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19 Sep 2018 17:22:47
Anyone know why Emerson Palmieri hasn't travelled with the squad to Greece? I read that he isn't in Chelsea's provisional squad that travelled for PAOK Salonica.

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20 Sep 2018 04:00:39
He’s ill.

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20 Sep 2018 04:09:09
He's injured or ill, Sarri mentioned it couple of days ago. He would've definitely featured if he was fit.

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20 Sep 2018 15:02:03
Thanks.

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17 sep 2018 11:30:08
who saw hudson odoi play yesterday?

why are chelsea fans not asking what the club is doing about his play time and contract?

we all saw him in pre-season but nothing since willian and hazard decided not to leave the club. and then there is the case of pedro getting older by the day,

shouldn't the club be looking at playing odoi over pedro?

i have watched all 3 home game so far this season at the bridge and honestly apart from hazard's creativity everything else is possession .

i am happy with 5/5 but we stand to be tested.
our record breaking goal keeper has yet a lot to prove.

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17 Sep 2018 12:55:43
Hudson Odoi will get plenty of chances as the season progresses.

In my opinion, Pedro and Willian have been ok so far this season, so Hudson Odoi will have to be at his best when given chances to dislodge them at the moment.

I have already given my views about our keeper on the Banter pages!

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18 Sep 2018 10:45:43
Tom, spot on. It's a squad game and Callum will get game time. Cups are coming up and I've no doubt he'll be included

I've said it already, we're 5 from 5, playing good football and people are still finding stuff to complain about.

Complaining for the sake of complaining.

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19 Sep 2018 16:35:53
Really can't wait to see Hudson Odoi play, aside his potential for greatness, I feel his pace might come in handy for us against some big teams. I hope he signs a new deal like Ampadu.
Just some side thoughts; could it be that his absence is tied to him not signing a new deal?

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19 Sep 2018 23:18:52
From what i understand its about the play time and how regular he will be playing, its not about money for him from what i gather

Lets see what happens tomm

If he plays, He will score or assist .

Mark my words.

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20 Sep 2018 15:05:33
Thanks bro, I thought same thing too.

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16 Sep 2018 00:02:25
Zaha would be so good. could play that wide man and back up striker and runs in behind, stretches teams and is direct. Signed s deal so would be mega money,

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16 Sep 2018 03:16:09
Zaha or Bailey to replace Willian and were sorted for RW.

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16 Sep 2018 10:25:11
Dybala.

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16 Sep 2018 10:36:31
Dybala would be special and that’s the sort of name that hazard wants around him I reckon.

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16 Sep 2018 11:18:47
Lads, I’ve only just got over the stress and tension of the last transfer window. I can’t handle the the January window just yet!

I’m happy to rejoice in our wonderful start to the season and seeing Hazard playing with such freedom is just our joy!

Can I also say how impressed I always am with the global football knowledge of my fellow Chelsea fans and football fans in general.!

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16 Sep 2018 17:15:54
Dybala is class but he’s not rapid for a winger.

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19 Sep 2018 16:39:29
Why is anyone not talking about Christian Pulisic? He looks the most probable.

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15 Sep 2018 12:32:42
I have a few questions about the club and the players.

1) What direction is the club heading towards in terms of squad building? Are we heading in for a revamp like Barcelona and Real Madrid?

2) What's the situation with Eden Hazard's contract and Real Madrid's interest? Is the interest still going to be there in the subsequent windows or are they looking at alternative (younger? ) targets?

3) Has there been any progress in our search for a DoF?

4) Probably too early to ask, but which players are likely to stay and which players are likely to leave in the next windows? I think Ed001 mentioned about Sarri not rating Moses, so it would be great if the Eds could share more insight on this.

5) How much of an impact will the rumoured FIFA ruling on loanees have on Chelsea's future plans?

6) What's the progress on the Stadium rebuild? Have we found any potential investors yet?

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16 Sep 2018 01:00:39
1. We are building a squad, it doesn’t have to be like Madrid or Barcelona it will be chelsea. The board will asses players who have resale value/ or provide good value for the club on and off.

2. Real Madrid would love to add Hazard but Chelsea Obviously want to keep him. They will do their best.

3. No, you’ll hear if there is.

4. Out currently will Be Drinkwater, Moses, maybe Zappacosta and Cahill. That will change.

5. Can’t help on that one but on WAGNH they have an article about it

6. Again, you’ll hear if their is investors in the stadium. It will be a length process I believe.

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17 Sep 2018 15:15:08
WAGNH article about'5' is a good one - it basically says that it will hardly make any impact.

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09 Sep 2018 11:29:43
Seen a report of Bailey willing to reject PSG to sign for Chelsea in January, we have to make this happen, this kid is the best.

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09 Sep 2018 12:15:23
Have seen how many of us on here always talk up the potential of Leon Bailey. I have never seen him play though except on YouTube which Ofcourse I believe is not best place to get real quality of players. Is he really outstanding for fans who have watched him play. Who's he like in style of play?

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09 Sep 2018 19:32:05
He’s literally just signed a new contract. Not happening.

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10 Sep 2018 00:32:59
All a contract is is to get more money for when Leverkusen sell him.

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28 Aug 2018 13:15:47
Am I the only one who thinks Miazga still has a chance of playing for us next season?
He looked a class apart in Nantes' last match and is so good with the ball at his feet. If he's doing well in Ligue 1, he has every chance of doing well in the PL as well.

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29 Aug 2018 14:32:36
I wouldn’t hold your breath mate.

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30 Aug 2018 10:07:35
Had no idea he was in France this year! Thanks for the info mate.

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02 Sep 2018 13:33:37
Yes you are.

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06 Sep 2018 21:45:23
Our boy Ampadu supposedly had a good game sitting in front of the defence look forward to seeing more of this lad this season.

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23 Aug 2018 22:19:31
The club I have supported for over fifty five years has gone through many changes and since RA took over the club I have been fortunate to see my beloved Chelsea win trophy after trophy.

I thank RA for bringing this success.

I'm grateful that under his leadership and his investment we are now a club that operates as a profitable entity.

The club have, I believe, only put season ticket prices ONCE under under his ownership.

Now comes my gripe; The fans of Chelsea spend tens of millions each year on things like tickets and merchandise and yet the offers us little to no communication.

I respect the right of RA to his privacy but surely our club should give us, as customers, some means of real dialogue.

I understand the need for secrecy when it comes to transfers but why not give us more than the rubbish we read in the papers.

There were programs on CTV that allowed questions to be asked about the club and this was helpful and informative. It took a lot of the misinformation about the club out of the headlines. This programme has now stopped.

I have sent several letters to the club asking questions and very rarely get a response. My question about away fans being in the Shed End was one such question.

I'm sure our club have regular conversations with it's other investors, so why not us fans? Who after all, are also investors in our club!

Everyone knows I'm a glass half full supporter but this is a subject that really upsets me! So, sorry for the moaning!

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24 Aug 2018 00:30:16
Yes I hear you in Roman we trust just be happy for what he's given us you have seen a few years of lifting trophies and happy days home and away some of the best best managers in the world and great players just be happy for that, the business side you don't require to know and yes fans are a major part to play in the whole set up but what you have witnessed over the last 11 years has been worth every penny I know it has we've all love it.

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24 Aug 2018 05:07:43
As my points out, I am and will always be grateful that RA is our owner.

Our club does tremendous work in the community and yesterday a fantastic foundation day was held at the training ground. Maybe the club is happy for this sort of work to be low profile but I’m proud my club makes the effort to deliver these things but I want people who are not Chelsea supporters to hear about these good works.

We are not unique as football club in doing these good works and we are not unique as a club in having poor communication with fans.

Lots of football clubs, in my opinion, have similar communication issues.

I just don’t understand why football fans are so often taken granted.

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24 Aug 2018 16:19:57
Bring batesy back 😂.

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24 Aug 2018 21:17:20
Couldn’t stand Mr Bates and I know I will be in a minority but I wasn’t a massive fan of Mathew Harding.

Bates did create the Chelsea Pitch Owners so he wasn’t all bad.

Please Chelsea, don’t take us fans for granted. Try and remember, as fans, we are not the enemy, we want to be closer to the club.

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26 Aug 2018 21:47:42
Where else would you put the away supporters?

They were behind Jose in the East stand and he was the one who got them removed from there.

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27 Aug 2018 15:26:49
That’s exactly the place they should move back to Adam.

The Shed is our history and our home!

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03 Sep 2018 13:55:15
Yeah stick em in the east upper. I nearly fell over the side after a few pints there once or twice.

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22 Aug 2018 15:53:17
ed reports galatasaaray are in talks for cahill any truth thanks.

{Ed018's Note - I don’t think Chelsea are in a position to let a center back go. And I haven’t heard anything about Cahill and Galatassary}

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23 Aug 2018 06:27:04
What about Ampadu, Ed018? He should certainly serve as depth as a 4th choice CB, right?

{Ed018's Note - he could. Some cup matches certainly wouldn’t hurt and he’d probably do just fine}

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23 Aug 2018 13:39:32
I don't want to get too ahead of myself, but I genuinely feel that Ampadu has a much higher ceiling than our past academy CBs in recent years like AC, Ake and Kalas, who themselves proved to be decent players.

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24 Aug 2018 07:48:41
We got all of those players from other clubs, so they didn't really come through our academy.

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24 Aug 2018 20:46:09
Ampadu didn’t come through our academy either.

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22 Aug 2018 15:30:57
What's the latest update on Hazard's situation? Has he made up his mind about leaving or is he open to at least a discussion over a new contract?

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22 Aug 2018 18:08:51
He said he won't be discussing anything until he sees where the club is at later on. It's pretty obvious from his recent statements that he wanted/ wants a move to Madrid but he doesn't want to force it. He's happy here but since Real are his dream club it's understandable for him not to commit to us if there's a chance he could still join them. Personally i think it'll come down to whether Madrid are still interested come January or next summer, if they are and he hasn't signed a contract extension he'll be off. I don't think whether we have a successful season or not will have too much of an effect on his decision tbh, think it'll come down to how much Real want him.

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22 Aug 2018 21:10:45
The clubs future is more important. If hazard does not sign a new deal then I think looking at it from a business point of view I think we should sell. Hazard is a class act and he clearly wanted the Madrid move but wasn’t willing to cause a fuss to move. I’m guessing the club wanted upwards of £170m this summer. January and the possibility of not making top four again this season would drop at least £70m. Worst case scenario end of season no champions league again and only 12 months left on his contract would then be another courtois situation and we would be lucky to get £50m for a player who I believe knows his situation exactly and has no intention of staying. I know I sound like a broken record but this is my view on the situation and I believe the club are not in a position to match hazards ambition regarding bringing in huge names etc. I hope I’m wrong and we manage to keep him.

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22 Aug 2018 22:23:28
Think if we get champions league next season and we start to play the attacking football that hazard loves then there is a chance he may stay. madird might have turned to Neymar or mbeppe by then.

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19 Aug 2018 12:00:04
What do people think about what seemed to almost a free role allowed to Kante in the first half that saw him popping up in the box on the end of long passes or almost scoring with a header but not doing as much of his usual work in breaking up play / winning the ball back?

I was worried that this was exposing the defence in the first half, less so when Kovacic came on for Barkley in the second. Don't get me wrong, I also thought Barkley had a good game but was thinking that Kante would have snuffed out some of those Arsenal chances if playing more of his usual break-up attack game. so more often a bit deeper and not leaving Jorginho/ defense too exposed. when Arsenal got the ball.

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19 Aug 2018 12:32:49
It was a little strange, we got caught out by the same Arsenal cut back from either flanks 4 times in the first half.

I wouldn't say it's Kante's job to stop 4 of these cut backs, it's more than that. Both Alonso and Azpi got beat too easy for the cut back opportunity to even arise.

Maybe Kante in his usual position stops them but he cannot play the regista role unfortunately. I think Kovacic will be an asset here as he can tackle and has knack for crunching tackles and tracking back and more so than Barkley and RLC. I like the depth of our squad now, hopefully the more we play the better we get.

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19 Aug 2018 12:34:56
I thought the same, Kante's new role as it appears is leaving holes in our break up play which he is a master at and with Kovacic a likely starter from now we cannot rely on Jorghino as that is not his game. Barkley looked better but he does not rack back and is still fading too quickly. It was clear from Sarri's comments that he expects a lot of tracking back when required which 'one or two' do not like doing. Luiz looks lost and it cannot be going unnoticed by Sarri and in his preseason Ampadu looked very good, I am not convinced that Sarri is taken by Christensen. Anyone else worried by Willian and this constant slowing play and then disappearing.?

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19 Aug 2018 13:15:45
We are all happy with the seasons start.

The dream of winning the Premiership is all but over for Arsenal, not that was ever a realistic dream but such is the nature of a football supporter, the start of season allows us all to dream!

I’m not going to get carried away with early season results and I’m not going to praise OR be critical of individual performances.

We play Newcastle next week who are a bang average team until they play us and then they turn into an image of Brazil.

I think we will have much better idea of how the season will pan out after the upcoming international break. The signs so far are encouraging.

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19 Aug 2018 17:09:01
I thought Sarri plays zonal defence. Problem is we kept being wide open to the cut back. Bu
T this happened in other games pre season.
I have concerns about luis in defence. Just not sure he can be relied upon. Problem is if we are that open at the back against city or Liverpool we will lose. We look good going forward but we need to be able to defend leads.
I agree thought Barkley had a good game.

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19 Aug 2018 20:43:50
I would like to know what you guys and the Eds think of RLC not really getting chance sofar. If this goes on then we are sure to lose him aswell. Im not complaining about Kovacic loan deal at all. I tjonk it was brilliany. Just concerned that if things don't work out for us to buy him come season end and RLC want to go. We wod be loosing a really good prospect. Maybe we can use him more in the Carabao cup and even Europa. who knows.

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19 Aug 2018 22:22:47
I think Chelsea fans are struggling to evaluate RLC .

When I’ve seen him playing live for Chelsea at the Bridge I can’t say I’ve been overly impressed. I’m also not sure how he fits into this Sarri shape.

He has always struck me as a genuine number ten but from what I’ve seen his work rate is not marvellous.

Tammy, I just haven’t seen enough of him to make a judgment or balanced comment.

Hudson Odoi looked very good in pre-season but I’m not sure he play many Premiership games.

Youngsters need to be given a chance to prove themselves but the manager has a job and that is to win matches.

In my opinion it will always be a problem at a club like Chelsea to blood youngsters. They will have to be exceptional or maybe lucky to find the playing time required to prove their talents.

It’s a tough gig!

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20 Aug 2018 17:15:15
Its known that the owner likes high scoring games. he would rather win 8-7 than 1 nil. This style and manager is ideal. And i love 433. couldn't bear contes 3511.

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20 Aug 2018 21:10:08
Regarding the last comment on conte, I think his 3511 was more suited to a high pressing game than the current 433 we now have. If you look back at the run of games we had under conte were we won like 13 in a row, we pressed really high and looked a good team but as soon as we allow teams to play then we became vulnerable.
I’m a fan of sarri Napoli team and I am confident he can get Chelsea playing some really good football as we have already seen in stages, my only worry is we look very out of shape defensively and teams are a lot more difficult than in serie A. regarding Kante I’m impressed with his energy and willingness to break forward but his real quality lies in breaking up attacks which is more what we need to allow Jorginho to be more free. I think a slight switch to 4231 would give us the freedom attacking as well as having Kante hold that midfield.

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21 Aug 2018 10:44:03
A) 🔺 (Midfield shape A)
B) 🔻 (Midfield shape B)
C) flat midfield shape
Initially, i thought midfield shape A would serve us better than B esp in big games because of Kante's ball winning/ defensive midfield qualities (complementing Jorginho infront of the defense) but obviously Sarri goes with shape A which is more attacking. From what I can gather from Sarri's interviews, he wants to press more and wants the players (esp midfielders) to close up spaces that appear infront and defenders- behind. I could be wrong but I fell it's a system that will be very efficient with constant running and pressing for 90mins (when players get up to speed) .

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22 Aug 2018 09:15:55
Imagine if we had an aguero or a kane. Someone who can bang in 2 or 3 hatricks a season. I don't see morata being that guy. I think bats could have been. Also pedro is getting on. But yeah we look better than last season.

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22 Aug 2018 10:50:37
I believe that Morata can become that player.

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