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Chelsea v Ajax (CL) Tue 5th Nov 20:00 GMT


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2 minutes ago, Scott Harris said:

As a team, that was a very poor first half from us. I don't think we can blame just one player, there were a lot of poor perfomances out there. The only ones that have looked decent is Kovacic and Pulisic, the rest are well off their game. The four defenders are getting dragged all over the place, the midfield is struggling to bring the ball out and the attackers are out of sync. Ajax have been good, but we knew they would start strong, it's what they do, we just approached it all wrong.

Team looks complacent. I wonder whether the last Ajax game and the fact that they have no fans at the bridge got to the player's heads.

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Outplayed? They had 1 shot on target, somehow scored 3 goals. Luck is alive and well.

Yes outplayed. They look livelier. They are far more comfortable in possession despite being the away team and the reason for those bizarre stats is because their set pieces have been excellent and we have given away stupid fouls. It's not luck, it's some very basic errors on our part and them playing an excellent away performance.

 

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Just now, loz said:
2 minutes ago, Gol15 said:
Outplayed? They had 1 shot on target, somehow scored 3 goals. Luck is alive and well.

Yes outplayed. They look livelier. They are far more comfortable in possession despite being the away team and the reason for those bizarre stats is because their set pieces have been excellent and we have given away stupid fouls. It's not luck, it's some very basic errors on our part and then playing an excellent away performance.

They've definitely been better, it reminds me of the United game though, they've not really had any chances besides the set pieces and we've crumbled under the pressure, on top of that we still do look more dangerous going forward but they have 3 goals now, we have an absolute mountain to climb. 

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The worst two players o the pitch are both ours and are in both full back positions. If there isn't a rapid change in direction in this game, either by us improving or them tiring, we could be looking at a possible Bayern vs Spuds night here.

Although the third is tough to blame the keeper i still maintain he just never seems to pull off teh spectacular. Never. That's the way it seems.

Our care of the ball is as bad tonmight as theirs was at home to us. So little quality from us so far.

A big 45 needed from us, firstly to save face before even thinking about trying to get back into it.

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Kepa is the most expensive keeper in the league, but he's bang average and let in more goals than most other keepers.
He certainly isn't in the class of Cech, De Gea, Allison etc but i don't think his case is helped by having two defenders out of four looking like championship players. Makes a massive difference to a keeper being confident in the guys in front of you and he hasn't has that all season. Lampard rely needs to be thinking about bringing on a quality defensive coach.
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