September 18, 2020 at 8:58 pm #1875818
In regards to people claiming Kepa is too small. Our greatest keeper ever, bar Cech, Peter Bonetti was smaller than Kepa. But he never missed anything- Not making any comparrisons, but have to admit to being quite tired of people shooting down Kepa. He’s not the finished article, but I think he could be. Let Petr Cech work with him. Untill then. let’s see what Mendy can do- Still think that Kepa should start against Liverpool.September 18, 2020 at 10:52 pm #1875829
Hyllested…re Bonetti v Kepa.although both keepers have slight frames Peter was brought up on the physical and faster aspects of top flight English football,he didn’t react like a frightened rabbit startled by the headlights everytime the ball came into the area.It was a vast culture shock Kepa coming into the EPL,he’s like a fish out of water,he just wasn’t exposed to physical rough and tumble in La Liga like he is in the EPL.Both keepers excellent shot stoppers but if a keeper doesn’t exude confidence with the other aspects of goalkeeping that lack of confidence will spread to the defenders.Cech taking Kepa under his wing and trying to coach him how a keeper should take charge of his area will be futile imho!September 19, 2020 at 10:46 am #1875905
mtal61 you could be right, but we will see soon, I guessSeptember 19, 2020 at 2:34 pm #1875991
I’m pretty sure Kepa will start v Liverpool Mendy is being bought to compete with him and has the physical attributes that Kepa lacks. Which is a hajirbgg’
Mendy will have to play himself into the team though and we can only hope that the extra competition brings out the best in Kepa who is still a decent shot stopper but he’s suffered a massive loss of confidence and struggles with the physicality of the PLmifvhe can recover a bit in both fronts.September 19, 2020 at 5:02 pm #1876046
Watched Fulham, Areola took 5 goals. Pretty much any shot that came, he let it in. Mendy is coming from Ligue 1 (if he does come to Chelsea, it’s taking very long already), he has to adjust to the speed of Premier League.September 21, 2020 at 2:04 pm #1876623
I hope that the recent news reports that Frank does not see Kante as a holding midfielder are purely mischievous media reports.
These comments are linked to the ongoing Rice saga which also link Barkley as part of the deal.
Struggling with the concept that a guy who won two league titles, an FA Cup and a world cup playing as a holding midfielder is no longer a capable of playing that role.
I mean if he isn’t who is ….. Jorghino….sorry in my opinion, especially in Premier League games, he is one of the weakest links. Too slow and square on the ball from an attacking perspective and zero defensive qualities providing no protection to the backline.
In the role of an attacking midfielder I would have to say that Barkley is better than Kante, big, physical and has a eye for goal.
Either cash in on Kante if you are not going to play to his strengths or offer Jorghino as part of the Rice deal!!!!September 21, 2020 at 11:51 pm #1876728
I still think that Kante if fit is the best DM in the world. Rice fir 70m, why, we have Kante Kovacic already.
About GK, any news on Mendy? I think anyone is better than Kepa at the momentSeptember 22, 2020 at 3:00 pm #1876874
September 22, 2020 at 10:02 pm #1877024
So Silva and Chilwell are fit to play for are Chelsea and Pulisc and Ziyech are not that far away. That is a welcome boost for Frank and Chelsea. Especially when the vultures are starting to gather around Frank. i was pleased the response he has given Caragher who is only in the Skysport to praise Liverpool. i haven’t seen a worse pundit.
Now, the only issue that Frank needs to sort is he has to figure who plays in the defensive midfield role for Chelsea going forward. i don’t see Jorginho being that man. The best option is to play Kante and Kovacic and let the other four attacks. In that case this will also give us an instant way to win the ball back. And Kante will be sitting there doing what he does best.September 23, 2020 at 11:53 am #1877140
Thoughts go out to 999 as he is having a bit of a health struggle right now. He posted on the other site that he is spending time backwards and forwards to the hospital and his imput therefore has reduced on these footie sites. Take care 999 and hope to see you back with us soon.September 23, 2020 at 12:29 pm #1877171
Thanks for the good wishes 67, I will try and keep posting on here albeit maybe not as regularly as I did as it’s generally a bit more relaxed on here as we all worship in the same Church.😀September 23, 2020 at 1:56 pm #1877219
Sorry to hear you are unwell 9, wishing you a speedy and full recovery. Kind Regards NISeptember 23, 2020 at 3:57 pm #1877271
I know I had a frosty relationship with Nine, but time to put that aside and wish him a speedy recovery. there are many more important things in life than football. I wish you good health and long life.
Wise-fanSeptember 23, 2020 at 5:31 pm #1877301
I, for one, will admit that I can be a bit hot headed and post comments after the heat of a game instead maybe of waiting 24 hours to cool my heels.
In the past I have been very quick to have a dig at Kepa, but I am now looking at the situation from another angle.
In his first season he kept 16 clean sheets in the league and 8 in Europe, including a number of pen saves if my memory serves me.
Then last season the wheels appeared to come off.
However if you take a step back, in his first season he had a very regular 3 in his back 4. Dave, Cahill,Luiz. All seasoned campaigners, with two vocal leaders at centre back.
Last season he would rarely have 3 matches in a row with a settled back line with various combinations including the fact that one game the likes of Rudiger was the right sided CB, the next, left sided. The other issue was none of them stepped up to the mark to organise the backline.
We all saw in the League Cup Final (Sarrigate) that Kepa is no shrinking violet, which would lead me to think that he has pointed out to Frank and his staff that he needs consistency in front of him to be able to develop an understanding. Possibly the reason for the reluctancy to try to get rid and the very public show of support.
Hopefully with Silva coming in we may see Kepa getting back to his best, getting his confidence back, as there should not be a major communication issue.
I have mentioned before the fact that De Gea’s dip in form also coincided with an unsettled and extremely average defence at United.
So maybe the pressure is on the coaching staff, because if Mendy becomes first choice and we continue to leak goals….well there will be only one common denominator!September 23, 2020 at 6:25 pm #1877311
Hey Nine, sorry to hear of your health concerns mate and wish you all the best. You probably have a code for tonight’s match but if you don’t and for anyone else you can get official match stream at carabaocup.live. costs a tenner but won’t begrudge it as I don’t think we sold many tickets tonight and we have spent a few quid this summer 🙂September 23, 2020 at 6:32 pm #1877313
Wise fan, kind words and thoughts and much appreciated. Cheers 9’sSeptember 23, 2020 at 6:35 pm #1877315
Lucky, good to see you on here again you’ve been very much missed. Much appreciate your kind words and thoughts. Cheers 9’sSeptember 23, 2020 at 6:57 pm #1877324
Thanks Nine, I’ll be around mate, had a spell without smart phone and got used to it, Chris messaged me the other day regards FD and I’ll drop by there too. Take care Nine and let’s hope for a good showing from our youngsters tonight and a comfy debut for silva who I hope is as fit as he looks because we will need him this yearSeptember 23, 2020 at 8:00 pm #1877341
999, wishing you of a speedy recovery. Get well soon, mate!September 23, 2020 at 8:12 pm #1877347
NI Blue,Aindro et al, thanks for all the kind words and good wishes lads.
What I would say to everyone is that my backwards and forwards to Hospital has taught me that there are lots of people worse off than me and there are far more important things in life than football.
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