Michael Tucker

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  1. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    Please use this thread for all posts relating to our Premier League match against Huddersfield at John Smith's 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 15:00, Saturday, 11th August, 2018 (Local UK time/date).
  2. Please use this thread for all posts relating to our final Pre-Season Friendly against Lyon at Stamford Bridge, 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. According to TOCWS, the match is scheduled to kick off at 20:O5, Tuesday 7th August, 2018 (Local UK time/date)
  3. 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!
  4. Chelsea 0 Manchester City 2

    Please use this thread for all posts relating to The FA Community Shield match against Manchester City 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 15:00, Sunday 5th August, 2018 (Local UK time/date)
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    Spot on. The sooner we stop making excuses for Morata, and send him on his way, the better. He's a dud, and couldn't hit a cow's arse with a banjo..
  6. Please use this thread for all posts relating to our Pre-Season Friendly against Arsenal at Aviva Stadium, Dublin, 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 20:O5, Wednesday 1st August, 2018 (Local UK time/date)
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    i'd suggest that the only 'happy clappy' who appears to worship Marina, is Roman.
  8. Ross Barkley

    Chelsea Football Club has today completed the signing of Ross Barkley from Everton. The 24-year-old has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract and will wear the number 8 shirt. Upon signing for the Premier League champions, Barkley said: ‘I'm overwhelmed, I'm looking forward to it and I'm really excited to get started. ‘To be given a fresh start at a new club like Chelsea, it's unbelievable for me. I'm looking forward to continuing where I left off at the end of last season and hoping to improve and add more goals to my game.’ Club director Marina Granovskaia added: ‘Ross is a player we have long admired and are certain he will prove to be an important player for Chelsea. He possesses outstanding technical and physical attributes, matched with good experience of the Premier League and a strong desire to succeed at the highest level. We welcome him to the club and look forward to seeing him in action.’ Barkley arrives with a wealth of experience for a player so young, having already made 150 Premier League appearances for Everton, as well as being named in England squads for both the World Cup and European Championships. His versatility ensures he can play just behind the striker, in a deeper midfield role or in an advanced wide position, with his ability to get on the ball and create chances one of the player’s biggest strengths. A hamstring injury at the beginning of the current campaign has kept him out since August, which means he is eligible to play for the Blues in all four competitions.
  9. Ross Barkley

    Let's wait and see. With Barkley, everyone has been here before, unfortunately. Nobody will be happier if he proves me wrong, than me.....but it'll take more than a few pre-season appearances for that to happen.
  10. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Yawn...............zzzzzzzzzzzz........Beep!
  11. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Business as usual, then?
  12. Please use this thread for all posts relating to our Pre-Season Friendly against Inter Milan at Allianz Riviera, Nice, 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. According to TOCWS, the match is scheduled to kick off at 8:O5 pm, Saturday, 28th July, 2018 (Local UK time/date).
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    Unless we're selling Bakayoko, of course............:).
  14. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Loans: Passaic to Atalanta - season. Nathan to Atletico Mineiro - season.
  15. Perth Glory 0 Chelsea 1

    Please use this thread for all posts relating to our Pre-Season Friendly against Perth Glory at Optus 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 9:30 pm, Monday, 23rd July, 2018 (Local UK time/date).
  16. Perth Glory 0 Chelsea 1

    Mate, I'm just telling you what I've read, and that includes TOCWS.
  17. Perth Glory 0 Chelsea 1

    Game is on Chelsea TV live in Australia at 10am - 12 noon AEST, 24th july - which apparently is 9:30 pm UK time, 23rd July.
  18. Perth Glory 0 Chelsea 1

    On the other side of the (big) country unfortunately, Jane. Still, it is on Chelsea TV at a reasonable hour (for a change)...........:).
  19. Official: Zola Returns!

    Former Chelsea and Italy striker Gianfranco Zola has returned to Stamford Bridge as assistant to new manager Maurizio Sarri. As a player, Zola helped the club win two FA Cups, one Uefa Cup Winners' Cup, one Uefa Super Cup and one League Cup between 1996-2003. "For me it is an amazing thing. I am pleased to be here," said Zola. Zola, who resigned as Birmingham City manager in April 2017, has joined Chelsea's pre-season tour of Australia.
  20. Transfer Talk Topic

    Apart from nothing, really. I was talking about the reports/rumours in the media over the past couple of days - including the one's where he'd signed for Liverpool. Waste of a good A-Team line, really.
  21. Transfer Talk Topic

    Alternatively, there is this report from Sky, today: LIVERPOOL have completed the signing of Alisson Becker for a fee of £67 million (AU$118 million), subject to the Roma goalkeeper passing a medical, according to Sky in Italy. The 25-year-old travelled to England on a private jet on Wednesday evening and will undergo a medical with the Reds in the next few days. Brazil's goalkeeper Alisson gestures against Mexico.Source: AFP Sky in Italy understands the Brazil international has already agreed personal terms and will sign a five-year deal at Anfield. Alisson is set to become the most expensive goalkeeper in history, with Liverpool surpassing the £34.7 million (AU$61 million) fee Manchester City paid for Ederson in 2017. Alisson will become Jurgen Klopp’s fourth signing of the summer, joining fellow new arrivals Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri at Anfield. Alisson and Thiago Silva of Brazil.Source: Getty Images Reds fans can take a deep sigh of relief, as the deal is a massive step in the right direction when it comes to solving their goalkeeper crisis. Loris Karius’ vital mistakes in the Champions League final immediately put him in the firing line, and his clangers in previous seasons didn’t help his cause either. As for Simon Mignolet, he’s been far from convincing during his time in Merseyside, with Reds fans constantly unhappy with the goalkeeper situation at the club. Loris Karius of Liverpool breaks down in tears after defeat in the UEFA Champions League final.Source: Getty Images So the introduction of the fresh-faced Brazil international, who featured at the World Cup in Russia, would be warmly greeted by Reds fans. Alisson made 49 appearances for Roma last season and was part of the side that suffered a 7-6 aggregate defeat to Liverpool in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
  22. Transfer Talk Topic

    Wednesday, your time is when it first appeared, as far as I can tell. There have been lots of rumours about when and where Alisson actually is, and who's signing him, over the past week. Including that he's staying where he is!.
  23. Transfer Talk Topic

    Well, Liverpool hasn't signed him yet, as far as I can tell....... Chelsea still in for Alisson By Football Italia staff Chelsea are still well in the race with Liverpool for Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker, amid reports Real Madrid will sign Thibaut Courtois. There were reports today in Italy that Liverpool had offered €60m plus €10m in bonuses for Alisson, which is practically at the €75m asking price. However, Sky Sports UK insist there has been no bid from Anfield. On top of that, RMC in France suggest Real Madrid have agreed a €35m transfer fee for Belgium international Courtois. This would fee the Stamford Bridge side up to get Alisson, especially as Maurizio Sarri always wants a goalkeeper who is good with his feet to start moves from the back and there are few better in that sense than the Brazilian. With the Courtois cash, Chelsea could dive in with the full €70m for Alisson.
  24. Media / Press

    Take your point, IF what Neil says is a true reflection of what happened. Until we hear from the club on this, then what we see is just HIS version of what happened.
  25. Transfer Talk Topic

    I know, it just doesn't seem right, does it?