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31 Aug 2017 08:01:55
Hi Eds,

Do you know if we are putting a block on the Kennedy to Newcastle loan?


{Ed001's Note - I don't know about Newcastle, but his leaving on loan was contingent on reinforcements arriving.}

1.) 31 Aug 2017 08:16:49
i read somewhere that he won't be leaving if Chelsea doesn't get another LWB.

2.) 31 Aug 2017 08:17:57
Thanks for the clarification Ed. Keeping him would be better than making a panic buy!

{Ed001's Note - exactly and you are not exactly blessed with a massive squad with lots of spare parts to fill in.}




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15 Oct 2017 20:07:20
Last week I declared how nervous I was about the Palace game.
I had no idea what team we would put out but given our injuries I did think Luiz would
play in midfield. Plus the form of Christensen meant, for me, he deserved to retain his place.
I also couldn't see Willian starting. His firm in general this season has been truly awful.
As much as I love Conte, this defeat in large part has to go down to him!
If Willian starts on Wednesday or next Saturday I think the majority of fans will be horrified!


1.) 15 Oct 2017 21:01:50
For me the problems are obvious.

Christensen should always be a starter in the back three Kante playing covers the cracks in our defence. Rudiger and Azpilicueta should partner him. Luiz should now be used as a backup centre half in the back three or in midfield. We still need another class centre back as we should just offload Cahill as he’s declining rapidly. Van Dijk would be the obvious option.

Fabregas should never play in a midfield two away from home or at home against a top side he’s too slow and no matter how good he is on the ball it’s like defending with ten men. Apparently Loftus-Cheek wouldn’t be good enough as he has no work rate for a midfield two, well in telling you now I’d feel a lot safer with him there than Cesc as he’s quicker and defensively very good. Bakayoko, Kante and Loftus-Cheek should be our main midfielders next season sorry Cesc fan boys but he doesn’t have the legs any more I think Italian football would be a better option for him.

Wing backs are the biggest problem in this system as both Moses and Alonso are decent and very good back up options but none of them are world class. And where is our back up to Alonso? Kenedy? Hardly the rotational player we need as he’s not good enough. We need to be targeting class players who would take us to the next level. A player like Florenzi from Roma would be perfect as RWB. And even if Alex Sandro is hard to sign why not try for Ghoulam from Napoli he’s a cracking player or even Danny Rose if available although I think Levy would rather kill himself than sell to us. Florenzi, Alex Sandro, Rose and Ghoulam should be the type of players we need to sign.

A world class RW has been a problem for years why not just spend 100 million plus on someone like Dybala who would be a mainstay for ten years instead of signing loads of average players for 30 million. We desperately need that player like Dybala or Griezmann to take the pressure off Hazard because apart from him and Morata we have no consistent goal threat. Pedro and Musonda would be solid squad players for rotation but neither should start. Personally I think I’d be starting Musonda now alongside Morata and Hazard as he might blossom and I’m sick to death of seeing Willian play poor and still get selected. Conte’s the man to lead us but if he carries on making the wrong team selections I. e Willian and Cahill when there’s better players on the bench it will be his downfall.

Lastly the striker position. I’m sorry but I hate seeing lazy strikers. Batshuayi although a good finisher offers nothing else. Tammy Abraham is already a better player than him. We need someone who can score and press the opposition defenders. We have no one that scares opposition off the bench. We need two class strikers for both competitions. I got slated for saying Vardy a few weeks ago but at least he would push defenders back and give the likes of Hazard and Pedro more space.

2.) 15 Oct 2017 21:13:28
Are you saying get rid of Conte then? Not sure that is a good idea!

3.) 15 Oct 2017 23:14:47
G8. I’m certainly NOT suggesting we should sack Conte. That would be totally ridiculous.
What I am saying is, he picked Willian and he didn’t play Christensen. In my opinion both decisions deserve criticism.



11 Oct 2017 19:59:54
Well done Chelsea Ladies.




05 Oct 2017 21:05:36
Watching England, 59 mins gone, what total dross.
I know there was supposed to be a tube strike but it's no wonder the attendance is so pitiful.
Southgate has managed to make an England team resemble Middlesbrough! Actually that's not fair on Boro!


1.) 05 Oct 2017 22:15:52
England are a team filled with medicore players so i don't know why people are surprised to see medicore performances. Kane is the only world class player on that team. Rashford is a skilful player but has little end product and is shocking with set pieces. He's overrated because he's English and plays well at a club surrounded by world class foreign players, just like Sterling. No matter what manager we have we'll never become a super team. But Thank god it's over now and can watch some proper football. Supporting England has become a chore in recent years.

2.) 05 Oct 2017 22:39:42
It's a farce. I mean we won, but my god we were terrible. I am really struggling with Rashford, the guy is amazing sometimes but his movement borders on criminal, yet he was one of our better players! I feel quite sorry for Kane as everyone's delivery was so poor. Anyway though, we're there so can't ask for much more, even though we will get dispatched by any half decent side!

3.) 08 Oct 2017 19:12:01
England have a few half decent players who play well for their clubs but are terrible for England, the Man City contingent are good examples. As for Rashford, he's 19. So, e United fans also get frusyraed but he has something and if he continues to develop then he will be some player.

4.) 08 Oct 2017 22:17:05
AJH. If buts and maybes! We’ve had a few false dawns at our club and whilst I wish Mr Rashford a prosperous career (as long as he never wins a domestic trophy for Utd) he is just an average player in the Prem league.
He may well be an above average English player but he is not a good class player!
The only player England have at the moment with any quality is Kane!



10 Sep 2017 05:23:23
Decided having been at the game yesterday to make a few observations and ask question.
(a) Our bench yesterday looked strong.
(b) The referees in the premiership (except Michael Oliver) are truly awful.
(c) We will retain the title.
(d) Will Cahil play against Arsenal?


1.) 10 Sep 2017 07:47:04
A) Our bench was strong as is the squad now, certainly an upgrade on last season.
B) The refs clearly lack leadership as the main problem seems to be inconsistency. If they all interpret the rules the same way I'm sure players, managers and fans would at least respect their decisions a little easier.
C) We have a good chance of retaining our title particuarly if Morata stays fit. I think it is a 3 way title race but I can see Jose imploding at Utd if things start to go against him so maybe us and City and I think we are more balanced than them so I would say yes. Chelsea for the title.
D) This is a big decision for Conte but one he has already demonstrated he can make. The guy is ruthless. Look at how he benched Branna and JT and got rid of Costa! I think Cahill might play on Tuesday in the Champions League and Rudiger keep his place against Arsenal.

2.) 10 Sep 2017 12:40:12
I agree G8. I think for us, Tuesdays Champs league game comes at a good time.
Including Cahil we have players who need playing time and this should be an ideal match for the likes of Hazard, Zappacosta, Drinkwater and Christensen. Kennedy might also get some minutes!

3.) 11 Sep 2017 09:54:57
Cahill shouldn't play against Arsenal but I fancy him and A. Christensen playing against Qarabag.

Since Cahill's suspension, our defence has being more stable with little or no mistakes imo. Considering the way Rudiger is playing, the best Cahill will offer Chelsea now is aerial threat during set pieces.



05 Sep 2017 08:36:31
Baba training makes it even more strange he wasn't included in our named first team squad when Remy who isn't even our player anymore is!
I guess the Eds are correct, it's likely he will be leaving the club!
I would have given him a chance at LWB.


1.) 05 Sep 2017 10:27:28
Turkish clubs are interested in Baba Rahman and their window is closing on Friday. He is much more LWM than LB indeed. If he leaves I presume Kennedy will get the chance to be Alonso's backup.

2.) 05 Sep 2017 12:28:50
I would like to see Baba given a chance at LWB under Conte.
I wonder if he could gain his fitness by going out on loan to maybe a Turkish club untill Jan and then put in the squad for the second half of the season?

3.) 05 Sep 2017 17:36:23
I feel Conte was making a statement by including Kenedy, Remy and Costa; the lack of depth which he has gone on about all pre-season. Kenedy was destined for a loan and probably sale after the China incident as well as being poor, Remy was going or gone when he drew his list up and of course it is highly unlikely given the behaviour of Costa that Conte would actually pick him. However, higher beings 'might' have told him to include him which does not augur well for relationships going forward. I am baffled by the Rahman want. I criticised the buy having seen him numerous times, dangerous going forward but either ambled back or was woefully out of position something he carried forward into the EPL.

4.) 05 Sep 2017 19:54:25
As I've said before Baba isn't a natural defender in fact, in my opinion, he can't defend for toffee but Moses wasn't able to defend until Conte got hold of him.
I think Baba should be given a chance to play under Contre but as a LWB.

5.) 05 Sep 2017 20:44:28
Tom Moses never played his current position before Conte came to Chelsea. Maybe that was his natural position only he didn't get the chance to play on it.

6.) 05 Sep 2017 21:22:22
That's correct antbot and that's why in my opinion Conte should give Baba a chance to impress as LWB.

7.) 05 Sep 2017 22:09:14
Apparently there is a president for a player to be added to a registered squad.
So, subject to Baba not going out on loan to Turkey he might well replace Remy in our prem squad.

8.) 05 Sep 2017 22:50:12
Baba > Kennedy.

9.) 05 Sep 2017 21:05:46
I don't know if Ed002 has returned, but perhaps, if you have returned, maybe you Can give us an update on Baba? If not, maybe Ed01 or Ed18 might have some knowledge or opinion that you would share? :) It really seems like an odd case.




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13 Oct 2017 22:50:02
My guess is that every football fan believes that the media/ press desperately try to undermine/ sensationalise all aspects of their club.
Chelsea as the best team in the world understandably attract a much wider media commentary than any other team.
The unfortunate thing is that most of the comments made by nearly all of the various forms of media are total rubbish!




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08 Oct 2017 04:58:22
Never ideal when players get injured or suspended. I try and look at the positive possibilities. Suspensions have given a opportunity to Christensen and that’s worked out well.
Bats has now got an opportunity with the Morata injury and I believe and hope he proves the doubters wrong.
I except that Kante being out is more problematic because he is such a unique player but it’s up to Conte and the player he chooses to step up to plate.




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04 Oct 2017 08:19:40
Unfortunately he later to the reference to Crystal Palace down and said something like, hope to be fit ASAP!




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31 Aug 2017 20:10:55
Matt Law has good contacts at Chelsea so I guess the Mahrez is a non-starter!




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31 Aug 2017 08:17:57
Thanks for the clarification Ed. Keeping him would be better than making a panic buy!


{Ed001's Note - exactly and you are not exactly blessed with a massive squad with lots of spare parts to fill in.}




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15 Oct 2017 23:14:47
G8. I’m certainly NOT suggesting we should sack Conte. That would be totally ridiculous.
What I am saying is, he picked Willian and he didn’t play Christensen. In my opinion both decisions deserve criticism.




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14 Oct 2017 18:00:59
Just got home from the debacle. So I’ve had a chance to think and as always I will try and be constructive!
Nope, it’s no good. With the exception of Cesc we were hopeless all over the park!
Conte didn’t help the cause by picking Willian and Luiz in the centre of defence. Why is it Dave always has a shocker at Palace.
I said last week I had a bad feeling about this game and sadly I was proved correct!
Still, onto Roma on Wednesday. Come on my mighty blues!




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13 Oct 2017 22:51:17
Just shows what a class act Conte is!




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10 Oct 2017 16:39:03
It’s unusual for me but I’ve got a bad feeling about this weekends game!
Hope I’m wrong!




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10 Oct 2017 10:53:07
When I first read the comments on social media by CM and his family my initial thoughts were, the lad is young and he is impatient for his chance in the first team.
On reflection, I do have some sympathy with his position. Given Willian continues to be given game time, if I was CM I would be frustrated.
My guess is Conte will now have to answer endless questions on this topic at this weeks press conference. That’s hardly going to make Conte happy!
The comments aren’t clever and won’t help his career at the Bridge!