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  1. Kante and Jorginho - The Conundrum

    Yeah, I'd agree with that. From what I saw of Sarri's Napoli over the last couple of years, the difference between Kovacic/Barkley to Hamsik is much greater than Jorginho to Jorginho or Kanté to Allan.
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    The board obviously thinks he's the answer to something if they're prepared to pay £50m for him as reports suggest.
  3. Transfer Talk Topic

    I like Callum Wilson as a player but us paying £50m for him in the January transfer window feels like another case of paying way over the odds for a player that simply isn't good enough for where we want to be, in line with Morata, Bakayoko, Drinkwater and Zappacosta. So we'll probably do it.
  4. Media / Press

    Saw this on Twitter, via @NicoSulky. Not sure if this anecdote is new or has already been discussed previously: "Listening to @TransferPodcast and there’s an interesting piece by @DuncanCastles on Chelsea / Marina Granovskaia. Will post it in this tweet later today. @DuncanCastles: “She [Marina Granovskaia] was directly involved in Fernando Torres move from Liverpool. She played an important role in David Luiz transfer.” DC: “In 2011, I wrote a story saying that she was going to replace Ron Gourlay as Chief Executive. My sources had told me she had been working effectively as Chief Executive for quite a period when I wrote that story. DC: “On the basis, when people wanted to talk about transfers, they went to Granovskaia rather than Ron Gourlay (Chief Executive at the time). When I put that story out, Chelsea came down on me like a ton of bricks. DC: “Basically, if your paper runs that, we will sue them. I think because she was Roman Abramovich’s person assistant at the time and the idea that she was gonna be promoted to Chief Executive. DC: “The idea that someone moving from Personal Assistant to Chief Executive wasn’t a good PR look and so the story didn’t get run by my English paper at the time.” Not long after that, Duncan Castles explains, Ron Gourlay left Chelsea and Marina Granovskaia basically took over without the title of a CEO.” Posted without comment and in full awareness of what most people probably think of Duncan Castles. I just thought some people might find it of note.
  5. Tottenham Hotspur 1 Chelsea 0

    Much the better team this second half. Come on!
  6. Tottenham Hotspur 1 Chelsea 0

    Oh FFS Christensen. Should be 1-1
  7. Tottenham Hotspur 1 Chelsea 0

    Best football we've played in a while this.
  8. Tottenham Hotspur 1 Chelsea 0

    I love Kanté so much.
  9. Tottenham Hotspur 1 Chelsea 0

    Giroud has to come on for me. Great challenge Rüdiger.
  10. Tottenham Hotspur 1 Chelsea 0

    Eh? No need for this rubbish.
  11. Tottenham Hotspur 1 Chelsea 0

    Willian you idiot.
  12. Positive press conference with Sarri just now. Said CHO ready, that he is at the same level as Pedro and Willian in his mind now and he'll get opportunities. He also said we need a Fabregas replacement if he leaves, but it's different with Cahill because we have Ampadu ready to step in. He went on to say that we have a great Academy and having a number of English/home grown players in the squad can be really good for a club, better than an entire squad of foreign players. That's also really good to hear. It almost sounds like he's had a conversation with Marina/the board and they've stressed that integrating young players from the Academy is also a priority, given how different this press conference came off in comparison with the previous one where he acknowledged the fans' desire to see youth come through but stressed that he has to win every game and surely the fans want that above anything. Or perhaps he's genuinely changed his mind. Or is just paying lip service. Sounds pretty positive to me though.
  13. Chelsea 2 Nottingham Forest 0

    Bye Fabs. :( Becoming increasingly alarmed with some of Sarri’s selections and substitutions I have to say. Why he couldn’t have included Brown or Redan on the bench I don’t know.
  14. Chelsea 2 Nottingham Forest 0

    Don’t think I’ll ever forgive the Sarri/the club if he doesn’t get the chances, goes to Bayern and becomes as good as everyone seems to think he can become. We’ve waited so long for a player as exciting as him to come through the Academy. To mess that up...
  15. Chelsea 2 Nottingham Forest 0

    Ridiculous, frustrating match. Morata missing a sitter and then getting hauled down, Fabregas missing the pen and then RLC having to go off injured which is extremely upsetting given how much I rate him and how close he seems to be to finally breaking into the starting line up. Hudson-Odoi and Ampadu doing well but I expect both to get taken off soon.