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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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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.



18 Jul 2018 11:16:08
Higuain maybe 30 but his stats are very impressive. Sarri is putting the spine of the team in place with players he trusts and who understand his methods and way of playing. Jorginho in place in midfield, Higuain up front, Centre back and keeper to follow? Will make the transition to his way of playing a lot smoother. seems like a plan to me.

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1.) 18 Jul 2018 23:14:00
Compare his stats in the last three years, he's declined.

Has been a great (really great) player. Won't be a good signing.

2.) 19 Jul 2018 07:39:12
J: Last year was the only time he has dropped off and it is getting harder for strikers. Age must play a part but he is still good for a goal every two games and we need a couple of 20 goals a season players. My concern is £50m+ for someone who is 31 in December and we normally only offer a year by year contract.



17 Jul 2018 18:19:01
Looks like Tibo is off then, great keeper but moaning ****er as well. see ya.


1.) 17 Jul 2018 18:59:07
Good riddance! No point keeping a moaner.

2.) 17 Jul 2018 19:09:48
Instead of saying his happy at Chelsea then behind closed doors expressing desire to leave he was constantly talking about leaving, never looked like he wanted to be here, if we can get Allison then great business imo.

3.) 17 Jul 2018 19:11:05
G8: Look forward to your banter next season and on this one agree one hundred per cent.

4.) 17 Jul 2018 19:27:14
Good keeper but he wants away so goodbye and thanks for everything.
I feel exactly the same of ANY player who isn’t happy at our club or wants away.



06 Jul 2018 20:56:42
Not that bothered who comes in. What matters is that we keep Tibo, Kante, Willian and that man Hazard. What a player Hazard is. world world class., what a performance from Tibo. well done Belguim.


1.) 06 Jul 2018 21:15:32
Agreed G8, is so funny how many people doubt that he is world class, he might not always score but boy is that guy so good. Hazard is the type of player that brings out the best in his team mates, with a manager that plays to his strengths I think he would match his numbers with his quality.

2.) 06 Jul 2018 22:14:14
I agree ELI, some people can't spot talent but they are still entitled to an opinion however wrong. lol.

3.) 06 Jul 2018 22:42:06
Willian definately not.

4.) 06 Jul 2018 22:53:19
I wouldn't mind seeing Willian leave, but agree that we can't afford to lose Kante, Hazard and Courtois.

5.) 06 Jul 2018 23:29:31
United fan here lads. Hazard was world class tonight. I was so impressed with him he looked head and shoulders above Neymar and the rest (apart from Lukaku 😂) . You are so lucky you have a player like him. His dribbling is mesmerising at times and it’s like poetry in motion. Him and Lukaku link up so well together and look very formidable. What a combination they make. Tibo also was brilliant today and pulled of some great saves.



19 Jun 2018 11:28:33
Increasingly looking like Sarri will be the new manager. Be interesting what ED01 thinks of him as a coach? I see he achieved 90 plus points with Napoli last Season with attacking football and Pep described Napoli as the best team City had faced all Season. If he does join us it will be nice to play attacking, possesion based football. Might encourage Hazard and Willian to stay as well.


{Ed001's Note - as a coach he is one of the best. He will just coach as well, he is happy to work with what he is given, which is great for the Chelsea system. Players love him and he produces brilliant football. What he needs now is to win a league title and he will have a platform to do so with Chelsea.}

1.) 19 Jun 2018 12:01:37
Thanks ED for your input. Exciting times ahead and great that he works with what he is given, as you say, suits the Chelsea system perfectly.

{Ed001's Note - exactly. Looks a good choice football-wise.}

2.) 19 Jun 2018 13:33:06
I expect the hierarchy will be wetting themselves during press interviews. Do u know if he speaks English?

{Ed001's Note - I know he has taken English lessons but I don't know what kind of level he has reached. He might be completely fluent or completely useless, but he did attempt to learn it.}

3.) 19 Jun 2018 18:57:32
Thanks Ed . Should be interesting.

4.) 19 Jun 2018 18:57:32
Thanks Ed . Should be interesting.

{Ed001's Note - welcome mate.}

5.) 19 Jun 2018 23:57:51
do you think there will be an overhaul of the squad or much of the same with 1 or 2 added.

6.) 20 Jun 2018 17:28:22
When you look at the quality of the squad Magic we probably only need 2 or 3 to come in to freshen things up plus 1 or 2 loanees coming back and 1 or 2 youth players like Hudson-adoi coming in providing we can keep the top players like Kante, Hazard etc.




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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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15 Jul 2018 17:36:43
We just went head to head with Man City for Jorginho and won. So why not?




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15 Jul 2018 12:31:51
Batsy is a goalscorer and that is priceless. Huge mistake sending him on loan in January, he would of got us in the top 4 when Morata's goals dried up. Hope he gets the chance under Sarri.




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14 Jul 2018 13:13:13
Great to see you happy for a change Matt.




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13 Jul 2018 09:45:37
Good post J, far better to read something constructive on here as opposed to the usual moans from some of our fellow posters. I think Sarri will only want players who are comfortable on the ball, good in possesion and able to pass with speed of thought. Sadly, that rules out the likes of Zouma who, despite his physical attributes and pace is pretty poor in possesion. Luiz would fit a Sarri team very well as would Cesc. I would love Willian and Hazard to stay but fear 1 if not both will go this Summer but I think RLC will play as one of the 10's behind a striker, probably Higuain. Kante alongside Jorgino and Golivin would be a fantastic 3 man midfield with a back 4 of Azpi at RB, Emerson at LB and Rugani and Rudiger or Christensen at CB.




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12 Jul 2018 21:05:02
Looks like you lost your bets then Tom? That inside information you get is letting you down mate lol.