Opinion

Cesc Fabregas

FABREGAS: Ex-Chelsea pro blames lack of confidence to a year ago!!

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There are so many football "pundits" these days that you don't have to look very far to spot them on your TV. I wouldn't mind half the time but you have to question why some of them are being paid for their opinions when they haven't achieved anything of note in the game!
Pundits such as Robbie Savage, Kevin Killbane and Jermaine Jenas are ones that come to mind straight away but as far as Chelsea goes, Tony Cascarino really, really winds me up!

FABREGAS AND MATIC: We cannot afford for BOTH of them to have bad games!

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For the most part this season, Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic have been dominant in games and have played a HUGE part in our challenge for the Premier League title week in, week out.

Now you can handle when someone is not at their best as normally, the ten other players carry them until the manager decides to replace them.

Transfers

The Summer That Chelsea Don't Need the Transfer Market

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The 2015-2016 campaign is the year Chelsea should finally start implementing youth talent. It's time to pull back some loanees, and promote some academy players. Next season is the chance for Chelsea to become a club that builds its own talent, and put them directly into the first team. While it is likely that Chelsea will enter the transfer market for a few players, with several other players seeking exit, the Blues should look to remedy certain positions with talent from it's own ranks.

Hindsight is Not Always 20/20

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Chelsea are struggling right now. However, like most poor runs of form, they will snap out of it. What makes it harder for the Blues, is watching several players that they have sold in the past, doing quite well at their new clubs. Kevin DeBruyne has been in good form at Wolfsburg, while Mohamed Salah has been brilliant for his new club, Fiorentina.

Chelsea

Should Chelsea sign Radamel Falcao in the summer even on loan?

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Things haven't exactly gone to plan for Radamel Falcao since he signed on loan at Manchester United from Monaco. Having scored just FOUR goals and being paid a reported £265,000 per week, it seems that he is all set to return back to his parent club in the summer.

So to Chelsea and these reports that we are interested in making a move for him this summer as a replacement for Didier Drogba.

RADAMEL FALCAO: Conflicting reports of Chelsea's interest - Should we sign him?

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Things haven't exactly gone to plan for Radamel Falcao since he signed on loan at Manchester United from Monaco. Having scored just FOUR goals and being paid a reported £265,000 per week, it seems that he is all set to return back to his parent club in the summer.

So to Chelsea and these reports that we are interested in making a move for him this summer as a replacement for Didier Drogba.

"There is no doubt Chelsea have the freedom to spend big money this summer."

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This week, the Telegraph published a fascinating article explaining that Chelsea's position now under FFP rules has been strengthened with the permanent sale of Fernando Torres. The article was such an eye opener, I wanted to feature it here and to explain the situation using quotes from it because I believe that not all of us are aware of how the FFP works.

Chelsea’s Disingenuous Penaltology

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When coaching Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho made a famous remark about Pep Guardiola. He said that in the past, there were two types of coaches: those who complained after a game about the ref, and those who shut up. He then said Pep was a new, third type of coach: he who complained about refs beforethe game had even started.

Are Chelsea Completely Paranoid, Delusional, Or Both?

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"9/11 was an inside job man! The CIA killed Kurt!"

Strap yourselves in folks, it's tin-foil hat time at The Bridge again.

Tying in nicely with the paranoid sense of authoritarian collusion whichhas been percolating away nicely at Chelsea over the past few weeks and months (years?

Chelsea Are a Team Struggling to Find Their Identity, An American Perspective

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When playing in so many competitions throughout a season, a team must consider what it takes to be successful in each competition. To win in the Capital One Cup, Chelsea simply needed to outclass a few lower league teams. Then they battled their way past Liverpool into the finals.
The Premier League however, has a whole different agenda in order to be successful.

What's your take on our reaction to THAT Ibrahimovic tackle?

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Slated, criticised and discussed up and down the land, Chelsea's initial reaction to the Zlatan Ibrahimovic tackle on Oscar on Wednesday night has caused debate from TV Pundits, other professional footballers and through the newspapers. I want to know what is YOUR own opinions on our reaction that night?

FABREGAS: "If we can kill, we have to kill"

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Speaking yesterday in the pre match press conference ahead of tonight's crunch game with PSG, Cesc Fabregas revealed an area that he believes that we are still lacking and called for the team to improve as we head into the real business end of the season.

We have seen back in the title winning seasons under Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti that Chelsea had a real killer instinct in games and put teams to the sword despite clearly winning games without being in any real danger.

Fabregas/Mourinho love in - Who ever thought that was going to happen?

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We are now at the business end of the season, the run in for the Champions League and Premier League having already won the League Cup but still, I still can't quite believe that Cesc Fabregas plays for Chelsea and has the season he has had already!

We all know the rivalry Cesc has had with Chelsea and with Jose Mourinho in particular over the years at Arsenal and then Barcelona.

Chelsea v PSG: THIS IS HOW CHELSEA CAN BEAT PSG TOMORROW!!

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Chelsea take on PSG at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night and sitting watching the first leg again last night it's obvious that the wide areas are where PSG are strong in attack but weak defensively. It's an area Chelsea have to manage in order to win the game.

The PSG Strength.

From Forgotten Man to Campaign Hero, An American Perspective on Loic Remy

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Amongst all the transfer dealings that Chelsea conducted this summer, it is easy to forget about the last minute addition of Loic Remy. With Costa leading the league in goals, Fabregas being the man to pull the strings, and Luis making strong contributions at left back, Remy has become somewhat of a forgotten man at Stamford Bridge.

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?

Jose Mourinho

Liverpool defender charged but not the same coverage as Diego Costa!

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Ever since Diego Costa was charged and subsequently suspended by the FA for his supposed "stamp" on Emre Can at Stamford Bridge against Liverpool, The FA have set a precedent and it's nice to see that they have reacted to Martin Skrtel today.

Diego Costa was virtually pillared by pundits and reporters for days after this incident happened and Jose Mourinho went as far as to blame the Sky TV coverage and pundits for Costa being handed a three match ban.

SKRTEL: Finally charged but nowhere near the same reaction as Diego Costa!

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Ever since Diego Costa was charged and subsequently suspended by the FA for his supposed "stamp" on Emre Can at Stamford Bridge against Liverpool, The FA have set a precedent and it's nice to see that they have reacted to Martin Skrtel today.

Diego Costa was virtually pillared by pundits and reporters for days after this incident happened and Jose Mourinho went as far as to blame the Sky TV coverage and pundits for Costa being handed a three match ban.

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.

Major League Soccer

Why Ronaldo Should Consider New England

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Miami. New York. Los Angeles. To no one's surprise, those were the locales listed as potential landing spots for Cristiano Ronaldo in an article on SI.com that detailed the Portuguese superstar's reported interest in coming to MLS in 2018.

The Quintessential MLS CBA “Smoke has Cleared” and “One Side Won” Post

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Hello there, reader. In case you missed it, the MLS season started on time last weekend. Crowds flocked to games. Young men (and Clint Dempsey) kicked balls. Some scored goals. Others were less fortunate. However, last week the major story was this: less than acrimonious CBA negotiations between the owners of MLS franchises and the members of the MLS Players Union.

Torn Allegiances?

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When, if ever, is it OK to cheer a league rival team during continental competition?

Recently, I got into a Twitter spat with a Benfica supporter over the fact I support all Portuguese teams during Champions/Europa Leagues. Now, I know not everyone agrees or thinks like me on this one.

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.

The Rest

MOURINHO ON LOFTUS-CHEEK: "I believe alot in Ruben".

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High praise for Ruben Loftus-Cheek in Jose Mourinho's press conference yesterday and it was great to see. Ever since John Terry established himself in the first team from our Academy, the club has been looking for the next product to come through - it seems that is all set to be our young midfielder.

ROTATION: Here's SEVEN changes to the Chelsea side to face Hull on Sunday!

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As we have seen for the most part this season, Jose Mourinho has settled on his strongest eleven in the Premier League. Now and again we have seen one or two players change but you can pretty much name what he believes to be his first team based on the majority of his team selections.

After some disappointing performances in recent weeks, with a full weeks rest ahead of us before we make the trip up north to face Hull on Sunday afternoon, I am asking YOU the Chelsea fan reading this post your opinions on whether or not Jose Mourinho should rotate his players and if so, how many?

CAHILL: "I have proven myself time and time again"

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For me, Gary Cahill was our Man of the Match against West Ham the other night. Granted you could have selected five or six players but in my eyes he just edged it with a fantastic individual performance.

I said in my match report after the game that the performance and result took me back ten years to a hard fought victory at Blackburn that proved to be a pivotal moment.

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.

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.

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.