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  1. Manchester City vs Chelsea

    Playing devil's advocate, I don't think UEFA's decision can be based on the travel plans of dignitaries or sponsors but more on staff. They send hundreds of people to work in a stadium for a final and there's no way they could send them all 10 days in advance as required by UK quarantine. You can't expect the final to be run by all UK-based staff. With no quarantine exception from the government, there's no chance the final could take place at Wembley. Portugal's authorities have obviously been more amenable (as they were last year) at who knows what cost to their country.
  2. Stamford Bridge FC
  3. European Super League

    Yes. The big question is, Brentford or Fulham?
  4. European Super League

    Is it strange that this announcement came hours before a UEFA Executive Committe meeting to discuss the format of the CL from 2024?
  5. Liverpool 0 Chelsea 1

    They have redefined the arm - armpit/sleeve is not part of the arm anymore!
  6. Chelsea 2 Everton 0

    As a few other people have said, after a season of non-progress making up numbers in training, Gilmour will need a loan next season. The return of Gallagher could be an option to rotate with the three existing players that we have, or perhaps someone new if a different shape is considered.
  7. Transfer Talk Topic

    I'd agree that CB and CM are the main areas we should look to strengthen, but this will depend on if we're likely to continue playing 3 at the back or not plus if TT sees a role for Tomori, Guehi, Ampadu and/or Gallagher in the squad next season. All of those would be good options in the current system. If we're likely to revert to a back 4, I think that DM is the priority plus another wide player. Presumably we'll be replacing Giroud plus at least one GK in the summer as well.
  8. Khobar's Legacy

    I don't think we can consider any teams "finished" or "back" during a season like this one, as the conditions are completely different to normal and results are haphazard as a result.
  9. Chelsea 2 Burnley 0

    It looks clearer and clearer that Lampard made a mistake persisting with 433 for so long given the midfielders we have. Almost all of them are suited to playing at 6 or at 8, with no one well suited to play at no.4 in the Premier League.
  10. Chelsea 2 Burnley 0

    What about if we play against a team that will attack us? We'll need some pace on that side. Great rotation option, but no first choice.
  11. Chelsea 2 Burnley 0

    At the moment I get the same feeling when he gets the ball that I used to get when Kalou got the ball.
  12. Chelsea 2 Burnley 0

    No Ziyech, Emerson or Gilmour in the squad.
  13. Official: Frank Lampard Sacked As Chelsea Head Coach

    One big thing I've learnt from all of this - don't ever subscribe to the Athletic (I haven't). Click bait you have to pay for.
  14. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Italian clubs rarely give minutes to loan players when they don't have an option to buy. The club learnt this the hard way with Nathaniel Chalobah. All recent loans - Bakayoko, Zappacosta, Pasalic etc. have had these clauses. Obviously we hope that Tomori is a development loan, unlike the other loan to sell arrangements, but it's a calculated risk. The club has to accept the clause in order to give Tomori the best chance of playing for Milan, but they have to convince him he has a place back at Chelsea. If he does well and Milan want to exercise their option, it's up to him to make the best decision for his career. Hopefully that means first team football at Chelsea next season, but he's in a strong position to determine his own pathway now.
  15. Chelsea 3 Luton Town 1

    If we had a competent defensive midfielder the ideal scenario would be to loan Gilmour for 6-18 months and then he can return to compete for the no.6 or no.8 roles with Mount, Havertz, Gallagher, Kanté, Kovacic etc. But given that most of our other midfielders have shown they are unsuitable for the no.4 role, Gilmour might be our best bet in the short term. It's not the normal path for an academy kid to the first team, but these are exceptional times and he is an exceptional talent worthy of a run of games.