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24 Jul 2019 13:57:39
Hi ed001, any news on where Gary Cahill will end up? I’d assume Aston Villa but heard absolutely nothing regarding him.

{Ed001's Note - I don't actually know, I was told there was a fair bit of interest in him but he had not made any decision back then as to even which country he would play in. There are apparently potential moves to the MLS, China and a few places in Europe on offer.

In my opinion, I think he is holding out for a Premier League move. It is just an opinion, but he does still think he is good enough, so it makes sense to see if there is the possibility.}

1.) 24 Jul 2019 23:58:37
Cheers mate!

{Ed001's Note - very welcome.}



14 Apr 2019 02:49:31
Hey ed001 do you know if the interest in Willian is legitiment? Reports are suggesting Barcalona are going to come back for Willian again this summer and if the offer is anywhere near 50 million I would definitely cash in.

I really like Willian but his productivity in numbers is poor, and he was childish with Conte. I’d cash in regardless of whether we lose hazard or not. An offer around 50 million is too good to turn down.

{Ed001's Note - Barca have been interesting in him for a long time. Their scouting has been abysmal in recent years though.}

1.) 14 Apr 2019 08:29:29
What are you talking about ed001? Boateng and Paulinho have been excellent pick ups! ;)

{Ed001's Note - I am sorry what was I thinking of! Of course they are. And spending all that money on Dembele, Malcom and Coutinho is working out just as brilliantly for them.}

2.) 14 Apr 2019 12:58:12
They’ve signed Arthur and Dembele and agreed a fee for De Jong. De Light will probably be heading there too. How on earth is there scouting system abysmal? 😂.

3.) 14 Apr 2019 14:01:13
Blue dragon, they literally bought in Paulinho and Boateng?

Also, I could scout out De Ligt and de Jong, that’s hardly good scouting. Bringing in awful players like Paulinho, Boateng and more has been maybe not abysmal; but pretty damn shocking.

4.) 14 Apr 2019 14:25:17
I think I am with Ed001 on this one. Barcelona has a way of playing and not necessarily every excellent player fits into their game; tbh a lot of the players that they have signed in the past few years didn't fit or suit their game.
Most of their big money signings in recent years haven't worked out well eg. Dembele and Coutinho are struggling to play the Barcelona game and won't fit in in my opinion; Andre Gomes didn't work out; Umtiti seems like he's not rated anymore at the club; there's this striker that's now at Borussia Dortmund that Barcelona bought from Valencia (can't remember his name) didn't also do well at the club; Vidal who replaced Paulinho is just there (nothing spectacular) ; we are yet to see De jong and probably De ligt; Authur suits them well though.

{Ed002's Note - They are no differenbt from any other side in respect of some players not working out.}



19 Mar 2019 00:09:40
Ed002 could you possibly provide a couple players chelsea would be interested in if the transfer ban is upheld? No worries if you’re still on hiatus! Cheers.

{Ed002's Note - I would offer up Antoine Semenyo and Nicolo Zaniolo.}

1.) 19 Mar 2019 04:15:55
Both youngsters, thank you mate.

2.) 21 Mar 2019 15:04:28
Ed002, is there any chance Semenyo was being thought of as a player for the first team?
Or was the plan to send him on loan?

{Ed002's Note - He would have gone in to the youth or reserve side and tehn a loan.}



07 Mar 2019 07:22:17
Hey Ed002 or Ed001 do you expect chelsea to have a big summer? I think it’s a neccesity to sign both Koulibaly and Chilwell for our left side of defence. We’ve seen how big of a difference Van Dijk has made, now we need to sign the other best CB in the world.

{Ed002's Note - Chelsea obviously has players the club are interested in but these are just random names.}

1.) 07 Mar 2019 09:10:40
If we do buy a CB it won't be Koulibaly. Napoli would only sell for an exorbitant fee.

Perhaps if we're lucky we could get Romagnoli. Papers today reporting he might be for sale for around 60m. He's captained his side, and I think he'd provide a valuable leadership personality even at his younger age. Also left footed so would be another plus.

Not saying we need a CB as I love Zouma. But if the club don't want to use Zouma it should be Romagnoli or Upamecano or Tah.

2.) 07 Mar 2019 09:10:40
If we do buy a CB it won't be Koulibaly. Napoli would only sell for an exorbitant fee.

Perhaps if we're lucky we could get Romagnoli. Papers today reporting he might be for sale for around 60m. He's captained his side, and I think he'd provide a valuable leadership personality even at his younger age. Also left footed so would be another plus.

Not saying we need a CB as I love Zouma. But if the club don't want to use Zouma it should be Romagnoli or Upamecano or Tah.

3.) 07 Mar 2019 09:55:11
The first question was all I was asking if you could share, Chilwell and Koulibaly are players in my opinion who I think we should go all out to sign, Koulibaly more so. He’s phenomenal.

{Ed002's Note - Right, just random players that Chelsea has no interest in.}

4.) 07 Mar 2019 12:02:04
Hardly random but righto buddy.

5.) 07 Mar 2019 14:45:39
Prefer Skriniar and Mendy myself. Think Chilwell will be nailed on for City.



19 Feb 2019 01:00:55
Hey Ed001 is it true we’re monotiring Zidane? Also how do you think of him as a manager?

{Ed001's Note - monitoring him? What would you be monitoring him for? Make sure he brushes with his left hand instead of his right? Or to find out which hand he uses to wipe his arse with?

As a manager he was just lucky to have Ronaldo pull his backside out of the fire when it mattered in the Champions League. Under him Madrid were mostly awful but the players turn up in big games on their own. He was not a good coach and showed nothing to convince he is a good manager either. Even tactically the only thing he did was copy what Rafa Benitez had tried to do but got told he couldn't as it was too defensive!}

1.) 19 Feb 2019 05:04:53
agree Ed, no disrespect to Zidane but all he had to do was try and keep eveybody happy and their quality would speak for itself on the pitch. Couldn't count the amount of times Ronaldo bailed Madrid out when they looked clueless and him leaving has really shown their frailties. Only thing Zidane would bring to Chelsea is the small possibility of keeping Hazard a little while longer. Don't think personally there are any available managers out there that could really do a job with this squad. Who do you think could be successful here Ed001 if Sarri was to get the boot? I'd personally like for us to stick with him but if he was to go i reckon we'd go back to appointing a manager like Allegri.

{Ed001's Note - has to be Allegri really. I can't see anyone else out there to be honest, unless Ancelotti was an option, as I know he was well liked by the fans, so would unite them behind him.}

2.) 19 Feb 2019 05:32:31
Ancelotti would seem like a nice appointment. Was gutted when he got the sack during his time here, a real classy guy. Don't want to imagine what De Laurentiis would be like if we went after another one of his managers though haha. Allegri for me if Sarri is moved on, i just truly hope Lampard won't be considered. I wouldn't be able to take seeing him suffer the same fate as all the other managers that we've appointed.

3.) 19 Feb 2019 07:04:02
Conte. oh wait.

4.) 19 Feb 2019 07:55:13
. or Mourinho is kicking his heels, offers to step in on a temporary basis and bingo gets the job again. Had a nice rest, must have learned and been told about his bizarre behaviour. Champions again next season!

5.) 19 Feb 2019 08:49:19
I will always respect what Jose did for our club but please NO,

If Sarri gets the tin tac, I would love Carlo to come back. The majority of fans love him and the football was good as well.

6.) 19 Feb 2019 09:16:16
I would like Ancelotti. Quiet, understated man who commands respect and we played some nice football under him and he was treated badly. However, he does need a Director of Football supporting him, one with an element of clout as the transfer committee we currently use have no football experience and our transfers are leaving a lot to be desired. Of course there would be the serious issue of extricating him from his current position!

7.) 19 Feb 2019 10:29:48
This is not going to be a good couple of years for Chelsea Football Club, the expectation of guaranteed Champions League qualification is gone. Whether it's down to bad form or contracts naturally running out, the squad is going to see significant change. Make no mistake about it, this is going to be a tough gig for whoever takes over at Stamford Bridge.

The clubs philosophy simply has to change now. Despite hearing the word transition all too often when new managers have joined, I believe that whoever is in charge of the club from the summer onwards will have the first opportunity to oversee genuine change since Mourinho’s first stint at the club. The clubs philosophy of short term solutions and quick changes needs the change, they need to give someone the time to oversee a long term change at the club. I think they saw this as being Sarri, but his tactical ineptitude has been found out. We talk about Sarri failing to adapt to the situations he finds himself in, it’s now the club that need to adapt to the situation they find themselves in.

8.) 19 Feb 2019 10:34:04
Ancelotti would be a good shout, I agree. It's a shame that we never went to Tuchel in the summer, who would have used the academy much more than the previous three managers. If we do get rid of Sarri, would the club have anyone in mind for an interim position?

9.) 19 Feb 2019 12:27:44
Well said about Zizou, His record in Europe is phenomenal but there's a lot more to it than tactical nous lol.

I don't think it matters who the head coach is, this squad is really very average and how Conte oversaw a league title with it I will never know.

We are a Top 6 Club not a Top 4 and certainly not a Title Challenger. It's depressing but true so just accept it, it's much easier to deal with.

Sarri is not helping His situation but this is Our level at the moment and no Zizou, Ancelotti or anybody is going to change that without Quality Investment, which I assume is not forthcoming.

All I feel is apathy towards Chelsea at the moment and that is so much worse than anger.


10.) 20 Feb 2019 06:48:16
I wouldn't mind bringing Conte back. I know it may not be a popular opinion but he's a winner and tactically better than this Wenger, with all due respect, we have now. From the outside it looked to me as if the club reneged on promise to Conte and lead to every other things that happened.
Bring Conte back, support him like Guardiola in the transfers and he will win trophies. I can't guarantee you that with Sarri, after all he never won a thing.

11.) 20 Feb 2019 17:46:20
The only time the club are likely to see Conte again is in court.




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14 Aug 2019 23:25:28
Great game and deserved to win. Azpillicueta is looking like the weak link though. Also, VAR is rubbish, the last pen, Adrian stepped off the line before the shot was taken, not checked though? What’s the point of having it if it’s not used. Not complaining though they won the pen fair and square, unlucky for Abraham, he looks hungry and I’d give him starting spot rest of the season if he can keep his performances up.

1.) 15 Aug 2019 12:53:02
Oh you forgot to mention that the PK to equal scores was extremely soft and VAR was a joke to have backed the decision up. These things cancel themselves out mate but on the brighter side, that "3 in 1 beast if a midfielder" took Liverpool's midfielders back to creche! For a 20year old, Pulisic is class.
The result will soon come through though as the team is indeed performing. Last weekend score flattered the Manc, no doubt.



13 Aug 2019 14:57:41
Not to upset about the game, thought we played okay but defensively poor. Azpilicueta had an absolute shocker, ball watching for rashfords and the Tap in due to ball watching.

We need a big summer next year if the squad finishes any lower than 6th.

1.) 13 Aug 2019 18:17:37
I think you guys will do okay when Kante is back to full fitness and start games. CHO, Pulisic and Rudiger get in the team. Scoring Goals might still be a worry but i think Giroud should play ahead of Tammy (Just my opinion)

2.) 13 Aug 2019 18:32:30
It should be a big summer either way, no standing still and settling. We need to be competing with the big boys before drop too far, Moussa dembele would be a deal I’d be trying to finalise now for when bans are up. an out and out goalscorer,



09 Aug 2019 05:36:38
I hope we go all out for a striker next year and I hope that striker is Gabriel Jesus. Would be perfect for us.

1.) 09 Aug 2019 10:13:26
From Man City? No, no, no. Not good enough.

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3.) 09 Aug 2019 10:50:38
The centre forward I was told we were interested in pre-ban has now signed for another club but I’m sure a goal scoring machine at some strange club will be the next sensation and we will be in a position to sign him when our ban ends.

In the meantime, we have this bloke Tammy Michy- Giroud who will be forever known as Tammy two names.
It’s up to him/ them to become a Chelsea legend.


4.) 09 Aug 2019 14:39:00
If we are going with Tammy we have to appreciate right now (and maybe always) he needs a few opportunities to score, he isn't what you'd call a natural poacher is he. Was interested pre-season to see him and Bats play together, didn't work though. Just hope we don't give Tammy a couple of games and then change to Bats for a couple of games and then Giroud. surely whoever we go with needs a bit of time.

5.) 09 Aug 2019 18:22:50
Who was that forward Tom?

6.) 09 Aug 2019 20:18:02
Useless with names but I think he went to Madrid. He played against us last season in Europe.

7.) 09 Aug 2019 20:21:42
Oh jovic thankyou for the reply mate.



05 Jul 2019 08:32:01
Ed002 do you expect these players to be at Chelsea next year?



{Ed002's Note - I am not going to get in to anything related to transfers.}

1.) 05 Jul 2019 10:41:53
Yes to all of them, Standard :) I don't think we'll be seeing many outgoings apart from Zappa probably and potentially returning loanees like Bakayoko (I hope we keep him) and Morata/ Batshuayi.

2.) 05 Jul 2019 12:38:40
Sorry this was meant to be ed001, I know your not answering chelsea ed2. Cheers.

{Ed001's Note - sorry mate, I even picked it up initially and held it for him! Jackson is right, there won't be many outs, unless the player wants to leave. If the player wants out, the club will not stand in his way.}

3.) 05 Jul 2019 15:28:03
Seems Athletico Madrid will take-up the option of signing Morata permanently; Matt Law is saying that a bid is been prepared by Athletico Madrid for Morata.

4.) 05 Jul 2019 16:21:09
There were talks of Jorginho joining Sarri at Juve, though they have just signed Rabiot and Ramsey, so I can't see that happening.

5.) 05 Jul 2019 23:22:33
Interesting, thought for sure one winger would leave, means we have 4!

Thought Jorgi would join sarri too, cheers ed!



02 Jul 2019 11:16:34
Starting to get very excited for the new season. Lampard will properly integrate the youth and will actually care. Sarri didn’t attend a single youth game because he didn’t care which is fair enough but, it’s important for us to have a manager that does in my opinion.

We have wasted over 100 million pounds in the last couple of years on Players like Drinkwater, Bakayoko, Morata. Unfortunate maybe that the players didn’t turn out how it was planned but that’s the clubs fault. We need to be better with our money.

Hopefully by the end of next season, Lampard will have 5 academy players in the starting lineup. If they’re good enough they’re old enough I always say.

Hoping for a top 5 finish next year. Onwards and upwards.

1.) 02 Jul 2019 14:01:39
We were all excited about Bakayoko (after his last season with Monaco) and Morata. Granted, Bakayoko didn't set the world alight and Morata only should glimpses of what he could do, especially in the first half of his first season.

To say we wasted money on them is extremely harsh. We bought 2 players, in the hopes we'd get two good players. That's the exact same with any club who buys any player. They buy in the hopes it works. Unfortunately, it didn't work out, for us in their cases (so far) .

Drinkwater was just a weird purchase though.

Here's my thinking too though. Should Lampard pick both players in our squad next season, both will get 100% of my support, regardless of anything else. They're in a Chelsea shirt, they deserve respect and support at the very least.

2.) 02 Jul 2019 14:12:35
Looking forward to a positive atmosphere at The Bridge next season. I think it'll be a positive season even if we finish sixth, for me next season is all about building the foundations for the next four or five years. Hopefully people take losses on the chin and look at the bigger picture.

3.) 02 Jul 2019 18:15:58
I disagree a waste of money and blaming the club is rediculous. Every purchase is a risk, ask utd about lukaku, pogba and Sanchez.
Baka was not given the time he needed, when he went to Milan they said he was there worst signing ever. He was given time and had a very good season. With morata you have to play to his strengths.
My worry is all those that were shouting for frank to be the next manager and give him time, will be the same ones shouting for his head 3 months in.
I hope it works out but I worry his fantastic history at the club will be tainted if it doesn’t work out.

4.) 02 Jul 2019 18:22:43
dihanio, I love your comment esp the last paragraph. A part of me still tells me that there's still something in those two players (ie Bakayoko and Morata) and they can still offer us something (that is if they both stay) .

5.) 03 Jul 2019 00:23:50
My reasoning for saying they were wasted transfers was because Bakayoko, after having a good season, was not going to be an improvement on Matic. We had players we could have intergrated and instead bought Bakayoko for 40 million when Fabinho left a year later for 40 million. Fabinho was always the better player.

In relation to morata, conte wanted lukaku. Lukaku wanted chelsea, and we didn’t want to bid high for him and in came united and when we matched there bid it was too late. Then we scrambled for morata who was never a 70 million £ player. He was a backup for Madrid. Never was good enough and lukaku was the smarter option.

That’s why I say it’s 100 million wasted, imagine what Lukaku, Fabinho, and saving 40 million would have done. Conte would still be with us I reckon and we would have won the champions league over Liverpool. 100%.

6.) 03 Jul 2019 09:52:43
I get the sentiments of the initial post; however would argue that it pertains more so to the likes of the purchase of players to fill roles in the squad that don’t have the possibility for accruing much time. Players that fit this criteria recently would include drinkwater and zappacosta; however the club hasn’t done this nearly as much in the past 2 years as it had in the 5 years preceding. Morata and Bakayoko were never brought in to be squad players and also bakayoko was supposed to be given a year to develop behind matic; however was forced to replace him despite being injured when matic pushed for a move.

7.) 03 Jul 2019 09:34:05
Just shows how football is all about opinions. I wouldn’t have Lukaku in any team of mine.

8.) 03 Jul 2019 11:15:25
I'm with you on that Tom, he hasn't exactly set the world alight at United and they're looking to sell this window. Don't think he'd have worked well in a Chelsea team that gets not space up front.

Standard, you mention that Fabinho was a better option than Bakayoko. There's one massive thing you're missing in that comparison. Fabinho was give time! His run in the Liverpool team didn't really start until late November. Klopp introduces players into the PL very slowly. Bakayoko started on day 1 and is supposed to be up to speed from day dot. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way, especially with players coming from the continent, where it's far less hectic and the are maybe 2 or 3 top teams in each league.

We have to patient with players, it's not an instant thing for these lads to hit the ground running. Kovacic and Jorginho being examples of players who got stronger later on in the season. I suspect Pulisic will need some time in the beginning too.

9.) 03 Jul 2019 16:00:52
Fabinho is better because his fitter faster, more agile and a better passer.

10.) 03 Jul 2019 23:40:55
If Fabinho came in, he would have started at the same time as Bakayoko and would have performed much much better. Fabinho was always the better player, as someone who watched monaco games, I don’t think you’ll find someone who thought Bakayoko was a good Matic replacement.




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24 Jul 2019 23:58:37
Cheers mate!

{Ed001's Note - very welcome.}



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01 Jun 2019 04:39:56
Yet, it’s the match day fans that call out other fans for not being real if they don’t go to the games. The booing from the Chelsea fans throughout the season was embarrassing. Not the best season league wise (20+ points behind city and pool) but a Europa league win was a cherry on a average looking cake.

{Ed001's Note - you may have been 20 points behind but that was because those 2 scored a lot more than usual.}



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10 May 2019 00:42:19
That question of asking if he wasn’t a Chelsea player would we sign him is irrelevant to me. A youth academy is for players to come through and play for the team. It’s become the norm at Chelsea to just ship them out so we don’t understand that like other clubs.

We could have saved a lot of money if we utilised some of our youth players rather than buying backup players (Zappacosta, Barkley, Batshuayi Drinkwater) the list goes on.



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18 Apr 2019 02:52:16
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17 Apr 2019 00:43:22
Recruitment, signing back up average players rather than players who are going to push the starters for a spot, not backing world class managers and lastly luck. We’ve had a few big name signings not work out and that happens.

Would love ed001’s opinion and also Ed002.

{Ed001's Note - changing managers who need different players to suit their style but not keeping them long enough to build a squad suited to that style has not helped. You have a mish-mash squad left over, as none of them have been able to last long enough to get the team sorted out properly.}




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19 Aug 2019 04:22:48
I mean, the difference between a 4231 and 433 is hardly anything to talk about. We do need someone sitting deep however, as we’re just run over in midfield. Willian is a poor player we should have sold him.



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16 Aug 2019 03:23:16
The drop off from Azpilicueta has been phenomenal. I was going to ask on here if the ed1 and other posters have noticed it or if I’m just being harsh but he’s looking shambolic. I’d also give the captaincy to Jorginho too honestly, he looks much more a leader.

{Ed001's Note - he does look lost. He has spent years at left back and then right sided centre back though, so he might just need to relearn the role.}



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04 Aug 2019 02:10:10
Jorginho has improved but he’s still a massive defensive liability. Need Kante back there because without him Jorg will struggle.



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27 Jul 2019 00:25:42
Not a fan of Zaha. Hilariously I find Townsend better than him.



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24 Jul 2019 11:20:31
I really don’t think they’re a useful tool in football. As a lover of basketball aswell, I love stats in that sport but as you said they’re incredibly misleading.

Interesting to see the stats the OP posted however.

{Ed001's Note - they are interesting I agree but people jump to conclusions from them or use them to make a point and that's when they become a problem.}