Chelsea 2018/19 - Higuain to save the campaign from going down the drain?

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    Tommy bigot with fetish for footballers getting fingered

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    Another goal for Abraham (13 league games, 10 goals/1 assist - Skewed somewhat by the 5-5 midweek, but still). When do the Chelsea fans think he'll be featuring for them? Next season, or a bit later?
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    FootballHQ Full Member

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    He isn't good enough for them.

    Can see us signing him if we get promoted end of the season.
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    duffer Sensible and not a complete jerk like most oppo's Scout

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    What sort of money do Villa have nowadays, assuming they got promotion? We sold Ake to Bournemouth for £20 mil last year, Tammy is a English centre forward with years left on his contract so would certainly cost more than that.
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    How much dedication actually goes into that? I always assumed it was just like a few months of gym and eating a lot of chicken!
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    padr81 Mr. MoneyBags

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    Mb194dc Full Member

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    I think Sarri needs to change style of play for games away from home when we don't play a full strength team. It's all very well us trying to be Barcelona but unfortunately last night we looked like Wenger's Arsenal at the back, soft. Can see what he's trying to do. We should Keep the 4 3 3 but change tactically, put Kante as a defensive midfielder and play with quick transitions, concede possession and play on the counter attack.

    First goal too easy to get a shot off and should have been saved. Second goal, Christensen mistake with a simple square ball and generally terrible from us. Don't think Willian was fouled either. Referee was pretty awful at times generally though, that is the premier league though. Morata and Willian should have penalties though for me. In any other European leagues at least one of those would be given and probably a red / yellow card as well.

    Sarri needs to adapt to the league, lots of teams are physical and get away with playing in a way that you can't in any other country. Needs to adapt to it. When we play Brighton away unless we have our complete team available to play Barcelona style we should change tactically.
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    Theafonis In love with @Eboue

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    Adisa likes to take afvanadva wothowi doubt

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    roonster09 Correctly predicted France to win World Cup 2018

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    To play as LW or CF?
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    cheeky_backheel Full Member

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    Time is not going to make the issues go away but likely make it worse, as more team catch on to the flaws in the system.

    The core of the problem is that jorginho lacks pace and physicality, and he is defensively suspect. Sarri could get away with it in the slower Serie A, but the PL is a different level.

    The problem is only compounded by Kante not have the playmaking nor offensive abilities required of his new role, while playing him further upfield takes away his biggest strength.

    Current Chelsea lineup is biased, with a heavily offensive left side (Hazard+kovacic+ alonso) and a very defensive right side ( willian+kante+azzi). Thus teams are more likely to attack down the left, hoping to catch Alonso upfield and exploit the lack of pace of Jorginho.

    Sarri will need to either change the formation or his personnel to fix it.
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    Varun Moderator Staff

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    Robbie Boy Full Member

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    "Sarri Ball"! Puke.
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    VorZakone What would Kenny G do?

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    Wasn't Hazard supposed to explode this season due to Sarri's offensive football? Hasn't scored in a while now.
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    Very impressed with Chelsea's tactical evolution under Sarri. The first half they rode their luck, but they were clearly the best side in the second half. Evaded City's press well enough to create a good amount of chances.
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    Adisa likes to take afvanadva wothowi doubt

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    They pass the ball very well. Almost never see them hoof it aimlessly.
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    Interesting to hear that Sarri said that his team find it hard to remain motivated and that they need to find that motivation consistently and not just against the top sides. Chelsea have the ingredients of a title challenge but not the overall application. Obviously you guys need a striker, anyone that Chelsea fans think could come in in January and make a difference?

    Otherwise in the summer I see Sarri moving Azpi back to centre half with a new partner and see 2 new full backs (RB being the more essential), a striker, a RW and maybe a new CM (but not as important). Interesting to see how he gets on, he was my second choice (after Klopp) for the United job, a really astute coach.
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    TheMagicFoolBus Full Member

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    Timo Werner perhaps? Also recent news that Hysaj's agent may push for a move to Chelsea in January, though the agreement between Chelsea and Napoli may complicate things (Chelsea agreed to not activate any Napoli players' buyout clauses).

    Think the team is totally stocked in central midfield, though Fabregas leaving would complicate things.
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    Why would Willian go to europa league standard club? (I know Chelsea are in it but they should be back in CL next season). Barca are usually linked to him. He also seems very happy in London.

    Maybe Victor Moses would interest Everton more, he's really fallen out of favour under Sarri.
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    Not too many teams lining up to obtain Danny Drinkwater. People around Leicester think he will go to Fulham in January to team up with his old boss Claudio.
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    Kovacic's situation is the bigger issue, imo. Not certainties for Chelsea as of yet.
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    Ray_of_Hope New Member

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    Conte made lot of average players look great in his 3-4-3. Same with Marcos Alonso, defensively a liability. The man might cause friction, but he is one hell of a manager. Juventus of today wouldn't be without him.
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    Dancfc Full Member

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    He's excellent at fighting against the odds (probably as good as Fergie on that particular aspect of managing), 2/3 titles at Juve were completely unexpected (the first one was seen as a freak occurrance) and we all know the story around his title win with us. It's when he's made it to the top of the mountain and needs to stay there the problems start with him, he doesn't know how to deal with being a favourite so ends up acting up half because of his personality and half because it takes the attention away from that very flaw, Alegri and now Sarri have got tunes out of players he was basically calling crap.

    It's a shame really because a fully motivated Conte is every bit as good as prime Jose (i really hope he doesn't go United as he's the perfect man to sort out their current predicament) but for one pro there's a con not far behind.
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    cesc's_mullet Get a haircut Hippy!

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    Giroud has really shed some kilos, what a sexy unit.
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    Ray_of_Hope New Member

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    That explains his failings with Juventus at the Champions league. If I remember correctly, Juventus only had one QF appearance in his 3 years.
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    Red Indian Chief Torn Rubber Thus says Kemo

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    Interesting
    I'll be very surprised if he moves Azpi I field. He likes his right back capable of operating as a 3rd center half. Its more likely he might look for another cb super comforable on the left if central defence of a 3.
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    Adisa likes to take afvanadva wothowi doubt

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    Seems like Sarri has decided both his strikers are too shit.
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    ZolaWasMagic New Member

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    Pretty sure we are going to sign Higuain on loan. Just a hunch and media seem to be reporting it, too. Big Sarri favourite
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    redmeister Full Member

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    In the previous seasons his goal tally decline from 34 to 24 to 16 and this season is on target for about 11. He's 31 and looks a tad chubby. It's wreaks of Premier League flop. A bit like signing Sheva. I think just about the worst thing Higuain could do is move to the most physical league in Europe.
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    Classical Mechanic Full Member

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    He’s never looked in good shape for a footballer. Not surprised he’s declining with age.
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    Pagh Wraith Full Member

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    Saw him live today (see Serie A thread). Based on what I saw Chelsea fans shouldn't get too excited.
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    Robbie Boy Full Member

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    Wowzers, Higuain would be a terrible piece of business.
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    tentan Full Member

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    Hazard in the striker role doesn't work, Giroud must play. I don't Chelsea were that bad today, they probably should've won. They hit the bar and post a few times and on another day they would've went in.
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    UNITED ACADEMY New Member

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    Dybala would have been perfect signing for Sarri more than Higuain, but I highly doubt Juventus would let him go with so many ageing players they got in the squad.

    I don't think Kante has been used properly enough. Because Kante hasn't been used in his strength, their defense has finally been exposed.

    He's not Allan! Kante is more defensive type so more effective for defending, he should be used on the left side instead of right side, restrict him from going forward so he can cover Alonso's position when overlapping.
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    Bergman New Member

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    Think Kovacic Jorginho Kante is too defensive. I mean City play with 2 cams and Fernandino. Hope Chelsea dont get Fekir because he's what they need.

    Hazard can work in a false 9 role provided they have in place of Wiillian, another wide forward who can get 15 or so goals.
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    Adisa likes to take afvanadva wothowi doubt

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    Think they're lucky we waited till Dec 18 to sack Mourinho. Would have found the battle for top four a bit harder if they were competing with us rather than Arsenal imo.
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    Pagh Wraith Full Member

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    They'll finish 3rd anyway. Spurs are the ones you may have a slim chance of catching. But I don't see that either. The top 4 is pretty muchs set.
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    Feed Me I'm hungry

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    Chelsea don't impress me all that much. Their success is pretty much exclusively tied to Hazard keeping fit and on form. They're the lowest scorers of all the top sides and I can see them having a slog on their hands in the second part of the season if they don't get a decent striker in January.
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    Robbie Boy Full Member

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    They badly need s striker that can actually y’know, score goals.