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    (Original post by jam277)
    Don't need to replace terry yet. See barcelona on how they can keep class players starting for the team at an old age, abidal, puyol and xavi are prime examples while ferdinand isn't doing too badly either. Also don't see why we should get an unproven defender from brazil. While he's clearly a great signing on FM/fifa it's too risky having to rely on a defender outside europe who's not young having to adapt his game. At least if he got games for brazil and shone in the world cup I can warrant a reason getting him otherwise he could just turn out to be a massive flop. Would.not.buy

    Plus we have more than enough CB's atm unless we're getting someone of the quality of dante/barzaghli/mascherano there is no need for a CB with the quality we have now. I think terry should start from now on as in the big games he can clearly provide when it matters, he was a man who would have taken no **** in that first half vs city and organised the back line better
    Lol, as you said, the main reason I was interested in him is because he's a beast on FIFA. I've seen him play sometimes though and he has had a few moments of brilliance but nothing too striking. Still, the purchase was only around 4m anyway so he'd be a lot cheaper than a lot of other CBs :x

    I'm not sure why he wasn't placed/given a chance in the squad tbh -- I mean, Dante himself was only called up in February to play against England. It'd be good to have him/Mascherano but isn't Barzaghli around 32 now? Pretty sure the other 2 are a few years younger -- don't really want to buy another player who's basically the same age as Terry. Another possibility, though pretty unrealistic, is Varane -- and that could only happen if if Mourinho decides to come back to Chelsea.
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    Not bad. I'll order mine once I found out what number Moutinho will be wearing
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    They just really like throwing blue paint on your players lately
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    Oscar needs to eat more.
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    (Original post by jam277)
    Any idea on leitner. Obviously when you have a 17/18 year old starting against a team like manchester city he's obviously a class act, he didn't seem special like gotze when he came in the scene but he held his own vs them and obviously jurgen klopp has faith in him.

    Bittencourt I don't know anything about him though. I think dortmund have enough midfielders in the position they're really lacking backup wingers/striker so they don't have to put up with people like grobkeutz and scheiber in the first team. Seems to me that germany are racking up on the midfielders though. Defence is good and attack is good but central/attacking midfield is clearly where it's at for germany;s young crop. Ozil, kroos, muller, khedira, holtby, draxler, gundogan, bender twins damn they're looking good there. Sahin could have easily been playing for them too as a traitor.
    Been a lot of rumours of Dortmund making a bid for Negredo. So they'll be selling Lewan soon, just wonder who will buy him. They also seem to be interested in strengthening the back which is a weak position for them, been looking to buy Ginter, a DM/CB. As they seem to have quite a bit money to spend this year (CL + sale of Lewan, likely Santana too)

    Leitner isn't really a similar player to Gotze, although he can play offensively he's more of CM that can play CAM, Bittencourt I think has more potential but struggles for playing time, as does leitner, because Dortmund just have too many midfielders. I assume they'll sell some attacking midfielders as they need to strengthen DM. They just offered Kehl an extension, but he's old now and Bender is injury prone. Gundogan gets injured quite a bit too.

    Even though Gundogan get's injured it's not all the time, and they seem to be looking into buying Goretzka (another amazing young German player, who plays that box-to-box role) I wouldn't mind Chelsea making a bid.

    Germany seem to be over-flowing with you talent, Draxler seems to be one of the best up coming and Madrid want to sign him, not sure if that's down to Mourinho though, I'd love him at Chelsea ahead of Schurrle. Volland/Ginter/Goretzka all amazing talent. With Essien ageing and Mikel still slowing the play I wouldn't mind us bidding for Goretzka, as the Germans do seem to be leaving more these days, Gnabry to Arsenal for example, whereas young Germans never used to leave to BuLi.

    So many good young Germans we could buy, but it'd be nice to have some faith in the youngsters, I think quite a few could become good squad members or rotation options. Kalas/PVA/Chalobah/Piazon should all be looked at first before we go off spending. A lot of the time it seems we spend a lot of time/money getting these youngesters, trying to get them to a good level. Then we just give up because some other young talents have popped up elsewhere and we buy them. Then we have too many and just sell them. Sinclair/Tore/Matic. All could have been good for adding squad depth, but then we just end up buying new youngsters, Feruz/Piazon. A bit crazy.
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    Leverkusen have come out and said that they have begun talks with Chelsea about the sale of Andre Schurrle. I personally think he'd be a great signing, and definitely a better signing that Falcao.
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    We're in talks over Manuel Pellegrini for next season... apparently.
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    (Original post by The Assassin)
    We're in talks over Manuel Pellegrini for next season... apparently.
    Would be a great manager personally, he did very well with villareal and malaga. Although it's clearly showing our stubbornness to not go for mourinho. But I guess pellegrini would be a good guy to have. I think he'd do a job similar to what ancelotti did for us. His record vs barca with villareal was better than any other team in the league.
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    (Original post by jam277)
    Would be a great manager personally, he did very well with villareal and malaga. Although it's clearly showing our stubbornness to not go for mourinho. But I guess pellegrini would be a good guy to have. I think he'd do a job similar to what ancelotti did for us. His record vs barca with villareal was better than any other team in the league.
    Indeed -- I was very impressed with how he managed Malaga. Nothing would make me happier than Mourinho but Pellegrini's good enough.

    Had a thought about our midfield/strikers. If we ever want to see two strikers up front and get the best out of our midfield when we could with the 4-2-2-2 formation like Man City last season. The 4-2-2-2 system allows both Mata and Hazard to play their favored number 10 position, whilst also being in the best position to shoot on their stronger foot. And isn't this formation Pellegrini's specialty? :holmes:
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    I'd be pretty happy with Pelegrini, looks to be a quality manager and apparently Real Madrid would have stuck with him if it weren't for Jose Mourinho being up for the job.
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    It'll still be Mourinho, Pellegrini is just a smoke screen.

    Oh, and apparantly JT refused to shake hands with David Bernstein today, good on you JT, should have just nutted the khunt.
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    (Original post by The Assassin)
    Indeed -- I was very impressed with how he managed Malaga. Nothing would make me happier than Mourinho but Pellegrini's good enough.

    Had a thought about our midfield/strikers. If we ever want to see two strikers up front and get the best out of our midfield when we could with the 4-2-2-2 formation like Man City last season. The 4-2-2-2 system allows both Mata and Hazard to play their favored number 10 position, whilst also being in the best position to shoot on their stronger foot. And isn't this formation Pellegrini's specialty? :holmes:
    Yeah Think the 4-2-2-2 formation could work if we have better CM's and a good range of CM's, while barry and garcia are good player in their own right both the players in the 4-2-2-2 is absolutely terrible as it's just slow play/lack of penetration, something our current CM's are prone to doing(lampard/mikel partnership e.g.)

    A 4-2-2-2 would definitely work. Our strikers fit a 4-2-2-2 I think. Lukaku has already shown that he can play up top with someone else and ba used to do it at newcastle, he certainly can hold up the ball well to help the midfield. Torres would be the only concern, however I think it might suit him if we had a striker in a target man supporting role next to him to get onto flick ons.

    Yeah pellegrini loved the 4-2-2-2.
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    (Original post by Cannotbelieveit)
    It'll still be Mourinho, Pellegrini is just a smoke screen.

    Oh, and apparantly JT refused to shake hands with David Bernstein today, good on you JT, should have just nutted the khunt.
    Why are handshakes still even an issue? :sigh:
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    (Original post by The Assassin)
    lol


    If only he could do that in a real match.
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    (Original post by jam277)
    If only he could do that in a real match.
    Clearly this is what his team-mates mean when they say 'he's been scoring loads in training...'
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    (Original post by KingMessi)
    Clearly this is what his team-mates mean when they say 'he's been scoring loads in training...'
    It's in small goals as well. Makes me wonder that torres still has a lot of ability. Weird player we have here...
    Mate did the same thing to me when we were playing footy :sigh:

    Hopefully he can get a flurry of goals in this last month to make his goal tally more respectable(although it is fairly decent already) needs to keep on wearing that mask.
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    (Original post by Tweek)
    Been a lot of rumours of Dortmund making a bid for Negredo. So they'll be selling Lewan soon, just wonder who will buy him. They also seem to be interested in strengthening the back which is a weak position for them, been looking to buy Ginter, a DM/CB. As they seem to have quite a bit money to spend this year (CL + sale of Lewan, likely Santana too)

    Leitner isn't really a similar player to Gotze, although he can play offensively he's more of CM that can play CAM, Bittencourt I think has more potential but struggles for playing time, as does leitner, because Dortmund just have too many midfielders. I assume they'll sell some attacking midfielders as they need to strengthen DM. They just offered Kehl an extension, but he's old now and Bender is injury prone. Gundogan gets injured quite a bit too.

    Even though Gundogan get's injured it's not all the time, and they seem to be looking into buying Goretzka (another amazing young German player, who plays that box-to-box role) I wouldn't mind Chelsea making a bid.

    Germany seem to be over-flowing with you talent, Draxler seems to be one of the best up coming and Madrid want to sign him, not sure if that's down to Mourinho though, I'd love him at Chelsea ahead of Schurrle. Volland/Ginter/Goretzka all amazing talent. With Essien ageing and Mikel still slowing the play I wouldn't mind us bidding for Goretzka, as the Germans do seem to be leaving more these days, Gnabry to Arsenal for example, whereas young Germans never used to leave to BuLi.

    So many good young Germans we could buy, but it'd be nice to have some faith in the youngsters, I think quite a few could become good squad members or rotation options. Kalas/PVA/Chalobah/Piazon should all be looked at first before we go off spending. A lot of the time it seems we spend a lot of time/money getting these youngesters, trying to get them to a good level. Then we just give up because some other young talents have popped up elsewhere and we buy them. Then we have too many and just sell them. Sinclair/Tore/Matic. All could have been good for adding squad depth, but then we just end up buying new youngsters, Feruz/Piazon. A bit crazy.
    Yeah agree here. Apparently dortmund have never won a match that gundogan hasn't been involved in. He'd be a good player for us. Heck I even think sahin could have been good for us he just didn't fit liverpool due to rodgers being adamant on playing allen and wasn't ever in mourinho's plans. He never played for madrid(128mins in total for madrid) because of the form of alonso that whole season. Dortmund are a team while not spectacular(well whenever I see them) they're very efficient, seems like they can just get the best out of every player and optimize their strengths. Something we are clearly lacking. They could probably get torres firing if they wanted to personally. Kind of a reason why kagawa has struggled at united and sahin has struggled.

    Was playing FM a few days ago and I just thought how great is it to see teams with many world class players coming through the youth team facing each other. Was hull and my striker facing his AC milan counterpart who are the same age and same ability. Imagine if say feruz made it as a top striker and he was playing against say alvaro morata from madrid. Or mceachran vs cleverley or chalobah vs busquetts. Or how bayern munich vs barcelona matches will be like with majority of the first team players from the youth squad it kinds of brings a sense of club/national pride into it. Weird way of thinking but it would be cool to have young players come through the academy and face another team with the same thing. Real madrid are in a similar situation to us too.
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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2...ain-john-terry

    Interesting article. On 5live the other day the same topic came up, and, due to his experience captains Brazil it seems like a logical step. As much as I like and respect Cech (probably my favourite player of this era), he seems more culpable to make mistakes when captain - as if the pressure of controlling the team is drawing focus away from his primary duties. Apropos Luiz's defensive errors, my dad and I both believe the captaincy would have an opposite effect upon him, causing him to play up to the role and draw in any negative aspects of his play. There is hearsay that Terry could do what Desailly did for him and give up the captaincy to a player who will be starting every match.

    The other play who I could see captaining us is Chalobah - who was touted as a future England captain when he was only 16. Whenever I go to Watford games (my local team), whilst not captain, he has an incredible amount of authority in that group of players - especially considering he is surrounded by a player who has captained Roma, and another who has captained the Swiss International side. It will be interesting seeing what happens regarding the captaincy in the next few years.
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    Only one proper manager can make sure Chelsea start winning properly again - that is Jose Mourinho. All the other managers don't have the strength/courage to ask for more control over decisions against Abramovitch. Jose Mourinho would be the kind of character/manager that is required. Schurrle looks like a good striker but we can't keep putting in 20 year olds, especially if Terry and Lampard won't get new contracts, this will result in no experience apart from Cech/Cole and Ivanovic next season.
 
 
 
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