United 1-1 CHELSEA: One Man & His Whistle

Shall I have a rant or just accept the draw gracefully? I won’t be celebrating the draw, I know that much.
I won’t argue they had a marginally better first half than us but then, getting away with synchronised WWF moves in the box would give most sides the upper hand to be honest. As for the second half, it’s probably fair to say Dowd didn’t keep his head down as much as he did for the penalty claims. I’ve watched episodes of One Man and His Dog and heard whistles blown less. Like an over-protective dad, it seemed every time they lost possession, Dowd blew up and gave it back!
Accuse me of sour grapes if you must but if both of those were yellow cards for Ivanovic, then Adidas should just bring out a new line in shoulder pads and fluffy slippers and we’ll sing Ring-a-ring-a-roses at half time as well.
I’d said when the first yellow was brandished he’d got some sort of issue with Ivanovic from the off – and so it played out. Unfortunately Dowd had the last word, Ivanovic wasn’t there to defend when we needed him, courtesy of a badly timed gust of wind flooring the vertically challenged Di Maria and the rest is history.
Spoilt brat syndrome here? Maybe a little, after all a point away at OT would have been acceptable in season’s past. I guess we just know we’re a bit better than that at this moment in time, so a point felt a bit like a loss.
Enough of my rant though, here’s some other points of view:

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Man United v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Old Trafford
Date: Sunday, 26 October
Kick-off: 16:00 GMT

The press have tried their very hardest to turn this game into a battle of the managers as the former Barcelona colleagues meet this afternoon. Sadly for them, Mourinho hasn’t done too badly since his days under van Gaal – a fact the Dutchman has acknowledged ahead of the game – so the embarrassing attempts to portray our Portuguese manager as the tea boy turned good have been largely laughed at.
In their only previous meeting as manager’s in the Champions League final (2010) , Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan beat van Gaal’s Bayern Munich – an experience the United manager will not want to repeat today. Not that there’ll be any big ears on show this afternoon – just big egos.
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CHELSEA 6-0 Maribor: Hurricane Hazard Hits Stamford Bridge


Whilst hurricane Gonzalo threatened to infiltrate Britain, at Stamford Bridge it was all a bit of a breeze for Chelsea against Maribor in the Champions League. Despite previous draws against Schalke and Sporting, last night proved to be a wake up call for the visitors, with their goal given a bit of a battering. Ok, so we were a bit fortunate with the penalties as it turned out but we were more than good for the scoreline. Highlights had to be the captain’s marauding run down the pitch for his goal, Didier Drogba reminding us what he can do from the spot and some ridiculously good football from Eden Hazard. All that, and some youngsters getting a look in. Lovely stuff. Here’s the round-up of reviews:
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CHELSEA v Maribor: Champions League Preview


Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Tuesday, 21 October
Kick-off: 19:45 BST

It’s back to the Champions League tonight and a home game against Maribor. Champions League games are a great opportunity for fans to see a Chelsea match, so make sure you get your tickets before this game (or the next one – I hear we’re going up north).

We didn’t have the best start in Group G, held to a 1-1 draw at home against Schalke last month, although our last game proved more fruitful with a 1-0 win against Sporting Lisbon in Portugal.
We go into tonight’s game unbeaten in the Premier League and with five straight wins in all competitions. Maribor by comparison have won just one from their last four league games although draws against Schalke and Sporting still leave them second in the group ahead of their trip to Stamford Bridge.
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Crystal Palace v CHELSEA: Preview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venue: Selhurst Park
Date: Saturday, 18 October
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

This afternoon’s return to Premier League action sees us take the short trip to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace. A bit of a banana skin for us last season, with John Terry scoring an own goal in a 1-0 defeat, with today marking the 500th time he’s led us out, the captain will be hoping the boss is right about his side’s balls this time round. Read more »

CHELSEA v Arsenal: Opposition View

Ahead of today’s game, I offered up a few questions to football coach and all round football nut Yaz. I’m reliably informed Yaz is Singapore’s most ardent Arsenal supporter, so let’s see what he’s got to say:

TCB: Like Jose Mourinho, I don’t have a lot to say about Mr Wenger and personally think it’s been a long 18 years. What do you think keeps Wenger at Arsenal though?
YAZ: We fans all like to believe that his brand of football for his philosophy brought excitement to the team and the league itself. His achievement over 18 years should be highly regarded.
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CHELSEA v Arsenal: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Sunday, 5 October
Kick-off: 14:05 GMT

If they’ve managed to come back down to earth after the euphoria of scoring a few goals against Galatasaray midweek, this afternoon’s early kick off sees us play host to Arsenal at Stamford Bridge
This is a pretty buoyant Arsenal side as well, with Danny Wellbeck’s six goals in his last six games, making him look a much bigger fish now he’s in a smaller pond – although to be fair, my mum could probably have had a hattrick against Galatasaray’s defence. Our defence is another matter, with 9 clean sheets from 11 at home and we’re not exactly shoddy up front so far this season either, with 19 goals compared to 7 at the same point last season.
We made Arsene Wenger’s 1000th Arsenal game an occasion to be remembered, by thumping them 6-0 at Stamford Bridge. By sheer coincidence, to mark 18 years as the Arsenal manager, Wenger again finds himself up against Jose Mourinho – the manager he hasn’t managed a win against in 11 previous meetings.
Not that he’s bitter about it or anything.

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Sporting Lisbon v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Estádio José Alvalade
Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Kick-off: 19.45 BST.

It’s a trip back to his home country tonight for Jose Mourinho as Chelsea face Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League. Mourinho may have started out at the club as Robson’s interpreter but there’ll be little room for sentimentality after a disappointing draw at home to Schalke in our last Champions League game.
Sporting who also started this season’s European campaign with a draw, are (like Chelsea) unbeaten in all competitions so far this season, so this might be a tough one.

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CHELSEA v Aston Villa: Preview


Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 27 September
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

Last week, we lost our 100% winning start but remain unbeaten going into this afternoon’s game at home to a Villa side who’s own unbeaten run was ended against Arsenal last week in three minutes of madness.
To be fair to Villa, they were hit by a stomach bug last weekend and up until then, had had a flying start to the season, putting them third in the table ahead of thus game.
Jose Mourinho hasn’t exactly done a bad job with us though, despite last week’s draw against City, we still sit top of the table with 16 goals from five games so far – a few more today definitely won’t go amiss.

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Man City 1-1 CHELSEA: Not Bad For A Small Team


Possibly at the start of the game but definitely at half-time we’d have taken a draw. By the time Zabaleta was rightly sent off in the second half though, you’d have to think the game was ours for the taking. Any disappointment with a point away against the current Premier League champions isn’t spoilt brat syndrome though, it’s simply a reflection of our strength so far this season. We could have been well beaten in the first-half yet our defence showed their resilience and Jose Mourinho’s substitutions in the second half were on the money – unfortunately so was City’s decision to bring on Framk Lampard.
Still clear at the top of the table after a right scrap against probably our toughest opposition this season – not bad for a little team. Here’s the round-up:

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