Spurs v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: White Hart Lane
Date: Thursday 1 January 2015
Kick-off: 17:30 GMT

This afternoon’s late game sees us make the short trip to White Hart Lane to take on Spurs in our first game of 2015. We’ll be facing a Spurs side in decent form, unbeaten in their last five and with a point off United on Boxing Day, so they’ll want to make sure we don’t walk away with this in the same manner we did the reverse fixture last month.
It was a point for us as well Boxing Day, up against a resilient Southampton defence and an even more resolute ref apparently. So as well as doing a bit better away from home today, we’ll have to hope all officials have their hearing and eyesight intact.

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Let’s Make It A Blue One!

The Chelsea Blog would like to wish its readers (and anyone else just passing through) a very happy new year. Let’s hope for all of the very best things for Chelsea FC in 2015.

Clever Chelsea?

Think you’re smarter than the average supporter? Give the Left Back In The Changing Room Bumper Christmas Quiz 2014 a go then.
Hailed as “the geekiest football quiz of the year”, this is the seventh Christmas Quiz and this year’s prize is a bottle from the Left Back Cellars, so if you think you’re smart enough or geeky enough, prove it.

Strange Sort of Justice

It’s one thing the hacks jumping all over Jose Mourinho’s comments about yet another inept refereeing decision yesterday, after all, some parts of the British public might even waste the few minutes it takes to read their drivel but Garth Crooks? Really? If we’re supposed to take anything he has to say seriously, then I’d really rather be illiterate. Read more »

Mourinho: A Campaign Against Chelsea

Another game, another penalty claim, another yellow card – it’s a conspiracy I tell you!
Flippant? Probably but then whilst I might not agree entirely with Jose on this one in terms of a deliberate ‘campaign’, I certainly didn’t agree with Souness saying Mourinho made a ‘massive’ deal of it ‘to put pressure on the refs’. Any manager faced with that situation even in a single game would be raging, never mind having to put up with it twice! Read more »

Southampton 1-1 CHELSEA: No Luck, No Judgement

So, 1-all it finished but given our dominance in the second half and Fabregas’ yellow card for daring to be fouled in the area, we can probably consider ourselves unlucky not to have taken all 3 points at St Mary’s. On the other hand, some say you make your own luck – and we didn’t do enough of that on the day.
Here’s the round-up:

There’s a full match report from the official Chelsea FC
Sports Mole does some match analysis
BBC Sport bring us Jose’s view
Whilst Sky Sports have Koeman’s thoughts
Goals and highlights come courtesy of Soccer Blogger
And Goal.com give us their player ratings

Southampton v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: St Mary’s Stadium
Date: Sunday 28th December
Kick-off: 14:05 GMT

This afternoon’s early kick-off sees us travel to St Mary’s for an away fixture against Southampton. The Saints come into this game back up to fourth in the Premier League after their four-game losing streak was put to bed with back to back wins over Everton and Crystal Palace. Their defeats, of course, came against City, Arsenal and United, so Koeman will be looking for his players to demonstrate their ability to stand up against at least one of the top four.
With just one win from their last ten against us, Southampton don’t have the best record against us in the Premier League until now, although Shane Long, with 3 from his last four starts in the Premier League against us might be one to keep an eye on. And with a defence that’s kept six clean sheets in their nine home games so far this season, if we let them in, they’re almost certain to shut up shop.
Of course, we go into this game off the back of a very impressive win over West Ham on Boxing Day, where the 2-0 scoreline really flattered the visitors. That was at home though whilst away, we’ve won just two of the last five. Let’s just hope our fortunes at St Mary’s continue.
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CHELSEA v West Ham: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Friday, 26 December
Kick-off: 12:45 GMT

Today’s early Boxing Day kick-off sees us play host to West Ham. They frustrated us in this fixture early in 2014 when they came and parked their bus, or should that be coach and horses after Jose’s ’19th century’ comments?
This time round, West Ham come into the game fourth in the league and with four wins from their last five games. They also come with Sam Allardyce intent on showing us exactly which century they play their football in.
Chelsea and Jose Mourinho meanwhile, come into this one after a solid, if physical game against Stoke City to give us back the three point lead over City at the top.

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Happy Christmas Blues

The Chelsea Blog would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy, Happy New year

Stoke v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Britannia Stadium
Date: Monday, 22 December
Kick-off: 20:00 GMT

I’m not a fan of games on a Monday night, even less so when we’ve had to wait it out with City winning at the weekend and drawing level with us in the table. Not that we should be worrying what the opposition are doing necessarily but in terms of what we’re doing, we’ve let a pretty comfortable gap slip away to nothing – or at least it could be nothing unless we get a win tonight.
Our players will have to acknowledge that pressure alongside the knowledge that nothing is exactly what we came from this fixture with last season. Stoke meanwhile, who’ve given Arsenal and City a hard time already this season will throw everything at us in an effort to see history repeated at the Britannia.

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