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16 Jul 2018 15:19:55
A question for ED01 please if I may. I see Chelsea are now favourites to sign Leon Bailey, do you know if we are strongly interested or is it just a case of bookies trying to generate bets?
Thanks in advance.


{Ed001's Note - it is a case of him being a Chelsea fan and there being interest from Chelsea.}

1.) 16 Jul 2018 21:25:23
I read Leverkusen are going for Ocampus of Marseille, I wonder if it's because they are looking for a replacement for him?

2.) 16 Jul 2018 21:32:32
Hey Ed001, I've heard so much about Bailey, but I haven't really seen him play yet. What are your thoughts of him? Do you think he's ready for a club like Chelsea, or would he need another season or two?

{Ed001's Note - it depends on how he is used, but yes, I think he looks ready. The pace he has is always useful.}

3.) 16 Jul 2018 22:14:19
he would be my first choice to replace Willian if he goes not sure about hazard though he would be very difficult to replace.

4.) 16 Jul 2018 22:21:09
Interesting, thanks for the swift reply.

{Ed001's Note - welcome.}

5.) 17 Jul 2018 08:06:54
Do you know if a move for Bailey is dependent on Hazard leaving or is he more of a Willian replacement? Or neither?!

{Ed001's Note - I believe he is replacing Willian, though not sure if that is dependant on Willian going or not, or just upgrading the team anyway.}

6.) 17 Jul 2018 08:29:41
Great that’s what I wanted to hear ed! Fastest reply ever too, thanks.

{Ed001's Note - welcome mate.}



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.


1.) 06 Apr 2018 12:44:44
Roman no contest not even a debate.

2.) 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!

3.) 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.

4.) 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.

5.) 07 Apr 2018 18:59:33
In my opinion, a brilliant post C1955.

6.) 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.

7.) 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.

8.) 08 Apr 2018 20:58:37
And last season we weren’t in the Champions League!



05 Feb 2018 12:49:42
A question for ED01 if I may. A lot of rumours circulating about Conte losing the dressing room following his treatment of Diego Costa and then David Luiz coupled with his lack of flexibility in training. Do you have any insight into the truth behind the rumours? Thankyou.


{Ed001's Note - there were a few issues with Luiz, where he was banished from the team after he complained about the defensive rotation. However he is not the issue, he is not the type to hold grudges and he does not have the ear of the right people. There has been a longstanding problem at Chelsea with certain players who go behind the manager's back to those above him, complaining about everything, which has done for a few managers now. The problem is that you have one player who has more power than the manager, and that always causes issues as the manager then loses control over the rest. So long as he is happy, everything goes well, but as soon as there is a sticky spell and he is not, you have issues.

This is circle of short term success followed by a need to change manager will continue until players are no longer the most powerful part of the club.}

1.) 05 Feb 2018 13:41:54
Is one of them players hazard?

{Ed001's Note - yes.}

2.) 05 Feb 2018 15:44:44
as evryone on here probably knows im no fan of conte but that is a disgrace that anyone should have to put up with being undermined like that at work
my view no one should be allowed that power at a football club
i have just gone off hazard in 3 seconds flat devastated
i hope we sell him now and he becomes another pawn in a big team like real like bale has become although he probably doesn't warrant it

im no fan of antonios tactics but hazard should take a look at himself
What has he got the cheek to moan about disgusted you know boys football has lost its working class soul
and shak i think your right the board should take a look at themselves leaving a manager out to dry like that is shocking
what gets me is why does know one say anything everything is hush hush even previous managers like jose say something he got you sacked
disgusted if i was there tonight id boo him and i WAS his biggest fan.

3.) 05 Feb 2018 13:48:12
Thanks ED01 for the insight. Makes sense as well and starts to explain quite a lot about what is happening/ has historically happened. Player power.

{Ed001's Note - welcome.}

4.) 05 Feb 2018 14:29:10
And how do you come to know this Ed please?

5.) 05 Feb 2018 14:48:15
I noticed a situation similar to the one before Mourinho's sacking. I'm very concerned the way our club is managed as some none footballing issues tend to always derail our season. Losing very good coaches to power play. The club must back the coaches and allow them control of their job which is the players.
I will be pissed if we let Conte also go for lack of backing as I feel he would have been a coach to build something for long term. Thought we had seen a Mourinho without his baggage. He's has only ask for he should, quality players but they continue to frustrate. Guardiola is doing well now just because he his desired players and not alternatives as Conte has.

6.) 05 Feb 2018 16:05:45
Ed might be far fetched but would hazard have a say on transfers
I. e if he said no to a certain player would the club think about it.

{Ed001's Note - he doesn't get consulted for that to happen.}

7.) 05 Feb 2018 16:10:44
Thanks for reply ed
What are your opinions on the matter what would you do.

{Ed001's Note - for me I think the key is to back the manager over the players, a bit like when Fergie took over at United. When the players turned on him early on the directors told them he was the manager and sold them, except for Bryan Robson, because Fergie wanted to keep him. They backed the manager totally.

If the club don't feel he is the right manager, then why appoint him in the first place? You certainly don't go listening to players who have their own axe to grind.}

8.) 05 Feb 2018 16:31:36
Thanks ed I agree not a fan of his tactics but what a mess CFC have got into
Be very hard to keep hazard now if they backed a manager but I'm sure he knows that.

{Ed001's Note - the alternative is a new manager every couple of seasons...}

9.) 05 Feb 2018 17:06:34
That's hard to read for any Chelsea fan. How players can be allowed so much power is beyond me. Following on from what has been said before, it's disgraceful that not only are players complaining about management behind the managers back but also taking out frustration on the fans by producing sub par performances. If they aren't happy then leave, the club is far bigger than any player.

10.) 05 Feb 2018 19:56:19
Tbh . the board should really look at themselves in the mirror and ask themselves how they have managed to give a player more power than the coach.

Forget Hazard having a say on transfers ed1, is there any chance that they could make Hazard our next player manager. At this rate they might aswel.

{Ed001's Note - I am sure he wouldn't want that, it is much easier to criticise than to actually do it yourself.}

11.) 05 Feb 2018 22:34:33
If this is the case, why not make a statement and drop these players but that aren't playing for the team and manager? Play Ampadu, Hudson-Odio.

12.) 05 Feb 2018 23:53:31
HES most likely only saying what’ we are all thinkiNG.



01 Jan 2018 08:54:54
Any of the EDS able to confirm that Ross Barkley is on the verge of signing for Chelsea? Any knowledge would be very much appreciated. Thankyou and Happy New Year to all on this site.


{Ed025's Note - he wants out of everton G8 and its a toss up between chelsea and spurs, which one he opts for is very much 50/50 mate..

1.) 01 Jan 2018 12:17:14
Does anyone actually want Barkley at Chelsea? I get he's English and we do need more English players, I for one would much rather go for west hams Antonio.

2.) 01 Jan 2018 11:53:39
Thankyou ED025 Much appreciated.

{Ed025's Note - no probs mate..

3.) 01 Jan 2018 13:00:44
At very least he is a threat from outside the box, a player who shoots from distance, plus for the few approx 10-15m is mega cheap even for a squad player. conte got a lot out of a young pogba maybe could help RB kick on too.

4.) 01 Jan 2018 13:06:00
I agree he’s an okay player who’s barley done anything for the best part of year yet thinks he’s better than Everton and good enough for spurs and Chelsea. I’d love to see him fall flat on his face.

5.) 01 Jan 2018 14:20:16
would be a decent option for a three man midfield

Kante Drinkwater Barkley

Bakayoko Kante Barkley

Kante Barkley Fab ( for lesser teams)

or can play off the forward if needed
he's a player if/ when he has confidence and bit of freedom he can run/ cause problems for defences and chip in with the odd goal.

decent buy and nice to see a English player at the club but my issues is we have a similar player In RLC tho.

6.) 01 Jan 2018 15:46:07
Think every Chelsea fan would be relieved to see him sign for Spurs :-P.

7.) 01 Jan 2018 16:33:07
id take him at that cheap price conte could make a player out of him but let's be honest if he wanted to sign for us he would of done in the summer when we bid for him he's off to spuds.

8.) 01 Jan 2018 16:45:46
I absolutely don't think we need him, and as a non-Englishman, I think he's yet another case of English press over-hyping their own players. In my eyes, at least, he isn't a player that would offer anything we couldn't get from RLC, and I'm more than certain that we would be able to find plenty players that can add some goals from midfield that do not cost 15 million pounds, if they were to get the same freedom a player like Barkley would require to do so.

9.) 01 Jan 2018 17:38:03
He’s young and on his day he brilliant give him ago around better players he be good for us my opinion.

10.) 01 Jan 2018 18:10:55
I wouldn’t spurs getting stronger like I say on his day yes fab just wants time.



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


1.) 09 Dec 2017 17:00:52
I agree.




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13 Sep 2018 20:55:19
Good start to the season and the squad is looking balanced. Last season we were a little short in central midfield, the club have addressed that with Jorginho, Kovacic, RLC coming back and added to that, Barklay looking sharp, Kante and Cesc. Sorted. Top wide players in Hazard, true world class, Willian, Pedro and the emerging Hudson-adoi. Sorted. Decent young keeper with experienced back up plus a very promising youngster coming through. Sorted. Top right back in Azpi with cover in Zappa, Maybe an upgrade needed?, Best left back in Europe in Alonso plus the promising Emerson. Sorted. Fantastic CB in Rudiger, good CB in Luiz, great promise in Christensen and a real gem in Ampadu who can double up in midfield. Sorted. Morata could be decent but need to see a lot more, and Giroud a great back up but for me, this is the position we need to focus on. A world class striker. Not easy to find and they cost a lot, but Roman showed his commitment and intentions in the summer by buying Kepa for a world record fee so money not an issue. 1 striker and we are looking very good for a push on top 4 and even the title. Looking good and half full as always. Cheers.




08 Aug 2018 22:51:50
Well all the usual negs have had their say this window, comments like "This is the level Chelsea are at et al". Well **** you. We do compete at the top table, Some very exciting signings indeed, from Sarri as manager to a world record fee for a top top keeper to keeping top top players like Hazard, Kante and Willian, to intergrating top youth players like Callum Hudson-adoi. What a transfer window so far. right us off at your peril. KTBFFH. ( NO doubt more thumbs down than up but that represents the number of trolls on this site and we know who you are girlies ) .


1.) 08 Aug 2018 23:09:15
Great post.

2.) 08 Aug 2018 23:31:50
were have you been g8 the negs are out in force good to hear from you mate apparantly willian isn't good enough for chelsea no goals in our team at all glass totally full mate and thumbs down on me saying welcome to our new keeper unreal.



30 Jul 2018 20:58:54
Luiz wants to stay, Willian wants to stay, Hazard will stay, Kante will stay. RLC back training early. Jorginho the buy of the Summer so far. Hudson-Adoi looks a player. Team looking sharp and Sarri will bring possession based attacking football without negativity. 1 or 2 to come in and we go again. Half full and cheers to all you positive blues out there.


1.) 30 Jul 2018 22:16:23
Hi g8 mate half full as usual but what is everyones obsession with rlc I'd prefer Barkley I just think rlc is totally overhyped I would love him to be next ballack but I just don't think he has the work ethic.

2.) 30 Jul 2018 23:17:44
Hi Bakayoko, Thanks. You make a great point, Ross Barklay is looking really sharp and may prove a brilliant signing. I would start Jorginho, Kante and Barklay in a midfield 3 with Cesc, RLC and Bakayoko as the back ups.

3.) 30 Jul 2018 23:24:07
I think RLC gets too much stick for his effort, or lack of effort. If he plays then he needs to be given free reign to wonder (casually) into spaces between the attack and midfield where he can create and link play. His game, which is very good btw, just isn't about running around putting a shift in off the ball.

His lack of effort isn't the problem, it's whether Sarri's system will account for that style. A team, to a certain degree, does have to carry him without the ball, but he can repay that when he gets on the ball it's wether he can repay it enough in Sarri's mind.



23 Jul 2018 22:32:31
Wow, Pep must be upset after Jorginho snubbed City. What a player he looks. A real leader as well. He ran that midfield and I can already see how we will play next Season, front foot, attacking, possession based, exciting times ahead. Hudson-Adoi is a star in the making as well. Give him a go. Cesc will suit our new system as will Luiz. Need to keep Hazard, Willian, Kante and even Tibo (looks unlikely) and then just sign a striker, centre back and maybe a left back. Looking good.


1.) 23 Jul 2018 23:57:56
Disagree about T-Bo and Willian. Get rid! Bailey and Schmeichel in.

2.) 24 Jul 2018 03:06:05
Get rid of Willian? I can never take any comment you ever make on here seriously again Frank. lol.

3.) 24 Jul 2018 05:40:20
Why would you want to keep him? Pretty sure more people would agree with me rather than you about Willian. Inconsistent and not good enough!

4.) 24 Jul 2018 06:43:15
Willian has been players player of the year twice in the last 3 seasons so the players obviously love him. He’s a great player who fits in a 4-3-3 better than most. People seem to forget how good he was when we were really poor under Mourinho.

5.) 24 Jul 2018 08:16:30
Jimmy, he wasn’t really that great. I think he scored something like 12 goals but 8 were from set peices.

He’s a good player but doesn’t score enough on open play and has been dissapointing since joining from Shakter. Lots of respect to Willian pre Conte, but he should leave.

6.) 24 Jul 2018 08:25:53
Most people would agree more with you than me Frank? Oh, like the football people at Barcelona and Man Utd who want to buy him? or Sarri who wants to keep him? or his fellow players who rate him so highly? Lol. (or a few of your friends on a football banter site? ) 😂😂.

7.) 24 Jul 2018 08:51:09
G*: Nice to see you haven't lost that cutting tongue, roll on the new season to see who you target. I totally agree with the assessment of Jorghino and Hudson-Odoi, poor opposition, but both full of confidence. However, Fabregas cannot tackle and Jorghino admits he is a creative midfielder which means Kante will be left to do the heavy work which will not do. We need someone who can take some pressure off Kante that is why I liked Pjanic or his type. Please don't say Bayakoko could fill the role, what a waste of £40m that was.

8.) 24 Jul 2018 10:20:52
I would play willian inside forward in a 433.

9.) 24 Jul 2018 10:28:53
I can bet my life on it there’s a higher percentage of Chelsea fans who would rather sell him than keep him. We’d be stupid to turn down 60 million for a 29 year old. Then go for Bailey and Martial who actually have better end product and also more room to grow. So yeah more people would agree with me kid 🤣.

10.) 24 Jul 2018 11:55:41
We will regret letting Willian go especially if he goes to Utd. He would be good in the midfield 3.

11.) 24 Jul 2018 15:47:39
why would we sell to Utd if they have refused to sell martial to Chelsea.

12.) 25 Jul 2018 11:32:21
If Utd offer £70m he will go to them regardless of any deal for martial. Chelsea is a business and I’m not sure the club will of appreciated his post online after the cup final. I may be wrong but that’s my opinion, both mata and matic ended up there because they paid a premium for being a rival.



20 Jul 2018 12:49:11
As I said in a recent post Sarri will try to build a spine of players he has previously worked with and understand his system, hence Rugani, Jorginho and Higuain. I think Luiz is exactly the type of player to fit Sarri teams so I expect him to be involved. Golovin is pretty much a done deal I think so just a keeper needed plus replacements for Hazard and Willian if they both go although RLC might get a chance further forward? Apparently Barklay is looking sharp as well but I would see him in midfield. Emerson at LB could happen. Getting interesting and I feel it is coming together nicely. Also succesfully applied for my community shield tickets Today for me, the wife and our son so happy days.


1.) 20 Jul 2018 16:02:11
A bit of good sense g8 nice post.

2.) 20 Jul 2018 18:09:20
Nice post mate.




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20 Jul 2018 10:26:01
Good summary dihanio, I agree totally with what you said.




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14 Jul 2018 22:24:41
Good post ELI. Eden Hazard is world world class and like you I'm so sad he might go. 1 (in particular) and 1 or more others on here have doubted his class but what do they know? Always negative. Eden, thanks for the memories and hope you stay.




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03 Jul 2018 13:18:39
Maybe he is the left footed winger who could play on our right.




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10 Jun 2018 09:08:54
Totally agree Rowey, Roman is a fantastic owner and has been brilliant for Chelsea. I just hope he doesn't stick 2 fingers up at the UK though over his visa treatment.




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28 May 2018 22:32:20
You are a troll Matt. Go away.





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26 Aug 2018 18:15:41
You actually sound upset matt that we won! . 🤔🤔🤔🤔.




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07 Aug 2018 21:41:43
C1955 that is bordering on glass full my friend! Great to see it😁.




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02 Aug 2018 21:56:29
We looked ok with Cesc and Jorginho. and Barklay is looking very good. All went wrong when Drinkwater came on but the club realise it made a huge mistake with him and he will be gone soon. Luiz at centre half is just what we need and Sarri will love him. We so missed him last Season. The only problem at the moment is a striker and maybe a left back. Keeper of course needs sorting. Batsy would of got us top 3 last season let alone top 4, a goalscorer, and they are hard to find. I think we will see him chip in 20 plus next Season. Don't actually need much as this squad is very very good if they all stay.




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31 Jul 2018 16:44:26
Willian average? Oh dear Frank!




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30 Jul 2018 23:23:23
C1915,1955 and now this one I guess. Why do you write this crap?