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Premier league club's preseason air miles:

http://i.imgur.com/ir1644j.jpg

Especially after WC, it's good to not have to fly so much.
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All I can think of is why is Hull there if they don't have any miles on them? Is it just for reference or to make them feel bad?
Newcastle lol they are playing in mars lmao.
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Ghanakid, nah just showing Hull aren't flying anywhere. They're getting ready to play in Europa.
Good for them then. It just looked odd with them at the bottom AND with no miles on them when the list is not in a numerical ranking order.
I think what Jose said today about this GK situation is more controversial than i initially thought, I see no logic in it at all.

"Maybe one of them won’t be happy, but Chelsea supporters will be happy and they’re more important than players"

Like what the actual fk? I really really hope he's not gonna bench Courtois, how will that make us happy? Thinking about this more and more, it really makes zero sense to have both of them, we have to let Petr go or this situation will end in tears. Cech, a top Mourinho favorite, starts, Courtois is subject to starting a few times a month, he gets unhappy and leaves in the next summer transfer window (or we have to let him go for free in the next window the following year).

This actually makes no sense. Thoughts?
Courtois can't be benched, he has 2 years left on his deal and I'm sure starting assurances are a major part in him renewing or not.

Also Mourinho talked with Courtois, this is why he's returning - surely he knows something we don't.
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Mou will play the best player for his system. No need to worry mate.

Here's how I think he will choose (from a logical Mou perspective):

1. Who is in better form?
2. Who fits the CFC defensive style better?
3. Who has better attributes depending on the style of attack of the opposition?
4. Who is going to help build CFC for the next decade?

For me, regardless of whether he benches Courtois or not, I'm sure he will get the best out of both players and have Courtois sign a contract extension for sure.
Courtois cant be benched or we may loss him for free as he wont sign new contract sitting on the bench.
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It's very simple, regardless of form, regardless of who fits us better, regardless of who has a better hairstlye, If Courtois does not start almost every game, he will leave in the summer and we'll have lost the best gk out there.

We all know Mourinho's got his favorites, and Cech is probably on the top of that list
"Managers lie" direct quote from Jose just over a year ago. Jose is doing his best to keep all involved happy. I'm sure he'd love to have both Cech and Courtois at his disposal this year but it's Courtois who will be more volitiale the less he plays. So most likely Courtois will play alot more than Cech if they do both stay.
Bluff, what do you mean by he has favourites? Do you mean he picks the players that best fit the style in which he wants to play at? Because that technically is what a manager is supposed to do.

People said the same about Casillas and Diego Lopez, but you don't here people talking now. Diego Lopez out performed Casillas and everybody cried about it and that he was splitting the team because of the hierarchy but Deigo Lopez actually deserved to be playing.

Same thing with the whole Oscar over Mata debate. In hindsight, that was a damn good move.

Even more recently, we have all this talk about Ramires. Face it, regardless of his faulty season last year (which in retrospect isn't a big deal), who would be a better option for the team knowing the type of squad Mou likes to have? Who else is an engine like Rambo that has both attacking pace and defensive capabilities?

Again, Mou will make the best decision for the team depending on who fits the style in which he wants to play.
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Mou will pick the team he thinks will win...he may or may not get it right all the time though...chelsea were two shiity games against sunderland and norwich from winning the title lol...whats all the bullshit about favorites lol...
Don't get me wrong, i don't mean favorites in the wrong way, just players who Mourinho has a liken to, like Ramires, Willian, Cech, Bane, Terry etc.

We'll see what happens when the season starts but if it's Cech vs Courtois then Courtois will simply move to a club where there is no "vs. ___" (and there are plenty of those)

Courtois is the real deal and not raw like Lukaku, he merits a starting berth, we should hold more value to this rare gem we have, it's time for Cech to move on (I mean that in the least harshest way possible).
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I agree with BluFF. Even if Cech fits better in Mou's system short term wise, Courtois has to start. To Courtois, Chelsea is just an employer, and he has no problem finding another big team if he decides to leave. Cech prolly has 2-3 good yrs left, but Courtois is only 22 and already one of the best in the world. The answer is simple, really.
Sure, I'll take quality youth and someone who can command the net for the next decade any day, but his loyalty and commitment to the club needs to improve then. Right now, he might think he owes CFC nothing, but truthfully he got the best deal out of it. He got to play at a great club for three years, be in the starting line-up, win trophies and then move to another great club. What's the big deal?

I think that about all our Belgian youth tbh. Lukaku, Courtois, even Hazard to some extent. For some reason when I see them, I don't think of them as Blue to the core. Just guys to be eventually sold to the highest bidder. Obviously, it's too early to really tell and they are all fantastic players, but damn those guys just have a huge sense of entitlement. Humility is not their strong suit.

People like Schurrle, Oscar, Matic, Cahill and Azpi... those guys just make me feel like they'd retire or play out their best years here like Lamps, Paulo Ferrera, and King Drogba.
I see what Ghanakid is saying..

Hypothetically, we play Courtois, Cech is unhappy and moves to another club, then Courtois doesn't sign a contract anyway because Madrid come calling. What'll we do then? We'll be screwed.

Courtois has to sit down and tell Jose he will play with full commitment to the club. And sign the contract before we sell Cech, if we have to.
Andre herrea is such a beast. Controls the middle of the park well and his mouthwatering final pass. Wish we got that guy also
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He is good...but not enough to wish he would have joined us.

And the mouthwatering final passes?? let me remind u that we have Cesc..not many will better his final passes.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhOUweUTA5s

@Theo, he aasists 3 goals in the 2nd half. Like what Drey said, he got a mouthwatering final pass.
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Sadly, there's only so many midfielders we can buy lol.

Anyway he looked good yesterday (only saw 1st half) another quality Spanish midfielder in a long long list.
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Pewpew is absolutely right. Bertrand Traore was on fire last summer and he didn't even get a spot in the first team. Pre-season is all about experimentation and gaining fitness.
He looks a good player. But pre season is not a place to judge players.
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LOL. A useless pre-season game against La Galaxy means nothing, regardless of who the player is.
I wouldn't judge Herrera on pre-season, I would judge him on what he has done in La Liga, he was awesome for Bilbao last year.

Big upgrade on anything we've got in our central midfield anyway, really happy we signed him, time will tell if he really was a great buy or not but he does look very silky, offers us something different anyway.
Preseason or not, he's a very tidy player who was among the most creative mids in la liga with Koke, Rakitic and Fabregas. So not surprising he'd rip a team like Galaxy lol.

@Bazinga - https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BtUJfCvCMAAFtCp.png

Mata was very creative and decisive for us, but Fabregas can even top what he did since he actually has a striker to work with, and there's also Schurrle!
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Pre-season is always a little inconclusive unfortunately.
you guys act like he just dropped from planet mars and no on knows if he's decent or not. this guy has played over 100 la liga and european games. he's got quality. whether or not that translate to being great with us remains to be seen but the talent is there for all to see. he's already smashed us to bits in europa so we know first hand he can boss games, but he's also produced great performances for bilbao vs teams like barca and madrid in la liga. just because he isnt a household name to EPL fans doesnt mean he isnt a proven good player.
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Frank Lampard has joined MLS side New York City FC

http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/28188979
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Piazon loaned to Frankfurt (not a bad move)

http://www.chelseafc.com/news/latest-news/2014/07/piazon-loaned-to-frankfurt.html
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He wont come back again...Josh and this guy will be sold in a season or 2.
What gives you an impression that he won't come back again? do you think they are not capable to join the ranks in the future?
If hes good enough he'll get into the team...
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i think he will be sold for profits which i dont have any problem with. too many quality players in his position
I think that we should give Romeu a chance. He'd be a great player in a 4-3-3 formation. We should give him the role he had at Valencia and that is controlling the midfield. That gives us more balance.

--------------------------Costa---------------------------
------Hazard--------------------------------Schürrle------
---------------Fabregas-----------------------------------
-----------------------------------Romeu------------------
--------------------------Matic---------------------------
-----Filipe-------------------------------------Cesar-----
------------------Terry----------Cahill-------------------
------------------------Courtois--------------------------

This line-up gives great balance. We are good offensively and defensively. Romeu did good in Valencia and he performed against the likes of Real Madrid etc. He is ready to be starter in my opinion. Too bad he got injured when Benitez was here.
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Romeu is Matic's backup though, so not likely that both start together. MvG and Ramires will fight for b2b role.
I wanf boga as our RW tbh.. Hes honestly bettwr than Salah in alot of department..and hes only 17
^no hes not, please stop judgeing players based on pre season performances, Salah is a top player with experience from champions league and National team as well as the player of the year in Switzerland, people really need to stop judging him on pre season the guy has got immense technical ability and so much more in his locker that he hasent been given a chance to showcase yet, Boga looks to be top talent and has a great future but he needs to further develop and gain some experience to compete with the first team boys. If we are evaluating players based on pre season KDB and Marin would have been in our starting 11.
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As for Romeu he is too similar to Matic, and will be his replacement in case of injury or suspension
Willian instead of Schurrle
Schurrle better as a sub
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Willian instead of Schurrle
Schurrle better as a sub
--------------------------Costa---------------------------
------Hazard--------------------------------Schurrle------
---------------Fabregas-----------------------------------
-----------------------------------Oscar------------------
--------------------------Matic---------------------------
-----Filipe-------------------------------------Cesar-----
------------------Terry----------Cahill-------------------
------------------------Courtois--------------------------

Oscar can help defensively and he would be more useful compared to Romeu...I would like this formation against parked buses
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Liverpool lost 1-0 to Roma, Cole played, even in a different shirt he's trolling Liverpool, Legend.
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#respect
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@gigi_salmon 1h
Jose Mourinho confirmed to #ChelseaTV that Diego Costa @CesarAzpi @Torres @GaryJCahill @cesc4official will play 45mins on Sun LIVE on #CTV
+1
Would be interested to,see Torrea and Costa!!
Jose, on goalkeepers
"One won't be happy? But the Chelsea supporters will be happy and they're more important than players. If supporters have Cech or Courtois they will be happy because they know we're in safe hands," says Mourinho.
+6
Well said
Petr Cech, from his point of view, should go to another big club, he's simply too good to be a back up keeper. If he wants to stay as a backup and fight for his spot (regardless of whether he'll get it or not), then I'll have tremendous respect for the man. He's a legend regardless, up there with the likes of Drogba, Lampard, Terry.
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dont worry guys. it happened the same way to Cudicini back in 2004-05.

We had Cech starting and Cudicini on the bench
Edit: forget everything is said, this makes ZERO sense
There is no harm in having 2 world class keepers (injury doesn't signify), Mourinho had been in the same situation before when he bought Cech to replace Cudicini as number 1 KP which eventually paid off at the long run. We can't just send CECH packing just bcos we have seen a replacement for him, it would have been ideal to do so if he is in a state of retrogression, but he is still capable to contest at the top level.

Most importantly, Petr Cech is 9 matches away to break David James' EPL record of 170 clean sheets; it won't be wise enough for him to just give up at this juncture.
Why will all the other guys start training again......next two weeks


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