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31 Jan 2019 00:04:28
Can’t imagine Roman will be happy. If we miss out on top 4 once again I see a total restructure from board to the players starting. We’re in a position where Liverpool were less than 5 years ago. They turned it around by signing players from a new scouting system/ staff. Maybe it’s time we do the same.

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30 Jan 2019 23:29:41
Enough is enough, Chelsea need to stop hiring managers with no premier league experience.

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31 Jan 2019 00:12:22
Like Conte or Jose?

31 Jan 2019 00:24:07
TruBlu, you may have put your finger on an essential truth. Italian football is so much slower than the Prem - it is very rare to see a high pressing game in the Italian League - this is why Sarri's Napoli were successful (except they didn't win anything! ) . Sarri's slow possession game just cannot work in English football. But Sarri should be able to see that and adapt - he is paid £millions every year to do just that. But, just like Conte, Sarri seems to only have one system and if that fails it all falls apart.

31 Jan 2019 00:37:11
Did I dream about Conte winning the Premiership?

I enjoyed Conte’s first seasons football. Nothing slow about it.

31 Jan 2019 01:34:12
MRs costa you do realise sarri wants us to play faster but the players aren’t doing it right?

31 Jan 2019 07:19:08
Ancelotti was a shocking manager.

31 Jan 2019 08:48:32
Yeah, was really evident at times last night that Hazard got the ball and everyone else was 25 yards behind him. Nobody breaking fast.

31 Jan 2019 09:02:07
get the wolves manager.

31 Jan 2019 10:26:11
TomB, Conte's 3-5-2 system was successful until the rest of the league sussed it out and adapted - hence the 2nd season. Sarri's system was initially successful until the rest of the league sussed it out - hence our downward spiral. And neither Conte nor Sarri had / have a clue what to do about it. No plan B.

31 Jan 2019 10:28:53
Standard, surely the sign of a good manager is being able to get your message across - if Sarri 'wants us to play faster' then he is failing very badly to get his message across and is, therefore, a poor manager.

04 Feb 2019 11:23:45
Mrs Costa, the players haven’t worked out how to play plan A yet and you want them to start playing a plan B?

Think about it.

31 Jan 2019 00:00:49
ive Been calm all season but that is completely unacceptable. Mikel is a better player than Jorginho, I don’t care if Hudson-Odoi is 16 or 34 he’s on better form than all 3 of our other wingers and should be starting every single game. Give him an actual run.

sarri ball is not suited to this squad and I wouldn’t sell all the players for him because he isn’t proven as a winner. I’d consider bringing back Mourinho (honestly) or someone in the Joachim Lowe mould. Restructure the squad and build a side.

Lastly, I’ve never been a fan of possession football. Read my posts from pre-sarri. I have supported him and will continue to do so after this rant but I prefer football with gegenpress or counter attack alas mourinho.

Since when do my team lose against the likes of Bournemouth (no disrespect) 4-0 twice in two seasons. Chelsea are slipping so far behind and top 4 is gone. I’ll be back to my usual positive self tomorrow I hope but for now I can’t believe what’s happened.

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30 Jan 2019 23:34:34
Missed the game once again but did we really just lose the game 4-0 to Bournemouth . I don’t want to see Jorginho or Willian/ Pedro in the team for a while.

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31 Jan 2019 00:25:59
Or Hazard, I'm afraid to say.

30 Jan 2019 20:13:11
Lyon manager desperate for Giroud at end of season. We need to use that to sign Aouar. Or even Mendy or Fekir.

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30 Jan 2019 22:51:05
He'll be a free agent in the summer, will he not?

30 Jan 2019 23:54:49
Can we get Lyon to take a few more? Hahaha.

30 Jan 2019 11:45:54
I'm hearing big rumours that we are trying to guzump Arsenal and get Rabiot in before the deadline - any truth, eds?

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30 Jan 2019 18:43:24
its clear for all too see he's already signed for barca.

29 Jan 2019 18:54:33
Who would everyone's realistic ins and outs for the summer then? I don't want Ampadu in midfield he's a CB and I think he needs a loan. Christensen has quality but unsure on his mentality at top level. We lack left footers I'd like Romagnoli he's a leader at Milan, quality on the ball and a danger at set pieces.

For LB obviously a start would be to play Emerson over Alonso. Alonso just doesn't cut it in a back four. Chilwell would be a great option and homegrown.

As for CM I think Kovacic could be a great understudy to Jorginho. Drinkwater, Barkley, Van Ginkel and Pasalic should be moved on. Mount I don't think is as good as people make out. I rate RLC highly as our LCM but his back issues are a big problem and you need two quality players if we're in champions league. Sarri has previously spoke of Aouar highly he's going to be brilliant that lad. He's the creativity we need.

I think Hazard will leave if he does Pulisic isn't good enough to replace him but then again who is? We have been crying out for a left footed right winger for years. Pepe would be the best option he seems to know where the net is too. I think Hudson-Odoi will stay we just need to put faith in him. I'm hoping we move Willian on. It would be massively different without Eden but if we have Hudson-Odoi, Pepe, Pulisic and Pedro as our wingers next year I'd be happy. I think CHO is going to be brilliant. I think them 4 signings are realistic also they're not superstars but at least two will be and we wouldn't be paying over 60 million for any. We could make about 200 million of outgoings with the ones I've listed. I know it's not FIFA but I'm hopeful of something similar


James (Back From Loan)

Out On Loan:



Van Ginkel
Moses (Permanently)
Morata (Permanently)

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29 Jan 2019 19:16:39
Your missing a striker there?

29 Jan 2019 20:54:31
Have to say if we sell Hazard and Willian and our replacement is Pepe, that is VERY risky. Maybe Pepe and invest in a top forward in addition but not just Pepe, surely?

29 Jan 2019 20:59:29
Out :
Michy, Moses, piazon, kalas, drinkwater, Bakyoko, Giroud, morata, Willian, Alonso, Zappacosta,
Ins: Pepe eriksen Romagnoli mendy and a striker. No idea who, I wanted piatek but his now at Milan,

29 Jan 2019 20:50:28
Would like a new striker but who? Icardi looks set to stay. I’d take a gamble on Luka Jovic, I don’t know who else there is. Most of the old breed are ageing Suarez, Cavani, Lewandowski etc. The younger ones don’t strike me as great either apart from maybe Jovic.

29 Jan 2019 22:10:12
Let's see how higuin does first.

29 Jan 2019 23:52:13
Why do we want to move Ampadu on loan? I don’t mind loaning some players but it’s nof something that should be for every player. Other top clubs don’t need to do it we jus need to integrate him in.

30 Jan 2019 02:31:31
OUT: Caballero, Zappacosta, Cahill, Drinkwater, Batshuayi, Kovacic (send him back), Willian, Pedro, Giroud

INS: Betinelli, Hysaj, Barella, Aouar, Pulisic, Fekir, Tammy.

30 Jan 2019 06:02:41
Honestly we need a Summer Clearance Sale. Wishful thinking but here are my preferences (depends on the transfer ban too) :-

Outs : Willy, Zouma, Bakayoko, Morata, Moses, Cahill, Drinkwater, Kova, Willian, Pedro, Giroud, Zappa, Bats, Kennedy (plus many other loan players) - Ideally keep one of CHO/ Hazard

Chalobah (out on loan), Sterling (out on loan)

Ins: One of (Barella/ Aouar/ Fekir/ Tonali), Maxi Lopez/ Jovic, Bailey/ Pepe/ Lozano, Pulisic (done), Reece (returning), Tammy (returning), Mason (returning) . may be I am missing one of two. but these are my choices for now.

30 Jan 2019 08:53:42
Eriksen will never happen.

30 Jan 2019 09:40:17
If only it was easy as Football Manager, eh lads?

30 Jan 2019 09:47:27
It’s okay if we’re going to integrate him but I don’t think Sarri will. He’s not a Regista he’s a CB for me and if he’s not starting there’s no point him stagnating.

30 Jan 2019 11:16:54
Let’s get this season done first IMO and then see where we go from there. Think we have a better chance of keeping Eden if we are in the champions League and also CHO.

30 Jan 2019 11:21:58
1. Real will want £50m plus for Kovatic - are we really going to pay that for a 'back-up' for Jorginho?
2. Ampudu looks the real deal when he plays midfield for Wales - why loan him? Play him!
3. Even if Higuain stays, we still need another top class striker - if CHO insists on leaving, I wouldn't mind Lewandowski in exchange - a couple of seasons of Higuain / Lewandowski will do me (Icardi was never going to come to Chelsea) .
4. Chilwell would be expensive and I can't see that he's better than Emerson.
5. I don't think Romagnoli will be allowed to leave and I would much prefer Koulibaly anyway.
6. Bakayoko is now getting rave reviews week-on-week in Italy and has been nicknamed 'the Beast' - I think we should give him another chance.

30 Jan 2019 14:09:43
in- pulisic
in- icardi
in- kovacic permanent transfer
in- barella
in- dybala if hazard leaves
in- bailey if cho leaves

out- cahill
out- zapacosta permanently
out- baba rahmen permanently
out- drinkwater permanently
out- bakayoko permanently
out- alonso permanently
out- pedro or willian if hazard and cho stays id sell 1 of the 2
out- lucas piazon permanently
out- marco van ginkel permanently.

30 Jan 2019 14:51:30
Mrs costa there’s far more chance of Romagnoli leaving than Koulibaly 🙄.

30 Jan 2019 15:13:34
CahelseaRanger, how do you come to that conclusion? Romagnoli was made Milan's team and club captain at the beginning of this season. He is now established at both club and international levels. He is under contract until 2022. Although Koulibaly signed a new contract until 2023, he has consistently said that he would be open to a move to Spain or England. He has worked with Sarri at Napoli and has talked of his high-regard for Sarri. Yes, we would have to throw big bucks at Napoli to persuade them but we knew it would be costly anyway.

30 Jan 2019 15:14:49
As it states dihanio I said it’s not Fifa. I advise read before posting it’s always a more sensible option.

30 Jan 2019 15:44:53
slot cristensen into a deal for koulibaly maybe even bakayoko and u could all of a sudden have dat dinosour who runs napolis attention.

29 Jan 2019 12:14:18
Ed001, three days left in the transfer window.
Any updates (Semenyo, midfielder etc. )?

{Ed001's Note - as far as I can find out, Brizzle do not want to sell Semenyo, and will only sell if he puts in a transfer request. Though they will no doubt also sell if Chelsea pay enough, I doubt it will happen.

I still wouldn't rule out Barella as Sarri really likes him.}

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29 Jan 2019 13:02:31
Ed, isn't his contract running out in the summer though? Won't it be better to cash in?

Also, you talked about a potential move for Brozovic? Nothing new on that?

{Ed001's Note - no but Inter still need to bring in some money to buy and they want Barella so it is not entirely gone.}

30 Jan 2019 11:24:06
Isn't the problem that Barella's missus is preggers and he doesn't want to move until after the birth? Why don't we do a Pusilic and buy / loan back?

29 Jan 2019 10:41:19
Where have these Christian eriksen rumours come from. Surely levy wouldn't sell to us or united. Ed's?

{Ed001's Note - Levy has said there was an enquiry from someone in the Prem, that is all I know. From what he has said privately if enough was offered they would have to sell, but publicly I am sure he will say that he is not for sale.}

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29 Jan 2019 11:30:47
Eriksen Jorginho kante would be a pretty special midfield.

29 Jan 2019 11:43:21
eriksen trialled at the club twice when he was young and was rejected as too small / slight for prem league.

29 Jan 2019 11:50:44
He's THE player that completes the team. Perfect no 10.

29 Jan 2019 13:21:50
I think RLC needs a proper chance. He could be the closest thing to Lampard for us.

29 Jan 2019 14:14:24
I adore Eriksen. Scores goals, gets assists and has a deadly set piece. Plus it would be a hammerblow to Spurs fanbase. Would make Son, Alli and Kane consider their futures too. If he was available under £70m, I would snap him up in a heartbeat.

29 Jan 2019 14:25:00
I thought Rriksen wasn’t looking to ever play for us as we rejected him twice. Honestly, can’t see him signing.

29 Jan 2019 15:53:01
Absolutely no chance - or about as much chance of Hazard joining Spurs!

29 Jan 2019 17:31:38
the only comparison of Lampard and RLC is the both English. Lampard passing range was top quality, he was tough and could tackle, wa never injured, and obviously he had the best football brain in getting into the box late and scored for fun, knew when to shoot and is up there with assists, RLC is still young so will learn but his passesing isn’t close, his shooting isn’t close, holds on to ball to long. And doesn’t get stuck in or work half as hard as Lampard would. RLC goes past players and has quick feet, but that is it, completely different types of players.

28 Jan 2019 21:04:50
So it turns out I might have been working with someone who has friends at the club for weeks...
Apparently we will be signing a young forward from Bristol City with Kalas permanently going the other way.
Posting this here to check the veracity of the rumour, so if it’s a load of rubbish don’t shoot the messenger haha.

Also have been told that the signing of Pulisic has made a lot of the youth staff disillusioned with the academy, questioning the point of it. Not sure whether that is directly linked to CHO or what, it wasn’t made clear to me, but I thought I’d post that too!
Hope this is legit, would be pretty exciting to get the occasional tidbit!

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28 Jan 2019 21:25:15
Rumour it is Antoine Semenyo of Bristol City.

28 Jan 2019 21:54:22
Local Bristol press have been reporting Semenyo will sign for us for the past couple of days.

28 Jan 2019 21:59:49
That rumour regarding Semenyo has been around for a few days now. I hope the kid know what his doing before he signs for the mighty blues.

28 Jan 2019 22:47:17
Fair enough guys, I’m not sure if the guy had heard this before the papers, I’ll have to try to chat to him more regularly in future to check haha.

29 Jan 2019 00:42:50
I think the Pulusic signing absolutely could have dissalusioned the youth and the staff. There’s no chance Willian leaves in the summer therefore if no one else leaves that’s hazard Willian Pulusic CHO (in that order), Sarri also barely rotated so I don’t see why he would stay unless hazard/ Willian leave. Cho is possibly just as good as Pulusic possibly better just hasn’t had the chance.

{Ed0333's Note - CHO is not as good as Pulisic mate IMO. I think you’ll be surprised just how good the fella is Standard. He was on fire the season before last in the Bundesliga and if he gets anywhere near that level you’ll have an excellent player.

29 Jan 2019 15:31:45
I think PULISIC isn't getting in the team because he is leaving. maybe wrong but that what I think.

29 Jan 2019 15:34:24
Alright mate good to know, I’ve honestly seen Pulusic for about 120 minutes this year so I’m not clued up on it. Reckon he’ll start over Willian next year?

29 Jan 2019 07:38:45
Ed0333; I wouldn't agree with you completely yet (that Hudson Odoi isn't as good as Pulisic) ; cos this is the English football that we are talking about- a league that you must first- learn before you can make an impact in. Hudson already knows English football, I am positive that Pulisic will be great for us too but I haven't seen him in English football yet, so there's still some uncertainty there in what Pulisic can do in this unpredictable English football. My dream Ed will be seeing both Hudson Odoi and Pulisic play for Chelsea. They are both fantastic players and kudos to the board for buying a player like Pulisic but Hudson Odoi has got to stay long-term (he is the first player that has handed in a transfer request and still stayed at a club longterm for years) .

{Ed0333's Note - mate I absolutely have no doubt both Odoi and Pulisic will be tremendous for you and I hope both of them get the platform to showcase their talents. I’ve seen more of Pulisic than I have Odoi hence my sunjective opinion. You will know better than me about odois abilities. What I will say Pulisic will bring you massive exposure in the USA which is a bonus.


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