Aston Villa v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Villa Park
Date: Saturday, 15 March
Kick-off: 17.30 GMT

Given our recent form against Villa and our run of 14 games unbeaten, on paper this fixture could look like a formality for us – particularly with Villa struggling for anything resembling consistent form at home.
The trouble with Chelsea though, is that all too often in games we don’t put in the full 90 minutes – and it’s frustrating, as Jose’s silent treatment at half-time against Fulham testified. That being the case, there’s always the danger someone will capitalise on that sooner or later. Let’s hope today isn’t that day. Read more »

Chelsea Supporters Making A Stand?

Chelsea Supporters Trust are jointly running a survey to gather Chelsea supporters’ attitudes to Safe Standing at football grounds in collaboration with other Chelsea supporter organisations, blogs and fanzines including:

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The survey will take about 5 minutes to complete and ends Sunday 16th March. To complete the survey click here.

Further information about Safe Standing can be obtained from the Football Supporters Federation Safe Standing Campaign and the Safe Standing Roadshow or have a look at this video:

CHELSEA v Spurs: Preview

Venue:Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 8 March
Kick-off: 17.30

Despite Jose Mourinho’s insistence we can’t really be classed as genuine league leaders because of City’s games in hand, you’d have to think that with us currently 4 points clear at the top of the table and Arsenal and City both in FA Cup games this weekend, we won’t get a better opportunity this season to put some real daylight between us and the other title contenders.
For us, it’s a visit from Spurs, with their new manager attempting to put any pressure our way with the insistence that whilst we’re probably not good enough to bear City to the title, we’re fully expected to take three more points today. Read more »

David Luiz should mimic Chelsea legend, or risk being shipped out to Barca

With Carlos Puyol announcing his retirement at the end of this season, Barcelona have renewed their interest in Chelsea defender David Luiz and, according to the latest reports, the Catalan giants are weighing up a €30million bid for the Brazil international.

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Fulham v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Craven Cottage
Date: Saturday, 1 March
Kick-off: 15.00 GMT

The kits are barely washed and dried from our trip to Istanbul midweek and we’re back on our travels already. Ok, so it’s only a stroll down the road to Craven Cottage this time but the players have hardly had time to rub the Deep Heat in and their weary legs are back on the pitch for 3pm this afternoon.
It may well be top against bottom but the Clampets next door probably won’t get a better opportunity against us than when we’re tired from our European travels. Not that our lack of strikers (ssshhhh don’t let the press hear that) is excuse enough against a defence with more holes in it than a tramps vest but our lack of a proper breather between games probably won’t do us any favours. Read more »

CHELSEA v Everton: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 22 February
Kick-off: 12.45 GMT

This afternoon’s early kick-off sees us up against an Everton side that have already taken 3 points off us earlier this season and they’re definitely a better side under Martinez than they were with Moyes.
It’s been 20 years since the Toffees last got a win at Stamford Bridge though and their form against top six sides probably still needs a bit of work from the manager who got his first win for the club against us!
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Chelsea Ready To Cash In On Players?

With Petr Cech now in his tenth year at Chelsea, a general assumption might have been that Thibaut Courtois would be the natural successor to the number 1 shirt in the near future. Having spent the past two and a half seasons at Atletico Madrid, the Belgian keeper has never made a professional appearance for us but has done pretty well for himself in Spain, and with Petr Cech showing no signs yet of climbing up the hill never mind being over it, Courtois knows he’ll need a chat with Chelsea to decide on his future. Read more »

Mourinho Considering Midfield Movement?

We might have recently signed Nemanja Matic but according to recent reports, Jose Mourinho has his eye on Sami Khedira for the summer.
Mourinho signed Khedira for Real Madrid at the start of the 2010/11 campaign and before his torn cruciate ligament in November, he’d barely missed a game. Fortunately, in spite of his ever-present status pre-injury, Real haven’t missed him as much as you’d imagine, so a deal is always possible – if the player fancies it. And with Mikel not necessarily fitting in with Mourinho’s plans this time round and Lampard advancing quicker in age than pace now, you could see why Mourinho would consider looking to shore up the midfield going forward.
Whether or not it’s a goer, we’ll have to wait a while longer to find out.

Landmark Day For One Chelsea Fan

Today, 18th February 2014, would have been my dads birthday if he hadn’t lost his nine month battle with cancer on 30th January 2014.
My dad was a lifelong Chelsea supporter, which is why I’ve often told people that growing up in my house there was a choice: supporting Chelsea, or adoption! I’m kidding about that bit, although as an ardent supporter and former Chelsea Ballboy, it was inevitable dads passion would rub off on me.
Why am I sharing these personal details so publicly on the blog though? Simple – today, 18th February 2014 is the day I become an ex smoker. Not totally un-football related really, since Chelsea FC itself backed the Department of Health’s Smokefree United programme to provide coaching and support to help fans stop smoking – and our very own Gianfranco Zola was very involved at the start of the campaign.
Of course, going ‘cold turkey’ from smoking, the more pressure I put myself under to stay Smokefree, the better – so, through Just Giving I will be raising money in memory of my dad, with all proceeds going to the Chelsea FC Foundation. In addition, for every pound I gain in weight along the way, I will be donating £5 of my own money to Cancer Research.
Will I or won’t I have the willpower though? My guess is the more money raised, the more likely I am to stay Smokefree – so get giving!

London Football Legends Awards 2014

London’s footballing heroes will be recognised at the annual London Football Legends Awards this March. Roy Hodgson and Tony Carr are among those who will receive awards for their outstanding contribution to the sport. The winners of the four remaining awards, to be presented at a charity dinner at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London in aid of Willow on March 6 2014 in London, will be announced on the night.
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