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  1. Looks like Arsenal are going to be running away with the title next season then...
  2. I like him. He is not the greatest player in the world (as mentioned elsewhere Ashley Cole in that role would be awesome). However, he gives great balance to the team and is always available when an out-ball is needed on the left side. Well played Marcus
  3. Am I being paranoid or did the ITV4 commentary team spend a extraordinary amount praising various individual Citeh players? Much less gushing about any of the Chelsea players that won 5-1 (6-2 on agg).
  4. Chelsea will win the title as a result of Tottenham losing to Arsenal. Chelsea stopped them last year, Arsenal will stop them this year.
  5. Irrespective of our performance this year, there are several areas of our team that need to be strengthened moving forward. I am hoping that we can retain the following core of the team: Cortois; Azpi; Luiz; Konte; Hazard; Costa. At the back: I would like to think Zouma and Christensen could both have major roles to play given full pre-seasons with the team. I think Alonso is underrated by many and offers us a lot going forward with his hugging of that left touchline. I also appreciate the fine season from Moses. However, I think we need to strengthen the wing back positions, more than centre back. Might Azpi return to the right with a fully fit Zouma, Luiz and Christensen in the middle. Could Ake be a left wing back. Or could Aina or DaSilva step up? Alternatively, we could raid Southampton for Van Dijk and Bertrand, plenty of EPL experience. So maybe Azpi, Christensen, Luiz, Van Dijk, Bertrand. In the middle: We need a partner for Kante who is a combination of Matic and Cesc. Not sure who, as I only really watch EPL. If we add that one player and keep what we've got then we'll be OK. What role for the loanees (Lewis, Van Ginkel, etc) So Kante plus another. Upfront: We need back up to Costa that Conte likes. I would be happy for that to be Llorente who has experience in the EPL and with Conte. Obviously if we could pinch Sanchez from Le Arse that would be fab, but would probably mean William moving on. So Hazard, Costa, Sanchez. Looks good to me
  6. Give Zouma a pre-season and let Conte be the judge.
  7. As a share holder I think CPO own not only the freehold to the ground, we also have control over certain names. For example a club named Chelsea can only play home games at Stamford Bridge (obviously a caveat will have to be created for us to play elsewhere during development), and I also suspect the ground has to be called Stamford Bridge. So if anything happened it would be "Stamford Bridge sponsored by...". Old Ken tried very hard to protect the club from developers cashing in on the ground.
  8. Chatting to a friend who supports another team. He couldn't understand why I we didn't think it was all over. I told him that if Citeh (for example) were 10 points clear then I would think is was all over, but when it's your team you NEED it to be mathematically confirmed, trophy in hand that sort of thing, before you celebrate.
  9. Conte doesn't have bad seasons
  10. Alonso works in our system. I suspect there are upgrades out there, I think in the likes of Jay Da Silva in the youth ranks we have a raw but promising option. What Alonso (and Moses) give us are an "out ball", they both hug the touchlines and give great width in all our attacking play. Moses is better going forward than Alonso. Alonso is better defensively, but is no Dave or Ash. Our standing in the league suggest they're doing OK though.
  11. Start of a new era guys. Remember and celebrate what's been: as a fan since the early seventies the FA Cup in 97, the Premier League in 2005, the double in 2010 and the Champions League in 2012 are all fantastic memories, but look forwards not backwards. Leave other clubs to gloat over their history. Don't under-estimate what Antonio has achieved so far and dream about where this trip may end...
  12. The BBC poll is a joke. Statistically Lamps trumps Stevie in every aspect - why is EPL goals not listed? However, not in the media-driven popular culture. Currently the vote is 50-50, but I fully expect Gerrard to win, inexplicable! Thanks Frank is was a hell of a ride whilst you were at Chels. I think a statue outside the new ground is required.
  13. In Conte's system Eden is given the freedom to display his talents, with little defensive responsibility. Why would he leave and as RIP says put himself in a place with more pressure on himself? At Chelsea he has the potential to be the real star of the team for several seasons. I think Tibo may want to go if Madrid come calling, but it would be a massive fee and we could potentially negotiate a player Rodriguez or Morata into the deal. I am sure we could find a good keeper to replace him. I think Costa one is that's more uncertain. The media stuff is misleading mischief. He seems to enjoy playing under Conte, it depends if Atletico can come up with a suitable offer, or if Costa + cash = Griesman?
  14. Ivan has been a great servant. With others he suffered last season due to an inadequate pre-season, he never seemed fully fit. This season he doesn't quite fit any of the roles in Antonio's formation. I also suspect that he is a player that needs to play to maintain levels. If he moves somewhere and gets to play regularly he can still do a good job. If you do leave Ivan, thanks for all the trophies.
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