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.

 Posted by at 11:30 am
Jul 112014
 

Much of the post-match debate about how exactly Brazil contrived to lose so badly to Germany has centred on the role of one man – former Chelsea favourite David Luiz. It seems that his performance–come–walkabout at the centre of the Brazilian defence (well, theoretically at the centre, if not in practice) was the one single reason why his team crashed out of the World Cup.

But was that really the case? It’s true that he looked lost as the German strikers waltzed through the Brazilian defence for the second goal. It’s true he ambled back carelessly for the fourth, was missing for the fifth, and allowed Andre Schurrle to drift across him for the sixth. It’s true that he was supposed to be marshalling the back four, the senior defender in Thiago Silva’s absence.

 Posted by at 5:21 pm
Jul 112014
 

After finishing in 7th place in the FA Women’s Super League 1 (FAWSL 1) last season, just one place above the relegation spot, Chelsea FC decided to invest a bit more this time in the ladies department. Emma Hayes continued as Chelsea Ladies manager but there was a mass exodus of players from the club and also, fresh arrivals of high profiled players, of course, from various corners around the world.

 Posted by at 11:12 am
Jul 112014
 

After winning both the FA Cup and League at youth level, it begs the question “when will Chelsea give youth a chance?” The club isn’t known for producing too many talents but it has produced a few notable players. John Terry is an example of such players but he is really the most high profiled excluding club legends like Bobby Tambling, Peter Osgood, Jimmy Greaves and Ray Wilkins to name a few.

Players like Carlton Cole, Mikael Forssell, Robert Huth also came from the academy ranks as well but haven’t exactly had quite the career we would have expected them to.

 Posted by at 11:07 am