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English Premier League

How To Beat In-Form Manchester United

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This matches this weekend will be very telling of how the Premier League will finish this season. Chelsea face Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, with three vital points on the line for both sides. United need the win to secure a Champions League place, along with making a last ditch title effort.

CHELSEA FANS - NAME YOUR STARTING ELEVEN TO FACE MANCHESTER UNITED.

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As we move closer to the weekend and to Manchester United at Stamford Bridge this Saturday, I am interested to hear as many opinions as possible on who YOU believe should be starting for Chelsea.

As always, there will be a difference of opinion amongst the fans but it's important that Jose Mourinho makes the right decision on the night as a win would take us one step closer to the Premier League title.

Just how important was Chelsea's 1-0 victory over QPR?

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I have taken a while to publish my thoughts on Sunday's last gasp victory over QPR as I wanted to digest the game, think about the performance, the three points and what it means for the Premier League. I've come to the conclusion it was MASSIVE!

We all sat there watching a dire game, a scrappy game and a typical London derby.

Fabregas and Matic to start against QPR despite ban worries - Should they?

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Jose Mourinho has confirmed in his press conference this afternoon ahead of the game against QPR at Loftus Road on Sunday that Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic WILL start the game despite both being one yellow card away from a suspension. I am wondering whether or not you agree?

The reason I am asking you the Chelsea fan reading this piece, is obvious.

THE TITLE RACE: Should Chelsea be worried about Arsenal?

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Arsenal's resurgence up the Premier League table with their run of form of late has been impressive. With key players back, scoring goals that have taken them into second place, I am asking you the Chelsea fan reading this post (or Arsenal fan for that matter), whether or not they should be taken as serious title challengers.

ROTATION: Here's SEVEN changes to the Chelsea side to face Hull on Sunday!

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As we have seen for the most part this season, Jose Mourinho has settled on his strongest eleven in the Premier League. Now and again we have seen one or two players change but you can pretty much name what he believes to be his first team based on the majority of his team selections.

After some disappointing performances in recent weeks, with a full weeks rest ahead of us before we make the trip up north to face Hull on Sunday afternoon, I am asking YOU the Chelsea fan reading this post your opinions on whether or not Jose Mourinho should rotate his players and if so, how many?

FABREGAS AND MATIC: We cannot afford for BOTH of them to have bad games!

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For the most part this season, Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic have been dominant in games and have played a HUGE part in our challenge for the Premier League title week in, week out.

Now you can handle when someone is not at their best as normally, the ten other players carry them until the manager decides to replace them.

Jose Mourinho

OPINION: Would you start Kurt Zouma against Manchester United to deal with Fellaini?

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Watching the Manchester Derby last weekend and the subsequent analysis on Sky Sports Monday Night Football, I wonder if Jose Mourinho is thinking of playing Kurt Zouma to deal with Marouane Fellaini on Saturday?

Much has been made of the big Belgian's influence down that left hand side playing in tandem with Daley Blind and Ashley Young.

DIEGO COSTA: How much do you feel his absence could hurt Chelsea?

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Without question, the Diego Costa injury is a massive blow. We are yet to find out just how bad it is but based on his reaction and the way he walked as he left the pitch on Sunday, it's much worse than when he left against Hull. I just wonder how much having him missing will affect us?

After the game Jose Mourinho was asked of his injury and he responded by saying:
"It's too early to determine exactly how long he'll be out.

Liverpool defender charged but not the same coverage as Diego Costa!

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Ever since Diego Costa was charged and subsequently suspended by the FA for his supposed "stamp" on Emre Can at Stamford Bridge against Liverpool, The FA have set a precedent and it's nice to see that they have reacted to Martin Skrtel today.

Diego Costa was virtually pillared by pundits and reporters for days after this incident happened and Jose Mourinho went as far as to blame the Sky TV coverage and pundits for Costa being handed a three match ban.

SKRTEL: Finally charged but nowhere near the same reaction as Diego Costa!

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Ever since Diego Costa was charged and subsequently suspended by the FA for his supposed "stamp" on Emre Can at Stamford Bridge against Liverpool, The FA have set a precedent and it's nice to see that they have reacted to Martin Skrtel today.

Diego Costa was virtually pillared by pundits and reporters for days after this incident happened and Jose Mourinho went as far as to blame the Sky TV coverage and pundits for Costa being handed a three match ban.

Major League Soccer

Twellman & Ralston Belong in the Hall

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On Wednesday, U.S. Soccer announced that Kasey Keller, Sigi Schmid and the late Glenn "Mooch" Myernick had been inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. All three have the resumes to warrant the honor, without question. But they should've been accompanied by former Revolution stars Steve Ralston and Taylor Twellman as part of the Hall's 2015 class.

Why Ronaldo Should Consider New England

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Miami. New York. Los Angeles. To no one's surprise, those were the locales listed as potential landing spots for Cristiano Ronaldo in an article on SI.com that detailed the Portuguese superstar's reported interest in coming to MLS in 2018.

The Quintessential MLS CBA “Smoke has Cleared” and “One Side Won” Post

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Hello there, reader. In case you missed it, the MLS season started on time last weekend. Crowds flocked to games. Young men (and Clint Dempsey) kicked balls. Some scored goals. Others were less fortunate. However, last week the major story was this: less than acrimonious CBA negotiations between the owners of MLS franchises and the members of the MLS Players Union.

Chelsea

Is this guy the most underrated of the Chelsea players?

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Think of the headline makers in the Chelsea team and you immediately think of Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa. However for me there is one that goes somewhat unnoticed compared to the others but is just as important - Willian.

Signed for £32m back at the end of August 2013, Willian has grown into someone that both Jose Mourinho and the fans love.

Chelsea's Spanish star wants his future clarified this summer.

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Some people have called him "Chelsea's forgotten man" despite signing a new contract extension last summer. However, Oriol Romeu, on loan at Stuttgart in the Bundesliga, has spoken of his intentions to speak with Chelsea this summer as he feels that he needs some first team stability.

When asked of his future beyond this season he said:
"In June I'll speak with Chelsea to know their intentions.

Should Chelsea sign Radamel Falcao in the summer even on loan?

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Things haven't exactly gone to plan for Radamel Falcao since he signed on loan at Manchester United from Monaco. Having scored just FOUR goals and being paid a reported £265,000 per week, it seems that he is all set to return back to his parent club in the summer.

So to Chelsea and these reports that we are interested in making a move for him this summer as a replacement for Didier Drogba.

RADAMEL FALCAO: Conflicting reports of Chelsea's interest - Should we sign him?

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Things haven't exactly gone to plan for Radamel Falcao since he signed on loan at Manchester United from Monaco. Having scored just FOUR goals and being paid a reported £265,000 per week, it seems that he is all set to return back to his parent club in the summer.

So to Chelsea and these reports that we are interested in making a move for him this summer as a replacement for Didier Drogba.

"There is no doubt Chelsea have the freedom to spend big money this summer."

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This week, the Telegraph published a fascinating article explaining that Chelsea's position now under FFP rules has been strengthened with the permanent sale of Fernando Torres. The article was such an eye opener, I wanted to feature it here and to explain the situation using quotes from it because I believe that not all of us are aware of how the FFP works.

Chelsea’s Disingenuous Penaltology

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When coaching Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho made a famous remark about Pep Guardiola. He said that in the past, there were two types of coaches: those who complained after a game about the ref, and those who shut up. He then said Pep was a new, third type of coach: he who complained about refs beforethe game had even started.

Are Chelsea Completely Paranoid, Delusional, Or Both?

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"9/11 was an inside job man! The CIA killed Kurt!"

Strap yourselves in folks, it's tin-foil hat time at The Bridge again.

Tying in nicely with the paranoid sense of authoritarian collusion whichhas been percolating away nicely at Chelsea over the past few weeks and months (years?

Chelsea Are a Team Struggling to Find Their Identity, An American Perspective

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When playing in so many competitions throughout a season, a team must consider what it takes to be successful in each competition. To win in the Capital One Cup, Chelsea simply needed to outclass a few lower league teams. Then they battled their way past Liverpool into the finals.
The Premier League however, has a whole different agenda in order to be successful.

What's your take on our reaction to THAT Ibrahimovic tackle?

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Slated, criticised and discussed up and down the land, Chelsea's initial reaction to the Zlatan Ibrahimovic tackle on Oscar on Wednesday night has caused debate from TV Pundits, other professional footballers and through the newspapers. I want to know what is YOUR own opinions on our reaction that night?

FABREGAS: "If we can kill, we have to kill"

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Speaking yesterday in the pre match press conference ahead of tonight's crunch game with PSG, Cesc Fabregas revealed an area that he believes that we are still lacking and called for the team to improve as we head into the real business end of the season.

We have seen back in the title winning seasons under Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti that Chelsea had a real killer instinct in games and put teams to the sword despite clearly winning games without being in any real danger.

Fabregas/Mourinho love in - Who ever thought that was going to happen?

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We are now at the business end of the season, the run in for the Champions League and Premier League having already won the League Cup but still, I still can't quite believe that Cesc Fabregas plays for Chelsea and has the season he has had already!

We all know the rivalry Cesc has had with Chelsea and with Jose Mourinho in particular over the years at Arsenal and then Barcelona.

Chelsea v PSG: THIS IS HOW CHELSEA CAN BEAT PSG TOMORROW!!

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Chelsea take on PSG at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night and sitting watching the first leg again last night it's obvious that the wide areas are where PSG are strong in attack but weak defensively. It's an area Chelsea have to manage in order to win the game.

The PSG Strength.

From Forgotten Man to Campaign Hero, An American Perspective on Loic Remy

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Amongst all the transfer dealings that Chelsea conducted this summer, it is easy to forget about the last minute addition of Loic Remy. With Costa leading the league in goals, Fabregas being the man to pull the strings, and Luis making strong contributions at left back, Remy has become somewhat of a forgotten man at Stamford Bridge.

Transfers

The Summer That Chelsea Don't Need the Transfer Market

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The 2015-2016 campaign is the year Chelsea should finally start implementing youth talent. It's time to pull back some loanees, and promote some academy players. Next season is the chance for Chelsea to become a club that builds its own talent, and put them directly into the first team. While it is likely that Chelsea will enter the transfer market for a few players, with several other players seeking exit, the Blues should look to remedy certain positions with talent from it's own ranks.

Hindsight is Not Always 20/20

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Chelsea are struggling right now. However, like most poor runs of form, they will snap out of it. What makes it harder for the Blues, is watching several players that they have sold in the past, doing quite well at their new clubs. Kevin DeBruyne has been in good form at Wolfsburg, while Mohamed Salah has been brilliant for his new club, Fiorentina.

The Rest

Greed, Graft, FIFA and….Hope?

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Textbooks. Don't they smell nice? What with all that paper and ink and stuff. I remember when I was a student and had them. I also read a few. In fact, I studied Economics and recall vividly lots of convoluted hypothetical situations and painful historical analogies that purported to support different theories.

EDEN HAZARD WORLD CLASS? - AGAINST MAN UTD & ARSENAL HE HAS TO DELIVER!

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Eden Hazard by the opinion of most, is well on course to win the Player of the Year award this season. Having had an excellent season so far, he deserves all the praise he has received but I cannot help but feel that for some, he needs to deliver in the two biggest games of our season if he wants to be considered up there with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Drogba's Retirement this Summer is Vital for Chelsea

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Didier Drogba has gained legendary status at Chelsea Football Club. He has been one of the most impactful players to put on the blue shirt. The Ivorian represents more than just a Lethal scorer, but an icon. The striker is an exemplary player because of his character.
Drogba in his prime, was a ruthless attacker, scoring goals for fun.

OSCAR: Do YOU agree with Mourinho that he was not good enough?

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The situation with Oscar at Chelsea is fast becoming the topic that most people are talking about and the press speculating about. I want to know what YOU the Chelsea fan reading this post feels about the young Brazilian play maker?

As we have read in recent weeks, Oscar has become the subject of increased speculation over his immediate future at Stamford Bridge beyond this summer.

MATIC: Was his performance against Stoke his best for a couple of weeks?

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Talking with my family yesterday we all thought that against Stoke, Nemanja Matic looked like he was getting back to somewhere near his best and his performance was better than recent weeks. I am interested to hear what you people think?

As we know Matic missed a couple of games through suspension for his reaction to Ashley Barnes' tackle and subsequent sending off, then after being injured during our League Cup Final celebrations.

Bright, Brilliant And Money-Grabbing: Raheem Sterling Deserves Every Penny He Can Get

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Raheem Sterling is not a money-grabber. Well, so says the Times. And ‘money grabber' is in inverted commas, the words appearing in a headline comment on the Liverpool player's view of himself as revealed in a BBC interview which was supposedly unauthorised by his club.

FABREGAS: Ex-Chelsea pro blames lack of confidence to a year ago!!

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There are so many football "pundits" these days that you don't have to look very far to spot them on your TV. I wouldn't mind half the time but you have to question why some of them are being paid for their opinions when they haven't achieved anything of note in the game!
Pundits such as Robbie Savage, Kevin Killbane and Jermaine Jenas are ones that come to mind straight away but as far as Chelsea goes, Tony Cascarino really, really winds me up!

MOURINHO ON LOFTUS-CHEEK: "I believe alot in Ruben".

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High praise for Ruben Loftus-Cheek in Jose Mourinho's press conference yesterday and it was great to see. Ever since John Terry established himself in the first team from our Academy, the club has been looking for the next product to come through - it seems that is all set to be our young midfielder.