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07 Aug 2018 17:00:48
Ed1 hope you are alright mate. Any news on Kepa? A lot of sources reporting that Chelsea will pay release clause and the player wants to sign. Thanks.


{Ed001's Note - he is the chosen replacement for Courtois I believe.}

1.) 07 Aug 2018 17:38:09
I think his fantastic.

2.) 07 Aug 2018 17:37:30
What's your thoughts on him?

{Ed001's Note - seems the best possible option left, other than maybe Oblak.}

3.) 07 Aug 2018 18:10:46
I thought they wanted Butland, didn't expect Chelsea to pay so much for gk.

4.) 07 Aug 2018 18:16:42
Surprised we left it this late though. Did we think we could convince Courtois to stay? . Considering we also could've gotten Alisson cheaper than Kepa as well. Unless he was only interested in Liverpool. Happy with Kepa though, couldn't care about the price. With Courtois going for £35-40m it isn't that bad imo.

5.) 07 Aug 2018 18:43:04
i haven't seen much of kepa been honest but id take any1 otger than flappy butland.

6.) 07 Aug 2018 18:51:31
One for the present and future. He will be excellent. Kovacic is another ideal signing, hopefully we get the option to buy at the end of the loan. All off a sudden things are looking good.

7.) 07 Aug 2018 19:10:57
I’m not complaining if we sign kepa as I don’t know anything about him but why did we not just sign alisson for less. From what I have read alisson is more experienced and suits sarri way of being able to distribute the ball well. I can only guess tito Courtois never communicated with Chelsea until after Liverpool had already signed him and maybe he club were confident he would stay. It just seems strange yet again that the club has been backed into a corner and is forced to throw money at players this late in the window. As a fan it’s exciting but these big deals should of been done weeks ago.

8.) 07 Aug 2018 21:49:11
This may seem crazy to you NWBLUE but perhaps Alisson wanted to join Liverpool, I know Real were his first option but not every player would automatically join Chelsea over Liverpool.

9.) 07 Aug 2018 22:18:21
Maybe but 9 times out of 10 money talks.



24 Jul 2018 00:17:10
Stepping aside from the transfer rumours and concentrating on what we have in Jorginho.

What a player we have signed, it's been ages since we've had a passer like him, his so quick with his passes, its almost like his telepathic with his passes and that is mainly down to his fast and footballing brain. He was the engine in the first half today, brilliant.

I can see why Sarri wants Rugani. He will play the high line better than Luiz and be high up closer to the midefielders. Our defenders dropped deep in the 2nd half. Rugani will keep Sarri's tempo going for 90 minutes as will Jorginho.


1.) 24 Jul 2018 08:25:46
CFCShak, you took the words out of my mouth mate. If Sarri wants Rugani, give him Rugani before Juventus change their mind. If Jorginho performed this well adding Rugani (who will be like another Jorginho in defence) will be something. I saw the game last night (Jorginho is something) .

2.) 24 Jul 2018 09:19:59
Christensen is elite passer, maybe he wants 2 ball players but AC had high % pass accuracy last year.

3.) 24 Jul 2018 09:25:13
The better for us.

4.) 24 Jul 2018 10:41:48
Christensen an elite passer? Really, didn’t he give the ball away last year against barcelona which they went in to score, just as an example.

Not having a pop at you Matt, but people are hooked on numbers and statistics nowadays. Really don’t know why.

These are professional players they ALL should be elite passers of the ball. I’m not talking everyone playing 40/ 50/ 60 yard balls, but simple 5/ 10 yard passes. They shouldn’t be going astray. That’s what makes Jorginho so good, he plays it simple.

5.) 24 Jul 2018 11:58:34
Anyone know where to watch the friendliest?

6.) 24 Jul 2018 12:30:24
CTV or the pub at the ground.

7.) 24 Jul 2018 13:25:48
CFCAdam I have to agree with you mate. Christensen isn't yet an elite passer just yet but he will be one in the future. He needs to battle the mental side of the game, since the Barcelona error he hasn't been the same. Personally Rugani replaces Christensen if he comes. Rudiger for me has to play.

8.) 24 Jul 2018 13:48:07
You lot do realise Rugani has yet to establish himself as a first team regular at Juve?
He has less experience that Andreas and no experience of the PL clearly and you think he's ready become a first team regular in a much tougher league?
He is a promising youngster but no more as things stand and the figures being quoted are ridiculous.
The danger is he will get priority of Andreas due to the fee and I can't see the sense of playing two kids in such a key position.
We should be targetting one top experienced CB rather than a kid and consider letting either Cahill or Luiz go.

9.) 24 Jul 2018 18:18:26
Sarri knows him better then any of us as he managed him at Empoli if I read correctly. If he wants him, then who are we to argue?

10.) 24 Jul 2018 19:22:30
Again agree Adam. Turvey, you need to question Sarri mate.

11.) 24 Jul 2018 21:05:50
Rugani is not only a good passer but also quick passer like a Jorginho in our defense . He's a defender that wins the ball very well high up the pitch with great ease. He's stronger than Christensen in the challenge (whom is easily pushed off the ball most times) . Don't get me wrong Christensen stays as he could easily become a better version of Rugani as time goes on.

If there's a chance that Rugani is like a Jorginho in defense then we must take that chance. I strongly believe that whatever makes Sarri's philosophy sink in fast- the club should do it.

12.) 24 Jul 2018 23:08:06
I would question Sarri on the basis of my comments given a chance and likewise about Higuain who is another poor choice.
Jorghino looks interesting and a good buy in terms of his age and talent.
Hopefully the club don't follow up the interest in Rugani and Higuain.



18 Jul 2018 13:18:14
Alisson closer to Liverpool now €75m, just finalising add ons and fees. Deal close (@FabrizioRomano) .

Chelsea consider Donnaruma as a potential replacement for Courtois. This will drag on, looks like Courtois will be here for a little while longer.


1.) 18 Jul 2018 16:14:57
I never actually believed we would sign alisson I reckon cech most likely now.

2.) 18 Jul 2018 18:55:47
Don't trust most of what I read online, however Ed002's comments on the Liverpool site confirm it for me. He says in a very mysterious way that over a phone call somebody told somebody else that no one will likely match the fee that is being touted about that Liverpool has offered for Alisson. So, moving on, could anyone tell me about Donnarumma in terms of his strengths and weaknesses?

3.) 18 Jul 2018 18:58:03
Only reason why i'm a little upset about this is the fact that Alisson would be great in a Sarri system. However spending €75m on a keeper who has had one good season is absurd. Way too overpriced for me. Credit to Liverpool for spending what ever it takes to improve their team but i'll happily look at other targets and spend the money elsewhere.



17 Jul 2018 21:51:37
Ed1 how you doing mate? What's the latest on Alison? We are hearing Liverpool have made an offer and maybe able to get the deal done. Do you think Chelsea could still be involved in this one?


{Ed001's Note - Chelsea are interested and no deal is done with Liverpool, he could still very well end up in London.}

1.) 18 Jul 2018 13:15:15
Alisson closer to Liverpool now €75m, just finalising add ons and fees. Deal close.



15 Jul 2018 09:39:41
Chelsea working on securing the signings of Rugani, Higuain, Golovin and Alisson, movements next week (@AlfredoPedulla) .

If the above is true then Tibo is as good as gone. Not sure about Higuan yet? Howvmever maybe we get him on the cheap.

Whether he comes or not what do you guys think of Higuain at Chelsea.


1.) 15 Jul 2018 10:45:17
Can't say I've watched that much of him since his time in Madrid but obviously he was a goal machine for Napoli and he's scored plenty for Juve albeit I've heard he didn't have the best of seasons this year. I would take him for sure though, we're crying out for a goal scorer which is what he's always been. I think Michy deserves a chance though.

2.) 15 Jul 2018 12:57:18
Higuain declined last year at Juventus, and he'll be thirty one in December. He has been a great striker, but he's not the striker we need right now.

3.) 15 Jul 2018 13:32:54
£50 million for a near 31 year old striker that isn’t the most mobile guy in the world, what could go wrong. I’m not a Chelsea fan but he would seem an odd choice to me.

4.) 15 Jul 2018 14:03:14
maybe morata and bats should get the nod next year it was clear to see last year that neither was the mold of striker Diego was and not suited to our style under conte but under sarri could get far more from them why waste money unless you go big for icardi.

5.) 15 Jul 2018 14:54:26
I'd definitely rather stick with Morata and Batshuayi than sign Higuain.

His name keeps coming up, I don't think there's a proverbial snowballs chance in hell the we'll sign him, but the absolute best option for us, if we adopt the same system as Napoli, is Dybala.

Play him in a similar role as Mertens and he'd be amazing.

6.) 15 Jul 2018 17:15:39
Are the players we’re being linked with actually any better than we got
Golovin isn’t an upgrade on what we have
Higuain certainly isn’t imo
And Allison is he actually that good
Given the trust of the manager Barkley could be our Golovin
I’d rather keep Michy n Morata over Higuain
I like the look of the Croat keeper.

7.) 15 Jul 2018 22:07:27
I'd stick with Morata all day long.

Tibo is overrated.

Golovin is very different to Drinkwater / Barklay. He'd be a good signing

Rugani looks great in highlights, but I've not seen a great deal.

8.) 15 Jul 2018 22:42:04
Don't fancy Higuain for Chelsea cos of his age. If we can't get Icardi, I prefer we stick with Morata cos I see him improving under Sarri's brand of football. It's nuts to sign a striker like Morata and let him go after one season that was blighted by back problem issues (that affected his form) . The board has to stick with Morata and Batshuayi (can be loaned) .




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16 Sep 2018 14:01:29
So far so good. Did mention at the start of the season that with a change of manager to a more attcking one in Sarri there would be a new lease of life for certain players such as Pedro, Willian, Alonso etc.

I'm glad these players are all delivering and finally getting plaudits from posters who used to call them deadwood. Maybe deadwood under defensive managers.


1.) 16 Sep 2018 18:07:45
I really don't know what to think of Alonso. Offensively, he's perhaps the best left back in the world right now, but defensively he's a liability - I even think he got caught out a few times yesterday in the early phase of the game.
I fear the moment he will face one of the league's best wingers.

2.) 16 Sep 2018 23:09:52
At the moment we are 5/ 5. Alonso has a massive say in that too, if not for him we wouldn't be nowhere near 5/ 5.

Defensively his improved and is playing well. Easily the better of our defenders alongside Rudiger at the moment.



01 Sep 2018 19:44:53
A lot of praises recently for our performances and rightfully so.

A player that is usually slated here has impressed me the most. Bow down for Marcos Alonso, he has been the star.

Assist vs Arsenal
Goal vs Arsenal
Won penalty vs Newcastle
Deflected Goal vs Newcastle
Assist vs Bournemouth

Responsible for 9 points. Defensively has been good this far.


1.) 01 Sep 2018 20:29:01
Won penalty against Huddersfield as well! Also could've had a couple for us today, always in crazy good positions to score! But I did notice in the first half today we had a lot more joy down the right as Azpi was offering more width than Alonso.

2.) 01 Sep 2018 20:37:16
Non stop at it, constant menace. Going forward he is as good as it gets and under Sarri he is very effective. Well done Alonso.

I did say at the start of the season that we need to give a few players a chance and stop calling them deadwood. Pedro is one of them, under Sarri he will probably score 15 goals or more.



18 Aug 2018 19:24:26
Jorginho is class. But boy what do we have in Kovacic. What a gem, so good on the ball.

As usual bow down to the man - Hazard!


1.) 18 Aug 2018 19:30:15
Hoping Kovacic has a good season then wants to stay
Is Luiz going to be good enough this year? I’d like to see Christensen get some game time.

2.) 18 Aug 2018 19:37:31
My God I love Chelsea, I am going absolutely crazy with Jorginho and Kovacic. CFCShak, I love you guys.



18 Aug 2018 18:22:18
I did mention earlier that Arsenal will target our left side of Barkley, Alonso and Luiz and boy they have murdered that side. It's 2-2 but Everytime Alonso is taken out and a cut back is made then automatically a goal scoring chance is present.

We don't deserve to be 2-2, we have outplayed Arsenal.


1.) 18 Aug 2018 18:25:38
We’ve outplayed them, yes, but they’ve had an enourmous amount of chances. Something needs to change drastically. We can’t even bring on Emerson instead of Alonso. We should take Luiz off and use AC.

2.) 18 Aug 2018 18:27:34
Laca and Ramsey will eat up those chances, Arsenal first goal and Barkley was in no9 position .

3.) 18 Aug 2018 18:32:32
Alonso is far too so low in defence and Luiz can't bail him out unfortunately. I am a bit worried that we will see more of this in the 2nd half. Something needs to happen, Sarri needs to sort this out and hopefully he can with his half time talk.

I am impressed with our offense but so far out defence worries me. Even at 2-0 I was nervous.



18 Aug 2018 11:36:47
Right guys, my analysis of the game. Personally I think we will win and I have gone 2-1.

I expect the same squad as last week barring Hazard in for Willian.

Against good oppositions, I fear for our left side of Barkley, Alonso and Luiz. I would be surprised if arsenal decide to attack against Kante, Azpi and Rudiger.

On the flipside the left side is more offensive with Hazard ahead.

Come on blues!


1.) 18 Aug 2018 13:11:49
Going for an easy 3-0 win today Shak, Arsenal are a poor team, will finish sixth again this season. Morata will score as long as he stands his ground against Sokratis and Mustafi, Eden and Willian/ Pedro will be too mhch for their defence.

2.) 18 Aug 2018 13:39:05
im not so convinced our defence against there pace could be a major issue luiz has amassive say in this game depending what mood he's in id prefer christensen or cahill today to be honest
we definetly have the better team and players just hope we perform to our very best and i think we could win come on chels first big game of season send out a message to the rest ktbffh.

3.) 18 Aug 2018 16:54:26
Surprised to see soo many of our fans are underestimating Arsenal. Their attack is far, far superior to ours when Eden isn't starting for us. We have the better midfield but both defenses have weaknesses. They caused City problems and i have no doubt they'll cause our defence some as well. Personally think it'll be a close 2-1 which could go either way or end up 2-2. Hopefully if we get into trouble Sarri will bring on Eden and Kovacic earlier than expected. Excited to see what Kova can do for us this season.




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19 Aug 2018 12:32:49
It was a little strange, we got caught out by the same Arsenal cut back from either flanks 4 times in the first half.

I wouldn't say it's Kante's job to stop 4 of these cut backs, it's more than that. Both Alonso and Azpi got beat too easy for the cut back opportunity to even arise.

Maybe Kante in his usual position stops them but he cannot play the regista role unfortunately. I think Kovacic will be an asset here as he can tackle and has knack for crunching tackles and tracking back and more so than Barkley and RLC. I like the depth of our squad now, hopefully the more we play the better we get.




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19 Aug 2018 00:44:02
No mate. I got confused too, couldn't tell the difference.




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12 Aug 2018 16:51:43
200m offer prepared quoted by Metro and Daily Express. With all due respect, unless a reputable newspaper or source reports it then don't bother worrying or stressing yourself over it! If they wanted Hazard they would have made an offer alongside Courtois.

Real Madrid will give Asensio his opportunity this year. I doubt they would want to hinder him anymore. Next year they will sign Neymar.




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09 Aug 2018 13:48:58
I think they should cash in. We have 4 full backs, 2 on each side.




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08 Aug 2018 13:20:18
Kovacic will have an option to buy!





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16 Sep 2018 23:09:52
At the moment we are 5/ 5. Alonso has a massive say in that too, if not for him we wouldn't be nowhere near 5/ 5.

Defensively his improved and is playing well. Easily the better of our defenders alongside Rudiger at the moment.




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01 Sep 2018 20:37:16
Non stop at it, constant menace. Going forward he is as good as it gets and under Sarri he is very effective. Well done Alonso.

I did say at the start of the season that we need to give a few players a chance and stop calling them deadwood. Pedro is one of them, under Sarri he will probably score 15 goals or more.




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28 Aug 2018 09:03:01
Let's quietly proceed to when champions league football starts, it would be interesting seeing two games per week in action.




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20 Aug 2018 10:03:48
Nice ed1, when has it been moved to?


{Ed001's Note - end of season like World Cups and Euros.}



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19 Aug 2018 20:01:03
Yes Man City will cut us open.

However, I don't get the hype Liverpool are getting at the moment. They won absolutely 'ZERO' for years mate. They finished 4th last year.

They have added Alison, Keita and Fabinho which is good and an improvement to their squad but of course we will find out soon.

However, I need to see a lot more than a win against West Ham to be convinced. I would like to see the new signings deliver constantly before I put them in the bracket of Man City. Let's see how they break down defensive teams, let's see what happens when Salah, Keita, Mane etc all leave for the African Cup Of Nations mid year. I will not jump on the media bandwagon.

This is a fact, we may not be amongst the favourites to win the title this year because we in transition, however we have players that have the 'knack to win title's. In the last 4 years, we have won 2 leagues, League cup and the FA Cup. Despite all of this we are favourites to finish 5th this year.


{Ed001's Note - the AFCON is no longer mid-season.}