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  2. The European Leagues & Competitions Thread V2

    Def bad blood between them in the end.....
  3. Chelsea's Transfer Targets

    That's why not believing it till it's done done done..be so bloody typical.
  4. Luka Modric explains how Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo almost came to blows at Real Madrid.
  5. The European Leagues & Competitions Thread V2

    They are all shit mate.....no crowd no noise and players dont look spot on at all.
  6. another missed sitter by Sancho
  7. Chelsea's Transfer Targets

    Klopp was much more golden at Dortmund.....he has been liverpoolized sadly.
  8. Chelsea's Transfer Targets

    Chelsea 'one of eight clubs keen on Ben Chilwell' By Darren Plant, Senior Reporter | 1m https://www.sportsmole.co.uk/football/chelsea/transfer-talk/news/chelsea-one-of-eight-clubs-keen-on-chilwell_401659.html Chelsea will reportedly face fierce competition for Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell during the next transfer window. With Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri expected to leave Stamford Bridge later in 2020, Chelsea are said to be keen on securing a big-money deal for Chilwell. Given his progression on both the domestic and international scene, the Foxes may demand in excess of £70m for the England international. However, according to The Mirror, as many as seven clubs are ready to rival the Blues in the race for the 23-year-old. The report claims that four Premier League teams are among the interested parties, with the list being completed by sides from La Liga and Serie A. Chilwell still has four years remaining on his contract at the King Power Stadium, leaving Leicester in no rush to sell arguably their most prized asset.
  9. Chelsea's Transfer Targets

    I'm just afraid of some late, stupid hijacking...
  10. Super Frank Thread

  11. Super Frank Thread

    Lampard has stabilised Chelsea and Werner deal shows club’s faith in manager https://theathletic.com/1856562/2020/06/06/frank-lampard-timo-werner-chelsea-rb-leipzig/ Chelsea have had to wait a few years for a summer like this. The imminent arrival of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner has got everyone associated with the club looking forward to the future with great excitement. Chief among them is head coach Frank Lampard. A pretty strong message has been sent out during negotiations for both players that the club are prepared to back the Englishman in the market and his position, by Chelsea’s standards, is pretty secure. Due to the lengthy postponement to matches caused by the pandemic, Chelsea find themselves in an unusual situation as the first week of June comes to an end. Instead of going on holiday, Lampard still has a big job on his hands to finish 2019-20 positively, namely with Champions League football secured for 2020-21, when fixtures resume in a fortnight. There will be questions asked if Chelsea let fourth spot (or fifth, if Manchester City fail to get their Champions League ban overturned) slip in the remaining nine matches. Currently, they boast a three-point gap over Manchester United and five over Sheffield United and Wolves. But The Athletic understands Lampard has been assured he is staying whatever happens and is using that information to not only encourage his current squad but also during talks with Ziyech and Werner. It is the successful pursuit of the latter which has really got everyone in football talking. The striker was much admired by Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Manchester United but is going to wear the blue of Chelsea instead. Most of the details of how it all came about have already been covered by The Athletic. Director Marina Granovskaia led the financial aspect of the negotiations with RB Leipzig but it was Lampard who convinced the player to move to west London. The decisions behind who Chelsea pursue has always been the subject of much debate. When it comes to Werner, The Athletic has learned that the German was Lampard’s No 1 target to improve the attack from an early stage in the season. The board and the coach both agreed the 24-year-old was a priority. Like at all clubs, back-up options were discussed. There was an acknowledgment that there was stiff competition for Werner’s signature from the three clubs mentioned above. This is why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was increasingly raised as a possibility in recent months and sources suggested that technical and sporting director Petr Cech also supported the idea of signing the Arsenal forward. But the hierarchy had concerns about his age (he turns 31 this month) and the possibility of the former Borussia Dortmund forward moving across London never came close to a reality. Inevitably, when Lampard’s mood visibly soured in January after moves for Napoli’s Dries Mertens and Ziyech (the original aim was to sign him for the second half of 2019-20, rather than wait for next season) didn’t come off, it looked like relations between the head coach and Granovskaia might be getting tense. There was disappointment on all sides but also an understanding that the winter window is a lot harder to navigate. As one insider says: “The relationship was, and is, really good. I think people were jumping to conclusions after what happened in January. It wasn’t a case of them having major issues.” That is borne out by the dialogue which has been exchanged in recent months over new additions and Lampard continued to be heavily involved in planning for next season, having a big say on who might come or go. As the Ziyech talks with Ajax finally came to fruition, Lampard reached out to the playmaker. Ziyech was another player both Lampard and the board approved of. They spoke at great length and also exchanged messages on WhatsApp. After everything was completed, the Morocco international highlighted the importance of Lampard’s contribution. It is a similar theme with Werner. As soon as it emerged last week that there was a real opportunity to sign the Leipzig forward, Lampard was on the phone. During a few calls, it is understood the Englishman promised the striker he is staying in charge next season. On top of that, he went into great detail about how there is a three-year plan in place to help Chelsea enjoy a new era of success. While they have won 16 major trophies in the last 17 years, their most recent Premier League title was in 2017 and they haven’t reached a Champions League semi-final since 2014. The pursuit of Lampard’s targets will not stop here. The Athletic has also confirmed how Leicester’s Ben Chilwell is who Lampard wants to be his left-back in the long term at Stamford Bridge. There is confidence the move will happen even though the two clubs are far apart in their valuations. With Chelsea hoping to raise funds through player departures, plus the avenue of swap deals, there could be more new faces joining the Lampard revolution. There were those who didn’t expect him to last in the job that long. When Chelsea asked the inexperienced Lampard to take charge last year, the cynics were out in force. With the FIFA ban and loss of Hazard, it was being suggested the club’s all-time leading scorer was merely being brought back to help keep fans onside for the short term before a more senior manager could be lured to Stamford Bridge. He may have been given a three-year contract but no permanent Chelsea coach has yet to see out the length of their deal under owner Roman Abramovich, so the terms meant little. Yet Lampard has impressed with the way he has galvanised all the players and promoted academy talent such as Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Reece James, Billy Gilmour and Fikayo Tomori. Not everything has gone smoothly — however, that was always going to be the case. You could argue that Chelsea haven’t enjoyed this kind of stability, at this time of year, since Jose Mourinho was at the helm in 2014 and the club were busy finalising the transfers of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas. There has always been a bit of drama in all the subsequent years. In 2015, Mourinho’s frustration over the club’s struggles to recruit targets such as centre-back John Stones after winning the title sowed the seeds for a terrible campaign and he was sacked in December. The hiring of Antonio Conte was clearly a positive in 2016 after Guus Hiddink’s underwhelming second stint as caretaker. Significantly, everyone knew he was coming by April. Yet a new man in the dugout always brings a degree of upheaval and uncertainty in the first few months. Like Mourinho, Conte’s downfall began soon after lifting the Premier League trophy. Rancour caused by failed transfer business was never healed and while he stayed for a second season, the mood was dark around the place for the most part. It had a knock-on effect during the warmer months of 2018, too. Conte’s departure wasn’t finalised until after pre-season had begun and it still ended up with the Italian conducting a prolonged, albeit successful, legal case for compensation. This late divorce meant his successor Maurizio Sarri arrived much later than anyone would have wanted. And finally, this time 12 months ago Sarri was on the verge of leaving for Juventus and there was uncertainty over who would replace him before Lampard was confirmed. Their best player, Hazard, was busy securing a move to Real Madrid, while the seismic blow of FIFA’s transfer ban limited their business to turning Mateo Kovacic’s loan into a permanent switch (from Real Madrid). Even if Chelsea’s recruitment drive ends with just Ziyech, Werner and Chilwell, the team have to be taken much more seriously next season. If you take 2016-17 out of the equation, the club haven’t been contenders, let alone winners, for the championship increasingly of late. They have finished 10th (2016), fifth (2018), a distant third (2019) and currently trail Liverpool by 34 points in fourth. The fact Chelsea are doing business so early is encouraging. Unlike purchases which have been heavily criticised in the last three years — Danny Drinkwater, Davide Zappacosta and Emerson — the club are buying players for the first team, not squad men. It was what they did to great effect with Costa and Fabregas, and supporters are already dreaming of a similar result in 2021. Lampard will be fully aware how quickly things can change at Chelsea. His 13 years as a midfielder there (2001-14) saw him play under nine different managers. But just as he did back then, he continues to have a very important role to play for Chelsea, and Werner’s decision to play for him is further evidence of that.
  12. Chelsea's Transfer Targets

    I hear you brother, it will come to happen. Will take some majour ass fuckery to blow this up now. Its a wrap and done deal imo.
  13. The European Leagues & Competitions Thread V2

    DIdnt barca win 4-0 or was it 3-0? In any case barca should have scored more, dembele had a few splendid chances he fluffed. Barca fucked up at anfield imo, arrogance and lack of planning killed them. They did a PSG.
  14. Chelsea's Transfer Targets

    I try to distract myself to sleep with something else but otherwise, I'm getting nervous/anxious by the hour on this. I WANT THAT ANNOUNCEMENT GOD DAMN IT!
  15. Super Frank Thread

    Chelsea's surprise Stamford Bridge game in pictures as Frank Lampard organises in-house match The Blues were back at the Bridge for the first time since March https://www.football.london/chelsea-fc/chelseas-surprise-stamford-bridge-game-18375911 Frank Lampard brought his squad back to Stamford Bridge for the first time since March this afternoon as they held an in-house game with just over two weeks to go before their Premier League campaign resumes. The Blues are set to resume their coronaivrus-delayed campaign away to Aston Villa on June 21 before welcoming Manchester City to West London four days later with all games to take place behind closed doors. While clear details of today's practice match are yet to emerge, Lampard and his coaching staff acted as match officials with the squad broken into two sides. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Christian Pulisic and WIllian all played a part in the game with the former finding the net as he nears a return from rupturing his achilles more than a year ago. One team wore the blue home kit and the other were in the white change strip. Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Willian, Loftus-Cheek were part of the "home" team, along with the soon-to-depart Pedro Rodriguez. The "away" side featured Toni Rudiger, Ross Barkley, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso, Kurt Zouma and Olivier Giroud. N'Golo Kante was not involved as he continues to be absent for personal reasons. No timeframe has been set for the France midfielder's return. A handful of academy players were also part of the game including Armando Broja, Tino Anjorin, who both appeared off the bench in the final Premier League game before the enforced break, and 18-year-old Henry Lawrence. While exact details of how the game went have not yet been released, the club have shared some images and it has been reported that Loftus-Cheek and Willian were among those to have scored.
  16. Chelsea's Transfer Targets

    I know where you're going with this but on the other hand, did we not sign and announce everything on Ziyech, even though the Eredivisie season was still going on earlier this year?
  17. Chelsea's Transfer Targets

    For sure
  18. Jeremie Boga

    Pulisic and CHO have tremendous potential. One was paid 65m euros and the other after giant club like Bayern tried hard to buy him got big contract here. So our club have big expectations from them. We decided not to go for Sancho because of them and you think we would put Boga ahead? Even if Boga is better than them (he is not) because of this reasons it would not make sense to bring him back.
  19. Chelsea's Transfer Targets

    Liverpool have been somewhat lucky with their injuries this season, especially to their attacking players. And as Man City have shown within the last 3-4 years, the wheels are bound to come off when you play at such a high level for a long time. The same is very likely to happen with Liverpool, especially when their strength in depth is not the greatest.
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