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  1. Media / Press

    Stay classy Ryan!
  2. West Bromwich Albion 3 Chelsea 3

    This performance is inexcusable. Three individual errors in less than half an hour. I’d sub both fullbacks off already
  3. Chelsea 0 Liverpool 2

    I think I'd go... Kepa James - Christensen - Zouma - Azpi Kante - Kovacic Havertz - Mount - Werner Giroud
  4. Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Chelsea 3

    Isn't James out too, or was that just precautionary? I think we'll go Kepa Azpi - Rüdiger - Christensen - Alonso Kante - Jorginho - Mount Havertz - Abraham - Werner
  5. Transfer Talk Topic

    Havertz confirmed! https://link.chelseafc.com/mjdA5sASv9
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    That will probably end up being our starting forward line but I wouldnt be surprised to see depending on injuries: Werner Pulisic - Mount - Ziyech in the first few weeks folllowed by a first change of Havertz. I think we'll move more towards the Doppel-6 that's favoured here, purely because our personnel (considering the players we're targetting) suits that set-up better than most formations and theoretically gives us better protection through the middle of the park. That's why, long term, I'd like to see a CF like Haller here.
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    A lot is overstating things - don't have much time with two young kids! Having said that, I think we'd be pretty silly not to sign Havertz. He's comfortably one of the best players in the league already and has really stepped up his goals and assists since Bosz arrived in Leverkusen. Bosz tends to play a pretty aggressive, attacking style, so maybe that's why..? He's got great technique like most young Germans do, he gets himself into great positions on the field, seems to get open a lot (similar to Thomas Müller) and he's fast to boot. We'll miss Willian's pressing on the right but I think Havertz's/Ziyech's speed, directness and threat on the ball either through a cross or shot should compensate for that. He seems to really like playing as right Inside Forward so IMO he'd be in direct competition with Ziyech if he came. I don't see him slotting in further back. Regardless of COVID-19 etc, if we pass on him this season, we won't get a chance again.
  8. Transfer Talk Topic

    I'd also take Sebastien Haller off their hands.
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    Everything I read here was that we had no recall option and the coach thought he had far better alternatives in the squad. I’m not sure if the loan was organised before Nagelsmann took over, but it’s certainly clear he didn’t rate him. We clearly underestimated how competitive Leipzig was going to be and the standard of the Bundesliga in general. A German team might be a decent bet for him again but he needs to drop down at least another tier to a team like Wolfsburg, Frankfurt or Hoffenheim. Mönchengladbach was an upper mid-table team when Christensen went there. A top 4 team won’t touch him. A team challenging for the top 4 won’t touch him. Personally speaking, I don’t think a team challenging for promotion from the Championship would take him either. But wherever he goes, he can’t be stuck for the whole season again.
  10. New Stadium Plans

    Looks like they’re letting the planning permission lapse. https://chelseafc.app.link/VeHeRv54d5
  11. Transfer Talk Topic

    In fairness, a loan to the Bundesliga is a good step. Loaning him to Leipzig was incredibly poor planning and a pretty serious misjudgement with respect to the quality of their squad.
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    I think the cup-tied rule has been changed. Dealt with under Article 45 here BUt Hazard has just been diagnosed with a broken ankle and is out for a while - getting Bale out of Madrid probably got much harder.
  13. Happy to hear you‘re doing better Mark!
  14. Official: David Luiz Departs For Arsenal

    Belated Happy Birthday, Chara!!
  15. Official: David Luiz Departs For Arsenal

    The hardest part for me was the three days of no food after the procedure and waiting for the biopsy results - uncomfortable from the excision, nervous and tetchy from lack of food does not help one's mood at all!! Wishing you a speedy recovery, Mark!
  16. Official: Chelsea Sign Mateo Kovacic

    €50m to a friend...
  17. Official: Eden Hazard Departs For Real Madrid

    Thank you Eden for your skill, goals, assists and commitment. I would have loved it, if he’d stayed but can’t begrudge him his move after everything he’s done for us. Just hope the dream lives up to the reality... We’ll miss his goals and creativity, and next season has just got exponentially harder, but if we can consolidate this year, bed in a couple of youngsters and use our cash stockpile wisely when we can, we should be good going forward. KTBFFH!
  18. Non Chelsea: Champions League

    Congratulations to Daniel Sturridge. Double CL winner with zero minutes played!
  19. Non Chelsea: Champions League

    F’in bent ref
  20. Khobar's Legacy

    We go straight in to the group stage now https://www.premierleague.com/european-qualification-explained
  21. New Stadium Plans

    The projected cost was always wildly optimistic, considering the complexity of the design, cramped site constraints and engineering works required. That was even before allowing for any sort of delays or rises in construction costs which are inevitable on a project of this length so your second scenario sounds more likely to me. Two examples of large scale Herzog & de Meuron work - Allianz Arena cost £300m to build (15 years ago) on a brownfield site, with no neighbours and a simpler facade. The Elbphilharmonie was originally projected to cost €70m and ended up costing 10x that much with a construction time 3 times longer than estimated. That building had a similarly complex form to our new stadium design and was also built in / on top of an existing urban fabric. New WHL had a threefold increase to ca. £1bn over its 3 year construction period and had to deal with only some of the issues we will face. The revised cost for our stadium still seems like creative estimating to me and regardless of it currently being a "poor investment climate" I can't see the price coming down at all, new site or not. Maybe it's part of Abramovich's plan to set the strongest possible sale platform? Appease the fans with wow-factor, provide a blueprint for site maximisation and obtain a valid planning permission before selling at an inflated price - all fairly standard developer tactics...
  22. Transfer Talk Topic

    Yes. That was a pre-transfer agreement between the clubs, not a loan.
  23. New Kits

    And on the club website too - first outing this Weekend against Watford
  24. Media / Press

    Both Chelsea and Colin Wing would have a good libel case, I'd have thought...