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Antonio Conte

N'Golo Kante: Is he better than Claude Makekele?

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N'Golo Kante picked up the PFA Players Player of the Year award in London this past weekend and after two stunning seasons in the Premier League I ask the question "Is he better than Claude Makelele?"

I personally believe he is despite both being very different types of players for their teams.

The Magician Cesc Fabregas makes this claim about our game - do you agree?

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Cesc Fabregas has given an interview to Chelsea TV and has raised a point for debate. He has stated that these days, it's more difficult for talented players to succeed in the game. Do you agree?

For me personally, Cesc Fabregas is the perfect example of a player who finds himself in exactly that situation this season having given way to Nemanja Matic and N'Golo Kante in the heart of Chelsea's midfield under Antonio Conte.

PEDRO: Has he given Antonio Conte his first real selection headache of the season ahead of Liverpool?

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It's taken just over a season but finally, we are beginning to see the Pedro we all used to sit an admire at Barcelona. Has he now given Antonio Conte his first real selection headache of the season ahead of Liverpool at Anfield tonight?

He has been a revelation this year whether he has played at part of our attacking three or at right wing-back when required in the cup competitions and it's his willingness to work hard for the team without the ball in addition to the obvious quality that he has that has impressed the most.

Chelsea

Chelsea take one step closer towards the double

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Nobody knew what to expect from Chelsea this season after the disaster of last year in which everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong, but the fact that we are now on the cusp of a potential double speaks volumes of the impact made by Antonio Conte. The charismatic Italian has worked wonders at Stamford Bridge to turn our fortunes around as not only do Chelsea find ourselves within touching distance of the Premier League title, but are now in the FA Cup Final after an enthralling 4-2 win against Tottenham at Wembley.

Diego Costa: Chelsea and the fans are losing patience. He MUST deliver a big performance against Tottenham.

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The speculation surrounding Diego Costa's immediate future has become the focus of attention once again. Chelsea are reportedly losing patience, the Chelsea fans are losing patience and he MUST deliver a big, big performance tomorrow at Wembley.

Having fallen out with people at the club over a lucrative move to China once, Diego Costa has become the focus of an improved offer to the club AND a ridiculous salary offer which is reported to be £650,000 per week.

The title race: The pressure is all on Tottenham not Chelsea.

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The title race is between Chelsea and Tottenham now without question and all we are reading about these days is the supposed pressure on Chelsea from Tottenham.

Being honest, I refuse the read most of the reports and opinions of pundits, ex-managers, ex-players and reporters who are paid handsomely well to write about Football despite never having played the game at the same levels.

What are your thoughts on leaked images of what could be Chelsea's first Nike kits for next season?

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According to The Sun, leaked images of Chelsea's new home, away and 3rd shirts have appeared on the Internet as Nike takes over as our kit supplier in a reported £900m deal.

Again, these are not confirmed by Chelsea themselves or by Nike Football for that matter but I have to say that if the image above is a true indication of the reality, I like the blue home shirt, the white away shirt but am not to sure about the orange and black third kit.

Counting on Conte

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One of the best parts about sports is that, within a certain frame of assumptions, we can enjoy a heavy dose of unpredictability. Last season, nobody, not even a super computer with all the world's knowledge and really really nice spreadsheet tech with dope algorithms could have predicted Leicester's title.

Chelsea's lack of European football is not an advantage - Do you agree?

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If Chelsea win the Premier League this season, Antonio Conte's side will not receive the recognition they would deserve because they have not had to play any European Football this season.

We hear Pundits on TV all the time harp on and on about how Chelsea are fresh, have time to prepare for games at the weekends properly and should be fitter and stronger than other teams who play in Europe this season.

Chelsea Midfielder - I don't know if this is my best form for Chelsea, but I always try to give everything for the team.

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Nemanja Matic is back to his best this season and has found the same consistency he had when we won the Premier League title two years ago. He remains a vital part of our Chelsea team.

Think back to near the end of last season and our victory at Bournemouth. On that day, Matic popped up with a goal but refused to celebrate giving an insight to how unhappy he appeared to be at Chelsea so it looked at the time that he would be looking to leave in the summer.

Chelsea v Arsenal: The arguments for and against Cesc Fabregas starting tomorrow.

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Chelsea take on Arsenal in the lunchtime kick-off at Stamford Bridge tomorrow and I am asking whether or not you think that Cesc Fabregas should start?

The game is our second massive encounter with title rivals in the space of five days having drawn at Anfield on Tuesday night.

Back post nightmares - How should Chelsea solve the obvious weakness in our defence?

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Having watched Chelsea play really well and look more than comfortable against Liverpool last night, it became very frustrating to see us concede another goal from a ball to the back post. So how are we to defend that area better?

It was bad enough to see Tottenham do it to us once, giving Eriksen the space and time on the ball to lift his head up, have a look to see Dele Alli at the back post, to then plonk the ball into the perfect area for him to attack and score.

Liverpool v Chelsea - This is how Chelsea will beat Liverpool tonight.

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Antonio Conte's Chelsea team travel to Anfield tonight to kill off Liverpool's title challenge. This is how Chelsea WILL beat Liverpool and extend our lead over the Merseysiders to thirteen points.

Liverpool under the pressure of expectation.

Look at the two sides in comparison heading into the game this evening.

Is it time to introduce Cesc Fabregas from the start in games for Chelsea?

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This subject has been debated throughout the local pubs and in the stands around Stamford Bridge. Should Cesc Fabregas start more games that he misses out on between now and the end of the season?

On Sunday against Hull City with seventy minutes to go, Chelsea were winning 1-0 but Hull to their credit were putting up a good fight.

Sir Alex claims Mourinho and United unlucky not to be challenging Chelsea for the title.

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Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken of how unlucky Jose Mourinho has been in his first season at Manchester United and claims that they would be challenging Chelsea for the title.

As with everything in life you can say "what-if?" but it doesn't hide the reality. The reality is that Manchester United are sitting FOURTEEN points behind Chelsea in the Premier League table with sixteen games to go and have a real fight on their hands to finish inside the top four.

Conte heaps praise on Diego Costa and reiterates he remains focused on Chelsea.

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Diego Costa will be the focus of the attention in the build up to the game this afternoon against Hull City and Antonio Conte has re-iterated his focus is on Chelsea and heaped praise on our top scorer.

What a difference a week makes in football. Last week, Costa was left out of the squad that travelled to Leicester with an official explanation being because of a back injury.

Videos

Let’s Hear It For… Hull City Coach Marco Silva!

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Hull City were rock bottom of the league when little known, little fancied Marco Silva (forren) replaced Mike Phelan (British) at the beginning of January.

All the usual apprehensionwas expressed over the 39-year-old Portuguese coach'sappointment his tender years, his supposedly iffygrasp of English, his relatively limited prior experience, and of chief concern for Paul Merson and his ilk the fact that if we've never heard of 'im, how could 'epossibly know the league, Jeff?

Chelsea teammates leap to the defence of Diego Costa.

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Diego Costa made a goal-scoring return to the Chelsea team in our 2-0 victory over Hull City and some of his Chelsea teammates have leaped to his defence stating that he is fully focused here at Chelsea.

We could not have wished for a better afternoon for Costa on a personal level.

The Manager

'It is true that I think we are building something important.' - Antonio Conte

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Chelsea's celebrations at the final whistle against Stoke on Saturday gave an indication of just how big those three points could be. Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand believe that no one can catch Chelsea now.
Stoke away is always a potential banana skin with our hosts being much stronger at the bet365 than they are on their travels and for many this game would have had this marked as a possible draw or even a Chelsea defeat as part of their Accumulator betting tips.

Has Jose Mourinho finally met his match in Antonio Conte at Chelsea?

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As Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho clashed on the touchline on Monday night during Chelsea's 1-0 victory over Manchester United, it became clear to me that Mourinho has more than met his match in the passionate Italian.

Let me start by talking of Mourinho and the chants from the fans on Monday night.

Frank Lampard talks Antonio Conte - What he is doing at the moment is fantastic.

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Having played under ten different managers in thirteen years at Chelsea, Frank Lampard was asked recently of Antonio Conte and whether or not he could create a dynasty at Chelsea.

We are very quick in this country to talk up players or teams when they are doing well, but also very quick to knock them straight back down again.

Antonio Conte to sign contract extension at Chelsea. Your thoughts?

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According to reports in Italy, Antonio Conte has agreed and signed a contract extension at Chelsea until 2020 which is excellent news and reward for his outstanding work at our club this season.

Whatever happens between now and the end of the season (as long as we finish in the top four) Antonio Conte deserves all the credit in the world for what he has done for our club.

What do you make of the apparent dig at Antonio Conte's Chelsea tactics by Jose Mourinho?

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Sitting in sixth and a massive fourteen points behind Chelsea despite being on a fifteen match unbeaten run, Jose Mourinho has taken apparent aim at Antonio Conte and the tactics he has adopted at Chelsea.

Looking at Mourinho from the outside now, you begin to see him in a slightly different light compared to when we adored him here at Stamford Bridge.

John Terry talks about life on the Chelsea bench under Antonio Conte.

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As always, there is plenty of comment, opinion and speculation surrounding John Terry and his current situation at Chelsea. Our Captain, Leader, Legend has responded in true JT style!

Life for JT on the bench. Having spent 19 years at Chelsea Football Club, leading the team through the most successful period in our history, you would be hard pushed to think that the current situation he finds himself in on a week-to-week basis isn't easy.

Champions League

The Spuds’ Secret

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As an avid fan of soccer who has played and coached at various levels, I am a keen student of what is reported by the always trustworthy British sports dailies. In particular, I read with a discerning eye about managers. I ask myself: how do they manage so well?

And how can I imitate them?

Nou Campy

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Last Wednesday, FC Barcelona beat PSG in the second leg at home in the Camp Nou to advance in the Champions League. Barca features three of the soccer's best attacking players Messi, Neymar, and Suarez and, before the first game, they were expected to advance past the Parisians. Then, Barca went and lost the first leg by four goals.

A Decay in the Art of Trash-talking

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One of my favorite football pathologies is when a team is losing and fans observe that no player is yelling during games, and complain about a "lack of leadership." The three assumptions behind this argument: (1) Leadership is atomic and individualized, (2) Leadership is the same as yelling, and (3) Leadership enjoys a causal, not correlative, relationship with results, all make me chuckle.

Ex-players

Should Chelsea re-sign Romelu Lukaku this summer - Yes or No?

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With reports that Romelu Lukaku has indicated to Everton that he is unwilling to sign a new contract because of his desire to play in the Champions League, I am asking the Chelsea fans on here if we should re-sign him this summer.

Having notched his 20th goal of the season last weekend, there is little doubt that Romelu Lukaku has found his feet in the Premier League and is now classed as one of the top strikers.

OPINION: Do you agree with Pundits comments about Didier Drogba?

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Michael Owen has been featured in a new documentary that focuses on the art of scoring goals and has given an opinion of Didier Drogba that I wondered if you, the football fan reading this post agrees?

We have seen plenty of legendary goalscorers in the Premier League throughout it's existence and in particular those that played here before Drogba's arrival.

Is N'Golo Kante better than Claude Makelele?

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N'Golo Kante delivered another sensational performance against Arsenal following on from the previous outstanding performance against Liverpool. Is he better than Claude Makelele?

It sounds a ridiculous question doesn't it based on the fact that Makelele had a tactical position on the pitch named after him but it's a question that deserves merit based on how good our summer signing has been.

Ex-Chelsea World Cup winning Captain believes it's time for John Terry to leave.

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Having played just six minutes of Premier League football since mid-September, John Terry has been encouraged by Marcel Desailly to quit the club and move on.

As featured on another blog post just posted on here, John Terry has spoken of spending his time on match days on the Chelsea bench and has stated that he hopes that he doesn't play again this season because that means the team keeps on winning games.

Sam Hutchinson: The Play-off Final mean't more to me than anything at Chelsea.

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Sam Hutchinson is fast becoming a success story at Sheffield Wednesday, albeit one of the best midfielders in the Championship.

Sam Hutchinson is one of those players while at Chelsea, we all had really, really high hopes for. As with many others, he was touted as the first player to breakthrough into the first team since John Terry and looked well on course to do so.

Academy

These two youngsters are earmarked for Chelsea first team squad next season.

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According to various reports, Antonio Conte has identified Tammy Abraham and Andreas Christensen as the next of our Academy to integrate into Chelsea's first team squad next season.

John Terry is the last product of our Academy to become a first team player on a regular basis and ever since then, everyone is crying out for someone to make that step up.

John Terry believes the opportunities are there for the Chelsea youngsters now.

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As with every season, the debate rumbles on over the players that have come from our Academy being given a chance in the first team. John Terry believes that there ARE opportunities to do that at Chelsea now.

It's a debate that will continue to be had amongst the Chelsea fans, in pubs and clubs up and down the country.

The Rest

He must try to play more at Chelsea. Or he finds another club to bounce back.

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Eden Hazard has urged Michy Batshuayi to try harder to impose himself at Chelsea or leave the club in search of regular first team football this summer.

We all agree that it has been a season to forget for the young Belgian striker at Chelsea so far. Having made all of his seventeen appearances in the Premier League as substitute (with the majority being within the last five or ten minutes in a game), it's clear that having played regular first team football for Marseille before his big money move to Stamford Bridge he needs to be starting games more often.

When football doesn't matter - 22nd July 2017 - #Westminster #WeAreNotAfraid

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England did win yesterday. I'm not talking about the borefest against Germany, which was slightly less tedious than under the previous England manager but still, dire. I'll give him a few more months before I make him the latest object of my ridicule.

Yesterday afternoon a maniac went onto the streets of London in a car and used it as a weapon.

Victor Moses extends his contract at Chelsea after a season to remember.

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Victor Moses has signed a contract extension with Chelsea until 2021 and is a well earned reward for his outstanding breakthrough season under Antonio Conte.

Victor Moses has spent four years at Chelsea believe it or not having signed for the club back in 2012 from Wigan Athletic.

Loving Jim: Apologizing for Curtin in 2017

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Jim Curtin has a lot to prove in 2017. How Union fans measure that improvement is up for debate.

Dominic Solanke: To be released at the end of the season after ridiculous demands were ignored.

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Dominic Solanke will leave Chelsea at the end of the season when his current contract expires with plenty of interest in his services. But for ridiculous contract demands, he would still be a Chelsea player next year and beyond.

People talk of our Academy and the succession of youngsters coming through it only to be sold on for profit.

Jose Mourinho: Miserable, jealous with a chip on his shoulder, you can see how some people don't like him.

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Jose Mourinho looks like someone with a serious chip on his shoulder these days and has made a number of comments in recent weeks as he tries to start his mind games.

When asked if being paired with Chelsea in the FA Cup Quarter Final and a trip to Stamford Bridge, Jose responded in typical fashion.