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  1. Give Zouma a pre-season and let Conte be the judge.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Conte doesn't have bad seasons
  5. 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.
  6. 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...
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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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  11. Interesting article from the Guardian
  12. What I really noticed on v Everton was that when attacking Alonso and Moses really do have "whitewash on their boots", especially when they haven't got the ball. That means we always have width available. Under Jose, and Guus, we often ended up very narrow trying to force our way through the middle. This wing-back width gives Hazard and Pedro more space to work their magic. I think in the five wins we have seen the team progress with the system, from counter-attacking to dominating. Where next? I suspect that Conte has been working on this system from day 1, and was trying to bed it in in training while relying on the tried-and-tested 4-3-3 / 4-2-3-1 system initially in matches. The ease with which the team has adapted since half-time in the Arsenal game is fantastic, and suggests it was something already being worked on a lot. I remember reading various things by Juve fans when Conte first signed / arrived about his methods and tactics. They were all positive about him, and their intelligence about what to expect seems to be becoming reality quicker than expected. Forza Conte.
  13. I'm more interested if Conte wants it to happen.
  14. From what I've seen in preseason my concern is the defence. Playing 4-4-2/4-2-4 I think we have options in midfield and attack... First choice: Willian...Kante...Matic...Pedro Costa...Hazard Second choice: Cuadrado..Mikel...Chalobah...Kenedy Bats...Fabregas From preseason the regular defence was Ola...Cahill...JT...Dave And in fairness many of the goals we conceded were long shots that should have been shutdown by a midfielder. We have Ivan and Zouma to add in, but we definitely need to strengthen. As I suspect most Chelsea fans feel I am torn between splashing the cash and showing faith in the kids. We have seen RLC and Chalobah (and Baker) perform well for England U21's, at some point we need to show faith in them. Hopefully Conte will.
  15. Kante and Chalobah midfield paring... Go Chelsea..