It looks like Petr Cech is back as a Chelsea first-team player (well sort of)
Chelsea slipped a little surprise into our 25 man squad for the 2020/2021 Premier League.
It was announced that our goalkeeping coach and Chelsea legend Petr Cech had been added to the squad as a PLAYER.
Before everyone gets excited it appears he is an “Emergency BackUp” but it is kind of fun to think that we will get another chance to see Big Pete back in a Chelsea shirt.
This selection reflects the lack of faith that the club seems to have in Kepa and Wily Callabero.
Could Petr Cech Play?
In the short term, it looks unlikely that Petr Cech will play with a pecking order of Mendy, Kepa and Callabero.
However with Kepa likely to leave at some point, even if it is just on loan it would see Cech as the 3rd choice and I am sure that Chelsea fans would love to see him get some game time ahead of fellow veteran Callabero.
Interestingly, Cech is actually a year younger than Willy Callabero, so you never know we may just see Big Pete called into emergency action this season!
Whatever happens with the Premier League in the coming weeks and months the 2019/2020 season has to end with Liverpool being crowned champions.
As a Chelsea blog this is incredibly hard to say but it is the truth, they lead by 25 points with nine games to play.
There is no Demba Ba to ride in and save football, and if the season is stopped then it would go against the sporting integrity of the game to suggest the team all but mathematically champions do not get crowned champions.
We know the FA is desperately planning ways to end the season and tentative steps are being taken to restart football and squeeze the season in before the start of the next one is due.
Obviously the health of the nation is more important than football but if there is no more football it seems crazy not to award a team so close the title.
This is painful to write, which is why we are publishing on Demba Ba day.
The Premier League shocked the government that the Premier League will restart next week with new safety features in place and the aim of finishing the season ON TIME!
This unprecedented situation has meant the league will be relying on technology and e-Sports to get the season finished.
For safety, games will be played behind closed doors, kitchen doors that is as the government has mandated all games will be played using FIFA 20.
The maker of the game will tweak the legendary game and players will be selected and play as the video version of themselves.
The games will be kept as close to real life as possible, and there are even rumours that Jose Mourinho will be allowed to complain about refereeing decisions, the weather and Luke Shaw at half time of every game.
Initially, Electronic Arts resisted the call to make the tweaks but when rumours of PRO Evolution Soccer making a late bid to get involved they quickly moved heaven and earth to make things happen.
How The Games Will Work
Matches will last the regulation 90 minutes
Teams will play one game every two days until the end of the season
Results will be added to the table and stats as usual
Michael Owen and Stan Collymore will provide commentary on EVERY match
Games will be live-streamed for FREE on Twitch
Teamsheets will be announced one hour before kick-off
Managers will be able to make tactical changes and substitutions
Managers will communicate with managers using the Houseparty app
Players in-game stats will be added to existing real-life stats
Expected Chelsea Side For The Next Game
Chelsea are expected to benefit greatly from their youth policy this season which will give them advantage over rivals with older and less tech-savvy squads.
Here is the suggested squad, the notable exception to the youth policy being N’Golo Kante because if N’Golo Kante is fit, N’Golo Kante plays.
Teams will be looking use Zoom breakout rooms to access team talks and do media appearances
Its April 1st everyone, although we found it very hard to envisage something crazier than what is going on right now.
The transfer ban has been overturned and Chelsea can buy players again and I am gutted and nervous for the future rather than excited that Roman can get his cheque book out in January
The window opening feels like a huge risk to the special things that have been happening since Sarri left the club.
Transfer Ban A True Miracle
The transfer ban has been a blessing in disguise for Chelsea Football Club.
The ban put together a special set of circumstances that have created the conditions for my favourite first half of a season in over a decade.
In July the ban meant the board felt comfortable taking a risk in a young manager, empowering him to pick players from the academy. Expectations were low and manageable and the results have exceeded our wildest dreams.
The ban has seen Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori
seize chances they would not likely have had without Frank and an influx of external
The club is playing exciting football and whilst there are clearly some cracks, it feels like we have our Chelsea back. The fans are together, we are comfortably in the top 4 and things look rosy.
In other words we have a lot to lose
Should We Buy In January
Normally we would be elated that we were able to compete and
buy players again but things have been pretty special since Lampard took over
and transfers seems more like a risk than an opportunity.
If we do go into the market in January it should be for a
world class defender or for no body at all. At the moment we need a John Terry
type colossus of a centre forward who can organise our back line
If we learn to defend we could be an absolute beast of a
The Future of Tammy, Tomori and Mount
Whatever happens, it would be devastating to see transfers taken out of Lampard’s hands and see him pressured to play expensive new signings over the youth.
It would ruin what has become such an exciting team to support over the last six months. It has felt like we have all been witnessing something special together.
Abraham, Mount, Tomori and co will have their ups and downs but we are loving living every second of them with them.
January is not a time to go crazy, lets hope the board
Christian Pusilic joining Chelsea caused a lot of excitement amongst U.S fans but there’s anger he isn’t getting playing time.
He has been reduced to largely cameos as new manager and there was a notable stir when he was left out of the Champions League squad.
Currently Frank Lampard prefers the youth of Mason Mount and Callum Hudson Odoi or the experience of Willian over the American.
Lampard does not think Pusilic is ready to be a regular starter.
This has led to some quite silly and boring comments on Twitter and Facebook from instant gratification Millenials who have forgotten that it can be tough to make it in the Premier League.
Particularly when the competition for places is so fierce and your transfer fee means nothing to the new manager.
Background On Pulisic
Our last signing before the transfer ban the 21 year old was signed with a lot of fanfare before completing last season on loan to his old club Dortmund.
With the departure of Eden Hazard and a sizeable transfer fee there was an expectation that Pulisic would walk straight into the side.
This has not happened and a small section of our US supporter based is incandescent with rage.
Comments on Facebook and tweets drawing comparisons to how the club treated Kevin De Bruyne or Mo Salah. Some are even suggesting we cut our losses and sell him.
Why Pulisic Isn’t Playing and Why We Should Be Patient
Let’s all calm down, there is still a long time to go before January, let alone the summer.
When Pulisic has played he has not performed badly, he has a handful of assists but does not necessarily look like he is in a position to demand a starting role ahead of Mount, Willian and Hudson-Odoi.
I think as the season progresses he will get his chance but a high price tag and coming from a lucrative overseas marketplace for the club should not be enough to get minutes.
I am sure that given time he will be more Ivanovic or Emerson who had to wait their turn for playing time than KBD or Salah.
Jorginho was the scapegoat of the negative impotent
football Chelsea were playing under Sarri. Under Lampard he is vice-captain and
putting in performances that have fans singing his name.
The change in fortunes has been dramatic who shone early in
his debut season before becoming the scapegoat for poor performances and
inconsistent results in the second half of the season.
He was blamed not only for his own performances but also the tactical inflexibility of Sarri who moved N’Golo Kante out of his most effective defensive midfield position to accommodate Jorginho his favoured option.
The frustration of seeing N’Golo Kante trying to charge down the wing whilst we struggled defensively and created few chances drove fans to distraction.
It felt like every time Jorginho had the ball it went less than five yards or backward regardless of where we were on the pitch. When Sarri left his future looked uncertain.
Of Frank Lampard
The new manager has changed everything.
Chelsea are playing with tactical flexibility, N’Golo Kante is back where he belongs and Jorginho is at the heart of most of the good things that have been happening.
Whilst the focus has rightly been on Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori. Jorginho has been transforming his role in the side and the impact he has been having.
The Italian has been controlling the tempo of games, opening
up defences with his range of passing and grabbed the moniker of the club’s preferred
The club has reacted by making Jorginho one of the club’s vice captains reflecting both his improved performances and experience in an extremely youthful squad.
The fans have noticed and it has been great to see the turnaround from a constant point of frustration into one of the star players of the team.
His work ethic and performances have been appreciated with a sure-fire sign of his renaissance being fans chanting his name after the Southampton match.