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  1. 3 hours ago, Argo said:

    I don't agree with that, Edou made two fantastic saves from Grealish and Thiago cleared off the line. That second half was very one sided.

    But that was after their lead, right? That game wasn‘t good, all I‘m saying was that until they scored a rather flukey goal nonclear cut chances on both sides and City played perfectly. We could have done more/differently ofc but I for me the real downer was the Juve game.

  2. 34 minutes ago, Gol15 said:

    Before playing a false 9 for us, Kai was on the bench for Tuchel, he clearly does the best while playing centrally just like he did for Leverkusen, alternatively on the right side as some kind of an inside forward but Werner managed to assist and score from that position in the recent matches and it should be easier for him to play with Lukaku so we should stick with that. Mount on the left side with CHO and Pulisic as the players that will fight for that position and Kai to fight for the false 9 and to play on the right side.

    True, but he played at Leverkusen next to a true striker and it worked so it's not like it's impossible - I just think, and a lot of our matches we played this season imho showed that - the introduction of Lukaku bears a lot of adaptations which aren't done yet (no surprise). I also agree about the rest, I'd play Werner - Lukaku - Mount as my starters for now with Havertz having the odd role.. although I do think that him starting instead of Lukaku shouldn't be ruled out as an option - as much as I liked Lukaku so far - and not just to rest the big guy.

    Once Pulisic comes back into the mix, let's see about CHO and eventually Ziyech coming back in style it'll be a brutal fight for the starting positions. Hard to keep em all happy - even with the sheer amount of games we face.

  3. I think the inclusion of Lukaku is the biggest and most difficult part for him to adapt to. Maybe it's mostly the absence or not on top form of Mount, who connects a lot of profiles and makes them click, until now that makes a Havertz - Lukaku - Mount formation work well (same with Werner imho). I don't see him and Rom alongside Werner right now and a Havertz- Rom - Ziyech (if in form) combo seems questionable as well (while I can imagine Werner playing in that last one instead of Kai).

  4. Juve was the only game I really wasn't ok with. But those fixtures were all extremely short timed with little time inbetween and although some posters think that's an (laughable) excuse I do take that into account. They're all humans after all. City didn't get any clear cut chances as well and I'd even argue that despite all their possession we weren't that unlikely to create something really dangerous during the first half, 0-0 wasn't lucky on our part I'd say. And after all City really played a fantastic football and Pep made no mistakes this time so it's nothing outrageous to lose by a fine margin against them. Better Pep got it right this time than in the CL finale I'd say. Against Juve was a complete lacklustre affair on almost all levels but we showed up against Southampton with the correct answer performance and result wise so I don't see were that doom&gloom should come from.

    We obviously need time to adapt our system to our new cornerstone Lukaku, that mutch is clear to me. Add to that some key players that need time to shift into the new season (Mount and Jorgi) and there is little to complain imho - especially since Trev and RLC came from nowhere and are seriously pushinh their way into the startin XI.

    But sitting at the top of the league with the best goal difference tells me we're definitely on the right track - and that after quite some challenging fixtures.

  5. 53 minutes ago, Deino said:

    Personally think the diamond won't be seen in current football. Everyone is too fit and fast to not exploit the space if our fullbacks pushed forward. 

    Our midfielders are not enough of a threat for us to be playing a 433 and our wingers are average at best for us to play 4231 or 442.

    343 and it's variants suits us too much right now. 

    Agreed. Actually Dortmund played it this season at times and while they (= Haaland) scored a lot of goals it‘s shakey as hell and they also conceded tons. Not convinced  about  the diamond either.

  6. 50 minutes ago, Dean said:

    Good point. Am just thinking aloud how to accommodate the midfielders. But did he not use back 4 at previous clubs? Has his preference for a back 3 at Chelsea not been dictated to an extent by the available personnel?

    He mostly played with a b4 at Dortmund and Paris. Switched to a b3/5 in some singular matches against Bayern I recall and at times during the end at Paris when he had to compensate for his „lazy“ super-strikers. Mainz I don‘t know, don‘t think so tho.

  7. 39 minutes ago, Argo said:

    That's my biggest concern, it seems like he's going to start and finish every match for us regardless of whether it's the right decision tactically or not.

    Does Tuchel genuinely believe it's the right decision to do that or is he worried he's going to cause locker room problems if he's made to fight for his place? I'm not sure which would be worse.

    I think Lukaku looked quite good in all of our matches so far - only the last one sticks out but that goes for the whole team. I agree that a substitution of Rom against City would have been an interesting possibility since it clearly didn't really work out in general yet he still came off quite sharp once we finally started playing decent passes to him. It's just that those cut-in passes where few and extremely far between so City defenders could just take him (or Timo) out by foul yet never were really in danger to get a second yellow.



  8. The one day of less recovery time took it's toll I think and overall it wasn't a good game of course but nothing I'd worry about too much. It's not like City had major chances despite their possession overload and they just were the better team on that day. Happens and no shame in that when they clearly turn in great performances. The big positive was certainly RLC who forces himself into the squad because of good performances - which is the way it should be. Can't wait til the Juve game starts tbh.

  9. I'm quite relaxed about the game tbh. Worst case is that we lose which would shift the media focus a bit away from us meaning we wouldn't be considered already winning the title 6gw in while winning would...be amazing obviously since it'd push City in quite a corner already and would give us 3p which is always a nice to have. Also, no point in getting sulky about a loss when basically the whole weekend's still ahead after the game.

  10. I wonder if he's more suited for our international matches. Havertz and Werner both struggled with the physicality of the English football but both accustomed themselves, by different means, to it and kind of arrived. Ziyech didn't and I don't see much improvement either - great pre-season or not.

  11. Nah, plenty of moments where Callum had all the space he could want but couldn‘t produce anything out of it at all. I hope he hasn‘t got the same mindset telling him „that‘s not my position“ because that would be some lame a.. excuse. Seems he was unlucky that the transfer window went as it did since he clearly IMO should gonout on loan to a club where he has way more minutes and also way responsibility. 

    Really liked RLC, Kepa, Trev and James yesterday. Werner did his thing and should be near to the  starting ones. Saul I reckon got a bit more stable..if he keeps on stabilizing himself and accustomed to our play he‘ll be a good option in this long season. I hope.

  12. 1 minute ago, RMH said:

    Tidy is not what I expect from him, more like dominate the midfield and be creative. He’s not a newbie anymore and we were expecting a lot more from him. But he’s not doing things wrong, if that’s what you mean, he’s just too ordinary for what he was supposed to be.

    High expectation for someone who hasn't played in this team for ages - especially since those players on the pitch are clearly a b-team that hasn't played together anytime before.


    Decent half as there were some highlights, Chalobah by far the most interesting one, but all in all pretty forgettable in the bigger picture. Hopefully nobody gets injured.

  13. Exactly. We need him foremost to win us games like the one against Zenit - games we will face pretty often - and not those matches where we have tons of space already when playing against another top-club.

    Also the fact we start scoring from corners and set-pieces again without him being directly involved tells me that maybe he's helping us there as well since his presence in the oppo-box alone keeps defenders on their toes (his actually). Think it's been already three goals that way so far?

    Now to link this back on topic to Reece James..

  14. Agreed. I don't put too much into symbolic actions like these but it's a powerful gesture nevertheless especially since all players on the pitch unite and do it the same way. Also, people who sit in the stadiums' upper rows may not be able to read what's written on his sleeve. Or are illiterate. Taking a bow so to say is less prone to be just ignored and while all/a lot of players do it in the EPL doesn't mean that all the clubs do it across different leagues...which isn't the case (think it's only the EPL in Europe?).

  15. Obviously fielding a complete B/C-team isn't helping much but it's a good way to give players like Chalobah, Werner and Saul, Chilwell and CHO (edit: and Kepa) some needed game time.

    I'd go with



    Trev            Christensen       Rüdiger

    CHO                   Saul           Jorgi                 Chilwell

    Ziyech           Havertz          Werner



  16. This is the Reece James thread btw.


    But since you asked me: I'm super happy Lukaku plays for us. Seems like a 100% Chelsea player and fits like a(n expensive) glove. He got the quality and the heart to bring our squad near to perfection. And a flat track bully is all we actually needed - yet we got way more than that.

  17. 2 hours ago, IliyaKrostin said:

    It was interesting to see RLC getting 2 minutes against Zenit. Clearly that substitution was to kill the time and finish the game, but does it mean something to Ruben or just random sub?


    It‘s a nice gesture I think. Gives him some visibility, some money and most importantly keeps him ‚in the squad‘ so to say. 

  18. I dunno, he's a leader kinda guy who just about reached his peak and knows the club inside out. With Thiago gone we're missing that big time and even if we'd sign another LCB (doubt that Koundé is the answer for LCB from what I've learned) elite defender who knows how long it'll take to get into this role.

    I doubt that the last word is spoken yet but it be a big miss if he's really leaving.

  19. That‘s the thing though, we and especially he were/was utterly wasteful yet we created ton of chances in the first place. I don‘t think it‘s time already to have an idea where we‘re going this season but lately we can be glad we kinda get goals out of nothing since we aren‘t really creating all that much.


    I also agree with some other poster who wrote that out defensive game looks much better with Werner on board too. There will obviously a lot of rotation for at least 2/3 spots up front but I‘d be quite surprised if Werner isn‘t really considered as a starter.

  20. Looked already overplayed end of last season imho, could still pull it off but exhausted none the less. Add the Euro tourney and the immediate pressure to deliver just into the new season ... I'm not really surprised he looks out of sync at times as he likely lacks a good deal of mental freshness.

  21. Yesterdays match just wasn't for him. No spaces to run into - heavily doubt he's just forgotten. Too bad Pulisic wasn't available, he'd been a good starter player against those 1000 legs / m2.

  22. 7 hours ago, wizardous said:


               Azpi       Christensen    Rudiger

      James       Kovacic     Saul       Chilwell

                           Mount     Werner


    Agree about this except that I see Havertz starting over Werner ( though more of a 50/50) and Jorgi starting over Saul.

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