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  1. I've defended Sarri quite a bit, I still stand by that he needs time to truly implement his footballing philosophy on this club. Like Mourinho amd Conte, he's getting let down by our players who quite frankly are a joke What i can't defend is this persistance of playing the same crap week in week out. He has no excuses when it comes to that. The likes of Christensen, Ampadu and Hudson-Odoi should be ahead of some of the sh*te we have in our first 11
  2. While Insigne is a very good player, Hazard is big upgrade on on him. The problem is, the other attacking positions are severely lacking compared to what Sarri had at Napoli Hamsik has always been quite underrated IMO Great technical ability, movement, great passer and a great finisher. Barkley and Kovacic are no where near his level of ability. He also had a peak Higuain and then revolutionised Mertens into a false 9 who could score and create simultaneously. We've had a goal shy, zero confident Morata and a 30 something Giroud for most of the season. Callejon was a very effective wide attacker, who had great movement, scored goals and was extremely hardworking, Pedro has similar qualities but is past his best and Willian lacks the movement, finishing ability and quick passing to be truly effective The fact is, our attack is actually very poor. Take away Hazard and we haven't got one truly great player in our attacking positions. Compare it to the rest of Europe and you'll see just how far behind we are.
  3. Loftus-Cheek, Christensen, Hudson-Odoi and Ampadu have played almost 50 games between them and we're just past the half way stage of the season That's a pretty decent return considering two of them are only 18 and RLC has had injury problems Sarri has probably given more chances to our youth players than any other manager
  4. Jorginho is our new scapegoat it seems and has been for a while Funny how he and Napoli absolutely thrived under Sarri in the same system Sarri is trying to implement here I'm almost certain in such a tactical League like Serie A someone must have attempted to target Jorginho seeing as he was the key piece in how Napoli played... It didn't suddenly stop Napoli did it? Why's that? Oh yeah, Napoli played as a collective unit, who moved intelligently across the pitch, who all played as a team, pressed effectively and followed the managers instructions Also, guess what, Sarri want's teams to press us, it's what opens up space. Jorginho is great at playing quick passes and moving the ball but that doesn't work when the players are not moving into the right spaces and creating openings to play into Again, we play nothing like Napoli. I constantly see Jorginho gesturing to players to move, Sarri is constantly saying the players still don't get his football Jorginho was the key component at Napoli but that wouldn't have worked if the players around him were not moving into the required spaces
  5. Difference is back then we were more than happy to outspend our rivals and throw money at our problems without a 2nd thought Now, the purse strings have tightened, we can't afford to outspend our rivals and there's much more focus on bringing youth players through, hench us refusing to sign a Cesc replacement as we had Ampadu This hiring and firing of managers simply doesn't work for us now, we need to actually build something and that requires patience
  6. Simon Johnson‏Verified account @sjstandardsport 2h2 hours ago More that's half-time...#cfc players heads bowed...no-one saying a word to each other Speaks volumes about the state of our team. Where is the encouragement or motivation? Where's the desire or leadership? As soon as things gets tough the main reaction from our players is to put their head down and feel sorry for themselves.
  7. Simon Johnson‏Verified account @sjstandardsport 2h2 hours ago More that's half-time...#cfc players heads bowed...no-one saying a word to each other Speaks volumes about the state of our team. Where is the encouragement or motivation? Where's the desire or leadership? As soon as things gets tough the main reaction from our players is to put their head down and feel sorry for themselves.
  8. I don't see what's so silly about what he's just said? We've been needing a rebuild for years, we have serious mentality issues within our dressing room, we have a group of players who have a history of downing tools on managers and have a squad full of average sh*te Sacking Sarri won't solve sh*t. We'll be back to square 1 in the Summer and the cycle will repeat
  9. Sarri was known to have his team's press relentlessly when they don't have the ball, it's been a key part of the way he's always set out his sides to play. Similar to how Klopp and Pep want their players to press If the players are not pressing when they don't have the ball it's not that Sarri hasn't asked them to, it's because the players are not listening to his actual instructions. Again, we've had 3 managers all question these player's mentality, Sarri has also came out and said we are not playing the way he wan't us to and yet again the players have seemingly just downed tools when we realise we are not in a title race
  10. In the last 5 years Defensive football, counter attacking football, possesion football... Managers that have won everything, managers that haven't won a thing Managers who are strict and disciplined, managers who are more care free 4-2-3-1, 5-2-3, 4-3-3 Every manager we've had in the last years have all gone public to question the players mentality Every year we constantly yo-yo from looking fantastic to looking like we can't even play football It doesn't matter what manager we have or what tactics we play. There is something seriously wrong in our dressing room, sacking Sarri isn't going to solve a single thing. Yeah we may through a mini honeymoon period with a new manager but sh*t will fall apart just like it did for Mourinho and Conte
  11. Eden Hazard pass combinations with Chelsea strikers this season Higuain vs Huddersfield - 21 Giroud vs Cardiff - 15 Higuain vs Bournemouth - 14 So already, Hazard is linking up with Higuain more than he has done with Morata and Giroud all season. Not only is Eden Hazard linking up better with Higuain but Higuain is much more potent as a goalscorer than both Giroud and Morata Few people have said it but Higuain could actually be the difference in us finishing top 4 this season. Him and Hazard could potentially form a partnership to fire us to the Champions League
  12. Think today showed he isn't a 30 something washed up striker who's here to collect a paycheck. Guy has a hunger to score goals, still slightly rusty but his movement is top notch, always looking to create space for himself in the box, also linked up well with Hazard a few times Will certaintly give opposition defences something to think about. Morata and Giroud just didn't seem to carry any presence or threat amongst themselves. Higuain on the other hand looks absolutely deadly in the box like he has done his whole career
  13. Goals and assists Pedro has contributed 8 goals this season Willian 9 Barkley 7 Kovacic 2 RLC 6 Morata 7 Kante 8 Kante has been our 3rd most productive player in terms of contributing goals this season yet people believe and have made up this narrative that Kante is playing out of position and should be a holding midfielder?
  14. Hopefully that result gives Sarri some breathing space. It's ridiculous the amount of stick this guy has been getting recently, being made out to be this clueless manager who's been found out. Feel people should do more research on his Napoli team amd the impact he also had at Empoli. Like i've said before, this process is going to take time and patience will be needed. But trust me, if Sarri gets us playing like Napoli then we'll be in for an absolute treat
  15. It's frustrating, it's also frustrating when you have pundits saying he should be playing as a holding midfielder and he's playing out of position which just goes to show how clueless some of these so called football experts work. The fact is, Kante has been one of our best players this season. He's still adapting to the new system like the majority of our squad are. This whole narrative about supposedly playing him out of position just seems like a stick to beat Sarri with. I think Kante has 4 goals and 4 assists so far this season, if he hits similar numbers in the 2nd half of the season he would have contributed to around 16 goals and that's playing in a slightly dysfunctional team with a blunt attack. Now imagine how much better he would be in a functional, attacking team where he and the players have adapted to Sarri's style of play....

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