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True Blue23

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  1. Despite their horrible form, I wouldn't describe winning against Spurs, who are our direct rival for Top 4, a routine win. Also Southampton are on a really bad run at the moment, so let's hope we can get 3 points against them for once.
  2. He's probably picked up another knock. I don't think Tuchel would have two left backs on the bench over Pulisic otherwise.
  3. Obviously the formation is similar to Conte's, but the way we play isn't really. Conte was all about getting the ball to our forwards or wingbacks in forward positions, bypassing the midfield as quickly as possible, whereas Tuchel puts more emphasis on controlling the game. In that regard he is similar to Sarri although we seem more flexible than we were with him. In Sarri's system every player had a specific role, whereas so far with Tuchel we seem a lot more fluid. It's early doors though and I'm curious to see where the journey is leading.
  4. Exactly. Although a trophy would be very nice, money and status wise playing in the CL is more important.
  5. And what have you seen on the pitch that makes you believe Lamps is capable of turning this around?
  6. Of course you're going to be harder on a Person who hasn't shown he has the capacities to be an elite manager than on a person who has proven that he can take a football club to the highest level. That's simple logic.
  7. Well, I wouldn't want any of those 3 to be our manager. Chelsea is a top club with certain standards. There isn't a lot of time for a relative novice to learn on the job. If you don't deliver, you're out. And Lampard knew that going in. And he definetley knew he was under a lot of pressure to do well after our summer spending spree. Also in order ro get more time even if results are bad, he would need to show something else that suggests he's up to the job. With the way we're playing you can't even say that he's trying to instill a system that's going to be successful in the future. Yes, he did reasonably well last season but he was also helped by the fact that our opposition was even worse than us. When was the last time 66 points were enough for top 4? I love Lamps and I would have loved for this to work out, but as of now I don't believe he's up to the job (yet). Maybe he can go and coach elsewhere, develop his ideas and then come back at another time.
  8. He's pretty bad technically. I don't recall an attacking player we've had in recent times with a worse first touch than him. When he's on song, like he was for some time at the start of the season, it may be annoying at times but he is still offering a lot to the team, by getting into dangerous positions, stretching teams, scoring and assisting. But the form he's in right now... It almost feels like we're playing with 10 men whenever he's on the pitch.
  9. I would have agreed with you on most of these aspects at the start of the season, but it seems he has significantly improved this year. Especially the bullying part has gotten better. He doesn't get pushed around as easily anymore. As for the defending part, I feel like he has improved in that aspect as well. His decision making and his passing in the final third are still a bit hit and miss at times, but now that he plays deeper that's not as much of an issue for me as it used to be. And for a number 8 he's actually pretty decent in those areas. He certainly isn't world class yet, but I doubt anyone is seriously arguing that. I think people are just excited about a young academy lad playing regularly and justifying his managers decision with good performances. Also I think because he gets a lot of stick on Twitter and from England fans, people here feel kind of protective, which leeds to a more positive and less critical attitude towards him when compared to other players.
  10. He was working a lot when he came on. Was involved in winning the ball for our last goal. Him, James and Kova did really well in the build up to that.
  11. That cross on his weaker foot for Werners big chance, after once again winning the ball back in the opposition half, was top class.
  12. Great transfer! Still oozing class at 36 years of age.
  13. He's always had all the tools to be a great player but boy he's really putting it all together this season. That combination of technique and physicality is beautiful. I thought it would take him one more season to get past Azpi, but he's one of the first names on the team sheet for me now.
  14. I have to give credit where it's due. I wasn't bis biggest fan and thought that in the long term he wouldn't be more than a squad player for us. I also thought that he wouldn't be too well suited to the number 8 position and would be better of as a 10, but at the moment he is playing brilliantly. It's the best I've seen him play and if he continues to improve there might be a world class midfielder in there. I hope he continues proving me wrong!
  15. Kovacic brings great press resistance and especially against sides as strong on the counter as Tottenham it's vital Not to lose the ball in stupid areas. He also put a great shift in defensively and is a very mobile player. Also he's not as useless at attacking as you make him out to be. He nearly started a dangerous counter attack yesterday but was brought down, und just two games ago against Newcastle, who were also defending deep, he played a good long through ball to Mount for his chance.
  16. We definetely need a new centre back after Silva is done. Potentially two, but let's see how Zouma keeps developing. He's looking pretty good so far this season.
  17. He was fecking brilliant at that. An underappreciated part of his game imo. He was a very good player, who unfortunately had inconsistency issues. I see Mount as sort of an Oscar light. They have a similar profile, only that Oscar was a bit better at most of the attacking stuff (dribbling, shooting, link up play, better pace) and Mount is a bit better at the defensive aspect of the game (more disciplined positionally, but then again Oscar was never asked to play as an 8). But if you look at their profile they're actually very similar players.
  18. I agree with you that his shooting technique isn't the greatest (I still wouldn't call it poor though), but I meant his touch and his technique while running with the ball. He's very good in that department. There's an interview with Zouma and where he says that he's the best dribbler in training. He was going back and fourth between him and Pulisic, but settled on Callum. You can see flashes of it in games, but he's not doing it consistently enough. I also think his crosses are fine and his long passes are very good.
  19. He was a bit casual with his passing at times yesterday, but luckily we cleaned up these situations very well. Generally he has been a revelation. His positional play and ability to anticipate danger and snuff out potentially dangerous situations are second to none. He is also very comfortable with the ball at his feet and is a threat in the Opposition box when attacking set pieces. Very happy to have him here and maybe we can get more than just the one season out of him.
  20. His touch and technical ability are among the best in the squad. Several levels above Werner's who's playing in his favorite position. His long passing is also top class. I do agree he's lacking a cutting edge though. Werner for example might not be the greatest on the ball but he tries things, works hard and is always a goalscoring threat. Callum otoh still looks like he hasn't quite gotten used to the pace of the man's game yet. He's way too sloppy and it seems like he often thinks he's got more time than he really has and loses the ball as a result. While I agree with Frank that Callum shouldn't be starting games at the moment, I don't understand why Frank doesn't bring him on earlier in games. Especially with our crazy schedule. Yesterday the game was over by minute 80 and Ziyech could have gotten an important rest while CHO would have gotten some desperately needed game time. There's definetely a lot of talent there, but it doesn't look like it's going to be untapped here. Maybe a loan would be best for him in January.
  21. Yes, our attack has looked more potent, displaying was more different threats than last season, and our defence looks way more stable, but let's not get carried away. We've only beaten one team that's currently in the top half and that's Crystal Palace. We've beaten Krasnodar, Burnley, Rennes and Sheffield United in our nice little run at the moment. Not exactly top competition. Whenever we went up against a decent team this season (Pool, Sevilla, Man Utd, Soton) we didn't look great. Also this team has shown that it's prone to inconsistency in the past. So, I think the right way to approach this is cautious optimism. It's way too early to talk about title challenges.
  22. Very good performance yesterday. Long passing and corners especially were on point, but also apart from that he did very well. I hope he continues playing in midfield now and we don't have to see him on the wing anymore.
  23. I liked his allround game yesterday. His hold-up and link up play was pretty good and he really was a handful for those Burnley defenders. But for a striker with his goal scoring return he has weirdly bad movement in and around the box.
  24. Good point, but I would want more concept how to attack (safely) when we get the ball, if Lamps wants to play this style. Even if we get the penalty it's hardly a tactical masterclass. United definetely had more and better chances than us, so if this game was played like this 10 times they win more of those games than us. What was our xG? Also we didn't get the penalty and United moved up a gear in the second half, and Frank had no answer for it. For a tactical masterclass we would need a potent threat on the counter attack. With Pulisic, Werner and CHO we've got the right players for it. I think Neville said it well on Sky Sports during the first half. Playing like this either team could win, but neither team can complain if they lose.
  25. Of course having Mendy, Silva and Chilwell available helps in getting a clean sheet. But these last last two games were mainly down to Lamps' tedious defense first approach, and quite frankly I don't hope that's the way we play going forward, because these games were absolutely boring to watch. Makes Mourinho look like an adventerous big game manager. At least with him we would get some meaningful chances on the counterattack.
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