Leicester v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: King Power Stadium
Date: Monday, 14 December
Kick-off: 20:00 GMT

We’ve had to grind out results against Leicester over the years and it’s not as if they’ve never beaten us but to go into tonight’s game as the current Premier League champions, yet fully expected to lose, is a bit odd. It shouldn’t be surprising we’re underdogs given they’re 3rd in the table, we’re 16th and both of us actually deserve our current place but it still feels a bit wrong.
Are we going to have a bit of a Bobby Ewing moment where we wake up and the last four months haven’t happened? I mean we looked better last time out, so it’s not really such a fantasy to think we could snap out of whatever the problem is and start looking like Chelsea again. Then again, we all thought that after wins against Arsenal, Villa, Norwich and even the draw agains Spurs. They were all false starts for us though, whilst Leicester have found consistency in form that make the prospect of this game unnerving – and still a bit odd.

Read more »

Leicester v CHELSEA: Talking to the opposition

Ahead of tomorrow’s game against Leicester, The Chelsea Blog had a quick chat with Leicester blog The Cunning Fox.

You can read the whole article here

CHELSEA v Bournemouth: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 5 December
Kick-off: 17:30 GMT

Chelsea looked a lot better last weekend to earn a draw away to the apparently on form Tottenham. This week it’s back at home with Bournemouth the visitors as we try to get a bit of momentum going in our season. What we lacked last week was a clinical finisher and as we know, Costa was amusing himself on the bench throwing his bib about. Of course, that would only have been more apt if it had been his dummy. This week, we’re to assume that little tantrum has got him his own way so we’ll just have to hope he’s got it out of his system and he comes back fit and ready to put in a decent shift.
As for our opponents, I have to admit I was impressed with their persistence against Everton last weekend. Our players would do well to remember our visitors won’t be coming to Stamford Bridge to roll over

Read more »

Tottenham v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: White Hart Lane
Date: Sunday, 29 November
Kick-off: 12:00 GMT

After the 5-3 thumping Spurs dished out in this fixture last season, now might not be the best time for Chelsea to face them given our form so far this season. Then again, it might be the perfect time if you consider the effect that defeat had on the rest of the campaign last time out. Given Spurs’ record against us, that was a shock to the system and a timely kick up the backside that saw us go on and win the title with little challenge from anywhere else.
As much as it pains to say it, Spurs look impressive lately whilst we’ve limped along and haven’t yet managed back-to-back wins in the league, so the game itself doesn’t bode well for us. We might just have to hope the after effects do.

Read more »

CHELSEA v Norwich: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 21 November
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

This is the first game for a while we can go into without having faced disappointment the previous week. Of course, that’s because we didn’t play last week but we’ll take our silver linings where we can this season. Whilst this time last season we hadn’t lost a game, we’ve lost 7 times so far this campaign and 3 in succession.
Bizarrely, this week we’re home to Norwich and any other season this would be considered a banker yet all we can do so far this season is sit and hope (or drink ourselves into oblivion so we remember very little of in years to come). Personally I’m just hoping a different set of players return from internationals than the lot we sent out there.

Read more »

Stoke v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Britannia Stadium
Date: Saturday, 7 November
Kick-off: 17:30 GMT

Wednesday’s game in the Champions League isn’t the only time we’ve managed a win this season and it wasn’t against the best opposition either but it seemed significant all the same. Why? Because for the first time this season, in the first half and again when we conceded the equaliser, our players responded positively.
Willian aside, none of them were all that special, yet they somehow responded to rumours of a dressing room revolt against their manager in exactly the manner we’ve been willing them to. Even Eden Hazard – alleged to be at the centre of the storm – came off the bench looking a lot less lethargic than he has in recent weeks. Unfortunately though, just when the players look like they might actually want to win for the manager, he’s not going to be around following his not-over-the-top-at-all stadium ban.
Mark Hughes will undoubtedly hope being manager-less leaves us even more fragile than we’ve shown ourselves to be already this season so Stoke can find some home form and the goal they’ve been lacking at the Britannia.

Read more »

Player petulance or board stupid?

In 2007, it was player power that saw the end of Jose Mourinho’s first spell in charge at Chelsea, fast forward 8 years and history looks to be repeating itself at Stamford Bridge.
Just as it did in 2007 with Mourinho, in 2009 with Luiz Felipe Scolari and in 2012 with Andres Villas Boas, the Chelsea players’ abysmal form is putting the manager under ever increasing pressure. It’s not rocket science is it? Chelsea go through managers in much the same way Elizabeth Taylor went through husbands – deliriously happy in the early days believing this would be ‘the one’ until the inevitable, acrimonious, public breakdowns and the just as public search for a new suitor. Read more »

CHELSEA v Liverpool: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: 31st October 2015
Kick-off: 12:45 GMT

Jose Mourinho has now lost six of his last 12 Premier League games after losing just six of the previous 64, so little wonder the red side of Liverpool have all rushed out for their supplies of Kleenex in anticipation of today’s early kick-off really. That’s likely to be as much for the love-in with their latest manager as the thought of their first result at Stamford Bridge in four years but they’ll be in good company because the press will undoubtedly all turn up with pockets stuffed full of 3-ply mansize.
As with anything that happens on Merseyside, Klopp’s arrival has left the hacks drooling like weaned toddlers at a Page 3 convention. Add to that the possibility of hammering a nail into the imaginary coffin they’re filling so many column inches trying to manufacture for Jose Mourinho, and the press box is likely to be bordering on pornographic today. Read more »

West Ham v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Upton Park
Date: Saturday 24 October
Kick-off: 15:00 BST

We might have a decent record in these games but I’m not sure how much that stands for this season. We’re about as together as Russell Brand and Katy Perry and whilst we’ve made our second worst start to a Premier League season, West Ham have made their best.
So, whilst we’ve finally put together two clean sheets, we shouldn’t kid ourselves we’re out of trouble yet.

Read more »

CHELSEA v Aston Villa: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 17 October
Kick-off: 15:00 BST

When we played Aston Villa around a similar time last season we were clear at the top of the Premier League – how things can change in 12 months or so.
This afternoon’s game against a pretty poor Villa this season should really be a chance for us to put right some of the wrongs from our own dire start to this campaign – a campaign where we look as likely to defend our title as JT is to defend his belief in the sanctity of marriage – but what we should do and will do, appear to be entirely different stories of late.
Villa then, who like us, couldn’t be having a more different showing this season so far to last, will probably see this as a possible chance to turn their own form around – that’s how much times seem to have changed at Stamford Bridge.

Read more »