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Diego Costa To Atlético Madrid – Such Nonsense

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Whilst Chelsea have been touring down under in Sydney, a rather surprising rumour has cropped up regarding our star striker, Diego Costa as there is little else to write about at the moment and we assume the press are bored.  Diego Costa to Atlético Madrid is simply not going to happen!

Diego Costa to Atlético Madrid (The Guardian)

The resilient striker, who netted 20 league goals for the Champions this season, is reportedly struggling with life in England, and is considering a return to Atlético. This revelation has seemingly come from the blue, (No pun intended) with Costa’s form on the pitch showing no signs of discontent.

The usual reasons have been cited for his unhappiness, language and the weather being obvious barriers he has yet to overcome. There have also been reports that he split from his girlfriend upon the move to England, and, combined with his disruptive injuries this term, it’s quite easy to sympathise with the forward.

Whilst Costa and Mourinho have quashed the rumours immediately, the Chelsea department which deals with the acclimatisation of foreign stars will have their work cut out to ensure that Costa can focus solely on his football. Another worry is that close friend Filipe Luís could be on his way out, meaning Costa’s isolation could be exacerbated.

FamousCFC.com Chelsea Transfer Rumour Analysis – These rumours are an interesting juxtapose between the striker who exudes strength and confidence on the pitch, and the human being who is homesick and struggling to adapt. Fortunately however, I’m fairly confident that these rumours are being run purely because their sensationalist nature.

There’s very little chance that Costa could leave this transfer window, or indeed during the winter one. However if Costa is still unhappy this time next year, it could be an entirely different story.

Diego Costa to Atlético Madrid is simply not going to happen!

The Curious Case of Radamel Falcao To Chelsea

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Radamel Falcao to Chelsea
BREAKING NEWS Radamel Falcao to Chelsea

Radamel Falcao to Chelsea (Telegraph)

Radamel Falcao, is reportedly desperate to secure a move to Chelsea, and is willing to reduce his wage demands in order to make a move possible. The Colombian was one of the world’s top strikers only a few seasons ago, and it has been quite amazing (Dare I say Torres-like?) to witness his decline.

Once nicknamed El Tigre, it would not be unfair to say he has become a laughing stock during his short tenure at Old Trafford. Netting only four goals, he was undoubtedly one of the flops of the season, particularly given the astronomical wages United were forced to pay him. Indeed it is testament to how poor Falcao has been that the decline of Van Persie has seemingly gone under the radar. 

Thus the link with a move to Chelsea is strange to say the least. Chelsea ran away with the league this year, with Diego Costa netting 20 goals in the process. Whilst Drogba has confirmed his departure, and with the possibility that Remy may look for first team football next season, it is apparent Chelsea will need to reinforce our striking options once again.

Chelsea are very fortunate in that we have two young English stars in Dominic Solanke and Patrick Bamford, the latter having won the Championship’s Player of The Year award. Mourinho has been making positive noises about the future of the young players at the club this season, and it seems a no brainer that for a third striker, Bamford would be a perfect fit, especially given that he helps us fulfill our quota for English players.

Of course on the other side of the coin, there can be no doubt at all that Falcao was, at one point in his career, one of the top strikers in world football. It’s also no doubt at all that some players can suffer difficult debut seasons in the Premier League, regardless of their qualities. Manchester United were an unsteady ship during the 2014/15 season, with Van Gaal’s tactical tinkering obviously not helping Falcao find his form.

Whilst Falcao has reportedly agreed to take a huge pay cut in order to join Chelsea, I still believe we need to avoid wasting time and money on a player who is clearly not the same since an ACL injury that ruled him out for half a year. We saw (Quite painfully at times) with Fernando Torres, that a bad injury can be devastating to a player, and it’s very easy to see Falcao struggle to rediscover his old self.

Admittedly if there was anyone who could conjure the old Falcao back, it would be Jose Mourinho. Unfortunately I still feel that if Chelsea are going to progress as a club, we must bring in players of the calibre required to help us seriously challenge for the Champions League, and help cement our place as the top club in England. For me, Falcao simply isn’t that player.

Cesc Fabregas & Daughter Singing Fabregas Magic Hat – Video

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Why Chelsea Need Cesc Fabregas

It is the song that really got Chelsea fans going in the triumphant last few weeks of the season. Here is a video of the Cesc Fabregas Magic Hat song being led by Cesc Fabregas and his daughter

Cesc Fabregas is magic he wears a magic hat

He Could Have Signed For Arsenal but he said no “F$%K that

He passes with his left foot, he passes with his right

And when we win the league again we’ll sing this song all night

We hope you enjoy the Fabregas magic hat song.

Cech, Griezmann & Benteke – Chelsea Transfer Rumour Analysis

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It has been a busy week for football, with FIFA seemingly lurching into their largest crisis in recent memory. However the usual rumours regarding Chelsea are still bubbling over quite nicely, despite Jose Mourinho stressing the desire to avoid spending large sums in the summer, something that young stars, such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek, will be hoping is true.

Petr Cech to Arsenal (SKYSPORTS)

Petr Cech is reportedly free to speak with any interested clubs, according to his agent, Victor Kolar. Having lost his starting berth to the young Courtois, Cech is keen to move on in order to gain regular playing time.

FamousCFC.com Chelsea Transfer Rumour Analysis – Sometimes it can seem rumours are plucked out of thin air, this one however, appears an absolute certain. There are realistically only three or four keepers who are better than the Chelsea legend, it’s just a shame for him that one of them is Thibaut Courtois, who has had an imperious debut season. Cech’s departure seems nailed on to happen before the start of the season, with the most likely destination being either Arsenal or PSG. Manchester United may also emerge as contenders should David De Gea move on.

No Chelsea fan would begrudge him a move, even to a Premier League rival, after standing between the sticks for the clubs most successful decade in our history. And indeed, after his penalty heroics on “That night in Munich”, he has license to do whatever he pleases.

Antoine Griezmann to Chelsea (Talksport)

Chelsea look set to continue last seasons plunder of Atletico Madrid by signing the French winger Antoine Griezmann. The Frenchman has a hefty release clause of �46.3 million, meaning this deal would represent the vast majority of our transfer budget.

FamousCFC.com Chelsea Transfer Rumour Analysis – The right side of midfield has been primarily occupied by the industrial Willian for the past two seasons, however, there is a general sense that the Brazilian doesn’t offer enough in the final third, scoring only two goals in the Premier League this season. Antoine Griezmann on the other hand has scored an impressive 22, in Liga BBVA this campaign, the third highest in the league (No points for guessing the top two).

This rumour has been around for a while now, and given that Abramovich has made a habit of writing cheques to the coffers of the Calderon, it seems fairly plausible. However, given the hefty price tag, and the consensus that Juan Cuadrado should be given more time to make his mark on the right side, this could be one for the January transfer window.

Christian Benteke to Chelsea (Talksport)

The Belgian born striker has been rejuvenated under Tim Sherwood at the latter end of this season, helping Aston Villa to a rare FA cup final, and Premier League survival. A reported �32.5 million release clause has caught the attention of the Blues.

FamousCFC.com Chelsea Transfer Rumour Analysis – With Drogba set to leave the club after helping us to the league title, Chelsea will undoubtedly have to bolster our striking options once again. Whilst many fans will be hoping that young stars such as Patrick Bamford, and Dominic Solanke could be drafted in to the first team, Benteke would bring undoubted quality into the squad.

Benteke is very much a “Mourinho player”. Strong, good in the air, the Belgian striker would suit Chelsea very nicely, particularly given the current friendship the countrymen share.

Paul Clement Gareth Bale & Griezmann – Chelsea Transfer Rumour Analysis

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Chelsea Gareth Bale, Griezmann

The transfer rumours are still in a quiet phase for Chelsea particularly as there are only one or two areas that we are looking to improve this season.

Here are the latest Chelsea transfer rumours that are doing the rounds.

Paul Clement To Derby – BBC Sport

There is widespread reports that former Chelsea and Real Madrid coach Paul Clement is moving to England to manage Derby County. Although this is not a transfer story involving Chelsea directly, a Chelsea man at a Championship club could mean lots of loans between Chelsea and the midlands club.

FamousCFC.com Chelsea Transfer Rumour Analysis – This seems like a done deal and would be a great move to have a Chelsea man managing an English league club

Gareth Bale To Chelsea – Daily Express

Despite winning the Champions League in his first season the fans seem to have turned on Bale at Real Madrid and with increased competition for places he may be heading for the exit door.

FamousCFC.com Chelsea Transfer Rumour Analysis  – This rumour is just speculation with no clear sources or new information but it is worth monitoring as Bale may be returning to the Premier League

Griezmann to ChelseaMetro

Chelsea have a thing for buying players from Athletico Madrid having bought Diego Costa and Felipe Luis from there last season. The rumours are strong that the first signing of the summer could be Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann.

Who is he? Having come from seemingly nowhere he scored 22 goals in La Liga last season filling the shoes of Chelsea bound Diego Costa nicely.

The Metro reports that Atletico will not sell him for less than his release clause, which would make him an expensive acquisition but with the TV money this would not be out of Chelsea’s reach.

FamousCFC.com Chelsea Transfer Rumour Analysis  – This is a strong rumour and is not going away, it would not surprise FamousCFC.com if this was done, although whether he will be happy being a back up player is another matter.

Chelsea 2015/2016 Planning Starts Now

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The season is not over but with nothing else left to win the Chelsea 2015/2016 planning starts now.

This summer is going to be interesting, mainly because the other teams in the league are going to buy in order to strengthen. Manchester City might need a serious overhaul and new manager, and Arsenal…will probably just buy more attacking players instead of what they actually need. The wild card is Manchester United, who might pose a threat under Louis Van Gaal next season if he can get the right players to balance his squad and fill the holes.

Chelsea however will see changes too. First, and most tragic, is Petr Cech leaving. I was hoping Cech would retire here, but he is a top 3 keeper, and so is Courtois. That situation can’t stay the same forever, and one of them has to leave. As much as I hate to say it, the team has to look to the future, and Courtois is young enough to be part of that future, Cech is not. He wants to play for a top team, and this summer will have plenty of offers. I will be sad to see him go however.

As I mentioned earlier in the post, we need some better cover for the center midfield and attacking midfield positions, so that suspensions and injuries don’t disrupt the team in the way they did this season. This need not be a massive influx of players, maybe one signing in each position should suffice, and then bring in several young players. Ruben Loftus-Cheek would actually be sufficient if Mikel doesn’t leave this summer, though I suspect the Nigerian might be on his way out.

He will also be missed, and he was always one of my favourite players at the club.

I’m curious as to whether or not Drogba will stay as a player. He provided some massive goals this season, but everyone could see that his age was finally catching up to him, and he didn’t have the legs to threaten as he once used to. I wonder if Patrick Bamford is brought in next season to provide a third option, or if Drogba will continue to play for one more season as third choice.

But I am glad him and Remy were brought in, because they scored massive goals when Costa was gone, and deputized ably.

Next season Chelsea 2015/2016, I would like to Chelsea retain the league title, and also win at least one of the domestic cups again. A league and cup double is always so satisfying. I also expect them to move further into the Champions League next season, ideally to win it. The squad we have is excellent now, and with some more depth, means we can rest big players to keep them fresh for the big CL games. I think this squad can handle the big guns next season, be it Madrid, Barca or Bayern, and there is no excuse for at least not making it to the semi finals.

Chelsea 2014/2015 – A Tale Of Two Seasons

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This season actually saw two different versions of Chelsea. In the first half of the season, Chelsea played some really beautiful football. There was quick passing, chance creation, trickery, flair, speed, and good defending as well. It was pleasing on the eye and saw plenty of goals. However, January saw a different Chelsea side, that started grinding out wins slowly and methodically.

Whether it was due to fatigue, critical injuries or suspensions or teams adapting to their style of play, Chelsea fell out of the attacking rhythm they had developed in the first few months of the season.

But Mourinho knows how to get results, and he set his team out to win, and win they did. Consistently, methodically, one game at a time. It is this consistency that saw Chelsea win the league. The team were top of the league since day 1, and lost only twice all season, freak results that no one really saw coming. Some weak refereeing in big games meant Chelsea had to settle for draws with the big teams instead of wins, but those results ended up working out in Chelsea’s favour anyway.

But it was crucial wins against Everton, QPR, West Ham and Hull that saw Chelsea pull ahead of Manchester City, who had drawn level on points with Chelsea in January when the team lost 5-3 to Tottenham of all teams (Shocking right?). But as the second half of the season wore on, Chelsea pulled away from City again, creating another big gap in points.

It is typical of Mourinho sides, but this Chelsea side just know how to win. Whenever a goal was needed, someone stepped up and provided it. Whenever a good defensive performance was needed, the team dug in, rolled up their sleeves and got the job done.

Whenever a big a game was played in the league, Chelsea focused and kept their shape, using counter attacks to devastating effect. Nice performances are great, but wins are what matter, and Chelsea developed a knack of getting those 3 points every game, somehow, someway. That’s how champions are made, and that’s how champions stay at the top.

Chelsea 2014/2015 Squad Dynamics

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People have drawn comparisons between this Chelsea squad and Mourinho’s first Chelsea squad, and there are some: A physical, dynamic center forward, a hit squad of pacy, intelligent and dynamic attacking midfielders, a gigantic midfield enforcer, a settled back 4, and a young keeper who is also one of the top 3 in the world right now.

However the similarities end there.

Chelsea 2014/2015 Squad Dynamics

Mourinho’s first Chelsea squad was essentially a bludgeon, a war hammer, that could just grind teams down and wear them out. It wasn’t pretty, but it was consistent, and it got results. No team could outfight Chelsea, outlast them, outjump them, or outrun them. It relied on raw power to defend and attack. This Chelsea side rely more on speed, trickery and fluid interchange of positions when attacking, and high-intensity pressing at pace in defense – the scalpel as opposed to the hammer.

While the current version may not be as defensively ruthless as the first Mourinho Chelsea side, it is still menacing, just in its own way. This season so far, Chelsea has kept 17 clean sheets, and conceded 27 goals, the fewest in the league. In attack, they are the second highest scoring team, with only Manchester City ahead of them in that regard. And they accomplished this while only using 22 players, the fewest of any team in the premier league.

Mourinho doesn’t rotate or change often, and once he has a settled side, he sticks with it. But here too lies the problem this season, that perhaps this squad burned out, as the same players were being used too often. The Champions League exit against PSG, particularly the second leg, saw the players looking drained even before the game had reached half time. It was lethargic, slow, plodding.

Elimination from the competition helped the players rest more, as there were now fewer games. While Chelsea took strides to add to both the starting XI and the depth, more players are needed in the summer to add more depth and dimension to the squad. This is particularly the case for the central midfield and attacking midfield positions. Chelsea shipped off Salah and Schurrle in January, and brought in Cuadrado for 30 million pounds.

Thus far, I have not been impressed by Cuadrado, and his limited game time suggest Mourinho doesn’t trust him yet either. Oscar was brilliant in the first half of the season, as always, and then promptly stopped being good once January rolled around. We need more quality depth here, so that injuries, fatigue or suspensions don’t cripple our attack, especially given that the side is heavily reliant on Hazard. In central midfield, quality cover is needed for both Fabregas and Matic – players who can both defend competently and distribute the ball with accuracy and ambition. Ramires is better in a 3 man midfield as a box-to-box player, and is hampered by the 2 man midfield pivot, though he is useful cover.

Mikel is a good defensive option, but the lack of appearances this season suggests he might be on his way out this summer. This does not mean a shopping spree, but rather a few shrewd acquisitions to tweak the squad.

One thing that still bothered me this season was that we struggled to score goals when we shouldn’t have. One cause of this is simply that our players can’t finish chances. Hazard or Fabregas might create brilliant chances, but no one can finish them. The other is that our attacking players just don’t shoot the ball enough. I’m reminded here of the winning goal Willian scored against Everton, in stoppage time.

Willian has a great shot, but rarely uses it. Ditto for both Oscar. Hazard shoot probably be shooting more as well, though he scores different kinds of goals. Too often the squad tries to walk the ball into the net when they could just shoot the ball when in a good goal scoring position.

A final thought here, and this will be really cheesy, but Chelsea players just seem to be at home here. I don’t know if that is the case for other teams, but watching them play, watching them in the media, watching Mourinho in interviews, you get the feeling that everyone at the club is there because they love the crest on their shirt, they love the club, they love the fans. Mourinho looks so at ease now, because he is home, he is at his club, the club he was meant for, and he has the backing of everyone.

The players love it here, and haven’t set their eyes on other pastures, because Chelsea is a place to be, it is a place to belong. And I love that this culture still exists, that new players have to in a sense buy into the the club and what it means, and I hope that continues.

Even The Referees Could Not Deny Chelsea This Year

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In the 2014/2015 season Chelsea did not get anywhere near the number of penalties they deserved, this season it will not matter as the league has been won with something to spare but in future seasons it could be decisive.

Think I am being paranoid? Then take the recent Arsenal game, Chelsea were denied two penalties during the game that left little to be argued, a draw for Chelsea was enough to set up the league at Crystal palace but Chelsea were denied two points that on other occasions could be decisive.

Goals win matches and the penalty spot is almost an absolute lock with Eden Hazard as the lead penalty taker, therefore the denial of penalties in games big and small could be the difference between a title and a near miss in the future.

A Campaign Against Chelsea?

 

The number of non-calls this season was appalling, and disgusting. I don’t know if there is a campaign against Chelsea or not, but this needs to stop. I lost count of the number of times this season Chelsea should have been fairly awarded a spot kick, and didn’t get it. What made it worse was the number of times Chelsea players were booked for simulation for clear penalties, you are not going to get every decision but to get accused of cheating on top of not getting the penalty is ridiculous.

Will It Change Next Season

The refereeing this season across the Premier League but Mourinho has painted a target on the club’s back by being so outspoken about the poor decisions he felt Chelsea have received, referees do not take kindly to this so I would not expect a renaissance in refereeing anytime soon.

I hope next season referees actually award penalties to Chelsea when they are deserved and we get better rub of the green.

 

Players of The Chelsea 2014/2015 Title Win

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Here are the players and revelations of the 2014/2015 Chelsea title win

1) Kurt Zouma

The Zouma seen at the end of this season is nothing like the Zouma seen during pre-season. Pre-season Zouma was all raw potential – physical ability without polish. I am still amazed at how much he has developed in one single season. He went from raw to cool and composed, playing a massive role in Chelsea’s second game against Manchester City. Whenever he played in central defense he looked ruthless, engaging the ball, making crunching tackles, winning headers, making last-ditch interceptions, was one of the first to wade into fights between players, and just generally got “stuck in”, as coaches like to say. He rarely made serious mistakes, and had the pace to correct them.

I remember two instance, first in the City game, where Aguero slipped free and was about to score, only for Zouma to race back and put in the perfect slide tackle to block him. Then against Everton, Lukaku managed to escape him and would have been through on goal…except that Zouma used his freakish pace to make up the ground and put in a good tackle. The kid still has work to do to improve, but this season marked his progression from a boy into a man. Next up for him is to improve awareness and passing ability.

2) Cesc Fabregas

I hated Fabregas. I hated him at Arsenal, I hated him at Barcelona. But he was the man the squad needed. He pulled the strings in midfield, and used his exceptional passing ability to set the tempo and keep the team moving. I have since grown to respect him more, and I am glad he is in the squad. His ability to make goals and chances is second to none, and he has developed a fantastic attitude. Suck failure, Wenger.

3) Diego Costa

If you’re a Chelsea fan, you love Diego Costa. If you aren’t a Chelsea fan, you hate Diego Costa. There is no middle ground here. Costa epitomizes Chelsea teams – ruthless, aggressive, fierce, brave. He plays with a snarl on his face, he has this street-fighter attitude, he plays like he’s always the underdog, having something to prove. Basically, he’s a Mourinho player. I had some misgivings about him going into the season, but those are gone now.

He’s been brilliant, and he knows how to score goals, something Chelsea lacked in previous strikers. Now he can rest and get his hamstring problem sorted out, so that he is 100% ready for next season.

4) John Terry

The guy only seems to get better with age. A few seasons ago he looked spent, and finished. But last season and this season, he has been brilliant, nigh on perfect. This is a defender who has been refined and refined and is now a true master at the craft. He was never blessed with pace, but uses superior positioning and reading of the game to snuff out danger. He always wins aerial duels, and throws his body on the line time and again to make blocks and stop shots and crosses.

He has rarely been caught out of position, and more surprisingly, barely ever gets a card these days. I can’t even remember the last time Terry got a yellow card. More importantly, he has never picked up a serious injury this season or the last, which is a testament to the coaching staff that Mourinho has. Terry has played every minute of every league game this season, and the vast majority of every other game as well.

He has never looked tired, or off the pace. At his age to be able to continue playing at such a high level is brilliant, and I can’t wait to see him again next season.

5) Eden Hazard

It is so exciting watching a young player get progressively better and better as each season goes on. Under Mourinho he has transformed, stepping it up every season. This season, he was out of this world, truly phenomenal. The future looks bright with this fella, so keep an eye on him.