Mourinho’s Options on the Bench

Chelsea have finally reached the business end of the campaign. There is no more time for mistakes, figuring out preferred squads, or trying new tactics. Our starting 11 is pretty much set, barring injuries or slight rotation. Assuming Oscar is preferred to start over Ramires, we will discuss the Blue’s options coming off the bench, and what they offer Mourinho.

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Hull v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: KC Stadium
Date: Sunday, 22 March
Kick-off: 16:00 GMT

We might have a couple of games in hand but I’d feel happier if we were going into this game with the points from those games already in the bag. With City closing the gap to just three points yesterday and our form of late not so much going off the boil as the pilot light being just about snuffed out, it all feels a bit tenser that it needed to be. We made hard work of it against Southampton with a disinterested sort of performance despite Jose’s title declarations.
It is how it is though and today sees us on our travels to play a Hull side who come into today’s game with a recent turnaround in form that’s given them the kind of boost we’d probably prefer them not to have. We’ll need Gary Cahill to stay upright for this one!

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Chelsea’s Summer Transfer Policy

The world of transfers has been changing over the last few seasons. There is a necessity to buy players every summer, as teams are never complete. Chelsea are no exception to this policy, in fact they tend to excel at it. Last summer, we addressed our major issue, the lack of striker. However, Mourinho also convinced us that we needed a player we didn’t even know was on the market, Cesc Fabregas. Although, he is struggling lately, he has been a revelation overall this season. We have seen him be really effective in the CAM role, sometimes looking more threatening than as a deep-lying playmaker. This coupled with the fact that Oscar has also been lacking form lately has highlighted Chelsea’s missing depth in the CDM position.

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Is It Really Football That’s Toxic?

Last summer, John Bieniewicz, a referee in America was punched and knocked out by a football player he was trying to send off. Bieniewicz, a husband and father, died two days later and, last week, the player was quite rightly sent to prison. An absolute tragedy for his family and a stain on football for America that such unforgivable, abhorrent behaviour from a player should have such a heartbreaking and fatal end. Read more »

CHELSEA 1-1 Southampton: Advancing Slowly


The draw and performance might not have blown us away but given a six point lead with a game in hand at the start of the weekend – then after a two hour game midweek, we probably would have taken it.
After a poor first half, we took the game to a very resilient Southampton side in the second and were unlucky not to pinch it late on. Yes, there were poor performances from individual players but they’ll know who they are and certainly don’t need their own supporters on their backs. The players can do better, Jose can do better – but they’ll find that easier with us behind them.
Moan over. Here’s the round up:

There’s a full match report from the official CFC
Soccerlens give us their analysis and talking points
Jose Mourinho shares his frustrations with BBC Football
Opposition view comes from Saints FC
The goals come from FootyRoom
And Goal.com give us their player ratings

CHELSEA v Southampton: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Sunday, 15 March
Kick-off: 13:30 GMT

So, if we can behave ourselves for 90 minutes and stop upsetting Carragher and co by remonstrating with these fine upstanding figures who clearly don’t need to do their job well, then we have a bit of a game today.
After a pretty woeful exit from Europe midweek, it’s back home today with Southampton visiting after their little jaunt in the Alps. The Saints come into today’s game no doubt refreshed and off the back of a win against Palace last time out, although they’d not been at their best themselves before that game.
We meanwhile, come into today’s early game after a two hour slog against PSG on Wednesday that ended in a draw and a miserable trip home.
Not exactly the best preparation we could have had.

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CHELSEA v PSG: Champions League Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Wednesday 11 March, 2015
Kick-off: 19:45 GMT

After celebrating 110 years yesterday, tonight Chelsea will be looking to celebrate a place in the quarter finals of the Champions League if we can get past PSG at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea come into tonight’s tie top of the Premier League and unbeaten in their last 8 games in all competitions. PSG are second in Ligue 1 and come into the game off the back of a 4-1 win over Lens at the weekend.
After a 1-1 draw in the first leg, a clean sheet would do us tonight although PSG have got goals in them so David Luiz might be disappointed if he’s hoping for a glimpse of any buses at Stamford Bridge.

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Azpilicueta Has Won the Battle of Left Backs

César Azpilicueta is the best defensive fullback in the Premier League. At age 25 he is growing into the strongest one-on-one defenders in the world, and he isn’t even playing in his natural position. He was asked to deputize long-time Chelsea left back, Ashley Cole last season, and the Spaniard hasn’t looked back since. “Dave” as his teammates prefer to call him, fought off all attempts from Cole to win his spot back, simply because Azpilicueta looked the far better option. This season, he has a new competitor in Filipe Luís.
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West Ham v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Upton Park
Date: Wednesday, 4 March
Kick-off: 19:45 GMT

Right, celebrations of the Capital One Cup over because tonight it’s back to the business of the Premier League.
Man City failed to claw any points back, so it’s still 5 points between us at the top of the table and our game in hand takes us away from home to face West Ham. Yes, they’ve been well off form and yes, we’re on a bit of a high but let’s not kid ourselves here, they’ll want to raise their game against us just as much as Mourinho will want to maintain his own record against them.
They might not be as easy as Spurs were at the weekend though.
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CHELSEA v Spurs: Capital One Cup Final Preview


Venue: Wembley Stadium
Date: Sunday, 1 March
Kick-off: 16:00 GMT

This afternoon sees us at Wembley for the Capital One Cup – or League Cup for those of us who still use old money – in what we hope is our first final of the season.
Our opponents, that lot from North London, are more than confident it seems, after the 5-3 win over us New Year’s Day although to be fair to them, Harry Kane has given them plenty of reason to be buoyant this season. In fact, the only fly in their ointment if they’re looking for excuses, is their trip to Florence on Thursday.
The League Cup was the first trophy Mourinho won during his first stint as Chelsea manager and he’s taking this final no less seriously but we’ll have to show better form than we have recently if Mourinho is to add another League Cup to his trophy haul.

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