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27 Jun 2019 16:12:19
Interesting couple of days for Chelsea!. Lampard to be announced soon, Jay Dasilva moving to Bristol city, Juan Castillo with a U turn and may sign a new contract and now we're close to signing Kovacic. I expect Castillo's decision would likely be due to Lampard and Morris's arrival and the new supposed direction we're going in. Would like him to be involved next season, ideally i wanted Dasilva but i don't blame him for leaving and no doubt Castillo has bags of potential.

Excited to see him during pre-season if he does sign the contract. Emerson and Castillo as our fullback options sounds pretty good to me. As for Kovacic i like the move, i know a lot of people don't rate him but personally i think he's a solid player. Plus we're playing a lot of games next season and for £44m which includes the bonuses is a fair price. Also seems like Reece James didn't need surgery on his ankle and his recovery's going well, music to my ears that.


1.) 27 Jun 2019 17:29:26
As always great post LB90. Things are looking optimistic.

2.) 27 Jun 2019 21:47:03
That they are. This season has got me excited already. Think we will finally see our youth players get the chance they deserve. Plus, Lampard and Morris (though not the most experienced) is one of the most exciting appointments in the Roman era.

3.) 28 Jun 2019 14:22:53
Yep, could be a good week.

Lampard and Morris in.

Hudson-Odoi and Castillo (by all accounts Alonso wants out so Castillo could get an opportunity) sign long term contracts and Kovacic signs permanently.

All of a sudden we have a squad jam packed with young talent (Ampadu, James, Castillo, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham etc. ) and there's a clear path to the first team squad for those in the youth set up and out on loan.



06 Jun 2019 23:42:37
Given Marina a fair bit of stick over the last couple of years, some unjustified as well but she deserves huge credit for the way she handled this transfer. Especially if the full rumoured fee is true and the £40m add ons are easily achievable. £130m for Hazard given the circumstances is a very good deal, hopefully when we can spend it we'll spend it well.


1.) 07 Jun 2019 07:53:48
Very good deal for Chelsea. It's never nice losing your best asset but from a financial perspective she done really well.

Personally, I don't think losing Hazard will affect our future aspirations too much. I can see the team now playing as a unit rather than looking for the special Hazard everytime. Near the end of last season we were so reliant on him. Maybe everyone contributes now.

2.) 07 Jun 2019 12:09:24
Totally agree Shak, we are bound to miss his brilliance and ability to change a game or win us it with one bit of skill but hopefully we will set up as a team less reliant on him to always bail us out.

3.) 07 Jun 2019 14:06:34
Completely agree Shak. I think the integration of our youth would play a huge part in that "team mentality/ unity" with a Lampard/ Morris/ Terry appointment.

Some positive signs regarding Abraham too!



11 Mar 2019 00:00:49
Frustrating game but credit to Wolves, they defended brilliantly and it took a quality strike from Hazard to break them down. Nothing new that we struggle to break teams down when they just defend, been that way all season. Don't have enough quality upfront or creativity in the midfield. Kovacic hasn't brought anything to this team going forward to play the LCM role, looks like a rabbit caught in the headlights once he reaches the final third. Desperately need Ruben fit and starting in this team.

Also been very unimpressed with Higuain so far, clearly unfit and his overall play besides from his movement has been very poor. Still a long way to go but we probably have the toughest fixtures out of the 4 teams chasing the top 4 besides maybe Spurs. Everton next week is crucial, drop points there and i think Europa will be our best chance of getting Champions league football.


1.) 11 Mar 2019 01:51:26
Massive credit to solves but we weren’t near good enough. Higuain has been absolutely poor.

2.) 11 Mar 2019 11:24:41
Part of our major problems all season is that we've always been too predictable with:
* Our formation (always 433),
* Starting personnel (our starting lineup is always very predictable)
* Substitutions (which is always been a direct swap) .
I thank God that Sarri saw the beauty and benefit of a tactical substitution (when he brought in Willian for Jorginho) - the ball moved quickly, pressure came down on Wolves from the central attacking midfield area and wide area (with the central defensive midfield area still intact) which eventually broke the deadlock.



25 Feb 2019 09:25:22
Hopefully that puts Sarri out rumours to bed for a while now. Tactics were spot on, Substitutions were what we wanted and the players put in a real shift. Of course it's devastating that we lost, especially on pens, but it could've gone either way. Hopefully we'll see the 11 players that finished the game starting from now on, for me that's easily our strongest side.

Ruben adding that driving force from the midfield and CHO's directness would help our attack so much. Desperately need a similar performance against Spurs now though, if Sarri continues to play the right players and is willing to adjust i think we'll get top 4.


1.) 25 Feb 2019 11:41:04
I truly believe that Sarri has been told by the powers that be that, if he wants to keep his job, he needs to give CHO and RLC more minutes and be more flexible in his tactics. Because he has listened to these words of 'advice' (threat), his job is now safe until the summer.

2.) 25 Feb 2019 12:56:12
I’m baffled Mrs Costa. Over the last few weeks you have consistent in your campaign “Sarri Out Now”. You have called him out as a usless and out of his depth.

How can Sarri win with critics who want him out for being tactically stupid but when he gets it right it can’t be his idea/ plan.

For some posters Sarri will never make them happy.

3.) 25 Feb 2019 13:28:15
Lol Mrs Costa your intelligence is beyond belief haha. You must have direct sources within the board room to have come out with that level of garbage. If that was to be the case then the board would just manage the playing squad.

Give the manager credit, the tactics he employed yesterday worked when we won 2-0 earlier on in the season. So he simply reverted back to them. It's not rocket science.

4.) 25 Feb 2019 16:58:05
Personally I don't hate Sarri and I believe our squad strength is better than our results recently. I also know that he's been getting his formations and tactics wrong of late which is
Iapparent to everyone. Like I noticed from Mrs. Costa post, a little tweak here and there will do everybody good because it has become imperative.
We're all happy even though we lost to a very good city team because he heed to our obvious desire, changing formation from the usual and giving some players chance as well. In essence fans loyalty is to the club and not an individual player or coach as such love Sarri when he's doing it right but demand improvement when not.
However it should be noted that Sarri may be on the edge already. I still think that Spur's game might be very decisive for him. If we lose to Spurs then it might spell doom for him. Chelsea may have learnt from Mourinho last season that you have to do it early enough or lose out in top 4 race. That ultimately denies you revenue that would accrued therefrom.

5.) 25 Feb 2019 18:01:47
76pts (2pts per game) will put our team in the top four and I believe we will get that total.

I’m sure someone will tell me how many times if any, 76pts has not been enough to qualify for the Champions League?

6.) 25 Feb 2019 18:27:20
I think your right Mrs Costa it was kepas mum and dad
Oh my god just credit the man a good tactical performance.

7.) 26 Feb 2019 23:06:23
I think the final was, all things considered, our best performance from a tactical point of view. Sarri did a great job in this game.

The reality is that this one performance has earned him a stay of execution, his job is still teetering over the edge. Revert back to his old mistakes, get beaten at home by Spurs, and he could go over the edge.

Hopefully he turns things around and takes us on a good run of results, leading us into the top four - I'll applaud him if he does. But one decently coached game isn't enough to change my overall opinion on him.



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.


1.) 07 Feb 2019 12:54:20
Julian Brandt.

2.) 07 Feb 2019 14:06:18
Totally agree but with Fekir as LCM and Pepe as RW.

3.) 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.

4.) 07 Feb 2019 14:54:16
In the summer *.

5.) 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.

6.) 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.

7.) 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.

8.) 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.




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05 Nov 2019 23:57:28
As exciting as we are to watch this season my god it doesn't do my heart any good. People were saying Ajax were dominating up until the sending offs but i don't think they were at all. 1 shot on target with 3 goals at half time, they were very fortunate and the scoreline was harsh to say the least.

Not to say we didn't get lucky too, i don't know what the rules are but isn't a ref supposed to stop play if a player had commited a 2nd yellow card offence to send them off?. If so then we shouldn't have gotten the penalty which lead to the 2nd sending off. Anyway a great comeback, Reece james is some player and hopefully he starts on Saturday!.


1.) 06 Nov 2019 08:09:31
They were stupid free kicks and ten neither of Tomori or Zouma were at fault. Azpi scores but defensively him and Alonso are finished. LB is main priority in January if dropped. Any of Chilwell/ Grimaldo/ Telles would be perfect. James and Emerson should always start big games from now on.

2.) 06 Nov 2019 11:40:08
Totally agree, BB91. Until he improved in the left back slot, Azpi was, to that point, next to useless - the way he gave Promes the freedom of Stamford Bridge for the 2nd goal was criminal! Alonso should have enough experience by now to know that it is pointless to try and win the ball from behind a player, especially when the opponent is on the touchline with his back to the field of play. Very poor display from both of them and I will not be sorry, although I will be grateful for the performances in the past, to see the pair of them depart.

3.) 06 Nov 2019 20:09:22
Yeah agree with you both, Azpi i don't mind keeping around because he's a character but he doesn't have the qualities of the modern day fullback to be successful for this team. Love him and will never forget what he's done for us but Emerson and Reece James have to be 1st choice for me, and hopefully next season we'll have better depth in that area with new additions. If i had to chose it'd be Grimaldo simply because Chilwell will cost a fortune but i reckon he'll be the one we'll still buy.



30 Oct 2019 23:22:24
Thought the penalty was very soft but can't take nothing away from the free kick. He's blazed 100+ over stadiums so of course he'll score that against us, "it's a Chelsea thing". We weren't poor tonight but we weren't great, individual mistakes from the usual suspects costing us. Really hope Emerson is back for Watford. Alonso just isn't good enough, awful on the ball and a below par defender. Not the end of the world going out of this cup, just annoying it had to be against this United team. Onto Watford and i'm expecting a big reaction for that game, no excuses not to win there.




26 Oct 2019 20:13:47
Another brilliant game of football, we're a joy to watch at the moment. So happy for Pulisic as well, i'm sure Lampard will be questioned by some fans as to why he wasn't starting much before today but i think he's managed him brilliantly. Protected him, eased him in and kept him on his toes, we've seen how this league with the media and fans can eat people up and spit them out if they don't start well especially with a big price tag.

Overall great performance, only negative i saw and seem to see a lot is the gap between the midfield and defence is very big, something we'll hopefully get better at. 7 in a row and United next, hopefully we'll get some revenge! KTBFFH




31 Aug 2019 23:22:45
Two weeks of remembering this game, oh boy... Reece James being fit can't come soon enough. Happy that Gilmour got handed his debut but this game was in no way the right game to do so. We're defending a 1 goal lead and on the back foot, you have Christensen as an option on the bench but you bring on Gilmour? Poor in game management from Frank imo. Should've moved Tomori to the right and brought on Christensen, anything to get Azpi off. He just isn't performing at all. As for the positives, Tammy was great again and i thought Tomori was excellent as well, biggest one tho is that we now have 2 weeks to get some key players back who'll help this team massively. Just a shame we'll have this result in the back of our heads for 2 weeks until the game against Wolves!.




24 Aug 2019 20:14:13
Great game, much better 2nd half and thoroughly deserved the win. Couldn't be happier for Tammy, 2 well taken goals and a great overall performance. Only negative today was the defending again in the 1st half. As for VAR, what a mess. Should've had a pen, Tammy was fouled for their 1st goal and Mount got deliberately stamped on. Pretty sure they didn't even check the pen incident either, embaressing.





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09 Nov 2019 17:45:48
Always had the potential but i'd like to see him stay in Italy for another season or two and continue his progression. Who knows maybe in the future we may see him back in a Chelsea shirt.




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11 Oct 2019 00:58:18
Wouldn't bother believing that rubbish, same with the Neymar links too. I do think it's clear that we may try and get an experienced forward for the starting 11 in the summer though. Would personally rather get Sancho, don't know whether we have any interest in him but it makes soo much sense to go for him. Hopefully we are and we see the rumours intensify once we get near January🤞.




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11 Sep 2019 09:29:40
Bring in Atal to compete with Reece for RB and move Azpi to LB. Sell Alonso to make room. Atal can also play on the wings so he'd be a excellent buy for me.




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02 Jun 2019 00:30:25
Adam just because some fans on here wanted him out at some point doesn't mean their opinions can't change, and even if it hasn't it still doesn't justify the pathetic abuse he's received from our 'supporters'. I've been to numerous games to watch Chelsea under a manager i didn't want and watch players i didn't like but i'd never look to boo and abuse them. You say he relied on Hazard yet if it wasn't for Sarri wanting to play a more attacking, possession based style of play instead of a defensive one like Hazard's played in nearly every season here, i doubt he would've done as well as he did. The man got us to two finals and the points tally we got in the league would've been enough to finish in the top 4 in most premier league seasons so i wouldn't say that's being "out of his depth".




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01 Jun 2019 00:29:44
Absolutely gutted, the man came here with some fans just waiting for a reason to hate on him, it's disgusting the way a lot of match going fans and people in the media have treated him. You wouldn't see a manager get as much hate as Sarri has for achieving their targets at any other club. Wish the best for him, no doubt he'll have a lot of success at Juve. As for us if it's Lampard to replace him i can't see us challenging for top 4 next season, especially since it doesn't seem as if we're going to appeal to CAS and Hazard's off. Hopefully the board will give Lampard a season without big expectations.





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12 Nov 2019 15:09:26
Kovacic and Kante is easily our strongest pivot, both good defensively and have the engine to run all game. I agree it's harsh to drop Jorginho but Kovacic has been the better player this season and you simply can't drop Kante. Sure some people would say play the 3 of them together but that doesn't work for me. It's far too defensive and not having a midfielder who can run inbetween the lines and contribute with goals or assists hurts us. 4231 with a Kante and Kovacic pivot with Mount or Pulisic at the 10 is the way to go for me. Then use 433 as well once Ruben is back fit.




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06 Nov 2019 23:26:43
Personally i'd say CHO, Sancho being in the Bundesliga helps him a lot. Not only is it a easier league but poor performances go unnoticed all the time, especially by fans in England since rarely due they watch Dortmund. I've seen a lot of their games where he's ghosted but it never gets pointed out, CHO has a couple of average performances and you already have fans (including some of our own) already calling him overrated or overhyped. I just think he has more to his game and a higher ceiling, but i'd love to see them play together at club level.




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06 Nov 2019 20:09:22
Yeah agree with you both, Azpi i don't mind keeping around because he's a character but he doesn't have the qualities of the modern day fullback to be successful for this team. Love him and will never forget what he's done for us but Emerson and Reece James have to be 1st choice for me, and hopefully next season we'll have better depth in that area with new additions. If i had to chose it'd be Grimaldo simply because Chilwell will cost a fortune but i reckon he'll be the one we'll still buy.




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02 Nov 2019 20:14:19
BB91 completely agree mate, some of our fans seem to hold grudges towards players if they have a bad game for a long time for whatever reason. As you said he's been brilliant ever since that United game and hopefully we'll keep the Tomori and Zouma partnership as our 1st choice. Thought everybody was brilliant today, couldn't be happier with our progress under Lamps. As for that VAR decision it was clumsy from Jorginho but CHO received a yellow card for a dive were there was just as much contact if not more, standard of refereeing in this country is horrible.




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03 Oct 2019 02:20:01
Feel like he's being eased into the team by Lampard. We're talking about the BPL, it's the toughest league in the world and it takes time to get used to. Happened to Bernardo Silva and Fabinho were they weren't playing for a while but now look at them. Lampard's probably protecting him, especially when you see the criticism and hate Pepe is already getting. Potentially going through the same as a 21yr old who's just joined won't do him any good at all.