CHELSEA v Newcastle: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 10 January
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

It wasn’t that long ago we lost to Newcastle, yet with barely time to lick our wounds, we’re facing them again just a month later.
But whilst our trip to St James’ park signalled the continued run of away games at Newcastle Jose Mourinho has failed to get a win, the good news is he’s never lost to them at Stamford Bridge. Just as well really considering the six point lead we had last month has now dwindled to nothing more than the alphabet separating us and Manchester City.
We go into this game off the back of a horrible defeat to Spurs in the league and a win against Watford in the FA Cup, whilst Newcastle lost to Leicester in the cup and just two wins from their last ten – one of those came against us, so revenge had better be on our players’ minds.

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CHELSEA v Watford: FA Cup Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Sunday 4 January
Kick-off: 16:00 GMT

After the debacle against Spurs on New Year’s Day, an FA Cup tie against Watford has to be welcome, even if it’s just to give us the opportunity to rest some tired legs. We’d have been forgiven for thinking our players had been on the lash New Year’s Eve, with them looking a completely different side from the one that had given West Ham a lesson in football, withstood Stoke’s best attempts at Sunday league tackling and even persevered against poor decisions and a resilient Southampton defence to get a point away.
The FA Cup has to be a favourite competition for us, with us lifting the trophy seven times so far and as far as today’s opposition goes, we’re no strangers either, having played Watford and beaten them twice in this competition since 2009.
So, let’s just get 2015 back on track shall we.

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Spurs 5-3 CHELSEA: No Defence Offered

I’m not really sure what to say after yesterday’s game.
Whilst I agree with Jose in terms of the handball/penalty decision, I don’t think this is a result we could blame anyone but the boss and players for. I don’t understand how we could play in the manner we did and I don’t understand Mourinho’s response (or lack of) to the spanking we took.
On the day, we blew it. Big time. And now we need to respond, on the pitch and not in the press.
Here’s the post mortem:

Full match report comes from the official CFC
There’s Jose’s opinion from Teamtalk
BBC Sport give us Pochettino’s opinion
For those who want them, highlights come from Footy Room
And give us their player ratings

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 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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