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  1. Charles Ryder

    Following Our Nearest & Dearest Rivals, 2018/2019

    Let's all laugh at Tottenham. Put The Pressure On trophy may be a bit beyond them this year.
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    *Official* Pedro to Chelsea

    Subbed off? Could be wrong but I'm sure the subs were Barkley>Kovacic Willian>Hazard Morata>Giroud.
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    Following Our Nearest & Dearest Rivals, 2018/2019

    Not a fan of the new Serie A logo, looks a bit naff. They've also introduced a new standardised captain's armband, banning Papu Gomez from using his eclectic armband designs in the process. Spoilsports. Down with this sort of thing.
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    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    Only tangentially Chelsea-related, but interesting nonetheless. One of Didier's Marseille shirts which he gifted to the city's basilica, the Notre-Dame de la Garde.
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    Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea

    Good point, though in my defence it's easy to forget Giroud was even at the World Cup.
  6. They gave us a bit of trouble in the first half to be fair, and looked dangerous from the few set pieces they had. As I mentioned they would have scored but for the woodwork, and I thought the decision to take Pritchard off at halftime was a weird one as he was having a lot of joy dragging David Luiz around the pitch. They were anonymous for the first 20 or so minutes of the second half though, couldn't string a decent spell of possession together and we were basically just eating up the minutes as there wasn't a pressing need to score a third. Their keeper also looked a bit ropey.
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    Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea

    Alvaro, Olivier and Tammy all had a full pre-season with Sarri. Michy didn't. Is it any wonder that Sarri would want to stick with the players he's had a smidgen of time to work with rather than trying to integrate Michy late when the season has already begun. Also, hard to conceive of a more pointless exercise than judging Tammy on his form for relegated Swansea.
  8. Nice little kick about, and though the cliche about no easy matches in the Prem holds true we’ll have much sterner tests than that. We dealt with Uddersfield comfortably. A David Luiz back four likely won’t look this assured again for some time. Delicious goal in the second half, in which we played much better than the first. Lovely little N’Golo miss hit, if he connects properly it probably goes flying into the keeper’s hands or something, but nice to see Sarri freeing him up to be more of an attacking influence down the right now that Jorginho is holding down midfield. Teams will quickly get wise to that but Huddersfield didn’t seem to expect it. Liked seeing RLC as first sub for Ross, even though he basically had nothing to do. Filthy peno from Jorginho, who looked class and ran the game. Nailed-on pen despite Phil Neville at HT claiming there was a ‘genuine attempt to win the ball’ which apparently meant it wasn’t a pen at all - sod off Lesser Neville, even Tim Sherwood understands pens better than you. Eden was unplayable when the super sub klaxon sounded. Willian looked dangerous, Pedro less so but very busy. Morata was anonymous and drifted through the game, created one good opportunity with that driving run but then couldn’t find Eden with the cutback so ended up wasting his endeavour. Kepa had sod all to do, probably should have been beaten but for the woodwork in the first half. But apart from that, quiet debut and a clean sheet.
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    Squad numbers revealed

    Also Sidwell with #9 in that era, bit unconventional for a midfielder. I didn't mind that, at least it's a traditional keeper number. In Spain first team keepers can't be registered with any numbers other than 1, 13 or 25. For me those are just about the only acceptable GK numbers, along with 21/23 if it's international football. Also anything in the 30s is fine for a backup keeper. Kenedy and MVG before that. Mereilles was the last 'proper' starter to wear it. Robben was the first player to wear it since Robbie Di Matteo, and Robbie wore it longer than any other player has for us. https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/fc-chelsea/rueckennummern/verein/631
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    Squad numbers revealed

    Wolves have given their new keeper Rui Patricio the #11. Glad we've been a bit more conventional with Kepa and Willy.
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    Squad numbers revealed

    Ampadu is clearly a Lewis Hamilton fan.
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    We've got a new Kepa

    Fun fact: the spell-check for Kepa's surname = marriageable.
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    We've got a new Kepa

    Good little article on Kepa by Ed Malyon. https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/transfers/chelsea-transfer-news-kepa-profile-who-is-goalkeeper-real-madrid-thibaut-courtois-a8482891.html
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    Favourite Ever Chelsea Player

    Lamps for the longevity. Was a really big Duff/Gudjohnsen enthusiast mid-noughties, though. And Franco is obviously the loveliest man on the planet.
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    We've got a new Kepa

    Kepa apparently getting a press conference at 02:30 GMT, presumably this means he'll just be put up alongside Sarri for the regular pre-Huddersfield press conference? edit: has already happened, can see it here. https://www.chelseafc.com/en/chelsea-tv/press-conference

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