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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Do City Really Have The Edge In Title Race?

With Pellegrini confidently stating “the biggest club is City now” and the Manchester club still fighting on all four fronts, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes as far as the Premier League title goes at least, Man City have the advantage. Read more »

Hazard Focused On Chelsea Future

The return of Jose Mourinho at Chelsea has done many things already: it’s turned us from top four contenders to genuine title contenders; returned us to a side very frustrating to play against; turned Stamford Bridge back into a fortress, and of course, it’s given Arsene Wenger the right hump which is always a bonus.
More importantly though, what Mourinho’s return has done, is give our players belief in themselves again to start playing to their full potential. Where all too often last season they looked more dejected than determined, just six months into this season we’ve already had glimpses of the old swagger to show us exactly what Mourinho’s man management can do for a player – and nowhere is that influence more apparent than in Eden Hazard. Read more »

Old Wounds Still Sore For Wenger

It may only be February but Pantomime season seems to have arrived early in the Premier League and there’s no prizes for guessing who’s been cast as the villain.
There is a seriously unhealthy obsession with Jose Mourinho in the Premier League. He’s like an itch the football world just has to scratch. A wound that really should have healed by now if it was just left alone – and yet it’s clearly just too tempting to have a sneaky little pick to see what happens……and Arsene Wenger just couldn’t leave it alone. Read more »

Man City v CHELSEA: FA Cup Preview

Venue: Etihad Stadium
Date: Saturday, 14 February
Kick-off: 17:15 GMT

Jose Mourinho topped up his tally of wins against Pellegrini when we met at the Etihad earlier this month. He also undoubtedly notched up the number of pins the City boss stuck into the replica doll he keeps for such meetings with a bit of teasing in the press.
Any verbal sparring goes out the window this evening though because it’s really up to our players to do their talking on the pitch – and against a City side we’ve already taken six points off in the league, that may be a big ask!
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