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Cahil will start today but it seems Ivan is getting the chop. Cant really bench Cahil atm as neither Terry nor Zouma is available.
Alonso and Moses trained with the starting XI. (No Ivanovic, Oscar, Cesc in that XI)
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Good news but sad for Cesc.
Exactly what I wanted for now. I want Willian in the middle with Moses in the right wing. Also want Ivanovic to be out. If defense improves then Cesc in place of Matic.
I anticipate huge changes in the team selection for today's match and hopefully it leads to a fantastic win
Based on Alonso's instagram post, I reckon he knows he is starting.
After hearing availability:
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Azpi Ivan Luiz Alonso
Matic Kante
Moses Willian Hazard
Costa
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Conte - "[John Terry] isn't available because he [hasn't] recovered from his injury of his ankle. I think we can see him after the international break."


So are we going to see Cahill and Ivan again? RIP my weekend :c..Atleast Ivan as CB will be less painful
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What's wrong with Gary Cahill?
Tries to be Gerard Piqué and ends up being Gary Cahill....He has ruined our good start to the season.
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Trying the same thing over and over and expecting different results. If I see that same old boring lineup of out of position fullbacks, I hope Hull stomp us, we deserve it. Fraud.
I really hope Conte shows us his fiery side and make some drastic changes tomorrow. After nearly 18 months of disgraceful performances by our first team one would have thought that one of our talented youth prodigies would have nailed a position in the first team by now. Instead we are all forced to watch Matic,Cahil and Ivanovic labour cluelessly on the pitch without fulfilling even the basics of their primary functions on it. Where Rahman was booted for one mistake Cahil continues to play after several bungles costing us precious points and this from a player with no room for improvement. Ivanovic cannot cross to save his life and certainly wont improve yet we will not give aina a chance to mature and grow by playing even as back up to Azpi. I have lost count of how many times Matic has receives the ball on the edge of the opposition box and never shoots but tries to twist and turn with his "two left foot" looking as weird as anything. He is trying to be a box to box midfielder and has failed at it as he offers no attcking threat nor defensive cover- as evidenced by our goals conceded- while RLC who can sprint with the ball and can combine better is wasting away on the bench. I will not even bother to list Cahil's numerous failings we might as well play with 10 men and look better than with him on the pitch. Difficult spells at other top clubs have led to the emergence of youth like Iwobi,Alli,Kane,Rashford,Iheanacho but not with Chelsea, why is this?

Another thing I'd like to mention is the lack of passion and big characters in out current first team. By big characters I dont necessarily imply big money signings but rather players who are ambitious, passionate, have a bit of arrogance about them and generally annoying to the opponents. Of our current lot Costa,Terry and Fabregas are the only ones that fit this bill. In the past we had Ballack,DD,Lamps,Terry,Cole,Anelka etc whom our opponents loved to hate for their fight and fierceness on the pitch. Hazard inspite of his talent is too laid back and that is the reason even the likes of Firmino,Coutinho,Mane,Sterling,Alli might go on to be more reknowned that him despite Hazard being the most talented of the lot. I hope Conte can rekindle that fire in him like he showed in the 2nd half of our most recent title winning season. Courtois,Cahil,Matic despite their size have no presence or personality to push a team forward. Where the likes of Yaya in his primes, Xhaka, Motta, Witsel and even young Rabiot use their height to dominate and bully the opposition in the middle of the pitch, we have a most humble giant in Matic who gets given a merry go round by the tiniest of Lilliputans in midfield.

Last year we were 17th in December so I dont see why trying oiut our youngsters could prove worse. Something needs to change- for the better I hope- this weekend and Conte needs to make this happen.
+3
I liked this quote:

"For a team that continously wins trophies at the U23 level, the Chelsea first 11 looks very old. Ironic."

#justChelseathings

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I think the pressure to play young players should come from the board and the fans. I don't think that is the case at Chelsea. The fans and Roman crave instant success. The fans should care more if they want to see a steady supply of young players getting their chance. I know some Chelsea fans do but it's about having that identity. Not trolling. Just an opinion.
Chelsea went away from the 'promote academy players' model in the mid 90s, when they started buying European talent, and hiring foreign coaches. Roman buying the club only exacerbated that. One of the main reasons was also the horrible academy when he took over.

Roman has been instrumental in shoring up the academy. It is about time they start feeding players in, and the club starts using them. Conte (if not sacked) might be just the guy we need to oversee this.
Gladbach chief Max Eberl: No buy-back clause on Thorgan Hazard; Christensen situation remains 'complicated' #CFC https://t.co/9PdN8u9ala
Hazard himself confirmed the buy back clause and says its left between the two clubs to sort it out. So I don't know what Chief Max is talking about.
£13m buy out clause for hazard.............
I've never even seen him play before he scored those goal that Eden tweeted about. I get from a financial stand point it makes sense to buy-back, 15m is super cheap these days. Has he ever played for us at a B level or anything? Does he bleed blue, or more importantly does he track back?
Why did we sell Thorgan Hazard
#CluelessBoard
we have buyback clause...which will expire end of this season.
It will expire on December 31st.
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Pep has played Kolarov has CB few times already and managed to win convincingly. And on top of that they dont have Matic-Kante to sit behind back 4...its Just one man Fernandinho.

Almost same applies to Arsenal & liverpool who are currently playing Xhaka-Santi & Hendo-wijnaldum in Pivot respectively

IMO attack is best defense...We can have Matic-kante to protect the back-4, but that wont guarantee us from getting exposed at the back.

Rather have an attacking line-up and push opposition back.

-----Kante--Chalobha--Cesc-----

Moses-------Costa--------Hazard
Exactly it all comes down to identity. City have always played good team football where as we rely too much on individual brilliance. When you play as a team, you can take one or two players out or move them around and still play well.

To be honest I've had enough of defensive managers lol...thats why i thought (before we got conte) gettin pellegrino wouldn't have been too bad an option. His teams play nice attacking team football...
We can spend money on players but it wont do nothing. We need a style of play, you cant buy that. Even if we got messi,pogba and hummels we wouldnt win the league lol
Sterling was a laughing stock last season and now he is ripping every teams apart....Hazard who was POTY 2 seasons back is slowly becoming once in blue-moon player. Willian and Oscar look clueless and run like headless chickens with the ball.

I just feel that defensive mentality and lack of style is killing the handful of good players we have....We honestly have better squad compared to Liverpool and Spurs in terms of quality, but we are no match to both teams right now.

Conte really needs to move away from style which helped him dominate the Italian league...I dont care if we suffer like Liverpool did last season as long as Conte can give us a good style and identity this season and target to win trophies from season after.

I know it looks like defensive mistakes cost us both Arsenal and Liverpool games....but that defensive mistakes happened because our players do not have ability to hold the ball and push opposition back inside there own half.

We give away ball cheaply and run like headless chickens to make sh*ty cross which mostly end up in the stands. Willian and Ivan could not get past f*ckin Miller playing at LB lol! that was disgraceful.

If Chalobha and Moses wont get chance even after humiliating defeats like last week...I dont know when they will get chance
+3
Pep really has Sterling moving into another level of play right now. He's looking like the player City thought they were getting from Liverpool.
He is basically looking like the sterling of 13-14
Our Identity is always trying to come from behind.
Baz..I've made the same point a few times on this forum about our over defensive CM combinations. Other teams in europe and domestically get away with playing far less defensive combinations and still boss games. Modric-Kroos, Alonso-Vidal/Thiago, Busquets/Rakitic etc still control and dominate games.

The only thing I'd like to add is that those teams have quick, ball playing and robust defenders which we lack. I think we need to inject more speed into our back for by dropping lead footed defenders and playing more mobile options. That will in turn make the Manager more comfortable to play a more attacking CM combination which must not include Matic at this point. Kante must start and together with a any combination of Fab,RLC,Chalobah and Oscar should give us more going forward.


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