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  1. Members 136 892 posts Donor Report post Ped hours ago I will keep saying that I love Frank Lampard and hope and pray that he remains our boss, for years to come. To do that he will undoubtedly need success. But, I have to admit that there is a slight concern creeping in at the back of my mind, regarding tactics and game management. I suppose it needs saying, but he is not very good at either - yet! I really do think he needs some experienced coaching help as I am not convinced by the set up he has around him. Brilliant at Academy level yes, but do they have the ability/balls to say to Frank, "listen old mate, I think you are going wrong here" I have no doubt that Frank has the brains, personality, gravitas, playing history and charisma to be a great coach/manager, but does he have the tactical nouse and man management skills to get the best from a squad? If he doesn't, then it won't really matter who we buy in the Summer 🤥 Therefore, I think that we should be looking for a master tactician who can quickly spot the errors with selection, formation, in-game management and organisation. Maybe someone like Neil Warnock, Glenn Hoddle, Ruud Gullit or Guus Hiddink………………………………...OK I'll get my coat !! apologies, I clearly posted this in the wrong thread. It is relevant here
  2. I will keep saying that I love Frank Lampard and hope and pray that he remains our boss, for years to come. To do that he will undoubtedly need success. But, I have to admit that there is a slight concern creeping in at the back of my mind, regarding tactics and game management. I suppose it needs saying, but he is not very good at either - yet! I really do think he needs some experienced coaching help as I am not convinced by the set up he has around him. Brilliant at Academy level yes, but do they have the ability/balls to say to Frank, "listen old mate, I think you are going wrong here" I have no doubt that Frank has the brains, personality, gravitas, playing history and charisma to be a great coach/manager, but does he have the tactical nouse and man management skills to get the best from a squad? If he doesn't, then it won't really matter who we buy in the Summer 🤥 Therefore, I think that we should be looking for a master tactician who can quickly spot the errors with selection, formation, in-game management and organisation. Maybe someone like Neil Warnock, Glenn Hoddle, Ruud Gullit or Guus Hiddink………………………………...OK I'll get my coat !!
  3. I felt the same. The starting XI was uninspiring and the bench didn't augur well either. I would love to know why Frank thinks that Batman is a better striker (laughs !!) than Giroud. I really do think that Frank has fallen out with Giroud, as a blind man can see that he is the better option. Batshuai should NEVER start for Chelsea again !! I don't think we will make top 4 now. Spurs, United and even Arsenal and Sheff Utd all want it far more than we do. I don't include Lamps in that, Our squad is threadbare with injuries and we have lost the spirit and passion of early season. I expect that we will now end up 7th or 8th, with more difficult defeats to come unless we can get Pulisic, Abraham, RLC and CHO fit quickly.
  4. Lets hope that this tactic works !!!
  5. Does anyone else wonder why the UEFA elite of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus, have not yet fallen foul of the FFP Laws? I can't believe for one second that these Clubs have never transgressed, it seems to be only the English Clubs who "threaten" financially the ranks of the big 4 that get investigated. (expect the Scousers to be next) When you consider that Ronaldo, Messi, Mourinho and others have all been personally prosecuted for tax frauds or underpayments linked to image rights, surely the clubs that have allowed this to happen are also likely to be bending other rules of their own. Will they ever be investigated? highly improbable. City Fans feel persecuted by UEFA and I have some sympathy with them. They will now go to the CAS and firmly believe that they will be exonerated, so don't get too excited about KDB coming back to the Bridge and city sitting out the ECL for 2 seasons.
  6. It is the "secret society" that Chelsea has become that drives everyone mad. We all feel uninformed all of the time, save for Frank's presser on a Friday which, given the person always sitting next to him, is probably sanitised! I know a lot of people will say that we have no real right to know what goes on behind the scenes, but the Club do not do themselves any favours with the stone-wall silence. I don't know who heads up the scouting network, presumably since Emanalo's exit, how many we have, what areas of the World are they based and scouting in? It is the same with recruitment, it cannot possibly be Marina doing it, we MUST have someone with a football background who identifies the signings (subject to price of course). Or is it simply up to Frank to let the Board/committee/recruiter know who he would like and leave it up to them. Summing up, the Scouts binging in the youngsters are clearly doing their job, and we will know come June whether the person with the responsibility of bringing in the big names, really is up to the job (whoever they are)
  7. I don't think that we should under estimate the effect that RLC might have when he is fit. Although we know him mostly as a CM or DM it was Antonio Conte that stated that he saw Reuben as a potential striker, saying "he has very good technique, good personality and is good one vs one. I truly believe that if we can get RLC on the pitch, as well as having Pulisic fit and firing, these will be like the new signings that we are missing and will completely change our season.
  8. I have also said elsewhere on here, that Board or most usually Bruce Buck, needs to explain why they chose not to strengthen the squad despite the Coach's pleading, and why we need not have bothered spending what must have been thousands of pounds on legal fees to overturn the ban. If it was just a case of not being able to find the right players at the right price, then please just name names and I am sure that the majority of fans would accept that.
  9. I still think Frank is doing a superb job given the Transfer ban when he arrived and the Club's decision not to back him and strengthen the squad where possible in the January window. We are still 4th in the Prem, have qualified for the KO stages of the Champions League and Frank has done what most of us had prayed for, even demanded, by blooding youngsters that have come right through the Academy, so can rightly be considered "proper Chels". It is therefore TOTALLY unfair to criticise Frank for anything going on at present. The results are not brilliant, especially at home and our inability to "kill the game" against teams there for the taking is very obvious. His post match presser after Leicester, was superb. Honest, relevant, prepared to talk about the difficult decisions but tactful, and just a little bit critical, so in summary, a good balance that nobody, least of all the players, could disagree with. We just need to get Pulisic and RLC fit and firing and find a way to get Tammy scoring again or of fitting Giroud into the XI. I personally would stick with Willy between the sticks !! 4th place will be a tremendous achievement for Frank and the Club and I for one must admit that I thought we would be lucky to finish in the top half this season.
  10. Kev, I agree, but for much of last season we played without a striker (number 9) Sarri preferring Hazard on his own up front. Now I know that Hazard vs most of our squad is like chalk and cheese, but I could see Pulisic playing this role, when fit.
  11. I am now accepting of the Board's (strategy 😂) and the obvious decision not to spend any money in January. I would much rather we bought nobody, especially some over priced, under talented has been in his mid thirties. (Not meaning Mertens). I hope that Frank continues to play the Academy lads, as surely with all the success that we have had with the youth, we must have somebody that can score goals, Broja or Brown ??
  12. I have a horrible feeling that (without telling anybody) The Board have already decided there is no value to be had in January and that they will keep their powder (and growing war chest) dry until the Summer 😕
  13. Much much better stats though !!
  14. Grealish is definitely improving. He seems to have got used to the Prem and is now almost single handedly trying to drag Villa to safety. I like his eye for a pass and the fact that he is a battler, although I too doubt that he will leave Villa while they remain in the Prem.

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