3rd January 2019 at 7:01 am #30714
Oz YobParticipant21 pts
Will miss the big game and aftermath as I’ll be in an area of no service till Friday so here’s hoping I’ll come back to a great win & a lot of confidence. Can’t wait to see the replay as it’ll be an interesting tactical battle regardless. Up the Reds.3rd January 2019 at 8:11 am #30715
sean the sailorParticipant64 pts
Alfie, it’s all about getting results and building confidence and four results will do that so he’s done a fine job. Much slicker and quicker football from what I saw.
As nine had said Chelsea need a striker. I was really impressed by Chelsea earlier in the season and they will only improve under sari but will he be given time if they don’t get top 4?3rd January 2019 at 8:51 am #30716
nine nine nineModerator337 pts
Mak, Chelsea aren’t the finished article offensively and we’re struggling to score two goals from open play in the last 4 PL games plus losing Willian and having Giroud, Pedro and Hudson Odoi all injured isn’t helping. Sarri suggested last night that he wants to make an offensive signing in January and the Club know his thoughts but getting the right player in in January as we know is not an easy task. If we don’t solve the offensive problem I think we might struggle to make the CL places.3rd January 2019 at 9:00 am #30717
Got to feel for Hudson-Odoi, came through this season and did ok but was replaced by Pulisic at the earliest opportunity.3rd January 2019 at 9:26 am #30718
999 making out Chelsea are struggling because Hudson-Odoi is out injured. All 42 minutes of league football he’s played all season have really made the difference. Academy players have no chance at Chelsea. They never have, they never will.3rd January 2019 at 9:54 am #30719
sean the sailorParticipant64 pts
I think Hudson will be some once Munich up their offer
Chelsea need a striker. You can see what sari is trying to do and needs time but I’m not sure he will get it at Chelsea if they finish outside the top 4. They are a very good team but I think it’s between them and utd for 4th
Utd look much better and there’s a huge change at the club now after 4 wins
Aresnal will fade and they just can’t defend
Spurs get stronger as the season goes on and stats show they pick up more points
They have really been hit hard by injuries. I didn’t realize they had so many central midfielders out.3rd January 2019 at 10:25 am #30720
It’s always nice to see academy players coming through. City and Chelsea have probably been the two sides who have been the worst at it out of the top sides over the last decade or so and are arguably continuing in the same vein (Sancho gone, Diaz going, Hudson-Odoi going?). Funnily enough, they’ve also been the most successful clubs over that time so it’s hard to argue with their policies.3rd January 2019 at 10:31 am #30721
Is any side currently winning titles and bringing kids through?3rd January 2019 at 10:49 am #30722
Wasplicker-Chelsea are far too much reliant on Hazard producing every week,otherwise they are struggling big time.Motata,Giroud and Pedro dont score enough,Willian,Jorginho and Kovacic dont create enough,so they solely depend on Hazard doing it all by himself.Arse can easy get that 4th place,imho.3rd January 2019 at 11:02 am #30723
ed – in the current climate of english football, big teams dont have a chance to bring youth players through as winning is so important. chelsea haven’t brought through an academy player to play regularly since john terry which i think is quite disappointing, however their fans will look at their trophy haul the last 15 years and probably will be quite happy. i’m sure they would prefer if they had involvement from academy players but trophies are the priority and both city and chelsea win them.3rd January 2019 at 11:25 am #30724
Some teams may win titles without bringing kids through but it makes their success less sustainable and short term because you neee to keep throwing money at new players to keep things as fresh as possible though that even isn’t always enough in the age of the powerful players. Fergie was the master here let’s be honest. Bet his net spend each season wasn’t very much. In fact it wouldn’t surprise me if Man Utd have spent more money since Fergie left than they did during his reign. But in the furore in the boardroom to try and make something happen any rationale or wisdom gets chucked out the window.
3rd January 2019 at 11:46 am #30726
- This reply was modified 1 week, 6 days ago by Mikus.
I’d argue that Chelsea, in particular, have found a way to make success long term and sustainable via an alternative route. They invest in some of the best young talent around and watch their value grow while out on loan and then sell for a profit. Profit which helps them buy more established, ready-made players. I don’t blame them one bit for it either. It works a treat for them and has kept their net spend at a reasonable level for a few years now. The added bonus is that any absolutely outstanding talent will show while on loan that he is indeed good enough to play. With the exception of maybe KDB, I don’t think they’ve made too many costly errors either3rd January 2019 at 12:10 pm #30727
Remember them selling a certain Oscar for close to £60m?
27-Where on earth are Baba Rahman and Bakayoko these days m8?Lol3rd January 2019 at 12:15 pm #30728
nine nine nineModerator337 pts
The last CL spot is between Chelsea, Arsenal and United but without Chelsea solve their scoring problems in January I think it will be tough for them. Arsenal can’t defend and leak goals so they will struggle too imo, United currently look good but they are profiting from new Manager bounce and the fixtures have been kind to them plus they have a shaky defence too. All of which makes 4th place very difficult to call.3rd January 2019 at 12:15 pm #30729
Don’t disagree Ed, and I mentioned a few days ago Chelsea have adapted best to FFP in recent years. But even so, it’s still not what it could be when you compare Fergie’s record. It’s interesting that a team hasn’t won two straight championships on the run for a few years now in the absence of academy players. In fact, Man Utd were the last team to do it under Fergie winning 3 straight championships from 2006-2009. So it’s not been done for 10 years now which I think says a lot.
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