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  1. Not in front of Pulisic for me as he's easily been our most dangerous attacker this season but certainly ahead of anyone else. We desperately need more consistent goal threats.
  2. His movement is just fantastic. Really has surprised me in that regard. Getting a tad stronger and with some more PL experience I think he'll be right up there.
  3. That is their natural games. Odoi has always been direct and takes it on himself. But he needs to keep that up because he has the potential to be prolific. Batshuayi can't see past his nose so you better savour the moments where he shows a bit of vision.
  4. Yeah! Let's paper over more instability and ludicrous decision-making, and just rock on because that's how we do.... I'm sure we'll be challenging City and Liverpool in no time at all.
  5. A lot to hang your hopes on. I'm sorry but I don't want the club to turn into Tottenham 1.1. I want to see a good mix of world class talent, experience, and youth. How are you going to form an identity and pass down club values if the strongest character in your side is Rudiger? City and Liverpool would own us for the better part of a decade.
  6. And that is the difference between trying to play football and sitting back waiting for one or two chances to break and hoping the football gods shine their blessings upon you - you risk more. You risk looking bad, you risk your organisation etc etc.
  7. It's always the easiest solution that's the answer most fans give to problems. The player on the bench/not playing, the player being played out of position, back to the old system etc etc. So let's say Sarri moves Kante deeper, well Kante isn't great at receiving the ball under pressure and his pass direction and weighting is not the best. So Sarri now has to change the system to a 2 midfielder system. Scrub the system he was specifically brought here to implement. Kante in a 3 was the most effective right-side presser, now we lack a very useful tool to play progressive football. So then let's be positive and say the 4 attackers would be Higuain/Giroud, Hazard, RLC and Pedro. The only half decent presser there, is Pedro. So either we're going to have a huge disconnect/spaces between the defensive line and attack, increasing the likelihood of our not so great defenders (Rudiger aside) being 1v1 more often; or we have to defend deeper and restrict our pressing. If we play the deeper, more compact 2 man midfield system, well then (abandoned philosophy aside) that can work if we counter well. But wait, firstly we have two of the slowest strikers in the league at our disposal and secondly our defence struggles to soak up pressure. Not the best options for the counter. And at the end of the day we still sit with some bad defenders, lack of creativity and not enough goals scorers. And that kids is why changing the whole f-ing system to accommodate Kante wasn't feasible.
  8. So did the majority of fans at the beginning of the season. But always try to temper your expectations with the reality of the players you have at your disposal. And for Christ's sake don't tear everything apart at the first sign of trouble. I want to see the club build a solid structure. Hire a DoF that matches Sarri's and the club's agreed philosophy, Remove unnecessary obstacles for youth player progression, Sell deadwood/backup players, End the short-termism and give whichever manager a reasonable term with adequate backing - this will in time filter down to the currently hostile fan base, identify current cracks in the squad, target new players suited to the philosophy and lastly have greater transparency with regards to the targets for the season ahead.
  9. Inept tactics? I'm sorry but what I saw were defensive errors and player-related issues. He earned enough credit with the solid streak at the beginning of the season to fully commit to his system. It didn't work out and then we became more circumspect. All expected give the caliber and style of players we have and the way Sarri wants the team to play. We've had periods of brilliant football this season. I've seen enough from what he's done with this group (considering the lack of creativity and goals in the squad) to be hopeful. And yet we still had performances like the final against City where we not only made it a close game but we completely outperformed them for a good percentage of the match. Another thing that will seemingly never earn Sarri any credit. RLC this season is a different beast to what came before. Sarri demanded more awareness and defensive nous. I now see a well-rounded midfielder and not a 'moments' player.
  10. Definitely. I've watched quite a bit of youth football over the years. Now to compare him to someone like Ruben - I was never overly impressed with Ruben, he was always a one trick pony using his size advantage to drive the ball forward and occasionally score a goal. You never really saw a great desire to stamp his authority, to put in a shift etc. You got that with Mount, along with the good technical ability. Ruben under Sarri is a different beast though to even the one that played under Mourinho MK.2. But I would still back Mount to surpass him in the current setup over the next 3 years.
  11. It was the best time to rest them. We have a massive run-in coming up. a) We don't have in-form players b) subjective c) I've seen both a deeper system and a switch to 4-2-3-1, what exactly is your definition of a plan B?
  12. It is actually super disheartening for me as well. Some people will always disagree with a team selection. Apparently half the hating fans didn't want him to rest Hazard and Kante because the match is super important and the other half demand him to start CHO which I doubt any manager we've ever had would have done after resting their stars. He is f**ked either way.
  13. They do...if you have proper understanding of how to use them and their relevance. Most people don't.
  14. One of those players are here for legitimate reasons. The other is here because our main striker wanted to leave in January. Did people say the same after Jose left the first time? 'See, Chelsea are still playing well, Jose was irrelevant.'
  15. Oh ignorance is bliss. 'Who cares about stats?' Most managers and millions of football fans around the world. The problem with listening to people speak about what they see with their eyes is that most people are f*cking stupid. So if you're debating a point it's more often than not better to use 'facts'. 'If you play chess with a pigeon no matter how well you play, it's just going to knock over the pieces and strut around like it won anyway'

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