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  1. Media / Press

    I was forced to listen to Steve Claridge on 5Live - he spent 5 minutes talking about Rüdiger going down and didn't mention anything about headbutting being slightly against the laws of the game. Priorities. It's a man's game, we're told continuously.
  2. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    He's already played in the Championship. Playing in Italy gives him a chance to develop his game further. He's one of the few successes amongst the loan army this season.
  3. BATE Borisov 0 Chelsea 1

    Kepa Zappacosta Christensen Cahill Palmieri Kovacic Ampadu RLC Pedro Giroud Hazard Subs: Caballero, Azpilicueta, Kanté, Jorginho, Barkley, Willian, Hudson-Odoi That's what I expect, possibly with Jorginho in place of Ampadu. Hopefully Hazard only plays 45 minutes as mentioned, then Hudson-Odoi gets a longer run out than last week.
  4. Chelsea Reserve & Youth Team

    Aina and James should be candidates to replace Zappacosta next season.
  5. Media / Press

    If Chelsea drop out of the Premier League and/or UEFA competitions in order to join a closed shop European Super League would anyone still support them?
  6. Squad Status: 2018/2019 Season

    You'd assume that Drinkwater, Moses and Cahill won't be here next season. Without them and with loans for the 18 year olds we'll already be down to 21. Loads of space.
  7. Squad Status: 2018/2019 Season

    There are still 7 players from our 26 man squad that don't have contracts beyond the end of this season.
  8. Kante and Jorginho - The Conundrum

    Yes, although we've yet to see them tested against a top side. I think Kovacic is better in the Kanté role, with better passing skills but not such a good ball-winner. There's no way he's the number 8 we need, providing another threat. Given that Kovacic is on loan, back-up to one of our best players is probably the best place for him. Add in Fabregas trying to win a new contract and take minutes from Jorginho and this is definitely the best midfield we've had since about 2010.
  9. Burnley 0 Chelsea 4

    Burnley got away with a lot of fouls today. I read criticism of Kepa for his aerial game but he was fouled twice when coming for the ball today and the ref only whistled one of them. Kepa also suffered a nasty scissors from Barnes, which was very predictable. Normally refs really protect the keeper in that situation, but not if it's a Chelsea keeper. I also have no idea why Morata was booked.
  10. Kante and Jorginho - The Conundrum

    Yes, compare the potency of Alonso-Kovacic-Hazard with Azpilicueta-Kanté-Willian. Very unbalanced.
  11. Chelsea 3 BATE Boris 1

    Arrizabalaga, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Emerson, Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas, Kovacic, Pedro, Giroud, Willian Subs: Caballero, Rüdiger, Kanté, Barkley, Moses, Hudson-Odoi, Morata 8 changes, almost as many as we could given injuries and ineligibility. Moses slipping down the pecking order.
  12. Kante and Jorginho - The Conundrum

    I think that the bigger problem is our number 8 - Kovacic looks more suited to Jorginho's position and Barkley still looks scared to try something near the box. Kanté's role would be appreciated more if the guys ahead of him were doing what they're there to do.
  13. I don't think he's expected to win anything this season. Get back into the top 4 and maybe get lucky in the cups before some investment next summer. Then next season he'll really be under pressure.
  14. Chelsea 1 MOL Vidi 0

    Time to make 11 changes. Caballero Zappacosta Cahill Christensen Palmieri Ampadu Fabregas RLC Moses Morata CHO Subs: Bulka, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Barkley, Kanté, Willian, Giroud
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    + Drinkwater + RLC (probably on loan)