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  1. Burnley manager always thinking about his future 🙄

  2. FRIDAY 9TH AUGUSTLiverpool 20:00 Norwich City - 2-0SATURDAY 10TH AUGUSTWest Ham United 12:30 Manchester City - 1-3AFC Bournemouth 15:00 Sheffield United 2-0Burnley 15:00 Southampton 1-1Crystal Palace 15:00 Everton 0-2Watford 15:00 Brighton & Hove Albion 3-2Tottenham Hotspur 17:30 Aston Villa - 2-0SUNDAY 11TH AUGUSTLeicester City 14:00 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-2Newcastle United 14:00 Arsenal - 0-2Manchester United 16:30 Chelsea - 1-1
  3. 1. Manchester City 2. Liverpool 3. Tottenham Hotspur 4. Arsenal 5. Chelsea 6. Manchester United 7. Leicester City 8. Everton 9. Wolverhampton Wanderers 10. West Ham United 11. Watford 12. Bournemouth 13. Southampton 14. Aston Villa 15. Crystal Palace 16. Burnley 17. Newcastle United18. Brighton & Hove Albion 19. Norwich City 20. Sheffield United
  4. SATURDAY 3RD AUGUSTAtlanta United FC 22:00 LA Galaxy 1-3New York Red Bulls 23:00 Toronto FC 2-2SUNDAY 4TH AUGUSTNew England Revolution 00:30 Los Angeles Football Club 1-2Orlando City SC 00:30 FC Dallas 3-2FC Cincinnati 01:00 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3-1Colorado Rapids 02:00 Montreal Impact 1-2Houston Dynamo 02:00 Chicago Fire 2-2Real Salt Lake 03:00 New York City FC 2-4San Jose Earthquakes 03:00 Columbus Crew SC 1-0Minnesota United FC 21:00 Portland Timbers 1-3MONDAY 5TH AUGUSTD.C. United 00:30 Philadelphia Union 2-3Seattle Sounders FC 03:00 Sporting Kansas City 2-0
  5. GaryG

    Round 17

    Chelsea U23 3 - 4 West Ham United U23 An entertaining game, which we were on the wrong end of a seven goal thriller. Despite our lowly position, we have performed well since I took over at the start of the month which makes me wonder what on earth was happening with this side before I took charge for them to be sooooooo far adrift at the bottom.
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    Round 17 Results

    Chelsea 3 - 0 Newcastle United A great three points for us against the toon army in what was an even game in terms of possession but we restricted them to just two shots on target whilst we were clinical in front of goal with two goals from Dybala and the third from Kante.
  7. Chelsea u23s v West Ham United u23s A London derby for our development squad as we host West Ham United on Wednesday evening. Though we cannot finish other than last place, we will be making a good fist of this game as we look to build our development squad for next season. We have a number of players who are almost ready to be promoted to the first team so they will be looking to go out on a high and impress.
  8. Chelsea v Newcastle United We welcome Newcastle to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening as we look to bounce back after a couple of 'iffy' results and performances. We are at full strength so will be fielding a stong line-up though we may try a few new things in this game.
  9. Aston Villa u23 v Chelsea u23 Just like our senior side, we face Villa away on the back of our first win of the season. With absolutely nothing to play for and no chance of finishing anything other than last, we have the freedom to try a few things out for the remainder of the season. A number of players have been moved down to the u23 squad from the seniors over the last week to make us more competitive.
  10. Aston Villa v Chelsea Second game in charge and we head to Villa Park as we look to continue where we left off last week against Leicester City. We have no injuries or suspensions so have a full squad to choose from for the game.
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    Capital Blue

    WINNING STARTS ALL ROUND Chelsea got off to the perfect start to life under new manager Gary Goodson as they beat Leicester City 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening. Despite being aided with two sending’s off for the visitors, Chelsea put in a good display, dominating possession and passing the ball around well and fans left happy after seeing their club pick up the three points. Goals from Dybala, Götze and Mina were enough for the home side, despite going behind to a (name) goal that put the visitors ahead. Despite the setback, the Blues were playing well and creating a number of chances. The first flashpoint came on 19 minutes when former Chelsea defender, Cesar Azpilicueta was sent off for a professional foul. Things got even worse for Leicester as they were reduced to nine men on 54 minutes when Aymeric Laporte received his marching orders for his second bookable offence. With the balance of power now firmly with Chelsea, they took control of the game and three goals followed to crown a very good performance from Goodson’s side. After the game, a naturally delighted manager was pleased with his side’s performance “I was very pleased with how we played. Leicester made it difficult for us and showed why they are regarded as a top side in this league so to get the three points is a great outcome for us”. Due to other results, the win actually saw Chelsea jump four places, up to 6th and above former club Crystal Palace, whom suffered a heavy defeat in their first game since the post Goodson era. Though they are expected to name a manager within the next 24 hours, they would have been furthest from Goodson’s mind as he stood in the Chelsea dugout for the first time. It was also a rare good night for the clubs u23 side who managed to win their first game of the season at the 14th attempt. Prior to their game against Sunderland, they have picked up just one point all season and are marooned at the bottom of the table. Goodson has already gone on record to state he is appalled at the state of the u23 side and has vowed to sort the shambles out though has said it will take time. The u23’s is an area he takes a keen interest in, as can be seen by the Crystal Palace u23 squad he left behind but it is going to be a long process one feels to get his current sides development squad up to the same standard as his previous club.
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    Round 14 Results

    Chelsea U23 1 - 0 Sunderland U23 Nice to get a win at u23 level also as we start life at Chelsea. Make no mistake about it, this was a dire game but we are just happy to get a win and our first of the season, at the 14th attempt.
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    Round 14 Results

    Chelsea 3 - 1 Leicester City Great start to life at Stamford Bridge as we ran out 3-1 winners against a very good Leicester City side. Yes they had two men sent off and it certainly helped us but it was key to get off to a winning start and get three points under our belts.
  14. Chelsea U23 v Sunderland U23 A tough opening game for our u23 side, infact the state of Chelsea's u23 side is diabolical if truth be told and alot of work is going to be needed to be done to turn our fortunes around. Rock bottom of the league however my approach will be the same as it was at Palace, despite the distinct lack of quality in the squad.
  15. Chelsea v Leicester City First game in charge of Chelsea and we face a very tough opponent in Leicester City, a side who comprehensively beat my former side just last week whilst I was in charge. We have a number of options to choose from but we will experiment between now and the end of the season to get the right belnd.
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    Capital Blue

    MANAGER UNVEILED TO THE MEDIA New Chelsea manager Gary Goodson has been unveiled at their club press conference this afternoon after making the switch from London rivals Crystal Palace on Thursday. Coming somewhat out of the blue, Chelsea acted quickly after sacking previous manager Pip Aldridge at the weekend after some woeful performances this season, and identified Goodson as their number one target. When asked how it felt to be announced as the new Chelsea manager, Goodson replied “I am absolutely delighted to be here and to be given this chance at such a prestigious club. It came out of the blue as I was happy at Palace but when the opportunity to come to one of the biggest clubs in the country is put in front of you, then it was one I could not turn down”. The appointment has been met with some scepticism from Chelsea supporters who have expressed their reservations over his suitability for the role considering Goodson has not managed a so-called big club. When put to him, he replied “I understand that and it is my job to convince those doubters that I am the right man for the job. I can assure all our fans that I will be doing everything in my power to bring success to this club. I want to provide a team that they are proud of and one they enjoy coming to see week in week out”. This has given the impression that Goodson will adopt a more adventurous style of play, compared to the solid and steady style he brought to Crystal Palace. When pushed on the matter, he replied “You have to look at the players you have got and play to their strengths. If we had played open and expansive football at Palace, we would have been played off the park most weeks. That’s no disrespect to the players at Palace as they were a great bunch of lads and a joy to work with but they have different strengths and weaknesses to the squad I have inherited here. You have to show you can adapt and that is what I am hoping to prove here”. When asked if he planned on making wholesale changes to the squad, Goodson said “I think in my time at Palace, you could see that is not my style. I like to give every player a chance, assess their strengths and weaknesses and then go from there. Between now and the end of the season it gives me some time to do this, then come the end of the season, I will be in a better place to make a judgement. However make no mistake about it, we have some fantastic players here and overall the squad is very strong so I do not anticipate making wholesale changes”. The move has prompted certain sections of the Crystal Palace support, to blast their former manager for leaving at such short notice, and to a London rival. Goodson did not duck the question and said “I understand some of the fans will be disappointed and they are entitled to their opinion. What I will say is that I feel I have left them in a better position than when I first took over. 2 seasons ago, they couldn’t have imagined playing in the Premier League, let alone the Anglo American Trophy but we did that together this season. I think the majority of fans will appreciate my efforts and I wish them well, but my sole focus is now on Chelsea Football Club going forwards”. Goodson’s first game in charge sees him at home to Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening and it will be interesting to see how he sets up his side for that game.
  17. Can the following please be moved to the Chelsea u23 squad please? Couldn't remember if there was a max you can do or not so included them all A_Suljic A_Cartwright M_Bundu D_Brooks E_Ampadu M_T-Crossdale I_Ugbo
  18. PALACE LEFT STUNNED The breaking news coming out of Selhurst Park today is that manager Gary Goodson has left the club to become the new manager of London rivals Chelsea. The move has come somewhat out of the blue, however after Pip Aldridge was sacked at the weekend, it is thought Chelsea had made Goodson their number one target. Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish was reluctant to let his manager leave, however in the end, did not stand in his way so he could make the move Stamford Bridge. Goodson was appointed Palace boss towards the end of season (number) and guided them to the Division One title, pipping Burnley on the final day of the season. Last season, Goodson led Palace in their debut Premier League season to an impressive 4th place and qualification into the American Anglo Trophy. They narrowly exited the competition at the group stage just last week, however have found their league form has suffered this season as a result of this. They are currently in 8th and it is believed Goodson was keen on the move to Chelsea as he felt Palace maybe had reached the maximum level they could go to with the current finances of the club. Certainly the move to Chelsea is a step up for Goodson despite Chelsea’s poor season as their overall quality of players is much higher than what he had to work with at Palace and because of that, he will be expected to turn their fortunes around. With the announcement of the league restructure and that there will be no relegation this season, it will afford him time to stamp his own authority on the team, if just for the remainder of this season as a top four will be the minimum requirement come next season. At Palace, Goodson built a solid if unspectacular side, one that did not concede many goals but they also struggled for goals and that is something that will need to change as the fans of the Stamford Bridge club demand entertaining football as well as owner Roman Abramovich. Some would argue that with a better standard of player, Goodson will not have to rely on being as defensive minded as he was at Palace as with the likes of Dybala, Götze, Hazard and Kante in the squad, they have the players to play attacking football and be challenging for honours. One thing is for sure, this is Goodson’s first chance at a big club and pundits will be keen to see how he fairs under the microscope, something that he has not had so far in his managerial career. Goodson will be officially unveiled at a press conference on Saturday, ahead of their league game on Sunday against Leicester City at Stamford Bridge. It is expected that Goodson will also bring in his own backroom staff, though no one from Crystal Palace is expected to follow him to Stamford Bridge. Crystal Palace fans are said to be unhappy with Goodson’s departure, especially to a London rival and one in the Premier League. Some have branded him a traitor whilst others have thanked him for his time at the club but have said it is time to move on.
  19. Everton 2 - 0 Crystal Palace Another abjest display as we exit the competition at the Quarter Final stage, Goodison Park is definitely becoming our bogey ground.
  20. Everton v Crystal Palace We come up against the side that ended our Anglo American Trophy hopes so we will be looking to extract some revenge in this one however, Everton are a quality side and will definitely be up for this one.
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    Round 13 Results

    Leicester City 3 - 0 Crystal Palace Changed the system for this game and it backfired big time, we were second best in everything and the Foxes thoroughly deserved the three points.
  22. PALACE LIMITATIONS EXPOSED Crystal Palace were given something of a footballing lesson at the King Power Stadium on Sunday evening as they were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by Leicester City in a fairly one-sided game. Speaking ahead of the game, Gary Goodson had spoken about experimenting with his side’s style in some games between now and the end of the season but this game showcased the limitations that he has with his squad. Instead of sitting back, Palace tried to take the game to their hosts from the off but it was an experiment that spectacularly backfired. It was easily the Eagle’s worst performance of the season as they were second best in every department, Leicester’s quality on the ball was a major factor as they comfortably saw out the game with very few problems. Whether this result will sway Goodson to revert back to what his team are best at remains to be seen, however it may be a case of they need to live by their own means and realise that playing expansive football, with this current crop of players at least, is not the way forward for them.
  23. Stoke City u23 v Crystal Palace u23 We head to Stoke for this u23 encounter on the back of a run which has seen us taken 10 points from a possible 12. Despite Stoke struggling in 8th place at the moment, it will be a tough test for us but we will be looking to put in a good performance.
  24. Leicester City v Crystal Palace We head north to Leicester to try arrest the slide in results over the last month which has seen us pick up just 3 points from the last 15 available. With the changes to the league next season and thus no relegation, we will look to be a little more adventerous between now and the end of the season.
  25. PALACE LEFT TO FOCUS ON THE LEAGUE After the disappointing exit at the group stage of the Anglo American Trophy, Crystal Palace manager Gary Goodson has said that the club now most focus their efforts on the league campaign after a somewhat tricky spell which has seen the club pick up just (points) from the last () games. This season was always going to be a challenge for the Eagles after qualifying for the AMT after an impressive first season back in the Premier League last time round. With the added number of games, Goodson has had to rotate his squad more than he had to at any stage last season to ensure everyone has stayed fit and not picked up an niggles along the way. Whilst he has managed to achieve that, it has come at the cost of performances, especially in the league where they have looked jaded at times. After a solid start, results have certainly taken a downward trend of late and with their AMT exploits over, they can now focus on the rest of the league campaign. “It has been challenging throughout this season” Goodson said. “We knew that we would be pushed to the max this season and would have to utilise the squad intelligently to ensure we gave ourselves the best chance in every game”. “It was a great experience for us and the fans and of course we wanted to progress but it was not to be. What we must now do is focus on the remainder the league campaign and get as many points as we can. We do not want to get to a stage where we are looking over our shoulders and worrying about how the teams below us are doing” With the announcement over the weekend of a league restructure and that there will be no relegation this season as the league is to be expanded to fourteen teams, it does give Palace some breathing space. Goodson, however does not want his side to take that for granted and rest on their laurels. “Obviously its great news, especially for those teams near the bottom as it means another season at the top table however for us, I cannot stress enough the danger of complacency. We still need to give 100% and look to win every game otherwise it sets a back precedence. What it does is afford us the chance to try maybe some things that maybe we would not have giving our current situation” When pushed on whether that meant a different approach to games Goodson replied “Yes, it could mean we try a different style in some games”. A feature of Goodson’s tenure as the Eagles manager has been his sides counter-attacking ability. Though it has been criticised by some section of the media, Goodson was quick to defend their approach to games. “Obviously everyone wants to play expansive, attractive attacking football but it’s not always possible. You have to work with the players that we have and that’s no disrespect to them, we just have to use their strengths to get us results. Our fans are not stupid, they know their football and know what we are”. There is still the matter of the FA Cup which Palace still find themselves in and it could now be an ideal chance for them to have a real go at the competition seeing as the threat of relegation has been removed this season. Whether Goodson does is another matter but it could be interesting times at Selhurst Park over the next few weeks.
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