Dec 192013
 

Jose Mourinho believes the strength of his Chelsea squad will see his side come into their own over the busy festive period.

Despite sitting third in the table and being one of the favourites in the best odds for the title, the Blues are yet to hit top form this term, as Mourinho continues to try and find his best team following his return to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

During his previous spell at the Bridge, the ‘Special One’ prided himself on sticking with the same starting XI as often as possible but the game has changed since then and now every member of a squad is needed.

May 082013
 

He’s off again. The Portuguese manager (not him, the other not so special one). As Chelsea prepare to welcome Tottenham to Stamford Bridge tonight, there is a great deal at stake. Perhaps that is why Andre Villas-Boas seems to be suffering from verbal diarrhoea, especially when it comes to talking about Chelsea.

Whoever wins the game tonight will take a huge step towards a top four finish and the Chammpions League football it entails. There are quite a lot of bragging rights on offer as well, such as being the best of the London clubs, with Arsenal still in the race, and doing the double over Spurs. What is likely to get the Chelsea players really going, though, is the sniping of the former manager.

May 082013
 

The Tottenham manager Andres Villas-Boas is looking to make history by inflicting Chelsea first defeat to their great London rivals at Stamford Bridge in over 20 years. AVB has seen his team beat the other three teams in the top Four this season, and thinks he can get the full set tonight.

“Of course we have the quality,” AVB said. “I am always confident. We have had an excellent season. We beat all the big teams in the country apart from Chelsea.

Apr 292013
 

Rafa Benitez did not start Frank Lampard yesterday but, once Ramires picked up an injury, the 34-year old midfielder came on to put Chelsea withing touching distance of Champions League qualification. Lampard looked like a man on a mission when he came on and a typical bursting run and pass set up Oscar for the opener after 43 minutes. Just two minutes later, Lampard was given the chance to add to his 200 goals from the penalty after Maya was fouled. Nobody expected him to miss, and he is now just one goal behind the all-time club record of Bobby Tambling.

Apr 182013
 

Because Chelsea were playing their third big game in six days and the fact that it was a local derby against Fulham, it was expected to be a tough test for Rafa Benitez and the Blues at Craven Cottage last night. It turned out to be anything but, as we eased to a 3-0 win with John Terry marking his 21st start of the season with his first brace of goals in eight years.

Apr 172013
 

Chelsea have the perfect opportunity to put the disappointment of the FA cup exit at the hands of Manchester City behind them. Despite a back breaking fixture pile up, the Blues have got the chance to lay down a marker for a top four finish, after Arsenal failed to beat Everton last night.

We travel the short distance to Craven Cottage to play Fulham tonight, knowing that a victory will put us back into third and a point above Arsenal with a game in hand. Tottenham will be three points behind with the same number of games left, but they have a much worse goal difference, 13 less than ours before kick-off tonight.

Mar 202013
 

The story that hit the papers this week about Chelsea possibly listening to offers for the Czech international keeper Petr Cech always seemed hard to believe. Arsenal were reportedly interested and have been keeping an eye on the situation with Courtois at Atletice, but Cech has spoken about the story and it is clear that there is not a scrap of truth to it.

“It is an interesting piece of news but it is such speculation that I think it’s not even necessary to comment on it,” Cech said.

“I know of nothing, nobody has contacted me and, to be honest, I can’t even imagine it.

Mar 102013
 

There is no doubt that this season has been a disappointment for Chelsea fans. It all started with such optimism, with some exciting new players and the Champions League trophy taking pride of place at Stamford Bridge. It looked for a while as if the Blues would add the Premier League title to the European cup as we won seven a drew one of the first eight league games. The next game saw defeat by Manchester United thanks to some terrible refereeing and the season has gone off the rails ever since.

Mar 032013
 

After Chelsea beat Middlesborough in midweek, and Rafa Benitez launched into his tirade about the Chelsea fans’ continuing protests about his management, the media turned up at Stamford Bridge yesterday like vultures hoping for a corpse to feed on, but you could sense their disappointment, especially as the soccer betting was predicting that the Spaniard would be sacked!

There were still some banners, and it is clear that the fans will never warm to the ex-Liverpool manager, but his words do seem to have had a calming effect on the Blues’ faithful.

Feb 262013
 

The good news is that Chelsea are still in the FA cup and the Europa League, as well as being in a qualifying position for the Champions League next season. The bad news is that the fixture congestion from the cup competitions is causing serious difficulties, and there are ructions in the dressing room.

Rafa Benitez was not happy with the performance of his players at the weekend as they lost at Manchester City, and his criticism has caused a training ground argument with some senior players, according to stories in today’s papers. The problem for the players is that they are tired, having already played more games than the other Premier league teams. The fixture list only looks like getting worse, however, and one more replay due to a draw at Middlesborough tomorrow could be the tipping point.