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  1. Anyone knows if Mourinho is admirer of Reus?? Do you think that Chelsea will be in transfer "battle" for him? It would be crazy if they won't be...

    Naturally enough I don't, but realistically how could he not be?

    Reus will most likely be moving next year....

    To Bayern I fear.

  2. It is his finishing skills that I think will interest Jose and what may be what has lead him to not sanction a loan for him yet as for me if Bamford stays he won't be asked to ever "lead the line" but will be used as someone to sit in the oppositions penalty box and try and finish off what ever half chance may come his way.

    Hello Seb,

    There are parts of your post with which I don't agree but I do strongly agree with the portion I've quoted.

    In an earlier post, Michael Tucker asked, "what's wrong with Bamford as a second striker?" Like you, my answer would be not too much if we're talking about a situational role where we're chasing a goal and plan to use Pat in the way you describe.

    I do wonder though if JM could resist the option to turn to Didier ahead of Pat in that situation? That's an especially tempting alternative perhaps when JM is trying to snatch a win from a drawing position. Chuck Didier on and then, if he does the trick, utilise his defensive strengths to help hold on.

    For what it's worth, I don't believe that there is enough to Patrick's game to make him a good backup striker in the sense of being the man who will start if the first choice can't. If Jose also feels that way, and if it's likely to be Didier who will be used as the second striker on most occasions, then we'd have to question the value of keeping Pat watching most weekends when he could be playing elsewhere.

    By the way, has it emerged that it is Jose who is stalling on a loan move for PB? Good news of a sort for the lad if true I suppose.

  3. Decent first step for him I think.

    I wondered when his new title was announced, was he shunted at the end of the season or did he ask for something different?

    My money is on the former. When, during one of the international breaks, the runt of the first team squad trained with him CTV made a featurette about it. He was unimpressive. Harsh but honest.

    I don't like saying this because, based on the way he comes over on CTV, I like the bloke but he does not seem to me to have the kind of personality that would allow him to manage a squad of Premier League footballers. Perhaps he could serve as an assistant but maybe not even that.

  4. Me too. He might be a complete fruit-loop, but he does know how to score a goal or two. That's an annoyingly good signing for £16 million (Guardian).

    Can't really say that I'm fully sold on Balotelli's ability and the fact that three top clubs in quick succession have given up on him has got to be like a big neon sign flashing, Buyer Beware! When we also take into account that our chief-buyer was one of those who previously decided to give up on Mario, there has to be doubt that we'd be interested.

    That said, if Jose does want Balotelli, you'd have to think there's a fair chance he'd choose us over Liverpool. That would be a shame for Patrick Bamford however. Personally I don't believe Pat is good enough to make it here but, as we're thin at his position and understocked with his nationality, surely now is the moment for him. Maybe even now or never.

  5. Bridgejunkey any moment now

    Evening 3S, Just read it. :)

    Am I the only one who sometimes reads threads from the end backwards? Well that what I was doing here so the old keyboard was preparing itself for a bashing. Then I came to your post so maybe I can slide the qwerty box back under the desk.

    Instead I'm going to believe Scooba means that Destro will get better at understanding his position and how to play it, his attributes and how to use them. The attributes themselves however...

    Now Scoobs will be along to put me straight :)

  6. Here we go!!!!

    My Missus reckons I'm mad as I sit in front of the laptop In my '67 replica shirt. 58 and still young at heart.

    C'mon you Blues!!!

    That '67 was the first shirt I ever had and is the reason I love the new one. The 2014 is the exact same colour. Forever etched in my mind as 'proper' Chelsea blue.

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    You can see a full explanation of the Read Jose's Mind Challenge here but the idea is pretty simple. All you have to do is reply naming the eleven players you think Jose will select to start the Premier League fixture against Leicester on Saturday 23rd August.

    Two points will be awarded for each of Jose's picks predicted correctly. Bonus points can also be earned for naming all eleven selections, or for predicting the highest number of players selected.

    Posters are allowed a maximum of two predictions per fixture, so if you change your mind after making your initial prediction you can come back and update it.

    The deadline for predictions is two hours before kick-off so no line-ups posted, or edited, after 1:00pm BST (12:00 GMT) on Saturday 23rd August will be counted.

    I'll post a table of the results after the match.

    An example prediction












    Good luck all.

  8. Anyone who would like to enter a prediction of the line-up for this game in The Read Jose's Mind Challenge can go to the thread linked here and post the names of the eleven players they think will be selected to start.

    The deadline for predictions is two-hours before kick-off, so 6:00pm BST today.

    You can also go here to forecast the result. Follow the link before kick-off and predict the score plus any goalscorers. The double of forecasting the results and correctly predicting the team has never been done. Yet! :)

  9. The Read Jose's Mind Challenge, in which members try to predict the players Jose will select for each game, is back for a second season. A full description of how the challenge works can be read here.

    Anyone who would like to enter their prediction of the line-up for this game can do so in the thread linked here. Just follow the link and post a reply naming the eleven players you think will be selected to start. The deadline for predictions is two-hours before kick-off so, 6:00pm BST (5:00pm UCT/GMT) on Monday 18th August 2014.

  10. Not hiding. I'm on a vacation so haven't seen the game. If you have followed my thoughts on Ake I actually do rate him. Quite a lot actually. What Droy mentioned, and which I agree with, is that he's perhaps too well-rounded and as such won't make one position his own.

    He's far too short to ever make a great CB. He's also not good enough going forward from CM but this "new" role JM has found for him could be "it". Meaning he's well-rounded technique and style is utilised where he's likely to see a lot of the ball (FB) but where his limitations might not be a big obstacle (size, creativity, genuine threat from the centre).

    What I said was that if he doesn't make it as a LB then I can't see what position he will make it in. The other two alternatives are basically non-starters for me.

    I'm really pleased to see Nathan around the squad again and getting the start tonight. I said last summer that I was surprised Nate had been selected ahead of him for the tour since I felt Nathan was the better player, and therefore the better prospect. Perhaps there was some psychology going on there; keeping Nathan out of the 2013 tour so as to dampen his expectations and make it less difficult for him to accept a season of U21 football while he qualified as club trained.

    It seems that Jose and his coaches agreed with you about Nathan's chances at CB & DM because they used that year in the development squads to groom Nathan at left-back. (As everyone would know if they watched Chelsea TV :happy:) For me this is interesting because my opinion that DM is actually Nate's best position has not changed. Be that as it may, seems left-back is the place where he'll get game time so good luck to the lad.

  11. The style that Sturridge plays, makes it difficult for a modern manager to put him up front all alone. He is very much a second striker or a wide forward. He has been always most effective when there is space behind the opposition defence. I dont think he is half as good as Robben or Sanchez when it comes to running at defenders with the ball.

    That said, he was and he is better than Torres. Unfortunately Sturridge suffered greatly due to the lack of depth in our squad, especially in the forward dept. IIRC, we had only Mata, Kalou and Malouda in AM/winger dept. Playing Sturridge as the sole striker would mean we stretch ourselves thin out wide. Dont recollect why RDM did not play Sturridge often enough. Could have easily started Sturridge with Hazard, Oscar and Mata in the squad.

    I dont think anyone can blame the club for Sturridge or Lukaku's departures. Managers,yes. AVB and RDM were out of their depth; while the less said about Benitez, the better. I suppose it is just unfortunate that both joined the club when were were in a state of flux.

    The temp was not to blame for the situation with Studge. Interim made it clear that he had been told not to use Danny. The thing was broken beyond repair before interim got involved.

  12. For the people harping on about meritocracy and "earning your place in the team" in the team, pray tell, how on earth did Torres earn his place in Chelsea? The idea that team selection is based primarily on performances on the pitch is a farce and anyone with a half a brain knows it.

    While the sale of Lukaku made financial sense, I don't like the message it sends. The sale says Chelsea would rather hire a geriatrics like Drogba and Schwarzer than give young talent a chance. Young talents may not pan out as hoped but at least there is chance they may come good and become regulars in the future.

    Torres earned a place in the Chelsea team, and a £30m transfer profit for Liverpool, by fooling some people into believing that he was a great player. That was a myth of course but so strong was the belief that many here still cling to the notion that Torres was once a great player. Indeed the myth was powerful enough to survive the first season and half of real evidence to the contrary and caused the club's leaders to make that ridiculous promise to Nando in summer 2012.

    It is unusual for so many people to be so badly wrong about a player but there is nothing unusual about a player earning a place in one team with his performances for another. It's called the transfer market and, in fact, you yourself are arguing that Romelu had earned a place at Chelsea with his performances for Anderlecht, West brom and Everton.

    Which youngsters, which players of any age come to that, a club puts its faith in is a matter of judgement. I think the club made the correct judgement in not wanting to install Rom as our main striker, you disagree. I can live with that. You may say that it's easy for me to live with since the call went the way I would have wanted it to but I can also live with the decision to bring Didier back which is something I would not have done under any circumstances. In any case, at the very least, the evidence bears the interpretation that Didier was resigned only after Romelu had made it clear that he wanted to leave.


    And this is how the BBC is reporting the rumour:

    "Atletico Madrid are set to sign Andre Schurrle from Chelsea in a move that would see defender Miranda heading to Stamford Bridge, reports Spanish daily Marca.

    Forward Schurrle, who was a member of Germany's World Cup-winning squad, has had a bit-part role under Blues boss Jose Mourinho after moving to Stamford Bridge last summer.

    According to Marca, Atletico remain on the hunt for attacking reinforcements after seeing Diego Costa, David Villa and Adrian leave."

    Not really reporting it, they're reporting someone else having reported it and staying true to that report, as they should.

  14. Sarin,

    You should take Mourinho's pronouncements with a grain of salt. He is obviously not gonna come out and say I fumbled this case, that is not part of character. He's gonna deflect culpability. Not saying Lukaku is an angel or didn't want to go but the club and Jose have shown no inclination to give the Lukaku a fair chance. For crying out loud the club gave and continues to give Torres oodles of chances despite his ineptitude. What does that say to Lukaku and other ambitious younger players?

    Now we have the farcical scenario of going into the season with a has-been (Drogba), an untested striker (Costa) and a dud (Torres). Forget winning the league or the Champions League.

    Nando is not, and under Jose has not been, our first choice striker. He has been used in rotation with others but Jose has confirmed that Romelu was unwilling accept a similar situation. Rom wanted to be made the same promise that the club once, stupidly, made to Nado. He wanted to be promised that he'd be first choice. Jose clearly was not willing to make that promise and I think that he was right not to do so, right both in principle and in this particular case.

    The principle is well established; players should not be guaranteed a starting role, the should earn it. Having broken that principle by making promises to Nando it would be unbelievably foolish, in my opinion, if the club were to repeat that error with another striker. There are some guaranteed starters at this club but that's because their talent demands it, not because their mouth does. Opinions vary of course but, for what it's worth, mine is that Romelu's talent is not sufficient to command a place in Chelsea's first choice eleven.

    Rom has made a good choice in joining a club slightly below Champions League level; a club where he will be seen as first choice and where his talent may keep him in the team. Chelsea have made a good choice in allowing him to do it.

  15. Torres is on 175k a would rather we pay 155k - 160k a week for him to play elsewhere and hence contribute literally zero, than 175k to play here.

    That is mad. If the deal was nearer 50/50 I might be interested but saving £20k a week for a season or two is too small a contribution to the £9m a year we pay in wages

    :) :)

    Either I didn't express myself very well or you need to read my post again!

  16. I feel confident we can count Mikel/Romeu as "one". Both will not be here come September, and I expect Romeu loan if Mikel can't be sold.

    If Jose is really prepared to sacrifice Mikel then should we rule out a loan move for him? Given the reports that MJO needs to stay in the UK to qualify for citizenship, and that he wants to stay in London for family reasons, there could well be Premier League loan options for him. These might include Southampton who are within commuting distance.

  17. The Guardian are reporting Rom as having travelled for a medical and quoting the price as £22-25m. Bearing in mind that we would almost certainly have had his wages covered (at least) by West Brom and must surely have picked up a fee on top of his wages from Everton, that looks a good deal to me.

  18. Reus would be absolutely perfect. We definitely need to sign another forward but I doubt we will now. Would also take a punt on Aubemeyang if possible. Don't think Dortmund will sell again until next summer though.

    I can't believe some are mentioning Rodriguez, I don't see anything in him that suggests he could make the step up. Let Liverpool and Spurs overspend on expensive, average Southampton players.

    The last signing I was genuinely excited about was Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink. Getting Reus would eclipse that.

    T'ain't gonna happen though. :(

  19. What is with the lack of faith in Drogba? Because of his age?

    He scored 5 league goals in his last season here. Granted we're a better side now than we were then but, despite the glorious highlights, 2011-2012 was not a season to inspire a lot of hope about The Drog's likely contribution in 2014-2015.