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Chelsea

"Mr Pellegrino" can take his comments about Chelsea & Stoke and ........

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It's pretty much what you expect from Manuel Pellegrini now isn't it. When things don't go his way he spits his dummy out of his pram and has a pop at people. His post match comments after yesterdays 1-1 draw typify exactly that.
City have now failed to win their last FOUR games in all competitions.

Chelsea's Loan Policy - Gourlay defends it - What do you think?

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Chelsea currently have 26 players out on loan this season and many disagree or criticise our policy. Ron Gourlay has defended the clubs stance and I wonder what YOU the Chelsea fan thinks of it.

A QUESTION: Was Fernando Torres treated badly at Chelsea?

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Since his two-year loan move to AC Milan, there has been plenty of opinion of his time here. A quote that he come out of Milan has annoyed me to the point that I want to ask the opinion of the football fan reading this post, to see if you agree.

I have written my own idea as to why things never really worked out for Torres at Chelsea in a detailed post here (so check it out!

Juan Mata: From Chelsea's Player of the Year to a nightmare at Old Trafford.

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Juan Mata's £37.1m move from Chelsea to Manchester United back in January stunned English Football. Now, eight months on, it looks as though Juan Mata's time up North is over as he is being linked with a move away from Old Trafford.

Many people could see what has happening at Chelsea at the beginning of last season.

FABREGAS AT CHELSEA: "I know that the Arsenal fans will understand"

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As soon as the paperwork was signed and Cesc Fabregas became a Chelsea player, you thought to yourselves I wonder what he and the Arsenal fans would feel when he steps out at the Emirates in Chelsea blue?

Speaking whilst being away on international duty with Spain, Fabregas has given an insight to those feelings, his time at Barcelona and the decision to come to Chelsea.

REMY: 'I know I'm not going to be the first striker, but nothing is set'

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I am sure like me, many Chelsea fans all over the world were surprised at how quickly Chelsea moved to replace Fernando Torres with Loic Remy. In addition, we wonder whether or not Remy will face the same issues as Demba Ba had last season.

With Diego Costa setting the Premier League alight with four goals in three games and the return of Didier Drogba to Stamford Bridge, it's fair to say that it looks like Remy has a job on his hands to force his way into Jose Mourinho's plans.

Forget Arsenal, Liverpool & Man United - Chelsea & Man City have better balance.

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The transfer window has closed with Premier League clubs spending over £800m to set themselves up for the long season ahead. Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have all spent big but still, waking up this morning, You have to look at Chelsea and Manchester City as the squads with perfect balance.

LOIC REMY: What's your take on his move to Chelsea?

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Chelsea announced the signing of Loic Remy from QPR yesterday for a fee of £10.5m and a four year contract. I am wondering what YOU the Chelsea fans think of his move to Stamford Bridge?

First and foremost it's important to understand that he isn't going to be first choice after the blistering start Diego Costa has made this season.

Jose Mourinho has to have something up his sleeve!

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With all the talk of Fernando Torres being linked with a deal to move to Milan, you have to think that Jose Mourinho has something up his sleeve before the transfer window closes. Now with Costa being injured, expect Chelsea to move in the market once again.

We have already seen Demba Ba, Romelu Lukaku and Samuel Eto'o all leave the club this summer, leaving us with three strikers - Costa, Drogba and Torres.

ETO'O: What do you make of him signing for Everton?

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Having been classed as surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge, Samuel Eto'o could now line up or at least take part in the game on Saturday evening for Everton against Chelsea! What do you think of this whole situation?

Chelsea have a rule for the over thirties at Stamford Bridge and that's a rolling one year contract that I believe is also performance related based on the previous season.

"If Mourinho doesn't win it in the first year, he always wins it in the second year."

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Ex-Chelsea winger Damien Duff firmly believes that you cannot look past Chelsea this season to win the Premier League because it's Mourinho's second season back at Chelsea.

Duff who is spending the last moments of his career out in Australia has been talking of Mourinho and Chelsea and backs them as firm favourites for this seasons title.

YOUR OPINIONS: What do you think Petr Cech will do?

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Ever since Thibaut Courtois was named as the starting Goalkeeper against Burnley, there has been all sorts of speculation surrounding his future. What do YOU, the Chelsea fan reading this think he should do?

One thing is clear, Cech deserves all the respect in the world from the club, from the manager, his team mates and the supporters after what he has achieved at Chelsea.

TITLE RACE: It's between Chelsea and Manchester City - Do you agree?

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It was interesting to see the reaction of Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher on SkySports's Monday Night Football last night. Both have stated that it's between Chelsea and Manchester City for the title. I was wondering if you agree?

Speaking after Chelsea's response to going a goal down to Burnley and winning the game 3-1 by half time, Neville said:

"I'm not writing Arsenal and Liverpool off on the first day of the season, but I'm not sure how they can win it.

Burnley v Chelsea: Who starts tonight for the Blues?

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Pre season is over and after three months of waiting, Chelsea are back in the Premier League! Who do YOU think should start for Chelsea against Burnley?

What has been interesting is quotes from people such as Mourinho and Pellegrini this weekend. Both have stated that players who have come back to pre season later after playing in the World Cup in Brazil are not yet ready to play 90 minutes.

Over the limit - Which foreign player leaves Chelsea?

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Chelsea have one foreign player too many over the age of 21 within their current squad and one of those players will have to leave before the transfer window closes. Who do you think that will be?

Premier League rules state that you are allowed 17 foreign players over the age of 21 within their squad and at present Chelsea have 18 foreign players, so Jose Mourinho has his first real dilemma of the season as to who to let go.

"Cesc Fabregas is the best Premier League signing of the summer"

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Cheaper than Alexis Sanchez, Diego Costa, Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, only £2m more expensive than Liverpool's signing of Adam Lallana, The Telegraph has posted an article claiming that the signing of Cesc Fabregas at Chelsea IS the signing of the season.

It's remarkable to think that at £27m, Cesc Fabregas was cheaper than Luke Shaw but that's just the crazy financial world that football has become these days.

CHELSEA'S FORGOTTEN MAN - FERNANDO TORRES.

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With all the focus on Diego Costa this season and the return of Didier Drogba, Fernando Torres seems to be the forgotten man at Chelsea. With the pressure off of him now, could Torres finally shine?

As each season passes, Torres' situation at the club just doesn't seem to improve does it and we have had plenty of rumour and speculation surrounding his future throughout the summer.

DIEGO COSTA: WHAT A PRE SEASON - WHAT A STRIKER!!

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Talk about hit the ground running! What more could you say about Diego Costa's start to life at Chelsea? Chelsea were crying out for a striker who literally had it all and could stick the ball in the back of the net. Chelsea have found him!

Chelsea fans are only too aware of the pitfalls of what life could be like as a Chelsea striker.

OPINION: What have you thought of our Pre Season?

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Tomorrow night at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea complete their pre season preparations with a game against Real Sociedad, the first home pre season game in eight years. I just wondered what you have thought of our pre season so far?

As with every club, it's been difficult to manage for Jose Mourinho and his technical staff due to different players coming back to training at different moments.

NEVILLE ON CHELSEA: "They are going to take some stopping!"

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We are a week away from the start of the Premier League season and it's seems Chelsea are most pundit's tips for the Premier League title. Gary Neville believes it's going to be very difficult to stop Chelsea.

Now being honest with you, I couldn't stand Gary Neville as a player but as a pundit, he has more than breached the gap after the departure of Andy Gray.

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Yaya Toure and the Typecast Roles of Soccer

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Several months ago, Awful Announcing had a great post about the "code words" used to describe most white NBA players. What's most interesting about these terms is not that they are per se inaccurate, but rather that they gloss over and take for granted societal perceptions and assumptions. One was to ask: why do we focus on certain traits as exhibited by one race of athlete and ignore others?

What if we “picked” EPL clubs like American ones?

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Fandom is such a fickle business. The EPL season rages on after a month of action, so we've read yet another glut of "Pick your team" stories and podcast anecdotes. Some say follow your heart. Others say pick a winner. Yet, of course, fans find ways to put other fans down. If you're from the US or another non-England country, then that's a knock against you.

DIEGO COSTA: The clinical beast up front - What do you think of him?

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I posted after we announced the signing of Diego Costa that I had a real concern over his temperament ahead of him joining up with the squad. On record, I'd like to perform a complete U-Turn and say I love that in his game.

Costa is being hammered by certain quarters of the media because of the other reason he made headlines at Goodison Park yesterday and that was the spat he was having during different moments of the game with Seamus Coleman and Tim Howard.

Arsenal "Fan Site" - Four current stars better than Cesc Fabregas!

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It must have been hard for Arsenal fans to sit and watch Cesc Fabregas back in the Premier League on Monday Night and especially playing for Chelsea. For one site in particular, they have made comparisons to what Arsenal have now without him.

"She Wore A Yellow Ribbon" - the Arsenal Fan site has written an article today claiming that they have four of their current stars that are better than Fabregas!

Tactics Talk: Van Gaal’s 3-5-2 Explained

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LVG's start as Manchester United manager was a step backwards. While United attacked with verve and swagger for a few spells, the defense looked timid. The Red Devils' 3-5-2 won some summer friendlies, but questions remain whether it can and will work for United and in the EPL. I've put on my tactics-cap to explain the pros and cons of the system, and why it might not work at United.

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FABREGAS: Carragher and Neville pick apart his defensive performance.

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Much has been said of Cesc Fabregas and his return to the Premier League with Chelsea. With six assists already in four games, he is getting the plaudits for his role in our attacking third but the defensive side of his game on Saturday has been picked apart on SkySports' Monday Night Football by Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher.

Jose Mourinho attacked!

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Jorge Valdano, Ex-Player, Manager and General Manager of Real Madrid has launched a scathing attack on Jose Mourinho in his new book. As we have seen, the manager is not shy in responding to incidents such as these in the past, so expect fireworks tomorrow!

The great thing about Football is that everyone has an opinion.

Reflections on the Galacticos 3.0

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It's only human for a human to get attached to a human. Or, rather, a group of humans. After several years of so-so futbol, Florentino Perez returned as President with grandiose promises. We knew he would splash the cash, but his signing of Jose Mourinho as coach was a masterstroke: new signings and tactics led to three consecutive semi-finals in the Champions League, each time the merengues knocking at the door of greatness.

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LAMPARD talks McEachran, the Youngsters and the money they earn.

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More from Frank Lampard this morning after featuring his recent interview yesterday. With 26 players out on loan with the majority being our younger players, Lampard has given his opinion on the situation for these players at clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester City.

Much is made of our Academy and U21's not being given a chance at the club and farmed out on loan.

Lampard talks leaving Chelsea and his regret at how it happened.

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After playing down reports of player power at Stamford Bridge, Frank Lampard talks about leaving Chelsea after thirteen years at the club and the one regret he has about going.

Watching the emotion from Ashley Cole as the players performed their lap of honour with the fans at the final game of the season, it was clear for Cole that would be the last time we would see him at Chelsea.

Lampard talks player power at Chelsea - "That's a load of crap!"

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I think it's safe to say that many of us have been waiting for Frank Lampard to give an in depth interview about life at Chelsea and leaving the club after 13 years. This past week, Lampard has done exactly that and it's interesting reading.

First up is a question we all expected to be asked and that relates to player power.

LAMPARD AT MANCHESTER CITY: HAVE SOME RESPECT CHELSEA FANS!!

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I personally CANNOT believe some of the reaction of so-called Chelsea fans out there to the fact that Frank Lampard has signed for Man City on a 6 MONTH contract! Some of you need to get a grip and respect the wishes of the best player Chelsea has EVER seen!

It's important to remember that by all accounts, Lampard wanted a two year contract (which he now has at New York City FC) but Chelsea insisted that he has a one year rolling contract.

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TORRES: Chelsea were NEVER going to get the best out of him.

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Tonight, after weeks of speculation, Chelsea finally announced that Fernando Torres' Chelsea career was over and a two year loan arrangement had been agreed with AC Milan. The move puts an end to a spell for Torres at Chelsea that simply never ever worked out.
I want to start my piece by saying on record, that I CANNOT condone or understand these idiots on Social Media who are taking this opportunity to disrespect the player himself.

COSTA FEARS COME TO FRUITION - HE COULD BE OUT FOR SIX WEEKS!

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It's widely being reported that Diego Costa has suffered a hamstring problem in training at Cobham yesterday and could face a spell on the sidelines. Nothing is yet confirmed but there are concerns that he could be out for up to six weeks!

Fantastic news isn't it!! Like me, many of you all must have sat watching the end of last season and ongoing problems Costa had with his hamstring at Atletico.

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Yet Another FIFA Fail Post

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FIFA has this odd balancing act: on the one hand, they want to closely control major tournaments and host countries so that they can make a ton of money. On the other hand, when problems arise in world football, they want to shrug their shoulders and say it's not their business or responsibility. Basically, FIFA can't fix a problem if it doesn't want to.

England’s Horrible Squad For Opening Euro 2016 Qualifier Announced – Fabian Delph, Jack Colback And Danny Rose All Called Up

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With Wayne Rooney officially installed as England's new skipper, Roy Hodgson has announced his squad for the upcoming friendly against Norway at Wembley on 3rd September and the opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland five days later.

It's horrible.

Can Chelsea’s strikers challenge for the Golden Boot?

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Nobody, not even manager Jose Mourinho can accuse Chelsea of being a team without a striker in 2014-15 as the club looks to address the issues that hampered the title challenge last season. After two games, new signing Diego Costa has scored twice to take the team to second place in an admittedly early table but already the Spaniard looks to have completed the squad and given us a more tangible threat in the campaign that lies ahead.

A Possible Flaw with Promotion & Relegation in MLS: the Franchise Model

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I won't go into much detail over the whole promotion/relegation debate. It's been done elsewhere. Generally, the strongest arguments supporting pro/rel are (1) Historical examples it has worked in Europe for several decades; (2) Financial it will lead to more investment in 2nd division teams as investors try to achieve promotion; and (3) Philosophical it will be more "meritocratic.

Ex-Chelsea striker claims only "stars" play for Jose Mourinho!

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As with any player that leaves Chelsea, they are often asked of their time at the club. Demba Ba has made a statement claiming that under Jose Mourinho, he wasn't selected because of the bigger names ahead of him. I just wondered what you think of the claim he has made?

When asked of his time at Chelsea and his frustrations at the lack of first team opportunities, Ba has said:

‘Sometimes when you are at a club with a lot of big stars, the name counts for more than the statistics.

Is Jim Curtin the right man for the Union job?

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As the Union's search for a permanent head coach continues, is the team's performance under interim manager Jim Curtin making the decision for the Front Office? Earl Reed explores.