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VIDEO – David Luiz to Arsenal – Thoughts and opinion on the deal that shocked us all.


I hope that one day in the future when he does hang-up his boots and the dust settles on his career that Chelsea fans will look back and remember him as being one of our greats, someone who deserves the plaudits for what he achieved here and for the night in Munich, having not trained with the first-team for a month after a hamstring injury, to play 120 minutes and score an all-important penalty in the shoot-out. He was outstanding that night.

It's such a shame it has come to this today. As re-iterated today at Cobham, Surrey by Frank Lampard to David Luiz - No-one is bigger than Chelsea Football Club.




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Best Cleats For Playing On Hot Turf Pitches

Playing soccer on artificial turf pitches during summer months comes with one big problem – the heat of the surface. And if you are anything like me, playing on blazing hot turf with your feet on fire is something that can really take the fun out of playing. This is especially true when you are …

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A message to David Luiz – No-one is bigger than Chelsea Football Club.

 

Working the late-shift as I do every Monday to Friday I sat there doing my job in a busy office environment totally oblivious to the reports that had emerged from Chelsea's training ground. In fact, it was a Tottenham fan looking at Sky Sports on his phone that informed me - David Luiz wants to leave Chelsea and is about to sign for Arsenal. 

If you check my Twitter account here, you will see my initial reaction to the rumour was "Rubbish" and I openly stated to anyone that wanted to listen in our office that it was pure speculation based on Transfer Deadline Day! As last night moved forward it became clear that there was truth in the reports, there was legitimate substance and a deal was looking likely. How on earth could it come to this was all I was thinking heading home.

Watching Social Media and the respected Journalists I follow, it became clear that this was not some flash in the pan, instinctive decision but something that had started at the beginning of the week and rumbled on into today to the point that Frank Lampard decided to stand firm and remind everyone in that training ground that he will not stand for player power, anyone deemed as being disruptive will be deal with one way or another. David Luiz was made the example and told to train away from the first-team squad.


The reason? We will probably never hear 100% truth straight from the horses mouth from Luiz or Frank Lampard but it is being reported that after watching pre-season and the goals we have conceded, it was made clear to David Luiz that he needed to do much better at the defensive side of his game and he was told that he will not be named in the starting eleven to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday with Andreas Christensen partnering Kurt Zouma instead.


As you can imagine Luiz wasn't happy and took offence to the critique he had been given, kicking off and causing disruption which looks to have continued through to Tuesday, culminating in the decision being taken by Frank Lampard to take him away from the first-team and to inform the club to sell him to the highest bidder. Arsenal are now set to sign him for a fee of around £10m despite the fact that he had signed a new two-year contract. It should be confirmed as early as lunchtime today.


Reading these reports tonight has left me feeling all-sorts of emotions. I am angry at the situation, this is the SECOND time Luiz has forced a move away from Chelsea. The fact that for the past month Frank, Jody and the coaching team have been working hard to get the players fit, to build the foundations of a relationship between them that will form the base of something that will hopefully develop into something special as the season goes on - for the players to respond and play for him in addition to themselves. It's the second time in the space of three seasons where Luiz has kicked off at the manager for a decision taken regarding the best for the team. He did it against Conte and was banished from the first-team for the remainder of the season (Conte's second season) and now he is doing it again under Frank Lampard.

I then feel sad because he has been an important personality in our dressing room in both spells he has had at our football club. He looks like someone who brings people together, encourages people when he is positive and can be a real influence on the younger ones as we have seen with Mason Mount this pre-season. Without question, when he wants to be, David Luiz is a leader and that's something we are lacking now big-time.

You think of David Luiz the defender and there are always arguments for and against him playing. When his head isn't right or he loses focus on the job at hand he is a liability and someone you cannot afford to have in the side. When he plays like that he lacks discipline which has been highlighted numerous times by pundits and journalists alike.


However, when we get the David Luiz of Antonio Conte's title winning season, Luiz first back at Chelsea after returning from PSG, we see exactly what he is more than capable of. In that season playing in the middle of a back-three he played with poise, discipline, focus and determination. He can read the game fantastic, he finds himself in the right position to deal with balls into the box, people trying to run passed him and making important tackles in the right areas whilst holding his position. Unfortunately, last season and this pre-season he hasn't been anywhere near the player he was for Conte.



So why Arsenal? Well he has played for Dick Emery before at PSG and they have their agent in common which is always a bonus when it comes to transfer deadline day. Let's not forget, Arsenal are on the lookout for a centre-half having watched Koscielny force his way out of The Emirates this summer only to then allow him to film himself rip off the Arsenal shirt to reveal his new Bordeaux shirt AT THEIR OWN TRAINING GROUND!!!

A mate of mine at work - a Gooner said to me as I was leaving - "Imagine our back four this season being marshaled by David Luiz and Mustafi!" - even he knows!


I want to finish up by saying that I do not know what goes on inside players heads. I do not know if its the agent doing it or they are just plain stupid enough to think that anyone should have a devine right to be more important that anyone else at the football club. Look at Eden Hazard and how he has conducted himself throughout his time at Chelsea. He never demanded that he was to be treated as important or more important than anyone else - he did ALL of his talking in the right way on the pitch in training and on match-days.

David Luiz came to Chelsea from Benfica and leaves us having achieved so much, winning so much and playing a pivotal part in our Champions League, Premier League, Europa League, FA and League Cup successes that in a way, he spoils all that now with how he has acted to force his way out and cause the problems that is being reported that he has.


I hope that one day in the future when he does hang-up his boots and the dust settles on his career that Chelsea fans will look back and remember him as being one of our greats, someone who deserves the plaudits for what he achieved here and for the night in Munich, having not trained with the first-team for a month after a hamstring injury, to play 120 minutes and score an all-important penalty in the shoot-out. He was outstanding that night.

It's such a shame it has come to this today. As re-iterated today at Cobham, Surrey by Frank Lampard to David Luiz - No-one is bigger than Chelsea Football Club.

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Could Chelsea thrive under transfer embargo this season?



Chelsea will have their work cut out this season, we all know that, but there are plenty of things to look forward to.

The transfer ban could be a blessing in disguise as Frank Lampard now has no choice but to play the youngsters at his disposal while also being able to buy himself some time. He is unlikely to use it as an excuse, but it would be very harsh to dismiss a manager, let alone a club legend, if his opening campaign doesn’t go quite as well as many are hoping considering he can’t sign players.

The former Chelsea midfielder will be using the coming months to give some of the club’s brightest talents an opportunity to shine. Can they surprise their doubters and still challenge at the top? Here are some key points to consider:

Young stars to shine

The best thing about a transfer ban is that it gives young players already in the club structure a chance to show what they can do. This may sound obvious but it is something that rarely happens, hence why such a lot of focus will be given to Chelsea this season.

Mason Mount is the one to watch after showing what a classy player he is at Derby last season. It was under the watchful eye of Frank Lampard that the 20-year-old made such a big impact. 11 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions was an impressive return for the youngster and if he can produce anywhere near that quality on the biggest stage then Chelsea are on to a winner. With him and Lampard both back at Chelsea, there has been a significant amount of overhaul over the summer at Derby and this means they are only sixth favourites at 16/1 to win the league in the Championship betting outright markets.

 
— Mason Mount (@masonmount_10) July 29, 2019

The settling effect of stability

There is something to be said about stability in football. It is a proven commodity that is rarely granted by owners too desperate to achieve short term glory. Chelsea have seen Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri leave in quick succession with neither getting the chance to have a long-term impact and instead the club's style is a mixture due to the personnel that have been brought in over the last few seasons.

Having a settled squad, even though it may not be by design, could have a galvanising effect on Chelsea and giving Lampard more than two seasons to build something is vital if the club are to achieve sustained success.

Solve the midfield conundrum

The midfield was problematic for Sarri. He clearly had his own ideas but the persistent use of Jorginho in a deeper role didn’t work and made Chelsea’s other midfield players, Kante especially, less effective. In fact, the idea that the Brazilian-born Italian was somehow Sarri’s special, untouchable favourite didn’t sit well with the player at all.

  

Frank Lampard will need to resolve this quickly and make sure he has a handle on what his best team really is. Having played in midfield he will be able to pass on insight from his career to his new charges and they are bound to thrive under his tutelage. Whatever happens, it promises to be a fascinating 2019-20.


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Video – Chelsea star told to leave in 2014 as – Will never be the next John Terry – Look at him now!


In today's Chelsea daft Vlog we take a look at all the news featured in the last 24-hours including:

Club Statement on historic abuse.

EFL Trophy - Chelsea under 21's defeat Swindon Town.

Chelsea Ladies start pre-season with a defeat.

Marco Silva at Everton talks Kurt Zouma and could there be a possible loan move for another of our defenders?

Danny Drinkwater to be either sold or loaned out but wages are a problem. Norwich, Brighton and now Burnley all interested.

Galatasaray fly into London to talk Bakayoko deal
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Michael Hector to be sold to Sheffield Wednesday?

Mason Mount told to leave Chelsea five years ago "Will never be the next John Terry!"

Midfield power rankings - we have eight at the moment.

Ross Barkley to push on under Frank Lampard.

Realistic expectations at Chelsea this season - https://www.chelseadaft.org/2019/08/heres-question-chelsea-fans-is-top-four.html

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Here’s a question Chelsea fans, Is the top four a realistic expectation this season?


We find ourselves less than a week away from the start of the Premier League season and having watched Chelsea this pre-season under Frank Lampard, I am asking YOU the Chelsea fan reading this post on whether or not you believe the top four to be a realistic expectation this season. I want to read as many opinions on this as possible!

First and foremost it's also important to add that we have a number of players who are working their way back from injury to be involved this season. Once they are fully fit and firing, Frank Lampard's options will be better in certain positions in addition to what we have already seen over the past few weeks. Toni Rudiger, N'Golo Kante, Willian, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi will all provide stiff competition for places with one or two nailed on starters for me. 

One thing is for sure, Chelsea will have one of the fittest squads in the Premier League as we know that Frank and Jody Morris have worked the players really hard in training with double sessions almost every single day. The good thing is that although acknowledging that it's tough, the players to a man have stated that it has been enjoyable so the initial signs are good. 

At the end of the day it's about quality of chances created and taken in addition to remaining tight and compact at the back. A solid base to build from is the key to having any form of success; we have to agree that so far it hasn't exactly been water-tight. It's pre-season, the manager has chopped and changes his defensive pairings throughout so I would not read too much into it and we should get a real feel for how capable we are in defensive areas in the first couple of weeks of the season with Manchester United away on Sunday, Liverpool in Istanbul next Wednesday, followed by Leicester City at home at the following weekend - our first home game with Frank in charge. 


The midfield options we have available once everyone is fit is up there with the best in the League in my view. With N'Golo Kante back to his favoured position, patrolling that key area in front of our back four, we should have a solid base to build on. We should not be conceding some of the goals we did last season with Jorginho asked to fill that role without the ball. 

Moving forward through central midfield and into the advance midfield areas we have players with undoubted quality in Ross Barkley, Loftus-Cheek and now Mason Mount. Mateo Kovacic will come to the fore under Frank Lampard and Jorginho asked to influence the game further forward. 

In the wide areas although we have lost one of the world's best, Christian Pulisic has already shown that he offers us something different = PACE and no matter who you face in the Premier League, the opposition will always struggle to deal with that. Add his already outstanding ability fighting for a position up against the likes of Willian, Pedro and Hudson-Odoi you surely have to be encouraged. 

Up front is where our biggest problem lies. Not since Diego Costa have we had that regular threat week-in, week-out in front of goal that give defenders something to think about. Last season it was about stopping the supply against Chelsea to make the strikers virtually redundant. This year we hope to be so much different with the young and hungry Tammy Abraham looking to make his mark in the big league. Olivier Giroud who has once again shown glimpses of what he brings to the team as a whole with him playing in it, followed by the Batman - Michy Batshuayi who has nothing to prove in the Premier League but now is surely worth a chance in Chelsea blue. 

There will be games on paper we should be winning as there were last season. The biggest complaint from the supporters was that we were never flexible to change, we were tame in attack and dropped points that were unexpected. That's something that MUST improve this time around. 

There will be those games against sides fighting for a top six finish such as Everton and Wolves that caused us numerous problems last year. We need to match their desire in-game, we need to impose ourselves against these teams and come up with the right solutions to force them onto the back-foot. We need to knock them back down a peg-or-two to put ourselves right back where we need to be. 

Then there is the games against our top six rivals who, despite the teams just mentioned who invest heavily once again, remain the same - Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City. I personally believe that City and Liverpool will be too strong too soon for us this season and we would do well to take anything from either of the four games we play against them. As for the other three? We should be beating all of them at home and take at least a point away with anything above that an added bonus this year. 

I recorded a video on my Vlog to state that it really is a time to be excited as a Chelsea fan and I will stand by that. A young management team that has the club embedded into their DNA. A squad enriched with the outstanding ability we have of the likes of James, Mount, Hudson-Odoi and Abraham coupled with the strong and experienced players we still have here who let's not forget finished third, reached the League Cup Final and won the Europa League. 

Is it a realistic expectation for Chelsea under Frank Lampard to finish in the top four this season? I don't believe it is.

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Mizuno Morelia Neo II “Beta” Released

Mizuno has released a statement boot announcing their reintroduction to the speed boot category. Introducing the lightest ever Morelia, the Neo II Beta, that is limited to just 3500 pairs worldwide. This is somewhat of a stripdown model of the Morelia with some radical changes, as Mizuno move away from their fabled and trusted K-leather …

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VIDEO: Everything Chelsea that has caught my eye over the passed weekend – The Chelsea Daft Vlog.


In today's Chelsea Daft Vlog there is plenty to feature from what has caught my eye over the past weekend. Featured in the video today is: 

Connor Gallagher joins Charlton on loan.

Davide Zappacosta on his way back to Milan?

Chelsea reject SECOND bid from Crystal Palace for Reece James as Frank Lampard has him earmarked for the first-team squad.

Tiemoue Bakayoko did not travel for second pre-season game running at the weekend and I expect him to leave the club this week.

Danny Drinkwater also never travelled with a move for him also possible as Brighton make their intentions known with a view to loaning him for the season.

N'Golo Kante linked with PSG but has stated that although flattered, he feels good at Chelsea and will stay here.

Crystal Palace are now the front runners to sign Gary Cahill who is still looking for a new club just one week ahead of the new season starting.

Carlo Cudicini and Claude Makalele return to Chelsea in various coaching roles.

Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-2 Chelsea - Defending an issue but their Goalkeeper was outstanding. 

Frank Lampard summarises pre-season and talks up Mason Mount. Check it out!

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Initial Reaction to the Copa 19+ and Copa 19.1

They have been on the market a while, but we finally managed to get our hands on both top tiers in the adidas COPA19 series and wanted to share some initial feedback. After finishing the X19+ review, where the laceless upper combines synthetic materials to keep you locked in the boots, it is somewhat of …

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Video: Name your starting eleven for Chelsea vs Manchester United next Sunday.


In today's Chelsea Daft Vlog we take a look at some of articles that have caught my eye around the web in the last 24-hours, a look at TWO of the articles I have written in the last 48 hours and I want your opinions on TWO important topics.

Kasey Palmer signs for Bristol City on a permanent deal.

Dujon Sterling joins Wigan on loan for the season.

Wilfried Zaha rumours continue - Chelsea working on deal in 12-months time.

Everton contact Chelsea again over Kurt Zouma - this time for a loan move instead.

Kenneth Omeruo is expected to leave Chelsea having NEVER played for us.

David Luiz criticism is well over the top.

Ross Barkley - What do you think of him in pre-season so far and how well do you think he can do under Frank Lampard? - https://www.chelseadaft.org/2019/08/ross-barkley-20-unleashed-under-frank.html 

Name your starting eleven for Chelsea v Manchester United. Who starts for you and in what formation? - https://www.chelseadaft.org/2019/08/name-your-starting-eleven-for-chelsea-v.html

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