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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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15 Jul 2019 12:44:54
CHO's contract situation has really gone on way too long, don't know why he's taking so long to make a decision. If i'm the club and he hasn't decided to sign the new contract by the end of the month then just take the money from Bayern and move on. Shouldn't be held ransom by an 18 year old. Fans have done nothing but support him, been offered silly money for his age and with Lampard as the manager he won't have any issues getting into the starting 11 when he's fit.

I'd understand him being hesitant if we still had Sarri, and if the club didn't make changes but that's not the case. Everything is set-up for him to succeed here and be a big part of Chelsea's future, it shouldn't be a difficult decision to make especially if all he cared about was playing time.


1.) 15 Jul 2019 13:10:42
Exactly LB90 - if CHO doesn't want to play for Chelsea then sell him - bored of this crapola.

2.) 15 Jul 2019 13:33:52
Sensible post Nobody should be guaranteed first team football. Not at a big club like Chelsea anyway.

The whole point is to perform and then your guaranteed first team football. The motivation must be to perform for CHO. The platform is set for him, it depends on whether he has the hunger and desire to get what he wants at Chelsea. He needs the right attitude to succeed here.

3.) 15 Jul 2019 13:38:26
'CRAPOLA', That's another one. Good luck to Hudson Odoi in whatever decision that he decides to take. There's nothing that the eyes will see and cry blood, it must always be tears.

4.) 15 Jul 2019 14:53:45
Let’s remain positive lads. Mason Mount has just signed a new five year contract and I remain very confident CHO will be signing soon.


5.) 15 Jul 2019 16:21:14
I suspect CHO just wants to know he’s going to get minutes. A few chats with Lampard and I’m confident he’ll get the assurance we’ve got big plans for him and he’ll sign.

6.) 15 Jul 2019 19:10:52
Exactly Tom b then hopefully Reece then we’ve got 4 really good players committed for the long term plus the other talent we already have I can’t wait for the season to get started now.

7.) 15 Jul 2019 20:11:38
RVD1997; the question is: why doesn't Hudson Odoi think that he will get minutes? Doesn't he believe in himself or does he want to pl.

8.) 15 Jul 2019 20:13:44
- or does he want to play alone. I think we the fans praised him so much to the detriment of the team or club.

9.) 15 Jul 2019 21:33:14
I appreciate the negotiation process and its place in all types of business but asking for game assurances is something I don't like in any sport.

I Have a feeling that CHO is bordering between confident and arrogant. This whole saga is leaving me with a bitter taste, either stay and rightfully keep your place in the team or put in a transfer request and head to Munich where things may not be as rose colored as they seem.

The longer that this drags on, the less support he'll get. Imagine that he leaves on a free next summer after the fight and support that we gave him last season, I'd be happy to see the back of him and bring in someone who would be determined to fight and compete for a first team spot.

10.) 15 Jul 2019 21:34:23
I guess there must have been one but I can’t remember the last time Chelsea kept a player for a season when he made it clear he wanted to leave. My assumption is CHO hasn’t made it clear he wants to leave and I don’t think he has asked for a transfer.

I’m nearly getting as bored with the will he, won’t he, CHO contract issue as I was with the Courtois and Hazard sagas!

I want him to sign a new contract and as I’ve said I’m confident he will but whatever happens, I just can’t see the club selling him!

11.) 15 Jul 2019 22:58:16
Let's not forget that it's not some team of mid-table obscurity that's showing interest in him. It's Bayern Munich! A massive, massive club. There are very few players, including various club legends, that wouldn't give the move some thought.

12.) 16 Jul 2019 07:59:21
Or could it be that he wants to be fully fit from injury, have a run of games, see how that pans out and maybe sign or refuse the contract. Most players don't like making transfer moves to other clubs or extend their deals when they are not fit.
Dharmesh Seth of Sky Sports said (in their News room yesterday at 7:00pm said that, there are mixed reports concerning Hudson Odoi's contract extension story at Chelsea; he said that, 'Bayern Munich are not giving up their chase for Hudson Odoi but there are reports that he's close to extending his deal with Chelsea; and there are also reports of Chelsea been wide apart in any agreement with Hudson Odoi's camp; He also said that, after talks between Hudson Odoi and Frank Lampard, all camps (which includes: Chelsea, Hudson Odoi camp and Frank Lampard) still needs to sit together and iron out a head way. It really has to be that Hudson Odoi wants assurances which I think Chelsea shouldn't give him, if he's not confident that he can win a place in this team, I think Chelsea should sell him if a good offer comes in.

13.) 16 Jul 2019 09:22:53
I don’t think there is a need to sell him particularly with the ban but it’s all about opinions!

14.) 16 Jul 2019 11:02:08
I must be the only person that looks at the situation and thinks “if a team like Bayern who has the ability to sign a guy like Ousmane Dembele or Nicolas Pepe yet chooses to hold out for CHO then he must be some type of player. ” If you don’t think every young player in the world is getting told by those around them that they deserve the world by everyone around them then you’re lying to yourself. He realizes he has the leverage in the situation and wants to ensure he’s in a good spot before tying himself to the club for an extended period. Fair play to him.

15.) 16 Jul 2019 15:19:48
Top players want to play for top teams in their countries (esp in the elite league countries) .
No German player will turn down Bayern Munich to come to Chelsea or ManCity; or Spanish player turn down Barcelona or Real Madrid to come Chelsea or ManCity etc. I wonder why Hudson Odoi isn't looking convinced with Chelsea's advances.

16.) 16 Jul 2019 17:52:49
Obinna, I wouldn’t stress too much about it unless he doesn’t sign by the end of the window and start of the season. I’m confident he will want to play under Lampard.



07 Jun 2019 20:40:04
Reece James was just stretched of with what looks like a serious ankle injury. Didn't look great and he was clearly in a lot of distress. Honestly can't catch a break, really hope it isn't as serious as expected. Really do feel for the lad.


1.) 07 Jun 2019 20:44:53
Wouldn't be shocked to see that it's yet another Achilles injury. Regardless, let's hope he recovers soon.

2.) 07 Jun 2019 21:18:41
Suspected broken ankle, according to the Sun.

3.) 08 Jun 2019 03:10:38
Much rather that, still gutted for him. Hopefully he’ll be ready for minutes by October!



27 May 2019 23:17:44
Congratulations to Abraham and JT in helping Aston Villa get Promoted. Lampard and Derby should keep the heads held high, had a great season and no doubt they'll be challenging again next season. As for the three blue loanees i've been very impressed with Tomori all season and again today he was superb, easily Derby's best player for me. Don't think he'd look out of place at all in the Chelsea team but i expect a loan in the Premier League next season. Abraham was quite, mostly due to Tomori but he's had a great season. Maybe he'll play a part for us next season but i do have my doubts about him leading the line for us. Mount grew into the game but wasn't involved all too much. Similar to Tomori i wouldn't mind him having a role in the squad next season but i expect a another loan in the Prem.




16 May 2019 20:40:20
Schedule a game to be played on a poor pitch before a big cup final, what could go wrong... I understand why this game was needed, i just can't for the life of me understand why this needed to be done before our final. Why couldn't it have been rescheduled?. Now we may have to play the final without both Kante and Ruben. Hope it's not as serious as it looked but even if it isn't i wouldn't expect him to be fit for the final.


1.) 16 May 2019 22:06:57
Or why did sarri need to bring him on? Got youth players that traveled with the squad they could’ve got extra minutes.

2.) 16 May 2019 22:20:17
It's not Sarri mate. If he had it his way then the club doesn't go USA.

3.) 16 May 2019 22:29:33
No of course mate but when you’ve taken youth there for the game he could’ve left him on the bench and played one of them.

4.) 16 May 2019 22:38:45
Kovacic or Barkley will now score the winner in the final.

Good luck and let’s hope for a speedy recovery to all the injured players.

5.) 16 May 2019 22:47:43
Agree shak Sarri took precaution with him, you could tell how visibly upset he was when he got injured, clearly didn't want to be there. He even said so himself, none of this is on Sarri at all for me. The meaning of the game was great and it was needed, just gutted it wasn't moved as you could see something like this coming from a mile away with our luck. Hope the recovery goes well for him, a lot of our academy boys seem to get big injuries, definitely feels like a curse at this point.

6.) 16 May 2019 22:49:07
I assume he was encouraged from above that all of the first team players (including Ruben) should play. Of course I’m sure Ed will tell me to stop being stupid or something similar and that Sarri has control over who plays and who does not.

7.) 17 May 2019 10:50:29
kante will be fit.



26 Apr 2019 19:28:02
Big congrats to the U19's for reaching the UEFA Youth League final!. Twice came back from behind to win on pens after a great second half performance. Definitely liked the look Billy Gilmour, great eye for a pass and soo composed with the ball. Only 17 as well!. Boy Definitely has a very bright future ahead of himself.


1.) 26 Apr 2019 20:54:08
Another final for the academy boys! Fantastic work by them, and great character shown by the boys to come back from behind twice.

Great news :)




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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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19 May 2019 20:39:19
Would love to see CHO have the number 10 shirt and Ruben have the number 8. Two big players and the future of the club.




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17 Apr 2019 23:27:57
Sorry that people think this way Ed, can say for the majority of the users here we really appreciate your efforts and input into the page, frustrating some people keep trying to ruin it for everyone else again. Would be shame to lose you mate but if i had to keep deleting posts everyday i'd lose interest as well.




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16 Apr 2019 23:01:24
Don't think it's just one reason, for me it's a mix of a number of reasons. Haven't replaced star players that have left throughout the years, haven't given managers enough time, disappointing transfer windows, managers causing issues within the team, players we've bought not living up to expectations, losing our future star players due to not suiting current systems. Personally i'd say the recruitment over the years has been our biggest issue, we've had numerous windows where we've wasted money on players that weren't needed, rarely strengthened after a successful season and just bought players for big money that never worked out.





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22 Jun 2019 03:45:40
I'd be a lot more optimistic if the likes of Ruben, Odoi and James weren't injured but i'm definitely still looking forward to next season. I agree though i reckon we'll play much more as a unit now Hazard's gone. I'm more intrigued as to how we'll be setting up. 4231? 433? It'll be interesting to see what Lampard does during pre-season. I don't expect us to keep to one formation throughout the season but there are ones that'll allow certain players to play more to their strengths than others. Personally i'd setup in a 4231

Azpi Zouma Christensen Emerson
Kante Jorginho
Pulisic Mount Odoi

Once they're fit i'd replace Azpi for Reece and Ruben for Mount. Abraham to be the back up to Bats but i wouldn't mind him starting instead though. Dasilva to backup Emerson as well. I think this formation will play more to Kante's strengths than a 433, he's our best player now that Hazard's gone and playing him in a two man pivot will get the best out of him which is important. Also with our attack not being as good now Hazard's gone it'll be even more important to make sure we're difficult to score against. With that formation playing more of a counter attacking style against other big clubs would be the best way to go in my opinion.




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20 Jun 2019 20:07:19
We'll always be a very attractive club to players, that perception hasn't changed at all for me. We're the most successful club in England over the past decade. Players have always wanted assurances before signing deals and agents the same when negotiating for their players. That's not a problem that just involves us it's something every big club has to deal with. Nothings changed much at all. My issue was we seemingly had this policy of we wouldn't let someone leave unless they're replaced instead of looking to the youth or loanees. That can be put on the current managers we've had and just not the board as well though. But it's lead to us wasting money on players that weren't necessarily needed and could've been put towards a position that did need strengthening. I think we're going in a good direction with the changes we're making at the club. Having Lampard and Jody back to have that connection with the youth set-up will help us massively. It'll give our talented youth chances to fill positions instead of going out and buying them which will help us spend more money on top players for positions that are needed.




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17 Jun 2019 03:38:55
Think i'll be watching a lot more football from the other leagues next season. As you say Serie A will be exciting to watch, especially if Inter continue to do good business. But also seeing how Hazard performs in La Liga will be rather exciting, definitely don't like Madrid but i'll always be a fan of Hazard and him matching up against Messi will be a joy to watch! .




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08 Jun 2019 15:45:13
€60 Euros? He'll yeah i'll take that. Pay that and sell for €60m euros easily, think of the profit.




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07 Jun 2019 18:58:17
Don't know if this is true but CAS can freeze the ban themselves unless we've asked them not to. Personally i think we'll start serving the ban this summer but hope CAS will reduce it to one window so we'll be able to buy players come January.