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The Best Chelsea Starting XI For 2016/2017?

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


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

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

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?


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?

David Luiz Transfer Latest – We Want Curly Hair Too!


Ina shocking turn of events last night it appears Chelsea could be about to re-sign Champions League winner David Luiz. This would represent a £30m outlay but £20m profit on the £50m PSG paid when they lost their senses.

We thought we had seen the last of Luiz who has had an up and down experience since leaving Chelsea. He may have won the French league twice, but with the disparity in wealth that is like Celtic winning a league without Rangers in it.

Transfer Latest?

We have no idea what the current situation is. Unfortunately, the club do not communicate with the blog so do not share their insights with us. They did follow us on Twitter briefly but I don’t think that counts (must have been something we said).

From what we can tell, things have developed during the day with the latest that the Brazilian is in London ahead of a deal that will need to be finalised before 11pm tonight.

Transfer deadline day throws up some crazy rumours but this one seems to have substance.

Do Chelsea fans want David Luiz & Curly Hair Too?

Given his erratic form there may be some that have misgivings about bringing him back, but at we want curly hair too!

Luiz has won the Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League for Chelsea and his happy go lucky with a touch of insanity approach has gained him many friends amongst Chelsea fans.

He even apologised when he celebrated beating Chelsea in the Champions League, the man can do a lot wrong on the pitch, but off it he should be celebrated.


Just in case you have forgotten the words we wrote them down.




If you are still not convinced then how about this special moment?


Why Chelsea Need Cesc Fabregas

Why Chelsea Need Cesc Fabregas

Despite a new system it is clear that Chelsea need Cesc Fabregas, even if he may no longer be part of Antonio Conte’s first choice XI.

Therefore it is reassuring that Fabregas has of his own volition rubbished reports that have surfaced linking him with a move away from the Bridge and the idea that Conte had told him he was not needed.

In a faster and physical Premier League Fabregas is a little bit of a luxury, but he offers something different that Chelsea will need over the course of a long season.

Why Chelsea Need Cesc Fabregas

The Premier League moves fast and teams quickly figure out sides that play the same way for an extended period of time. Chelsea need Cesc Fabregas to provide the tactical flexibility that will be vital over a 38 game season.

Fabregas may not start every game but he will start many, and even where he doesn’t from the bench he will have a significant role to play. He is still at the top of his game in that creative attacking midfield position.

His role will be to break down teams where two defensive midfielders shifting the ball to the flanks quickly will not work. We have already seen him provide the perfect pass for Diego Costa against Watford. Just three games in there are points won that can be directly attributed to his contribution.

Will Chelsea Need Cesc Fabregas Long Term

Whilst Fabregas states that he is happy and ready to fight for his place it will be interesting to see how the dust settles over the course of the season. How much game time he will get and how he will feel about a diminished role should that become the status quo.

For now though we will be happy to hear that Fabregas is going nowhere.


Chelsea Defeat Burnley – Feeling Positive Ahead Of Intl Break

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

This weekend saw Chelsea defeat Burnley and restore a feeling that has been missing from Stamford Bridge. The feeling of watching a fluid Chelsea defeat Burnley in such a comprehensive way, where the result was barely in doubt has been sorely missed.

Last season every home game felt like we were the underdogs no matter who we were playing. Chances were hard to come by and the opposition defences seemed to have got our attack figured out.

The balance seems to have changed again with the team moving the ball faster and creating more chances. There will be tougher challenges ahead but it is nice to see Chelsea winning the games they are expected to comfortably.

Normality Returns – Chelsea Beat Burnley

A 3-0 win was the perfect performance for a home game against a newly promoted side. Victory against Liverpool convinced some fans that Burnley would be a tough proposition but a near perfect performance quickly put paid to that.

There was an early goal to throttle the opposition game plan, then a 2nd before half time to create a comfort cushion. This allowed Chelsea to relax a little and use substitutions to rest key players. Despit this the chances just kept on coming.

The game was rounded with a late goal for Victor Moses who looks like he will have a role to play in his first full season at the Bridge since 2012/2013.

Looking Ahead – International Break

Chelsea now go into the international break with maximum points from his first three Premier League games. It is far too early to look at the table but this 100% start creates a platform for Antonio Conte to work from as the season gets serious moving into autumn.

September will see the first real challenges to the new Conte era with games against Liverpool, Arsenal and Leicester.

There is a long road to be travelled but as fans we could not be happier to see Chelsea winning again.

Image of Chelsea defeat Burnley were provided by J_D_Fletcher_

Will Chelsea’s Good Form Last?

Will Chelsea's Good Form Last

There is an air of optimism around Stamford Bridge at the moment and we are all wondering will Chelsea’s good form last.

Three games and three wins from two competitions has got Chelsea fans feeling optimistic. This has been aided by the way we have won the two Premier League games.

Scoring late goals to win games adds something extra special to a win and we are in a Conte honeymoon period.

Reason For Optimism

Antonio Conte has come in and shown the fire and passion that energises fans and brought a positive culture to the team.

On the pitch, things are improving as well. Eden Hazard has remembered that he is a world class footballer. Moody Diego Costa is on fire and we have a new striker that knows how to find the net.

Our main signing so far N’Golo Kante looks like he has been playing at the heart of our midfield for years.

The defence still needs work but there is still a little time left in the transfer window to give the manager the resources he needs.

The defence still needs work but there is still a little time left in the transfer window to give the manager the resources he needs.

Will Chelsea’s Good Form Last?

Next up is a home tie against newly promoted Burnley, a real opportunity to keep the positive momentum going.

However, the Premier League is as unpredictable as ever and nothing can be taken for granted. Fans should be cautious as Chelsea are on the cusp of a recovery and Burnley have shown some pedigree by beating Liverpool convincingly last weekend.

Even so, the odds on Smartbets are in favour of Chelsea with the bookies strongly backing Antonio Conte’s men to keep their winning streak going into the international break.


With Conte in charge there might be slightly few looking to bet against the Blues in the coming weeks and months.

Evening Kick Offs Create Stunning Pictures Of Stamford Bridge

Pictures of Stamford Bridge as the teams come out EFL Cup
via @CFCBoogs on Twitter

Pictures of Stamford Bridge almost always look stunning.

Having played two evening games so far this season fans have been treated to seeing the summer sun set over Stamford Bridge twice in the month of August

This has created some beautiful images of the stadium we would like to share with you, thanks to everyone on Twitter for sending them in.

Pictures Of Stamford Bridge

Chelsea on the attack in the first half with the light fading and the Blues on the ascendancy

An action shot with Chelsea attacking a corner

A stunning Stamford Bridge panoramic