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  1. 13. Willy Caballero

    Great buy. Had almost forgot about the lack of goalkeeping cover post-Begovic! Like others have said - free transfer, experience of the premier and champions league and he's happy to be second to Tibo. Great signing!
  2. General Transfer Talk

    Would be quite happy if Costa left - Although he has dragged us through quite a few games this season, I don't think he has the ball control needed to interact with Hazard and Pedro etc. Ideally, I would like (1) another CM to partner Kante (2) a new right back to replace Moses (3) potentially a left sided centre back who could replace Terry and cover Alonso if required (4) a replacement for Willian (I think he will leave) and (5) a replacement for Costa. I would like us to go after Rodriguez at Madrid - He doesn't get a lot of game time and therefore may be in a position to be bought. I'm struggling to think of somebody to replace Costa - I would like Lukaku back (good strength, can finish and has decent pace). I would love to see someone like Veratti in our midfield. Him being Italian, potentially that may be a possibility with Conte? Not entirely sure about the left footed centre back.
  3. Champions League Away

    Thanks I have seen a UEFA Away Scheme form on the Chelsea website, not quite sure whether that is the form you mean. Good news if the tickets are 'easy' to get - here's hoping to a trio of a German, Spanish and Portuguese team in the groups!
  4. Champions League Away

    Hi Thinking ahead to next season already! I go to quite a few matches throughout the season (as many tickets as I can get my hands on), but I am now thinking of possibly going to one of the away legs of the Champions League next season. Does anyone have any experience of going to European away games? Do you simply purchase the ticket in the normal way and then sort everything else out yourself? What are the chances of getting tickets with a membership with roughly 40 membership points? Any feedback welcome! P.s - Wasn't entirely sure where to post this on the site!
  5. Branislav Ivanovic

    As has been said above, Branislav has contributed massively towards our recent successes and his passion for the club was clear to see. I hope he does well at Zenit!
  6. Mikel John Obi

    Happy to hear of the move, from both John Obe's perspective and Chelsea's. Although a lot of fans have criticised his performances over the years; I always found him to be a rather steady rock in the centre of midfield and always loyal to the club. Hopefully he will thrive at his new club, particularly as he will likely be the star man (perhaps something similar to Nigeria where he has shown a different side to his game than that shown at Chelsea) and hopefully we received a decent fee for his signature.
  7. Middlesbrough 0-1 Chelsea

    I normally make all of the 'northern' games and then a few of games in the midlands too. I need to pluck up the determination to go to some of the more southern games! Struggling this season to get any tickets at all though as previously I've shared a season ticket with family who live 'dawrrn sarth', but they've gone travelling for a year or so and have therefore forfeited their season ticket. It means I'm at the bottom of the pile with applying for tickets (new membership) and therefore it's almost impossible to pick up tickets anymore! - I'm praying for a mid-week FA/League Cup game at a northern league 1/2 club as I think that's the only chance I'll get at any tickets! Oh, and it doesn't help when people buy tickets and then flog them to overseas buyers! Ruins the atmosphere in the away ends and annoys those who couldn't get tickets the legitimate way!
  8. Chelsea v Spurs

    Very big game, particularly so with Man City away next up. I think we need to get 3 points here as I can see Man City away being very tough. After these two matches we have West Brom, Sunderland, Palace, Bournemouth and Stoke - a potential for another 5 wins. If we can pick 6 wins and a draw out of the remaining matches this year (very much possible!) then we should be in a great position going into the new year!
  9. Middlesbrough 0-1 Chelsea

    Another very good display. It was always going to be a nervous finish (with it being only 1-0), but the only opportunity of note was Negredo's shot. Comparing how we played under Mourinho, we have so many more options on the wings. The amount of time the ball was quickly switched out to Moses or Alonso (particularly Moses) just goes to show that teams at present aren't able to cope with our new system in that our tactic (keeping Moses for example out wide all the time) is unable to be countered or stopped. It's obvious how playing 3 at the back has helped our forward play too. They have enough options along the back to play it between themselves and when there's space to move forward (helped by the opposition's wingers having to mark Moses and Alonso out wide) they can bring the ball up themselves and then play a simple ball into Costa, Hazard or Pedro. This tactic also helps to spring quick attacks (think about how many times Hazard or Pedro (particularly Hazard)) received a ball to feet from one of the centre backs, turned and then ran directly at their back line. I certainly haven't seen us play this well for years and years and years! Just a final point and it's one I noticed from the game yesterday - there's the potential for us to be caught out when both Moses and Alonso are 'forward' but the ball is still at the back. I recall Gaston Ramirez having a chance in the second half when Middlesborough won the ball high up the pitch and towards our left back position. As Alonso and Moses were pushed higher up, as the ball got passed by Middlesborough across the edge of the 18 yard box it fell to the feet of Ramirez who had time to pick out a shot (albeit it went into the stands) - in a 'normal' 4-4-2 the right back would have likely been a lot closer to the centre backs and would therefore have picked up Ramirez. - Only a very minor concern though!
  10. John Stones

    Transfer request in
  11. Petr Cech

    Having a great laugh watching the Arsenal match!
  12. General Transfer Talk

    The main priorities are a LB (as we actually haven't got a natural LB), a CM as support for Fab and Matic and also a right winger. I appreciate that Moses has been good in pre-season, but he isn't going to get to the standard that we should have in our team in that position. I would ship out Mikel (his time has past) and would look to loan out Cuadrado. I think Ramires is a vital player for us, albeit not good enough to start, as he has proven worthy in 'bigger' matches and therefore he is useful to have on the bench.
  13. John Stones

    BREAKING NEWS: TOFFEES REJECT STONES BID Everton have turned down a £20m offer from Chelsea for defender John Stones, according to Sky sources.
  14. Asmir Begovic

    Very happy with this signing. It will keep Courtois on his toes and will provide more than adequate cover for cup games/games where Courtois is injured. Welcome
  15. Patrick Bamford

    I haven't followed him too much during this loan spell, but his goals can't be ignored. He represents a possible ~large cheque at the end of the season which is always desirable, but if we can't convert our successful loanees then what is the point in sending them out on loan in the first place? (aside from possibly making a sell on profit). He would be a good replacement for Drogba at the end of the season and I imagine he would be happy to act as the '3rd choice striker'. Regardless of what happens, I would rather give him a chance with our first team than simply continue with the cashing out system of our youth system.