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Midfield dilemma

With kante finally back from injury, jorginho and kovacic in inspired form, Mount so important to how we play and RLC coming back from injury at some point, just how do we keep them all happy and give them plenty of game time. 3 midfielders seems to be Frank's preferred option but who gets in there, when everyone is fully fit?

posted 4 weeks ago

Kante & Mount first names on the teamsheet.

The rest will be rotated accordingly, is my guess.
Games coming thick and fast, plenty of gametime to spread amongst the midfield options.

comment by Mike (U1170)

posted 4 weeks ago

comment by BrummieBlue! (U3487)
posted 50 minutes ago
comment by Mike (U1170)
posted 25 minutes ago
Sell Kante to us in January.
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Error, let us think about that for 2 nanoseconds!!
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He'll help us take points off your top 4 rivals.

posted 4 weeks ago

Actually on second-thoughts, as crazy as it may sound...Frank may want to manage Kante' workload thus won't be able to play every match (2 games a week), to avoid injury.

Either way I'm confident Frank (+ staff) will workout the right balance.
Barkley will be the least content in the end, I suspect.

comment by jp1911 (U9072)

posted 4 weeks ago

comment by Chelseamf™®© (U1677)
posted 7 minutes ago
Actually on second-thoughts, as crazy as it may sound...Frank may want to manage Kante' workload thus won't be able to play every match (2 games a week), to avoid injury.

Either way I'm confident Frank (+ staff) will workout the right balance.
Barkley will be the least content in the end, I suspect.
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Completely forgot about Barkley

posted 4 weeks ago

Barkley is a forgettable player.
Got to move him on soon.

comment by BlueJ2 (U4630)

posted 4 weeks ago

I read that in the game against Palace - Kante, who was finally back from his injury layoff and presumably wasn't yet properly match fit, ran further than any other Chelsea player - 11k. And at a higher average speed. He really is a phenom. In many ways Kovacic has been playing a lot like Kante during Kante's absence - running with the ball, tackling, intercepting. And that type of player complements the brilliant technical ability that Jorginho possesses. I was a little concerned that Kante and Kovacic in tandem would lack the subtlety and technical ability that Jorginho brings to the team (not to mention the leadership) - but they totally dominated the midfield against Palace. As others have mentioned, it might take all three of them in the game against Man City.

But in general, I suspect Kante and Jorginho are the two first choices for those central midfield positions. Kovacic has been playing really well this season, so I'm not taking anything away from him. I was absolutely wrong about buying him - that purchase turned out to be a bargain. But I still believe that in most matches he will be backup to the other two.

posted 4 weeks ago

comment by Mike (U1170)
posted 5 hours, 11 minutes ago
comment by BrummieBlue! (U3487)
posted 50 minutes ago
comment by Mike (U1170)
posted 25 minutes ago
Sell Kante to us in January.
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Error, let us think about that for 2 nanoseconds!!
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He'll help us take points off your top 4 rivals.
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I'm quite content to keep the gap between the top four and the chasing pack as it is, if it's all the same to you.

However, thanks so much for your kind consideration and all round thoughtfulness!

posted 3 weeks, 6 days ago

comment by Winston (U16525)
posted 23 hours, 28 minutes ago
comment by Mike (U1170)
posted 57 minutes ago
Sell Kante to us in January.
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Great shout.
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lads...slight mis-understanding here...we usually give you players we no longer need....

which reminds me...where's Matic these days

posted 3 weeks, 6 days ago

JP

Kante for me is in whatever team we play...he's that important

Frankly I'd have played him in place of either Alonso or Azpi at full back just to have him on the field...obviously RJ & Emerson are looking excellent there now

We are suddenly in possession of some brilliant young talent in all positions, even with the continuing absence of Rudi & Rubes...we'll have to integrate them back in too at some stage

Happy times

posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago

comment by Sheriff JW Pepper (U1007)
posted 20 hours, 49 minutes ago
comment by Winston (U16525)
posted 23 hours, 28 minutes ago
comment by Mike (U1170)
posted 57 minutes ago
Sell Kante to us in January.
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Great shout.
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lads...slight mis-understanding here...we usually give you players we no longer need....

which reminds me...where's Matic these days
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Remember when Matic was the final piece in the puzzle to win league for Untied

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