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14 Dec 2017 09:22:02
Barkley is a player whom Chelsea have sustained interest in, that will not just go away because of Conte or RLC. If the opportunity to buy I that Chelsea will grab it. Azpilcueta was signed back up but he is a starter. You can never be too sure.

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13 Dec 2017 15:05:43
Ed001, would you happen to know which English club has held talks regarding Asensio? I think I've read Ed002 stating that it isn't United, nor Arsenal, and not Pool either. So I'm guessing City or Chelsea. And between those two, I'd say Chelsea is more likely as City have a wealth of attacking options already :-P

If you can help, thanks a million. If you can't, no worries :) I haven't been thinking about transfers too much up till now (started my first job a couple of weeks ago, and I must say it's a pretty efficient distraction from all things Chelsea haha), but over the past week I've started to realize that we're halfway through December, and the January window is getting closer. Hoping for Sandro for sure, as he's awesome, plus Alonso can't keep this up for a whole season.

{Ed001's Note - I believe you have it spot on with it being City regarding Asensio. They were certainly very very keen on him and Pep loves him.

As for Alex Sandro, you might have to settle for someone else now PSG have joined the party.}

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13 Dec 2017 15:33:28
Oh crap, no it seems I got it wrong then regarding Asensio :-P I thought it would've been Chelsea! Silly me, I should've known.

And man, if Sandro ends up leaving Juve and doesn't join Chelsea I'll be so pissed. Push for him all summer, he wanted to leave as well, and then when they might let him leave he'd join another club? That's just cruel. I swear to God, PSG and City (and United) are ruining the whole transfer market. They just barge in, offer double whatever you offer, and end up getting the players.

{Ed001's Note - the question is, do you join them or carry on as you are?}

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13 Dec 2017 15:51:18
Carrying on as we are leads to a sustainable and healthy organization. Problem is, carrying on as we are will lead to 0 titles in my opinion. Our squad is good in my opinion, and it needs only about 3 major buys to make it outstanding:
- Milinkovic-Savic or Goretzka --> basically all action midfielder that is both good on the ball and can influence the game defensively.
- Sandro --> top class left wingback (I like Alonso a lot, but sometimes you just need that burst of pace and athleticism on the flanks to create chaos) .
- Asensio/ Martial/ Brandt/ Dybala/ Isco/ Fékir/ . --> a top class attacking option to play opposite Hazard. Hazard is absolutely world class, but we've never had some to pair him with that is close to him in ability. We need that in order to not be overly reliant on Eden.

Defense otherwise is just fine with Christensen playing like an absolute stud already, and Zouma still out on loan. RLC can also come back to reinforce the CM options if Conte prefers a 352 or 433 even (basically 3 man midfield) . And Tammy's impressed me, so he can come back as well if we want another striker.

But there's the issue. Guys like Sergej, Sandro, Asensio, Dybala, Isco. we won't get them as we won't get into a bidding war with the state-backed clubs (PSG and City) and United. We'll never get them, and have to settle for Willian/ Pedro/ Drinky level players. All good, solid players. But just not top class. I don't know what the right move is, sticking to the plan or just go balls out in the transfer market. I guess sticking to the plan could lead us to moral victories at least ;-)

{Ed001's Note - building a team like that can still win titles and other trophies, which brings in extra income, which can be invested to buy better players. The problem is you have wasted so much on just making money with signings that the club has forgotten that they should be buying players to win trophies.}

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13 Dec 2017 16:09:55
I don't know if you can still build a title-winning team like that, Ed001. In order to improve to the top level in European football we don't need further good players, we need more special players. Guys like Kante, Eden, Courtois, Christensen. They're special. We need more of that. But I fear that with the way prices have gone up we just won't be able to get those. Pool are going to get 100m + for Coutinho? That's just mental. He's a good player, but he's not top class for me. If that kinda player is worth that much, what price would a guy like Sergej require?

Chelsea won't get those players I fear. Unless we get them just before they break out, but with unproven players you never know how they pan out. We could of course trust our own special youth players, but then we seem hesitant to do that as well (though Conte seems to have taken a liking to young Ampadu) . It's frustrating. But through it all, I'll obviously keep supporting the club, whatever decisions they make. Just sucks to see guys like Ousmane Dembele, Dybala, Mbappe, Neymar all moving to other big clubs that are willing to spend huge money.

{Ed001's Note - that is the point, you have the youth players but you aren't using them. You have the ingredients but instead of putting them in the pot you are taking the easy route of slinging a ready meal in the microwave.}

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13 Dec 2017 16:42:24
I suppose we started all this when abramovich took over. Just paid silly money to get the players we wanted, this of course attracted the Middle East big money, who have no qualms about paying what Is needed to get what they want.

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13 Dec 2017 17:07:01
Love the analogy, Ed :) and I agree. However, not many of our youngsters are as special as Christensen. RLC and Tammy might be. Dujon Sterling is a guy I'd give a chance as wingback as well if we can't get Sandro in January. Tailormade for the position, and if anyone's got a burst of pace it's him.

{Ed001's Note - and Kenedy looks a decent back up too, it is time for the club to trust them as back ups, at least. You have a first choice player for every position, so you can take that little bit of risk as they are only a back up.}

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13 Dec 2017 18:00:30
That "ready meal" ED01 has one the premiership title twice in the last 3 years! Lol.

{Ed001's Note - yes but it is always short term fixes that mean the ingredients you have already are going off. Ake, De Bruyne and so on. While you are doing ready meals, the Manchester clubs have hired chefs and given them their pick of fresh ingredients to cook with. How long can you compete with that?}

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13 Dec 2017 20:53:00
To be fair, I think Chelsea have got themselves one of the best chefs as well. But you're right, he hasn't got the luxury of being able to pick out the finest ingredients and seasonings. Too expensive for us :-P.

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13 Dec 2017 23:40:10
Ed001, I'd be shocked if he went to PSG. They already have FFP problems, plus Yuri as backup and Kurzawa. Surely Kurzawa wouldn't be happy with a bench role?

{Ed001's Note - he probably wouldn't be but they do not see him as good enough in the long term.}

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14 Dec 2017 03:37:32
Who is Sergej? You’ve named them alongside some of the best players in the world but I have absolutely no idea who Sergej is?

{Ed001's Note - Milinkovic-Savic, top class midfielder who can play as a holding mid, central mid or attacking mid. He is very reminiscent of Matic at his best but turned up to 11.}

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14 Dec 2017 10:02:38
Fine player.

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14 Dec 2017 10:03:42
Mateja Kezman is his agent.

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12 Dec 2017 19:51:40
5 at back against Huddersfield and no bats

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12 Dec 2017 20:30:04
1 nil 😎.

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12 Dec 2017 20:45:34
There's 2. With 5 at the back and no Bats.

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13 Dec 2017 08:16:59
My point is conte said players are tired and squad isn't big enough and he leaves well rested players on bench bats, musonda, drinkwater.

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13 Dec 2017 08:25:15
That's fair enough. I wanted Drinkwater and Batsuayi to start too but we got fresh legs in the form of Willian, Pedro, Moses and Rudiger.

We basically played 3 at the back too, with Alonso and Moses pushed as far forward as possible.

It's always going to be that formation. We don't play 5 at the back. They're not full-backs, they're wing backs. And with wing backs, you need the cover of 3 at the back.

Doesn't matter if it's against Barcelona or Billericay, Conte is setting us up this way and it's not going to change unless it's mid-game and we're chasing goals.

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10 Dec 2017 14:06:53
eds any truth in this

Chelsea want Aleksandr Golovin from CSKA Moscow in January swoop worth bargain £15million?

Thank you!

{Ed001's Note - well, according to CSKA, Chelsea and Arsenal want to buy him, but I have no idea over any price.}

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10 Dec 2017 17:29:05
thank ed.

wht u think if him?

{Ed001's Note - I have not seen a lot of him, but the little I saw looked very good technically, but the team around him was not good enough to judge him.}

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10 Dec 2017 18:31:31
Thanks ed;
Is Chelsea in for Arthur Melo of Gremio?


{Ed001's Note - I don't know, I know he has been scouted by Chelsea, Man Utd and, I think, Arsenal, but it is Barcelona that seem most likely to sign him.}

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10 Dec 2017 18:47:44
Thank you.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome.}

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10 Dec 2017 10:34:13
After only a handful of games Bakayoko is being written off and unfairly compared to Matic.

Matic wanted to go, he was going wether we signed Bakayoko or not. The press, and pundits, seem to think we signed Bakayoko and then decided we didn't need Matic anymore. Bakayoko has struggled in some games but not many players hit the ground running during their first Premier League season, certainally not when their as young as he is.

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11 Dec 2017 19:59:45
Very good shout J. The problem with Bakayoko seems partly down to concentration also the fact he has come from the French league which is nowhere near the pace and intensity of the premiership. He has shown some quality and a lot of strength. So I think play Drinkwater who is premiership ready and feed Bakayoko in.

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10 Dec 2017 09:58:56
A lot of posts this season have focused on the poor performances of Bakayoko.
When the drums were beating last year out his impending signing, I posted that in my opinion Chalaboa was a better prospect. I got totally slaughtered for this opinion.

I still think Chalaboa will go onto have a fantastic career but he no longer plays for our club so I've let my interest wain.
Bakayoko is in his first season at our club and like lots of players before him, he is finding it difficult to come tro terms with the Premiership.

We don't want anymore regretful premature departures from our club.
So, we should in my opinion, stop looking for perceived instant success and start giving this lad our full support.

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09 Dec 2017 14:19:00
Out played by West Ham shocking performance wrong team selection get Willian or Pedro on we require people that go past people not route one Bolton football glueless.

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09 Dec 2017 15:07:57
Burnley, Palace and now West ham. Not to mention getting lucky against Swansea. It's embarrassing how bad we play against poor teams who just defend. Morata has been missing chances left, right and centre for months now and Bakayoko just is not himself, can't keep the ball, can't pass and constantly making mistakes leading to goals. If Hazard and Fabregas aren't on their game we're just awful to watch. Batshuayi could do no worse than Morata. Ampadu, Drinkwater or my neighbours cat are better options than Baka right now. Conte needs to be ruthless, the players he's trusting are constantly letting him down. Whether he doesn't trust his other options or not he needs to change this line up. January can't come soon enough but after the window in the summer i can't even be optimistic about it.

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09 Dec 2017 15:09:33
We didn’t play up to our normal standard
and I stated my views in an earlier post but I do NOT think we were “outplayed”.
We have so many games coming up at least we can quickly put this result behind us!

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09 Dec 2017 17:02:56
I’d say outplayed, apart from morata miss we didn’t create anything. They were comfortable, they defended better attacked better, won midfield battle too, they sat back because they didn’t want to chase us about and leave themselves open . so disappointing, also this 352 is great but when I doesn’t work our options are willian and Pedro. Pedro I like. And scores some big goals, but Willian? Big window coming up. that’s palace West Ham and Burnley to beat us. conte was right, we’ve not been in title race at all this season.

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09 Dec 2017 17:32:30
I was at the game and although I was a long way from the pitch (isn’t everyone at that athletics stadium) I can’t be having we were outplayed.
I guess people see things differently on TV than at the match.

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09 Dec 2017 18:12:44
They let us have the ball because we were no threat and on counter they were. Even if we “ outplayed “ them, it was what they wanted, they let us have ball because in there 3rd they defended easily. Was just a bad bad game, nobody come away from Chelsea team having been better than anyone else, . We move on. Next games as big as the last with way things are so 3 points is a must,

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09 Dec 2017 21:52:03
agree Tom. we outplayed thm just couldn't score . but when a team scores an early goal . they are going to have 11 men behind the ball its very difficult to break down. they played very narrow and made a big pitch look. very small.
agree we were poor and the players look very tired n not up for it.

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10 Dec 2017 00:45:57
Them going one up within 6 mins and giving them something to hang to wasn’t part of the plan.
Unfortunately I was in the company of a West Ham season ticket holder tonight and he said that’s the best they have played since they beat us in the League Cup.
How lucky are we to support a team that wins more games that it loses plus wins competitions!

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10 Dec 2017 08:23:22
Bad day, kick up the arse and go again.

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10 Dec 2017 09:43:55
That’s the plan Matt.

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08 Dec 2017 19:08:49
Great work by the club in giving Charly Musunda a new 5 year deal. Star in the making.

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09 Dec 2017 17:00:52
I agree.

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06 Dec 2017 11:38:56
any eds. do. u think chelsea will go back. in for SANDRO in january, summer or at all again?

thanks 🖒.

{Ed001's Note - yes, I expect them to keep trying to get him.}

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06 Dec 2017 12:44:29
As well we should. Yesterday we played Zappacosta as a left wingback, and while it's not his natural side and I really like Alonso, it was clear to see that an extra burst of pace (which Alonso lacks) is a huge asset on the flanks. Zappa played a terrific match, and through his pace he repeatedly got into good positions.

Sandro is strong, fast and skillful. And most of all he's tenacious. Again, I like Alonso. But having Sandro on that left flank would take our team to another level, especially in a 352. Hazard would find plenty of joy.

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06 Dec 2017 13:06:50
Jackson, u are SO on point with your post; precisely what I was just about to post - An extra burst of pace in that LWB position (just as we saw from Zappacosta) will do us a lot of good and will help us score more goals.

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06 Dec 2017 14:00:42
Jackson, I have to agree - I have been glass half empty about Zappacosta but he was brilliant last night.

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06 Dec 2017 22:26:49
We do write players off easily after only part way through the season. Number of stupid posts in Twitter about our new signings, people need to learn it takes a while for players to adapt to the premiership, even with an experienced wise head. For the younger foreign players it is even more difficult, not only because of playing in anew league and new team, but adapting to life in this country,

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07 Dec 2017 08:47:34
getting sandro in .
means we have four decent wingbacks in

right: moses zappacosta (dave if needed)
left: Alonso Sandro

but also means Alonso could play left centre back which i think he was originally bought for. which if u play 3 at the back, the players who plays right and left centre half to be player's that can also naturally fit in as a full back .

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07 Dec 2017 17:52:21
Looks like Man U after Sandro as well.

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03 Dec 2017 15:04:24
Ed001, I'm going to ask you as I know Ed002 has stopped posting on here and I respect that decision.

So I was wondering whether you know of any plans at Chelsea regarding Alex Sandro. He's been dropped for some important games this season, most recently against Napoli (just this weekend) . And apparently he's been well below his level of the past 2 seasons.
Could we see Chelsea moving for him in January again? Alonso can't play the whole season like this, getting minimal rest. So we need another wingback/ fullback for that left side. And we know Chelsea wanted Sandro. Now it seems Sandro isn't completely happy at Juve (not signing a new contract there and not playing at his best) . Do you think Juve would be willing to deal in January?

Thanks for any info you could provide us with, Ed001. I think I speak for everyone on here in saying that we would greatly appreciate some news on Chelsea.

{Ed001's Note - I know both Chelsea and Sandro would like to make the deal, Juve are the only sticking point and they are in a bit of a mess this season so might be happy to make a deal. I don't know what they are thinking though, so I can only guess on their side from the info I have. There are quite a few issues behind the scenes there, it really would not be a surprise if Sandro was allowed to leave.}

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03 Dec 2017 16:40:30
Thanks for the update, we do miss 002 thou and 99% us appreciated his insight. We know it’s not gospel as things can change so quickly with targets players etc so let 002 we want him back.

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03 Dec 2017 17:14:19
Thanks for that, Ed001. I appreciate you taking the time to reply :)
A January deal would probably be difficult as they'd likely want a replacement. But it's good to read that Sandro wants a move as well.

{Ed001's Note - he wanted to leave in the summer and things are difficult at Juve this season, as has been shown by their results, so it is little wonder he wants out.}

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03 Dec 2017 17:22:59
Thank you Ed.

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03 Dec 2017 18:45:04
Imagine how much he’d improve us. I’d love us to sign Alex Sandro. The only other were lacking then is just goals from midfield really.

{Ed001's Note - maybe buy the Benevento keeper for late goals?}

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03 Dec 2017 22:49:45
well the trolls have proved themselves to be useless, having failed to provide any information in ed02s absence. They cannot criticise ed02 because they are as much use as a bar of chocolate in a sauna.

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03 Dec 2017 21:40:16
Nah Ed001, we'll just get either Goretzka or Sergej :-P I'm a fool for hoping.

{Ed001's Note - you never know mate, but I would have thought Drinkwater could add goals, he scores a few and I would expect Bakayoko to do so as well once he settles in.}

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04 Dec 2017 06:25:16
Both are regularly getting into good positions when we're playing a 3 man midfield. Just the finishing touch's been lacking :)

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04 Dec 2017 08:07:30
Sid1; please give it a rest, I think the quarrel is quite enough.

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04 Dec 2017 08:13:37
I think Drinkwater is better in midfield at this moment than Baka. Maybe after a season in the Prem Baka will show more skill on the ball infront of goal. our mid is awesome at the moment. Adding Loftus next season we will be stronger.

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04 Dec 2017 15:08:36
Real seem to reluctantly be open to selling Asensio, we should definitely try to get him if we can.

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11 Dec 2017 19:46:04
Good player.

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