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Finally a Chelsea Loanee of five years, speaks out and reveals what it's really like being farmed out by Chelsea.

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Lucas Piazon, one of the hottest young properties in world football five years ago when he signed for Chelsea, has finally spoken out about being farmed out on loan ever since he joined the club. Make no mistake it's music to the ears of the press.

Everyone in the country has a view on Chelsea and I would say the majority of it isn't positive.

Various Pundits SLAM Chelsea signing David Luiz - Where do you stand?

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Chelsea's Transfer Deadline Day signing of David Luiz has caused a stir in the press and a pundits alike. Many have spoken out and their opinions are hardly positive. As a Chelsea fan reading this post where do you stand?

At the moment I am reading all sorts of rubbish in the press about Luiz.

Chelsea's Deadline Day signings an indication of intent from Antonio Conte to switch to three at the back?

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As we know Chelsea splashed out a cool £57m on transfer deadline day on Marcos Alonso and David Luiz and I just wonder if this is a signal of intent from Antonio Conte to switch to playing three centre-backs at Chelsea this season?

We know that it is his favoured formation but up to this point, we didn't have the strength in numbers to adopt to that style.

#DeadlineDay - The Key Player Moves from Stamford Bridge - Juan Cuadrado & the three year loan.

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Juan Cuadrado finally got his wish yesterday and despite Antonio Conte telling him that he is a big, big part of his plans, he has re-joined Juventus on loan for THREE YEARS!

Why on earth would you want to loan someone for that amount of time? It makes no sense and is beyond me and I simply cannot understand why Chelsea would not decide to sell the player who has made it clear that he doesn't want to be here!

#DeadlineDay - The Key Player Moves to Stamford Bridge - Marcos Alonso signs - Can he be the man for Antonio Conte?

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Marcos Alonso is a name that not many of us would of had linked with a move to Stamford Bridge throughout the summer right up to last week. However, the £23m signing could turn out to be an excellent addition to our squad.

The majority of Chelsea fans out there would tell you that as a full back, Branislav Ivanovic has had his day and it's time for someone else to step into that role, to make it their own.

#DeadlineDay - The Key Player Moves from Stamford Bridge - David Luiz forces a move to the club he loves!

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We heard the rumour late on Tuesday night and were told that it was simply a pipe-dream yesterday morning. However, after Chelsea's bid was rejected by PSG, David Luiz personally express his desire to rejoin Chelsea to the PSG President and here we are - he is back!!

The financial details remain unclear but it's believed that PSG owe Chelsea outstanding money from signing him two years ago, with that and his desire to come back to the club, it's believed that the total fee agreed is around £34m which at least a third of that monies owed by PSG being waved as part of the agreement.

Antonio Conte bound to put Chelsea on the right track

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Last season will be a season to forget for all Chelsea supporters. It is not just about how the title defence collapsed in a catastrophic manner; it is all the hurt and disappointment we had to endure. It all began with the first game of our title defence; Courtois was shown red, and there was the infamous fall-out with the then first team doctor, Eva Carneiro.

"Conte is a big coach and I’m convinced he will be an excellent one at Chelsea."

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Gianluigi Buffon has spoken to the media of Antonio Conte and believes that he will be an "excellent" coach at Chelsea after Euro 2016. He has also spoken of his methods and the way he interacts with his players.

We are all looking forward to the new season and to Conte's arrival after the nightmare that we all had to witness last year.

This Chelsea Midfielder reportedly told that he WILL be a key player under Antonio Conte!

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The future of Oscar at Chelsea seems to be up for debate after every season. These passed few weeks he has been linked with Juventus but according to reports, Antonio Conte has told him that he will be a key player for him here at Chelsea.

I really, really rate Oscar and agree with Conte that he can become a key player after watching the Italian performance the other night against Belgium.

"I am very happy at Chelsea and I want to show everyone that I will be back even stronger after my injury."

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Kurt Zouma has revealed that he will miss the start of next season as he continues to battle back from the horrific knee injury he suffered against Manchester United last February. However, he has said that he is determined to come back stronger!

Zouma had really developed his game since he came to Chelsea and had cemented his place in the team under Jose Mourinho with Gary Cahill the player forced to make way.

"We don't know if he is leaving, but for us it would be a huge loss!"

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The future of Diego Costa at Chelsea is up for debate and will remain so right up to the end of the transfer window a month or so into the new season. With reports that Diego Simeone has demanded his signature for Atletico, we sit and wait to see what is going to happen.

With Chelsea's difficult year putting an end to a run of qualifying for the Champions League every year to bed and now we face a year without any form of European competition.

Chelsea South American Loanee speaks out and states that he "expected more games!"

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Alexandre Pato was wasted at Chelsea in my opinion and the player himself has spoken out over the lack of first team involvement under Guus Hiddink. Unfortunately, he leaves us with this reminder in what has turned out to be his only goal for Chelsea.

Speaking recently, Pato spoke of his time at Chelsea and a conversation he had with Guus Hiddink about playing time.

Five strikers for Antonio Conte to consider signing after Euro 2016 for Chelsea

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Signing a striker must be Antonio Conte's number one priority this summer. The Italy head coach will take charge of the Azzurri at Euro 2016 in France next month before finalising his move to Stamford Bridge after the international tournament.

Diego Costa has struggled to inspire confidence at the forefront of Chelsea's attack for the majority of the 2015/16 campaign and the soon-to-be Blues boss will be looking to improve Chelsea's faltering strike force.

Gary Cahill New England Leader?

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It seems like just yesterday England was littered with defensive choices that included John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and others, whilst the likes of Gary Cahill sat as a prospect vying to one day take their place. That day is here. The Chelsea defender has been a regular for both his English Premier League side Chelsea, and country, England.

Fernando Torres - "I felt lost at Chelsea."

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This weekend, Fernando Torres will be hoping to lead the line with Atletico Madrid as they take on Real Madrid in the Champions League Final in a repeat of the final two years ago. Having won it already with Chelsea, Torres was quick to point out that winning this one would mean so much more.

Is there a need for Gonzalo Higuain?

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Let's face it: Chelsea's season was disappointing and the club ended up way below its own standards. Many reasons for that can be found at the back with the team giving up a staggering amount of 53 goals. It is a statistic previously unheard of at Chelsea.
What about their offensive output though?

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What does your pathological dislike of Jurgen Klinsmann say about you?

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Hating Jurgen Klinsmann is so common, it's passe. A GenXer columnist would write "it's jumped the shark" and millenials would mock that columnist just for writing that trite expression. Even fedora-wearing creative types in Williamsburg have gotten over the Jurgen hate. Still, your hate fascinates me for different reasons: not because it is novel, or even very logical it's not.

Reqiuem for a Team

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When Florentino Perez hired Zinedine Zidane as manager, the prevailing narrative was simple: he had messed up the hiring of Rafa Benitez in the summer, and Zizou would play the part of the Di Stefano "player-coach" who filled in coaching gaps. Instead, he's showed a touch of Del Bosque: a manager with a gift for managing egos and clear tactical ideas plus a bit of game-planning.

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Thibaut Courtois praises Chelsea's late show - Credit's gruelling pre-season under Antonio Conte.

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Thibaut Courtois has hailed Antonio Conte's gruelling pre-season this summer as the reason for Chelsea's two Premier League victories so far this season against West Ham and Watford. Both won by late goals.

All we heard last season was that Chelsea "looked off the pace", "sluggish" and "a yard off everyone else" after Jose Mourinho made the decision to start our pre-season two weeks behind our rivals.

Antonio Conte - What are your first impressions after watching Belgium 0-2 Italy last night?

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I am interested to read your opinions of Antonio Conte after watching the Italy performance and victory over Belgium 2-0 last night. What did you think of the way he set his side up, his players and of the overall performance?

I have to say that we all thought that Belgium would come out on top and I only say that based on the general opinion that the Italian side was one of the worst in recent times on paper.

Ex-Chelsea Manager sings the praises of Antonio Conte!

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The appointment of Antonio Conte seems to have reached it's peak a fair few weeks ago and now has slipped back under the radar. For Carlo Ancelotti however, he has been keen to sing the praises of the new man in charge to put him back in the spotlight.

With the developments regarding our previous manager (before Hiddink) dominating the pages of our newspapers for what seems like ages, Antonio Conte has carried on with his preparations for Euro 2016 which is due to start this Friday.

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The BIG Question: Is Pep Guardiola Right To Oust Joe Hart As Man City’s No.1 Goalkeeper?

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We may not have any resounding winners to crown quite yet, but with the openingweekend of the 2016/17 Premier League season very nearlydone and dusted, one big, blonde loser has already emerged.

While we're only talking about one game in isolation so far, Pep Guardiola has already made his first definingstatement of intent at Manchester City: that Joe Hart, the club's (and country's) ever-present, ubiquitous and unquestioned No.

Dodgy Draws, Doubt, Deceipt & Mass Derision: The Revamped EFL Trophy Is Shaping Up Nicely

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There can rarely have been a more farcical or badly-received football competition draw than this morning's for the English Football League Trophy.

As well as underminingthe cup's prestige entirely, the EFL brainchild's greatest success seems to be in hardening the already strong campaign by fans to boycott the revamped competition.

Dodgy Draws, Doubt And Mass Derision: The Revamped EFL Trophy Is Shaping Up Nicely

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There can rarely have been a more farcical or badly-received football competition draw than this morning's for the English Football League Trophy.

Its greatest success seems to be in hardening the already strong campaign by fans to boycott the revamped competition.

Disquiet had already been expressed over the decision to invite Premier League academy teams into the competition, one that has been valued by lower league clubs as something they have a real chance of winning.

EURO 2016

The BIG Question: Was Euro 2016 Really That Good?

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It's done. Euro 2016 is finished, over and done with, done and finished with, finished and over with. Done. Now we can talk about it.

Did you actually enjoy it? Pies can't quite convince ourselves either way. Wales and Iceland aside, the group stages were generally passable with odd moments of genuine drama.

Let’s Hear It For… Iceland, The Team England Should Be Desperate To Emulate!

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As tempting as it was to devote an entire morning to chastising England for wilting like knackered spinach in Nice last night, instead Pies thought we'd take the chance to begin by paying earnest, proper tribute to the rightful victors.

Sincerely, and with no traceof bitterness or condescension, Iceland were outstanding.

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"I was not to blame for Jose Mourinho's sacking!"

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Eden Hazard has spoken while away with Belgium in Euro 2016 and responded to the Newspaper L'Equipe's question of his involvement in the Jose Mourinho sacking at Chelsea. He has denied any involvement and states that he was behind him.

Jose has gone and we all have to move on but I wanted to post this up because I believe that it's important as he also talks about the future.

Jose Mourinho to be appointed Manchester United boss - Who cares we move on!

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Jose Mourinho is set to be appointed the next Manchester United boss despite Louis Van Gaal winning United's first silverware since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. Chelsea fans have made their feelings known on social media this weekend but who cares seriously.

I love Jose Mourinho as much as the next person for where he took out Football club and for the success he brought to us.

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UEFA Proudly Announce Euro 2020 Is Going To Be One Gigantic, Expensive Pain In The Arse For Fans

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UEFA have spent the morning proudly divulging details of Euro 2020 at a launch event in London.

As per Michel Platini's vision of a pan-continental celebration of football to mark the 60th anniversary of the finals, the tournament will take place in a slew host cities spread out across Europe.

Two Chelsea stars open up to the Chelsea nightmare of last season. Are they veiled digs at Jose Mourinho?

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None of us want to look back and think about last season, that we can all agree on but I felt that I need to write a post about some interviews given by Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard who both have opened up to what happened last season which makes pretty interesting reading.

It's a situation that happened that no-one has a single answer or reason as to what went wrong!

Expert Opinion: Garth Crooks Backs Liverpool For Relegation Solely Due To Alberto Moreno’s Horror Show Against Arsenal

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While the odds are most definitely against itafter a stirring win over Arsenal on the opening weekend, Garth Crooks has dribbled a drop of virgin's blood into the concoction bubbling away in his soothsayer's cauldron and used his sight beyond sight to predictthat Liverpool will be relegated from the Premier League this season.

Batshuayi: "Training has been very tactical and very physical, it’s been on another level"

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Michy Batshuayi has been talking of Chelsea training sessions under Antonio Conte since he arrived and has described them as nothing he has ever experienced before. The signs are good so far.

People are focused on Diego Costa and what is happening with his future at the moment, and rightly so, but I just wonder that despite him being a big money signing, the young Belgian appears under the radar at the moment with not much expected from him outside of the club in his first season.

Five Players who Antonio Conte may now deem surplus to requirements at Chelsea.

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Chelsea fans are eagerly anticipating the impact that new manager Antonio Conte will make following the former Italy boss' arrival at Stamford Bridge.
However, while people are keen to see who he brings into the club, what about those who may be deemed surplus to requirements in West London?
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Chelsea - What a waste of time that was!!

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It's the 1st July and the summer transfer window is open and player contracts have expired. With that Chelsea have announced that Marco Amelia, Alexandre Pato and Radamel Falcao have all left the club - What a waste of every ones time that was!

As we all know Amelia was brought in as cover in Goal with Thibaut Courtois injured and out for a few months, so he provided backup to Azmir Begovic and never featured.

England - English clubs in Europe - Can someone answer me this question?

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Why do we not play our games at Premier League pace? It's my main gripe when it comes to watching England in the Euro's, with Chelsea and other English teams in the Champions League. Why on earth do we allow ourselves to get drawn into a slower tempo which suits the opposition?

Look at England last night, what a joke that was and Roy Hodgson deserves all the stick he is getting being honest.

Vincent Nogueira was unique, but not irreplaceable

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With Vincent Nogueira gone, what should the Union do now?

Frank Lampard - Quite simply the best £11m Chelsea ever spent.

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Yesterday 14th June marked fifteen years to the day that Claudio Ranieri spent the best £11m Chelsea EVER spent when he signed Frank Lampard from West Ham. Thirteen years and 211 goals later, Frank Lampard will always be remembered as a Legend.

Many people at the time were wondering who would replace Gus Poyet who had come to prominence as a goal scoring midfielder at Chelsea.

MLS, Liga MX, and Theory vs. Practice

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Everybody wants to talk about TV viewership and make unflattering comparisons between MLS and any other league. As a fan of MLS, I know intimately well both the current challenges, the flaws of the league, and just how far the league has come in the last decade and how much more work is left to do.

The FIVE Chelsea players that Jose Mourinho could look to sign for Manchester United.

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With the deal to take Jose Mourinho to Manchester United due to be announced as early as tomorrow, here are the FIVE Chelsea players I believe he could attempt to sign with his reported £200-£300m war chest this summer.

One thing I will say before we go into too much detail is that Chelsea will not be willing to do business with any of their direct rivals for the top four next season and it would take ridiculous amounts of money to persuade the Chelsea hierarchy to do business.

The Jozy Question

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After a stunning youth World Cup about a decade ago, Jozy Altidore has failed to meet your lofty expectations. Some are delusional. Some are mad. Many are sad. I, however, am philosophical as always. How did Jozy get to this point: a striker who seems to get more injuries than goals?

The answer(s) may bother you.