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Anyways, I prefer Rahman despite the fee. Telles isnt the best at defending.. he really reminds me of Moreno of liverpool
I think Rahman is the Lukaku of CB. Don't worry, I don't mean it like that..

..I mean in terms of physical attributes, he is raw for sure, but he has the potential to become world class just needs proper tutelage. I'd prefer Rahman too.
Alex Telles (Brazilian LB, from Galatasaray) to Chelsea is near completion.
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Another Brazilian?? Jose and his love for Portuguese speaking players is becoming predictable :P
Galatasaray's 22-year-old full-back Alex Telles is reportedly close to sealing his move to Stamford Bridge according to David Amoyal from gianlucadimarzio.com.

While no transfer fees were mentioned in the report, Amoyal states that Chelsea and Galatasaray are in the final stages of negotiations, beating Juventus and Inter for the promising young Brazilian.


Hmmmm. Ironic how I bought him on fifa about a week ago. *cue bobby schmurdas song*
Drogba goes to Montreal, good luck Drogba , Beast it there
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Hey guys. With the Premier League set to commence on August 8th so will the new season of Fantasy Premier League. Last season we had a Head-To-Head league for Footytube members with over 40 participants, and it was great fun.

I've taken the initiative to create another Head-To-Head league for anyone here on Footytube who is interested. Here is the league code:

321123-226354

Hope to see you in the league!
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Stones, baba and a CM? I am scared with the thought of Mikel and Ramires as CDM backups
CM looks off atm. Stones and especially Baba Rahman are likely though.
What about Pogba?
http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11668/9926104/john-terry-says-chelsea-only-premier-league-club-he-will-play-for
Captain, Leader , Legend
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Hey do you guys think your lack of spend has anything to do with the new stadium? Or is Roman paying the entire tab?
I think it's because the first time in a long time, we don't need a starter to come into the club. Only real worries was a 3rd striker(which we got), and backup goalkeeper(which we got), and depth in defense(which isn't that major but still important)
I think they have the most complete team when comparing to others.
I think the only back up in defense you are lacking is cover for Azpi isn't it?
This is our 3rd successive window with net spending below 50m...So, I dont think its because of the stadium.

I have noticed a new trend of "Sell to fund money for a new signing" and bring in few loaned and youth players into 1st team (Moses, RLC and Traore)

Cech out for 11m and Begovic in for 8m, Salah and Luis out for a combined fee of 25m+ to fund for a defender( Baba or Stones)

IMO, we all saw this coming when the loan system started and the club started to selling key players like Mata , Luiz , kdb etc..to fund for new signings.

As per rumors Roman is paying for the entire stadium cost...but not sure how true those rumors are.

Doesn't matter if he pays or not...I can see the stingy transfer strategy continuing for may more years

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Thats what Baba Rahman is for. In terms of first team replacements, only Pedro or Pogba would start over anyone we already have, which says alot. Complacency is a killer though. How many more seasons can Terry marshal the back line? At least Zouma is looking promising. If we went into the season without making any more signings I'd say its going to be very difficult to repeat as champions.
man i'm not buying that most complete argument. barca won the treble and have a transfer ban and still saw fit to reinforce. i do think it's strange that you have not added to your team, only replaced outgoing players. i think you guys were really fortunate with injuries, but it's only a matter of time before luck evens out. do you think you have proper depth across the whole squad? i know some were wanting the likes of pogba and then pedro, so surely there are places that could be improved but strange to see chelsea sit idle in with the market open, almost as if they are being contained and made to be conservative. but it's also entirely reasonable to say you guys dont feel the need to get a starter or another squad player, maybe waiting for the right deal/opportunity.
I get the feeling that the lack of spending could have something to do with the stadium. If we are wrong though, this could just be waiting it out this season. If targets are not met, then expect massive expenditure next season.
Isn't the club already under huge debt? This tw we don't really require big spending so the club or abramovic might have said no to huge spending + the stadium
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What I don't get is basically the same thing SIF said. A player of Pedro's quality is available for a very low price and he'd fit at our weakest position (RW) yet we aren't agressively pursuing him. We could sell Salah (who doesn't want to rejoin us) and barely lose any money. We don't have to break transfer records to improve the teamwe just have to do smart business like the last couple seasons. But maybe Jose sees something in this group we already have and he wants to build the chemistry more.

I still think its a mistake to not fix the weakest links in our team. By fix I mean replace really. There's a template for winning the title, "always be upgrading", all the big clubs do it. It is worrysome that we seem to be throwing that template out the window. We've had a nice 2 year span without a manager change. This is new for many of us as prior to Jose, it was a new manager every year before him. I'd hate to see us struggle and end up back in the market for a new manager. We've literally been through all of the greats already.

What I think is happening that we aren't seeing is that Jose sees viable replacements in players we already have. Moses and Traore are both more than satisfactory players. We have such a large pool of talent in our loan factory that we may not need to dip into the market. At least here's hoping.
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^ Will the likes of Traore or Moses ever get a chance if we buy Pedro?? IMO that would be end of road most likely.

Moses and Traore might not be half as good as Pedro. But Jose feels they can do the job expected from a Back-up.

Hazard, Willian , Cuadrado , Moses , Traore and even Remy can play on Wing if needed. So we have 5-6 players for 2 spots and like Jose said in the interview...we will only buy if one of them leave.

Lets wait at least until Jose fails with his attempt to utilize the loanes and youth player instead of dipping into the market....I'm sure Roman would have given him enough confidence to try this

Please check-out the analysis from Gary Neville about how Jose has turned a average team into champions with some smart spending...Also he mentioned how Roman was following youth games and possibility of him giving enough confidence to Jose to try and bring in youth and loaned player into 1st team

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tIFL2p1fJo
Those are my thoughts as well c61. I think with moses and traore we already have significant upgrades from last season in depth. Those two alongside cuadrado make for some really decent backup on the wings and quite a bit of variety as well.

I think that though is only a third of it. The rest comes down to there being no quality player on the market who fit both Jose's plan and the clubs requirements. I don't think Pedro would have been a hit with us, and I really don't believe he would have fit in at rw in this league, or in our system. Our right wing plays as more of an right sided attacking midfielder, allowing space for Ivan to bomb forward. Pedro has only ever played well as an advanced wide player in a 4-3-3. And let's not forget he's turning 28 I think this month.

Long story short, no quality players who match what jose and the club are looking for, and because of the quality we have in traore and Moses, the club did not feel the need to spend anything on another quadrado/salah.
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Here is how I see it so far:

Done:
1. Cech out, Begovic in = slightly weakened.
2. Salah out, Moses + Traore in = considerably strengthened.
3. Drogba out, Falcao in = potentially strengthened, but could be equivalent.
4. RLC in = slightly strengthened.

Might happen:
4. Luis out, Rahman in = slightly weakened in the short term.
5. Stones in = strongly strengthened.

So, on balance, we are either slightly stronger, or on par (with the potential for improvement in the elite young players like Oscar and Hazard).

So, even if we were not to make a big money signing (Witsel?), as long as complacency does not take its toll, we should still be considered as slight favourites for the league.
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for all the reasons stated, i think you guys could get away with not really upgrading via the market, but it could be risky for the reasons i stated (injuries) and other teams upgrading. i think this season will be a lot more competitive than last for the top 5 teams: generally, across the board, i think teams have spent wisely and upgraded some key weak areas (City pacy winger, utd midfield and somewhat defense, arsenal gk, have not really followed spurs, and liverpool everything lol). i just hope it translates in good showing in europe.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CEQzv6PWgAEqeSl.jpg


The hell did I just read
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Gotta put up a NSFW. Even though tamed, kinda hard to explain that picture to anyone screen looking
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Thanks Aaron
I am a simple man. I see boobs, I press like.
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Vintage Cech
https://vine.co/v/egtDZxxwZDg

Drogba and Cech used to turn games around with passes like these
And people used to say his kicking is bad.

I always thought he has good GK kicking
He's one of the best in the world, but to be honest his goalkicks are consistently horrible, like 80% of the time they would go out or staight to the opponents team, was the only hole in his game.
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Kaiba is right. Over the last 6/7 years Cech only pinpointed a handfull of his long kicks. The rest of the time he would be terribly inaccurate. Its the simple truth really. Drogba had something to do with the few that made it near him because he was so tenacious in the air. That was a luxury we don't have anymore. Hopefully Costa can fill those shoes.
I always have faith during goalkicks whem Dorgbas around cuz he always jump and somehow he always win it lol.

Costa doesn't always win headers during goalkicks if yall noticed
Saw this on Arsenal page

Cech 2 games 2 trophies

Correct me if im wrong...this does not count as silverware right ?? I think even the Community shields wont count.
Only counts if your team goes 9 years without a trophy.
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No it doesn't count as silverware. Chelsea have won just about 28 trophies/major honors in our history. Let's say we win the current pre season trophy we are participating in, we won't suddenly have 29 trophies instead, so no they don't count. But I'm sure it's banter from gooners, pretty much everyone knows these pre-season competitions don't count as trophies.
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I wrote it, and yes its a banter, its pre-season trophies of course not counted as real trophies... still nice to win them.

Hopefully it will be: Petr Cech 3 games 3 trophies ;)
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Atleast the community shield should count for something.....Anyways, hopefully Cech wont win any trophies at Arsenal. Its really annoying to see him in Arsenal shirt :(
Lol you should already know it's all jokes mate.
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The Emirates Cup: 4 teams involved lol
It's a joke XD
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Cech's next game is against Chelsea...Its going to be an epic battle btw 2 world class GK's.

Hopefully Courtois can help Jose can keep the unbeaten streak against wenger
http://snappa.static.pressassociation.io/assets/2015/06/29134338/1435581817-1a249ab5ba2169a3770c22b131e7afc1-1366x1276.jpg
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If you can take a joke on the internet. You dont beling in here. Im pretty sure the two game two trophies thing was just a joke. Pre season games count for nothing
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pre season Arsenal fans are never serious. Always joking about all their preseason glories(Bear Trophy) and being on top of the league.
I agree that Pre-season game counts for nothing...but Community shield should count for something right. i can see it listed as trophy for previous winners on wiki
We are trying to win a preseason treble...don't break our hearts!
The hype for community shield is real as it involves the winner of pl and fa cup plus it was the only friendly game which will bring big teams against each other in the past few decade. So the excitement is real. Im pretty pumped up too.

But it is still a friendly game...
Community Shield is the only friendly game not treated like one. Teams generally bring out their best squad and play very physical
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Teams trophy drought record:

Chelsea: 50 years
Man Utd: 26 years
Man City: 45 years
Inter Milan: 42 years
Birmingham: 48 years
Aston villa: 71 years





Arsenal: 9years


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