Date: 13th July 2019 at 12:46am
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Chelsea FanCast on Love Sport Radio – the only 100% Chelsea show on the radio! Jake Watson, Stamford Chidge and Dean Mears. With Frank Lampard’s first game in charge against Bohemian’s last week, the boys ask what has he learnt and who caught his eye? Do we take pre-season too seriously and is the Club ripping the fans off?

Chelsea draw 1-1 v Bohemians in Lampard’s 1st match in charge with a mix of youngsters & loan returnees. Who caught the eye? What systems is Frank Lampard’s coaching team using? What, if anything, will Lampard have learned and is it too early to see who might make it in to the first team squad and who won’t?

With pre-season meltdown already in full swing, do the media and the fans take it too seriously? Is pre-season predominantly about fitness rather than performances & results? Is it unfair on fans to pass these games off as competitive or is it a good opportunity for overseas fans to see the team play?

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Chelsea are charging £1.99 per pre-season match to watch on the 5th stand app. Many fans paid but couldn’t watch and for many others the app crashed. All this while fans used to get all the pre-season games for their Chelsea TV subscription of £5.99 per month. While the Club issued an apology and a refund, are they missing the point? Should they be charging at all? Is it exploitative? Are the fans being increasingly treated as customers rather than supporters?

In this weeks ‘Legend of the week’ sponsored by Classic Football Shirts, Dean chooses his boyhood hero Carlo Cudicini. But is he really a Chelsea legend? He is only the third Chelsea goalkeeper to win the Club’s ‘Player of the Year’ in 2002 and arguably is the third best goalkeeper in the club’s history, but the feeling remains that his Chelsea career is a case of what might have been, had Petr Cech not arrived and relegated Carlo to the bench. It should not be forgotten though, that Carlo in his Chelsea prime was one of the best ‘keepers in the Premier League and arguably the world.

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