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    How can I pretend when the evidence on the park was quite clear that a large percentage of our players 'chucked it'. These are grown men who are paid to play football, if something going on in the background makes them throw the towel in and put in disgraceful performances then they simply don't deserve to play at Chelsea. What I am saying is Conte wont allow those types of personalities to destroy our dressing room and effect our form...he will go through them and punt them into touch...Exactly what is in order.
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    The earliest Euro dawning on Conte’s management skills broke during The Guardian Podcast prior to Italy’s group stage defeat of Belgium. The presenter, James (Jimbo) Richardson, was encouraging debate on who was likely to win the match with his assembled crew for that morning, one of whom was Michael Cox, the newspaper’s very own tactical analyst. It was he who bucked the trend in favour of Belgium and the conversation went as follows:- Michael Cox - “There is something about this side [belguim] that I don’t trust that I do trust with Italy and maybe that’s all about the manager. Italy have probably got the best manager in the competition, whereas Wilmotts is somebody who hasn’t really proved himself at any level of football.” James Richardson - “You’re a Conte fan are you?” Cox - “Oh, I think he is the best manager by far in this tournament, by absolutely miles.” Richardson - “Really?” Cox - “I can’t imagine any other manager in this tournament getting a really top club job.” Richardson - “Okay…” Cox - “…whereas Conte obviously is… well, it’s Chelsea you know…” Richardson - “Okay, interesting, interesting. “ Interesting, indeed, and classic dumbing-down on Richardson‘s part, bearing in mind he is a self-confessed admirer of the Italian game and therefore knew of Conte’s qualities only too well. The fact that he struggles to give Chelsea the time of day, let alone have any time for the club at all, accounts for his feigned surprise and rapid closure of conversation, but Cox was prepared to go out on a limb anyway and has duly emerged as a good judge of Conte’s managerial talent. The Italian press were also quick to follow suit, a rapturous Gazzetta match report concluding “Italy played the most beautiful game of the Conte era. They did it playing in an Italian style - but in the most noble sense of those words - without using catenaccio, but defending themselves with a compact and intelligent block to then counter into those spaces that [belgium manager Marc] Wilmots presumptuously failed to close.” Then Xavi gave his two-pennyworth, in a prophet of doom style prior to Spain’s comeuppance. He didn’t mince his words either - “When Italy need to come out with the ball, having three at the back and two wide players means they have five possible people to carry it out - which makes it difficult for Spain to press as they would like. Then, playing with two strikers complicates things further forward, because it occupies both of our centre-backs and then one of the two full-backs has to step forward to close down [Antonio] Candreva or [Alessandro] Florenzi - leaving you with only three at the back. At the World Cup in Brazil, both Holland and Chile chose to use a 3-5-2 against us and it put is in great difficulty.” Such a contrast in mood and honesty when compared to an indifferent Marc Wilmots who, clearly bristling at the criticism he was getting, dismissed Belguim’s humiliation in all too simplistic fashion, declaring it to be the natural outcome when faced with a back three steeped in irreplaceable knowledge of the Conte system and its workings. To imply that the Italian can’t replicate this tactical master class with another set of three [or a mix-and-match of them] is both naïve and ungracious, but I suppose the proof of this particular pudding will come next season, when he is with us in the Premier League. Of course, there are many Chelsea fans who believe our new boss should think again about playing 3-5-2, regardless of personnel, citing the system’s failure in other managerial hands in recent years, but if anybody can repeat the back three card trick with a completely new deck it is surely this man and his well drilled backroom staff. More to the point, he has a massive pack to draw from, not only defensively, but in the other interwoven midfield and attacking areas as well. At the last count, Chelsea’s retained list of Contract Players had a Carlsberg feel to it, with probably the best and longest retained list in the world looking like this in alphabetical order… Abraham, Aina, Ake, Ali, Angban, Bekanty, Azpilicueta, Baba, Baker, Bamford, Beeney, Begovic, Blackman, Boga, Jeremie, Brown, Cahill, Chalobah, Christensen, Christie-Davies, Clarke-Salter, Colkett, Collins, Conroy, Courtois, Cuadrado, Cuevas, Costa, Dabo, Dasilva, Davey, De Souza, Delac, Djilobodji, Fabregas, Feruz, Grant, Hazard, Hector, Houghton, Ivanovic, Kalas, Kane, Kiwomya, Loftus Cheek, Maddox, Marin, Matic, Miazga, Mikel, Mitchell, Moses, Mount, Muheim, Musonda, Nunes Ancient [Kenedy], Oliveira Dos Santos [Wallace], Omeruo, Palmer, Pantic, Pasalic, Perica, Piazon, Pedro, Quintero, Remy, Rodriguez, Salah, Sammut, Scott, Solanke, Suljic, Swift, Terry, Thompson, Tomori, Traore, Ugbo, Van Ginkel, Willian, Wakefield, Zouma. By my reckoning, a half-dozen, half-decent 3-5-2 teams can be cobbled together from this lot and while I wouldn’t know where to start in terms of selecting, schooling or motivating them, who can deny that Conte isn’t the right man for that job and he wouldn’t be able to find a Premier League winning team in there somewhere within a season or two? Leonardo Bonucci certainly wouldn‘t and I‘ll leave the last words of eulogy to him, delivered after yesterday’s victory over Spain:- “Conte is a coach who is really able to implement a plan. He is more and more important in every match. This process [which he] started two years ago has been essential. This national side is shorn of great talent, so we have to come together as a team. We need a playing style, and Conte really is the master in this area.” .
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    The only thing they were running through last season was water. No one gave even half of what those Italy players gave to the cause. At least any slackers and work shy bandits will be booted from our ranks...it's what we need,
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    Cough *Dennis wise* cough
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    I love him already! A head kicker when he needs to be, but most importantly a passionate and tactically astute manager that we need for our rebuild to be successful.
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    It was all too easy in that finale, didn't have the punch other big events had. The characters who died, died because they'd run out of story for them and the writers wanted a clearout. I don't think the writers really understand why the red wedding was such a standout sequence; it was shocking because it felt like most of the characters were in the middle of their story and had a future all lined out for them. None of the characters who died really had any sort of mysteries still to be revealed, you don't care they died because there was nowhere for them to go in terms of exposition or ambitions.
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    I would love a team and captain that respects the referees and don't question them, ever. That's the kind of attitude I want to see us take forward. Let Conte do the shouting and cursing, God I've had enough of seeing Costa curse and snarl at the refs as it is.
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    That celebration when Italy scored the second was f**king brilliant
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    He will klck arse if players don't run through walls for him. Hazard and Cesc will be sh*tting themsleves
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    Tactically Conte is better then Jose and Pep i have been saying that for a few years now, Jose is too negative and Pep has no plan B, I can really see Zouma becoming world class under Conte and Matic becoming a beast again! We need a few good signings as well and Conte will get our PL back for us! Here is Conte with Azpi and Pedro yesterday...
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    My prediction is in 6-10 months time most EPL teams will model Conte's 352, just like in 2003-4 when Jose was in charge. He's definitely a hard task master and a passionate man, just like Jose. However he's probably not going to stir every pot like Jose.
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    I prefer him behind the striker rather than out wide on the left. He can be predictable playing on the left you know he is going to cut inside. I loved the way he played agains't Liverpool at Anfield near the end of the season playing as a no.10
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    Amazing, wish we had a player like that last season. Probably would of made top 4 easily after Mourinho left if we had a player of that caliber last season. Seeing him play amazingly for Belgium gives me little to no confidence for how he might play for Chelsea next season. I dont think anyone question Hazard's ability last season, just how he applies it. I question not that he can play like this, but rather question why he has had more top moments/performances in 3 games for Belgium than he did in a season for Chelsea. But ya, chuffed for Belgium, I'd pay that player 10mil a year..... lets just hope he decides to put out those same performances when he puts on the shirt of the shirt that actually pays him that much, PS. Noticed the Euro refs dont really give him anymore protection than BPL refs. Glad Hazard finally found a way to fight through it. Hope he doesn't forget over the summer, it can be a tricky period. It could also be a disaster to not only reward, but also hand leadership to a player who took a season off and then impressed when he was playing for another organization. Im more a fan of giving it to a player who deserves it rather than use it as a tool to try and fix a player.
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    Yeah hopefully more than just the one. Last night was great but it was one game against a pretty average opponent. It doesn't merit a change of captaincy based on one game. We know what he can do so he simply has to give more performances like last nights especially if he wants to be considered one of the best players in the world.
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    Can't wait to see him rip into the players, and the press alike. The one thing I've notices in his interviews is there isn't really that "us against the world" mentality that you had with Jose. He is intense, certainly, but he loves his football and I think he wants his players to share his passion. Laziness and lies will not be tolerated. Whereas with Jose, it was "all aboard the Jose show!" I don't think it'll be like that with Conte. This isn't me bashing Jose. Merely sharing my observations in subtle differences of their persona
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    The post match comments that meant the Munich doctor and all his team quit saying:- "the bond of trust is damaged' and called the blame centred at his department 'inexplicable' Amazing how many people seem willing to forgive Guardiola yet are more than happy to hammer Mourinho.
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    Mate go read on Pep's post match after the 3-1 defeat to Porto after the blame was laid on the medics and compare to that of Jose. I don't want to come across as a Jose hater because I'm not and I loved him as any other passionate Chelsea fan but certain events from last season has me thinking twice. I'm grateful for he has done for Chelsea but certainly not wishing him luck at Utd.
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    I remember a certain new Man City doing all of that also.
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    I hope you are right. I get torn seeing him play like that for Belgium because, as you know, it solidifies my opinion that he is just trying harder now than he did all season. But again, I hope you're right and we can expect to see him playing like this in a Blue shirt come September. We will certainly need it considering whats going on at other clubs in this league.
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    Been very impressed so far. Might just be the man who can steady the ship. Italy is obviously a talented group but I like how he has the team as a whole playing great and not relying on a handful of superstar talents. Sadly, we may need this skill set in a manager if next season isn't stellar or even depending on how this transfer window pans out. Lets hope he is given everything he needs (within reason) to transform this team into challengers again, if not champions.
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    Then make the message clear. Anyone who doesnt follow the manager can be shown the door. The player power in the dressing room needs to be squashed ASAP.
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    Truth is beggars can't be choosers, we currently don't have the CL to entice the elites and also if the manager wants him, we should do everything to get him to avoid some of the complications of last season.
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    Same Jamie, he doesn't look right to me.
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    This might go some way to answering your question based on the link below from the official Premier League website: http://www.premierleague.com/en-gb/matchday/fixture-changes-explained.html
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    I dont think Morata is a technical player at all. He is over 6ft 2 and isnt nimble or agile. He is much more costa, than aguero.
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    I think I love the guy already. I love managers who have abit of character - Jose 2004 etc.
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    Both previous seasons are relevant because they show last season was bad due to some certain regrettable decisions made. Conte being more demanding doesn't mean the players won't listen or work for him. Let's not pretend it all went south last season due to laziness of the players.
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    That's a very good question, though considering how teams seem to be given free reign to boot him at every opportunity I'm not sure it would happen.
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    What a way to kill off several main characters in about 10 seconds. I wonder if Jamie was on Ayra's kill list or she was just scouting the room, thankfully Jamie didn't get tempted to chat up the cute waitress.
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    Some ridiculous posts on here, it's not like he's a new signing, we don't know the full story from last year, he's proven quality, I'll knock him, but never doubt his effort and ability when fully fit
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    wow two years before I was born!! Nice to see midweek highlights. Loved it growing up on a school night and watching sports night or midweek sports special.
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    What a result and performance for Conte. I think he ran a couple of k's today on the side line!! Chelsea players beware, hard work ahead!!
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    Are our dugouts strong? If he starts climbing over them in celebration we may need to invest in sturdier structure.
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    #nohistory 1965/66 Barry Davies first ever commentary on TV for ITV as Chelsea play AC Milan
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    ok Mr Conte you have proven you have the minerals now come here and sort us out now.
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    He's not rage quitting. He's quitting (or feels at the present time like he wants to) out of desperation and pain. There is nothing petulant, nothing cowardly, nothing selfish about wanting to avoid the possibility of experiencing such enormous pain again. Pain whose causes are as external as they are internal. A great article on Messi noted that for him, being always surrounded is the same as being alone. Messi must feel very lonely right now because so many of those who swarm him wherever he goes don't have empathy or even sympathy for him.
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    No. He has still his house in Bilzen. His dad told me a few days ago.
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    Mane is a decent enough player but that's absolute madness. Redmond to Southampton as a replacement so he will be at Liverpool next year for 28m
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    Liverpool love a heavily inflated transfer from Southampton.
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    I do get your point but I'd keep JT as club captain regardless. I don't think Hazard is captain material tbh but would love to be proven wrong.
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    We have been linked again. Of all of our (realistic) targets, he would be my number one. Exactly what we need.
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    St Paul and The Broken Bones make a cool sound. Will catch them live next time they are over.
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