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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2611548/Jose-Mourinho-told-Chelsea-board-pick-kids-Liverpool-showdown.html

"It means third-choice keeper Henrique Hilario could start his first Chelsea game in three years to protect 41-year-old keeper Mark Schwarzer."

UM. WHAT. http://replygif.net/i/272.gif
I thought it was all just 'mind games' but it looks as though it might actually happen?
Yeah, but I don't think it'd be as drastic as DM are stating. Probably at most one of Kalas or Ake would be starting. I seriously doubt it'd be as bad as Christensen making his debut and Mikel at CB lol.
I think defence is the only place we will use some key players.

Apart from that it will be: Mikel-Matic; Salah-Lampard/Oscar-Schurrle; Ba.

Not exactly kids, but also not our best players (minus Matic)
You know how people were saying "Jose has too much pride", "he'll play a defensive team", "he'd rather draw than lose"

Well, if the article is true and Jose does play his youth players

I guess all that nonsensical statements are thrown out the window.
Very daring from Mou and the Board if they do continue with it.
LOL i just read the article. That defence is ridiculous, add to that Hilario omg, Liverpool might score like 10.
I don't know about you guys, but I actually have a lot of faith in the payers going into the game on Sunday.

it may not be our "best" team, but it's certainly not a "weakened" team. there is a lot of experience in those players, and really strong midfield ability. also, all of them, (especially the youth) are going to want to take this imitative to show Mou and the rest of the world what they can do.
So, I disagree with a few of you thinking that we'll get destroyed. those guys are going out there swinging, "weakened" or otherwise.
Just saw that januzaj has declared to play for belgium, imo it will be difficult for him to make the starting world cup squad with the likes of hazard, mirrallas, mertens, debruyne, and even thorgan (who is slowly making a name for himself) fighting for the two wing position, but who knows he can possibly do it, because he is a fantastic player for his age and still has so much time to develop.
he wont start for belgium anyways but he'll be a good impact player off the bench
Don't think he'd make it to the squad this year. Even as an impact player. He's a great talent, but Wilmots said he'd be trusting the squad that qualified. Plus in a team lacking experience at the biggest stage all together, I don't think he'd risk Januzaj. I reckon Thorgan would get in over him.
There's no need to rush him in the national team he's still 19 and has a long career ahead of him.
Miralas is out with a groin injury. Most likely will miss the WC. Funny to say it but I think Belgium have more talent than England and he has a better chance of playing for Belgium.
Apparently we've bid 15m for Alberto Moreno. Acc. to Di Marzio.
Very good if true! I think he is exactly the kind of LB we need, and is a better option than Ricardo Rodriguez.
We will regret not going for Shaw. Doesn't matter what United are offering him we should throw in a fair offer and see if he bites. He is a blue at heart after all.
Ramires = has zero composure, little to no football IQ, can't pick out a pass, makes terrible decisions. In other words opposite of Modric lol

Ivanovic = can not cross to save his life, he contributes near 0% in our attack

Azpi = See ivanovic

Mikel = Has 2 assists and 3 goals (2 in fa cup, 1 in PL) so far in his Chelsea Career. Matic in a couple of months already has 5 assists.

Lamps = love you lampsy but he's turning 36. Lost pace, seems to have lost his shot too.

Remember a few years back when we had The Bison, Ballack, Lamps and a trio of Malouda, Drogba, Anelka? We defended very very well but we were also a joy to watch on the break (similar to Madrid now)

Yesterday when we were on a break with Ramires on the ball Torres had so much space in the middle and just needed a decent through ball, but somehow the ball ended up near the opposite corner flag ffs.

We'll be better next season when we have Matic playing in the CL, and hopefully we get some players with good football IQ (modric/reus type)

*Notice how i didn't even mention our strikers, we have bigger problems to address than slapping on a 60million striker to the team

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I think above all, some of these players have mentality issues. These are generally the players that have led us to Europa, CL and FA Cup in the last three years. But also 3 underwhelming positions in the league. Players that almost always arrive for big games, Ramires, Luiz and Oscar. it seems to be a recurring pattern that these guys are inconsistent against small teams (partially due to facing parked buses) but usually raise their game against the big team. We need a lethal mentality. The team almost always starts looking disinterested when 2-0 up, which leads to complacency. Every player should try and destroy every opposition. Once we fix these problems we should be okay. (Along with the tactical dilemmas)
@ethio I'm pretty sure azpi would have more of an attacking intent if he was played on the right.
I think we should reconsider playing with 3 Attacking mids we don't have have quality there anymore we should probably go back to 2 strikers probably that's what Mourinho wants to do I doubt he cares too much about fullbacks contributions to the attack tbh
^ Might not be a bad idea. With a powerful CM alongside Matic it could work (Luiz in big games, someone more disciplined in smaller games)
and it would open up the defenses a lot more having to deal with more than just one striker.
MATCH STATS

Real Madrid Bayern Munich
9(5) Shots (on goal) 18(4)
10 Fouls 10
3 Corner kicks 15
4 Offsides 3
28% Time of Possession 72%
1 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
4 Saves 4
Jose left Bernabeu but his soul still lives there
You forgot to mention what really counts in the end.

1-0
True , great to hear that .
Superb tactics and closing out the wings by Madrid today. Ribery and Robben kept almost completely silent. Reffing was ok but still waiting for the day a ref cards for simulation until it stops. Don't think I'll live long enough to see that unfortunately.
It is sad to lack back on those chances Welbeck and Rooney wasted when they played Bayern.
Thanks to Alonso!
+1
Him and Modric were near-perfect. Now they have to repeat that performance in Munich.
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1 thing i noticed the past 2 days is, Atletico and Bayern cross a looot of times. We need to do this more against teams who play defensively against us. For that though, we need a bigger presence at ST, and better fullback play.

Do that, and eventually the ball will drop for someone.
Every Ivanvoic cross is a turnover. He's absolutely terrible at crossing the ball.
both clubs stretch the opposition and play with width we do cross a lot but only from Ivan.
Willian doesn't play wide and usually hugs the middle forcing oscar wide, Hazard cuts in most of the time and gets no overlap from Azpi really only Torres gives us width on left side sometimes
Yeah that's what i'm trying to say. Ivanovic crosses a lot, but 90% of the time, they aren't even anywhere near a Chelsea player.

While Azpi plays too defensive due to playing out of position.
yep hopefully LB gets sorted next season and hopefully Mourinho will play Ivan with Cahill in CB now instead of Luiz and Ivanovic shows him how much of a beast he is at that position
cross more? is that you david?
+1
LOOOOL
imagine matic and modric as our midfield pairing omg!


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