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About venom2011

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  1. venom2011

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek

    Very similar situation to the one Barkley was in. Both very talented players who ran around like headless chickens and their off-the-ball work left much to be desired. With Barkley I've seen a big difference compared to the start of the season and now. Hopefully Ruben follows suit.
  2. venom2011

    Maurizio Sarri Officially Appointed

    Pedro is the one. He's great off the ball, also has pace and energy to burn.
  3. venom2011


    I don't think anyone could legitimately make that argument. There was barely a game where we dominant, although we went on a run where we looked like we were never going to lose. The football wasn't great, and I was very worried that if that aspect didn't improve the next season, he was doomed. The quality of football was better under Jose, which is saying something. Personally, I was massively looking forward to Sarri coming in...
  4. venom2011

    Welcome N’Golo Kante

    He was awesome. He deserves to have a capable partner next to him, maybe even 2. Some stats: 12 tackles and interceptions 46 passes, 96% accuracy.
  5. venom2011

    Andreas Christensen

    Correct. He's still been flawless for most of the season. Even someone as great as JT had similar patches. Just give him time.
  6. venom2011

    Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    A bit hyperbolic but I agree with the sentiment. For most of Conte's tenure, even the calls I never agreed with I found myself saying 'I can see why he did that'. But today, for a manager of one of the biggest teams in the world, to do buggerall after going down 1-0 when we desperately need points... Disgusting.
  7. venom2011

    Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea

    That never happens. Conte and Mourinho have worked with the best in every position on the field. And they know what to expect to achieve a certain level. KDB, Lukaku etc, these guys were not at a level when they were here, but they wanted regular football and that's fine. The coaches don't write them off, it's just a timing and competition issue. What happens after is irrelevant but for sure it can be tough to watch if the player eventually goes on to meet expectations.
  8. venom2011

    Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea

    He is also an inferior player to both Morata and Giroud. Look how much space and time he has to receive the ball for goodness' sake. He finishes well and he has good physical qualities, that's about it for now.
  9. venom2011

    Luis Enrique?

    In some sense yes, for a sustained period, but that's not saying much. Carlo was still fairly pragmatic. The best I've seen is the first 4-6 months of Jose's return.
  10. It's certainly not irrelevant over the course of a season and most of the those new seats are corporate. In the scope of FFP (if it is ever implemented properly) it's an important step.
  11. venom2011

    Conte In? Or Conte Out?

    I just see that as a continuation of his poor media handling. You could see it last season and it continued in this season with the Jose stuff. The media keep asking him the same stuff and he obliges with an answer about his squad and transfer activity. Then some outlets use his responses out of context to sell a headline, like the recent Barkley comment. Rinse and repeat. He has to do better.
  12. venom2011

    Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    Having better players in some positions does not equal being better suited to quality attacking football. Agreed in terms of Liverpool's style of football and we all know that Roman has always wanted expansive football here BUT: Give Klopp our full squad and have him try to play that way and we won't be near top 4. And we certainly wouldn't have won the title last year. Do I enjoy the football we're playing? No. But I understand the reasons behind it and considering that Conte doesn't have much control over transfers and, unlike some other managers, he has to target top 4 - I'm OK with it. I think he's done a great job so far. The club will probably fire him and look to a new manager to install an attacking philosophy when really it should be organic, ingrained in the club from top to bottom with the most important cog being the director of football.
  13. venom2011

    Antonio Conte - Now Officially Manager

    I've argued this before but the strange thing is that what he is saying is indeed true. Given the depth (lack of) and talent distribution in our squad, the choices he makes are generally the best ones. And it gives us the best chance of winning. But of course that's not to say that I've enjoyed the football we're playing. Even after last season I remember saying that I was happy but I can't even remember a match where we were truly dominant. If he plays Kante next to Fabregas people will complain when we get torn apart. If he strengthens further with Bakayoko people will complain that we don't have enough goalscorers. And if he plays Kante and Baka in a 2-man, well then we have no creativity can't get the ball to the attackers. There simply is no BEST solution right now given the squad.
  14. venom2011

    Riyad Mahrez

    That was comparable to what city did when the built their first title winning side. Roman/Chelsea have never done what City are doing over the last 3 windows.
  15. venom2011

    Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea

    The Drogba that arrived at the club was in no way head and shoulders above Batshuayi. And I honestly don't know how you can criticise his attitude and work ethic...