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26 Jan 2021 02:36:27
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25 Jan 2021 22:37:08
Been lurking for a while. Live in the USA but was a British citizen till I was 30. Grew up playing in Surrey. Was a high school soccer coach for over 40 years here in the states.

Anyway I have enjoyed most, and I mean most, posts and insights on this board.

My biggest complaint about Ole, and the staff, is that when they show them on the sidelines it almost looks like they are asleep. I see no fire or emotion from them. I seriously doubt they could fire me up as a player.

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25 Jan 2021 19:09:25
Not sure if anyone has said on here.

But I have to say, Luke Shaw, has really turned it around. Since the signing of Telles, I believe he has transformed into a very reliable player, finally starting to come of age. Fair play to him and I'm happy to say it. I've been very critical of him, justifiably at times, but he really has dug in and worked hard on his game.

He's been superb and well done to him. I hope that it continues for years to come.

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25 Jan 2021 20:00:34
Yep, he was everywhere yesterday. His improving in all areas of his game. He looks a bit trimmer as well, let’s hope he’s turned a corner and got back on track.

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25 Jan 2021 20:20:29
He was probably at fault for the first goal yesterday but I can kind of forgive him for that, Liverpool can rip any team apart, going forward he has been fantastic for a few weeks now. He suddenly looks really fast and is making clever runs that end up creating something. Fair play to him for really stepping up.

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25 Jan 2021 20:41:32
He has played well last couple of seasons now.
He was at fault for the goal and for the salah chance when he went 1 on 1 with ddg. Had better games imo.

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25 Jan 2021 21:03:55
Been great to see him grow though. He's been extremely consistent recently, long may it continue.

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25 Jan 2021 15:42:22
Now that was entertainment and so I am satisfied. Football as it should be and shows what can happen if Utd grow a pair and put the front foot forward.

I thought Solksjaer did well apart from the selection of DvB out of position at No 10, he would have been better with Mata at 10 and playing DvB in midfield.

I was particularly pleased to see Utd go 4 4 2 for the last 25 minutes or so; it worked well and I wonder if there is some future in that line up with Pogba out on the right. Some might say it's a throw back but it's working quite well for Hassenhuttl and he seems like quite a progressive manager.

Anyway, kudos to Solksjaer for his overall team choice, his tactics and his in game management yesterday.

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25 Jan 2021 15:54:55
Well said MancMan.

Things are going really well at the moment and we should all step back and enjoy it for what it is.

Top of the league and we've just knocked our biggest rivals out of the FA Cup.

No need to get caught up in will we/ won't we, just enjoy the good times while they are here and see where it takes us.

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25 Jan 2021 16:09:27
Well said guys.

I get so much more out of a back and forth, late goal, 3-2 win than any number of 1-0, park the bus games.

Let's enjoy the moment.

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25 Jan 2021 17:26:04
Yes manc i enjoyed that game.

Ive said before i don't identify with this team but their spirit and fight is becoming evident and i do identify with that.

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25 Jan 2021 14:51:16
Ed002, With Lampard now gone will this impact Chelsea's interest in Declan Rice?

I know it was Frank who was pushing for him, while others at the club were reluctant to spend big on resigning a player the club had released as a kid.

Could this open the door for United to swoop? Thanks.

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{Ed002's Note - Yes I would think so, he was very much a Lampard pick. Manchester United are interested as I have explained but they need to see what is happening with a couple of players first I would think.}

25 Jan 2021 16:52:59
Shappy, I like Rice and think he could come in and be our modern day Carrick (especially with Carrick there to help mould him) . Defensively he is good and has good energy so will help the defense whilst having an eye for a pass to get the attack flowing well.
For me I would look at Rice or Saul, however I just don't see the Saul thing happening.
Rice would replace Matic even if we have both of them for a year, Would allow for OGS to use McTominy/ Fred as box to box in games we need the energy or the guile of VDB.
I am assuming that Pogba will move on, however if he stays it does not preclude us getting Rice.

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25 Jan 2021 17:30:12
A midfield trio of Rice, Van De Beek and Bruno on paper would look class.

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25 Jan 2021 17:43:04
Brad for me if we are going to play as an offensive midfielder as Bruno then we need to balance that out with a true holding midfielder. Rice would be a good option. His passing while not the most expansive is certainly better than most give him credit for. He is great defensively and shielding the back four, while he is fairly press resistant as well.

You'd then need to pick between McTominay who offers physicality and the ability to drive with the ball, Fred who offers work rate and good quick forward passing or Donny who'll keep the ball better, as the third man in midfield.

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25 Jan 2021 17:54:29
Fred doesn't offer much passing Shappy. Don't be kidding anyone😁.

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25 Jan 2021 19:12:44
Shappy I used to think the same about Rice and his passing which was the main reason I was against signing him, but after watching him more this season I now think passing is one of his strengths. He’s really come on leaps and bounds in that department. Worth looking out for the next time you watch him.

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25 Jan 2021 17:39:07
Thanks Ed.

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25 Jan 2021 19:55:05
I’d still be looking at Zakaria as a holding midfielder. He’d cost half as much as an English midfielder.

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25 Jan 2021 13:19:54
Ok I know it's silly season.
But what about dele Ali. Rice and grealish In the Utd squad. if one wanted to come which one would you take? Or all three!
Sell a) pogba, b) mc Tom, c) lingard, d) Fred e) de beek.

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25 Jan 2021 14:02:41
Sell Lingard bring in Rice. Sell Pogba because he wants to go by all accounts and sell Fred because he can be upgraded on but bring in someone else other than Grealish or Alli. Saul or Sergej Milinkovic-Savic or maybe even Bissouma.

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25 Jan 2021 14:41:01
Rice would be the one I'd bring in. Great player, good attitude and plays in a position we need someone for.

Alli looks to have gone way off the boil, hasn't been good for over 2 years. Grealish is having a great season and looks a player, I wonder if he has the right attitude or whether he could deal with being a regular fish in a huge pond so to speak. While I'm not sure there is a natural place for him in our first team. He plays best at No.10 or LW which is Bruno's and Rashford's best positions, and they are arguably our best outfield players. So do you crowbar him in on the right? or do you shunt Rashford to the right to play Grealish on the left? Neither are ideal. So is he then a rotation option? Do you spend 100m on a player to sit on the bench? I don't think so.

Pogba I'd sell, Fred I'd keep for a season or two yet. He has been one of our best players this season. He has clear faults to his game, but he is still performing better than most.

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25 Jan 2021 15:57:11
SMS doesn’t suit playing dm so I’d steer clear for now deep.

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25 Jan 2021 16:13:07
Marcus was superb on the left last night, and there is always Martial, who, on his day, can be a game changer.

I think the left is well covered. The right needs investment, even if these two new kids are half as good as made out.

You'll win nothing with kids!

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25 Jan 2021 16:22:32
Why would SMS play DM. He is a CM. He would play as a CM, box to box. But we won't be signing him realistically.

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25 Jan 2021 17:33:54
Fred is easily our best DM at the moment.
Ideally I would like us to go for Rice and Fred as his backup.

Pogba wants to leave, so no point in keeping him. Ed said we have a ready made replacement in VDB.

Grealish is becoming one of the best in EPL and for England. But he would cost of fortune.
Instead it would be wise to spend that money on Rice and Upamecano/ Pau Torres.

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25 Jan 2021 12:40:59
Very surprised at Chelsea sacking Lampard. They are only 11 point of the top with a lot of games to play. A couple off wins/ losses for any team can change the whole league its that tight.
Thank god we stuck with Ole hopefully it will pay off.

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25 Jan 2021 12:55:38
They are 9 behind City having played a game less, the league isn't as tight as you are making out, a couple of wins won't get them anywhere and having spent so much in the summer only to get worse I don't think anyone can be surprised that Roman has got rid of him, he is hardly knows for his patience.

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25 Jan 2021 13:07:44
I don't see Tuchel as a step forward. I think Rodgers is perfect for them and the players they have.

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25 Jan 2021 13:16:31
GDS2. Christmas 2020 we where well away form the top (30 points ish I think) and in dire form. After Christmas we were the best team in the league.
I agree that Roman isn't exactly know for his patience but they are far from being dead in the water.

11 points with half the season left its doable in my opinion, don't get me wrong I'm happy for them to chop and change the manager half way into the season, they will probably sack Tuchel before the season is done.

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25 Jan 2021 13:17:31
If Roman was in charge of Liverpool he would have probably sacked Klopp after their poor run of form.

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25 Jan 2021 13:20:03
Wazza Rogers is a bloody good shout he may have fond memories of Chelsea, although it's a poison chalice no manager last more than 2/ 3 seasons there.

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25 Jan 2021 13:34:23
I don't think they bought well in the summer, I thought as team defensively they looked poor last season .
They spent major cash on players i'm not sure they need or fit in .
Not sure about tuchel in the epl either.

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25 Jan 2021 14:49:26
I think that's why they sacked him now. 5 points off of 4th place, with a boost and some better performances they can still get into the top 4 this season. However, if they continue to slide down the table then it becomes much harder to claw back 12 points with 10 games left to play.

I feel a little sorry for Frank, it was too big a job too soon. He literally had only managed for 1 season. Then the 6 summer signings rocked the boat and he didn't have the experience to integrate them without putting his other players noses out of joint.

Players like James and Mount will be around for years to come. But Tomori, Abrahams and Hudson-Odoi it remains to be seen. But dropping them for the shiny new summer signings after they did so well last season has certainly caused tension behind the scenes.

Apparently people at the club were unhappy with him discarding Kepa after the club spent £71m to sign him a few years ago. Although not enough apparently to spend money this summer signing Mendy.

I think there is a lot of politics that goes on behind the scenes most of us will never know about, it seems there's more to this managing crack than getting the team to score goals.

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25 Jan 2021 15:04:46
Only 3 more Chelsea managers till Christmas folks.

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25 Jan 2021 15:14:12
It’s harsh but not really a surprise, this is how Roman operates. I think Ole would have gone, Arteta would have gone, Jose would have gone, even Klopp might have gone. There is no patience at Chelsea, it is about instant success and I guess he’s free to do as he pleases.

They bought a lot of new players, possibly too many, who will take time to integrate so to sack the Manager half way through the season is plain daft. However, look over the seasons since they won their first trophy of this era, I’m guessing they’ve won more trophies than any other team, so maybe it does work?

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25 Jan 2021 15:26:27
AJH Maybe although City may have won more.

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25 Jan 2021 17:37:54
Simon, it is difficult for them to bounce back mainly because several players especially Havertz and Werner are struggling badly.
Lamps doesn't even know his best XI.

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25 Jan 2021 19:42:24
In the last 10 years, City and Chelsea are level.

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25 Jan 2021 12:32:18
Interesting about Lampard being sacked. We could compare and contrast with how Woodward and the board reacted when Utd had a big dip in form under Ole. They stuck with him an inexperienced young manager and so far it is bearing fruit.

Time will tell whether Chelsea and their more proactive approach is the more correct way long term to garner success.

One thing though is that if they have someone from abroad in charge before their next match then with current C.V. rules of quarantine and isolation that mea s they probably decided over two weeks ago to do the dirty deed.

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25 Jan 2021 13:25:30
Agree posted something similar.

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25 Jan 2021 12:12:05
Chelsea sack Lampard. Shame really as I thought he was doing a great job 😂😂😂.

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{Ed025's Note - very cruel scooby.. :)

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