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What’s the Score?

Not much shorter than a year ago, we lost again against City away from home, with the scoreline reflecting what may be seem as a closely fought 0 - 1 defeat; however to many of us at the time, it seemed to represent Conte’s letter of resignation. Our performance was called "absolutely unacceptable" by Neville, who accused the players of being "mannequins", while Redknapp articulately called our approach "a crime against football".

The team walked out on the pitch with the instructions not to try and win the game, but to try and concede as little as possible. In many respects, they achieved this; both in conceding only one goal, but also by failing to register a shot on target. Yet the scoreline was not the result of dogged-defending and determination. We were entirely at the mercy of City, who could have scored as many as they wanted to, if they didn’t take the team’s apathy as an opportunity to rest.

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These two performances, at a broader level, represent pragmatic and idealistic football at it’s worst. Neither performance should be used to discount the opposing approach to football, and to me, losing in either manner is equally unacceptable regardless of the score.

Following our defeat at City last season, some of our players alluded to Conte’s defensive tactics as the reason for their shameful performance. Fast forward to now, and satisfying the players’ desire to play attacking football doesn’t seem to have worked either. It seems regardless of approach, some of these players don’t want to be managed.

posted 1 week, 1 day ago

comment by Chelseamf™®© (U1677)
posted 19 minutes ago
Only Hazard, Willian, Alonso, Azpi, Kante are ever-present (first-choice) regulars from Conte's side last season...make of that what you will.
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there is absolutely nothing to make from that

posted 1 week, 1 day ago

The rest haven't played as big a part this season or last season to deem whether or not they want to be managed.

posted 1 week, 1 day ago

To make the direct comparison and conclusion, it would only be fair if the first-choice starters from last season remained the same this season.

posted 1 week, 1 day ago

Suppose you could add Rudiger to that list.
Close enough part of the (untouchable) survivors from last season to this season.

posted 1 week, 1 day ago

I'd say out of those names...Azpi, and Kante don't mind being micromanaged. Open-minded to something new/different.
Others....err

posted 1 week, 1 day ago

comment by Chelseamf™®© (U1677)
posted 10 minutes ago
I'd say out of those names...Azpi, and Kante don't mind being micromanaged. Open-minded to something new/different.
Others....err
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comment by Bats (U18355)

posted 1 week, 1 day ago

I remember losing 8-2 at United but on the day, we created a lot of chances and the score line kind of flattered United. The following season we went back there and lost 2-1. But it was much much worse than the 8-2. We went there knowing we would lose and just defended the whole way through the match. Our captain Vermaelen put the ball on a plate for RVP after 3 minutes then Wenger hugged him at HT. That was the day I lost faith in him. Anyway the point is there is that one match where it clicks in your head and you realize this guy has to go. Chelsea fans must know after yesterday that this Sarri guy is a massive fraud and needs to go. Kind of ironic how Chelsea fans always complain about Roman’s itchy trigger finger and now he looks like he’s gonna stick with the one manager Chelsea fans know needs to go

posted 1 week, 1 day ago

True he was working for a bank over, therefore bound to have been working for fraudsters, but he’s washed his hands off with them long time ago.

Do I think he’s fraudster ? Most definitely not, he has had a career before he joined Chelsea and clearly the top brass at the club were fully aware and discussed his ideas of football and how he would achieve it ? Probably this is why the club will stick with him....

posted 1 week, 1 day ago

Talking about frauds, I could name you 7 or 8 frauds that have been turning out for Chelsea these past few weeks !......and Sarri isn't amongst them .

posted 1 week, 1 day ago

comment by Bats (U18355)
posted 2 hours, 30 minutes ago
I remember losing 8-2 at United but on the day, we created a lot of chances and the score line kind of flattered United. The following season we went back there and lost 2-1. But it was much much worse than the 8-2. We went there knowing we would lose and just defended the whole way through the match. Our captain Vermaelen put the ball on a plate for RVP after 3 minutes then Wenger hugged him at HT. That was the day I lost faith in him. Anyway the point is there is that one match where it clicks in your head and you realize this guy has to go. Chelsea fans must know after yesterday that this Sarri guy is a massive fraud and needs to go. Kind of ironic how Chelsea fans always complain about Roman’s itchy trigger finger and now he looks like he’s gonna stick with the one manager Chelsea fans know needs to go
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Err...I want him to stay.

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