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    SydneyChelsea got a reaction from jack_super_class in Mateo Kovačić   
    Kovacic is a strange one. One on hand, at his best he is completely anti-modern football. I was watching him for Croatia and how he completely changed their control of the game vs France because he was impossible to press. He is so good at eluding the press in midfield and playing simple passes to get his teammates in a better position that modern tactics make no sense against a player like him.
    But on the other hand, he is also the most 'modern' midfielder in our squad. I think that football has sharply moved away from specialists in midfield in the last 2-3 years. Kante is capable of world-class defending but is limited in attack, whereas Jorginho is capable of world-class passing, but is easily bypassed in defense. Kovacic may not be the best at either attacking or defending but he is the most all-round of the players and for that reason he needs to start every game. I can't think of any top-class contemporary midfield that relies on 'specialist' players in those roles.
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    SydneyChelsea got a reaction from Oli in Mateo Kovačić   
    Kovacic is a strange one. One on hand, at his best he is completely anti-modern football. I was watching him for Croatia and how he completely changed their control of the game vs France because he was impossible to press. He is so good at eluding the press in midfield and playing simple passes to get his teammates in a better position that modern tactics make no sense against a player like him.
    But on the other hand, he is also the most 'modern' midfielder in our squad. I think that football has sharply moved away from specialists in midfield in the last 2-3 years. Kante is capable of world-class defending but is limited in attack, whereas Jorginho is capable of world-class passing, but is easily bypassed in defense. Kovacic may not be the best at either attacking or defending but he is the most all-round of the players and for that reason he needs to start every game. I can't think of any top-class contemporary midfield that relies on 'specialist' players in those roles.
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    SydneyChelsea got a reaction from dkw in Super Frank Lampard *Officially our Manager*   
    Why is that even remotely surprising though? Lampard is one of the most "hated" figures in the modern football media, which has morphed from employing actual journalists to being dominated by glorified fan bloggers and social media commentators.
    For many of the above he is so heavily associated with Chelsea (and Mourinho's Chelsea in particular) that they champ at the bit to push bizarre narratives and inflame sentiment. The same can be said about Ole Solksjaer, who is an easy scapegoat for his club's utter failings in the transfer market. Lampard gets far more respect from his fellow managers, and players, than he does from a desperate media.
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    SydneyChelsea reacted to bisright1 in Lampard now it is time leave   
    Sign any defender you want, if you have kepa in goal then it's a coin flip if you win. 
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    SydneyChelsea got a reaction from Spiller86 in Jadon Sancho   
    From the public purse, which will be nowhere near as conducive due to the COVID-recession.
    Clubs who are able to access money from private sources will be fine.
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    SydneyChelsea got a reaction from DidierDrogbalala in Chelsea v Crystal Palace (PL) Sat 3rd Oct 2020 12:30 GMT   
    The positives
    A very patient performance. No rash urgency in the first half or needless risk taking in the form of hopeful long passes. The team patiently played through the tight Crystal Palace defense and were justly rewarded The defence looked settled for the first time...ever. Thiago Silva was good, but what was more impressive was his ability to Marshall the midfield, Zouma and Chilwell. Take a look at the plays where Thiago Silva is directing Zouma to pass to Chilwell and directing Chilwell to drop deeper. This small moment went a long way to resolving a big issue in the first three games - the distance between attack and defense. Finally, we had Jorginho dropping deeper to act as defacto centre-back when playing out from the back. This allowed a lot more space in midfield and better passing lanes to Chilwell. The team looked comfortable playing a deeper defensive line, but even if they needed to push up, both Zouma and Chilwell clearly have the pace to negate quicker threats. Havertz was vastly improved and Hudson-Odoi continued his run of form. Great performances by those two, and both were unlucky to grab a goal each. Jorginho played one of his best ever games for Chelsea. A great performance. Chilwell is the next pre-injury Wayne Bridge. He takes the ball upfield very quickly while his work-rate allows him to recover from risky positions, traits that we really have not seen since Ashley Cole was last in blue. The negatives
    At the risk of sounding over the top: Jorginho played one of his best ever games for Chelsea at home to Crystal Palace, and that concerns me in the long-term. When you watch the best deep-lying playmakers you will see them contribute 4-5 key passes a game; Jorginho today had two great long-balls, but little else. He was busy with his short passes but they were often a fraction behind the runner or requiring a bit more control, which in turn results in a loss of space. I want to stress that this is a minor, minor thing and against many teams in the league, it will not matter a bit. Palace sat back and didn't press much in midfield so we were able to get away with that to an extent, but against teams like Leeds, Liverpool, Man City etc that ends up being a problem.  Defensively, Jorginho still remains a liability. There was a moment where Zaha rode multiple challenges from him on the counter, with ease. Fortunately, Thiago Silva was across to block the shot. Because he lacks both speed and strength, you can see how teams can play around him with ease and more physical players can simply run through him. I know that people will point to his ability to retain possession but it appears he actually rarely does that because having him play deep to stop the counter can be a liability. There was one moment where Jorginho completely swivelled out of his marker's clutches but you only need to watch the likes of Matic or Mikel to understand that should be a regularity.
      Because of the above, we largely controlled the game in spite of our midfield rather than due to them. Chilwell's presence as an outlet was key, his pace allowing him to move the ball quicker upfield than Alonso which means the midfield were under less pressure.  The real issue of course is that Kovacic offers merely the opposite of Jorginho; defensively more solid and able to retain and recycle possession, but rarely penetrative in his passing in a team that often needs long-passes played forward quickly.  
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    SydneyChelsea got a reaction from Gol15 in Christian Pulisic - Official   
    This might be intuitive but it's more complex because muscle is not a 'dead weight' - you need to actively push against gravity and inertia to change direction. The more strength and power your muscle generate, the lighter the load and therefore the faster you are able to do that.
    Muscle power is proportional to muscle mass (specifically, the proportion of 'fast-twitch' muscle fibres) and therefore the more you have, the faster you move. So this means there is a necessary middle ground that needs to be found between the effects of too-little muscle mass (imbalances or inability to shift bodyweight without injury) and Newton's 2nd law (too much mass), but most athletes tend to err on the side of the first one.
    I twigged back to this discussion because it seems the media is currently in a tizzy that Pulisic is being given an injury-management plan. Far from being a concern, I can't stress how progressive an idea this is from Chelsea and Lampard. Despite the billions spent on transferring players as assets, football by and large resists the idea of individualised injury-prevention plans (esp for younger players), even though it is commonplace in other sports.
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    SydneyChelsea got a reaction from PloKoon13 in Jadon Sancho   
    From the public purse, which will be nowhere near as conducive due to the COVID-recession.
    Clubs who are able to access money from private sources will be fine.
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    SydneyChelsea reacted to WhiteWall in Edouard Mendy to Chelsea!   
    Let's also cut him some slack on this as he has virtually just got off the plane. I doubt very much whnether he has been studying the penalty taking patterns of Lamela or Moura. I am not totally convinced he would have even known what the Carabao Cup was.
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    SydneyChelsea got a reaction from dkw in Christian Pulisic - Official   
    This might be intuitive but it's more complex because muscle is not a 'dead weight' - you need to actively push against gravity and inertia to change direction. The more strength and power your muscle generate, the lighter the load and therefore the faster you are able to do that.
    Muscle power is proportional to muscle mass (specifically, the proportion of 'fast-twitch' muscle fibres) and therefore the more you have, the faster you move. So this means there is a necessary middle ground that needs to be found between the effects of too-little muscle mass (imbalances or inability to shift bodyweight without injury) and Newton's 2nd law (too much mass), but most athletes tend to err on the side of the first one.
    I twigged back to this discussion because it seems the media is currently in a tizzy that Pulisic is being given an injury-management plan. Far from being a concern, I can't stress how progressive an idea this is from Chelsea and Lampard. Despite the billions spent on transferring players as assets, football by and large resists the idea of individualised injury-prevention plans (esp for younger players), even though it is commonplace in other sports.
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    SydneyChelsea got a reaction from haviet1 in Christian Pulisic - Official   
    This might be intuitive but it's more complex because muscle is not a 'dead weight' - you need to actively push against gravity and inertia to change direction. The more strength and power your muscle generate, the lighter the load and therefore the faster you are able to do that.
    Muscle power is proportional to muscle mass (specifically, the proportion of 'fast-twitch' muscle fibres) and therefore the more you have, the faster you move. So this means there is a necessary middle ground that needs to be found between the effects of too-little muscle mass (imbalances or inability to shift bodyweight without injury) and Newton's 2nd law (too much mass), but most athletes tend to err on the side of the first one.
    I twigged back to this discussion because it seems the media is currently in a tizzy that Pulisic is being given an injury-management plan. Far from being a concern, I can't stress how progressive an idea this is from Chelsea and Lampard. Despite the billions spent on transferring players as assets, football by and large resists the idea of individualised injury-prevention plans (esp for younger players), even though it is commonplace in other sports.
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    SydneyChelsea got a reaction from Andy North in Chelsea v Crystal Palace (PL) Sat 3rd Oct 2020 12:30 GMT   
    The positives
    A very patient performance. No rash urgency in the first half or needless risk taking in the form of hopeful long passes. The team patiently played through the tight Crystal Palace defense and were justly rewarded The defence looked settled for the first time...ever. Thiago Silva was good, but what was more impressive was his ability to Marshall the midfield, Zouma and Chilwell. Take a look at the plays where Thiago Silva is directing Zouma to pass to Chilwell and directing Chilwell to drop deeper. This small moment went a long way to resolving a big issue in the first three games - the distance between attack and defense. Finally, we had Jorginho dropping deeper to act as defacto centre-back when playing out from the back. This allowed a lot more space in midfield and better passing lanes to Chilwell. The team looked comfortable playing a deeper defensive line, but even if they needed to push up, both Zouma and Chilwell clearly have the pace to negate quicker threats. Havertz was vastly improved and Hudson-Odoi continued his run of form. Great performances by those two, and both were unlucky to grab a goal each. Jorginho played one of his best ever games for Chelsea. A great performance. Chilwell is the next pre-injury Wayne Bridge. He takes the ball upfield very quickly while his work-rate allows him to recover from risky positions, traits that we really have not seen since Ashley Cole was last in blue. The negatives
    At the risk of sounding over the top: Jorginho played one of his best ever games for Chelsea at home to Crystal Palace, and that concerns me in the long-term. When you watch the best deep-lying playmakers you will see them contribute 4-5 key passes a game; Jorginho today had two great long-balls, but little else. He was busy with his short passes but they were often a fraction behind the runner or requiring a bit more control, which in turn results in a loss of space. I want to stress that this is a minor, minor thing and against many teams in the league, it will not matter a bit. Palace sat back and didn't press much in midfield so we were able to get away with that to an extent, but against teams like Leeds, Liverpool, Man City etc that ends up being a problem.  Defensively, Jorginho still remains a liability. There was a moment where Zaha rode multiple challenges from him on the counter, with ease. Fortunately, Thiago Silva was across to block the shot. Because he lacks both speed and strength, you can see how teams can play around him with ease and more physical players can simply run through him. I know that people will point to his ability to retain possession but it appears he actually rarely does that because having him play deep to stop the counter can be a liability. There was one moment where Jorginho completely swivelled out of his marker's clutches but you only need to watch the likes of Matic or Mikel to understand that should be a regularity.
      Because of the above, we largely controlled the game in spite of our midfield rather than due to them. Chilwell's presence as an outlet was key, his pace allowing him to move the ball quicker upfield than Alonso which means the midfield were under less pressure.  The real issue of course is that Kovacic offers merely the opposite of Jorginho; defensively more solid and able to retain and recycle possession, but rarely penetrative in his passing in a team that often needs long-passes played forward quickly.  
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    SydneyChelsea got a reaction from PloKoon13 in Chelsea v Crystal Palace (PL) Sat 3rd Oct 2020 12:30 GMT   
    The positives
    A very patient performance. No rash urgency in the first half or needless risk taking in the form of hopeful long passes. The team patiently played through the tight Crystal Palace defense and were justly rewarded The defence looked settled for the first time...ever. Thiago Silva was good, but what was more impressive was his ability to Marshall the midfield, Zouma and Chilwell. Take a look at the plays where Thiago Silva is directing Zouma to pass to Chilwell and directing Chilwell to drop deeper. This small moment went a long way to resolving a big issue in the first three games - the distance between attack and defense. Finally, we had Jorginho dropping deeper to act as defacto centre-back when playing out from the back. This allowed a lot more space in midfield and better passing lanes to Chilwell. The team looked comfortable playing a deeper defensive line, but even if they needed to push up, both Zouma and Chilwell clearly have the pace to negate quicker threats. Havertz was vastly improved and Hudson-Odoi continued his run of form. Great performances by those two, and both were unlucky to grab a goal each. Jorginho played one of his best ever games for Chelsea. A great performance. Chilwell is the next pre-injury Wayne Bridge. He takes the ball upfield very quickly while his work-rate allows him to recover from risky positions, traits that we really have not seen since Ashley Cole was last in blue. The negatives
    At the risk of sounding over the top: Jorginho played one of his best ever games for Chelsea at home to Crystal Palace, and that concerns me in the long-term. When you watch the best deep-lying playmakers you will see them contribute 4-5 key passes a game; Jorginho today had two great long-balls, but little else. He was busy with his short passes but they were often a fraction behind the runner or requiring a bit more control, which in turn results in a loss of space. I want to stress that this is a minor, minor thing and against many teams in the league, it will not matter a bit. Palace sat back and didn't press much in midfield so we were able to get away with that to an extent, but against teams like Leeds, Liverpool, Man City etc that ends up being a problem.  Defensively, Jorginho still remains a liability. There was a moment where Zaha rode multiple challenges from him on the counter, with ease. Fortunately, Thiago Silva was across to block the shot. Because he lacks both speed and strength, you can see how teams can play around him with ease and more physical players can simply run through him. I know that people will point to his ability to retain possession but it appears he actually rarely does that because having him play deep to stop the counter can be a liability. There was one moment where Jorginho completely swivelled out of his marker's clutches but you only need to watch the likes of Matic or Mikel to understand that should be a regularity.
      Because of the above, we largely controlled the game in spite of our midfield rather than due to them. Chilwell's presence as an outlet was key, his pace allowing him to move the ball quicker upfield than Alonso which means the midfield were under less pressure.  The real issue of course is that Kovacic offers merely the opposite of Jorginho; defensively more solid and able to retain and recycle possession, but rarely penetrative in his passing in a team that often needs long-passes played forward quickly.  
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    SydneyChelsea got a reaction from DaRick in Chelsea v Crystal Palace (PL) Sat 3rd Oct 2020 12:30 GMT   
    The positives
    A very patient performance. No rash urgency in the first half or needless risk taking in the form of hopeful long passes. The team patiently played through the tight Crystal Palace defense and were justly rewarded The defence looked settled for the first time...ever. Thiago Silva was good, but what was more impressive was his ability to Marshall the midfield, Zouma and Chilwell. Take a look at the plays where Thiago Silva is directing Zouma to pass to Chilwell and directing Chilwell to drop deeper. This small moment went a long way to resolving a big issue in the first three games - the distance between attack and defense. Finally, we had Jorginho dropping deeper to act as defacto centre-back when playing out from the back. This allowed a lot more space in midfield and better passing lanes to Chilwell. The team looked comfortable playing a deeper defensive line, but even if they needed to push up, both Zouma and Chilwell clearly have the pace to negate quicker threats. Havertz was vastly improved and Hudson-Odoi continued his run of form. Great performances by those two, and both were unlucky to grab a goal each. Jorginho played one of his best ever games for Chelsea. A great performance. Chilwell is the next pre-injury Wayne Bridge. He takes the ball upfield very quickly while his work-rate allows him to recover from risky positions, traits that we really have not seen since Ashley Cole was last in blue. The negatives
    At the risk of sounding over the top: Jorginho played one of his best ever games for Chelsea at home to Crystal Palace, and that concerns me in the long-term. When you watch the best deep-lying playmakers you will see them contribute 4-5 key passes a game; Jorginho today had two great long-balls, but little else. He was busy with his short passes but they were often a fraction behind the runner or requiring a bit more control, which in turn results in a loss of space. I want to stress that this is a minor, minor thing and against many teams in the league, it will not matter a bit. Palace sat back and didn't press much in midfield so we were able to get away with that to an extent, but against teams like Leeds, Liverpool, Man City etc that ends up being a problem.  Defensively, Jorginho still remains a liability. There was a moment where Zaha rode multiple challenges from him on the counter, with ease. Fortunately, Thiago Silva was across to block the shot. Because he lacks both speed and strength, you can see how teams can play around him with ease and more physical players can simply run through him. I know that people will point to his ability to retain possession but it appears he actually rarely does that because having him play deep to stop the counter can be a liability. There was one moment where Jorginho completely swivelled out of his marker's clutches but you only need to watch the likes of Matic or Mikel to understand that should be a regularity.
      Because of the above, we largely controlled the game in spite of our midfield rather than due to them. Chilwell's presence as an outlet was key, his pace allowing him to move the ball quicker upfield than Alonso which means the midfield were under less pressure.  The real issue of course is that Kovacic offers merely the opposite of Jorginho; defensively more solid and able to retain and recycle possession, but rarely penetrative in his passing in a team that often needs long-passes played forward quickly.  
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    SydneyChelsea got a reaction from erskblue in Chelsea v Crystal Palace (PL) Sat 3rd Oct 2020 12:30 GMT   
    The positives
    A very patient performance. No rash urgency in the first half or needless risk taking in the form of hopeful long passes. The team patiently played through the tight Crystal Palace defense and were justly rewarded The defence looked settled for the first time...ever. Thiago Silva was good, but what was more impressive was his ability to Marshall the midfield, Zouma and Chilwell. Take a look at the plays where Thiago Silva is directing Zouma to pass to Chilwell and directing Chilwell to drop deeper. This small moment went a long way to resolving a big issue in the first three games - the distance between attack and defense. Finally, we had Jorginho dropping deeper to act as defacto centre-back when playing out from the back. This allowed a lot more space in midfield and better passing lanes to Chilwell. The team looked comfortable playing a deeper defensive line, but even if they needed to push up, both Zouma and Chilwell clearly have the pace to negate quicker threats. Havertz was vastly improved and Hudson-Odoi continued his run of form. Great performances by those two, and both were unlucky to grab a goal each. Jorginho played one of his best ever games for Chelsea. A great performance. Chilwell is the next pre-injury Wayne Bridge. He takes the ball upfield very quickly while his work-rate allows him to recover from risky positions, traits that we really have not seen since Ashley Cole was last in blue. The negatives
    At the risk of sounding over the top: Jorginho played one of his best ever games for Chelsea at home to Crystal Palace, and that concerns me in the long-term. When you watch the best deep-lying playmakers you will see them contribute 4-5 key passes a game; Jorginho today had two great long-balls, but little else. He was busy with his short passes but they were often a fraction behind the runner or requiring a bit more control, which in turn results in a loss of space. I want to stress that this is a minor, minor thing and against many teams in the league, it will not matter a bit. Palace sat back and didn't press much in midfield so we were able to get away with that to an extent, but against teams like Leeds, Liverpool, Man City etc that ends up being a problem.  Defensively, Jorginho still remains a liability. There was a moment where Zaha rode multiple challenges from him on the counter, with ease. Fortunately, Thiago Silva was across to block the shot. Because he lacks both speed and strength, you can see how teams can play around him with ease and more physical players can simply run through him. I know that people will point to his ability to retain possession but it appears he actually rarely does that because having him play deep to stop the counter can be a liability. There was one moment where Jorginho completely swivelled out of his marker's clutches but you only need to watch the likes of Matic or Mikel to understand that should be a regularity.
      Because of the above, we largely controlled the game in spite of our midfield rather than due to them. Chilwell's presence as an outlet was key, his pace allowing him to move the ball quicker upfield than Alonso which means the midfield were under less pressure.  The real issue of course is that Kovacic offers merely the opposite of Jorginho; defensively more solid and able to retain and recycle possession, but rarely penetrative in his passing in a team that often needs long-passes played forward quickly.  
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    SydneyChelsea got a reaction from Dean in Chelsea v Crystal Palace (PL) Sat 3rd Oct 2020 12:30 GMT   
    The positives
    A very patient performance. No rash urgency in the first half or needless risk taking in the form of hopeful long passes. The team patiently played through the tight Crystal Palace defense and were justly rewarded The defence looked settled for the first time...ever. Thiago Silva was good, but what was more impressive was his ability to Marshall the midfield, Zouma and Chilwell. Take a look at the plays where Thiago Silva is directing Zouma to pass to Chilwell and directing Chilwell to drop deeper. This small moment went a long way to resolving a big issue in the first three games - the distance between attack and defense. Finally, we had Jorginho dropping deeper to act as defacto centre-back when playing out from the back. This allowed a lot more space in midfield and better passing lanes to Chilwell. The team looked comfortable playing a deeper defensive line, but even if they needed to push up, both Zouma and Chilwell clearly have the pace to negate quicker threats. Havertz was vastly improved and Hudson-Odoi continued his run of form. Great performances by those two, and both were unlucky to grab a goal each. Jorginho played one of his best ever games for Chelsea. A great performance. Chilwell is the next pre-injury Wayne Bridge. He takes the ball upfield very quickly while his work-rate allows him to recover from risky positions, traits that we really have not seen since Ashley Cole was last in blue. The negatives
    At the risk of sounding over the top: Jorginho played one of his best ever games for Chelsea at home to Crystal Palace, and that concerns me in the long-term. When you watch the best deep-lying playmakers you will see them contribute 4-5 key passes a game; Jorginho today had two great long-balls, but little else. He was busy with his short passes but they were often a fraction behind the runner or requiring a bit more control, which in turn results in a loss of space. I want to stress that this is a minor, minor thing and against many teams in the league, it will not matter a bit. Palace sat back and didn't press much in midfield so we were able to get away with that to an extent, but against teams like Leeds, Liverpool, Man City etc that ends up being a problem.  Defensively, Jorginho still remains a liability. There was a moment where Zaha rode multiple challenges from him on the counter, with ease. Fortunately, Thiago Silva was across to block the shot. Because he lacks both speed and strength, you can see how teams can play around him with ease and more physical players can simply run through him. I know that people will point to his ability to retain possession but it appears he actually rarely does that because having him play deep to stop the counter can be a liability. There was one moment where Jorginho completely swivelled out of his marker's clutches but you only need to watch the likes of Matic or Mikel to understand that should be a regularity.
      Because of the above, we largely controlled the game in spite of our midfield rather than due to them. Chilwell's presence as an outlet was key, his pace allowing him to move the ball quicker upfield than Alonso which means the midfield were under less pressure.  The real issue of course is that Kovacic offers merely the opposite of Jorginho; defensively more solid and able to retain and recycle possession, but rarely penetrative in his passing in a team that often needs long-passes played forward quickly.  
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    SydneyChelsea got a reaction from Spiller86 in Chelsea v Crystal Palace (PL) Sat 3rd Oct 2020 12:30 GMT   
    The positives
    A very patient performance. No rash urgency in the first half or needless risk taking in the form of hopeful long passes. The team patiently played through the tight Crystal Palace defense and were justly rewarded The defence looked settled for the first time...ever. Thiago Silva was good, but what was more impressive was his ability to Marshall the midfield, Zouma and Chilwell. Take a look at the plays where Thiago Silva is directing Zouma to pass to Chilwell and directing Chilwell to drop deeper. This small moment went a long way to resolving a big issue in the first three games - the distance between attack and defense. Finally, we had Jorginho dropping deeper to act as defacto centre-back when playing out from the back. This allowed a lot more space in midfield and better passing lanes to Chilwell. The team looked comfortable playing a deeper defensive line, but even if they needed to push up, both Zouma and Chilwell clearly have the pace to negate quicker threats. Havertz was vastly improved and Hudson-Odoi continued his run of form. Great performances by those two, and both were unlucky to grab a goal each. Jorginho played one of his best ever games for Chelsea. A great performance. Chilwell is the next pre-injury Wayne Bridge. He takes the ball upfield very quickly while his work-rate allows him to recover from risky positions, traits that we really have not seen since Ashley Cole was last in blue. The negatives
    At the risk of sounding over the top: Jorginho played one of his best ever games for Chelsea at home to Crystal Palace, and that concerns me in the long-term. When you watch the best deep-lying playmakers you will see them contribute 4-5 key passes a game; Jorginho today had two great long-balls, but little else. He was busy with his short passes but they were often a fraction behind the runner or requiring a bit more control, which in turn results in a loss of space. I want to stress that this is a minor, minor thing and against many teams in the league, it will not matter a bit. Palace sat back and didn't press much in midfield so we were able to get away with that to an extent, but against teams like Leeds, Liverpool, Man City etc that ends up being a problem.  Defensively, Jorginho still remains a liability. There was a moment where Zaha rode multiple challenges from him on the counter, with ease. Fortunately, Thiago Silva was across to block the shot. Because he lacks both speed and strength, you can see how teams can play around him with ease and more physical players can simply run through him. I know that people will point to his ability to retain possession but it appears he actually rarely does that because having him play deep to stop the counter can be a liability. There was one moment where Jorginho completely swivelled out of his marker's clutches but you only need to watch the likes of Matic or Mikel to understand that should be a regularity.
      Because of the above, we largely controlled the game in spite of our midfield rather than due to them. Chilwell's presence as an outlet was key, his pace allowing him to move the ball quicker upfield than Alonso which means the midfield were under less pressure.  The real issue of course is that Kovacic offers merely the opposite of Jorginho; defensively more solid and able to retain and recycle possession, but rarely penetrative in his passing in a team that often needs long-passes played forward quickly.  
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    SydneyChelsea reacted to opinionsarelike in Jorginho is a Blue   
    Palace pressed like mad men against Manchester United at Old Trafford to great success, so they obviously felt that pressing us as hard wouldn't give the same results. I think Havertz helps Jorginho (and the rest of the team) a lot. The German is never afraid to receive the ball and provide another outlet to bypass the press. I think Havertz is pure magic and one of the most innately gifted players I've seen play for us.
    Jorginho has the same bravery and is never afraid of putting himself on an island where if he makes a mistake it's disastrous. I get that he is polarizing and probably has as many weaknesses as strengths, but every top club that wants to dominate games at their premises need a player like him. If you deem him not good enough that's fine, but then you need to replace him with another player of his type.
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    SydneyChelsea reacted to Andy North in WBA v Chelsea (PL) Sat 26th Sep 2020 17:30 GMT   
    It really is too early in the season to start throwing the toys out of the pram so Frank and the team have to stay calm, identify what went wrong, learn from the mistakes and improve next time. I think it could take some time. Obviously Silva and Alonso's mistakes were key to the result but we were always going to struggle early in the season with so changes anyway. Those two mistakes can be worked upon and eradicated. Alonso's by playing Chilwell and Silva's by politely pointing out to him that he needs to be fully awake when in possession. It wasn't even a high press that caused him to lose the ball. It was him being surprised and not being ready to release the ball. I don't think fitness comes into that and hopefully that was the wake up call he needs to get up to speed. Before it happened I thought he looked like an old Rolls Royce gliding around at the back and he looked to have plenty of time on the ball, but WBA spotted this and decided to target him. He will have to pay a bit more respect to the pace of the Premier League or get dropped. Its early and he has time to prove his worth.
    To take some positives from whats going I would say Havertz's intelligence and awareness is showing through. His link play with Tammy against Barnsley and CHO in this match is proving fruitful. He's showing already that he's a team player. Team goals are so important and if the likes of CHO, Pulisic and to a lesser degree Werner know the ball is moving in and around Havertz they will feel the freedom to make runs. We have looked a bit static up front in recent years. 
    I'm not sure if Werner's best position is within a packed attack. His pace seems to be his best quality so running in behind defences in a counter attacking style maybe best for him. I thought he looked a bit confused with WBA's packed defense. CHO took his goal really well and showed his quality. That is just what he needed and it looks like having a player of Havertz quality and similar age along side him is giving him something to compete with. If Havertz, Tammy and CHO team up we could have a seriously good front line on our hands. I know Giroud is quality but he's at the end of his career and has proven he can make an impact as a substitute. 
    The young guns did well last season and they scored all three goals on Saturday. We will have a seriously great attack on our hands if the likes and Havertz and Werner integrate.
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    SydneyChelsea reacted to opinionsarelike in WBA v Chelsea (PL) Sat 26th Sep 2020 17:30 GMT   
    i thought i had seen it all, but this is a new one. one (of the many) things sarri was absolutely slaughtered for was that he wanted everything to go through jorginho for better or worse. the u-shape started with conte's satanic 3-4-3, when there were no deep lying midfield player who could receive and pass the ball quickly through the lines. ironically, whether people think jorginho is the answer or not, we tend to play past or beside the midfield without him because kante nor kova are good enough at the fetch-and-pass game. this in turn makes our possessions turn into a u-shape.
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    SydneyChelsea got a reaction from ashwin in Edouard Mendy to Chelsea!   
    I cannot believe Senegal has produced a world-class generation of players since 2010 and we got Papy 
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    SydneyChelsea got a reaction from DidierDrogbalala in Edouard Mendy to Chelsea!   
    I cannot believe Senegal has produced a world-class generation of players since 2010 and we got Papy 
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    SydneyChelsea got a reaction from Sexyfootball in Edouard Mendy to Chelsea!   
    I cannot believe Senegal has produced a world-class generation of players since 2010 and we got Papy 
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    SydneyChelsea got a reaction from Strider6003 in Chelsea v Barnsley (LC) Wed 23rd Sep 2020 19:45 GMT   
    I don't see too many people on this forum slagging CHO at all,  but there are many here who are disappointed and concerned he isn't making the most of his limited opportunity
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    SydneyChelsea got a reaction from dkw in Roman Abramovich   
    I hate to get into politics in this side of the forum but you're telling me that despite having access to concrete evidence of financial corruption by the rich and influential, the best the media can do is point at the unethical but legal dealings of an oligarch?
    "Yes the rich might be milking society but THAT GUY IS RUINING SPORTSBALL"
     
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