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[Video] Petr Cech-s into Training Early

Chelsea FC – Cech back in training

When I heard the news that Petr Cech was returning to training earlier than expected, I was filled with joy and relief that Hilario wouldn’t be keeping against Sunderland this weekend.  I have no problem with Hilario, I believe he is the best backup keeper in the premier league and a nice chap. He has done his best whenever he has been asked to fill Petr’s shoes. The only way I can explain the difference between Hilario and Cech is by likening Hilario to water and Cech to orange juice. Water and orange juice are both good for you but drinking water immediately after orange juice leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.

With Cech present we can rest assured that our defense will be better organized to handle our tricky test at the Stadium of Light. Welcome back Petr!

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Kakuta: Bolton Loan Was The Best Option.

Gael Kakuta revealed the reasons behind leaving Chelsea to Bolton on loan. According to Gael, he chose to go to Bolton and not Fulham or a club in France because Sturridge spoke highly of the club and its manager’s ability to inspire young players to exhibit their hidden talents.

Gael said: “When you’re young you have to be patient because you have big players at Chelsea that have lots of international and club experience,”

“There were about seven or eight players in front of me with experience and that is the reason I came here.

“We will see what the coach (Andre Villas-Boas) will do, whether he will keep everyone or move some players.

“But I need to play as I am 20 years old. I need to get some experience and not play just 20 minutes a week.

“Bolton is a great club. I chose to come here because I think it is the right place for me to come to improve.

“I was supposed to go to Fulham and at the last minute Chelsea told me Bolton were interested.

“I asked Daniel how Bolton was and he said the people here were great and I would enjoy it a lot.

“He said the coach (Owen Coyle) gave him a lot of confidence. If he trusts me and gives me confidence I will be able to do my best.

“It will be a great thing for me to go back to Chelsea with more experience as the coach will trust me more at the weekend and I will be more of a first-team player.”

Let’s hope Owen Coyle can work his magic on Kakuta because I believe he has the potential to be a ‘beast’ on the wings for Chelsea some day. A future Mata-Sturridge-Kakuta attack will be ‘sick’.

KTBFFH

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Villas-Boas: Blues Hold No Fear of Barcelona

Barcelona who? Villas-Boas says our Blue army has no fear of playing Barcelona in one of the knockout rounds of the Champions League. He believes our Blue army has what it takes to conquer Barcelona. Currently our record in the Champions league against Barcelona is three wins, four draws and three losses. On paper, we have strong chance of beating Barcelona but unfortunately football is not played on paper. Barcelona is not the same team that broke our hearts in the 2008/2009 Champions league semi-final. With TSO in Spain challenging them, Barcelona has taken their game to the next level. I don’t believe it is impossible to beat them but it will be a tough ask given that our Blues have struggled against the likes of Stoke City and West Brom.

Villas-Boas said: “Games can be very unpredictable.”

“I think the [credentials] of Barca is there for everybody to see. Apart from the year when they missed out on the final against Inter Milan, at the moment they are the reference for everybody in terms of quality, in terms of titles. But in two legs, anything can happen.

“You have to believe in what you do and believe in the players that you have. We have top players, so it doesn’t mean that it cannot happen for us as well. You can’t measure how far ahead they are, but in any single game, anything can happen.

“We have been present in the Champions League throughout – in semi-finals and a final in past years, but we want to have that breakthrough hopefully this year or in the future.

“Chelsea can beat any team in the world. If I don’t believe this, I have to quit the game.”

I love our manager’s confidence and I hope our Blue army share his confidence and vision.

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Our Solid Preseason Is Clouding Our Problems

Imagine Sneijder At Chelsea, It's Easy If You Try - John Lennon

Our preparations for next season have gone well so far (and I don’t expect it to change in tomorrow’s Rangers game). We started a bit slow with 1-0 wins over Portsmouth and Malaysia XI; this start didn’t please some Chels given the Portsmouth and Malaysia results were down to own goals. As the cliché goes, third is a charm and in our game against Thailand All Stars, we secured a 4-0 win. We went on to win 4-0 against Kitchee and 2-0 against Aston Villa. We have scored 12 goals conceded no goals in 5 preseason games played. Our preseason result is solid given the squad had to regain match fitness, learn Villas-Boas’ system and then gel together.

Every Chels I know is happy or at least satisfied with our preseason form. I’m also happy with our preseason form but I fear this form is hiding our problems. Last season, our game was skewed to the left side of the pitch. This is because we lacked a right winger. It was no brainer that Malouda created our most chances and scored our most goals in the league last season. When the midfield had the ball, they passed it to Malouda and expected a miracle. Given Zhirkov was injured and Sturridge wasn’t trusted to be rotated with Malouda, when Malouda’s form dropped, the whole team suffered. We need to sign a right winger to relieve pressure on the left wing; this will balance our play and make us less predictable.

We still need a creative midfielder, Benayoun is a quality player but if he gets injured, we will be in the same mess we were last season. We would have to rely on Anelka for creativity; don’t get me wrong, Anelka is a fantastic player but he is past his peak.  The more we rotate Malouda and Anelka, the better their performances will be.

If I was to choose between a creative midfielder and a winger, I did go for a creative midfielder. If Bosingwa picks form, he will provide some width. I also expect Anelka and Kalou to provide some width. The priority should be a creative midfielder. If Spurs don’t want to sell Modric, we should move on to other targets. If Le Arse wants £40million for Fabregas, I don’t see how Modric is worth £35 million. For £35million we could sign Sneijder who is immense quality. Think of the positive impact a has-been like Deco had on our team, how much more Sneijder?

Right now, I will be happy if we sign any creative midfielder. I don’t want us to be singing our “should have, could have, would have” in January 2012 and then do what we were supposed to do this summer. There’s still some time till the end of the transfer window, let us hope we sign someone soon.

KTBFFH

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Pastore Gone | Villas Takes A Cautious Approach To Transfers.

Good morning Chels,

Zamparini told Radio Radio on this morning that Palermo had agreed a fee of €43 million with PSG for the transfer of Pastore. This means Pastore simply has to agree personal terms with PSG and he will join them.  I expect PSG to officially announce their signing today.

We may have lost out on Pastore but I’m not worried. I believe if we wanted him badly, we would have signed him. Remember, we signed Torres in January for a record fee because we wanted him badly. PSG valued Pastore more than us and they showed it by placing a higher bid than us.  It is that simple.

I have examined Villas-Boas attitude to the transfer market since he arrived at Chelsea. I don’t think Villas-Boas believes in big money signings or marquee players. When Villas-Boas was quizzed on Chelsea’s offer £22million offer for Modric, he said: “We respect whatever position Tottenham takes and the prices we are talking about is an incredible amount of money.” Villas-Boas first signing of the season has been Oriol Romeu for £5million. Villas-Boas has already stated that he sees Romeu standing in for Essien. We could have signed Vidal for £17 million to challenge Essien for first team. I doubt many Chels believe that a £5 million signing can fit in Essien’s role but Villas-Boas believes the 19-year-old can do it. I have to trust his Villas-Boas instincts.

Skysports has linked us with Scott Dann but new news cropped up that Villas-Boas is hoping Rajkovic is granted a UK working visa. If Rajkovic gets his visa, Villas-Boas wouldn’t need to sign Dunn. Villas-Boas is taking a wise approach to his signings, he knows the fans are hungry for a marquee player but if he is going to get us one, it has to be in the right positions. I wouldn’t be surprised if we sign one more relatively unknown talent and one reasonably priced marquee player this window.

There are many quality players still available for transfer this window. To mention a few, Sneijder, Modric and Gotze are still up for grabs. Do not fret that we haven’t signed one yet because there is still more time in the transfer window.

KTBFFH

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Pre-season Begins | Italian Old Lady Bids For Mikel| Modric Heads For Spurs Showdown Talks

Morning Blues.  Today, pre-season preparations for our squad begin at Cobham. The squad will train with Villas-Boas for the first time; they will also undergo a series of medical tests to monitor their health and fitness levels. I am glad our Blue Army are back in training; it has been tough living without them for so long. Watch Chelsea TV or visit the official Chelsea website to keep up to date on day 1 of pre-season.

Reports in the Daily Mail suggest that Chelsea is ready to sell Mikel to Juventus for £15m. Daily Mail claims that we are chasing Michel Bastos to pave the way for Zhirkov to leave the club. I am going to take the Daily Mail’s stories with a pinch of salt. The reason is Villas-Boas is in charge of the transfer activity at the Bridge; Villas-Boas wants to monitor his players during pre-season, watch the gaps before selling or buying new players.  If Villas-Boas after examining the squad believes Mikel should leave, I will have no problem. The only thing is that we have to sign his replacement before we let him go. City, United and Liverpool have all strengthened their squad. We should seek to add more quality players before we even consider selling. For now, the Mikel to Juventus story is just pure speculation. Let us hope it remains that way. Concerning the Mail’s Bastos replacing Zhirkov story, I will have no reservations if it happens. Zhirkov has probably spent more time in the injury room than on the pitch for Chelsea. He is yet to show returns on the money we spent on him. For now, Bastos replacing Zhirkov story is also pure speculation. Villas-Boas has employed new fitness and medical personnel at Chelsea; let us hope Zhirkov remains fit throughout next season.

Yesterday, I wrote we should expect more developments on the Chelsea-Modric transfer saga. According to Skysports Modric will meet with Spurs chairman Levy this week to discuss his future. There are two possible outcomes of the meeting; first is Spurs will offer him an improved contract and then lie that they will make some quality signings this summer. The second is that Spurs will cave-in and sell him to us for a region between £22m-£30m. Let us hope for the latter.

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Chelsea To Battle For Scott Dann | What’s ‘Arry Deal?

Hello Blues.

 

We have been linked with over 100 players this transfer window. I have heard so many “done deals” that never materialized.  Honestly, I think the journalists are clueless about our transfer targets. They are speculating on many players as possible so that when we sign one, they can point us their news article. Given most of us are playing “Have we signed anybody yet?” game, let us enjoy the speculations even if they are ridiculous as Pepe as to Chelsea.

Skysports understands that we are competing with Arsenal for Scott Dann. I never knew Arsenal could compete with us for players. We win trophies and we pay the highest salary in England; Dann will be silly to turn us down. Our club is yet to place an official bid for Dann. For now, it is just speculation from a highly regarded news source.

Harry Redknapp has slammed our bid for Modric. ‘Arry said:

“It’s a farcical bid.”

“If they’re going to make an offer, make an offer, but £22million for Luka Modric is ridiculous.”

Modric is “such a fantastic player, we don’t want to sell him. He’s up there with the very, very best players in the Premier League and I think he can play in any team in the world, he’s that good.”

I believe what ‘Arry is simply telling us to make him an offer for Modric he can’t refuse.  He is only adding “we don’t want to sell him” phrase to avoid the wrath of Spurs fans.  I believe that is why ‘Arry keeps talking about our Modric bid. ‘Arry wants to delve into the transfer market but Spurs are not keen on providing him the funds. ‘Arry might have to sell Modric to make some purchases this summer. Expect more Modric to Chelsea stories this window.

Have a Blue Day!

KTBFFH

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Keeping Up With The Brazilians

Hello Blues.

Last night Brazil met a solid Venezuelan defense that held them to a draw in their opening Copa America fixture.  Brazil could have easily won the match but poor finishing by their wingers and striker cost them the game.

Brazil played a 4-2-3-1 formation. They kept their striker and wingers up front throughout the match. It is easier for forwards to receive the ball and score than to bring it from midfield to achieve the same. With Leiva and Ramires playing the holding role, Ganso had to be the main ball provider for Pato, Neymar and Robinho. Ganso did not have the best of nights as Venuzuela’s defense kept cutting out his passes. As the game progressed Ramires moved up the field to aid Ganso build Brazil’s attacks. I can confidently say without Chelsea bias that Ramires was Brazil’s best midfield player.  Ramires picked up a knock and had to be replaced by Elano on 75th minute.

Enjoy the highlights of the game.

KTBFFH

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Is This The Next Drogba?


I have been following the U-17 world cup in hope of finding future stars and I think I found one in Souleymane Coulibaly. Coulibaly scored nine goals in four games before France knocked Ivory Coast out of the competition. The first eight goals Coulibaly scored came in his first three games. He will be remembered for his hat trick against Brazil.

The kid has the direct play style of Drogba and the finishing of Eto’o. I would not be surprised if he moves to a bigger club in Europe soon. Below is a video of Coulibaly in action.

Souleymane Coulibaly New African Superstar (plus some other dude)

Would you like to see him in the Chelsea academy?

KTBFFH

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