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09 Feb 2019 11:36:45
Hello Ed02.

Would you kindly enlight me with this concern?

Do Chelsea have any rebuild plans for our current squad like or similar to other teams ( Barcelona - Real Madrid) as many of our forwarders and defenders are aging (getting near or alrwady over 30) - and there are players that contracts are expiring?

Tks so much for your understanding and kindness.

{Ed002's Note - Cahila, Luiz, Caballero, Giroud and Green have contracts expiring. Higuain has a loan expiring but there is an option to buy him. Kovacic has a loan expiring but there is no option to buy him. Chelsea will be making changes in the summer but there no intention to rebuild in the way that Real Madrid and Barcelona are planning.}

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09 Feb 2019 12:35:08
Thanks ed, very much appreciated.

09 Feb 2019 13:53:47
Ed002, so many questions from your answer. What is the basic difference in the way we will be rebuilding compared to Real / Barca?

{Ed002's Note - I have no interest. It will lead to the usual abuse.}

09 Feb 2019 15:09:34
We’ve got to sign Higuain I don’t care if he’s 31/ 32 he’s a natural goal scorer there’s no one else out there. If we can sign Pepe for the right his pace would be brilliant for us. I’d like Kovacic to stay as rotation but not for 50m.

09 Feb 2019 23:16:02
keep Willy too.

10 Feb 2019 11:24:03
I hope the key point is bringing in the younger players on loan. At least 4 of them (Tomori, Mount, Abraham and James) would add something to the current squad.

09 Feb 2019 06:42:55
Ed is it true chelsea scouts were at benfica sporting game recently and do chelsea have any interest un joao felix.

{Ed001's Note - I believe so yes.}

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09 Feb 2019 07:06:49
Ed were we scouting joao felix? Or any others aswell?

{Ed001's Note - Felix.}

09 Feb 2019 08:01:27
Are we looking at him for lcm position? Or hazard replacement for lw?

{Ed001's Note - no idea sorry.}

09 Feb 2019 12:35:49
Ed1 what kind of player is felix? Never heard or seen the guy play.

{Ed001's Note - not seen him play yet either myself. I will add him to the player profiles list so I can spend some time watching him play and let you know.}

09 Feb 2019 16:21:50
Thanks ed.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate.}

09 Feb 2019 23:16:26
looks very light weight.

07 Feb 2019 10:51:42
A lot of names being brought up for Hazard's replacement when we already have his replacement at the club. CHO isn't as good as Hazard but he deserves his chance, getting a player like Coutinho or Asensio to replace him would be pointless, you're getting a downgrade version of Hazard. We need wingers not attacking midfielders at the LW position. Part of the reason why we're struggling to adapt to Sarri's style is because Hazard and Willian aren't natural wingers.

We should be after players like Pepe, Lozano, Bailey and Insigne. If you we want to get a Coutinho or Fekir then get him to play the LCM spot, not LW. If i were the club i'd tell CHO he'll have Hazard's spot next season, get a Pepe for the RW and bring in a Fekir or Coutinho to play the LCM position. We'll have natural width and the creative midfielder we need which will prevent our wingers dropping deep for the ball.

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07 Feb 2019 12:54:20
Julian Brandt.

07 Feb 2019 14:06:18
Totally agree but with Fekir as LCM and Pepe as RW.

07 Feb 2019 14:38:57
Or even Aouar sorry I forgot him. Reckon we should just turn up to Lyon in the Lyon and drop 100m on Mendy and one of Fekir or Aouar.

07 Feb 2019 14:54:16
In the summer *.

07 Feb 2019 15:09:50
Well, Ed's said a lot of times that Lyon won't sell more than one key player a year, or something like that, so that would seem very unrealistic.

07 Feb 2019 15:17:10
Agree Ranger i'd love to get either Fekir or Aouar and Mendy. Personally would rather Fekir since he's more of a goal threat but Aouar seems to have better work rates. Aouar, Fekir, Coutinho and Isco should be our targets for the LCM spot. Isco could be very possible since Real will likely try and use him to get Hazard chaper and i wouldn't be against it as long as it's not to play him on the LW.

07 Feb 2019 15:53:01
Pretty sure Monaco said something like that a couple of years ago Emile. Money talks! Plus i'm sure Fekir doesn't have long left on his contract so should be cheap for his quality.

08 Feb 2019 10:14:14
He’ll leave in the summer we’re not doing anything to change his mind. I said it 4 months ago subbing him on for the final 6 minutes is nothing and he deserves more. Poor from the club.

05 Feb 2019 18:47:49
Come on Ed's, hazard? New deal or leaving?

{Ed002's Note - Nothing has changed.}

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05 Feb 2019 20:28:47
Thanks Ed002, guess if Madrid come for him he’ll d’avoir it if not he’d sign.

Still his decision would be made at the end of the season.

05 Feb 2019 20:59:19
I read today that he will make an announcement tommorow maybe that's wrong.

05 Feb 2019 22:00:34
The statement about his made his mind up was from 2 months ago and for an upcoming documentary, I’m sure the club know either way. Or at least I hope so.

05 Feb 2019 22:45:33
He was always going to leave, he’s always said that he wanted to play for Madrid, and considering his age, it seems like it’s now or never. He’s one of the best in the world, so we should get a large amount for him, maybe a player (Isco) plus money. Pepe should be the main player to go for, though Chiesa would also be a decent addition.

06 Feb 2019 15:41:06
Hazard says he’s made a decision but is it his to make? He’s not going to come cheap so the ball is in Real Madrid’s court, not his. We’ve known all along if they made an offer he’d want to go so this is meaningless to me unless his decision is he wants to commit his future to us.

04 Feb 2019 20:57:28
Whats peoples thoughts on the Courtois situation in the media. He came up with a story of Marina breaking a verbal agreeement which Chelsea have denied and are angry about!

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04 Feb 2019 21:01:43
I think Mr Courtois might have a selective memory complex.

Mind you I wasn’t at the meetings but I would prefer to believe the club.

04 Feb 2019 21:03:29
He was paid by Chelsea under contract, if his agreement wasn’t honoured that’s not fair but to go on strike and let down fans and talk about a dream move away at every chance is not on and hope the madridista’s turn on him, plus his now talking about hazard moving over there with him, can’t stick the bloke, I do get how these questions are leading for players but don’t keep talking about our club/ players, worry about your front post and keeping those legs closed.

04 Feb 2019 21:51:41
Strange how footballers are all about contracts, contracts and "my contract says" etc and he accepts a verbal agreement! Probably lashing out because his season has come undone.

04 Feb 2019 22:02:56
He needs to focus on Real Madrid, his happiness could be short lived if he carrys on performing poorly. His too focused on Chelsea despite leaving.

Best case scenario for us here at Chelsea would be if Kepa continues to perform at a high level. Real Madrid would regret not taking Kepa when they had the chance.

05 Feb 2019 07:53:47
As a person, Courtois is taller than his sense of loyalty and talks too much. I think he should shut up and concentrate on the keeping clean sheets cos at the moment he's swallowing goals like aspirin.

05 Feb 2019 13:00:24
From what I read on courtois he didn’t even want to leave athletico. We let probably our best ever keeper in Cech go for courtois to take his place and not reach anywhere near Cech standard. He was so over hyped it’s unbelievable. Yes I agree he is a good goalkeeper but not a great goalkeeper. When the team played well and he only only had to make one or two saves he looked good but when the team had problems that’s when his true ability was there for all to see. I will use David de gea as an example, Utd playing bad yet David de gea is keeping them in games and earning his team upto 20 points a season over the past few years. Courtois doesn’t have the mentality to be a world beater and I’m glad he’s gone.

05 Feb 2019 14:23:41
U didn't add that he's very slow in reacting with his legs, I am guessing that cos of his height, it takes a very long time for information to go from his Central Nervous System (Brain and Spinal cord) to his effectors (hence poor reaction with his legs) .

05 Feb 2019 14:35:14
NWBLUE you have hit the nail on the head with the comparison to De Gea. Look no further than what De Gea did against Spurs and Arsenal. Countless saves. When the team played badly so did Courtois.

05 Feb 2019 18:55:28
four words "he is a clown! "

05 Feb 2019 22:22:18
Kepa every time.

05 Feb 2019 23:34:20
Agree Nibby. Kepa all day long for me too. Courtois was a bad bad mistake. He should never have replaced Cech.

31 Jan 2019 20:37:25
I wouldn't mind seeing Luiz next to Kante in a two. Give us more protection and physicality.

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31 Jan 2019 22:07:29
Agree but most others don't like the idea. He passes really well, physical but not as dangerous in the middle as he is in defence with his red mist, great shot and good in the air.

01 Feb 2019 00:06:12
That means you want to completely stamp out our free flowing football?

01 Feb 2019 08:36:48
If our current style is free flowing effective football then yes, a change is definitely needed. 13 goals in 13 games is not free flowing effective football.

01 Feb 2019 10:04:32
obinna 123, I usually agree and appreciate what you post but 'our free flowing football'?! What you been smoking, guv!

01 Feb 2019 11:25:45
Mrs Costa, it's not the free flowing football that is the problem it's because Sarri isn't balancing his free flowing football.
THINK ABOUT THIS: Imagine Sarri's philosophy involves playing a deep lying playmaker (that is Jorginho) instead of a proper defensive midfielder in front of his defense- common sense should tell him that Jorginho has no combative or ball winning ability and cos of this feature, his defense will be relatively be under a bit of pressure (or weak) ; so that should make Sarri to fortify his defense line heavily so as to counteract the effect of the absence of a proper defensive midfielder- which would mean that a player like D. Luiz that's full of mistakes shouldn't be starting (so Sarri should go get a solid centre half with good pace) .
Another thing he can do to counteract the imbalance created by Jorginho (sitting in front of the defense) is: fortify his attack heavily with pace and creativity (don't take chances with players) ; this means that even if the team is somewhat weak in defending well from midfield- his attack should be able to score more than opponents.

Mrs Costa, if you look at the team as it is at the moment, our attack isn't pressing, creative and isn't scoring goals; and our defense can't defend well; tell me what do you think would be our faith? Sarri can also balance the squad a bit by playing 4231 formation (with Kante next to Jorginho) as his two central midfielders but I guess Sarri only knows how to play 433 formation. Truly it's rubbish that a top flight manager only knows how to play one formation (that he hasn't even being successful with, yet) .

I think Sarri is getting it wrong, he has no idea the league he's playing in and he still doesn't know the ability of the players he's got at Chelsea (a lot of them are passed their good years) . If Sarri is not careful, these players will let him down. Looking at what's happening at Chelsea at the moment, it's glaring that Antonio Conte is a very good coach, he tried to solve the problem with a change in formation- which was working beautifully, up until Diego Costa and Matic left the club and appropriate replacements weren't brought in.

If Sarri's football is balanced, he can be the best.

01 Feb 2019 11:46:38

* Get a no 10 like Ericksen or one with Ericksen's qualities- that will bring creativity, assists and goals (in some cases) to take up that position where Barkley and Kovacic play in the team;
* Get D. Luiz out and bring in a proper centre half to pair with Rudiger at the heart of the central defense;
* Forttify our fullback positions;
* Sell Willian and bring in a young winger that has the energy levels to press high and track back with to the full backs.

If we get these things done (though it might not be possible in transfer window), even if we have Higuain and Batsuayi as our attackers, I can bet that we can challenge properly for the league or even win it.

01 Feb 2019 14:23:06
Free flowing football 🤣🤣🙈🙈🙈 I’ve heard it all now.

01 Feb 2019 14:25:10
If we signed ERIKSEN! (Which e never will) it might be best if you learn how to spell his name quick time.

01 Feb 2019 14:30:28
Another thing that Sarri can do is play Kovacic (whom has proven himself not be a good no 10- cos he doesn't have the requisite assists and eye for goal in his game) - in front of his defense; Kovacic can play well as a deep lying playmaker and has that desired combative and ball winning ability that's absent in Jorginho. If Kovacic plays in Jorginho's position, we might begin to see some balance; and I think that might consequently reduce the number of goals that we concede.

Please Sarri, don't be AN ARSENE WENGER- that played very good free flowing football but never cared about his defensive midfield position (after Gilberto Silva and Patrick Viera left the club) .

02 Feb 2019 08:31:27
You are funny guy ChelseaRanger, even if we can't get Eriksen, maybe someone with Eriksen's attributes for that no 10 role can do it. Some people talk about RLC for that role but I am not very confident that he can do that no 10 role very well- he prefers to always want to run with the ball (don't get wrong- RLC can improve to become a good no 10 but at the moment he isn't, he does have the eye for the goal on rare occasions but the creativity nah! ) . Few English players made good no 10 over the years.
Maybe an Isco, Zielinski won't be bad for it.

03 Feb 2019 20:51:19
It’s not going to happen. Sarri is stubborn, and will stick to his tactics until they’re perfected. This will be his downfall, and has been for our previous managers.

10 Feb 2019 19:52:20
obinna 123. Why talk about Kovacic as a defensive mid when we've already got possibly Europe's best stuck out on the right of an attacking midfield?

{Ed025's Note - fair point mate..

10 Feb 2019 20:03:40
Thanks, Ed.

31 Jan 2019 13:49:52
Willian to psg? Please tell me it’s true.

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31 Jan 2019 14:23:53
der saying the same thing since 6 am this morning that there going to make a bid but nobody is hearing anythi g since.

31 Jan 2019 14:46:42
No bid has been made. His agent is in London and already said nothing is happening. Nothing will happen today. No ins no outs.

Good to see the board backing Sarri though 🙄.

31 Jan 2019 14:53:30
Don’t think it’s going to happen lads.

31 Jan 2019 15:20:22
its clear nothing is going to happen tom the board can't even flog the donkeys they have never mind buy more haha.

31 Jan 2019 18:14:13
If it’s true, Cahill has rejected Monaco, Fulham and Juventus? Can’t see it myself, but why would you just want to sit on the bench, especially at his age etc?

31 Jan 2019 18:32:06
Doesn’t want to rehouse himself and his family for what will probably be less money and limited game time.

31 Jan 2019 18:52:05
what fulham?

31 Jan 2019 18:55:24
hes probably settled in london and would have went to fulham only they wouldn't offer him konger than a 1 year deal.

31 Jan 2019 18:58:07
Certainly would be less money, don’t blame him for wanting to see out his contract here. Still club captain and the way it stands it’s anyones guess what players are going to still be here after summer.

31 Jan 2019 20:40:13
hes a what 32 or 33 year old he should want to go play he hasn't long left at this level.

03 Feb 2019 20:52:19
Willian should be playing for a conference team.

31 Jan 2019 12:21:13
Guy I saw today at work that told me mikel was returning to Chelsea ( he’s claimed he told me returning to England and I misheard him) has now said Oscar will be moving on deadline day or next summer if he can’t leave this window. Summer more likely but said a few teams interested including Chelsea.

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31 Jan 2019 13:06:30
Couldn't be any worse than Jorginho and cheaper than 50 million.

31 Jan 2019 13:10:00
uhe wasnt good enough 1st time around why would it be any different after playing 3 seasons in china.

31 Jan 2019 16:01:00
If changes need to be made then let it start with our club's community.

Mikel was a diligent servant of Chelsea Football Club. We were so lucky to have him in our dressing room, and his move to, and participation at Chelsea catalysed a broad Nigerian/ African fanbase. He should be respected for that alone.

31 Jan 2019 16:17:36
K don't climax too hard son.

31 Jan 2019 16:55:57
I thought Mikel had just signed for Middlesbro?

31 Jan 2019 17:24:18
Thank goodness a lot of us are now appreciating Mikel.

31 Jan 2019 23:11:03
Did you say gola or zola.

31 Jan 2019 09:55:03
PSG submitted deadline day transfer for Willian according to Daily Mail to fill Neymar's void.
Ed do you know if we ready to sell?

{Ed001's Note - I believe Pulisic was signed to allow him to go in the summer.}

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31 Jan 2019 10:56:10
ed so who is lined up to potentially replace eden and who else to replace odoi and to replace pedro? thanks.

{Ed001's Note - who says those replacements are lined up?}

31 Jan 2019 11:27:56
How can you replace a replace before it's even certain that he will leave?

31 Jan 2019 11:38:44
if they leave have to get someone in so have to be prepared.

31 Jan 2019 12:01:08
What do you guys think? I think we really need a bit of a clear out and this might be a good start. Would definitely be a blessing in disguise I feel also, if CHO gets more gametime because of this.

31 Jan 2019 12:26:59
Pepe from Lille or Fekir quality players.

31 Jan 2019 20:31:54
got CHO . will show we want him.

31 Jan 2019 20:34:12
well he is the future.

31 Jan 2019 09:00:04
How can soo many of our fans not see that the players are the biggest problem within the club?. The same players who stopped playing for Mourinho and Conte when things didn't go their way which led to their sackings. You don't go from winning the league to having the seasons we had after without having clear issues within the players.

When you add that with the fact soo many of these players aren't good enough and are ageing it's no surprise to see us struggle with consistency. Changing tactics won't do anything. This team needs a massive overhaul, not a new manager. The only issue i have with Sarri are his team ions, CHO needs to be ahead of Pedro and Willian for that RW spot and Ruben needs to be in that midfield. Whether fans on here rate him or not Ruben offers this team a goalscoring threat from midfield and makes runs into the box, we need him against the small teams.

I really hope the board go in a different direction and stick with Sarri even if things get worse. Get rid of all these weak minded players and bring in proven quality. Not squad fillers like we have been for the last 3 years.

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31 Jan 2019 10:26:39
Well said. Agree entirely. There's something incredibly wrong with the mentality of our players. Even Hazard. If PSG are coming in for Willian, I'd let him go. And in the summer, we should look at offloading Pedro and Luiz.

The likes of Christensen, Ampadu, Zouma, RLC, CHO, and even players like Aina, need to be trusted. They've come through our academy. They'll have a passion for the club.

I know that Zouma and Ampadu were bought young, and not academy players, but they have more fight and passion than most of our players now - only Rudiger seems to have any welly.

31 Jan 2019 10:44:04
Agree players are problem. But Sarri should change approach suit players we currently have, as much as he can of course.

31 Jan 2019 13:42:08
His 'change in approach' should be simple: drop the players with poor-attitude and consistency and give some others a go. for example, give CHO a chance ahead of Willian and/ or Pedro; Christensen instead of Luiz; Emerson instead of Alonso (he needs more than just the ones start against Bournemouth) ; and RLC instead of Kovacic/ Barkley.


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