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International Chelsea Players Headed to EURO 2020

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In a few hours, we’ll have the chance to follow Italy and Turkey as they (hopefully) shoot their first goals at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome in the first match of the 2020 European Championship. It remains 2020 because it’s still the 60-year anniversary of the tournament, albeit held a year later, that’s hosted in almost a dozen cities around Europe. It is, without a doubt, the biggest football event of the last three years, with all football lovers’ eyes on it.

Expect the keo168 tips to pour, expect the press to extensively cover the tiniest details of the matches day after day, for a whole month.

And expect to see familiar faces at the tournament, with these Pensioners stepping onto the turf for their respective countries – many of them against their teammates playing with the Three Lions: Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Mason Mount.

Palmieri and Jorginho (Italy)

The first two Chelsea players to play on the very first matchday of the EURO 2020 are left-back Emerson Palmieri and midfielder Jorginho who, despite his Portuguese-sounding name, is Italian.

Ethan Ampadu (Wales)

Welsh defender Ethan Ampadu is also at his first major international tournament, having previously played in Wales’ World Cup qualifier and in the Europa League.

Michy Batshuayi (Belgium)

Batshuayi is one of the faces that may look unfamiliar, having spent the better part of the last two years on loan at Crystal Palace. Although he was eligible to represent Congo as an international, he chose his native Belgium instead – he made his debut in a EURO 2016 qualifier with a goal. He later scored in Belgium’s World Cup qualifier against Bosnia.

Andreas Christensen (Denmark)

Christensen graduated from Chelsea’s academy in 2013 and has been with the club ever since. The 25-year-old defender has represented his country in more than 40 matches since 2015, including in the country’s World Cup qualifier in 2018.

Mateo Kovacic (Croatia)

Kovacic is a versatile midfielder able to play in many positions. He is also a player with a lot of relevant experience, having played in two World Cups and one European Championship.

Billy Gilmour (Scotland)

Gilmour has played more games with the Scottish U21 team than he has with Chelsea since joining the club in 2019. He made his full debut with the National Team this month – now, in turn, he’ll have a chance to shine.

Cesar Azpilicueta (Spain)

Azpilicueta is an experienced international with two World Cups under his belt, and at his second European Championship with La Roja, plus more than 50 games at a youth level. Under his captaincy, Chelsea won the Champions League.

Kurt Zouma, N’Golo Kanté, Olivier Giroud (France)

Zouma missed his first shot at a European Championship due to an injury he suffered while at Chelsea. Now he has the chance to make up for the lost time. Kanté was part of France’s squad that finished second in EURO 2016, and the one that won the 2018 World Cup, along with Giroud who was also there.

Antonio Rüdiger, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner (Germany)

Rüdiger missed the 2016 European Championship due to an injury and hardly played in the World Cup. Now he’ll have a chance to show his worth. Havertz is a newcomer at Chelsea but has a formidable history in the Bundesliga, and a chance to shine at the EUROs. And so does Werner, who won a Golden Boot in the 2019 FIFA Confederations Cup, and is at his first appearance at the European Championship

Chelsea Champions Of Europe AGAIN – Reaction

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Chelsea are Champions of Europe AGAIN! 

A rollercoaster season has seen Thomas Tuchel achieve the seemingly impossible and deliver the Champions League less than 5 months after taking over.

The winner may have come from Kai Havertz but it was N’Golo Kante who took the game by the scruff of the neck running the midfield and covering every blade of grass. Of the other heroes academy products, Reece James and Mason Mount delivered herculean performances that will go down in legend.

Every player this season has worn their heart on their sleave and came together to provide us a moment of pure bliss in a year of pain and frustration. Whilst as a blog we could not make it to Porto, we have been on cloud nine.

Heroes were made and now is the time to enjoy it, so here is some of the reactions we are loving at the moment.

 

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Happy Demba Ba Day – Iconic Chelsea vs Liverpool Moment [Video]

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Demba Ba may have only scored seven times for Chelsea but this goal will make him immortal to Blues fans all over the world. 

Today, “Demba Ba Day” marks seven years since Steven Gerrard slipped allowing Ba to sprint clear and deprive Liverpool of their first Premier League title.

Whilst Liverpool were deserved of the title last season, this moment will remain an iconic moment in the league’s history and leave a permanent hole in the trophy cabinet of England’s second greatest Premier League attacking midfielder.

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Why Chelsea Fans Should Reject The European Super League

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The decision by Chelsea Football Club is a mistake it is protectionist greed that devalues the game. When it comes to money vs the fans the club frequently ends up on the wrong side of the debate

One of the things that makes football stand out compared to other global sports is that in theory at least it is a true meritocracy. A team can be spawned in the lower reaches of the football pyramid and if they win enough games, get promoted time and time again they will eventually end up at the top of the footballing pyramid.

This is the essence of football the hope that with a fair wind and hard work any team can find glory.

In the Premier League the stories of Bournemouth, Brighton Cardiff and Swansea show teams that have been at every level of the football league to find their way to the Premier League and even Europe. A European Super League kills the dream of clubs making it to the top table and ruin the competitive spirit of the game.

With power balances constantly shifting, those at the top are planting a flag to make their performance and merit irrelevant to their earning potential.

The Super League is simply protectionism by self anointed top clubs. It is worth noting that two signatories Liverpool and Arsenal are not currently due to be in the top four this season and the latter has not competed for quite a few years.

Why I Oppose A European Super League

This European Super League is not one designed to add more entertainment or value. It is purely to drive TV revenue and prevent clubs like Arsenal being consigned to mediocrity due to a bad season or two.

It may sound hyperbolic but if the meritocracy hierarchy of football is abolished then I do not see myself continuing to watch, support or spend money on Chelsea Football Club or the game of football itself.

This power grab by billionaires who have long ago hijacked the game from supporters and true believers in competition must be resisted. If Chelsea were to be punished for taking part I would not object.

With no fans in the stadiums this announcement may seem timely, just as we did with the CPO buyout Chelsea fans must disagree with the position of the board and make their voices heard.

Tottenham stadium at night

Chelsea Agree To Loan Spurs and Arsenal Missing Trophies

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In the  spirit of pandemic camaraderie, Chelsea have today confirmed an incredible act of generosity to help out our north London neighbours.

Chelsea today announced that  Arsenal and Tottenham will be borrowing part of Chelsea’s trophy cabinet until the end of the season.

The trophies will be sent on loan by Chelsea as an extension of an already highly successful but controversial loan system used by the club to help those with fewer resources. At the end of the season the trophies will be returned to Stamford Bridge and we will all pretend that nothing happened.

A spokesperson confirmed

Tottenham lack Premier League trophy and neither have won the Champions League. By loaning Spurs a Premier League trophy and Arsenal our Champions League trophy we feel honoured to be helping those less fortunate.

This is an incredible act of generosity from Chelsea in the spirit of the pandemic.

Helping two clubs that were forced to sack staff and accept government handouts will surely raise spirits potentially be a money-spinner.

Tottenham stadium at night

Spurs may have a brand new stadium but on the pitch times have been rough the last 40 years

Spurs Trophy Plans

Spurs have already announced a commemorative DVD and plan to put the Premier League trophy in their club shop allowing fans to come and marvel at the trophy.

Once non-essential retail opens up and in a socially distanced fashion of course.

A Premier League trophy will also provide some nostalgia and pride to their current manager about a time when he was winning trophies and managing a London club he could be proud of.

Arsenal Play Cards Close To Chest

Arsenal on the other hand have been coy about their plans. Rumours continue to swirl that the club will melt the trophy down and sell it to keep the lights on.

There is however no truth to the rumours that Gunnosauraus had been signed by Chelsea to replace Timo Werner up front following the mascot’s unceremonious release by the Gunners.

Happy April 1st

Chelsea Transfer Drama Lacking On Deadline Day

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Sacking a manager during the transfer window always makes things awkward as Thomas Tuchel gets his feet under the table at Stamford Bridge. For those looking for blockbuster signings, they may have to wait for the summer.

Whilst signings were always unlikely due to the proximity to the summer window and the weird transfer market, the change in managers makes big moves and drama less likely this transfer window as Tuchel evaluates his squad just days into his new job.

We have already seen two players iced out under Frank Lampard return to the fold against Burnley last Sunday.

Marcos Alonso and Rudiger made strong cases for their reintegration to the squad with Alonso, in particular, showing how he can flourish in teams that utilise wing backs.

Loan Moves

Danny Drinkwater and Fikayo Tomori have gone out on loan but we have not seen even a hint that Chelsea will be able to cut their losses on Kepa with a sale or even a loan move.

Gilmour To Stay?

It looks like Billy Gilmour will not go out on loan, a U-turn as he was widely expected to leave for another Premier League club to gain experience now he is back from injury.

Potential Departure?

The only potential departure in the next hour or so could be Emerson, who it is rumoured could be allowed to leave. As he has only ever been a backup player we could at least get a reasonable transfer fee from him.

 

Poll – Chelsea Fans Split On Lampard Sacking

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Yesterday Chelsea sacked Frank Lampard, as a lifelong fan seeing a club legend leaving the club was devastating. However, fans are split on whether it was the right decision

The initial reaction of this blog is anger and disappointment and that his sacking was premature. However, this Twitter poll shows that not everyone agrees

Whilst half of fans think this was the wrong decision nearly one in three have taken the short-term view that led to the club unceremoniously dumping a club legend whose new signings were not performing.

A Manager Of Hope and Excitement

Lampard is an icon who had brought optimism and excitement back to Stamford Bridge. We were able to get behind a club legend who blooded youth for the first time in decades. Unfortunately, the transition and signings after the end of the transfer ban has had mixed results.

The sacking of Lampard can be partially placed on the heads of the players who have gone from heroes at the start of December to clueless and lifeless over the Christmas period.

The new signings Werner, Havertz and others who have struggled to adapt to the Premier League are particularly culpable to the exit of Lampard.

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No Chance To Say Goodbye

The problem with no fans at games is that we have not been able to properly vocalise our support for Frank.

This must have made the optics and decision making to fire him easier for Roman. An owner that has given so much but has again broken our hearts with ruthless treatment of a player that fans love.

The fans will of course keep supporting the team but this decision is going to sting for quite a bit.

Thanks for your service Frank and we hope to have you back at the Bridge one day.

Stamford Bridge with scoreboard in view looking towards Shed End from Chelsea v Leeds 5th December

Should Chelsea Sack Frank Lampard? – Not This Season

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The crushing run of results in December and humiliation by Manchester City has seen a solid start turn into pressure on Frank Lampard’s position at the club. Where did it go wrong and should Chelsea sack Frank Lampard?

At the start of December, everything looked rosy. The club had qualified for the next round of the Champions League and were knocking at the door at the top of the table.

Since beating Leeds in the only Premier League game of the season where Chelsea fans were in attendance on the 5th of December there have been four defeats a win and a draw. Whilst dropping points is inevitable it is the manner of the performances that are most concerning.

After fixing leaks at the back early in the season, problems have sprung up literally everywhere else.

The midfield looks unbalanced and unable to control games and in attack we look clueless.

Timo Werner can’t score for toffee and Kai Havertz seems to be struggling to locate the pitch let alone his cutting edge.

These problems need to be addressed fast.

It is clear that Frank Lampard does not know his strongest team and cannot rely on some of the new signings at the moment (we hope they come good with time).

With Pulisic and Ziyech back, there should be a better creative base to work from. I think dropping Werner and playing Giroud or Abraham in the short term may be an effective way to turn around things going forward.

The major work though seems to be in midfield where we need to find a combination that has creativity but still some creative steel. Part of this will be getting N’Golo Kante back to his best.

Stamford Bridge with scoreboard in view looking towards Shed End from Chelsea v Leeds 5th December

Chelsea have struggled since beating Leeds with fans in attendance

Should Chelsea Sack Frank Lampard?

In our opinion it is still far too early for any talk of changing manager.

Since last season the club should be seen as a project and blips and teething problems are inevitable. The entire league is wildly unpredictable and a few good results would still see us surge up the table.

Given his stature, the job he did last season and the lack of sensible alternatives Lampard should be given the whole season to show what he can do.

After all, I think a Chelsea legend deserves more than a few games to turn around a poor run of games.

Even if things continue to deteriorate in the coming weeks, we are not fans of changing managers mid-season particularly when they are icons. It encourages the club to do stupid things like make Rafa Benitez a temporary kit man.

This blog does not think Chelsea should sack Frank Lampard.

The problem for Frank Lampard is that Roman Abramovich does not share our views on managerial appointments. By his standards waiting this long is patient.

Whilst we would encourage patience and point out we are still rebuilding. This is not the same scenario as last season.

Lampard is not fixing and making do with a splash of youth anymore. A solid first season and an end to the transfer ban have seen spending and expectations rise.

Fans and more importantly ownership will be expecting a return on their £200m investment

I think that the games against Leicester and Wolves are likely to be the measure of whether he is given more time. A couple of positive results and all will be forgotten. Lose one or both and well I think Lampard could be asked to leave.

Fans Reaction To Players Fakes Screams Of Pain Shows Value of Crowds To Premier League

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One of the unexpected impacts of fans being locked out of the Premier League was players overacting when challenged. Their pain filled yelps designed to shock refs into decisions.

The lack of fans meant that screams of pain echoed around stadiums and had a much bigger impact on referees.

Apparently, Diego Llorente had not gotten the memo that fans were back.

Llorente tried this with 2,000 Chelsea fans and cried out a falsetto howl of pain in the second half during a challenge with Oliver Giroud.

The referee was not conned, no foul was given.

The home fans took exception, incensed by what was clearly an effort to cheat.

Llorent bounced up pretty quick for someone who sounded like he’d been hit by a mortal blow and that’s when the fun started.

The Chelsea fans mocked his high pitched yelp, with equally high falsetto screams every time he got the ball until the end of the game.

It was quite funny.

As Chelsea sat back and let Leeds have the ball chasing an equaliser he had plenty of touches of the ball and fans in the West Stand (closest to his play acting) took great delight in adding a touch of panto to the game at the beginning of the Christmas season.

TV Missing The Story

Having attended the game but not joined in (my voice is too high for falsetto) it is this kind of detail that can get missed and adds a bit of hilarity and fun.

Whilst this may not be the reaction expected, it is the passion and bit of fun that lockdown games lack.

The moment was missed by many watching at home, who seem nonplussed by the weird screams having missed the context of the incident.

It was great to have football back in some form, but it is the fans that make the game and weird moments like this prove it.

Top Tip – If you are going to scream like Llorente did on a football pitch, make sure you are actually hurt first!