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  1. JordanJH1993

    Football - To Russia with Löw

    This might be where Emery's experience in working within a managerial structure comes in handy. £50m + what they recoup on sales doesn't seem much in this market, but Sven Mislintat seems to have a keen eye for identifying talented players on affordable prices. Emery, having worked alongside Monchi at Sevilla, should be well prepared for working in an environment where recruitment isn't entirely up to him, either.
  2. JordanJH1993

    Football - To Russia with Löw

    New Sunderland owner is considering bringing Chris Coleman back to the club three weeks after he was sacked. Emery this, Arteta that... there’s still time for Ivan Gazidis to bring Mr. Wenger back home.
  3. JordanJH1993

    Football - To Russia with Löw

    This is a real shock. I think everyone was convinced Arteta’s annoucement was only a matter of time.
  4. JordanJH1993

    Football - To Russia with Löw

    Difference with Willian is that a lot of Chelsea fans want to see the back of Conte, so some of them probably don't really care about Willian's picture. With Willian, as brilliant as he can be, he has a tendency to do it in spells rather than on a consistent basis. If Conte staying is enough to make him want to leave, I don't think it would be a massive loss to Chelsea, especially if we could get a decent fee for him.
  5. JordanJH1993

    Football - To Russia with Löw

    According to Sky Sports, Man United are interested in signing Willian. That's no surprise, given that they were interested in him last summer, too. Now that he is clearly at odds with Conte, the rumours are only going to start again. Willian posted a picture of the team celebrating the FA Cup victory and edited Conte out of it by covering him with emojis. Quite childish, really. Conte is still the manager, whether that be for much longer or not. Looks like Willian has made his stance clear: if Conte stays, he is gone. As for Willian and Man United, I'm not entirely sure how wise it would be for them to pursue him. Like Alexis Sanchez, he turns 30 this year. For Chelsea, he primarily plays on the right wing, but I'd imagine that if we didn't have Hazard, Willian would prefer to play on the left wing, where he could cut inside to shoot or create chances. Man United are already overloaded on that side, with Alexis, Rashford and Martial. Surely if Willian was to be signed that would bring the end to one of their Man United careers - most likely Martial's. Obviously, Man United could sign him to play on the right wing - a bit of a problem area for them this season - but surely there would be better options than someone who will be 30 at the start of the new season.
  6. JordanJH1993

    Football - To Russia with Löw

    Spain squad for the World Cup: Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Pepe Reina, Kepa Arrizabalaga Defenders: Dani Carvajal, Alvaro Odriozola, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Ramos, Nacho, Cesar Azpilicueta, Jordi Alba, Nacho Monreal Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Saul, Koke, Thiago Alcantara, Andres Iniesta, David Silva Forwards: Isco, Sergio Asensio, Lucas Vazquez, Iago Aspas, Rodrigo, Diego Costa
  7. JordanJH1993

    Football - To Russia with Löw

    Hard to feel too much joy from that FA Cup win yesterday. Firstly, it was won by playing the most negative brand of football. Yes, the tactics worked on the day, but it’s painful to watch when your starting XI is, man for man, better than your opposition. Secondly, the outlook for next season looks bleak. Conte will probably be sacked, as it seems there are problems between him and key players in the team. Sacking Conte wouldn’t even be enough to guarantee those players stay, given that they may want to leave to join a team playing in the Champions League. That also complicates things when it comes to signing players, as many of our targets to replace our outgoing players would surely rather join Man City, Man United or Liverpool, should they also be interested. Even if we do sack Conte, I don’t think there are any outstanding candidates to replace him out of the managers that will be available. The task on hand for the next manager to sort out this squad after the season that’s just gone past isn’t an enviable one. Finishing in the top four would be a massive achievement. Our best course for qualifying for the Champions League next year might actually be via the Europa League. Luis Enrique is probably the most likely option to replace Conte, and I have my reservations about him, but if I were him, I wouldn’t be looking at the Chelsea job as a particularly appealing one. Unless the new manager can be guaranteed to have a lot of money to spend, I can’t imagine too many big names will be rushing to take Conte’s place.
  8. JordanJH1993

    Football - To Russia with Löw

    I can’t help but still like him, but I’m not sure if I would want him back. Plus, I know you’d miss him too much!
  9. JordanJH1993

    Football - To Russia with Löw

    Well, that was far from a good game. I doubted Conte’s tactics before the game - picking Bakayoko over Willian - but it worked. Man United aren’t able to break teams down, so it made sense to try grind the game out at 1-0 rather than continuing to take the game to Man United in search of a second. If Conte is to be sacked or leave the club, he can go out with two trophies in two seasons, which looks brilliant on paper. The reality is that we have been terrible in the league in 17/18, and as good as winning the FA cup is, it’s polished a turd of a season. The games we have lost and the way we have lost them has shown that there’s something wrong between the players and the manager. None of the players that were asked about Conte after the game said they wanted him to stay. It’s a shame that it came to this, as many Chelsea fans thought we had finally found a manager who was going to truly replace Mourinho at the club.
  10. JordanJH1993

    Football: CLeaning up

    I've said before that I thought Jardim seemed to be the perfect fit for Arsenal. Given that they are restructuring their managerial system, though, I no longer feel he would suit. Seems like they want more of a head coach, with managerial duties that once belonged to Wenger now being handed over to other figures. With that in mind, it makes sense that they seem to be favouring Arteta.
  11. JordanJH1993

    Football: CLeaning up

    Chelsea's hunt for a new manager dealt a blow, as Napoli have held talks with Sarri over a new deal. My first choices would have been Simeone or Allegri, both of whom are unrealistic targets, though. I wasn't overly keen on the idea of Sarri initially, but I've accepted that we are unlikely to even compete for the title every single season as we used to, so it would be nice to be entertained by the football we play, at least. For that reason, the idea of Sarri getting the job has grown on me, but it looks like he might be staying at Napoli. Luis Enrique will probably emerge as favourite. Not totally sold on him. His wage demands will be high, and considering Chelsea will likely have to pay off Conte and his entire staff if he is sacked, Luis Enrique might end up pricing himself out of the Chelsea job, should he want it. A wild card - an unlikely one, at that - would be Zidane, for me. He may not be known as a master tactician, but he seems to deal with dressing rooms well, which is a particular problem at Chelsea. Ancelotti did well at Chelsea, by managing the players and letting them express themselves on the pitch. To be fair to Ancelotti, he wasn't sacked because the team were doing terribly or because he had 'lost the dressing room'; he was sacked because we didn't retain the title in a period that the title was between Chelsea and Man United. The landscape has changed a lot since then, with more teams competing for the title, so you'd imagine Abramovich wouldn't have sacked Ancelotti if it was in 2018. Like Allegri and Simeone, though, I don't see Zidane as a realistic target. http://www.skysports.com/football/news/12962/11375385/maurizio-sarri-in-talks-over-new-napoli-deal
  12. JordanJH1993

    Football: CLeaning up

    It was nice to see El Niño lift a major trophy with his boyhood club.
  13. JordanJH1993

    Football: CLeaning up

    Another that could have done a job would have been Cresswell, who has played as LCB for West Ham quite a bit. And he can cross-well...
  14. JordanJH1993

    Football: CLeaning up

    Goalkeepers: Butland, Pickford, Pope Defenders: Walker, Trippier, Alexander-Arnold, Stones, Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Young, Rose Midfielders: Dier, Delph, Henderson, Loftus-Cheek, Lingard, Alli, Sterling Forwards: Kane, Rashford, Vardy, Welbeck
  15. JordanJH1993

    Football: CLeaning up

    The few changes I'd make from your squad would be: Young over Bertrand - I think Young is a better crosser of the ball, and this season it seems he has assumed a leadership role at Man United, which might be valuable amongst in the England team. Tarkowski over Lascelles - I see what you mean about Lascelles having the experience of being a captain, but I'd say Tarkowski is probably better on the ball, which seems to mean a lot to Gareth Southgate when it comes to centre backs. Wilshere over Lallana - I think Southgate will pick Lallana, but if his reason for neglecting Wilshere is his injury problems, it seems strange to pick Lallana, who has struggled with injuries all year. Wilshere, despite previous injury problems, has played 38 games in all competitions compared to Lallana's 13. Welbeck over Sancho - I haven't seen much of Sancho, to be fair, and some others have suggested picking him, so he must be decent, but I think it might be a tournament too soon - same for Ryan Sessengon. Welbeck has a good record for England and has looked decent in recent months for Arsenal. It helps to have versatile players like Delph, Young and Welbeck in a tournament squad. Also, I wouldn't take Shelvey. A lot of people have been calling for him to be picked, but I haven't seen enough of him to agree with them. I'd take Trippier, but would also take Alexander-Arnold, given that Walker seems to be taking a role as right centre-back for England.
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