Swansea v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Sunday 11th September, 2016
Venue: Liberty Stadium
Kick-off: 16:00 BST

Back from an international break we could have done without, this afternoon’s return to Premier League action takes us to the Liberty Stadium to face a Swansea side who kept their first clean sheet against us since 1981 when we last met in April.
In this fixture just a few months ago, Swansea ended Hiddink’s unbeaten run with a 1-0 win.
This time around, it’s Antonio Conte in charge and the new Chelsea boss could become the fourth Blues manager to win his opening four Premier League games if he succeeds where Hiddink failed towards the end of last season.
Today’s opposing managers are no strangers, with Antonio Conte unbeaten against Francesco Guidolin in their Serie A meetings. And Chelsea are no strangers to winning their first four league games either, having achieved this in all four of their title-winning seasons: 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10 and 2014-15.
No pressure Antonio!

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CHELSEA v Burnley: Preview

Date: Saturday 27th August, 2016
Venue: Stamford Bridge’
Kick-off: 15:00 BST

This afternoon’s game sees us play host to Burnley at Stamford Bridge.
A nice little fixture at this point in the season maybe? Not so, if their last game is anything to go by. Because, whilst today’s visitors didn’t see a lot of the ball against Liverpool last week, when they did get hold of it, they made made the most of the leaky defence they were up against, coming away with only 19% of the possession but all of the points in a 2-0 win.
With our defence looking badly in need of reinforcements we don’t seem to be able to entice in right now, we might need a bit more of the Fabregas magic this afternoon.

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Watford v CHELSEA: Preview

Date: Saturday 20th August, 2016
Venue: Vicarage Road
Kick-off: 15:00 BST

This afternoon’s game sees up travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford.
Our first game of the season Monday night was harder than it should have. We were head and shoulders the better side against West Ham in a game with more than one controversial decision. Positives for us from that game, besides 3 points, were performances from Hazard and Kante on the pitch and the performance off the pitch from new boss Antonio Conte.
Watford put in a decent first shift against Southampton in their opening game to secure themselves a point, and with today’s managerial opponents hardly the best of friends, we can probably expect everything to be thrown at this one as well.
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CHELSEA v West Ham: Preview

Date: Monday 15th August, 2016
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 20:00 BST

Here we are then, another season, another Chelsea manager. This year we have Antonio Conte taking charge and given the shambles he inherited after our worst season in years, it’s no secret he’s got his work cut out between now and May.
Conte’s first Premier League game in charge sees us play host to West Ham at Stamford Bridge. Easy enough you might think if you consider we’re unbeaten in our last ten against them in this Premier League fixture. Mind you, Billic is a decent manager and under his guidance West Ham didn’t lose against us last season, something they hadn’t managed for the previous 13 years.
Still, at club level, Antonio Conte has lost just one of his last 30 league games and since Avram Grant is the only Chelsea manager to lose his opening Premier League game in the Roman Abramovich era, he doesn’t have too much to live up to.

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Chelsea 2016/17 Season: what can we expect?

The new season is upon us, we’ve got a new manager (yet again) and a couple of new players but what’s really changed? According to my Twitter feed, not very much.
United and City pat themselves on the back every tweet for their spending prowess and every headline (predictably) has Mourinho as the messiah. Not last season’s Mourinho who sat by and watched, seemingly helpless to stop the slide of Champions, unable to motivate, cajole or even kick arse, as everyone to a man morphed into Sunday league sloths (minus the beer stained kit and half-time fag). This new Mourinho they speak of is relaxed and happy, “always joking in training” whilst working on his master plan to conquer the Premier League. Read more »

Spain v Turkey Preview: Team News, Starting Lineups & Predictions

Euro 2016
Date: Friday, 17th June, 2016
Time: 20.00pm BST
Venue: Allianz Riviera, Nice

Spain are firm favourites to beat Turkey and can book their passage into the second round of Euro 2016 this evening with a victory in Nice.

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Who Will Conte Move For This Summer?

Many had written the Italians off before the tournament had started, but an impressive opening game has shown just what Antonio Conte is all about. While the days of an all-star Italy team are gone (for now), the tactical setup reaffirmed just how good Conte is.

As he looks forward to taking over the helm of the four-time Premier League champions, we look at three players that are top of Conte’s summer shopping list.

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Chelsea at Euro 2016 and Copa America 2016

Chelsea may have experienced their worst ever season since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003, but a number of key players still have the chance of winning a trophy. Both the European Championships and the Copa America start this summer, with six Chelsea stars jetting off either to France or to the USA to take the stage once again.

It’s been a gruelling season for the likes of Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas, but to end the summer with silverware would be the perfect tonic before the start of Antonio Conte’s reign at Stamford Bridge. But which players are most likely to get their hands on a trophy?

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Liverpool v Chelsea preview

Liverpool vs Chelsea
English Premier League
Date: 11th May 2016

Time: 20:00 pm BST
Venue: Anfield, Liverpool

In any other normal circumstances a ‘Liverpool vs Chelsea’ fixture at Anfield on the penultimate week of the Premier League would have generated a massive interest among both sets of supporters.

But, then again, this hasn’t been a ‘normal’ Premier League season, isn’t it? Who would have thought Leicester City to win the Premier League? Who would have thought Chelsea to drop out of top four? Crazy.

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John Terry: Why it’s not a ‘fitting’ end

We all knew the day had to come at some point but it feels maybe a season too soon, and now certainly two games too soon. With the club remaining as tight-lipped, and tight-pocketed as they have all season, it seems John Terry’s Chelsea career has come to an end.
There’ll be some of us who’ve watched his entire career develop, as he’s grown from his debut as an 18 year old, into our our highest scoring defender, our most successful captain, a leader and yes, ultimately a legend at Chelsea Football Club. There’ll also be some, who remember only JT in our back line. From 2001/02 alongside Desailly and the season where he first wore the captain’s armband, and Mourinho subsequently making him captain in 2004/05, John Terry has been a mainstay in the Chelsea defence, leading us to four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and one UEFA Champions League. Read more »