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  1. If the ban stands, which I sort of hope it does (to both get it out the way and give youth a chance), then I am OK with giving Tammy and Batman a go. Both good finishers, but can either of them provide the sort of hold-up play required? Alternatively does Pulisic have the potential to become a Maertins from Sarri's Napoli type striker?🤔
  2. Since very early in the season I have been saying Sarri needs time to implement his style. The club messed up badly in not allowing him a pre-season, by dawdling over his appointment. In many ways a good start to the season ended-up backfiring on him when performances dipped because expectations had been raised. Overall though two cup-finals and a third placed finish is not a bad return, although at times the football being played has been frustrating (to say the least). We've also had a lot of games with the runs in the League, FA and Europa league leading to not many clear training days (as opposed to match preparation days) to work on things tactically. Looking ahead, my gut feel is that the transfer ban will be in place for the next two windows, so no incoming players this season. Given that one big challenge is for Sarri to assess which of the returning loanees have the potential to strengthen the squad. There have been extremely good reports coming in for: Tammy; Reece James; Mason Mount; and Tamori to name a few. OK, Hazard will undoubtedly leave, but we do have Pulisic coming in. I'd like to see Batshuayi given a chance to, he scored goals for Palace, can he do much worse than we've had this season? What we do seem to lack are leaders of the pitch, people who in old-parlance pull their sleeves up and get stuck in when things are not going well. Azpi and Luiz are experienced, but I think Luiz is often too focused on his game and Azpi is not JT. Maybe Jourghino might stand up to the role now he is more settled in the EPL. I also think we have very much missed Steve Holland since he left for the England set-up (to England's benefit), I'm not sure what he did, but I am sure his departure was significant in the decline from Conte season 1 to Conte season 2. Maybe we should get Jody Morris back as I think he could play that role and help integrate the young players. I am unsure what Zola and Carlo really bring too the management set-up other than translation and placating the fans. As far as the second half this is concerned Sarri should read Clive Woodwards autobiography as there is a whole section in that on second-half thinking.
  3. .....................Cech Harris....Desailly...Terry....A Cole .......Kante......Makalele Cooke............................Hazard .......Osgood......Drogba Yes, I am old!!!
  4. I think Hazard stopped because the ref blew for the offside.
  5. When VAR comes in clear rules need sorting out. We've just experience two similar incidents handled completely differently in the Carabao Cup semi-final and final. In the Semi-final: Kane chases a ball, linesman flags for off-side, play continues, Kane goes down in clash with keeper. VAR used to review which reverses off-side decision, and gives penalty. In the final: Hazard chases a ball, linesman flags for off-side, play stopped despite Hazard being clear on goal. I'm not getting into which way either decision should have gone, but to me both 'off-side' decision were similar so I would have expected them to be treated the same way using VAR. I am dubious about VAR, from watching matches on TV there are still so many decision that are not obvious despite numerous camera angles and even the pundits can't agree, it can only work if incidents are unambiguous and in those cases Ref's currently get most of them correct. However, it is being introduced so we NEED consistency.
  6. A fantastic keeper. I wasn't sure when he came in and took over from our "PL Golden Glove" winning keeper, Carlo. He soon proved that he was an even better keeper and is up there with Bonetti as a true club goalkeeping legend. Bring him back to coach Kepa.
  7. Firstly, well done to the board for getting business going early in the window. Also, for signing a player I know little about but: Was wanted by a few other clubs; Is young and has potential; Was wanted by several people on this forum (see rumours thread). Now, what I don't know... Is this a Hazard replacement or a strengthening the squad to make Hazard stay? What does this mean for CHO? Is this more of a replacement for Willian/Pedro? Does Sarri see him as a potential Dries Martins style false 9? Is it a cynical move to attract more USA based fans? However, he's a Chelsea player now, so stay fit and I look forward to seeing you play for us next season.
  8. Having said that I was encouraged by Hazard's comments about becoming a legend (like Drogba, Lamps and Terry) the other day...
  9. I think Sarri's doing well, an 8/10 from me. I have said in previous posts the change to Sarriball will take time. It's taken Klopp a season and a half to get Liverpool challenging, it took Pep a season to get Citeh playing his way. We clearly need a striker who can put the ball in the net, and I suspect neither of our fullbacks (although I love Dave and Alonso) are quite the style that Sarri would want in his ideal team, but at half-time in season 1 I think all is good so far.
  10. 5 out of 5, but who have we played? The fixtures computer has been kind to Sarri as far as providing time to bed his tactical approach in. I'm not being overly negative, as I've said elsewhere Sarriball is going to take time for the squad to adapt to, in the same way that Citeh took a year to adapt to Guardiola's tactics and Liverpool took 18 month to adapt to Klopp. Good results so far, but let's wait 'til we play to big guns. Still think we can get 3rd this year though
  11. I suspect we won't see Hazard signing a new contract in the short-term though. He's going to see how things go with Sarriball. On the plus side if Sarri succeeds then Hazard will love the freedom he has to play.
  12. As a kid it was Charlie Cooke and John Hollins. Then I liked Ian Britton and Mickey Fillery. Then I didn't watch much for years and it wasn't on the telly (and we weren't too good anyway). We were all amazed when Ruud Gullit signed, and we all love Gianfranco Zola. I loved the midfield of: Dan Petrescu; Roberto Di Matteo; Dennis Wise; and Gus Poyet. Just watch one of the old games from that era on Chelsea TV. The spine that Jose built: Cech; JT; Lamps and Drog. What can you say about Hazard? A wizard on his day (Eden that is although I quite liked Mick too). But... my favourite at the moment is Kante who does the work of two players (he can even make Pogba look good!)
  13. DD looked like a fish out of water last night. In that deep lying role in Sarri's system the player needs to constantly make sure they are available to received a pass, DD tends to lay the ball off and then stand still and/or turn away from the ball. Surely he's watched what Jorginio does in training?

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