I’ve had to sit back a bit this week and soak up the mass hysteria as Chelsea sell one of our best ever signings to a rival club in the Premier League……and not just any rival club either, because as even the remotest of Inuit tribes running around the Arctic with their harpoons will by now be aware, Chelsea have sold Juan Mata to Manchester United.
Surprised? Sort of. Disappointed? Sort of. Intrigued? Definitely.
The surprise comes from the choice of club, not by Mata but by Chelsea. Why wouldn’t Mata want to play for United? They’re a massive club with a history of success – and no competition for his position. Yes, he’d said he loved us and had no intention of leaving (only weeks ago) but players always tell you what they think you want to hear – and he’ll be ‘loving’ United next week. The surprise obviously comes from Chelsea’s decision to allow Mata to go to United rather than finding a club outside the Premier League for him. Read more »
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Sunday, 19 January
Kick-off: 16.00 GMT
Here we go then.
Historically one of my least favoured fixtures sees us up against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in the late game today. Why least favoured? Just because its Manchester United and controversy is bound to reign.
We just don’t have nice straight forward games against United whether it’s a dire display, dodgy decisions, or just downright disaster, its anything but straight forward – and the handbags are never far away. There’s been four red cards in as many seasons from our meetings and pre-match build up doesn’t seem to suggest peace is about to break out any time soon. Read more »
So, we get to sit at the top of the table (at least for a few hours), thanks to goals from Hazard and Torres – not to mention the record breaking Petr Cech for not conceding. The game itself was pretty much about patience and digging in, as you’d expect against Steve Bruce’s dogged Hull City but it paid off in the end. Here’s the report round up:
As ever, the match report comes from the official CFC
There’s opposition opinion from BBC sport
Cech plays down his record at SportsMole
Goal.com give us their player ratings
And Goals and highlights come courtesy of Caughtoffside
Venue: KC Stadium
Date: Saturday, 11 January
Kick-off: 12.45 GMT
This afternoon’s early game sees us away at Hull. In spite of the 2-0 scoreline in the reverse fixture at the start of the season, Steve Bruce’s side gave us a bit of a game and given their form at home, I suspect today won’t be any different.
We have the added incentive of going top with a win, albeit briefly, but then knowing Chelsea, the thought of that will be more of a hindrance than a help. Read more »
A decent enough FA Cup game with Derby proving difficult to break down. It’s becoming a bit of a familiar habit again for Mourinho’s intervention to make the difference and so, with the Rams tiring and a couple of Chelsea subs, we managed to wear the opposition down. Here’s how it went:
As ever, the straight to the point match report is left to the official CFC
Sports Mole give us their match analysis
Opposition opinion comes from RamZone
Goals and highlights come courtesy of soccer-blogger
And fanatix give us their player ratings
After what turned into a really good win against Southampton in the league, it’s a trip away in the FA Cup this afternoon against an in-form Derby County. The Rams are currently fourth in the Championship and aside from their recent defeat to Wigan, seem to be favourites for promotion to the Premier League this season.
We’re not doing too badly either though, with our recent wins against Liverpool and Southampton keeping us just two points away from the top of the table. Read more »
We’re now 4 days into January and silly season is well under way with transfer rumours galore. Here’s the latest involving Chelsea:
Touchline Talk tell us Napoli will try to lure Mata
Whilst Give Me Sport bring us Jose’s denial of a Higuain bid
The price isn’t so right for KDB according to The Transfer Tavern
The Daily Star have gone all Beano again with talk of a PSG bid for Hazard
Caught Offside reckon we’ll offer cash plus Bertrand for Luke Shaw
And even with our lack of strike power, the Express says Newcastle want Demba Ba
The transfer window is open again and predictably Juan Mata has become a hot topic for debate – I say predictably because aside from the fact he’s barely got his boots dirty for Chelsea since the return of Jose Mourinho, the way he stropped off the pitch when subbed against Southampton at the weekend spoke volumes. Read more »
Venue: St Mary’s
Date: Wednesday 1 January
Kick-off: 15.00 GMT
With the wrapping paper cleared away, the tree looking like its seen better days and the hangover kicking in nicely, it’s time for the first Premier League games of the season – and first up for us in 2014 is a trip to St Mary’s.
We start this calendar year 3rd in the table, having lost just one of our last nine games, whilst Southampton come into the game ninth in the table with just one win in eight. The Saints did have a good win on Boxing Day, although lost to Everton Sunday, whilst we may well be buoyed up after a decent win against Liverpool on Sunday. Of course, we’ll be looking to do the double over Southampton, having already beaten them at Stamford Bridge in December although our away form will need to improve if we don’t want our hard work over the Christmas period to be undone. Read more »