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Courtois Transfer Moan – Belgian Needs To Cech Himself

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Chelsea Courtois Transfer rumour

It seems that not a week goes by without a Thibaut Courtois transfer rumour and its getting a little bit boring.

This week the Independent published the latest Courtois transfer rumour 

Courtois Transfer Rumours Make Cech Departure Tragedy

Watching club legend Petr Cech leave the club with some of his best years still ahead of him was painful. Sacrificed for the bright young talent at the top of the European game Courtois it is frustrating to see the low regard Courtois seems to hold Stamford Bridge.

The problem is that years on loan in Spain and a wandering eye have given Courtois a sense that he owes the club nothing and he should catch the first plane back to Spain should one of the two giants of La Liga come calling.

Combined with a dip in form the decision to cast aside Cech and embrace the young Belgian are looking like a mistake.

It seems to be a trait with the Belgians we buy but they have ideas above their station and are always looking for a move or saying something to upset the applecart. This uusually when on national duty-free from the constraints of the Chelsea PR machine.

If Courtois wants to leave then fine, but he should stop being such a pussy about it, make a decision and take the gamble of throwing a public hissy fit. See what happens and hope that one of the Spanish clubs actually wants to buy you.

His form has been ropey for the last 18 months and there is not guarantee that he will be on the shopping list of Real Madrid of Barcelona, especially as we are going to want a king’s ransom for him.

His place in the Chelsea line-up is far from guaranteed, Asmir Begovic is a top quality goalkeeper and could quite easily step into the breach should Courtois continue to cost us points.

As for Cech, it is still painful to see him at the Emirates, it would never happen but I would have him back at Stamford Bridge in a heartbeat.

Until then Courtois transfer rumours need to stop and the boy needs to Cech himself and find some form rather than wrecking himself by fuelling pointless transfer speculation.

David Luiz Shows Why He Is A Cult Hero

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David Luiz may have made a defensively questionable start to his second spell at Stamford Bridge, but on Tuesday night he reinforced why his eccentric personality makes him a cult hero to Chelsea fans.

We overcame Leicester in 120 minutes so it may be understandable why the majority of exhausted players only made a token effort to show their appreciation to the travelling Chelsea fans.

The atmosphere against Leicester was brilliant throughout the game and deserving of more than a token gesture the only one to acknowledge this was David Luiz.

At the end of the game he came jogging over to the Chelsea end picked out a fan and gave his search to the joy of the travelling Chelsea fans. Whilst Chelsea fans will want more from him in the long term, his passion and connection with the fans will go a long way.

Let’s hope the rest of the squad follow his example in the coming weeks.

Calm Down Chelsea Fans The World Is Not Ending Despite Liverpool Defeat

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After hearing of crisis meetings at Chelsea late into the night after defeat by Liverpool and the reaction of some Chelsea fans, you would think we have been transported back 10 months when Mourinho’s second era was in its death throes.

A draw against Swansea and defeat to Liverpool at home are not ideal results but they are hardly apocalyptic considering where we are in the season.

We absolutely murdered Swansea but gave away the game with two individual areas. Against Liverpool, we got what our play deserved. We allowed Liverpool to execute their game plan and have a weak argument that we deserved much more than we got.

Avoid Endemic Short Term Thinking

Short term thinking is a disease within top-level football. Clubs sack managers after a slight hiccup and fans of all teams seem to turn on their team after just a result or two. Just look at the pressure on Mourinho after one bad week at Manchester United, two weeks ago he was a god now there is talk that he is past it.

Just look at the pressure on Mourinho after one bad week at Manchester United, two weeks ago he was a god now there is talk that he is past it.

We should be two points ahead of where we currently and that ignores the late shows against West Ham and Watford, that added points to the total despite struggling.

We are five games into the season and we are in the mix at the top of the table, Antonio Conte has barely had time to get his feet under the table so give him time. This does not mean that we were not shouting our throats horse when he refused to make any changes as things disintegrated against Liverpool, but we need to take a more rational view after the passion of game day subsides.

Are we a better team than we were last season? Ask me in other 5-10 Premier League games as things start to become clearer.

 

 

 

Some Videos To Prepare for Liverpool Game – FA Cup, Gerrard, Riise and Kalou

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Tonight we play Liverpool, but rather than give you a dry preview looking at the importance of the first real test of Antonio Conte as manager.

Instead we are going to look at some of the overwhelming success we have had against Liverpool in the last decade.

First we go back to 2012 when Roberto Di Matteo led Chelsea to a cup double starting with the FA Cup

How about a little bit of Phil Thompson stropping as Soloman Kalou crosses the ball from the left

Then of course there is this magic moment

Defence Not Referee To Blame For Dropped Swansea Points

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Chelsea goal celebration after WIllian scores against Burnley
Image courtesy of @J_D_Fletcher_ on Twitter

Despite only getting a point there is very little that Antonio Conte could have done tactically to extend his 100% record.

Conte’s Chelsea dominated Swansea at the Liberty Stadium and despite only leading by one goal at half-time looked like the only team on the pitch.

The team pushed forwards after the break but the failure to score a second cost Chelsea and it was poor decision making by Courtois that gifted Swansea a way back into the game via the penalty spot.

More defensive slackness and a foul put Swansea in dreamland just minutes later and we had to battle back just to get a point.

Why The Referee Cannot Be Blamed

The referee made a mistake for the second Swansea goal, there is no doubt about that Gary Cahill was fouled. However, that close to his own goal with his back to the defender Cahill should not have been given the ball.

A sharper defence would have anticipated the oncoming danger, although it should not have been a goal Chelsea created their own problems. We should have put the game beyond doubt before the made 3 minutes that changed the game and kept calmer heads.

Swansea supporters should be thanking us for the gift of a point they barely deserved.

Still Unbeaten

Last season Chelsea would have lost that game but were able to find a equaliser. Dropping points like that is not the way that potential top 4 teams go about their business. Yet after creeping past Watford and Crystal Palace this was bound to catch up with us at some point.

In order to move forward, there will need to be a continued focus on improving our defensive mindset and removing the risks that cost us points in Wales.

There were plenty of positives to take from the game and hopefully we will play Liverpool on Friday taking the vibes from the performance and not the result back to Stamford Bridge.

The Best Chelsea Starting XI For 2016/2017?

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Transfer deadline best chelsea starting XI

After transfer deadline day manager Antonio Conte will be trying to figure out the best Chelsea starting XI for 2016/2017.

Having already brought in one guaranteed starter in N’Golo Kante, a second striker in Michy Batshuayi and a backup goalkeeper. There were two late defensive additions that will affect the Chelsea starting XI.

On deadline day Chelsea confirmed the signings of left-back Marcus Alonso and cult hero, occasional defender and full-time maverick David Luiz.

Chelsea Starting XI After Transfer Deadline

The arrival of Luiz and Alonso could seriously shake up the defence. Most at threat from the new arrivals are Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill.

Defensive Reorganisation

If Marcus Alonso cements his place at left-back then Cesar Azpilicueta will shift to the right-hand side. This means that Ivanovic is no longer a guaranteed starter in Chelsea’s best XI and is instead competing as a rotational full-back and back up central defender.

This combined with the arrival of David Luiz who has been reportedly signed as a central defender puts Ivanovic and Cahill at risk of being dropped. Therefore, if we assume that Terry will start when fit there is a choice of Cahill, Ivanovic and Luiz to partner him.

I think Luiz should be given a chance to partner Terry, giving a back 5 of; Courtois, Alonso, Terry, Luiz and Azpilicueta.

Midfield & Attack

There were no late arrivals for Chelsea in midfield.

Based on Conte sticking with the 4-1-4-1 formation used for the first 3 games. The best Chelsea starting XI in midfield looks set to be Kante Matic, Oscar, Hazard and Willian.

Up front Diego Costa will lead the line with Batshuayi his backup, however the midfield and attack could be dynamic depending on tweaks to the formation by Conte.

This means our best Chelsea starting XI 2016/2017 is as below do you agree with our choice?

Transfer deadline best chelsea starting XI

 

 

Eng U21’s – Rashford Grabs Headlines But Three Blues Score

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Marcus Rashford rightfully grabbed the headlines as England’s young lions destroyed Norway. His demotion from the senior squad saw him blast a hat-trick that will keep the focus on why he has only had 19 minutes of senior football so far this season for United.

However hidden by this headline is the contribution from Chelsea’s academy normally Chelsea’s youth team is more of a gamble than if you play free slot machines at Royal Vegas casino. But for England’s youth team’s they really come up trumps.

Chelsea had three players in the starting XI for the game played in Colchester. The trio were Lewis Baker, Nathaniel Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The stand out was Loftus-Cheek, who showed the influence he can have.

The stand out was Loftus-Cheek, who showed the influence he can have on a game when given the freedom to express himself. Around the 65 minute mark he took a royal vegas casino style gamble from the edge of the area to score a well-deserved goal.

Chalobah who now has more than 80 England youth caps and Baker were also on the scoresheet but with the game over the focus will be on if they will ever make it to the national squad.

Joining the Chelsea academy is a bit like playing royal vegas online casino and hoping for the best, there are no guarantees of success. Hopefully this English trio can buck the trend.

Much of this will rest on whether they break into the Chelsea first team or are forced to move away on loan or permanently to get the game time they will need to develop.

Lack of First Team Experience

Playing youth internationals is great but despite having made their senior debuts it is unlikely that any of these players will make more than 10 league appearances for the Blues between them.

This is a reflection of the strength of the Chelsea squad, but also how hard it is to break into the team. The pressure on a Chelsea manager for instant results is so huge that Conte will not have the chance to bring them into the team for a run of games regardless of performances.

 

So whilst it is great that three Chelsea players score for England it is sad that it highlights the challenge of developing youth players and meeting performance expectations.

We do however live in eternal hope that John Terry will not be the last academy player to play for England whilst still on Chelsea’s books.

 

 

Why PL Fans Should Take Part In Non-League Day

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Celebrate non-league day

Non-league day is here and every Chelsea fan should try and take part.

The September international football break is excruciating, your club spunks all that money then you have to wait two weeks for them to play. The only bright spot is that it signals non-league football day.

Non-league day is the annual celebration and support of grassroots football.  To take part all you have to do is go and watch a local non-league football match.

IT is win-win. You get your football fix, drink beer and eat questionable burgers, whilst saving a fortune compared to going to a Chelsea game. You may even get a warm and fuzzy about helping your local club and community.

Ok, so you are unlikely to get the same quality of football at an Evo-Stick League game as at Stamford Bridge but your bank balance will be healthier and you will have helped a club that spends less on their entire annual budget than Diego Costa earns in a week.

Celebrating Non-League Day

Non-League football day is the anti-thesis of the billions wasted on transfer fees, ridiculous wages and agents fees that symbolise the things that we tolerate for the sport we love.

You can tick a new stadium off your list of those visited, you will be able to stand during the entire game without a steward hassling you, and the different sets of supporters often change ends at half-time.

It is football played for the love of it by normal people rather than overpaid ass hats. Where you are close enough to hear every tactical instruction by the manager, every thumping tackle and linesman heckle.

There are even the first round of FA Cup games of the season being played this weekend, which I think is kind of cool considering Chelsea enter in January and this is your chance to go to one.

Get involved and help your local community. Even if you are overseas why not join in the spirit. In the UK many clubs are running festivals and special events to celebrate as well.

If you are unsure where your nearest game is? Just visit the Non-League Day website and use the map functionality to find the nearest game to you.

 

Chelsea Transfer Deadline Day Review – David Luiz

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David Luiz Chelsea transfer deadline day highlight

Chelsea transfer deadline day dealings can be tough, especially when the squad needs new additions.

Last season’s transfer window,  we struggled to sign our targets and this was on my mind, particularly the crazy signings we made on deadline day last year. Would we repeat the mistake of wanting to sign the likes of John Stones but end up with a Papy Djiliboji. One of many signings that we end up buying but never threaten out first-team.

\sfter seeing us fail to sign our main targets this window my fears
(excluding Kante and Batshuayi) were realised and we were back to the
same spot we were last year, truthfully speaking going into deadline
day I didnt have much hope.

Chelsea Transfer Deadline Day Rituals

I did what we all do really on deadline day, by having my TV set on Sky Sports News and my phone constantly refreshing transfer blogs.

My cynicism towards Chelsea’s position in relation to the transfer window and deadline day were swiftly changed when rumors of David luiz making a sensational return began to look more and more likely. I literally could not contain my feelings of

I literally could not contain my feelings of relief and joy at the fact that Chelsea had made a signing that felt right. It felt like we signed a “Chelsea” player unlike the many we sign
who dont encapsulate what our club is about.

David Luiz The Prodigal Son?

Rarely do we ever sign someone who looks, acts and talks like he actually cares about the club.

Yes, he made and will still make mistakes that is not what we have signed. David Luiz adds
so much more to the club. His presence in the dressing room and around the club alone is a good thing. His impact on the pitch will not be a bad one just like it wasn’t a bad one during his first spell.

Yes, there were points at which he disappointed but those moments were outweighed
by his positive moments in a Chelsea shirt.

Those moments like his performance during the 2012 Champions league
should show anyone who doubts whether Luiz can return and make
a positive impact.

David Luiz is the reason Chelsea transfer deadline day dealings can be seen as positive, Luiz was not our only signing on deadline day but he was the highlight.

Left-back Marcos Alonso also signed, but we knew of his impending arrival before the day began.His signing was needed, but he has to prove himself before it can be deemed a success.

Thats why Luiz’ signing was so important, we re-signed someone
we know and someone we can trust to fight for the badge.

Chelsea Fans About David Luiz Right Now?

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Chelsea have re-signed David Luiz from Paris St Germain for around £30m leaving Chelsea fans ecstatic, confused, angry and hungry all at the same time.

Some may even be opening their minds to allowing their wives to have an extra marital affair. How do you feel about the return of Luiz?

Return of a cult Champions League winning legend? Or a waste of £30m on an inconsistent defender, who actually prefers midfield where we are fully stocked defensively?