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MIDOKA liked a post in a topic by Barbara in Oscar
Our fans that actually go to the stadiums are so frigging class!!!! no booing a club legend loaned to a rival and they can recognize when a kid gives his everything in a match, even if he didn't shine in the attack
Literal standing ovation for Oscar when he was subbed (probably out of exhaustion).
MIDOKA liked a post in a topic by Liquidator in Blues Begin with Turf Moor Test
Chelsea kick off their Premier League campaign with a trip to Lancashire this Monday to face newly-promoted Burnley.
The 20:00 GMT kick off is seen by many as a mismatch on paper, with Chelsea tipped to lift the Premier League trophy come May and Burnley installed as firm favourites for relegation among pundits, although Jose Mourinho will be eager to oust any complacency from his squad.
The Blues can expect to encounter an enthusiastic Turf Moor crowd who will be seeing their side in top-flight action for the first time since the 2009/10 season. The corresponding fixture in that memorable double-winning season saw Carlo Ancelotti's side run out 2-1 winners courtesy of goals from Nicolas Anelka and John Terry.
Dubbed 'The Ginger Mourinho', Sean Dyche pulled off one of the major surprises of last season in English football by guiding a side expected to be battling for Championship suvival to automatic promotion. In comparison to the squads of QPR and Leicester, the Clarets lack Premier League experience and will rely on a strong team togetherness and fighting spirit to preserve their top flight status. Dyche has also spent modestly. Summer spending currently totals £3.5m with Matt Taylor, Stephen Reid and Marvin Sordell adding important strength in depth. In comparison, Chelsea's Summer spending currently stands at some £81m.
Without doubt, Burnley's primary threat to Premier League defences will come from their potent strike force of Sam Vokes and Danny Ings. Little or possibly completely unknown to fans of some Premier League clubs, the pair should not be underestimed, with their combined total of 41 league goals proving pivotal to the Clarets' return to England's elite competition.
Pressing and pace may be the order of the season for Sean Dyche's men. The fitness of Burnley's squad was rarely called into question last season, with tireless pressing and quick conversion from defense to attack catching the eye of many scouts. Wide areas proved particularly useful to Burnley last season, as defenders and midfielders cleverly utilized the channels to quickly release Vokes and Ings on the attack. This is not a side that likes to build from the back with short passes either. Some 81 long passes were averaged each game last season by our opponents, the second highest in the Championship.
When not in possession, wide men and full backs (including the impressive Kieran Trippier) are expected to tuck in and create a solid, narrow spine to their 4-4-1-1 formation. This, coupled in with high pressing from Vokes and Ings, make the Clarets a difficult side to play against.
Burnley- Blues fans will be relieved to learn that a knee injury suffered by Sam Vokes in March will keep the striker sidelined for our opening weekend clash. Cameron Dummigan will also miss out due to a thigh injury.
Likely line-up: (4-4-1-1) Heaton; Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee; Kightley, Marney, Taylor, Jones; Ings; Jutkiewicz
Chelsea- The question on the lips of many Blues fans during the last week has been who will start in goal. Jose Mourinho gave nothing away in his Press Conference this afternoon, instead choosing to describe Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech as '2 of the 3 best goalkeepers in the world'. Despite Mourinho's secrecy, a general consensus that Courtois has beaten Petr Cech to this season's starting place appears to have been reached by the press. Branislav Ivanovic is expected to get the nod ahead of Cesar Azpilicueta, while Felipe Luis is expected to make his first Premier League start.
In midfield, Summer signing Cesc Fabregas is likely to start alongside Nemanja Matic and Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian, Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah will battle it out for the three attacking midfielder berths available in the side. Ramires is suspended. Diego Costa, whose two quickfire goals on Tuesday night quickly endeared him to the Stamford Bridge faithful, will almost certainly start up front. Didier Drogba could feature from the substitutes bench.
Likely line-up: (4-2-3-1) Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Felipe Luis; Fabregas, Matic; Hazard, Willian, Schurrle; Diego Costa
Chelsea are unbeaten in opening weekend fixtures since the 1998/99 season, when we lost 2-1 to Coventry City.
This is Jose Mourinho's sixth season at Chelsea and the fourth time that he has faced a newly-promoted side on the opening weekend.
The last 4 winners of the Premier League have all started their campaigns on a Monday night.
Our all-time record against Burnley reads as P 81, W 28, D 17, L 36
Our biggest win against Burnley was in the 1957/58 season when we triumphed 6-1
We have only met the Clarets once outside league football, losing 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the League Cup at Stamford Bridge in 2008.
Sam Vokes and Danny Ings provided 57% of Burnley's goals in the league last season
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Chelsea Win- 2/5
Burnley Win- 7/1
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MIDOKA liked a post in a topic by BlueLion. in Juan Mata
How the FUCK is somebody saying they're over Mata leaving being disrespectful? Saying Mata is a judas wanker and was fucking shit, now that's being disrespectful. Saying that I'm over him is hardly being offensive. I suppose you go and revise your definition of the word because you clearly don't have a grasp of its connotations.
Nobody has - or should - have forgotten what Mata did for this club. But I don't know if you've realised, he's left the club now. Players come and go. People get over them leaving. Deal with it. If you want to stay attached to Juan then I'm sure there's a spare seat or two at Old Trafford.
MIDOKA liked a post in a topic by termninja in Didier Drogba
I would love him back at the club but honestly not as a player. He's a legend here and it would be brilliant to have him back, but his last kick off the ball for Chelsea FC should be that one that brought us Champions League, no less than that.
MIDOKA liked a post in a topic by Tomo in Didier Drogba
Come on, think with your heads instead off your hearts for a couple off minutes and this makes zero sense on any level.
Drogba has been average since 2010, the last month off his Chelsea career sugarcoated how poor he was in the last couple of season's, our striker issue was even worse in 11/12 and ironically we were looking in envy at Newcastle for having a free scoring Demba Ba. What was quite noticeable especially in his last season is he completely lost motivation for the run of the mill PL games, think that's changed as he has got older?
In the world cup it was clear he is pushing his body to the limit, also it took Eto'o a while to get back up to speed playing in a major league again, factor in Didier would play less (due to us having a bonafide first choice this time) and is 4 years older than Eto'o was last year............
If we want an experienced serial winner to compliment Costa we should have kept Samuel, Drogba has his place in the Chelsea history books, as a club legend but as a player in 2014? Get real.
I love him when my mates who dont like football ask ne about players i always squezze Didiers name in but if we want to win titles head must rule heart.