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Chelsea

Antonio Conte's January Targets: Why Defence is More Important than Attack

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When Antonio Conte took charge of Chelsea and dropped points at Swansea before losing to both Liverpool and Arsenal within his first six games, almost everyone in the football world wrote him off. With perennial rivals storming ahead in the Premier League and losses a rarity in the top five, Conte looked almost dead and buried before he'd even got going.

Victor Moses - I find it incredible that someone like him has been underestimated.

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Victor Moses has proven to be an integral part of Chelsea's recent success having adopted Antonio Conte's 3-4-3 formation. The Chelsea boss has admitted that he finds it hard to believe that he had previously been overlooked at Chelsea.

If we take a step back in time looking back at the last two or three pre-season campaigns at the club, Victor Moses has arguably been our best player.

Chelsea Goalkeeper describes life at Chelsea as perfect.

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Thibaut Courtois is another who remains the subject of intense speculation over his Chelsea future with links back to La Liga always the subject of questions put to him whenever he talks to the media.

However, recently while away with Belgium, he has rejected any reports of a possible move back to Spain describing life at Chelsea as perfect.

Chelsea under Antonio Conte - Poised to challenge for the title?

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After a bitterly disappointing 2015/16 season that saw Chelsea finish 10th in the Premier League and miss out on Champions League football for the first time in 13 seasons, the recently appointed Antonio Conte has changed the team dynamic has the team poised to make a Premier League title challenge.

Ex-Chelsea Striker plays down Everton performance, believes we are still behind Liverpool and Manchester City.

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Ex-Chelsea Striker Tony Cascarino has played down Chelsea's performance on Saturday night claiming that Everton were really poor, he also believes we would struggle against Liverpool and Manchester City.

Football is a game of opinions with the majority of influential opinion being of ex-players who have forged a career as a TV Pundit.

Chelsea's Victor Moses: 'I'm feeling happy, I'm feeling excited and right now I'm looking forward to every game.

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Victor Moses has been a revelation for Antonio Conte's Chelsea team as a Wing Back. The 25-year old has revealed just how much he is enjoying his new role.

It's fair to say that Moses has not had things easy since he signed for Chelsea back in 2012 from Wigan. Moses spent that first year in and around the team making 23 appearances for the club and things looked promising for him, however that all changed and he spent the following three seasons out on loan at Liverpool, Stoke City and then last season at West Ham.

“Chelsea are so good at the moment”

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Chelsea's Saturday night performance against Everton has been described by plenty of Football Pundits and Newspaper Reporters as being on of the best they have seen. Jamie Redknapp has paid Antonio Conte and his team an unexpected compliment.

Chelsea look to have the perfect balance as they look to keep things tight at the back whilst carrying a potent attacking threat.

Chelsea under Antonio Conte – Defending together as one.

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Much has been made of the defensive stability Chelsea have demonstrated since the decision was made to switch formation to 3-4-3. One thing is clear, Chelsea are now defending together as one.

Antonio Conte has received plenty of plaudits in recent weeks and it's a credit to him. As he prepares his rejuvenated Chelsea team to take on Everton at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, there has been one aspect of this four match unbeaten run that stands out for me and that's teamwork.

Has Chelsea’s EFL Cup exit to West Ham shut the door for Chelsea’s youngsters?

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West Ham beat Chelsea 2-1 a week ago in the EFL Cup and I ask the question if the exit has shut the door for our youngster this season?

As Antonio Conte and his technical team prepared their plans for this season back in the summer, it would become clear that the EFL (League) Cup was the ideal opportunity to give the likes of Ola Aina, Nathaniel Chalobah, Ruben Loftus Cheek and Dominic Solanke some first team action.

Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 formation – Is it here to stay?

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As Chelsea prepare for Manchester United and Jose Mourinho this weekend, there has been plenty of debate over Antonio Conte's decision to switch to a 3-4-3 formation. I ask the question, "Is it here to stay?"

Chelsea have only played two games against Hull City and Leicester City with the using the new approach but it's been so far, so good with two wins, six points and two clean sheets.

Chelsea Legend believes two victories over Leicester City and Manchester United will put Antonio Conte back on track.

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Gianfranco Zola believes that Antonio Conte and Chelsea have a chance to record two statement victories against Leicester and Manchester United to put our season back on track after setbacks against Liverpool and Arsenal.

Without question, Chelsea head into these two fixtures as must win games this early in the season and that's purely because of our two previous defeats.

Willian commits his future to Chelsea but faces new challenges under Antonio Conte.

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With reports this past summer that PSG were more than interested in his services, Willian has distanced himself from any possible move away from Chelsea and has expressed a willingness to extend his contract to finish his career here.

That is fantastic news in my opinion as if you look at his performances overall for the club since he arrived, he has been outstanding.

Tammy Abraham reveals feedback from Chelsea and areas he must improve.

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Tammy Abraham is on fire so far this season as he netted twice for England Under 21's on his debut following his blistering start at Bristol City on loan. Speaking after his debut he revealed the feedback he receives from Chelsea.

Plenty is made of Chelsea's Loan policy at the moment and as we all know in recent years, whether you agree with it or disagree it's a decision made that we cannot do anything about and we have to live with it.

Tammy Abraham - Is he good enough for Chelsea's first team squad already?

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Tammy Abraham has taken the Championship by storm ever since his arrival at Bristol City this season and many consider the Chelsea youngster as ready to make the step up to Chelsea's first team squad next year.

Abraham continued his rich vein of goal scoring form this past weekend as Bristol City came back from a goal down to beat Nottingham Forest 2-1.

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.

Moses

Victor Moses: A better player than Pogba for a fraction of the price

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The title of this article says it all really – we reckon Victor Moses is a better player than Manchester United's world-record signing Paul Pogba. Before this season, even the most diehard Blues fans and footballtipsters would have laughed at the suggestion. But Moses' form this season tells a different story.

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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Twenty years ago today - Chelsea signed Gianfranco Zola and the rest is history.

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Twenty years ago today on the 8th November 1996, Chelsea signed a 30-year old Gianfranco Zola from Parma for a fee of £4.5m and changed Chelsea forever.

We talk these days of players who make an impact in games, players who have the ability to produce a moment of magic to inspire or to turn a game on it's head; Zola was one of those players in that era.

"Chelsea have been better than Manchester City so far this season since they changed system."

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Having received plenty of plaudits for the way Chelsea are playing in our new 3-4-3 formation, one Sunday Times Journalist has claimed that Chelsea are playing better than title favourites Manchester City in these last five games.

It's still early days in the title race and being totally honest, I would be happy to accept a top four position right now if it was offered to me, so it's stupid to make any sort of predictions.

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.

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Eden Hazard – Is this the best we have ever seen him play for Chelsea?

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Much has been made of Eden Hazard's form two years ago to the nightmare of last season. Is the form he is showing now the best we have ever seen from him at Chelsea?

Two seasons ago Eden Hazard was named as the Premier League Player of the Year and rightly so. He was outstanding in our title winning season scoring nineteen goals in fifty-two appearances in all competitions.

"David Luiz looks - I'm scared to say it - like a serious defender."

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David Luiz has received plaudits for his recent performances playing in the middle of Antonio Conte's new back three.

When David Luiz signed for Chelsea on transfer deadline day back in August, everyone had an opinion of him. Those without blue-tinted glasses laughed and slated us for re-signing a player deemed as too unreliable or too wayward for being a successful defender in the Premier League.

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Draws, Drivel And Damning Statistics: Man Utd Make Worst Ever Premier League Start Amid Jose Mourinho’s Toxic Maelstrom

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It's now official. As of Sunday afternoon, Manchester have now made their worst ever start to a Premier League campaign and the statistics therein are most definitely of the 'damning' variety.

The point garnered from the fractious 1-1 draw with West Ham was only United's 20th of the season so far which, after 13 games, is what you might call fairly meagre especially for a vastly expensive team with designs on winning the title.

David Luiz – Here to change opinions and to win the Premier League.

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David Luiz has been speaking to the Chelsea Magazine this week and has revealed the reason why he decided to return to Chelsea. Could this second spell under Antonio Conte finally change opinions of our much-maligned Defender?

If we are honest, it was a total shock that David Luiz decided to leave Paris Saint Germain first and foremost but to come back to Chelsea was an even bigger surprise having left three seasons ago.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.