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04 Dec 2019 08:38:55
Any chance of an update on any players Chelsea are actually considering for the Summer ED02? Or even this coming window if the ban is lifted? Would be much appreciated.


{Ed002's Note - I don't have time right now - I am leaving for travel today and won't be back for a while.}

1.) 04 Dec 2019 22:48:47
Safe travels Ed.

2.) 05 Dec 2019 08:54:08
And we're would the gentleman's adventurer be off to
Must getting tiring ed.

{Ed002's Note - Madrid > Marseille > Tel Aviv.}

3.) 05 Dec 2019 12:42:20
I remember you support OM, Ed. Maybe you can catch a game at the stadium.

{Ed002's Note - I would not say I support l'OM but there will not be a game on when I am there.}

4.) 05 Dec 2019 12:49:35
Enjoy your margaritas.

{Ed002's Note - I will, thanks.}



17 Jun 2019 10:11:40
The new Chelsea management team will be announced this week. Pete Cech, Frank Lampard and Jody Morris. Welcome home.


1.) 17 Jun 2019 12:46:40
Steve Holland needed, hopefully frank has the sense to invite on board,

2.) 17 Jun 2019 14:32:12
Getting Steve Holland back would be wonderful, but seems highly unlikely that he would agree to come back as a number 2 to Frank. Yet we could certainly do with some personnel with more managerial experience in the dug out I'd think.

Along with all others, massively hope that if Frank is our new manager he can find - and be given the time to find - success in this. We all know how bright he is, and how committed to CFC, and I still have a couple of his number 8 shirts! But he would be taking over at an immensely challenging time and with so little experience that it is hard not to be a tad worried for the immediate future. Leave aside feeling pretty exhausted by seemingly never ending managerial musical chairs (had wanted both Conte and Sarri to stay longer) .

Had hoped Lamps would be our manager in about five years time ie after he'd really learnt more of the trade, built up his own confidence/ cv OR if manager now, at least have a more grizzled old managerial pro alongside to help. Anyway, let's hope for the best!

3.) 17 Jun 2019 17:27:45
While I can understand the worries from some of our supporters, I’m really excited about Super Frank ruling the roost. I’ve always thought he was tailored made for the job and I’m not too worried (but I will eat my hat if I’m wrong) because:

A) Now is Frank’s time to get the job.
Something that hasn’t really been considered in the ‘time’ equation is the level that Frank is cutting his teeth at. While I agree it’d be great if he was 3/ 4 years in theoretically, I don’t think after 3 or 4 years he’d even be considered. We’ve struck gold in the fact he is now! As much as it could go poorly, it could go well! We may have our Ferguson. Football is so reliant on players and even without the loan players they had last season Derby would really struggle. They’ve let a whole host of players go this summer and the next years hypothetically could potentially harm Franks credentials rather than aid them. I can understand why our fans are worried for the same reason but as any follower of our youth team will tell you - you shouldn’t be. Transfer ban or no transfer ban the club has been dialling back big transfer expenditure for a while now, I’d argue the last few big signings have been so big because of the proportionate inflation in the market and not because of the clubs dependence on the player I. e Kepa, Morata, Pulisic.

B) It’s been said time and time again but Jody Morris is so key. His relationship with the players in the academy is invaluable and while “knowing the club” isn’t perhaps the best meritocracy for choosing a management team; the fact of the matter is he knows it just about as well as you can.

4.) 19 Jun 2019 11:31:31
People didn’t want Sarri as he hadn’t won anything and hadn’t been managing st the very top for very long and were worried about his experience. if his name wasn’t frank lampard and was any other manager with a years managing and not winning anything they’d be uproar .



27 May 2019 09:09:12
ED01 do you know if Ampadu is fit? I know he has been injured but wondered about his availability for the final particuarly if Kante is ruled out. Thanks in advance.


{Ed001's Note - last I heard was he is out for the season.}

1.) 27 May 2019 10:49:23
He has returned to full team training, Ed 3-4 days back. Judging by pictures.

{Ed001's Note - I don't know mate, I don't have time to look at the pictures, just going by what the club said. They did not expect him to play again this season. Mind that was before you qualified for the final so that might have a bearing on matters.}

2.) 27 May 2019 10:05:51
I thought he was out, but he did train this week.



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!




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06 Dec 2019 09:40:24
As we approach Christmas I thought I would review the players performances and grade them (just a bit of fun) and would welcome everyones opinions. Minimum of 5 games played.
Kepa B-
Azpi C+
Zouma B
Tomorri B
Alonso C-
Emerson B-
Christensen C+
Jorginho A-
Kovacic A+
Kante A
Mount B+
Willian B
Pulisic A-
Tammy A+
Batsy C+
Reece B+
Pedro D
Giroud D

Lamps A.


1.) 06 Dec 2019 11:43:21
Now while I'm not too familiar with that grading system, as we have another in my country, here is my go:
Kepa C
Azpi B-
Zouma B
Tomori A- (also based on how little I rated him)
Alonso C+ (perhaps controversial, but I actually think he's been decent some of his games whilst others have been worse) .
Emerson B
Jorginho A -
Kovacic A+
Kante A+ although few games played
Mount B+ - very close to A- in my book, also because I expected nothing like his amount of goals. Seems to fall out of too many games however.
Willian A
Pulisic A-
Tammy A+
Michy B+ - but I am aware that I rate Michy much higher than most.
Reece B - perhaps I'm expecting too much. Brilliant offensively, not good defensively IMO.
Pedro D
Giroud C+ - very few games, but brilliant in the Super Cup IMO.

Lampard - A. Would have gotten A+ I he hadn't gotten a few subs wrong, which I think he has. Also Michy should have started against West Ham.

2.) 06 Dec 2019 14:26:49
Emil, a very fair assessment and I think your ratings are OK. I would upgrade Kepa to a B but I’m ok with the others.

3.) 06 Dec 2019 15:32:09
G8 your ratings are very fair mate. I couldn't disagree at all.



30 Nov 2019 20:43:20
Just wondered where King Frank, Welsh Ben or BB91 were? Oh, and who is this Oh Dennis Wise? Just wondered😏.


1.) 30 Nov 2019 21:05:49
My guess the majority you have named G8 are one and the same!

{Ed047's Note - who knew 🤷‍♂️

2.) 30 Nov 2019 22:19:43
Love the post G8 haha.



30 Oct 2019 07:57:57
Lamps knows how important it is to win your first trophy as a new manager and with a new look side. I remember how Jose and the team celebrated when we won this cup back in 2005 and he was playing then. I expect a few changes but a very strong side out Tonight. Huge game for the teams development. KTBFFH.




26 Oct 2019 20:56:37
I have been saying for a while now we don't need to sign a winger/ wide player. If we did sign one, a top player, where does that leave our 2 golden boys? I'm talking about CHO and Pulisic. Willian pushes them as the experienced player. There are 1 or 2 areas on the pitch where we do need to improve but our wide positions are covered. Trust me. I know best Frankie baby.


1.) 26 Oct 2019 21:56:52
But strength in depth is what’ll be needed to compete, and for example pulisic can play centrally. Saw him direct from centre running at defenders and scored 2 from it, CHO is good 1 v 1 too from wide, next season we will no doubt go into season with pulisic and CHO. Mount isn’t a winger so we will need to add a wide player, no doubt about it,

2.) 27 Oct 2019 01:03:20
I think we’ll need to sign a slightly older statesman type winger come the summer as I’m sure at least Pedro will leave and Willian possibly too. Someone 28-31 who will come in and be happy enough to be a squad/ rotation option. I can’t think of many at this moment but I’m sure there are a few about.

3.) 27 Oct 2019 01:21:53
PuliZard do we need to say more?

Anyway jokes aside, we still going to need ro add another winger to oir attack. But do not get ahead of ourserlves as we may only need to get a cover player if CHOz and Pulisic fire on all cilinders. As you can't literally have 3-4 amazing wingers in one team, somebody still has to sit on that cold bench.

4.) 30 Oct 2019 11:00:46
You say that but Man City have Sane, Silva, Mahrez and Sterling and that seems to work pretty well for them.



07 Oct 2019 10:06:12
Thoughts on Southampton game.

Willian MOTM
Tammy is a real find
Alonso very good
Kante and Jorginho a class act
Mount brings vibrant energy
CHO continues his run of assists
CB's a bit shaky
Kepa the same
Pulisic a great assist
Batsy a great goal
Lamps got it right

Loving it.


1.) 08 Oct 2019 11:31:26
Close between Willian and Jorginho for MOM in my opinion. Maybe just Jorginho for that very important goal line clearance.

2.) 08 Oct 2019 12:08:51
TomB, are we ignoring Jorginho's ridiculous non-defending that resulted in Southampton's goal then?! Talk about Jorginho coloured-spectacles!

3.) 08 Oct 2019 13:46:34
Mrs Drogba your total dislike for Jorginho is well noted but if you remember he was already on a yellow card.

Most fans and certainly the away fans totally appreciate how good Jorginho is maybe one day you will see the obvious?

4.) 08 Oct 2019 19:37:59
TomB I think Mrs Drogba hasn't watched much of Jorginho this season. Not sure they are aware Jorginho is actually getting praised week in week out by the manager, peers and fans regularly and rightfully so. His arguably been our most important player so far.

G8 could post mate. William had a great game. Hopefully he can keep it up because on form he is a joy to watch.

5.) 09 Oct 2019 10:25:21
Jorginho has been one of our best players this year. I liked him last year but I'm even more impressed with him this year. If he wasnt playing for Chelsea I can guarantee our fans would be raving about him and want us to sign him.

6.) 09 Oct 2019 10:31:20
Spot on King Drogba but some fans ND posters are so dogmatic.




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19 Nov 2019 14:56:19
My team as well Shak but I have a feeling he will somehow squeeze Mount in as well, possibly for Pulisic. Not my choice but I think Lamps will play him for his pressing and energy.




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01 Nov 2019 13:59:40
I agree Tom and I don't want us to sign any new players at this point. We need to see these fantastic young talents develop this Season and then review in the summer when the Season finishes. The transfer ban is the best thing to happen to us.




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03 Aug 2019 08:14:47
Got to say "ItsBlueWhatElseMatters" your information on here regarding CHO has been spot on all along. Thanks for the update. Willian has got the 10 shirt.




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21 May 2019 17:51:04
It is not as simple as that Tom.




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10 Oct 2018 21:34:24
Reply to "its blue. and. bull. and. "
Mate, you have been on here a month or so and you talk such crap. Troll? Hazard would never be that rude. Jog on mate.





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10 Nov 2019 22:14:08
FFS BB calm down. We are doing fine, please don't keep disrespecting our team and calling for this player and that. Frank Lampard knows best.




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25 Oct 2019 18:16:18
Your earlier comment ED01 about us maybe sticking with what we have is exactly what I have been saying. CHO and Pulisic are special talents and they have Willian pushing them as well. Mount can play wide as well and when Ruben returns alongside Jorginho and Kante I could see Lamps playing him in one of the wide positions.


{Ed001's Note - exactly. You don't really need to spend just show faith.}



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24 Oct 2019 16:58:58
I will agree with anyone King Frank who talks sense. you included if it ever happens 😁😉.




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24 Oct 2019 16:57:16
Well said CFCShak, Rudiger is quality and I see the future being him and Tomorri. Zouma has recovered well after his early season form but still makes too many mistakes and is akward on the ball. Ampadu might be the answer as well long term if Lamps wants to play him as a CB and not as a DM.




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24 Oct 2019 13:17:24
Totally agree TomB, we need to let these young players develop. Why buy another wide player/ winger when we have potentially world class players in the making like CHO and Pulisic and top players like Willian pushing them plus Mount who can also play wide. As ED01 said recently we have all the ingredients for a great squad. I remember people wanting Pepe last Season! let's enjoy what we have.