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Everything posted by TheGreatestGame

  1. So happy to see RLC play well. He deserves more minutes and could provide solid backup as a 6. Saul on the other hand is very shaky. He gives the ball away too much putting the team in some bad position in their final third. He also is quite poor defensively.
  2. Not a good game by the fires ds, midfielders or wingbacks Ziyech and Alonso disappeared for long stretches of the game. Tiuechel should have brought Havertz and Chilwell on much sooner. Teams are going to park the bus to defend against Lukaku and Turchel will need to use Chelsea’s speed to counterattack before the opponents crowd the 28 yard box. Set pieces were also not good. If Ziyech is in the game let him take them.
  3. Alonso initially got more game action when Tuechel assumed the manager role, however when Chilwell started playing he assumed and kept the starting role through the Champions League games. I expect that the same scenario will play out this year as Chilwell is a more complete player than Alonso, including his ability to serve crosses in the box with Lukaku there this year to finish them.
  4. Saul has been out of form with Athletico Madrid the last couple of years.I don't expect that he is going to magically turn back to his playing form from three years ago. Lots of unforced errors. Chelsea really needs a backup number 6 to Kante and I question whether Saul is fit for that role. He hasn't been the same player since his kidney injury s few years ago.
  5. Alonso played awful vs Liverpool as he couldn't keep up with their speed. Chilwell hasn't plAyed since the Champions League final. I He also didn't do much vs Villa. I am not sure how he lost his starting position. He needs some real game action this week.
  6. If Chilwell can't crack the lineup today then you have to question his fitness. You can't keep riding him on the bench and expect him to be effective.
  7. This ^^^ I don't understand such high agent fees in football which clearly presents a conflict of interests for the agent. You know he is going to negotiate an opt out provision after three years which will work in favor of him (higher agent fees for the next contract) and in some respects Haaland if he performs at a high level and earns a bigger contract from his next team.
  8. He has a horrible first touch, plus he tends to disappear for periods of time during games. I don't see how he fits on the Chelsea roster.
  9. One last point on Taylor as even the NBC announcers and half time show said the quiet part out loud. Why only look at a still for like two seconds and issue the red card? The game outcome potentially impact the final Premier League table. Isn't that worth a view of James' motions and a couple of camera angles?
  10. I missed the game as my younger had a game. I listened to the last 30 minutes on Sirius XM Soccer Channel. One of their announcers is a Spurs' fan. He said Taylor was far to lenient for the Spurs, including letting Fabhinho get away.with at least offenses which should have warranted yellow cards. Taylor also overreacted with giving Mendy a yellow card when Henderson had no business getting in his way after the PK.
  11. Saul is left footed and has played two full games at wing back. Simeone has judged that he is better suited there than midfield. Yes, at one time Saul was playing very well at midfield however he suffered a kidney injury and he appears to lack confidence right now. He is no longer a top midfielder and he may not be suited to the physical play in the PL.
  12. Saul isn't even being used as a midfielder by AM so far in 2020. The history of kidney problems is a concern. Tchouameni is much younger, athletic and better defensive midfielder. That is critically important given Kante's injury history.
  13. Don't you remember how easily Chelsea was able to get through Athletico Madrid midfield during last year's Champions League? Niquez also has had a history of kidney problems. AM isn't.even using him as a midfielder any more. I don't see how this guy is much better than RLC or Ampadu at this point. Tchouameni would be a much better option as younger, stronger and better overall player.
  14. The last thing that Chelsea needs is another left footed WB. They just loaned out Emerson and Chilwell can't get any playing time with Alonso getting the bulk of the playing time.
  15. Niquez can't even start for Athletico Madrid. He is a backup player at this point of his career. Tchouameni would only cost about 25 million pounds and he could pair very well with Ksnte. The price may even drop further if Monaco gets eliminated from the Champions League tomorrow.
  16. Disagree. Niquez is nothing more than a backup at this stage of his career. If Chelsea wants to win the PL they need to improve their starting midfielders. I don't see how spending 60 to 70 million pounds for Kounde makes this team better. It seems that they are prioritizing that acquisition which is also tied to selling Zouma. They can acquire either Camavinga or Tchouameni for half that price and they will compete for a starting position. Tchouamnei could also be a very valuable backup for Kante given his injury history.
  17. Both players are rated significantly higher than Niquez. They are also much younger and healthier than Niquez. Why would Chelsea want a guy who can't even crack the lineup at RM? Plus Chelsea already has a surplus of CBs, even if Zouma transfer to West Ham goes through. Kounde is a luxury whereas a young, talented midfielder is an obvious need right now.
  18. Tchouameni and Camacinga are far superior midfileders. Either one could be acquired for approximately 35 million Euros. Get it done, Marina.
  19. That would be a huge mistake by Chelsea, with Kante's injury history and inconsistent play with Jorghinio and Kovacic. Camavinga could compete for a starting position as a box to box midfielder
  20. Fab Romano tweeted today that Rennes will look to sell Carnavinga for 35 million Euro by August 31. Get it done Marina.
  21. Tchouameni will cost about 1/3 the price of Rice. He is also a much better overall player compared to Rice. Chelsea has plenty of midfielders who have limited offensive skills such as Rice. There is a clear need for a starting midfielder to move Kovacic to the bench. Tchouameni for $30 million makes sense for the current Chelsea team.
  22. James and Why? He should start and Chelsea should crush Arsenal right away. Don't give them any hope of winning the game. You can sub Lukaku around 55 minutes with hopefully at least a 2 goal lead.
  23. Kovacic has 1 goal in 91 PL matches. He is also not a very good passer. There is a clear need for a midfielder who can finish and pass with better accuracy. Kovacic would be a nice player for depth off the bench when needed.
  24. What's the deal with James and Chilwell getting little to no playing time? Neither one played much during the Euros this Summer. Clearly they are better than Azpi and Alonso. Both James and Chilwell are far superior overall players, including crossing to Lukaku in the box. Why spend all testimony on Lukaku and not get him the ball?
  25. Kovacic did okay vs CP. However they are a potential relegation team. Kovacic is quite poor playing in the final 1/3 of the pitch with poor passing and finishing skills. Chelsea need a midfielder such as Carnavinga or Tchouameni this transfer window.
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