CHELSEA v Crystal Palace: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 29 August
Kick-off: 15:00 BST

Today is Jose Mourinho’s 100th Premier League home game in charge of Chelsea. He’s won 76 and lost just one of the previous 99, bizarre that he’s questioned quite so stringently the minute we drop points – he’s lost the grand total of one game at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League!
On to today’s game though, and it will be another tough one. However much Pardew bigs us up before games, he knows he does ok against us. Both games last season were narrow wins and we’ve yet to find any rhythm this season. Add to that Palace’s away record and we could be in for another scrap.

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West Brom v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: The Hawthorns
Date: Sunday, 23 August
Kick-off: 13:30 BST

Today’s game will be Mourinho’s 300th in charge of Chelsea, so in spite of our poor start to the season you’d have to think he’ll fare better than Villas Boas and Di Matteo did after defeats in this fixture. Not that Mourinho will be advocating our defence throws caution to the wind again this weekend though, after the lesson we took against City. Tony Pulis likewise, knows that feeling well so it’s likely to be a bit of a cautious affair and we won’t be expecting any bulldozing from either side.

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Man City v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Etihad Stadium
Date: Sunday, 16 August 2015
Kick-off: 16:00 BST

If everyone can stop sympathising with our medical staff for 90 minutes and take a break from castigating big, bad Jose Mourinho, there’s a small matter of a trip to the Etihad to focus on this afternoon.
Not unusually for our boss, there’s no love lost between him and the opposing manager and it won’t have pleased Mourinho to have seen Manuel Pellegrini get off to a flyer against West Brom. In fact, our opening performance and result compared to the competition won’t have pleased Jose at all. Whether that serves to be a good or bad thing for Chelsea, time will tell.
Last season, this fixture gave us a point after a late equaliser from Frank Lampard to rub salt into our wounds. This season, returning to Manchester as Premier League champions, you’d have to say we’d gladly take a draw if we play anything like we did in the opening game of the season. Read more »

Jose Mourinho: Business As Usual

No sooner has the new season got under way than Chelsea find themselves in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Not the red card for Courtois though, or even the draw at home to Swansea on the opening day – as ever, it’s Jose Mourinho.
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Eva Carneiro: Who’s Really Got The Agenda?

Eva Carneiro, is still Chelsea’s first-team doctor, she hasn’t been sacked and she isn’t some poor victim of sexism from Jose Mourinho. She was simply told off for actions the Chelsea boss disagreed with – and she chose to take to Facebook as a result.
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CHELSEA v Swansea: Preview

Courtesy of watching Tom Jones gyrate last night, it’s a short round up of previews out and about today. Here’s a selection on Chelsea’s opening game in their title defence at home to Swansea today:

Pre match briefing from the official CFC

Two minute preview from Walesonline

Full preview from Sky Sports

Team news, line-ups and predictions from Soccerlens

Statistics view from who

Arsenal v CHELSEA: Community Shield Preview

Venue: Wembley Stadium
Date: 2 August, 2015
Kick- off: 15:00 BST

At long last, after a summer break seemingly full of women’s football and slightly less sunshine, today sees the clichéd ‘curtain raiser’ to the 2015-16 season with the Charity Shield.
Today’s game will be the 14th meeting between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger none of which have been won by the Arsenal manager. But hang on before you start wetting yourself here because Arsenal have had a decent summer, with 2 pre-season tournaments under their belts, beating Everton, Lyon and Wolfsburg and the hacks as ever working themselves up over this season’s title push from Wenger’s men. Chelsea meanwhile seem to have been frowned upon for only drawing against PSG and Barcelona before beating the pair of them in penalties. So if we believe what we read in the rags and what Wilshere has to say, we’ll struggle to hold our own against them.
Let’s not mourn our loss too soon though because whilst Arsenal might have soundly beat City in this fixture last season, the last time we met them in the Community Shield, it was a blue day.

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What Chelsea Need To Do To Win the Champions League

Chelsea fell a few places short of Champions League glory this past season, eliminated at the second round at home on away goals to 10-man Paris Saint-Germain.

It wasn’t a good week for English football as no Premier League side even made the final eight of the 2014-15 Champions League.

Some cynics say Chelsea didn’t try their hardest as the Premier League was Jose Mourinho’s main aim during his second season back at Stamford Bridge. Either way, the Blues need to upgrade a few areas if they’re to compete next season.

Currently, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid look well-ahead of the Premier League champions in terms of squad quality, and looking at next season’s Champion League betting tips, Chelsea and other Premier League teams are in a distinct second tier of outsiders behind the top three teams in Europe, and even behind the likes of Juventus.

Here are a few positions the Blues could upgrade to increase their chances in Europe next season:

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Room for Improvement in the Champions League

Heading into the 2015 summer transfer window, José Mourinho has work to do if Chelsea are to stand a chance to win next season’s UEFA Champions League.

The Premier League was won with three games to spare, and in truth, looked wrapped up very early into the season, even if Manchester City clawed their way back to level points at the top at the beginning of the New Year.

Manchester City ended up eight points behind the champions, and with the League Cup won on 1 March, it was all-in-all a great season for Chelsea.

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CHELSEA v Sunderland: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Sunday, 24 May
Kick-off: 15:00 BST

Here we go then, last game of Chelsea’s 4th Premier League winning season and the perfect day to be at home.
We were lacklustre and understandably lacking motivation for our last game but it would be good to see out our title winning season on a high. Sunderland, the visitors, are safe although that doesn’t mean they’ll be coming to rollover. So, it’d be good to think Mourinho has shelved the champagne this week to finish the season in style.

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