Whilst hurricane Gonzalo threatened to infiltrate Britain, at Stamford Bridge it was all a bit of a breeze for Chelsea against Maribor in the Champions League. Despite previous draws against Schalke and Sporting, last night proved to be a wake up call for the visitors, with their goal given a bit of a battering. Ok, so we were a bit fortunate with the penalties as it turned out but we were more than good for the scoreline. Highlights had to be the captain’s marauding run down the pitch for his goal, Didier Drogba reminding us what he can do from the spot and some ridiculously good football from Eden Hazard. All that, and some youngsters getting a look in. Lovely stuff. Here’s the round-up of reviews:
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It’s back to the Champions League tonight and a home game against Maribor.
We didn’t have the best start in Group G, held to a 1-1 draw at home against Schalke last month, although our last game proved more fruitful with a 1-0 win against Sporting Lisbon in Portugal.
We go into tonight’s game unbeaten in the Premier League and with five straight wins in all competitions. Maribor by comparison have won just one from their last four league games although draws against Schalke and Sporting still leave them second in the group ahead of their trip to Stamford Bridge.
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Venue: Selhurst Park
Date: Saturday, 18 October
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
This afternoon’s return to Premier League action sees us take the short trip to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace. A bit of a banana skin for us last season, with John Terry scoring an own goal in a 1-0 defeat, with today marking the 500th time he’s led us out, the captain will be hoping the boss is right about his side’s balls this time round. Read more »
Ahead of today’s game, I offered up a few questions to football coach and all round football nut Yaz. I’m reliably informed Yaz is Singapore’s most ardent Arsenal supporter, so let’s see what he’s got to say:
TCB: Like Jose Mourinho, I don’t have a lot to say about Mr Wenger and personally think it’s been a long 18 years. What do you think keeps Wenger at Arsenal though?
YAZ: We fans all like to believe that his brand of football for his philosophy brought excitement to the team and the league itself. His achievement over 18 years should be highly regarded.
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Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Sunday, 5 October
Kick-off: 14:05 GMT
If they’ve managed to come back down to earth after the euphoria of scoring a few goals against Galatasaray midweek, this afternoon’s early kick off sees us play host to Arsenal at Stamford Bridge
This is a pretty buoyant Arsenal side as well, with Danny Wellbeck’s six goals in his last six games, making him look a much bigger fish now he’s in a smaller pond – although to be fair, my mum could probably have had a hattrick against Galatasaray’s defence. Our defence is another matter, with 9 clean sheets from 11 at home and we’re not exactly shoddy up front so far this season either, with 19 goals compared to 7 at the same point last season.
We made Arsene Wenger’s 1000th Arsenal game an occasion to be remembered, by thumping them 6-0 at Stamford Bridge. By sheer coincidence, to mark 18 years as the Arsenal manager, Wenger again finds himself up against Jose Mourinho – the manager he hasn’t managed a win against in 11 previous meetings.
Not that he’s bitter about it or anything.
Venue: Estádio José Alvalade
Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Kick-off: 19.45 BST.
It’s a trip back to his home country tonight for Jose Mourinho as Chelsea face Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League. Mourinho may have started out at the club as Robson’s interpreter but there’ll be little room for sentimentality after a disappointing draw at home to Schalke in our last Champions League game.
Sporting who also started this season’s European campaign with a draw, are (like Chelsea) unbeaten in all competitions so far this season, so this might be a tough one.
Last week, we lost our 100% winning start but remain unbeaten going into this afternoon’s game at home to a Villa side who’s own unbeaten run was ended against Arsenal last week in three minutes of madness.
To be fair to Villa, they were hit by a stomach bug last weekend and up until then, had had a flying start to the season, putting them third in the table ahead of thus game.
Jose Mourinho hasn’t exactly done a bad job with us though, despite last week’s draw against City, we still sit top of the table with 16 goals from five games so far – a few more today definitely won’t go amiss.
Possibly at the start of the game but definitely at half-time we’d have taken a draw. By the time Zabaleta was rightly sent off in the second half though, you’d have to think the game was ours for the taking. Any disappointment with a point away against the current Premier League champions isn’t spoilt brat syndrome though, it’s simply a reflection of our strength so far this season. We could have been well beaten in the first-half yet our defence showed their resilience and Jose Mourinho’s substitutions in the second half were on the money – unfortunately so was City’s decision to bring on Framk Lampard.
Still clear at the top of the table after a right scrap against probably our toughest opposition this season – not bad for a little team. Here’s the round-up:
After a midweek draw in the Champions League against Schalke, this afternoon sees us up against the defending Premier League champions at the Etihad. City come into the game five points behind us after taking only one point from the last two league games and they lost to Bayern Munich midweek, so Pellegrini will be looking to get back on track.
We’ve had a pretty decent start to the season, with Fabregas and Costa combining almost effortlessly at times in attack. It’s too early to get over excited though and given we’re leaking a few goals unnecessarily, it’s games like this that will really test us.
City meanwhile, undoubtedly haven’t quite found their stride but given
their four-game record is the same as a year ago – before they bear United 4-1 on this weekend, I think they’ll be confident enough.
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I did say in the match preview, I don’t like going into games with excessive confidence – and last night’s result is the reason why. Complacent Street is never a comfortable place to be and yet, after going a goal up, that’s exactly where Chelsea appeared to take a stroll. Couple that with a few missed chances, a striker we adore but who, realistically isn’t quite match fit and a bit of a defensive lapse and what we have Ladies and Gentlemen – is really not the end of the world. Read more »