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      12-09-2021, 12:57 PM   #243
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Lukaku is a bust. We're definitely hurting in the defensive midfield and we badly need the starters back in the lineup. Saul is a major bust as well. What were they thinking??
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agreed! I am glad we only have Saul on loan. I keep hearing Hazard is available in January, we should go after him.
Saul Niguez is a bust? Shocked at that. Was hoping to recruit him or Neves for our midfield last year. Chelsea starting to slip with all of the issues with the squad.
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he has glimpses of brilliance but I dont think he mentally ready for the premier league. He always seems about a half pace behind.

Chelsea is feeling the injuries in the middle of the park, no kante, no kova and jorghino didnt play last game nor did loftus cheek.
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I think there are many players considered elite in their respective leagues (Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A, etc.) and then try to transition to the EPL and are blown away by the speed and athleticism in general. In other words, they often take a while to adapt or aren't successful.
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I think there are many players considered elite in their respective leagues (Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A, etc.) and then try to transition to the EPL and are blown away by the speed and athleticism in general. In other words, they often take a while to adapt or aren't successful.
very true! we have seen this a lot at Chelsea, too many players to even list couldn't make the transition.
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I'm not liking what I'm seeing in today's match against Leeds. ANOTHER stupid play on the defensive end by Alonso this time which led to the penalty. Their D went from being the best to now shaky. They really really need their key players back in the lineup.
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      12-13-2021, 06:54 AM   #248
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I'm not liking what I'm seeing in today's match against Leeds. ANOTHER stupid play on the defensive end by Alonso this time which led to the penalty. Their D went from being the best to now shaky. They really really need their key players back in the lineup.
agreed! and I am scared every time Mendy touches the damn ball.
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      12-13-2021, 11:48 AM   #249
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agreed! and I am scared every time Mendy touches the damn ball.
Yeah Mendy tries to be cute and show off his ball handling skills. He's an f'n goal keeper!
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Latest rumors have Pulisic going to Barcelona on loan and he reportedly wouldn't mind because he'd likely be a regular starter there. He'd be teaming up with his USMNT mate Sergiņo Dest.

He has fallen so far down the pecking order at Chelsea that he may be looking to make a move. Another rumor is Rudiger going to Barca too. That would suck for Chelsea IMO.
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Latest rumors have Pulisic going to Barcelona on loan and he reportedly wouldn't mind because he'd likely be a regular starter there. He'd be teaming up with his USMNT mate Sergiņo Dest.

He has fallen so far down the pecking order at Chelsea that he may be looking to make a move. Another rumor is Rudiger going to Barca too. That would suck for Chelsea IMO.
oh shit no way, I wonder who would be coming in then if we are willing to loan out these players.

I heard that Real Madrid was the favorite to take Rudiger for free. we cannot afford to lose him, he has been our top player the last few games!
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oh shit no way, I wonder who would be coming in then if we are willing to loan out these players.

I heard that Real Madrid was the favorite to take Rudiger for free. we cannot afford to lose him, he has been our top player the last few games!
Yeah I think losing Rudiger would have a bigger impact if I'm being honest. I really like Pulisic of course but he has a troubled history with injuries and I just don't believe he can stay fit. Oh and can you imagine how much worse off Chelsea would be if Rudiger weren't in the lineup considering how poor their defense has been of late?
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I just saw on ESPN that Chilwell is rumored to be out for the season. This really sucks. At least Kovacic is back. He made a big difference as a sub this past weekend. It would have been better if Kante made it out of the game healthy. I really want to see the midfield of Kante, Kovacic & Jorginho play together again.
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I just saw on ESPN that Chilwell is rumored to be out for the season. This really sucks. At least Kovacic is back. He made a big difference as a sub this past weekend. It would have been better if Kante made it out of the game healthy. I really want to see the midfield of Kante, Kovacic & Jorginho play together again.
I heard this as well, apparently we are shopping for another LB, Digne from Everton on potential loan deal.

Kante picked up a knock, but would be amazing to see those 3 in the mid, Lukaku had quite the 45 minutes, we need that week in week out.
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Damn, so the title race is over now. To tie Man City it will take 3 loses and a tie from Man City. Just seems impossible to catch them now. And we are tie on points with Liverpool, but they have a game in hand.
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Damn, so the title race is over now. To tie Man City it will take 3 loses and a tie from Man City. Just seems impossible to catch them now. And we are tie on points with Liverpool, but they have a game in hand.
we are one point ahead but yes the race is over haha.
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Congrats to Chelsea for winning the Club World Cup!!!
Nice hardware to have added to their Champions League win.
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Once again it was Kai Havertz that won it for them. Nicely taken PK to finish off Palmeiras. He was the one that got the winner against Man City in the Champions League Final as well. He has proven to be much more valuable than Timo Werner.
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that penalty was stone cold, I was honestly surprised! Definitely paid back his transfer fee with 2 finals!
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I liked the decision to give it to Havertz. I get nervous anytime Jorginho takes it but since he wasn't in the game that was not an option for them. I think this will boost Havertz's confidence in knowing Tuchel gave him the shot to win this huge match. I just think he's going to get better and better now that he's experienced with the EPL.
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Once again I'm pleased with what I've been seeing from Kai Havertz. He is getting better and better and clearly fits into this squad much better than the waste of $$$ Lukaku.
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I could not agree more, we are a completely different team without Lukaku, more speed up front which has been very nice, Havertz and Pulisic are explosive, I can't imagine having a healthy Reece James and Ben Chillwell back, our squad isn't anywhere near its potential strongest self.
what is the deal with Werner? Is he still hurt?
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I was thinking the same. They sorely miss Reece James and Ben Chilwell. Lukaku stayed on the bench last night for a reason. He bogs the team down when he's on the pitch and his so-called "touch" is non-existent.
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No talk about Pulisic taking his chance? eesh
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