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  1. Huddersfield 0 Chelsea 3

    We were a bit fortunate to be 2-0 up at half time. Defence looked shaky at times, we barely created a chance, and seemed to be going back and sideways. Sarri got us playing a bit more positively second half. Once Hazard came on we got a glimpse of things to come. Looking forward to seeing Hazard and Kovacic together. Morata was a bit anonymous. Not sure why we’re getting rid of Batshuayi. He’d be a good player to come on. Not entirely convincing overall, and one of the weakest teams were likely to play, but a comfortable win anyway.
  2. Transfer Talk Topic

    Evening Standard reporting that Mateo Kovacic will undergo a medical on Wednesday ahead of a loan move to Chelsea. The agreement WILL include an option to make the move permanent. This will free up Tiemoue Bakayoko to join AC Milan on loan. https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/real-madrids-mateo-kovacic-chelsea-medical-tiemoue-bakayoko-loan-exit-a3906561.html
  3. Chelsea 0 Lyon 0 (Chelsea win 5-4 on penalties)

    Well Jorginho looks very good. I think our midfield might just be okay. Wonder if that was Bakayoko's last game for us. Tammy Abrahams best look for a loan quick. Probably now behind Piazon for a start. Hope we're busy negotiating for Fekir behind the scenes. Desperately need another source of goals.
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    It just got better: Sky in Italy: AC Milan in talks to sign Chelsea midfielder Tiémoué Bakayoko on loan. #SSN
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    If these reports are true and the Board have got their collective finger out and we end up with Kepa, Kovacic and Fekir in addition to Jorginho, then I’m going to have to say that looks like a pretty decent window. Just a matter of sitting tight and hoping the Board get these deals over the line.
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    It'll be 80m minus whatever we get for Courtois (35m I read). So 45m roughly. We might even save a tidy sum on Courtois' wages.
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    Yes, makes you wonder if we're prepared to spend such a sum why we didn't just go for Allison. Although I guess at 23 Kepa will likely be around for a long time. So the fee doesn't look so bad.
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    We'll know fairly soon but here's the 'Marca' story on potential loan move of Kovacic: http://translate.google.com/translate?langpair=auto|en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.marca.com%2Ffutbol%2Freal-madrid%2F2018%2F08%2F07%2F5b695fd5e5fdeaf15c8b4589.html
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    We might still salvage it in the last few days. It would need the Board to seriously get it's act together which they've shown little sign that they're capable of. But if we manage to sign Kepa, Kovacic and Zaha then we might stand a decent chance of a top four finish.
  10. Transfer Talk Topic

    Why blame Courtois? The Board have known his intentions for a long time and have failed miserably to find an adequate replacement. Should've been the first deal sorted at the beginning of summer. Now Marina is scrabbling around again in the bargain basement.
  11. Transfer Talk Topic

    Quite. Rumour is that Marina botched the Allison deal and is now going down her spreadsheet and has come up with Butland.
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    There's a transfer committee?
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    Buy Zaha and keep Willian. We need more options.
  14. Chelsea 0 Manchester City 2

    This is the part that people miss out when they say that Guardiola was given time at Man City after a difficult start and we must give Sarri the same time that City gave him. Truth is they went on a huge splurge in the transfer market to get him the players he needed. If the Chelsea Board think they are going to get a kind of Pep Guardiola on the cheap, then it’ll be interesting to see what happens if results and good football seem pretty hard to come by and we crash out of the top four again.
  15. Chelsea 0 Manchester City 2

    I have no idea why we’d go to the trouble of bringing in Sarri if we’re not going to back him in the transfer market. Seems pretty clear that he asked for several players to come in but that Marina in her wisdom decided that she knows better. Now we’re lumbered with Barkley, Morata and Luiz instead of the likes of Golovin, Higuain and Rugani. Still a few days to get the transfer window right. At least give the manager a chance. Otherwise we’re setting up the guy for a terrible fall.