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    Spiller86 got a reaction from DidierDrogbalala in Post season player ratings   
    He's a specialist who excels in a particular role in a particular system. That role isn't really suited to Frankball (yes I just called it that), so he looks like a fish out of water. I wish him all the best. You could never doubt his effort or commitment.
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    Spiller86 got a reaction from yorkleyblue in Post season player ratings   
    He's a specialist who excels in a particular role in a particular system. That role isn't really suited to Frankball (yes I just called it that), so he looks like a fish out of water. I wish him all the best. You could never doubt his effort or commitment.
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    Spiller86 reacted to DarkMata in Sergi Reguilon   
    Haha I love the reasoning we come up with when we buy a player we know nothing about.  Heres a few, see if you can guess who they are?  I may have quoted some of the posters here for some of them.
    1. A player from that impressive Monaco side? who? he must be good they got to the campions league semi final.  Him and Kante would be a dream midfield paring.
    2. Him and Kante won the league together.
    3. He was prolific for Juve when he played his goals to game ratio is excellent.  Give him regular football and he will be banging them in.  Real Madrid have sold many great players who they’ve never given a chance.
    4. He can’t get in the starting 11 right now cause he’s just come back from a major injury.  He was one of the best left backs in the league before his injury.
    5. Under Sarri this guy is a goal machine.  He’s not too old and fat he just needs Sarri’s guidance.
    6. The 21-year-old made the most tackles in last season's Bundesliga (109), while attaining averages of 0.8 key passes and 1.4 dribbles per game to earn a WhoScored.com rating of 7.37. In comparison, Azpilicueta offered 0.6 key passes and just 0.3 dribbles per game for the Blues last season.  GET HIM ON!
    7. How much! 7 year contract! He must be f*@kin brilliant.  Not only is he very highly rated with huge potential he's also very comfortable with the ball at his feet. In a way we've kinda upgraded on Courtois as this kid will be a much better fit for Sarri's system.
    8. Well his name sounds fast
    With Ziyech, Werner, and Havertz I'm glad we don't need theses excuses to justify their transfers, they are logical and we all know they are top players, if they fail its will be unlucky.
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    Spiller86 reacted to coco in Post season player ratings   
    It goes back to the 'expectations' argument, and for £70m we were expecting a lot lot better.
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    Spiller86 reacted to ForeverCarefree in Post season player ratings   
    Kepa Arrizabalaga 1/10
    He's had the obligatory "year to settle in" to a new league a country and yet he's rubbish. Whoever's idea it was to spend £70m on him should be taken out back and shot to ensure they're not involved in any future transfers. He doesn't command his area, I can't think of the last time I saw him come and claim a cross. He just stands on the goal line, watches shots fly past him and then turns accusingly to his defence to absolve himself of any blame. I wouldn't mind but half the time he doesn't he attempt to make a save. 14 of his goals conceded in Premier League he didn't move. Absolutely pants. 
    Willy Caballero 6/10
    He's done about as much as you could ask a 38 year old reserve goalie to do. He's a competent back up, not someone who should be starting every week. A more calming presence than Kepa but then again that's not exactly saying much. 
    Antonio Rudiger 5/10
    A difficult season for Rudi, he returned after a pretty big injury and after the sale of Luiz was our most senior defender, Probably the player Lampard hoped would be a calming presence and someone to be relied upon. What we got was a rather erratic season where Rudi was making the kind of errors Luiz would get crucified for. He likes to get tight to his man but far too often is diving in and missing his tackles allowing massive gaps to form. His distribution has at times looked armature. Given the relatively short break and pre-season he'll be getting I'm not holding my breath that we might see much improvement from him next season. 
    Kurt Zouma 6/10
    Probably our best centre back this season but given we conceded over 50 goals in the league alone I'm not sure that's something to be particularly proud of. Got a knack of making the occasional last ditch tackle but positionally often found found wanting and has maybe the worst distribution of all the centre backs. His aerial ability ended up being much needed given our vulnerability at set pieces but I'm not convinced his game is well rounded enough to be a regular starter. 
    Andreas Christensen 5/10
    There's a good player in there somewhere. However he goes from looking solid and assured to being a complete liability. His form is far too erratic. Seems like once things start to go badly for him or the team in a match he just goes to bits rather than taking ownership and turning things around. 
    Fikayo Tomori 7/10
    Showed early signs of promise at the beginning of the season but his form started to tail off around Christmas and by the time of the restart was out of favour. That said for a young player making his debut season in the Premier League he did well and I think we've seen enough to feel hopeful for his future. I apparently likely to go on loan next season to a top flight club which I think will do him the world of good. 
    César Azpilicueta 7/10
    Signs that his legs are starting to go a little in that he seems to have lost half a yard of pace, we saw in the FA cup final that players with even a hint of pace can blow past him with relative ease. However he's still a good player and his experience and longevity at Chelsea means his still a big part of the team. 
    Reece James 7/10
    Defensively he needs to improve no question. Considering he's fairly quick wingers can breeze past him too easily too often but given it's his first season in the top flight he did alright. Not sure he quite ready to be first choice just yet but the signs are promising. 
    Marcos Alonso 6/10
    Early on it looked like he was completely out of favour with Lampard but eventually played himself back into the team. Always looks better playing as a wing back rather than an outright left back mainly because his attacking contributions are impressive. Far too lazy getting back into position defensively when he's wondered forward. If Lampard plans to play 4 at the back next season I can't see him getting much playing time. 
    Emerson 3/10
    Another to be added to the long list of rubbish left backs signed in the Roman era. His lack of awareness and positioning to allow Bayern to score the opener at the weekend by playing Lewandowski onside encapsulates his game nicely. 
    Jorginho 5/10
    Named vice captain by Lampard at the start of the season and looked set to be a key component in the team but then at the restart found himself pretty far down the pecking order behind Billy Gilmore who wasn't even playing that well. He's a decent player but I'm just not convinced his playing style is suited to what Lampard wants to build. He's happy to go backwards and sideways with the majority of his passes whereas I think Lampard wants the ball moving forward quicker. Despite being in his peak years he's got absolutely no pace whatsoever and gets beaten way too easily and it's a big reason he racked up so many bookings this season. 
    N'Golo Kante 6/10
    An injury ravaged season meant he missed half of our games and couldn't stay fit long enough to build up any kind of form. Still comfortably our best midfielder though. Hopefully he can get fit and stay fit next season. 
    Ross Barkley 5/10
    In one game he can go from looking brilliant to pants. Even against Bayern at the weekend there were occasions he'd pick up the ball and run it out of a tight spot and open the game up for us, would constantly lead the forward press but then give the ball away cheaply 2/3 times in a row. He's not bad as a squad player but at 26 he's never going to be more than that for Chelsea. 
    Ruben Loftus-Cheek 4/10
    That achilles injury hasn't been easy to recover from and he looked off the pace in the limited minutes he got following the restart, Question marks over whether he's going to fully recover from that major set back but we can only hope because he's got a skill set unique to our current midfield options. That said if we do sign Havertz I'm not sure I can see Ruben getting much game time next season even if fit. 
    Mateo Kovacic 7/10
    Much improved from last season but still doesn't influence things in the final third anywhere near as much as I think he should. Works hard in the middle and covers a lot of distance and isn't afraid to put a tackle in. Was probably our best central midfielder this season but I think there's still room for improvement there. 
    Mason Mount 8/10
    Fantastic debut season from Mount and my personal player of the season. Always works tirelessly for the team, is extremely assured in possession and has great awareness to pop up where he's needed in attack. Really looking forward to seeing how he builds on his debut season. 
    Billy Gilmour 6/10
    That Liverpool cup game is hopefully a sign of what we can see more of from Gilmore in the future. He looked out of his depth in the Leicester cup game and obviously still has much to learn.  Hopefully the knee injury doesn't set him back to much. Will be interesting to see if Frank keeps him around next season because he clearly rates him or if he goes on loan to get some playing time and experience. 
    Willian 6/10
    Done what Willian does. Works hard, tracks back and all that but doesn't contribute enough where it matters most in the final third. Even after being gifted the chance to tuck away 3 penalties after the restart still didn't manage to score double figures during any of his 7 seasons at Chelsea. Was an experienced head to help the influx of younger players making their debut seasons for Chelsea. Hopefully he enjoys his retirement in north London. 
    Pedro 6/10
    Didn't get to play much this season as I think it was confirmed he was going pretty early on and that Lampard favoured giving chances to the likes of Mount and CHO. Always puts a shift in though but I think we're right to part ways with a player on the decline. 
    Callum Hudson-Odoi 6/10
    We saw flashes of what he can do sporadically when he did play. He looks better suited to the left but Mount and Pulisic look like they'll be ahead of him for that position so needs to work on influencing games more from the right hand side. He's got a long way to go to justify his well paid 5 year contract but he's only 19 and has plenty of time on his side. With Pedro and Willian both leaving he's got an opportunity to push for more minutes and starts next season. 
    Christian Pulisic 8/10
    There were quite a few eyebrows raised when we paid £60m for Pulisic with plenty questioning whether he was worth the money, especially given his rather modest goals return for Dortmund. He rose to the challenge in his debut season and was out most influential attacking player, Suffered a pretty nasty injury midway through the season and ended up missing quite a few games, yet despite this still finished the season with a more than respectable goals and assist tally. The signs look good for our attacking options next season. 
    Tammy Abraham 7/10
    A more than respectful first fully season for Tammy. Finished the season our leading goal scorer which is exactly what you want from your centre forward. Started to lose form a bit around the new year and was struggling to get into games, especially in terms of hold up play. That said, considering there were doubts about whether he was capable of leading the line for a top flight club his league tally of 15 for the season isn't too shabby. 
    Olivier Giroud 8/10
    Was completely out of favour for the first half of the season but was the consummate professional and ended up showing his quality when Tammy lost his way. Doesn't always score as many goals as you would like but given his limited playing time he managed 8 league goals which ended up being a part of our finishing in the top 4. 
    Michy Batshuayi 3/10
    He's not very good is he? 
     
    Frank Lampard 7/10
    Lots questioned if he was good enough for the job  but despite inheriting a rather unbalanced squad he was very bold in decisions and direction for the team. He really set down a marker when he sanctioned the sale of Luiz to Arsenal that this wasn't a team that going to survive on player power. Despite the opening say 4-0 loss to Manchester United Frank kept faith with the youngsters he promoted to squad and was vindicated in achieving a top 4 finish and reaching an FA Cup final. All this without Eden Hazard who almost single-handed dragged the team to wins and a top 4 finish last season mainly by flying against the dour "Sarri-ball". Frank's decision to ease Pulisic into the team at the start of season paid off too with him looking sharp when he did start to get regular starts and playing time. 
    Plenty of work to do. Not least defensively, no question the current crop of defenders aren't good enough but tactically Frank didn't help things at times by pushing the team to far up the pitch, it was reminiscent of AVB's tenure at times with how easily teams were able to get in behind our high line. The sheer number of goals we conceded from set pieces needs to be addressed too and I wouldn't be surprised if some additional help is bought into the backroom staff, a better goalkeeping coach included. 
    All told it was a building block of a season and I think Lampard and the squad did well all things considered. We're throwing a bit of money at the team this summer with Havertz plus a goalkeeper, left back and centre back likely to be added to signings of Werner and Ziyech so expectations will be much higher next year. 
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    Spiller86 got a reaction from ForeverCarefree in Post season player ratings   
    He's a specialist who excels in a particular role in a particular system. That role isn't really suited to Frankball (yes I just called it that), so he looks like a fish out of water. I wish him all the best. You could never doubt his effort or commitment.
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    Spiller86 reacted to SydneyChelsea in Kai Havertz   
    He became as much, very much under Magath's tutelage at Bayern. At Leverkusen, he was definitely an out-and-out attacking midfielder. For me his versatility showed that he had mastered the art of being a midfielder. I always felt it was Essien who was compromised most, playing the holding-midfield role until that time when we unleashed him at RB.
    Interestingly, Ballack's recent commentary likened Havertz to Lampard, rather than himself! I actually think that is more accurate. De Bruyne's success at City shows the value of such a midfielder in the modern EPL and I think that Havertz is our second shot at that particular cherry.
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    Spiller86 reacted to SydneyChelsea in Following our Nearest & Dearest Rivals 2019/20   
    Off an inch-perfect Sanchez cross, on the counter-attack.
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    Spiller86 reacted to SydneyChelsea in Kai Havertz   
    Ballack spent his first two years at Chelsea get slagged for being 'lazy' so Havertz is well on track!
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    Spiller86 reacted to charierre in Following our Nearest & Dearest Rivals 2019/20   
    Wonder when we play in our red third kit if we just fall down will we get more penalties?
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    Spiller86 reacted to Munkworth in Bayern Munich (3) vs (0) Chelsea 08/08/20, 20:00 GMT   
    Ross Barkley saved our lives. Fact. 
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    Spiller86 got a reaction from Argo in Super Frank Lampard *Officially our Manager*   
    I think the point about us having to be open is well made. Same with the high press. We needed it because goals were going to be hard to come by otherwise.
    I for one am hoping that with some new attacking verve we might not see too many games where we have two players behind the ball which we did constantly this season.
    That won't help us in games like last night though. Defensive structure was non existent despite us having 30 percent of the ball.
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    Spiller86 reacted to Strider6003 in Super Frank Lampard *Officially our Manager*   
    In an attacking sense, for me CHO wasn't anything more than a fringe player and I acknowledge injuries limited his chances, Pulisic was impressive in the second half of the season and Willian was good for most of the season.
    Mount was also important for most of the season.
     
     
     
     
     
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    Spiller86 reacted to Munkworth in Bayern Munich (3) vs (0) Chelsea 08/08/20, 20:00 GMT   
    Ajax comes to mind, we got all our decisions for the season in one hit 
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    Spiller86 reacted to WhiteWall in Bayern Munich (3) vs (0) Chelsea 08/08/20, 20:00 GMT   
    I think the reviews on here are not necessarily being directed at this one fixture but is being used to once again highlight a massive shortfall in this set up that has been evident since the very first Man Utd result.
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    Spiller86 reacted to WhiteWall in Bayern Munich (3) vs (0) Chelsea 08/08/20, 20:00 GMT   
    This is the point isn't it. We can get as many players as we want, and can afford, but with no concept of defensive coaching in our management we will continue to fail. The best signing we can surely hope for is for Lampard and Morris to suck it up and go and hire a world renown defensive coach.
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    Spiller86 reacted to just in Welcome Ross Barkley   
    If it were a straight choice I would definitely keep Barkley over Jorginho. Offers so much more.
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    Spiller86 got a reaction from chi blue in Bayern Munich (3) vs (0) Chelsea 08/08/20, 20:00 GMT   
    Haha. Hope you had fun. I always know whether we won or not because the number of pages in the thread is always 3 times as long when we lose as when we win.
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    Spiller86 got a reaction from Bluesince66 in Jorginho is a Blue   
    Sarri getting the sack is a disaster. Means we're likely stuck with him for another year. 
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    Spiller86 got a reaction from charierre in Bayern Munich (3) vs (0) Chelsea 08/08/20, 20:00 GMT   
    It was bad wasn't it? Christensen pulled out of the defensive line and then for some reason decides to come back in and stand right next to Zouma. Meanwhile a midfielder ghosts behind them both and scores unmarked. Eveyone turns around and blames Emerson? 
    I wonder how much language and communication is an issue. Across the back 5 tonight we had 5 different first languages spoken. Now surely all have a good enough level of English but in the moment just a slight misinterpretation can be an issue. 
    If you remember at our height we often had a Portuguese speaking side Paulo/Bosingwa and Percy/Alex and an English speaking side JT and Bridge/Cole. 
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    Spiller86 got a reaction from just in Jorginho is a Blue   
    Sarri getting the sack is a disaster. Means we're likely stuck with him for another year. 
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    Spiller86 got a reaction from the special one in Bayern Munich (3) vs (0) Chelsea 08/08/20, 20:00 GMT   
    It was bad wasn't it? Christensen pulled out of the defensive line and then for some reason decides to come back in and stand right next to Zouma. Meanwhile a midfielder ghosts behind them both and scores unmarked. Eveyone turns around and blames Emerson? 
    I wonder how much language and communication is an issue. Across the back 5 tonight we had 5 different first languages spoken. Now surely all have a good enough level of English but in the moment just a slight misinterpretation can be an issue. 
    If you remember at our height we often had a Portuguese speaking side Paulo/Bosingwa and Percy/Alex and an English speaking side JT and Bridge/Cole. 
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    Spiller86 reacted to charierre in Bayern Munich (3) vs (0) Chelsea 08/08/20, 20:00 GMT   
    The third goal was classic Chelsea. Even I didn't see the danger watching. Professional players acting like school kids. We had more than enough bodies to cope but somehow contrived to allow an opposing player to walk into our 6 he box totally untracked. Who is to blame? Multiple suspects combined to make us look like a set of amateurs. Big work needed on the training ground and some players need to be let go. Some experienced heads are required in the team.
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    Spiller86 got a reaction from DidierDrogbalala in Bayern Munich (3) vs (0) Chelsea 08/08/20, 20:00 GMT   
    Glad that's over. I'm still trying to work out if Bayern are that good or we are that bad. That was a friendly for them in the last 30 and they still scored 2 goals. 
    Some bright moments but our complete inability to be compact and defend when needed is maddening. Some of it is the personnel but most of it is the structure. 54 matches with only 13 clean sheets and 75 goals conceded. That's 15 more than the last two seasons and even worse than the Jose's last season where we finished 10th. 
    It has to be fixed. I fear Frank won't get a third season if we concede as many again next year. But from losing 4-0 in our first game to 4-1 tonight I'm not sure our defence has improved at all.
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    Spiller86 got a reaction from MANoWAR in Bayern Munich (3) vs (0) Chelsea 08/08/20, 20:00 GMT   
    Glad that's over. I'm still trying to work out if Bayern are that good or we are that bad. That was a friendly for them in the last 30 and they still scored 2 goals. 
    Some bright moments but our complete inability to be compact and defend when needed is maddening. Some of it is the personnel but most of it is the structure. 54 matches with only 13 clean sheets and 75 goals conceded. That's 15 more than the last two seasons and even worse than the Jose's last season where we finished 10th. 
    It has to be fixed. I fear Frank won't get a third season if we concede as many again next year. But from losing 4-0 in our first game to 4-1 tonight I'm not sure our defence has improved at all.

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