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why is "Ryan is a twit" there ? is that the official stance of the forum staff against Ryan?

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So we wait until he is coming back from holiday? Man, that would mean another couple of weeks.

If World Cup players are getting three weeks off (as they have previously), then we could see Cesc, Azpi, Torres and possibly Costa at some point this week. They were eliminated 20 days ago.

The one player I could see having longer than the rest is Oscar, if its true hes played 156 games in two years then give him an extra 7-10 days.

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why is "Ryan is a twit" there ? is that the official stance of the forum staff against Ryan?

I have no idea what you're talking about?

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If World Cup players are getting three weeks off (as they have previously), then we could see Cesc, Azpi, Torres and possibly Costa at some point this week. They were eliminated 20 days ago.

The one player I could see having longer than the rest is Oscar, if its true hes played 156 games in two years then give him an extra 7-10 days.

Yeah that's what I was thinking. I think Diego and Cesc will both pose for Chelsea TV's camera's and have their interviews on the same day.

Cesc might even have to act as a translator for Diego :D

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If World Cup players are getting three weeks off (as they have previously), then we could see Cesc, Azpi, Torres and possibly Costa at some point this week. They were eliminated 20 days ago.

The one player I could see having longer than the rest is Oscar, if its true hes played 156 games in two years then give him an extra 7-10 days.

Why should Oscar need 7-10 days more? I'd say 3 weeks is plenty of time to recover physically.
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Why should Oscar need 7-10 days more? I'd say 3 weeks is plenty of time to recover physically.

Because the kids poor form over the last seven months is probably due to pure exhaustion. Rushing him back isn't going to help anyone.

I remember Mata had a similar situation 2 years ago having had the Euro U21 tournament in 2011 and the Olympics and Euro 2012 a year later, practically playing 2 years non stop. Di Matteo chose to give him an extra week or so off in September.

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Gotta feel sorry for Atletico fans, they've ended up selling their three strikers from last season as Adrian Lopez has now joined Porto. Going to be very interesting to see their starting 11 next season.

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Because the kids poor form over the last seven months is probably due to pure exhaustion. Rushing him back isn't going to help anyone.

I remember Mata had a similar situation 2 years ago having had the Euro U21 tournament in 2011 and the Olympics and Euro 2012 a year later, practically playing 2 years non stop. Di Matteo chose to give him an extra week or so off in September.

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Gotta feel sorry for Atletico fans, they've ended up selling their three strikers from last season as Adrian Lopez has now joined Porto. Going to be very interesting to see their starting 11 next season.

He probably is exhausted but shouldn't that be over after 3 weeks of resting?
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Gotta feel sorry for Atletico fans, they've ended up selling their three strikers from last season as Adrian Lopez has now joined Porto. Going to be very interesting to see their starting 11 next season.

Can't see them missing Adrian at all, 3 goals in 39 games simply put it is not enough and to get €11m from selling Porto 60% of the player is fantastic business by Atletico. Sure, he was a substitute in most of those games but still should have done a lot better to earn a future at the club.

Atletico have already replaced the Costa - Villa partnership with the purchases of Mandzukic and Correa who will probably be their starters, now they just need to get someone to replace Adrian as the backup forward and they're set to go as far as the strikers are concerned. Replacing Luis with Siqueira and Courtois with Oblak will be much bigger losses for them than the forwards IMO.

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Can't see them missing Adrian at all, 3 goals in 39 games simply put it is not enough and to get €11m from selling Porto 60% of the player is fantastic business by Atletico. Sure, he was a substitute in most of those games but still should have done a lot better to earn a future at the club.

Atletico have already replaced the Costa - Villa partnership with the purchases of Mandzukic and Correa who will probably be their starters, now they just need to get someone to replace Adrian as the backup forward and they're set to go as far as the strikers are concerned. Replacing Luis with Siqueira and Courtois with Oblak will be much bigger losses for them than the forwards IMO.

Absolutely, and I think they've signed good players. But, having won the title for the first time in what was it, 18 years? To then go and lose the three forward players that delivered it must be gut wrenching for a football fan.

Heard they're pretty close to signing Rodrigo from Benfica who will be another good option for them.

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So after being in Spain for so long and switching nationalities I wonder if Costa speaks Spanish or Portuguese in everyday situations.

I've never even heard him speak.

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So after being in Spain for so long and switching nationalities I wonder if Costa speaks Spanish or Portuguese in everyday situations.

I've never even heard him speak.

Same here. Does he speak English well?

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Absolutely, and I think they've signed good players. But, having won the title for the first time in what was it, 18 years? To then go and lose the three forward players that delivered it must be gut wrenching for a football fan.

Heard they're pretty close to signing Rodrigo from Benfica who will be another good option for them.

Yeah, no chance of them winning the title again this season. To lose roughly half their starting lineup (Costa, Villa, Tiago, Luis, Courtois) will be too much no matter how good the replacements.

I think Rodrigo would be amazing for them. Atletico have history of developing world class strikers and Rodrigo at the moment is a rough diamond, a player who's got all the talent to be one of the best players in the world but so far hasn't really been able to fulfill his potential playing in the low-level Portuguese league so Atleti would be a perfect team for him. Hope they get him, I like Rodrigo and would be nice to get to see him more often. He's way too expensive for Atletico though because he's owned by a third party who earlier this year bought his rights for €40m from Benfica but with the rules being what they are in Spain I think Atletico could just buy a part of him with the majority of his ownership still remaining with the investment group but to buy 100% of his rights is too much for a team like Atletico.

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Yeah, no chance of them winning the title again this season. To lose roughly half their starting lineup (Costa, Villa, Tiago, Luis, Courtois) will be too much no matter how good the replacements.

I think Rodrigo would be amazing for them. Atletico have history of developing world class strikers and Rodrigo at the moment is a rough diamond, a player who's got all the talent to be one of the best players in the world but so far hasn't really been able to fulfill his potential playing in the low-level Portuguese league so Atleti would be a perfect team for him. Hope they get him, I like Rodrigo and would be nice to get to see him more often. He's way too expensive for Atletico though because he's owned by a third party who earlier this year bought his rights for €40m from Benfica but with the rules being what they are in Spain I think Atletico could just buy a part of him with the majority of his ownership still remaining with the investment group but to buy 100% of his rights is too much for a team like Atletico.

Depends how much prize money they are able to reinvest from winning La Liga and getting to the CL final I guess. Isn't the distribution of TV money in Spain changing quite dramatically this season or something too? But they've bought for big price tags before so I wouldn't be surprised to see them do it again.

Turan, Mandzukic and Rodrigo is an interesting front 3 for sure and they'll give every side in La Liga a tough job. Oblak and Siqueira are really good replacements for Courtois and Luis whilst the rest of their defence and midfield should be the same as before. I think they'll do well again next year.

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