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    I should have guessed you be an expert tosser.
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    One of the worlds best midfielders of his generation, the best English midfielder any living person can remember, the best player to have ever graced the Premier League and without a doubt Chelsea's best ever player. A true gentleman and a credit to his family and the club. When he scored against us the Chelsea fans sang his name and gave him an ovation. His reaction? Tears. The crowd reaction when he broke our goal scoring record at Villa Park( as a midfielder!) - carnage. When he captained us in our greatest ever night in Munich. When he won us the league. Twice. When he won us the cup. The time when he finished second in the Ballon D'Or after an outrageously good Ronaldinho. The penalty against Liverpool in the Champions League only days after his mum passed. The countless of goals he's scored and the equally impressive number of assists he racked up. Three league titles, one champions league, one Europa league, four FA cups, two league cups and 106 England caps. Between 2004 and 2006 he was the best player in the world together with Ronaldinho. He was truly unique and overshadowed anything the red tops could line up. People debated who was best between Lampard and Gerrard. In truth it was not even a contest. Frank won hands down - both as a player and as a man. We'll talk about him 100 years from now. There will never be a midfielder like him ever again. That much is certain. 211 Chelsea goals... As a midfielder. It's so crazy you can hardly believe it unless you witnessed it yourself. If he doesn't get a statue outside the new ground it'll be a disgrace of epic proportions. Take a bow Frank. What a career you've had. Edit: oh and perhaps the most impressive stat of them all, scoring double figures for ten straight seasons in the Premier League between 2003/04 to 2012/13. 130 PL goals... Read that again and think about what it actually means. It's not human. It's out of this world. It's fantasy. Only it actually happened. ****ing hell. Even I'm getting impressed all over again just reading of his accomplishments never mind living through them. What a ****ing legend. Steven Gerrard? Who?!?
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    Who does? I only saw his post via what you quoted given he's on my ignore list. But that's the standard tripe Droy tends to deliver. If three at the back was such an easy system to play successfully more teams word. The way Conte has developed his approach has been nothing short of successful and difficult for many opposition teams and managers to combat successfully. His success at Juventus and how it was obtained drew plaudits for a reason, of course Droy wouldn't actually know an ounce about this given his confirmation of not watching Italian football, however Droy being Droy and being the expert in all things, he was clearly right about writing off Conte, his system, and his success prior to even signing or Chelsea. Then Conte showcased the same structure and coaching ability to take one of the weakest Italian national team sides into the EURO Quarter finals, only to lose on penalties to a strong Germany side. Of course, that continued to mean little. Now Conte's come here and taken a side that was all at sea last season and has them sitting top of the league, a position no one had expected. All while doing it in an extremely impressive fashion. Not only that, but he's handled the players, the media and some incidents with absolute class. Bitter pill to swallow on Droy's behalf, being so blindingly wrong, but he'll never take any responsibility and admit such a thing. Instead he'll continue to manipulate situations and the words of others to suit his own agenda's (yes, that's plural). I'm surprised he even has people to argue with anymore.
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    I liked the sarcastic caller into Radio 5 Live, who credited Pep with the creation of a new position in a football team: the false number 1.
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    I usually limit my reading to the match day threads, but having a bit of time on my hands I have just read the last 10 pages of this Conte thread. Well Mr. Droy you certainly are consistent as you make your way around the forum. Giving Conte almost no credit for the amazing job he is doing with our beloved Chelsea. Nothing here has changed my opinion of you, which is this: 'It is far more important to you to be heard and be proved right than for your team to be successful'. I am convinced that you would get more satisfaction out of this season if Chelsea fall into a nose dive and Conte is fired. I just don't get you. No one can accuse you of not marching to the beat of your own drum. And the discord of that drumming reverberates around the forum. I fully agree with Jones on his comments regarding Conte's ability to dramatically improve the mental approach of our players. The players believe in what Conte is asking them to do, and are successfully implementing his philosophical and tactical approach to the game. From my very limited vantage point it appears that Conte is bringing a unity and "feel good' atmosphere among his squad of players. I just want to make one more comment on Fabregas. All credit to him in being patient when he couldn't get into the side, and being a big help to the team when called upon.
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    did Blue Rod write this script?
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    Is there any point in all this. The only thing that these circular arguments achieve is to bore the pants off the rest of us and boost your post count. Any new transfer talk around?
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    Once again , he's not narcissistic because he's wearing club clothing you wilful idiot , he's narcissistic because it was the sole occasion in the season he chose to do so , in order to mock the people who supported him in the past. He made it about him , he made the European victory about him , he's a narcissist. Great manager (you can edit this bit ) a fantastic servant to our club ( and this) but a narcissist. Jilted John was an hilarious comedy creation , but he had nothing on the continued comedy of your own fabrication.
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    I think you're straining credibility there Dave. When Jose Mourinho holds up 1 finger in that way it only ever means one thing. That's fair enough when appropriate some might say, although I would much prefer understatement and an unassuming behavioural style myself. In fact, one of the most humorous things I've noticed to come out from last night's victory for Manure is the post-match press conference given by JM, in which he claimed the victory to be a "victory for the humble"! I've got to give it to him there. The idea of JM assuming the role of standard bearer for the humble is akin to Donald Trump claiming his victory was a triumph for the intelligentsia! Even then, JM couldn't stop himself from going too far. He went on to say that it was a victory for the humble because it was a victory for a team that had accepted its limitations and simply tried to nullify the strengths of the opposition and squeeze the best from the far inferior resources and talents at their own disposal. It was an amazing statement from a Manure manager and I wonder what his players might have felt about being portrayed as inferior, plucky johnnies, valiantly overcoming the far superior capabilities of their opponents. Might have sent the wrong message there by talking too much again I reckon. Finally, in that same press conference, (here's the link - http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/40043371 ), JM also makes it clear that qualifying for the CL next year by winning a trophy, rather than by finishing 2nd, 3rd, or 4th, is a superior achievement. I don't think so and I don't think you do either. He only said it in a doomed attempt to defray the fact that, after spending a vast amount of money, he had managed to take his team to a finishing position of 6th in the PL.
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    To be fair, it's more than one game. What happened today has been coming. Conte has been bottling the big decision in my opinion. We play with an absolute No 9. That is the role that Costa has. It is not a false No 9, but a pure No 9. That role is as irreplaceable as that of a goalkeeper. Whether it's the goalkeeper, or defender, or Hazard, or any player with the ball, when they look up, they want the green light from the No 9. To keep playing with number 9 of the form of Costa of he past 3 months, is just the signs of a manager who is bottling big decisions. Conte is sleepwalking into failure in the past 3 months. His indecision is infecting the rest of the team. I have heard all this crap - he is unlucky, he is having a bad spell, he is trying his best. It's all crap. If you employed an experienced plasterer, and he has the plaster hanging off the wall after two jobs, your response is, hang on, what are you playing at? No one would accept a pilot, even a rookie pilot, to keep overshooting runway for 3 months of flight, or a doctor to keep prescribing the wrong medication for 3 months continuously. So all these excuses for Costa is all nonsense, absolute crap. It's all football talk, the kind of talk that would not be accepted in any walk of life. Costa is sabotaging our effort, FULL STOP. I decided that for myself weeks ago. If Conte can't work that out, then we kiss the title goodbye, now. All the talk of no replacement is also crap. Any decent striker who is willing to genuinely try (rather than pretend) would be 100 times better than Costa for the team right now.
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    All of our wins have been against teams below us in the table too :-)
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    N'Golo Kanté v Paul Pogba... ⅓ of the cost, half his size, but twice the player!!!
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    Great performance, great result. Going into the Liverpool and Arsenal games, I would have been happy coming out of it with a 5-7 point lead at the top. It's up to 9 now and I dare say we've come away having taken them both out of the race. Only Spurs and City remain in with a shout, and City were 2 mins away from being out of it themselves. Still a ways to go, but it's been a significant week. Some thoughts: 1) Hazard. Brilliant. He's been a bit quiet over the past month so it was great to see him back to his best. His goal was a thing of beauty. An amazing moment and it won't be forgotten. 2) The Kante-Matic shield was at it's best. Arsenal could find no way through them. This was best reflected by the fact that Conte didn't go to 3 in the middle until after the 80th minute. Usually he changes it a bit earlier but we were in such control that there was no need to change it. 3) Once again, I'd like to emphasize just how immense Alonso is. So underrated and often criticized. I often see people refer to him as the weak link, which is absolute rubbish. He actually had the highest average position in the team, which is insane. I know Kante is superhuman and all that, but Alonso's stamina is absurd; he covers that entire side for the full 90 minutes. For the first goal he was just past the halfway line when the cross was being worked. We know what happened next. 4) Shout out to a few others. I know Diego was a little frustrating but you can't fault his attitude. Worked his arse off and was desperate for a goal. I'd rather he be aggressive and actively looking for a goal, than passive and stuck out in wide areas. Pedro was excellent and has been a real star for us this season. Azpi was amazing, as usual. What a player. 5) We really are a well drilled, training ground team. Some of the moves are almost robotically orchestrated. One such example is ball from one of the CB's out wide to Moses, who runs towards it and hooks it forward with his left foot to Diego. Diego either holds it up or plays it first time to Pedro/Willian who makes a run in behind. That's one of our get out moves from our own half and we do it half a dozen times a game. 6) A final word on Arsenal. They really are a joke. No heart whatsoever, and that's epitomized by Ozil, who struts around aimlessly and behaves like hard work is beneath him. Wenger too, approaches a game as if scouting the opposition is beneath him. We want him to stay.
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    Apropos of absolutely nothing, Groundhog Day is a good film isn't it?
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    What a terrible, terrible game of football.
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    Rubbish. If Conte wins 3 PL titles , he will get plenty of attention and already we're witnessing the players loving Contes approach. It must be killing you not to have got behind him from the start. You didn't want him before he joined , when he joined or after he joined and you are yet to give him any direct praise on this forum despite your protestations to contrary. Conte is well respected in the world of football having been both an exceptional footballer and did a fantastic job at both club and country before turning our fortunes around and managing the side to equalling the longest winning streak in football history. I'm sure he can make do without the support of an internet ninja.
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    Massive news for the club. But also highlights what can happen when we as fans tell the powers that we don't agree with what they're doing. I was there at the CPO vote in 2011. A massive thank you to everyone else who was and told Buck where he could shove his relocation plans. One club, one ground. Not many teams can say that.
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    It's stretching the facts somewhat to say we got rid of 3 big name strikers, though. I had a friend who bought an absolute wreck of a Ferrari. He kept saying he would lovingly strip it down and rebuild the engine and gearbox etc., but all that ever happened was that it rotted further, untouched and (mostly) unloved in his garage. Then one day he sold it (how I don't know). After that, he kept boasting about how once, he had owned a Ferrari. Of course these boasts were not lies. He had owned a Ferrari; but his ownership was a million miles from what most people would imagine when told "I used to have a Ferrari" Our 3 big name strikers we got rid of were essentially 3 versions of my mate's Ferrari. Can we really count them (especially as two were only ever on loan, anyway)? You do enjoy stretching the facts to the maximum of its elasticity (and often beyond!) in order to try and win your arguments. How about, for 2017, you resolve not to do so any more?
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    The ultra low/zero press has been evident in a few games this season, Liverpool and Arsenal especially, and I criticised Conte for it but thankfully there was a dramatic change after those two defeats, and at times against Tottenham and City, both games which we won against two very good teams so the tactics were expected and justified. But to imply we played this way yesterday is just absurd. West Brom played with 6 defenders and were camped on their own 18 yard line for 90% of the game. We had by far the majority of possession and I'd imagine territory also. We pressed the ball very high when we lost most times won it back fairly quickly. On the few occasions they did attack, we got men back quickly and defended, something I don't see a problem with at all. We don't press much in defensive third, we get men behind the ball, defend well and look ti counter attack. In the other two thirds of the pitch I think we are very aggresive with our press, we often win the ball back quickly and look to go forward instantly. Its a tactic that has worked wonders, has us top of the league, on a 9 game winning streak and right now we are by far the best team in the league. I have loved watching every minute of it, not only have we played some incredible football, when we've been up against it we have showed real determination and mental strength and proved against some very good sides we are once again going to be very hard to beat. There is no way in a million years a certain poster even watches tge matches, I'd imagine he's sat infront of his laptop reading rhe bbc commentry on the game and basis his views on this, it's the only explanation. I was very critical of Conte after the liverpool and Arsenal games, and rightly so, we were shocking. I am however man enough to admit I was perhaps too quick to judge and happily admit that the turnaround, which is unquestionably down to Conte, is nothing short of miraculous. We have been brilliant and have a genuine chance of winning the league this season, something I didn't expect but will enjoy watching us attempt for the rest of the season.
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    It;s a bit quiet post Brexit, maybe a referendum is needed... 1) Should Matic, who things he is a football player, stop playing for CFC immediately, or 2) Should DWMH, who thinks he is a football analyst, stop posting on CFCnet immediately. A binding referendum please
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    Could have Talking bollocks with poor grammar. Sounds like RAWK alright.
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    How about this for a line up: DWMH DWMH DWMH DWMH DWMH DWMH Fabregas DWMH DWMH DWMH DWMH That way we can just bore Hull to death and Fab can score the half dozen goals DWMH assures us we would have scored in other games had he played from the start.
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    A note to the Moderators...Jose is manager at "another club"..a lot of the players discussed here are at another club. I, for one, see JM as an opponent now. Surely it's time this subject was transferred to the "Non Chelsea" section.
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    the clearest display of anti Chelsea media was Saturday's MOTD. When reviewing the Chelsea game, they were pretty unamimous that Costa should have got a second yellow, and they also reviewed the foul on Adrian from the Monday saying that was also a second yellow. Then, literally minutes later they review LEI v ARS and when Coquelin commits a clear second yellow, the reaction is, "well we don't want to see players sent off" It literally couldn't have been more blatant. One rule for us. Oh, and how much time was given to the handball by the Watford defender?
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    Please do us all a favour and abuse your administrator powers and change Droy's name to "Matic is my hero." At least it will finally give him something relevant to moan about.
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    So from last season's transfer windows we signed Papy, Hector, Falcao, Pato, Begovic, Rahman, Miazga & Kenedy. Papy, Falcao, Pato & Rahman are gone. Miazga & Kenedy are expected to go out on loan. Begovic is strongly rumoured to be leaving as well. That leaves Hector as the only player who we've signed in the past year that will be a part of the squad this season. And yet, even after this summer's astonishingly poor window, there's very little chance someone will get the sack for this. Yet the same patience isn't offered to the manager at the first sign of trouble.
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    Except ... The point is ludicrously stupid and the evidence points directly to the contrary and it doesn't stand at all? I blame myself more than anything because I should know better than to engage and to repeat the same point over and over again, but sometimes I'm less busy or more belligerent than others. We have literally no idea what we or any other club are doing in terms of transfers. None. Until the point they are confirmed. And the point they are confirmed is not necessarily the point they are done. I have no doubt you feel frustrated or worried, and that others feel the same. And you are perfectly allowed to feel frustrated. But it is a feeling. Nothing more. Because you (and I) don't know what is happening or not happening. If we buy into the idea that the press know what they are talking about when they report transfer deals (and for clarity, we shouldn't) then in City's case they've spend literally months chasing and haggling over Sane, have compromised massively in allowing Gabriel Jesus to remain with his club for another five months, and they have found themselves in a battle of wills with Everton over Stones that is nowhere near resolution. But ... They have two shiny new toys today and we've had the same old toys for ... How long has it been since we signed someone, a week or two? Never mind. Until the next time I don't know better ...
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    for **** sake, you come on here to look at transfer news and get pages of two people having a totally pathetic argument. Can you two not take it private, do you have to spam page after page of a transfer thread?
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    Maybe someone on the board is having a laugh at Conte. Call yourself a coach ? Coach this !
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    As usual some ridiculous comments throughout the match day forum. Their first goal is a blatant handball and we gave them a proper scare with ten men. But for two great saves by Ospina we could have won that. But no, the usual suspects conclude that we're an awful team that needs rebuilding. Gormangorman and ChelseaMatt you are so negative it pains me to read your posts. Get some perspective. Premier League was the main mission and we smashed that. As a club we rightly celebrated that and it's no surprise that arsenal were more up for this than we were as this trophy was everything to them. To us it was a bonus. After the effort we put in over 38 games they must have been absolutely spent. Arsenal on the other hand have hardly turned up from august to may. KTBFFH.
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    Conte is the epitome of how to behave and be classy as a manager and Jose is the complete opposite.
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    Are you saying that for all these years I have been calling them Spuds, I should have been calling them Arty-chokes?
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    Ake was class. Answered all the people that said Terry should start. Terry has not played a game with this kind of intensity for a long time. What surprised me about Ake was he was not nervous or worried. He was very calm. He believes in his ability. Something a few players need to do in this team.
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    Why oh why didn't the three times in a row winning manager in serie A and former over-achieving manager of the Italian national team listen to the views of an internet sensation will have to remain one of lifes mysteries I'm afraid.
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    .....the female........ Yawn, can't be bothered to expand on that. 'Mrs' SD is one lucky woman though.
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    Droy disapproves of gifs (it's 2017) and so, faced with the choice of easily posting a gif which sums up the poster's thoughts or writing essays to placate him, he probably decided that there were better ways of spending his time. The problem as I see it is that Droy makes an outlandish statement, get called out on it and then insists that it is everyone else who is misunderstanding and/or misquoting him. He then asks you to give your opinion, which you do. He then tries to create confusion to lead you away from the original nonsense comment, accuses you of being more interested in the poster than the post and then moves onto another subject/game and starts the entire process again.
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    I'm not buying that part at all. Sounds like an Atleti fan guilding the lily a bit. A touch of the Chinese whispers perhaps? (Topical).
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    Child. Behaving like a 10 year old.
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    Never in the history of football has a manager, and by association, a football club, been attacked so viciously and relentlessly by the media. Eventually it caused fault lines among our own supporters- those who thought he should be quiet and concentrate on the job because you can't beat the media, and those who enjoyed the fact that he didn't backed down in the face of the onslaught. I feel those fault lines can still define the pro/anti Mourinho lobby today. Personally I'm not sure if the battle was worth it because too often he was a lone voice in the wilderness. But if you ask me who I have more affection and respect for, the press or Mourinho, the answer is pretty much a no brainer.
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    My lasting impression from yesterday is our courage. We played our game and stuck to what we've done so well lately. We didn't cave in and just defend with no attacking purpose. We sat deeper at times but always stuck to the game plan overall. That we were under pressure last 20 in the first half wasn't because we were bad, but a testament to how good City are. First 25 mins it was a spectacular game. Much better than what I saw at Barcelona-Real Madrid. Two players disappointed last night for me and it was Moses and Fabregas. Both improved second half but those two stuck out for me during the first half as bad performances. Hazard, Costa and Kante magnificent. So was Luiz. Insanely good performance from him. What a signing he's been. Absolutely immense! Another thing I've noticed, we are back to making last ditch tackles and blocks a lot more now compared to 12 months ago. We don't give up until it's actually over. Love it! Counter-attacking... What to say? Impressive stuff. Three well taken goals.
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    That was 2015. A year later, now no longer at Chelsea: Could they be any more blatant?
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    Do you go on tour professionally with your trumpet or do you just blow it on here for our entertainment?
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    To the tune of "That's the way (aha aha) I like it (aha aha)" Batshuayi - I like it Batshuayi - I like it And repeat.
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    ... and I'll be very impressed if you ever post something worth reading.
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    If you go by last season alone, the best PL 11 would look something like: GK - De Gea DL - Christian Fuchs DC - Luarent Koscielny DC - Nicolas Otamendi DR - Hector Bellerin DMC - N'Golo Kante MC - Mesut Ozil MC - Dmitri Payet AML - Alexis Sanchez AMR - Riyad Mahrez FC - Kane / Vardy And even then, I feel kinda bad for leaving our players like Deli Ali, Eriksen, Aguero. From Arsenal, Sanchez, Ozil, Bellerin, Koscielny, Cech and Ramsey would all walk into our starting 11. Meanwhile Cazorla, Monreal and Xhaka would give them a good run for the 'top 14' From City: Otamendi, Aguero, De Bruyne, Silva all walk into the starting 11, with Kompany, Yaya, Fernandinho, Kolarov all making a good run for the 'top 14' From Spurs: Dembele, Kane, Eriksen, Ali, Dier, Alderweireld all walk into our starting 11, whilst Rose, Walker, Lamela all make a push for the 'top 14' We need to take a reality check on how good our team is, let alone our squad.
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    Personally, I think if the club is willing to back him to that level of investment then why not spend it really. No doubting he is a great manager, but at the same time, I would have liked him to prove how great he is by improving them massively without the backing of huge money and signing superstar players. He really could have shut everyone up had he done that. To be balanced about things, I think we are gearing up for the most competitive PL season amongst the top clubs there has ever been and he is coming into a huge job off the back of a dent to his repuatation (not that it was all his fault, but he deserves a fair share of that blame ) I will always have huge respect for the guy, but regardless of what happens at Old Trafford (which I am really intrugied about) and to a certain extent, regardless of what happens at Chelsea this season. I am pleased we have now moved in another direction and we dont have the circus that follows him, and is instigated by him at times attached to the club any longer. Our improvement wont neccessarily happen overnight and neither will Man Utd's , but I genuinely feel we will look back on this decision in the next few seasons as the correct decision for the football club. After all , our finest hour was achieved whilst he was not our manager and I think the club and the fans (that includes me) needed to have the second spell of his career with Chelsea as it felt like unfinished business. Personally, it now feels like finished business with Jose and I think the club will see the benefits of this long term.
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    I've moved on from Jose but like most of us I will watch with interest how he does at United, but I will say this. The one thing I've always been proud of as a Chelsea supporter is the reception that we always give to ex players who have worn the Chelsea blue with pride. They may not all have won trophies but if they gave their all and ran their socks of then they were given a hero's welcome regardless of where they went after they left us. Not for us the small mindedness of Spurs and Arsenal supporters. I saw an interview with Micky Thomas recently and he said he was almost moved to tears by the reception he got from Chelsea fans when he came back to play against us. That is something we should be very proud of. I will not forget the joy I got each time a JM team lifted a major trophy and I think some of us need to reboot our memories a little. It will say more about us as fans than it will about him if he is treated nastily by Chelsea fans now .... regardless of whether he signs a Chelsea shirt or not.... ( he's not with us anymore so who gives a damn about such stuff?)
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    Been linked to Mahrez today. I hope that transfer does not happen. Dont need another winger if Cuardado is coming back plus there are other better wingers out there than Mahrez. He does not strike me as a Conte type of player. I would rather give Moses a shot than spend £30M on Mahrez.