CHELSEA v Man City: Talking to the Opposition

Ahead of this evening’s late game against City, The Chelsea Blog very politely answered a few questions for Blue Moon – and then got duly slated on the City forum for everything from being arrogant to not being cocky enough! As bad as their neighbours really.
Anyway, you can have a read of Her Boring-ness here.

(Obviously the questions were answered before the Liverpool game)

CHELSEA v Man City: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 31 January
Kick-off: 17:30 GMT

We could really have done without the length of our League Cup game midweek with a game against City today but then we could also have done without the media playing judge and jury to see through Costa’s ban as well.
Both happened though, so we’ll just have to get on with the job in hand now and I suspect for Jose Mourinho, particularly with Costa missing, the agenda will be to not lose.
We come into the game with a five point gap we’ve again managed to create thanks to City only clawing five points from their last four in the league although I’m not sure any of us will get too excited about that given the previous gap we let slip. The important point though, is that by the end of today, that gap could be as big as eight points or as little as two.
No pressure.

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CHELSEA v Bradford: FA Cup Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday 24 January
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

After Liverpool ran themselves ragged to get a draw out of us at Anfield in the League Cup midweek, today it’s the FA Cup and a home game against League One side Bradford.
Bradford beat Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa on their way to the 2013 League Cup final but it doesn’t sound as if Jose Mourinho would accept that sort of outcome today. Still, as we saw at Cambridge last night – anything can happen in the FA Cup!

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Swansea v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Liberty Stadium
Date: Saturday, 17 January
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

Having won just one of our last five games away from home, we could probably do without another game away from Stamford Bridge but that’s exactly what we’ve got to look forward to with a game at the Liberty Stadium this afternoon.
We weren’t great in our last game against Newcastle either, particularly in the first half, so we’ll have to do better than that if the nerves are to be kept at bay. Of course we gave ourselves the smallest of margins again with the win and City unexpectedly dropping points against Everton. AƂthough with City playing Arsenal Sunday and a game against Liverpool coming up for us midweek, we’ll need our players to forget all about that and focus on their own game today if we’re to widen that margin.

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CHELSEA v Newcastle: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 10 January
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

It wasn’t that long ago we lost to Newcastle, yet with barely time to lick our wounds, we’re facing them again just a month later.
But whilst our trip to St James’ park signalled the continued run of away games at Newcastle Jose Mourinho has failed to get a win, the good news is he’s never lost to them at Stamford Bridge. Just as well really considering the six point lead we had last month has now dwindled to nothing more than the alphabet separating us and Manchester City.
We go into this game off the back of a horrible defeat to Spurs in the league and a win against Watford in the FA Cup, whilst Newcastle lost to Leicester in the cup and just two wins from their last ten – one of those came against us, so revenge had better be on our players’ minds.

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CHELSEA v Watford: FA Cup Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Sunday 4 January
Kick-off: 16:00 GMT

After the debacle against Spurs on New Year’s Day, an FA Cup tie against Watford has to be welcome, even if it’s just to give us the opportunity to rest some tired legs. We’d have been forgiven for thinking our players had been on the lash New Year’s Eve, with them looking a completely different side from the one that had given West Ham a lesson in football, withstood Stoke’s best attempts at Sunday league tackling and even persevered against poor decisions and a resilient Southampton defence to get a point away.
The FA Cup has to be a favourite competition for us, with us lifting the trophy seven times so far and as far as today’s opposition goes, we’re no strangers either, having played Watford and beaten them twice in this competition since 2009.
So, let’s just get 2015 back on track shall we.

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Spurs 5-3 CHELSEA: No Defence Offered

I’m not really sure what to say after yesterday’s game.
Whilst I agree with Jose in terms of the handball/penalty decision, I don’t think this is a result we could blame anyone but the boss and players for. I don’t understand how we could play in the manner we did and I don’t understand Mourinho’s response (or lack of) to the spanking we took.
On the day, we blew it. Big time. And now we need to respond, on the pitch and not in the press.
Here’s the post mortem:

Full match report comes from the official CFC
There’s Jose’s opinion from Teamtalk
BBC Sport give us Pochettino’s opinion
For those who want them, highlights come from Footy Room
And Goal.com give us their player ratings

Spurs v CHELSEA: Preview


Venue: White Hart Lane
Date: Thursday 1 January 2015
Kick-off: 17:30 GMT

This afternoon’s late game sees us make the short trip to White Hart Lane to take on Spurs in our first game of 2015. We’ll be facing a Spurs side in decent form, unbeaten in their last five and with a point off United on Boxing Day, so they’ll want to make sure we don’t walk away with this in the same manner we did the reverse fixture last month.
It was a point for us as well Boxing Day, up against a resilient Southampton defence and an even more resolute ref apparently. So as well as doing a bit better away from home today, we’ll have to hope all officials have their hearing and eyesight intact.

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Let’s Make It A Blue One!

The Chelsea Blog would like to wish its readers (and anyone else just passing through) a very happy new year. Let’s hope for all of the very best things for Chelsea FC in 2015.

Clever Chelsea?


Think you’re smarter than the average supporter? Give the Left Back In The Changing Room Bumper Christmas Quiz 2014 a go then.
Hailed as “the geekiest football quiz of the year”, this is the seventh Christmas Quiz and this year’s prize is a bottle from the Left Back Cellars, so if you think you’re smart enough or geeky enough, prove it.