Suarez: The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game

It’s 2014 and football has finally lost it’s way.

Ok, not necessarily the game itself because we’ve seen some lovely stuff during the 2014 World Cup, but everything else that surrounds it. From the supporters, managers and players, through to the pundits, journalists and governing bodies, the plot has become well and truly lost. Or at least that seems to be the only explanation I can come up with to account for the whole Luis Suarez debacle.

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Chelsea Dwelling on the Past?


It might be silly season, with Chelsea linked with everyone except Joey Barton so far but the link with a return for Didier Drogba at least gives us something to debate. Read more »

CHELSEA v Norwich: Preview


Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Sunday, 4 May
Kick-off: 16.00 BST

Well, Mourinho promised us nothing this season and after our midweek defeat to Atletico in the Champions League and City’s win against Everton yesterday, it seems that nothing is exactly what we’ll be getting.
There’s still points to play for though and we need at least one more to guarantee a top three finish, so with Norwich desperate to claw points together now we can’t afford to take this game lightly.
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CHELSEA v Atletico Madrid: Champions League Preview


Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Wednesday, 30 April
Kick-off: 19:45 BST

Having clearly upset the media and pundits alike with our ‘shock’ win over Liverpool at the weekend, unlike the league leaders (who prefer to take it easy midweek) it’s back to Europe for us with our Champions League semi-final second leg at home to Atletico Madrid.
Make no bones about it, we got a decent result against them in the first leg because not many sides have stopped the Spanish side from scoring at home this season – a season in which they are currently just 2 wins away from winning La Liga for the first time since 1996.
Of course, the fact we held them to a 0-0 at home will mean nothing if we fail to stop them scoring away from home tonight as well – so we have our work well and truly cut out if we’re to meet Real Madrid in Lisbon. Read more »

Liverpool v CHELSEA: Preview


Venue: Anfield
Date: Sunday, 27 April
Kick-off: 14.05 GMT

Whilst Liverpool could afford a draw today and still win the title (vomits in own mouth), after our cock-up against Sunderland, our best hopes of success (albeit as slim as the numbers left in our squad to see it out) now lie in Europe.
Still, given the arrogance with which they come into this game, it’ll be nice to at least let them know we’re there. So let’s try and make a game of it Jose.
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Atletico Madrid v Chelsea Preview: Blues must banish Black Cats loss with a result in Spain

‘Are they in the bottom half of the Premier League, struggling for survival, and expected to be on the end of a beating? No? Oh, that’s OK then. Bring ‘em on!’

Perhaps a little clunky, but that’s roughly our mindset now, thanks to some particularly horrifying results against lesser English opposition. Gone are the days of 7-0/8-0 against the riff-raff flailing at the foot of the EPL; now, they are even waltzing into Castle Stamford, scoring in our goal, tackling our players, taking our points…

Well, a trip to the volcanic Vicente Calderon may well do us some good, with the first leg of the Champions League semi-final sure to get Mourinho’s men back in their groove. For one thing, Atletico Madrid are far from being an inferior side.

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CHELSEA v Sunderland: Preview


Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 19 April
Kick-off: 17.30 BST

No messing about today, yet another must-win game as Sunderland come for a visit looking to upset us as much as they upset City this week.
No excuses for us either with a late kick-off and the chance of a lie-in, so let’s do it.

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Swansea v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Liberty Stadium
Date: Sunday, 13 April
Kick-off: 16.07 BST

By the time we play this afternoon, we’ll know whether any remaining hopes we had for the title were in vain, with Liverpool and City playing the early game. Either way though, if we’re to have a strong finish to the season we’ll have to hope that unlike us, the players have come back down to earth after our heroic Champions League win just days ago.
And having lost our last three away games to Villa, Palace and PSG, we can afford to be anything but complacent at the Liberty Stadium.

MANAGER’S VIEWS
Going into this afternoon’s game, Swansea manager Garry Monk says “I don’t buy we could catch them cold after midweek. The players they have through the squad are top-class players. I am sure they will make changes, but whoever comes in is top class. They are not pushing for the title for no reason. They have experience and class all over the pitch. It’s an extremely tough game, but a challenge we are looking forward to and have to relish.
The journey this club has been on and fighting for is to be on this level, to compete against these sort of teams and we have to make sure we continue that.”

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho meanwhile, says “They are a good team, they play good football. Especially at Swansea it is never easy and Chelsea knows that better than other teams. They still need the three points, they are not in big danger like other teams but they still need a couple of points to stay in the Premier League and of course they will try to get points out of this game.”

SQUAD NEWS
For Swansea, Kyle Bartley (hamstring) is the only absentee. Nathan Dyer, Pablo Hernadez and Jose Canas are all pushing for starts.
For Chelsea John Terry (foot) and Eden Hazard (calf) are considered major doubts, so the ball boys are safe. Ramires is back after a three-match ban whilst Mohamed Salah and Nemanja Matic are available after being ineligible in the Champions League midweek.

TEAMS
SWANSEA (Possible line-up): Vorm; Rangel, Davies, Chico, Williams; Canas, De Guzman, Britton, Hernandez, Routledge; Bony
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Cech; Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Cahill, David Luiz; Matic, Ramires, Willian, Oscar, Salah; Ba

LAST MEETING
Chelsea 1-0 Swansea (26th December 2013)

PREDICTION
We’re unbeaten in our last seven against Swansea in the league, although they did beat us over two legs in last season’s league cup semi final. On current form, Swansea have won just once in their last eight league games and have already lost more games (16) than they did in their previous two Premier League campaigns. Chelsea meanwhile, have lost five of their 16 away league matches, so will we be suffering from travel sickness again today? Personally, I think the result from today’s early game might answer that question.

CHELSEA v PSG: Champions League Preview


Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Tuesday, 8 April
Kick-off: 19:45 BST

After a convincing win against Stoke in the Premier League, tonight sees the return of the Champions League and a visit from PSG in the quarter final second leg.
Going into this game 3-1 down from the first leg obviously isn’t the best starting point for us even if it isn’t the first time we’ve found ourselves in this position. This time though, there isn’t a Didier Drogba to help us out of it so we’ll have to hope Samuel Eto’o has his shooting boots on. Read more »

CHELSEA v Stoke: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 5 April
Kick-off: 17.30

All is not well in our world.
Last weekend we lost at Crystal Palace and followed that up with a 3-1 defeat to PSG midweek. Crisis? It certainly sounded like it with much stamping of feet and tantrums being thrown – not least of all from Jose Mourinho who felt defeat in the Premier League made it impossible for us to win the title, whilst the PSG result was simply “ridiculous”.
Today, it’s back to Stamford Bridge and a visit from a Stoke side very much on the up, with a run of five games unbeaten and three wins in a row. Still, we would all do well to remember we’re still 2nd in the table and not out of the Champions League yet, so things are better so far this season than last. Read more »