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Five Reasons Chelsea Fans Should Always Love David Luiz

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It looks like David Luiz is moving across town to Arsenal for £8m. The initial thoughts may be of betrayal but ultimately it will prove to be the best move for all sides.

David Luiz is a Chelsea cult hero and should remain so barring any future badge kissing celebrations under his new colours he should still be loved.

Here are the reasons why

1 – We Forgave Petr Cech

It must be clear to Luiz due to internal conversations that under Frank Lampard he was going to get limited playing time. He jumped ship and we were able to recoup a fee for him and take him off the wage bill.

If we forgave Petr Cech for moving to Arsenal due to his achievements at the club David Luiz is worth the same consideration.

2 – He Won It All

In two spells at Chelsea David Luiz won literally everything there is to win, and with one notable exception he won them multiple times!

It is hard to fathom turning on a player who has played for the club hundreds of times and won so many trophies because they wanted to play regularly and live in the same city.

We don’t need to be excited, but I think he’s earnt it.

3 – Its Best For Everyone

With David Luiz out of the picture Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Timori get more game time. The wage bill is reduced and Frank Lampard is given the chance to mould the squad for the future.

David Luiz gets to stay in London and enjoy the last two years of his career

4 – The Numbers Add Up

David Luiz was signed from Paris St Germain for £13m less than we paid Benfica for him. Which minus the original fee means we got a player that has played nearly 250 times for the club for about a million pounds.

Not bad when you consider he scored 18 goals and won 6 trophies.

Don’t forget the hero’s performance and shootout penalty in Munich!

5 – He’s An Absolute Geezer

David Luiz the character is hugely entertaining and fans despite him being an inconsistent and frustrating footballer. Especially in a two at the back he can be an absolute liability.

He has entertained us all and won trophies doing it.

The guy is a geezer!

Why Transfer Ban Makes This Chelsea’s Greatest Transfer Window

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Chelsea Transfer Ban

Whilst others plan transfers as the deadline approaches all is calm at Chelsea as the transfer ban takes the angst out of pre-season and delivers Chelsea’s Greatest Transfer Window.

Instead of worrying about what will happen Blues fans have been able to enjoy summer safe in the knowledge that few surprises are likely between now and the start of the season.

It is not meant to be this way.

Rival fans have been crowing about the arbitary punishment dished out by the footballing overlords who have taken time away from planning World Cups where the heat and construction death toll rises with every passing day.

They saw it as something that would see Chelsea disappear from relevance whilst the other clubs got things done. Whilst these opposition fans laud new signings or despair at a lack of activity Chelsea know exactly where we stand.

The one player that was going to leave whatever happens has left for a sizeable fee and we squeezed a signing in January in Pusilic that will ease some of the pain felt by the departure of Hazard.

With a stockpile of talented players Chelsea still have plenty of options ahead of the current season and the mood of the fans and the bank balance will be positive come the start of the season.

Youth is getting a look from a new manager who understands the club’s DNA, if only every summer could be this awesome.

Think about it….. England have won the Cricket World Cup, a club legend has taken over as manager and our youth prospects are getting the kind of chance their predecessors could only have dreamed of.

The bank balance and profitability of the club will go up and my heart pressure is a little bit healthier.

The incoming club legend will have lower expectations to work form and might even get a fair crack of the whip. I think it is time that every Blues fan wrote to FIFA to thank them for their help.

Also absolutely no reason to watch the same story on Sky Sports News over and over again waiting for a slither of information about the club’s transfer targets.

If only every summer could be this way.

Glorious Chelsea Premier League Era Goals – 26-minute Video

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The Premier League have posted back to back Chelsea goals on their YouTube channel and it is glorious with goals from 1992 through to the modern-day.

There are goals from the greats to the not-so greats who had flashes of inspiration. The goals are from when we were rubbish, ok, hopeful and champions.

It even includes a goal from Danny Drinkwater

The players featured include

Gianfranco Zola, Mick Harford. John Spencer, Fernando Torres, Lampard, Scott Minto, Arjen Robben, Andriy Shevchenko, Didier Drogba, Bertrand Traore, Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Claude Makelele, Mark Hughes, Alex, Chris Sutton, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Willian, Bolo Zenden, Andre Schurlle, Tore Andre Flo, Dan Petrescu, Nicholas Anelka, Juliano Beletti, Gus Poyet, Florent Malouda, Deco, Juan Mata, Joe Cole, Di Matteo, Ramires, Geremi, Jose Bosewinga, Pedro, Casarighi, Cesc Fabregas, Dennis Wise, Mario Stanic, Daniel Sturridge, Michael Essien, Hernan Crespo, Shaun Wright Phillips, Alvaro Morata, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso, Andy Townsend, Soloman Kalou, Florent Malouda, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Ashley Cole, Oscar.

Does Tiemoue Bakayoko Have A Future At Chelsea?

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The Chelsea midfielder is back and training with the first team squad but will he be reborn or cast away under Frank Lampard

Bakayoko had a decent season at AC Milan but never really gelled with the outgoing manager Gennaro Gattuso.

For now he returns to training at Chelsea, but even with the transfer ban and a three year contract it seems unlikely that he will fit into the plans of the new manager.

Chelsea are already well set in midfield with N’golo Kante and Jorginho ahead of him in the queue for a defensive midfield berth.

Bakayoko himself has had this to say

“My future? Yes, I will go back to Chelsea,” he told French publication L’Equipe. I still have a three-year contract. I have no choice.

Tiemoue Bakayoko

Potential Destinations

An interesting rumour that is floating about is that Bakayoko may be of interest to Manchester United.

Providing they sell Paul Pogba they will need reinforcements and few Chelsea fans would be that concerned about selling him to a rival.

Especially if we can recoup close to or above what we paid for him.

Pre-Season In Dublin – Golden Opportunity for Youth and Forgotten Men

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Frank Lampard has taken his first training session as Chelsea boss and for the youth and loanees their trial period to impress the new boss has begun.

We have already spoken about how the transfer ban and a new boss create a new opportunity but now it is time for the hot prospects and forgotten men to get out there and show what they are worth.

The squad is currently in Dublin for the start of pre-season training and even in the video you can see players you had forgotten played for Chelsea auditioning in front of the new gaffer.

The squad is mainly youth or returning loanees who will play two games in Ireland. They will get a chance to have the full attention of the new manager before the stars arrive back in the coming days and weeks.

There are some interesting names in the squad

See the training sessions here – https://www.facebook.com/ChelseaFC/posts/10157652513467259

22 Man Squad in Dublin

First Teamers

Cesar Azpilicueta, Pedro

Squad or Loanees

Kurt Zouma, Danny Drinkwater, Michy Batshuayi, Davide Zappacosta, Wily Caballero, Lucas Piazon, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Kenedy

Youth Players

Ethan Ampadu, Lewis Baker, Trevoh Chalobah, Dujon Sterling, Fikayo Tomori, Jamie Cumming, Marc Guehi, Conor Gallagher, Ike Ugbo, Billy Gilmour, Ian Maatsen

Now they all get a chance to show the boss why they should be at the club when the transfer window closes

Lampard Signs – Optimism and Excitement Back Into Football

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Chelsea fans are ecstatic that Frank Lampard has become the club’s manager, bringing a sense of excitement back for fans.

In reality we can only speak for ourselves but we are a little bit giddy at the news to be honest.

FRANK LAMPARD IS CHELSEA MANAGER!

It feels like a dream.

After the Benitez’s the short term fixes and cutthroat decision making of the board we might have a chance at actually giving a manager a chance.

A chance not only to build a team but to play attacking football, a chance to get the players to understand the heartbeat of the club, its fans and what it means to wear the shirt.

A chance to see youth given a chance to shine, a chance to have fans backing a manager to the hilt even when things are looking a little ropey.

Sometimes all you need to do is take a chance.

Five Forgotten Chelsea Players That May Flourish Due To Transfer Ban

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The transfer ban means that Chelsea’s forgotten loan army are the only resources available to the new manager to strengthen the squad

Chelsea loaned out more than 40 players last season and it may feel that going on loan is like going to a casino where you cannot work out if you are the house or not.

These are players who went to play for everyone from European giants such as AC Milan down to minnows both domestically and far flung parts of the world.

Some have played for previous Blues managers and will be hoping to be welcomed back into the fold such as Victor Moses or Kurt Zouma. Whereas others will be hoping that a change in management will end their years out on loan (Todd Kane).

Then there are the true outcasts such as Baba Rahman who will appear like a new signing should he be drafted into the squad as cover at left back.

The Impact of The Transfer Ban

A transfer ban means that aside from Christian Pusilic there will be no one from outside the club coming to strengthen the squad.

This means that there will be space in the squad in virtually every position.

The departure of Eduardo and Robert Green means that there is a need for a back up goalkeeper. In defence Gary Cahill and potentially Marcos Alonso will need to be replaced. In midfield a change in system may see some gaps for a squad midfielder or two.

Players That May Experience A Resurgence

Kurt Zouma

Having been at the club since his teens Kurt Zouma is a bit of a cult hero to Chelsea fans having broken into the team in the past.

He had a great loan to Premier League club Everton last season that suggests he will be able to challenge for a starting spot should he stay at Stamford Bridge.

Baba Rahman

Although he had a promising start Baba Rahman has so far had an underwhelming Chelsea career.

The expected departure of Marcos Alonso and experience in the Bundesliga may seem him welcomed back into the fold.

Marco Van Ginkel

Be honest you might have forgotten that Van Ginkel was still at Chelsea, however he was actually in the Chelsea squad for the latter half of the 2018/2019 season but failed to make an appearance.

The midfielder has been highly rated in the past and if injury free could offer something different to the new gaffer.

Michy Batshuayi 

Despite scoring the goal that secured the title in 2017 the Belgian has been unable to convince Chelsea management that he deserves regular opportunities at Stamford Bridge.

Mixed loan spells may not inspire much confidence but the departure of Gonzalo Higuain creates an opportunity for Bashuayi or Abraham to push for regular game time.

Jamal Blackman

Part of the Champions League winning squad in 2012, Blackman has been on a tour of lower league English football gaining experience.

The departure of Robert Green means there is a need for an English goalkeeper for the Champions League squad.

This could see Blackman back in the squad and potentially challenging for the No.2 role given the age of Willy Callabero (37)

Who do you think will come in the cold for Chelsea?

Frank Lampard Chelsea Manager Imminent – Zola To Join Fan Dream Team

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With any luck club legend Frank Lampard will be confimed as the new Chelsea manager later on today or tomorrow, fans will be hoping he convinces a fellow legend to join him.

There is a lot of excitement amongst Chelsea fans betting at Casino julkalender at the moment as media reports suggest that the announcement of Frank Lampard as Chelsea manager is a case of when and not it.

This would be seen as a huge win for fans who will see a hero named as manager with the best opportunity any manager will ever get to build a settled team and bring through youth talent.

The rumour mill suggests that the club’s academy players and loan army are besides themselves with excitement at the opportunity his appointment would make.

A key first task will be the recruitment of an experienced team to mould the existing squad due to the transfer ban. A good start would be securing a role for Gianfranco Zola at the club.

A legend himself he seemed to be following Sarri out of the exit door, but the naming of Lampard might be enough to convince the Italian that he should stay at Stamford Bridge.

This would be a real dream team for Chelsea fans, the clubs most technically gifted player of all time, part of the coaching staff of the club’s record goal scorer.

Despite the transfer ban it feels like Christmas.

We have a legend at the helm and the prospect of young players breaking through. There is a level of excitement and confidence coursing through fans at the moment usually reserved for defending champions.

Roll on 2019/2020!

Frank Lampard Chelsea Legend

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As the speculation and rumours fly around, let’s focus on the Chelsea pedigree of the man in the spotlight

Lampard joined Chelsea in 2001 for £11m which raised eyebrows at the time as a price tag that made this a risky purchase for pre-Abramovich Chelsea.

He left a legend having won everything imaginable and becoming the clubs all-time leading scorer with 211 goals from midfield.

He will always be associated by fans to the glory years of the 00’s and the clubs first European Cup. He is more than just a player he was an icon who made our dreams come true and was a decent chap at the same time.

Terry may have been the captain and the rock in defence but Lampard was the engine, the spark that led to glory.

His story is our story

Frank Lampard Honours and Records

  • Premier League x 3
  • FA Cup x 4
  • League Cup x 2
  • Champions League x 1
  • Europa League x 1
  • All-time leading goal scorer: 211
  • Most PL goals in one game: 4 (v. Derby County and Aston Villa)
  • Most Chelsea Player of the Year wins: 3 (2004, 2005 and 2009)
  • Most successive PL appearances: 164
  • Most teams scored against in PL: 34
  • Most PL goals by a central midfielder:39

Whatever happens in the coming weeks, months or even years he will always be a Chelsea legend.

Five Reasons Frank Lampard Should Not Be Chelsea Manager – Debunked!

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Chelsea fans are excited that Frank Lampard may be named our new manager but there are a few naysayers.

Here are a few reasons Frank Lampard should not be Chelsea manager debunked.

Reason #1 He’s Not Ready

He may have only managed Derby County for one season but he has exceeded expectations and almost got an unfancied side promoted.

There is actually some pedigree down the years for inexperienced managers coming good. At Chelsea Glenn Hoddle, Ruud Guillit and Gianluca Vialli kickstarted the revolution that led us where we are today.

Lampard has footballing pedigree that goes beyond a CV, there is no guarantee he will succeed but he has a good a chance as anyone.

He has also played under Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Guus Hiddink, Sven Goran Erikson and many more in between.

The man knows football.

Reason #2 There Are Better Candidates

Really, who?

No really, who is going to want to come to a club like Chelsea during a transfer ban.

Reason #3 The Chelsea Fans Will Turn On Him

There is fear that due to the way Sarri and before him have been treated that the boo boys will target him if results turn the wrong way.

This would not be the case for a legend such as Lampard. Fans are realistic we know the situation the club is in and provided he tries to get the club playing football then he will get a much more patient supporter base.

It is hard to imagine a scenario where fans unduly turn on the club’s record scorer.

Reason #4 The Club Won’t Give Him Time

With the transfer ban and a club legend returning home who has a relationship with the current owner, this is not business at usual at Chelsea.

Reports suggest that Abramovich have already promised Lampard two seasons to make his mark on the club and get results.

The transfer ban is a blessing in disguise as he will have a chance to make his mark and plan for the future.

Whilst no manager will ever have free reign, if one manager can go long term at the Bridge it is Frank Lampard

Reason #5 He Will Ruin His Legacy

He is the club’s record goalscorer who has won the lot.

Even a horrific time at the club will not diminish his legacy as one of the greatest players to ever pull on the shirt.

This is such a weak argument that deserves little consideration.