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  1. DaRick

    Alvaro Morata

    I have been reluctant to compare Morata to Torres because his positioning is much better, but like Torres he doesn't appear to be able to finish his own lunch at present and he also seems traumatised by the memory of past misses, again much like his older compatriot. For use off the bench only before we inevitably sell, very likely in the next off-season.
  2. Looks mostly like the reserve team, except for Willian and possibly Barkley/RLC. Nice to see Ampadu and CHO start.
  3. Caballero has received playing time; in the League Cup. At any rate, he knew that he was to be the backup keeper when he signed, so it's not like he didn't know what he was getting into.
  4. DaRick

    Welcome N’Golo Kante

    His late surge into the box followed by his thumping drive into the corner eerily resembled prime Lampard.
  5. I didn't think that Drinkwater was, either.
  6. Ah, to be heroic with hindsight.
  7. Chelsea, bloody hell. How many times has this club stared into the abyss since the turn of the decade only to turn up something truly special? Just an utterly magnificent result against a side that has steamrolled almost everything in its wake. As for Sarri, he's shown, even if it is for just this one evening, that he's no Scolari and that he does have a Plan B when things aren't working. The players took a little while to grow into the false 9 but by the end of the second half were executing it magnificently and actually got more shots on target than City.
  8. Well, at least he's trying something different. No idea why Emerson isn't starting. Alonso has been terrible as of late.
  9. I have no expectations from this game whatsoever. Hope I'm pleasantly surprised...
  10. Finished 2nd with Leipzig in the Bundesliga in 2016/17 - should be interesting to see how he goes.
  11. How very Australian of you @coco - seeing the bright side of things.
  12. DaRick

    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    I just think that he could have rotated them better than he has. For mine he has given Willian more playing time than his performances actually warrant, whereas Pedro is more suitable to play the Callejon role because of his movement/finishing. Agree that CHO should have been used more than he has been to relieve the two.
  13. Seems like a lifeless limp performance. Another case of a poor time-zone being a blessing in disguise then.
  14. DaRick

    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    Since I last posted in this thread, the side has regressed rather than kicking on as they looked like doing. I do think that Sarri has been somewhat stubborn with his selections (playing Willian/Alonso too much), but I also think that with the fixture pile-up the side are struggling to play the high-pressing, high-possession style we saw up until October or thereabouts. As has been pointed out, Pedro/Willian are ageing and so can't press as effectively as they used to over 90 minutes. For now I will reserve judgement. If we wind up playing lifeless football for months on end then either the personnel or the manager need to be examined.
  15. Arsenal have their faults - defensively they're still vulnerable and they lack cohesion, but against Tottenham they really lived up to their nickname - they have enough firepower to blast away any side on their day.