The return of Jose Mourinho at Chelsea has done many things already: it’s turned us from top four contenders to genuine title contenders; returned us to a side very frustrating to play against; turned Stamford Bridge back into a fortress, and of course, it’s given Arsene Wenger the right hump which is always a bonus.
More importantly though, what Mourinho’s return has done, is give our players belief in themselves again to start playing to their full potential. Where all too often last season they looked more dejected than determined, just six months into this season we’ve already had glimpses of the old swagger to show us exactly what Mourinho’s man management can do for a player – and nowhere is that influence more apparent than in Eden Hazard. Read more »
It may only be February but Pantomime season seems to have arrived early in the Premier League and there’s no prizes for guessing who’s been cast as the villain.
There is a seriously unhealthy obsession with Jose Mourinho in the Premier League. He’s like an itch the football world just has to scratch. A wound that really should have healed by now if it was just left alone – and yet it’s clearly just too tempting to have a sneaky little pick to see what happens……and Arsene Wenger just couldn’t leave it alone. Read more »
Jose Mourinho topped up his tally of wins against Pellegrini when we met at the Etihad earlier this month. He also undoubtedly notched up the number of pins the City boss stuck into the replica doll he keeps for such meetings with a bit of teasing in the press.
Any verbal sparring goes out the window this evening though because it’s really up to our players to do their talking on the pitch – and against a City side we’ve already taken six points off in the league, that may be a big ask!
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With only twelve games to go in the Barclays Premier League, its clear things are really getting interesting with no less than four teams with a realistic chance of the title. Those four teams are obviously, Chelsea (13/8), Arsenal (9/1), Manchester City (11/10) and Liverpool (8/1) as of a week ago.
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Venue: The Hawthorns
Date: Tuesday, 11 February
Kick-off: 20.00 GMT
The weekend was kind to us, with Arsenal being humiliated at Anfield and City coming back from Norwich with just the one point whilst we put in another good performance to take all 3 points at home to Newcastle. Those 3 points put us a point clear of Arsenal at the top of the table and with the 2nd and 3rd placed clubs resting til tomorrow, tonight’s game at The Hawthorns gives us the opportunity of widening that gap to four points.
Not that a win away at West Brom is a forgone conclusion, given we’ve lost on our previous 2 trips to The Hawthorns. Although in our favour, the Baggies have since sacked Steve Clarke and subsequently dropped into the relegation zone – evidently as smart a decision as selling Shane Long! Read more »
Well, well, our little horse looked like a thoroughbred compared to the lame mare of Man City and Arsenal’s little donkey. Words just aren’t enough to capture what Eden Hazard brings to Chelsea this season, but here’s a few that will try to sum up his contribution in today’s 3-0 win:
Match report comes courtesy of Official CFC
There’s match analysis from Sports Mole
Opposition view from NUFC fans
A few of Mourinho’s thoughts from Inside futbol
Player ratings come from Goal.com
And Caught Offside give us the pleasure of watching the highlights
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Saturday, 8 February
Kick-off: 15.00 GMT
Chelsea were absolutely convincing in taking 3 points off City Monday and if you compare that to the stalemate against West Ham, you’d think it was a different team. The one similarity though, is that we didn’t score as many as we could or should have.
This afternoon’s game won’t be against anything like the same calibre of opposition as we host Newcastle at Stamford Bridge but it’s important our players aren’t assuming it’ll be an easier game – unless they want it biting them on the arse.
Jose Mourinho knows that as well, which is why he continues to play down our chances of winning the title this season to guard against any complacency – and against a side that have lost just 2 of our last 8 meetings, he’s probably wise to do just that. Read more »
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Date: Monday, 3 February
Kick-off: 20.00 GMT
This evening’s game sees the Premier League’s most rampant attack against its tightest defence as Chelsea travel to the Etihad.
Of course, we’ve already beaten City this season at Stamford Bridge but they were struggling away then – and didn’t have 115 goals under their belts! As for us, we couldn’t even get past West Ham’s bus last time out, so I may get no present at all from Chelsea today to make it a happy birthday to me. Read more »
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Wednesday, 29 January
Kick-off: 19.45 GMT
West Ham tonight then, and a chance to put a bit of pressure on the league leaders after their draw against Southampton last night.
We’ve looked a lot more solid as a unit lately, with Mourinho’s management style starting to translate onto the pitch, and now that the questions around Juan Mata have finally been answered we need to move onwards and upwards.
Of course, with Arselona dropping points last night it’s be just like us not to take advantage of that – but then if we can’t defend against Andy Carroll then I’d be inclined to agree with Jose’s party line that we won’t be winning any title’s this season! Read more »