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  1. Jordan La Cabra

    Football: Bayern Seek the CHOsen One

    No, I’m meaning young players as in academy players, not players like KdB, Salah and Lukaku, none of whom came through the youth system at Chelsea.
  2. Jordan La Cabra

    Football: Bayern Seek the CHOsen One

    But this is one of the first instances where we have a young player like Hudson-Odoi who is actually ready to play now. Picking Hudson-Odoi over Willian and Pedro is not a risk. Those two players ahead of him are on the decline; Hudson-Odoi can only get better through playing more. The bigger risk is choosing them ahead of him, as it would increase his desire to leave. Sarri is fortunate in the sense that for once the club seems to be fully behind the development of a young player, and would back Sarri’s decision to pick him ahead of more experienced options, as Hudson-Odoi’s form when he has played genuinely merits it.
  3. Jordan La Cabra

    Football: Bayern Seek the CHOsen One

    For the club to have turned down several offers for him - one of which was £35m - it shows that they want players from the academy to be given a chance in the first team. If promoting players is a priority for the club, they should appoint managers who are more open to giving these players a chance.
  4. Jordan La Cabra

    Football: Bayern Seek the CHOsen One

    Yeah, he would probably be the best option out of our attacking midfielders, as he is the one least suited to playing in a wide position. I think he offers more going forwards in terms of running at players and scoring goals than Barkley does, too.
  5. Jordan La Cabra

    Football: Bayern Seek the CHOsen One

    I would like Sarri to try 4-2-3-1, but my only concern would be how to set up the advanced 3 in midfield. I don't think we have a true #10. Hazard could play there, but I feel he is best suited to wide areas where he can drift in, as I think if his starting position was in the middle, he'd end up actually drifting into wide positions. As we have no left footed attacking midfielder / winger, whoever was playing on the left wing would naturally drift into the middle, which would mean it could end up a little cramped in there. A left of field idea would be to put Jorginho in that #10 role, as a false attacking midfielder, almost. It would limit his defensive responsibilities while also offering more defensive cover in the midfield than if we were to play three true attacking midfielders. Fabregas played in this role for Mourinho on occassion during the 14/15 season. In this case, Kovacic would play alongside Kante in the double pivot. Having watched Kovacic this season, the comparison to Mousa Dembele is a good one. Kovacic has great natural talent - strong passer, very neat and tidy on the ball, with good close control and dribbling - yet offers little in terms of assists or goals.
  6. Jordan La Cabra

    Football: Bayern Seek the CHOsen One

    Marco Verratti is a better passer, quicker, more mobile and can tackle more effectively than Jorginho, yet Tuchel still manages to put a defensive minded player like Marquinhos in beside him, to give him some support. Surely, if Sarri played the best defensive midfielder in the league, N'golo Kante, further back, closer to Joginho, it might actually help Jorginho and strengthen Chelsea in the midfield area. But 'Sarriball'...
  7. Jordan La Cabra

    Football: Bayern Seek the CHOsen One

    I agree, but they have never done that. Chelsea's greatest successes in the Abramovich era has come with managers who played pragmatic, counter attacking football: Mourinho x2, Conte & Di Matteo. We had great success under Ancelotti, who had us playing a more exciting brand of football, but it was hardly Man City or Barcelona level. Eventually, though, Abramovich gets fed up of winning in a pragmatic way and decides to appoint a manager to completely change our style of play, such as Scolari and Villas-Boas, but neither worked and neither lasted a season. Sarri's style of play isn't working out, either, and he is even less likely to alter his philosophy, as he's even more dogmatic than Scolari or Villas-Boas. After watching some of the football Conte's 17/18 season Chelsea served up, especially compared to what Man City, Liverpool and Tottenham were doing at the same time, I was hoping for a manager to come in and change our style of play, but I didn't think Sarri was the right option. Ideally, I'd have hoped we would have aimed for a manager that looked like a long term option, but generally, Chelsea don't look for a manager to come in for the long term, hence the token three year deals Conte and Sarri both received. I thought Chelsea were at a critcal point at the end of last season; we had lost our technical director midway through the season, we had finished outside the top four once again, key players had fallen out with the manager and wanted to leave, and we were about to sack another manager. That was the moment that I felt we were really starting to drift and the current principles the club worked off were failing. At that point, I felt the owner and board needed to sit down and reevaluate the long term plan of the club. Instead, we messed that up by letting Conte stay until the start of this pre-season before sacking him, and bringing in another flavour of the month manager on a three year deal. Chelsea really need to realise that we our period of success may be on the verge of ending. What we never were as a team that looked easy to play against; we always showed up and gave a good account of ourselves. Now, we are starting to look like an easy team to beat. 'Score early against them and they'll give up.' Off the pitch, our best players want to leave and we aren't able to attact the same calibre of replacement. The board, to their credit, did their utmost to keep Hudson-Odoi at the club, even though it means we could lose out on nearly £40m and lose him for next to nothing. Since he was kept, he hasn't even made the bench in some games. The board can't tell Sarri who to pick, but if Sarri isn't going to pick young players, which the club clearly wants, then they have appointed someone with different ideas to what they want do with the club. If Sarri doesn't pick Hudson-Odoi, he is going to want to leave even more, which the club clearly don't want. I still believe the club need to sit down and define where they want to go. If they want to use youth players, appoint managers who will trust youth players. In terms of style, I think they need to stop wanting what Man City or Barcelona have, and adopt their own style, built from what this club has achieved success through, which is strong, hard working, counter attacking football. Despite our chopping and changing of managers, we have haven't gone longer than a season without a trophy in the Abramovich era, even if that hasn't always been done with the prettiest football. It baffles me, as a fan, that the thing Abramovic craves most that the likes of Man City, Liverpool and Tottenham has is that they play better football than us. The thing those clubs have that I would like Chelsea to have is stability, with managers that the clubs would surely love to continue there as long as the manager desires.
  8. Jordan La Cabra

    Football: Bayern Seek the CHOsen One

    The funniest thing about Chelsea's 6-0 defeat to Man City is that I've actually seen them play worse this season, at least three times - Tottenham (away), Arsenal (away) and Bournemouth (away).
  9. Jordan La Cabra

    Football: Bayern Seek the CHOsen One

    The football Chelsea are playing at the moment is simply atrocious to watch. I thought we were dire at times under Conte last season, but it was better than watching the sideways/backwards passing that we are seeing this season. I don't know what games Sarri is watching, because his opinion is very different from the majority of the Chelsea fans. The second half was obviously a mess, but he claimed we played well in the first half. We were dreadful in the first half, we just didn't concede. We can't create clear cut chances and our tempo is so slow; the players are so out of sync with each other. If I was the kind of striker that requires service, like Morata or Higuain, I wouldn't enjoy playing alongside Willian, Hazard and Pedro, as they seem to play far too close to the centre forward and prefer to dribble than cross. Our full backs can't cross either and our midfield has no creativity in it. Even Aubamayang would struggle for goals in this team. The only kinds of strikers that I think would suit this team would be ones that can drop deep and link up play in the style of Firmino, or ones that can do absolutely everything and score goals without the help of others, like a Harry Kane. It's almost funny how the Chelsea players (and fans, it has to be said) complained about Mourinho and Conte's more pragmatic tactics and hoped that one day we would get a manager to come and turn us into a team that liked to take control of the ball. Now that manager has come, it turns out these players look like they only suit playing counter attacking football; and for the fans, watching the team play has perhaps never been less enjoyable, as now we have all the ball, but have absolutely no idea what to do with it.
  10. Jordan La Cabra

    Football: the winter break

    More disappointing than the result was the fact Chelsea were unable to create many chances of note, despite having the lion’s share of the ball. Granted, Spurs did defend really well, but a team of Chelsea’s quality should be able to muster up at least one or two decent chances. Our build up play is so slow, and often our players just seem to walk with the ball. In the first half, where there was a bit more space, Alonso and Hudson-Odoi were able to get into great crossing positions, with no one in the box to cross to. While neither of our strikers are firing - Morata apparently picked up an injury today and Giroud is just coming back from one - Hazard isn’t working as a number nine. He’s had a few good moments in that role against Brighton and Watford, but on the whole, he is too much of a playmaker to play that role for us. It worked for Sarri at Napoli moving Mertens to number nine, but I believe he is more of a forward than a playmaker. If we are going to play with a false 9, I feel like Pedro would suit the role more than Hazard, as he makes better forward runs off the ball, and would be less likely to come deep looking to have the ball, leaving no one occupying the centre forward role. On Hudson-Odoi: I thought that was another good performance from him. He’s a clever player that picks and chooses when to dribble or when to pass wisely, and manages to keep his movements unpredictable, by being able to go inside and out, due to his ability to use either foot. I certainly hope that wasn’t his last performance in a Chelsea shirt.
  11. Jordan La Cabra

    Football: the winter break

    This would be terrible business from Chelsea's end. A £30m+ transfer fee received for an 18 year old player who has only played 11 first team games looks clever, but a notoriously tight club like Bayern are only going to pay that kind of money if they believe the player is quality and ready to make the first team. Any Chelsea fan that has watched Hudson-Odoi play knows that he is ready to make the next step and start games on a regular basis. Pedro and Willian are both over 30, so unlikely to drastically improve as players. Chelsea know what they are getting with those players; Hudson-Odoi is 18, and in many Chelsea fans' opinions, ready to play ahead of them. Even if the club disagree with that now, these players are getting to the age that the club will need to think about replacing them. If Hazard leaves, Chelsea could be replacing three wingers in the next few summer transfer windows. In Hudson-Odoi, we have one of the best young talents in English football, who is already ready to compete with our current, aging wingers for places. Instead, the club look like they are going to let him go, which will end up costing them a lot more money than the transfer fee from Bayern will generate. Just look at how much it cost to sign Pulisic, another young winger, with 18 months left on his contract and no intention to sign a new one.
  12. Jordan La Cabra

    Football: the winter break

    Another brilliant performance from Callum Hudson-Odoi. He’s definitely good enough to get game time in the Premier League. He can actually cross the ball, which is something that might help get the best out of our strikers, as it did today with his two assists for Morata.
  13. Jordan La Cabra

    Football: the winter break

    Teams just seem to be working out that if you sit back and defend deep against Chelsea, you have a good chance of getting a positive result. For all the attacking players we had in our starting line up, it was ridiculous that we were unable to create more opportunities. Some of the best passing in the game actually came from our two centre backs - they were two of the only players that showed any kind of urgency to get the ball forward quickly. I would like to see Sarri give Fabregas a chance in a game like this; he created more when he came on as a sub in the second half than Jorginho did the entire game. Maybe against opposition that are going to try bring the game to us, Fabregas may not have the mobility Jorginho does, but in games where will have most of the ball, Fabregas is needed, because his ability to take a touch, look up and play a ball forward quickly is rivalled only by Luiz in our squad. Too often the likes of Jorginho and Barkley play two touch but it's always side to side. Given that we have Willian, Pedro and Hudson-Odoi all injured, it would be nice if we had Pulisic around. ETA: https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11668/11597568/chelsea-and-monaco-close-to-cesc-fabregas-deal Chelsea's transfer policy...
  14. Jordan La Cabra

    Football: the winter break

    I think he has looked good value. In my opinion, Hazard, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Kante and Arrizabalaga have been Chelsea’s best players this season. If you compare him directly to Alisson, you’d say Alisson definitely has made the bigger impact, but Alisson has maybe been the best goalkeeper in the Premier League this season. This may be a premature statement, but the only area of the goalkeeping game I think Arrizabalaga is a downgrade on Courtois is his ability to claim a high ball/cross - and even at that, he hasn’t really fumbled or flapped at anything major. In terms of shot stopping, personally, I didn’t think Courtois made many outstanding saves. Already this season, Arrizabalaga has made a few fantastic stops. As for playing out from the back, Arrizabalaga seems much more comfortable with the ball at his feet, and takes more risks with his passing. Chelsea gave Arrizabalaga a seven year deal and Barkley a five and a half year deal, so it’s likely we have given Pulisic a lengthy one, too. So while the fee for Pulisic looks expensive now, unless he is a total flop and we have to sell him, it’s hopefully going to look like a good deal in the future.
  15. Jordan La Cabra

    Football: the winter break

    I think that's a very good point to make, regarding Sancho and Pulisic. As I said before, I haven't really seen Pulisic play, but I know he is a highly rated young player, in a position we will probably need to fill, so it could be a very good deal for us. I'm not sure how long his contract with Chelsea is for, but we gave Kepa Arrizabalaga a seven year deal, and he is older than Pulisic, so Pulisic could be on a lengthy contract, too. As for the transfer fee, in today's market, it is hard to get value for money, especially for a rich English club. A lot of transfer fees paid by big English clubs look excessive at the time, only for them to look good value once the player plays well or inflation grows. Think of VvD, Alisson, Walker, Laporte, Arrizabalaga, to name a few. ETA: As mentioned previously, I hope this doesn't effect Callum Hudson-Odoi's chances of leaving the club. I still wouldn't see the point in spending big to sign Pulisic if we intend to sell another highly rated young winger that we haven't really given a proper chance to. I hope that Chelsea plan to keep Hudson-Odoi and potentially play the two players together.
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