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  1. Maybe we will see a change of system.

    There are only three (central) defenders left, so the change from 3-4-3 to 4-2-3-1 is forced if something happens to one of the three defenders during the game anyways.

    So why not change the system from the beginning ?

    There are Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, RLC, Saul AND Barkley for only 2 spots in the midfield in the 3-4-3.

    With a 4-2-3-1 you can use 3 midfielders of the six midfielders in the line-up.

    Will be interesting to see if Tuchel has similar thoughts.

  2. 4 minutes ago, Gol15 said:

    I think I read a suggestion about a diamond formation too:


                Kante/RLC           Kovacic/Barkley


                     Lukaku         Werner

    The diamond formation is one of the worst formations in modern football IMHO.
    If the opponent is attacking over the wings then your wingback has often to defend alone against two attackers.
    Especially with Alonso as left wingback this would be a suicidal tactic.
    I dont like the diamond at all because the two wingbacks are too vulnerable in the defense.
    At the same time the wingbacks have an extreme high workload because they have to support in the offense as well.
    For instance, a player like CHO would not fit at all into this diamond formation.

  3. 1 hour ago, Sheva said:

    Could we see a change in system for Lukaku?

    Potentially 2 up top with Werner and Havertz/Mount in behind. We are so top heavy in terms of attacking talent and its going to be a tough job for Tuchel to keep people happy.

    Giroud and Abraham have now left the team. So I dont see a big issue here for Tuchel. It is easier for him than last season.

  4. 13 hours ago, Ernie_blue said:

    Those 4mins for Emerson was really good to see 😂

    Well. The player will take the bonus for that and will be happy in the next time when he will probably sit on the bench while watching Alonso and Chilwell on the pitch.

  5. 5 minutes ago, Munkworth said:

    James can slot in to midfield. Chalobah can move forward in to midfield. Mount can drop back. 

    Most surprising for me is Tammy on the bench!

    Maybe Tuchel's way to say sorry to Tammy because of his treatment last season.

    Thomas Tuchel was saying this week that maybe he was wrong by not supporting Abraham like he did with other players in the squad.

  6. 2 hours ago, Sindre said:

    I would argue it's harder to score 24 goals in Italy then 27 goals in the Bundesliga (Haaland). The latter is very, very open and Lukaku would probably be close to 40 goals a season in that league.


    I disagree. Lukaku would never score 40 goals in the Bundesliga like Lewandowski did. Lewandowski is probably the best striker in the world right now and Haaland is very close to him. Dont forget that Lewandowski had Leroy Sané, Gnabry, Coman and Müller who assisted him to score this incredible 41 goals in one season.
    Even if Lukaku would play for Bayern he would not score 40 goals because he is simply not as good as Lewandowski.

    From what I have seen in Bundesliga Haaland is almost as good as Lewandowski and he is better than Lukaku IMHO. Dont forget how young Haaland is and  how much potential he still has compared to a 28 years old striker like Lukaku.

    Dont take me wrong: Lukaku is a very good striker but not in  the same class like Lewandowski and Haaland.

  7. 1 minute ago, TheGermanOne said:

    This is ridiculous that Sevilla wants 80m Euros now for Kounde. He is a CB and not Lukaku or Haaland. Chelsea should stop negotiations.

    55 m should be the limit.

  8. On 30/07/2021 at 15:48, axman2526 said:

    Further to my point. We have all heard how Kounde turned down Spurs, and enjoyed the laugh about him waiting for a bigger club.

    He only got the chance because Sevilla accepted an offer, and rumour has it that is was just 55mill and no player in exchange.

    We come along price goes up 25mill.

    This is ridiculous that Sevilla wants 80m Euros now for Kounde. He is a CB and not Lukaku or Haaland. Chelsea should stop negotations.

  9. 9 minutes ago, Strider6003 said:

    Rumours via the Bild, CFC in contact with Bayern on Lewandowski, take as you will,

    I think this is true. Bild, which is a very bad and ugly newspaper besides football, has very good contacts to the management of Bayern and they are very reliable with news about Bayern.

    So CFC will be  in  contact with Haaland  AND Lewandowski. Haaland has a release clause for next year in his contract around 75 MIo Euros and Lewandowski has a contract with Bayern until 2023.

    Bayern will be in contact with both strikers as well for sure.
    I think the probability of a Lewandowski AND Haaland transfer next season is very high.
    But this year I dont think the transfers will happen because Haaland has no release clause this year and Bayern could not replace Lewandowski. Next year Bayern will try to convince Haaland to replace Lewandowski.

  10. https://www.tribalfootball.com/articles/chelsea-turn-to-stuttgart-striker-sasa-kalajdzic-4378730

    Chelsea are eyeing VfB Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic.

    The Athletic says the striker, standing at six foot seven inches, is a name that's on Thomas Tuchel's radar after an impressive Euro 2020 competition for Austria.

    Stuttgart, who haven't been approached by Chelsea yet, have fielded enquiries from Premier League clubs since the end of last season. Tottenham and West Ham United are keen.

    Kalajdzic is a very talented striker but is he really an improvement over Tammy Abraham ?
    According to what I have seen in the Bundesliga he is the most talented striker in Germany after Lewandowski and Haaland.
    But IMHO it would be very unclear if he would have such an impact in the Premier League like he had last year in the Bundesliga.

  11. 18 hours ago, axman2526 said:

    For me last season showed TT does not rate him, and with 2 years left on his deal and him very likely wanting more minutes a move makes sense. So I would venture a guess the club would be happy enough to sell him.

    TT does not like strikers who are not working together with the team to recover the ball.
    You could see this while TT was in Paris and he benched Icardi during the whole CL final in Lissabon. Instead he preferred Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. And during the season in France he benched Icardi and Moise Kean played a lot of matches instead of Icardi.

    Icardi is the type of striker who is really disliked by TT: lazy in pressing situations, only waiting that others assist him in front of the goal and then he scores.

    So the main key to convince TT is to work hard in those pressing situations against the ball. I think this was TT's explanation as well why he was replacing CHO after he brought him in as a substitute.

    The solution for Tammy Abraham is really simple: Work hard in training. Especially in these situations when you try to recover the ball.
    Basically I dont see such a big difference between Abraham and Moise Kean in front of the goal but Tammy must improve his work rate in the defense. Then TT will rate him higher.

  12. On 11/06/2021 at 17:23, RMH said:

    Whether we spend £200 million or not, the pressure on the team was always going to be on. Frank was sacked for going through a dip and not challenging City for the PL. This season Abramovich will most likely expect Tuchel to challenge the PL title and have a good run on the cups (FA or CL), independently of how much we spend on new players. Even us fans will expect the team to do well in the PL with a preseason and being back to a more normal schedule of games.


    I dont think that Abramovich is expecting to win the PL title next year without spending a lot on new players.

    This would be completely unrealistic if you look at the other opponents who probably spend a lot on Jadon Sancho (United) or Harry Kane (City).


  13. 1 hour ago, Bob stark said:

    I don't really follow serie a so I don't know why conte's team struggle in Europe. But when he was with us we got knocked out by Barca or to be exact by Messi. It was messi what can you do. 

    Formation for me is about getting the best out of your players. 343/442/4231 really doesn't matter.  You can easily change especially offensively. But you like 433, so what is your expected lineup? 

    In term wb, Alonso is a fine wb, Chillwell is a better and more complete player but no WB offer box  threat as much as Alonso. As for rwb, adama traore is a rwb so that is why I said back 5 is here to stay.



    I dont think as well that the system is the problem or most important question.
    More interesting is to get a striker who scores goals which will allow the team to sit back with a comfortable lead and manage their resources.

    We could see in the last games that the team was simply tired but this is not a big surprise if you have to fight in every game until the 90th minute. I think only the Crystal Palace match was an easy one and in the next season they will need more of these easy wins if they want to make progress.

  14. On 28/05/2021 at 18:42, Bluesince66 said:

    I would be disappointed if I was on the board and Tuchel had just lost 2 finals and only got champions league next season because of Tottenham.

    Are you now disappointed or a little bit pleased ?


  15. 1 hour ago, JM7 said:

    I wonder what the meaning of taking his shoes off was?

    The shoes have been a present from Nasser al-Khalifi, president of PSG.
    Tuchel was wearing the shoes during the victories against Bergamo and RB Leipzig. PSG won both matches and reached the final.
    Against Bayern Tuchel did not wear those shoes and lost.
    So his staff told him to wear the shoes now.

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