Chelsea: Champions 2014/15

Congratulations to all at Chelsea Football Club. Thoroughly deserved.
Well done Chelsea, well done Jose and well done Roman. The olive branch was well worth extending. He promised us the title this season and delivered it in good time.

Chelsea FC Premier League champions 2014/15.

CHELSEA v Crystal Palace: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Sunday, 3 May
Kick-off: 13:30 BST

Where do you start with a preview like this?
This lunchtime’s game sees us at home, to Palace but it’s not just any game against Palace because a win today could give us our fourth Premier League title.
Jose Mourinho has been clear ahead of the game that any celebrations should be put firmly on ice until the fat lady has actually opened her vocal chords and insists the home crowd should provide the soprano until that time. I, for one, don’t doubt Stamford Bridge will be in fine voice – I just hope that adds motivation rather than pressure for the players.
Naturally, in the last few weeks, irrespective of our results, we’ve faced constant criticism about the way Jose has set the team out. The bottom line though, is that Jose Mourinho is a top boss who has given us what we’ve needed this season, when we’ve needed it. From spoiling us with some sublime football and attacking flair that was a privilege to see early season, to the solid, professional displays in defence when grinding out a result late on. He’s an absolute master when it comes to winning – and today, win or lose, we should be singing his praises (literally).
Not that securing the title today is a forgone conclusion though because Crystal Palace won’t just be visiting to make up the numbers. Right now, Pardew’s side have the best away form in the league. Our players will have to want a result an awful lot more than the visitors if that larger lady is to air her lungs!

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Chatting Courtois

Almost through the season, so thought I’d take a look back at one of our key player’s contribution – Thibaut Courtois – and to help me do that, I’ve had a chat with Ah Lau, better known in Singapore as Home United keeper Mohamed Hyrulnizam Bin Jumaat. So, here’s his take:

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Leicester v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: King Power Stadium
Date: Wednesday, 29 April
Kick-off: 19:45 BST

Our game in hand sees us travel to the King Power Stadium to face a bit of a resurgent Leicester side tonight and with still two wins required for us to take the title, it’s likely to be a tense affair. Their current form sees them on a winning run of four games, whilst we drew our last one against Arsenal.
We face them as the Capital One Cup winners, with six of our players in the team of the year and Eden Hazard named player of the year – so I hope they won’t be too bored.

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Arsenal v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Emirates Stadium
Date: Sunday, 26 April
Kick-off: 16:00 BST

So, today’s late game sees us pop over to the Emirates to face an Arsenal side some ten points behind us in the league, yet presumably hoping this game turns into a 6-pointer.
They’re certainly the team in form, with nine wins in their last nine games and in spite of Wenger’s record against Mourinho, possibly even the favourites to get a win this afternoon.
For Chelsea, who seem to have reverted to the famous Mourinho solid 1-0 wins to safeguard their own title hopes this season, it will no doubt be a bit of an edgy affair. With Loic Remy out, Didier Drogba still bullish and dogged, yet lacking the pace of his former years, and Diego Costa unlikely to be risked anywhere except the bench, we needn’t expect anything fancy again. What we’ll need, against the likes of Sanchez and Giroud will be another gritty, determined display that gives the pundits and purists plenty to moan about. If it gives us the required outcome though, I’m sure we couldn’t care less.
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Anti-football or Just Anti-Chelsea?

Anti-football they say? Top of the table since August, still the only unbeaten side at home, lost just 2 games all season, 10 point gap, better goal difference – anti-football my backside. Read more »

CHELSEA v Manchester United: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 18 April
Kick-off: 17:30 BST

This week’s non Saturday, non 3pm game sees us play host to United at Stamford Bridge in the day’s late kick-off and it’s a resurgent United we have visiting. With United’s current form giving a return of 6 wins from 6 games, there’s been plenty written this week about them halting our title charge – or at the very least, delaying it. Undoubtedly, our more recent poor performances have a lot to do with that but whilst we certainly laboured to the three points against QPR last weekend, it’s of note we did actually take all three points away from QPR’s cup final.
That’s not to say any of us are assuming the title is in the bag, in spite of a bit of bravado, a game in hand and a seven point gap because whilst United have come into this game with their manager bemoaning a depleted defensive line, we don’t even know if we’ve got anyone to put out against them. With Diego Costa out, Remy injured last week and Didier Drogba unfortunately a long way past his hayday, there’s a possibility their injury issues won’t have that much of an impact anyway. Read more »

QPR v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Loftus Road
Date: Sunday, 12 April
Kick-off: 13:30 BST

I’m sure there are plenty out there well up up for this today. Me? I hate this sort of game.
It’s QPR and on any other week of the season, they’re pants. Bring on chelsea though and they’ll turn into Barcelona complete with bent referee playing twelfth man for them.
Arsenal have their tissues out getting themselves within 4 points of us now and one of the Manchester sides could be contacting Kleenex this afternoon themselves as well unless we give them all a reminder this lunchtime of who is actually leading the race in terms of points scored and games played – no pressure though.

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Chelsea Must Cash In On Salah This Summer

Mohammed Salah has been somewhat of an inconsistent player during his career. When he was at Basel, the Egyptian winger terrorized defenses, scoring several goals while at the Swiss club.

After impressing Mr. Abramovich, scoring 3 goals against Chelsea in 4 games, Salah earned a big move to West London. Since his transfer Salah has done little to prove his worth. He has shown a few glimpses of his potential, but that’s about it. The Egyptian has largely underwhelmed and found it hard to even make the bench.
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CHELSEA v Stoke: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 4 April
Kick-off: 17:30 BST

After the international bore break, we’re back to the Premier League today for the late game at home to Stoke City.
We were far from our best in our last game in the Premier League and despite an initial 2-goal lead, made hard work of it with the sort of sloppy defending that took a late goal from Loic Remy to get away with a last gasp win. Jose Mourinho reckons we need 6 more wins if we’re to take the title this season although the way we’ve been playing, we need a rocket up our backsides to get them.

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