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  1. Hull City 1 Chelsea 2

    Willy Reece/Azpi Tomori Zouma Alonso Kovacic Kante CHO Barkley Pedro Batshuayi
  2. I've got so many questions with him at the moment. But the ones that keep popping into my head are these: - He looked a decent keeper last season, shot-stopping was really good, now it feels like he won't get to anything. Why ? - Lollichon, Cech and Cudicini are all at the club. Why is Hilario is his goalkeeping coach? Lollichon was really innovative with what he did with Cech/Cudicini and working on speed, reactions, positioning, concentration etc - surely some of that would benefit Kepa at the moment? - Why hasn't anyone been drilling him and the defence on what they should be doing and where they should position themselves if the consensus is that he won't come for crosses? It all just looks like they're trying to work it out on the pitch and it clearly isn't working. He may be in poor form, but good grief it's easy to get at Chelsea's goal. I will however say that it can't be easy when you're low on confidence, under pressure and the back four/three/five in front of you is constantly changing week to week. We really need to try and settle on a group and give them a run in the side to let everyone build understanding. He probably doesn't know what they're going to be doing most of the time.
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    Same as ours I should think. We won't be replacing him until the summer (if a better option is available)
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    He'd also been poor for Sunderland in his previous PL stint, there was quite a large transfer fee mooted for an over 30 and dare I say it, largish wages to factor in too. Conte also seemed to want to spend an absolute fortune on more defenders when we clearly needed midfielders and forwards after Costa and Matic left. Always thought that was a bit odd. And I don't care what anyone says about Costa "telling people he wanted to leave" - he'd had 3 good years here, scored goals to get us another title and Conte forced him out without having already signed a top-class replacement. He's not really got anywhere to hide on that one. He had Diego and ended up with Morata. (and I'm no fan of Morata, but Conte treated him shockingly and basically killed any relationship within about 3 months of him arriving. It's no wonder the guy's form went off a cliff) The Lukaku thing is interesting though. the account I was told goes thus: Lukaku wanted to come back, Chelsea were serious on him, but Raiola (who he has since parted ways with) wanted far too much money for Lukaku and himself and Chelsea declined. Lukaku was then offered to United, Mourinho wanted him and phoned him up to tell him so. He then signed for them. FWIW - I didn't hear any of this until last season, but I've got no reason to doubt the source. I got told more than this too
  5. Great news. I think we're looking at the future Chelsea captain here.
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    He does seem to be following a bit of a pattern at Inter too - publicly laid into the club and squad over transfer policy after that CL game, has a focus on signing over 30s on big wages (Giroud, Sanchez, Young). He even went in big for Lukaku and had Inter break their transfer record twice in one summer before complaining about the players at his disposal. He's obviously a very good coach, but he's so much 'My way or the highway' that it can just never last long. He won't bend to accommodate anything or anybody. I heard multiple accounts of him having literally no personal skills or empathy when it came to players experiencing difficult situations aside from football when he was here. (the circumstances of Willian being allowed to go back to Brazil when his Mum was dying being one example). I was also told that one of the more easy-going members of our dressing room got so fed up of Conte, his treatment of said player's mates and his general behaviour that the player referred to him as 'C**ty' most of his second season here. I think these days football management requires more than just a strong disciplinarian. Especially since players know they often have the influence to down tools on a manager - you alienate them and they're likely to see you out of a job. In Conte's case, I think we'd have been looking at several players asking to leave if he'd carried on for a third season.
  7. Transfer Talk Topic This is Liverpool TV's latest breaking transfer news on their website. Got another 15 days of this garbage too.
  8. Newcastle 1 Chelsea 0

    Is there any update on when Pulisic might be fit to start again? Could do with him quickly as our options are looking a bit thin in the CF & AM areas
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    From what I’ve seen & heard of Reece, it wouldn’t surprise me if he ended up being the leader many on here are talking about
  10. Chelsea 3 Burnley 0

    I think it's about time we just came out roaring from the off in a home game. If I were in Frank's position here, I'd have been pumping the players up for this one with the aim of getting us over the issues of our recent home form. Tell the players to be at it from the first whistle and aim to put 2 or 3 past them in the first 20-25 minutes, really give them a good going over. Saying that, I'm not sure we'll see it and I'd settle for any win really, but it's way overdue that we gave a team a caning at home. Can't see many better opportunities to do so either.
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    After the results and performances of the last three weeks, maybe someone with a big ego that expects a high standard from his teammates may not be the worst thing. The only worry I'd have with a 37/38 year old that has been in the MLS for 18 months would be that he's really tailed off from the highest level (hence being linked with Bologna and Milan)
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    Maybe, but two weeks ago, Kante himself stated that he's happy and could see himself finishing his career with Chelsea. Can't say my feathers are going to be ruffled over a story regurgitated by the Daily Mail.
  13. Frank Lampard Appointed Chelsea Head Coach

    Not necessarily the right thread for it, but I was so pleased to see Rudiger back in the team on Tuesday night.
  14. Chelsea 2 Lille 1

    That's a really nice story to hear. Glad your Dad's collection has ended up somewhere it will be valued and can be enjoyed by others.
  15. Media / Press

    Every season. Live on Sky Sports. I work with (an unbelievably plastic) Liverpool fan who only refers to Chelsea as "The Rent Boys" when he's speaking to a group of people.