Box of Tricks

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  1. Tiemoue Bakayako

    Quick internet search brought up these quotes made before the game... And these ones after... This will run and run.
  2. Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2

    Strong line up, still not comfortable with Rudiger and Luiz as a pairing but we'll probably outscore them anyway.
  3. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    Good game and a decent result. Arsenal will obviously be a tougher test, but I'm looking forward to seeing how we develop over the next few weeks.
  4. 2018/19 Expectations.

    We'll climb back into the top four at the expense of Tottenham, but we'll lose Hazard at the end of this month for a massive amount of money. Premier League: 4th Europa League: Win FA Cup: QF League Cup: Early exit on penalties to someone like Bristol City.
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    This has got 'Done Deal' written all over it.
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    Kovacic on loan, Fekir for £60m and Martial in a swap for Willian would be very nice. Still need a goalkeeper and our back four would be a little bit dodgy, but it will be progress at least.
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    100% this. And then if Courtois rejects it, it makes his line about wanting to be closer to his kids look like absolute rubbish. Without doubt the worst keeper we've been linked to this window.
  8. Transfer Talk Topic

    And we voted for it too...
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    No point waiting until next summer and January will be too late because we might face an exodus later this month. We've got less than four days to sort out our most clear and obvious problems.
  10. Chelsea 0 Manchester City 2

    Thankfully we won't have to come up against City every week... Obviously it will take time to adapt, but we need to give ourselves the best possible chance - and that involves acting while the window is still open.
  11. Chelsea 0 Manchester City 2

    It shouldn't take us getting dicked again and again for those upstairs to realise we're short of quality. The window in England shuts at a worrying time. If we're not careful, we might be picked off and left with this line up for the rest of the season.
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    Then if that's the case, we should back him. Inter were actually linked with Bakayoko (and he did very well for them the other night), so a swap might suit everyone.
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    If Vecino is a genuine target and a player Sarri wants, then fair enough, but if this is another situation playing out (I.e, "no to those three names, but what about this person eighth on your list?"), and it's being pushed by the people who bought us Bakayoko and Drinkwater, then I worry a little bit...
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    Ten days to go - not really paying much attention to the rumours, but I really want to see a top striker and a fantastic attacking/wide player come through those doors. It seems so obvious - we lack creativity and the ability to finish - and yet I have an awful feeling that it's a blindspot for those wielding the chequebook. No more 'central' midfielders, unless they're in the "outstanding" category. And a goalkeeper, of course...
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    Are people honestly kicking off about Rob Green replacing Eduardo?! Remind us how many games Eduardo played over two seasons...
  16. Media / Press

    I started thinking about which of our stars haven't been linked with a move away, and it took me half a minute to get round to Azpilicueta. So on second thoughts, maybe they have done the sensible thing!
  17. Media / Press

    There's currently a trailer for Sky Sports PL (126 Games/The Premier League is back, etc). They give it the big fanfare - clips of goals and celebrations, interspersed with flashy motion graphics, commentary highlights and a Lethal Bizzle/Stormzy soundtrack. Then it features, in this order: Then the voiceover comes in "The footballing superstars return to the Premier League, get ready to take your seat". And then it ends. Hopefully along with one or two subscriptions.
  18. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    I wish someone told me about blu-tac when I was younger. Sellotape was unforgiving on bedroom walls.
  19. Official: Chelsea Part Ways With Antonio Conte

    I want a manager to manage. What I saw in February and March wasn't management, it was a wilful dereliction of duty. Olivier Giroud's spirit and attitude in the Southampton game turned our season around, because that attitude certainly wasn't coming from the man on the touchline.
  20. Transfer Talk Topic

    I think there's truth in those Ronaldo to Juventus rumours, and I think we're the ones funding it by buying Higuain and Rugani. EDIT - This is all over Twitter, there was me thinking I was a half-decent detective.
  21. Transfer Talk Topic

    Real Madrid is probably where he wants to go, but before any talk of Alisson coming in as a replacement, I'd approach Atletico to see if a Courtois/Oblak swap could be on the cards.
  22. Transfer Talk Topic

    They must have really enjoyed the last month then.
  23. Transfer Talk Topic

    A lot of Sarri/Chelsea stories about today, and from the looks of it, virtually every paper is putting their faith in "Calcio Napoli 24". Whatever the hell that is...
  24. Transfer Talk Topic

    Thanks, etc, but for £60m he can go - it will be like selling United a ceiling that will keep them below what they need to be a title winning team. Said it for years, we need a more decisive, productive player to carry our attack - an equal to Hazard. Willian isn't that. Sell him, invest in someone world class, and let Hudson-Odoi pick up the spare minutes around him because he looks gifted. -- Better still, getting Martial in a kind of swap deal for WIllian (with a bit of cash thrown in from our side) would be definitely worth doing.
  25. Transfer Talk Topic

    That's an incredible gesture Leo, most appreciated.