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Re: 2015-16 EPL Season
« Reply #45 on: August 16, 2015, 12:47:45 PM »

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So, Who, as a Chelsea fan, losing to City like this and being able to salvage just a point against Swansea, is there any sort of concern?

What do you think is the problem/missing? I'd be really interested in hearing your thoughts on this.
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Re: 2015-16 EPL Season
« Reply #46 on: August 16, 2015, 12:51:00 PM »

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Mourinho = feels like he is starting to implode again. Picking fights left and right. Looking more and more likely that he is just not a manager who can last more than 3-4 years at a football club. That his style of management ("us against the world", "everyone is against us") isn't suited to the long haul.

Re: 2015-16 EPL Season
« Reply #47 on: August 16, 2015, 12:52:58 PM »

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Mourinho = feels like he is starting to implode again. Picking fights left and right. Looking more and more likely that he is just not a manager who can last more than 3-4 years at a football club. That his style of management ("us against the world", "everyone is against us") isn't suited to the long haul.

Are you any at all concerned this early? You think they getting another player would change what's happening right now with two weeks left in the season? Or is it deeper than that?

Also, man. If City is playing like this, AND they get De Bruyne, they may very well just bag the title.
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Re: 2015-16 EPL Season
« Reply #48 on: August 16, 2015, 12:53:27 PM »

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In terms of the squad:

(a) Not enough depth in defense. Only 6 first team defenders.
(b) too much pressure on Hazard in the final third. He needs more help. Another speedy one-on-one play who can take on defenders.
(c) not enough quality depth in central midfield behind Matic and Fabregas
(d) not enough depth up front behind Costa.

Re: 2015-16 EPL Season
« Reply #49 on: August 16, 2015, 12:55:44 PM »

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What in the world happened to Radamel Falcao?

I remember he was once on of the top strikers in the world. He got hurt and he was down to surplus?
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« Reply #50 on: August 16, 2015, 12:56:34 PM »

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In terms of the squad:

(a) Not enough depth in defense. Only 6 first team defenders.
(b) too much pressure on Hazard in the final third. He needs more help. Another speedy one-on-one play who can take on defenders.
(c) not enough quality depth in central midfield behind Matic and Fabregas
(d) not enough depth up front behind Costa.

Raheem Sterling weirdly fits this bill.

Any ideas on who they could get in the last two weeks for this to be addressed? 
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Re: 2015-16 EPL Season
« Reply #51 on: August 16, 2015, 12:59:55 PM »

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In terms of the squad:

(a) Not enough depth in defense. Only 6 first team defenders.
(b) too much pressure on Hazard in the final third. He needs more help. Another speedy one-on-one play who can take on defenders.
(c) not enough quality depth in central midfield behind Matic and Fabregas
(d) not enough depth up front behind Costa.

Raheem Sterling weirdly fits this bill.

Any ideas on who they could get in the last two weeks for this to be addressed?

I don't expect them to sign anyone like that. Maybe Pedro. Jump in and steal him away from the two Manchester teams.

I think Chelsea will get another CB which we badly need but nothing else. I think we'll miss out on Stones and pickup a cheaper alternative at CB. Someone under the radar.

Re: 2015-16 EPL Season
« Reply #52 on: August 16, 2015, 01:14:03 PM »

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In terms of the squad:

(a) Not enough depth in defense. Only 6 first team defenders.
(b) too much pressure on Hazard in the final third. He needs more help. Another speedy one-on-one play who can take on defenders.
(c) not enough quality depth in central midfield behind Matic and Fabregas
(d) not enough depth up front behind Costa.

Raheem Sterling weirdly fits this bill.

Any ideas on who they could get in the last two weeks for this to be addressed?

I don't expect them to sign anyone like that. Maybe Pedro. Jump in and steal him away from the two Manchester teams.

I think Chelsea will get another CB which we badly need but nothing else. I think we'll miss out on Stones and pickup a cheaper alternative at CB. Someone under the radar.

They're getting that Rahman fellow, it should boost the defence.

What are the chances of Higuain going to Chelsea? Those are the juicy rumors.
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Re: 2015-16 EPL Season
« Reply #53 on: August 16, 2015, 01:18:50 PM »

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Didn't think we had much chance against City, result doesn't surprise me at all. Looked completely incapable of scoring more than 2 goals a game in the pre season and nothing has changed.

The incident with the team doctors has been stupid and unnecessary. Really disappointing from Mourinho. I did so enjoy watching Eva Carneiro on the sideline.

Ramires has been poor for a couple of years.

Costa is always injured or hampered by injury. Don't think that will ever change.

Cuadrado is just useless, waste of money.

Falcao was finished after he injured his knee. Ridiculous to buy him.

Always a very tough ask to win back-to-back titles and never got my hopes up for that. Probably a season to focus more on the Champions League. I'll be happy with a top 4 finish in the Premier League.
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Re: 2015-16 EPL Season
« Reply #54 on: August 16, 2015, 01:31:46 PM »

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What are the chances of Higuain going to Chelsea? Those are the juicy rumors.

I don't think there is anything to those Higuain rumours. Nobody rates him highly enough anymore to pay the type of money that Napoli are asking for him. I don't think he is moving anywhere.

I am not high on Higuain myself. Misses too many chances in big games. Cost Argentina the World Cup. The Copa America. Cost Napoli a Champions League place late last season. I don't think he is well suited to the pace and physicality of the Premier League either. Better off finding a way to go back to Spain.

I don't think Higuain is an answer to anything. Just another good but not great player. Won't raise the standard of the first XI.

Re: 2015-16 EPL Season
« Reply #55 on: August 17, 2015, 02:14:03 PM »

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What are the chances of Higuain going to Chelsea? Those are the juicy rumors.

I don't think there is anything to those Higuain rumours. Nobody rates him highly enough anymore to pay the type of money that Napoli are asking for him. I don't think he is moving anywhere.

I am not high on Higuain myself. Misses too many chances in big games. Cost Argentina the World Cup. The Copa America. Cost Napoli a Champions League place late last season. I don't think he is well suited to the pace and physicality of the Premier League either. Better off finding a way to go back to Spain.

I don't think Higuain is an answer to anything. Just another good but not great player. Won't raise the standard of the first XI.

I know this much - if you get him, you won't have him taking penalties for you... :)  His miss in the Copa America was beyond dreadful.  Still, he's a superb striker otherwise, and his back is supposed to be fine now.  Huge upgrade over the now-diminished Falcao and Remy. 

Too bad Mou doesn't like to play two up top, as I think it would be fascinating to see Costa with a partner who could play off of him. 

Re: 2015-16 EPL Season
« Reply #56 on: August 17, 2015, 02:19:33 PM »

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In terms of the squad:

(a) Not enough depth in defense. Only 6 first team defenders.
(b) too much pressure on Hazard in the final third. He needs more help. Another speedy one-on-one play who can take on defenders.
(c) not enough quality depth in central midfield behind Matic and Fabregas
(d) not enough depth up front behind Costa.

Raheem Sterling weirdly fits this bill.

Any ideas on who they could get in the last two weeks for this to be addressed?

Juan Cuadrado fits the bill, as well.  Great talent, but he'll never reveal that for Chelsea unless he gets the opportunity to settle in England and PL.  It's quite a change in the style of play between Serie A and the PL. 

Cuadrado, if fit, is a willing runner and defender.  In the last World Cup, he was nothing short of a revelation, so I know he is capable of playing at a very high level on the big stage.  Love to have him at City, he would fit well for us!

Re: 2015-16 EPL Season
« Reply #57 on: August 17, 2015, 02:23:07 PM »

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What in the world happened to Radamel Falcao?

I remember he was once on of the top strikers in the world. He got hurt and he was down to surplus?

I believe it was a full tear of his cruciate, sustained at 29, knocking him out of the last World Cup.  He's never regained his top form, although that may simply be evidence of van Gaal Syndrome, a dreaded malaise that killed not only Radamel, but also Robin and Roo... ;D
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Re: 2015-16 EPL Season
« Reply #58 on: August 19, 2015, 10:46:37 AM »

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So, apparently, from what I've read on Sky Sports, Chelsea just swooped in for Pedro. How did United blew that one?

And I don't know how good Nicolas Otamendi is, but I know how good Kevin De Bruyne is. And apparently, both will sign to City. De Bruyne would probably bolt them to the title.
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Re: 2015-16 EPL Season
« Reply #59 on: August 19, 2015, 11:20:41 AM »

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So, apparently, from what I've read on Sky Sports, Chelsea just swooped in for Pedro. How did United blew that one?
Reports of Pedro having 2nd thoughts about playing for Van Gaal because of how Van Gaal has treated both David De Gea and especially Victor Valdes who is a close friend of Pedro from their Barca days.

I am surprised more players do not avoid Van Gaal. He has a long list of problematic relationship with players throughout his career.

 

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