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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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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.




18 Aug 2019 23:28:45
Excellent performance in midweek against Liverpool playing a 4-3-3 after an awful defensive performance against United playing a 4-2-3-1, so Lampard decides to go back to 4-2-3-1? Why?. 4-2-3-1 does not suite us, it didn't last season and it won't this season. I thought during preseason it may be the best way forward to help defensively but it clearly doesn't work, we get overrun in midfield far too easily and once our players start becoming tired we're all over the place.

Add that with Pedro's and Willian's awful decision making going forward we get put on the back foot very quickly. We should've lost this game, lucky to come away with a point. Yes we could've easily been 3-0 up within the first 20 minutes but our players struggle to keep that intensity up, and once it goes down we become very open. It needs balance and we don't have that right now.


1.) 19 Aug 2019 04:22:48
I mean, the difference between a 4231 and 433 is hardly anything to talk about. We do need someone sitting deep however, as we’re just run over in midfield. Willian is a poor player we should have sold him.

2.) 19 Aug 2019 07:54:04
London Blue, I’ve been advocating some pragmatism from us. I think results are always more important than performance.

3.) 19 Aug 2019 09:23:56
I think Willian used to be a player whose biggest asset was his willingness to run for the team, but he simply seems to have lost either capability or will to make these runs anymore, both offensively and defensively. I really think it's a shame, because I love Willian, but it seems like years ago we've seen him really, really work for the team.

{Ed001's Note - to be fair, he was not fully fit yesterday. It was a mistake to bring him on really as he should have been left out to continue recovering.}

4.) 20 Aug 2019 22:03:25
In that case, I guess it makes sense that he wasn't playing as well as he could have! I suppose I might have over-reacted a bit with my comment out of frustration - hopefully it'll get better! :)

{Ed001's Note - fingers crossed. It is a shame clubs are not more forthcoming with the situation with regard to injuries, they have to be in American sports.}



15 Aug 2019 01:04:05
Proud of the team, deserved the win but the lack of quality up top proved to be our downfall since we simply didn't take our chances. We'll see a lot of these games this season imo, we'll dominate a lot of teams but won't come away with three points. But with a lot of players to come back eventhough we've lost 2 on the bounce there's a lot to be optimistic about. Would struggle to point out any standout players but Kante was incredible, what a difference he makes. Onwards and upwards, excited to see this team when everyone's fully fit.




23 Jul 2019 16:57:45
Great performance. Pressed very well as a team, link up play was great at times and could've easily won by more. I'm sure the media will be sleeping on the result despite having a field day after the Kawasaki game but i'm sure we're all used to that by now. Great to see Tammy scoring, i hope him or Giroud will be our starting ST, Batshuayi just doesn't offer enough for me unless chances are being made for him. Also fair play to Barkley, he's put in some real solid performances as of late, obviously playing closer to the ST is helping him so hopefully he'll continue the form into the season. KTBFFH 🔵🔵


1.) 23 Jul 2019 18:51:37
Didn’t watch till last ten minutes, but they had an opening in first few minutes where busquets was left. Then there goal where yes it was a good strike but he was given too much room.
So for me I think we will be fine going forward, I worry those lapses at the back which we suffered from so much last year may return. If we stay switched on then hopefully we will be all good.
I agree with above most exciting season for years, just want to see a couple of home grown stars born.




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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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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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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.




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01 Oct 2019 01:47:37
We have a great chance. I didn't expect top 4, but i also didn't expect Spurs, United and Arsenal to look this bad either. We're slowly getting everybody back fit and when you look at the stats and our recent games we're getting better. Improve on defending set pieces and i really fancy our chances.




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07 Sep 2019 23:56:50
I don't think we were ever in for Lukaku though if i remember correctly. Sancho would be an incredible buy but i don't see us spending over 100m+ for 1 player, even with him being a Chelsea fan and being close friends with CHO i just can't see it happening. I expect us to go for Zaha or Neres, both are good players and would improve the squad but obviously having Sancho would be a much better choice. Expect him to go back to City or United imo.




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31 Aug 2019 21:02:03
Agree with everything especially with Zouma, was unlucky with the own goal and personally didn't think he was as bad as people are making out. Haven't exactly been impressed with him either though and i'd like to see a Tomori and AC pairing next game against Wolves, just praying we have a couple of the boys back especially Kante.




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08 Aug 2019 00:34:21
The move doesn't really surprise me if i'm honest. He has his own bussiness in London so he was never going outside the capital if he was to leave. Personally i thought he was going to be first choice with Zouma but it seems as if that's not the case. We're offloading a lot of players that don't have a future here, Luiz was one of them whether it was going to be this summer or next. Letting him go will just give a player like Christensen or Tomori more of a chance to play, both who are young and can improve.