CHELSEA v Arsenal: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Sunday, 5 October
Kick-off: 14:05 GMT

If they’ve managed to come back down to earth after the euphoria of scoring a few goals against Galatasaray midweek, this afternoon’s early kick off sees us play host to Arsenal at Stamford Bridge
This is a pretty buoyant Arsenal side as well, with Danny Wellbeck’s six goals in his last six games, making him look a much bigger fish now he’s in a smaller pond – although to be fair, my mum could probably have had a hattrick against Galatasaray’s defence. Our defence is another matter, with 9 clean sheets from 11 at home and we’re not exactly shoddy up front so far this season either, with 19 goals compared to 7 at the same point last season.
We made Arsene Wenger’s 1000th Arsenal game an occasion to be remembered, by thumping them 6-0 at Stamford Bridge. By sheer coincidence, to mark 18 years as the Arsenal manager, Wenger again finds himself up against Jose Mourinho – the manager he hasn’t managed a win against in 11 previous meetings.
Not that he’s bitter about it or anything.

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Sporting Lisbon v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Estádio José Alvalade
Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Kick-off: 19.45 BST.

It’s a trip back to his home country tonight for Jose Mourinho as Chelsea face Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League. Mourinho may have started out at the club as Robson’s interpreter but there’ll be little room for sentimentality after a disappointing draw at home to Schalke in our last Champions League game.
Sporting who also started this season’s European campaign with a draw, are (like Chelsea) unbeaten in all competitions so far this season, so this might be a tough one.

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CHELSEA v Aston Villa: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 27 September
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

Last week, we lost our 100% winning start but remain unbeaten going into this afternoon’s game at home to a Villa side who’s own unbeaten run was ended against Arsenal last week in three minutes of madness.
To be fair to Villa, they were hit by a stomach bug last weekend and up until then, had had a flying start to the season, putting them third in the table ahead of thus game.
Jose Mourinho hasn’t exactly done a bad job with us though, despite last week’s draw against City, we still sit top of the table with 16 goals from five games so far – a few more today definitely won’t go amiss.

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Man City 1-1 CHELSEA: Not Bad For A Small Team

Possibly at the start of the game but definitely at half-time we’d have taken a draw. By the time Zabaleta was rightly sent off in the second half though, you’d have to think the game was ours for the taking. Any disappointment with a point away against the current Premier League champions isn’t spoilt brat syndrome though, it’s simply a reflection of our strength so far this season. We could have been well beaten in the first-half yet our defence showed their resilience and Jose Mourinho’s substitutions in the second half were on the money – unfortunately so was City’s decision to bring on Framk Lampard.
Still clear at the top of the table after a right scrap against probably our toughest opposition this season – not bad for a little team. Here’s the round-up:

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Man City v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Etihad Stadium
Date: Sunday, 21 September
Kick-off: 16:00

After a midweek draw in the Champions League against Schalke, this afternoon sees us up against the defending Premier League champions at the Etihad. City come into the game five points behind us after taking only one point from the last two league games and they lost to Bayern Munich midweek, so Pellegrini will be looking to get back on track.
We’ve had a pretty decent start to the season, with Fabregas and Costa combining almost effortlessly at times in attack. It’s too early to get over excited though and given we’re leaking a few goals unnecessarily, it’s games like this that will really test us.
City meanwhile, undoubtedly haven’t quite found their stride but given
their four-game record is the same as a year ago – before they bear United 4-1 on this weekend, I think they’ll be confident enough.
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CHELSEA 1-1 Schalke: In a Nutshell

I did say in the match preview, I don’t like going into games with excessive confidence – and last night’s result is the reason why. Complacent Street is never a comfortable place to be and yet, after going a goal up, that’s exactly where Chelsea appeared to take a stroll. Couple that with a few missed chances, a striker we adore but who, realistically isn’t quite match fit and a bit of a defensive lapse and what we have Ladies and Gentlemen – is really not the end of the world. Read more »

CHELSEA v Schalke: Champions League Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Wednesday 17 September
Kick-off: 19:45

Here we go then, our first Champions League game of the season sees us at home to Schalke.
We’re no strangers to the German side of course, having played them a few times now and most recently beating them 3-0 twice in last season’s campaign. This time around, they’re facing us with an injury ravaged side struggling for a decent result so far this season, so understandably they’ll be feeling a bit fragile coming into tonight’s game.
Mourinho will want to guard against any complacency (just in case), although you’d have to imagine he’ll take the opportunity to rest as many players as he can get away with tonight.

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Terry & Costa Cut From the Same Cloth?

Not wanting to turn the blog into a Costa love-fest too early in the season but what a ridiculously good buy he’s looking to be. So far this season, we’ve had 7 goals in four games, so there’s no doubt we’ve got ourselves a striker. It’s not just the goals though, or the fact we managed to get him for little more than Everton paid us for Romelu Lukaku, no, the surprise part of the package for m is his work ethic.
Diego Costa hasn’t come to the Premier League claiming some fluffed cross going in the net “is no surprise” to him because he’s practised it anyway. Diego Costa is here to work and he’s here to work for the team, saying “I play in the fashion that I have to play. If I have to have a physical battle, then I can fight. If I have to play with quality, I can do that too.” And what quality! Read more »

CHELSEA v Swansea: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 13 September
Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

Thank the good Lord this afternoon sees us back to the normality of the Premier League again and for us, it’s a top of the table clash at home to Swansea. Ok, so realistically we’ve only played three games apiece so far but there’s still a respective 100% record each at stake.
Our visitors have had a good start to the season under Garry Monk, including a win against Manchester United. We haven’t exactly struggled for our 9 points so far either, with new signings Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa making a significant difference in our ability to find the back of the net this season. With his hamstring still niggling and a midweek game against Schalke in the Champions League, only Jose knows if Costa will be risked against Swansea today – either way, I’m sure we can trust his judgement.
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Costa Comfortable in Premier League

Some said he was overrated, some said he’d be a waste of money, some even said he’d score goals but I bet none of us expected quite what we’ve got so far.
Diego Costa. What a player. What a buy. Read more »