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“Incredible” César Azpilicueta “one of the best in the world” as the right-sided center back in the backline of the 3-4-3. For a right back, turned left back, turned center back, that’s tremendous.

Conte
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Asked if Chelsea have an advantage with their fixture schedule, the Chelsea boss replied: ‘In this moment, I think the real advantage was before, because when you arrive in a new team and you have to bring your idea, your philosophy, you make a lot of work, you need a lot of time to work all week, I think this is the real advantage.


‘Now, to watch Champions League or Europa league on TV is not good for me or the players because we want to stay there to play for something important.

‘We have this situation because of last season, not because someone invented it. Last season was very bad.’
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Indeed, would have been difficult making such a drastic formation change when you only train for 2 days then play again.

But now the team is settled, 4-5 changes can be made and it's still the same style of play.
This line was killer blow to shut-up someone who keeps ranting.LOL!

‘We have this situation because of last season, not because someone invented it. Last season was very bad.’
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That is the best way to get back to the mind games specialist. "Last season was very bad"
note this is the point i made before about not having midweek games, especially important for new coach and players to adapt to eachother. when you play midweek there's very little time to prepare tactics etc as players need recovery days between games.

the same still holds true, you wont be travelling to russia and back before the FA cup.. i consider that a big advantage... in terms of prep and recovery time. hopefully we dont pick up more injuries.
Bro nobody is denying it makes a difference. It's just that we won the league with CL, and also we won capital one cup. That was 2 seasons ago. Infact at the same time at this point of the season in 2015 we were also on 60 points.
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Nah there were people saying it makes no difference, thats why I made the point in the first place.
SIF - Nobody is saying having extra rest and less games to play is not advantage.

1. Conte has more time to prepare because of European fixtures(which is not his fault) and its an advantage that has helped him fight for title with team that finished 10th last season and was leaking goals left and right + His main striker tried to leave couple of time already. Din't get all his targets and settled for Luiz & Alonso in the end + got thrashed by rivals start of the season + had a short pre-season because of International commitments

2. Jose has already managed in PL before for 6 seasons and knows league in and out + spent good money in transfer market to upgrade a already good squad which finished 5th last season only because of goal difference. + Got all his main targets like Pogba , Zlatan , Michy & Baily etc. + Had full pre-season to prepare without any international commitments + started season with community shield win and 5 wins in a row.

Please decide which one is a bigger advantage SIF?
stop beating a dead horse jeez...

United fans gotta get used to not being the best team in England anymore ( echo...wait for the comments replying " Are you saying CHELSEA is the best team dont kid yourself etc etc)

Keep your pants on
Nobody is saying that Chelsea are winning because thy don't have European football. Just that it is easier to play less games than it is to play more games. Maybe you should keep your pants on
Maybe some people are saying it makes no difference.

90% of people and 100% of unbiased people are saying this: Basically every top team for the entire history of the Premier League has had to juggle multiple priorities and mid week games, and plenty of times the League, FA, League Cup, and European Cup winners played just as many or more games than their competitors;

any club/fan pointing to Chelsea's schedule as the excuse for why we are in 1st and they aren't are full of s**t.

I got into a debate with another FT user a month ago (don't remember who) and their entire argument was that the League is different as of last season and that the only League winners we will see for the next couple of seasons -- if the League as he currently describes it continues -- will be the club with the least fixtures.

This is at least a self-aware argument. I disagree with it, but it has clear parameters and offers an argument and some support for why he thought it was ok to place most of the rationale for Chelsea's League position on our less congested schedule.

The argument, divorced from the contention that the League is just different now than before, ignores over 20 years of history.
"Nobody is saying that Chelsea are winning because thy don't have European football"

Uh, plenty of people are. This is entirely non-scientific but here's my pedestrian assessment:

"People Saying Chelsea are Winning Due to No European Football"
-33% are saying that
-33% are saying it is a large part of it
-33% are saying it is a small part of it

"Chelsea Fans Saying Extra Rest is Not an Advantage"
-5% are saying that
-95% are saying it is an advantage, but almost every Premier League winner in its history has had just as many if not more games than the competition they finish above...so it is a lame excuse.
It must really hurt some of you fans to see Mourinho at Manchester United, but who cares they are struggling for 5th spot against Liverpool.
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We're four points off second and haven't lost a league game since October. I think it's harsh to say we are struggling for fifth, let's just see where things fall at the end of the season
This guy is everywhere
If Ranieri hadn't won them the league last year, he would have long gone even before Christmas. Probably gonna get kicked out by Sevilla. Guess what, You don't get anything for history.It's what your produce now that counts. I think The owner has stuck by him as long as they can, and they can't do it any longer. I for one, Agree.
HEY IT'S MRBUKLAU!!!
Best of luck for rest of the season bro...hopefully you guys say-up
Buk how's the super league?
LOLSpurs.

Wow, Gent are such a horrible team. English football is so overrated. I cannot come to terms with how a Premier League team, supposedly challenging for the title, can lose so badly to such a terrible team, that too, over two legs!
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Unbelievable from Spurs..in CL also they had decent group and somehow managed to get knocked-out. But losing to Gent over 2 legs is embarrassing.

Harry Redknapp keeps whining that they are the best XI in PL :P
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The only time Harry Redknapp spoke sense (or truth) was his prediction about Lampard. The rest of the time, he's just been a lying sack of lard.
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I wonder if you even saw the match?
^no need to see the match. Spurs lost to a team I've never heard of lol
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No Suraj, But fact remains that Gent outscored you guys over two legs.
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@Suraj: Yes I did, and I repeat, Gent are a terrible team. The game only confirmed that. What it also confirmed, is that Tottenham is a team full of talented players with no collective brain.

Also, for that tackle, that son of bitch Alli should be banned for half a dozen games. What you will hear from all these Tottenham bootlickers on BT Sport is how "he isn't that sort of lad, but he needs to cut it out of his game". Imagine if that was a non-English (especially, non-European) player.
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@Liquidator: If you watched the game then I wonder how you came up with lose so badly. We clearly were very good(as we should be) today despite being a man down.
Not sure where the no collective brain observation comes from considering we created enough to win and win well.

Yup, Dele's tackle was a proper leg breaker. Should be longer than a standard ban.

Anyway, you do seem to hate Spurs as if they screwed over your life in some personal sort of way. Your forum, so I will be off having clarified that you did indeed see the game before making some 'astute' observations.

@Raj and Bazinga: Makes a lot more sense then. :D
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Surja - Nobody is hating on Spurs...if anything we are surprised and find it hard to believe how a good team keeps chocking itself again and again at big stage.
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If you think that was a very good performance by Tottenham, good luck to you buddy.

I guess these days, a very good performance is only when you create chances. It does not matter if you lose an away leg to a garbage team, or put your team in trouble by making a horrible tackle, or take pot shots from impossible angles when you have players in the box, etc.
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North London, the gift that keeps on giving.
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Losing to Gent over 2 legs is a disgrace!!!

North London the bottling capital of football.
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Mourinho wins Premier League - gets sacked the next season

Ranieri wins Premier League - gets sacked the next season.

Wenger is smart.
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Crazy stuff
Cant get sacked if you dont win thr league http://i.imgur.com/9XTJE1L.jpg

But are they now going to hire di matteo and win the champions league?(took charge of Chelsea after first match of ro16)

I'm worried for Conte now :P
I see reposting comments from reddit is a thing now
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RANIERI SACKED. wow
Winning the premier league is now a poisoned chalice
out of litterally nothing comes Vardy. lets go!
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Vardy is living the dream. Went from non-league football to scoring in Champions League. Stuff of dreams.
Chelsea should sign Mahrez. His price probably dropped by 25m by now.
I have not watched him play this season...Is he playing well or one season wonder?
He's not playing well, but their team is so disjointed it's hard to fairly judge his play. They have no midfield and an even worse defence.
Mahrez on the RW will be good option actually...like you said 30m should be enough to tempt Leicester city
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...and he will want to leave. Schmeichel will probably also find offers from larger clubs..

Damn Leicester look so tired in this game. Like they all palying on 70% or something,

....Aaand they scored hahah!
Hazard, Mahrez, Pedro, Willian should be good enough to manage PL and CL games.
Im convinced that both Mahrez and Vardy would perform well in bigger teams - they´re just not really getting the setups they should.

Mahrez keeps getting highflying passes, he then has to chest down on the line, ive seen not one single deep flat pass to run with. Even though every time he gets it, he goes past at least one player.
Naa to Mahrez. We could use Dries Mertens, Radja Nainggolan, type players. Mahrez will most likely fail at Chelsea
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Not that convinced by him tbh. He would be a good squad player. But is he a starter over Pedro or even Willian?
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Chelsea’s Champions League pedigree still sets the standard for English clubs

https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/feb/22/chelsea-champions-league-pedigree-english-clubs-manchester-city?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Copy_to_clipboard

Good read if u got a few minutes to spare.

Summary: Chelsea won all there is to win in Club football within a decade of Roman's reign so other PL Club's should stop giving excuses.
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City tried same approach but not there yet
"In all, Chelsea have competed in 14 Champions League campaigns, during which time they have become the first London club to win the trophy, lost a final on penalties, and reached the semi-finals on no fewer than 7 occasions. What that means is that in the Champions League era they have been almost as good as Manchester United"
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My favourite part of the article :

"Yet that does not tell the whole story. Chelsea are in fact the elephant in the room in this discussion, since they run counter to the general assumption that Champions League arrivistes cannot quickly break into the big club cartel. The side that José Mourinho built with Roman Abramovich’s money almost reached their first final in 2005, when only Luis García’s phantom goal separated the sides in the semi-final at Anfield. The side that Guus Hiddink inherited via Avram Grant and Luiz Felipe Scolari would almost certainly have reached the final in 2009 but for the antics of the Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo, and not only that they would have stood a more than decent chance of beating Manchester United in Rome. The team that finally won the Champions League in 2012 were on their sixth manager in five years since Mourinho, yet still playing in a recognisable and highly effective way, rather giving the lie to the theory that you need an experienced and steady hand at the tiller to have any chance in Europe"
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...i mean if you have the luck, anything is possible. RDM's chelsea were quite fortunate to win CL, they were more or less outplayed by their last 2 opponents and they werent even top 4 in the league that season.
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^United were lucky because Terry slipped in 2008 and Bayern switched-off and concede 2 goals in final 3 min in 1999?

luck is everywhere you know :D...so basically united won because opposition screwed-up and not because they deserved

In 04-05, we were eliminated by the ghost goal by Liverpool. In 05-06, we went out in penalties in semi finals,...In 2009 horror Referee show at bridge cost us against Barca in 1-1 draw.

We surly dint win CL with our best team or when we played best...But we were unlucky several times to miss it as well.

RDM team came back from 1-3 deficit to beat Napoli at home , Beat Barca fair and squad 3-2 on aggregate with 10 men for 60min , Beat Bayern after going 1-0 down with 5 min left.

That team made its own luck...nothing just come out of the blue to win it for them. It was just incredible how they just dint let go
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Yes of course, luck's an important part of any team's success.
Every team than has won any cup competition has had some luck on the way. Real won la decima without playing any big team until the final and even then they got Lucky.

Luck is not the premise of the article. The article is highlighting Chelsea's achievement in the CL since our Sugar Daddy came around aa evidence that a Club can do well in Europe irrespective of how long they've been in the competition or not having a veteran Manager.

The article made a salient point let's not get petty. Luck is a common denominator for every team in a Cup competition not just Chelsea.
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To do well in CL against major European giants like Barca, Bayern and Real. You should either be good enough to outscore them OR have a solid defense and be brutal in converting chances.

Chelsea have always been very organized team at the back and even the likes of Barca have always struggled to break us down. Also our attack was led by Drogba & Lampard who convert atleast 70% of chances the get.

Even united did very well in CL when they had solid back 4 with Vidic , Rio ,Evra, Neville etc

This clearly explains why other English teams have struggled to do well in Europe.

Wenger always underestimates defense. Only reason his team managed to reach finals in 2006 his team was the solid attack they had back then was neck to neck with Barca. Liverpool have had the same problem over the year and City as well.

I have no idea how Spurs got knockout so early...They are very organized team and its not easy to break them down.
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