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Chelsea

Petr Cech believes THIS Chelsea team could become the best EVER!

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In the ten years that Petr Cech has been at Chelsea, he has won virtually everything with the club and has achieved so much. Despite this, he believes that THIS Chelsea team now has the potential to be the best ever!

He said:

"This team has the potential and the quality to become one of the best teams in Chelsea's history if it proves it by winning the trophies.

OPINION: Has Jose Mourinho got his game management right?

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Greame Le Saux, the Ex-Chelsea full back and now pundit for US Television has expressed his opinion that he would like to see Chelsea really go for teams rather than shut up shop. I am wondering how you feel about what he has said.

Speaking recently, Le Saux said:

"They've certainly got a huge amount of creativity and, if you look at the freedom the creative players have - whether it's Hazard, Willian, Costa is a fantastic player as well and there are countless others you can name - they are a hugely entertaining team to watch.

LAMPARD: Would he get into THIS Chelsea side now?

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As Frank Lampard scored his sixth goal of the season for Man City this weekend and the winner at Leicester, questions were asked of our decision to let him go. Jose Mourinho has had his say and reaffirms it was the correct decision.

Listen, as with every single one of you Chelsea fans around the world, I love Frank Lampard, respect him as a man and as the greatest Chelsea player of all time (in my eyes).

Ivanovic: Should Chelsea drop the big Serb against the smaller sides?

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Ivanovic has been a regular at Right Back for Chelsea this season
Among Chelsea fans, especially this season, there is a variety of opinions on Branislav Ivanovic and whether he should be starting regularly for Chelsea at Right Back.

ESSIEN SPEAKS!!

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Michael Essien is quoted on the BBC Website speaking of Chelsea, Jose Mourinho in particular and the title race and has revealed that he sees similarities with this team to the team he joined in 2005.

He said of Chelsea and the title race:

"It's not a big surprise they are doing so well.

What do you think of the reaction to Chelsea's first defeat?

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Now that the dust has settled after our first defeat of the season, I was wondering how you all feel about the reaction from all quarters? From Jose Mourinho to the media, do you think it's been blown out of all proportion?

Being honest, I couldn't understand the Boss stating that the ball boys played their part in the defeat but again, that's just my opinion.

Chelsea’s loan system firmly under the spotlight.

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After a summer of streamlining, Chelsea sit top of the Premier League having seemingly balanced both the squad and the books. With Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules freshly implemented, it is now almost mandatory for even the rich clubs to move players on in order to sign new recruits.

The likes of David Luiz and Romelu Lukaku were sold for big money, allowing Chelsea to buy, among others, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, both of whom have improved the quality of the squad immeasurably.

Gobsh*te Analysis: Should Raheem Sterling Have Been Booked For Being Elbowed By Ramires?

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Probably not, no.

Jose's "dig" at the supporters has got the reaction he WAS looking for!

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Jose Mourinho has stirred up all sorts of comment and opinion piece after his comments aimed at the Chelsea Supporters after Saturday's 2-1 victory over QPR. I want to read your opinions on the fall out since those comments were made.

Let's start at the beginning. Here is Jose making those comments:


So to additional quotes that came from the boss about the atmosphere and the supporters.

Mohamed Salah - Down on confidence and a shadow of that bloke at Basel.

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After his performance against Shrewsbury the other night and subsequent quotes from Jose Mourinho after the game, we are all wondering if Mohamed Salah has a future at Chelsea.

The whole situation in my view for Salah at the moment is that it's very sad and does not seem to working out for him.

Manchester United v Chelsea : Chelsea to expose defensive frailties and win by THREE!

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Jose Mourinho takes his unbeaten Chelsea side to Old Trafford on Sunday to face Louis Van Gaal's Manchester United and everyone will see the difference in class between the two sides.

Many ex-pro's, pundits and reporters alike would have you believe that this game is a pivotal moment in the season, a chance for both managers to test themselves and their teams against each other to see exactly how far they have come.

Jose describes Palace win as having "Big Balls" - do you agree?

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When asked to describe Chelsea's win at Crystal Palace Jose Mourinho scribbled on a Journalist's notepad "Big Balls" (as in the photo above) I am wondering if you agree?

He said:

‘If you were in another league I would say immediately "yes, we'll do it". In the Premier League the only thing I can say is that we can do it.

Can we please forget all talk of Chelsea being the next "Invincible" team!

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If there is one common theme of the past few days regarding Chelsea it's all this talk of us being the next "invincible" side after Arsenal in the Premier League. Forget it as it's not going to happen!

Jose Mourinho was right when asked about the possibility ahead of our last Premier League game when he said:

"It's something that happened once in a lifetime.

Chelsea fans to be offered a seat on the board - is it a good idea?

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According to a report in The Telegraph this morning, Labour's Ed Milliband wants to shake things up in Football and if they win the next Election, wants to force clubs into offering the supporters a seat on the Board of Directors. I am asking you the Chelsea fan if you think this is a good idea?

GALLAS RETIRES - Your thoughts?

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William Gallas has announced after two decades in the game that he has called an end to his football career and has retired from the game. I am asking what your lasting memory of the controversial defender was.

For me, it will always be that right foot strike from 25 yards against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge in 2005-6 that flew into the corner late on!

"Chelsea are the absolute masters!"

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Jose Mourinho has received plenty of criticism for his tactics at different times of the season from all angles. However, one manager in particular believes that Jose's team are in fact, the benchmark for others to try and emulate.

Nigel Clough, son of the famous Brian Clough and now manager of Sheffield United, has spoken admirably of Jose Mourinho's tactics and his Chelsea team for the way they strangle the life out of their opponents to win games.

Petr Cech for Sami Khedira - What do you think?

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Reports in recent days have linked Jose Mourinho with a move for German midfielder Sami Khedira with Petr Cech possibly moving on loan the other way. What do you think about a possible January swap deal?

With a quote taken from Petr Cech last week, for the first time revealing his frustrations at a lack of first team football this season, you have to expect that all sorts of speculation about his future and a January move will appear from now, until the end of the season.

LUKAKU: "I proved in some games I deserved a chance."

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Romelu Lukaku has given yet another interview about his time at Chelsea and this instance has stated that he has proven himself here and felt as though he deserved a chance. I am asking you the Chelsea fan reading this post if you agree with him.

He said:

"Chelsea was difficult because I'd always been a first-team player at my other clubs.

"Madrid, Bayern, Barcelona and Chelsea are the four greats right now"

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Toni Kroos has been speaking of his decision to join Real Madrid this past summer but has revealed that he considers Chelsea as one of the four best teams around.

He said:

"I know what it means to play in a team with great individual quality, We all respect each other, the spirit is amazing.

Jose Mourinho

TRANSFER WINDOW IN JANUARY - DO WE NEED ANYTHING?

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Jose Mourinho was asked about the January transfer window after the victory over Derby County the other evening and stated that there would be no one coming in or leaving. I am asking if you think we do need someone.

We have read and heard a whole host of rumours of players leaving the club such as Petr Cech and Mohamed Salah with others being linked with moves into the club.

COSTA: Do you agree with Mourinho that he is getting a raw deal?

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Diego Costa picked up his SEVENTH yellow card against Hull for "diving" despite not even making an appeal for a free kick. Jose Mourinho believes that the big Spanish striker is being victimised by Referees this season because of his image.

What is your opinions on this? Do you agree with the manager?

Should Chelsea FC Be Worried About Diego Costa?

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Every True Blue boy and girl will tell you that the biggest thing they have on their minds right now is Diego Costaand his performance with the Chelsea squad.
The Spanish striker originally powered through a fantastic performance when he joined the squad at the start of the season with 11 league goals over just 12 outings for the team.

FABREGAS: WHO REPLACES HIM AGAINST HULL??

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Cesc Fabregas is suspended for the visit of Hull at Stamford Bridge this weekend and I am asking YOU the Chelsea fan reading this who YOU think should replace him in our starting eleven.

We have to believe that Jose Mourinho would want to field his strongest team available for the game so expect the likes of Courtois, Ivanovic, Terry, Oscar, Willian and Eden Hazard to all return to the starting eleven from the side that started last night.

DIEGO COSTA: What do you think of his form?

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Jose Mourinho has challenged Diego Costa to improve his condition as soon as possible and in return, he should be able to find his goalscoring touch. Having scored just two goals in the last seven games, I am wondering what you think of Costa's recent form?

We are all aware of the injury problems the Spanish international faced last season that plagued the end to his season.

English Premier League

MATIC: Arguably our best player so far - How will Chelsea cope without him?

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Tomorrow lunchtime, Chelsea face their second trip up north in a week to face Newcastle but are without Nemanja Matic who is suspended. Arguably Chelsea's best player, it will be interesting to see just how Jose Mourinho's men cope with his absence.

An ever present in Mourinho's side, Matic has been a revelation since he made a return to Stamford Bridge.

WENGER ISSUES AN APOLOGY AND ADMITS CHELSEA LEAD IS "MASSIVE".

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With the two week break for the international fixtures come and gone, the whole Mourinho/Wenger spat seems to be a distant memory. Speaking this week, Arsene Wenger has express his regret at what happened.

We all have our opinion of Wenger and the Chelsea fans will know the amount of stick he gets when he comes to the Bridge.

Major League Soccer

The Klinsmann and MLS Row: Draining a Fountain of Youth?

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Jeff Carlisle at ESPNFC got some juicy nuggets from MLS executives: apparently, many are pretty angry that Jurgen Klinsmann and has staff have nudged MLS academy players to sign for European Clubs instead of MLS teams. At issue is pride, but also money: many MLS academies waive fees for players, and thus cost around $600,000 a year to maintain.

The MLS Live Blackout Black Eye

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Blackouts, don't you hate them? Look at the above image of the MLS Live playoff schedule. Blackouts pepper the screen. I've been trying to figure out the MLS algorithm for them. As a longtime NFL fan, most local games were (and are) blacked out on TV if the stadium failed to sell out for home games.

Manchester United

Gobsh*te Analysis: Did Marouane Fellaini Spit On Sergio Aguero During The Manchester Derby?

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Much has been made of an incident during Sunday's Manchester derby in which United collosus Marouane Fellaini appeared to project saliva onto the back of Sergio Aguero's shirt as the City striker lay curled up in a little foetal ball of angst after being hurted by the nasty men.

"Chelsea and City will provide a real measure of where this United team is at."

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SkySports Pundit Gary Neville has been speaking this week about the next three fixtures for Louis Van Gaal's Manchester United side and believes that after games against Chelsea and City, we will be in a place to judge exactly where they are at.

For me, despite their obvious attacking talent, United are lop-sided and have major defensive problems which are likely to be exposed by the two of us for sure.

Real Madrid

Cool Carlo and the Non-Clasico Clasico

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The furling eyebrow. The non-abrasive press conferences. The jovial laugh. Carlo Ancelotti is definitively not Jose Mourinho. Thanks in large part to signings, he's re-made the Real Madrid roster into an attacking 4-3-3 with little regard for, say, defending. Gone is the counter-attacking 4-2-3-1, the crossfield switches of Xabi Alonso, the darting runs of Di Maria, the lackadaisical drifting of Ozil.

More Reflections on the Galacticos 3.0

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Being a Real Madrid fan means winning trophies, spending money on big signings, and winning even more trophies. You also get lots of shit when the expensively assembled team doesn't win, but, hey, comes with the territory. What being a Real Madrid fan never meant before was this: selling key players in the prime of their career.

The Rest

Champions League: Diego Costa vs David Luiz - Who will come out on top?

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Chelsea's Champions League draw against Paris St Germain puts Diego Costa up against David Luiz and it's a battle I personally cannot wait to see. Who do you think will come out on top over both games?

We have defended Luiz to the hilt while he was here. We supported him and backed him when his defending was compared to "A ten year old controlling him on Play Station!

SCHURRLE: Inconsistent for the most part. He must take his chance tonight!

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Andre Schurrle finds himself out of the side and not in favour for a regular first team start at the moment. Tonight against Sporting Lisbon he is set to be handed another chance and MUST take it with both hands!

Having scored Chelsea's first goal of the season, latching on the arguably the pass of the season from Cesc Fabregas at Burnley, life seemed to be pretty good for Schurrle having just previously returned from playing a pivotal role in winning the World Cup Final for Germany.

AZPILICUETA: "He's as near to perfect as possible!"- Do you agree?

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Cesar Azpilicueta has been praised left, right and centre from various people for his form at Chelsea ever since he made the left back position his own. Now, he's been named as the best Defender in the League!

Speaking a few weeks ago, Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher on SkySports' Monday Night Football, were asked who they each believed to be the best and BOTH stated that followed closely by Gary Cahill, John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic, Azpi was the best:


I am keen to hear your opinion's on their verdict.

10 Things Pies Just Can’t Bloody Stand About Modern Football

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Believe it or not, here at Pies we love football,bloodylove it -it's pretty much the only reason we do what we do for the kind of pittance we get for doing it.

While we're not exactly card-carrying members of the Against Modern Football sect, there are certain aspects of the game that boil all four of our humours.

Menino Gave Soccer Proper Due

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Yesterday, I wrote a story about the Revolution's memorable come-from-behind victory over the Metrostars in the 2005 playoffs, a match I dubbed "the greatest Boston game of all time." It was written in part to remember a great moment in the region's sports lore,and alsoa reminderon how thelocal sports media at large often cast soccer to the side.

Eden Hazard names FIVE better than him - Do you agree?

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Eden Hazard has stated that he believes there are five players better than him in Europe who deliver on a consistent basis. I am wondering if you agree with him.

When asked on how he sees himself at the moment he said:

"I'm not a top-five player yet. Maybe I'm close to it, but I still have to work on some aspects.

Chelsea midfielder REFUSES to rule out a move away!!

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Oriol Romeu moved on loan to Stuttgart shortly after signing a new three year deal last summer. Having been fully involved in their league campaign so far, he is refusing to rule out a permanent move to the Bundesliga.

The whole situation with Romeu was confusing to say the least in the summer.

The Third Party Ownership Double Standard

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This past weekend, the Brazilian national team beat Argentina 2-0 in a friendly in Beijing. With players based in Europe and South America, why on Earth did they travel so far to play one another? After all, the two countries are neighbors on the same continent. The simple answer is, of course, money.