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Everything posted by Spiller86

  1. Some similar issues to last year emerging. - Multiple players getting sucked in out wide and then being taken out by a simple pass. - Poor pressing and energy in general. - Playing the ball around the outside of Leicester’s block in the U shape of death. Not being willing to take the ball on inside.
  2. Don't, I repeat don't, get Gol started on Jorginho and Kante! He's been waiting in the tall grass for Lampard ever since that change was made.
  3. A few of you need to have a cup of tea and a nice long lie-down. We're just about halfway through the season and despite a bad patch we're about 6 points off where we need to be. Easily redeemable and no doubt Frank deserves that opportunity. We started that on Saturday and now we need to continue it. We can start that by beating Leicester in a top 4 six-pointer midweek.
  4. Where to start with this. 1. The comparison between Fernandes and Havertz isn't a good one. OGS has largely set his team up defensively to play on the counter. Fernandes is in his prime and plays a free role with very good cover behind him and has padded out his stats significantly by getting a penalty every other week. We press from the front and that means that the 10 has to get involved without the ball. Havertz isn't as adept at that and so we've been trying to find a role for him that covers his weaknesses and uses his strengths. Besides United lurch from crisis to crescendo every s
  5. I'm not sure there is any evidence of mismanagement. I think Havertz looked good before he caught COVID, but he has a lot to learn. He is still playing at Bundesliga pace, he isn't careful enough in possession and doesn't use his natural size to his advantage. Key challenge for Havertz has been adjusting to the less rigid tactical approach under Frank. Bosz is very rigid and would have had very clear instructions for where Havertz was to move and what was expected. Frank allows players to think for themselves and Havertz looks a little lost. He has far more freedom than he ever had at Lev
  6. I agree. Sheer force of will carried us through that year. We saw Robbie's actual abilities the next year. Fun to watch but not really reliable.
  7. I think it's just simply the case that teams have worked us out. The video analysis is so hard-core these days that I think within a few games teams understand your approach and how to mitigate it. It's happened around this point for the last three seasons. I think Frank is also very clear that he wants players to make decisions for themselves rather than having every movement orchestrated and planned ala Sarri. I think for some of our players that is a challenging transition. Havertz and Werner in particular are used to playing in detailed tactical setups under Nagelsmann and Bosz.
  8. Feels nice to get a win in the Premier League again. Let's hope we can put together a run of form. Tough calls from Frank to bench the big signings but it worked. Onwards and upwards hopefully. Let's get back in that top 4 race.
  9. He needs to work on his pointing game to get to Jorginho's level though...
  10. Avram vs the bees was the best. I'm giggling just remembering it. Sadly I can't seem to find it either.
  11. I agree certainly not for the fees quoted. I also think he is a good player, but I'm not convinced he transforms us into title contenders. I think longer term he may be a Kante replacement.
  12. Agreed. I think Frank will continue to learn and shouldn't get a free pass, but at the end of November everyone was flying off the chain saying we were a title chances. A bit of moderation never went astray in the reactions to a run of results either way.
  13. Agreed. I think assuming injuries don't hurt him he will at least get to Jorginho's level and perhaps even higher. Scotland should be very exited. The one thing I worry about is whether physically he can manage over the long term in a modern midfield. He is a bit short and maybe a bit noodle armed at the minute. Hopefully he gets a bit of a grow on soon.
  14. Very good draw for us. Feels like we've had a few dud draws in the Cups in recent years so good to know we should get through to the sixth round without facing a PL side.
  15. No doubt Reece has played well but I just sense this is a day for Dave and his pragmatism and solid defending. Perhaps his polish going forward isn't quite the same bit he still has a role to play on certain days.
  16. I think everyone is fit which is fantastic. 4-3-3 Mendy, Dave (over James for his experience and leadership), Zouma, Silva, Chilwell, Kante, Havertz, Mount, CHO, Pulisic, Werner. Leaving out Ziyech was probably the toughest call, but I suspect he is still working his way back to fitness and we need to handle all three wingers carefully given their injury troubles. He will be there to bring on for CHO if we need it and Pulisic if the game is won.
  17. Couldn't have gone better really. Goals for the blokes who needed it and a clean sheet. Ziyech dropping into pockets of space and popping passes over the backline was a welcome sight. We're going to need him to step up another level if we're to make the Top four.
  18. I think that makes 5 goals and a few assists. Quietly building a good season.
  19. Hopefully we can get a good win to rebuild confidence. Willy, Dave, Zouma, Rudiger, Emerson, Gilmour, Kovacic, Pulisic, Havertz, CHO, Giroud.
  20. Farcical is the word. Every big club in Europe would happily have Kante. Bet they wish a few of our posters ran Chelsea transfer policy!
  21. Deary me. Never have so many knees jerked all at once. Poor today but was largely our best player through the autumn. Also still the only genuine world class player in the team. Over the years on here I've seen people turn on Cech, Ivanovic and other top players but this anti-Kante sentiment could be the most bizarre of all.
  22. Seems to happen every winter to us. No idea why. For me I'm always happy to judge at the end of the year. Long way to go yet and it's very close in the top 10. Of greater concern to me in the long term seems to be Frank's inability to consistently beat teams at our level. He seems to be a guy who beats the teams he should beat but doesn't quite have the wits at this stage to get over the line in the big games.
  23. He'll come good. Today he should have scored at least 2. He just relies on shot volume, he scores lots and misses lots. Another day and both go in and he's getting all the praise. Real issue is that neither Pulisic or Werner really like playing on the right but one has to play there until CHO and Ziyech are back to full fitness.
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