CHELSEA 2-0 Hull: Points Deserved

There was an abundance of bookings in this one yesterday, some justified, some less so. A fully deserved red card for Huddlestone, a completely unjust booking for Costa again and overall, a ref who completely lost control of a game in which a couple of our players embarrassed us a bit. At the end of the day though, we came away with all 3 points and that was justified.

There’s a full match report from the Official CFC
There’s match analysis from Sports Mole
Jose shares his thoughts with BBC Sport
Sunday Express bring us Steve Bruce’s opinion
Goals and highlights come courtesy of Soccer Blogger
And the Daily Mail give us their player ratings

CHELSEA v Hull: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 13 December
Kick-off: 15:00

In spite of press reports predicting we were just about washed up after we’d lost our first game of the season to Newcastle last week, our response against Sporting Lisbon should have demonstrated we’re some distance from being on the ropes yet. Of course, we’ll play this game without Fabregas and Courtois although Matic is back and even with a much changed side midweek, we already seemed to be playing with a bit more freedom with that ‘unbeaten’ monkey off the players backs.
After failing to score in his last 4 games in all competitions though, Diego Costa should prepare himself to be put out to pasture if he has the audacity not to score again today because he’ll surely be auctioned off.

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CHELSEA v Sporting Lisbon: Champions League Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Wed 10 December
Kick-off: 19:45 GMT

It’s probably just as well we’re already through to the knockout stages of the Champions League because after our first defeat of the season against Newcastle at the weekend, it’s a cert we’d have been written off.
Tonight though, whilst Jose Mourinho will use the opportunity to rest a few players, Sporting Lisbon need a draw to guarantee they go through in second place. Should we win and Schalke beat Maribor, it’ll be Roberto Di Matteo’s side who progress.

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Newcastle v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: St James’ Park
Date: Saturday, 6 December
Kick-off: 12:45 GMT

Back to the North East for today’s early kick-off against Newcastle and we’ll be looking to improve on the last visit there this afternoon. Not an easy task though, bearing in mind Newcastle will undoubtedly raise their game for this one, in addition to the little matter of a Mourinho Chelsea team never having won a league game at St James’s Park.
Pardew has done his best to pile on the pressure, insisting we can’t stay unbeaten indefinitely. Sod all the ‘invincible’ stuff though, we just want 3 points!

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CHELSEA v Spurs: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Wednesday, 3 December
Kick-off: 19:45 GMT

After weeks of hearing about the runaway train that was Chelsea, it was almost as if there’d been a total derailment on Sunday after our draw against Sunderland. And as far as the media was concerned, with both sides of Manchester having a decent weekend, we’d gone from the Invincibles to the Invisibles in the space of 90 minutes. In fact, add United’s win again last night putting them within 8 points of us, we should probably just concede the title and be done with it now.
Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on the result) for the lot of them though, we have a game against Spurs tonight that could put the brakes on their latest bandwagon. It’s a game we have to go into without Diego Costa after he racked up his fifth yellow against Sunderland at the weekend, so we’ll have to hope Didier hasn’t lost his passion for scoring against the North London lot.

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Sunderland v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Stadium of Light
Date: Saturday, 29 November
Kick-off: 17:30

After a great win against Schalke in the Champions League midweek, this evening’s game sees us travel to the Stadium of Light to face a Sunderland team who already have a win against us in the Premier League this calendar year.
This season though, we’ve looked a different side to the one that lost points to Sunderland at Stamford Bridge in April. We’ve played with confidence, energy, flair, and the sort of belief that’s associated with a Jose Mourinho squad.
With two successive wins against us though, the Black Cats won’t necessarily be fearing our arrival. We’d better make sure they don’t go away with a hattrick though.
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CHELSEA 2-0 West Brom: Boing! Boing!

You probably won’t read much about it because there was a late game on for 4th place but just to be clear, Chelsea remain unbeaten in the Premier League after yet another impressive display against West Brom yesterday.
Realistically, the game was won before half time in 45 minutes of football Jose Mourinho described as ‘amazing’, with Eden Hazard and Diego Costa terrorising the Baggies defence. It could easily have been much more than just the 2 goals if Foster hadn’t spared West Brom’s blushes with a very determined display of his own although the sending off of Yacob for a reckless challenge on Costa saw a much more organised 8 man defence from the visitors hold us off in the second half.
Overall, an absolute privilege to watch.
Here’s a round-up:

The full match report comes from official CFC
Jose Mourinho’s thoughts are shared with Sky Sports
Alan Irvine talks about the red card with BBC Sport
Goals and highlights are provided by Soccer blogger
And Sports Mole give us the player ratings

CHELSEA v West Brom: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 22 November 2014
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

Thankfully another international break is over and we get back to the bread and butter of the Premier League today without suffering the usual multitude of injuries.
This afternoon sees us at home to West Brom – a fixture we scraped an extremely late draw in last season so the Baggies might well come looking for reimbursement this afternoon, having felt cheated out of all three points by the ref last time round.
Ramires might have to watch his step!
Of course, this is also the first home game since Jose Mourinho made it known there’s been no recent complaints about noise pollution from any of the Stamford Bridge neighbours, so we should expect a right racket today.

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THE JUSTICE FOR JEFF ASTLE CAMPAIGN

Nine minutes into Saturday’s game, Albion fans will unveil a large banner reading ‘Justice for Jeff’ which starts a minute’s applause – nine being the famous shirt number he wore.

Chelsea fans are more than welcome to join in with the applause if they choose; for which we would be very grateful for; but if not we would like to give them the opportunity to make them aware of our campaign if they haven’t seen it via the national media already.

The Justice for Jeff banner will be at every West Bromwich Albion home and away game for the rest of this season. Hopefully, by then, the promised research into the links between heading footballs and brain damage will be in its early stages and, just as importantly, the research into former players and instances of dementia will have commenced.

We would also like to respectfully ask that if you are aware of any former players who may have died of, or are sadly living with Alzheimer’s or any other Degenerative Brain Disease please contact us by emailing dawnastle@justiceforjeff.co.uk – this information is vitally important to forthcoming research.

You can keep up-to-date and learn more about our campaign by visiting our website justiceforjeff.co.uk or through our Facebook and Twitter (@astle1968 #justiceforjeff) pages.

Thank You

The Astle Family
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Liverpool 1-2 CHELSEA: Tidy Job From Jose

I had an uneasy feeling about this game before the start, even more so once we’d gone a goal down. I should have had more faith because as it turned out, it was litter rather than points we were guilty of dropping yesterday.
Not the best start we’ve had to a game although they could consider themselves extremely lucky with a deflected opener. And whilst we’ll undoubtedly have to listen to how ‘wronged’ Liverpool were again with a couple of possible penalty claims, we were well worth the points at the finish and I personally thought Gary Cahill totally nailed his salmon impression at the second attempt.
Here’s the round up:

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