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19 Apr 2018 00:06:12
Just a quick query for you both, Ed001, and Ed002.

Jose Mourinho. Yes, I am aware he's recently signed a new contract, or at least close to signing a new contract at Manchester United. but from what I can gather, he is still living at the Lowry Hotel, and his wife and children are still living at Chelsea, or close to Chelsea.

Would Mourinho be interested in returning? Would Roman ever be interested in bringing Jose back? I read that Mourinho and Roman shared a meal and a drink after the home fixture this season, so that goes to show that their relationship is in a pretty decent state.

{Ed001's Note - yes and not with the players that are there.}

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19 Apr 2018 04:35:23
Interesting. Truth be told, these current crop of player are nothing but poisonous. Their on again, off again mentality to football is nothing short of horrid, I’ll be honest in saying that as soon as the window opens, both Hazard and Courtois are out of the door. Both footballlers who despite being older, still reply on their supposed potential. Both are dubbed to have world class ability, my pale white arse, they aren’t world class. They turn up when they want to and I’m sick of seeing them dragging this club through the dirt.

Ed001, question based on opinion more so than anything else. Do you see Mourinho managing Chelsea for a third term?

{Ed001's Note - in time, probably. The area has become the family's home so it would make sense to him.}

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19 Apr 2018 05:02:06
It would be quite fitting for Mourinho to be Chelsea’s manager in the first game at the revamped Stamford Bridge, whenever that may be.

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19 Apr 2018 20:45:57
Look it’s ended badly twice. I think enough is enough. Why don’t as I saw suggested we go with an up and coming manager and given a brief to build a young team. Aimed at the future. Then we can have a base of 5-6 players and then build round that.

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17 Apr 2018 23:12:20
Ed001, obviously our season hasn't gone as planned. A big reason, at least according to me, is our lack of a good partner to Kante in midfield. Bakayoko has struggled to settle down since about New Year's. He had some excellent performances earlier this season, but the bashing of fans and pundits seems to have destroyed his confidence. Hopefully he gets back to his good form after a summer of working on his game away from the spotlight.
Drinkwater's been a waste of money as he's been injured more often than not, and even when fit he hasn't been good enough.
Cesc just can't play in a midfield 2, and it hurts me to see him start every week.

So for this summer I really hope Chelsea target another CM. There are a couple that look really good, but haven't gotten the hype yet. That means that maybe we could get them for something like a reasonable price. Obviously I'd love a guy like Kovacic, Soler, Milinkovic-Savic or some other young star, but I don't see Chelsea getting involved in bidding wars for that type of player.
So here are a couple I wonder whether Chelsea has taken a look at or are interested in:

- Lucas Torreira: Napoli certainly interested. A young combative mid with good passing and technique.
- Emre Can: out of contract in the summer. And while I doubt he'd be interested in Chelsea over clubs like Juve I think he'd be a perfect partner to Kante. Tenacious and good on the ball, I really like him.
- Fabian Ruiz: enjoying his breakout season at Betis. A left footed midfielder with excellent technique (he's Spanish, so duh), good dribbling and looks quite happy to put in a shift defensively. I haven't seen a lot of hype surrounding him, so perhaps his price would still be reasonable.
- Morgan Sanson: he's having a pretty good season at Marseille. I know a lot was expected of him a couple of years ago, but then he had the bad injury. He seems to be back to his best form. Perhaps a bit more attack minded than the others, but I think he's a very interesting player.

So Ed001, do you know of any Chelsea interest in any of these (or other) CMs? I'd greatly appreciate it, as lord knows Chelsea needs another good CM (and they need to get rid of Fab and his wages) .

Furthermore, I hope life is treating you well, Ed. Wishing you all the best from afar!

{Ed001's Note - from what I have been told there is interest in Torreira, though it looks like he will be the subject of a bidding war.

Sanson is someone that club have looked at for a while but I don't believe he is seen as the one for this role.

I don't know regarding Ruiz.

As for Can, it is difficult to know yet, until Prem teams can make offers to him. I do know he has been told there are a number of Prem teams interested in him, but I do not know which ones. Though I am 99% sure one is Man City. He certainly believes so.

Seri, Kondogbia, Brozovic, Andre Gomez and Doucoure are all ones that have been looked at. Though I would not be surprised to see van Ginkel being finally given a chance, as the club wants to start making use of the players they have out on loan.}

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18 Apr 2018 06:34:08
Good day Ed; it could be Seri (the Ivorian) . Brozovic too isn't bad too if he comes in for Fabregas (cos he his younger, stronger than Fabregas and the game of a good creative central/ attacking midfielder- one that can play next to Kante) .

Ed; how true is the story of Seri waiting to know the manager will be next season before he can agree to a move to Chelsea?

Ed; does it mean that the club hasn't taken any look at Kovacic? He's such a good player.

{Ed001's Note - I don't know how true that is, perfectly possible though as he is looking to move, though I don't know of any current move agreed. He nearly moved in January to PSG but Ben Arfa, who was meant to go the other way in the deal, refused to consider any deal. I believe Ben Arfa was concerned about the quality of kebabs outside of Paris.... PSG still hold an interest in Seri though.

Madrid have a fair amount of interest in Kovacic to choose between, I believe Chelsea just do not want to get into a bidding war for him.}

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18 Apr 2018 06:47:45
Hi Ed;
* with these names that you listed- does it mean that some midfielder (s) will leave the club this summer?

* if YES, will it be Bakayoko and/ or Drinkwater?

{Ed001's Note - the club are certainly very open to offloading Drinkwater. He is seen as a huge recruiting mistake.}

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18 Apr 2018 07:07:45
Great input ED01 and really appreciated. Good to see a post from you Jackson as well, always a good read. I would like to see more of our loanees given a chance next Season and van Ginkle alongside Kante looks a good possibility.

{Ed001's Note - Chelsea have been looking into how to integrate them into the first team due to having so many move on and turn into players that should have been kept. So I would expect a number to actually get a chance over the next couple of seasons.}

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18 Apr 2018 07:33:31
That is good news as far as I'm concerned. Why keep paying out on bang average players when we have some very good loan players. I would like to see Kenedy given a chance as a forward as well rather than a wing back which was never his position.

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18 Apr 2018 13:23:42
Nzonzi would be great fit, depending on formation as he doesn’t really score or assist but can control a game.

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18 Apr 2018 20:30:05
Thank you for the reply, Ed :) I like the part about loanees perhaps being given more of a chance. The likes of Van Ginkel, Loftus-Cheek, Mount, Ampadu (not a loanee but a young guy), Sterling and Hudson-Odoi all quite clearly have the talent to play for the 1st team. So I wouldn't mind seeing those get a shot.
Either we buy top class talents/ players, or we use the talent we have on our books already. I just want us to stop buying average players like Drinkwater and Barkley. That's the type of acquisition we have to avoid. Ampadu could've gotten all of Drinky's minutes this season and we wouldn't be any worse off.

About Sanson, I figured he wouldn't be looked at for that role. A bit more attacking, but if we're moving to a midfield 3 perhaps he wouldn't be a bad buy at all.
Torreira appears to be a no go then, if there's going to be a bit of a bidding war. And on Can, his wage demands would probably be through the roof as well since he's on a free.

And Ed001, if you don't know Fabian Ruiz you should really try to catch a Betis game or two. He's looking like quite a fantastic midfielder. Reminds me a bit of a left footed Andre Gomes at Valencia.

{Ed001's Note - I do know who he is, I mean I don't know if Chelsea have interest on him. I will ask my parents to find out, they know some staff at Betis so might be able to find out something.}

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18 Apr 2018 21:53:46
Brilliant bit of info again Ed001 👌🏻.

{Ed001's Note - thank you.}

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18 Apr 2018 22:59:11
Haha okay, sorry about the faulty interpretation in my part.

And that'd be great! Even though Chelsea probably aren't interested, it'd be fun to know which clubs are.

{Ed001's Note - no worries mate, I should have made it clearer.}

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19 Apr 2018 06:26:23
Thanks Ed; for your response.

{Ed001's Note - welcome.}

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19 Apr 2018 06:41:49
This has been a good thread and indicitive of why I started coming on this site many moons ago. Great input from ED01.

{Ed001's Note - thank you.}

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20 Apr 2018 00:47:41
Lucas Torreira is indeed a good player.

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16 Apr 2018 10:41:43
Here's an easy way to claw back money we've wasted this summer. Sell Drinkwater and Baka and being back Loftus-Cheek and Van Ginkel. Both are better players and are not one dimensional like the other two who shouldn't have been bought anyway.

And can people finally get off the Fabregas bandwagon now. I've been saying for two years when his passing games not on scratch it's like playing with ten men. We should be all over Kovacic as he's not starting games for Madrid with Kroos and Modric begins first choice. He's a proper box to box an might just be the next Modric.

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16 Apr 2018 11:37:26
Assuming we go down the much publicesed route of yet again changing our managing and therefore probably our team shape.
The next manager may well want to keep and play Drinkwater, Bakayoko, Michy, Emerson, RLC, Kennedy, Barkley and maybe even Cesc.
I can only see a period of change and upheaval ahead.

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16 Apr 2018 13:42:50
Van Ginkel has done well in Holland . hardly comparable to prem league, loftus cheek I’m not sure as shining in a palace team and shining in a team going for titles, bakyoko id like another season to see how he gets on, has attributes to be top player and was at Monaco. wrong type of player to partner Kante but will see, Kovacic would be a superb signing, savic of lazio also. A midfield 3 of savic Kovacic and Kante covering would be unreal.

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16 Apr 2018 15:29:19
We will need to thin out our squad to realise some money and probably lose one or both of Courtois and Hazard; I have said before, Hazard's style of play is suited best to the EPL not the Spanish League and I think he will make a huge mistake going there. We all have a list of players we want out and probably a list of who we want in but as we know Chelsea will not listen to any of us but if someone internally points out their transfer failings they should listen as they cannot keep forking out £15m to £30m on players that are not going to play. In an ideal world Van Ginkel is the sort of player we need alongside Kante but he has only played 60 (ish) games in six seasons and we need to see how he stands up next season to league and CL games. He looked very fragile after he joined us wherever he went so we should watch. If we are shrewd and buy just under the radar the Kovacic, Savic type players and up and coming players from the German league we could put a strong team together. We have to strengthen the midfield and we must inject pace into our game and have a target man who is good in the air and most of all stop slowing the game down and tippy tap passing in front of packed defences, it is getting us nowhere.

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14 Apr 2018 18:35:31
Shouldn't have ever been in a position to need to come back from 2-0 down, especially against Southampton! . But credit to the guys for the 2nd half performance, we've given up easily in games when we've been down this season, it was nice to see some fight from the lads. Personally I'd like to see Giroud start from now on until the end of the season. He offers more to this team with the way we play, he can hold up the ball better, just as good in the air as Morata and is a natural goalscorer.

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15 Apr 2018 07:33:03
I’m hoping that it’s not only the fans that can see the amount of work the WHOLE club has to do if we are going to continue being a successful team.
Last years achievements were fantastic but from the first game of the season we have been bang average.
The players, the manager and the board need a long hard look at themselves to work out what’s required if we are to compete in domestic and European competitions next season and beyond.
The leadership, at all levels within our club deserve criticism and require a lot of work this summer.

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16 Apr 2018 02:52:05
Agreed. The board have been a problem for a while now with their lack of desire to get quality players in, but this season the players just haven't shown any interest in trying to compete. Ever since January our players kind of lost interest and became lazy which has been costing us. Add that with the fact they know Conte is going and with how down he looks now it's no surprise the teams performances have been below average. When Conte goes it isn't going to get rid of the problem which soo many seem to think. There are players in this team who think they're bigger than the club and aren't interested in doing the dirty work. A lot needs to change. Conte will go and rightly so but the players have let him down massively this season as well as the board.

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16 Apr 2018 09:20:13
The board will say look at the continued success we have given the club.
I obviously welcome the success but I’m fed up with the same problems seemingly occurring every few years.
We change a manager, change a large percentage of the back room staff, change the playing style and therefore potentially the players.
When will the club recognise that if the plan keeps going wrong there is something wrong with the plan!

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13 Apr 2018 10:07:13
It seems Chelsea have made contact with Maurizio Sarri and he could be open to the move.

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13 Apr 2018 13:24:23
might be good option . doesn't moan about transfers and uses what he has. might be good for youngsters.

just need to get rid of

Tibo (moans like a child)

the others can do a job and new players need another season to prove them selves.

need RB/ RWB (ZAPPA Is decent)
2 x solid CM/ DM
new CB and Use Alonso as LCB . Emerson LWB.

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13 Apr 2018 15:02:34
I completely disagree with selling Moses.

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13 Apr 2018 16:56:27
If it was up to me I’d get rid of half this squad who either aren’t good enough or aren’t proper Chels.

My Outs:


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13 Apr 2018 17:42:46
No that's harsh, I agree the players haven't done well this season but I will keep:
- Moses
- Bakayoko
- Kenedy (who is improving so much at Newcastle)
- Barkley (injury hasn't let us see his ability) .

NB: COURTOIS IS THE PLAYER THAT HAS ANNOYED ME THE MOST THIS SEASON. If we can get a good replacement for him, he is number one on my list of outgoing players.

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13 Apr 2018 18:21:35
As frustrated bakyoko has made me, young and needs time, right manager maybe, I’d give him a chance, barkley? If he can’t get fit then what’s the point. Kenedy has looked half decent which means we could cash in. Rest of players I agree with, add hazard as he love to go missing when needed.

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13 Apr 2018 18:51:48
Bayern, PSG, Arsenal all linked with Kenedy- he must be doing something right.

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13 Apr 2018 20:06:53
Moses is terrible he wouldn’t get in any other top 6 team he brings nothing.

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13 Apr 2018 20:23:36
Chelsea played without V. Moses this season when he was injured (with hamstring) and the stats speak for themselves.

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14 Apr 2018 00:35:16
Stats can be misleading. He's an average player at best who offers little to nothing in this team. He was good for half a season last year and has been poor ever since.

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14 Apr 2018 07:41:26
Moses is one of the most overrated players I have seen.

It became a fashionable thing for pundits to say how good he is, and how Conte's coaching turned him into a star last season. What does he do well? Defensively woeful, can cross, terrible in one on one situations, and doesn't score many goals.

Yes he works hard, and we did miss him when he was injured. But the fact that we missed him says more about the club, and our first team squad, than it does about Moses.

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14 Apr 2018 09:00:34
There's no one Chelsea player that stood out all season (this year) - maybe one could argue Kante; I feel that points to some kinda factor other than the players.
Guys, sorry i am not caving-in on this one. I don't think it's wise to sell Moses (a key player to our success last season? ) .

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14 Apr 2018 17:04:40
Time will tell on Moses' issue.

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10 Apr 2018 23:33:59
There is no reason why Hudson-Odoi should not start every premier league game till the end of the season. That kid is absolutely class., I'd also make sure Sterling and Emerson play all too. Gutted about Ampadu being injured I think he looks a real leader.

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11 Apr 2018 10:25:11
It's chelsea though, even when there's nothing to play for the players who let the fans down will play. Always happens, just like good old 'academy day'

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11 Apr 2018 13:22:58
Remember, the youth players are in the FA Youth Cup Final and the European Youth Cup Final so I doubt they/ he will want to risk missing either.

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11 Apr 2018 20:01:26
Wonder why the disagrees are? 🤔.

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11 Apr 2018 22:04:53
C1955 makes a great point. I don't want to see Pedro come on and underperform any more this season but I think winning FA Youth Cup and Euro Youth Cup will be more important for him than a couple of meaningless EPL games.

Stands a great chance to show he's one of the best at his age in Europe.

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12 Apr 2018 01:55:32
But surely the exact point of being shouts player is to transition to the first team? And now is the best time.

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12 Apr 2018 09:42:48
I understand KingFrank's comment because I also think Hudson-Odoi is one of a handful that 'could' break through from youth football but given Chelsea's senior performance the club would very much like to win the two most prestigious youth tournaments and they are not going to jeopodise that just so he gets experience, the finals will be big match experience in themselves. The frustration is we are re-cycling the same players week in week out who do the same things, we do not have a game changer.

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12 Apr 2018 19:43:44
The other factor is that in order to qualify for next seasons Youth European Cup our kids will likely have to win it this season. He's our best, most influential, player at that level so he will definitely be kept fresh for that. I'd keep him for the youth cups and maybe FA Cup semi.

My only hope is that he doesn't get a pointless loan next season.

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13 Apr 2018 10:03:20
I feel Emerson and Ampadu can play in first team and sub role but H. Odoi and D. Sterling needs more experience (can go on loan) .

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13 Apr 2018 10:11:31
We bought Emerson to play in the first team but something is amiss as he is getting no game time. Ampadu I like a lot but he is a cornerstone of the youth team so, like Hudson-Odoi he is going to be focused there; I don't see Ampadu anymore experienced than either H-O or Sterling apart from a few fist team games and loaning them 'could' ruin them, just look at Musonda who is going backwards.

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13 Apr 2018 11:00:10
Would you rather have Richarlison/ Leon Bailey or H. Odoi/ Musonda for the up coming season if you were to replace Pedro.

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13 Apr 2018 16:31:19
Personally, Leon Bailey with Hudson-Odoi in the squad. There is something about Richarlison but his fading makes me think our days of taking chances have passed. Musonda I like but this loan spell has not done him any good and sometimes we loan players once too often and that is often the sign they will not make it with us.

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13 Apr 2018 16:35:26
Ampadu's game is more matured for the first team than Odoi and Sterling.

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13 Apr 2018 16:57:15
Our four attackers should be Hazard, Bailey, Willian and Odoi for next season.

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13 Apr 2018 17:33:03
I would like Bailey, Willian, Hazard and Richarlison.
I believe Richarlison is a young man that has played too many games for his age and needs a bit of rest.
For Chelsea squad next season, I pick Richarlison over H. Odoi. Odoi is good with so much potential but for a an ambitious club like Chelsea that needs to hit the ground running next season, Odoi and Musonda needs more playing time elsewhere for their development.

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14 Apr 2018 07:48:45
Buying Richarlison over the promotion of Hudson-Odoi! The club don't need to hit the ground running next season, the club need to start building solid foundations for the next ten seasons. Hudson-Odoi will be a massive part of that, and he is very much ready.

Richarlison has faded away this season and is hardly the finished article.

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14 Apr 2018 09:19:22
I am guessing that you don't care if Chelsea doesn't qualify for the champions league next cos we will certainly be gambling our qualification if we go into the new season banking on players like Odoi (not cos he isn't good but cos he isn't proven) . I feel we can achieve all 3 goals of:
* building solid foundations for next ten seasons
* hitting the ground running
* Developing the player even more by-
-Sending Odoi out on loan for regular football for his development and bringing in a more experienced player (that must not be Richarlison) . If Odoi good we all claim, then he will take his chance wherever he is to on loan. Please guys consider the opponents you come against in the EPL top six.

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08 Apr 2018 19:59:46
A broken record. Stupid defensive mistakes and can't take our chances, as soon as Hernandez came on at only 1-0 it was always destined to go south. Can't wait for this season to end. Everybody but Kante, Azpi, Rudiger and Willian should be ashamed of themselves this season, especially over the last month. Just hope we rebuild around Kante and Azpi. I couldn't care less about anybody else in this team. Summer can't come soon enough. soo much change needes at this club.

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08 Apr 2018 20:41:02
Willian had 2 months in form, while season.

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08 Apr 2018 20:45:56
Tactically Conte has proven to be weak. The same old tactics, like for like replacements.

Could not agree more, Kante, Azpi, Willian can have some credit. I think we will have players in the crap 11 than the best 11 come the end.

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08 Apr 2018 23:26:38
I cannot understand this worshiping of Azpi; he is far too cautious (always a back-pass when we're crying out for the ball to go forward), and his crossing has deteriorated badly. Give me a decent right back and day of the week.

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09 Apr 2018 05:15:51
Dempsey, he has a few weaknesses for sure. He isn't the best at defending long balls and gets out muscled easily at times but he's a versatile defender and is easily one of the best in the league. More importantly to me is he's the closest we have to a leader. He loves this club and you never see him not giving it his all. He's the only player i ever see who tries to communicate with the team. Why he isn't our first captain i don't know.

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09 Apr 2018 11:16:02
Dempsey. 100% mate. This season has been his worst. Silly 5-10 yard passes going astray. Losing his man, being caught out of position at times. Lack of communication (can go for ALL the defence inc GK) . He started well with the Morata link up, but that’s all gone. A new RWB needed, Emerson needs to play more - why hasn’t he? Hazard needs to be dropped. Poor all over. Willian was crap y’day. We looked scared to have a shot outside the box. Trying to constantly walk the ball in. Moses - less said the better!

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05 Apr 2018 22:57:27
Conte or The Board. Debate. Conte wins league against the odds, Repairs the damage done by Jose, Turns things around with a back 3, brings passion and some very good football. Gets out classed by Wenger in Cup Final, Moans about everything, falls out with Costa, Hazard, Luiz etal.

The board. (Roman) . takes us from 1 title in our history and the odd cup into multiple league and cup winners and Londons only Champions League winners, fantastic youth set up and about to fund a 1 billion pound stadium, serial winner and Chelsea fan but. for his own reasons. does like a change of manager, has not backed Conte, did not back Jose, chooses a transfer panel over manager control on transfers. Should be an interesting debate.

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06 Apr 2018 12:44:44
Roman no contest not even a debate.

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06 Apr 2018 13:28:06
I’m some what confused. When Conte joined their was a long standing formula/ process for the scouting and signing of players.
So, as much as a like Conte and I DO want him to remain (unlikely) our manager next season, I find it hard to work out why he continues to have such an angry tone as he was very aware of how Chelsea work when it comes to signings.
If he stays, it would obviously require him extending his contract if we want to avoid the sort of annual media frenzy that surrounds Wengers manergerial position at Arsenal.
We are very luck to have RA as our owner. He has brought continued success to our club and we stand on the threshold of a spectacular new stadium, with the stadium being built in our ancestral home.
I will continue to question the clubs Business Plan but my concerns are only about the never ending appointments of so many managers!

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07 Apr 2018 04:26:38
Both to blame, conte hasn’t had players he wanted and from day one has said this is what would happen, if you don’t improve squad then u fall behind the rest unfortunately, on other hand his tactics have been predictable, he hasn’t changed things when we’re losing, was leaving strikers on bench and playing hazard as false 9 when clearly wasn’t working, publically moaned about his employees and set games up not to lose rather than to win and started game with 6-7 defensive minded players.

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07 Apr 2018 13:06:08
Afternoon G8 nice to see you back in business. The Board will will win every time versus the manager. The question we cannot answer is what did Conte ask for when appointed? He is very thorough I am sure and is it a case of the Board reneging on what they said, certainly they spent a great deal of money pre and mid season but as I said, on four players injured or coming back from injuries, so is there someone looking for bargains? Jose did cause a fuss at the end mainly at press conferences where he was getting more bizarre by the week but it was the same problem as Conte’s, transfers, that set him of; they cannot both be wrong as they are excellent managers Re: the falling out with Costa and Co; was it him falling out with them or them trying to dictate to him? Rumours suggest he texted Costa to say he was surplus to requirements but that is the players comment! We all love RA because of the belated success he brought but our Achilles Heel after 14 trophies, as TomB alludes to is, it has cost us 11 managers which is disruptive to the club, costly and unsettles many players who join a club because of the manager. With the new stadium looming and the club playing away from the Bridge all parties need to get a settled team as few, if any clubs that have had to move, win anything. The debate would be a no contest BUT all parties need to think very hard about the next two to three years. For continuity I would like Conte to stay, be given some ‘top-up’ money in addition to what he gets for clearing out those not good enough and more importantly, those that don’t want to be there.

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07 Apr 2018 18:59:33
In my opinion, a brilliant post C1955.

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08 Apr 2018 10:39:48
Thankyou C1955. I think one of the EDS recently mentioned that Chelsea and indeed, a lot of European clubs appoint a head coach to work with the players they are given. Conte would of known that from the start and so will any new manager coming in so I don't see that as the issue. Days of Sir Alex and Wenger long term appointments are now coming to an end as well, I think most managers will last no more than 3 or 4 seasons in the job either because they want a change, likes of Pep etc or players get a bit tired of the same routine, possibly this is happening with Conte? Chelsea will not change the structure of buying players and appointing a head coach to manage them, that is 100% for sure. The BIG question is at what level does Roman want to invest? He is capable of surprising everyone and buying a superstar signing as we have seen in the past following a period of buying dross. I guess only time will tell.

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08 Apr 2018 13:22:51
Funny Conte wasn't moaning last year in January when we were winning
Now it's the players and boards fault this year
And yes we lost Costa and matic but after arsenal game he changed formation to suit this year he has changed nothing and stagnated together with players
What annoys me is he seems to take no responsibility for this year.

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08 Apr 2018 20:58:37
And last season we weren’t in the Champions League!

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04 Apr 2018 16:36:48
Any interest in Kovacic Ed? And do you think there is a chance he might leave Madrid?

{Ed001's Note - there is a chance as they need to offload a few to build for the future. He is one that is potentially available but he is not currently, as far as I am aware, being pursued by Chelsea. I seem to remember them showing interest before he joined Madrid though, so it could change if the price is right in the summer.}

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04 Apr 2018 17:52:41
Cheers mate. Do you think he could fit in well here? I think he’d be perfect for us.

{Ed001's Note - he would be an upgrade on Fabregas imo. A good fit alongside Kante. He is basically what they seemed to think they were getting with Drinkwater before they realised he wasn't actually that good in reality. The 'pinpoint' passes to Vardy that impressed at Leicester turned out to be into a vague area for Vardy to chase. You don't get that kind of space to hit, nor do you have a frontman with that kind of pace to get it if you did.}

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04 Apr 2018 22:23:31
I think he’d be good next to Kante also. He’s very under-rated Kovacic he’s a deep lying playmaker who can dribble and he’s also deceivingly quick. Even if we can’t sign the big names like Savic and Vidal for there I’d definitely like to see Kovacic in especially next to Kante and RLC that midfield would have everything.

{Ed0333's Note - that would be tasty indeed

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05 Apr 2018 06:05:07
Can any of the eds give an update on the list of players Chelsea are interested in for the summer and do you see Hazard and Tibo leave in the coming transfer window?


{Ed001's Note - the club has to sort out the manager situation before player movements can be truly organised. If the right team comes in for Courtois ie Spanish capital-based, then he wants to go. So that is very possible.}

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05 Apr 2018 12:23:53
What do people think he is worth? Young keeper I’d want £60m plus, and get oblak or Allison.

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05 Apr 2018 13:27:01
Butland. Every day of the week. £40m and he’s ours. Get shot of Courtois and Hazard and re-invest the money.

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05 Apr 2018 14:04:36
Not Allison - did you see him last night?!

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05 Apr 2018 15:53:19
It’s got to be Oblak? But why would he want to join us in the Europa.

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05 Apr 2018 17:24:07
I saw courtois v Barcelona get nutmegged from byline and from 18 yards away, won’t judge a keeper on one bad day, his quality keeper,

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05 Apr 2018 17:28:40
He still conceded 4 against Barcelona, where as Butland has NEVER conceded any! ;)

But all seriousness, foreign keepers need settling in time, remember what De Gea was like when he first arrived at United? Butland counts for the home quota too. A good World Cup and wouldn't surprise me if other clubs went in for him.

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05 Apr 2018 20:10:12
Butland is average 😂.

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06 Apr 2018 08:20:03
If we got Butland, it would be another great statement. A statement that we have no ambition and that we’re a team that’ll only buy second grade players.

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04 Apr 2018 11:10:34
Lots of rumour linking Max Allegri and Tuchel to the Chelsea job. I don't know which will end up with Chelsea.
* Please your insight will be appreciated Ed. Thanks.
* And a new coach will definitely demand for new players?
Thanks for your response Ed.

{Ed001's Note - coaches always want new players, that is the same if they are in the job for 20 minutes or 20 years.

Tuchel is looking for a club that gives him greater control over transfers than he had at Dortmund. I would have said that ruled out both Chelsea and PSG but the resignation of Emenalo does leave a bit of void in recruitment that he could look to as an opportunity. That is why I think he is more likely to join yourselves than anyone else. He wants a Champions League team, in his own words. He was certainly pushing his name forward previously in connection with the Chelsea job, which suggests to me it is the most likely position he will take come the summer.

Prior to last night, I would have expected Allegri to stay with Juve, most rumours were ill sourced and just based on Allegri taking over Juventus after Conte and taking them on further, rather than having any genuine info behind them. After last night though, you have to wonder if Allegri will want to stay there for another season. They are going backwards.}

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04 Apr 2018 12:25:25
Thankyou my man. You are really cool.

{Ed001's Note - thank you obinna.}

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04 Apr 2018 20:35:14
Now being linked with Jardim ed001 if you don’t mind answering out of the 3 Tuchel Enrique and Jardim who do you think would be the best fit for Chelsea mate.

{Ed001's Note - without doubt Jardim is a much better coach and works better with what he is given rather than expecting to pick the signings. Enrique can be a bit odd and Tuchel is like Conte, picking fights with the club.}

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05 Apr 2018 06:00:20
yeah Jardim would be my choice out the 3 thank you for the response Ed much appreciated mate your views are as spot on as ever.

{Ed001's Note - thank you mate.}

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