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Chelsea 3-0 Dynamo Kiev (1st Leg) - Thursday 7th March, 2019

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Pleased with our recent games, we are getting results and performing much better. Think it will be tougher than expected, however if we manage to win without conceding i think we will ease to the quarters finals. Sarri finally started rotating on a regular basis so it would be nice to see Ruben and Odoi both start, perhaps even Ampadu.

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Giroud is dominating this competition. 6 goals in 7 games. 

Kepa

Dave------Rudiger---Christensen---Alonso

Kovacic

Barkley------Ruben

CHO-------------------Willian

Giroud

 

 

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Got to be honest, don't fancy Kiev without Rebrov and Shevchenko here.

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Should have been 2

Pedro at point blank range hits the keeper

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Willian is looking like he is not really up for this tonight... 

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Pedro with another gift that goes begging.. 

Pedro could have been on his hat trick by now if he had been more clinical... 

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Played really well against a fairly young Kiev side so far... could have had 4 with all the chances we have had... great energetic performance overall

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Yeah very good performance so far.

Might be life in the old dog yet, with Pedro. Hopefully he can maintain his recent good form.

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Surprised he has not added to his goals the amount of decent chances he has had... 

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Barkley’s worked very hard tonight. Credit where it’s due. Kovacic as well. Both have got through a lot of running, think that’s why we’ve seen the midfield changes just now. Both Barkley and Kovacic were leading the press onto Dynamo Kiev’s centre backs which they have failed to bypass the whole game and it’s allowed us a lot of control.

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Kovacic’s best trait is his technical ability. Very good at maintaining possession and you’d back him under pressure in many situations. It’s his best attribute, just a shame he can’t make more use of this ability in the final third.

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2 minutes ago, carefreeluke said:

Kovacic’s best trait is his technical ability. Very good at maintaining possession and you’d back him under pressure in many situations. It’s his best attribute, just a shame he can’t make more use of this ability in the final third.

It's looking like he will probably not be with us next season which is a shame in some respects... it takes a season for some players to settle in and get used to the league but taking that adjustment into consideration he has slotted in fairly well I thought and been very much part of the team.. 

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Great bit of play there and unlucky not to score from it... 

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Great performance tonight... a few wobbles near the end there but overall very solid at the back and decent going forward.. Pedro must be kicking himself at all those missed chances.. kept a clean sheet as well which was the most important thing.. 

Great to see CHO and Reuben Loftus-Cheek combining for the goal at the end there.. 

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19 minutes ago, Bluewolf said:

It's looking like he will probably not be with us next season which is a shame in some respects... it takes a season for some players to settle in and get used to the league but taking that adjustment into consideration he has slotted in fairly well I thought and been very much part of the team.. 

He needs to offer more perhaps in the final third although I think he sometimes take some more slack here than he deserves because we come up short in this field in other areas. He's a good utility man for midfield.

Also, in the last 2-3 months Kanté has improved a lot on the ball and in an attacking sense.

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Great attitude tonight but a few things

Willian still needs upgrading on. 

Reuben Loftus-Cheek and CHO need to start in these games moving forward

Kovacic should only be a rotation option for Jorginho

Alonso and Zappacosta both are not good enough. They were a shambles tonight. 

 

 

 

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Could have been much worse for Dynamo especially in the first half where Pedro could have got a hat trick. In the second as usual we slowed down and Willian's free kick sealed the deal. Pleased to see our academy combining for the third, they should get more time i say it every time. They aren't young they are already good enough.

Agreed on Alonso but Zappa was okay. Emerson and Azpilicueta are okay, their backups are piss.

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Best route for CL football now. No way will we beat Liverpool or United, and we will continue to drop points against teams that sit back. 

At least in Europa, teams will be far more open. Not to mention our team is built for a cup run. 

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17 hours ago, Cicero said:

Best route for CL football now. No way will we beat Liverpool or United, and we will continue to drop points against teams that sit back. 

At least in Europa, teams will be far more open. Not to mention our team is built for a cup run. 

We can only hope we have an easy run to the final, on the other hand Sarri's record of winning finals and Cups isn't helping.

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4 hours ago, True Blue said:

We can only hope we have an easy run to the final, on the other hand Sarri's record of winning finals and Cups isn't helping.

Nor was Conte yet we won the FACup

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3 hours ago, Cicero said:

Nor was Conte yet we won the FACup

True however Sarri didn't win one single trophy in his entire career. While Conte already won titles in Italy.

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2 minutes ago, True Blue said:

True however Sarri didn't win one single trophy in his entire career. While Conte already won titles in Italy.

But never a cup competition. But he changed that. Why?

There are winners in the team, in spite the inconsistent mentality. This team made it to 3 finals in 3 years. One under Sarri against one of the best PL sides ever. And we took them to penalties. 

This whole never won a trophy argument is a bit silly. As long as you have winners that know how to win, the rest will fall into place. 

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Just now, Cicero said:

But never a cup competition. But he changed that. Why?

There are winners in the team, in spite the inconsistent mentality. This team made it to 3 finals in 3 years. One under Sarri against one of the best PL sides ever. And we took them to penalties. 

This whole never won a trophy argument is a bit silly. As long as you have winners that know how to win, the rest will fall into place. 

Let's hope so

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