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About Superblue_1986

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    European Champions
  • Birthday 09/23/1986

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Gloucester
  • Fan Since 1992
  • First Match Chelsea 0 - 3 Arsenal
  • Memory I went to the 1997 and 2000 FA Cup finals.

    Obviously the title winning campaigns and celebrations have also been fantastic.
  • Interests Chelsea obviously.
    American Football (New Orleans Saints)
    Playing on PS3
    Spending time with the wife and daughter

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  1. Alex Sandro

    Time to see his mentality. If he has the right attitude, he'll back himself for the position. It's a hugely demanding role that won't be able to withstand a full season in England given the intensity of our league and a european campaign the rumours have Conte wanting to make a huge impact in. There will be plenty of games to play and he'll get opportunities if he continues to push himself and perform. I'm pretty sure there were rumours that Barca wanted him when the Alba leaving rumours were hot. Sandro will still need to adjust to the league and having Alonso as the other option is a very good position to be in.
  2. Alex Sandro

    The vast majority of clubs would love Willian and Pedro in their teams. They both have the ability to be game changers and they both proved at times last season that when teams are preoccupied with Hazard, they can produce. They may not be at Hazard's level but no team has a world class player in every single position, but those players are still of a high standard. I would not swap either of them for Mahrez. I agree it would have to be a real top class player to replace them, otherwise it's pointless for the sake of buying.
  3. General Transfer Talk

    I can't think of any RWB's that are of a similar standard to Alex Sandro that would be attainable with the exception of possibly Dani Alves which is a short term option. I think Azpi could well play at RWB quite a bit, especially in the big away and european games, he would make us far more solid defensively than Moses.
  4. Virgil Van Dijk

    If our goal is to become competitive in Europe and make a push there then for me Bonucci is hands down the man to go for over VVD. I can understand the age factor, etc but he is arguably the best centre back in the world, certainly when it comes to being accustomed to playing in a 3 man defence. Get another couple of years of him in his prime may be the difference between us winning another Champions League or not. VVD isn't going to give us the added edge of big game and european experience. I just feel for the price it should be a guaranteed world star centre back we'd be buying and I'm not sure if VVD is there yet. We'd be better off sticking with what we have, bring Christensen back and keep one of Ake or Zouma in the squad. Spend that sort of money elsewhere.
  5. Alex Sandro

    The club get panned for some of the buys in recent seasons but we have done very well making the most of selling players. Gone are the days of loaning out Crespo until his contract runs out. I'm sure I saw something a few weeks back that our net transfer spend over the last three seasons is lower than the likes of Sunderland. i can remember on Sky Sports Gary Neville talking about how Chelsea transformed their team in 2 seasons with a net transfer spend of only a few million. It's incredible how we've stayed so competitive in the league with a fairly moderate transfer spend, winning 2 premier leagues in the last 3 seasons and in that timeframe replacing the spine of our team over the last decade in the likes of Cech, Ashley Cole, Terry, Lampard, Drogba. The next step is becoming competitive again in Europe and hopefully this is the summer we loosen the purse strings a little more to do just that.
  6. Alex Sandro

    I was thinking the same earlier. Selling Oscar in January too when we didn't spend in that window. It's a huge amount of money we're raising on player sales, all of the above you mentioned plus Oscar would be pushing about £200m. Based on all the new commercial deals, premier league money, winning the league, etc it wouldn't be ridiculous to assume that we could quite easily go and spend £150m if we wanted to in this window not taking into account player sales. I do think we'll be major players in the market and pick up some players that Conte really wants this summer that will vastly improve our team.
  7. Alex Sandro

    What is positive is that we have offered real significant money for a top potential prospect. It should signal that we are willing to be players in this transfer market and the club is working hard on targets.
  8. Alex Sandro

    To me, this sounds like they are ready to sell but want him to force the move to (1) not pay him off and (2) save face with fans.
  9. General Transfer Talk

    Thanks mate, the one thing I would say about Conte, and I'm saying this without an idea of his track record, is that he played football and reached the highest levels. That doesn't necessarily mean he's going to be a top manager but I do think it helps him to understand the time, patience and understanding needed for younger players to develop and how best to motivate and help them, quite simply because he's been there and experienced it himself. He knows the struggles and he knows the hard work and dedication that is required, especially with the greatest respect he was a fairly limited player but had the work ethic and will to force his way to the top and continue improving. This is why I always feel that Mourinho generally struggles with developing younger players because unless they are real top drawer and would command a place in the team already, he hasn't got the time for them to develop because he never had those experiences himself. A lot of people seem to think that if a player hasn't come through by the time he's 20 then he won't ever but time's have changed. Players careers at the top are generally lasting longer and as a result more patience should be shown with some of these players. As you said with Abraham, if he went on loan again and developed further it only benefits us. Lukaku has developed and improved year on year whilst in the Premiership. As long as Abraham was improving and there was a long term plan in place, what would be the harm in him being out on loan for 2 or 3 seasons in the Prem and then coming into our team a polished and established striker. A fine balance is involved with regards to giving time and patience to young players and that's not just the club but us fans too.
  10. General Transfer Talk

    The club is using the loan system correctly to a degree because as a big, successful club even young fringe players who won't make it here can still command respectable fees and getting an exposure out on loan only enhances that. In the case of RLC he is too raw and untested at the moment and the club don't have the opportunity to develop and nurture that talent to its fullest because of the pressure of competing for every trophy. He needs to go out on loan for a season or two and gain experience, until then he cannot be compared to Bakayoko who has just won the French league with Monaco and reached the Champions League semi final. Nowadays how many players break through at the top clubs as a teenager without going on loan and gaining experience elsewhere first. Unless they are a truly phenomenal talent or the circumstances force the issue (like United's injury list got Rashford in the team last year) it doesn't happen anywhere, so why expect it at Chelsea? The biggest problem we seem to have that needs development is once these players have been on loan, they have a path into the first team squad. Courtois did it and ousted arguably the greatest goalkeeper in our club's history to do it so it can be done. But others should have over the last few years too, given their performances and experiences gained out on loan - Lukaku, De Bruyne, Bertrand to name a few. I would actually prefer us to buy 4 or 5 top draw signings this season to tweak what we have here and the squad is then 'beefed' up with some of the young lads coming back from loans or who were on the fringes last season - Ake, Chalobah, Christensen, Baker, maybe Abraham. Given the small squad we used last season and the extra games this season, they will get chances if they're around the team and it will then boil down to (1) Conte being prepared and confident to use them, and (2) they have the right attitude to take their opportunities.
  11. Corentin Tolisso

    My god people need to calm down. Let's see how we shape up once the transfer window closes.
  12. Willy Caballero

    Huge step up playing in the pressure cooker of Chelsea with lack of premier league, champions league or any top level experience. Its not like an outfield player you can blood in. If courtois got injured for a significant period and this guy couldn't hack the pressure we'd be in huge trouble. At least you know what you'd have with caballero as opposed to the complete unknown and that makes me feel more confident if anything happened.
  13. Willy Caballero

    People that are against this signing have to remember we are talking the role of a backup goalkeeper. It is a very specialist role because in normal circumstances they will not play often. I thought Begovic was an outstanding signing at the time, but agree with some on here, he didn't look anywhere near as good for Chelsea as he used to for Stoke. I think a lot of that is to do with the adjustment from playing week in week out to being a back up and coming in periodically. What Caballero does have is experience of being exactly that, a backup for one of the top clubs so (1) he's used to the role of a backup keeper and (2) he's experienced playing the role in one of the top clubs where pressure is much greater. Add to this solid premier league and champions league experience, and a free transfer to boot and I think this is clever business by the club if it happens.
  14. Kylian Mbappe

    I think it's safe to say we've done pretty good trusting Italian players and managers over the years...
  15. Dominic Solanke

    He rejected a new contract, that was the problem.