So all is well and good in 2015 for us Blues. A cup-league double, who can complain? Having now secured the Premier League title, attention turns to next season and how to not only retain our Premier League title but also how to push forward and challenge for the Champions League after a somewhat shocking early exit at the hands of a former friend turned foe, David Luiz and PSG. Continue reading
In the brand new series, Blast from the past, we look at some memorable encounters from the past.
The day was 30th January 1985. Chelsea were being managed by club legend John Neal who has just the Blues to promotion from the 2nd division. They were to face Sheffield United in the replay of the League Cup (then known as the Milk Cup) quarter-finals. The first encounter at Stamford Bridge, two days earlier, had ended in a 1-1 draw with Wednesday’s goalkeeping legend Martin Hodge saving a second-half penalty from Kerry Dixon.
Yahoo did a statistical comparison of some defensive midfield partnerships after 3 games in the PL. Now with 11 games gone and a boring international break on hands, it is a good opportunity to see where we stand.
Fabregas & Matic Vs Toure * Fernandinho
Our ongoing series of lookbacks at the funniest, controversial & greatest moments of the Chelsea legend.
Wenger defends his decision to field an all foreign squad against Crystal Palace:
Take what Arsenal and Chelsea have won in the past eight years. I go with reality, with the football we play and the challenge we have ahead. I don’t see especially that Chelsea play more English players than we do. Who have they produced, homegrown? Just one, John Terry.
12 March 2005
On John Terry’s declaration that their aim next season was to go through the season unbeaten.
As the dust settled in the aftermath of yet another exciting and unpredictable weekend of Premier League football, a stark reality slowly came into picture as we head into the last irritating and meaningless international break of the calendar year.
“The pace set is very very high [at the top of the league]” conceded Wenger. If last season was anything to go by, this season the title was bound to contested by a strengthened Arsenal and unpredictable Liverpool along with Chelsea and Manchester City. Chelsea are on course for a unprecedented 100 points, Wenger noted.
There was an argument for starting fellow Chelsea-man Willian ahead of Oscar in the press but not in Scolari’s mind. Oscar as we found out is not just the favorite of Jose Mourinho. And he repaid the faith, in full.
There has been a gradual decline in the quality and level of Spanish national team. La Roja still have the best talent pool any nation can hope for, but a couple of factors have still led to Spain not being labelled as favorites for the tournament.
The best thing about Willian’s transfer to Chelsea was that Spurs got trolled, big time! And Chelsea fans weren’t ones to sit back. They capitalized to the fullest by coming up with an amazing song in a very short time. Chelsea’s supporters in Prague were filmed by a fellow blue for the benefit of all of us.
The incident happened in 70th minute. Branislav Ivanovich, as they will tell, elbowed Benteke in the face. Most of the media outlets report that Iva should have been shown a red card. They said Iva elbowed Benteke. Well I will prove here that Brana DID NOT thrust his elbow into Benteke’s face. In fact, there was zero contact with Benteke’s face which the latter held while going down.
Here is the incident at full speed-
Now, not only referee was unable to see what happened whether an elbow was thrust and that too in the face, Brana did no such thing. Referee clearly can’t send a player off if he has a doubt in his mind.
Now, here is the incident slowed down-
But as time passed Brana’s whole body moves towards Benteke and his arm barges into Benteke’s neck. Also Brana can’t possibly know where Benteke is, since he was looking at the ball. And where the hell did he touch Benteke’s face who went to ground holding his face!
Ok, so the special one is back but now he wants to be known as ‘The Happy One’. Actually he is still the special one, but it is we who are the happy ones!Continue reading