Michael Tucker

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  1. Transfer Talk Topic

    Well, one of the problems, at least. The other 'problem' (or, complication in all this) is what the new manager (if there is to be one) thinks of these players. Let's face it, whoever gets the job may love these guys, and be able to bring out the best in them. He may also be looking to move some others on.
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    I wonder why you think that the likes of Drinkwater, Morata, Batshuayi, etc., want to be sold, or the club considers them expendable?
  3. Thibaut Courtois

    Fixed - just for you.
  4. Conte, stay or go?

    A few days ago it was all Arteta.........:).
  5. Conte, stay or go?

    What?
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    He's warming up on the sideline. Be coming on any minute now.............
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    This. Well said, JaneB.
  8. Conte, stay or go?

    After guiding his side to FA Cup glory at Wembley, Antonio Conte spoke of his happiness at ending what has been a difficult campaign by winning an important trophy. The eighth FA Cup success in our history was secured courtesy of a first-half Eden Hazard penalty, the only goal of the game, as the Blues overcame Manchester United in a repeat scoreline of the 2007 triumph against the same opposition exactly 11 years to the day. There were a few scares in the second half as Jose Mourinho’s side attempted to hit back, while Marcos Alonso passed up a great opportunity to extend our lead, but over the course of the game we defended well and made the most of an opportunity when it fell our way. Conte reflected on the game, and the season as a whole. ‘I’m very satisfied because today it was very difficult to win the FA Cup against a really great team like Man United so we must be pleased,’ said the Italian. ‘It wasn’t easy but I’m very happy for our fans and my players. They deserve this win, to win an important trophy in a season which was very difficult for many reasons. ‘At the start of the season I predicted the difficulty but despite this we finished fifth, won the FA Cup and lost in the semi-final of the League Cup. To miss out on a place in the Champions League is not good for a club like Chelsea and we must be honest to say that, myself and the players, but at the same time you have to know the real situation, to understand this group of players did their best and fifth was the position we deserved. But to finish in this way and to win an important trophy showed great commitment and desire from my players. ‘For sure when you are used to winning every season, this type of season can create some problems in yourself because when you have this type of season there are moments when you have a lot of questions for yourself. But also in a difficult season I showed I am a serial winner and this is the proof. To win in this way has given me more satisfaction than my wins in the past.’ Conte was asked what his own future holds ‘I have a contract and I am committed to this club. From the start of the season, because don’t forget the speculation started after our first defeat to Burnley, my position was always the same, I’m committed. ‘One day there was speculation about me going with the national team, another day it was to go with another important team, but in every press conference I said I was committed to this club. I respect my contract but our job is not simple. I understand the club can make a decision, positive or negative, I’m the first to understand because I’m the coach of a great and an important club, and it’s right the club demand a lot from me. You have to understand if this season we had the maximum or not. ‘I have great respect for my club and for sure they will make the best decision. I’m the first to accept any decision for the future because after these two seasons I will always love this colour, this club and the fans if my future is in a different way. ‘I think that after two years the club know me very well. If they want to continue to work with me they know me. I can’t change. My way is always the same; hard work and to build a strong identity with my players, I can’t change. I’m like this. My past speaks very clear as a player and manager. ‘You can say what you want but I’m a serial winner, I’ve shown that in England last year, after a difficult 10th-place finish, and I showed it today because we found the right way to lift this trophy. I’m very happy for the players and fans, but at the same time I’m happy for the club. In two seasons I brought two trophies for the club.’
  9. Conte, stay or go?

    I'm well aware of what Vialli has had to say. He also gets paid to comment, so I'm not sure that any comparison works. I simply asked what you based your comments on. If you based it on what Vialli said, then fine, so be it.
  10. Conte, stay or go?

    Based on what you 'think' Conte wants? And, what if you're wrong?
  11. Chelsea 1 Manchester United 0

    Please use this thread for all posts relating to our FA Cup Final against Manchester United at Wembley Stadium, before, during and after the game. The Moderators will be keeping an eye on things, so let's try to keep it intelligent. Please note that this un-moderated forum is a privilege and its abuse will result in the suspension of your account. The match is scheduled to kick off at 17:15, Saturday 19th May, 2018 (Local UK time/date).
  12. Alvaro Morata.

    Morata is a Blue NEWSFRI 21 JUL 2017 Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce Alvaro Morata has completed his move from Real Madrid on a five-year-deal. Morata will now join up with the squad on its pre-season tour of Asia. A strong, quick and skilful forward adept at leading the line and bringing his team-mates into play, Morata’s movement on and off the ball make him a constant threat to opposition defenders, whether he is running at speed from deep or looking to strike in the 18-yard box. His goals come in all forms - outstanding long-range efforts, poachers’ finishes, headers and one-on-ones. He is also comfortable on either foot. Upon completing his transfer, Morata said: ‘I am so happy to be here. It’s an incredible emotion to be part of this big club. I am looking to work hard, score as many goals as I can and to win as many trophies as possible.’ Technical director Michael Emenalo added: ‘We are delighted to complete Alvaro’s signing and welcome him to the club. We believe he can make a great impact for Chelsea and look forward to seeing him in action. ‘Alvaro has proven class at the highest level and his quality will be a huge asset to Antonio and the squad.’ A regular for Spain, the 24-year-old has scored nine goals in 20 appearances - including three at last year’s European Championships. Morata made his debut for Real Madrid shortly after his 18th birthday having impressed for their youth teams and began to feature regularly during the 2012/13 campaign. He provided a fine assist for Karim Benzema in an El Clasico victory that season, as well as scoring his first goal for the club - a winner at Levante. In the next campaign, Morata scored eight league goals, averaging one every 70 minutes under the stewardship of former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti. He also opened his Champions League account that year as Real won the trophy for the 10th time. In the final, Morata was introduced with his side a goal down; they ended up beating their great city rivals Atletico 4-1. Juventus moved to sign the striker in the summer of 2014 and he was a regular as they continued their dominance of Italian football, comfortably winning Serie A in 2015 and 2016, with Morata prominent. He also helped them reach the Champions League final in his first season in Turin, but this time the Spaniard ended up on the losing side despite equalising from close range against Barcelona in Berlin. Real exercised a buyback option last summer and he enjoyed the most profitable season of his career to date on his return to the Bernabeu, scoring 20 goals in all competitions and winning La Liga and the Champions League, when he came on as a late substitute against his former club. Welcome to Chelsea, Alvaro!
  13. Antonio Rudiger

    Antonio Rudgier Signs! "Premier League champions Chelsea have signed Germany defender Antonio Rudiger from Roma on a five-year contract for an initial fee of £29m. Rudiger, 24, completed the transfer one week after helping world champions Germany win the Confederations Cup. "It's a great feeling because not every player has the opportunity to join a huge club like this," said Rudiger. The fee for Chelsea's first major signing of the summer could rise to £33.3m with add-on clauses. "Antonio is still young but is experienced at club and international level and possesses all the requisite attributes to thrive in the Premier League," said Chelsea's technical director Michael Emenalo. "He is a player of proven quality." Rudiger will wear the number two shirt left vacant after Branislav Ivanovic's departure to Zenit St Petersburg in February. Because he was set to take a break after his involvement in the Confederations Cup, Rudiger is unlikely to be involved when the majority of Antonio Conte's squad return to pre-season training on Monday." Welcome, Antonio!