December 1, 2018 at 7:38 am #1702894
please stop dreaming, if you really believe an Italian manager wud prefer any young talent to older over the hill players-not going to happen unless Chelsea lose about 4-5 games in a row, maybe 3 at the least being nice to them.December 1, 2018 at 8:04 am #1702899
There needs to be some variety to the standard starting eleven for premiership matches outside the usual tit-for-tat changes he makes. Against the lesser teams at home give CHO a start and see how the side goes. Why not? I’ll guarantee once the group stages of the Europa are completed he will start playing the Premiership eleven there too and knacker them all out. The squad needs to be used intelligently and, I guess with 10 matches coming up in December his hand will be forced,especially if we cop injuries to key players and tiredness will also come into it. Apart from City where I reckon a draw would be an outstanding result, all other matches are very winnable.December 1, 2018 at 12:25 pm #1702972
You are very right sir. An Italian manager would never play an 18 year old ahead of a 30+ player. Until the situation forces them. And i hope it won’t came in to as you had mentioned. Mostly i like Sarri and his vision of football. Except wasting Kante where he is not comfortable, and then he is criticised. I can’t see this situation being that way. The club will have a decision to make in the summer. Is either we cash Kante or we may be looking another boss which hope wont be the case. Judging by Sarri who will not compromise his philosophy.
We are good to get 3 points against Fulham. Anything else is a failure. Which the vultres will be circuling around.December 1, 2018 at 2:04 pm #1703002
I don’t think it’s got much to do with being an Italian Moos very few of the Managers at the top Clubs in the PL will start an 18 year old in the PL bar injuries.
Sarri is trying to develop CHO the right way and has explained how he sees things hopefully the young man takes that on board,unfortunately the impatience of youth might kick in though.
Dominic Solanke is a good example for Hudson Odoi to look at he left a top PL Club to play regularly joined Liverpool and can’t get a game and is now allegedly about to join Huddersfield on loan and he was two years older than Hudson Odoi. The grass isn’t always greener Hudson Odoi is at a top PL Club who have nurtured him since aged 8 he is extremely well thought of and could develop very well under a Manager like Sarri if he’s both sensible and a little bit patient.
I agree with 1967 it would be good to see CHO getting a few more cameos from the bench in the PL. If that’s not going to happen loan him out until the end of the season to a lower position PL team like Newcastle or Palace providing he’s guaranteed game time, personally though I would prefer the former.
On to the Fulham game where Sarri must decide does he let the team that lost to Spurs redeem themselves or does he make some changes. I guess the the key positions under question are Luiz or Christensen/Cahill, Jorginho or Fabregas, Kovacic of Barkley, Giroud or Morata.
I think he will probably stick with Luiz and Jorginho, he may be tempted to play Barkley ahead of Kovacic and whether Giroud or Morata play is probably a Gluck if the coin given that they’re both beginning to store now.
Don’t shoot the messenger but I have a feeling Sarri may go same again after telling the players to demonstrate Spurs was just a hiccup but we’ll know soon enough whoever Sarri picks though we should have too much for Fulham.December 1, 2018 at 4:12 pm #1703044
Remember a certain Italian manager giving Ryan Bertrand his CL debut in the 2012 final against Bayern. Started in the unfamiliar position of left wing, aged just 22. Just saying……..December 1, 2018 at 4:53 pm #1703062
Stuilse, Tactical masterstroke by by Robbie that night to play two left backs to control Robben and Lahm and what dreams are made of.😊December 1, 2018 at 6:03 pm #1703101
Yep, agreed nine. Thought Robbies dismissal came far too early. Forever a legend for delivering our first ever CL and THAT FA Cup final goal……December 1, 2018 at 6:08 pm #1703104
Stuilse, agreed mate on all points.December 2, 2018 at 6:00 am #1703184
Just watched the big fight really great viewing and a good draw for Fury despite being heavily knocked down twice. Hope our lads can have that fight in them today.December 2, 2018 at 7:17 am #1703186
Just on this topic of youngsters and for what’s its worth many players including myself played their best football at around 24 years plus minus. It’s true your vision and decisions of the game get better as you age but other areas detororiate.December 2, 2018 at 9:38 am #1703206
major implosion on the Manchester United pages re the side’s form and Jose. There are three guaranteed things in life being death, taxes and Mourinho bottling it third season in. As soon as he went to United, to a man we knew it would happen, and they thought they had one over us with his appointment. Chelsea 3-0 later.December 2, 2018 at 11:09 am #1703236
Hazard fit and Pedro and Giroud in for Morata and Willian. Let’s hope for a performance and an important three points. Barkley injured unfortunately.December 2, 2018 at 11:39 am #1703242
Usual predictable team win or lose today its still very worrying we have a manager whose not prepared to try anything different players or different tacticsDecember 2, 2018 at 12:22 pm #1703253
Fulham fans booing Alonso and singing murderer to him and nothing to suppprt our player from another quiet home crowd.
Our home crowd are embarrasing the way we dont suppprt our team.
Come on Chelsea shut those tw*ts up!!!December 2, 2018 at 12:40 pm #1703259
totally bereft of verbal home support – where is all the singing? – sad when you can hear one or two individuals’ comments in a crowd of 41,000 odd. They must be all tucking into the prawn sarnies.December 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm #1703266
Glad we are winning obviously but Fulham have been in this game a bit too much for my likening. I thought Sarri ball had a high press and that the ball was moved quickly- i didnt see either in the first half other than for the goal. Why dont we do it more?
Interesting how fulham player being interviewed said they had been training on being compact as they know Chelsea like to come through the middle. Both Giroud and Morata are great with their heads so it seems we are just not playing to their strengths by going wide and getting in crosses that they can get their head on. I hope we can up it in the second half and finish this game off. I would like to see Ruben on asap for his physical strength and ability to run with the ball. Hopefully the home fans have now finished their prawn sarnies!!!December 2, 2018 at 1:20 pm #1703272
Kante probably our best. Not a particularly convincing display riddled with misplaced passes and even players having to give instructions for others to make the right forward moves etc. Will do well to hold on to the lead as Fulham looked dangerous early 2nd half.December 2, 2018 at 1:40 pm #1703282
I think I’m not alone in saying Loftus Cheek has a good eye for goals. Needs to be more involved.December 2, 2018 at 1:56 pm #1703285
Well done Ruben. Now i hope you get to start next week although with this manager i doubt it! For large chunks of this game Fulham out played us and performances like this show why we cant beat top teams.
Grateful for the points but not happy with the performance at all.
Only thing worse than that performance were the fans -no pride, no help for Alonso and no noise at all -pathetic.
Up to third-probably wamt a draw in the North London derby followed by an Everton win.December 2, 2018 at 2:07 pm #1703289
3 points, woeful performance!!
Agree totally about the home support! Embarrassing! I know it was a Sunday match but it was not being played in a church!!!
Play like that next weekend and we will get well and truly spanked!
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