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Chelsea

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.

LAMPARD: How do you feel about his loan move to Manchester City?

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Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Frank Lampard is set to join Manchester City on loan this week until he moves to America in January. I just wondered how you the Chelsea fan reading this post feels about Lampard's move?

If I am honest, the move has been expected ever since he signed a deal to join City's NYC franchise the New York City FC.

DONE DEAL: Lukaku to Everton for £24m. How do you feel about it?

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After a "Tweet" this morning from Romelu Lukaku where he has openly stated "Time to write a new chapter" the Bookmakers have suspended betting on his future and it's thought that he is about to sign for Everton for £24m.

It seems that with the signing of Didier Drogba, all indications are that Chelsea are prepared to stick for another season with Fernando Torres and he will provide the manager with the attacking option up front along side Costa and Drogba.

CHELSEA ARE TITLE FAVOURITES - HERE'S THE REASONS WHY!

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Much was made of Jose Mourinho's comments that Chelsea were a "little horse" last season and that this coming season we WOULD be stronger, title challengers. You only have to look at Chelsea now to see he was 100% right. Chelsea in my opinion, are worthy title favourites for the coming season!

Chelsea's SUPERB transfer business in 2014!

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With the free transfer signing of Didier Drogba last week, Chelsea's transfer business (incoming) looks to be complete and if you look at the deals Chelsea have concluded in 2014, it really is superb!

Much has been made of the players Chelsea have either sold or let go in the year 2014 but you only have to look at the players who have come in and look at our accounts to see just how remarkably well the club has done in rejuvenating a squad that had been heavily criticised for being over the hill or past it!

Chelsea midfielder refuses to accept his Chelsea career is over!

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Despite being heavily linked with a move away from Chelsea before the window closes, John Obi Mikel is refusing to accept that his Chelsea career being over and wants to fight for his place within the squad.

Just last week, it was being reported that Mikel was available for transfer for a fee of as little as £5m to move from Chelsea and it was something that really, really surprised me.

Chelsea to fight Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United for the title.

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Jose Mourinho as usual, has had his say on the Premier League title race this coming season and believes that it will be a five-horse race. What do you people think?

Speaking ahead of the current season Mourinho said:

"Last year, if you had asked me in July, I would never have said Man United would be outside the top four.

OPINION: What would be YOUR Chelsea team to face Burnley?

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Looking at our new signings in addition to the players that remain at Chelsea or have come back, I want to know what would be YOUR strongest Chelsea team to face Burnley in our opening day of the Premier League season!

It's going to be a tough trip up North on a Monday night after everyone else would have already played their opening games but it's the game all of us would have been waiting months for!

Chelsea's summer spending complete - Are you happy with our signings?

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Jose Mourinho has revealed that Chelsea's spending this summer is complete and as far as Chelsea are concerned, the transfer window closes today. I am wondering if you are as happy as the manager is with our squad?

Speaking to BT Sport, The manager said:

"We finished the market today.

COSTA: Proven goalscorer BUT real concerns over his temperament!!

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Diego Costa officially signed a five-year deal with Chelsea yesterday and expressed his happiness at moving to West London. I have real concerns over his temperament and will explain here!

Let me start by saying that this post isn't about me slagging the bloke off before he has even kicked a ball for Chelsea.

COSTA: Now deal is confirmed, do you think he will be a success?

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Chelsea announced to the world yesterday that they had met the release clause in Diego Costa's contract with Atletico Madrid and an agreement has been reached for his transfer to West London. Now the deal is confirmed, I am wondering if you think he will be a success here?

Being honest, for me the jury is still out as I am not 100% convinced but that's just my opinion.

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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.

Five more players for Chelsea to offload this summer

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With Demba Ba, Samuel Eto'o Frank Lampard and David Luiz among the names to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, Jose Mourinho is already working to slim down the squad to balance out the new arrivals. However, we can expect more ‘pruning' before the campaign starts but who are the men most likely to be sold ahead of the big kick off?

Major League Soccer

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.

Midseason friendlies: The necessary evil

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It seems the only certainties in this world are death, taxes, and summer friendlies. Earl Gardner looks at some of the pitfalls.

Cesc Fabregas

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!

Look away Arsenal fans! Cesc Fabregas scores his first Chelsea goal!

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Cesc Fabregas scored a stunning free kick, his first goal for Chelsea, during their 3-1 pre season victory over Vitesse Arnhem last night literally hours after being hailed by a former team mate at Barcelona.

Being honest, I still can't quite believe that I am seeing Fabregas in a Chelsea shirt but the more I see him play in blue, the more he looks settled, comfortable and like he has been here for years.

The Costa & Fabregas combination really excites me already!

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Sitting watching Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa make their Chelsea debuts was something we had all been looking forward to seeing for weeks! Having only watched 45 minutes of their debuts, the combination of the two is already exciting me ahead of the new season.

Cesc Fabregas plays with such ease in the midfield that it looks as though he has been here for years.

Should Jose Mourinho switch to 4-3-3 this season?

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After watching Real Madrid's Champions League success and the success of the German team in the World Cup, I am wondering if Jose Mourinho should consider making a switch to the 4-3-3 formation.

I have always liked the 4-3-3 formation as to me anyway, it looks solid and more stable than the current system we play with (4-2-3-1).

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CECH vs COURTOIS: Ridiculous claims ahead of Goalkeeping battle.

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The battle to be in between the goal posts on a regular basis in the Chelsea starting eleven is one that the majority of Chelsea fans want to see this season. According to the latest reports, we may not have the chance to see it!

We have all seen the articles flying around at the minute stating that Thibaut Courtois is confident that HE will be Jose Mourinho's first choice this season and will be selected ahead of Petr Cech.

It's taken ten years but Cech finally faces direct competition from Courtois!

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Jose Mourinho has revealed that he intends to keep BOTH Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois at the club this season and whoever doesn't start will NOT be sold.

Chelsea fans around the world have heard the news of Courtois impending arrival at Stamford Bridge and have immediately questioned the situation with Petr Cech at the club.

The Rest

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.

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.

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.

Romeu leaves on loan for the season - Mikel given a lifeline?

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A surprising development this morning as Chelsea confirm that Oriol Romeu has joined Stuttgart on a season long loan not so long after signing a new three year contract. Does this mean Mikel will get his wish and remain at Chelsea?

Personally, I really thought that after spending last season on loan at Valencia, Oriol Romeu would be given a chance to fight for one of those holding, deeper midfield places this season.

OPINION: Rate the new Chelsea 3rd Kit!

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Chelsea and Adidas released the new 3rd kit for this season and I would like to know your opinions of it. It's very different to what we have had previously and I personally believe that people will grow to like it. As for wearing it out and about? I'm not so sure.
From Adidas:
"New shirt features youthful new design
Following on from the hugely successful Forever Blue campaign which launched the new 2014/15 home shirt in April and the new away shirt in June, adidas and Chelsea Football Club have today revealed the third kit for the forthcoming season.

YOUR OPINIONS: AZPILICUETA OR IVANOVIC AT RIGHT BACK?

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With the signing of Filipe Luis in the last few days, you would have to imagine that he has been brought into the club to start down the left hand side. If that's the case, who should start at right back?

It's an interesting question because as we all know Branislav Ivanovic had pretty much made the position his own over recent seasons despite stating in the past that his preferred position is as a centre back.

The Least Enlightening Thing Written About the World Cup

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The World Cup is a large party and, sadly, has come to an end. I wasn't able to write as much as I would have liked due to events in my personal life (disclosure: I am not a robot), but some trends popped up. First off, I felt like we read the same story with slightly different takes over and over.

Thinking Outside The (Penalty) Box: Tackling The ‘Professional’ Foul

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By The Angry Red Tomato

With the World Cup semi-finals upon us, it's as good a time as any to remember Laurent Blanc, the French captain who received a red card – the only one of his entire career – in the semi-final of the 1998 World Cup, and missed the final thanks, largely, to Slaven Bilic's theatrics.