italy we'd all be calling him world class and how it didn't matter that he was trophyless.
  13. Pep. And it's amusing because you're making the exact same arguments people made about Pep in his first season. "Why does he make like-for-like substitutions." "Why does he largely insist on playing a 4-3-3, play with 2 up top." Because you know what 2 up top implies? It implies hoofing the ball up long and hoping for the best, wingbacks requires two defensive midfielders in the middle, a role Jorginho can't play very well. Kante's role is him next to a DM that we don't have. He should rest Jorginho more, that's why he asked for a Jorginho backup in January but the board didn't give him one! Kante can't play there, Ampadu can't, Kovacic can't. DaSilva and Aina both have options to buy but that doesn't guarantee anything. DaSilva especially could get much better offers. Swansea weren't convinced because they didn't use him right. Tell me, is the worst team in the Premier League much better than the best team in the Championship? Or do you think Norwich would beat Huddersfield? If Tammy's scoring against the best clubs in the Championship, with better service he'll be able to score against the worst in the Premier League. Also, compare when we play similar level opposition in cups and the likes of Alonso, Zappacosta, Giroud, Morata still struggle. But in the Championship against the same opposition those 4 players bossed it. Just a quick reminder. Dele Alli, Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold all wouldn't have made it at Chelsea but yet they've developed into fantastic players because they were given a chance.
  14. What I find quite amusing about this whole scenario is that it is strikingly similar to Pep's situation at Manchester City in his first season. Genuinely. It's said a lot but going back and looking at the comments from 2016 from City fans is exactly the same. "He's one dimensional." "He's got no plan B." "These tactics don't work in the Premier League." Guess what? That's a complete myth. "Oh these tactics don't work in the Premier League, this isn't Serie A, he's been found out." Don't you think that targeting the regista is the most obvious tactic ever? If he's the key cog in your team, focusing on him isn't some kind of tactical masterclass, I kid you not this happened almost every single game in Serie A. There was a major difference though. In Serie A, Napoli were able to spread the ball to wingbacks who bombed forward and players had much better movement in that team. Poor Jorginho, who in my opinion has actually had a very good season, is being blamed for the failings of our awful fullbacks. Imagine if we got in DaSilva, Aina and Reece James with Emerson and those were our 4 starting fullbacks. Don't you think our performances would be much better? Even in terms of chances created we've created more than I believe everyone but Man City, I may be wrong, just from memory. Imagine if we had an actual finisher like Tammy Abraham, or Luka Jovic, or a player like Dybala, or Lautaro Martinez. We would be so so much better. Do I think we're going to make as big an improvement as City 2016-17 to 2017-18? Of course not, but we can significantly improve if we give Sarri the players he wants because he's the one who almost founded his style of play and knows what's needed to improve it.

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