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What do you think of Zappacosta so far?
I think he's been fantastic and is definitely on par with Moses if not slightly better. Really impressed with his performance so far
He does defend better than Moses but after reading how good of crosser he is surprised he didn't put in one decent cross yet and how poor his passing range has been

Only two starts so can't really judge yet
I think hes the best right back in the world by a mile.
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' Better than prime Cafu '
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Better than Messi tbh
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Sad to see Diego go. My favorite player. I think not only chelsea fans, but the whole premier league will miss him. He's a warrior and a defenders nightmare. Always worked his ass off. True old fashioned striker. All the best Diego
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It's a pity because if he concentrated on the football he was unplayable. Best striker we've had since DD, but an unfortunate ending. Let's hope Morata kills it!
He was a leader , no matter how we played, Costa did his best, when on form one of the best strikers in the world
Well he is the second best striker in Roman's era and one of the best strikes in the world.He single handedly carried Chelsea many of times,many teams feared playing him.Let's home Morata can do the same.
Agreed with all
So often he was the difference. Think about the Arsenal game we just played. It just felt like one of those games where out of no where Costa would find a way to put the ball in the back of the net.

Sad to see him go, but it's irreparable.
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He usually was useless after January same as Matic last season was Costa best year in Chelsea and tbh he was terrible after the Spurs match in WHL.

When Costa is in form he is annoying to defend and his work rate was great but as a striker I think we upgraded with Morata IMO
Costa is definetly a better striker at this moment in time. But Morata is young and yet to reach his potential.
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Only thing Costa is better than Morata is being physically stronger, Morata is a better passer, better dribbler, better vision and his movements are better than Costa

Costa is not as good of a footballer I can't see him playing for a Real Madrid or Barcelona and why Costa struggles for the spanish national team IMO
He is not a good footballer?He is good at what he is supposed to do,score goals.
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LOL @phemon...Costa is a world class killer of a striker. I like Morata, I really do...but to say Morata is better and Costa is not a good footballer is just LOL
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Lol Costa is one of the best strikers in the world. Morata has potential to be better but as of right now he's nowhere close to Costa. And Costa "struggles" with Spain because Spain in general have been struggling.
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I will miss Diegoal. :(
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Last game:
I didn't do a lineup prediction vs Nott. Forest, but i looked back and Theo's lineup prediction was 100% correct so big props to him. And for the Arsenal game only myself and TheBokiya had 10/11 correct, everyone else picked Rudiger to start. No one (except Bokiya) picked just Cesc and Kante to start in midfield.

Next game:
Stoke lost midweek in a shock defeat at Brighton, fan favortie Zouma won't be eligble vs us. Shawcross may miss out as well BUT Stoke's front 3 pose a deadly threat in PSG's loanee Jese Rodriqez, Choupo-Moting and Shaqiri.

Lineup prediction vs Stoke away? Drinkwater is still out, Pedro sustained a small knock vs Arsneal, and Luiz is serving his 2/3 game suspension. Remember, this is what you think Conte will put out.

T-Bo
Azpi AC Cahill
Moses Kante Baka Alonso
Willian Hazard
Morata

Michy, Cesc, Musonda, Pedro, Zappacosta, Rudiger, Willy
i also didn't pick Rud but i put Zapa and Baka for Moses and Pedro

T-BO
Azpi Cahill (only cb that can win headers ) Rud ( need to do the Luiz job of playmaking, looked good last game)
Moses Baka Kante Alonso
Cesc ( tough away game , Cesc will be crucial ) Hazard
Morata

subs : Michy , Willian , Zappa
I think Hazard won't be starting the Stoke given he played the full game midweek. So mine goes:

TBO
Azpi Rudiger Cahill
Moses Kante Baka Alonso
Cesc
Morata Willian

Sub: Hazard, Michy, Zappa, Christ, Willy, Pedro and Musonda
Tbo
Azpi. Rudiger. Cahil
Moses. Kante. Bakayoko. Alonso
Willian. Hazard
Morata

Courtois
Azpi Christensen Cahill
Moses Kante Baka Alonso
Willian Morata Hazard

Rudiger/Cahill can't play middle CB, but I guess might be an option due to aerial duels.

Cesc or Hazard is the tough decision for this game, but Cesc has played so many games recently. And Hazard's return makes up for some of his creativity.
Tbo
Azpi AC Cahil
Moses Kante Bakayoko Alonso
Willian Morata Hazard
Don't think Cesc will start and I think Conte will play Cahill ahead of Rudiger unfortunately

Courtois
Azpi Christensen Cahill
Mosses Kante Bakayoko Alonso
Willian Morata Hazard
Cahill has to start thou , he is the only Ariel presence we have
What a great game it was against Forrest! ..Great to see so many younglings get the chance, now i know what yall meant about the "David Luiz little brother look" lolz - sideshow Ampadu😂

Can we talk about Christensen? As a Dane myself im probably a bit biased, but holy hell he looked so calm and competent throughout the game. And him being subbed in after Luiz red card the other day, ahead of Rudiger, also suggests that AC is first choice to fill in when Luiz or Cahill cant play.
Hope he gets two more games in Luiz absense.

Very cool.
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So we sold 28 and 29 year old who were on toes to leave for almost 100m combained and replaced them with Morata and Bakayoko paying only 10m more as add-on is a stunning deal. Our management are the best negotiators around
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They have been for a while. I think the Torres acquisition was the last grave mistake. Even then, we all loved El Nino so it must be forgiven hahah.

My only thought on your comment is that - there is a good chance that Matic could be the reason United steal silverware from Chelsea/City and others this season, in which case the sale could backfire :P
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Damn we all thought it would be around 30 millions. Gotta give it to the Chelsea negotiators.
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Tomi, Mourinho hits it out of the park in his second seasons anyway. So not to worry, if we know one thing about Matic it's that he isn't consistent. He's going great now, but no player* has an 8+/10 game every game.




*UNLESS YOU'RE CESAR AZPILICUETA
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Though I have to wonder how on earth did they manage to convince AM to pay 50m+ for Costa when we have no leverage in the negotiation. We are desperate to sell him and AM can't play him until Jan anyway. Like how? Secret deals and fees are undisclosed maybe?
United are not as good as they have looked so far. Lets check their results in PL:
- 3 home wins against westham, everton and licester who are currently the
bottom 6 teams in the PL table
- one away win against swansea who are bottom 6th team and only starting to
play decent now. One Away draw at Stoke.
If they beat Southampton away from home in a few days, then only i will believe they are as strong as they have looked.

well the situation aside.. Costa is easily worth 57 mil in todays inflated market imo.
@Sanjeevhital league position doesn't always represent team capability. A few years ago Swansea, West Ham, Everton and Leicester had been a difficult place for United to get points. Everton are no pushover but their form has been pretty terrible in all honesty, but I don't think you should necessarily mock those teams because they're all capable of beating the top 6 teams.
Costa is worth around 100 mil in this market.
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Nobody is paying 100m for Costa. Not for someone who has the potential to wreck a dressing room
A player is worth only as much as the money someone is ready to buy him for. Neymar is worth 200m because even at that price there are a few clubs who are ready to buy him.
With Costa only AM we're going to buy him and he was adamant on not moving elsewhere, so his fee will be on the lower side
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Wait, what dressing room did he wreck? From what I've heard he is really 'nice' guy in the dressing room. He just had a falling out with a manager like a lot of players have. Don't let his demeanor on the field fool you. He is easily one of the most hot properties in football where great No 9s are rare. His value is low because he wanted to go back to AM. Not because he could wreck a dressing room.
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@Sanj, part of the reason all 4 of those teams are part of the bottom 6 is because we beat them by 4 goals each. Agree that we still need to be truly tested, but just something to think about.
I am not saying they are bad teams. Just saying they are not in a good form to really test the capabilities of a team like United. Southampton tomorrow will be a good test.
There are tougher games in the league for sure since we didn't play a team in the top six as of yet but we also need to beat the mid table teams that in the past had spoilt our form.

Just gotta take one step at a time :)
We replaced Matic and costa well but I don't think we added to the squad well with the exception of Rudiger.
Don't care how much we sell our fringe players for if club pays £60M for the likes of Zappacosta and Drinkwater
Yaldho just trying to justify Man Utd breaking the bank every transfer window with that random fee pulled out of his ass. Not even Aubameyang was worth 100, like 60-70. Only players who’ve broken the transfer record lately are young too. Stop being so blinded by your hate to Chelsea, it’s embarrassing man
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Lol I'm just stating my opinion. If u don't like it. That's fine. Stop acting like a 5 year old and taking everything personally.

What does Costa's value have anything to do with Man utd.? Lol
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I’ve seen enough of your comments to know you hate on everything and anything Chelsea does, and how can I be taking it personally when you’re on our forum talking about Chelsea related things? You need to reanalyse what that word means mate. Costa isn’t worth 100m in any market, not even one inflated by Man Utd and PSG, that’s not even downplaying his ability, he’s been a great striker for us, but mainly cus of his age and attitude problems. Argue with reason next time 👍
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See u have no idea what I am talking about. You can disagree about what I say but don't be telling me s**t like how I should act on the Chelsea forum. That not for u to say. So have a good day sir!
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Thank you for everything Diego!
Good Luck in new place...opps
I mean old place..
+5
good luck Diego , such a shame he has to go out like this
For 57m.. Marina and Emenalo take a bow.
Finally Costa will have a medical at A.Madrid ,I am glad this is will be over

http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11668/11046308/chelseas-diego-costa-set-for-atletico-madrid-medical
Fantastic news even more so for 57m.
I feel kinda sorry for Morata. He is not getting any minutes on the easy games to score easy goals. I feel like he should have gotten 15 minutes to score a goal or two in the CL game particularly.
Why would he need to score against easy opponents?
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Because at the end of the season, all we will know is how many goals he scored and not against which opponents he scored.
Morata is not going to score 30 goals a season, we all know that. Remember Drogba only managed to score more than 20 a season like 2 or 3 times? It was his play and presence in the game that everyone valued so much. Same with Costa, he barely managed to 20 in his first season and last season yet we know how well he did.

Morata will get 15-20 goals, 25 if he is lucky. TBH, I don't care if he won't win the golden boot, as long as he puts in performance in important games.
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Like Mourinho said when asked of Lukaku - goals is important, yes, but only one factor when considering how well the player is doing.

People keep complaining, board messed up on Lukaku, Morata only scored with his head, no goals with feet, this, that

Tell me this, would you rather a Lukaku scoring 2 goals after 80' when the match is finished, or a Morata who got us from 0-3 to 2-3 with 9 men vs Burnley?
+1
I rather have Morata fully tested for Stoke , it doesn't matter if he scores 30+ goals , as long as he delivers his 100% he will score and anyway if Morata is injured, we are doomed so it will be good that Michy is still getting decent amount of game time
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You guys forgot Morata is stull just getting used to the team. A few easy games and goals will boost his confidence. I am not saying start him for easy games like yesterdays. Play bats for 75 mjns and morata for 15 mins. But maybe Conte knows Morata is already full of confidence and dont need easy goals.
I stand by my words, I'd rather have Morata or anyone who can fight and win us games when it matters rather than scoring like a hat-trick after 80' when the match is already a blown out.

@Sanjeev, at this point, Bats needs more of a confidence boost rather than Morata. Morata kept trying and seemed to not lack any confidence. Bats on the other hand, disappeared completely in some matches.
Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eExQ4Ug6sos

Pretty nice to see a Belgian front 3, all doing very well.

What are your thoughts on Musonda and Michy (in general, not just based on this game)?
Hazard was doing Hazard stuff
I was happy that Musonda scored , he is really good
I'm happy Michy scored a hat trick , though he probably wanted to score a better third goal
Musonda's movement was very, very impressive. He never stopped moving, but never wasteful in his energy. For large parts of the game, he was easily the best player on the pitch.

Also, I love how Hazard has now properly grown into a leader. You can see how much Musonda looks up to him. At the beginning of the game, Eden sacrificed his preference to let Charly start on the left, which helped Charly start well I feel.

Michy scored 3, and I really want him to do well, but you could see Cesc being left frustrated at times. He still has not developed a chemistry with those playing behind him.
Musonda looked like he belonged. His play is very similar to Willian and Hazard, and his touches were sure and composed all game long.
Thanks for the feedback guys!

Charly is a gifted dribbler, it's true, but I think he's potentially a mixture between Hazard and Kanté; both very skilled and hard-working in defence too.
He obviously won't be as great a playmaker as Hazard or a DM like Kanté, but he's a good hybrid. What's crucial is that he feels good and then he'll flourish.


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