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Antonio Conte has just finished his latest pre match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Southampton the visitors to Stamford Bridge.

First up the Italian spoke of availability following injuries such as Alvaro Morata, who missed the midweek win at Huddersfield. The Spaniard is a maybe with Conte confidently informing the press filled room that the striker has trained the past couple of days and is in contention to play this weekend.

Another notable absence recently has been David Luiz. Amid stories of talks between the two with the Brazilian desiring to sort out his future with the transfer window imminent. Conte spoke of the latest of his injury problems stating his has a big inflammation on his knee and doesn’t know when the former PSG man will be back. Make of that what you will. However, it will certainly not put any rumours to bed in the short term.

Continuing on the absentee front it’s good news as there have been no further injuries this week.

How Chelsea line up remains to be seen, but bare in mind the blues face Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday before the busy festive period and so changes and players being rested is a huge possibility. 

In reference to playing without a recognised striker on Tuesday night… Conte explained it’s an advantage as it doesn’t give the opponent a point of reference. Adding “keeping a good balance remains the key” A possible hint that Morata may not figure from the start perhaps? One possible replacement to lead the line is Batshuayi. On the Belgian…  “He is part of my squad. He was out for three weeks because he had a problem in his ankle and then he struggled a bit to find the right physical condition. Now he is starting to stay in good form” 

With 3 points being paramount to any prolonged title challenge… The former Juventus coach said “We must find the right solution to contend for the title and challenge Manchester City”

On Southampton… The Italian is certainly not underestimating the visitors and commented the blues will find it difficult tomorrow due to the saints “young and fast players” Picking out Long, Bouffal, Tadic and Austin as the most dangerous. He went onto mention how unlucky they were in losing late on at the Etihad recently. 

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Luiz In Conte Talks?



Out of favour Chelsea defender David Luiz is in talks with blues boss Antonio Conte over his future according to reports this morning.

Re-signed from PSG last summer in a £30m deal, the Brazilian played a huge part in Chelsea’s title success last season, but has found regular appearances hard to come by of late, with youngster Andreas Christensen proving a perfect replacement. 

Luiz originally lost his place in the team after being sent off against Arsenal. He has also suffered with injury problems of late, making a total of 13 appearances of which 8 have been in the Premier League.

A huge character and personality within the dressing room at Stamford Bridge, the man known for his trademark curly locks may well be seeking some answers about his future with Bayern Munich reportedly showing an interest. 

Whether the no nonsense Conte will give him the answers he wants to hear remains to be seen. 

With the transfer window reopening in just over two weeks, this story could run for some time as their are bound to be other suitors for the 30 year olds signature.

Should David Luiz look for pastures new? Or should Antonio Conte restore him to the starting line up?

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Where Next For Tevez?

Former Premier League star Carlos Tevez is reportedly on his way out of China according to press reports.

The Argentine has suffered a number of injury problems since his move to the Chinese Super League and with a reported pay packet of £615k per Week, it would be no real surprise if his club Shanghai Shenhua were to dispense of his services.

The former Juventus man has only managed 16 appearances and scored 4 goals since his move to Asia.

Capped 76 times by his country, the 33 year old has been linked with a move back to his homeland, but a final decision is believed to not yet been made. However, It does look likely that former South American footballer of the year will move on to pastures new in the near future.

Musonda Signs New Deal For Blues

It has been confirmed that Chelsea’s exciting youngster Charly Musonda has signed a new deal with the blues that keeps him at Stamford Bridge until 2022.

On signing Musonda told Chelseafc.com 
 

I am very happy and very proud. I came here very young and am very happy to continue my journey here. I love this club so it’s a great moment for me and my family. Now I want to establish myself and progress into the team and stay here permanently.’

The young Begian spent last season on loan at La Liga club Real Betis. This season the 21 year old has been a regular addition to the first team squad and made his full debut in the Carabao Cup against Nottingham Forest, a game in which he scored. He has gone on to make a total of 5 appearances and is seen as having huge potential to become a star at Stamford Bridge. 

The Oddest Football Shirts Of All Time 

 Recently  I embarked on selling some of my old shirts. Difficult decisions being made as many have memories and sentimental value that stops me even considering parting with them. One such shirt that I did sell is this Chelsea Away Shirt circa 1994-96. Yes, that odd tangerine and graphite number donned by the likes of Ruud Gullit and Mark Hughes amongst others.

  

With this in mind it got me thinking about some of the odd looking shirts that have been available over the years. Whether it be the colour or the design, there have certainly been some, well, unusual to put it politely creations

Here are a few others that have sparked debate. Iconic or eyesore?

Just what were Arsenal thinking with this creation in 1991? I suppose as League Champions they were allowed to do what they like.

 Stoke City may have upstaged that with this 1993 away shirt. Tie dye was popular back then, but not a football field surely.

Next up is a quite well known and often mentioned in these type of discussions. Yes! It’s Norwich City. Kind of looks like a dress your grandmother would wesr. But to be fair to the boys from East Anglia, I always think of Jeremy Goss in Munich when I see this.

Finally an eyesore before it’s time. Yes it’s Coventry City’s somewhat famous brown kit from 1979 to 1981. Bourbon biscuit springs to mind.

There are plenty of other eyesores. Comment below and send us your pics.

Morata Answers His Critics And Why Costa Won’t Be Missed

It’s been a big week for Chelsea Football Club as the Diego Costa saga finally looks to be coming to an end. I won’t go into the whole episode as it’s dragged on for some time now and most Chelsea fans are pleased that it is coming to an end

Diego played a huge part in securing two League titles in three years and for that I, like most blues fans will be eternally grateful. However, it’s been obvious he doesn’t want to be at Stamford Bridge and his petulance was often his Achilles heel as well as being what made him his snarling best at times.  so it’s ‘Adios Amigo’ and best of luck.

Now there’s a new kid on the block…Alvaro Morata. The fellow spaniard has made a decent start for Chelsea with 3 goals in his opening 5 games in the Premier League. Following the Costa sale many pundits and experts asked the question as to the whether the former Real Madrid man could emulate his predecessor? It was also noticeable that he had scored all 3 goals with his head. 

Well, yesterday at Stoke City’s Bet 365 Stadium he answered those uncertainties with a display that even the staunch Morata backers wouldn’t have expected. A fine hatrick that showed his finishing ability is of the highest order and all 3 with his feet I must add. It brings his total for the season to 6 in 6 games and shows he has settled into the Stamford Bridge fold perfectly.

Costa gave passion and power and some will argue the Brazilian born striker is a better finisher. Morata on the other hand still needs to adjust to the physical nature of the Premier League. He’s a very different player to Costa and if I had to liken him to anybody, it would be another famous Spanish striker who donned the number 9 shirt at Stamford Bridge… Fernando Torres. Now before you shout “What you on about?” Despite the obvious link, I’m talking more about the Torres that graced Anfield. Pace and a great finishing ability as shown by Alvaro’s 2nd goal yesterday.

It’s still early days as to whether Morata will turn out to be a prize asset and a suitable replacement, but for now it looks a great bit of business as reports suggest Chelsea are making around £58m on the sale of Costa. Which is pretty much the down payment made for Morata. Add-ons being subject to his success could make the fee rise to £70m. So potentially the blues have sold a player 4 years older and replaced him with a fresh young player full of experience but still with plenty of potential who could lead the line for a good few years to come at potentially the paultry difference of £12m. A great bit of business and well done to the powers that be at Stamford Bridge for not giving in to the reported demands of Costa and the fees offered by Atletico.

What do you think… Will Morata prove to be a great bit of business and a perfect replacement? 

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Will Klopp Get The Chop?

It’s still early days with a lot of football to come this season, but the pressure does appear to be mounting on the German.

The reds midweek Carabao Cup defeat to Leicester City has certainly brought out some criticism to be aimed at the former Dortmund boss. However, is it justified?

It’s been nearly two years since Klopp took over the reins at Anfield. A club that is full of expectancy but have rarely lived up their title of Big guns in recent years. The Merseyside club have become the butt of many a joke owing to their last title success coming 1990. They have of course claimed domestic cup success and have the magic of Istanbul to look back on during that period. However, what the fans crave is a Premier League title.

Managers have come and gone and that day in October 2015 saw a new wave of hope and expectancy on the red half of Merseyside. 

Jurgen Klopp arrived with a decent CV and reds fans finally felt they had found the man to realise their dreams. 

Taking over from the much maligned Brendan Rodgers, the big German put together two great cup runs reaching both the League Cup and Europa League Finals. ‘So close, yet so far’ and despite a disappointing 8th placed premier league finish the foundations had been laid and things were shaping up nicely. 

The 2016/17 season saw an improvement from a league prospective with champions league qualification from a 4th place finish. A run to the League Cup semi finals also showed the club could combine a healthy league campaign with a cup run. 

This season has seen a difficult start for Klopp and his redmen. A point on the opening day at Watford was followed by a narrow victory at home to Palace. Qualification to the Champions League group stages and a convincing 4-0 win at home to Arsenal looked to be setting the wheels in motion. However, a home draw against Sevilla in Europe and Burnley in the premier league have left the Anfield faithful frustrated. Add the heavy defeat at Man City and elimination from the League Cup and you can see why the pressure is mounting.

I personally think it’s too soon to wield the axe, but football can be a fickle sport and you have to wonder whether FSG may consider a change is needed as soon as possible. A lot hangs on this weekend when Liverpool once again face a trip to Leicester. Will #kloppout be trending on Twitter again?

What do you think? Is Klopp’s time as reds boss coming to an end? If so who could replace him? 

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