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Chelsea

Chelsea v Tottenham: Who starts for Chelsea tonight as we look to end Tottenham's title bid?

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Tonight all eyes will be on Stamford Bridge and especially those up in Leicester as Chelsea take on Tottenham with anything less than victory for the visitors will hand the Premier League trophy to Claudio Ranieri's outstanding Leicester team this season. Tottenham come here under immense pressure and it will be interesting to see how they cope!

Chelsea Star: "I thought the fans were booing because they didn't want me to be replaced".

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Eden Hazard has spoken out recently over his poor season, the fans reactions and of his aims between now and the end of the season. In what has been a testing time for all of us, some sections of the Chelsea support had turned on three of our key players in our title winning season last year with Hazard being one of them.

Have Chelsea identified the next Frank Lampard?

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Chelsea to this point have never been able to replace Frank Lampard and his goalscoring exploits from midfield in my view but according to various reports, it looks as though Chelsea have identified someone who could offer goals from that position and will turn to the Bundesliga to try and lure him to Stamford Bridge.

Solanke demands £50,00 per week, Chelsea stutter and Arsenal look to move in on a deal!

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Dominic Solanke has reportedly "demanded" £50,000 per week to sign a new extended contract with Chelsea and the club now face a choice to cough up or lose him. I want to know, based on the problems we have had with our strike force over the last few years, if Chelsea should pay him the money and promote him to the first team squad from next season?

KEVIN DE BRUYNE & CHELSEA - HINDSIGHT IS A WONDERFUL THING..

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Chelsea take on Manchester City at Stamford Bridge this evening and plenty of focus will turn on Kevin De Bruyne's return for the first time since a decision was made to sell him. I am asking you the Fan reading this post if you believe it was right to do so at the time or if we should never have sold him?

"I’ve only thankful things to say about Chelsea because they made me who I am today"

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There are many questions that will remain unanswered when Chelsea fans look back in the summer at the nightmares of our season. One however has been answered and that's the transfer of Ramires to China in January.

Like many of you, I was surprised to hear that a deal was done with the player seemingly allowed to leave the club without much fuss.

PATO WRITTEN OFF - WHAT DID YOU THINK OF HIS DEBUT!

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The game changed in Chelsea's favour as soon as Alexandre Pato came on against Aston Villa and that's because without Diego Costa, he gives us a different option.

I've been banging on for weeks for Pato to be given a chance. Having a website created counting the number of days he hadn't played since his arrival, people declaring that he is passed it and a waste of time signing him, I generally feel vindicated after just a single performance!

PATO: Website mocks lack of opportunities - Hiddink needs to play him against Aston Villa!

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The decision to sign Alexandre Pato on loan for six months and then leave him sat on his arse on the Chelsea bench is a joke and so much so, a website called hasalexandrepatoplayedforchelsea.com has been created!

I am pissed off and fed up of all the shit at Chelsea this season and Guus Hiddink in the last three games has added to it in my opinion.

Is next season Chelsea's best opportunity to bring through the Academy players?

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Our season is over so in my view it's time to focus on what we need to do as a club this summer as we prepare for a season competing in just the domestic competitions. Is this the best opportunity we have had to bring through players from the Academy?

One argument that remains and has done for years now is the chances given to the Academy players in our first team.

COURTOIS: Just go and do one after Chelsea comments!

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I hate the pointless international week breaks in the season because our foreign players often speak out. After what Thibaut Courtois has said recently he can just go and sod off!

Listen, we all have had to accept our poor season. We all are aware that we probably will not qualify for the Europa League either based on the games we have still to play.

Antonio Conte to sort this shit out and bring the fear factor back to Chelsea!

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Antonio Conte has spoken recently and spelt out his vision of how to approach the game. As Chelsea look like a squad of players that need a real kick up the arse, the sooner the club appoint him as manager the better as far as I am concerned.

Let's be honest, Chelsea's season has been shit and we have made the worst title defence EVER!

Claudio Ranieri to walk out at Stamford Bridge as Champion twelve years on?

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Leicester City face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the last day of the Premier League season. It could be the day Claudio Ranieri and his Leicester team are crowned as Champions twelve years after he said goodbye to the Chelsea faithful.

I saw the headline in the press yesterday "Marcel Desailly believes that Claudio Ranieri's title charge at Leicester was revenge for his sacking at Chelsea" and thought that he could not be further from the truth.

Do you think that Chelsea can achieve European qualification now this season?

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It's a question that we all thought would be beyond us as Jose Mourinho was sacked having lost NINE games in the opening half of the Premier League. Now, after a 12-match unbeaten run, I am asking the question if you believe Chelsea can qualify for European football this season?

Antonio Conte to Chelsea and with him his tried and trusted 3-5-2 formation?

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We have all seen Juventus and Italy's three centre backs in recent times, in fact a formation that has served them so well. It's the brainchild of Antonio Conte the man installed as the hot favourite to take over at Chelsea!

According to the press, there were positive talks between his representatives and Chelsea yesterday and the Italian expects a deal to be announced within the next ten days with him being offered a reported £4.

REPORTS: Chelsea's new Manager handed £130m war chest - Who would YOU sign?

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With the nightmare nearly over and Chelsea without Champions League football next season, it's going to be a tough job for the new manager to come in and turn us into title challengers once again. Who would you look to sign with the money being reported as available?

The problem Chelsea are going to have is the lack of Champions League football and will do very well to convince any world class players to come here without it.

PATO: When do you think he will be given his chance at Chelsea? Are you looking forward to seeing him?

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For Alexandre Pato it must be a nightmare because having signed for Chelsea on loan in January declaring it as "a dream", you have had to wait for month before you are anywhere near fit to play. Now surely he must be ready but when would YOU give him his chance?

This was an unforgettable day!

WILLIAN: Chelsea expect bids for him this summer and are keen to sign new contract!

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As Chelsea prepare for life outside of the Champions League next season, they are preparing to offer Willian a new contract as they expect bids for his services in the summer. He is one signing that Chelsea MUST confirm as quickly as possible!

If you were to ask any Chelsea fan who would be their player of the season this year the answer would be Willian.

HAZARD: Time to keep quiet and do your talking on the pitch.

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I am getting increasingly fed up with Eden Hazard talking about PSG or Zidane at Real Madrid. In the build up to our biggest game of the season he has done it again and Chelsea fans are NOT impressed!

As you probably know by now he said:

'It's hard to say no to PSG, as with all teams capable of winning the Champions League.

Hiddink

Chelsea Manager continues to focus on the possibility of relegation this season than the mistakes he has made.

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I am getting increasingly frustrated and becoming bored of Guus Hiddink and his press conferences ahead of our games now. The reason I say that is because he continues to harp on about how he saved our season and guided us away from relegation rather than focus on the mistakes he has made in the biggest games of our season.

Guus Hiddink: He had it easy in 2008 but this time around has been found out !

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When Guus Hiddink came back to Chelsea for a second stint as Interim Boss he should have realised that he could not call upon Leaders in the dressing room to assist and has been found out to not being anywhere near strong enough!

Am I the only person that thinks that he hasn't done that much since he has been here?

Mikel

Radja Nainggolan to sign for £26m but who's place do you think is under threat?

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Radja Nainggolan is to sign for Chelsea this summer on a five-year contract in a deal worth a reported £26m from Roma. Having a reputation as being a combative midfielder, it leaves question marks over the other two players we have in that position currently. Who do you think is most under threat with his arrival?

Is Mikel Chelsea's best defensive midfielder at the moment ahead of Nemanja Matic?

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Ben Andrews and Jason Cundy asked the question on Chelsea TV recently and I wanted to read as many opinions on Mikel as possible. Is he our best defensive midfielder at the moment ahead of Nemanja Matic?


I have been hammered on here in the past by fans for singing Mikel's praises over the years.

World Cup

More Potshots at the FIFA Prosecutions

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About a month ago, I penned a reported feature for VICE Sports about the FIFA prosecutions. Basically, I questioned the use of US resources to go after white collar criminals from other countries who, based on the legal theory of the case, only "hurt" a nonprofit that is organized in Switzerland.

Mes que un desgracia

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I've written a few times about the infamous "p chant" that was all the rage at Mexico games. Sadly, Spanish soccer stadiums are not so different. Instead, they often appear a teeming cauldron of prejudice this is a land where players of African lineage still have to deal with monkey chants and it is the year 2016.

The Sketchy FIFA-related “Election” You May Have Missed

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Last week, the man who once handled balls with dexterity and grace became the head of FIFA. Laughably, some members of FIFA tried to advocate for a non-secret ballot and even transparent voting booths. Yet even if the FBI and Swiss investigations (and the resulting problems finding corporate sponsors) prompt FIFA to cut down on corrupt broadcast deals and cash-for-vote swaps, the large and unwieldy structure will still be a large pork-barrel amalgamation of special interests.

Ex-players

CONTE: "Chelsea players who do not work hard will not play. It’s as simple as that."

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The announcement of Antonio Conte signing a three-year contract to join Chelsea this summer really has kicked off all sorts of speculation and opinion. Here are some of the opinions of ex-teammates, a Chelsea Legend, an ex-Chelsea assistant and two current players of the man Roman Abramovich has entrusted to bring success back to Stamford Bridge.

Champions League winning defender blasts Jose Mourinho!

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David Luiz has had plenty to say ahead of tonight's game between PSG and Chelsea but was also asked of the fact that Jose Mourinho is no longer manager. He responded with an insight to how things finished up between the two!

He said:

"Coaches come, coaches go, it's part of football.

"John is probably Chelsea’s greatest ever player, the club need to show him some more respect"

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David Luiz has taken time ahead of the game tonight to give his views on the contract situation with John Terry and cannot believe that the club are leaving him in limbo.

Speaking in Paris, Luiz said:

John is probably Chelsea's greatest ever player, the club need to show him some more respect.

John Terry

JT & ENGLAND: "He is so much better than anything else England can trot out in France"

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It's a subject that will divide opinion amongst the public and especially those who do not follow Chelsea. In saying that, it would more than likely divide opinion amongst our own but John Terry IS STILL England's best defender.

All the crap in the past is done with. Everything that has needed to be said has been and John Terry has moved on, we have moved on and football has moved on.

The BIG England Question: Would You Take John Terry To Euro 2016?

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He hasn't played for three-and-a-half years but the spectre of John Terry still looms over the England back-four, which has been in flux ever since the Chelsea stalwart bowed out of international football under a cloud in September of 2012.

Indeed, there has been call from some quarters today that hatchets should be buried and Terry be called back into the fold to bolster England's defensive ranks after the national side shipped rather too many goals against Germany and then the Netherlands over the most recent international fortnight.

English Premier League

Falcao will stay in the Premier League - Turns down Multiple Offers from Chinese Clubs

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Radamel Falcao was considered one of the best strikers in the world before moving to the Premier League. In his stint with Manchester United, Falcao underperformed, scoring four goals in 26 appearances. Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho brought him back to the Premiership on a loan but he only scored one goal in 9 appearances.

When We Knew that LVG had just Kissed Death as United Coach

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It's sad when a relationship ends, even when you've been with a defensive rooster of a man who seemed iconoclastic at first but has withered in conviction with age. A serious late season charge could still save Louis Van Gaal's job at United, but with Mou lurking and Woodward silent, the writing seems to be on the wall.

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HAZARD INJURED: "Chelsea push him to play so he has no choice!"

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The Eden Hazard debate rumbles on after another poor performance against Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday night. Once again though, Thierry Hazard has come to the defence of his son and claims that Chelsea are pushing him to play with little choice through injury.

Speaking after the exit to PSG and the fact that some of the Chelsea fans booed his son off of the pitch when he was substituted through injury and based on the fact that before the first leg, he spoke of the possibility of signing for PSG, Hazard Snr has spoken out again.

OPINION: What do you think of Roy Keane's views on Eden Hazard?

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Roy Keane is making headlines once again with his outspoken view, this time on Eden Hazard. I just wanted to gauge the opinions of Chelsea fans reading this post as to whether you agree or not.

Eden Hazard hasn't been anything like the player he became last season which can be said of plenty of the Chelsea players, but Eden Hazard was a vital part of our success with his performances, his goals but most importantly his influence.

The Rest

FABREGAS ON MOURINHO: What do you think of his comments?

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Cesc Fabregas appeared on SkySports "Monday Night Football" and has revealed the reasons that things did not work out for Jose Mourinho. I want to know how you feel about his comments?

Plenty of people have had their say on what happened which we have all read with interest. However, Chelsea demise this season I am sure will remain one of those questions that no one would ever be able to answer with absolute certainty.

Cahill and Terry injured but Matt Miazga steps in for "Flawless" display!

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Matt Miazga has hailed our performance on his Premier League debut against Aston Villa as "flawless" and I wondered what your first impressions are of the big American defender?

I have to be honest and admit that when the team came out with no JT or Gary Cahill, but Miazga next to Ivanovic I was apprehensive to say the least!

A Somewhat Modest Proposal for the USMNT

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Let's not shit ourselves: the US loss to Guatemala was bad both in terms of the result but also how bad the US played. But let's also not forget that: most US fans have detested Jurgen Klinsmann since 2012. Nothing's changed, but bad results increase the volume of the echo chamber.

Still, before sharpening your pitchfork and joining the "ax him now" people, a few thoughts.

REBUILDING CHELSEA: Here's TEN of our loan players that should be considered for the first team.

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Chelsea currently have THIRTY-FOUR players out on loan this season. With no European football and a player exodus predicted, I want to know how many of those you would want to see in our first team next season?

You can find the complete list of those players on the Club Website here but I want to mention the ten names that I believe should be considered.

Introducing ‘US Sports Supremo’ Charlie Stillitano: The Man Who Is Actively Trying To Destroy Football

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Charlie Stillitano (right) is a man on a shitty, shitty mission

Earlier this very week,we were told that high-ranking officials from five of the Premier League's biggest cash cows met at a super secret location (the Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane, Mayfair, London) to discuss potentially forming some sort of axis-of-evil breakaway Super League with an American billionaire.