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    Socrates got a reaction from The Don Antonio in Chelsea V Leicester FA Cup Final 15/5/21   
    Yep. I'd take a win on Tuesday over the FA Cup. Much more important game for us. Hopefully Tuchel will have learned a few things from today's poor performance. Mendy will surely start as well so that's  already a positive.
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    Socrates got a reaction from andy in Chelsea V Leicester FA Cup Final 15/5/21   
    Yep. I'd take a win on Tuesday over the FA Cup. Much more important game for us. Hopefully Tuchel will have learned a few things from today's poor performance. Mendy will surely start as well so that's  already a positive.
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    Socrates reacted to Backbiter in Man City v Chelsea (PL) Sat 8th May 2021 17:30 GMT   
    I seem to be in a tiny minority that didn't see the Zouma challenge as a pen. Yes, there was contact, but contact is not by definition a foul. Players' bodies come into contact constantly without it being a foul. It's a contact sport.
    Zouma did not grab or push Sterling, either of which would have been a pen. He didn't mistime a tackle, which would have been a pen. He didn't attempt to tackle him at all. He didn't accidentally trip him. Just because he made contact with him does not mean he brought him down. In my view Sterling went down deliberately looking for the pen.
    Taylor somehow got that decision right, which is such a rarity it should be celebrated.
    I can see why he gave the first pen, but Gilmour was so unlucky. Again, he didn't put in a challenge, but inadvertently tripped him, although the replay shows it was Jesus who initiated the contact.
    After Sky totally ignored the incident, it was good to see MotD agreeing Sterling should have seen red, but it was weird how they avoided saying he therefore sould not have been on the field to score and go down looking for a pen late on (they all felt it was a definite foul by Zouma).
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    Socrates got a reaction from Backbiter in Man City v Chelsea (PL) Sat 8th May 2021 17:30 GMT   
    That was a hell of an important win. It didn’t look likely just before half-time. We were facing a penalty, potentially 2-0 down, and we hadn’t created much. Credit to Mendy for keeping his wits and realising in time what Aguero was up to.
    It changed everything and we came out and played well second half. Some frustrating off-side calls which we really need to work on. But eventually a fantastic strike from Ziyech. 
    We survived that dive from Sterling, thankfully the ref, having given them a soft penalty already, wasn’t going to give them another. Then brilliant play from Hudson-Odoi and Werner in particular to set up the winner for Alonso. 
    Fantastic win, performance, and mentality. Unexpected. But we could do with sealing a top four finish before the CL final. Results went our way in other games too. This is shaping up into a hell of an end to this season. Who’d have guessed? 
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    Socrates got a reaction from WeatherMan in Man City v Chelsea (PL) Sat 8th May 2021 17:30 GMT   
    That was a hell of an important win. It didn’t look likely just before half-time. We were facing a penalty, potentially 2-0 down, and we hadn’t created much. Credit to Mendy for keeping his wits and realising in time what Aguero was up to.
    It changed everything and we came out and played well second half. Some frustrating off-side calls which we really need to work on. But eventually a fantastic strike from Ziyech. 
    We survived that dive from Sterling, thankfully the ref, having given them a soft penalty already, wasn’t going to give them another. Then brilliant play from Hudson-Odoi and Werner in particular to set up the winner for Alonso. 
    Fantastic win, performance, and mentality. Unexpected. But we could do with sealing a top four finish before the CL final. Results went our way in other games too. This is shaping up into a hell of an end to this season. Who’d have guessed? 
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    Socrates got a reaction from RMH in Chelsea v WBA (PL) SAT 3rd Apr 2021 12:30 GMT   
    I really don’t see the strategy here. We’re more likely to qualify for the Champions League by getting points against teams like West Brom, aren’t we? Trying to prioritise Champions League is a big risk and means we’re more likely to fall between two stools. That looks more likely after today. 
    I think Tuchel has done pretty well up to now, but today was a completely self-inflicted disaster. You can’t underestimate teams like that. It’s not like the French or German leagues where so-called “lesser” sides politely roll over for you. 
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    Socrates got a reaction from DidierDrogbalala in Chelsea v WBA (PL) SAT 3rd Apr 2021 12:30 GMT   
    I really don’t see the strategy here. We’re more likely to qualify for the Champions League by getting points against teams like West Brom, aren’t we? Trying to prioritise Champions League is a big risk and means we’re more likely to fall between two stools. That looks more likely after today. 
    I think Tuchel has done pretty well up to now, but today was a completely self-inflicted disaster. You can’t underestimate teams like that. It’s not like the French or German leagues where so-called “lesser” sides politely roll over for you. 
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    Socrates got a reaction from DidierDrogbalala in Chelsea v WBA (PL) SAT 3rd Apr 2021 12:30 GMT   
    What on earth was Tuchel thinking? I just wish Tuchel would start our strongest players against teams like West Brom. He can take them off second half if they need a rest. We’d lost the game at half time, 2-1 down, ten men, and the wrong players on the pitch. It was a disaster.
    Why did Tuchel make the Porto game a priority? We’re not going to win the Champions League. Today was a must win game. A good run in the CL is a bonus. But let’s not get carried away. Top four is our priority. 
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    Socrates got a reaction from The Rising Sun in Chelsea v WBA (PL) SAT 3rd Apr 2021 12:30 GMT   
    I really don’t see the strategy here. We’re more likely to qualify for the Champions League by getting points against teams like West Brom, aren’t we? Trying to prioritise Champions League is a big risk and means we’re more likely to fall between two stools. That looks more likely after today. 
    I think Tuchel has done pretty well up to now, but today was a completely self-inflicted disaster. You can’t underestimate teams like that. It’s not like the French or German leagues where so-called “lesser” sides politely roll over for you. 
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    Socrates got a reaction from Gol15 in Chelsea v WBA (PL) SAT 3rd Apr 2021 12:30 GMT   
    What on earth was Tuchel thinking? I just wish Tuchel would start our strongest players against teams like West Brom. He can take them off second half if they need a rest. We’d lost the game at half time, 2-1 down, ten men, and the wrong players on the pitch. It was a disaster.
    Why did Tuchel make the Porto game a priority? We’re not going to win the Champions League. Today was a must win game. A good run in the CL is a bonus. But let’s not get carried away. Top four is our priority. 
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    Socrates got a reaction from dkw in Chelsea v WBA (PL) SAT 3rd Apr 2021 12:30 GMT   
    What on earth was Tuchel thinking? I just wish Tuchel would start our strongest players against teams like West Brom. He can take them off second half if they need a rest. We’d lost the game at half time, 2-1 down, ten men, and the wrong players on the pitch. It was a disaster.
    Why did Tuchel make the Porto game a priority? We’re not going to win the Champions League. Today was a must win game. A good run in the CL is a bonus. But let’s not get carried away. Top four is our priority. 
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    Socrates got a reaction from coco in Chelsea v WBA (PL) SAT 3rd Apr 2021 12:30 GMT   
    What on earth was Tuchel thinking? I just wish Tuchel would start our strongest players against teams like West Brom. He can take them off second half if they need a rest. We’d lost the game at half time, 2-1 down, ten men, and the wrong players on the pitch. It was a disaster.
    Why did Tuchel make the Porto game a priority? We’re not going to win the Champions League. Today was a must win game. A good run in the CL is a bonus. But let’s not get carried away. Top four is our priority. 
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    Socrates got a reaction from Simplymo in Chelsea v Everton (PL) Mon 8th Mar 2021 18:00 GMT   
    Really nice performance. Good to score that second goal so we could relax a bit. Could’ve been more but Pickford made some good stops. Very impressed by how Tuchel has transformed this squad in such a short space of time. Not just the confidence, but the passing, the solid defending, the movement, everyone seems to know what they are doing. Wasn’t expecting such a radical transformation but credit to the players for buying into Tuchel’s ideas. We look a completely new side. 
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    Socrates got a reaction from Dean in Chelsea v Man Utd (PL) Sun 28th Feb 2021 16:30 GMT   
    I think Tuchel has done well FWIW. Considering we were in free fall when Lampard was sacked, he's done well to steady things, stop us leaking goals and we at least are now competitive in games. We're a much more solid unit and our defence has been transformed beyond recognition. We certainly have a base to build on. We still have issues that need sorting. None of which are entirely Tuchel's fault. Giroud and Abraham are limited strikers and Werner's confidence was shot. Tuchel is still trying to work out his best options upfront. I was disappointed he started with Ziyech and Giroud today. It was a strange decision and let their defence off the hook. I'd like to see him try variations of Werner, Pulisic, Havertz, Mount. With Hudson-Odoi on the wing with Alonso/Chilwell. At least it'd be more adventurous and pacy. Would we really lose that much more defensively? It's not as if Giroud and Ziyech are known for tracking back.
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    Socrates reacted to acidicleo in Chelsea v Man Utd (PL) Sun 28th Feb 2021 16:30 GMT   
    Expected this game would be a dull nil nil affair..
    Atleast TT has made us look unbeatable..He has indeed steadied the ship that was sinking..
    Top 4 looks like a good possibility now.. And hope football style will get better next season...
    We need a clinical finisher...
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    Socrates got a reaction from mez in Chelsea v Man Utd (PL) Sun 28th Feb 2021 16:30 GMT   
    Disappointing. We probably had the best chance. Ziyech should have scored with a shot from inside the box. Giroud struggled and didn't hold up the ball very well. Ziyech got better but was largely ineffective. Pulisic and Werner would have given their defence more of a test. But both started on the bench for some reason. 
    Defence was solid again. That's been a definite improvement. Rudiger and Christensen were very good today. Midfield was busy if uninspired. Reece James put in a couple of good crosses when he came on. Mount had a good game and is really the only player who looks capable of opening things up. 
    Balance of the team is still not right. We're just not scoring and the games are running out.
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    Socrates got a reaction from Simplymo in Atletico Madrid v Chelsea (CL) Tues 23rd Feb 2021 20:00 GMT   
    Fantastic result. After a shaky start, we defended really well. We kept going, kept our concentration, got a great goal and saw the game out. Really disappointed that Mount and Jorginho will be missing for the return leg. Thought they were our best players. Going to be tough without them. Wasn’t expecting that good a performance to be fair, but that was a really professional and disciplined display. Christensen, Rudiger and Alonso at the back were terrific. Never thought I’d say that a month ago. 
     
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    Socrates got a reaction from Strider6003 in Atletico Madrid v Chelsea (CL) Tues 23rd Feb 2021 20:00 GMT   
    Fantastic result. After a shaky start, we defended really well. We kept going, kept our concentration, got a great goal and saw the game out. Really disappointed that Mount and Jorginho will be missing for the return leg. Thought they were our best players. Going to be tough without them. Wasn’t expecting that good a performance to be fair, but that was a really professional and disciplined display. Christensen, Rudiger and Alonso at the back were terrific. Never thought I’d say that a month ago. 
     
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    Socrates got a reaction from Luiz4Chelsea in Atletico Madrid v Chelsea (CL) Tues 23rd Feb 2021 20:00 GMT   
    Fantastic result. After a shaky start, we defended really well. We kept going, kept our concentration, got a great goal and saw the game out. Really disappointed that Mount and Jorginho will be missing for the return leg. Thought they were our best players. Going to be tough without them. Wasn’t expecting that good a performance to be fair, but that was a really professional and disciplined display. Christensen, Rudiger and Alonso at the back were terrific. Never thought I’d say that a month ago. 
     
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    Socrates got a reaction from DidierDrogbalala in Atletico Madrid v Chelsea (CL) Tues 23rd Feb 2021 20:00 GMT   
    Fantastic result. After a shaky start, we defended really well. We kept going, kept our concentration, got a great goal and saw the game out. Really disappointed that Mount and Jorginho will be missing for the return leg. Thought they were our best players. Going to be tough without them. Wasn’t expecting that good a performance to be fair, but that was a really professional and disciplined display. Christensen, Rudiger and Alonso at the back were terrific. Never thought I’d say that a month ago. 
     
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    Socrates got a reaction from Wearyourblue in Chelsea v Burnley (PL) Sun 31st Jan 2021 12:00 GMT   
    Well that was interesting. It’s been a while since we looked so well organised. Thought we really controlled that. Silva was terrific at the back. Probably MOM. Kovacic and Jorginho excellent in midfield. Long time since one could say that. Jorginho also in contention for MOM. He was superb today. CHO as wing-back giving us a lot of threat. Mount such a composed player for his age. Pulisic looking as if he’s getting back to form.
    A lot of positives for Tuchel. He’s clearly a smart manager and not afraid to change things. He wasn’t worried about bringing off Tammy at half time, who was having a stinker.
    Lots to build on. Just needs to get our strikers firing but that was a breath of fresh air to see us looking like a proper football team again. 
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    Socrates got a reaction from DidierDrogbalala in Chelsea v Burnley (PL) Sun 31st Jan 2021 12:00 GMT   
    Well that was interesting. It’s been a while since we looked so well organised. Thought we really controlled that. Silva was terrific at the back. Probably MOM. Kovacic and Jorginho excellent in midfield. Long time since one could say that. Jorginho also in contention for MOM. He was superb today. CHO as wing-back giving us a lot of threat. Mount such a composed player for his age. Pulisic looking as if he’s getting back to form.
    A lot of positives for Tuchel. He’s clearly a smart manager and not afraid to change things. He wasn’t worried about bringing off Tammy at half time, who was having a stinker.
    Lots to build on. Just needs to get our strikers firing but that was a breath of fresh air to see us looking like a proper football team again. 
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    Socrates got a reaction from Sexyfootball in Chelsea v Burnley (PL) Sun 31st Jan 2021 12:00 GMT   
    Well that was interesting. It’s been a while since we looked so well organised. Thought we really controlled that. Silva was terrific at the back. Probably MOM. Kovacic and Jorginho excellent in midfield. Long time since one could say that. Jorginho also in contention for MOM. He was superb today. CHO as wing-back giving us a lot of threat. Mount such a composed player for his age. Pulisic looking as if he’s getting back to form.
    A lot of positives for Tuchel. He’s clearly a smart manager and not afraid to change things. He wasn’t worried about bringing off Tammy at half time, who was having a stinker.
    Lots to build on. Just needs to get our strikers firing but that was a breath of fresh air to see us looking like a proper football team again. 
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    Socrates got a reaction from Strider6003 in Chelsea v Burnley (PL) Sun 31st Jan 2021 12:00 GMT   
    Well that was interesting. It’s been a while since we looked so well organised. Thought we really controlled that. Silva was terrific at the back. Probably MOM. Kovacic and Jorginho excellent in midfield. Long time since one could say that. Jorginho also in contention for MOM. He was superb today. CHO as wing-back giving us a lot of threat. Mount such a composed player for his age. Pulisic looking as if he’s getting back to form.
    A lot of positives for Tuchel. He’s clearly a smart manager and not afraid to change things. He wasn’t worried about bringing off Tammy at half time, who was having a stinker.
    Lots to build on. Just needs to get our strikers firing but that was a breath of fresh air to see us looking like a proper football team again. 
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    Socrates got a reaction from Strider6003 in Leicester v Chelsea (PL) Tues 19th Jan 2021 20:15 GMT   
    That was really poor. We held our own for the first five minutes. Fell asleep from a set piece. Didn’t learn our lesson and they scored from the next one. We had a chance to get back in the game with the Mount free-kick after the penalty that wasn’t given. But he didn’t get it anywhere near the goal. They then went down the pitch and scored and it was game over. They had two more good chances. We didn’t create anything of note till the chalked-off Werner effort.  But 4-0 wouldn’t have been an unfair result. Leicester took their foot off the pedal as we were well beaten. No need to exert themselves more than necessary.
    A lot of poor performances all over the pitch. We looked as if we’d barely been coached. Players didn’t have a clue, a direction, an option. We were just making it up as we were going along. What on earth do we do on the training pitch? It was lamentable. Sorry to say this as Lampard was a genius player. But he’s out of his depth at this level. We need to get a proper manager in. This squad is crying out for some tactical discipline and nous. It’s not a good time to bring in a new coach. But we can’t allow this to go on. 
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