After the impressive performance from Chelsea against the albeit weaker opposition in Maccabi Tel Aviv, I want to know if you believe that the first team places of Branislav Ivanovic and John Terry are under threat tomorrow against Arsenal?
I will state on record right now that John Terry's is not.
According to one report in the press yesterday, Branislav Ivanovic is the first casualty of Chelsea's poor start to the season and will be dropped for the game at West Brom. Do you agree?
Branna has been immense for Chelsea for season after season but we have to put sentiment to one side, we have to look at the situation realistically, we have to be honest, We have to think of the team first and admit that he has been really poor overall!
Tomorrow at Wembley in the Community Shield, all eyes will be focused on Petr Cech in goal for Arsenal in his first competitive start for his new club. Branislav Ivanovic hopes he gets a good reaction from the Chelsea fans.
Speaking ahead of the game he said:
"I hope they will give respect to him because he deserves it.
Resultology, the term and school of thought, is the immediate overreaction to results of EPL clubs on any particular matchday in a European competition. Of course, resultology exists in all walks of life and all parts of futbol and sports. It is a branch of Utilitarian analysis whereby we focus on results, and then work our way backwards to an explanation.
I am Mexican-American. This means I root for American and Mexican players, especially the studs that go to Europe. Last year, I was happy to see Andres Guardado embrace a holding midfield role at PSV Eindhoven and win a league title. Then, when Hector Moreno signed for them, I became elated. If PSV was good for Andres (and DeMarcus Beasley years ago), maybe Moreno could do well there.
Last week, the internet was abuzz with a story. The story of Jermain Defoe and his need for help. On a "seeking a secretary" website, Monseur Defoe ran an ad looking for a personal assistant. This person would take care of his numerous houses, probably do some grocery shopping, and maybe even so do some social media work.
In the world of music, critics often lament a thing called "the sophomore slump." Basically, a new band with a unique sounds enters the fray, generally kicks ass, and launches a debut album that blows our hair back Sir Alex-at-halftime style. Then comes the problem. The second album. Almost inevitably, with expectations lifted, novelty not a factor, and initial creative juices maxed out, the follow-up album passes muster but does not light our hearts aflame.
During the title-winning season of Sir Alex Ferguson, commentators used the phrase "smash-and-grab" with abandon. Basically, Manchester United would go to an away game, play so so, grab a goal on a counter, and hang on for the win. Oftentimes, these victories owed more to luck (and goalposts) than any tactical acumen or physical superiority.
Chelsea have conceded an alarming amount of goals since the players came back for pre-season and now the start of the Premier League. Is anyone else concerned?
I wrote my match report on Sunday after the game and stated that I was concerned about the way we were playing and the fact that it seemed to me anyway, that the players seem to be stuck in first gear and never really looked like getting going.
Jamie Carragher has made a bold statement on the eve of the new Premier League Season. He claims that NONE of the new signings made by Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United would get into the Chelsea team. Do you agree?
Let's start with what he has actually said in his Newspaper column: "I've been watching the action in the window unfold and I am yet to see a signing that has made me think ‘wow'; for all the money that our clubs now have, we cannot say they have bought someone from the elite.
I have only one prediction for this year's English Premier League. No, I will not toss a dart between City and Chelsky. No, I will not boldly predict another Champions League qualification-Cup double for Arsenal. Rather, my sole prediction is this: if you are a disabled fan who wants to attend a match in person, you will probably be discriminated against.
Jose Mourinho has already stoked the fires with our rivals ahead of the new Premier League season by stating that with the money they have already spent, they are all trying to buy the title! I am asking if you agree?
It's a statement that has been labelled at Chelsea ever since Roman Abramovich came in and took over the club in 2003.
Newspaper reports in recent days stating that Diego Costa and John Terry had a training ground bust up are complete lies and all Chelsea fans need to ignore any further reports that come out. This is another example of how the press are after Chelsea after our poor start to the season.
However, I can understand if the players came together yesterday and had a team meeting and gave their opinions of where things are going wrong and things became heated.
Looking back at our title winning season and alongside Eden Hazard, you have to state that Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa were instrumental in our success. After an amazing season for both, they have been backed to do even better for Chelsea this coming season!
No one could have imagined the impact Diego Costa would have on Chelsea and the Premier League.
Remember how it felt when Jose Mourinho left Chelsea the first time around? Remember what it took to get him back here and all the managers we went through? Trust in Jose Mourinho and get behind and back OUR Manager!
Yes there are problems with the way we are playing and our performances in general.
With everything that has happened since the fall out from Swansea on Saturday, I am wondering if you feel that Jose Mourinho's decision over Eva Carneiro is correct?
Plenty has been and is being said of Mourinho but that's to be expected through the course of a season. As we know he tells it as it is and speaks his mind which sometimes people do not agree with but is this early criticism something that could de-stabilise the manager and his squad?
Eden Hazard had an amazing season for Chelsea and one which you would find difficult to improve on. However, Jose Mourinho believes that with his continued improvement season on season, Hazard is now one of the top three players in the world!
What can you say about Hazard last year that hasn't already been said?
John Terry is preparing himself for another season in the Premier League. Despite all our rivals spending big, he believes the signing of a contract extension by Jose Mourinho IS the biggest deal this summer!
Much has been made of Jose Mourinho's past. How many times since he has come back to Chelsea have we heard pundits talk of the fact that he has never stayed anywhere longer than three seasons before he is up and off on his travels once again!
In this weeks Backpage Blues, Rory and Charlie Skillen discuss what is going wrong at the Bridge. Where do you think we are going wrong? Should we have secured a few more signings? Comment below and get involved!
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Five percent. Look like a big number? It's not. When you go out to eat, you probably tip double or even quadruple that figure. However, US Soccer and MLS balk at that number. What is that number? It's the nominally low part of any transfer fee that should be paid to any of the player's prior youth clubs (actually a smaller percentage based on years the player was at the club).
The US national team finished 4th place at the Gold Cup, the regional championships for CONCACAF. This is pretty sad. However, what's more irksome is the prevalence of circular logic and ad hominem attack in the classic debate on the line between the responsibility of a coach as compared to players.
Jose Mourinho's post match comments the other night raised some questions in my mind. When asked of possible fragility within the current Chelsea squad he gave a response stating that he is more than happy with his squad of players. Do you agree with him?
"You are speaking with the manager of the best team in England - we don't have fragilities.
Plenty has been made of Chelsea's 2-4 defeat against the New York Red Bulls last night with Asmir Begovic conceding ALL four. However, Thibaut Courtois has lept to the defence of the new arrival and insists that his life isn't any easier now.
Courtois is referring to the fact that Petr Cech has made the move to North London to join Arsenal with Begovic signing for Chelsea from Stoke as his replacement.
Jose Mourinho is preparing to ring the changes for Maccabi Tel Aviv tomorrow night with Oscar and Baba Rahman confirmed as being selected but it looks like Falcao will miss the game with a minor injury.
We all think that the first team needs some fresh faces at the moment and Jose Mourinho seems to have delivered with confirmation that Oscar is selected in the number ten role and Baba Rahman handed his first team debut tomorrow.
Today Oriol Romeu has signed for Southampton on a three-year deal for a fee of around £5m and it was from out of nowhere. I believe that Chelsea have really missed a trick here!
In modern football, defensive midfielders are priceless and for the most part, few and far between. Ever since Claude Makekele came to Chelsea and changed the the way we approached the game from that moment, that holding midfield position has become instrumental in every single formation played out across the globe.
I'd imagine being Jose Mourinho, you plan your pre season around the players getting fit, the group coming together as one, no injuries and winning games to build a togetherness and confidence. It couldn't have gone much worse!
Chelsea have conceded eight goals, haven't won a game in ninety minutes and Diego Costa's hamstring is playing up again virtually ruling him out of this weekends Premier League opener against Swansea!
Can someone tell me why we are still talking about Kevin De Bruyne and his time at Chelsea? I understand that he is being linked with Manchester City in a big money move but what on earth has that got to do with Chelsea?
There is no denying that he has talent. However, he had his chance here and never took it and was sold for a healthy profit that suited all parties so it should be case closed!