Mar 112015

On Wednesday, the Premier League leaders would take on French Champions in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 clash. The first leg which ended in a one all draw saw the French side which were at home, mount waves of attack at the Chelsea defence but were only able to convert one of the numerous chances. The French Champions played so well that after the game, Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho admitted that Paris Saint-Germain deserved to have won the game.

Rather than a midfield pairing of Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas, Jose Mourinho opted to pair the Serbian, Matic with Brazillian, Ramires and moved Spanish International, Cesc Fabregas up front behind fellow country man, Diego Costa. This was done by Jose Mourinho in the first leg, recognising the need for extra power in the middle of the park, and also so that tactics can be changed during the game without the need for a substitution.

Red hot Eden Hazard was kept quiet for most part of the game and was not effective as he usually is for the blues, but rather it was Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edison Cavani who were all over the blues with Thibaut Courtois forced repeatedly into making fantastic saves.

For the second leg, the blues welcome back Nemanja Matic, who has not played since he was handed a two-game domestic ban for a high challenge in February’s Premier League draw with Burnley, while Mourinho will be looking for more protection for Eden Hazard after the Belgium international was fouled nine times in the first leg.

As always, Jose Mourinho is expected to set up a very discipline team and gradually introducing in opposition minds a looming sense of despair about their prospects in the London when the final business of this tie will be conducted, the blues are expected to have most of the possession with Matic and Cesc Fabregas in midfield, the Spanish International is expected to feed the attack with possession to do damage to the Paris Saint-Germain back line which is expected to feature David Luiz who enjoyed success in this same competition with the blues in 2012.

Do not expect a classic Champions League game, but would make for a very interesting watch as Jose Mourinho looks to make his mark in the Champions League with Chelsea, something he’s desperate to do.

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 Posted by at 10:43 am
Feb 172015

As the Premier League enters the business stage of the season, Chelsea is in a wonderful position to see through their dominance at the summit and win the title in May. Jose Mourinho has undoubtedly delivered on his promise that Chelsea would be serious contenders in his second season in the hot seat since returning a successful stint at Real Madrid, with his tactical masterclass and shrewdness in the transfer market reaping instant dividends.

Juan Cuadrado’s arrival during the January transfer window will add even more quality and pace to Chelsea’s attacking play, and with the defence and midfield areas also looking strong, there is little to suggest that anyone can stop them running away with the title. The 2-1 victory against Aston Villa extended Chelsea’s lead at the summit to seven points, and with Manchester City continuing to wobble, it may be the perfect opportunity for the Blues to ram home their advantage. Everton may be struggling to rediscover their best form this season, but they will arrive at Stamford Bridge with a point to prove, making them dangerous opponents. It may take a similar performance to the one that Chelsea put in at Liberty Stadium in their 5-0 rout against Swansea, and if they play like this again, it would be difficult to see Roberto Martinez’s side avoiding the same fate.

Best attack

The Premier League’s leading scorers continue to find the back of the net with unerring ease, with their attacking football this season being a joy to behold. Chelsea’s superb home record – winning ten and drawing one – will make them strong favourites to record yet another three points in front of the fans, but they will have to put in another excellent performance to get past Everton. Aston Villa proved that even teams who are struggling in the Premier League can, on their day, cause problems; Everton are certainly not the sort of team to under-estimate, particularly with former Blues player Romelu Lukaku returning in the hope of proving his critics wrong. It will therefore require a strong performance from not only the attacking players, but also the defence and holding midfield players who will be expected to keep things tight at the back. Games against the Toffees are always a tight affair, and if Eden Hazard, Oscar and Diego Costa can continue their wonderful form, they could be the all-important difference between the two sides.

Toffees come unstuck

Despite being unbeaten in their last four Premier League fixtures, Everton are still not playing to their true potential and are falling short of the standards set last season. Martinez is undoubtedly one of the most talented managers in the game, but fans have already begun to voice concerns that the team increasingly resemble his former side Wigan who, despite winning admirers for their style of play, eventually dropped back down to the Championship. Winning just six of their twenty-four fixtures has not helped matters, but Everton are always a dangerous team to come up against and should not be under-estimated. However, they could be missing up to seven players for the trip to Stamford Bridge, with Steven Naismith and Muhamed Besic joining the likes of Leighton Baines, Tim Howard and Steven Pienaar on the side-lines after picking up knocks in the Merseyside derby.

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 Posted by at 7:29 pm
Feb 092015

… and its atmosphere, that is.

I’m lucky enough to have been born at a time that has meant the majority of my Chelsea fandom has been spent basking in league and cup success. But there’s one thing, above all else, that really irritates me when it comes to supporting my club: the dwindling noise level at home games.

Don’t get me wrong, I realise this is a problem most successful teams face. It’s a by-product that comes from the influx of new fans that are yet to pick up the songs or ‘fair-weather fans’ who simply can’t be bothered to learn them. The things is, like most football fans (or Chelsea supporters, at least), I don’t care about other teams.

Didier Drogba

Image by Crystian Cruz 

Back in the days (we’re talking the late-1990s) I recall heading down to Stamford Bridge with my dad, and savouring the atmosphere that seemed to fill the air around Fulham. Perhaps it’s because I was so young that I look back on those days with such nostalgia. But, thinking back, I can’t remember spending more than five minutes during any given game sat down – and that’s an important point.

Today, even if you’re in with the ‘hard-core’ of the Matthew Harding, you can consider yourself pretty fortunate to enjoy the same experience. Despite the upset against Bradford City in the FA Cup, Chelsea could still win three trophies this season. Whatever happened to the days when we weren’t even certain of victory going into a single match?

That’s why I tend to head to away games now. I’m guaranteed a decent – if not great – atmosphere because those fans that are making the trip care about the club, they’re making a sacrifice and, I’d like to think, they too don’t want to see Chelsea fall into the (in my opinion) unwanted bracket of ‘family club’. That’s the true death nail in any club’s claim to a vehement support.

Jose Mourinho narks a few opposition fans off, I know, but when it comes to the Chelsea support there’s no one who has his finger on the pulse quite as firmly as the Portuguese. I was right behind him when he came out to publicly berate the support following our 2-1 win over QPR at the Bridge last November. But, as Mourinho pointed out in an earlier interview, it’s that new ‘profile’ of support I mentioned earlier that needs to be addressed if the match-day intensity is going to be improved.

Some of the best days in my life have come from following Chelsea on the road – the pinnacle of which being that night in Munich and winning the Champions League. I didn’t have a ticket for the game and just about managed to afford a flight out there. I’m under no illusion that Munich was special, but I think it’s telling that the people who made it such an incredible experience were those I spent celebrating the victory with. They are the same sort of supporter who wanted to get behind the team and travelled in the knowledge that their chances of landing a ticket were extremely limited. They’re also the same people who simply can’t afford to make it down to Chelsea every other weekend, which has led to the shrinkage of our core fan base.

The trophy hauls we’ve experienced over the past few years have been great to witness and, although I genuinely would swap them all (bar the Champions League) for a return to the days I remember with such fondness, I’m happy to read that the Chelsea Supporters Trust are leading the way in an attempt to bring safe standing to the ground. In Germany, where runaway league leaders Bayern Munich are an incredible 1/2000 to be champions in the Bundesliga betting, safe-standing areas are common in many grounds. Indeed, the Bundesliga is an example of how it can be achieved safely and successfully while also adding to the entertainment. A similar mix at Stamford Bridge as in Germany could work wonders with the atmosphere.

Clearly, as anyone who’s been to Stamford Bridge recently will know, there’s still a long way to go in order to bring the spark back to home games but at least the safe-standing campaign gives us a chance of getting the ball rolling.

If you’re reading this as a fan of another side, perhaps one that hasn’t been bought out by a Russian billionaire or enjoyed European adventures on a yearly basis, you probably think I’m being ungrateful. Believe me, I’m not. I appreciate everything Roman Abramovich has done for my club and realise just how lucky we are. But being a football fan has always been made worthwhile by the entire match day experience and camaraderie of other supporters, rather than success alone. Maybe I am greedy, but I consider myself a greedy purist if that’s the case.

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 Posted by at 9:23 am
Jan 232015

Chelsea already boast of one of the strongest squad even if not the strongest in the EPL, and now reports are out that Chelsea are about to secure the signing of Colombian international and Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado. Looks like the deal can’t wait anymore as Mourinho is reportedly interested in pushing it forward in order to make his already strong squad more formidable.

However, the manager may need to ship out a player or two from his squad in order to accommodate the Colombian who was in spectacular form during the last FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Reports are rife in the media that Cuadrado’s agent was in London on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of a move to London. Now this would represent a massive message of intent and further reinforce the belief held by a lot of people that Chelsea are the uncrowned EPL Champions.

Chelsea already boast of players like Fabregas, Hazard, Costa, and the likes; adding Cuadrado to that squad will further make the team stronger.

Chelsea have a knack for getting transfers like this done and over the line regardless of how much is needed to get the player or the number of clubs interested in signing the same player, and that is why yours truly believes we can as well just consider this one a done deal – Mourinho gets what he wants most of the time. The manager is already making plans to sell or loan out Schurle and Salah, which will create space for the signing of the Fiorentina player.

£26.8million which is also the player’s buy-out clause is the fee being negotiated with the Italian club according to reports; the amount of money to be spent is very unlikely to pose any problem for the Blues as long as Schurrle and Salah can find clubs to sign them.

Italian club Roma have agreed to pay the £43,000 weekly wages of Salah, which leaving us with Schurrle, and hopefully his agent can find him a club soon.

Reports also claim Wolfsburg is willing to pay £23million for Schurrle, which gives further credence to the rumours linking Cuadrado to Chelsea.

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 Posted by at 11:18 am
Jan 112015

Chelsea moved two points clear at the top of the league table after a 2-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday. It was Chelsea’s first win in three league games after the previous two ended in a draw against Southampton and a heavy defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

Both side met a month ago and it was Newcastle who ran away with all three points and ending Jose Mourinho’s season unbeaten record in the process.

Chelsea was well aware of the upset Newcastle could cause but were well prepared to take a revenge on the Magpies who just released their manager Alan Pardew.

Newcastle looked like they will indeed cause an upset in the early exchanges with the likes of Rémy Cabella, Sissoko causing Terry and Cech all sort of problems but it was Chelsea who did the needful – actually scoring the goals.

Though, not a vintage performance from Chelsea by their own standard, but the two goals from Oscar and Diego Costa were enough for the Blue to take three points and give them a breathing space from the chasing pack especially as City could only draw their own match.

Here are five things we learnt from the win;

Chelsea Are Well Secured At The Back:

With a minor injury to Thibaut Courtois’ finger, Mourinho decided not to risk his no.1 and started with Petr Cech. The veteran goalkeeper was as calm as ever and produce world class saves you’d begin to doubt the choice of Courtois as no.1

The Czech brings experience, a calm composure to his defence line and a perfect understanding with his defenders. Chelsea is simply lucky to have two world class goalkeepers at their disposal and I don’t think there is any team in Europe that can match the club in that department.

Chelsea Simply Got The Job Done:

It wasn’t a particularly vintage performance from the Blues but the players knew what was at stake and did enough to get the job done.

Newcastle was simply the best team in the opening half hour if not the entire first half with Remy Cabella posing a great threat anytime he bursts forward. He drew some brilliant saves from Petr Cech and Moussa Sissoko also clipping the wood work.

But the moment Chelsea took the lead through Oscar; their win was never in doubt. Chelsea really showed why they are good for the title. Taking all the three points while not playing particularly impressive is one of the hallmarks of champions.

Chelsea Can Get 100% Home Record:

Chelsea so far have not drawn or lost any league match at Stamford Bridge this season. And the win yesterday further consolidated the idea the team can keep a 100% home record this season.

Chelsea possesses the best home record already in the league this season with ten win out of ten. They scored 24 times and conceding just 3 in the process. That makes Stamford Bridge the fortress it once was and teams will definitely dread coming to West London. With the level of competition in the league, winning home matches is now important and that exactly is what Chelsea does – win all their home matches.

Zouma Progress:

The young Frenchman has really come in leap and bound for Chelsea. Match after match, each time he gets to play he has always been outstanding with his performance.

His confidence and composure on the ball is something uncharacteristic of defenders of his age and he is really adapting to the pace of the Premier League at a good speed.

Chelsea does not look troubled anytime he gets to start in place of either John Terry or Gary Cahill as evident yesterday. He always put up an assured performance. The club can look to the future in his department with great assurance that there is a capable hand to take over from the ageing captain.

Mourinho Continue His Dominance Over Newcastle At SW6:

Newcastle United has not taken a single point off Jose Mourinho Chelsea both in his first and second stint at the club.

Mourinho has maintained a 100% home record against Newcastle just as the Magpies have made life difficult for the special one at St. James Park.

Not only has Newcastle not taken a point off a Jose Mourinho-led Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in six meetings, they have also failed to muster a single goal past Petr Cech and co in the process. Yesterday’s win will make it 7-0 in favour of Mourinho at SW6 with 19 goals scored. That’s an average of 0.3 goals shy of 3 goals per game; a bizarre record for the Magpies if you ask me.

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 Posted by at 7:14 pm
Dec 252014

Chelsea welcomes an in-form Sam Allardyce’s West Ham United side in a BPL Boxing day fixture at the Bridge. This match will represent one of the crunches four fixtures Chelsea have to play in a space of 12 days during the festive season. And after an impressive display at the Britania triumphing 2-0 over Stoke City, Jose Mourinho will look to get his team to pick maximum point against West Ham so as to keep at bay the other title chasing pack.

The fixtures are already piled up and it’s yet to be seen how players will be able to cope with playing four matches in space of 12 days. This is the time of the season where teams’ depth is tested especially with fringe players getting some chance to help the team to navigate the crunchy but important fixtures.

Jose Mourinho will be expected to make some changes to the side that beat Stoke City on Monday night especially with a trip to Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur looming. A number of players who have rarely featured this season could be given chances to make an impression in the team.

Again, this is a London derby and bearing in mind West Ham’s impressive run so far this season, there is no doubt Chelsea manager will likely go out with a very strong line-up while also trying to give a breather to some player who have been heavily involved in the campaign so far.

We look at the likely Line-up Jose Mourinho could go with to face West Ham United.

In Goal:

Thibaut Courtois is likely to continue in goal after just returning to the line-up in the game against Stoke City. The Belgian was side-lined lately with a minor muscle injury and missed the games against Hull City as well as the Capital One Cup game against Derby County.

He returned to action against Stoke and helped his side to a win and a clean sheet and was in great form all night. He will be preferred in goal for this game and that will mean Petr Cech will have to continue on the bench. The 22-year-old has been first choice between the stick since he returned from his loan spell at Atletico Madrid in the summer.

In Defence:

Ceasar Azpilicueta is likely to return to right back in place of Branislav Ivanovic with the Serbian likely to partner Gary Cahill in central defence. John Terry could be rested bearing in mind the away trip to Southampton two days later and his ability to recover quickly to make the trip as he is 34 already- he will have a slower recovery rate than the younger players. Filippe Luis will likely man the left full back position as he can give the team some attacking impetus down his flank.

In Midfield:

Jose Mourinho seems to have found his right combination in midfield with Matic, Fabregas, Willian, Oscar and Hazard a regular feature. But the set-up has changed in recent games with players like Mikel, Schurrle finding themselves in the mix and it won’t be a surprise if Mourinho tweak the midfield further more with some fringe players like Ramires, Mikel and Schurrle getting more playing time while giving some breather to one or two regulars.

Against West Ham, Nemanja Matic is likely to start as he will be the man tasked with nullifying the attacking effects of West Ham sensation- Mammadou Sissoko while also helping the team drive forward.

John Obi Mikel could start alongside the Serbian in the double pivot leaving Cesc Fabregas to play a more advanced role further up the pitch as no.10. The Spaniard would be joined further up by Oscar who is likely to take the place of Willian while Eden Hazard takes up the left wing position.

In Attack:

This will be a straight contest between Diego Costa and Didier Drogba but I fancy the Brazilian born Spaniard to get the nod ahead of Drogba. Didier will play at some point but it is Diego Costa who is likely to start this game.

Loic Remy could also be a part of this game but most definitely from the bench.

Jose Mourinho has shown that he is open to rotation especially in this fixture-congested part of the season. Chelsea had the most changes par match during this same period last season with the manager making an average of four changes to the side that played the previous game. It is expected that there will definitely be some changes to the side that played Stoke hence; this could be our probable Line-up against West Ham.


Azpilicueta- Cahill- Ivanovic- Luis.

Mikel- Matic.

Oscar- Fabregas- Hazard.


Subs: Cech, Terry, Zouma, Willian, Ramires, Schurrle, Drogba, Remy.

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 Posted by at 12:43 pm
Dec 182014

Chelsea eased past Derby County in the quarter final of the Capital One cup. It was an expected wins for the Blues over the Championship side with goals from Eden Hazard, Filipe Luis and Andre Schurrle guaranteeing the London outfit a place in the last four of the cup competition.

It was however a dark night for young budding central defender Kurt Zouma who was knocked out of consciousness by his own team mate and goal keeper. Petr Cech was quick off his line to clear a dangerous cross when he caught the young French defender who was already up in the air with his own head.

It was a clash of head and Zouma who had the greater impact fell unconscious on the turf. His team mates and the club doctor Eva Carneiro all responded immediately to help the player but what was appalling was the manner the stretcher-bearing stewards responded to the call to bring in the stretcher.

Petr Cech who was the closest player to the scene of accident has recalled hearing the doctor calling out for stretcher over the radio yet there was no one steward in sight bringing the stretcher.

Eva was saying at least three times prior to that through the radio: Bring the stretcher,” Cech said.

We could hear it. I think that was why everyone was upset with the call. We heard: Bring the stretchers; Bring the stretchers; and:

Bring the stretchers. But nobody was coming. I think thats why the players got involved. Overall I think the situation was handled well, everybody did the right thing. The main objective was to make sure the player was safe and he is safe.

Even when they finally emerged, it took the intervention of Ceasar Azpillicueta and Cesc Fabregas to get them to hurry up. Jose Mourinho also spoke of his disappointment at the length of time it took the bearer to get to the pitch but Zouma came through the ordeal all clear and is doing fine.

Zouma’s injury was not as serious as initially feared. He was not as badly hurt as initially thought and manager Jose Mourinho has spoken of the player’s state after the game.

He’s fine, we don`t think he needs hospital treatment, he was a bit dizzy and had some blood in his mouth.” Jose Mourinho said when quizzed about the player after the game.

The player was also shown on the bench already on his feet with team mates after the game. Mourinho also went on to suggest the French man could be available for selection for the trip to the Britania against Stoke City on Monday.

Zouma joined Chelsea this summer though he signed for the club earlier in the winter transfer window. Jose Mourinho has started giving the youngster the opportunity to develop and establish himself at the club and Zouma have shown his good qualities in all of his appearances for the club.

The absence of Gary Cahill for the Derby game meant he was paired with John Terry at the heart of the defence. He had shown composure and looked comfortable all night before the clash of heads with Cech.

Mourinho will hope the player recovers on time and stays fit even as the club heads into the crucial and hectic Christmas season.

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 Posted by at 6:52 pm
Dec 172014

A couple of seasons ago Chelsea would have run over a team by four goals to nothing and not one would have been scored by a striker. Now, that’s not the case. The blues have scored 36 goals in the league this season, Loic Remy has two of those goals, the legendary Didier Drogba with 3 in the competition and of course, Diego Costa with the highest input of 12 goals in 13 games. A very different story to last season and a couple more previously.

Jose Mourinho’s decision in the summer to offload Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o seems to have paid off. The trio of last season all together scored 19 goals in the league last season and this season, Drogba, Remy and Costa have a total tally of 17 goals, just two shy of the trio of last season.

Diego Costa came back from his suspension after collecting his fifth caution against Sunderland, he however wasn’t missed in Chelsea’s 3-0 defeat against Spurs, as Didier Drogba did the business on the day along with Eden Hazard and Remy, but with the Spaniard still un-prolific in Europe, he now hadn’t scored in four games. In the second half after a good all round move from Branislav Ivanovic and Hazard, Diego Costa coolly finished to complete a glorious team goal and set his League tally to 12, just 2 behind this season’s current top scorer, Sergio Aguero.

Speaking of Sergio Aguero, after 7 minutes in City’s games against Everton the Argentine forward had to limp off with tears in his eyes and a lot of people thought he might be out for a very long time, but Manuel Pellegrini said he would be out for a month with a knee injury. Aguero looked like the player who would run away with the top scorer award, but his injury could see the bookmakers reconsider their odds as the Argentine could miss a significant amount of games with Diego Costa back in league scoring form.

Chelsea haven’t had a golden boot winner since 2010 when they won the league, Didier Drogba scored 29 goals that season to win the golden boot with a memorable hat trick against Wigan on the final day to set him apart from Wayne Rooney who ended the season on 26. Costa is already a revelation at Chelsea but winning the golden boot in his debut season would certainly be a remarkable landmark and could potentially set him up to become a potential Chelsea legend.

However, it hasn’t all been roses for Costa since his arrival, the Spaniard has to check his disciplinary record in the league, he has now been issued his sixth yellow card in the league after just coming back from suspension –though it wasn’t deserved- and he is yet to find his shooting boots in Europe for Chelsea. Chelsea fans would be hoping he finally starts to find the back of the net in the Champions League as the advancement to play tougher teams in the knockout stages has been made. Costa once gave Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo a run for their money in the La Liga, it certainly won’t be a surprise if he out gunned others in the Premier League, the Chelsea faithful’s would be keeping their fingers crossed on that one.

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 Posted by at 9:03 am
Dec 132014

As Ruben Loftus-Cheek grazed the Stamford Bridge turf for his first senior and European game, there was a roaring applause for the young youthful 18 year old midfielder. Jose Mourinho had initially confirmed that the youngster was going to have some game time in the match against Sporting and the boss was true to his words. Loftus-Cheek replaced Cesc Fabregas at the 82nd minute and called it a very ‘weird and surreal’ feeling as he embarked on what might prove to be an exciting career and hopefully one relevant to Chelsea.

Chelsea has given debuts to five different academy players this year. Dominic Solanke, Lewis Baker, Andreas Christensen and Swift have all gotten senior debuts for the club this season, a trend Jose Mourinho looks to be continuing which is something a manager usually does when he has long term plans for the club.

Loftus-Cheek after the game said he needs to keep working hard to hard to get such opportunities like that again to represent the club and I think this is vital to all the other youngsters coming through the ranks. Once upon a time under Carlo Ancelotti we introduced the likes of Josh McEachran, Gael Kakuta, Fabio Borini and down the line a couple of others. Some of these players are yet to find their breakthrough moment yet as a whole, Kakuta’s career is very far off what was initially predicted and the same can be even said for Josh McEachran.

After a number of managers at the club from 2010 to 2014, the club looked like a very hard ground for the average youngster to develop. Players were brought in with much experiences and players were sold out to other clubs and like every deal they either workout or not but in regards to the integration and elevation of youth onto that big step in their careers, Chelsea didn’t seem like the place that could happen anytime soon.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been at the academy since he was eight and it just inspires others to work harder and believe they can have opportunities like this and even do more. This also helps put Chelsea in the good books for England, trying to furnish a home grown talent. England’s coach, Roy Hodgson, has seen the passing of the ‘old guard’ from the team and is all about the fearlessness of youth now in the team.

Gary Neville said we paraded Loftus-Cheek like an ‘exotic animal’, and that is totally acceptable. It shoes we cherish these players and their achievement, Neville also added that academy players should be given the taste of first team football and shouldn’t be driven further away from it.

Chelsea fans would be full of hopes over the career of Loftus-Cheek and will also be looking forward to seeing him in future games, and the first step to that is getting Jose Mourinho a bottle of wine, even though he is not of age yet.

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 Posted by at 10:33 am
Dec 092014

Despite our loss to Newcastle Jose Mourinho insist everything is fine at Chelsea, for the Portuguese tactician, it’s only one defeat. Chelsea’s 2-1 loss to Newcastle during the weekend was the first of the season. Papiss Cisse scored twice, a familiar sight, before Didier Drogba scored a powerful header from a Cesc Fabregas set piece, which only proved to be a consolation.

Mourinho said he didn’t think the performance of the players was lacking only that the team was unlucky, “We were unlucky,” he said, “and Newcastle had the luck, but I have no complaints towards my players and how they went about the game, It’s only one defeat but it’s the kind of defeat which I can accept a little more, because I have no problem with the way my players played.”

The media had already started labelling Chelsea as potential ‘invincibles’ but the result at St. James Park flipped the script. Mourinho had since been playing down the prospect of taking on that challenge saying earlier in previous post games pressers that we would lose games eventually. “It would have been so very difficult to through the season unbeaten as so many people would have suggested. But even after this defeat, we would have to ask the other 19 teams in the premier league if they would like to be in our position.” Mourinho said, before adding “The best team lost. The team that tried to win it lost, and that’s football.”

Chelsea personally would have been disappointed to lose that particular game as the club was looking to set a new club record of 24 games unbeaten in all competition, as three times now they have tied on 23, in 2007, 2011 and now 2014. Chelsea would be looking to quickly move on from Premier League blues at the weekend to a midweek cruise in the Champions League, despite already qualified. Chelsea play Sporting Lisbon, who still have work to do in qualifying and would have to go through Chelsea to qualify if results elsewhere are not helpful.

Elsewhere, close by and now just three points away, Manchester City are definitely picking up the breadcrumbs as they trail lesser and lesser. City’s power house, Yaya Toure made no mistake from the spot against Everton as the Manchester citizens claimed all 3 points in the fixture to ensure Chelsea’s safety was rattled. It wasn’t all good news for City though; Sergio Aguero limped off with a knee injury very early in the game. Manuel Pellegrini did say it wasn’t as bad as first feared but the lethal Argentine will be out for about a month.

Aguero’s injury does provide a plot twist in City’s plan to retain the title; a lot could happen over the course of a month, especially if that month is December in the Barclays Premier League. However, City is still a multitalented team and with critics saying they have been a ‘one man team’ all season the injury provides an opportunity to dismiss those observations or encourage them.

Further down below, Manchester United are now in third position after winning Southampton on Monday 2-1. United have seen some sort of rejuvenation since playing Arsenal and look a threat once again, but they are still too far down to cause Chelsea any disturbance at the top. Southampton drop with that result to fifth while Arsenal’s ‘usual’ 4th spot is currently occupied by West Ham, after losing to Stoke City in a 3-2 thriller.

That being said, Mourinho has stated made a number of bold statements since his arrival in the summer of 2013, in addition to saying we won’t go unbeaten this season, he said we won’t win the title last season and said we were the ‘little horse’ he was also right on that occasion, he was also right when he said ‘we would challenge for the title this season’ come May next year Chelsea fans would be hoping he is right on the money with the Premier League title clinched in true blue colours.

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 Posted by at 3:38 pm