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29 Nov 2019 08:34:14
- Willian Chelsea contract in 'bizarre' stalemate.
- Chelsea are 'aware' of Jadon Sancho Dortmund situation.
- Wilfried Zaha is 'on the Chelsea radar'.

Updates via The Telegraph Matt Law.

1.) 29 Nov 2019 11:11:17
I have a feeling that Pedro, Giroud and maybe Alonso will leave this window, subject to our ban will being lifted.

I also think Willian will eventually sign a new contract despite Matt Law referring to the negotiations as “bizzare”

I don’t think we will rush to replace Giroud if he goes in January but we would need a left back (please Chilwell) and maybe another wide player. I’m not a big fan of Sancho, so I hope we look elsewhere.

2.) 29 Nov 2019 14:11:35
I think your right Tom. Lampard has hardly utilised Pedro, Giroud and he seems to have found alternative ways to get around not playing Alonso. So I would be surprised if they remained at the club post January. I doubt a Giroud replacement is necessary unless we get someone on loan as a short term cover.

Willian is an interesting one, I would prefer that he signs a new contract and stays. We need senior players and to his credit he has been pretty good and deserves his place in the lineup on merit.

I am hopeful the ban is lifted
and we are active in January but how likely is it that Leicester parts way with Chilwell? He would be great for us but I think summer is more realistic unless you know something I don't. If Chilwell is not up for sale then I doubt we will buy a left back should the ban be removed in January. I believe his the top target for Chelsea.

I would take Sancho who seems to be up for sale in January. Given his age and the fact that he has enormous potential could be great for us. Should that fail then I can see the club go for Zaha.

My ideal January scenario;


3.) 29 Nov 2019 14:26:38
I’d love Chilwell in January but really cannot see Leicester selling with their season going so well.

Ziyech is my choice for RW, desperate to see a left footer to give us a new dimension.



18 Nov 2019 15:50:56
So what is your team vs Man City Guys?

My team for the game is the following; two main talking points - Reece James and Kante.


Reece James



I think Reece James is the player to handle Raheem Sterling. He is very quick and will be able to overpower Sterling physically. Azpi is a great professional, however, he will be beaten too many times should he start given his lack of pace and Sterling's pace and trickery. Furthermore, Reece James will be able to make the most of any attacking chances we create which will be vital for us in this game. He can build on that performance vs Zaha. The rest of the back 4 are no brainers.

I would keep the combination of Kovacic and Jorginho in the middle of the park. Not only have they been phenomenal this season, however, in a game like this they will be able to keep possession for us which is important. Against Man City you need players that are confident in possession and are press resistant and these two are the very best in our sqaud in terms of possession and resisting the opposition press. If we can't keep hold of the ball vs City then it will be a long afternoon.

Kante's energy will be important in this game and he is defensively more astute which will be very important vs Man City. Mount's omission makes us less threatening perhaps but I think Mount's influence will be minimal and Kante's will be significant.

The rest of the guys in the line up are no brainers.

What do you guys think?

1.) 18 Nov 2019 17:22:10
I would pick your exact team CFCShak.

2.) 18 Nov 2019 19:59:24
Good team Shak.

3.) 18 Nov 2019 20:04:01
I’d go with that too but I just hope frank sticks with Reece, I think he’ll start Azpi and then Reece midweek. Now N’Golo is back we can rotate in midfield as well. Mount should come in midweek to give Kovacic another rest.

4.) 19 Nov 2019 08:34:54
If only Kovacic can score.

5.) 19 Nov 2019 14:56:19
My team as well Shak but I have a feeling he will somehow squeeze Mount in as well, possibly for Pulisic. Not my choice but I think Lamps will play him for his pressing and energy.

6.) 19 Nov 2019 18:30:25
I have the same feeling too G8. Plus we got a big game against Valencia shortly afterwards.

Does anyone know if Pulisic has recovered from the hip injury? If Pulisic is free from injury then I think he will cause City problems, however that is dependant on whether or not he is selected.



22 May 2019 20:23:02
So some different rumours in respect of the managergerial saga, ones that make more sense.

Chelsea are not looking to replace Sarri even if they lose the Europa League Final. This season has been a success and he has achieved his target.

However, Sarri will be subject to offers from elsewhere and so if he decides to move on then Chelsea will not stop him. Due to the sight risk being present, Chelsea have shortlisted managers to replace him in that eventuality. That's where Lampard, Tuchel etc all come in.

This would make more sense to me if I am honest. As Ed said, the board won't be influenced by the fans or shall I say the vegetables (as ed mentioned lol) that have booed him this season which the media have used in their argument mainly. I just can't see the board sacking Sarri for delivering a reasonably successful season which of course was an improvement on last year.

1.) 22 May 2019 20:32:01
Totally agree Shak. If he leaves it will be down to him being offered an opportunity elsewhere. I think the seasons been pretty successful. Sarri’s been stubborn but seemed willing to tweak things towards the end of the season. We played very well at the start of the season and I hope with proper recruitment we’d be able to keep that form over a whole season.

Our form dropped off after Morata got injured and Sarri played Hazard as a false 9 instead of trusting Giroud. We never managed to pick up again really after that and I think players partially downed tools a bit. With a new striker this summer hopefully we can get to playing great football again.

2.) 22 May 2019 22:27:34
I’m now getting as bored with the Sarri leaving saga as I have been with the Hazard transfer.

Lets just win the final next week and all go on holiday feeling happy.

3.) 22 May 2019 22:27:47
I want Sarri to stay at Chelsea all day long but if things were to go sideways, I won't want to see Tuchel- named as a replacement if Sarri leaves. I think Chelsea dodged a bullet not employing Tuchel before now. Lampard is just the name that I want to hear. Sarri will win the Europa league and things will be fine.
I did lash him before now but I think he has done a good job so far in little time, he should stay.

4.) 23 May 2019 00:01:18
Yes he deserves to be charge for delivering a pretty successful season. I am of the opinion that we will only get better the more we play his philosophy.

A lot of fans have criticised Sarri and cited luck and the poor form of our rivals as the main reason as to why we finished 3rd. However, a lot of people have forgotten that we would not have been in the position to take 3rd position had Sarri not gone 18 games unbeaten at the start of the season.

However, there is a massive risk that he may walk should Juventus make their interest official.

5.) 23 May 2019 07:56:08
Yea CFCShak, the players will get better playing his philosophy besides, I am tired of unattractive football.

Do you know one funny that I discovered? Ed002 IS MATT LAW (HE JUST HAS TO BE) - their voice is just one and the same (there's no difference) .

6.) 23 May 2019 09:55:12
He can’t be obinna because I’m Matt Law!

7.) 23 May 2019 11:43:49



16 May 2019 22:20:49
CHO to sign a 5 year contract.

1.) 16 May 2019 22:39:31
That would be good news!

2.) 17 May 2019 09:27:38
I hope so. But wouldn't jump the gun.



04 Feb 2019 20:57:28
Whats peoples thoughts on the Courtois situation in the media. He came up with a story of Marina breaking a verbal agreeement which Chelsea have denied and are angry about!

1.) 04 Feb 2019 21:01:43
I think Mr Courtois might have a selective memory complex.

Mind you I wasn’t at the meetings but I would prefer to believe the club.

2.) 04 Feb 2019 21:03:29
He was paid by Chelsea under contract, if his agreement wasn’t honoured that’s not fair but to go on strike and let down fans and talk about a dream move away at every chance is not on and hope the madridista’s turn on him, plus his now talking about hazard moving over there with him, can’t stick the bloke, I do get how these questions are leading for players but don’t keep talking about our club/ players, worry about your front post and keeping those legs closed.

3.) 04 Feb 2019 21:51:41
Strange how footballers are all about contracts, contracts and "my contract says" etc and he accepts a verbal agreement! Probably lashing out because his season has come undone.

4.) 04 Feb 2019 22:02:56
He needs to focus on Real Madrid, his happiness could be short lived if he carrys on performing poorly. His too focused on Chelsea despite leaving.

Best case scenario for us here at Chelsea would be if Kepa continues to perform at a high level. Real Madrid would regret not taking Kepa when they had the chance.

5.) 05 Feb 2019 07:53:47
As a person, Courtois is taller than his sense of loyalty and talks too much. I think he should shut up and concentrate on the keeping clean sheets cos at the moment he's swallowing goals like aspirin.

6.) 05 Feb 2019 13:00:24
From what I read on courtois he didn’t even want to leave athletico. We let probably our best ever keeper in Cech go for courtois to take his place and not reach anywhere near Cech standard. He was so over hyped it’s unbelievable. Yes I agree he is a good goalkeeper but not a great goalkeeper. When the team played well and he only only had to make one or two saves he looked good but when the team had problems that’s when his true ability was there for all to see. I will use David de gea as an example, Utd playing bad yet David de gea is keeping them in games and earning his team upto 20 points a season over the past few years. Courtois doesn’t have the mentality to be a world beater and I’m glad he’s gone.

7.) 05 Feb 2019 14:23:41
U didn't add that he's very slow in reacting with his legs, I am guessing that cos of his height, it takes a very long time for information to go from his Central Nervous System (Brain and Spinal cord) to his effectors (hence poor reaction with his legs) .

8.) 05 Feb 2019 14:35:14
NWBLUE you have hit the nail on the head with the comparison to De Gea. Look no further than what De Gea did against Spurs and Arsenal. Countless saves. When the team played badly so did Courtois.

9.) 05 Feb 2019 18:55:28
four words "he is a clown! "

10.) 05 Feb 2019 22:22:18
Kepa every time.

11.) 05 Feb 2019 23:34:20
Agree Nibby. Kepa all day long for me too. Courtois was a bad bad mistake. He should never have replaced Cech.




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14 Dec 2019 18:19:12
I missed the game today guys. Very dissatisfied with the scoreline. 4 losses in 5 matches?

Any highlights positive or negative?



11 Dec 2019 07:55:35
At least we are though to the next round of the champions league. A difficult last 16 tie awaits given that we have finished 2nd. Regardless, you have got to be in it to win it.

More importantly, we made things very tensed yesterday necessarily. Disappointed with all the chances we missed. We have to take chances, its simple. Lampard pretty much as indirectly hinted transfers by suggesting that we are missing Hazards goals/ assist.

CHO seems to be very quiet everytime he comes on - is something up with him? Not sure if his confidence is massively low.

1.) 11 Dec 2019 08:48:44
I’m hoping that means Sancho because Zaha has two goals this season.

2.) 11 Dec 2019 09:06:12
I just can't see it being Sancho unless he forced his way out. Maybe if Dortmund went out last night they'd be more willing to sell but i think we'll have to wait till the summer. I think it'll be Zaha, pretty certain we're not linked with Ziyech so i don't see who else it could be.

{Ed001's Note - Sancho has been causing problems, Dortmund are open to a sale for the right price.}

3.) 11 Dec 2019 09:52:04
Interesting ed, are chelsea interested then? And guessing £100m is the price, big statement if we can get him and help us get Champions league next season.

{Ed001's Note - I don't know sorry.}

4.) 11 Dec 2019 10:28:59
Ah thanks Ed i didn't realise that. I knew there was tension between him and the club a while ago but i thought it was sorted. Hopefully we push for him then, especially now with the new rules so he could play in the Champions league too. Appreciate the reply mate.

{Ed001's Note - no worries.}

5.) 11 Dec 2019 13:14:24
If he is causing trouble there then I'm sure Chelsea will be advised against buying him . love the harmony in our team right now . hate to spoil it.

6.) 11 Dec 2019 17:18:22
He got scapegoated against Bayern tbf but he’s responded well since scoring and assisting, doesn’t sound too bad to me think he just wants to come back home.

7.) 11 Dec 2019 18:09:18
wel take him with open arms.



10 Dec 2019 20:55:30
Big Rudi back with a bang.



08 Dec 2019 09:55:21
These are the players who are consistently getting pelters from Chelsea fans on various platforms;

Maybe Frank needs to protect these guys a little bit more.

Mount (classed as a Lamp fav)

I don't see how Kepa doesn't start.
But with the other 4 he could opt for a 433 and rest them all.

Kepa, James, Rudiger, Tomori, Emerson, Kovacic, Jorginho, Kante, Willian, Pulisic, Abraham.

I think he should work on the above lineup going forward and see what happens in January.

1.) 08 Dec 2019 10:37:09
I think zouma has been brilliant just the zouma - christensen partnership doesn’t work,

2.) 08 Dec 2019 10:46:47
i wouldn't say mount has been getting any sort of pelters he's been fantastic so far.

3.) 08 Dec 2019 10:48:24
the other 4 have been inconsistant and i understand why fans have had a go i don't rate christensen too weak and not a leader in the backline azpis legs have faded drastically and zouma has also been good an bad and overly clumsy not consistant enough for us in my humble opinion. kepa well we could go on all day about him his arrogance was summed up in last season league cup final.



07 Dec 2019 13:28:50
It's been a very poor half of football from us. I would have expected our players to be ready for this kind of press, pressure and energy from Everton.

We have practically created nothing meaningful which is of concern. Most players have been below par so far. Tomori should gave started over AC for me. AC and Zouma is not a combination that works.

Bring on Jorginho and let's see if we can start creating chances. We need some creativity.

Something needs to happen because at the moment we are heading for another defeat, it will be our 3rd defeat in 4 games which is slightly concerning.

1.) 07 Dec 2019 14:09:28
'Bring on Jorginho and start creating chances'?! Are you havin' a laugh!? How many chances has Jorginho created in the last 2 seasons? Answer: 1!

2.) 07 Dec 2019 14:39:51
I wonder who you will blame now given that Jorginho didn't play at all? This is where your strength lies I suppose but it has been made more difficult today Or will you blame Jorginho for sitting on the bench?

3.) 07 Dec 2019 14:39:27
We had plenty of chances/ half chances but didn't take them. Kovacic and Kante gave us dominance in possession, Pulicic, Mount and Abrahams often threatening, but defensive errors and lack of ruthlessness in final third plus Everton new manager (or new temp manager) boost did for us.

{Ed0666's Note - And the fact you’re keeper thinks he’s a ball playing center half

4.) 07 Dec 2019 14:47:01
Anyway, my views are that it was a very poor performance, it was very lethargic from the kick off.

It was always going to be a risk especially when you start the same 11 that played against Villa midweek. These players have had 2.5 days worth of rest since than and clearly the tiredness and lack of energy was on show because Everton beat us to most 1st and 2nd balls in most aspects. We lost most 50/ 50 situations which was so frustrating to see. Did our players not expect an Everton resurgence today?, the performance would suggest they expected a light contest.

Jorginho/ Kovacic pivot was brilliant and results that went in our favour is evidence for it. It is a shame if Jorginho is tired.

AC and Zouma are a very suspect combination. Lamps surely has to realise that by now. It was a comedy errors at one point. I mean how poor were the 2nd and 3rd everton goals - shocked.

Kepa will take slack for the pass but the defending afterwards is what worries me the most.

5.) 07 Dec 2019 14:53:13
Kepa last two games have been very good and I think Kepa is generally very good with ball at his feet.

Today he has made a mistake but I also think Zouma was asleep.

Anyway, it’s all about opinions!

6.) 07 Dec 2019 14:54:31
Spot on Darren wood.

7.) 07 Dec 2019 14:58:01
70% possession but we didn't create any clear cut chances today.

8.) 07 Dec 2019 15:17:29
Try telling Tom that Ed he’s deluded but as they say all about opinions ☺️.

9.) 07 Dec 2019 16:18:44
I have NOT said that Ed is deluded or anything like Kepa had a good game. I just think your statements about the players are weird.

10.) 07 Dec 2019 22:17:32
I don't think Jorginho would have dealt well with the high/ aggressive press of Everton today, wouldn't have been the right game for him.

But don't write him off.

Someone has to pick a pass to create for the the creater - that's where Jorginho excels, that's why we're, at times, slow without him.

11.) 07 Dec 2019 22:50:19
Good point J.




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10 Dec 2019 07:55:21
Rudiger with Zouma for me.



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08 Dec 2019 10:36:08
I doubt KK will move from Napoli and I doubt chelsea are linked with him anymore. He will be 29 next summer and will Chelsea invest so much money on a 29 year old? History says no.

Sancho will be a real target in Janyary and Ake is the other. I think Lamps needs to see Rudiger before he koves for Ake though.



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07 Dec 2019 13:32:46
Thanks Ed1. Appreciate it mate.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome.}



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07 Dec 2019 11:32:16
It's a shame he as suffered an injury of this nature by playing in such uneven playing conditions in a friendly. But it is what it and Chelsea will just need to get on it. He was just to have returned by now so clearly things are not going well.

{Ed001's Note - this is what Lampard said: "He has had a few setbacks over the last two months. He hasn't had a new one but it is not flying along as much as we would want. At the moment we are no closer to him being fit." On the 4th, so just 3 days ago.}



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06 Dec 2019 23:18:42
Cheers Ed.




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13 Dec 2019 09:53:49
Zaha just turned 27 last month. Maybe Signing Sancho isn't as easy as you suggest. He probably will be a project for the summer.

If Zaha is available then why would you not take him in January to replace Pedro and to provide cover for Tammy?

It's a no brainer for me and it improves out team. I like Zaha as player.



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13 Dec 2019 09:47:57
Pulisic, Willian, CHO and Zaha is an improvement to what we have right now.

Should we sign Zaha now then in my opinion that has nothing to do with signing Sancho in the summer. It's not a case of signing one and not the other.

Willian will leave sooner rather than later and Sancho could be his replacement. But don't expect Sancho to come cheap, if Utd are involved then expect them to pay way over the odds to get him which is how they operate. I would rather not get into any bidding wars with Utd.



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13 Dec 2019 09:36:22
Zaha is nowhere near bad as some of you suggest. He has been very good for a number of years. He has just turned 27 and has many years at the top level ahead of him. I'll take him if he come in January.



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11 Dec 2019 17:57:57
I can't see how he gets in ahead of Pulisic or Willian. Worst yet, given our recent form can Lampard take the gamble and start him?

He has been very flat. His had minutes off the bench and a lot more than what was afforded to Pulisic or what's being given to Batshuayi currently.

Maybe the injury is mentally affecting him.



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11 Dec 2019 10:36:10
I think at the start of the season I would haven taken the situation we are in now.

However, I find it hard to take the situation we are in now if you look at our last 5 games prior to yesterday's game.