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Five strikers for Antonio Conte to consider signing after Euro 2016 for Chelsea

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Signing a striker must be Antonio Conte's number one priority this summer. The Italy head coach will take charge of the Azzurri at Euro 2016 in France next month before finalising his move to Stamford Bridge after the international tournament.

Diego Costa has struggled to inspire confidence at the forefront of Chelsea's attack for the majority of the 2015/16 campaign and the soon-to-be Blues boss will be looking to improve Chelsea's faltering strike force.

Gary Cahill New England Leader?

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It seems like just yesterday England was littered with defensive choices that included John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and others, whilst the likes of Gary Cahill sat as a prospect vying to one day take their place. That day is here. The Chelsea defender has been a regular for both his English Premier League side Chelsea, and country, England.

Fernando Torres - "I felt lost at Chelsea."

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This weekend, Fernando Torres will be hoping to lead the line with Atletico Madrid as they take on Real Madrid in the Champions League Final in a repeat of the final two years ago. Having won it already with Chelsea, Torres was quick to point out that winning this one would mean so much more.

Is there a need for Gonzalo Higuain?

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Let's face it: Chelsea's season was disappointing and the club ended up way below its own standards. Many reasons for that can be found at the back with the team giving up a staggering amount of 53 goals. It is a statistic previously unheard of at Chelsea.
What about their offensive output though?

Terry has opportunity to seal Chelsea legacy

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"JOHN TERRY" (CC BY 2.0) by JULIAN MASON

After looking like coming to a disappointing end, John Terry has given himself the opportunity for one last hurrah at Chelsea in the 2016/17 season.

The 35-year-old penned a new one-year deal to keep his career at Stamford Bridge alive just as it appeared his 18 years with the Blues had come to an end.

"I am really happy here and have no regrets about the decision I made to join Chelsea."

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Pedro has had a much better finish to his season in recent months. Having signed for Chelsea for £21m from Barcelona, he has spoken of how he has no regrets about signing for us and how settled he has become here.

I really rate Pedro and stand by the fact that he has had a much better end to the season.

CHELSEA CLOSURE! It's been a nightmare but could it be the kick up the arse we needed?

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As Chelsea's season came to a close last Sunday I couldn't help but feel a sense of relief and I was thankful for the fact that our nightmare season was finally over. I just wonder if it will turn out to be the kick up the arse everyone connected with Chelsea needed?

I happened to tune into Match of the Day on Sunday night, watched the Chelsea coverage and immediately turned over as they stated it was the worst title defence ever!

The Eden Hazard goal for Chelsea against Liverpool - Back to somewhere near his best?

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Without question, Eden Hazard has come back from his injury problems with intent to prove people wrong and my god he has done that in the last few games. His goal against Liverpool last night is right up there with the best he has ever scored for Chelsea!

Hazard has a swagger about his game again, the same body language and attitude to his opponents as if to say "you can try to stop me but you can't!

EX-Chelsea Legend signs for the Tampa Bay Rowdies - What a player he was for us!

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Joe Cole has announced that he is leaving these shores to head over to the North American Soccer League to sign for the Tampa Bay Rowdies next season. The three-time Premier League winner with Chelsea was one heck of our a player for our club and I just wanted to write a quick post to celebrate his time here.

Chelsea's New Kit Launch - What do you think of it and the clubs two-tier approach to pricing?

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Chelsea launched next season's kit this week and I think it's fair to say that the reaction hasn't been what both Adidas and Chelsea would have expected. With the club adopting a two-tier approach to the replica shirts this summer, fans have the opportunity to buy a "normal" replica shirt for around £50 but also have the choice to purchase a more expensive authentic version for £90.

Chelsea v Tottenham: Who starts for Chelsea tonight as we look to end Tottenham's title bid?

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Tonight all eyes will be on Stamford Bridge and especially those up in Leicester as Chelsea take on Tottenham with anything less than victory for the visitors will hand the Premier League trophy to Claudio Ranieri's outstanding Leicester team this season. Tottenham come here under immense pressure and it will be interesting to see how they cope!

Chelsea Star: "I thought the fans were booing because they didn't want me to be replaced".

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Eden Hazard has spoken out recently over his poor season, the fans reactions and of his aims between now and the end of the season. In what has been a testing time for all of us, some sections of the Chelsea support had turned on three of our key players in our title winning season last year with Hazard being one of them.

Have Chelsea identified the next Frank Lampard?

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Chelsea to this point have never been able to replace Frank Lampard and his goalscoring exploits from midfield in my view but according to various reports, it looks as though Chelsea have identified someone who could offer goals from that position and will turn to the Bundesliga to try and lure him to Stamford Bridge.

Solanke demands £50,00 per week, Chelsea stutter and Arsenal look to move in on a deal!

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Dominic Solanke has reportedly "demanded" £50,000 per week to sign a new extended contract with Chelsea and the club now face a choice to cough up or lose him. I want to know, based on the problems we have had with our strike force over the last few years, if Chelsea should pay him the money and promote him to the first team squad from next season?

KEVIN DE BRUYNE & CHELSEA - HINDSIGHT IS A WONDERFUL THING..

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Chelsea take on Manchester City at Stamford Bridge this evening and plenty of focus will turn on Kevin De Bruyne's return for the first time since a decision was made to sell him. I am asking you the Fan reading this post if you believe it was right to do so at the time or if we should never have sold him?

"I’ve only thankful things to say about Chelsea because they made me who I am today"

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There are many questions that will remain unanswered when Chelsea fans look back in the summer at the nightmares of our season. One however has been answered and that's the transfer of Ramires to China in January.

Like many of you, I was surprised to hear that a deal was done with the player seemingly allowed to leave the club without much fuss.

PATO WRITTEN OFF - WHAT DID YOU THINK OF HIS DEBUT!

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The game changed in Chelsea's favour as soon as Alexandre Pato came on against Aston Villa and that's because without Diego Costa, he gives us a different option.

I've been banging on for weeks for Pato to be given a chance. Having a website created counting the number of days he hadn't played since his arrival, people declaring that he is passed it and a waste of time signing him, I generally feel vindicated after just a single performance!

PATO: Website mocks lack of opportunities - Hiddink needs to play him against Aston Villa!

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The decision to sign Alexandre Pato on loan for six months and then leave him sat on his arse on the Chelsea bench is a joke and so much so, a website called hasalexandrepatoplayedforchelsea.com has been created!

I am pissed off and fed up of all the shit at Chelsea this season and Guus Hiddink in the last three games has added to it in my opinion.

Is next season Chelsea's best opportunity to bring through the Academy players?

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Our season is over so in my view it's time to focus on what we need to do as a club this summer as we prepare for a season competing in just the domestic competitions. Is this the best opportunity we have had to bring through players from the Academy?

One argument that remains and has done for years now is the chances given to the Academy players in our first team.

Cesc Fabregas

The FIVE Chelsea players that Jose Mourinho could look to sign for Manchester United.

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With the deal to take Jose Mourinho to Manchester United due to be announced as early as tomorrow, here are the FIVE Chelsea players I believe he could attempt to sign with his reported £200-£300m war chest this summer.

One thing I will say before we go into too much detail is that Chelsea will not be willing to do business with any of their direct rivals for the top four next season and it would take ridiculous amounts of money to persuade the Chelsea hierarchy to do business.

FABREGAS ON MOURINHO: What do you think of his comments?

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Cesc Fabregas appeared on SkySports "Monday Night Football" and has revealed the reasons that things did not work out for Jose Mourinho. I want to know how you feel about his comments?

Plenty of people have had their say on what happened which we have all read with interest. However, Chelsea demise this season I am sure will remain one of those questions that no one would ever be able to answer with absolute certainty.

United States Men's National Team

The Jozy Question

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After a stunning youth World Cup about a decade ago, Jozy Altidore has failed to meet your lofty expectations. Some are delusional. Some are mad. Many are sad. I, however, am philosophical as always. How did Jozy get to this point: a striker who seems to get more injuries than goals?

The answer(s) may bother you.

A Somewhat Modest Proposal for the USMNT

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Let's not shit ourselves: the US loss to Guatemala was bad both in terms of the result but also how bad the US played. But let's also not forget that: most US fans have detested Jurgen Klinsmann since 2012. Nothing's changed, but bad results increase the volume of the echo chamber.

Still, before sharpening your pitchfork and joining the "ax him now" people, a few thoughts.

Champions League

The Champions League Final and the Boy Who Would Be King

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Many years ago, I wrote this piece on Dirk Kuyt for this odd thing called a "soccer blog" and that many people named "the Run of Play." The premise was simple: Dirk Kuyt, then at Liverpool, was really slow, but worked really hard, and scored ugly goals from time to time. This was back in 2009. Kuyt was a stark contrast to Liverpool's other striker at the time, Fernando "El Nino" Torres, who ran like the wind and scored goals with the same ease as you and I blink.

A Little Bit of a Peptalk

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Everybody is writing about the Champions League, but I still have my two cents to give. In particular, Pep Guardiola, my arch nemesis (as a Madrid fan), has come under criticism that is both unjust and kinda ridiculous. Of course, Pep does not get along with every single player ever, insists on a certain aesthetic to his teams, and has not won every single trophy ever.

John Terry

John Terry signs new contract - We await to see if he remains as influential.

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It's the news that most of us have wanted to hear since the turn of the year as Chelsea Football Club confirm that John Terry has signed a new one-year contact at Stamford Bridge. Although it's excellent news, we await to see just how influential he remains.

As I posted here this morning, reports had emerged over the terms of the new deal that Chelsea publicly offered last week.

The John Terry Contract Offer - £60K per week and FOURTH choice! - Would you sign?

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Dan Levene a respected Chelsea Journalist has posted an article following up on the Chelsea contract offer to John Terry and has revealed the shocking terms the club have offered. I want to try and understand what YOU would do if you were JT?

As I posted the other day, JT has led us through the most successful period in our history and has literally won it all.

Chelsea and John Terry: Pubic standoff a worrying time. He has earned the right to finish how he wants.

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Yesterday afternoon Chelsea fans heard the news that the majority of us wanted to hear- "John Terry has been offered a one-year contract" and with it a sense of relief. However, there seems to be more than meets the eye and it's not as straight forward as many of us would like!

I posted the other day on here that Terry who met with Chelsea on Thursday, would be told that his time at the club is up despite plenty of calls from the Chelsea fans to sign him up.

JT & ENGLAND: "He is so much better than anything else England can trot out in France"

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It's a subject that will divide opinion amongst the public and especially those who do not follow Chelsea. In saying that, it would more than likely divide opinion amongst our own but John Terry IS STILL England's best defender.

All the crap in the past is done with. Everything that has needed to be said has been and John Terry has moved on, we have moved on and football has moved on.

The BIG England Question: Would You Take John Terry To Euro 2016?

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He hasn't played for three-and-a-half years but the spectre of John Terry still looms over the England back-four, which has been in flux ever since the Chelsea stalwart bowed out of international football under a cloud in September of 2012.

Indeed, there has been call from some quarters today that hatchets should be buried and Terry be called back into the fold to bolster England's defensive ranks after the national side shipped rather too many goals against Germany and then the Netherlands over the most recent international fortnight.

Guus Hiddink

Chelsea Manager continues to focus on the possibility of relegation this season than the mistakes he has made.

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I am getting increasingly frustrated and becoming bored of Guus Hiddink and his press conferences ahead of our games now. The reason I say that is because he continues to harp on about how he saved our season and guided us away from relegation rather than focus on the mistakes he has made in the biggest games of our season.

Guus Hiddink: He had it easy in 2008 but this time around has been found out !

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When Guus Hiddink came back to Chelsea for a second stint as Interim Boss he should have realised that he could not call upon Leaders in the dressing room to assist and has been found out to not being anywhere near strong enough!

Am I the only person that thinks that he hasn't done that much since he has been here?

World Cup

More Potshots at the FIFA Prosecutions

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About a month ago, I penned a reported feature for VICE Sports about the FIFA prosecutions. Basically, I questioned the use of US resources to go after white collar criminals from other countries who, based on the legal theory of the case, only "hurt" a nonprofit that is organized in Switzerland.

Mes que un desgracia

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I've written a few times about the infamous "p chant" that was all the rage at Mexico games. Sadly, Spanish soccer stadiums are not so different. Instead, they often appear a teeming cauldron of prejudice this is a land where players of African lineage still have to deal with monkey chants and it is the year 2016.

The Rest

Jose Mourinho to be appointed Manchester United boss - Who cares we move on!

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Jose Mourinho is set to be appointed the next Manchester United boss despite Louis Van Gaal winning United's first silverware since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. Chelsea fans have made their feelings known on social media this weekend but who cares seriously.

I love Jose Mourinho as much as the next person for where he took out Football club and for the success he brought to us.

The BIG Question: Pick Your England Squad For Euro 2016

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The big(ish) news today is that Roy Hodgson is planning toannounce his England squad for Euro 2016 on Thursday,a fullthree weeks before UEFA's deadline on 31st May.

Having seen a number of prominent players succumb to injuries over the past couple of weeks, Hodgson is reportedly cobbling together a provisional squad that will includeseveral more players than the 23 he'll eventually be taking to France in the summer.

Radja Nainggolan to sign for £26m but who's place do you think is under threat?

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Radja Nainggolan is to sign for Chelsea this summer on a five-year contract in a deal worth a reported £26m from Roma. Having a reputation as being a combative midfielder, it leaves question marks over the other two players we have in that position currently. Who do you think is most under threat with his arrival?

CONTE: "Chelsea players who do not work hard will not play. It’s as simple as that."

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The announcement of Antonio Conte signing a three-year contract to join Chelsea this summer really has kicked off all sorts of speculation and opinion. Here are some of the opinions of ex-teammates, a Chelsea Legend, an ex-Chelsea assistant and two current players of the man Roman Abramovich has entrusted to bring success back to Stamford Bridge.

Cahill and Terry injured but Matt Miazga steps in for "Flawless" display!

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Matt Miazga has hailed our performance on his Premier League debut against Aston Villa as "flawless" and I wondered what your first impressions are of the big American defender?

I have to be honest and admit that when the team came out with no JT or Gary Cahill, but Miazga next to Ivanovic I was apprehensive to say the least!