Sunderland v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Stadium of Light
Date: Saturday, 29 November
Kick-off: 17:30

After a great win against Schalke in the Champions League midweek, this evening’s game sees us travel to the Stadium of Light to face a Sunderland team who already have a win against us in the Premier League this calendar year.
This season though, we’ve looked a different side to the one that lost points to Sunderland at Stamford Bridge in April. We’ve played with confidence, energy, flair, and the sort of belief that’s associated with a Jose Mourinho squad.
With two successive wins against us though, the Black Cats won’t necessarily be fearing our arrival. We’d better make sure they don’t go away with a hattrick though.
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CHELSEA 2-0 West Brom: Boing! Boing!

You probably won’t read much about it because there was a late game on for 4th place but just to be clear, Chelsea remain unbeaten in the Premier League after yet another impressive display against West Brom yesterday.
Realistically, the game was won before half time in 45 minutes of football Jose Mourinho described as ‘amazing’, with Eden Hazard and Diego Costa terrorising the Baggies defence. It could easily have been much more than just the 2 goals if Foster hadn’t spared West Brom’s blushes with a very determined display of his own although the sending off of Yacob for a reckless challenge on Costa saw a much more organised 8 man defence from the visitors hold us off in the second half.
Overall, an absolute privilege to watch.
Here’s a round-up:

The full match report comes from official CFC
Jose Mourinho’s thoughts are shared with Sky Sports
Alan Irvine talks about the red card with BBC Sport
Goals and highlights are provided by Soccer blogger
And Sports Mole give us the player ratings

CHELSEA v West Brom: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 22 November 2014
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

Thankfully another international break is over and we get back to the bread and butter of the Premier League today without suffering the usual multitude of injuries.
This afternoon sees us at home to West Brom – a fixture we scraped an extremely late draw in last season so the Baggies might well come looking for reimbursement this afternoon, having felt cheated out of all three points by the ref last time round.
Ramires might have to watch his step!
Of course, this is also the first home game since Jose Mourinho made it known there’s been no recent complaints about noise pollution from any of the Stamford Bridge neighbours, so we should expect a right racket today.

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Nine minutes into Saturday’s game, Albion fans will unveil a large banner reading ‘Justice for Jeff’ which starts a minute’s applause – nine being the famous shirt number he wore.

Chelsea fans are more than welcome to join in with the applause if they choose; for which we would be very grateful for; but if not we would like to give them the opportunity to make them aware of our campaign if they haven’t seen it via the national media already.

The Justice for Jeff banner will be at every West Bromwich Albion home and away game for the rest of this season. Hopefully, by then, the promised research into the links between heading footballs and brain damage will be in its early stages and, just as importantly, the research into former players and instances of dementia will have commenced.

We would also like to respectfully ask that if you are aware of any former players who may have died of, or are sadly living with Alzheimer’s or any other Degenerative Brain Disease please contact us by emailing – this information is vitally important to forthcoming research.

You can keep up-to-date and learn more about our campaign by visiting our website or through our Facebook and Twitter (@astle1968 #justiceforjeff) pages.

Thank You

The Astle Family
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Liverpool 1-2 CHELSEA: Tidy Job From Jose

I had an uneasy feeling about this game before the start, even more so once we’d gone a goal down. I should have had more faith because as it turned out, it was litter rather than points we were guilty of dropping yesterday.
Not the best start we’ve had to a game although they could consider themselves extremely lucky with a deflected opener. And whilst we’ll undoubtedly have to listen to how ‘wronged’ Liverpool were again with a couple of possible penalty claims, we were well worth the points at the finish and I personally thought Gary Cahill totally nailed his salmon impression at the second attempt.
Here’s the round up:

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Liverpool v CHELSEA: Talking to the Opposition

Ahead of today’s game with Liverpool, The Chelsea Blog had a chat with Singapore’s longest serving football pro and Liverpool fan Yazid Yasin. Have a butcher’s:
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Liverpool v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Anfield
Date: Saturday, 8 November
Kick-off: 12:45 GMT

You can pick up Chelsea tickets online – either for the Premier League or European games – and watch the Blues live in action.

After making life difficult for ourselves midweek, the lunchtime kick-off today takes us to Anfield and a game Liverpool were certainly focusing on even before they faced Real Madrid in their Champions League game. Brendan Rodgers can insist all he wants it’s not a computer game although I hear Carlo Ancelotti has spent all week on Football Manager compiling his January ‘miss list’.

Not that we covered ourselves in glory midweek either mind you because wherever our minds were on Wednesday night, they certainly weren’t on Maribor. It was far from one of our better days and we’ll need to give a better account of ourselves today if we’re to keep the pressure on Southampton and City.

Liverpool are naturally talking up the ‘revenge’, since they convinced themselves they’d actually have won the title last season if Gerrard hadn’t been felled by a stray blade of grass although as the cheeky little scousers would say, that’s history and the present sees them come into the game just the 12 points behind us, so let’s hope we can make that 15 today.
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CHELSEA v QPR: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 1 November
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

Here we go again then, not five minutes since a surprisingly tough game against Shrewsbury and it’s back to the Premier League for some tired legs at home to QPR. Not that we’d be expecting to see Didier Drogba start again after the workout he had in Costa’s absence. You the fan, though, have no excuse – if you’re not already attending the game today, pick up your Chelsea tickets here.

It’s probably just as well we do have Costa back in time for today’s game as well, given our apparent inability to score against them in more recent meetings. Notably, the last time we played QPR at Stamford Bridge it was a 1-0 defeat and a pretty poor performance from us, although we know Mourinho will be expecting much better if we’re to keep our 100% record going so far this season – no pressure Diego.

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United 1-1 CHELSEA: One Man & His Whistle

Shall I have a rant or just accept the draw gracefully? I won’t be celebrating the draw, I know that much.
I won’t argue they had a marginally better first half than us but then, getting away with synchronised WWF moves in the box would give most sides the upper hand to be honest. As for the second half, it’s probably fair to say Dowd didn’t keep his head down as much as he did for the penalty claims. I’ve watched episodes of One Man and His Dog and heard whistles blown less. Like an over-protective dad, it seemed every time they lost possession, Dowd blew up and gave it back!
Accuse me of sour grapes if you must but if both of those were yellow cards for Ivanovic, then Adidas should just bring out a new line in shoulder pads and fluffy slippers and we’ll sing Ring-a-ring-a-roses at half time as well.
I’d said when the first yellow was brandished he’d got some sort of issue with Ivanovic from the off – and so it played out. Unfortunately Dowd had the last word, Ivanovic wasn’t there to defend when we needed him, courtesy of a badly timed gust of wind flooring the vertically challenged Di Maria and the rest is history.
Spoilt brat syndrome here? Maybe a little, after all a point away at OT would have been acceptable in season’s past. I guess we just know we’re a bit better than that at this moment in time, so a point felt a bit like a loss.
Enough of my rant though, here’s some other points of view:

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Man United v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Old Trafford
Date: Sunday, 26 October
Kick-off: 16:00 GMT

The press have tried their very hardest to turn this game into a battle of the managers as the former Barcelona colleagues meet this afternoon. Sadly for them, Mourinho hasn’t done too badly since his days under van Gaal – a fact the Dutchman has acknowledged ahead of the game – so the embarrassing attempts to portray our Portuguese manager as the tea boy turned good have been largely laughed at.
In their only previous meeting as manager’s in the Champions League final (2010) , Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan beat van Gaal’s Bayern Munich – an experience the United manager will not want to repeat today. Not that there’ll be any big ears on show this afternoon – just big egos.
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