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09 May 2019 23:14:02
Kepa is going to be one of the best keepers in the world in a few years. The boy is actually good. I mean like really good. Huge price tag and since the first game away at Huddersfield he hasn’t been moved by it. Won us the game against Watford and with the help of brilliant goal line clearances had the chance to take us to the final.

Top lad.

Come on Chelsea.


1.) 10 May 2019 02:04:38
Considering it’s his first season he’s been one of our best players. He’ll be even better next year 🙌🏻 And he knows how to keep his legs shut 😉.

2.) 10 May 2019 08:53:07
Suppose this makes up for the poor display against city in the final?

3.) 10 May 2019 12:09:00
That first penalty save was comedy gold haha

Funniest pen save I've seen in ages. The classic FIFA (the game) strategy of keeping.

4.) 10 May 2019 15:24:47
Kepa is a fantastic keeper, his shot stopping abilities are phenomenal and great reflexes. Future is bright.

5.) 11 May 2019 01:34:12
Won us the semi final against spurs too in the penalty shoot out in the League Cup. Feels good to go into a penalty shootout confident again. Only ever seen Courtois the snake save one penalty at west brom away and that was lucky.

6.) 11 May 2019 01:03:24
For probably the first half of the season I was unconvinced. Then he began to show glimpses of class. Now I'm very excited for his future if he keeps up his recent form. He definitely needs to improve his collecting from crosses though.

7.) 11 May 2019 10:52:57
Kepa does indeed look to be both developing and indeed settling well.
It’s easy to forget that he has had 13 clean sheets in the PL this season which even for an experienced keeper is no mean feat.
I don’t know if one of the Ed’s can answer something that has had me scratching my head.
We know that Kepa had to buy himself out of his contract and that supposedly was around £70+ million. As I understand that sum isn’t the same as a transfer fee and has to come from the player and I doubt he had that sort of cash under the matteress
If that’s correct then its the player would be getting the money from Chelsea to compensate so no amortised fees etc in the accounts but would that money be paid by way of annual sum or more likely a one off signing on fee which if that’s correct surely would see a massive jump in the clubs declared wage bill.

{Ed002's Note - The "buy out clause" is legally binding between a club and a player. The "buy out" is effectively what it says - a means for the player to buy himself out of the contract. As an example, if a player wishes to buy himself out of a contract, he pays the applicable FA (on behalf of the club) the amount of the "buy out" clause effectively becoming a free agent. The problem is that in most cases a player would need to obtain that money from the buying club - and this is fraught with issues regarding "tapping up" and, of course, taxation (as it can be seen as income for the player and would therefore be subject to income tax). There was a test case about the taxation issue in Spain about five years ago which is why they have an exception. All players in Spain and Portugal have a clause that allows the player to buy himself out of his contract without tax implications. This was to address a ruling from around 30 years ago allowing players a way out of their contracts. The other notable point about Spain and Portugal is that the clauses if invoked by a non Iberian club need to be paid in full by the player (there are local rules that stop tax being due) but by needing to put up 100% of the money upfront would end many transfers then and there. It works differently in Iberia to elsewhere as the tax implications do not make such clauses viable. All players in Iberia must have a figure set and agreed with the club. So "buy out" clauses are very rare. Related to this is the Webster Ruling but I don't intend to go in to that now.}



19 Jan 2019 14:09:59
Hey lads, obviously everyone on here knows I don’t have contacts and have never claimed to but like during the bakayoko transfer as I know a good friend of his who told be he’ll be coming to Chelsea and I shared just thought I’d share also that Fekir is thought to be the player we’d be after to replace Eden if he leaves.

Hope Eden stays and we still go for Fekir which could happen too? Just thought I’d share.

Cheers and looking forward to the big game this evening.


1.) 19 Jan 2019 14:52:50
Fekir IMO can play left but is more of attacking midfielder, not an out and out winger, seems odd replacement, insigne would be best hazard replacement.

2.) 19 Jan 2019 15:51:30
Well Mart for our national team Fekir does play wide, but yeah he is more effective in a 10 role and it is his preferred role probably why he isn’t as effective in the national team.

3.) 19 Jan 2019 17:02:43
fekir would have the bit of creativity and magic we need and of course had a few goals in hin.



09 Jan 2019 08:45:35
9 years now that I’ve been on this site and it’s the first time that I’ve seen the focus fixed on who’s Positive and who’s negative and to be honest that’s a stupid approach for a banter page.

If I’m being honest off the top off my head G8 and TomB are the only two posters who are positively constructive with their comments while a whole lot other barely make any sense but are quick to call others out as being negative.

Some comments can be “toxic” yes I use this word cause it’s pure drivel but some really good posters who banter and look at things objectively (not always in support with our beloved blues) but objectively nonetheless are called fake fans and negative and for the good of the site this has to stop. It’s a banter page and though I do agree that “ it is my opinion” is not a good argument nor a constructive defense of ones points, some posters do have constructive criticisms and instead of banter everyone turns on them.

We all live Chelsea a bit too much but what can I say it’s hard not too so how about we stick to banter and stop the personal attacks.

Ps. Jorginho had a good game, but I stick to my point against smaller teams who sit back he just doesn’t have what it takes ala Cesc, Busquet Verrati, Pirlo s etc to make that defense splitting pass. Let’s banter.


1.) 09 Jan 2019 10:14:13
i get your point being a banter page and maybe your right we shouldn't get so worked up an negative a lot of time i just say stuff for a bit of reaction of certain posters i no il get 1 off haha but yeah it is a very toxic place this site at times i always love tom b s insight.

2.) 09 Jan 2019 10:53:28
I never get any shoutouts on here : ( . lol.

3.) 09 Jan 2019 12:51:01
Agreed about Jorghino against teams who play defensively as he offers nothing creatively which we desperately need from at least one of the three CM players.
Additionally not one of them has a record of scoring regularly which heaps a major pressure on the front three.
Luiz has taken over the reponsibility of playing Cescs role leaving Jorghino to pass the ball 15 yds sideways or back.
The whole balance of the team isn't right at the moment but at least we seem defensively more solid.



17 Nov 2018 07:03:32
Apparently Pulisic is coming in, that would be a brilliant signing. Let Willian go and use Pedro and Pulisic on the right flank. All we need now is a striker and we can go on to challenge City properly.


1.) 17 Nov 2018 07:31:13
We can only dream. Please give us info ed1 or ed2.

2.) 17 Nov 2018 08:19:34
Truly we can only dream. Pulisic is something! What a player if we can bring him in.

3.) 17 Nov 2018 08:41:51
We need Willian as Hazard's backup.

4.) 17 Nov 2018 08:52:40
A lot of rumours about pulisic, however they all appear to be spineless, it's the same story being recycled by most the tabloids. Why would Dortmund sell at this stage of the season? I find it hard to believe.

Ed1 do you know anything about the above?


{Ed001's Note - nothing about him moving in January. I know he was considering his options if Dortmund did not show that they could challenge in Europe, but they would not be happy to let him go now and I doubt he would force his way out. It would go against character for him to do that, he is not Dembele and he is very well advised. The summer would be when I expect him to move.}

5.) 17 Nov 2018 09:12:06
Thanks Ed1. I thought the rumours sounded a bit over the top for January.

The summer is a long way away so rumours about a summer deal should be left for then. Anything could happen before the summer, currently he hardly plays, he could get injured, he could lose confidence due to playing time etc. Seems like paper nonsense blowing both January and Summer options. So if they get January wrong they can push for summer.

{Ed001's Note - well you never know, Chelsea might have seen an opportunity and Dortmund need the funds to invest in the team, but it seems unlikely. Sarri does want a right winger though. I just feel it unlikely and have not heard anything regarding them looking to sell, quite the opposite. Last I heard they were trying to push offers away to keep a team together so they can try and win the title and be competitive in Europe.}

6.) 17 Nov 2018 09:52:09
Nice one Ed, appreciated mate.

{Ed001's Note - welcome mate.}

7.) 17 Nov 2018 10:07:50
Ed001, the report does say that Pulisic won't extend and Dortmund are looking to sell in 2019. (Which is in line with what Ed002 said earlier)

Could it be possible that we are looking to get this deal done early and pay a little extra? This would ensure less hassle if some other club decided to hijack the deal in the summer. Moreover, with Moses possibly gone in January, we might be left a little short of cover on the wings.

The way I see it, this is a win-win for both the clubs. (And Dortmund already have a lot of attackers from what I have seen)

{Ed001's Note - it is certainly possible mate, like I said I expected him to move next summer, so it might make sense now he is on the fringes. He always said he wanted to move to the Prem but he does want guarantees about game time. Not sure Chelsea would give him them. There is certainly interest there, but the reports do seem to be jumping the gun in the hope of being proven right later, because no one remembers the wrong guesses, just when they get it right early.}

8.) 19 Nov 2018 11:33:25
I have only see Pulisic play 3 or 4 times but I have been underwhelmed - at a reported £70m there are much better options out there.

9.) 20 Nov 2018 12:54:22
Yet another over hyped player whose performances this season have been average at best.
He certainly would not be an improvement on Willian and the transfer fee being mooted is ludicrous for a player unable to command a fist team place in a weaker league.
If we are to spend big money it needs to be on players who will substantially improve our first eleven .

10.) 22 Nov 2018 10:14:53
I think Pulisic is a little better than Jordan Sancho that some group of Chelsea fans seem to prefer. I feel his (Pulisic) not being in Borussia Dortmund starting eleven this season is cos of his refusal to extend his deal with the club. I don't think Pulisic is over hyped- he's a very good player imo maybe not worth £70m at the moment. He can replace Willian in the Chelsea squad.



18 Aug 2018 23:03:35
Was I the only one that thought Kovacic was Hazard at times the way he glided passed players. He’s going to be a steal if he continues like this. I hope the club make his move permanent. Hazard and Kovacic changed the game.


1.) 19 Aug 2018 00:44:02
No mate. I got confused too, couldn't tell the difference.

2.) 19 Aug 2018 01:02:32
Hahaha, I thought the same thing too. The best thing about him asides his skill is his ability to win back the ball.

3.) 19 Aug 2018 01:08:14
He’s quite the complete centre mid. Personally i thought he was a better all round midfielder than Kroos. Kroos is better on the ball but I do think he’s abit lazy and slow.

4.) 19 Aug 2018 07:09:17
KingFrank let's not start comparing players cos Kroos in on another level number.

5.) 19 Aug 2018 10:41:34
Obinna, you complain when people ridicule your opinion. Yet here you are telling someone else off for giving theirs.

6.) 19 Aug 2018 12:05:34
Please KingFrank, I am sorry I apologise, I don't mean it that way. I'm just caught up in the euphoria of the kind (beautiful) of football that Chelsea is playing. Sorry mate.




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27 Apr 2019 14:22:40
Spurs lost, wow just wow. All we had to do was beat Burnley, at Stamford bridge. A draw tomorrow is not good enough we need 3 points.


1.) 27 Apr 2019 16:24:15
So had spurs today, only to beat west ham.



14 Apr 2019 15:35:07
So Tom or should I say Sarri? That's right I've finally figured it out. I mean I've never seen you or Sarri in the same room at the same time.

On a serious note good call on the line up.


1.) 14 Apr 2019 16:11:36
Elementary my dear ELI, elementary!

2.) 14 Apr 2019 16:12:09
I hope it works but if my memory is ok I think playing the false nine with hazard has worked maybe 1 time against rubbishty.

3.) 14 Apr 2019 16:17:14
Like it did in the final?



11 Feb 2019 14:50:48
Think the posts on here have been great and constructive enough.

But let’s be honest, the season is far from over, still so much to fight for. You and I know, heck every football fan know this results happen and will continue to happen to every team « big » or « small ».

We will bounce back, we are Chelsea.


1.) 11 Feb 2019 15:14:31
ELI: Every blues supporter is muttering your words as a mantra to change things BUT if we continue to have the persistent offenders still offending, Sarri blind to Jorghino's failings and sadly, when the going gets tough, the tough down tools, we will get turned over badly yet again. As good as Manchester City are, we caved yesterday unbelievably and it looked like a training work out for them. Yesterday saw Sarri get Sarri-balled by Guardiola and if he doesn't think he has the team to play his way then he needs to play to the strengths of what has but his intransigence is going to cost him dearly unless he adapts.

2.) 11 Feb 2019 16:07:37
I’m not sure how accurate this statement is but I’m told (to many teeth Klopp) finished 8th in his first Premiership season and the second coming called Pep finished 4th.

Let’s try and understand this should be a transition season and if we win a pot or two it will be a good season.

3.) 11 Feb 2019 23:41:47
my only worry tom is liverpool and city wherent losing to bournemouths 4-0 and getting trashed 6-0 by rivals.

4.) 11 Feb 2019 23:42:33
that result i blame sarri for in a way because how many more times is he going to pick alonso and jorginho and pedro and barkley an kova when they haven't performed all season.

5.) 12 Feb 2019 01:08:11
I’m sure someone will correct me i am wrong but I think Klopp has finished 8th, 4th and 4th.

Pep finished 4th and then spent about £600 mil.

We should keep Sarri and back him not sack him.

6.) 12 Feb 2019 08:12:43
TomB: In an ideal world we should keep Sarri but historically (maybe even hysterically! ) we do not keep at manager that clashes with the players and we have in Sarri someone who clearly believes in his 'one' way of playing and that will be his downfall. As I and others have said, he must adapt (can he) to the players he has not try and turn them into something they are not. They are not all bad players but they seem at odds with what he wants and if reports are correct that is two 'clear the air' talks in three weeks; doesn't augur well for the future.

7.) 12 Feb 2019 09:06:57
C1955, Klopp had to make changes and the scousers are now a better side and his board backed him.

Pep improved his side with signings and that was as ageing squad a little bit like ours.

The board wanted a change in playing style so they hired Sarri. The board have to make a choice, back or sack but if they sack they will IMO have to invest three or four players anyway.



03 Feb 2019 06:52:57
It’s crazy how there aren’t a lot of posts on the game but as soon as we have a bad half there are tons of posts on how Sarri should be sacked.

I’m actually looking forward to next Sunday, think it’s going to be difficult but with the right approach to the game we could get something at the ethihad.


1.) 03 Feb 2019 09:24:37
ELI your spot on mate. I was thinking the same, it was awfully quiet here yesterday, we didn't even get any live commentary here during the match. It's a shame really, you should expect posts whether you win or lose. I supoose if we keep winning then it will be awfully quiet here.

2.) 03 Feb 2019 09:41:32
Usually against rivals we seem to have the right motivation levels so i am expecing a great game.

3.) 03 Feb 2019 12:04:17
Shak, talking of fans being quiet. The atmosphere in the Shed Upper yesterday was again very subdued.

It seems to me that it’s not only some fans on this site who have been spoilt with success, it’s also the fans at the ground.

The attitude seemed to be, it’s only Huddesrfield so we don’t need to roar our team home.

Even the Zigga Zagga bloke was mute.

4.) 03 Feb 2019 14:30:54
Huddesrfield says it all let’s make notes when we play next week on a good note how good does Huguain look and bad note willian just gave ball away or broke things down again.

5.) 03 Feb 2019 16:10:17
Nibby this is not about beating Huddersfield. These are the kind of games we have dropped most of our points as we have struggled to break down defensive units. Bournemouth, Wolves, Watford, Leicester etc etc. They have all got us on the counter attack.

Anyway are you even a Chelsea fan? You seem more keen to see you do bad then good? Just in case you forgot we WON yesterday . cheer up kid.

6.) 03 Feb 2019 17:48:45
Success spoils fans and that's a fact. Just hope we don't go trophyless for as long as some clubs in the league. Its funny because at the end of a poor season we always end up winning something. The only club in the league that can win tropies under chaos. This has spoilt too many fans.



02 Feb 2019 17:49:43
Agree with the both of you, just to add I think Lova can make that role his own, better defensively and can drive either ball of necessary. Very much mobile. Barkley was immense.


1.) 02 Feb 2019 18:03:08
ELI he does look more than capable to do that role but credit to Jorhinho as he was quality today. Its nice knowing we have someone who could play that role or atleast provide competition for it.

Barkley finally showed he has the required skill to be playing for Chelsea. Its the mind set for him. Immense is the right word.




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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.




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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.




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19 Jan 2019 15:51:30
Well Mart for our national team Fekir does play wide, but yeah he is more effective in a 10 role and it is his preferred role probably why he isn’t as effective in the national team.




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21 Jul 2018 18:54:44
Good point on Ericksen as well as Modric a lot of top teams thought he was lightweight before spurs bought him.




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19 Jul 2018 23:11:18
Fekir is the closest thing to Hasard the French league has had since Eden became blue. As a parisien and someone that follows the league. Trust me when I say Fekir is going to be a world beater.

Ps. I was glad when he wrecked PSG last season.





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10 May 2019 23:01:55
Well said Shak.




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05 May 2019 16:09:38
Jorginho was good today to be honest.




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25 Apr 2019 16:15:12
Hiving crédit where it’s due Spurs are just above average but yea the rest of us are pretty average.




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21 Apr 2019 19:14:31
I’m usually positive and calm about results as I’m so proud of the last decade and a half our club has had but if we don’t win at the bridge tomorrow (obviously with all due respect to Burnley) I’d be livid, I’d go mad. It’ll probably be the first time I’d wish a manager and the players get booed cause the next four games should be like a cup final for us.




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11 Apr 2019 21:40:23
Hey Nibby funny I haven’t seen you around for a while.