February 29, 2020 at 5:44 pm #1830897
“The harsh reality is, if this was any other manager or coach in the world there would be many on here calling for his head!”
There’s probably some truth in that NI but I suspect any Manager coming into Chelsea having lost Hazard, unable to buy, without Loftus Cheek for the whole season and having to cope with a difficult injury list would have got sympathy from most fans.February 29, 2020 at 5:50 pm #1830902
Tomori and Jorginho had shockers today.February 29, 2020 at 5:51 pm #1830903
We lost concentration for about 10 minutes and they scored two. Really have a mixed feeling. We should have won that match. We did not capitalize that Leicester lost yesterday. I think the finishing let us down once again. When the player who had the most chances was a wing back, something must be wrong in your team. We should have led by 2-0 or 3-0 in the first half yet we only led 1-0.
But agreed about the defense too. We may need a super defender like van Dijk with Liverpool. We could not defend set-pieces and we could not score from set-pieces. We had 9 or 10 corners and we did not score from them? Nobody should call on FL’s head. Look at how we played 1st half. The good bones are there. We would need some touch-ups though. Here where we would need to buy. Ziyech one, but we still need some more.February 29, 2020 at 6:44 pm #1830916
Willian – 32 goals in 7 years
Pedro – 28 goals in 5 years (0 this season)
Barkley – 24 goals in 10 years (3 in his last 3)
Giroud – 10 goals in 3 years
Batshuayi – 7 goals in 3 years
Our attacking optionsFebruary 29, 2020 at 8:30 pm #1830981
Feels like a loss, a fullback almost had a hattrick. A draw is better than a loss, we would have felt worse if we lost. I think a top striker and a top centre half we should get for next season.Remenber we still have have Pulisic, Kante who we missed today and Loftus Cheek that should be all starting.Abraham and Odio too.February 29, 2020 at 8:46 pm #1830983
When will Lampard realise that Christensen and
jorginho are no longer Chelsea class? i almost choked when i saw the line up, it was risk benching our most senior and experienced centre back was the biggest risk he has taken, and it almost back fired. right now, i would give Rudiger and Zouma until the end of the season, because they can win the ariel duel. as good as Tomori is, he is a little bit smaller, and both Zouma and Rudiger are 1.9m. also Azpi needs to be rested. he is playing on an empty tank. i was worried before the match, and i’m worried now, and i’m also worried in the future.February 29, 2020 at 9:19 pm #1830987
Wise fan, probably the reason Frank was desperate to sign a striker in January.February 29, 2020 at 9:22 pm #1830988
young blue, I wonder whether the Liverpool game on Tuesday night played a part in Frank’s decision to leave out Rudiger and Willian?March 1, 2020 at 9:22 am #1831038
I really don’t understand why Frank keeps picking Christensen. He seems to have a hand in most of the goals that we concede one way or another.
He is not great in the air when defending
Not particularly that fast
Most of his passing is a safe sideways option pass to a player just a few metres away
He has no eye for goal when going forward, and it is a waste of time him going up for corners
That leads me to another point when Frank wonders why we are not scoring goals. We have too many players in the squad that simply put, do not know where them goal is
Yes we have players that like to keep and are good at keeping possession. Sarri built his team on players that could do that, but now is the time to get some players in that have got that mongrel element in them, and are hungry to win and score goals.March 1, 2020 at 10:33 am #1831059
Is it maybe a case of Frank over thinking his approach to each game.
There is no doubt he has the element of a tinker man with the number of personnel changes he makes (not always forced by injuries) but he has also regularly changed the formation.
As Chris rightly points out we retain possession but our end product at either end of the pitch is woeful. Are the changes here the problem?
Sir Alex the person I was not a fan of, but as a football manager I couldn’t fail but to respect his achievements. I remember one interview he was asked about changing tactics to suit the opposition…. his response … “No we do what we are good at and that is for the opposition to worry about”
Look at Conte, after we were humiliated in 45 minutes of football by Arsenal. Changed tactics and fairly well stuck to them for the remainder of the season and as they say, the rest is history.
It is all well and good Frank, bemoaning the wasted opportunities upfront and being careless in defence.
However how long until the players start feeling disgruntled and then bemoaning that they are just getting used to one style of play then the boss changes it!
How long until someone starts to complain that they were not getting enough regular starts and runs in the team to really establish a relationship with fellow attackers, fellow midfielders or felliw defenders.
Frank keeps talking about having to do what is right for the team ….. maybe time Frank to step back and think, what really pissed me off as a player!!!!!!!!March 1, 2020 at 12:55 pm #1831095
What worries me most is that I expected Rudiger to solve our defensive problems when he came back and it hasn’t happened and we still look vulnerable to every ball hit high into the box.
There are some question marks against Rudiger but even more question against the other three Centre Backs all of whom have their own weaknesses and none have looked comfortable all season.
I suspect Frank rested both Rudiger and Willian with the Liverpool game in mind and both will be back on Tuesday look further ahead I will be suprised if Frank doesn’t try and sign another Centre Back in the Summer with someone going the other way.March 1, 2020 at 2:29 pm #1831139
999 Agree, if we are honest, none of our centre backs look like being world class. I have already said my bit on Christensen.i have mentioned before how uncomfortable Zouma looks with the ball. Tomiri is very inexperienced, and I have never rated Rudiger. We also have a problem when Dave plays right back in a back 4. He is hopeless at putting in a decent cross. None of the above defenders offer much going forward either. Add to that the problem we are having with our keepers, and it is not hard to see why we struggle to get results. On the positive side, we have Reece James and I think Marcus Alonso needs to be kept.
We also need a goal poaching striker, as Tammy Abraham needs competition with a decent alternative. I th NkGiroud is the best striker we have at the moment, but I wish he wouldn’t smile when he misses a chance I would rather see someone hurting inside when they miss a chance than smiling about itMarch 1, 2020 at 2:46 pm #1831160
Good summary Chris.March 1, 2020 at 3:58 pm #1831231
Frank nip out to the corner shop and buy your Euro Millions Ticket TODAY someone is smiling down on you 😁😁😁😁March 1, 2020 at 4:21 pm #1831249
Spurs have lost to Wolves, United have drawn to Everton. it seems the that may have softened the blow in one way and in another way, it woud have given us a nice cushion over both teams and we would have narrowed the gap to Leicester.
Now if our wingers are contributing less goals, and our wing-backs are contributing goals, isn’t it the time that Frank uses 3-5-2 with too strikers Giroud and Abraham preferably and 3 Midfielders that includes Kante, Kovacic and Jorginho. plus our current wing-backs and back three that includes Tomori, Zouma and Rudiger. plus Kepa as the keeper. and then stick to that line up until the end of the season.March 1, 2020 at 4:43 pm #1831260
Chelseaman, did you watch the game yesterday? Tomori was really poor and Christensen of the two was the better just.😊
Currently our only 2 fit strikers are Michy and Giroud and that doesn’t look a great pairing to me. Currently we are missing wingers with both Pulisic and Hudson Odoi injured.
“First Premier League performance since December and it showed early. Really sloppy and sluggish and got caught out a couple of times to give Bournemouth a chance. However, looked more comfortable when he got into the pace of the match.
Struggled a lot in the second half as well. Went completely walk about for the second goal. Not a great return. 3 out of 10” Football London’s review of Tomori v BournemouthMarch 1, 2020 at 6:12 pm #1831289
Reinstate Kepa? I don’t think Willy has done anything wrong. He made a lot of saves yesterday. His positioning was superb. Unless he makes grave mistakes, I cannot see Kepa coming back to our starting 11. Rudiger and Azpi are still our best CB. Tomori looked rusty. Christensen classy but too soft for Premier League.
We are lacking of big players too. We had Matic in the past, unusually tall for a DM. Our midfield is now composed by Jorg Kovacic Kante, all smallMarch 1, 2020 at 6:46 pm #1831299
Aindro, it’s the FA Cup mate and No 2 Keeper’s often gets selected for the FA Cup that’s my thinking from the Liverpool thread.
I agree Willy hasn’t done too much wrong but Kepa has to come back at some point and be given a chance given how much we paid for him and this might be the right time and the right opportunity.
But we’ll see.March 1, 2020 at 7:08 pm #1831306
Form is temperory class is permenant. while Kepa has been bad this season, he has been fantastic last season. so i would give him a second chance.March 1, 2020 at 8:07 pm #1831319
I’m not one of Christensen’s biggest fans, but yesterday Tomori was better. but in his defense Tomori has been out injured and never played since December. so looked sluggish and slow. but still i rate him more than Christensen. the only reservation i have against Tomori is that he is not dominant in the air. at the moment i would use Zouma and Rudiger, and if we play back three i would include Azpi or Tomori.
Chelsea.man, you have raised some interesting points there. if we play 3 out and out midfielders and two strikers and Reece James and Alonso as wing-backs is very interesting. Even if it means partnering Michy and Giroud. at least they will be better than the wingers or those attacking midfielders who don’t score. having a striker or two in the box gives us the best chance of scoring. if Giroud can win the first ball, then Michy can capitalize in the second balls. Michy’s biggest weakness is winning the first ball and Giroud’s biggest strengths is winning the first ball, while Michy’s biggest strengths is in around the box and the second balls, while Giroud is weak in and around the box. so those two can compliment until Abraham returns.
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