CHELSEA v Arsenal: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 19 September
Kick-off: 12:45 BST

After a relatively comfortable 4-0 Champions League win midweek, it’s back to the bread and butter of the Premier League today – or should that be stale crusts and dripping given our recent performances?
After woefully inadequate games against Palace and Everton, Jose Mourinho rang the changes for our Champions League game, dropping Ivanovic, Terry, Matic and Costa. Fabregas somehow survived the cull and Willian’s early injury brought a reprieve for Diego Costa. But whilst both Cesc and Costa looked a little livelier than of late, it was the replacements who really made the difference. Oscar looked as inspired as Hazard looked jaded, Baba and Azpilicueta brought balance to our back line and Rubén Loftus-cheek showed us exactly what Chelsea have up their sleeve for the future.
That was the Champions League though and without wishing to be disrespectful, Maccabi are no Premier League side. Although Arsenal are and they also managed to lose in Europe midweek.
Let’s not get carried away though because Arsenal are the champions of pre-season and Wenger lifted a ridiculously long losing streak against Mourinho in the Charity Shield, so he’ll be up for it today. The fact he dropped Cech and took the loss in Europe midweek testifies to how much today’s game means to him.
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CHELSEA 4-0 Maccabi: Normal service resumed?

So finally we get a win again, albeit against Europe’s equivalent of Accrington Stanley but as the cliché goes – you can only beat what’s in front of you – and to be fair, 4-0 was a convincing win.

Jose rang the changes, dropping Ivanovic, JT, Matic and Costa to the bench and whether that was intended as chastisement for poor performances or with an eye on Arsenal at the weekend, it was effective.
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Mourinho Could Stop The Rot

Remember the famous Mourinho bus that used to park itself firmly in front of our goal? Well I’m not going to suggest the wheels have come off because it would actually be a bonus if that had happened, or at least if it happened in the right place on the pitch. No, as the weeks go by, it’s looking more like that bus has gone on a beano. It’s gone on its jollies, as far away from its day job as it can get – and Eva Carneiro might well be in the driving seat.
That’s not to say the Chelsea medic is to blame for everything that is wrong at Chelsea this season – although she’s certainly one of the apparent symptoms of Chelsea’s current malaise – the rumours surrounding her off duty exploits, along with the recent disciplinary sanctions however, would suggest she’s more than upset the apple cart. The question is, why has Jose Mourinho let it affect him and the rest of the Chelsea players so much? And why is this season all too reminiscent of past woes? Read more »

Chelsea Players We Can Expect to See at Euro 2016

With the majority of nations only having two games left to play before the end of the group stages of qualifying for Euro 2016, we’re getting a good picture of some of the countries that will and won’t be competing in France next summer.

England booked their spot at the tournament this past week, joined by Austria, the Czech Republic and Iceland as the four confirmed qualifiers. Many countries are close to confirming their spot in their penultimate or final game next month with only the Netherlands in a real spot of bother amongst the major nations.

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Everton v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Goodison Park
Date: Saturday, 12 September
Kick-off: 12:45 BST

This fixture brought us an incredible 9 goals last season in a 6-3 win for us. But that was then, this is now and our most recent game in the league – at home to Palace – saw us deservedly beaten.

We were an absolute shambles in that game and we can look for positives as much as we want, the fact is, if we play like that against Everton today we’re in trouble.

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CHELSEA v Crystal Palace: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 29 August
Kick-off: 15:00 BST

Today is Jose Mourinho’s 100th Premier League home game in charge of Chelsea. He’s won 76 and lost just one of the previous 99, bizarre that he’s questioned quite so stringently the minute we drop points – he’s lost the grand total of one game at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League!
On to today’s game though, and it will be another tough one. However much Pardew bigs us up before games, he knows he does ok against us. Both games last season were narrow wins and we’ve yet to find any rhythm this season. Add to that Palace’s away record and we could be in for another scrap.

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West Brom v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: The Hawthorns
Date: Sunday, 23 August
Kick-off: 13:30 BST

Today’s game will be Mourinho’s 300th in charge of Chelsea, so in spite of our poor start to the season you’d have to think he’ll fare better than Villas Boas and Di Matteo did after defeats in this fixture. Not that Mourinho will be advocating our defence throws caution to the wind again this weekend though, after the lesson we took against City. Tony Pulis likewise, knows that feeling well so it’s likely to be a bit of a cautious affair and we won’t be expecting any bulldozing from either side.

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Man City v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Etihad Stadium
Date: Sunday, 16 August 2015
Kick-off: 16:00 BST

If everyone can stop sympathising with our medical staff for 90 minutes and take a break from castigating big, bad Jose Mourinho, there’s a small matter of a trip to the Etihad to focus on this afternoon.
Not unusually for our boss, there’s no love lost between him and the opposing manager and it won’t have pleased Mourinho to have seen Manuel Pellegrini get off to a flyer against West Brom. In fact, our opening performance and result compared to the competition won’t have pleased Jose at all. Whether that serves to be a good or bad thing for Chelsea, time will tell.
Last season, this fixture gave us a point after a late equaliser from Frank Lampard to rub salt into our wounds. This season, returning to Manchester as Premier League champions, you’d have to say we’d gladly take a draw if we play anything like we did in the opening game of the season. Read more »

Jose Mourinho: Business As Usual

No sooner has the new season got under way than Chelsea find themselves in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Not the red card for Courtois though, or even the draw at home to Swansea on the opening day – as ever, it’s Jose Mourinho.
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Eva Carneiro: Who’s Really Got The Agenda?

Eva Carneiro, is still Chelsea’s first-team doctor, she hasn’t been sacked and she isn’t some poor victim of sexism from Jose Mourinho. She was simply told off for actions the Chelsea boss disagreed with – and she chose to take to Facebook as a result.
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