CHELSEA 2-2 Spurs: Finally Some Fight

The 2015/16 season is all over now bar the shouting (and a few FA charges) although in reality, ours was over a lot sooner than most. That’s not to write us off completely though because whilst the football and the attitude of our players have stank for most of the season, Monday night’s second half might just leave us with the faintest glimmer of hope for better days ahead again. I don’t think any of us are naïve enough to get carried away after a draw at home, particularly when it’s to a side who’ve failed to beat us at Stamford Bridge in 26 years of trying. We were far from convincing in the first half against Spurs, although to be fair, it must be hard to find a rhythm when you’re being upended every two seconds. The fact remains though, from 2-0 down our players dug deep to give us a well-timed reminder of the fight we’ve come to expect at Chelsea.
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CHELSEA v Tottenham: Preview

Date: Monday 2nd May, 2016
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 20:00 BST

After our worst season in 20 years, bizarrely the title could well be in our hands tonight. Unfortunately, it won’t be our title but it won’t be Spurs’ either if we get our way. It could be a real nail-biter, given our players have been anything but reliable this season – the one saving grace is, above all other games this season, we know they want this one.
Our players, and even the manager have nailed their colours to the mast where this particular game is concerned, so it’s up to them to walk the walk now. Either that, or face seeing the Spurs video released next week.

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Bournemouth v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 23rd April, 2016
Venue: Vitality Stadium
Kick-off: 15:00 BST

After the season we’ve had – and even more so after the last couple of games – putting a preview together feels pretty much how I’d imagine penning an obituary for an old friend. There’s a sense of obligation but it’s painful and I’m a bit lost for words.
What’s to say? We’ve been dire. Actually dire is flattering us, we’ve been worse than that because this isn’t just about poor performances, it’s about bad attitudes – and that’s never acceptable. From Hiddink’s message that we’ve done enough just to avoid relegation, through to the utter ambivalence from every player on the pitch – it’s soul destroying.
On a positive note though, today it’s a trip to Bournemouth. We lost the reverse fixture in December, in what ended up being Jose Mourinho’s last Premier League game in charge – a decision that clearly worked out well for the club!
Still, at least we won’t be relegated eh Guus?

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CHELSEA v West Ham: Talking to the Opposition


Ahead of today’s game TheChelseaBlog had a very uninspired Q & A session with West Ham blog westhamtillidie.com on everything from our best hopes this season to their stadium deal and of course, today’s game.

You can have a read here if you feel so inclined.

CHELSEA v West Ham: Preview

Date: Saturday 19th March, 2016
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

I can’t remember writing a preview that felt quite as pointless as this.
You couldn’t have written it at the start of the season – holding Champions, a squad with the likes of Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas, with Jose Mourinho leading the way – yet we’ve just gone out of the Champions League and FA Cup, we’re 10th in the table and we’re as motivated as teenagers on school mornings. Costa’s got himself suspended, Hazard has gone from subbing himself to putting himself on the sick list altogether, Fabregas has gone missing more often than not, although even his ‘absences’ aren’t quite as apparent as our former boss. Talking of absentees, Messrs Falcao and Pato aren’t exactly going to help us out of the hole we’re in either – still, at least we won’t get relegated eh Guus?!
As for today’s opponents, it’s fair to say West Ham are having a decidedly better time of it under Slaven Bilic. 5th in the table, they’ve only lost two of the last 16 league games and they’re on a run of 3 straight wins. Unfortunately for us, they seem to favour goals away from home this season and they have Payet in some cracking form.
Happy days!

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Everton v CHELSEA: FA Cup Preview

Venue: Goodison Park
Date: Saturday 12th March 2016
Kick-off: 17:30 GMT

With our midweek defeat in the Champions League still far too fresh in our minds, we’re back at it in today’s late kick off, for an FA Cup tie against Everton.
The Toffees haven’t done particularly well at home in the league lately but that won’t stop them coming into this game feeling a bit more optimistic than us. Weary after our Champions League exit and probably without Costa and JT again – at least from the starting XI – I expect us to find ourselves under pressure early on.

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CHELSEA v Stoke: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 5th March 2016
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

After making hard work of the win against Norwich midweek, today’s game sees us up against Stoke City who haven’t had a win at Stamford Bridge in 32 years.
Any other season we might go into this game expecting that statistic to continue but this isn’t any other season, with Stoke in 7th place and above us in the table. Like us, they come into today’s game on a 3 game winning streak and will be looking for a double, having beaten us 1-0 in the reverse fixture this season.

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Southampton v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: 27th February 2016
Venue: St Mary’s Stadium
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

This afternoon’s game sees us travel to St Mary’s to take on a Southampton side at the top of the form table.
Whilst we’ve undoubtedly improved under Guus Hiddink, our unbeaten run in the Premier League, has all too often consisted of us playing it safe to get out of games with a draw. We’ve lacked the guts required to put games to bed and against a Southampton side who’ve dropped just 2 points in six games and haven’t conceded in any of them, that’s not going to cut it.
Interestingly though, the last time Forster conceded a goal was to Diego Costa in our 1-1 draw almost a year ago.
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CHELSEA v Man City: FA Cup Preview

Date: Sunday 21st February, 2016
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 16:00 GMT

After a poor start against PSG midweek, Chelsea found enough fire in their belly to come out of it with an away goal and only a marginal defeat. Back at home now, today’s FA cup fourth round tie sees us play host to Man City and whilst we’ve got our Champions League game out of the way, City will come into today’s game with one eye on their game Wednesday.
From what I hear though we probably shouldn’t get too excited at the idea of Pellegrini fielding a load of youngsters today because it sounds as if they’d give this season’s first XI a run for their money.

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CHELSEA v Newcastle: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 13 February
Kick-off: 17:30 GMT

After last week’s battle back against United to get a point, today’s late game sees us at home to McLaren’s Newcastle who arrive on a run of five consecutive away defeats in all competitions. Unlike us though, they did take 3 points from their last game.
Whilst we remain unbeaten under Guus Hiddink, the reality is we’ve just three wins amongst a string of draws. Worse still, against United last week, it was evident a draw was probably all Hiddink had looked for.

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