Jul 302014
 

Chelsea’s iconic number 8, Frank Lampard has finally left the club for good and has recently signed for a new club, New York City FC, one of the latest expansion clubs in the MLS, joining Spain’s all-time scorer, David Villa, there.

With the preseason already well underway, it feels so strange not seeing him in a Chelsea number 8 shirt, having his hands up in the air celebrating, after scoring from his usual 20 yards from goal.

 Posted by at 5:19 pm
Jul 302014
 

Earlier this month the uncertainty about Romelu Lukaku’s future had been put to rest when news spread that the Belgium international supposedly decided to stay at Chelsea and fight it out with goal machine Diego Costa and misfiring Fernando Torres for a place in the first team. But with the signing of Didier Drogba, the rumour has gained new life.

 Posted by at 4:42 pm
Jul 282014
 

Its Saturday lunchtime kick off, Anfield is the venue, the scousers patiently awaiting its next prey in the name of Blackburn Rovers FC for lunch at Merseyside. Captain Slippery Gerrard, sorry Captain Steven Gerrard leads the red army onto the pitch, Torres was going to be in his usual menacing and irresistible mood. A win for the Reds keeps them within range for the English Premier League title 2008/2009 season. The Referee signals and the game is on Live, not long Into this high tempo fixture Gerrard lays a telepathic long range pass to Torres who controls the ball brilliantly, held up the Rover defender, turns around and hits a volley to the top right hand corner, the Goalkeeper had no answer to that, Liverpool where 1 goal up, within 10minutes, that was Fernando Torres at his menacing best. The commentators on the day exclaimed ‘What a beauty of a goal from the fantastic Spanish attacker”. Those words sums up how brilliant a player El Nino was at that time that he was considered and voted the third best player in the world by FIFA.

 Posted by at 4:39 pm
Jul 262014
 

It’s been over 2 years or to be more exact 799 days since Didier Drogba sunk that ball into the bottom corner at the Bayern end in Munich to win Chelsea its greatest and most sought after prize of all time, the club’s proclaimed ‘Holy grail’, the UEFA Champions League. We thought that was the end of the chapter for him in the club’s books but then reports started linking him with a return to Chelsea and not as a coach like we thought at first, a player. But regardless of what he is returning as it’s really hard for a Chelsea fan not to get excited.

 Posted by at 4:34 pm
Jul 242014
 

It all started in 2004 when Chelsea signed Mateja Kežman who just had a stellar season at PSV Eindhoven among other stellar ones. He had scored 38 goals in 40 games for the Dutch outfit alongside Arjen Robben, the pair were hailed as ‘Batman and Robben’ in the Dutch Eredivisie. But a  £5.3m move to Chelsea changed dynamics of things.

Kežman, once a goal machine in Holland, scored just 4 goals in 25 league games and 7 goals overall in a total of 40 appearances. Chelsea won the league that season but despite that, the quality in attack was too much for Kežman’s misfortunes to affect the season. Kežman left for Atlético Madrid the next season for the same fee he was bought by Chelsea from PSV.

 Posted by at 10:38 am
Jul 242014
 

André Schürrle became the fifth Chelsea player to be involved in a World Cup final and then joined Legends, Marcel Dessaily and Frank Leboeuf, to be the third Chelsea player to eventually win the prestigious cup. The French captain of the 1998 squad, Didier Deschamps joined the Blues a year after he won it, then in 2006, Chelsea’s Claude Makélélé and William Gallas tasted the agony of defeat against Italy as they lost on penalties 5-4, Florent Malouda who was part of the 2006 runners up squad eventually joined Chelsea a year later and most recently Fernando Torres who lifted the trophy as a Liverpool player in 2010 and moved a year after to be a Blue.

 Posted by at 10:13 am
Jul 222014
 

Jose Mourinho’s claim that Chelsea have now finished their summer spending may just leave some fans concerned there is still not enough frontline depth at Stamford Bridge ahead of the new season. Diego Costa was always Mourinho’s top forward target and his arrival from Atletico Madrid was wrapped up weeks ago after a near six-month long pursuit. Some predicted the deal would include Fernando Torres heading back to his old club but the fact he has stayed at Chelsea means Torres is likely to be given at least one more season to rediscover his best form in Blue. Fans will hope he can find it because Mourinho does not, at the minute at least, have many more options.

Jul 162014
 

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By  Ronnie Macdonald 

The title is on its way to Stamford Bridge again in 2015 – that’s if the betting market is anything to go by. As things stand, Chelsea are marginal favourites ahead of title holders Man City. But thereisn’t much in it. Chelsea are currently somewhere around 15/8, just edging out Man City at around 2/1. There’s then a gap to Man United who, the market clearly thinks, may be resurgent under the stewardship of Louis van Gaal, followed by Arsenal and Liverpool.

The Title Is On Its Way
 Posted by at 6:32 pm
Jul 122014
 

When the World Cup began, many Chelsea fans were hoping that a Blue would become one of the tournament’s heroes. Some were confident that it would be Oscar that shined, others thought it would be Eden Hazard. A few over- optimistic England fans even considered it might be Gary Cahill. But very few would have put their money on Andre Schurrle.

 Posted by at 1:35 pm
Jul 122014
 

With the attention of the rest of the footballing world still split between the World Cup final, what Suarez will add to Barcelona now that he has signed for them, and Arsenal’s successful pursuit of Alexis Sanchez, Chelsea are pursuing their own remaining transfer targets with quiet determination.

The hunt for Ashley Cole’s replacement now appears to be all but over, with the English media reporting that a fee has now been agreed with Atletico Madrid for left-back Felipe Luis. The metro newspaper puts it at £20 million, which is slightly higher than the estimates of Luis’s buy-out clause – and effectively means Chelsea have decided not to quibble over a couple of million pounds.

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