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18 Jan 2019 09:50:59
Hi Ed001, good morning, I heard that we are looking at Lobotka of Celta Vigo as an alternative to Leandro Paredes, Is there any truth to this and how do you rate Lobotka relative to Leandro Parades?

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{Ed001's Note - I don't know about the alternative to Paredes, other than he is someone that you have scouted through the season and before. He is highly regarded and, from what I have seen, a really good passer of the ball. I know PSG were considering him, had lots of looks at him but decided to go with a French player. He can play a more attacking midfield role, behind the forwards or a deeper role as a deep-lying playmaker as well as the kind of role Barkley etc are playing, so his versatility would be useful.

I really couldn't compare the 2 as I have not seen them play enough to do so.}

1.) 18 Jan 2019 11:50:15
Thankyou Ed, much respect.

{Ed001's Note - welcome mate.}

2.) 18 Jan 2019 13:57:54
It seems Leandro Parades is a really good player and whom Sarri wants (besides his age is good- 24years) Not every day does a club gets such a midfielder easily (as a first team player or as backup) . I am forced to say that we often tend under price ourselves out of good players. The club should get this deal wrapped up quickly so he doesn't opt for PSG whom I read- has already made a good bid for him.

3.) 18 Jan 2019 15:15:55
I don't make decisions for the club but I will be pissed off if we fail to sign Paredes. He's the kind of player we need to often release the attacking players. He also has experience for his age.

4.) 18 Jan 2019 18:17:16
I hope it doesn't become another Antonio Conte's experience of broken promises for Sarri (less than a year after been employed by Chelsea) . Sarri said that he needs a replacement for Fabregas- hopefully one midfielder has to come in (question is- who? And how is the player? ) .
Read that Inter Milan too is close to an agreement for Barella- another player that Sarri wants.
The funny thing is that when Chelsea now decides to spend- you see them pay £100 million for another Drinkwater.

5.) 19 Jan 2019 05:56:55
Is the parades deal going to be hijacked by psg . if so, who are alternatives looked at for the fabregas role.

Also, can you confirm if outgoings like Cahill Moses Drinkwater will be subject to others coming in . And will it be in this window? Or will younger academy players be given a chance?


{Ed001's Note - I don't think it would be hijacking, no deal has yet been agreed for him, so it would simply be them getting a deal done. Though I still think they are more likely to sign Gueye from Everton, for some reason. Not sure why as he is not good enough but there you go.

Cahill, Moses and Drinkwater are surplus regardless of incomings. If they can be moved on, they will be, even if no one comes in. I expect at least 2 of them to go in January, probably all 3, though it might mean loans initially.

As for academy players, Sarri will continue as he has been doing. The use of the academy is not his strength but he will have them in and around the first team.}

6.) 20 Jan 2019 06:36:16
Ed001, I think PSG are looking to sign two midfielders in the next two windows. One who is a B2B like Doucoure or Gueye and a DLP like Paredes, Weigl, Lobotka or FDJ. They will have only Verratti and Nkunku as their two midfield options next season.

PSG might have a strong attacking lineup, but their midfield and defense is poor. If they buy two MFs along with a LB and a RB, and sell Neymar to raise money, I think they would have a much more balanced squad.

7.) 20 Jan 2019 22:29:15
Are there any more players in the academy that can play for even Championship teams and excel. Sarri can't even use CHO.



22 Nov 2018 13:31:55
Hi Ed; How's your day? Any truth to Chelsea being interested in a Lyon player called Houssem Aouar?
If true, how do you rate the guy?
Have a good evening.

obinna 123

{Ed001's Note - not as far as I know, I know some English clubs looked at him but felt he was a bit slow and not up to the physicality of the Prem.}

1.) 22 Nov 2018 13:58:52
Surprised they thought he was slow, I watched most Lyon games last year and the kid has some immense potential. Definitely one to keep an eye on.

{Ed001's Note - depends on what they mean by slow, could be slow of thought or slow of understanding instructions.}

2.) 22 Nov 2018 14:22:41
Thankyou Ed, Kentonio- a lot of people are saying good things about him (Houssem Aouar) .

3.) 22 Nov 2018 15:42:38
A lot of people who watched the French league also said good things of Bakayoko. French league is a pub league. 1 team dominates, the others are crap. Probably on par with the Scottish leagues,

4.) 22 Nov 2018 16:00:47
Eden Hazard, Didier Drogba, Ngolo Kante, Thierry Henry etc. were all from the French league.

5.) 22 Nov 2018 16:14:48
Disagree with Adams comment. Load of tosh.

6.) 22 Nov 2018 19:49:01
Obina and you're point being? Bakayoko was made to look good in a poor league, got found out in 2 different leagues in 2 different countries.

7.) 22 Nov 2018 19:34:52
Our greatest striker ever came from the French league 🤦🏼‍♂️ There’s some fickle fans 😂.

8.) 22 Nov 2018 21:52:56
the French league was stronger back then until a little country decided to buy PSG and turn the league into a crap one. Its hardly made the league stronger has it? Fickle hardly mate, just don't get hyped up like you Fifa lot who think you know everything because you've signed him on a game. or watched him for one season. Bakayoko, Fabinho (liverpool) both look out their depths in this league.

9.) 22 Nov 2018 21:54:23
Totally agree Obinna some fans need to take a trip down memory lane before they comment. Let’s not forget Essien either.

10.) 22 Nov 2018 22:20:21
Kingkante, its truly quite a long list.

11.) 23 Nov 2018 01:37:16
I agree mate I find it quite disturbing the lack of knowledge some apparent Chelsea fans have on here already. Doesn’t matter what league you’re from there’s class and average players in each one.

12.) 23 Nov 2018 07:59:24
Adam is one of those fans. No point wasting your breath.

He says 1 team dominates, however only recently Monaco won the league.

Mbappe, Neymar, mendy, B. Silva, Fekir etc etc. The list is endless. Get your head out mate.

13.) 23 Nov 2018 09:50:36
Yes and they all dominate the champions league don’t they?

14.) 23 Nov 2018 09:54:53
Neymar hardly made himself in the French league you whopper. He learnt his trade in brazil, then Spain and now a piss easy league in France.

I think you’re all missing the point. Some players look good in a poor league and then get found out in stronger leagues. Not going to go through every player who has made the transition from one league to another. But there are players who look good and can make the step up, others can’t.

15.) 23 Nov 2018 10:13:13
Oh such a strong league. PSG already 13 points ahead. Played 13 won 13. Monaco 7 points. 19th place. Brilliant comparison. Even our below average players look good in the French league. Joey barton anyone. just because a player looks good playing in that league doesn’t mean he’s good enough for Chelsea.

{Ed001's Note - you could say the same about a player playing in any team outside the top 6 in England....}

16.) 23 Nov 2018 12:06:20
In What way have PSG dominated in the champions league? They’ve done nothing considering the money they’ve spent. Lyon have some fantastic young players there. Fekir, Aouar, N’Dombele and Ferland Mendy could all go on to become world class one day.



16 Nov 2018 16:50:55
Hi Eds; Is Chelsea interested in the Napoli RB- Elseid Hysaj? Seems like he could be on the move with all the talk coming from his agent OR I guess it's right to say that any interest in him will depend on possible departures. Maybe is he a player that Sarri would like in his present team?

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{Ed001's Note - Sarri loves him but he has had serious injury problems I am not sure if the club would agree to move for him right now.}

1.) 16 Nov 2018 22:36:38
Thanks man.

2.) 16 Nov 2018 20:43:46
Ed001, any idea on which positions we will try to strengthen in January and in the summer?

{Ed001's Note - not really mate, the problem is that the people making the decisions there I do not know. I know Sarri wants someone for the right side to replace Willian but I don't know if they will decide to agree with him.}

3.) 17 Nov 2018 10:15:06
Thanks anyways, Ed.

{Ed001's Note - welcome. Sorry I can't help more.}



09 Nov 2018 14:33:45
Hi guys, how reliable is the source El Gol Digital? They are stating that Sarri has spoken with Fekir over the phone about a move to Chelsea in January (winter) . Ordinarily, that would be tapping up but the move does make sense since Chelsea reportedly missed out on the player in the summer ; Fekir is reportedly entering the final year of his contract come summer next year and Chelsea being linked to lots of attacking midfielders. Good player.

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1.) 09 Nov 2018 16:47:44
rubbish source.



06 Nov 2018 14:23:29
Hi Ed001; would it be right to say that Chelsea is definitely in for a winger in January transfer window with all the talks going around names like Suso, Malcom, Lorzano, Nicholas Pepe, Fekir, Leo Bailey (talking) etc.? Can you please shed some light.

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{Ed001's Note - more of a right sided forward, but yes, there does seem to be a definite plan to get one.}

1.) 06 Nov 2018 14:56:29
Thanks Ed, you are a lifesaver. This guy Nicholas Pepe- how do you rate compared to others that I mentioned in my question?

{Ed001's Note - I have only seen clips of him mate, so not enough to judge him at all.}

2.) 06 Nov 2018 16:56:16
Who do you think would be best for the role Ed? I’d personally like to see Hudson-Odoi a go but no change that’ll happen. We need a direct winger like Robben. I’d try for Dembele as part of the Willian deal. Suso isn’t quick enough for me although I rate him highly.

{Ed001's Note - Lozano looks best suited to the Prem to be honest. Dembele seems to just constantly give the ball away, which is what has annoyed Barca and made them look to move him on already. Leon Bailey would probably be the best though, if he is attainable.}

3.) 06 Nov 2018 17:38:56
If Dembele gives the ball away too easily, it means that Sarri won't like him either.

{Ed001's Note - good point.}

4.) 06 Nov 2018 18:51:58
I loved Bailey last season but he’s been shocking this year. If he can’t start for Leverkusen he won’t do much for us. I like Lozano though he’s got goals and assists in him.




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01 Feb 2019 00:15:58
I can't believe that Tottenham is trying to sign M. Batshuayi (in Daniel Levi's lifetime) according to Matt Law. Small world.

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30 Jan 2019 13:20:59
“Eden is 28. If he wants to go, I think he has to go, ” “Of course, I hope the opposite, I hope he wants to stay here. He has the potential to be the best player in Europe at the moment. ”

I have been loving Sarri's press conferences esp on Eden Hazard. Good words.

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1.) 30 Jan 2019 15:14:53
We should have sold for big bucks last summer.

2.) 30 Jan 2019 16:48:21
Mrs Costa I don't believe anyone would have paid over 100mil for him anyway.

At the moment Hazard is the reason we are still in top 4 so by retaining his services for this season we kinda have a chance of making top (therefore getting funds from Champions League and its broadcasting)

3.) 30 Jan 2019 18:38:30
Perhaps you're right about Hazard's contribution to our 4th place but I think we could have got more £100m - Coutinho went for £140m!

4.) 30 Jan 2019 19:18:22
I think that window was mad coutinho dembele neymar mbappe and others were so over priced it went mad
It seems to have calmed down somewhat but I suppose market value is market value
enjoy game tonight boys
Mobdro app nbcsn showing it.



27 Jan 2019 20:05:05
Dear God, with you all things are possible; please may Hudson Odoi not leave Chelsea, may he retrieve his transfer request and stay with Chelsea. The boy is the future. Pure class.

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1.) 27 Jan 2019 20:13:24
i don't think your prayers will be answered.

2.) 27 Jan 2019 23:52:35
I warned you. It's too late now, why didn't you pray when I told you transfer request coming up.

3.) 28 Jan 2019 17:08:22
haha unfortunetly its not up to us or our prayers mate. cho will decide what's best for him and his future. we can only wosh the kid the best of luck which ever he choses.



24 Jan 2019 22:10:12
* Emerson should continue as left back for Chelsea
* Chelsea needs a proper no. 10 that brings goals and assists in his games.
* Willian and Pedro should be backups not first team players.
* If it's this difficult to completely break down what looks like a weak Tottenham team, then maybe we don't have to a team for the top. The team needs players.
* God bless Ngolo Kante.

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1.) 24 Jan 2019 22:33:29
I think we broke them down really well. Giroud missed two sitters, hazard missed a glorious chance. Should have been more goals. I think we need a goal scoring midfielder alongside jorginho and kante amd that is RLC.

2.) 25 Jan 2019 01:52:25
Put a clinical goalscorer at ST (Hopefully Higuain) and RLC in the Midfield and we'll look a completely different side. Emerson at LB back as well with his crosses and link up play, we'll be a very strong team.

3.) 25 Jan 2019 09:03:21
I still don't understand why you guys rate RLC so much. I am still to see what he has to bring to the team.

Hopefully he proves me wrong, but i don't think he has Chelsea quality in him.

4.) 25 Jan 2019 10:35:04
You are not alone ChelseaLRD as many of our fans here are so infatuated with having English players in the team even if such player is not good enough.

5.) 25 Jan 2019 11:45:58
I’m with you guys, RLC isn’t as good as people want him to be,

6.) 25 Jan 2019 15:05:13
Not so much about him being great since i think Kovacic is more well rounded, it's about him being the only midfielder who can offer end product and make runs behind the defence. He's had an eye for goal this season and has been the only other player besides Hazard who's been able to draw defenders out of position consistently. A player like Fekir would be perfect there but for now RLC is the best option imo.



19 Jan 2019 16:38:30
Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso;
Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic;
Pedro, Hazard, Willian.

SUBS: - Caballero, Barkley, Giroud, Christensen, Hudson-Odoi, Ampadu, Emerson.

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1.) 19 Jan 2019 17:00:11
Dave Rudiger Luiz Emerson
Kovacic Willian
CHO Hazard Pedro

would have been my team.

{Ed0333's Note - you spelt Keeper incorrectly mate.

2.) 19 Jan 2019 18:03:59
Bad defending for the goal what Id give to have Ashley Cole back in his prime back at left back
The drog would be perfect in this team
Are we zonal marking from corners?




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12 Feb 2019 23:11:21
Dempsey; you are right on that. That's my biggest concern with Sarri too (liking the over aged players a lot and sticking with underperforming players) . I really like his brand of football though and one has got to give him credit for the change that he has achieved with Chelsea in just a small period of time.

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12 Feb 2019 10:33:23
With the way Chelsea is wired at the moment, even if Guardiola, Zidane or Klopp becomes our coach, I don't think they will do better.

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12 Feb 2019 10:29:14
Then why do we think that we should be better? The earlier the club does a reality check- the better for every one. They should stop blaming good coaches.

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12 Feb 2019 08:41:28
A handful I guess? Maybe Hazard and Kante.

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12 Feb 2019 07:36:02
Only a lunatic does the same thing over and over again- and expects a different result. We have been sacking and changing managers; yet we still find ourselves in this position, it's time for the club to change these set of players cos a lot of them are way passed their good years.
I think it's completely useless to keep talking cos the way I see it the board wants to do what they want to do and the coach (Sarri) wants to do what he wants to do.
Just pause for a moment and ask ourselves- which of our first team players can actually command a starting shirt in the present Mancity, Liverpool or Tottenham's first team; then maybe we might begin to understand.

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19 Feb 2019 05:15:57
A lot of the players too aren't good enough too.

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16 Feb 2019 15:38:49
Aouar is a good player. I read that Fekir might extend his deal with Lyon, so just maybe Aouar could be a Chelsea target?

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14 Feb 2019 22:38:32
I strongly think Jorginho is still very much a good player.

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11 Feb 2019 16:22:04
If Chelsea won't be held to ransome why not just sell Hudson Odoi since he has put in a transfer request; £35m seems a good sum for the 'inexperienced' kid?

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{Ed002's Note - They would like him to sort himself and stay. He is still at school until the summer - they can sort it out then.}



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09 Feb 2019 11:05:22
That's a good question gola. Truly something should be done about that as well.

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