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Spuds v Chelsea (PL) Sun 19th Sep KO 16:30 BST


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Not a good game by the fires ds, midfielders or wingbacks Ziyech and Alonso disappeared for long stretches of the game. Tiuechel should have brought Havertz and Chilwell on much sooner. Teams are going to park the bus to defend against Lukaku and Turchel will need to use Chelsea’s speed to counterattack before the opponents crowd the 28 yard box. 
 

Set pieces were also not good. If Ziyech is in the game let him take them. 

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Would expect Spurs to set up defensively and look to counter us as Wolves did in both games last season.

 

Mendy

 

Christensen

Silva

Rudiger

 

Dave

Jorgi

Kovacic

Alonso

 

Havertz

Lukaku

Werner

 

Tough call with Kante back but Kova is playing really well.

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Spurs have some serious concerns at centre back at the moment which we should be looking to exploit, can't see any of their currently available defenders being able to deal with Lukaku, so in my mind we should be slight favourites for this but as always it will be a difficult game, however I think we should line up to go at them and attack. Alonso has an immense record against spurs so i'd give him the start here. Would be tempted to give Werner a look in as well but for me Kai just gets the nod

                                Mendy
          Dave       -      Silva.    -        Rudiger
James        - Kova   -    Jorginho             Alonso
                 Havertz      -     Mount
                              Big Rom

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Weirdly feel worse in the run up to this fixture than the one against Liverpool. Maybe just cos it’s Spurs or because yesterday’s game didn’t fill me with confidence. Don’t care what formation he picks, don’t care who scores. Just want the win. Beating Spurs also means I would settle for a draw against city the week after. After palace doing one on them the weekend, be laveeely to add to that. 

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2 hours ago, RMCM said:

Spurs have some serious concerns at centre back at the moment which we should be looking to exploit, can't see any of their currently available defenders being able to deal with Lukaku, so in my mind we should be slight favourites for this but as always it will be a difficult game, however I think we should line up to go at them and attack. Alonso has an immense record against spurs so i'd give him the start here. Would be tempted to give Werner a look in as well but for me Kai just gets the nod

                                Mendy
          Dave       -      Silva.    -        Rudiger
James        - Kova   -    Jorginho             Alonso
                 Havertz      -     Mount
                              Big Rom

The lad they brought in from Atalanta looks good.

Romero, Sanchez and Lo Stampi all back in fold for our game, back on Saturday.

Son and Bergwin expected fit too.

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I honestly don't care if Spurs have all their centre backs fit along with son and Kane.  As long as we play to our full potential we should win. I believe we weren't playing at full capacity against villa and zenith because we felt we could beat them in 2 Nd gear. I don't expect such an attitude in a derby against the dirty spuds. No need to start Kante because he will be crucial against Man city .

                              Mendy

          Christensen - Silva -.   Rudiger

James.    Kovacic.     Jorginho.      Alonso

                Mount.             Havertz

                              Lukaku

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Tough start to season for us. 
 

                 Mendy

      Dave       Christensen --.   Rudiger

James.    Kovacic.     Jorginho.      chilwell

                   Havertz.    
                                             Timo

                  Romelu

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Another game against Jose's  ( or Nunos) bus, it will follow the same pattern as the last 4-5 games against them. Now we have Lukaku, we should be feeling confident going into this game. I like to see more speed and directness in this game, I'd play Werner and Chilwell instead of Ziyech and Alonso.

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5 hours ago, axman2526 said:

I wonder if having lukaku may have TT thinking about using all 3 of Jorgi, Kante and Kovacic in big games to. Could be quite a devastating midfield if we get all 3 firing in tandem.

Nah you will put too much pressure on Lukaku and his partner to do everything offensively. We have seen those 3 play together. Kante was the only one who is capable doing something in final 3rd. I was considering playing that way against city last year to protect our two wb, but they were so good that it was not needed. 

For me we should play pure 352 only when Kante is not available or when we are just trying to close shop

 

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8 hours ago, axman2526 said:

I wonder if having lukaku may have TT thinking about using all 3 of Jorgi, Kante and Kovacic in big games to. Could be quite a devastating midfield if we get all 3 firing in tandem.

I honestly wont mind it as long as our front 2 is Lukaku and Werner

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5 hours ago, Bob stark said:

Nah you will put too much pressure on Lukaku and his partner to do everything offensively. We have seen those 3 play together. Kante was the only one who is capable doing something in final 3rd. I was considering playing that way against city last year to protect our two wb, but they were so good that it was not needed. 

For me we should play pure 352 only when Kante is not available or when we are just trying to close shop

 

In theory it frees both Kova and Kante to be that more offensive, and while neither of them will deliver goals they hopefully would assists.

1 hour ago, The Don Antonio said:

I honestly wont mind it as long as our front 2 is Lukaku and Werner

Yes we would need Werners work rate to open up space.

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21 minutes ago, axman2526 said:

In theory it frees both Kova and Kante to be that more offensive, and while neither of them will deliver goals they hopefully would assists.

Yes we would need Werners work rate to open up space.

We have played that midfield lineup under Sarri and Lamp. In final 3rd Kovacic is awful, Kante is below average,Jorginho is useless.

So with 3 player, all more comfortable playing deeper you kinda want to play back 4 to allow one more attacker but watching how our midfield defend this season, back 4 against strong opposition is not really recommended. 

 

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               Werner

     Havertz         Mount

Chilly - Jorgi - Kova - James

    Trev  -  Silva -  Azpi

               Mendy 

 

With Man City coming up next week Lukaku, Alonso, Christianson and Rudinger are due for a rest.  

If Kante is available I think Kova comes off early for Kante as Kova needs some degree of rest while Kante needs to get back to match fitness.  I would almost consider Saul over Kova but I'm not sure Tuchel would trust him right away.

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1 hour ago, Valpo said:

               Werner

     Havertz         Mount

Chilly - Jorgi - Kova - James

    Trev  -  Silva -  Azpi

               Mendy 

 

With Man City coming up next week Lukaku, Alonso, Christianson and Rudinger are due for a rest.  

If Kante is available I think Kova comes off early for Kante as Kova needs some degree of rest while Kante needs to get back to match fitness.  I would almost consider Saul over Kova but I'm not sure Tuchel would trust him right away.

They will be rested in midweek. Make no mistake we need to beat Spurs and City, and most of our games after if we want to make up for all the points dropped in our normal winter slump and especially when lose Mendy for the ACoN.

 

Given spurs have had issues with the international players leaving without permission and play today no excuses for us not winning, Champions would do.

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The war drums are beating in N17. Debbie Alli and Dim Boy Dier are up for it. We need to flash up the Kante signal in the night sky above SW6. It's the same as the Bat signal but with a wee little French fella in a mask with his pants over his tights.

Step aside Jorginho. Step aside Kovacic. This is a job for............ Kante Man.

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Just want to beat this Vile Club. It’s Spuds Cup Final, their biggest game of the season so will be tough. They’ll be over the moon with a draw They’ll play the Spurs way so they’ll kick the sh*t out of us as always, expect them to park the bus.

Everything about Spuds makes me sick, their disgusting Racsit,homophobic anti Semitic fans. So come Chelsea mash these Spuds want to win but a 0-3/4 victory would be great

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