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Everything posted by Blue-in-me-Veins

  1. Alexis Sanchez

    And in the extended interview he states that those three players specifically want to stay because of the World Cup in 2018. You can imagine they don't want jeopordize their potential spot because neither 3 of them are automatic starters.
  2. Everton v Chelsea

    I agree, the title is on the line at Goodison Park come Sunday. Just Win that Damn match by any means necessary man.
  3. 10. Eden Hazard

    I love how player contracts need to be renewed literally every two years #TheGameIsTheGame.
  4. Ryan Bertrand

    Wow this thread is much like the Lukaku one. I for one would gladly accept buying Bertrand back from Southampton. He's very comfortable on the ball, would bring much more athleticism to the LWB position unlike Alonso, and fills the critical HQ quota. This signing almost makes too much sense for Chelsea. I dont watch Southampton religiously, but everytime i watch him he's been very solid. Rarely getting beaten. Yes he's not a Benjamin Mendy type but do I think Bertrand will be this massive liability against the better teams in UCL or PL, like some people are making out? Nah, Not for me. Gonna be hella tricky pulling VVD and Bertrand though.. hopefully CFC make it happen.
  5. General Transfer Talk

    You mean who can play both positions? If so, that would be Fabinho (CM&RB) but we have the right wing wing covered with Moses & Azpi. Finding a good all-around footballer for LWB, the only two names that spring to mind are Semedo and Mendy... but All the top clubs will be after those two.
  6. General Transfer Talk

    Amen. Marcelo played like a God his last two games. Literally the best fullback displays I've seen this season in back-2-back, high-stake matches. Do you remember even in pre-season when we lost to Real Madrid and Marcelo was single-handedly destroying us? Yeah.. we seriously need a new athletic-LWB ASAP. But like i mentioned earlier because of our desperate needs to 1.)Adequately replace Costa, 2.)Sign a RF/LF 3.)A CM, 4.)A CB and then 5.)LWB as-well.. im not sure the club will view wing-backs as a major priority. Very hard to fill all of our flaws in ONE window.
  7. General Transfer Talk

    Yep Yep. That is exactly what I'm hoping Conte is thinking for next season as well. It's starting to really annoy me how defensive our WB's are, in the sense that they are told to always drop very deep and mark the opposing Winger instead of opposing full-back. With Alonso, it's a sad reality that he just cannot be asked to press because he'd be skinned alive; and so while I hate it, at least he's been winning his duels for the most part when defending deeper. But what also bothers me is that Moses isn't given that freedom to press further up at all. He's playing ahead of Azpi- a born RB. so why doesn't Conte allow Moses the freedom to press further up from time-to-time? The answer may be because of balance.. or a deeper tactical explanation, but leaving the right-hand side a tad bit more exposed where Kante- Azpi are playing should be a risk Conte is comfortable taking sometimes no? My ultimate fear is this.. if we persist with this 3-4-3.. We gotta get a more athletic LWB like you mentioned, that is better in 1v1 situations. And if next season, with a Midfield pair of Bakayoko & Kante (like I imagine we'll have), two absolute tanks in midfield.. That's simply got to be leveraged into greater freedom for the Wing-Backs to not only press but also partake in risky attacking plays, AND also because a Bakayoko-Kante midfield is as anti-football a CM pairing we'll ever see. And that's just the truth. *Little Tangent*--> Atleast with a Fabinho-Kante pairing, while Fabinho may not be AS explosive as Bakayoko running with the ball, he's no slouch at it. And, his general passing ability is miles better than Bakayoko's will ever be imo. The latter might improve slightly, but imagine relying on a CM duo whose passing is something Conte has to hope gets better with time than it already being an asset.
  8. General Transfer Talk

    What I think Chelsea do this summer. Not necessarily what I personally want. 1.) Use China money from Costa sale to fund: Romelu Lukaku. The writing is on the wall, Chelsea want him at all costs, even using Drogba to drive the deal. It's happening, just gotta accept this reality. 2.) Alexis Sanchez. Is Clearly, Conte's #1 Priority. 3.) Bakayoko. (Would rather we sign Fabinho whose the better all-around football player. But Bakayoko's contract is winding down, and is the cheaper option.) 4.) Virgil Van Dijk. (According to numerous reports, VVD really wants CFC and Conte wants another ball-playing CB. This is definitely happening.) 5.) Lastly, we may just sign a Left-Wing-Back but idk who. (Hopefully it's Mendy like other people want, but I think Mendy goes to City) 6.) Christensen is sent on loan again me thinks. Either back to BMG or another PL team... I think Christensen will be groomed as the long-term replacement for Cahill. Chelsea needs minimum 4 certified Starting XI type signings, but because Lukaku will be brought in as a direct replacement for Costa, a 5th signing needs to still happen. That's a lot to ask of a club, especially if many are looked at as 1st team starters. And that pretty much wraps up the window me thinks. I think @marflow nearly got CFC's squad for next season correct. Here's what I think it shakes out for next season GK: Courtois, Begovic?, Eduardo CB: Luiz, VVD, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Ake WB: Moses, Alonso, NEW LWB, (Azpi) CM: Kante, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Matic, Chalobah WF: Hazard, Sanchez, Pedro, Willian, RLC. ST: Lukaku, (Sanchez), Batshuayi. Regardless of whatever else happens in the summer. If Chelsea don't do everything they can to unsettle/sign Alexis Sanchez, it'll be a major dissapointment.
  9. 21. Nemanja Matic

    Yeah, Fabinho is literally everything we thought Matic would be and then some. His first time passing alone would speed up our play by lightyears. Atleast we know Conte is dying for a CM, so we can rest easy that Matic won't be the undisputed starter like he has been past two seasons.
  10. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

    I stand corrected. Past two performances at RWB have been very good. Surprisingly dealt with Sane better than anybody has in recent months. Because even if City kept going to Sane to create, Arsenal kept going to AOC to create as well, and at the end of the day, he won the battle. Especially in that secons half. Doubt we're interested in him though. Let's see. Very good shout thou Skip.
  11. Chelsea 4-2 Spurs

    You guys gotta read this thread, this is JUST before Matic ends their season. You can just feel the anger and resentment towards our team. I just cannot stop laughing at these reactions man We are the ultimate bane of their existence. https://www.thefightingcock.co.uk/forum/threads/tottenham-hotspur-v-chelscum-fa-cup-semi-final.21012/page-61
  12. Chelsea 4-2 Spurs

    That match was a whirlwind of emotions for me. Those last 15mins after the Matic strike are a complete blur to my mind. Eden Hazard, Following in the mighty footsteps of Didoer Drogba showing up in big moment after big moment. Standouts for me were: Willian, Batshuayi (whose hold up play was phenomenal), Ake (who wasn't shaken by the momenr AT ALL), Luiz and Kante. We were still utterly dominated by Spurs for long stretches of time, but still, we found a way to have more shots on target, and make all of them count. This win has simply gotta spur the boys on to finish the season properly now.
  13. 10. Eden Hazard

    Dropping a 20-minute MOTM performance with a Goal and Assist. Time and time again, Eden Hazard showing up when it matters most. Time to finish the league off and the FA Cup. La Puta Madre!
  14. Chelsea 4-2 Spurs

    Ake, Willian, Luiz, Batshuayi take a bow the lot of you. Man Like Batshuayi, don't know hoe he doesn't get consistent minutes. Amd that red-card hand ball by Lloris... fucking typical. I want to smash these cunts 5-1 again! Don't know how we managed to be ahead at half.
  15. 29. Nathaniel Chalobah

  16. Chelsea 2-1 Man City

    Not gonna go crazy after today's loss to Palace. Let's just wait untill after we play City. Just gotta avoid defeat and I think we're fine.
  17. Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

    Wow, that's a clear as day handball.
  18. Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace

    Lets see what we're made of..
  19. Moussa Sissoko

  20. Alexis Sanchez

    if anyone here speaks spanish, Feel free to elaborate. But I think Sanchez really said what all Chelsea Fans think/believe he said.
  21. General Transfer Talk

    *runs out of thread*
  22. General Transfer Talk

    @DYC. didn't even read the article to see the price being quoted.. Nah he'll never cost that much, better yet, Chelsea would never pay that much (unless it's Lukaku). £32M is the magic price for all CFC transfers. Probably right about Christensen/Zouma/Ake.. Will be sad to see Christensen follow the path of KDB/Lukaku, but "the game is the game." In a perfect world he leapfrogs Cahill (even if not next year, then the season after), but that's never going to happen to our current: Captain-Leader-Legend. Agree w/ Blue Colored Sky though that's its clear Conte WANTS a new CB, so we're getting one regardless.
  23. General Transfer Talk

    Like what im seeing on Twitter/Telegraph that Chelsea are closing in for Van Dijk.. Adding Van Dijk and Bakayoko into the team. As cliche as it may sound, but that's some insane physicality & power we're looking to bring. And now when we go up against Zlatan's/Llorente's/Lukaku's/Kane, we'll have a CB trio that can reciprocrate that physicality and not have them pick on Azpilicueta. Over at Southampton, Van Dijk gets incredible license to join in on attacks, but that appears to be an instruction given from the manager, and not him doing his own thing. Conte has shown he can harness Luiz, so I think he'll do the same to Van Dijk. He has fantastic touch when on the ball/passing ability, which should increase the fluidity of CFC's build-up play next season. i think it's clear Conte WANTS a new CB. So he'll get his wish in the summer. Van Dijk/Christensen/Luiz/Cahill/Azpi is good enough cover. So excited all-ready for the summer transfer window. Gonna be a lot of moving parts. Edit: @Blue Colored Sky Beat me to it
  24. Stamford Bridge

    Honest question: i've heard many posters here on TC many moons ago state they didn't think Chelsea could sell out a 60K Stadium.. How about now? Will Stamford Bridge become like the Empty-Had once we switch? Genuine question here. Thanks
  25. Alexis Sanchez