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Have Chelsea identified the next Frank Lampard?

Chelsea to this point have never been able to replace Frank Lampard and his goalscoring exploits from midfield in my view but according to various reports, it looks as though Chelsea have identified someone who could offer goals from that position and will turn to the Bundesliga to try and lure him to Stamford Bridge. The player in question is Henrik Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund.

Henrik Mkhitaryan fact-file. 

The 27-year old Armenian attacking midfielder came to the fore in his time spent at Shakhtar Donetsk when he signed for the Ukrainian side for 7.5m Euros in 2010. In the 2012-13 season, Pat Nevin the former Chelsea player turned Pundit spoke of Mkhitaryan and said:

"Eleven goals in eight league matches already is fantastic, but when you add that he is a midfielder, it is phenomenal. You may not have heard of him yet, even if all the scouts at the top European clubs have, but you soon will. He has pace, skill, a rocket of a shot and the ability to arrive in the box like Frank Lampard. This all singles him out as a player who must be watched or more importantly marked"

He had won numerous awards for his performances there and was named in UEFA's top 100 players that year. In three seasons he had made 104 appearances scoring 44 goals and he had built his reputation enough for Dortmund to pay 27.5m Euros (£23.6m) in the summer of 2014.

At Dortmund however, Mkhitaryan has built on his reputation under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp for two seasons and now under the new management there. His first season was impressive scoring 13 goals in 46 appearances but the following season, the last under Klopp was disappointing registering only 4 times in 41 appearances. This season, the attacking midfielder is back to his best and to date has scored 23 goals in 49 appearances.

Apart from the second season in Germany, Mkhitaryan has demonstrated his ability to score goals from midfield and has built a reputation for arriving late just at the right time in the box. Remind you anyone?

The way the game is evolving and the strength of our league now, it's vitally important that you have a team with players that can score goals from any area of the pitch. You cannot simply rely on the strikers to weigh in over the course of a season. Chelsea's problem has been exactly that this year and but for our title winning season last term, it's plagued us in seasons before.

If he was to become available this summer then you would imagine that Klopp would be back in for his services to try and lure him to Anfield but will face stiff competition for his services from Chelsea and Arsenal according to recent reports because 'he fancies a move to London'.

The problem Chelsea would have is the lack of Champions League football whereas our North London rivals maybe able to offer that providing they finish inside the top four. That's the problem Chelsea will face in the summer trying to lure anyone of note here to work under Antonio Conte as he takes charge after the Euros.

What do you think of him? Is he someone you would like to see at Chelsea next season? Could he score goals for us as Frank Lampard on a regular basis in the prime of his Chelsea career?

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Premier League Goalkeeper "flattered" by reported interest from Chelsea.

With the reports that Thibaut Courtois will be sold after Antonio Conte has authorised the £50m sale of the Belgian, Chelsea are now being linked with a move for another giant Premier League Goalkeeper in Southampton's Fraser Forster. After reading reports of our interest, Forster has admitted that he is flattered to be linked with the move.

Forster factfile.

Forster started his career at Newcastle and after a few loan spells here and there, he made his mark with Norwich as he helped the club win promotion from League One back in 2009-10. The following year he joined Celtic on loan and really began to build his reputation. He signed a permanent contract with Celtic for £2.2m in 2012 and forced his way into the England squad shortly afterwards. He made 197 appearances for the Scottish club in five years and currently holds the record for not conceding a goal for 1,256 minutes. 

In August 2014 he signed for Southampton for £10m and remains their first choice goalkeeper having made to this point, 52 appearances. The figure is much lower than expected as he suffered a broken knee cap at the end of March 2015 and only returned to action in January 2016 against Chelsea - Chelsea won 2-1. 

Forster has made massive strides in recent years and is a real presence in that penalty box standing at a massive 6ft 7 inches tall. We have seen just how commanding Courtois can be but the Belgian is slight compared to Forsters physique.

I do expect Courtois to leave and believe that Forster would be an ideal signing. It's players such as Forster who need to have a chance at one of the big clubs in the League to really kick on now. He is the biggest challenger to Joe Hart in my opinion and with exposure to high profile games and hopefully, European football in two seasons time.

You would have to imagine that Southampton would want to make a healthy profit on the money they paid Celtic and would look for at least a figure of around £15m in the summer. It also would depend on what Chelsea intend to do with Asmir Begovic who has made it clear that he wants to play regular first team football next season.

What do you think of Forster? Would you look to bring him to Stamford Bridge this summer?
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Chelsea target wants to emulate Frank Lampard and talks of plans this summer.

Paul Pogba a rumoured Chelsea target has spoken of his ambition to emulate the stunning record of Frank Lampard at Chelsea, to win more trophies and has spoken of his plans beyond this season. Pogba has also responded to the link to Chelsea and the Premier League which makes very interesting reading.

This isn't the first time that Pogba has been linked to Chelsea. Pogba is a player that many of us admire and it's natural to put two and two together now that Antion Conte has been appointed as the new Chelsea manager, having taken Pogba to Juventus first of all. The problem Chelsea face is the amount of money it would take to force Juventus to sell one of their prized assets and for the player himself to sacrifice playing Champions League football for a season as Chelsea look to get back into biggest European competition next year.

So to the man himself and he was asked of the goals he wants to achieve, this summer and of a possible move to the Premier League. He said:

‘I’ve only won four Scudetti.

They’re not enough for me. I’ve always been like this, people called me crazy but I want to make history and become the strongest midfielder ever.

I’d like to surpass [Frank] Lampard. I want to be the midfielder who can do everything, and at the highest levels. Shooting, dribbling, scoring, defending. I want to be like Lampard, but better.

As for money, I know it comes and goes. I’d be lying if I said it makes no difference not having it, but I see it as a consequence of hard work.

The stronger you are, the more you make. Ronaldo deserves the pay he gets, it’s not like he steals it.

As for my future, I want to beat Carpi, then I want the Coppa Italia, and then Euro 2016 in France.

After that, I have a contract with Juventus, I can’t just get up one morning and take a plane to England. Ask the people who work in the transfer department’.

I cannot see Pogba emulating Frank Lampard as he isn't the same type of player in my eyes. Lampard was always more attack minded and had the knack of arriving late into the box just at the right time. Pogba is very different and has more of a laid back approach to the way he plays.

Pogba's stats so far compared to the Chelsea Legend are as follows: 

Pogba - 182 appearances to date - 34 goals
Lampard - 648 appearances - 211 goals. 

Without question, Paul Pogba is one of European football's biggest names and if he was to become available this summer, Chelsea would do well to try and lure him to the Bridge ahead of other European big-guns who would also be well interested in his services.

There is little doubt that he will win more trophies throughout the remainder of his career and hopefully that will be with Chelsea if Antonio Conte can work his magic and bring Pogba with him.

Being honest, I cannot see Pogba leaving Juventus this summer unless it was for big, big money and with financial fair play now being an important factor, Chelsea may have to look elsewhere.

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Antonio Conte "approves" £50m sale of this Chelsea star in the summer.

According to various reports in the press in recent days, Antonio Conte has given the go-ahead for the £50m sale of Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois who has become disillusioned with life at Stamford Bridge. Opinions vary but I am wondering what the Chelsea fans think of the news?

Courtois came back to Chelsea after spending three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid in La Liga. With just two years left on his contract and Chelsea having to face the possibility of Courtois being free to negotiate with other clubs a year later, Chelsea made him our first choice ahead of Petr Cech last season and wrapped up a five-year extension to his contract. As we know Chelsea won the Premier League and League Cup in his first season with the club. 

This season has been a very different story and a far cry from the heights of celebrating the title. Courtois was sent off in our opening game of the season, then suffered a serious injury which kept him out of the side for three months. After a return to the side and questions of his performances, Courtois has missed recent games for Chelsea after being sent off for the second time in our defeat against Manchester City. 

If the reports are true, Courtois faces that being his last appearance for Chelsea as Conte looks to mould the squad into the players he wants. There is a general opinion that Conte will take no crap from anyone at all and if they want to leave he will not stand in their way. I have to admit, I do get that opinion from the big Belgian shot-stopper. 

Let's not forget that Courtois was very, very critical of the Chelsea set-up this season in an interview published recently and it would have infuriated many of the Chelsea fans. 

The Champions League is where the big players want to showcase their ability season in, season out and without it next year, Chelsea could face losing a couple more as they look to move to clubs due to take part next year. Whether or not it's with Atletico or Real, Courtois being tipped with a move to Madrid. Will they pay the asking price? 
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Radja Nainggolan to sign for £26m but who's place do you think is under threat?

Radja Nainggolan is to sign for Chelsea this summer on a five-year contract in a deal worth a reported £26m from Roma. Having a reputation as being a combative midfielder, it leaves question marks over the other two players we have in that position currently. Who do you think is most under threat with his arrival?

John Obi Mikel and Nemanja Matic are the two in question here and it will be interesting to read your opinions. Both offer us something very different in that position and it would be interesting to see how Antontio Conte decides to adopt his tactical approach when he comes in because that would also affect who would be deemed as disposable.

I say that because if Conte decides to adopt a rigid defensive approach then things could favour John Obi Mikel who arguably is a better defensive midfielder who holds his position in front of the back four, whereas Nemanja Matic is much more dynamic in possession and likes to get forward into attacking areas.

It's a difficult question to answer really if you think about it despite plenty of people having a perception of Mikel with the ball it his feet. It's not about what he does with the ball in his position, it's what he does to protect and to win it back again that's important.

Matic is more mobile and does have his defensive qualities which you would imagine that Antonio Conte likes having brought Paul Pogba through at Juventus. Maybe he prefers that type of midfielder to play alongside Nainggolan next season rather than Mikel.

I just wonder if a decision has been made already with Mikel having made comments recently about his future at the club beyond the summer. He said:

"I have one more season with Chelsea but I know when this season ends, we will definitely sit down and try to sort out whatever needs to be sorted out.

If it means me leaving, fine. If it means me staying, then I have to play because one thing I don't want to do is to sit on the bench like I did before.

It's not very nice, especially now when you have kids you just want to do what you can to play.

Wherever it is I just want to play. When this season ends we will definitely sort out the contracts.

Legacy is important and I'm very proud and happy that I've kept this legacy to be able to achieve what I have achieved."

What do you people think? Who is most at risk?
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Chelsea defender a target for Turkish giants?

Baba Rahman hasn't exactly made an impact since his arrival at Stamford Bridge and but for the arrival of Guus Hiddink, would have found his first team opportunities hard to come by. As a result, Turkish giants Fenerbahce have made the Ghanaian defender a prime target this summer. Chelsea would do well to recoup the £14m they paid for him!

He came here with an impressive reputation but we can all admit that we knew very little of him. The press gave coverage to our new signing and highlighted the fact that he made more tackles that anyone else in the Bundesliga (108 winning 90 of them).

As I have said numerous times before, new players to this country and this league need games and time to get used to things to settle down. Some would argue that he has that of late to which I understand but it's those first four or five months of the season that could have made a difference in my eyes.

For whatever reason, Jose Mourinho stuck with his decision to play Branislav Ivanovic at right back and Cesar Azpilicueta as left back throughout the nightmare period the team was having. If anything, the very first game against Swansea as Ivanovic was roasted time and time again should have forced Mourinho's hand to switch Azpilicueta back over to the right in his natural position, to then bring Baba in. As we know that didn't happen.

He has had a run of games under Guus Hiddink but that's down to injuries to the rest of our defence and for the most part he has done OK. He has made some costly mistakes (at the time) which he will learn from as he develops his game but it seems that is likely to be away from Stamford Bridge.

What do you think of Baba?

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Chelsea striker to leave this summer a rich man with a "broken" reputation - Roma are calling!

Radamel Falcao is a striker that many of us admired from afar for a few years. Chelsea fans will hate to admit it but he absolutely destroyed us in the UEFA Super Cup Final scoring FOUR goals. He came to this country and an horrific knee injury looking to rebuild his career but leaves two years later with his reputation in tatters but £22 million richer!

I have to admit that I remain a Falcao fan and have always been someone that believes in the saying "form is temporary, class is permanent". The problem with his situation these past two seasons is that he has come to the wrong League and to the wrong clubs to rebuild his career and reputation. If he wanted to get back to being as good as he was he should have looked to a League that isn't as strong or as demanding than the Premier League.

Anyone who has had a serious injury (which kept him out of the World Cup two years ago which is important to remember) needs a regular run of games to get a feel for things again, to get back into a rhythm and to get match-fit which is very different from just being fit. Most importantly of all, they need to get their confidence back and the goals should then come as we have seen throughout the years:

Falcao file: 

2009-2011 - FC Porto - 51 appearances, 41 goals. 
2011-2013 - Atletico Madrid - 68 appearances, 52 goals. 
2013 - Monaco - 20 appearances, 11 goals. 
2014 - 2015 - Manchester United - 26 appearances, 4 goals
2015 - 2016 - Chelsea - 10 appearances, 1 goal. 

**Appearances include as a substitute**

So to Antonio Conte coming in as Chelsea Manager next season and it seems that he has made it clear to the Colombian striker that he has no future beyond the summer at Stamford Bridge which is fair enough and if we are honest, what we have come to expect based on the last two years.

It seems that his destination will be Italy and to Roma where hopefully, he will get what he needs at the age of 30 which is regular first team football. I have little doubt as a result he will make a real success of things out there.

At least he has his £22 million!

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Solanke demands £50,00 per week, Chelsea stutter and Arsenal look to move in on a deal!

Dominic Solanke has reportedly "demanded" £50,000 per week to sign a new extended contract with Chelsea and the club now face a choice to cough up or lose him. I want to know, based on the problems we have had with our strike force over the last few years, if Chelsea should pay him the money and promote him to the first team squad from next season?

It's a difficult situation to manage because there is little doubts over his ability and natural talents to score goals. Last season, he bagged 40 goals in the Academy and proved that he needed to be tested at a much higher level which explains the move to Vitesse. At present, he has scored seven goals in twenty-four appearances.

I would imagine the club are hesitating in agreeing to his demands based on the fact that he has only featured for the first team as a late substitute without making a first team start. Why should they feel that they should be paying an 18-year old that amount of money? To put things into perspective here, it's what Tottenham are paying Harry Kane!

Described as one of the brightest talents in the game, Solanke has reached a point where he wants assurances from Chelsea of his future and he wants assurances that he WILL be involved at Stamford Bridge before he will sign anything.

This is where Arsenal are being reported to monitor the current situation and would be willing to offer the assurances he wants over in North London but NOT the money he is demanding!

Solanke file: 

2013-2014 - 20 goals in 25 games for the Under 18's - Jose Mourinho confirms will train with the first team 2014-2015

2014-2015 - Scores 41 goals in all competitions. 12 goals in 9 games in the UEFA Youth League

2015-2016 - Scores his first senior goal against Thailand All-Stars in our Pre-Season Tour
2015-2016 - Joins Vitesse on loan - To date scored 7 goals in 24 appearances. 

Do you think that Solanke is worth it? Is it time based on the record of our strikers generally in recent seasons, that someone like Solanke should be given the opportunity especially next season? Or, do you think that by demanding that ridiculous amounts of money (which is also being reported at over SEVEN times more than what he currently earns) could talk him out of a deal with any club?

I personally think we should offer him half of what he wants with assurances and incentives to do well, to kick on and if he is a success he will be rewarded. Let's have players here with motivation to do well!

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VIDEO: Bournemouth 1-4 Chelsea Highlights.

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Jamie Carragher and Cesc Fabregas Talk About Chelsea New Manager Conte & Pep Guardiola Tactics 2016

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Bournemouth - Chelsea: Preview, Lineups & Score Prediction

Chelsea visit Bournemouth at Dean Court on Saturday with a three-point lead over their 13th-placed hosts ahead of the weekend's action.

The Blues, 10th, are enduring the insipid end to the campaign many expected after they bowed out of the Champions League and FA Cup in March.

A 3-0 annihilation at the hands of Manchester City last Saturday illustrated the predicament Guus Hiddink will likely face until the final whistle sounds on the last day of the season on 15 May. Simply put, most his players no longer care.

Couple this with the fact Eddie Howe's men have already secured Premier League safety, this fixture is unlikely to produce a particularly passionate game of football.

Bournemouth Team News

Harry Arter (calf), Benik Afobe (hamstring) and Adam Smith (groin) are all set to miss the trip to Stamford Bridge.

Tyrone Mings (knee) and Tokelo Rantie (leg) remain sidelined with long-term injuries.

Bournemouth Starting XI Prediction

Boruc | Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels | Ritchie, Surman, Gosling, Gradel | King, Grabban

Previous Six Meetings

Chelsea 0-1 Bournemouth (Premier League, December 2015)
Bournemouth 0-1 Chelsea (League Cup, October 1994)
Chelsea 1-0 Bournemouth (League Cup, September 1994)
Bournemouth 2-3 Chelsea (Zenith Data Systems Cup, November 1989)
Chelsea 2-0 Bournemouth (League Division Two, March 1989)
Bournemouth 1-0 Chelsea (League Division Two, September 1988)

Score Prediction

With the exception of John Terry, Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, Willian and – in his own unorthodox manner – Diego Costa, virtually none of Hiddink's players demonstrate a willingness to fight for the Chelsea badge and finish as high up the Premier League table as possible. The fact little more than pride is at stake at this stage of the campaign shouldn't affect their attitude to the extinct it is.

It's difficult to imagine the Dutchman addressing this over the remaining five games of the season, so there's every chance we'll be watching more of the same dull, spiritless football until this calamitous season comes to an end.

Hiddink will probably throw a few younger faces into the mix in attempt to combat this, and one would hope an injection of youth will generate some intensity and desire among the eleven players who walk out onto the pitch today.

All any Chelsea fan asks at this point is for every player on the pitch to give his all, which has been rare to the point of embarrassment this season. I'm predicting a 1-1 draw. What are your score predictions?

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Much has been said of Eden Hazard this season and not much of it has been positive. Despite speculation over his future, reports state that he has told Antonio Conte his plans for next season!

Personally, I have never known a player to divide opinion as much as he has this season after what we can all agree has been a nightmare for him personally and for Chelsea Football Club. Having won honours last season both personally and with the club, this season has been dire to say the least and as yet, he has not registered a single goal in the Premier League after taking it by storm a year ago.

It's important to remember that Hazard is still only 25 and has he best of his footballing years ahead of him. We have all seen what he can do, the technical quality that he has and the amazing ability and that's why when it comes to reports on his future, people can have a very differing opinion.

The problem we have is speculation. Chelsea would normally fill the pages of our national press at least twice a week with possible signings or players being generally linked to leaving the club. Not a week goes by without something appearing. Generally, most of what we read is pure fabrication and you can pretty much fathom what has substance but with what has happened to Chelsea this season from the first game against Swansea, the press have moved into overdrive and it has not let up.

Just this past week we have read comments from Guus Hiddink stating that Eden Hazard has suffered an alarming dip in form and that he is in a dark place which further explains the turmoil he has had to face this season.

Being honest, everything looked as though Hazard was talking his way out of Chelsea and that he had enough of the abuse he was receiving from certain sections of the Chelsea fans on more than one occasion this season. He has often talked up his admiration for Zinedine Zidane which putting two and two together equals a move to Real Madrid and recently, ahead of our games against PSG, he also talked of a potential move there which did not go down well with the fans (which is partly as to why some people have expressed their frustrations). I had also reported that he was for sale for £80m but various sources would have you believe that no one wants to pay anything near that figure.

All of this seems as though it was a total waste of time because Eden Hazard has told Antonio Conte of his intentions to stay at Chelsea and make up for the poor season he has had this year. It is an amazing turn of events based on the speculation, his wages that also need to be considered and because at times he has generally looked like he was not interested.

A Chelsea team with Eden Hazard in it is better than a Chelsea team without him and this will be a massive boost to Conte ahead of him coming here. I think we can all agree that Roman Abramovich realises that we simply cannot afford to have another season like this one and as a result, he will throw plenty of money at Conte to spend in the hope that he can construct a team that is capable of reaching the top four as he bare minimum next season.

What do you people think of Hazard and his determination to stay and prove himself next season?
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FABREGAS ON MOURINHO: What do you think of his comments?

Cesc Fabregas appeared on SkySports "Monday Night Football" and has revealed the reasons that things did not work out for Jose Mourinho. I want to know how you feel about his comments?

Plenty of people have had their say on what happened which we have all read with interest. However, Chelsea demise this season I am sure will remain one of those questions that no one would ever be able to answer with absolute certainty.

We have heard from Pundits, Premier League Managers, Frank Lampard to Jose Mourinho himself and we are none the wiser in claiming the ONE reason as to why everything fell apart.

So to Cesc Fabregas and his take on what happened under Jose Mourinho. When asked for his opinion he said:

It's important to recall that during the period leading up to the Jose leaving and in the time that followed, there was plenty of speculation stating that Fabregas along with some others in the dressing room had led a revolt against the Special One which I personally thought was rubbish and posted up a rant to state exactly that after witnessing what I did at Stamford Bridge and the personal abuse he received.

Fabregas then issued a statement through his social media account to clarify that these reports were untrue and in response, Pat Nevin the ex-Chelsea Legend and now Pundit had to clarify his position.

So to the Video above and the fact that he said that Jose had "trusted his players too much" and gave them "too much holiday" which is scandalous really isn't it. You would think that the players would feel revitalised and would have come back ready to go knowing that it would be so much harder this year to retain the title and to double their efforts. However, they started the season looking out of shape and with hardly any motivation!

Fabregas says Jose "had to go" and that the players feel bad but what if the shoe was on the other foot with these primma donnas in the dressing room that had under performed for so long? Why is it the Manager pays the price? What would have happened if these people were pulled in one-by-one and told in no uncertain terms that they would face the sack for breach of contract? I wonder if we would have had a different reaction?

It will remain one of those unsolved mysteries in Football. We have moved on, Jose Mourinho will move on this summer to Manchester and we look forward to Antonio Conte coming in. Let's hope we never have another season like it!
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Chelsea U19's reclaim their UEFA Youth League title!

Chelsea have the best Academy in Europe and it's has been demonstrated for two years running as our Under 19's beat Paris Saint Germain 2-1 yesterday making it back-to-back European titles.

It's a truly fantastic achievement and a credit to everyone involved in the Academy. Plenty of focus has been on how awful our first team have been this season but no one can argue with what the club has been able to produce over the last few seasons.

Title Wins, Cup Wins and European Cup wins, the results speak for themselves and it's time for our club to take a serious look at players such as Kasey Palmer who scored the winner in this one yesterday. Unbelievable talent and someone that has to be knocking at the door in the summer.

As with anything positive, there will be plenty of negatives from the press with fingers being pointed at exactly how many of these players are likely to make it here which I guess is fair point.

It's the one blot on Roman Abramovich's record at this club since he took over in 2003, we have not produced enough players that have stepped into the first team on a regular basis. We have made a start with the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Bertrand Traore in recent weeks but there MUST be more that are given opportunities here.

Congratulations to the boys and to the everyone connected with the Academy. You guys are doing your job, let's hope all that hard work is rewarded next season and beyond.

Here are some clips of the moment when the trophy was won and handed out AGAIN!

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Chelsea Ladies reach their second successive FA Cup Final! @ChelseaLFC

Chelsea Ladies have done it again, they have reached the FA Cup Final for a second season running with a late goal from Fran Kirby to take them through to Wembley where they will meet Arsenal to defend their title.

The Ladies success has fantastic and they deserve all the plaudits they receive and plenty more in my opinion. As we have seen with the Men this year, to win a double last year and defend your titles takes a huge effort and the girls are nearly there.

Congratulations Girls!
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Chelsea midfielders future thrown into doubt after he cries off sick and goes home!

The future of Oscar at Chelsea has remained under scrutiny for much of the season with what happened on Saturday not helping to calm speculation. Oscar, due to be named on the bench, went home sick with Stomach problems before the game.

This was reported by Mark Worrall on the CFCUK stall outside Fulham Broadway ninety minutes before kick off:

As I said this only adds to the speculation regarding his future with many reports stating that he will be one of the players sold by Antonio Conte this summer.

Oscar has been the subject of transfer speculation for the last couple of summers and this past summer was no different with him being linked with a move to Juventus as the successor to Andrea Pirlo who had left the Italian giants for the MLS.

When asked of the speculation back in July, Oscar denied any thoughts of leaving and re-iterated the fact that he had recently signed a long-term contract with Chelsea and that he wanted to "stay a long time".

As our poor season played out in front of our eyes, Oscar found himself in and out of the starting eleven and once again he could not hold down and regular place in the side. He either starts and is replaced during the game, or he comes on in games as a substitute and very rarely plays 90 minutes. It's been the same under Guus Hiddink as it was under Mourinho and I just wonder what the general feeling is about him behind closed doors?

Moving onto this past summer and it was revealed that a move to China for extortionate amounts of monies was turned down followed by a reported bust-up with Diego Costa which as you can imagine feeds those in the press even further with the latest in a long line of speculation last Saturday only increasing the focus on his future.

What do you people think of Oscar? I really, really like him as a player and feel that we need to use him in the right area. Is he a number ten? Is he a box-to-box midfielder that can play as part of a 4-3-3 formation? These are questions that are still being asked despite the fact he has been here for a couple of years now.

I personally believe that if we allow Oscar to leave we could have egg on our faces as we have done with Kevin De Bruyne. All it takes is confidence to know you are going to play week in, week out and have the freedom to express yourself and Oscar would really develop the obvious ability and talent that he has to thrive playing the game he loves.

I'd keep him for next season all day long but feel that he could be an asset that Chelsea could easily decide to cash in on.

Would you keep him?
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Chelsea 0-3 Manchester City - An Absolute Disgrace - We look like a joke!

I cannot and will not accept the level of performance and the attitude of our players yesterday. I'd thought I'd seen it all this season but this was quite simply a disgrace and a joke!

Chelsea played second fiddle to City who exposed our defensive weaknesses time and time again in this one. City with a Champions League Semi-Final to look forward to in addition the League Cup already won, could have been forgiven for coming to the Bridge and giving a subdued, below-par performance after their midweek exploits but they gave the complete opposite. They came here to win with a strong side and with players at the peak of their form.

Chelsea on the other hand looked like a group of players who cannot wait for the season to end and are going through the motions to get the remaining fixtures out of the way so most can focus on Euro 2016!

What about us fans? What about the monies paid by us on each match day no matter if it's home or away? We are loyal, passionate and remain so despite one of the worst seasons in our recent history. We still get behind the club and the team and expect them to go out there wearing the Chelsea shirt to play at least for their pride.

What we had to sit through yesterday was scandalous and if the reports are correct, I sincerely hope that Roman Abramovich paid a visit to the dressing room after the game to give each and every single person there a stark reminder of their responsibilities including the management!

We lacked real effort, we lacked any co-ordination, we lacked fight, hunger and desire but most of all, we lacked LEADERSHIP and once again we are left with major concerns over the future of this team.

Greame Souness is quoted in the papers this morning slating the players and has said on record that if John Terry was playing, the result would have not been the same. I beg to differ because as I have been saying all season, he cannot do it all by himself. We need other people to stand up, to be counted and to take responsibility for their role in the side.

Cech, Terry, Lampard and Drogba were the cornerstone of our decade of success and three of them are gone. We are left with one remaining player to the end of the season and god help us if they do not sort his contract out - we are doomed.

What we have been left with and once again this was demonstrated perfectly yesterday, is a lack of any real direction, a lack of leadership and instead as each goal goes in, players look around at each other as if to say that they have no answer and are looking for someone to guide them, to give them a lift and to drag them out of the crap they have put themselves in, to re-group, re-focus and to go again. When they look around there is literally nothing.

As for Guus Hiddink I am lost for words. Knowing you are playing one of the big rivals who freely and openly adopt a 4-2-3-1 formation, how on earth you can play the Fabregas/Mikel pairing at the heart of our midfield? Why is Nemanja Matic sitting on the bench doing nothing? Why not play both Mikel & Matic, push Fabregas further forward and stick RLC on the bench for this one? At least we would have a screen in front of the centre backs who are both useless!

Maybe I am being harsh on RLC after his performances against Villa and Swansea (where he was our best player before being taken off by Hiddink!) because some will say that he deserved the start. But for a spin and turn to beat his defender to then shoot wide, that was the best he could offer us in this one. He couldn't affect the game like he had the other two and that should have been considered before the team was selected.

Another example of Hiddink not having a clue this time around was his decision to remove our best player for the second game running! PEDRO was our most dangerous attacker and HE TAKES HIM OFF! - Hiddink is a joke!

Now, I am going to sit and have a watch of Leicester this afternoon and Claudio Ranieri's side that adopt an attacking but sturdy 4-4-2 formation. Why is it that Chelsea refuse point blank to experiment between now and the end of the season and change to 4-4-2? Why not stick Diego Costa +1 up top, play our wingers AS WINGERS and attack teams with a much more solid formation?

We all know our season is over but for god sake we still expect desire, fight, hunger and a level of performance from these over-paid prima donnas this season!

That was one of the worst performances I have seen. Don't get me wrong, City deserved to win by more but I hope Roman Abramovich has given this lot a timely reminder of what is expected because what we all had to witness was a joke and a disgrace!
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Chelsea take on Manchester City at Stamford Bridge this evening and plenty of focus will turn on Kevin De Bruyne's return for the first time since a decision was made to sell him. I am asking you the Fan reading this post if you believe it was right to do so at the time or if we should never have sold him?

Hindsight is a wonderful thing isn't it. If we had the ability to see how much of an influence and an impact in games he was going to be at Wolfsburg first and then Manchester City then I am 100% certain that we would not have sold him. In life there are certain moments and certain situations that will work for you or against you and it's purely down to timing. The simple answer in my opinion is that we signed him at the wrong time. 

This is where you look at our loan policy at the minute and you can see where it has it's advantages in my view. For example, we signed KDB from Genk and he remained on loan for the remainder of the season in Belgium. Once the season was completed, he came to Chelsea and became a member of our first team squad - and we all know how it played out. 

If he came to Chelsea, took part in our pre-season and was then loaned to Wolfsburg for example for a season BEFORE a decision was made for him to become a permanent member of our first team squad then I believe it would have been a very different story. 

Plenty of people heavily criticise our policy and numerous references are made throughout this season for example at the numbers of players we continually have on loan. Last season, as we became Champions for the first time in five years, winning the League Cup in addition and setting a record for the longest period a team has sat top of the league in one season, no one questioned it but just made observations instead. This season being the nightmare it has turned out to be is very different as we all know. 

These players in their late teens and early twenties need to be playing regular football, they need proper match experience. Just look at how KDB has grown as a player by being given that in Germany for a couple of seasons and now Manchester City. 

Manuel Pellegrini spoke of KDB yesterday and in my opinion summed it up perfectly:

"Maybe three years ago Kevin wasn’t the same player as he is now. 

Seeing him play, he has a lot of condition to be a very important player.

He didn’t have the chances at Chelsea because they had more important players at that moment. He was young."

You see, he emphasises my point perfectly. KDB joined Chelsea at the wrong time and it really is that simple. He came to Chelsea at a time where Jose Mourinho wanted our players to play a certain way and to work hard without the ball. He adopts a "high block" approach to his tactics where he expects ALL the attacking players to defend and press high up the pitch. 

Unfortunately if we are honest, the likes of KDB and Juan Mata were never going to be those type of players and instead flourish on being released from those constraints to be allowed to express themselves in attacking areas without the need to track back. 

I mentioned hindsight earlier and you have to agree that all of us right now would have loved to see him still here. We sat and watched his European Knights like performance against PSG the other night, his use of the ball, his influence and of course his goal and recognise that he has become a key player for Manchester City in both the Premier League and on the big stage. 

I bear no grudges against KDB or Chelsea for what happened because it was simply down to timing. 

What do you people think?
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