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  1. Jordan La Cabra

    Football: pool in to the Final Spur of the season

    Sarri isn't the main problem, but nor are the players. The main problem is a poor management / board structure which makes it difficult for most managers to succeed for long at Chelsea. Ideally, after last season, Chelsea would have brought in a new technical director, set out a long term plan and hired someone they could see at the club for several years. Perhaps they could have also lowered the expectations and demands for a manager with the realisation that Man City were going to be very difficult to topple and that finishing in the top four was going to be difficult given there are six strong teams trying to get into four places. Instead, they waited until pre-season had begun to sack Conte and bring in another flavour of the month manager to come in on a short term deal (two years with an option of a third) with the remit to totally overhaul our style of play, with a group of players that don't suit that style. Despite finishing third, our league campaign hasn’t been an enjoyable one, having suffered massive defeats such as the 4-0 away to Bournemouth and the 6-0 away to Man City. Over the course of the season, we were helped in large by Tottenham, Arsenal and Man United's poor form in the run in and having Hazard, arguably the best footballer in the Premier League. With four games to play, we were fifth, behind Arsenal on goal difference and a point behind Spurs, both of whom had played one game less than Chelsea. From there, we drew three games and won one game (6 points from 12), yet managed to finish third. If Chelsea are okay with letting Sarri go, it isn't because he hasn't achieved his targets. As I said, the league targets should have been lowered to finishing in the top four, which we did. If Chelsea didn't have a transfer ban, we could look at it that Sarri has got us back into the Champions League with a squad that largely isn't his, so with three or four more signings suited to his style, we can try to do better next season. We can't make those signings, though, as we have a two window transfer ban. Instead, we are going to lose our best player, be able to sign no new players, leading to us having a weaker squad than we had last season, that is no better suited to 'Sarriball' than it was last season. If Juve want Sarri and Sarri wants to go to Juve, that may be best for both Sarri and Chelsea. Sarri gets to move onto a better club, who are able to sign players to play his style of football; Chelsea will be able to look for a manager who wouldn't mind having no new signings for all of next season and is able to integrate some of our successful loan players into the squad, which is probably why Lampard is being looked at as an option. Sarri did end up using Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi more often, but fans had been calling for him to include them regularly into the Premier League team long before he finally did.
  2. Jordan La Cabra

    Football: pool in to the Final Spur of the season

    After working his way through the Italian league system, it would be quite an achievement for Sarri to be called upon by the biggest club in Italy. As for Chelsea, it would be a strange situation in which we actually get money for a manager moving on, rather than having to pay them out millions despite no longer being at Chelsea. I can see why some rival fans look at the idea of Chelsea wanting to sack Sarri or being happy to see Juve take him as strange; I would probably think the same if I didn't support Chelsea, considering they had finished third in the league, lost the League Cup final on penalties to Man City, having knocked out Liverpool and Tottenham on the way, and reached the Europa League final. But I see it similar in the way that I looked at Louis van Gaal at Man United. In his first season, they finished fourth, second they finished fifth, but won the FA Cup, so he had something of a success in both seasons, yet he was sacked just after winning the FA Cup. It seemed harsh from an outside perspective, but most Man United fans wanted him out. The football just didn't appeal to the fans (not that Moyes', Jose's and Ole's does). Apparently Chelsea haven't sent another appeal for the transfer ban. In recent weeks, we have given Giroud a new contract and David Luiz a new two year contract (despite our rule of only giving out one year deals to players over 30). It looks like the club may be accepting the transfer ban and planning for the season ahead with that in mind. With our current squad, we are unable to play 'Sarriball'. For 'his football' to work, we need more players that suit what he wants to do, which means signing players. If we can't do that, we aren't going to progress under Sarri. If anything, we will be worse next season, as we won't have Hazard, whose goals and assists this season added up to practically half our total (31/63). I think the ban could be good for Chelsea. There are rumours that Petr Cech is coming in as our sporting director, but he has no experience of that. It would be beneficial, I think, if he had a year doing that job where he could only plan potential signings for the start of the 2020/2021 season rather than actually make them next season. The ban would also force Chelsea to use some of the brilliant young players we have in the loan army, but that depends on having a manager that trusts youth and will base his footballing ideas on what players he has at his disposal, as opposed to having one that has only one way of playing, and needs very specific players to play that way.
  3. Jordan La Cabra

    Football: pool in to the Final Spur of the season

    3rd and two cup finals definitely constitutes as a good season, yes, but we were only two points better off in the league than we were last season when we finished fifth. We won one game out of our last five league matches. I'm not against Sarri remaining as Chelsea manager, but he doesn't inspire me as our manager, at all. It took him until March to regularly play CHO and RLC despite Chelsea fans calling for him to do so for months (RLC did have a few minor injuries). With the transfer ban this summer, we may have to rely on younger players coming back from loan, and I'm not sure Sarri is the guy to manage us in a period with a transfer ban, as he, for the most part of the season, decided to play experienced and out of form players ahead of young and in form players. As Sarri has one way of playing, he needs to build the squad around his style, which means buying players that suit his football. There are quite a few players in our squad that don't look like they suit his style of play. Without being able to sign players, he is going to have to work with what he has got, which will basically be the squad we have now, with a few players possibly returning from loan, and with Hazard, by far our best player, gone. It doesn't seem like the best situation for us to have a manager like Sarri as our coach. I think we need a manager who knows our youth system well and is able to build the style of football based on what players they have available to them.
  4. Jordan La Cabra

    Football: pool in to the Final Spur of the season

    And Allegri hasn't won the PL yet, either. Chelsea, please.
  5. Jordan La Cabra

    Football, a Sterling effort, but Virgil got Dijk'd.

    Well done to all four English clubs getting through to the finals of the CL and EL. Though, from a Chelsea perspective, watching your team do well in the EL is nowhere near the same level of excitement as watching them do well in the CL, especially seeing what Liverpool and Spurs did on Tuesday and Wednesday. I actually like the EL as a competition, as it gives lesser sides in Europe a chance to win a marvellous looking trophy and qualify for the CL, but in truth, it's not a competition I enjoy Chelsea being in. That said, I obviously want them to win it and take it seriously, especially as it's a London derby final. I was really pleased for Kepa last night. To any non-Chelsea fan, he is basically the most expensive keeper in the world and that guy that refused to be substituted off in the League Cup final, but for us, he has been brilliant all season. No dips in form, very few goals conceded that you think he should have done better with, some awesome saves and an upgrade in Courtois in his ability to play out. Overall, I think he has had a very good first season in English football. Hazard scoring a winning penalty with what's probably his last kick of a ball at Stamford Bridge was pretty special, too. Whatever happens, he will be seen as perhaps the most talented player that has ever played for the club.
  6. Jordan La Cabra

    Football, a Sterling effort, but Virgil got Dijk'd.

    I read that Liverpool have agreed an £89m premium with Barcelona for any future players Barcelona try to sign from Liverpool. Apparently it was agreed during the Coutinho deal. Mane would be worth at least £100m in today's market, so Barca would have to add another £89m onto it to get Liverpool to sell him. Apparently Zidane is a big fan of Mane's, though.
  7. Jordan La Cabra

    Football, a Sterling effort, but Virgil got Dijk'd.

    It has been a very strange season for Chelsea. I am delighted that we managed to qualify for the CL through the league with a game to spare, but a lot of that is down to how poor Spurs, Arsenal and Man United have been. If we win our final game, we will finish the season third with 74 points. Last season, that wouldn't have been enough to finish 4th in the previous two seasons. Particularly through the middle of the season, we were dire to watch at times. We just passed and passed without any intention and fell to defeat against any team that showed a little bit of fight. As for Sarri, it took him until March to start playing players the fans had been calling out for him to pick the since early on in the season: Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi. Since Loftus-Cheek in particular has come in, our performances and results have improved. He has had his own recurring injury problem, but for Sarri to have waited until March to pick him on a consistent basis when fit is frustrating, especially when Barkley and Kovacic offered us very little in his place. It looks like we are going to have the transfer ban, which I don't see as a bad thing at all. As we don't have a director of football, I don't trust the people in charge of transfers at the club to make the right signings, so I'd be glad if we couldn't sign players in this window and had to trust some of the players who have been successful out on loan, like Reece James, Tammy Abraham and Kurt Zouma. Another season on loan might be good for Tomori and Mount, but I wouldn't be against us selling Barkley and bringing Mount back for next season. With the transfer ban in mind, I haven't seen enough from Sarri to convince me he'd be the right man for the job if we aren't able to sign players he wants and have to rely on using what we have. A note on Vincent Komany: I've actually been on for Liverpool to win the league this season. I think, after so many years without winning it, it would actually be quite nice to see the club finally do it. However, what a great moment in Premier League history that could have been last night when Kompany fired one into the top corner to win the game for Man City. Kompany is a great professional and the type of leader that any club in the league would love to have. Greame Souness often goes on about 'senior professionals'. Man City are the only top 6 club in the league that has those. Kompany, D. Silva and Aguero are the back bone of that club, leading the team by giving everything they have for the club when they play, which is influencing the next breed of leaders coming through at Man City, like De Bruyne, Sterling, B. Silva. If this is Kompany's last season at the club, he goes out not only as Man City great, but a great of English football.
  8. Jordan La Cabra

    Football, a Sterling effort, but Virgil got Dijk'd.

    1-1 away from home was not a bad result for Chelsea. Eintracht Frankfurt were quite a step up in level from the other teams we had played in the Europa League. In the first half, they pressed Chelsea really well, barely giving us a chance to make a string of complete passes or get a pass to our forwards without them losing the ball. I thought we played much better in the second half, and had more than enough good chances to score a winner. Loftus-Cheek in particular stepped it up and was driving through Frankfurt's midfield brilliantly. Frankfurt players must have tired themselves out pressing in the first half, because a few went down with cramp in the second.
  9. That was a decent point for Chelsea yesterday, considering both Tottenham and Arsenal lost. Neither team played particularly good football, but they both battled hard and put in the effort. A draw was a fair result, on the balance of play. It's really a proper slog for all four teams involved in the 3rd / 4th race, as none of the four can find the kind of form to secure the positions. All it would have taken would have been two of them to go on a half decent run of wins and the battle for third and fourth would be over already, but the fact all four regularly drop points, it's still open. Has there ever been less impressive third or fourth placed teams in the PL than whichever teams finish in those two positions this season?
  10. Would they get such a large amount for him, though? Didn't they trigger the one year extension in his contract, meaning he is signed to Man United until the end of next season? Real Madrid paid only £35m to Chelsea for Thibaut Courtois with only one year left on his contract. Obviously, Courtois had made it very clear that he wanted to go to Real Madrid, which lowered cost, but he had just come off the back of being voted the best performing goalkeeper in the World Cup. Man United would likely be able to get more for DdG than Chelsea did for Courtois, but it still won't be a fee relative to how valuable he actually is as a player, because of his contract expiring next season.
  11. If Man United perform how they did in the first half against City, they should beat Chelsea. Not that Man United were good in the first half, they just pressed and ran about a lot. Chelsea don't like teams showing any form of intensity against them. As for the DdG conversation, if those wage demands are correct, he's asking for far more than he's worth, even with the Alexis deal taken into consideration. On the other side, though, he's absolutely the only player in the Man United side that they wouldn't be able to replace with someone better. He's not been at his best this season, but he is still one of the top five goalkeepers in the world, at least - and Man United are unlikely to be able to sign any of the other four to replace him. Courtois could be an (unlikely) option, if Zidane decides he isn't keen on him, but Courtois is still a downgrade on DdG.
  12. Hazard's performance the other evening against West Ham will go down as one of the best he's ever produced in a Chelsea shirt. Take away the wonder goal he scored to put us 1-0 up, he was still marvellous. I think he is just about coming into his peak as a player. His overall game is becoming more complete. The way he dribbles and shields the ball has never been questioned, but now his finishing has improved, his final ball is getting better and the volume of chances he creates seems to be increasing, too. What I have been most impressed with, though, is the leadership qualities he has developed. He isn't the type to bark orders, but what he does do so well is no matter how badly we are playing as a team, he always takes the ball and tries to win the game, even if it means sometimes it looks like he is trying to do it all himself. It has probably helped him having the experience of captaining Belgium at the Euros and leading them to third place at the World Cup. Right through this season, simply having Hazard playing has given us a chance of winning games. It is fair to say that we wouldn't be sitting where we are without him, anyway. The only pity is that it looks like Real Madrid are going to see the absolute best of him. Given his obvious affection towards Real Madrid as a club and his clear idolisation of Zidane, along with our recent slump in ambition and quality, it's hard not to see why this is the best time for him to finally move on.
  13. Jordan La Cabra

    Football: Bernaburned

    It's all been a bit gloomy at Stamford Bridge lately. But, finally, Sarri starts Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi in the same league game and we win a match convincingly. It's not the manager's job to appease the fans by picking the players they want to play, but it was the first time Sarri did so - and we won, while playing better than we have been. Christensen, Emerson, RLC, CHO and Giroud all deserved their chance to play, so credit to Sarri for proving to the fans that he isn't always going to pick his favourites.
  14. Jordan La Cabra

    Football: Bernaburned

    Meanwhile, in the most glamorous competition in European football... Napoli v Arsenal Villarreal v Valencia Benfica v Eintracht Frankfurt Slavia Prague v Chelsea
  15. Jordan La Cabra

    Football: Bayern Seek the CHOsen One

    The highlight of the game for me had to be when, at 80 odd minutes into the game, with Chelsea chasing a goal, Sarri decides to bring off right back Cesar Azpilicueta and replace him with... another right back in Davide Zappacosta! Was very impressed with Man United. They won most of the balls in the midfield and defended really well. What a player Paul Pogba is. Lindelof and Herrera put in great performances, too. In general, it was just a top quality away performance from Man United.
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