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Chelsea

JOHN TERRY: Leader, Legend and 100% deserves a new contract!

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John Terry is mocked and hated by other supporters but adored by the Chelsea faithful. Without him on that pitch, being the leader and legend that he already is, Chelsea look like a different team at the back. His demanding of his team mates, his leadership, his experience and his quality are second to none in my eyes.

DeBruyne: You have got it wrong. You didn't work hard enough!

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It always disappoints us when you read quotes from ex-players especially when you know as well as they do it was for the best.
Kevin DeBruyne has filled the pages of our national press after speaking to a news source in Germany of leaving Chelsea.
In the article, he claims that he didn't play because his initial transfer fee was not big enough.

MATIC BAN: NO MATTER WHAT, YOU CANNOT REACT THE WAY HE DID!

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It was a disgusting tackle and that of a straight red card. A potential leg breaker and bearing on cynical. Despite that, you simply cannot react the way Nemanja Matic did on Saturday!

I have seen the news that his ban has been reduced from three games to two matches (meaning that he misses the Capital One Cup final on Sunday and West Ham next week), I have seen the statement from Chelsea stating that they are appalled by the decision to not reduce the ban to one game but what on earth did they expect the FA to do?

Open your eyes Samir Nasri - Chelsea's game management is better than Manchester City.

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Samir Nasri has spoken of his thoughts on Chelsea this season as the title race begins to heat up as we move at pace towards the business end of the season. Not that most of us care, he has stated that he isn't impressed at all.

He said of Chelsea this season:

"I'm a big fan of Mourinho, but I am not impressed with his team, not at all.

CHELSEA v EVERTON: FABREGAS IS BACK! - START HIM OR BENCH HIM FOR PSG?

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Chelsea take on Everton at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night and in his press conference this afternoon, Jose Mourinho has revealed that in addition to Diego Costa missing his final game through suspension, Mikel is our only player affected by injury that rules him out of the game. My question to all of you is who do you think should start for Chelsea in this one?

IVANOVIC: Do you agree with Mourinho that he is our best EVER signing?

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Branislav Ivanovic scored an absolute peach of a goal on Saturday to win the game and take a massive three points for Chelsea at Villa Park on Saturday. After the game Jose Mourinho hailed the defender as one of our best ever signings and I just wondered how the Chelsea fans reading this website feel about his comments?

Was the win at Villa THE pivotal moment in the title race?

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Chelsea headed into this weekend with a five point lead in the Premier League over Manchester City; with City looking on paper to have the easier fixture out of the two of us and we sit here now SEVEN points clear in what could possibly be THE pivotal moment in the race for the title!

We all saw the Chelsea performance against City last weekend.

Do YOU think we have enough cover in the Chelsea squad?

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I posted an article wondering whether or not Jose Mourinho would venture into the transfer market for a second time before the window closed to buy another attacking midfielder after we sold Andre Schurrle and loaned Mohamed Salah. It didn't happen and I just wonder whether or not YOU personally feel that we have enough cover between now and the end of the season?

Who Holds The Key to Chelsea’s Premier League Success?

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Supposedly the best team in England,(if you care to take a look at the top of the Premier League table) Chelsea have had one of their best seasons in football so far. Managed by the Special One, Jose Mourinho, they have displayed an unmatched performance in the BPL this year.

They have held the top spot in the Barclays Premier League log since the start of the 2014/15 season and look set to stay there ashe Blues are 5 points ahead of the defending champions.

Essien, Hoddle, Mikel and Chopper Harris have their say on Lampard.

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Frank Lampard could feature at some stage against Chelsea tomorrow at Stamford Bridge and the focus will be all about him. Despite the fact that there is a game to be won, the media and press will focus on the fact that arguably Chelsea's greatest ever player, could return and severely dent our title push.

Di Maria and Falcao REJECTED by Jose Mourinho.

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Jose Mourinho has revealed that he TURNED DOWN the chance to sign Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao this past summer after being contacted by their agent Jorge Mendes. He revealed that Chelsea simply could not afford either of them because of the new FFP ruling.
Falcao in particular was someone who had been linked with Chelsea on a number of occasions but as soon as he virtually sold out to play for the money he did in the French league, his wages were then always going to be a problem.

What's your view on the Makelele, Gerrard and Lampard combo for Chelsea ten years ago?

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Jose Mourinho is making headlines this morning virtually everywhere you look after revealing that he and Chelsea tried everything they could to sign Steven Gerrard back in 2005. Mourinho revealed that he wanted to partner Steven Gerrard alongside Frank Lampard and Claude Makelele and I just wonder how good you think those three could have been together?

Does Mourinho have a point about a "campaign" against Chelsea, or is it more mind games?

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Mourinho: The king of mind games


It has been an eventful few days for Chelsea over the Christmas period. On balance of play against Southampton at St Mary's, Chelsea should have found a winner in the second half.

"I believe in my team, my team-mates, so everything is possible.”

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Most of the talk in the past week has been of an unprecedented quadruple at Chelsea this season. With the manager playing down our chances recently, Nemanja Matic has revealed that it IS a possibility!
Matic who had another storming game last night spoke to the media after the game and was asked whether or not Chelsea could create history this season by winning ALL four competitions we are fighting for.

Petr Cech believes THIS Chelsea team could become the best EVER!

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In the ten years that Petr Cech has been at Chelsea, he has won virtually everything with the club and has achieved so much. Despite this, he believes that THIS Chelsea team now has the potential to be the best ever!

He said:

"This team has the potential and the quality to become one of the best teams in Chelsea's history if it proves it by winning the trophies.

OPINION: Has Jose Mourinho got his game management right?

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Greame Le Saux, the Ex-Chelsea full back and now pundit for US Television has expressed his opinion that he would like to see Chelsea really go for teams rather than shut up shop. I am wondering how you feel about what he has said.

Speaking recently, Le Saux said:

"They've certainly got a huge amount of creativity and, if you look at the freedom the creative players have - whether it's Hazard, Willian, Costa is a fantastic player as well and there are countless others you can name - they are a hugely entertaining team to watch.

Major League Soccer

Something’s Gotta Give

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One thing that hasn't been in short supply during the ongoingdiscussions for a new collective bargaining agreementbetween MLS players and owners is rhetoric. The league can't move forward unless this happens. Top-flight soccer in America will collapse if that happens.

The Astroturfery Behind the Failed Beckham Stadium Plan

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In case you don't follow me on twitter or already read Vice Sports, here's a link to my up close look at how and why Beckham has failed to get a stadium deal done in Miami (so far). For the record, it was edited by the excellent Eric Nusbaum and the elucidating Patrick Hruby. Like all kinda long stories that require original research, there's little snippets and footnotes along the way.

The Two Most Misunderstood Words of MLS CBA Talks

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"Work stoppage." As a fan who enjoys watching live soccer, these words strike terror into my heart. Thus far, the current MLS labor talks have followed the same pattern: MLS owners, happy with increasing revenue and a one-sided owner/labor balance, complain they are "still losing money" and profess to not be worried by the talk's slow progress.

Jose Mourinho

Chelsea 1-1 Burnley: Do we only have ourselves to blame?

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Following our 1-1 draw with Burnley at Stamford Bridge, a frustrated Jose Mourinho has spoken about four pivotal refereeing decisions that denied us a win against the second-bottom side on Saturday afternoon.

Here's what happened:

30th Minute – Branislav Ivanovic is crunched in midair by a challenge from Ashley Barnes.

FABREGAS: Could illness force him out tonight?

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Jose Mourinho confirmed yesterday that our influential play maker Cesc Fabregas could miss tonight through illness. If he is unable to play, it would be a massive blow.

Speaking at his press conference the manager said:

"Fabregas has been ill.

We are a different team with Fabregas, I'm not saying better or worse, I'm saying different.

OPINION: Cahill or Zouma to partner John Terry tonight?

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Who should partner John Terry in defence tonight against Paris St Germain? Should it be Gary Cahill - a long serving partner next to John Terry with a wealth of Champions League experience or should it be the young and raw talent of Kurt Zouma?

It's an interesting debate because for most of the season it would be a straight answer and Gary Cahill would get the nod from Mourinho.

TRANSFER WINDOW IN JANUARY - DO WE NEED ANYTHING?

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Jose Mourinho was asked about the January transfer window after the victory over Derby County the other evening and stated that there would be no one coming in or leaving. I am asking if you think we do need someone.

We have read and heard a whole host of rumours of players leaving the club such as Petr Cech and Mohamed Salah with others being linked with moves into the club.

COSTA: Do you agree with Mourinho that he is getting a raw deal?

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Diego Costa picked up his SEVENTH yellow card against Hull for "diving" despite not even making an appeal for a free kick. Jose Mourinho believes that the big Spanish striker is being victimised by Referees this season because of his image.

What is your opinions on this? Do you agree with the manager?

Champions League

How Old is Too Old?

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Bayern Munich has enjoyed a wonderful Bundesliga season to date. They're top of the league despite an embarrassing loss to 2nd place Wolfsburg. They are also favorites to advance in their Champions League tie, despite tying the first-leg 0-0. However, for fans of beautiful soccer, not all is well in Munich.

Champions League: Diego Costa vs David Luiz - Who will come out on top?

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Chelsea's Champions League draw against Paris St Germain puts Diego Costa up against David Luiz and it's a battle I personally cannot wait to see. Who do you think will come out on top over both games?

We have defended Luiz to the hilt while he was here. We supported him and backed him when his defending was compared to "A ten year old controlling him on Play Station!

media

Did The January 2011 Transfer Window Break Football Forever?

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With the news today that 12,500 people have signed Sky Sports' online petition to make transfer deadline day a national holiday (*sigh*),Greg Evans examines the very moment it all went horribly wrong for everybody...

"HONK honk honk honk HONK HONK honk HONK!!!"

Since the dawn of time, the fine sport of football has always enjoyed a good transfer.

‘We Can’t Stand The Stench Any Longer’ – Long-Running Man Utd Fanzine Red Issue Folds After Finally Surrendering To The ‘Bullshit’ Of Modern Football

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By Chris Wright

Red Issue, issue one

Today is a sad day or, more specifically, yesterday was a sad day with the news that one of football's longest-running fanzines ceased operations after 26 years at the coal face.

Alas, Sunday's issueof long-running Manchester United fanzine "Red Issue" (issue 259) was and is to be the last, with magazine co-founder 'Zar' citing the tiresome "bullshit" of modern football as the main reason behind his decision to call it a day.

The Rest

The Diego Costa / Didier Drogba comparison. Can anyone see it?

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One final, one goal. Diego Costa has started off his big game record at Chelsea in a similar way to legend that is Didier Drogba.

You only have to look at the last goal Didier Drogba scored for us at Wembley and compare it to Diego Costa's strike on Sunday to see a certain similarity.

Could McCoy Stadium Host Pro Soccer?

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On Monday,thePawtucket Red Sox announced its new ownership group, and with it, the news that the team will be abandoning McCoy Stadium for a new stadium in Providence, R.I. as early as 2017. With the venerable stadium's days numberedas a host for pro baseball, city officials would be wise to consider usingit tocourt another pro sport: soccer.

OPINION: Petr Cech or Thibaut Courtois to start tomorrow night against PSG?

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Here's a question for the Chelsea fans around the world ahead of the Champions League game against PSG in Paris tomorrow night. Who should start in this one in goal Petr Cech or Thibaut Courtois?

Now the reason I am asking the question is because of events over our last three games.

Talk To Pies: Which Specific Player Made You Fall In Love With Football?

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By Chris Wright

The Wolverhampton Wanderers 1992/93 squad, from hell's heart I stab at thee!

While there were kick-aboutson tap over the road on the park, growing up in the pre-Sky Sports-saturated era meant that actually watching proper football on television was a rare thing principally because there wasn't much to go at.

Chelsea's youth stockpiling: Is the clubs academy being used for financial purposes?

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Can Bamford break through into the first team?
In footballs current state, with the likes of Financial Fair Play becoming a huge stumbling block for some of the worlds biggest clubs, the focus of youth squads and academies is coming more into the fore front; especially in the Premier League.

Barack Obama Destroys Hope of US Soccer World Cup Win (Singlehandedly)

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I am such a bleeding heart liberal that I need regular blood transfusions to prevent cardiac arrest. I will defend LBJ's "Model Cities" initiative to the end, and not so secretly took some delight upon hearing of the passing of Ronald Reagan. During the two terms of George W. Bush, I lived in Spain, Portugal, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua.

Azpilicueta: Just how much will we miss "Dave"?

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Although reports state that Cesar Azpilicueta''s muscle strain is not as bad as first feared, the Spanish defender faces a couple of weeks on the sidelines and looks set to miss games against Swansea and Liverpool. I just wonder how much we will come to miss him?

I have no doubt at all of Filipe Luis' quality and I am sure he will step into the side making the transition between the two as seamless as possible; I do believe however that Azpilicueta is a better defender.

ZOUMA; Has he done enough to keep his place against Swansea?

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Kurt Zouma made his first Premier League start against Newcastle on Saturday and played his first full ninety minutes. In a week where he has praised the influence of Gary Cahill and John Terry, I am asking whether or not he should keep his place for Swansea?

It's another busy month coming up for Chelsea with the players featuring in three different competitions.

Steven Gerrard To Leave Liverpool After 26 Years Of Loyal Service: Does The Word ‘Legend’ Do Him Justice?

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By Chris Wright

As you've no doubt heard, Steven Gerrard has announced that this current season will be his last with Liverpool, the one and only club hehas represented in his 16 years as a professional footballer.

After several months of contract wrangling and discussions about his future role at Anfield, Gerrard went public shortly before close of play last night to confirm that he will no be renewing his deal when it expires this coming summer leaving him free to negotiate pre-contract terms with interested parties as ofnow.

The January transfer window: Send Jim Curtin on loan

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What if you could move staff in the January transfer window? Peter Andrews has an unlikely —but provocative —idea for Jim Curtin.

Alan Pardew On Cusp Of Crystal Palace Switcheroo After Newcastle Agree £2.5m Compensation Package

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By Chris Wright

As the mid-season madness continues apace, it's being reported that Alan Pardew is now within a whisker of upping sticks at Newcastle (ninth in the Premier League) to take over at manager-less Crystal Palace (currently mired in the relegation zone).

Several sources have confirmed that the two clubs are in talks, thoughthe Telegraph are reporting that Palace and Newcastle have nowagreed a £2.

TORRES LEAVES - HIS AND OUR NIGHTMARE IS OFFICIALLY OVER.

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We have woken to news confirmed on the Chelsea Website that Fernando Torres will make his two-year loan to AC Milan and permanent deal on January 5th. It's believed that he will then sign for Atletico Madrid on loan for the remainder of the season.

First and foremost good luck to him.