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Chelsea

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.

COURTOIS: Your reaction to the news he will be at Chelsea next season?

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Another story that broke over the course of the last few days was confirmation from Chelsea and Belgian manager Marc Wilmots that Thibaut Courtois WILL be at Chelsea next season after spending three years in Madrid. I just wondered how you the Chelsea fan reading this, feels about the news and what you suggest happens now?

Does the signing of Fabregas indicate a chance of approach from Mourinho?

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What a massive day yesterday for Chelsea and a signal of our intent for next season with the signing of Cesc Fabregas. Does the signing indicate a change of approach from Mourinho?

It's become clear over the last few seasons that 4-2-3-1 has been the preferred formation based on the players the manager has had at his disposal.

World Cup predictions - Argentina vs Germany in the final?

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The World Cup starts tonight and ahead of the tournament taking place, I asked Betegy to give me their world cup predictions for the outcome and for the teams featuring Chelsea players.
"Twelve current Chelsea players and plenty of loanees are on their national duty in Brazil and some of them are among the favourites to lift the cup at the end of the tournament.

Is THIS the new look Chelsea first team for next season??

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With plenty of speculation around on almost a daily basis as to who Chelsea are going to sign, could this be Jose Mourinho's first choice starting eleven next season?

In the coming days, Chelsea are expected to make as many as FOUR signings. Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas, Tiago and Filipe Luis are all expected to sign (if reports are to be believed) and I just wondered how our strongest eleven would line up.

Chelsea striker talks of leaving this summer!

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All the news lately has been the focus of Chelsea signing Diego Costa. As a result, Romelu Lukaku has spoken of his desire to leave Chelsea after the World Cup.
Chelsea fans around the world have different opinions of Lukaku. Some believe he should go as it looks as though he is not going to be given his chance, and some believe he should stay and be given the chance that he has proven he deserves.

Ex-Chelsea states "Costa is very well suited to English Football".

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With news that Diego Costa had passed a medical with Chelsea yesterday, it seems that the transfer will be announced shortly. Ahead of the move, Juan Mata has praised Costa and believes he would be perfect for the Premier League.

As with all foreign players coming to England, you sit and wonder if they would be able to settle down in the country, learn the language, get used to the pace of our game and be able to replicate what they have achieved elsewhere here.

FABREGAS - MOURINHO NOT 100% CONVINCED BUT FERNANDO TORRES IS!

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As the Cesc Fabregas transfer to Chelsea is something that looks like being completed, I am beginning to wonder if Jose Mourinho really wants him at Chelsea and if it's hierarchy here that actually wants to sign him.

There have been plenty of reports of Cesc Fabregas leaving Barcelona for Chelsea and in recent days that has intensified.

Would you sign Cesc Fabregas for £30m Yes or No?

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Cesc Fabregas is up for sale and Barcelona are looking to sell for £30m. I am asking you people if you would sign Fabregas for Chelsea Yes or No?

He's only 27, has proven Premier League experience and can create and score goals from Midfield.

For me it's simple really.

What is going on with Frank Lampard???

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The longer time passes it's concerning, especially after a deal for John Terry was sorted out as quickly as it was. Just what is happening with Frank Lampard and his Chelsea career?

I will be honest, once the Terry deal was sorted out, I expected the same to be done for Lampard but for one reason or another it just hasn't happened.

It's time for Chelsea and Jose Mourinho to give up on Diego Costa?

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The Diego Costa move to Chelsea concerns me at the moment for a number of reasons. I just wonder what the rest of you Chelsea fans reading this think of a possible deal after everything that has happened in recent weeks?
I will be honest, I am NOT 100% certain of the deal for Costa despite his goalscoring record in Spain.

Champions League

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).

OSCAR: Who let him talk to PSG! Was a fee agreed??

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Well, well, well. It seems that PSG will not have everything their own way this summer as Oscar has revealed that he rejected their overtures to join David Luiz in the French capital. The question I have is why on earth he would be allowed to speak to them in the first place!

Laurent Blanc, backed by wealthy owners, is looking to build a side that will make a realistic challenge for the Champions League title.

World Cup

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.

Let’s Hear It For…Deadly Dirk Kuyt!

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By Chris Wright

Oh Dirk, how doPieslove thee? Let uscount the ways.

Like some inexhaustibleorange Terminator with hair like wet linguine, Kuyt just never stops; a cog that keeps on churning, slogging, tracking and sweating profusely, doing whatsoever is asked of him to the highest level his three-lunged constitution will allow.

LUKAKU: Doing nothing to help his Chelsea cause!

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The show of petulance from Romelu Lukaku to Belgium boss Marc Wilmots said it all as far as I am concerned of Lukaku and his performances in the two games for Belgium so far.

In both games, Lukaku has been substituted but yesterday, Lukaku was replaced early in the second half because lets face it, he had done literally nothing.

Let’s Hear It For…Costa Rica!

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By Chris Wright

Proving that there really is magic in them thar' World Cup waters, Costa Rica have made it through to the second round of the tournament for the first time in their historycourtesy of a frankly astounding 1-0 victory over Italy in Recife.

Following on from their opening 3-1 win over Uruguay, a fast, dedicated, passionate, energetic, disciplined performance against the overly-cocky and ordinary Azzuri saw Jorge Luis Pinto's boys snaffle a famous 1-0 over the former World champions,booking themselves a berth in the knock-out round and lumping England out of the World Cup to boot.

Phil Neville Harshly Mocked For Dreary BBC Co-Commentary Stint – Was He Really That Bad?

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By Chris Wright

With reports today that he might be prematurely dropped from the BBC roster despite being scheduled to provide co-commentary for the BBC's highlights of both ofEngland's remaining group games we feel we must ask: was Phil Neville's punditryreally that bad duringEngland's opening World Cup gameagainst Italy on Saturday night?

Forget Neymar! Just how good was Oscar last night!!

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You can imagine that with his two goals in Brazil's 3-1 victory over Croatia last night that Neymar would receive all the headlines. For me Oscar outshone him and everyone else with a fantastic performance.

Oscar had been plagued by knocks and injuries towards the end of the Premier League season and found himself out of the team.

Top Ten World Cup Topics That Need To Be Written About

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With so many smart and funny people writing about the World Cup, you'd think there'd be no stone left unturned. Sadly, though, my brief glimpse at the internet, using the latest in AskJeeves, Lycos, and AltaVista search engine technology, found some gaping holes. There are so many interesting topics that have yet to be written about that they are too countless to name (at least all of them).

Wall Street Journal Seriously Lowers the Bar for Soccer “Coverage”

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Just when you think the trite "Soccer sucks" narrative in the US media has turned into "MLS sucks", the Wall Street Journal lowers the bar even further. Jonathan Clegg, an Englishman, has decided that new soccer fans "are welcome", but he derives the "soccer obsessives." Or, rather, American soccer obsessives.

Paul Scholes Urges England To ‘Play Like Liverpool’ At World Cup – There’s Just One Snag…

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By Chris Wright

In his new guise as Paddy Power's in-house blogger, Paul Scholes has urged England boss Roy Hodgson to mimic Liverpool's strain of attacking football at this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Scholes reckons that England need to play with Liverpool's "swagger" and try to emulate Brendan Rodgers' side's penchant for coming flying out of the traps and blitzing their opponents early on.

The Rest

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Is THIS the new look Chelsea second string for next season?

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After my last post indicating what I believe could be Jose Mourinho's new look first team next season, HERE is the team I believe that would be his second string or rotated eleven.

Once again, I believe that the manager will favour the 4-3-3 formation as it gives plenty of players to play in their favoured positions.

England 3-1 Peru: XI Conclusions

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By Chris Wright

England Englanded their way to a perfunctory 3-1 victory over a fairly bobbins Peru outfit at Wembley last night in their final fixture on home soil before the World Cup.

We'll have photos ans such up in good time, but in the meanwhile here be the XI concise and insightful conclusions we drew from the aforementionedone-paced, stagnant, penetration-less dirgefest.

Shoving the bald eagle out of the nest

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Landon Donovan's omission may really be about Michael Bradley. PSP's Earl Reed floats this question and tries to answer it.