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    Chelsea 2016-2017: Captain C_nt's Mic Drop Tour

    Bring on the Conte era!

    While we're at it, bring on a new central defender, and new defensive midfielder, a legitimate 2nd option at Striker and a return to form from Eden Hazard.

    Who's on your personal wish list??

    Regardless of all that, lots to look forward to. Let's start with getting Champion's League qualified again and go from there.

    Blue is the Color!

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    Didn't realize there was a shaggy Chelsea thread. In for next season (even with the awful new kit)


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    Agreed on the kits. I guess it's also the adidas mic drop tour though. As we talk about Hazard returning to form, we can't forget about the hopeful quick rehab of Zouma. Missed that dude bad.

    Trying to figure out what formation we will run, who's coming in, who's going out... all of it adds up to make a very fascinating summer.

    KTBFFH in 16-17. I'm all in.

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    Death, taxes and Pogba to Chelsea summer transfer rumors. http://weaintgotnohistory.sbnation.c...-rumors-latest

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    At some point it has to happen, right?

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    Here is a link to my favorite transfer thread.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/chelseafc/c...nsfer_rumours/

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    CHELSEA are closing in on the signing of Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner, according to reports.
    By Charles Perrin

    Stephan Lichtsteiner could be Chelsea bound

    The Switzerland international has attracted interest from Premier League clubs in the past, most notably Arsenal.

    Conte is planning a major overhaul of his squad in the summer and strengthening the back four is a priority.

    The Blues have already missed out on Antonio Rudiger, who completed his £6.8million switch from Stuttgart to Roma earlier today.

    But Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli reckons Lichtsteiner could be Stamford Bridge bound.

    He tweeted: "Lichtsteiner yes to Conte on Saturday.

    "He could join Chelsea when Dani Alves will be official to Juventus. Ä11mln the price, 3 years deal."

    Conte knows Lichtsteiner well having previously managed the 32-year-old during his spell in charge of Juve.

    Though the Serie A champions are closing in on signing right-back Alves, the club's general director Beppe Marotta, insists Lichtsteiner is not for sale.

    He said: "He is an important player and he will continue at Juventus."
    I would provide the linke to express, but its a horrible horrible website.

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    I would be happy with that.

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    Forgive me for not knowing much about Lichtsteiner, but just on the surface, signing a 32 year old defender seems odd. Cahill (30), Ivanovic (32), Terry (35) plus now this guy? I know it's not a lot of money and he has ties to Conte, but can someone convince me as to why this would be a good signing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VY4138 View Post
    Forgive me for not knowing much about Lichtsteiner, but just on the surface, signing a 32 year old defender seems odd. Cahill (30), Ivanovic (32), Terry (35) plus now this guy? I know it's not a lot of money and he has ties to Conte, but can someone convince me as to why this would be a good signing?
    Goodbye Ivan?

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    Two other defenders rumored to us.... Kalidou Koulibaly and Antonio Rudiger. Taking the whole saying of "where there's smoke, there's fire" thing in mind, it's clear that we're going after this big area of need with so many defenders rumored lately.

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    If the Blues sign something other than a defender first I might melt. It's a huuuuuuge hole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by texifornia View Post
    Should be posted on the first page of every EPL related thread. lulz

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    B/R Exclusive from @DeanJonesBR: Chelsea are confident of signing Juventus' Kwadwo Asamoah for next season #CFC


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    Posting it in main thread in hopes it won't happen.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RichUT View Post
    Bring on the Conte era!

    Who's on your personal wish list??
    Every defender in the world rated over 80 on FIFA 16.

    We don't need them all. Three or four would do.

    And Pogba, obviously, although apparently Manlovers United offered 60 million pounds for him today.
    Last edited by TexArcher; 06-02-2016 at 07:47 PM.

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    Pogba.

    Would also conveniently keep him away from Jose (who always needs a midfield alpha to take charge, and once that happens titles follow for a couple of years).

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    Reports saying Chelsea will get Roma CB Antonio Rudiger for around £20ish. He's a 6-3 German that's only 23. Outside of this, still getting to know him, but I ain't mad at this.

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    https://twitter.com/HLNinEngeland/st...84806647128068

    Cryptic talk but more promising than previous reports.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoJames View Post
    https://twitter.com/HLNinEngeland/st...84806647128068

    Cryptic talk but more promising than previous reports.
    That throat tat is one of the ugliest damn things I've ever seen. Would still like him at Chelsea, mind.

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    Chelsea's schedule possibly leaked... https://m.reddit.com/r/chelseafc/com...ea_supposedly/

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    Premier League coming out now saying that leak is a hoax. Hoping it really is a hoax as I wouldn't be thrilled with away matches at Southampton/Citeh right out of the gates.

    Also, Morata to Chelsea picking up a little steam today.

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    Ya lots of Morata smoke


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    Quote Originally Posted by VY4138 View Post
    Reports saying Chelsea will get Roma CB Antonio Rudiger for around £20ish. He's a 6-3 German that's only 23. Outside of this, still getting to know him, but I ain't mad at this.
    Welp, this whole thing may be dead now. Rudiger tore his ACL today. Good thing CFC didn't finalize the transfer I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VY4138 View Post
    Welp, this whole thing may be dead now. Rudiger tore his ACL today. Good thing CFC didn't finalize the transfer I guess.
    I guess that's a good thing.

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    Koulibaly come on down.




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    Quote Originally Posted by VY4138 View Post
    Welp, this whole thing may be dead now. Rudiger tore his ACL today. Good thing CFC didn't finalize the transfer I guess.
    Yikes.

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    Matt Hughes
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    Abramovich instructed #Chelsea to play CSKA Moscow as favour to president Yevgeny Giner. #CFC also have 2 games in Austria, 3 in USA

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    Wednesday notes...

    - Moses coming back after West Ham releases him. Probably set for another loan somewhere. Poor dude can't find a home.
    - Claims that Matic wants to go to ManU. I can't see how Chelsea lets this happen unless Kante and/or Radja is secured. Plus, sending Matic to a rival like that is worrying if he finds his top form again.
    - Almost eerily quiet other than this. No reason to panic since it's just June 8, but having one sure thing transfer already locked up that would improve the squad would be comforting.

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    Here's a nugget.

    Kristof Terreur
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    Radja Nainggolan admitted today that he's had an interesting meeting with Conte: "He wants to bring me to #CFC." pic.twitter.com/96eIDrBvQh

    Also, I think the Matic stuff is ridiculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoJames View Post
    Also, I think the Matic stuff is ridiculous.
    Concur.

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    http://www.skysports.com/football/ne...n-loan-to-roma

    Salah part of negotiations with Roma?


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    http://gianlucadimarzio.com/news-cat...ic-i-dettagli/

    Pjanic to Juve, wonder if that effects us at all.


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    This is the guy I want. Some concerns about how this effects our other young defenders, but I say the more the merrier.

    After a great season at Napoli, Kalidou Koulibaly has many suitors. Chelsea has been considering him in the last few days, and he has been linked to Bayern Munich and other clubs as well. The defender could be on his way out as he told "L'Equipe" in a recent interview:"My situation? I have three years on my contract. I was very happy at the time when I signed a five year deal but now I had a great season and I have many offers on the table. I want to make right decision from financial and sporting stand point. Many great clubs want me and I have no news from Napoli. I get the impression I may leave. I want to keep growing perhaps by going abroad. Have I spoken to Conte? No but it could happen, if Napoli doesn't contact me I will start talking to other clubs"

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    So from MoJames last two posts, I'm gathering the fact that Koulibaly and Pogba are all but done deals. I'll sleep well tonight knowing this.

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    Now to bring you back to Earth as it appears we are potentially after Lichtsteiner, per The Sun.

    Itís reported Chelsea are offering a three-year contract for the 32-year-old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoJames View Post
    Now to bring you back to Earth as it appears we are potentially after Lichtsteiner, per The Sun.




    I like it, I just wish he were 8 years younger.

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    Vitesse loan for...

    Spoiler!

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    Also if anyone wants to read on the entire situation with Mou and Carneiro.

    WAGNH

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    Article on Conte, nothing amazing but words to read instead of working.

    Euro 2016 starts this Friday. All week, we’re highlighting key players in all three phases of the game — defense, midfield, and attack — along with one manager. They’re all among the best at what they do, and the intricacies of their approaches help illuminate how soccer is played today.

    Antonio Conte won’t be here for long. He takes over as Chelsea manager in July, but, for a few weeks in France, we’ll briefly get to see one of the best managers in the world compete in an environment that doesn’t attract them anymore.

    After taking over Juventus in 2011, Conte oversaw maybe the most impressive one-season improvement in high-level soccer this century. Behind an energetic, innovative system that replaced the traditional back four with a back three and slid attacking midfielder Andrea Pirlo into a defensive midfield role, Juve jumped from seventh to first and didn’t lose a game in the process. (Their underlying numbers were even more stunning.) Conte then improved Juve’s point total in both of the following seasons, as the club won two more Serie A titles. After a falling-out with upper management over player transfers, Conte found himself without a job in July 2014. (In 2012, Conte was also banned for four months by the Italian football federation for match-fixing violations during his time managing Siena, but he was acquitted of all charges last month.) With all the big club vacancies already filled, he signed with Italy through 2016.

    In the club game, managing is all about creating a sustainable kind of consistency — a system that’s malleable enough to be effective against different opponents and doesn’t wear its players out come the third game in seven days in mid-March. As former Marseille and Athletic Bilbao manager Marcelo Bielsa famously said, “If players weren’t human, I would never lose.”

    Bielsa, who also managed Argentina and Chile, came up against less metaphysical constraints, too. In the international game, which offered only 10 official match days in 2015, managers search for any kind of consistency whatsoever. They don’t get to pick the talent distribution of their squad; there’s a chance the five best players play the same position. And while a manager like Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino can put his players through a summer-long indoctrination of his philosophy (run, run, and why are you not still running?), someone like Conte gets his players after long seasons under the influence of various managers, and he only has a couple of weeks to put something together in time for the Euros.

    When he was coaching the Chicago Bulls, Tom Thibodeau had a shower built into his office. New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick won’t even trust an assistant to use the copy machine for him. Now, imagine either of them being told that their team was only going to practice 20 times a year, play a handful of competitive games every couple of seasons, and oh, by the way, other guys are going to coach your players while you’re not there.

    That, essentially, has been Conte’s life for the past two years, and it must be especially frustrating for the Italy manager, who, according to the Mirror, makes “Jose Mourinho look like a pussycat.” Conte called Gianluigi Buffon, the most-capped Italian player of all time, “a disappointment, a defeat from the moment [he opens his] mouth.” And Andrea Pirlo — this Pirlo — said of Conte’s motivational tactics, “When he talks, his words assault you. They crash through your mind, often quite violently, and settle deep within.”

    Inasmuch as it’s possible, the ever-demanding Conte has treated his version of the national team like a club team. Rather than choosing whomever seemed to be playing the best for their club teams, he’s called up a very similar group of players for each international break. The current Italian national team is built around the same base Conte had at Juventus — Buffon in goal and the three-towered wall of center backs Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, and Giorgio Chiellini — and the rest of the team is filled with unspectacular, straightforward players.

    Flashier, creative types like Pirlo, Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco, and Italy’s Euro 2012 hero, Mario Balotelli, aren’t on the roster, and Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne (0.4 goals, 0.3 assists per 90 minutes) was only brought back into the fold in March.

    “Many believe that football is about the players expressing themselves,” the legendary Italian manager Arrigo Sacchi, one of Conte’s biggest influences, once said. “But that’s not the case. Or, rather, it’s not the case in and of itself. The player needs to express himself within the parameters laid out by the manager.”

    Today, all the best managers coach club teams because you get the time to create the parameters that you want. While Conte’s already proven he’s a great club manager, this summer might tell us he’s also a great national team manager. Or it could say something else: Maybe such a thing doesn’t even exist.

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    http://www.football-italia.net/85601...-napoli-im-out

    I want to believe. Also a rumor Stones is headed to City.


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    Sounds like Koulibaly is really trying to pressure Napoli into stepping up quickly. He's so adamant in his quotes that it really comes off as a big negotiation tactic with his current club. Here's to hoping though this dude is in West London soon. Would be hyped over the future of our CB position with Koulibaly, Zouma and Christensen.

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    Sounds like Koulibaly is really trying to pressure Napoli into stepping up quickly. He's so adamant in his quotes that it really comes off as a big negotiation tactic with his current club. Here's to hoping though this dude is in West London soon. Would be hyped over the future of our CB position with Koulibaly, Zouma and Christensen.
    Ya but has a manager ever had success with a 3 back defense?

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    I'm not saying to throw out a back line of only Koulibaly, Zouma and Christensen in the future. I'm saying that if we have those three guys, that's incredible for our two CB spots going forward. The two full backs would hopefully still be on the pitch running a 4-3-3. But if those 3 centerbacks are on the roster, life is good for that position.

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    Hah I was actually hinting that Conte is adept at running 3 CBs.


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    It's happening?!?!?! Wonder if Diego to Atletico is a real thing or not if we're spending that level of money on him. I'd be all for those two pairing up as they provide different strengths.

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    Hypothetical once Happy is healthy....

    Courtois
    Azpilicueta-Zouma-Koulibaly-Baba
    Fabregas-Matic-Nainggolan
    Morata-Costa-Hazard

    Main bench could be Begovic, RLC, Willian, Traore, Pedro, Cahill, Ivanovic

    Hard to find spots for Terry, Oscar, Kenedy if all of the above are healthy/aren't sold.

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