Chelsea v Liverpool FA Cup 5th round ko 19:45 live on BBC 1.

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    NIBlue
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    Great result, solid team performance.

    Gilmour is going to become a real headache for Frank …. but what a great headache to have!! What a performance and fantastic to see the reaction towards him from his teammates at the end. A lot of comparison to Jorghino, which is more down to Frank’s team selection this year. He should be getting compared to Kante. In the club we have the best holding midfielder in the world in Kante with the pretender for the crown waiting in the wings!!

    I hope Tammy was watching Giroud last night. Solid solid performance as a Team Player, worked his socks off with hard graft, no show boating, no posing just hard work. Love Tammy to bits, but think he needs to add a bit of maturity to his game and he can learn from an old pro like Giroud.

    Kepa last night different gravy!!! He came for crosses and dealt with them, some super saves but the two things that stuck out for me, the fact he took command of the 18 yard box, he was barking out orders at the defenders but most of all, the number of times he ushered Rudiger and Zouma out of the box and took a good old fashioned byball, not this stupid playing out from the back. He obviously recognised the fact that Mane and Origi were closing both Zouma and Rudiger down very quickly, and let’s face it neither of them are Messi like with the ball at their feet, but it took the pressure off the defenders and let them concentrate on doing what they are good at. Might not have pleased Frank, who seems to love this tippy tappy playing out from the back, but to me that was a massive factor in both us winning and keeping a clean sheet!!

    #1832073

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    Gilmore was the star of the show, the last Chelsea midfielder I remember looking so comfortable so young was Alan Hudson, and for those who remember Hudson that is some compliment. Gilmore though has more in his defensive locker than Hudson ever had. The TV pundits were right to note Gilmore’s progressive passing compared to Jorginho often going sideways, it made life a lot easier for the forwards.

    I don’t want to go too far on the basis of one performance, but it is clear that we have a real talent on our hands. Gilmore is likely to get the next few matches during Jorginho’s suspension and he may make it difficult for Jorginho to reclaim his place.

    #1832080
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    There’s a few of us who said Gilmour is ready now a while back already, his exactly what we need and if Frank doesn’t start him them I am sad to say that will be like Sarri who was afraid to upset his senior players. Barkley was also very good all over the pitch. Still question marks though over the centre halves.

    #1832101
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    I don’t have that much to add with what my fellow blue army have already pointed. it was a performance worth to be proud. and the young Gilmour was the standout player of the night. Giroud has given a tough night to VVD, and that is what you need from your strikers, he was unlucky not to score with his shot that hit the woodwork. even Alonso of all people put a defensive shift last night. pleased for Ross Barkley, the vultures were circling at him, but last night he has shown his class, but the question is can he keep that level of performance game in game out?

    I don’t know what to say about Pedro, on one hand, he has been wasteful and could have given the team under pressure, and on the other hand, he worked tremendously for the team. the one worrying factor from that match last night was the injury that Kovacic has sustained, I hope Frank took him off as a precaution rather than a serious one. he was one of the reasons why the young Gilmour has thrived as he has done all the dirty work and drove the team, and this gave Gilmour time and space with the ball.

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    aindro
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    Great win. I really hope we will get a favorable tie at home for the quarter final. This is our only chance to get a silverware this season. Only saw the highlight, Willian’s goal was lucky but we hit the crossbar twice (Giroud and Mount). We played Gilmour, Pedro, our 2nd string players and they played Minamino, Origi. So both teams mixed the team. They did not play 100% youngsters as VVD, Gomez, Mané played. And Pedro missed a one one one like that, shocking..

    Concerned about the injuries. Especially Kovacic as we are really short in the midfield. Jorginho suspended, Kanté injured, now Kovacic injured. I guess Gilmour has to start again against Everton with Barkley and Mount.

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    nine nine nine
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    Blueowner, how would you or anyone else on here know that Gilmour was ready a while back. Only Frank has watched him regularly in training and in matches.

    And to try and stick it to Frank who has done more than probably any other Chelsea Manager since Tommy Docherty to give young players an opportunity by saying “There’s a few of us who said Gilmour is ready now a while back already, he’s exactly what we need and if Frank doesn’t start him him I am sad to say that will be like Sarri who was afraid to upset his senior players.” Is massively out of order!

    Gilmour has a massive future ahead of him and there’s no one better than Frank and Jody to bring him on in the right way and I fully trust them to do just that!

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    Chelsea.man
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    Some interesting tactical analysis of last night’s game. Frank has done wonderfully a good job.

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    I personally not a big fan of sideways passing so that’s why I would prefer Gilmour ahead of anyone in that central midfield role, his passing is hard and crisp and direct and nearly always forward plus he puts in a hard tackle, he needs to play now. That’s my view but I suspect the majority of fans as well. Upfront we have a problem neither Giroud or Bats up to the task so hope Tammy is back soon but we still need someone to compete with him

    #1832204
    Wise-fan
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    Well done, congratulations to the boys who have played last night. just simple, can we play like that every week from now on?

    #1832216
    Blueowner
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    Hope so WF depends on a few factors I would think. Maybe bring in RLC if his fit enough.

    #1832251

    nine nine nine
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    Blaze, good summary I don’t think anyone would disagree with that. Trust in Frank.

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    Chris451
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    There is a great article on Billy Gilmore on the 5th Stand. It shows a typical day in his life. You can compare him to whoever you want, but you see him watching videos of Fabragas and he goes on to explain that he studies Fabragas and tries to model his game in him . Worth giving it a view.

    #1832410
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    This morning I asked my eight-year-old son which players name he thinks he might want on the back of his shirt next season. He’s answer – Billy Gilmour!

    #1832429

    nine nine nine
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    Good to hear BL.

    Gilmour has three years left on his contract, perhaps it’s time to offer him a bumper new 5 year contract.

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    Agreed, nine. We don’t want another Hudson Odoi situation!

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